Teck Reports Unaudited Third Quarter Results for 2020

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Teck Reports Unaudited Third Quarter Results for 2020

by ahnationtalk on October 27, 202027 Views

Progress on Priority Projects and Cost Reductions Throughout the Business

Vancouver, B.C. – Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”) today announced its third quarter 2020 results, and provided an update on the significant progress made to advance priority projects and reduce costs.

“We made significant progress during the quarter on our priority projects, including safely ramping back up construction at our QB2 project and advancing the Neptune Bulk Terminals upgrade in line with schedule and budget. Our financial performance recovered strongly from a second quarter that was significantly negatively impacted by COVID-19, and despite the decline in realized steelmaking coal prices, we posted gains in profitability and operating cash flows,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. “Across our business, our people have adapted to the new normal of operating through the pandemic, staying focused on health and safety while continuing to responsibly produce materials essential to the global economic recovery.”

Highlights

  • Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders(1) (2) in Q3 2020 of $130 million or $0.24 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) (2) in Q3 2020 of $638 million.
  • Adjusted site cash cost of sales(1) (2) in our steelmaking coal business is expected to be below $60 per tonne by year end.
  • Neptune Bulk Terminals upgrade project is progressing in line with budget and schedule. The five-month planned shutdown concluded in September, having delivered the expected benefits for safe and productive construction work on the upgrade project. All major equipment has been delivered to site.
  • QB2 construction activities are safely ramping back up towards full construction levels with over 7,000 people currently on site and the project is expected to be approximately 40% complete by year end.
  • Approximately $270 million in operating cost reductions and $550 million in capital cost reductions have been achieved to date from expected spending contemplated at the end of June 2019.
  • We continue to manage through the challenges presented by COVID-19 to protect the safety and health of our employees, contractors and communities in which we operate.
Notes:
1. Non-GAAP Financial Measure. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section for further information.
2. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section for reconciliation.

Financial Summary Q3 2020

  • Liquidity of $6.8 billion as at October 26, 2020.
Financial Metrics
(CAD$ in millions, except per share data)

Q3 2020

Q3 2019

Revenues $2,291 $3,035
Gross profit before depreciation and amortization1 2 $703 $1,223
Gross profit $291 $787
EBITDA1 2 $519 $1,036
Adjusted EBITDA1 2 $638 $1,064
Profit attributable to shareholders $61 $369
Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders1 2 $130 $389
Basic earnings per share $0.11 $0.66
Diluted earnings per share $0.11 $0.66
Adjusted basic earnings per share1 2 $0.24 $0.70
Adjusted diluted earnings per share1 2 $0.24 $0.69

Notes:
1. Non-GAAP Financial Measure. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section for further information.
2. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section for reconciliation.

Key Updates

Increasing margins – not volumes – in our steelmaking coal business

  • Steelmaking coal adjusted site cash cost of sales(1) (2) decreased in the third quarter to $67 per tonne. Adjusted site cash cost of sales(1) (2) are expected to decrease over the remainder of 2020 and we expect to exit the year below $60 per tonne due to:
    • Declining strip ratios, as planned;
    • Elkview plant expansion and the closure of our higher cost Cardinal River Operations; and
    • Benefits of our cost reduction and RACE21™ programs.
  • We are nearing completion of construction of our Fording River South Active Water Treatment Facility (completion expected near the end of Q1 2021) and the Elkview saturated rock fill will be commissioned in Q4 2020, ahead of schedule and under budget.

Neptune Bulk Terminals – securing a low-cost reliable supply chain for our steelmaking coal business unit

  • The Neptune Bulk Terminals upgrade project remains in line with the previously announced capital estimate and schedule.
  • To date, COVID-19 related issues have not substantially impacted works on the critical path.
  • The five-month planned shutdown at Neptune Bulk Terminals concluded in September, having delivered the expected benefits for safe and productive construction work on the upgrade project. Construction is progressing according to plan, with completion expected in Q1 2021.
  • Major equipment deliveries are complete with all equipment on site, concluding with the new shiploader arrival at the terminal on October 8. Click here for photos and video of delivery and installation of the new shiploader at Neptune Bulk Terminals.
  • Operational readiness efforts are well underway with commissioning on major pieces of equipment including the single dumper and stacker reclaimer proceeding according to, or ahead of, plan.

