Saturday, April 12, 2014

Seeking Alpha: Quality Doesn't Come Dirt-Cheap With Franco-Nevada

I'm not a gold bug by any stretch, but I do like the basic business model pursued by precious metal royalty companies like Franco-Nevada (FNV), Royal Gold (RGLD), and Silver Wheaton (SLW). By providing financing to mining companies and getting a low-cost cut of their metal production in exchange, these companies offer leverage to precious metal prices and better diversification of operating risks. They're also something of a "heads I win, tails I don't really lose" proposition, as periods of weaker metal prices limit miners' financing options and allow royalty companies to set up new agreements on better terms.

The long and short of it is that I believe Franco-Nevada offers a pretty efficient way to gain exposure to precious metals. The company has generally outperformed gold in good times and bad and also offers a dividend stream - addressing one of the major complaints with precious metal investments. These shares are not exactly cheap at around 1.9x NAV, but that's a little below the middle of the historical range for a company with a good operating history and solid production growth prospects in the future.

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Quality Doesn't Come Dirt-Cheap With Franco-Nevada

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