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Silver Wheaton reports record 2012 operating and financial results

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Silver Wheaton reports record 2012 operating and financial results18:49 EDT Thursday, March 21, 2013 TSX: SLW NYSE: SLW VANCOUVER, March 21, 2013 /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, 2012. All figures are presented in United States dollars unless otherwise noted. FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS Fourth consecutive year of record attributable silver equivalent production of 29.6 million ounces compared to 25.4 million ounces in 2011, representing an increase of 17%. Record silver equivalent sales of 27.3 million ounces compared to 21.1 million ounces in 2011, representing an increase of 30%. Record revenues of $849.6 million compared to $730.0 million in 2011, representing a 16% increase. Record net earnings of $586.0 million ($1.66 per share) compared to $550.0 million ($1.56 per share) in 2011, representing a 7% increase. Record operating cash flows of $719.4 million ($2.03 per share1) compared to $626.4 million ($1.77 per share1) in 2011, representing a 15% increase. Cash operating margin1 of $26.79 per silver equivalent ounce, compared to $30.56 in 2011, representing a 12% decrease. Average cash costs1 rose to $4.30 per silver equivalent ounce, compared to $4.09 in 2011, representing a 5% increase. In August 2012, acquired from Hudbay Minerals Inc. ("Hudbay") a precious metals stream from its currently producing 777 mine ("777") and a silver stream from its cornerstone development project, Constancia. During 2012, Silver Wheaton paid $123.9 million in dividends ($0.35 per share) compared to $63.6 million in 2011 ($0.18 per share), representing a 95% increase. FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS Record attributable silver equivalent production of 8.5 million ounces compared to 6.9 million ounces in Q4 2011 and 7.7 million ounces in Q3 2012, representing an increase of 22% and 10%, respectively. Record silver equivalent sales of 9.1 million ounces compared to 6.0 million ounces in Q4 2011 and 5.1 million ounces in Q3 2012, representing an increase of 53% and 78%, respectively. Record revenues of $287.2 million compared to $191.9 million in Q4 2011, representing a 50% increase. Record net earnings of $177.7 million ($0.50 per share) compared to $144.7 million ($0.41 per share) in Q4 2011, representing a 23% increase. Record operating cash flows of $254.0 million ($0.72 per share1) compared to $163.7 million ($0.46 per share1) in Q4 2011, representing a 55% increase. Cash operating margin1 of $26.76 per silver equivalent ounce, compared to $28.06 in Q4 2011, representing a 5% decrease. Average cash costs1 rose to $4.70 per silver equivalent ounce, compared to $4.06 per silver equivalent ounce in Q4 2011, representing a 16% increase, driven primarily by higher costs associated with silver and gold from the Hudbay 777 mine ($5.90 and $400 per ounce of silver and gold, respectively). Declared quarterly dividend of $0.14 per common share, representing 20% of the cash generated by operating activities during the three months ended December 31, 2012. 2013 OUTLOOK Silver Wheaton anticipates a 13% year over year increase in its 2013 attributable production to approximately 33.5 million silver equivalent ounces, including 145 thousand ounces of gold. In 2017, the Company forecasts 53 million ounces of silver equivalent production (including 180 thousand ounces of gold), which represents an increase of 79% from 2012. The acquisition of the Salobo and Sudbury gold streams from Vale S.A. ("Vale") subsequent to December 31, 2012, is expected to double Silver Wheaton's attributable gold production over the next five years. Coupled with a full year of attributable production from Hudbay's 777 mine, acquired in August 2012, these cornerstone assets will drive the company's production growth in 2013. As per the Company's news release dated March 19, 2013, attributable silver and gold reserves increased to 851.4 million ounces and 4.96 million ounces, respectively, as a result of organic and acquisition growth, inclusive of the acquisition of gold streams from Vale's Salobo and Sudbury mines.  Based on reserve estimates as at December 31, 20121, following the Vale transaction, silver equivalent reserves attributable to Silver Wheaton have grown to 1.12 billion ounces2. ___________________________ 1 Please refer to non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release. 