(MENAFN - iCrowdNewsWire) ,– Wheaton Precious Metals™ Corp. (“Wheaton” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its results for the third quarter ended. All figures are presented indollars unless otherwise noted.
In the third quarter of 2018, Wheaton generated close toin operating cash flow, and completed the acquisition of a gold and palladium stream on theand East Boulder mines (collectively “Stillwater”). During the third quarter, Wheaton received its first deliveries of gold and palladium from. Through the first nine months of 2018, Wheaton had record gold production and sales volumes, and is on track to meet annual production guidance, and is currently on track to exceed annual production guidance.
- The decrease in attributable silver production for the three months ended, was primarily due to the termination of the San Dimas silver purchase agreement and the entering into of the new San Dimas precious metals purchase agreement (“First Majestic PMPA”) effective, the expiry of the streaming agreement relative to the Lagunas Norte, Veladero and Pierina mines on, and lower production at Peñasquito due to lower throughput and planned lower grades from stockpiles during the commissioning of the now fully constructed Peñasquito Pyrite Leach Project (“PLP”).
- The increase in attributable gold production for the three months ended, was primarily due to the entering into of the First Majestic PMPA, the acquisition of the new gold stream at, partially offset by lower production at both Salobo and.
- The decrease in silver sales volume for the three months ended, was due to the lower production levels, partially offset by positive changes in the balance of payable silver produced but not yet delivered to Wheaton.
- The increase in gold sales volume for the three months ended, was primarily the result of increased production levels coupled with positive changes in the balance of payable gold produced but not yet delivered to Wheaton.
- Declared quarterly dividend ofper common share.
- On, the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Wheaton Precious Metals International Ltd. (“Wheaton International”), completed the acquisition from Sibanye Gold Limited (“Sibanye-Stillwater”) of a fixed percentage of gold and palladium production fromeffective.
Reconfirming 2018 Production Guidance
- Wheaton’s estimated attributable production in 2018 is on track to exceed its guidance of approximately 355,000 ounces of gold, 22.5 million ounces of silver and 10,400 ounces of palladium.
Subsequent to the Quarter
- On, Vale S.A. (“Vale”) announced the approval of the Salobo III mine expansion, which if completed as proposed, would increase processing throughput capacity from 24 million tonnes per annum (“Mtpa”) to 36 Mtpa once fully ramped up (the “Salobo Expansion”).
“Our robust precious metals business continued to grow in the third quarter with the first production of gold and palladium from our latest stream,, exceeding our expectations. With the addition of, Wheaton had record gold production and sales volume in the first nine months of 2018 resulting in operating cash flow of almost.” said, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wheaton Precious Metals. “In addition, we believe we are currentlywell positioned to exceed our production guidance for 2018. Finally, we also look forward to Vale pursuing their announced expansion of the Salobo mine in. Salobo has proven itself to be an exceptional mine, delivering metal to both Vale and Wheaton at a low cost.”
RevenuesRevenue wasin the third quarter of 2018, on sales volume of 5.0 million ounces of silver, 89,200 ounces of gold and 3,700 ounces of palladium. This represents a 9% decrease from theof revenue generated in the third quarter of 2017 due primarily to (i) a 13% decrease in the number of silver ounces sold; (ii) a 12% decrease in the average realized silver price (in Q3 2018 compared within Q3 2017); and (iii) a 6% decrease in the average realized gold price (in Q3 2018 compared within Q3 2017); partially offset by (iv) an 8% increase in the number of gold ounces sold; and (v) the first sales of palladium.
Costs and ExpensesAverage cash costs¹ in the third quarter of 2018 wereper silver ounce sold,per gold ounce sold andper palladium ounce sold, as compared withper silver ounce andper gold ounce during the comparable period of 2017. This resulted in a cash operating margin¹ ofper silver ounce sold,per gold ounce sold andper palladium ounce sold, a reduction of 22% and 11% for silver and gold, respectively, as compared with Q3 2017. The decrease in the cash operating margin was primarily due to a 12% decrease in the average realized silver price and a 6% decrease in the average realized gold price in Q3 2018 compared with Q3 2017.
