Analyst Actions: Inmet Mining Corp Estimates Raised at Credit Suisse


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Credit Suisse says "production Outlook In-Line; Las Cruces Continues to Deliver; Raising Estimates"

Event: "IMN released FY12 production results and FY13 production and cash cost objectives for its operating mines."

View: "In-line; Las Cruces delivers another strong quarter. IMN expects FY13 copper production of 103.6-116.3Kt - in-line vs. our 111.2Kt. FY13 zinc production of 56.2-62.4Kt was also in-line vs. our 58.8Kt. FY13 cash costs are expected to average C$0.91-0.97/lb vs. our C$0.87/lb. FY13 guidance includes Las Cruces production of 68.5-72Kt with cash costs expected to average C$1.10 -1.16/lb - both largely in-line with our expectations. 4Q12 production also in-line. IMN also reported actual FY12 copper production of 111.7Kt, which implies 4Q12 production of 27.6Kt - in-line vs. our 27.9Kt, with Las Cruces delivering another solid quarter with copper production of 17.3Kt (or 96% of design capacity). We are increasing our FY12/13/14 EPS to C$5.41/C$5.37/C$4.46 from C$5.14/C$4.23/C$3.56 as we are now capitalizing interest costs associated with Cobre Panama (previously expensed). The EPS changes do not impact our net asset value ( NAV ) or target price."

Catalysts: "BoD to make formal recommendation by January 24th. The IMN BoD Special Committee has been engaged in a dual process to evaluate the FM offer (C$36 cash + 1.6484 FM shares) and explore all strategic alternatives to create value for IMN shareholders. The Special Committee is expected to release a formal recommendation to IMN shareholders by 24 January 2013."

Valuation: "We continue to recommend holding onto IMN shares on the prospects for a higher bid valuation. Our TP of C$80/share is based on 1x our NAVPS of C$79.97/share. We estimate a potential combination with FM is breakeven to FM's NAV at C$80 per IMN share using our expansion-case assumptions for CP (C$7.1Bln capital costs, 10% discount rate) and assuming no synergies or cost savings at Cobre Panama."

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