In a July 30 research note, Andrew Kaip reported that BMO Capital Markets elevated its rating on Yamana Gold Inc. (YRI:TSX; AUY:NYSE; YAU:LSE) to Outperform to reflect the positive outlook for the company. "Given solid execution at Cerro Moro and a transition to free cash flow generation projected for Q3/18, we expect shares of Yamana to rebound as the company's overall risk profile moderates," Kaip added.
Kaip provided three primary reasons for the rating upgrade.
One, given its Q2/18 numbers, Yamana is expected to exceed full year 2018 production guidance for gold, silver and copper on the heels of starting Cerro Moro ahead of schedule.
Two, now that 18 months of expending capital to construct Cerro Moro are behind Yamana, it can now generate cash and strengthen its balance sheet. "At spot metal prices, we see Yamana moving toward generating free cash flow of $100 million per quarter and net debt:EBITDA declining to 1.2x (current 2.1x) by mid-2019," Kaip noted.
Three, upside remains in Yamana's share price, as it is still trading at a discount to its peers. The two factors that led to its lower comparative share price—high financial leverage due to spending on Cerro Moro and execution risk at that project—are no longer in play. Therefore, Kaip wrote, "we see room for the share price to rise above $4."
In fact, BMO has a target price of CA$4.25 per share on Yamana. The stock is currently trading at around CA$3.05 per share.[NLINSERT]
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