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Karen P. Gross - Vice President, Corporate Secretary

Tony Jensen - President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Stefan L. Wenger- Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

William Heissenbuttel - Vice President - Corporate Development

William M. Zisch - Vice President - Operations

Bruce C. Kirchhoff - Vice President, General Counsel

Stanley Dempsey - Chairman of the Board

Analysts

Adam Schatzker - RBC Capital Markets

Victor Flores - HSBC Securities

Imaru Casanova - BJM Securities

Mike Jalonen - Merrill Lynch Canada

Andrew Schopick – Nutmeg Securities

John Doody - Unidentified Company

Presentation

Royal Gold, Inc. (RGLD) F4Q09 (Qtr End 6/30/09) Earnings Call August 13, 2009 9:00 AM ET

Operator

Good morning. My name is Chrissy and I will be your conference operator today. At this time I would like to welcome everyone to the Royal Gold Official 2009 Conference Call. (Operator's Instructions) After the speakers' remarks there will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator's Instructions) Thank you. Miss Gross, you may begin your conference.

Karen P. Gross

Thank you, operator, and hello, everyone. Welcome to our fourth quarter and fiscal year end conference call that is being webcast live. You will be able to access a replay of the call on our website at www.royalgold.com. Also on the website you will find our release detailing our financial results. As always, this discussion falls under the Safe Harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. A discussion of the company's current risks and uncertainties is included in the Safe Harbor statement in today's release and is presented in greater detail in our filings with the SEC.

Participating on the call today are Tony Jensen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stefan Wenger, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Bill Heissenbuttel, President of Corporate Development, Bill Zisch, Vice President of Operations, Bruce Kirchhoff, Vice President and General Counsel, and Stan Dempsey, Chairman. A Q&A will follow our comments.

We will also be discussing the company's free cash flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. There is a free cash flow reconciliation in today's press release. With that I'll turn the call over to Tony.

Tony Jensen

Thank you for joining us today and good morning, everybody. We are pleased to share with you today our record financial results for fiscal 2009 and the fourth quarter. While fiscal 2009 was a challenging year for many companies both domestically and globally, we leveraged our gold-focused royalty business model to achieve our best results ever.

Our strong performance is driven by our focus in execution on profitable long-term growth, steady performance from our expanding realty portfolio, and a continuation of healthy precious metal prices.

We not only have realized record revenue and cash flow, but also continue to execute on our strategic plan to expand and diversify our portfolio of precious metal assets, with the addition of over 70 new royalties across all stages of our portfolio from producing to expiration assets.

We received new revenue from the Barrick properties acquired in October of 2008, and we began to receive revenue from investments made over the past several years at Peñasquito and Dolores.

Fiscal 2009 has been a great year of growth in revenue and royalty assets for the company and fiscal 2010 is shaping up to be an exciting year as well. We anticipate continued ramp up of production from Dolores to full capacity over the next few months. We also look forward to initial concentrate production from the first sulphide processing mine at Peñasquito with commercial production in January 2010.

And assuming we close the Andacollo transition, we expect that the ramp up to commercial production will occur in the second half of the fiscal year, adding yet another important revenue stream.

Now I’ll turn the call over to Stefan for a review of the financial highlights.

Stefan L. Wenger

Thank you, Tony, and good morning, everyone. For the full fiscal year we had record revenue of $73.8 million, an increase of 11% over the comparable fiscal year revenue $66.3 million. Including two one-time gains, net income was $38.3 million or $1.09 per basic share, compared with $24 million or $0.62 per basic share for fiscal 2008.

Free cash flow was a record at $61.7 million, or 84% of revenues, compared with $52.9 million or 80% of revenues for the prior year. Revenue from gold was 84% versus 74% of total revenues in fiscal 2008.

Working capital as of June 30th was $312.5 million. We ended the year with a cash balance of $295 million, of which approximately $218 million will be used when we close the Andacollo transaction. And during the year we also increased our annual dividend to $0.32 per share.

