In a March 3 research note, ROTH Capital Partners analyst Jake Sekelsky reported that while Great Panther Mining Ltd.'s (GPR:TSX; GPL:NYSE.American) 2018 results were "generally in line with our expectations, we believe investors should continue to focus on the company's acquisition of Beadell Resources," that was due to close on March 5, 2019.
For 2018, Great Panther reported a net loss of $0.06 per share on revenue of $59.4 million compared to ROTH's estimated loss of $0.05 per share on revenue of $65.9 million. Higher-than-expected costs, which averaged $15.62 per ounce of silver equivalent (Ag eq), are to blame for the "mostly higher loss," Sekelsky commented.
Also affecting operations, at least in Q4/18, was the current restructuring of the Guanajuato mine complex. But those efforts, the move to processing higher-margin material from San Ignacio, should pay off in lower costs at Guanajuato in 2019. "We support management's decision to take a modest step back in production in favor of a lower cost structure," Sekelsky indicated.
He noted that Great Panther's 2019 guidance is in line with expectations. Management forecasts production of 3.7–4 million ounces (3.7–4 Moz) of Ag eq at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of $13–$15 per ounce. ROTH's estimates fall within those ranges, with production at 3.8 Moz of Ag eq at an AISC of $13.21 per ounce.
Sekelsky highlighted that these projections do not include any potential production from Beadell's Tucano mine, which is expected to produce 145,000–155,000 ounces of gold in 2019.
As for Tucano, Great Panther is well positioned financially, having more than $50 million in cash, to incorporate and optimize it, Sekelsky pointed out. Additionally, the miner could benefit from its new larger size and likely greater bargaining power with local buyers, ultimately seeing "significant" savings as a result. Also, increased throughput at the mine should translate into lower costs on a per ounce basis.
ROTH has a Buy rating and a US$1.80 per share price target on Great Panther, whose stock is currently trading at around US$0.88 per share on NYSE.American.[NLINSERT]
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