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Silver Wheaton Reports Record Operating and Financial Results in 2011; Earnings and Operating Cash Flows Nearly Double

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Silver Wheaton Reports Record Operating and Financial Results in 2011; Earnings and Operating Cash Flows Nearly Double18:37 EDT Thursday, March 22, 2012 TSX: SLW NYSE: SLW VANCOUVER, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Silver Wheaton Corp. ("Silver Wheaton" or the "Company") (TSX:SLW)(NYSE:SLW) is pleased to announce its audited results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS Third consecutive year of increasing attributable production to a record 25.4 million silver equivalent ounces (24.6 million ounces of silver and 18,400 ounces of gold), a 7% increase compared to 2010. This resulted in record revenue, earnings and operating cash flows. Revenue increased 73% compared to 2010, to US$730.0 million, on silver equivalent sales of 21.1 million ounces (20.2 million ounces of silver and 18,300 ounces of gold). Net earnings increased 92% compared to 2010 (on an adjusted basis1), to US$550.0 million (US$1.56 per share). Operating cash flows increased 96% compared to 2010, to US$626.4 million (US$1.77 per share1). Cash operating margin1 increased 84% compared to 2010, to US$30.56 per silver equivalent ounce. Silver Wheaton's average realized silver equivalent price increased by 68% over this same period, demonstrating Silver Wheaton's leverage to increasing silver prices. Average cash costs of US$4.091 per silver equivalent ounce (US$3.99 per ounce of silver and US$300 per ounce of gold), a 1% increase compared to 2010. Adopted new dividend policy linking quarterly dividend payments to 20% of the previous quarter's operating cash flows, providing shareholders with additional exposure to increasing silver prices and to Silver Wheaton's exceptional production growth profile. During 2011, the Company paid US$63.6 million in dividends (US$0.18 per share). Year-end cash balance of US$840.2 million, with a net cash position of US$761.6 million. FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS Record attributable silver equivalent production of 6.9 million ounces (6.7 million ounces of silver and 3,900 ounces of gold), a 12% increase compared to 2010. Revenue of US$191.9 million, on record silver equivalent sales of 6.0 million ounces (5.8 million ounces of silver and 3,800 ounces of gold). Net earnings of US$144.7 million (US$0.41 per share). Operating cash flows of US$163.7 million (US$0.46 per share1). Average cash costs of US$4.061 per silver equivalent ounce. Quarterly dividend US$0.09 per common share was paid to shareholders, representing a threefold increase from the prior quarter. Appointed Mr. Haytham Hodaly as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, effective January 1, 2012. 2012 OUTLOOK Goldcorp Inc.'s world-class Peñasquito mine is forecast to achieve full production capacity of 130,000 tonnes per day by the end of Q1 2012. This cornerstone asset is poised to become our largest contributor of silver and will drive our production growth in 2012. As a result, Silver Wheaton anticipates a 6% increase in its 2012 attributable production to approximately 27 million silver equivalent ounces, including 16,500 ounces of gold.  Given the Company's unique business model of essentially fixed cash costs2, average cash costs in 2012 are estimated to be approximately US$4.071 per silver equivalent ounce, virtually unchanged from 2011. Executing on its growth strategy of acquiring additional value-enhancing silver and precious metals streams will remain Silver Wheaton's top priority in 2012. "Silver Wheaton finished 2011 with its strongest ever quarter of production and sales," said Randy Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Wheaton. "We are proud to have now grown for three consecutive years, and in 2011 we achieved record annual production levels of over 25 million silver equivalent ounces. The combination of increased silver equivalent sales and strong silver prices also generated record financial results including revenue, earnings, operating cash flows, and cash operating margins which increased a tremendous 82% to US$30.61 per ounce of silver." "The exceptional growth in cash flows allowed us to initiate an inaugural dividend, which grew threefold by year-end, and positions the company to quickly capitalize on new acquisition opportunities. We are now stronger than at any other time in our company's history, and more capable than ever of helping mining companies achieve their production and expansion goals by providing value-enhancing silver streaming funding. And, with low fixed costs, an exceptional production growth profile, and more silver reserves than any other silver company in the world, we believe we offer the premier investment vehicle for silver investors worldwide." Financial Review Revenues Revenue was US$191.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, on silver equivalent sales of 6.0 million ounces (5.8 million ounces of silver and 3,800 ounces of gold). This represents a 28% increase from the US$149.6 million of revenue generated in the fourth quarter of 2010, due primarily to increases in the average realized selling price of silver and gold of 22% and 24%, respectively. Revenue was US$730.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, on silver equivalent sales of 21.1 million ounces (20.2 million ounces of silver and 18,300 ounces of gold). This represents a 72% increase from the US$423.4 million in revenue generated for the year ended December 31, 2010, due primarily to increases in the average realized selling price of silver and gold of 67% and 31%, respectively. Costs and Expenses Average cash costs in the fourth quarter of 2011 were US$4.061 per silver equivalent ounce, compared with US$4.021 during the comparable period of 2010. This resulted in cash operating margins1 of US$28.06 per silver equivalent ounce, a 25% increase compared with the fourth quarter of 2010, once again demonstrating Silver Wheaton's leverage to increasing silver prices. Average cash costs for the year ended December 31, 2011, were US$4.091 per silver equivalent ounce, compared with US$4.041 during the comparable period of 2010. This resulted in record cash operating margins1 of US$30.56 per silver equivalent ounce, an 84% increase compared with the year ended December 31, 2010. