Since the price of gold fell from its highs in 2011, producers have needed more capital to cover increasing costs. This is where precious metal royalty and streaming companies have come into play. These companies help finance explorers and producers’ operations by buying royalties or rights to a stream. Because gold miners have had to slash exploration budgets since the decline in metal prices, the kind of financing royalty companies provide has only grown in demand.
Chief among these companies is Franco-Nevada, which recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its initial public offering (IPO). Since the company went public in 2008, it’s raised its dividend each year and its share price has outperformed gold bullion and gold miners, as measured by the S&P/TSX Global Gold Index, due to its unique structure and debt-free model.
10 Years of Growing Dividends
In its 2017 results release, Franco-Nevada CEO David Harquail announced that the company’s 10th full year since its IPO was its best year ever, remains debt free and is “well positioned for another 10 years of success.” The company reported $675 million in revenue, a 10.6 percent increase year-over-year and basic earnings per share (EPS) of $1.06, a massive increase from 2016 of $0.70 per share. For its 2018 projections, Franco-Nevada expects attributable royalty and stream production to total 460,000 to 490,000 GEOs (gold equivalent ounces) from its mineral assets and revenue of over $50 million from its growing oil and gas assets.
This history of profitability and fiscal discipline is one of the main reasons we find royalty companies such as Franco-Nevada so attractive for investing.
Frank Holmes Says Gold Miners Should Outperform Bullion
Frank Holmes, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Global Investors, recently commented on the upside potential he believes gold mining and royalty companies have during an interview with Kitco News. Frank said that “royalty companies have done well and those stocks that show better value per revenue per share, reserves per share and production per share should outperform.” Although Frank’s opinion is in contrast with views from other prominent investors such as Kevin O’Leary, who said bullion will outperform royalty companies, Frank holds true to his outlook. You can watch the interview on Kitco.com.
How to Invest in Franco-Nevada
The U.S. Global GO GOLD and Precious Metal Miners ETF (GOAU) is a dynamic, rules-based ETF that seeks to invest in both junior and senior metal miners with strong balance sheets and skilled management teams. GOAU is unique for potentially having as much as a 30 percent weighting in gold royalty companies, such as Franco-Nevada.
As of April 18, GOAU has outperformed a popular gold benchmark, the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, which tracks companies involved in the mining of gold and silver globally. GOAU brings together both senior and junior producers into one gold ETF, providing investors exposure to some of the most profitable firms across the industry.
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