Pan American Silver — Yamana assets boost mineral resources

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Pan American Silver — Yamana assets boost mineral resources

Pan American Silver (PAAS) reported a significant increase in mineral reserves and resources estimates, for gold in particular, on the back of the Yamana transaction. Inclusive of MARA, Morococha and Jeronimo, the company’s total proven and probable (P&P) reserves grew 12% y-o-y to 577Moz of contained silver (Ag) and 259% to 13Moz of contained gold (Au). PAAS plans an extensive drilling and exploration campaign for 2023 in order to further upgrade and extend the resource base. While our financial estimates remain unchanged, we have slightly revised our valuation down to US$22.0/share to reflect the reported reserves and resources data.

Written by

Andrey Litvin

Energy and Resources Analyst

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Metals & Mining

Pan American Silver

Yamana assets boost mineral resources

Mineral resources update

Metals and mining

30 August 2023

Price

US$16.6

Market cap

US$6,031m

Net debt (US$m) at Q223, including short-term investments of US$42m

726

Shares in issue

364.4m

Free float

100%

Code

PAAS

Primary exchange

TSX

Secondary exchange

NYSE

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

4.7

11.5

6.2

Rel (local)

6.7

4.2

(4.8)

52-week high/low

US$19.49

US$13.64

Business description

Pan American Silver is one of the largest global primary silver producers and a sizeable gold miner, with operations in North, Central and South America since 1994. Following the acquisition of selected assets as part of the Yamana transaction, the company owns 11 producing operations, the currently suspended top-tier Escobal silver mine and several large-scale advanced exploration and development projects.

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Q323 results

November 2023

Analysts

Andrey Litvin

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

Andrew Keen

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

Pan American Silver is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Pan American Silver (PAAS) reported a significant increase in mineral reserves and resources estimates, for gold in particular, on the back of the Yamana transaction. Inclusive of MARA, Morococha and Jeronimo, the company’s total proven and probable (P&P) reserves grew 12% y-o-y to 577Moz of contained silver (Ag) and 259% to 13Moz of contained gold (Au). PAAS plans an extensive drilling and exploration campaign for 2023 in order to further upgrade and extend the resource base. While our financial estimates remain unchanged, we have slightly revised our valuation down to US$22.0/share to reflect the reported reserves and resources data.

Year

end

Revenue
(US$m)

EBITDA
(US$m)

EPS*
(US$)

DPS
(US$)

EV/EBITDA
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/21

1,632.8

593.2

0.60

0.34

10.5

2.1

12/22

1,494.7

272.0

(0.51)

0.45

22.8

2.7

12/23e

2,439.1

740.7

0.36

0.41

8.4

2.5

12/24e

2,873.2

1,085.0

0.74

0.40

5.7

2.4

Note: *EPS is normalised, excluding exceptional items.

Robust headline mineral resource numbers

Excluding MARA, Morococha and Jeronimo, which are currently being divested, PAAS reported total P&P reserves of 487Moz of contained Ag (482Moz as of June 2022, excluding Morococha) and 7.7Moz of contained Au (3.6Moz) as of June 2023. On the same basis, combined measured and indicated (M&I) resources were reported at 945Moz of Ag (833Moz as of June 2022, excluding Morococha) and 16.1Moz of Au (8.1Moz). Not surprisingly, reserves and resources for some of the Yamana assets were reported at more conservative levels, with Cerro Moro, for example, having seen a reduction in combined P&P reserves and M&I resources to 19.5Moz of Ag (vs 24.8Moz reported by Yamana as of December 2022). On the other hand, Jacobina enjoyed an increase in reserves and M&I resources of 0.7Moz of Au to 7.85Moz. Of note is that PAAS used higher gold prices and slightly higher silver prices in its resources estimation for the Yamana assets compared to the December 2022 data. In terms of the other assets, the biggest disappointment came from Shahuindo, which saw a visible reduction in reserves and resources, in part due to the removal of sulphides following metallurgical test works. PAAS is undertaking an extensive exploration campaign in 2023, with over 480,000m of drilling, in order to upgrade and extend the resource base. In other news, the company is looking to release a preliminary economic assessment and an updated mineral resource estimate for the La Colorada Skarn project towards the end of 2023.

Valuation: Significant upside remains intact

We have updated our valuation of PAAS to incorporate the reported reserves and resources data, reducing our NPV-based value of the company to US$22.0 per share from US$22.2 per share. The main driver behind the reduction in the valuation is the shorter estimated mine life for the Shahuindo project. On our financial estimates, which we maintain at this stage, the stock continues to trade on an FY23e EV/EBITDA multiple of 8.4x, falling to just 5.7x in FY24e. Applying average gold and silver peer group multiples for FY23 and FY24e implies a value of US$24.5 per share.

Exhibit 1: Financial summary

$'m

2020

2021

2022

2023e

2024e

Year end 31 December

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

INCOME STATEMENT

Revenue

 

 

1,338.8

1,632.8

1,494.7

2,439.1

2,873.2

Cash production costs

(696.7)

(925.5)

(1,094.4)

(1,498.7)

(1,589.9)

DD&A

(254.5)

(303.0)

(316.0)

(516.5)

(557.1)

Royalties

(27.5)

(36.4)

(35.9)

(62.2)

(64.4)

Gross Profit

360.2

367.9

48.4

361.7

661.9

G&A

(36.4)

(34.9)

(29.0)

(68.0)

(70.0)

Other operating costs

(109.2)

(42.9)

(63.5)

(101.7)

(64.0)

Operating profit (before amort. and excepts.)

