- The company reported a net loss of $270.96 million or $1.23 per share, including non-cash write-downs of $277.7 million. Mainly $250.8 million impairment for the Silvertip mine.
- Coeur Mining produced 94,716 Au Oz of gold and 3.176 million ounces of silver during the fourth quarter. Average realized gold and silver prices for the quarter are $1,342 per Au Oz.
- CDE should be used mostly as a short-term trading tool.
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Image: Palmarejo gold and silver complex in Mexico Source: Coeur Mining
Chicago-based Coeur Mining (NYSE:CDE) fits perfectly with the profile of a North American gold/silver producer with a gold sale representing ~75% and a silver sale of ~25% of the total production in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The company operates only four North American mines after the recent decision on Silvertip. Palmarejo and Kensington mines are leading producers, whereas the Silvertip mine continues to be a problematic ramp-up phase and will be closed until 2021.
Mitchell J. Krebs, president, and the chief executive officer said:
The decision to temporarily suspend operating activities at Silvertip, which represented approximately 6% of the company’s 2019 revenue, was driven by our goal of maximizing the long-term value of the operation,
The investment thesis for this particular gold/silver miner is correlated primarily to the gold and silver price. The company was turning attractive again after retracing, but the recent decision about Silvertip needs to be assessed seriously. A dual strategy with a small long-term investment built on active short-term trading seems the most appropriate.
Below are the historical data for both primary gold mines.
The company produces and sells lead and zinc as by-product metals. Below is the most recent presentation from the third quarter of 2019.
Source: CDE Presentation
Note: On September 25, 2019, Coeur Mining indicated that it sold "2,811,000 common shares of Metalla at an average price of C$1.09 per share between April 25, 2019, and September 24, 2019, for approximately C$3.1 million." "Coeur now owns 20,965,241 common shares of Metalla or approximately 15.9% of its issued and outstanding common shares."
On February 20, 2019, Coeur Mining Announced Its Fourth Quarter Results
Fourth-quarter Production in silver/gold equivalent ounce
SEO or Silver Equivalent Ounce for 4Q'19 has been estimated using a 1:83.5 ratio. Coeur Mining produced 94,716 Au Oz of gold and 3.176 million ounces of silver during the fourth quarter. Average realized gold and silver prices for the quarter are $1,342 per Au Oz and $16.07 per Ag ounce.
Mitchell Krebs, the CEO, said in the conference call about the Silvertip mine:
We anticipate that the earliest possible restart at Silvertip would be in late 2021. And we’ll be driven by the results of our exploration program and the feasibility study as well as prevailing market conditions.
Coeur Mining: Financials And Production In 4Q 2019. The raw numbers
|Total Revenues in $ Million||170.0||148.8||143.9||154.9||162.1||199.47||195.04|
|Net Income in $ Million||2.9||-53.0||0.5||-19.2||-36.8||-24.28||-270.96|
|EBITDA $ Million||42.1||-12.3||7.9||14.3||7.1||37.0||-214.71|
|EPS diluted in $/share||0.02||-0.29||0.00||-0.09||-0.18||-0.06||-1.23|
|Cash from operating activities in $ Million||-1.3||5.8||0.1||-11.8||26.4||42.0||39.30|
|Capital Expenditure in $ Million||41.2||39.5||17.8||27.4||20.7||30.7||20.91|
|Free Cash Flow in $ Million||-42.5||-33.7||-17.7||-39.3||5.7||11.3||18.39|
|Total Cash $ Million||123.5||104.7||115.1||69.0||37.9||65.3||55.65|
|Total Debt ( including lease obligation) In $ Million||419.7||429.2||458.8||459.0||370.0||298.7||295.5|
|Shares outstanding (diluted) in Million||187.5||185.2||199.6||202.4||207.8||225.9||238.95|
Data Source: Company filing and Morningstar/YCharts
Trends And Charts: Revenues, Earnings Details, Free Cash Flow, Debt, And Production Details
1 - Revenues and trend. Revenues were $195.0 million in 4Q'19 Coeur Mining posted revenue of $190.5 million with an EBITDA loss of $214.71 million and cash flow from operating activities gain of $39.295 million. The company reported a net loss of $270.96 million or $1.23 per share, including non-cash write-downs of $277.7 million (mainly $250.8 million impairment, and temporarily suspending mining and processing activities at the Silvertip mine).
For the full year, Coeur reported revenue of $711.5 million and cash flow from operating activities of $91.9 million, including non-cash write-downs totaling $320.0 million. For more information, please look at the table above.
Coeur Mining's free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2019 indicates a gain of $18.4 million, and free cash flow for 2019 is a loss of $3.9 million. It was the third quarter with positive free cash flow.
3 - Available capital, net debt, and liquidity.
Source: CDE presentation
Mitchel Krebs, the CEO, said in the conference call:
Given the attractive returns and results from our investment in exploration, we plan to substantially increase our spending level in 2020 by over 60% to roughly $50 million, which will by far be the largest program in the company’s history.
4 - The company is indicating full-year 2020 production guidance.
Coeur Mining indicated total full-year 2020 production guidance of 317-363K oz. of gold, 10.3-13.3M oz. of silver.
Note: The total proved and probable reserves, as of December 31, 2019, represent 182.9M Oz of silver and 2.564M Oz of gold. Coeur mining stated that gold reserves were lower year-over-year, but silver reserves grew, primarily driven by the replacement of depletion at Palmarejo and conversions at Rochester.
Conclusion And Technical Analysis
Coeur Mining is the perfect North American gold and silver producer.
However, the Silvertip mine, which was acquired in 2017, spoiled the party with a vast non-cash impairment charge and expense of $6 million per quarter for "care & maintenance" until 2021, when the mine is scheduled to re-open.
Pursuant to the Arrangement, Coeur acquired all issued and outstanding common shares of JDS Silver Holdings, Ltd. for consideration of approximately US$147.5 million in cash and US$37.5 million in Coeur common stock, and assumed approximately US$15 million of existing debt.
The Silvertip acquisition will certainly haunt Coeur Mining's management for a long time. It looks like a terrible mistake due to apparently a failure to perform satisfactory due diligence at the time.
The issue is that management is still not able to recognize its error and, consequently, will probably make the situation even more costly.
Technical Analysis (short term)
CDE experienced a support breakout last week and quickly reached line support of the descending wedge pattern indicated in the chart above. This drop is probably the combination of the Silvertip news and also a broad selloff of the gold miners on Friday due perhaps to some margin calls.
I believe CDE could be accumulated between $4.10 and $2.90, which is the lower support. The first resistance where I recommend selling a large part of your accumulation is around $5.10, but depending on the gold price, the stock could reach $6.15.
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