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Royal Gold Reports Record Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2012

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Record royalty revenue of $64.5 million, a 42% increase year-over-year</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Record operating cash</b><sup><b> </b></sup><b>flow of $46.2 million, a 35% increase year-over-year</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Record net income of $22.5 million, a 91% increase year-over-year</b> </li> </ul>

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Royal Gold Reports Record Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 201208:00 EDT Thursday, November 03, 2011 DENVER (Business Wire) -- Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD; TSX: RGL) today announced record net income attributable to Royal Gold stockholders of $22.5 million, or $0.41per basic share, on record royalty revenue of $64.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. This compares to net income attributable to Royal Gold stockholders of $11.8 million, or $0.22 per basic share, on royalty revenue of $45.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Net income available to Royal Gold stockholders was impacted by the restructuring of a non-principal royalty, that resulted in a non-cash charge of $1.3 million, or $0.02 per basic share on an after tax basis. Excluding this charge, net income available to Royal Gold stockholders would have been $0.43 per basic share for the quarter. Adjusted EBITDA1 for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was a record $57.6 million representing 89% of revenue, an increase of 41% compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $40.8 million or 90% of revenue for the prior year period. Cash flow from operations for the quarter was $46.2 million or $0.84 per share compared with $34.2 million or $0.62 per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The 42% increase in revenue for the quarter was largely driven by higher average gold and other metal prices, significantly increased production at our cornerstone properties, including Andacollo, Voisey's Bay and Peñasquito, and new revenue from Holt and Canadian Malartic. The average price of gold for the first fiscal quarter was $1,702 per ounce compared with $1,227 per ounce for the comparable period, representing a 39% increase. As of September 30, 2011, the Company had a working capital surplus of $148.5 million. Current assets were $184.5 million (including $123.4 million in cash and equivalents), compared to current liabilities of $36.0 million, resulting in a current ratio of 5 to 1. In addition to available working capital, the Company had $155 million available under its revolving line of credit. Total debt outstanding under the Company's credit facilities was $192.2 million as of September 30, 2011. Tony Jensen, President and CEO, commented, “Our record financial results are now reflecting the many investments we have made over the past several years, as well as strong metals prices. We anticipate further production increases over the next few quarters from Andacollo, Peñasquito, Holt, Las Cruces and Canadian Malartic as they all work to achieve full design capacity. And, construction at two key development properties, Pascua-Lama and Mt. Milligan, remains on schedule. We expect these properties to play a significant role in driving future growth.” PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS Highlights at certain of the Company's principal producing and development properties during the quarter ended September 30, 2011 are listed below: Andacollo – Teck reported that activities to increase plant throughput to meet or exceed design capacity of 55,000 tonnes per day are underway and progressing on schedule. The installation of a small crusher to feed coarse ore to the pebble crusher and the increased power to the SAG mill motor were both completed during the quarter. Teck also plans to install a 20,000 tonne per day pre-crusher plant during the first quarter of 2012. In addition, Teck continues to conduct a feasibility study which is expected to be completed by the end of calendar 2011 to evaluate the possibility of increasing annual copper production to 100,000 to 120,000 tonnes. Peñasquito – Goldcorp reported record average throughput of 102,000 tonnes per day in September offsetting lower production in July and August resulting from sulfide plant modifications and tests. Goldcorp also announced that progress continued on the supplemental ore feed system to the high pressure grinding roll circuit and the enhancement of the tailings dam facility to allow for additional retention capacity. Both of these projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2011. Goldcorp expects to reach its 130,000 tonne per day design throughput by the end of the first quarter of calendar 2012. Robinson – Quadra reported that localized slope stability issues impacted calendar third quarter output but production improved as mining moved into the lower benches of the Ruth pit and higher grade ores were accessed. However, due to a re-sequencing of the mine plan and delays in accessing a portion of the higher grade material that was originally expected to be mined in the fourth calendar quarter, Quadra reduced their 2011 calendar-year copper guidance from between 105 to 120 million pounds to a range between 95 and 