Newmont Mining: Strong Company But Timing Is Everything

| About: Newmont Mining (NEM)

Over the past few months the stocks in the Gold mining sector have fallen dramatically. This has provided an excellent opportunity to investigate companies in this sector for investment purposes. One company worth considering is Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE:NEM). While there are many different factors to look at and consider when investing, in the article below I will look at the debt side of the company. I will analyze Newmont Mining's total debt, total liabilities, debt ratios and WACC. From this analysis we should get an idea if the company is highly leveraged, how much it is paying for its debt, what it's paying in taxes and how much to expect in return for investing in this company over the long term.

Gaining knowledge about a company's debt and liabilities is a key component in understanding the risk of a company. In 2008 and 2009 we were able to see some of the repercussions that highly leveraged companies with large amounts of debt succumbed to. Taking into account the debt side of a company might not reveal the "pop" on the upside that an investor would like, but it will help ensure that the company is able to keep its capital and use it for growth in the future.

Newmont Mining is mainly a gold producer. Currently the Corporation has major operations in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, New Zealand and Mexico. The map below indicates Newmont's significant production and development properties.

Map sourced at (company website)

In the article below, I will calculate important ratios in understanding the amount of debt and liabilities the company has incurred. From this analysis we will understand more about the company's debt, liabilities and financial risk. If this summary is compared with other companies in the same sector such as Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) or Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) you will be able see which company has the most debt, thus adding to the company's and the investors risk. If you would like a direct debt-side comparison please read: Analyzing Barrick Gold's Debt And Risk or Yamana Gold: Strong Upside Potential From This Low Debt Producer.

Debt Ratios

1. Total Debt = Long-Term Debt + Short-Term Debt

Total debt is the sum of long-term debt, which is debt that is due in one year or more, and short-term debt, which is any debt due within one year.

  • 2008 - $3.373 billion + $169 million = $3.542 billion
  • 2009 - $4.652 billion + $157 million = $4.809 billion
  • 2010 - $4.182 billion + $547 million = $4.729 billion
  • 2011 - $3.624 billion + $996 million = $4.620 billion
  • 2012 - $6.288 billion + $10 million = $6.298 billion

Newmont Mining's total debt has increased over the past five years. In 2008 Newmont posted a total debt $3.542 billion while in 2012 the company posted a total debt of $6.298 billion. This signifies an increase of 77.81%.

2. Total Liabilities

Liabilities are a company's legal debts or obligations that arise during the course of business operations, so debts are one type of liability, but not all liabilities. Total liabilities is the combination of long-term liabilities, which are the liabilities that are due in one year or more, and short-term or current liabilities, which are any liabilities due within one year.

  • 2008 - $8.737 billion
  • 2009 - $11.596 billion
  • 2010 - $12.318 billion
  • 2011 - $14.578 billion
  • 2012 - $15.877 billion

Like the total debt the liabilities have also increased over the past five years. In 2008 Newmont reported liabilities at $8.737 billion while in 2012 Newmont reported liabilities at $15.877 billion. This marks an increase of 81.72%.

In analyzing Newmont Mining's total debt and liabilities, we can see that the company currently has a total debt of $6.298 billion and liabilities at $15.877 billion. From the numbers above, we can see that over the past five years Newmont Mining's total debt has increase by 77.81% while the total liabilities have increased by 81.72%. As the company's amount of debt and amount of liabilities have increased, the next step will reveal if the company has the ability to pay them.

1. Total Debt to Total Assets Ratio = Total Debt / Total Assets

This is a metric used to measure a company's financial risk by determining how much of the company's assets have been financed by debt. It is calculated by adding short-term and long-term debt and then dividing by the company's total assets.

A debt ratio of greater than 1 indicates that a company has more total debt than assets; meanwhile, a debt ratio of less than 1 indicates that a company has more assets than total debt. Used along with other measures of financial health, the total debt to total assets ratio can help investors determine a company's level of risk.

  • 2010 - $4.729 billion / $25.663 million = .18
  • 2011 - $4.620 billion / $27.474 billion = .17
  • 2012 - $6.298 billion / $29.650 billion = .21

Newmont Mining currently has a total debt to total assets ratio of 0.21. The total debt to total assets ratio has increased over the past three years. As the total debt to total assets ratio has increased, this indicates that since 2010, the company has added more total debt than assets. As the number is currently well below 1, this indicates that the company has more assets than total debt. Because this number is low, this metric indicates low financial risk to the company.

4. Debt ratio = Total Liabilities / Total Assets

Total liabilities divided by total assets. The debt ratio shows the proportion of a company's assets that is financed through debt. If the ratio is less than 0.5, most of the company's assets are financed through equity. If the ratio is greater than 0.5, most of the company's assets are financed through debt. Companies with high debt/asset ratios are said to be "highly leveraged." A company with a high-debt ratio or that is "highly leveraged" could be in danger if creditors start to demand repayment of debt.

