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2020 Outlook Strong for Canadian Gold Producer, Analyst Says
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The reasons behind this opinion are presented in a CIBC report.

In an Oct. 24 research note, analyst Anita Soni reported that CIBC expects Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (AEM:TSX; AEM:NYSE) "to deliver on growth in 2020, continue to generate strong free cash flow and potentially further increase its dividend."

This view, Soni explained, is based on the gold producer reporting an earnings per share (EPS) beat, increasing its dividend, re-generating free cash flow, increasing its 2019 production guidance for the second time and trimming its 2020 production guidance, all in Q3/19.

Soni reviewed each contributing factor.

Agnico Eagle reported an adjusted EPS for Q3/19 of $0.36, above CIBC's $0.29 estimate and consensus' $0.27 expectation. Strong production and revenues of more than $19 million along with lower depreciation led to the beat.

Because in Q3/19 Agnico Eagle generated free cash flow again after a time of intensive capital outlay, the company boosted its quarterly dividend 40%, to $0.175 per share from $0.125, Soni highlighted. During that growth period, Agnico Eagle maintained a strong balance sheet.

As for production, the gold company also surpassed expectations in Q3/19, achieving 477,000 ounces, noted Soni, against CIBC's forecast of 463,000 ounces. Based on this and year-to-date performance, Agnico Eagle increased its full-year 2019 production guidance for the second time, to 1.77–1.78 million ounces (1.77–1.78 Moz).

Contrarily, the producer cut its full-year 2020 production guidance due to "adverse weather conditions at Amaruq, which delayed dewatering and impacted development," Soni explained. Agnico Eagle's new target is 1.9–2 Moz.

In Q3/19, cash costs were as anticipated, coming in at $653 per ounce versus CIBC's $646. The all-in sustaining cost was lower than expected at $903 per ounce, compared to the bank's $941 projection.

Regarding future capex, the Canadian producer increased it for the second time, to $790 million from $750 million, due to the situation at Amaruq, Soni indicated. Also, Agnico Eagle may speed up the phase 2 expansion at Meliadine, which would cost $9 million. In view of these circumstances, CIBC now models a total capex for 2019 of $788 million.

CIBC has an Outperformer rating and a US$71 per share target price on Agnico Eagle, whose current share price is around US$59.31.


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Disclosures from CIBC, Anico Eagle Mines Ltd., October 24, 2019

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Important Disclosure Footnotes for Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (AEM)

CIBC World Markets Inc. expects to receive or intends to seek compensation for investment banking services from Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in the next 3 months.
CIBC World Markets Corp., CIBC World Markets Inc., and their affiliates, in the aggregate, beneficially own 1% or more of a class of equity securities issued by Agnico Eagle Mines Limited.

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