100 million pounds. Mulatos – Alamos reported that its primary cyanide supplier resumed normal shipments in August and that an additional shipment of cyanide from an alternate supplier will increase cyanide concentration levels in the leach pad so that gold deferred from prior months can be extracted. Dolores –Minefinders reported that production for the quarter was also affected by the cyanide shortage, timing of ore placement on the pad, and a crushed collection pipe on the west side of the phase 2 leach pad. Minefinders expects production to improve in the calendar fourth quarter with cyanide supplies and concentrations returning to normal levels. Repair work on the collapsed pipe is expected to be completed during the fourth calendar quarter. Canadian Malartic – Osisko reported that quarterly mill production was 67% of designed capacity. They continue to advance the installation of two cone crushers to achieve an overall mill throughput of 55,000 to 60,000 tonnes per day. The first cone crusher is expected to be operational in the first quarter of calendar 2012, and the second cone crusher is expected to arrive on site in the early part of the second quarter of calendar 2012. Holt – St Andrew Goldfields reported that production continued to increase during the quarter as scheduled and that development activities at the mine have improved. Ramp advancement, footwall access, stope development and long-hole mining in Zone 4 will be the primary focus for the remainder of calendar 2011. St Andrew Goldfields expects to reach its steady state production rate of 1,000 tonnes per day by the end of the first quarter of calendar 2012. Las Cruces – Inmet reported that cathode copper production reached 11,400 tonnes during the quarter, with record monthly production of 4,500 tonnes in August. Reactor performance continues to improve and Inmet expects to reach full design production capacity of 72,000 tonnes of copper cathode per year by the end of calendar year 2011. Mt. Milligan – Construction continued at the Mt. Milligan project during the quarter and the operator reports the overall project remains on schedule for completion in the fourth quarter of calendar 2013. Pascua-Lama – Barrick reported that development at Pascua-Lama advanced during the quarter with first production on track to commence in mid-2013. Approximately 50% of the projected capital costs of $4.7 to $5.0 billion have been committed, as of September 30, 2011. In Chile, approximately 80% of the earthworks are complete. Barrick also reiterated that they expect annual gold production to be 800,000 to 850,000 ounces in the first full five years of operation. First quarter fiscal 2012 production and revenue for the Company's principal royalty interests are shown in Table 1. For more detailed information about each of our principal royalty properties, please refer to the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC and available on the SEC's website located at www.sec.gov, or our website located at www.royalgold.com. CORPORATE PROFILE Royal Gold is a precious metals royalty company engaged in the acquisition and management of precious metal royalty and similar production-based interests. The Company owns royalties on 187 properties on six continents, including royalties on 37 producing mines and 23 development stage projects. Royal Gold is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “RGLD,” and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “RGL.” The Company's website is located at www.royalgold.com. Note: Management's conference call reviewing the first quarter results will be held todayat 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time (noon Eastern Time) and will be available by calling (800) 603-2779 (North America) or (973) 200-3960(international), access #37274994. The call will be simultaneously broadcast on the Company's website at www.royalgold.com under the “Presentations” section. A replay of this webcast will be available on the Company's website approximately two hours after the call ends. Cautionary “Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical matters, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projections or estimates contained herein. Such forward-looking statements include statements about further production increases at Andacollo, Peñasquito, Holt, Las Cruces and Canadian Malartic; properties reaching full-design capacity; construction on schedule at Pascua-Lama and Mt. Milligan; near and long-term revenue growth; and the operators' expectation of construction, ramp up, production and other developments at various mines. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections include, among others, precious metals, copper and nickel prices; performance of and production at the Company's royalty properties; decisions and activities of the operators of the Company's royalty properties; unanticipated grade, geological, metallurgical, processing or other problems the operators of the mining properties may encounter; delays in the operators securing or their inability to secure necessary governmental permits; changes in operator's project parameters as plans continue to be refined; economic and market conditions; the ability of the various operators to bring projects into production as expected; and other subsequent events; as well as other factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Most of these factors are beyond the Company's ability to predict or control. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement made herein. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.   TABLE 1First Quarter Fiscal 2012Royalty Production and Revenue for Principal Royalty Interests                       PROPERTY   ROYALTY   OPERATOR   METAL(S)   THREE MONTHS ENDED   THREE MONTHS ENDEDSEPTEMBER 30, 2011   SEPTEMBER 30, 2010RoyaltyRevenue ($ millions)   RoyaltyRevenue ($ millions)             ReportedProduction 1     ReportedProduction 1 Andacollo 2,3   75% NSR   Teck   Gold   16.84   13,286 oz.   8.17   8,905 oz. Voisey's Bay 3   2.7% NSR   Vale   Nickel Copper   7.23   22.7M lbs 16.0M lbs.   3.51 4   18.2M lbs. 4 3.9M lbs. 4 Peñasquito 3   2.0% NSR   Goldcorp   Gold Silver Lead Zinc   5.83   48,621 oz. 3.9M oz. 29.2M lbs. 67.4M lbs.   3.00   35,624 oz. 3.2M oz. 21.9M lbs. 39.0M lbs. Cortez 5   GSR1 and GSR2 GSR3 NVR1   Barrick   Gold   5.11   42,855 oz.   2.49   33,134 oz. Robinson 3   3.0% NSR   Quadra   Gold Copper   3.69   8,972 oz. 27.9M lbs.   3.13   19,012 oz. 28.5M lbs. Holt   0.00013 x quarterlyaverage gold price   St Andrew Goldfields   Gold   3.59   9,397 oz.   N/A   N/A Leeville   1.8% NSR   Newmont   Gold   3.07   101,240 oz.   2.64   122,834 oz. Mulatos 6   1.0% to 5.0% NSR   Alamos   Gold   2.40   29,476 oz.   1.72   29,025 oz. Dolores   3.25% NSR 2.0% NSR   Minefinders   Gold Silver   1.42   15,945 oz. 693,531 oz.   0.40   8,479 oz. 160,254 oz. Las Cruces 3   1.5% NSR   Inmet   Copper   1.31   23.8M lbs.   0.88   17.5M lbs. CanadianMalartic 7   1.0% to 1.5% NSR   Osisko   Gold   1.31   60,826 oz.   N/A   N/A Other RoyaltyProperties 8           Various   12.67   N/A   19.40   N/A   Total Royalty Revenue           64.47       45.34       FOOTNOTES   1 Reported production relates to the amount of metal sales that are subject to our royalty interests for the periods ended September 30, 2011 and September 30, 2010, as reported to us by the operators of the mines.   2 The royalty rate is 75% until 910,000 payable ounces of gold have been produced – 50% thereafter. There have been approximately 59,000 cumulative payable ounces produced as of September 30, 2011. Gold is produced as a by-product of copper.   3 Revenues consist of provisional payments for concentrates produced during the current period and final settlements for prior production periods.   4 The Voisey's Bay royalty interest was acquired in February 2010. Revenue and production figures reflect partial operation of the mine and mill due to a worker's strike that began on August 1, 2009 and ended in February 2010.   5 Royalty percentages: GSR1 and GSR2 – 0.40 to 5.0% (sliding-scale); GSR3 – 0.71%; NVR1 – 0.39%.   6 The Company's royalty is subject to a 2.0 million ounce cap on gold production. There have been approximately 761,000 ounces of cumulative production, as of September 30, 2011. NSR sliding-scale schedule (price of gold per ounce – royalty rate): $0.00 to $299.99 – 1.0%; $300 to $324.99 – 1.50%; $325 to $349.99 – 2.0%; $350 to $374.99 – 3.0%; $375 to $399.99 – 4.0%; $400 or higher – 5.0%.   7 NSR sliding-scale schedule (price of gold per ounce – royalty rate): $0.00 to $350 – 1.0%; above $350 – 1.5%.   8 “Other” includes all of the Company's non-principal producing royalties for the periods ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. Individually, no royalty included within “Other” contributed greater than 5% of our total royalty revenue for any of the periods, with the exception of Taparko, which contributed royalty revenue of $7.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.   ROYAL GOLD, INC.Consolidated Balance Sheets(Unaudited, in thousands except share data)     September 30, June 30, 2011 2011 ASSETS Cash and equivalents $ 123,401 $ 114,155 Royalty receivables 54,778 48,828 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   6,343     6,290 Total current assets 184,522 169,273   Royalty interests in mineral properties, net 1,671,943 1,690,439 Available for sale securities 23,528 28,876 Other assets   12,486     14,114 Total assets $ 1,892,479   $ 1,902,702   LIABILITIES Current portion of long-term debt $ 15,600 $ 15,600 Accounts payable 2,224 2,499 Dividends payable 6,112 6,093 Income tax payable 8,870 676 Other current liabilities   3,204     3,993 Total current liabilities 36,010 28,861   Long-term debt 176,600 210,500 Net deferred tax liabilities 153,028 152,564 Uncertain tax positions 19,140 18,836 Other long-term liabilities   4,015     4,246 Total liabilities   388,793     415,007   Commitments and contingencies   EQUITY Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; and 0 shares issued - - Common stock, $.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; and 54,450,165 and 54,231,787 shares outstanding, respectively 545 543 Exchangeable shares, no par value, 1,806,649 shares issued, less 992,094 and 900,854 redeemed shares, respectively 35,849 39,864 Additional paid-in capital 1,330,012 1,319,697 Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (5,250 ) 54 Accumulated earnings   116,385     100,004 Total Royal Gold stockholders' equity 1,477,541 1,460,162 Non-controlling interests   26,145     27,533 Total equity   1,503,686     1,487,695 Total liabilities and equity $ 1,892,479   $ 1,902,702   ROYAL GOLD, INC.Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income(Unaudited, in thousands except share data)   For The Three Months Ended September 30,   September 30, 2011 2010 Royalty revenues $ 64,465 $ 45,338   Costs and expenses General and administrative 6,298 5,045 Production taxes 2,150 558 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 17,221 18,925 Restructuring on royalty interests in mineral properties   1,328     -   Total costs and expenses   26,997     24,528     Operating income 37,468 20,810   Interest and other income 2,833 1,424 Interest and other expense   (1,779 )   (2,305 ) Income before income taxes 38,522 19,929   Income tax expense   (12,381 )   (6,927 ) Net income 26,141 13,002 Net income attributable to non-controlling interests   (3,646 )   (1,171 ) Net income attributable to Royal Gold stockholders $ 22,495   $ 11,831     Net income $ 26,141 $ 13,002 Adjustments to comprehensive income, net of tax Unrealized change in market value of available for sale securities   (5,304 )   7   Comprehensive income 20,837 13,009 Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interests   (3,646 )   (1,171 ) Comprehensive income attributable to Royal Gold stockholders $ 17,191   $ 11,838     Net income per share available to Royal Gold common stockholders: Basic earnings per share $ 0.41   $ 0.22   Basic weighted average shares outstanding   55,183,719     54,986,700   Diluted earnings per share $ 0.40   $ 0.21   Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   55,491,354     55,250,028   Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.11   $ 0.09     ROYAL GOLD, INC.Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(Unaudited, in thousands)   For The Three Months Ended September 30,   September 30, 2011 2010 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 26,141 $ 13,002 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation, depletion and amortization 17,221 18,925 Gain on distribution to non-controlling interest (3,018 ) (912 ) Non-cash stock-based compensation expense 2,198 1,285 Tax benefit of stock-based compensation exercises (1,567 ) (521 ) Restructuring on royalty interests in mineral properties 1,328 - Deferred tax expense (benefit) 508 (521 ) Changes in assets and liabilities: Royalty receivables (5,950 ) (2,678 ) Prepaid expenses and other assets 197 1,421 Accounts payable 70 409 Income taxes payable 9,762 4,887 Other liabilities   (716 )   (1,063 ) Net cash provided by operating activities $ 46,174   $ 34,234     Cash flows from investing activities: Acquisition of royalty interests in mineral properties - (25,000 ) Proceeds on sale of Inventory - restricted 4,455 1,471 Deferred acquisition costs - (695 ) Other   (111 )   (33 ) Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities $ 4,344   $ (24,257 )   Cash flows from financing activities: Repayment of debt (33,900 ) (6,500 ) Common stock dividends (6,095 ) (4,973 ) Distribution to non-controlling interests (5,380 ) (1,971 ) Proceeds from the issuance of common stock 2,536 - Tax benefit of stock-based compensation exercises 1,567 521 Other   -     (397 ) Net cash (used in) financing activities $ (41,272 ) $ (13,320 ) Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents   9,246     (3,343 ) Cash and equivalents at beginning of period   114,155     324,846   Cash and equivalents at end of period $ 123,401   $ 321,503     SCHEDULE A   Non-GAAP Financial Measures   The Company computes and discloses Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is defined by the Company as net income plus depreciation, depletion and amortization, non-cash charges, income tax expense, interest and other expense, and any impairment of mining assets, less non-controlling interests in operating income of consolidated subsidiaries, interest and other income, and any royalty portfolio restructuring gains or losses. Other companies may define and calculate this measure differently. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure of the performance of our royalty portfolio. Adjusted EBITDA identifies the cash generated in a given period that will be available to fund the Company's future operations, growth opportunities, shareholder dividends and to service the Company's debt obligations. This information differs from measures of performance determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, is most directly comparable to net income in the Company's Statements of Operations. Below is the reconciliation to net income:   Royal Gold, Inc.Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation     For the Fiscal Quarter Ended September 30, (Unaudited, in thousands) 2011 2010   Net income $ 26,141 $ 13,002 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 17,221 18,925 Non-cash employee stock compensation 2,198 1,285 Restructuring on royalty interests in mineral properties 1,328 - Interest and other income (2,833 ) (1,424 ) Interest and other expense 1,779 2,305 Income tax expense 12,381 6,927 Non-controlling interests in operating income of consolidated subsidiaries   (628 )   (259 ) Adjusted EBITDA $ 57,587   $ 40,761     1   The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, as net income plus depreciation, depletion and amortization, non-cash charges, income tax expense, interest and other expense, and any impairment of mining assets, less non-controlling interests in operating income from consolidated subsidiaries, interest and other income, and any royalty portfolio restructuring gains or losses (see Schedule A). Royal Gold, Inc.Karen Gross, 303-575-6504Vice President and Corporate Secretary