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Antamina

Location: Peru
Operator: Teck Resources Limited (owns 22.5%)
Stream: Silver Stream

In October 2015, Franco-Nevada provided a deposit of $610 million for a silver stream on production from the Antamina mine in Peru from Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”). Teck has a 22.50% interest in Compania Miñera Antamina S.A. (“CMA”), the Antamina joint venture company, along with partners BHP Billiton Plc (33.75%), Glencore (33.75%) and Mitsubishi Corporation (10.00%). Antamina is an established mine that commenced operations in 2001 and is one of the lowest cost copper operations globally. The low costs are facilitated by the wholly-owned mining infrastructure including a concentrate pipeline and port facilities.

Silver deliveries for 2017 were 3.7 million ounces compared with 4.4 million ounces in 2016. 2018 silver stream contributions to Franco-Nevada are expected to be at the high end of the long term average range of 2.8-3.2 million ounces per year. The stream is based on all recovered silver from Teck’s attributable 22.50% interest in the Antamina mine, subject to a fixed silver payability of 90%. Franco-Nevada pays 5% of the spot silver price for each ounce of silver delivered under the stream. The stream will reduce by one-third after 86 million ounces have been delivered, estimated at the current throughput rate of 54 Mt per year to be in approximately 30 years.

The mine contains total M&I Mineral Resources of 1.1 billion tonnes of ore (unchanged year-over-year) and an Inferred Mineral Resources of 1.37 billion tonnes of ore (up from 1.25 billion tonnes as of December 31, 2016). Total Mineral Reserves are 538 million tonnes of ore, which are currently constrained by tailings disposal capacity. CMA is currently considering options for additional tailings storage and alternative mine plans that could result in significant mine life extensions. Current M&I Mineral Resources are sufficient to support over 20 years of open-pit mining. Historically, a high level of Inferred Mineral Resources have converted to M&I Mineral Resources and ultimately to Mineral Reserves. Beyond the known Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources, Antamina hosts additional potential open-pit and bulk/selective underground targets. There is also regional exploration potential over a large, prospective land package greater than 700 km2.

In 2018, Franco-Nevada strengthened its relationship with CMA by contributing to the project’s social license in the region. CMA has an existing program to support Enseña Peru, which aims to improve education at existing schools in the region. Franco-Nevada will partner with CMA in expanding this mission to more schools which in turn will benefit more students.

ASSET HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Franco-Nevada’s first pure silver stream
  • Proven, high-margin asset contributing to revenue and cash flow
  • Mineral Resource conversion could support mining for 30-40 years

2017 2016 2015
Revenue to Franco-Nevada ($ million) $ 62.9 $ 75.0 $ 14.4

Antamina Locator