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company recorded an income tax expense of US$8.3 million, which includes a non-cash deferred income tax expense of US$7.6 million, attributable primarily to income from Canadian operations and the reversal of previously recognized deferred income tax assets relating to the decline in fair value of long-term investments in common shares held. In comparison, during the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company recorded an income tax recovery of US$9.9 million, which includes a non-cash deferred income tax recovery of US$10.2 million, relating primarily to the recognition of previously unrecognized deferred income tax assets. Earnings and Operating Cash Flows Net earnings in the fourth quarter of 2011 were US$144.7 million (US$0.41 per share), compared with adjusted net earnings1 of US$120.7 (US$0.35 per share) for the same period in 2010, an increase of 20% (an increase of 17% on a per share basis). Cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter of 2011 was US$163.7 million (US$0.46 per share1), compared with US$124.7 million (US$0.36 per share1) for the same period in 2010, an increase of 31%. The increase in net earnings and operating cash flows is primarily attributable to the increased selling prices of silver and gold. Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2011, was US$550.0 million (US$1.56 per share), compared with adjusted net earnings1 of US$286.6 million (US$0.83 per share) for the same period in 2010, an increase of 92% (an increase of 88% on a per share basis). Cash flow from operations for the year ended December 31, 2011, was US$626.4 million (US$1.77 per share1), compared with US$319.7 million (US$0.93 per share1) for the same period in 2010, an increase of 96%. The increase in net earnings and operating cash flow is primarily attributable to the increased selling prices of silver and gold. Balance Sheet At December 31, 2011, the Company had approximately US$840 million of cash on hand.  In addition, the Company had US$400 million of available credit under its revolving bank debt facility. The combination of cash, available credit, and strong operating cash flows, positions the Company well to execute on its growth strategy of acquiring additional accretive silver stream interests. ______________________________________________ 1 Please refer to non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release. 2 Silver Wheaton's cash operating costs are approximately US$3.90 per ounce of silver, with a small inflationary adjustment after the third year of production. Operational Highlights Attributable silver equivalent production was a record 6.9 million ounces (6.7 million ounces of silver and 3,900 ounces of gold) in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 12% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. In 2011, Silver Wheaton experienced its third year of record annual attributable production of 25.4 million silver equivalent ounces (24.6 million ounces of silver and 18,400 ounces of gold), a 7% increase compared to 2010. Operational highlights for the year ended December 31, 2011 are as follows: Peñasquito - In 2011, Peñasquito was the primary driver of our production growth, as the mine continued its ramp up to full design capacity of 130,000 tonnes per day. Silver Wheaton's 2011 attributable silver production from the mine was 5.3 million ounces, an increase of 39% compared to 2010. As per Goldcorp Inc.'s February 15, 2012, disclosure, throughput from the two 50,000 tonne per day capacity semi-autogenous grinding lines averaged 93,700 tonnes per day during the fourth quarter and 107,000 tonnes per day in December. Key projects including the high pressure grinding roll supplemental feed system and the tailings dam height increase were completed in January 2012, and the mine is on track to achieve target throughput levels of 130,000 tonnes per day by the end of the first quarter of 2012. Peñasquito will become Silver Wheaton's largest contributor of silver production in 2012, with forecast annual attributable silver production of over 7 million ounces. Barrick - Silver Wheaton's 2011 attributable silver production from the currently producing Barrick silver interests, consisting of the Veladero, Lagunas Norte and Pierina mines, was 3.0 million ounces, an increase of 14% compared to 2010. Attributable silver production was less than anticipated due to lower than forecast silver production from the Veladero and Pierina mines, partially offset by higher than expected production from the Lagunas Norte mine. As per Barrick Gold Corporation's February 16, 2012 disclosure, its world-class gold-silver Pascua-Lama project remains on track to commence production in mid-2013, with over 55% of the pre-production capital budget (of $4.7 to $5.0 billion) committed.  At the end of the fourth quarter, earthworks in Chile and Argentina were approximately 95% and 65% complete, respectively. Approximately 40% of the concrete had been poured at the processing facilities in Argentina and about 15% of the structural steel was erected. The construction camps are expected to reach their full capacity of 10,000 beds in mid-2012. Once in production, Pascua-Lama is forecast to be one of the largest and lowest cost gold mines in the world with an expected mine life in excess of 25 years. In its first full five years of operation, Silver Wheaton's attributable silver production is expected to average 9 million ounces annually. Cozamin - Silver Wheaton's 2011 attributable silver production from the Cozamin mine was 1.6 million ounces, an increase of 12% compared to 2010. As per Capstone Mining Corp's January 17, 2012, disclosure, the Cozamin mine achieved record throughput levels in the fourth quarter of over 3,300 tonnes per day. Milled ore grade in the quarter also increased with full production attained from the higher grade Avoca area. As a result, the mine achieved record silver production for both the three months and year ended December 31, 2011. Other Silver Interests - Silver Wheaton's 2011 attributable silver production from its other silver interests was 4.9 million ounces, an increase of 9% compared to 2010. The increase was primarily attributable to the continued production ramp up at Mercator Minerals Ltd.'s ("Mercator") Mineral Park mine and the commencement of commercial operations at Alexco Resource Corp.'s ("Alexco") Bellekeno mine. Operational highlights at the company's other silver interests for the year ended December 31, 2011, are as follows: Mineral Park - As per Mercator's January 16, 2012, disclosure, the fourth quarter of 2011 represented the first full quarter of production since the completion of the Phase II mill expansion to 50,000 tons per day at its Mineral Park mine. As a result, the mine achieved record production for both the three months and year ended December 31, 2011.  