Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G)(NYSE:GG), one of world’s largest and fastest growing gold producers, announced fourth-quarter earnings before the market opened on February 19, and its stock responded by falling over 5%. Let’s take a thorough look at the results and the company’s outlook for fiscal 2015 to determine if we should consider using this weakness as a long-term buying opportunity, or a warning sign.
The quarterly results are in
Here’s a summary of Goldcorp’s fourth-quarter earnings results compared to its results in the same period a year ago.
|Metric||Q4 2014||Q4 2013|
|Earnings Per Share||$0.07||$0.09|
|Revenue||$1.09 billion||$1.20 billion|
Source: Goldcorp Inc.
Goldcorp’s adjusted earnings per share decreased 22.2% and its revenue decrease 9.6% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. These weak results can be largely attributed to the company selling just 707,900 ounces of gold during the quarter, a decrease of 2.5%; the average realized gold price falling to $1,203 per ounce, a decrease of 4.1%; and its all-in sustaining cash costs increasing 27.8% to $1,035 per ounce of gold compared to the year-ago quarter.
On a positive note, Goldcorp announced that it produced a record 890,900 ounces of gold in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, and this represented an increase of 15.9% from the 768,900 ounces produced in the year-ago period.
Here’s a quick breakdown of 12 other important statistics and updates from the report compared to the year-ago period:
- Produced 10,426,300 ounces of silver, an increase of 6.7%
- Sold 7,887,500 ounces of silver, a decrease of 11.3%
- Average realized silver price decreased 17.2% to $14.31 per ounce
- Produced 27.2 million pounds of copper, a decrease of 5.6%
- Sold 20.2 million pounds of copper, a decrease of 0.5%
- Average realized copper price decreased 12.1% to $2.82 per pound
- Produced 27,200 pounds of lead, a decrease of 49.3%
- Sold 29,400 pounds of lead, a decrease of 36.2%
- Average realized lead price decreased 17% to $0.83 per pound
- Produced 68.9 million pounds of zinc, a decrease of 14.8%
- Sold 84 million pounds of zinc, an increase of 9.1%
- Average realized zinc price increased 8.8% to $0.99 per pound
Goldcorp provided its outlook on fiscal 2015, calling for the following results:
- The production of 3.3-3.6 million ounces of gold, an increase of approximately 20% compared to fiscal 2014
- All-in sustaining costs in the range of $875-$950 per ounce of gold
- Capital expenditures in the range of $1.2 billion-$1.4 billion
Should you buy Goldcorp on the dip?
Goldcorp is one of the world’s leading producers of gold, but decreased sales and increased expenses led it to a disappointing fourth-quarter performance, and its stock has reacted accordingly by falling over 5%.
Although I think the post-earnings decline in Goldcorp’s stock is warranted, I also think it has led to a great long-term buying opportunity. I think this because the stock now trades at very attractive valuations, including just 28.3 times fiscal 2015’s estimated earnings per share of $0.97 and only 24.5 times fiscal 2016’s estimated earnings per share of $1.12, both of which are inexpensive compared to its five-year average price-to-earnings multiple of 28.6 and its long-term growth potential.
With all of the information above in mind, I think Goldcorp represents one of the best long-term investment opportunities in the gold industry today. Foolish investors should take a closer look and consider using the post-earnings weakness as an opportunity to begin scaling into long-term positions.