Earnings and Operating Cash FlowsAdjusted net earnings¹ and cash flow from operations in the third quarter of 2018 were(per share) and(per share¹), compared with(per share) and(per share¹) for the same period in 2017, a decrease of 47% and 16%, respectively.
Balance SheetAt, the Company had approximatelyof cash on hand andoutstanding under the Company’srevolving term loan (the “Revolving Facility”).
Third Quarter Asset Highlights
During the third quarter of 2018, attributable production was 5.7 million ounces of silver, 101,600 ounces of gold and 8,800 ounces of palladium, representing a decrease of 25% and an increase of 7% for silver and gold, respectively, as compared with the third quarter of 2017.
Operational highlights for the quarter ended, based upon counterparties’ reporting, are as follows:
SaloboIn the third quarter of 2018, Salobo produced 68,600 ounces of attributable gold, a decrease of approximately 6% relative to the third quarter of 2017 due to slightly lower grades as expected due to mine sequencing in the open pit. As discussed below, subsequent to the quarter, Vale announced the approval of the Salobo Expansion.
PeñasquitoIn the third quarter of 2018, Peñasquito produced 1.0 million ounces of attributable silver, a decrease of approximately 36% relative to the third quarter of 2017 due to lower throughput and planned lower grades from stockpiles during the commissioning of the now fully constructed PLP. According to Goldcorp Inc.’s (“Goldcorp”) third quarter of 2018 MD & A, lower production was a result of the planned transition from higher grade ore in the Peñasco pit to lower grade ore from stockpiles during the first three quarters of 2018. This transition facilitated the stripping campaign in the Peñasco pit and the pre-stripping campaign in the newly developed Chile Colorado pit. Goldcorp further notes that production in the third quarter of 2018 was impacted by a reduction in mill throughput as much harder low-grade stockpiles were processed during commissioning of the Carbon Pre-flotation plant, a component of the PLP.
According to Goldcorp, commissioning of the PLP commenced, with commercial production expected in the fourth quarter of 2018. In addition, Goldcorp reports that substantially all of Peñasquito’s production in the fourth quarter will come from higher grade ore from the main Peñasco pit.
AntaminaIn the third quarter of 2018, Antamina produced 1.5 million ounces of attributable silver, a decrease of approximately 15% relative to the third quarter of 2017 as expected due to mine sequencing in the open pit.
San DimasIn the third quarter of 2018, San Dimas produced 10,600 ounces of attributable gold. According to First Majestic Silver Corp.’s (“First Majestic”) third quarter of 2018 production report, silver equivalent production in the quarter increased 90% relative to the prior quarter due to increased throughput as some of the lower grade stopes that were deemed uneconomical under the old streaming agreement have now become economical under the new streaming agreement. First Majestic also highlighted increased recoveries as a result of an additional agitator tank being installed in September which increases retention times.
In the third quarter of 2018, Vale’smines produced 6,000 ounces of attributable gold, a decrease of approximately 30% relative to the third quarter of 2017 primarily due to lower throughput caused by a planned maintenance shutdown in August (planned maintenance in 2017 occurred in June).
ConstanciaIn the third quarter of 2018, Constancia produced 0.7 million ounces of attributable silver and 3,300 ounces of attributable gold, an increase of approximately 19% and 31%, respectively, relative to the third quarter of 2017. Increased silver and gold production was primarily due to record mill throughput and higher grades.
In the third quarter of 2018,produced 6,400 ounces of attributable gold and 8,800 ounces of attributable palladium. On, the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Wheaton International, completed the acquisition from Sibanye-Stillwater of a fixed percentage of gold and palladium production from. As part of the agreement, Wheaton is entitled to the attributable gold and palladium production for which an offtaker payment was received after, resulting in reported production for the third quarter including some material processed in the previous quarter. Wheaton’s 2018 production guidance forwas approximately 5,400 ounces of gold and 10,400 ounces of palladium. For more details on the acquisition, please refer to Wheaton’s news release dated.
Other SilverIn the third quarter of 2018, total Other Silver attributable production was 2.4 million ounces, a decrease of approximately 4% relative to the third quarter of 2017. The decrease was driven primarily by the cessation of attributable production from the Lagunas Norte, Veladero and Pierina mines as the silver purchase agreement with Barrick Gold Corp. (“Barrick”) related to these mines expired on, and lower production at Zinkgruvan, partially offset by the start-up of attributable production at the Aljustrel mine.
