Investing in precious metals often seems to be reduced to two options. You can either buy physical gold/silver – the simpler, less risky option but often with the lowest returns, or invest in specific mining companies – which requires significant research and generally carries more risk.
There is another option that you might not have considered — royalty companies. On the spectrum of risk for precious metal investing, royalty companies fall somewhere between metal and miner. But when it comes to returns, gold royalty companies have been outperforming for quite some time.
Over the past seven years, royalty and streaming companies have significantly outperformed in both bull and bear markets. An index of five central precious metals royalty and streaming companies vastly outperformed gold and the GDX over the past seven with a return of 135% versus gold’s return of 49% and the GDX’s return of 60%.
Today we’ll discuss a leader in its class and a compelling opportunity for anyone looking to reap the benefits of this gold investing alternative.
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Royal Gold (NYSE: RGLD) is one of the world’s leading precious metals royalty companies. The Denver-based company holds around 200 producing, development, evaluation, and exploration stage properties in some of the world’s most prolific mining regions in North America, South America, and Africa.
The company’s proven business model generates strong cash flow and high margins with a low-cost structure. As a result, RGLD notched record financial performance for the fiscal year 2021.
In 2021 the company reported record revenue of $614.9 million, up 23% year over year, and earnings of $302.5 million, a 52% increase from 2020 numbers. Royal Gold reported an operating cash flow of $407.2 million, closing the year debt-free, with net cash of $222 million and available liquidity of $1.2 billion.
“Not only did we produce record financial results, but we also achieved several significant strategic goals in fiscal 2021,” commented Bill Heissenbuttel, President and CEO of Royal Gold.
Due in part to record earnings, Royal Gold’s share price is 26% higher than where it started the year. While the stock currently trades at a premium at 32x earnings, prospective investors with a long-term outlook should appreciate RGLD’s position as a sector leader when it comes to raising its dividend. In November, the firm raised its dividend for the 21st consecutive year, earning its inclusion as the first and only precious metals company in the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index.
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