In October we expanded our credit facility from $80 million to $125 million. Our healthy financial position allowed us to lock in favorable terms at a time when many companies were unable to access credit at any price, let alone expand their limit. This expanded credit line enhances our liquidity position and provides the flexibility necessary to pursue our goals.

In April, we completed the sale of 6.5 million shares for net proceeds of $235 million. Successful completion of this financing will allow us to close the Andacollo transaction while maintaining strong liquidity thereafter.

Last quarter I talked about how our DD&A costs had increased for the period compared with the prior year. That is true for the fiscal year as well. In fiscal 2009 our DD&A costs increased to $36 million or about $385 per royalty ounce, compared with $18 million or $227 per royalty ounce for fiscal 2008.

The increased depletion cost per ounce is the result of lower production at Cortez and the strong revenues from our recent royalty acquisitions, which carried a higher cost per ounce than our more mature properties like Cortez and Robinson.

For fiscal 2010, we'll likely see total DD&A costs on a per ounce basis more in line with fiscal 2009 depletion, assuming steady production from our royalty assets.

For our fourth quarter we had record quarterly revenue as well, $22.3 million, a 9% increase over revenue of $20.4 million for the comparable quarter. Net income was $7.1 million or $0.18 per share compared with $7 million or $0.21 per share for the same period of fiscal 2008.

We also had record free cash flow of $19.4 million or 87% of revenues, comparable to $17 million or 83% of revenue from the prior year period.

With that, I'll now turn the call back to Tony.

Tony Jensen

Thanks, Stefan. I'd like to reintroduce you to Bill Zisch, our Vice President of Operations, who has been with us for just over four months now and we talked about Bill on our last conference call, but he was, unfortunately traveling on company business out of the country and couldn't attend so this is his first opportunity to speak to you.

Bill has an important role of managing and monitoring our growing royalty portfolio which now consists of 118 properties on five continents, and we are eager to make his job an ever bigger one as we expand our royalty portfolio further.

Bill will now give you an update on some of our key royalty assets.

William M. Zisch

Thank you, Tony, and good morning, all. It's truly been exciting and gratifying to join the Royal Gold team. I've been getting up to speed very quickly over the past few months and I'm eager for the challenges that lie ahead.

One of the top priority projects when I came aboard was the production of our annual reserve release, which we put out this past May. This document contains estimates that we receive from the operators of our royalty properties for reserves and additional mineralization as of December 31st, 2008, as well as their calendar 2009 production forecasts.

This year, reserves subject to our royalty interest totaled 64.2 million ounces of gold and 1.2 billion ounces of silver, representing a 30% increase in gold reserves and a 16% increase in silver reserves over the prior period.

About one-third of this increase can be attributed to the ongoing successes of our royalty operators and converting resources into reserves, with the remaining 9.6 million ounces being added due to the Barrick transaction.

Now turning to operational highlights at our producing properties. Given the success we have had at growing our portfolio we now have 25 producing interests. Time does not permit me to address them all so I will focus on the principle producers with noteworthy accomplishments or changes.

The ramp up at Peñasquito continues to progress well. In July, Goldcorp declared that construction of the first sulfite process line was complete. They also reported that construction of the second sulfite process line is well under way and they are progressing towards plant completion in the third quarter of 2010. Goldcorp expects to see production and shipping of concentrates in the next six months, with the expectation of commercial production in January 2010.

On site production at Peñasquito continues to outperform expectations with production up by 24% for the most recent quarter. At the Dolores mine, ramp up continues to go well. Commercial production was achieved on May 1st. Last week, Minefinders reported that second quarter gold production has increased 65% over the previous period with production totalling approximately 23,000 ounces. Silver production increased 49% to 420,000 ounces.

Moving onto Cortez, revenue for the year was less than expected as the operator produced more gold from areas not subject to our royalties. We anticipate that Cortez will focus on (inaudible) from the Cortez Hills deposit which is not subject to our royalties, over the next several years. However, we also expect that concurrent (inaudible) production will continue in the pipeline complex where we do have royalty interests.