  • 2010 - $12.318 billion / $25.663 million = 0.48
  • 2011 - $14.578 billion / $27.474 billion = 0.53
  • 2012 - $15.877 billion / $29.650 billion = 0.53

In looking at Newmont Mining's total liabilities to total assets ratio over the past three years, we can see that this ratio has also increased. The ratio has increased from 0.48 in 2010 to 0.53 in 2012. As the 2012 numbers are above the 0.50 mark, this indicates that Newmont Mining has financed some of the company's assets through debt. As the number has increased, so is the risk to the company.

5. Debt-to-Equity Ratio = Total Liabilities / Shareholders' Equity

The debt-to-equity ratio is another leverage ratio that compares a company's total liabilities with its total shareholders' equity. This is a measurement of how much suppliers, lenders, creditors and obligators have committed to the company versus what the shareholders have committed.

A high debt-to-equity ratio generally means that a company has been aggressive in financing its growth with debt. This can result in the company reporting volatile earnings. In general, a high debt-to-equity ratio indicates that a company may not be able to generate enough cash to satisfy its debt obligations, and therefore is considered a riskier investment.

  • 2010 - $12.318 billion / $13.345 million = 0.92
  • 2011 - $14.578 billion / $12.896 billion = 1.13
  • 2012 - $15.877 billion / $13.773 billion = 1.15

Compared with 2010, Newmont Mining's debt-to-equity ratio has increased. The ratio has increased from 0.92 to 1.15. As the ratio is currently above 1, this indicates that suppliers, lenders, creditors and obligators have more invested than shareholders. 1.15 indicates a moderate amount of risk for the company. As the ratio is well above 1 and considered moderate, so is the risk for the company.

6. Capitalization Ratio = LT Debt / LT Debt + Shareholders' Equity

(LT Debt = Long-Term Debt)

The capitalization ratio tells the investors the extent to which the company is using its equity to support operations and growth. This ratio helps in the assessment of risk. Companies with a high capitalization ratio are considered to be risky because they are at a risk of insolvency if they fail to repay their debt on time. Companies with a high capitalization ratio may also find it difficult to get more loans in the future.

  • 2010 - $4.182 billion / $17.527 billion = 0.24
  • 2011 - $3.624 billion / $16.520 billion = 0.21
  • 2012 - $6.288 billion / $20.061 billion = 0.31

Over the past three years, Newmont Mining's capitalization ratio has increased from 0.24 to 0.31. This implies that Newmont Mining has acquired more long-term debt than shareholders' equity. As this is the case, the company has less equity to support its operations and add growth. As the ratio is increasing, financially this implies a slight increase of risk to the company.

7. Cash Flow to Total Debt Ratio = Operating Cash Flow / Total Debt

This coverage ratio compares a company's operating cash flow with its total debt. This ratio provides an indication of a company's ability to cover total debt with its yearly cash flow from operations. The higher the percentage ratio, the better the company's ability to carry its total debt. The larger the ratio, the better a company can weather rough economic conditions.

  • 2010 - $3.167 billion / $4.729 billion = 0.67
  • 2011 - $3.584 billion / $4.620 billion = 0.78
  • 2012 - $2.372 billion / $6.298 billion = 0.38

Over the past three years, the cash flow to total debt ratio has decreased. The ratio has decreased from 0.67 in 2010 to 0.38 in 2012. As the ratio is below 1, this implies that the company does not have the ability to cover its total debt with its yearly cash flow from operations.

Based on the five debt ratios listed above, we can see that Newmont Mining's financial risk has increased over the past three years. This is indicated in the increase of the above ratios. As the price of gold looks to be As the price of gold looks to be strong in 2013, , the company should be able to make money on its assets and not be burdened by massive amounts of debt and debt obligations. The next step will reveal how much the company will pay for the debt incurred.

Cost of Debt

The cost of debt is the effective rate that a company pays on its total debt.

As a company acquires debt through various bonds, loans and other forms of debt, the cost of debt is a useful metric. It gives an idea as to the overall rate being paid by the company to use debt financing.

This measure is also useful because it gives investors an idea as to the riskiness of the company compared with others. The higher the cost of debt, the higher the risk.

8. Cost of debt (before tax) = Corporate Bond rate of company's bond rating.

  • Newmont Mng 3.5% Notes due 2022 = 3.50%
  • Current cost of Debt as of March 25th 2013 = 3.50%

9. Current tax rate (Income Tax Total / Income Before Tax)

  • 2008 - $113 million / $1.276 billion = 8.86%
  • 2009 - $788 million / $2.913 billion = 27.05%
  • 2010 - $856 million / $3.997 billion = 21.42%
  • 2011 - $713 million / $1.810 billion = 39.39%
  • 2012 - $869 million / $3.114 billion = 27.91%

2008 - 2012 5-year average = 24.91%

From 2008 - 2012 Newmont Mining has averaged tax rate of 24.91%.