2 Silver equivalent reserves and resources assume a gold/silver ratio of 53.3:1. "2012 was another exceptional year for Silver Wheaton, anchored by a fourth quarter that saw record production, sales, revenue, net income, and cash flow for the company," said Randy Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Wheaton. "With the addition of production from Hudbay's 777 mine midway through the year, plus growing production from Peñasquito, San Dimas and Zinkgruvan, 2012 production exceeded our forecast by over one and a half million ounces." "This translated into sales of over 27 million ounces, with the fourth quarter coming in at over nine million ounces, and full year cash flows of over $719 million. Given our dividend policy of paying out 20% of the trailing quarter's cash flow, Silver Wheaton's strong production growth profile directly translates into higher dividends, with $0.35 per common share paid during 2012, almost double what was paid in 2011, and our strong fourth quarter resulted in our first dividend in 2013 being $0.14 per share." "With the recently announced acquisition of gold streams from Vale S.A.'s Salobo and Sudbury mines, we are confident that 2013 and beyond will bring further growth and many new records to Silver Wheaton. While our organic growth profile now forecasts roughly an 80% increase of silver equivalent production over the next five years, we firmly believe there are yet more accretive opportunities for us to further add to our world-class portfolio of precious metals streams." Financial Review Revenues Revenue was $287.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, on silver equivalent sales of 9.1 million ounces (7.3 million ounces of silver and 33,000 ounces of gold). This represents a 50% increase from the $191.9 million of revenue generated in the fourth quarter of 2011, due primarily to a comparable increase in the number of ounces sold with relatively unchanged gold and silver prices. Revenue was $849.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, on silver equivalent sales of 27.3 million ounces (24.8 million ounces of silver and 46,100 ounces of gold). This represents a 16% increase from the $730.0 million in revenue generated for the year ended December 31, 2011, due primarily to a 30% increase in the number of ounces sold and a 6% increase in the average realized gold price, which were partially offset by a 10% decrease in the average realized selling price of silver. Costs and Expenses Average cash costs1 in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $4.70 per silver equivalent ounce, compared with $4.06 during the comparable period of 2011. This resulted in cash operating margins1 of $26.76 per silver equivalent ounce, a 5% decrease compared with the fourth quarter of 2011.  The slightly lower margins were primarily a result of the higher production payments associated with the precious metals stream on Hudbay's 777 mine ($5.90 and $400 per ounce of silver and gold, respectively). Average cash costs1 for the year ended December 31, 2012, were $4.30 per silver equivalent ounce, compared with $4.09 during the comparable period of 2011. This resulted in cash operating margins1 of $26.79 per silver equivalent ounce, a 12% decrease compared with the year ended December 31, 2011, resulting primarily due to a 10% decrease in the average realized silver price. Earnings and Operating Cash Flows Net earnings in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $177.7 million ($0.50 per share), compared with net earnings of $144.7 ($0.41 per share) for the same period in 2011, an increase of 23%. Cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $254.0 million ($0.72 per share1), compared with $163.7 million ($0.46 per share1) for the same period in 2011, an increase of 55%. The increase in net earnings and operating cash flows is primarily attributable to the increase in the amount of gold and silver sold in the quarter. Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2012, were $586.0 million ($1.66 per share), compared with net earnings of $550.0 million ($1.56 per share) for the same period in 2011, an increase of 7%. Cash flow from operations for the year ended December 31, 2012, was $719.4 million ($2.03 per share1) compared with $626.4 million ($1.77 per share1) for the same period in 2011, an increase of 15%. The increase in net earnings and operating cash flow is primarily attributable to the increase in the amount of gold and silver sold, slightly offset by the decrease in the average realized silver price. Balance Sheet At December 31, 2012, the Company had approximately $778 million of cash on hand. Subsequent to the year end, Silver Wheaton announced the acquisition of two gold streams from Vale for a cash consideration of $1.90 billion (plus 10 million Silver Wheaton warrants with a strike price of $65 and a term of 10 years).  As part of the funding for this transaction, Silver Wheaton entered into two new unsecured credit facilities, comprised of (1) a $1 billion revolving credit facility having a 5 year term (the "Revolving Facility"); and (2) a $1.5 billion bridge financing facility having a 1 year term (the "Bridge Facility"). The Revolving Facility and Bridge Facility replaced the $400 million Revolver Loan and the Term Loan, with the latter being repaid in full on February 22, 2013.  