Cortez represented about 22% of our revenues for fiscal 2009, down from 85% just four years ago. While this is due to reduced production at the mine, it also reflects that we have substantially grown our royalty portfolio beyond this single asset. It's also interesting to note that reserves, subject to our royalty interest as of December 31st, 2008, increased to 4.3 million ounces. So Cortez will continue to be a very important asset for years to come.

Robinson revenues were down due to lower gold copper prices, decreased gold and copper production, and negative final pricing adjustments during the first half of our fiscal year. Copper prices have been rising steadily in calendar 2009 and so we are now experiencing some positive price adjustments.

During the quarter, Quadra reduced their annual guidance for copper production from 140 million pounds to 130 million pounds. They did not change their gold production guidance. It remains at 100,000 ounces. The reduction in estimated copper production is due to limited access to hypogene ore in the Veteran Pit which adversely affected blending capabilities during the quarter.

The operator expects mining of the hypogene ore to resume in the next quarter, allowing continuation of the blending strategy.

Having just returned from a trip to the Taparko operation in Burkina Faso, I can speak firsthand about the improvements in mill operations that have taken place. Throughput for the second quarter was approximately 80% of the original design capacity with just over 20,000 ounces of gold being poured. Mill availability was at planned levels of 92% in June and July. They are still seeing higher than normal vibrations in the pinion/girth gear interface and continue to work to resolve this.

Nonetheless, we are pleased with the substantial revenue we are receiving from this operation as milling of higher grade ore has partially compensated for the shortcomings of the milling circuit.

At the Mulatos mine, Alamos reported a very good second quarter with higher than planned recoveries due to production improvements made in earlier quarters that include the addition of drum glomeration, the realization of more consistent crushing, and the ongoing installation of inter-lift liners.

As a result of these improvements, Alamos increased their 2009 annual production guidance from between 145,000-160,000 ounces to between 160,000-170,000 ounces of gold. They also reported very positive expiration results and plan to continue expiration actives in preparation for a resource estimate to be completed by the end of calendar 2009.

I'd like to say a few words about the efficient operations at one of our smaller royalty properties, the El Chanate Mine operated by Capital Gold. During the quarter, a secondary crushing module was installed and is now operational. This addition was completed one month ahead of schedule and at budged costs. The secondary crusher will increase crushing capacity to 15,000 tons per day, a 40% increase which is critical to their expanded production plans which call for an increase from 55,000 ounces they expect to produce this year to an annual target of 70,000 ounces in the future.

Three of our larges production and revenue contributors, Goldstrike, Leeville, and Siguiri, continue to operate and perform as expected.

Now I’ll turn the call back over to Tony.

Tony Jensen

Thanks, Bill. Turning to a few important developments during the quarter, on May 7th, Barrick formally announced their decision to commence production at Pascua-Lama and provided the following key information about the project.

Reserves totalled 17.8 million ounces of gold and 718 million ounces of silver. Estimated mine life is in excess of 25 years. Average annual production over the life of the mine is estimated to be 600,000-700,000 ounces of gold and 20-25 million ounces of silver at a cash cost of $200-$250 per ounce. And commission is expected in late 2012 or early 2013.

At the current gold price we hold a 1.08% NSR royalty on this project which applies to all gold production that is mined within Chile, and we understand that about 80% of the gold will come from Chile.

At existing gold prices this royalty would average about $7 million annually over the first five years or production.

I'd also like to mention that on July 23rd we received a favorable outcome on litigation related to our royalty on the Holt mine that we acquired from Barrick. St. Andrew Goldfields owns the Holloway-Holt mining complex and they sought clarification on the royalty obligations on the Holt portion of the mine.

The court ruled that Royal Gold is entitled to payment for the full amount of the sliding scale royalty defined in the royalty agreement. This royalty rate would be slightly over 12% at a $950 per ounce gold price. St. Andrew has indicated that they would like to begin production at the Holt mine in the second half of calendar 2010.

I should also mention that the ruling that the court made may be appealed within 30 days of the date of the decision.

At Andacollo we understand that production is progressing according to plan for the new mill, however, Teck announced yesterday the challenges to the previously granted permits for the hypogene project water supply may result in delays to the startup of the project. Teck is working with the appropriate authorities to resolve the issue and has developed contingency plans for alternative water supply.

