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Franco-Nevada (FNV) Q3 Earnings and Revenues Beat Estimates

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Franco-Nevada Corporation (FNV - Free Report) delivered net earnings of $54.6 million or 29 cents per share for third-quarter 2018, ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 26 cents per share. The company reported net earnings of $55.3 million or 30 cents in the prior-year quarter.
 
The company generated revenues of $171 million in the third quarter, declining 0.5% from the year-ago quarter. The figure beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $164 million. In the reported quarter, 82.1% of the revenues were sourced from precious metals (64.8% gold, 12.0% silver and 5.3% platinum group metals).
 
The company sold 120,021 Gold Equivalent Ounces in the quarter, down 3% from 123,787 Gold Equivalent Ounces in the prior-year quarter.
 
Franco-Nevada Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
 

Franco-Nevada Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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In the reported quarter, adjusted EBITDA was $135 million, up 0.4% from $134 million a year ago. 

Prices
 
At third-quarter end, the average gold price was at $1,218 per ounce, approximately 5% lower than the year-ago quarter. Silver prices averaged $14.99 per ounce in the third quarter, decreasing 11% year over year. Platinum fell 15% year over year to $814 per ounce while palladium prices increased 6% year over year to $953 per ounce.
 
Financial Position
 
Franco-Nevada’s cash and cash equivalents fell to $77 million as of Sep 30, 2018, down substantially from $511 million as of Dec 31, 2017. The company recorded operating cash flow of $377 million for the nine-month period ended Sep 30, 2018 compared with $362 million in the prior-year comparable period.
 
On Oct 23, 2018, Franco-Nevada contributed $214.8 million to close its previously announced transaction with Continental Resources, Inc. to acquire mineral rights in the SCOOP and STACK plays of Oklahoma. Franco-Nevada has also committed, subject to satisfaction of agreed upon development limits, to spend up to $300 million over the next three years to acquire additional mineral rights through a newly-formed company.
 
Franco-Nevada’s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 24 cents per share. The dividend will be paid on Dec 20, 2018 to shareholders of record on Dec 6, 2018.
 
2018 Guidance for Oil & Gas Assets Hiked
 
The company now anticipates revenues between $75 million and $85 million from its oil & gas assets for 2018, up from its previous guidance of $65 million to $75 million to reflect the continued strong performance of the oil & gas assets. The company expects the WTI oil price will average $65 per barrel for the balance of the year. 
 
Subsequent to third-quarter end, Franco-Nevada made the final installment on the $1 billion funding commitment for the Cobre Panama project. Revenues are anticipated to increase by more than 30% once the Cobre Panama project ramps-up towards full production over the next two years. In 2019, Candelaria is expected to return to normal operations. Additionally, the continued development of its U.S. oil & gas assets will drive more than 30% increase in revenue and EBITDA, going forward.
 
The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). The shares of Franco-Nevada have plunged 22% over the past year, against the industry’s decline of 18%.
 
 
Stocks to Consider
 
A few better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF - Free Report) , KMG Chemicals, Inc. (KMG - Free Report) and The Mosaic Company (MOS - Free Report) .
 
CF Industries has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 6% and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s shares have gained 32% in the past year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
KMG Chemicals has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 28.5% and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Its shares have risen 47% in the past year.
 
Mosaic has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 7% and a Zacks Rank #2. The company’s shares have rallied 62% over a year’s time.
 
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