Bellekeno - As per Alexco's January 23, 2012, disclosure, the Bellekeno mine, located within the Keno Hill district, completed its first full year of operations, having declared commercial production in January of 2011. The mine demonstrated steadily increasing silver production over the course of the year, culminating in record fourth quarter production as the mine approached initial design throughput levels of 250 tonnes per day. Produced But Not Yet Delivered - Payable silver equivalent ounces produced but not yet delivered to Silver Wheaton by its partners increased by over 300,000 ounces in the fourth quarter, resulting in a total of approximately 4.1 million payable ounces at December 31, 2011. This was primarily due to an increase in concentrate inventory at the Peñasquito mine, as it continues to ramp up production levels, offset in part by reduced concentrate inventory levels at the Yauliyacu mine. Since mid 2009, concentrate shipments from the Yauliyacu mine have been affected by the shut-down of the Doe Run Peru La Oroya smelter, the largest buyer of the bulk concentrate produced at the mine.  Since that time, alternative smelting arrangements have been made by Glencore for a portion of the stockpiled bulk concentrates at Yauliyacu, leading to an inconsistent delivery schedule and delaying the eventual complete reduction of this bulk concentrate. In the second quarter of 2011, Glencore began producing separate, and more marketable, copper and lead concentrates, replacing the bulk concentrate. The consistency and quantity of these new concentrates has now stabilized, with more consistent silver deliveries to Silver Wheaton from the copper concentrates expected in future quarters. Discussions between Glencore and prospective offtakers for the new lead concentrates are ongoing, and until such offtake agreements are established, sales of lead concentrates will continue to have an inconsistent delivery schedule. As at December 31, 2011, approximately 1.7 million ounces of cumulative payable silver equivalent ounces have been produced at Yauliyacu but not yet delivered to the Company. Approximately 0.3 million ounces is attributable to the bulk concentrate, while 1.4 million ounces is attributable to the new copper and lead concentrates. Detailed mine by mine production and sales figures can be found in the Appendix of this press release and in Silver Wheaton's Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") in the 'Results of Operations and Operational Review' section. Operational highlights do not include material updates for mines with which Silver Wheaton has a silver or precious metal purchase agreement but where our partners have yet to report their quarterly results. This earnings release should be read in conjunction with Silver Wheaton's MD&A and audited Financial Statements, which are available on the Company's website at www.silverwheaton.com and have been posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Reserves and Resources Silver Wheaton's attributable reserves and resources, as of December 31, 2011, are available on the Company's website at www.silverwheaton.com and in its MD&A and audited Financial Statements, also available on the Company's website and posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Attributable reserves and resources are based on information available to the Company as of March 22, 2012. As per Primero Mining Corp's ("Primero") January 17, 2012, disclosure, Primero is undertaking a review of the reserve and resource estimation methods currently, and historically, used at San Dimas in order to determine whether other estimation methods might be used to improve predictability of operating results and, therefore, assist long term planning.  While the results of this review are not currently known, the adoption of any new estimation methods may result in the Silver Wheaton reporting different and potentially lower total mineral reserve and total mineral resource numbers.  Primero also states that it is not expected that any potential change in estimates will change the level of confidence Primero has in the ultimate mineral potential of San Dimas and that the review of estimation methodology is being driven by a desire to determine if greater operating predictability and improved mine planning can be achieved. As per Primero's February 27, 2012, disclosure, Primero anticipates releasing updated mineral reserves and resources relating to its San Dimas mine on March 28, 2012. Subsequent to this, Silver Wheaton will disclose, by way of press release, Silver Wheaton's updated attributable reserves and resources for the year ended December 31, 2011. 