First Majestic Silver Corp.’s (HER – Free Report) fourth-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings per share of 2 cents missed Zacks’ consensus estimate of 7 cents by a margin of 71%. The company had reported earnings of 11 cents per share in the prior year quarter.
Including one-time items, the company posted a loss of 2 cents per share in the reported quarter compared to earnings per share of 16 cents in the prior year quarter.
First Majestic’s revenue rose 75% year-over-year to a record $205 million in the quarter under review on strong production numbers.
The average realized silver price was $24.18 per payable silver equivalent ounce during the quarter, down 2.8% year-over-year.
Total production in the fourth quarter of 2021 reached a record 8.6 million silver equivalent ounces, consisting of 3.4 million ounces of silver and 67,411 ounces of gold. Total production during the prior year quarter was 5.5 million silver equivalent ounces, comprising 3.5 million ounces of silver and 26,343 ounces of gold.
The company recorded cash costs per silver equivalent ounce of $12.32, up 89% from the prior year quarter. Consolidated all-in sustaining costs (AISC) of $17.26 per silver equivalent ounce increased 8% from the prior year quarter.
First Majestic reported mining operating profit of $40.4 million in the quarter, compared to $43.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
First Majestic ended 2021 with $238 million in cash on hand, consistent with the prior year’s period end. Cash flow from operations before working capital movements and taxes was $177 million in 2021, compared to $107 million the prior year.
Fiscal 2021 performance
First Majestic announced adjusted EPS of 2 cents in 2021, compared to 18 cents the previous year. The gains missed the Zacks consensus estimate by 10 cents. Including one-time items, the company posted a loss of 2 cents in 2021 compared to a profit of 11 cents the previous year.
Sales jumped 61% year over year to a record $584 million. The top line topped Zacks’ consensus estimate of $575 million. This increase is attributable to the acquisition of the Jerritt Canyon gold mine last year and a 19% increase in the average realized price of silver.
First Majestic produced 12.8 million silver equivalent ounces in 2021, which fell short of the lower end of the company’s guidance range of 13.0 to 13.8 million ounces silver. Gold production was 192,353 ounces, at the upper end of the company’s guidance range of 181,000 to 194,000 ounces. This strong performance was mainly due to the processing of Ermitaño ore at the Santa Elena mill and strong silver and gold grades at San Dimas in the fourth quarter.
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Shares of the company have fallen 18.6% over the past year versus a 19.5% decline for the industry.
Zacks Ranking and Stocks to Consider
First Majestic is currently carrying a Zacks rank #5 (strong sale).
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