Other GoldIn the third quarter of 2018, total Other Gold attributable production was 6,700 ounces, a decrease of approximately 41% relative to the third quarter of 2017. The decrease was due primarily to lower production at both the 777 andmines. As per Capstone Mining Corp’s (“Capstone”) news release dated, the agreement under which Capstone had agreed to sell itsmine to Pembridge Resources plc has been terminated. In conjunction with this, Capstone has elected to place themine on care and maintenance while Capstone seeks alternatives to preserve and maximize the value of themine.
Produced But Not Yet Delivered2As at, payable ounces attributable to the Company produced but not yet delivered amounted to 4.5 million payable silver ounces, 77,100 payable gold ounces and 4,700 payable palladium ounces, representing an increase of 0.2 million payable silver ounces and 100 payable gold ounces during the three-month period ended.Payable silver ounces produced but not yet delivered increased primarily as a result of increases related to the Peñasquito and Antamina silver interests partially offset by a decrease related to the Yauliyacu silver interest. Payable gold ounces produced but not yet delivered increased primarily as a result of increases related to theandgold interests partially offset by decreases related to theand 777 gold interests. Payable ounces produced but not yet delivered to the Wheaton group of companies are expected to average approximately two months of annualized production for silver and two to three months for both gold and palladium but may vary from quarter to quarter due to a number of mining operation factors including mine ramp-up and timing of shipments.
Detailed mine-by-mine production and sales figures can be found in the Appendix to this press release and in Wheaton’s consolidated MD & A in the ‘Results of Operations and Operational Review’ section.
Subsequent to the Quarter
Salobo ExpansionAs per Vale’s third quarter 2018 MD & A, on, Vale’s Board of Directors approved the Salobo Expansion, a brownfield expansion, which if completed as proposed, would increase processing throughput capacity to 36 Mtpa. Wheaton International first entered into a gold purchase agreement with Vale in respect of the Salobo mine in 2013 and made subsequent amendments to the agreement in 2015 and 2016 (the “Gold Agreement”). As part of the Gold Agreement, if actual throughput is expanded above 28 Mtpa within a predetermined period, and depending on the grade of material processed, Wheaton will be required to make an additional payment to Vale based on a set fee schedule. As proposed, the Salobo Expansion would increase throughput capacity from 24 Mtpa to 36 Mtpa once fully ramped up. Vale has approved the investment ofin the Salobo Expansion, with a start-up scheduled for the first half of 2022 and an estimated ramp-up of 15 months. Vale has indicated that the Salobo Expansion will encompass a third concentrator and will use Salobo’s existing infrastructure. As agreed to as part of the original Gold Agreement and based on Vale’s disclosure relating to size and timing of the Salobo Expansion, the Company estimates that an expansion payment of betweentowould be payable. Given Vale’s proposed schedule, this payment would likely be made in 2023.
Fourth Quarterly DividendThe fourth quarterly cash dividend for 2018 ofwill be paid to holders of record of Wheaton Precious Metals common shares as of the close of business onand will be distributed on or about.
Under the Company’s dividend policy, the quarterly dividend per common share will be equal to 30% of the average cash generated by operating activities in the previous four quarters divided by the Company’s then outstanding common shares, all rounded to the nearest cent.
The declaration, timing, amount and payment of future dividends remain at the discretion of the Board of Directors. This dividend qualifies as an ‘eligible dividend’ for Canadian income tax purposes.
Dividend Reinvestment PlanThe Company has previously implemented a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (“DRIP”). Participation in the DRIP is optional. For the purposes of this fourth quarterly dividend, the Company has elected to issue common shares under the DRIP through treasury at a 3% discount to the Average Market Price, as defined in the DRIP. However, the Company may, from time to time, in its discretion, change or eliminate the discount applicable to Treasury Acquisitions,as defined in the DRIP, or direct that such common shares be purchased in Market Acquisitions,as defined in the DRIP,at the prevailing market price, any of which would be publicly announced.