10. Cost of Debt (After Tax) = (Cost of Debt Before Tax) (1 - Tax Rate)

The effective rate that a company pays on its current debt after tax.

  • .0350 x (1 - .2491) = Cost of debt after tax

The cost of debt after tax for Newmont Mining is 2.63%

Cost of Equity or R Equity = Risk Free Rate + Beta Equity (Average Market Return - Risk Free Rate)

The cost of equity is the return a firm theoretically pays to its equity investors (for example, shareholders) to compensate for the risk they undertake by investing in their company.

  • Risk Free Rate = U.S. 10-year bond = 1.94% (Bloomberg)
  • Average Market Return 1950 - 2012 = 7%
  • Beta = (MSN Money) Newmont Mining's Beta = 0.31

Risk Free Rate + Beta Equity (Average Market Return - Risk Free Rate)

  • 1.94 + 0.31 (7- 1.94)
  • 1.94 + 0.31 x 5.06
  • 1.94 + 1.56 = 3.5%

Currently, Newmont Mining has a Cost of Equity or R Equity of 3.5%, so investors should expect to get a return of 3.5% per-year average over the long term on their investment to compensate for the risk they undertake by investing in this company.

(Please note that this is the CAPM approach to finding the cost of equity. Inherently, there are some flaws with this approach and that the numbers are very "general." This approach is based off of the S&P average return from 1950 - 2012 at 7%, the U.S. 10-year bond for the risk-free rate which is susceptible to daily change and Google finance beta.)

Weighted Average Cost of Capital or WACC

The WACC calculation is a calculation of a company's cost of capital in which each category of capital is equally weighted. All capital sources such as common stock, preferred stock, bonds and all other long-term debt are included in this calculation.

As the WACC of a firm increases, and the beta and rate of return on equity increases, this is an indicator of a decrease in valuation and a higher risk.

By taking the weighted average, we can see how much interest the company has to pay for every dollar it finances.

For this calculation, you will need to know the following listed below:

Tax Rate = 24.91% (Newmont Mining's five-year average Tax Rate)

Cost of Debt (before tax) or R debt = 3.50%

Cost of Equity or R equity = 3.50%

Debt (Total Liabilities) for 2012 TTM or D = $15.877 billion

Stock Price = $41.26 (March 25th, 2013)

Outstanding Shares = 491.85 million

Equity = Stock price x Outstanding Shares or E = $20.293 billion

Debt + Equity or D+E = $36.170 billion

WACC = R = (1 - Tax Rate) x R debt (D/D+E) + R equity (E/D+E)

(1 - Tax Rate) x R debt (D/D+E) + R equity (E/D+E)

(1 - .2491) x .0350 x ($15.877/$36.170) + .0350 ($20.293/$36.170)

.7509 x .0350 x .4390 + .0350 x .5610

.0115 + .0196

= 3.10%

Based on the calculations above, we can conclude that Newmont Mining pays 3.10% on every dollar that it finances, or 3.10 cents on every dollar. From this calculation, we understand that on every dollar the company spends on an investment, the company must make $.0310 plus the cost of the investment for the investment to be feasible for the company.

Debt Side Summary

All indications above reveal that Newmont Mining is a financially sound company on the debt side. Currently, there are no "fed flags" such as being overleveraged, or having a very high debt-to-equity ratio indicated with this stock. The CAPM supports this statement by revealing that the investor needs 3.5% year-over-year over the long term to get good value on his or her money.

2013 Operational Guidance

On January 22nd, Newswire released Newmont Mining operational guidance for 2013. The company is expecting to produce approximately 4.8 to 5.1 million ounces of gold and 150 to 170 million pounds of copper in 2013. The company is looking at a cost applicable to sales of approximately $675 to $750 per ounce and $2.25 to $2.50 per pound, while Newmont is predicting to have an all-in cash cost of $1,100 - $1,200. Last month, Bloomberg interviewed newly appointed CEO Gary Goldberg. In this interview they discuss growth, mining production and issues moving forward.

Analysts Outlook

Currently, many analysts have a strong outlook for Newmont Mining. Over the next few years analysts at MSN money are predicting Newmont to have an EPS of $4.31 for FY 2013 and an EPS of $5.20 for FY 2014. Analysts at Bloomberg are estimating Newmont Mining's revenue to be $10.2 billion for FY 2013 and $11.6 billion for FY 2014. On February 25, 2013, Barclays gave Newmont Mining a rating of "Overweight" with a target price of $58.00.

Chart sources from (Finviz)


The above analysis reveals that Newmont Mining is a sound company on the debt side. It does carry more debt and liabilities than its competitors Yamana Gold and Goldcorp (NYSE:GG) but less debt than Barrick Gold. Currently, analysts at Barclays have a $58.00 price target on this stock. Based on the chart below, if the stock price begins to break to the upside, this would be an excellent opportunity to invest in a financially sound gold mining company with future prospects, a nice dividend and good upside potential.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.