We are working collaboratively with Teck on this issue, and as such, have agreed to extend the outside closing date of the transaction until January 29th, to accommodate this potential delay.

So in closing then, we are very pleased by the significant growth and diversification that Royal Gold has achieved during fiscal 2009. With the addition of the Barrick portfolio and the signing of the agreement with the subsidiary of Teck Resources on the Andacollo line.

Looking ahead, our fundamentals remain solid with a strong balance sheet and cash flow, and our expanded line of credit to help fund future acquisitions. This is a great time to be in the gold business. And we believe that Royal Gold is well positioned to continue the growth and revenue diversification that we have achieved in fiscal 2009.

Operator, that concludes our prepared remarks and we'd be happy to entertain any questions if there were some.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

(Operator's Instructions) And your first question comes from Adam Schatzker. Your line is now open.

Adam Schatzker - RBC Capital Markets

If I could just ask two questions, first on Andacollo. I'm just trying to figure out a little bit with respect to timing. Can I assume that the way the Teck press release is worded that it is expected either with the contingency plans or with the existing water supply that they would have everything sorted out by the end of January? And assuming that, how long after that time would everything be up and running?

Tony Jensen

Adam, thanks for the question. I think a lot of that should probably be directed to Teck. Let me just say that from our standpoint we think there's every reason that the parties involved are going to find a reasonable resolution to the issues. Teck has not stated definitively that the project has been delayed. We're still working the issue very actively.

Our expansion of the timeframe to close our transaction just really takes a little bit of the pressure away from and trying to do something by October 30th. So these things are very dynamic and it's awful hard and predict and be precise exactly when the social issues will be resolved, but Teck is a good operator, and they're very capable and I think there's a reasonable expectation that they're going to be successful before January 29th.

But with regard to the exact potential delay, I think they even said in their press release that it really depends on the progress that's made.

Now, your latter part of your question I believe related to the ramp up period and as far as I understand the construction is moving along as swiftly as ever. There has been no slowdown in that area that I'm aware of so from that standpoint we'd expect the construction to still be ready for a commissioning somewhere around November, if indeed they had the social or the water issues squared away. So we'd expect that any kind of slippage that we might have is a result of the water issue delay. That would be the type of slippage we'd have in the project in total. I wouldn’t expect any more.

Adam Schatzker - RBC Capital Markets

Okay. And the second question is Cortez. You mentioned that production is expected to be lower for a number of years, can you perhaps help quantify what lower production is and how many years you might consider that occurring? I know it's a little hard in the position you're in, but just anything would be helpful I suppose.

Tony Jensen

I'll ask Bill Zisch to comment there.

William M. Zisch

Yeah, Adam. As you said, it is a little bit hard for us to kind of ascertain exactly what that's going to be. We're still looking forward to guidance from Barrick on the operation. What we know is with the Cortez Hill operation coming on and having a higher grade it only makes them for them to focus on producing from that asset, but at the same time they're going to have a need to fill out milling capacity and that will come back to pipeline. So I really can't say much more than that right now — I don’t have the specifics, but that's kind of how we think it'll play out.

Tony Jensen

I might just add a comment to that. As they focus over in Cortez Hills, that's going to be the priority for the mill feed, and most of our production will probably come from the bleach production, so I think we'll probably kind of play a swing role here over the next few years. I wouldn’t expect production to be any higher than the guidance that Barrick has provided us with in this calendar year and I would expect it to be somewhat sporadic and say that it's a little hard for us to answer it any more definitively than that.

Adam Schatzker - RBC Capital Markets

Okay. I appreciate your answers. Thank you very much.

Operator

Your next question is from Victor Flores. Your line is now open.

Victor Flores - HSBC Securities

Thank you. Good afternoon, Tony. I have a couple questions, I guess starting with the Teck royalty purchase, I'm a bit — I don't know, I’m a bit confused. I mean they've announced that they have some issues that might delay the project. I'm not quite sure why that would lead you to delay closing the transaction other than maybe you're leaving yourself some wiggle room in case things get worse.