2012 and Long-Term Silver Equivalent Production Forecast The Company estimates, based upon its current agreements, to have 2012 attributable production of approximately 27 million silver equivalent ounces, including 16,500 ounces of gold. This represents a 6% increase compared to 2011, which is primarily driven by the continued production ramp up at Goldcorp's Peñasquito mine in Mexico. Average cash costs in 2012 are anticipated to be approximately US$4.071 per silver equivalent ounce, virtually unchanged from 2011. By 2016, based upon its current agreements, annual attributable production is anticipated to increase by over 65% to approximately 43 million silver equivalent ounces, including 35,000 ounces of gold. The increase is the result of the anticipated ramp up of three new mines, including Barrick's Pascua-Lama project. The world-class Pascua-Lama project is forecast to commence production in mid-2013 and, in its first full five years of operation, will contribute approximately 9 million ounces of attributable silver production annually to Silver Wheaton. Attributable mine-by-mine actual 2011 production and forecast 2012 production are as follows:       Attributable Production   2011 Actual1 2012 Forecast       Silver ounces produced (000's)       Peñasquito 5,284 7,000   San Dimas2 5,585 5,600   Barrick3 2,980 2,600   Yauliyacu 2,548 2,500   Zinkgruvan 1,691 1,900   Cozamin 1,567 1,700   Other4 4,902 4,875   24,557 26,175       Gold ounces produced (000's in silver equivalent)5       Minto 817 825 Silver equivalent ounces produced (000's)  25,374 27,000 1) Ounces produced represent the quantity of silver and gold contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions. Certain production figures are based on management estimates. 2) Production includes Goldcorp's four year commitment  to deliver to Silver Wheaton 1.5 million ounces of silver per annum resulting from their sale of San Dimas to Primero.  3) Comprised of the Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests.     4) Includes the Los Filos, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Keno Hill, Minto, Campo Morado and Aljustrel silver interests.  5) The Minto mine produced 18,436 oz of gold in 2011 and is forecast to produce approximately 16,500 oz of gold in 2012. Webcast and Conference Call Details A conference call will be held Friday, March 23, 2012, starting at 11:00 am (Eastern Time) to discuss these results. To participate in the live call please use one of the following methods: Dial toll free from Canada or the US:   1-888-231-8191 Dial from outside Canada or the US:   1-647-427-7450 Pass code:      47916637 Live audio webcast:     www.silverwheaton.com Participants are recommended to dial in five to ten minutes before the call. The conference call will be recorded and you can listen to an archive of the call by one of the following methods: Dial toll free from Canada or the US:   1-855-859-2056 Dial from outside Canada or the US:   1-416-849-0833 Pass code:      47916637 Archived audio webcast:     www.silverwheaton.com About Silver Wheaton Silver Wheaton is the largest silver streaming company in the world. Based upon its current agreements, forecast 2012 attributable production is approximately 27 million silver equivalent ounces, including 16,500 ounces of gold. By 2016, annual attributable production is anticipated to increase significantly to approximately 43 million silver equivalent ounces, including 35,000 ounces of gold. This growth is driven by the Company's portfolio of world-class assets, including silver streams on Goldcorp's Peñasquito mine and Barrick's Pascua-Lama project.  CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING-STATEMENTS The information contained herein contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation.  Forward-looking statements, which are all statements other than statements of historical fact, include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the future price of silver and gold, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the realization of mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production, reserve determination, reserve conversion rates and statements as to any future dividends.  Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved".  Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Silver Wheaton to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: fluctuations in the price of silver and gold; the absence of control over mining operations from which Silver Wheaton purchases silver or gold and risks related to these mining operations including risks related to fluctuations in the price of the primary commodities mined at such operations, actual results of mining and exploration activities, economic and political risks of the jurisdictions in which the mining operations are located and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; and differences in the interpretation or application of tax laws and regulations; as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Description of the Business - Risk Factors" in Silver Wheaton's Annual Information Form available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and in Silver Wheaton's Form 40-F on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to: the continued operation of the mining operations from which Silver Wheaton purchases silver or gold, no material adverse change in the market price of commodities, that the mining operations will operate and the mining projects will be completed in accordance with their public statements and achieve their stated production outcomes, and such other assumptions and factors as set out herein. Although Silver Wheaton has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.  There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Silver Wheaton does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are included or incorporated by reference herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. Summarized Financial Results   Year Ended December 31     2011 IFRS 1   2010 IFRS 1   2009 GAAP 1 Silver equivalent production 2                       Attributable silver ounces produced (000's)     24,557     21,984     16,263     Attributable gold ounces produced     18,436     28,795     18,021     Attributable silver equivalent ounces produced (000's) 2     25,374     23,758     17,395 Silver equivalent sales 2                       Silver ounces sold (000's)     20,247     18,878     14,744     Gold ounces sold     18,256     25,884     17,132     Silver equivalent ounces sold (000's) 2     21,069     20,483     15,823 Average realized price ($'s per ounce)                       Average realized silver price   $ 34.60   $ 20.75   $ 15.02     Average realized gold price   $ 1,609   $ 1,224   $ 1,042     Average realized silver equivalent price 2   $ 34.65   $ 20.67   $ 15.13 Average cash cost ($'s per ounce) 