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Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation - Results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013

August, 07, 2013

TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation (TSX: LIF) announced today its operation and cash flow results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Royalty income for the second quarter of 2013 amounted to $41.7 million as compared to $36.0 million for the second quarter of 2012. The shareholders' cash flow from operating activities after adjustments for changes in amounts receivable, accounts payable and income taxes payable (adjusted cash flow) for the quarter was $23.4 million or $0.37 per share compared to last year's $22.3 million or $0.35 per unit.  Equity earnings from Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) amounted to $19.3 million or $0.30 per share as compared to $18.2 million or $0.28 per unit in 2012. Net income was $39.2 million or $0.61 per share compared to $36.8 million or $0.57 per unit for the same period in 2012. Earnings and cash flow for the quarter, although higher than last year were reduced due to higher income taxes, a result of the elimination of interest expense on the subordinated notes that were cancelled last September (see the reorganization referred to below).

Increased IOC production for the quarter as compared to last year reflected the successful completion and integration of the first phase of the expansion program into the operations with April and May production achieving annual rates of 19 and 20 million tonnes respectively. The annual maintenance shutdown was scheduled for early June and went well but upon resumption of operations some ore quality issues were encountered, which were further aggravated by the wildfires in the area.  Although all assets including the expansion facilities operated well, a number of factors caused June production to be below expected levels. The fires in the area did not directly affect IOC Labrador operations, but required the town of Wabush to be evacuated which impacted employee availability. Additionally, the resulting air quality in the area had an effect on productivity requiring stoppages in the mine and an evacuation of the processing plants for periods of time during June and July.  There were also storms that resulted in power outages which impacted operations in the same period. IOC reports that the ore quality issues are being managed and that the fires are now behind them and they expect August production to return to May levels. The June production restrictions did not negatively affect sales in the second quarter but the lower production over recent months will reduce product available for shipment in the third quarter.

At a special meeting held on September 28, 2012, the holders of stapled units approved an exchange of their subordinated notes for common shares of Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation ("LIORC") and a consolidation of common shares. The $248 million subordinated notes were cancelled and each holder of common shares ended up holding the same number of common shares as before the transactions, and LIORC continued to have 64 million common shares outstanding. Interest on the subordinated notes ceased to accrue after September 30, 2012. For the purposes of this report, all references to shareholders and per share figures may refer to holders of stapled units and per stapled units, respectively, as applicable. Prior to the transactions, the net income attributed to the holders of stapled units consisted of the net income of LIORC plus the interest paid on the subordinated notes. Thus 2012 net income, adjusted cash flow and per share figures referred to in this report use the totals according to the financial statements plus the $7,488,000 ($0.117 per stapled unit) and $14,976,000 ($0.234 per stapled unit) interest on the subordinated notes for the three months and six months periods, respectively.

Results for the three months and six months ended June 30 are summarized below:

  3 Months Ended
June 30,
2013
3 Months Ended
June 30,
2012
6 Months Ended
June 30,
2013
  6 Months Ended
June 30,
2012
           
  (Unaudited)    
           
Revenue (in millions) $42.2 $36.4 $68.6   $58.8
Adjusted cash flow (in millions) $23.4  $22.3  $37.8    $36.7 
Adjusted cash flow per share/unit $0.37 $0.35 $0.59   $0.57
Net income (in millions) $39.2 $36.8 $60.9   $59.8
Net income per share/unit $0.61 $0.57 $0.95   $0.93
       

"Adjusted cash flow" (defined as cash flow from operating activities as shown on the attached financial statements adjusted for changes in amounts receivable, accounts payable and income taxes payable) is not a recognized measure under IFRS.  The Directors believe that adjusted cash flow is a useful analytical measure as it better reflects cash available for distributions to shareholders.