Executing on our copper growth strategy – QB2 a long-life, low-cost operation with major expansion potential

  • Through Q3, the project continued its staged ramp up of the construction workforce towards pre-COVID-19 levels in line with our plans developed in Q2.
    • Currently over 7,000 people on site and planning to continue ramp up through Q4, targeting over 9,000 people by the end of the year;
    • All major contractors remobilized and work is progressing well across the project in line with our ramp-up plan;
    • The construction of the additional camp space is progressing well and will provide additional capacity as this begins to come on line in Q4; and
    • Aiming to achieve overall project progress of approximately 40% by the end of the year.
  • First production is expected in the second half of 2022, but is dependent on our continued ability to successfully manage through COVID-19 going forward. The cost and schedule impact of the temporary suspension due to COVID-19 is estimated as follows:
    • In Q3, we expensed approximately $107 million of costs associated with the QB2 project suspension and remobilization and $23 million of interest that would have otherwise been capitalized for the project;
    • As at the end of Q3 2020, due to the suspension, we have expensed total costs of $272 million and $103 million of interest that would have otherwise been capitalized for the project
    • The estimated impact from the suspension, including expensed costs, is expected to be approximately US$350 to $400 million (excluding interest) with a schedule delay of approximately five to six months; and
    • In addition, we are in the process of constructing more camp space at an incremental cost of US$45 million that would not have been required absent COVID-19.
  • Click here for photos of construction progress on QB2.

Strong financial position

  • We have US$3.8 billion available on our US$4.0 billion revolving credit facility and our US$1.0 billion revolving credit facility is undrawn as at October 26, 2020. These facilities are committed to November 2024 and June 2022, respectively. Neither facility has an earnings or cash flow based financial covenant, a credit rating trigger or a general material adverse effect borrowing condition.
  • Since the launch of our cost reduction program at the beginning of Q4 2019, we have realized approximately $270 million in operating cost reductions and $550 million in capital cost reductions. These reductions are against our expected spending that was contemplated at the end of June 2019.

COVID-19 impact on our business

  • Our global workforce and contractors continue to work safely and productively as we deal with the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our ability to minimize the spread of the virus amongst our employees and surrounding communities has been critical.
  • Protocols remain in place with a continued focus on preventative measures, controls and compliance, and the integration into our “new normal” of operations and planning.
  • All of our mines have recovered from COVID-19 production disruptions in the second quarter. Labour intensive activities such as maintenance, mine operations, and projects continue to be impacted by COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • We expensed $130 million in costs in the quarter relating to the temporary suspension and remobilization of our QB2 project after suspension due to COVID-19 in March 2020.

Safety and sustainability leadership

  • Year-to-date High Potential Incident Frequency (HPIF) (those incidents that have the ability to result in serious or fatal injuries) per million hours worked of 1.1, 31% lower than the same period in 2019.
  • Entered into a long-term power purchase agreement to provide 100% renewable power for Carmen de Andacollo Operations, eliminating approximately 200,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually.
  • As of the end of the third quarter, Teck is the top-ranked mining company for ESG performance by Sustainalytics, Vigeo Eiris, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good; is ranked in the top 10% of mining companies by ISS ESG; and has an ‘A’ rating from MSCI.

Guidance

  • We have reduced our capital expenditures, capitalized stripping and zinc unit cost guidance for the second half of 2020 (H2 2020). At the same time, we have lowered our H2 2020 copper production guidance range by 5,000 tonnes based on changes at Highland Valley Copper. Our remaining guidance for H2 2020 is unchanged from our previous disclosures
  • Summary guidance is outlined below and our usual guidance tables can be found on pages 36 – 39 of Teck’s full third quarter results for 2020 at the link below.
2020 Guidance – Summary
Production Guidance – H2 2020

  Steelmaking coal (million tonnes)

11 – 12

  Copper (000’s tonnes)

140 – 155

  Zinc (000’s tonnes)

315 – 345

  Refined zinc (000’s tonnes)

155 – 165

  Bitumen (million barrels)

3.6 – 4.4

Sales Guidance – Q4 2020

  Steelmaking coal sales (million tonnes)

5.8 – 6.2

  Red Dog zinc in concentrate sales (000’s tonnes)

145 – 155

Unit Cost Guidance – H2 2020

  Steelmaking coal adjusted site cash cost of sales (CAD$/tonne)

$60 – 64

  Steelmaking coal transportation costs (CAD$/tonne)

$39 – 42

  Copper total cash unit costs (US$/lb.)

$1.45 – 1.55

  Copper net cash unit costs (US$/lb.)

$1.20 – 1.30

  Zinc total cash unit costs (US$/lb.)

$0.55 – 0.60

  Zinc net cash unit costs (US$/lb.)

$0.30 – 0.40

  Bitumen adjusted operating costs (CAD$/barrel)

$35 – 38

There is still uncertainty over the extent and duration of impacts that COVID-19 may have on demand and prices for our commodities, on our suppliers, customers and employees and on global financial markets. Accordingly, our ability to achieve the results provided in the guidance summary above depends on various factors relating to the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the usual factors. See page 64 of Teck’s full third quarter results for 2020 at the link below for details.

Click here to view Teck’s full third quarter results for 2020.

WEBCAST

Teck will host an Investor Conference Call to discuss its Q3/2020 financial results at 11:00 AM Eastern time, 8:00 AM Pacific time, on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. A live audio webcast of the conference call, together with supporting presentation slides, will be available at our website at www.teck.com. The webcast will be archived at www.teck.com

Investor Contact:
Fraser Phillips
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Strategic Analysis
604.699.4621
[email protected]

Media Contact:
Marcia Smith
Senior Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs
604.699.4616
[email protected]

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