3                       Average silver cash cost   $ 3.99   $ 3.97   $ 3.97     Average gold cash cost   $ 300   $ 300   $ 300     Average silver equivalent cash cost 2   $ 4.09   $ 4.04   $ 4.03 Total revenue ($000's)   $ 729,997   $ 423,353   $ 239,293 Net earnings   $ 550,028   $ 153,381   $ 117,924 Add back - loss on fair value adjustment of Canadian dollar share purchase warrants issued                       -       133,210                       -   Adjusted net earnings 3 ($000's)   $ 550,028   $ 286,591   $ 117,924 Earnings per share                       Basic   $ 1.56   $ 0.45   $ 0.39     Diluted   $ 1.55   $ 0.44   $ 0.38 Adjusted earnings per share 3                       Basic   $ 1.56   $ 0.83   $ 0.39     Diluted   $ 1.55   $ 0.83   $ 0.38 Cash flow from operations ($000's)   $ 626,427   $ 319,726   $ 165,932 Dividends                       Dividends paid   $ 63,612   $                   -     $                   -       Dividends paid per share   $ 0.18   $ 0.00   $ 0.00 Total assets ($000's)   $ 2,872,335   $ 2,635,383   $ 2,237,224 Total non-current financial liabilities ($000's)   $ 50,060   $ 200,966   $ 343,976 Shareholders' equity ($000's)   $ 2,654,217   $ 2,261,949   $ 1,723,925 1)      2011 and 2010 figures presented in accordance with IFRS.  2009 figures presented in accordance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("Cdn GAAP" or "GAAP").  Certain comparative figures have been reclassified to conform to the presentation adopted in 2011. 2)      Gold ounces produced and sold are converted to a silver equivalent basis on the ratio of the average silver price received to the average gold price received during the period from the assets that produce both gold and silver.  3)      Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release. Consolidated Statement of Earnings (audited)     Year Ended December 31 (US dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)   2011 2010 Sales   $ 729,997 $ 423,353 Cost of sales               Cost of sales, excluding depletion   $ 86,266 $ 82,749     Depletion     57,457   57,571 Total cost of sales   $ 143,723 $ 140,320 Earnings from operations   $ 586,274 $ 283,033 Expenses and other income               General and administrative 1   $ 25,180 $ 24,669   Loss on fair value adjustment of Canadian dollar share purchase warrants issued     -   133,210     Foreign exchange gain     (453)   (2,266)     Other expense (income)     3,182   (16,089)     $ 27,909 $ 139,524 Earnings before tax   $ 558,365 $ 143,509 Income tax (expense) recovery     (8,337)   9,872 Net earnings   $ 550,028 $ 153,381             Basic earnings per share   $ 1.56 $ 0.45 Diluted earnings per share   $ 1.55 $ 0.44 Weighted average number of shares outstanding               Basic     353,249   344,288     Diluted     355,904   346,508 1) Equity settled stock based compensation (a non-cash item) included in general and administrative expenses.   $ 6,329 $ 7,732 Consolidated Balance Sheets (audited)       December 31 December 31 January 1 (US dollars in thousands)     2011 2010 2010 Assets               Current assets                   Cash and cash equivalents   $ 840,201 $ 428,636 $ 227,566     Accounts receivable     3,890   7,088   4,881     Other     1,221   727   1,027 Total current assets   $ 845,312 $ 436,451 $ 233,474 Non-current assets                   Silver and gold interests   $ 1,871,726 $ 1,912,877 $ 1,928,476     Long-term investments     151,621   284,448   73,747     Deferred income taxes     2,301   -   -     Other     1,375   1,607   1,852 Total non-current assets   $ 2,027,023 $ 2,198,932 $ 2,004,075 Total assets   $ 2,872,335 $ 2,635,383 $ 2,237,549 Liabilities               Current liabilities                   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 8,709 $ 9,843 $ 10,302     Current portion of bank debt     28,560   28,560   28,560     Current portion of silver interest payments     130,789   133,243   130,788 Total current liabilities   $ 168,058 $ 171,646 $ 169,650 Non-current liabilities                   Deferred income taxes   $ - $ 822 $ -     Liability for Canadian dollar share purchase warrants     -   -   51,967     Long-term portion of bank debt     50,060   78,620   107,180     Long-term portion of silver interest payments     -   122,346   236,796 Total non-current liabilities   $ 50,060 $ 201,788 $ 395,943 Total liabilities   $ 218,118 $ 373,434 $ 565,593 Shareholders' Equity               Issued capital   $ 1,793,772 $ 1,782,510 $ 1,476,480 Reserves     25,422   135,364   4,611 Retained earnings     835,023   344,075   190,865 Total shareholders' equity   $ 2,654,217 $ 2,261,949 $ 1,671,956 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 2,872,335 $ 2,635,383 $ 2,237,549 Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (audited)     Year Ended December 31 (US dollars in thousands)   2011 2010 Operating Activities           Net earnings   $ 550,028 $ 153,381 Adjustments for               Depreciation and depletion     57,720   57,839     Equity settled stock based compensation     6,329   7,732     Deferred income tax expense (recovery)     7,575   (10,248)   Loss on fair value adjustment of Canadian dollar share purchase warrants issued     -   133,210   Loss (gain) on fair value adjustment of share purchase warrants held     3,118   (10,719)     Gain on disposal of silver purchase agreement     -   (5,911)     Investment income recognized in net earnings     (929)   (510)     Other     (84)   (3,514) Change in non-cash operating working capital     1,786   (2,009) Operating cash flows before interest income   $ 625,543 $ 319,251 Interest income received     884   475 Cash generated by operating activities $ 626,427 $ 319,726 Financing Activities           Bank debt repaid   $ (28,560) $ (28,560) Share issue costs     -   (85) Share purchase warrants exercised     99   76,093 Share purchase options exercised     7,839   32,335 Dividends paid     (63,612)   - Cash (applied to) generated by financing activities $ (84,234) $ 79,783 Investing Activities           Silver and gold interests   $ (140,063) $ (170,661) Silver and gold interests - interest paid     (1,260)   (1,739) Acquisition of long-term investments     (13,674)   (54,107) Dividend