A summary of IOC's sales in millions of tonnes is as follows:

  3 Months Ended
June 30,
2013
3 Months Ended
June 30,
2012
  6 Months Ended
June 30,
2013
6 Months Ended
June 30,
2012
  Year
Ended
Dec. 31, 2012
               
               
Pellets 2.58 2.74   4.30 4.59   9.90
Concentrates 2.28 0.70   3.18 1.20   4.22
               
Total 4.86 3.44   7.48 5.79   14.12
               

IOC Expansion

Phase two of IOC's concentrate expansion program (CEP2), which was temporarily suspended in February 2013, was approved for completion by IOC on August 5. CEP2 will increase concentrate production capacity from 22.0 to 23.3 million tonnes per annum. At the time of suspension, project completion was above 80%, and available capacity was 22.7 mtpa.  It is expected that the project will be completed in the first quarter of 2014 with the full 23.3 million tonne capacity becoming available in the second quarter. To date $393 million has been spent with a further $86 million expenditure required to complete the project.

Potential Sale by Rio Tinto

On April 18, 2013, a letter was sent to shareholders advising about Rio Tinto's potential sale of its interest in IOC and the Board's consideration of strategic alternatives available to the Corporation. At this time we understand from press reports that several expressions of interest have been received by Rio Tinto, which they are in the process of evaluating.

Outlook

With the successful integration of phase 1 of the expansion program and with the price of iron ore seeming to have stabilized from lower levels and IOC expecting to sell all the iron ore it can produce, the balance of the year should see satisfactory results.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Directors of Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation,

Bruce C. Bone
President and Chief Executive Officer
August 7, 2013

Management's Discussion and Analysis

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the Management's Discussion and Analysis section of the Corporation's 2012 Annual Report and the interim financial statements and notes contained in this report.  Although management believes that expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risk and uncertainties including the factors discussed in the Corporation's 2012 Annual Report.

The Corporation's revenues are entirely dependent on the operations of Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) as its principal assets relate to the operations of IOC and its principal source of revenue is the 7% royalty it receives on all sales of iron ore products by IOC.  In addition to the volume of iron ore sold, the Corporation's royalty revenue is affected by the price of iron ore and the Canadian - U.S. dollar exchange rate.

The first quarter sales of IOC are traditionally adversely affected by the closing of the St. Lawrence Seaway and general winter operating conditions and are usually 15% - 20% of the annual volume, with the balance spread fairly evenly throughout the other three quarters.  Because of the size of individual shipments some quarters may be affected by the timing of the loading of ships that can be delayed from one quarter to the next.

Royalty income for the second quarter of 2013 amounted to $41.7 million as compared to $36.0 million for the second quarter of 2012. The shareholders' cash flow from operating activities after adjustments for changes in amounts receivable, accounts payable and income taxes payable (adjusted cash flow) for the quarter was $23.4 million or $0.37 per share compared to last year's $22.3 million or $0.35 per unit.  Equity earnings from IOC amounted to $19.3 million or $0.30 per share as compared to $18.2 million or $0.28 per unit in 2012. Net income was $39.2 million or $0.61 per share compared to $36.8 million or $0.57 per unit for the same period in 2012. Earnings and cash flow for the quarter, although higher than last year were reduced due to higher income taxes, a result of the elimination of interest expense on the subordinated notes that were cancelled last September (see the reorganization referred to below). Comprehensive income was positively affected by our share of a $70 million reduction in IOC's unfunded pension liability due to an actuarial revaluation of the liability using current long term interest rates.

Increased IOC production for the quarter as compared to last year reflected the successful completion and integration of the first phase of the expansion program into the operations with April and May production achieving annual rates of 19 and 20 million tonnes respectively. The annual maintenance shutdown was scheduled for early June and went well but upon resumption of operations some ore quality issues were encountered, which were further aggravated by the wildfires in the area.  Although all assets including the expansion facilities operated well, a number of factors caused June production to be below expected levels. The fires in the area did not directly affect IOC Labrador operations, but required the town of Wabush to be evacuated which impacted employee availability. Additionally, the resulting air quality in the area had an effect on productivity requiring stoppages in the mine and an evacuation of the processing plants for periods of time during June and July.  There were also storms that resulted in power outages which impacted operations in the same period. IOC reports that the ore quality issues are being managed and that the fires are now behind them and they expect August production to return to May levels. The June production restrictions did not negatively affect sales in the second quarter but the lower production over recent months will reduce product available for shipment in the third quarter.

The six months results were affected by the operating factors that affected the second quarter and the usual winter operating problems in the first quarter. Administrative expenses were higher mainly due to financial and legal expenses incurred to examine the implications of Rio Tinto's proposed sale of its IOC holdings, and to advise Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation ("LIORC") on possible action going forward, should a sale result. Amortization expense is lower this year, because of the increase in ore reserves resulting from last year's resource assessment program at IOC. The increase in income taxes this year is the result of the interest on the previously outstanding $248 million notes no longer being payable.

