Hecla Mining’s ( HL Quick Quote HL - Free Report) first-quarter 2022 adjusted earnings per share of 1 cent missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 2 cents by a margin of 50%. The company had reported earnings of 6 cents per share in the first quarter of 2021. The company’s revenues declined 11.5% year over year to $186.5 million in the quarter under review. The top-line figure lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $187 million. Total cost of sales dipped 1.7% year on year to $141 million in the quarter. Gross profit plunged 33% to $45.4 million. Gross margin in the first quarter of 2022 was 24.4%, a 760 basis point contraction from the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $58.2 million, down from $86.6 million in the first quarter of 2021. Realized silver price was $24.68 per ounce in the quarter. The company reported cash costs per silver equivalent ounce and all-in sustaining costs (AISC) per silver ounce of $7.64 in the quarter.
Hecla Mining reported silver production of 3.3 million ounces in the first quarter of 2022. Compared with the first quarter of 2021, production was down 7%. Backed by strong grades and its innovative mining method at the Lucky Friday mine, HL expects the mine’s quarterly silver numbers to exceed one million ounces for the balance of the year.
Hecla Mining ended first-quarter 2022 with $213 million of cash in hand, up from the $211 million held at the end of 2021. Cash flow from operating activities was $37.9 million in the reported quarter compared with the prior-year quarter’s $53.3 million. HL returned 21% of its free cash flow to common and preferred shareholders through dividends.
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Shares of Hecla Mining have fallen 41.3% in the past year compared with the
industry's decline of 44.5%. Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Hecla Mining currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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