income received     45   35 Proceeds on disposal of long-term investments     24,270   469 Proceeds on disposal of silver purchase agreement     -   25,000 Other     (54)   (287) Cash applied to investing activities $ (130,736) $ (201,290) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents $ 108 $ 2,851 Increase in cash and cash equivalents $ 411,565 $ 201,070 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   428,636   227,566 Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $ 840,201 $ 428,636 Summary of Ounces Produced and Sold   2011 2010 (in thousands) Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Silver ounces produced 1                 San Dimas 2        1,578        1,251        1,150        1,606        1,586        1,255        1,110        1,206 Zinkgruvan           390           379           414           508           428           508           478           387 Yauliyacu           583           608           674           683           651           633           692           737 Peñasquito        1,633        1,162        1,282        1,207        1,260        1,109           866           557 Cozamin           433           395           414           325           335           381           286           401 Barrick 3           723           794           741           722           458           682           697           780 Other 4        1,389        1,272        1,153        1,088        1,245        1,069        1,240           947          6,729        5,861        5,828        6,139        5,963        5,637        5,369        5,015 Silver equivalent ounces of gold produced 5                 Minto           202           257           261             97           205           402           522           645 Silver equivalent ounces produced        6,931        6,118        6,089        6,236        6,168        6,039        5,891        5,660 Silver ounces sold                 San Dimas 2        1,488        1,232        1,149        1,748        1,438        1,274        1,076        1,206 Zinkgruvan           425           319           401           321           421           635           313           498 Yauliyacu           655             11           471           120           470             87           517           581 Peñasquito           851        1,382           961           941        1,169           692           656           424 Cozamin           374           335           281           271           411           306           412           281 Barrick 3           755           747           726           680           482           533           727           783 Other 4        1,230           770           862           741        1,139           750           943           654          5,778        4,796        4,851        4,822        5,530        4,277        4,644        4,427 Silver equivalent ounces of gold sold 5                 Minto           196           316           227             83           127           411           496           571 Silver equivalent ounces sold        5,974        5,112        5,078        4,905        5,657        4,688        5,140        4,998 Gold / silver ratio 5          51.9          50.4          40.1          33.0          49.7          57.7          65.4          66.3 Cumulative payable silver equivalent ounces produced but not yet delivered 6        4,127        3,805        3,537        3,018        2,275        2,174        1,403        1,437 1)      Ounces produced represent the quantity of silver and gold contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions.  Certain production figures are based on management estimates. 2)      Beginning in the third quarter of 2010, the ounces produced and sold include ounces received from Goldcorp in connection with Goldcorp's four year commitment  to deliver to Silver Wheaton 1.5 million ounces of silver per annum resulting from their sale of San Dimas to Primero. 3)      Comprised of the Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests. 4)      Comprised of the Los Filos, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Keno Hill, Minto, Aljustrel and Campo Morado silver interests in addition to the previously owned La Negra and San Martin silver interests.  5)      Gold ounces produced and sold are converted to a silver equivalent basis on the ratio of the average silver price received to the average gold price received during the period from the assets that produce both gold and silver.  6)      Based on management estimates. Results of Operations (audited) Three Months Ended December 31, 2011   Ounces produced2 Ounces sold Sales (US$'s) Average realized price (US$'s per ounce) Average cash cost (US$'s per ounce) 3 Average depletion (US$'s per ounce) Net earnings (US$'s) Cash flow from (used in) operations (US$'s) Total Assets (US$'s) Silver                                   San Dimas 4 1,578 1,488 $ 44,641 $ 30.00 $ 4.09 $ 0.71 $ 37,494 $ 38,551 $ 167,527   Zinkgruvan 390 425   13,537   31.87   4.10   1.69   11,077   14,061   57,639   Yauliyacu 583 655   22,270   34.00   4.02   5.02   16,350   19,637   230,012   Peñasquito 1,633 851   27,374   32.17   3.96   2.41   21,954   24,004   504,973   Cozamin 433 374   12,786   34.18   4.08   4.62   9,531   10,260   25,115   Barrick 5 723 755   24,673   32.67   3.90   3.60   19,008   21,728   601,085   Other 6 1,389 1,230   40,120   32.63   3.94   4.22   30,089   36,301   251,716   6,729 5,778 $ 185,401 $ 32.09 $ 4.01 $ 2.90 $ 145,503 $ 164,542 $ 1,838,067 Gold                                   Minto 3,891 3,777   6,466   1,712   301   169   4,689   6,314   33,659 Silver Equivalent 7 6,931 5,974 $ 191,867 $ 32.12 $ 4.06 $ 2.91 $ 150,192 $ 170,856 $ 1,871,726 Corporate                                   General and administrative                     $ (6,115)           Other                       670         Total corporate                     $ (5,445) $ (7,142) $ 1,000,609   6,931 5,974 $ 191,867 $ 32.12 $ 4.06 $ 2.91 $ 144,747 $ 163,714 $ 2,872,335 1)      All figures in thousands except gold ounces produced and sold and per ounce amounts. 2)      Ounces produced represent the quantity of silver and gold contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions.  