The $778 million of cash and cash equivalents as at December 31, 2012 combined with the liquidity provided by the $2.5 billion of new credit facilities positions the Company well to fund all outstanding commitments as well as providing flexibility to acquire additional accretive precious metal stream interests. Operational Highlights Attributable silver equivalent production was a record 8.5 million ounces (7.0 million ounces of silver and 26,400 ounces of gold) in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 22% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. In 2012, Silver Wheaton experienced its fourth year of record annual attributable production of 29.6 million silver equivalent ounces (26.9 million ounces of silver and 50,000 ounces of gold), a 17% increase compared to 2011. _____________________________ 1 Please refer to non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release. Operational highlights for the year ended December 31, 2012 are as follows: Peñasquito - In 2012, the Peñasquito mine produced 6.6 million ounces of attributable silver, an increase of 24% over 2011.  Though production was higher than 2011, an unprecedented regional drought resulted in water shortages causing mill throughput to average 100,000 tonnes per day in 2012, below the design capacity of 130,000 tonnes per day.  As stated in Goldcorp Inc.'s ("Goldcorp") press release dated January 7, 2013, the Peñasquito mine continues to be impacted by the drought and as a result, throughput is expected to average 105,000 tonnes per day in 2013 as additional water wells are brought into production within the Cedros Basin in addition to new dewatering wells within the Chile Colorado pit.  A water and tailings study to develop a comprehensive long-term water strategy for the Peñasquito district is underway and Goldcorp expects this study to be completed during the first half of 2013.   San Dimas - Attributable production from the San Dimas mine was 5.9 million ounces1 in 2012, an increase of 6% over 2011.  On October 15, 2012, Primero Mining Corp. ("Primero") announced a mine and mill expansion of San Dimas. Primero has elected a staged approach to the full expansion and has approved the expenditure of a total of $14.4 million to expand the San Dimas mine and mill from 2,000 tonnes per day currently to 2,500 tonnes per day.  Construction of the mine and mill expansion began in October 2012, with an estimated completion during the first quarter of 2014.  A further plant expansion to 3,000 tonnes per day continues to be assessed and is dependent on future exploration success by Primero. Zinkgruvan - Attributable production in 2012 was a record 2.5 million ounces, an increase of 48% over 2011, due to high ore grades, good recoveries, and continued strong throughput levels.  Production for 2013 is forecast to be 2.4 million ounces as more normalized grades are expected while throughput and recoveries are expected to remain strong. Barrick & Pascua-Lama - Silver Wheaton's 2012 attributable production from the currently producing Barrick silver interests, consisting of Veladero, Lagunas Norte and Pierina mines, was 2.7 million ounces of silver. As per Barrick's year-end 2012 MD&A, during the fourth quarter of 2012 Barrick finalized the cost estimate and schedule for its Pascua-Lama project. Initial production remains on track for the second half of 2014 and the total pre-production capital budget remained at $8.0 to $8.5 billion, of which $4.2 billion had been spent as of the end of 2012.  At the end of 2012, construction was approximately 40% complete with the four kilometer long conveyance tunnel approximately 70% complete.  Construction of the primary crusher in Chile commenced in January 2013, and, in Argentina, construction of the process plant facility advanced with approximately 60% of structural steel erected.  Also noted in Barrick's 2012 MD&A, Barrick halted all pre-stripping activities during the fourth quarter as increased dust, exacerbated by stronger than normal winds, was observed in the open pit area.  Regulatory authorities in Chile subsequently issued an order to suspend pre-stripping activities until strengthened dust mitigation and control measures could be implemented. To date, the suspension of pre-stripping has not altered Barrick's target of first production in the second half of 2014. Until December 31, 2015, Silver Wheaton will be entitled to all or a portion of the silver production from Barrick's Veladero, Pierina and Lagunas Norte mines, to the extent Pascua-Lama is operating below 75% of design capacity. 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 nine million ounces annually. Produced But Not Yet Delivered - Payable silver equivalent ounces produced but not yet delivered to Silver Wheaton by its partners decreased by 1.4 million ounces in the fourth quarter, resulting in a total of approximately 3.8 million payable ounces at December 31, 2012. This was primarily due to decreases in concentrate inventories at the 777, Yauliyacu, and Peñasquito mines. 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. _____________________________ 1 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. Developments Subsequent to 2012 Year End Salobo and Sudbury - In February 2013, Silver Wheaton announced a deal with Vale S.A. to acquire 25% of the life of mine gold production from the Salobo Mine in Brazil and 70% of the gold production from its Canadian Sudbury mines for a 20-year term. The Salobo mine, the largest copper deposit ever found in Brazil, began operating in 2012 at a capacity of 12 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of mill throughput capacity.  