Royal Gold, Inc. ( RGLD Quick Quote RGLD - Free Report) reported adjusted earnings per share of 82 cents in first-quarter fiscal 2021 (ended Sep 30, 2020), beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 80 cents. The bottom-line increased 36.7% year over year. Including one-time items, the company reported earnings per share of $1.63 compared with the prior-year quarter’s $1.07. The company generated revenues of $147 million, reflecting year-over-year growth of 23.7%. Stream revenues increased 23% year over year to $107 million, while royalty revenues were up 25% to $40 million year over year. Gains from higher average gold, silver and copper prices contributed to this top-line growth. Operational Highlights
Royal Gold reported volume of 76,900 GEOs (Gold Equivalent Ounces), down 4.6% from the year-earlier quarter. Average gold price was up 29.7% to $1,909 per ounce from the year-ago quarter.
The company’s cost of sales was up 10% year over year to $22 million in the fiscal first quarter, primarily on year-over-year increases in gold, silver and copper prices. General and administrative expenses came in at $7 million, flat year on year. Adjusted EBITDA was $117 million, up from the year-ago period’s $91 million. Financial Position
Net cash from operating activities was $94 million in the fiscal first quarter compared with the prior-year quarter’s $71 million. The company paid out dividends worth $18.4 million during fiscal first quarter. Royal Gold ended the reported quarter with $413 million cash in hand, up from the $319 million witnessed at the end of fiscal 2020.
At the end of the reported quarter, the company’s total debt was $271 million, down from the $300 million recorded at the end of fiscal 2020. As of Sep 30, 2020, Royal Gold had $725 million available and $275 million outstanding under the revolving credit facility with total liquidity of $1.1 billion. Price Performance
Over the past year, Royal Gold has gained 8.1% compared with the
industry’s rally of 49.5%. Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Royal Gold currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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