Tony Jensen

Victor, we really didn't see any downside at all in delaying the transaction because our interests are absolutely aligned with Teck. They want to bring this property on as fast as possible and there is a good expectation that they will close before the outside date.

But just moving the outside date does give us a little bit more room, does give Teck a little bit more room to resolve the issue and kind of takes that pressure point away. It's an artificial pressure point. In the meantime the cash stays in our accounts, the shares are not issued, and so again we didn't see any downside here. In fact, we thought it was just a real prudent business thing to do.

Victor Flores - HSBC Securities

Yeah. I guess that makes sense. The second question goes to Taparko and maybe Bill can comment since he was there. Are you not concerned — I mean it sounds good to say at all that the production is up because they're milling higher-grade ore, but that is potentially to the detriment of the ore body over the long term. Are you not concerned that because the mill isn't operating properly, and I believe there's some cash flow pressures, that they’re hydrating the deposit?

Tony Jensen

Bill, do you want to answer that one?

William M. Zisch

Yeah. Thanks for the question, Victor. You're correct in that what they've done is they have compensated for some of the mill throughput issues by prioritizing some higher grade material. That will impact the long-term plan versus what it was, but I think it's actually the prudent thing to do from a cash flow standpoint. Taking a look at their plans, I don't think they have hydrated significantly, and what it's done is bought them some time to get the mill operations back in order. And we've seen actually a trend in the last couple months of improved operations. And what they will do now is adjust back to their kind of life of mine grades and stripping and obviously there has to be some impact of that change in profile and that will play out over the longer term.

Tony Jensen

I think it's also fair to say that we don't expect that they've sterilized any mineralization through this process, they just advance one pit ahead of the other and that's where most of the grade is coming from so…I guess we would have done the same thing had we been operating the mine, Victor.

Victor Flores - HSBC Securities

Fair enough. Second question on Taparka goes to, I guess High River Gold's I guess now almost final sale to Severstal and I’m wondering whether you have had any approach or conversations with the Severstal people and if they've made any indication as to what they think they might be doing with this asset considering that you, at a moment' notice, could exercise your security and they wouldn’t own a mine.

Tony Jensen

Yeah, Victor. We reached out to Severstal just when they became involved in the project. Looking at Bill Heissenbuttel, I guess that was in November of last year, and of course they reached out to us at the same time and we've had several, at least two or three face-to-face meetings and several conference calls. So we know them reasonably well. We are supportive of their efforts and we're hopeful that they'll continue to have the success. We've seen a great deal of success in the operation over the last six months.

And I'd just like to emphasize that our preferred alternative here is to get the deal that we bargained for originally, and we're quite excited to see the project come up to its technical abilities. We always were confident in the reserve itself and now we're seeing the technical side of the project come up to speed. So that would be our preferred alternative rather than exercising any security by any means, but it's nice to have that comfort there if we were to need it. So in summary I think we have pretty good relationships with Severstal.

Victor Flores - HSBC Securities

Okay, great. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from Imaru Casanova, your line is open.

Imaru Casanova - BJM Research

Hi. Most of my questions have been answered, but just one more point to clarify on the Andacollo transaction. From what you’ve said I gather then that there isn’t' really anything that could — I guess something could always happen, but you don't anticipate anything happening from now until January that could make you not want to complete the transaction? And secondly, is there clauses or ways in the agreement where you could get out of the transaction if something happened?

Tony Jensen

Good questions, Ima. Now we're really a bit on the sidelines here supporting Teck to the degree we can, but it's really their work that has to go forward to resolve the issues. And we have in our agreement a clause where we can go ahead and accept the risk of permitting and go ahead and close the transaction on January 29th if we wish to do that. But we put in this agreement, like we do in just about all of our agreements, a standard clause that at closing permits have to be in good standing and I think we have some kind of lack of challenge language in here as well.

So if the situation on January 29th just does not look favorable and Royal Gold is not interested in accepting that level of risk, we have those provisions where we don't have to move forward with the transaction.

Imaru Casanova - BJM Research

Excellent, thank you. Yeah, that clarifies that. And then the second part on Andacollo which is the — as soon as Andacollo reaches commercial production, your royalty would kick in, correct?