The mine is already undergoing an expansion to 24 mtpa and is expected to produce approximately 70 thousand ounces of gold annually for Silver Wheaton for the first ten years of full production.  Sudbury is one of the largest nickel producing areas globally and has an operating history dating back to 1885.  Vale's integrated operations in Sudbury are amongst the largest in the world and are expected to contribute 50 thousand ounces of gold annually on average over the next 20 years. 2013 and Long-Term Silver Equivalent Production Forecast Based upon its current agreements -- including the gold streams from Vale's Salobo and Sudbury mines -- the Company forecasts 2013 attributable production of approximately 33.5 million silver equivalent ounces, including 145 thousand ounces of gold. This represents a 13% increase compared to 2012, which is primarily driven by a full year of production from Hudbay's 777 mine as well as the addition of gold production from Vale's Salobo and Sudbury mines. By 2017, based upon its current agreements, annual attributable production is anticipated to increase by 79% to approximately 53 million silver equivalent ounces, including 180 thousand ounces of gold. The increase is the result of the anticipated ramp up of three new mines, including Barrick's Pascua-Lama project, Hudbay's Constancia project, and Augusta Resource's Rosemont project. The world-class Pascua-Lama project is forecast to commence production in mid-2014 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 and 2012 production and forecast 2013 production are as follows:           Attributable Production1, 2   2011 Actual 2012 Actual 2013 Forecast         Silver ounces produced (000's)         Peñasquito3 5,284 6,572 5,800   San Dimas4 5,585 5,905 6,500   Barrick5 2,980 2,696 1,700   Zinkgruvan 1,691 2,502 2,400   Yauliyacu 2,548 2,412 2,500   Cozamin 1,567 1,576 1,800   Other6 4,902 5,231 5,100           24,557 26,894 25,800         Gold ounces produced (000's)         Minto 18.4 18.6 20   777 - 31.4 70   Sudbury and Salobo - - 55    18.4 50.0 145           Silver equivalent ounces produced (000's)7 25,374 29,571 33,500         1) Ounces produced represent quantity of silver and gold contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions. 2) Production figures are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the silver or gold interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available. 3) Production at Peñasquito is lower in 2013 due to lower grades in the mine plan. 4) 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    5) Comprised of the Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests.  Production in 2013 is lower due to forecasted lower grades at Lagunas Norte and Veladero, and declining production from Pierina as Barrick waits for approval to commence pushback. 6) Includes the Los Filos, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Keno Hill, Campo Morado, Minto, 777 and Aljustrel silver interests. 7) Gold ounces produced 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. For the 2013 forecast, a silver price of $30 and gold price of $1,600 were used for the silver equivalent conversion.     Reserves and Resources Silver Wheaton's attributable reserves and resources, as of December 31, 2012, can be found in the Company's news release dated March 19, 2013, and are available on the Company's website at www.silverwheaton.com and in its MD&A, 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 18, 2013. 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. Webcast and New Conference Call Details A conference call will be held Friday, March 22, 2013, 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: 26000662 Live audio webcast:    www.silverwheaton.com     Participants should 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:      26000662 Archived audio webcast:    www.silverwheaton.com     ABOUT SILVER WHEATON Silver Wheaton is the largest precious metals streaming company in the world. Based upon its current agreements, forecast 2013 attributable production is approximately 33.5 million silver equivalent ounces1, including 145 thousand ounces of gold. By 2017, annual attributable production is anticipated to increase significantly to approximately 53 million silver equivalent ounces1, including 180 thousand ounces of gold. This growth is driven by the Company's portfolio of low-cost and long-life assets, including silver and precious metal streams on Barrick's Pascua-Lama project, Hudbay's Constancia project, and Vale's Salobo and Sudbury mines. 