released Q4/23 operating results from Juanicipio, its joint venture (JV) project with Fresnillo in Mexico, which were in line with PI Financial's estimates, analyst Chris Thompson reported in a January 24 research note.
"We remain impressed by Juanicipio's operating performance, which has delivered two consecutive quarters of beating/meeting our silver equivalent (Ag eq) production expectations," Thompson wrote. "Higher than anticipated head grades across all metals (silver, gold, lead, and zinc) are comparable with our head grade expectations for this year."
Stock Offering Attractive Return
PI Financial reiterated its Buy recommendation and CA$17.50 per share target price on the Canadian mining company, noted Thompson. Given its current share price is about CA$12.54, the potential return for investors, the analyst noted, is 40%.
For MAG's share price to rise, Thompson purported, the Juanicipio JV must lower unit costs.
"Whilst inflationary pressures remain undoubtedly a factor, we need to see unit costs track lower, towards about US$100 per ton, this and next year in order to unlock the cash-flow potential that we see offered at Juanicipio," Thompson wrote.
Operational Results as Forecasted
Thompson presented the production numbers out of Juanicipio for Q4/23 and full-year 2023 (FY23).
Specifically, in Q4/23, the mining operation produced 4,505,000 ounces (4.505 Moz) of silver and 6.383 Moz of Ag eq. These figures were below PI Financial's estimates for the quarter of 5.047 Moz oz of Ag and 6.882 Moz of Ag eq, respectively.
However, significantly higher head grades, of both precious and base metals, made up for the shortfall. The grade of silver that was milled beat the forecast, coming in at 467 g/t versus 450 g/t.
"Since commercial production was announced in Q2/23, Juanicipio has milled close to nameplate capacity (4,000 tons per day), something that we hope will continue to be achieved this year," wrote Thompson.
As for FY23, Thompson reported that Juanicipio's production was generally in line with PI Financial's expectations. Silver production was 16.563 Moz compared to 17.105 Moz. Silver equivalent production was 22.415 Moz versus 22.914 Moz.
What To Watch For
Thompson noted that MAG's financial results from Q4/23 and FY23 are due out on March 19, 2024. Also to come this quarter is the mining company's guidance for this year.
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