At a special meeting held on September 28, 2012, the holders of stapled units approved an exchange of their subordinated notes for common shares of LIORC and a consolidation of common shares. The $248 million subordinated notes were cancelled and each holder of common shares ended up holding the same number of common shares as before the transactions, and LIORC continued to have 64 million common shares outstanding. Interest on the subordinated notes ceased to accrue after September 30, 2012. For the purposes of this report, all references to shareholders and per share figures may refer to holders of stapled units and per stapled units, respectively, as applicable. Prior to the transactions, the net income attributed to the holders of stapled units consisted of the net income of LIORC plus the interest paid on the subordinated notes. Thus 2012 net income, adjusted cash flow and per share figures referred to in this report use the totals according to the financial statements plus the $7,488,000 ($0.117 per stapled unit) and $14,976,000 ($0.234 per stapled unit) interest on the subordinated notes for the three months and six months periods, respectively.

The following table sets out quarterly revenue, net income and cash flow data for 2013, 2012 and 2011.

  Revenue Net
Income
Net Income
per
Share/Unit(1)
Adjusted Cash
Flow(2)
Adjusted Cash Flow
per Share/Unit(1) (2)
Distributions
Declared
per Share/Unit(1)
  (in millions except per Share/Unit information)          
2013            
First Quarter $26.4 $21.7 $0.34 $14.4 $0.22 $0.375
Second Quarter $42.2 $39.2 $0.61 $23.4 $0.37 $0.375
2012            
First Quarter(3) $22.4 $23.0 $0.36 $14.4 $0.23 $0.375
Second Quarter(3) $36.4 $36.8 $0.57 $22.3 $0.35 $0.375
Third Quarter (3) $32.6 $29.7 $0.47 $18.5 $0.28 $0.375
Fourth Quarter $32.8 $32.3 $0.50 $19.9 $0.31 $0.375
2011            
First Quarter(3) $30.7 $38.9 $0.61    $48.0 (4) $0.75 $0.75
Second Quarter(3) $38.1 $48.2 $0.75 $23.0 $0.36   $0.375
Third Quarter (3) $54.9 $76.3 $1.19    $63.7 (5) $0.99 $0.75
Fourth Quarter(3) $38.8 $45.9 $0.72 $23.4 $0.37   $0.375
Notes: (1) Per share amounts have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the two-for-one share subdivision completed on July 1, 2011         
  (2) "Adjusted cash flow" (see below)         
  (3) Prior to the fourth quarter of 2012, net income, adjusted cash flow, distributions and per unit figures referred to in this table use the totals according to the consolidated financial statements plus (where applicable) the $7,488,000 ($0.117 per unit) interest on the subordinated notes        
  (4) Includes a $29.0 million IOC dividend        
  (5) Includes a $31.2 million IOC dividend        
     

Standardized Cash Flow and Adjusted Cash Flow

For the Corporation, standardized cash flow is the same as cash flow from operating activities as recorded in the Corporation's cash flow statements as the Corporation does not incur capital expenditures or have any restrictions on distributions.  Standardized cash flow per share was $0.24(1) for the quarter (2012 - $0.04(1)). Cumulative standardized cash flow from inception of the Corporation is $17.86 per share and total cash distributions since inception are $17.91 per share, for a payout ratio of 100%.

"Adjusted cash flow" is defined as cash flow from operating activities as shown on the attached financial statements adjusted for changes in amounts receivable, accounts and interest payable and income taxes payable.  It is not a recognized measure under IFRS.  The Directors believe that adjusted cash flow is a useful analytical measure as it better reflects cash available for distributions to shareholders.

The following reconciles cash flow from operating activities to adjusted cash flow.

