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Royal Canadian Mint Reports Profits and Performance for Q2 2021

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO – August 20, 2021 – The Royal Canadian Mint (the “Mint”) is pleased to announce its financial results for the second quarter of 2021 that provide insight into our activities, the markets influencing our businesses and our expectations for the next 12 months.

“Overall strong profitability and higher revenues are a clear indication that the Mint’s long-term strategy is allowing us to better respond to  market conditions and customer needs by capitalizing on emerging opportunities,” said Marie Lemay, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Employee commitment and dedication to implementing the Mint’s new strategy is allowing us to increasingly focus our talent and resources where it is making a bigger difference for our customers and our shareholder.”

The financial results should be read in conjunction with the Mint’s 2021 second quarter report available at www.mint.ca. All monetary amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

Financial and Operational Highlights

  • The Mint’s Q2 2021 results reflect full production in Q2 2021 versus Q2 2020 which was impacted by modified production as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Mint increased its revenue by 80% in the second quarter of 2021 and consolidated profit before income tax and other items was $25.2 million (2020 –  $1.7 million) for the quarter. The Mint saw increases in revenue across both its Precious Metal and Circulation businesses. The increase was mainly due to higher bullion volumes sold in the quarter, which increased the Mint’s revenue and cost of sales proportionately. The Mint’s profit margin percentage improved 2.3% compared to the second quarter of 2020 mainly due to stronger performance from the sales of numismatic products and foreign circulation coins in 2021.
  • Consolidated revenue increased to $953.5 million in 2021 (2020 – $529.5 million).

    Revenue from Precious metal businesses increased to $905.4 million in 2021 (2020 –  $500.4 million):

    • Gold bullion volumes increased more than 128% quarter over quarter and were 448.7 thousand ounces (2020 – 196.5 thousand ounces) while silver bullion volumes increased 24% and were 9.0 million ounces (2020 – 7.2 million ounces).
    • Sales of numismatic products increased to $24.8 million in 2021 (2020 – $12.2 million) as a result of an increase in sales of gold products in 2021 and the temporary suspension, in 2020, of numismatic product production as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

    Revenue from Circulation businesses increased to $48.1 million in 2021 (2020 – $29.1 million):

    • Revenue from the Foreign Circulation business increased 209% when compared to Q2 2020 with production and shipment of 287 million foreign coins and blanks, compared to 192 million coins in Q2 2020.
    • Revenue relating to Canadian coin circulation services in the quarter was largely consistent with last year.  Canadian circulation coins produced and sold to the Department of Finance for inventory were 121 million pieces in the quarter (2020 – 2 million pieces).
  • Overall, operating expenses increased 12% when compared to Q2 2020 to $26.2 million (2020 – $23.5 million) due mainly to planned consulting and contingent workforce costs related to the implementation of the Mint’s business transformation initiatives.
  • Cash and cash equivalents increased to $84.6 million (December 31, 2020 - $67.3 million).

Consolidated results and financial performance
(in CAD $ millions)

 

13 weeks ended

26 weeks ended

 

Change

Change

 

July 3, 2021

June 27, 2020

$

%

July 3, 2021

June 27, 2020

$

%

Revenue

$ 953.5

$ 529.5

424.0

80

$ 1,856.4

$ 1,027.9

828.5

81

Profit before income tax and other items (1)

$   25.2

$     1.7

23.5

1382

$      51.1

$        8.3

42.8

516

Profit before income tax and other items margin

2.6%

0.3%

 

 

2.8%

0.8%

 

 

Profit for the period

$   20.5

$     7.6

12.9

170

$      34.3

$        9.3

25.0

269

(1) A reconciliation from Profit for the period to Profit before income tax and other items is included on page 11 of the Mint’s 2021 Second Quarter Report.

 

As at

 

July 3, 2021

December 31, 2020

$ Change

% Change

Cash and cash equivalents

$

84.6

$

67.3

 

17.3

26

Inventories

$

74.1

$

57.6

 

16.5

29

Capital assets

$

158.3

$

161.1

 

(2.8)

(2)

Total assets

$

421.5

$

379.4

 

42.1

11

Working capital

$

154.3

$

112.9

 

41.4

37

 

As part of its business continuity plan, the Mint continues to actively monitor its global supply chain and logistics networks in support of its continued operations. Despite its best efforts, the Mint expects COVID-19 to continue to affect its performance in 2021.  The Mint continues to prioritize the health and safety of its employees and is adjusting its work protocols as required by the provinces and the local health authorities as required.

To read more of the Mint’s Second Quarter Report for 2021, please visit www.mint.ca.

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. The Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high-quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.  Follow the Mint on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Earnings Release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management’s expectations regarding the Mint’s objectives, plans, strategies, future growth, results of operations, performance, and business prospects and opportunities.  Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “plans”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “believes”, “estimates”, “intends”, and other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are not facts, but only estimates regarding expected growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities (assumptions). While management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on available information, they may prove to be incorrect. These estimates of future results are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from what the Mint expects. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, those risks and uncertainties set forth in the Risks to Performance section of the Management Discussion and Analysis in the Mint’s 2020 annual report, as well as in Note 9 – Financial Instruments and Financial Risk Management to the Mint’s Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020. The forward-looking statements included in this Earnings Release are made only as of August 18, 2021, and the Mint does not undertake to publicly update these statements to reflect new information, future events or changes in circumstances or for any other reason after this date.

For more information, please contact:

Alex Reeves
Senior Manager, Public Affairs
Tel: (613) 884-6370
reeves@mint.ca