The DRIP and enrollment forms are available for download on the Company’s website atwww.wheatonpm.com, accessible by quick links directly from the home page, and can also be found in the ‘investors’ section, under the ‘dividends’ tab.
Registered shareholders may also enroll in the DRIP online through the plan agent’s self-service web portal at:https://www.canstockta.com/en/InvestorServices/Investor_Information/Issuer_List/IssuerDetail.jsp?companyCode=1501.
Beneficial shareholders should contact their financial intermediary to arrange enrollment. All shareholders considering enrollment in the DRIP should carefully review the terms of the DRIP and consult with their advisors as to the implications of enrollment in the DRIP.
This press release is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer of securities. A registration statement relating to the DRIP has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and may be obtained under the Company’s profile on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website athttp://www.sec.gov. A written copy of the prospectus included in the registration statement may be obtained by contacting the Corporate Secretary of the Company at 1021 West Hastings Street, Suite 3500,, Canada V6E 0C3.
Wheaton’s estimated attributable production in 2018 is forecast to be approximately 355,000 ounces of gold, 22.5 million ounces of silver, and 10,400 ounces of palladium. Estimated average annual attributable production over the next five years (including 2018) is anticipated to be approximately 385,000 ounces of gold, 25 million ounces of silver, 27,000 ounces of palladium, and starting in 2021, 2.1 million pounds of cobalt per year. As a reminder, Wheaton does not include any production from Barrick’s Pascua-Lama project or Hudbay’sproject in its estimated average five-year production guidance.
From a liquidity perspective, theof cash and cash equivalents as atcombined with the liquidity provided by the available credit under theRevolving Facility and ongoing operating cash flows positions the Company well to fund all outstanding commitments and known contingencies as well as providing flexibility to acquire additional accretive precious metal stream interests.
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This earnings release should be read in conjunction with Wheaton Precious Metals’ MD & A and Financial Statements, which are available on the Company’s website atwww.wheatonpm.comand have been posted on SEDAR atwww.sedar.com.
Mr., Vice President, Mining Operations for Wheaton Precious Metals, is a “qualified person” as such term is defined under National Instrument 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the technical information disclosed in this news release.
Wheaton Precious Metals believes that there are no significant differences between its corporategovernance practices and those required to be followed bydomestic issuers under the NYSE listing standards. This confirmation is located on the Wheaton Precious Metals website athttp://www.wheatonpm.com/Company/corporate-governance/default.aspx.
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Earnings
Condensed Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Summary of Ounces Produced
Summary of Ounces Sold
Results of Operations
The operating results of the Company’s reportable operating segments are summarized in the tables and commentary below.
On a silver equivalent and gold equivalent basis, results for the Company for the three months endedwere as follows:
On a silver equivalent and gold equivalent basis, results for the Company for the three months endedwere as follows:
Wheaton Precious Metals has included, throughout this document, certain non-IFRS performance measures, including (i) adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share; (ii) operating cash flow per share (basic and diluted); (iii) average cash costs of silver, gold and palladium on a per ounce basis and; (iv) cash operating margin.
i. Adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share are calculated by removing the effects of the non-cash impairment charges, non-cash fair value (gains) losses, non-cash share of losses of associates and other one-time (income) expenses. The Company believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, management and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company’s performance.
The following table provides a reconciliation of adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share (basic and diluted).
ii. Operating cash flow per share (basic and diluted) is calculated by dividing cash generated by operating activities by the weighted average number of shares outstanding (basic and diluted). The Company presents operating cash flow per share as management and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company’s performance in comparison to other companies in the precious metal mining industry who present results on a similar basis.
The following table provides a reconciliation of operating cash flow per share (basic and diluted).
iii. Average cash cost of silver, gold and palladium on a per ounce basis is calculated by dividing the total cost of sales, less depletion, by the ounces sold. In the precious metal mining industry, this is a common performance measure but does not have any standardized meaning. In addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, management and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company’s performance and ability to generate cash flow.
The following table provides a reconciliation of average cash cost of silver, gold and palladium on a per ounce basis.
iv. Cash operating margin is calculated by subtracting the average cash cost of silver, gold and palladium on a per ounce basis from the average realized selling price of silver, gold and palladium on a per ounce basis. The Company presents cash operating margin as management and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company’s performance in comparison to other companies in the precious metal mining industry who present results on a similar basis as well as to evaluate the Company’s ability to generate cash flow.