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. CAUTIONARY LANGUAGE REGARDING RESERVES AND RESOURCES For further information on Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources and on Silver Wheaton more generally, readers should refer to Silver Wheaton's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2011, and other continuous disclosure documents filed by Silver Wheaton since January 1, 2012, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Silver Wheaton's Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources are subject to the qualifications and notes set forth therein. Mineral Resources which are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Cautionary Note to United States Investors Concerning Estimates of Measured, Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources: The information contained herein uses the terms "Measured", "Indicated" and "Inferred" Mineral Resources. United States investors are advised that while such terms are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize them and expressly prohibits U.S. registered companies from including such terms in their filings with the SEC. "Inferred Mineral Resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may not form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. United States investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of Measured or Indicated Mineral Resources will ever be converted into Mineral Reserves or that any exploration potential will ever be converted to any category of Mineral Reserves or Mineral Resources. United States investors are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.  United States investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in Silver Wheaton's Form 40-F, a copy of which may be obtained from Silver Wheaton or from http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml. _____________________________ 1 Silver equivalent production forecast assumes a gold/silver ratio of 53.3:1. Summarized Financial Results       Years Ended December 31       2012     2011     2010 Silver equivalent production 1                       Attributable silver ounces produced (000's)     26,894     24,557     21,984     Attributable gold ounces produced     50,039     18,436     28,795     Attributable silver equivalent ounces produced (000's) 1     29,571     25,374     23,758 Silver equivalent sales 1                       Silver ounces sold (000's)     24,850     20,247     18,878    Gold ounces sold     46,094     18,256     25,884     Silver equivalent ounces sold (000's) 1     27,328     21,069     20,483 Average realized price ($'s per ounce)                       Average realized silver price   $ 31.03   $ 34.60   $ 20.75     Average realized gold price   $ 1,701   $ 1,609   $ 1,224     Average realized silver equivalent price 1   $ 31.09   $ 34.65   $ 20.67 Average cash cost ($'s per ounce) 2                       Average silver cash cost   $ 4.06   $ 3.99   $ 3.97     Average gold cash cost   $ 362   $ 300   $ 300     Average silver equivalent cash cost 1   $ 4.30   $ 4.09   $ 4.04 Total revenue ($000's)   $ 849,560   $ 729,997   $ 423,353 Net earnings ($000's)   $ 586,036   $ 550,028   $ 153,381 Add back - loss on fair value adjustment of Canadian dollar   share purchase warrants issued                       -                         -             133,210 Adjusted net earnings 2 ($000's)   $ 586,036   $ 550,028   $ 286,591 Earnings per share                       Basic   $ 1.66   $ 1.56   $ 0.45    Diluted   $ 1.65   $ 1.55   $ 0.44 Adjusted earnings per share 2                       Basic   $ 1.66   $ 1.56   $ 0.83     Diluted   $ 1.65   $ 1.55   $ 0.83 Cash flow from operations ($000's)   $ 719,404   $ 626,427   $ 319,726 Dividends                       Dividends paid ($000's)   $ 123,852   $ 63,612   $                   -       Dividends paid per share   $ 0.35   $ 0.18   $                   -   Total assets ($000's)   $ 3,189,337   $ 2,872,335   $ 2,635,383 Total non-current financial liabilities ($000's)   $ 23,555   $ 50,424   $ 200,966 Shareholders' equity ($000's)   $ 3,107,074   $ 2,654,217   $ 2,261,949 1) 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.  2) Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release. Consolidated Statements of Earnings     Years Ended December 31 (US dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)   2012 2011 Sales   $ 849,560 $ 729,997 Cost of sales             Cost of sales, excluding depletion   $ 117,489 $ 86,266     Depletion     101,229   57,457 Total cost of sales   $ 218,718 $ 143,723 Earnings from operations   $ 630,842 $ 586,274 Expenses and other income               General and administrative 1   $ 30,839 $ 25,180     Foreign exchange loss (gain)     29   (453)     Other (income) expense     (817)   3,182     $ 30,051 $ 27,909 Earnings before income taxes   $ 600,791 $ 558,365 Income tax expense     (14,755)   (8,337) Net earnings   $ 586,036 $ 550,028             Basic earnings per share   $ 1.66 $ 1.56 Diluted earnings per share   $ 1.65 $ 1.55             Weighted average number of shares outstanding               Basic     353,874   353,249     Diluted     356,008   355,904 1) Equity settled stock based compensation (a non-cash item) included in general and administrative expenses.   $ 6,420 $ 6,329 Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income     Years Ended December 31 (US dollars in thousands)   2012 2011 Net earnings   $ 586,036 $ 550,028 Other comprehensive income (loss)               Loss on long-term investments - common shares held   $ (31,134) $ (119,114)     Deferred income tax recovery     2,479   10,699 Total other comprehensive loss   $ (28,655) $ (108,415) Total comprehensive income   $ 557,381 $ 441,613 Consolidated Balance Sheets     December 31 December 31 (US dollars in thousands) 2012 2011 Assets           Current assets               Cash and cash equivalents   $ 778,216 $ 840,201     Accounts receivable     6,197   3,890     Other     966   1,221 Total current assets   $ 785,379 $ 845,312 Non-current assets               Silver and gold interests   $ 2,281,234 $ 1,871,726     Long-term investments     121,377   151,621     Deferred income taxes     -   2,301     Other     1,347   1,375 Total non-current assets   $ 2,403,958 $ 2,027,023 Total assets   $ 3,189,337 $ 2,872,335 Liabilities           Current liabilities               Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 20,898 $ 8,345     Current portion of bank debt     28,560   28,560     Current portion of silver interest payments     -   130,789 Total current liabilities   $ 49,458 $ 167,694 Non-current liabilities               Long-term portion of bank debt   $ 21,500 $ 50,060     Deferred income taxes     9,250   -     Performance share units     2,055   364 Total non-current liabilities   $ 32,805 $ 50,424 Total liabilities   $ 82,263 $ 218,118 Shareholders' equity           Issued capital   $ 1,811,577 $ 1,793,772 Reserves     (1,710)   25,422 Retained earnings     1,297,207   835,023 Total shareholders' equity   $ 3,107,074 $ 2,654,217 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 3,189,337 $ 2,872,335             Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows     Years Ended December 31 (US dollars in thousands)   2012 2011 Operating activities           Net earnings   $ 586,036 $ 550,028 Adjustments for               Depreciation and depletion     101,457   57,720     Equity settled stock based compensation     6,420   6,329     Cash settled stock based compensation     1,685   377     Deferred income tax expense     14,031   7,575     (Gain) loss on fair value adjustment of share purchase warrants held     (496)   3,118    Investment income recognized in net earnings     (1,367)   (929)     Other     (15)   (97) Change in non-cash operating working capital     10,366   1,422 Operating cash flows before interest received   $ 718,117 $ 625,543 Interest received     1,287   884 Cash generated by operating activities $ 719,404 $ 626,427             Financing activities           Bank debt repaid   $ (28,560) $ (28,560) Share purchase warrants exercised     1,878   99 Share purchase options exercised     11,030   7,839 Dividends paid     (123,852)   (63,612) Cash applied to financing activities $ (139,504) $ (84,234)             Investing activities           Silver and gold interests   $ (640,718) $ (140,063) Silver and gold interests - interest paid     (671)   (1,260) Acquisition of long-term investments     (395)   (13,674) Proceeds on disposal of long-term investments     -   24,270 Dividend income received     80   45 Other     (192)   (54) Cash applied to investing activities $ (641,896) $ (130,736)           Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents $ 11 $ 108 (Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents $ (61,985) $ 411,565 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   840,201   428,636 Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $ 778,216 $ 840,201                             Summary of Ounces Produced and Sold                     2012     2011 (in thousands)     Q4     Q3     Q2     Q1     Q4     Q3     Q2     Q1                                                   Silver ounces produced 1                                                 San Dimas 2     1,694     1,288     1,231     1,692     1,578     1,251     1,150     1,606 Zinkgruvan     566     621     673     642     390     379     414     508 Yauliyacu     616     640     606     550     583     608     674     683 Peñasquito     1,445     1,940     1,822     1,365     1,633     1,162     1,282     1,207 Cozamin     372     370     429     405     433     395     414     325 Barrick 3     934     627     468     667     723     794     741     722 Other 4     1,407     1,260     1,276     1,288     1,389     1,272     1,153     1,088       7,034     6,746     6,505     6,609     6,729     5,861     5,828     6,139 Silver equivalent ounces of gold produced 5                                                 Minto       373     337     189     107     202     257     261     97 777     1,059     6126     -      -      -      -      -      -  Silver equivalent ounces produced 5     8,466     7,695     6,694     6,716     6,931     6,118     6,089     6,236 Silver ounces sold                                                 San Dimas 2     1,629     1,178     1,295     1,701     1,488     1,232     1,149     1,748 Zinkgruvan     532     495     580     517     425     319     