In a Sept. 24 research note, analyst Andrew Kaip with BMO Capital Markets reported that Pretium Resources Inc. (PVG:TSX; PVG:NYSE) gave notice to buy back the entire 8% gold and silver stream at its Brucejack mine by Dec. 31, 2018, for US$237 million (US$237M), which is "net present value accretive" to the company. "With no mention of the offtake arrangement, it is assumed that it remains fully in place," he noted.
Kaip pointed out that also by that date, Pretium has a US$350M credit facility to pay, "with an option for extension to Dec. 31, 2019 on payment of 2.5% of the principal and accrued interest by Dec. 31, 2018." The company is considering a refinancing of the facility by year-end 2018. According to BMO, a new debt package is preferable to an issue of equity.
With payment of the two amounts, US$237M and US$350M, looming, Kaip noted, "we view the current dialogue surrounding refinancing as key for the successful repurchase" of the stream.
Kaip mentioned other news in his report. For one, Pretium management said the company should meet H2/18 production guidance, with greater output in Q4/18 than in Q3/18. The goal remains 200–220 thousand ounces of gold at an all-in sustaining cost of $710–770 per ounce.
Also, Pretium indicated it remains on track with ramping up production at Brucejack to 3.8 thousand tons per day (3.8 Ktpd) from 2.7 Ktpd, "with a decision expected later this year," wrote Kaip.
BMO Capital has an Outperform rating and a CA$17.50 per share target price on Pretium, which has a current stock price of around CA$10.506 per share.
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