  3 Months Ended
June 30, 2013
3 Months Ended
June 30, 2012
6 Months Ended
June 30, 2013
6 Months Ended
June 30, 2012
Standardized cash flow from operating activities $15,133,753 $2,343,296 $29,240,622 $19,171,109
Excluding: changes in amounts receivable, accounts payable and income taxes payable 8,313,167 12,477,896 8,534,915 2,557,205
Adjusted cash flow $23,446,920     $14,821,192(1) $37,775,537  $21,728,314(1) 
Adjusted cash flow per share $0.37                     $0.23(1) $0.59               $0.34(1)

(1) Excludes note interest on subordinated notes paid directly to shareholders of $7,488,000 ($0.117 per unit) and $14,976,000 ($0.234 per unit) for the three months and six months periods, respectively.


Liquidity

The Corporation has a $50 million revolving credit facility to September 18, 2016 with provision for annual one-year extensions.  No amounts are currently drawn under this facility (2012 - nil) leaving $50 million available to provide for any capital required by IOC or other Corporation requirements.

IOC Expansion

Phase two of IOC's concentrate expansion program (CEP2), which was temporarily suspended in February 2013, was approved for completion by IOC on August 5. CEP2 will increase concentrate production capacity from 22.0 to 23.3 million tonnes per annum. At the time of suspension, project completion was above 80%, and available capacity was 22.7 mtpa.  It is expected that the project will be completed in the first quarter of 2014 with the full 23.3 million tonne capacity becoming available in the second quarter. To date $393 million has been spent with a further $86 million expenditure required to complete the project.

Outlook

With the successful integration of phase 1 of the expansion program and with the price of iron ore seeming to have stabilized from lower levels and IOC expecting to sell all the iron ore it can produce, the balance of the year should see satisfactory results.

Bruce C. Bone
President and Chief Executive Officer
Toronto, Ontario
August 7, 2013

Notice:
The following unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements of the Corporation have been prepared by and are the responsibility of the Corporation's management. The Corporation's independent auditor has not reviewed these financial statements.

LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION      
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
           
           
     
    As at
    June 30,    December 31,  
Canadian $  2013   2012  
      (Unaudited)     
Assets            
Current Assets            
  Cash  $ 8,164,043    $ 26,923,421  
  Amounts receivable   44,032,900     29,308,484  
  Income taxes recoverable   -     3,130,130  
Total Current Assets   52,196,943     59,362,035  
               
Non-Current Assets            
Iron Ore Company of Canada ("IOC"),            
  royalty and commission interests    281,273,346     283,263,500  
Investment in IOC   388,070,875     351,770,591  
Total Non-Current Assets   669,344,221     635,034,091  
               
Total Assets  $ 721,541,164    $ 694,396,126  
               
               
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity            
Current Liabilities            
  Accounts payable  $ 9,046,514    $ 6,167,138  
  Dividend payable   24,000,000     24,000,000  
  Taxes Payable   179,995     -  
Total Current Liabilities   33,226,509     30,167,138  
               
Non-Current Liabilities            
  Deferred income taxes    126,080,000     121,360,000  
Total Liabilities   159,306,509     151,527,138  
               
Shareholders' Equity            
  Share capital    317,708,147     317,708,147  
  Retained earnings    257,629,508     244,758,841  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss    (13,103,000)     (19,598,000)  
      562,234,655     542,868,988  
               
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $ 721,541,164    $ 694,396,126  

 

LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION      
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS     
OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME        
         
         
    For the Three Months 
    Ended June 30,
Canadian $  2013   2012
    (Unaudited)
Revenue      
  IOC royalties  $ 41,696,680    $ 35,996,161
  IOC commissions   478,318     337,774
  Interest and other income    36,565     93,949
      42,211,563     36,427,884
Expenses          
  Newfoundland royalty taxes   8,339,336     7,199,232
  Amortization of royalty and commission interests   1,040,787     1,425,808
  Administrative expenses    841,241     495,322
  Interest expense:          
    Credit facility   93,493     94,521
    Subordinated notes    -     7,488,000
      10,314,857     16,702,883
             
Income before equity earnings and income taxes   31,896,706     19,725,001
Equity earnings in IOC    19,339,009     18,174,251
             
Income before income taxes    51,235,715     37,899,252
             
Provision for income taxes           
  Current    9,511,969     6,329,617
  Deferred   2,527,000     2,275,772
      12,038,969     8,605,389
             
Net income for the period   39,196,746     29,293,863
             
Other comprehensive gain/(loss)          
  Share of other comprehensive income/(loss) of IOC that will not be           
  reclassified subsequently to profit or loss (net of taxes)    7,032,000     (433,000)
             