The following table provides a reconciliation of cash operating margin.
These non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, and other companies may calculate these measures differently. The presentation of these non-IFRS measures is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. For more detailed information, please refer to Wheaton Precious Metals’ MD & A available on the Company’s website atwww.wheatonpm.comand posted on SEDAR atwww.sedar.com.
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING-STATEMENTS
The information contained herein contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements, which are all statements other than statements of historical fact, include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to:
- estimated future production as a result of the Salobo Expansion;
- future payment by Wheaton of consideration for the Salobo Expansion to Vale and the satisfaction of each party’s obligations and conditions in accordance with the terms of the Gold Agreement;
- the receipt by Wheaton of additional gold production in respect of the Salobo Expansion;
- the repayment of the Kutcho convertible note;
- the timing of the PLP commercial production in connection with Peñasquito;
- the ore grade and location of Peñasquito’s production in the fourth quarter of 2018; future payments by the Company in accordance with precious metal purchase agreements, including any acceleration of payments, estimated throughput and exploration potential;
- projected increases to Wheaton’s production and cash flow profile;
- the expansion and exploration potential at the Salobo and Peñasquito mines;
- projected changes to Wheaton’s production mix;
- anticipated increases in total throughput;
- the estimated future production;
- the future price of commodities;
- the estimation of mineral reserves and mineral resources;
- the realization of mineral reserve estimates;
- the timing and amount of estimated future production (including 2018 and average attributable annual production over the next five years);
- the costs of future production;
- reserve determination;
- estimated reserve conversion rates and produced but not yet delivered ounces;
- any statements as to future dividends, the ability to fund outstanding commitments and the ability to continue to acquire accretive precious metal stream interests;
- confidence in the Company’s business structure;
- the Company’s position relating to any dispute with the CRA and the Company’s intention to defend reassessments issued by the CRA; the impact of potential taxes, penalties and interest payable to the CRA; possible audits for taxation years subsequent to 2015; estimates as to amounts that may be reassessed by the CRA in respect of taxation years subsequent to 2010; amounts that may be payable in respect of penalties and interest; the Company’s intention to file future tax returns in a manner consistent with previous filings; that the CRA will continue to accept the Company posting security for amounts sought by the CRA under notices of reassessment for the 2005-2010 taxation years or will accept posting security for any other amounts that may be sought by the CRA under other notices of reassessment; the length of time it would take to resolve any dispute with the CRA or an objection to a reassessment; and assessments of the impact and resolution of various tax matters, including outstanding audits, proceedings with the CRA and proceedings before the courts; and
- assessments of the impact and resolution of various legal and taxmatters, including but not limited to outstanding class actions.
Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “projects”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, “potential”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Wheaton to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to:
- Vale does not meet the construction timeline, including anticipated completion, of the Salobo Expansion;
- Vale is unable to commence, or the timing of delivery of additional gold by Vale is delayed or deferred under the Salobo Expansion;
- Vale is unable to produce the estimated future production in connection with the Salobo Expansion;
- Wheaton does not make the expansion payment to Vale or each party does not satisfy its obligations and conditions respect of the Salobo Expansion in accordance with the terms of the Gold Agreement; and
- Vale does not deliver any, or delivers significantly less than anticipated, additional gold under the Salobo Expansion.