Certain production figures are based on management estimates. 3)      Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release. 4)      Results for San Dimas include 375,000 ounces received from Goldcorp in connection with Goldcorp's four year commitment to deliver to Silver Wheaton 1.5 million ounces of silver per annum resulting from their sale of San Dimas to Primero. 5)      Comprised of the Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests. 6)      Comprised of the Los Filos, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Keno Hill, Minto, Campo Morado and Aljustrel silver interests. 7)      Gold ounces produced and sold are converted to a silver equivalent basis on the ratio of the average silver price received to the average gold price received during the period from the assets that produce both gold and silver. Three Months Ended December 31, 2010   Ounces produced2 Ounces sold Sales (US$'s) Average realized price (US$'s per ounce) Average cash cost (US$'s per ounce)3 Average depletion (US$'s per ounce) Net earnings (US$'s) Cash flow from (used in) operations (US$'s) Total Assets (US$'s) Silver                                   San Dimas 4 1,586 1,438 $ 39,283 $ 27.33 $ 4.05 $ 0.78 $ 32,351 $ 34,567 $ 171,524   Zinkgruvan 428 421   12,483   29.64   4.05   1.69   10,062   10,600   60,122   Yauliyacu 651 470   10,627   22.61   3.98   3.47   7,124   8,756   236,320   Peñasquito 1,260 1,169   31,166   26.66   3.90   2.54   23,634   26,607   514,930   Cozamin 335 411   10,953   26.67   4.04   4.62   7,396   8,729   30,949   Barrick 5 458 482   11,369   23.58   3.90   3.61   7,749   10,890   595,307   Other 6 1,245 1,139   30,149   26.47   3.92   4.81   20,207   24,452   266,978    5,963 5,530 $ 146,030 $ 26.41 $ 3.97 $ 2.81 $ 108,523 $ 124,601 $ 1,876,130 Gold                                   Minto 4,130 2,562   3,547   1,384   300   237   2,172   3,816   36,747 Silver Equivalent 7 6,168 5,657 $ 149,577 $ 26.44 $ 4.02 $ 2.86 $ 110,695 $ 128,417 $ 1,912,877 Corporate                                   General and administrative                   $ (6,409)           Loss on fair value adjustment of Canadian dollar share purchase warrants issued   (56,832)           Other                       16,445         Total corporate                     $ (46,796) $ (3,742) $ 722,506   6,168 5,657 $ 149,577 $ 26.44 $ 4.02 $ 2.86 $ 63,899 $ 124,675 $ 2,635,383 1)      All figures in thousands except gold ounces produced and sold and per ounce amounts. 2)      Ounces produced represent the quantity of silver and gold contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions.  Certain production figures are based on management estimates. 3)      Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release. 4)      Results for San Dimas include 375,000 ounces received from Goldcorp in connection with Goldcorp's four year commitment to deliver to Silver Wheaton 1.5 million ounces of silver per annum resulting from their sale of San Dimas to Primero. 5)      Comprised of the Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests. 6)      Comprised of the Los Filos, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Minto and Campo Morado silver interests in addition to the previously owned La Negra and San Martin silver interests.  7)      Gold ounces produced and sold are converted to a silver equivalent basis on the ratio of the average silver price received to the average gold price received during the period from the assets that produce both gold and silver. Year Ended December 31, 2011   Ounces produced2 Ounces sold Sales (US$'s) Average realized price (US$'s per ounce) Average cash cost (US$'s per ounce)3 Average depletion (US$'s per ounce) Net earnings (US$'s) Cash flow from (used in) operations (US$'s) Total Assets (US$'s) Silver                                   San Dimas 4 5,585 5,617 $ 188,377 $ 33.54 $ 4.06 $ 0.71 $ 161,554 $ 164,453 $ 167,527   Zinkgruvan 1,691 1,466   52,974   36.14   4.08   1.69   44,503   49,377   57,639   Yauliyacu 2,548 1,257   43,911   34.93   4.02   5.02   32,555   38,863   230,012   Peñasquito 5,284 4,135   143,069   34.61   3.93   2.41   116,855   126,812   504,973   Cozamin 1,567 1,261   43,990   34.85   4.07   4.62   33,018   40,586   25,115   Barrick 5 2,980 2,908   102,454   35.23   3.90   3.58   80,692   89,554   601,085   Other 6 4,902 3,603   125,854   34.93   3.94   4.27   96,298   112,414   251,716   24,557 20,247 $ 700,629 $ 34.60 $ 3.99 $ 2.69 $ 565,475 $ 622,059 $ 1,838,067 Gold                                   Minto 18,436 18,256   29,368   1,609   300   169   20,799   24,240   33,659 Silver Equivalent 7 25,374 21,069 $ 729,997 $ 34.65 $ 4.09 $ 2.73 $ 586,274 $ 646,299 $ 1,871,726 Corporate                                   General and administrative                     $ (25,180)           Other                       (11,066)         Total corporate                     $ (36,246) $ (19,872) $ 1,000,609   25,374 21,069 $ 729,997 $ 34.65 $ 4.09 $ 2.73 $ 550,028 $ 626,427 $ 2,872,335 1)      All figures in thousands except gold ounces produced and sold and per ounce amounts. 2)      Ounces produced represent the quantity of silver and gold contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions.  Certain production figures are based on management estimates. 3)      Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release. 4)      Results for San Dimas include 1.5 million ounces received from Goldcorp in connection with Goldcorp's four year commitment to deliver to Silver Wheaton 1.5 million ounces of silver per annum resulting from their sale of San Dimas to Primero. 5)      Comprised of the Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests. 6)      Comprised of the Los Filos, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Keno Hill, Minto, Campo Morado and Aljustrel silver interests. 