Comprehensive income for the period  $ 46,228,746    $ 28,860,863
             
Net income per share  $ 0.61    $ 0.46
           
           

LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION      
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS     
OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME        
         
         
    For the Six Months Ended
    June 30, 
Canadian $  2013   2012
      (Unaudited)  
Revenue      
  IOC royalties  $ 67,797,885    $ 58,006,234
  IOC commissions   735,969     568,777
  Interest and other income    94,934     216,161
      68,628,788     58,791,172
Expenses          
  Newfoundland royalty taxes   13,555,741     11,601,247
  Amortization of royalty and commission interests   1,990,154     2,767,228
  Administrative expenses    1,706,294     1,079,382
  Interest expense:          
    Credit facility   185,959     188,014
    Subordinated notes    -     14,976,000
      17,438,148     30,611,871
             
Income before equity earnings and income taxes   51,190,640     28,179,301
Equity earnings in IOC    28,703,284     29,379,694
             
Income before income taxes    79,893,924     57,558,995
             
Provision for income taxes           
  Current    15,405,257     9,218,215
  Deferred   3,618,000     3,512,000
      19,023,257     12,730,215
             
Net income for the period   60,870,667     44,828,780
             
Other comprehensive gain/(loss)          
  Share of other comprehensive income/(loss) of IOC that will not be           
  reclassified subsequently to profit or loss (net of taxes)    6,495,000     (835,000)
             
Comprehensive income for the period  $ 67,365,667    $ 43,993,780
             
Net income per share  $ 0.95    $ 0.70

 

LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION      
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
             
             
     
             
        For the Six Months Ended
        June 30,
Canadian $    2013   2012
          (Unaudited)  
Net inflow (outflow) of cash related      
  to the following activities      
             
Operating        
  Net income for the period  $ 60,870,667    $ 44,828,780
  Items not affecting cash:          
    Equity earnings in IOC   (28,703,284)     (29,379,694)
    Current income taxes   15,405,257     9,218,215
    Deferred income taxes   3,618,000     3,512,000
    Amortization of royalty and commission interests   1,990,154     2,767,228
    Interest expense   185,959     15,164,014
  Change in amounts receivable and accounts payable   (11,845,040)     3,224,580
  Interest paid    (185,959)     (15,164,014)
  Income taxes paid    (12,095,132)     (15,000,000)
  Cash flow from operating activities   29,240,622     19,171,109
                 
Financing            
  Dividends paid to shareholders   (48,000,000)     (33,024,000)
  Cash flow used in financing activities   (48,000,000)     (33,024,000)
                 
Decrease in cash, during the period   (18,759,378)     (13,852,891)
                 
Cash, beginning of period   26,923,421     41,498,184
                 
Cash, end of period  $ 8,164,043    $ 27,645,293

 

LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION        
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY  
         
      Accumulated  
      other   
  Capital Retained comprehensive   
Canadian $  stock earnings income (loss) Total
    (Unaudited)    
         
Balance as at December 31, 2011  $ 69,708,147  $ 219,001,376  $ (14,987,000)  $ 273,722,523
Net income for the period   -   44,828,780   -   44,828,780
Dividends declared to shareholders   -   (33,024,000)   -   (33,024,000)
Share of other comprehensive loss from investment in IOC (net of taxes)   -   -   (835,000)   (835,000)
Balance as at June 30, 2012   69,708,147   230,806,156   (15,822,000)   284,692,303
                 
Balance as at December 31, 2012   317,708,147   244,758,841   (19,598,000)   542,868,988
Net income for the period   -   60,870,667   -   60,870,667
Dividends declared to shareholders    -   (48,000,000)   -   (48,000,000)
Share of other comprehensive income from investment in IOC (net of taxes)   -   -   6,495,000   6,495,000
Balance as at June 30, 2013  $ 69,708,147  $ 257,629,508  $ (13,103,000)  $ 562,234,655

 

 

The complete consolidated financial statements for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013, including the notes thereto, are posted on sedar.com and labradorironore.com.

 

 

SOURCE Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation

Bruce C. Bone
President & Chief Executive Officer
(416) 863-7133