In a research note dated Aug. 12, analyst Joe Reagor with ROTH Capital Partners reported that Pretium Resources Inc.'s (PVG:TSX; PVG:NYSE) Q2/18 financials were "in line with expectations" and highlighted the quality of the company's Brucejack mine.
Pretium's Q2/18 revenue of $146.5 million ($146.5M) and earnings per share of $0.17 were higher than ROTH's estimates of $141.2M and $0.16, respectively. "The slight beat," Reagor noted, "can be attributed to gold sales exceeding production slightly, in our view."
Reagor pointed out that the day after the mining firm reported its Q2/18 results, on Aug. 10, its share price "increased significantly." This was due to the market acknowledging the company "is putting its startup issues in the rear view" and showcasing the high caliber of Brucejack. During the quarter, the mine generated $72M in cash, and its all-in sustaining cost was $648 per ounce.
"We note that some investors have continued to question the company's ability to generate enough cash to buy out its gold stream by year-end; we believe this quarter's financial results have gone a long way to answer that question," wrote Reagor.
ROTH has a Buy rating and a US$19 per share price target on Pretium; the stock is currently trading at around US$8.81 per share. "We continue to believe the company trades at a significant discount to its discounted cash flow value due to historic resource questions, and we believe that continued strong performance will result in a significant increase in valuation," concluded Reagor.
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