7)      Gold ounces produced and sold are converted to a silver equivalent basis on the ratio of the average silver price received to the average gold price received during the period from the assets that produce both gold and silver. Year Ended December 31, 2010   Ounces produced2 Ounces sold Sales (US$'s) Average realized price (US$'s per ounce) Average cash cost (US$'s per ounce)3 Average depletion (US$'s per ounce) Net earnings (US$'s) Cash flow from (used in) operations (US$'s) Total Assets (US$'s) Silver                                   San Dimas 4 5,157 4,994 $ 105,747 $ 21.18 $ 4.04 $ 0.78 $ 81,659 $ 86,666 $ 171,524   Zinkgruvan 1,801 1,867   39,447   21.12   4.04   1.71   28,697   30,178   60,122   Yauliyacu 2,713 1,655   31,998   19.33   3.98   3.47   19,669   25,418   236,320   Peñasquito 3,792 2,941   63,632   21.64   3.90   2.54   44,683   52,163   514,930   Cozamin 1,403 1,410   29,180   20.71   4.03   4.62   16,987   23,252   30,949   Barrick 5 2,617 2,525   48,311   19.13   3.90   3.55   29,498   36,787   595,307   Other 6 4,501 3,486   73,345   21.04   3.92   4.49   44,010   58,182   266,978    21,984 18,878 $ 391,660 $ 20.75 $ 3.97 $ 2.73 $ 265,203 $ 312,646 $ 1,876,130 Gold                                   Minto 28,795 25,884   31,693   1,224   300   236   17,830   23,174   36,747 Silver Equivalent 7 23,758 20,483 $ 423,353 $ 20.67 $ 4.04 $ 2.81 $ 283,033 $ 335,820 $ 1,912,877 Corporate                                   General and administrative                     $ (24,669)           Loss on fair value adjustment of Canadian dollar share purchase warrants issued   (133,210)           Other                       28,227         Total corporate                     $ (129,652) $ (16,094) $ 722,506   23,758 20,483 $ 423,353 $ 20.67 $ 4.04 $ 2.81 $ 153,381 $ 319,726 $ 2,635,383 1)      All figures in thousands except gold ounces produced and sold and per ounce amounts. 2)      Ounces produced represent the quantity of silver and gold contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions.  Certain production figures are based on management estimates. 3)      Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release. 4)      Results for San Dimas include 625,000 ounces received from Goldcorp in connection with Goldcorp's four year commitment to deliver to Silver Wheaton 1.5 million ounces of silver per annum resulting from their sale of San Dimas to Primero. 5)      Comprised of the Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests. 6)      Comprised of the Los Filos, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Minto and Campo Morado silver interests in addition to the previously owned La Negra and San Martin silver interests.  7)      Gold ounces produced and sold are converted to a silver equivalent basis on the ratio of the average silver price received to the average gold price received during the period from the assets that produce both gold and silver. Non-IFRS Measures Silver Wheaton has included, throughout this document, certain non-IFRS performance measures, including (i) average cash costs of silver and gold on a per ounce basis; (ii) operating cash flows per share (basic and diluted); (iii) cash operating margin and; (iv) adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share. i.      Average cash cost of silver and gold on a per ounce basis is calculated by dividing the total cost of sales, less depletion, by the ounces sold. In the precious metals mining industry, this is a common performance measure but does not have any standardized meaning. The Company believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance and ability to generate cash flow. ii.      Operating cash flow per share (basic and diluted) is calculated by dividing cash generated by operating activities by the weighted average number of shares outstanding (basic and diluted).  The Company presents operating cash flow per share as it believes that certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance in comparison to other companies in the precious metals mining industry who present results on a similar basis. iii.      Cash operating margin is calculated by subtracting the average cash cost of silver and gold on a per ounce basis from the average realized selling price of silver and gold on a per ounce basis. The Company presents cash operating margin as it believes that certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance in comparison to other companies in the precious metals mining industry who present results on a similar basis. iv.      Adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share are calculated by removing the effects of the non-cash, fair value adjustment on the Company's previously issued and outstanding share purchase warrants which had an exercise price denominated in Canadian dollars from net earnings of the Company. As more fully described in the financial statements, these warrants are classified as a financial liability with any fair value adjustments being reflected as a component of net earnings. The Company believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, the Company and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance.  For the three months ended December 31, 2010, the net effect of these adjustments was to increase net earnings by US$56.8 million. For the year ending December 31, 2010 the net effect of these adjustments was to increase net earnings by US$133.2 million. As there were no share purchase warrants with an exercise price denominated in Canadian dollars outstanding during 2011, there were no fair value adjustments recorded as a component of net earnings during the three and twelve months ending December 31, 2011.  As a result, adjusted net earnings are equivalent to net earnings for these periods. These non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, and other companies may calculate these measures differently. The presentation of these non-IFRS measures is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.  For more detailed information, please refer to Silver Wheaton's Management Discussion and Analysis available on the Company's website at www.silverwheaton.com and posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.           SOURCE Silver Wheaton Corp.For further information: <p> Brad Kopp <br/> Senior Vice President, Investor Relations<br/> Silver Wheaton Corp.<br/> Tel: 1-800-380-8687<br/> Email: <a href="mailto:info@silverwheaton.com">info@silverwheaton.com</a><br/> Website: <a href="http://www.silverwheaton.com">www.silverwheaton.com</a> </p>