- Kutcho not being able to make payments under the Kutcho convertible note;
- the timing of the PLP commercial production in connection with Peñasquito will be delayed or will not achieve completion;
- the ore grade and location of Peñasquito’s production in the fourth quarter of 2018 will not be as expected; risks related to the satisfaction of each party’s obligations in accordance with the terms of Wheaton’s precious metal purchase agreements, including any acceleration of payments, estimated throughput and exploration potential;
- fluctuations in the price of commodities;
- risks related to the Mining Operations including risks related to fluctuations in the price of the primary commodities mined at such operations, actual results of mining and exploration activities, environmental, economic and political risks of the jurisdictions in which the Mining Operations are located, and changes in project parameters as plans continue to berefined;
- absence of control over the Mining Operations and having to rely on the accuracy of the public disclosure and other information Wheaton receives from the owners and operators of the Mining Operations as the basis for its analyses, forecasts and assessments relating to its own business;
- differences in the interpretation or application of tax laws and regulations or accounting policies and rules;
- Wheaton’s interpretation of, or compliance with, tax laws and regulations or accounting policies and rules, being found to beincorrect or the tax impact to the Company’s business operations being materially different than currently contemplated;
- any challenge by the CRA of the Company’s tax filings being successful and the potential negative impact to the Company’s previous and future tax filings;
- the Company’s business or ability to enter into precious metal purchase agreements being materially impacted as a result of any CRA reassessment;
- any reassessment of the Company’s tax filings and the continuation or timing of any such process is outside the Company’s control;
- any requirement to pay reassessed tax, and the amount of any tax, interest and penalties that may be payable changing due to currency fluctuations;
- the Company not being assessed taxes on its foreign subsidiary’s income on the same basis that the Company pays taxes on its Canadian income, if taxable in;
- interest and penalties associated with a CRA reassessment having an adverse impact on the Company’s financial position;
- litigation risk associated with a challenge to the Company’s tax filings;
- credit and liquidity risks;
- indebtedness and guarantees risks;
- mine operator concentration risks;
- hedging risk;
- competition in the mining industry;
- risks related to Wheaton’s acquisition strategy;
- risks related to the market price of the common shares of Wheaton;
- equity price risks related to Wheaton’s holding of longâ€'term investments in other exploration and mining companies;
- risks related to interest rates;
- risks related to the declaration, timing and payment of dividends;
- the ability of Wheaton and the Mining Operations to retain key management employees or procure the services of skilled and experienced personnel;
- litigation risk associated with outstanding legal matters;
- risks related to claims and legal proceedings against Wheaton or the Mining Operations;
- risks relating to unknown defects and impairments;
- risks relating to security over underlying assets;
- risks related to ensuring the security and safety of information systems, including cyber security risks;
- risks related to the adequacy of internal control over financial reporting;
- risks related to governmental regulations;
- risks related to international operations of Wheaton and the Mining Operations;
- risks relating to exploration, development and operations at the Mining Operations;
- risks related to the ability of the companies with which Wheaton has precious metal purchase agreements to perform their obligations under those precious metal purchase agreements in the event of a material adverse effect on the results of operations, financial condition, cash flows or business of such companies;
- risks related to environmental regulations and climate change;
- the ability of Wheaton and the Mining Operations to obtain and maintain necessary licenses, permits, approvals and rulings;
- the ability of Wheaton and the Mining Operations to comply with applicable laws, regulations and permitting requirements;
- lack of suitable infrastructure and employees to support the Mining Operations;
- uncertainty in the accuracy of mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates;
- inability to replace and expand mineral reserves;
- risks relating to production estimates from Mining Operations, including anticipated timing of the commencement of production by certain Mining Operations;
- uncertainties related to title and indigenous rights with respect to the mineral properties of the Mining Operations;
- fluctuations in the commodity prices other than silver or gold;
- the ability of Wheaton and the Mining Operations to obtain adequate financing;
- the ability of the Mining Operations to complete permitting, construction, development andexpansion;
- challenges related to global financial conditions;
- risks relating to future sales or the issuance of equity securities; and
- other risks discussed in the section entitled “Description of the Business Risk Factors” in Wheaton’s Annual Information Form available on SEDAR atwww.sedar.com, and in Wheaton’s Form 40-F for the year endedand Form 6-K filedboth on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in(the “Disclosure”).
Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management currently believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to:
- Vale is able to meet the construction timeline, including anticipated completion, of the Salobo Expansion;
- Vale is able to commence and meet its timing for delivery of gold under the Salobo Expansion;
- Vale is able to produce the estimated future production as a result of the Salobo Expansion;
- that Wheaton will make the expansion payment to Vale and each party will satisfy their obligations and conditions in respect of the Salobo Expansion in accordance with the Gold Agreement;
- Vale will deliver additional gold under the Salobo Expansion
- that Kutcho will make all required payments and not be in default under the Kutcho Convertible Note;
- that the timing of the PLP commercial production in connection with Peñasquito with be as announced by Goldcorp;
- the ore grade and location of Peñasquito’s production in the fourth quarter of 2018 will be as announced by Goldcorp; that Wheaton will be able to terminate the Pascua-Lama precious metal purchase agreement in accordance with its terms;
- that each party will satisfy their obligations in accordance with the precious metal purchase agreements;
- that there will be no material adverse change in the market price of commodities;
- that the Mining Operations will continue to operate and the mining projects will be completed in accordance with public statements and achieve their stated production estimates;
- that Wheaton will continue to be able to fund or obtain funding for outstanding commitments;
- that Wheaton will be able to source and obtain accretive precious metal stream interests;
- expectations regarding the resolution of legal and tax matters, including the ongoing class action litigation and CRA audit involving the Company;
- that Wheaton will be successful in challenging any reassessment by the CRA;
- that Wheaton has properly considered the application of Canadian tax law to its structure and operations;
- that Wheaton will continue to be permitted to post security for amounts sought by the CRA under notices of reassessment;
- that Wheaton has filed its tax returns and paid applicable taxes in compliance with Canadian tax law;
- that Wheaton will not change its business as a result of any CRA reassessment;
- that Wheaton’s ability to enter into new precious metal purchase agreements will not be impacted by any CRA reassessment;
- expectations and assumptions concerning prevailing tax laws and the potential amount that could be reassessed as additional tax, penalties and interest by the CRA;
- that any foreign subsidiary income, if taxable in, would be subject to the same or similar tax calculations as Wheaton’s Canadian income, including the Company’s position, in respect of precious metal purchase agreements with upfront payments paid in the form of a deposit, that the estimates of income subject to tax is based on the cost of precious metal acquired under such precious metal purchase agreements being equal to the market value of such precious metal while the deposit is outstanding, and the cash cost thereafter;
- the estimate of the recoverable amount for any precious metal purchase agreement with an indicator of impairment; and
- such other assumptions and factors as set out in the Disclosure.
Although Wheaton has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results, level of activity, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and even if events or results described in the forward-looking statements are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Wheaton. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are cautioned that actual outcomes may vary. The forward-looking statements included herein are for the purpose of providing investors with information to assist them in understanding Wheaton’s expected financial and operational performance and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Any forward looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Wheaton does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are included or incorporated by reference herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
Cautionary Language Regarding Reserves And Resources
For further information on Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources and on Wheaton more generally, readers should refer to Wheaton’s Annual Information Form for the year endedand other continuous disclosure documents filed by Wheaton since, available on SEDAR atwww.sedar.com. Wheaton’s Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources are subject to the qualifications and notes set forth therein. Mineral Resources which are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
Cautionary Note to United States Investors Concerning Estimates of Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources:The information contained herein has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the securities laws in effect in, which differ from the requirements ofsecurities laws. The terms “mineral reserve”, “proven mineral reserve” and “probable mineral reserve” are Canadian mining terms defined in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the “CIM”) CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council, as amended (the “CIM Standards”). These definitions differ from the definitions in Industry Guide 7 (“SEC Industry Guide 7”) under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”). Under U.S. standards, mineralization may not be classified as a “reserve” unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. Also, under SEC Industry Guide 7 standards, a “final” or “bankable” feasibility study is required to report reserves, the three-year historical average price is used in any reserve or cash flow analysis to designate reserves and the primary environmental analysis or report must be filed with the appropriate governmental authority. In addition, the terms “mineral resource”, “measured mineral resource”, “indicated mineral resource” and “inferred mineral resource” are defined in and required to be disclosed by NI 43-101; however, these terms are not defined terms under SEC Industry Guide 7 and are normally not permitted to be used in reports and registration statements filed with the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into reserves. “Inferred mineral resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare cases. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists or is economically or legally mineable. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Disclosure of “contained ounces” in a resource is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute “reserves” by SEC standards as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures. Accordingly, information contained herein that describes Wheaton’s mineral deposits may not be comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to reporting and disclosure requirements underfederal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder.investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in Wheaton’s Form 40-F, a copy of which may be obtained from Wheaton or fromhttp://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.
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