Financially, HudBay Minerals Inc.'s (HBM:TSX; HBM:NYSE) Q3/21 was "noisy" with beats and misses but overall was positive, reported BMO Capital Markets analyst Jackie Przybylowski in a Nov. 4 research note. Operationally, the company advanced two key projects.
"HudBay is not taking a break," Przybylowski commented. "It is pushing exploration forward, it continues to progress the Copper World option in Arizona and the company has outlined a new opportunity to reprocess tailings in Flin Flon."
During Q3/21, the Toronto, Ontario-based miner commissioned the copper flotation circuit ahead of schedule at its New Brittannia mill in Manitoba. in Also, it achieved full production at its Pampacancha mine in Peru "and is now delivering higher gold grades (and higher copper in Q4/21) as promised," Przybylowski relayed.
As for HudBay's Q3/21 financial performance, Przybylowski highlighted that the miner's earnings per share came in higher than expected. Other positives included in line production and unchanged full-year guidance. Also during Q3/21, HudBay improved its liquidity.
On the other hand, the company fell short of expectations in terms of sales and EBITDA, Przybylowski noted. "Shipment timing issues" caused sales to lag production, most significantly with respect to copper in Peru and gold in Manitoba.
Looking forward, Przybylowski pointed out that HudBay is "continuing to introduce opportunities for new positive catalysts." Those include achieving milestones at the company's Copper World project in Arizona, such as completion of an initial Inferred mineral resource estimate, expected by year-end 2021, and a preliminary economic assessment, anticipated in H1/22. Also by year-end, a ruling on HudBay's appeal regarding Rosemont could come down.
Additional events likely to move the company's stock are updates on exploration at its Peru and Manitoba projects and reprocessing tailings at the Flin Flon operation, also in Manitoba.
BMO maintained its Outperform rating and CA$15.50 per share target price on HudBay Minerals. Its stock is trading now at about CA$8.23 per share.
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