Evolution Mining Limited (EVN) is a gold mining company focusing on mining and exploration operations in Australia. It owns and operates five gold and silver mines in Queensland and Western Australia. The company has recently acquired a new gold mine in Ontario, Canada.
The stock recovered from the March slump quickly as demand for Gold increased as it does in every financial crisis. EVN also posted positive financial performances for FY20 – giving it a boost. The share price however, is fairly volatile of late due to the mixed bag of news and investor moods that is coming its way with pause and resumption of operations.
For the year ended 30th June 2020, revenue increased to by 29% year over year to $1,941.9 million. The company realized a higher gold price of $2,274/oz which was partially offset by a slight decrease in quantity of production at 746,463 ounces. Revenue from gold came in at $1,738.1 million while that from silver and copper was at $203.7 million.
Total quantity of gold sold came in at 764,655 ounces out of which 664,655 ounces were sold at an average spot price of $2,320 per ounce. Mine operating costs increased by 1.2% compared to that in FY 2019. This was driven by a general increase in labour rates of approximately 4%, a full year of operations at Cowal and commencement of the underground mine at Mt Carlton. These were mostly offset by lower costs of power, diesel, and consumables.
Red lake operating costs were $48.3 million for the first year while that at Cracow increased by 3% year over year. Inventory costs expensed were $48.6 million higher due to planned utilization of ore stockpiles at Cowal, Mt. Rawdon and Mt. Carlton. Royalties were higher by $9.8 million due to higher price of gold.
Operating cash flow from mines increased by 45% year over year to $1,121.4 million. Total capital investment was $371 million consisting of sustaining capital of $83.4 million and expansion capital of $287.6 million.
The main capital projects included Cowal stage H development and Integrated Waste Landform (IWL) tailings facility, underground mine development at Red Lake and Mt. Carlton, capital waste stripping at Mt. Carlton and Mt. Rawdon.
The total capital expenditure for the year ended 30 June 2020 was $82.8 million with an exploration expense of $23.7 million.
The Group acquired the Red Lake gold mine in Ontario, Canada for US$375 million and a contingent component of US$ 20 million for each one million ounce of gold resource inventory added up to a maximum of five million ounces, outside of the agreed resource baseline. Red Lake is a high-grade, long-life, underground gold mine located in one of Canada’s most prolific gold districts.
The Group completed the divestment of the Cracow Gold Mine in Queensland on 1st July 2020 to Aeris Resources Limited for a total consideration of $125 million.
The company has declared a final, fully franked FY2020 dividend of 9 cents per share, amounting to $153.4 million. This results in record full-year dividend for FY20 of 16 cents per share, fully franked, which equates to a 68% increase over FY2019.
Guidance for FY2021
Investment in sustaining capital in FY2021 is forecast to be between $112.5 million-$137.5 million. Red Lake accounts for a significant amount of Group sustaining capital as the company invests in transforming the operation with key items including replacement of mobile fleet, shaft decommissioning, resource definition and major maintenance and upgrades.
Major capital in FY2021 is expected to range between $260 million –$290 million. A large proportion of the major capital is associated with expansion projects at Cowal as the operation invests in projects to augment production to over 300,000 ounces per annum.
Production is planned to increase to over 800,000 ounces during the three-year period to FY2023. Growth is expected to be driven by the initiation of the Cowal underground mine in late FY2022 and execution of the Red Lake transformation plan.
Investment in two significant projects at Cowal and Red Lake will materially increase production and transform the quality of the company’s asset portfolio.
Major capital investment at Cowal is expected to increase production to above 300,000 ounces per annum. Red Lake will continue to invest in mine development aimed at augmenting annual production to over 200,000 ounces.
- Gold has recovered from the plunge in March 2020 and has been on an uptrend after the initial shocks from the pandemic. Going to the latter half of calendar 2020, gold is expected to trade in a range of $1,920 -$2,000 per ounce. The premium in gold, which is considered as a “safe haven”, has increased at a steady pace on the back of uncertainties due to the pandemic. This is expected to sustain over the reminder of calendar year 2020.
- The company has come out with a full three-year outlook on its planned production at a time when most companies are suspending guidance. It is banking on productivity increase at two of its mines (Cowal and the recently acquired Red Lake) to drive its future growth. Costs are also projected to decline over the three-year period, reflecting execution efficiency.
- The outlook on gold price is positive going forward and we believe that the company has scaled up its production target for the next three years by 7.1% on the whole (compared to the current level) in order to capture a greater market share from its competitors, backed by a well-conceived up-gradation of its mines.
We recommend a Hold on Evolution Mining for investors already holding and for new investors looking to gain exposure into the stock we would recommend to “buy” on a pullback which will be updated in our reports.