401     321 Yauliyacu     1,097     184     1,155     497     655     11     471     120 Peñasquito     1,642     1,304     1,845     1,189     851     1,382     961     941 Cozamin     406     301     395     376     374     335     281     271 Barrick 3     826     528     470     656     755     747     726     680 Other 4     1,215     796     1,049     992     1,230     770     862     741       7,347     4,786     6,789     5,928     5,778     4,796     4,851     4,822 Silver equivalent ounces of gold sold 5                                                 Minto     268     357     139     198     196     316     227     83 777     1,516     -      -      -      -      -      -      -  Silver equivalent ounces sold 5     9,131     5,143     6,928     6,126     5,974     5,112     5,078     4,905 Gold / silver ratio 5      54.1      51.7     58.7      51.2     51.9     50.4     40.1     33.0 Cumulative payable silver equivalent ounces produced but not yet delivered 7     3,824     5,195     3,212     4,166     4,127     3,805     3,537     3,018 1)   Ounces produced represent the quantity of silver and gold contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions.  Production figures are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the silver or gold interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available.  Certain production figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received.  The Company has been informed that reported production related to the Yauliyacu mine may have been overstated by a total of approximately 200,000 ounces for all or some portion of the period between April 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.  The required adjustments to production, if any, related to the Yauliyacu mine for these periods will be made once management completes a review of the timing and amount of any production variance. 2)   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, 777, Aljustrel and Campo Morado 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)   Represents production for the period August 8, 2012 to September 30, 2012. 7)   Based on management estimates.     Results of Operations and Operational Review   Three Months Ended December 31, 2012   Ounces Produced²   Ounces Sold     Sales     Average Realized Price ($'s Per Ounce)     Average Cash Cost ($'s Per Ounce) 3     Average Depletion ($'s Per Ounce)     Net Earnings     Cash Flow From Operations     Total Assets Silver                                                   San Dimas 4 1,694   1,629   $ 52,080   $ 31.97   $ 4.13   $ 0.79   $ 44,059   $ 45,351   $ 162,936   Zinkgruvan 566   532     16,485     30.99     4.15     1.68     13,387     16,668     54,075   Yauliyacu 616   1,097     30,753     28.03     4.08     5.02     20,773     32,106     215,295   Peñasquito 1,445   1,642     53,697     32.71     3.99     2.96     42,287     47,147     487,272   Cozamin 372   406     13,109     32.25     4.12     4.05     9,790     11,873     19,135   Barrick 5 934   826     26,920     32.59     3.90     4.34     20,112     23,561     597,736   Other 6 1,407   1,215     38,182     31.43     4.43     6.29     25,167     33,296     381,467    7,034   7,347   $ 231,226   $ 31.47   $ 4.12   $ 3.46   $ 175,575   $ 210,002   $ 1,917,916 Gold                                                   Minto 6,785   4,876   $ 8,247   $ 1,691   $ 303   $ 171   $ 5,937   $ 8,052   $ 30,586   777 19,615   28,084     47,768     1,701     400     773     14,813     40,507     332,732    26,400   32,960   $ 56,015   $ 1,699   $ 386   $ 684   $ 20,750   $ 48,559   $ 363,318 Silver equivalent 7 8,466   9,131   $ 287,241   $ 31.46   $ 4.70   $ 5.25   $ 196,325   $ 258,561   $ 2,281,234 Corporate                                                   General and administrative                                 $ (9,159)               Other                                   (9,422)             Total corporate                                 $ (18,581)   $ (4,535)   $ 908,103   8,466   9,131   $ 287,241   $ 31.46   $ 4.70   $ 5.25   $ 177,744   $ 254,026   $ 3,189,337 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.  Production figures are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the silver or gold interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available.  Certain production figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received. 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 operating Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests in addition to the non-operating Pascua-Lama silver interest. 6)   Comprised of the operating Los Filos, Keno Hill, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Campo Morado, Minto, 777 and Aljustrel silver interests in addition to the non-operating Rosemont silver and gold interest and Loma de La Plata and Constancia 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, 2011   Ounces Produced 2 Ounces Sold Sales Average Realized Price ($'s Per Ounce) Average Cash Cost ($'s Per Ounce) 3 Average Depletion ($'s Per Ounce) Net Earnings Cash Flow From Operations Total Assets 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.  