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Franco-Nevada

MWS (Au)

LOCATION: South Africa
OPERATOR: AngloGold Ashanti Limited
STREAM: 25% Gold Stream

Franco-Nevada, through its acquisition of Gold Wheaton in March 2011, receives 25% of gold produced from the Mine Waste Solutions (“MWS”) project. MWS is a gold and uranium tailings recovery operation located near Stilfontein, approximately 160 km west of Johannesburg, South Africa. The operation processes multiple tailings dumps in the area through three production modules. It also includes a modern tailings storage facility approximately 15 km from the gold plant. Franco-Nevada makes ongoing payments equal to the lesser of $400/ounce of payable gold (subject to a 1% annual inflation that commenced December 2012) and the spot price for gold.

In February 2020, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony”) announced plans to acquire MWS from AngloGold Ashanti Limited (“AngloGold Ashanti”) with closing anticipated in mid-2020. AngloGold Ashanti had purchased the operation from First Uranium Corporation in July 2012. As part of the AngloGold Ashanti purchase, Franco-Nevada amended the agreement and is now entitled to receive 25% of all the gold produced through the MWS plant, including treatment of AngloGold Ashanti’s tailings, until Franco-Nevada has received 312,500 ounces of gold. In 2019, Franco-Nevada sold 26,323 ounces of gold that had been received under the agreement, compared with 25,917 ounces of gold sold in 2018. As at December 31, 2019, Franco-Nevada has received 194,305 ounces of gold of the 312,500 ounce cap since the amendment of the agreement.

ASSET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Franco-Nevada is entitled to 25% of all gold produced until 312,500 ounces are received
  • Limited upside given production cap on payments

2019 2018 2017
Revenue to Franco-Nevada ($ million) $ 37.1 $ 32.9 $ 35.8