Tony Jensen

No. We're on ounce one. The first production that is made there, we come straight in. So even during the commissioning period, if there is some gold production we would get credit for that.

Imaru Casanova - BJM Research

Okay. Even during the pre-commercial part of the production there?

Tony Jensen

Yes, ma'am.

Imaru Casanova - BJM Research

Excellent. And like I said, most of the questions were answered. Now I just have — and this I very minor, but if you could just — Bald Mountain has kind of dropped out of the picture in the last few quarters, what's the situation there with your royalty?

William M. Zisch

At Bald Mountain it's a mining sequencing. They've moved out of our royalty areas and are producing out of some of the others pits, and they will be going in and out and we expect that they will be coming back into our rosy areas in the future again, but it's just a mine sequence thing right now.

Imaru Casanova - BJM Research

Okay. And you don't have any guidance as to when that may happen?

William M. Zisch

Not as of right now other than the annual production guidance that we've put out on there.

Imaru Casanova - BJM Research

Thank you very much, guys.

Operator

Your next question comes from Mike Jalonen. Your line is now open.

Mike Jalonen - Merrill Lynch Canada

Tony, just wondering about the royalty acquisition environment — you guys obliviously did very well. The Andacollo transaction is obviously — once the water gets resolved it's a great deal and a lot of companies are in distress a mere few months ago, but now the environment's completely changed with the metal prices all running, companies doing financing — it's much better financial shape. Are you finding the opportunities as much as you had from a few months ago, and the prices, how are they looking?

Tony Jensen

Mike, I think it's fair to say that we just came through a very, very unique environment that was quite beneficial for Royal Gold as we were strong going into that environment and we were able to look at a number of things during the last year that perhaps were somewhat unique and we're just absolutely pleased that we could enter into business with Teck.

Having said that we still haven't seen the deal flow drop. There's just different types of deal flow I think that have come through and we're looking at a number of different things, some that could be of the magnitude that we did with Teck, but a lot of smaller things as well. So I think it's probably just a bit different type of transaction possibility now then what we came through in the last nine months.

Mike Jalonen - Merrill Lynch Canada

That sounds interesting. I guess you probably can't give examples of things you'd be looking at as maybe your competitors are listening (laughs).

Tony Jensen

No. That wouldn’t be prudent for us, but at any rate we still have Bill Heissenbuttel gainfully employed.

Mike Jalonen - Merrill Lynch Canada

Maybe we'll discuss over a beer or two at the upcoming conference even.

Tony Jensen

(Laughs) I think I have to move onto the next question (laughter). Thanks, Mike.

Mike Jalonen - Merrill Lynch Canada

Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from Andrew Schopick. Your line is now open.

Andrew Schopick – Nutmeg Securities

Thank you. First question I want to ask is if you can give me a breakdown on the DD&A. It totalled $38.4 million, what was depletion, depreciation, and amortization separately?

Stefan L. Wenger

I'll take that question. I'll give you a broad brush. I'm not going to go by property —

Andrew Schopick – Nutmeg Securities

Yeah, broad brush. I'm just looking for the mix that comprised the total of 38.34.

Stefan L. Wenger

Sure. We have very little depreciation so that's about $100,000. The majority of that number is our property depletion, and I am going to give it to you on a per ounce, it was 362 out of the total 386, so the lion's share of those dollars. The only other component in our DD&A is we're amortizing some non-compete agreements from the (inaudible) acquisition and that amortization is about $480,000 a quarter, so call it $2 million for the year out of that total number.

Andrew Schopick – Nutmeg Securities

That is great. Okay, and —

Stefan L. Wenger

Those are (inaudible) for another year and just another about five quarters, Andy.

Andrew Schopick – Nutmeg Securities

And you do expect the overall DD&A to remain about the same in fiscal 2010 here?

Stefan L. Wenger

Yeah. As we look ahead to 2010 you saw a very substantial increase from this year compared to last year. As we look at 2010 we're not going to see the same type of increase. I see that moderating very much and having DD&A rates overall pretty consistent with what we saw for 2009 as a whole.