Production figures are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the silver or gold interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available.  Certain production figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received. 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 operating Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests in addition to the non-operating Pascua-Lama silver interest. 6)      Comprised of the operating Los Filos, Keno Hill, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Campo Morado, Minto and Aljustrel silver interests in addition to the non-operating Rosemont silver and gold interest and Loma de La Plata silver interest. 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, 2012   Ounces Produced 2 Ounces Sold Sales Average Realized Price ($'s Per Ounce) Average Cash Cost ($'s Per Ounce) 3 Average Depletion ($'s Per Ounce) Net Earnings Cash Flow From Operations Total Assets Silver                                   San Dimas 4 5,905 5,803 $ 181,906 $ 31.35 $ 4.11 $ 0.79 $ 153,469 $ 158,060 $ 162,936   Zinkgruvan 2,502 2,124   65,914   31.03   4.14   1.68   53,553   55,855   54,075   Yauliyacu 2,412 2,933   86,185   29.38   4.07   5.02   59,531   80,077   215,295   Peñasquito 6,572 5,980   186,085   31.12   3.99   2.96   144,524   162,225   487,272   Cozamin 1,576 1,478   46,601   31.54   4.11   4.05   34,552   40,143   19,135   Barrick 5 2,696 2,480   78,359   31.60   3.90   4.34   57,926   69,504   597,736   Other 6 5,231 4,052   126,118   31.12   4.10   4.72   90,381   108,208   381,467    26,894 24,850 $ 771,168 $ 31.03 $ 4.06 $ 3.08 $ 593,936 $ 674,072 $ 1,917,916 Gold                                   Minto 18,600 18,010 $ 30,624 $ 1,700 $ 303 $ 171 $ 22,094 $ 25,059 $ 30,586   777 31,439 28,084   47,768   1,701   400   773   14,812   40,507   332,732    50,039 46,094 $ 78,392 $ 1,701 $ 362 $ 538 $ 36,906 $ 65,566 $ 363,318 Silver equivalent 7 29,571 27,328 $ 849,560 $ 31.09 $ 4.30 $ 3.70 $ 630,842 $ 739,638 $ 2,281,234 Corporate                                   General and administrative                     $ (30,839)           Other                       (13,967)         Total corporate                     $ (44,806) $ (20,234) $ 908,103   29,571 27,328 $ 849,560 $ 31.09 $ 4.30 $ 3.70 $ 586,036 $ 719,404 $ 3,189,337 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.  Production figures are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the silver or gold interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available.  Certain production figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received. 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 operating Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests in addition to the non-operating Pascua-Lama silver interest. 6)      Comprised of the operating Los Filos, Keno Hill, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Campo Morado, Minto, 777 and Aljustrel silver interests in addition to the non-operating Rosemont silver and gold interest and Loma de La Plata and Constancia 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 Produced 2 Ounces Sold Sales Average Realized Price ($'s Per Ounce) Average Cash Cost ($'s Per Ounce) 3 Average Depletion ($'s Per Ounce) Net Earnings Cash Flow From Operations Total Assets 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.  Production figures are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the silver or gold interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available.  Certain production figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received. 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 operating Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests in addition to the non-operating Pascua-Lama silver interest. 6)      Comprised of the operating Los Filos, Keno Hill, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Campo Morado, Minto and Aljustrel silver interests in addition to the non-operating Rosemont silver and gold interest and Loma de La Plata silver interest. 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) operating cash flow per share (basic and diluted); (ii) average cash costs of silver and gold on a per ounce basis; (iii) cash operating margin; and (iv) adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share.     i.   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.     ii.   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.     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.  These share purchase warrants are classified as a financial liability with any fair value adjustments being reflected as a component of net earnings.  This accounting treatment was applicable to the share purchase warrants which expired or were exercised prior to December 22, 2010.  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.           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. SOURCE Silver Wheaton Corp.For further information: <p> Patrick Drouin <br/> 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>