 

 

214.6

290.2

(44.1)

224.2

527.9

EBITDA

 

 

469.1

593.2

272.0

740.7

1,085.0

Other operating expenses

(5.5)

30.7

(6.4)

4.9

0.0

Exceptionals

0.0

0.0

(211.8)

(66.8)

0.0

Reported operating profit

209.1

320.9

(262.3)

130.1

527.9

Net Interest and finance expense

(20.1)

(16.2)

(22.5)

(90.8)

(88.2)

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

194.5

274.0

(66.6)

133.4

439.7

Investment income (loss)

63.0

(59.7)

(16.2)

0.0

0.0

Profit Before Tax (reported)

 

 

252.0

245.0

(301.0)

39.3

439.7

Reported tax

(75.6)

(146.4)

(39.1)

(14.9)

(167.1)

Profit After Tax (norm)

118.9

127.6

(105.7)

118.4

272.6

Profit After Tax (reported)

176.5

98.6

(340.1)

24.3

272.6

Minority interests

(1.4)

1.1

1.7

1.2

2.0

Net income (normalised)

120.4

126.5

(107.4)

117.2

270.6

Net income (reported)

177.9

97.4

(341.8)

23.1

270.6

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

210

210

211

326

364

EPS - basic normalised ($)

 

 

0.57

0.60

(0.51)

0.36

0.74

EPS - normalised fully diluted ($)

 

 

0.57

0.60

(0.51)

0.36

0.74

EPS - basic reported ($)

 

 

0.85

0.46

(1.62)

0.07

0.74

Dividend ($)

0.22

0.34

0.45

0.41

0.40

BALANCE SHEET

Fixed Assets

 

 

2,577.0

2,517.4

2,444.1

6,436.4

6,263.3

Tangible assets

2,415.0

2,344.6

2,226.4

6,257.0

6,083.9

Investments

71.6

78.7

121.2

0.0

0.0

Other

90.4

94.2

96.6

179.4

179.4

Current Assets

 

 

856.9

1,001.2

804.4

1,654.9

1,813.2

Inventories

406.2

500.5

471.6

691.1

734.9

Receivables

127.8

128.2

136.6

160.4

188.9

Cash

167.1

283.6

107.0

662.8

748.8

ST investments

111.9

51.7

35.3

41.7

41.7

Other

43.9

37.3

53.8

98.9

98.9

Current Liabilities

 

 

(361.8)

(387.7)

(380.8)

(617.9)

(633.3)

Creditors

(281.9)

(306.1)

(308.1)

(479.7)

(510.1)

Short term borrowings and leases

(12.8)

(14.1)

(27.3)

(51.6)

(36.6)

Other

(67.0)

(67.5)

(45.5)

(86.6)

(86.6)

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(466.3)

(494.9)

(666.0)

(2,555.5)

(2,396.8)

LT debt and leases

(20.7)

(31.8)

(199.5)

(835.4)

(826.7)

Other long term liabilities

(445.5)

(463.1)

(466.5)

(1,720.1)

(1,570.1)

Net Assets

 

 

2,605.8

2,636.0

2,201.6

4,917.8

5,046.4

Minority interests

(3.3)

(4.5)

(6.1)

(5.0)

(7.0)

Shareholders' equity

 

 

2,602.5

2,631.6

2,195.5

4,912.8

5,039.4

CASH FLOW

Operating Cash Flow

176.5

98.6

(340.1)

24.3

272.6

D&A, exceptionals, other

280.5

498.9

555.2

633.5

812.3

Working capital movement

97.0

(71.1)

(42.0)

(71.6)

(42.0)

Tax

(81.6)

(129.2)

(137.8)

(164.9)

(317.1)

Net Interest

(10.0)

(5.1)

(3.4)

(61.3)

(56.9)

Net operating cash flow

 

 

462.3

392.1

31.9

360.0

669.0

Capex

(178.6)

(243.5)

(274.7)

(392.6)

(312.7)

Acquisitions/disposals

22.5

45.8

8.7

957.9

0.0

Equity financing

4.7

0.6

0.9

0.0

0.0

Dividends

(46.2)

(71.5)

(94.7)

(130.4)

(145.8)

Other

59.1

(2.3)

20.0

(20.0)

(15.0)

Net Cash Flow

323.8

121.2

(307.9)

774.9

195.6

Opening net debt/(cash), including ST investments

 

 

77.9

(245.5)

(289.4)

84.5

182.5

FX and other

(0.5)

(77.3)

(66.0)

(872.9)

(85.9)

Closing net debt/(cash), including ST investments

 

 

(245.5)

(289.4)

84.5

182.5

72.8

Closing net debt/(cash), excluding ST investments

(133.5)

(237.7)

119.9

224.3

114.5

Source: Pan American Silver, Edison Investment Research


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