Andrew Schopick – Nutmeg Securities

And once again it'll be comprised mostly of depletion?

Stefan L. Wenger

Yes. That's correct. And the other component is that piece of non-compete agreement that will (inaudible) quarters.

Andrew Schopick – Nutmeg Securities

Okay. I had one other question that I did want to ask on Cortez. I noticed — I'm just looking for that table right now, that the production for the year at Cortez was down about 38.5% down to about 268 ounces, but royalty revenue on that production was only down about 25.5% to $16.3 million. What are the factors that would cause the royalty revenue to decrease proportionately less than the production?

Stefan L. Wenger

Yeah, Andy, that's a question that I'd be happy to take. When we report that production we're reporting it for the property as a whole, and as you know we have four different royalty interests on that property. And the reason for the disproportionate decrease, I would say, is because of the different components of where that production came from within our four-royalty portfolio.

Andrew Schopick – Nutmeg Securities

So this is something that can basically change over the course of the year, it's very hard to forecast?

Stefan L. Wenger

Yeah. It's hard to forecast. We don't have or give a breakout of where the production is coming by royalty area and I don't have additional details I can give you on that right now looking forward.

Andrew Schopick – Nutmeg Securities

Given the current price of gold and the royalty interest that you have at Cortez, assuming that production continues to fall, is it likely that we will see royalty revenue associated with Cortez continue to fall in the current fiscal year as well?

Tony Jensen

Well, I would say overall yes. I think we have guidance of 330,000 some ounces from Barrick to production which is slightly more. Is that right?

Karen P. Gross

346.

Tony Jensen

Okay. So that would be slightly more than what they produced last year according to the numbers you see here at 268,000. So it should be in that range and I think it probably in future years will fall down a little bit before they pick it back up one they start (inaudible) the Cortez sales piece.

Stefan L. Wenger

One more piece that I should mention is when you compare fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2008 we had a change in the royalty rate on the GSR2 as well. And also in prior periods before that change when there was production coming heavier from the GSR2 area that would have an impact on the revenue. Going forward, most of that production is going to be at the 5% rate so it should be a little more simple to calculate.

Andrew Schopick – Nutmeg Securities

Alright, thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from John Doody, your line is now open.

John Doody - Unidentified Company

Hi, guys. Congratulations on a great year. A couple of questions, are you going to put out some kind of a general guidance for production and royalties for fiscal 2010?

Stefan L. Wenger

We won't put a fiscal year production out because we obtain it from the operators on a calendar year basis and so that's why we come out in about April of each year with our reserves and the production guidance around that time, John.

John Doody - Unidentified Company

Okay, fine. And with $1.09 in earnings per share, just finished fiscal year, and if I divided DD&A by the number of shares it looks like you've got an operating cash flow of about $2 a share which leads me to my perennial every quarter question about the dividend. Any expectation that we can see a little bump up in that?

Tony Jensen

You know, John, I know I'd be disappointed if you didn't ask the question, but I know you just never like my answer. The fact is that we aren't going to see a substantial increase in the dividend because we see a lot of growth opportunities out in front of us. We are proud of the dividend, we want to support a dividend, we're very proud that we’ve increased it continuously over the past — I think we paid a dividend for 10 years or so and increased it many of those years — the lion's share of those years. So we'd like to be able to continue to do that. I think that's a reasonable expectation, but a substantial increase is not something that we think is prudent because we do see a lot of other good uses of capital and we just don't want to be running back to the capital market all the time to finance new acquisitions.

John Doody - Unidentified Company

Okay. So you're not ruling out a token increase?

Tony Jensen

No, not at all.

John Doody - Unidentified Company

Okay, great. Thanks.

Operator

(Operator's Instructions) And there are no further questions at this time.

Tony Jensen

Well, I think we'll wrap up the call then. I really appreciate everybody joining us today and we look forward to your continued interest and support of Royal Gold and we look forward to updating you on conference calls for the next quarter. Thanks, everybody.

Operator

This concludes today's conference call. You may now disconnect.

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