LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION - RESULTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

October 29, 2010

TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation (TSX: LIF.UN) announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.

Since inception in 1995, we have reported to our unitholders as an income trust. Commencing with this report we are reporting to the holders of stapled units (the "Unitholders") as Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation ("LIORC"). The conversion from a trust to a corporation took place with effect on July 1, 2010. Stapled units consist of subordinated notes and common shares of LIORC. Unitholders will notice differences in the financial statements, in that previously the reported income of the Trust was also the net income to the Unitholders. Under the stapled unit arrangement, the income of the Unitholders will be the total of the net income of LIORC plus the interest from the $248 million LIORC subordinated notes. Thus all net income, adjusted cash flow and per unit figures referred to in this report use the totals according to the financial statements plus (where applicable) the $7,488,000 ($0.234 per unit) interest on the subordinated notes payable to the Unitholders by LIORC. Note 1 to the Financial Statements explains in detail the basis of their presentation.

Royalty income for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to $40.59 million as compared to $15.51 million for the third quarter of 2009. The Unitholders' cash flow from operating activities after adjustments for changes in amounts receivable, accounts payable and income taxes payable (adjusted cash flow) for the third quarter was $85.86 million or $2.68 per unit as compared to $18.81 million or $0.59 per unit for the same period in 2009.  Net income to Unitholders was $64.43 million or $2.01 per unit compared to $13.63 million or $0.43 per unit for the same period in 2009. 

The 2010 third quarter improvement resulted from the substantial increases in prices for concentrate and pellets as compared to 2009. Sales volume was lower than expected, due to the timing of shipments but this should be reflected in fourth quarter sales.

In 2010, the majority of seaborne traded iron ore contract volumes is reported to have moved from being priced on an annual to a quarterly basis (generally quarterly prices are based on spot prices for the three months preceding the month before the start of the quarter) to better reflect the significantly increased volatility in iron demand and contract servicing of customers in recent years. After reviewing industry pricing trends and extensive discussions with a range of customers, Iron Ore Company of Canada ("IOC") is also moving to use quarterly pricing for term contract shipments in 2010, together with spot pricing for non-term contract sales. Quarterly index pricing was first applied in the Asian iron ore market and is based on the concept of equalized delivered prices to Asia for ore of similar quality. Applying index pricing in a North American and European context and for products where no recognized market index yet exists has required extensive consultation with customers on the implementation of the quarterly pricing mechanism. IOC has agreed quarterly pricing with most of its customers with provisional pricing being used for the balance. Where quarterly pricing arrangements have been implemented, average pellet price increases will exceed 100% and concentrate price increases approximate 90% compared to 2009. IOC sees 2010 as a period of transition for iron ore pricing mechanisms and it is not yet clear how these may further evolve in the future.

Equity earnings from IOC amounted to $38.12 million ($1.19 per unit) as compared to $3.26 million ($0.10 per unit) in 2009. The substantial increase in earnings resulted mainly from the substantial price increase from last year's level. IOC declared a dividend during the quarter, payable on October 6, 2010. Our share was U.S. $60.4 million or CDN $62.2 million ($1.94 per unit).

Results for the three months and nine months ended September 30 are summarized below:

 3 Months3 Months 9 Months 9 Months
 EndedEndedEnded Ended
 Sept. 30,   Sept. 30,  Sept. 30, Sept. 30,
 201020092010 2009
 (Unaudited)   
        
Revenue (in millions)$40.93$15.84$110.15 $52.10
Adjusted cash flow (in millions)$85.86$18.81$138.67 $42.50
Adjusted cash flow per unit$  2.68$  0.59$  4.33 $  1.33
Net income (in millions)$ 64.43$ 13.63$ 148.91 $ 47.94
Net income per unit$  2.01$  0.434.65 $  1.50

"Adjusted cash flow" (defined as cash flow from operating activities as shown on the attached financial statements adjusted for changes in amounts receivable, accounts payable and income taxes payable) is not a recognized measure under Canadian GAAP.  The Directors believe that adjusted cash flow is a useful analytical measure as it better reflects cash available for distributions to Unitholder

A summary of IOC's sales in millions of tonnes is as follows:

 3 Months Ended  
Sept. 30,
2010
3 Months Ended  
Sept. 30,
2009
9 Months Ended  
Sept. 30,
2010
9 Months Ended  
Sept. 30,
2009
Year
Ended Dec. 31,
2009
      
Pellets2.412.088.085.709.01
Concentrates0.971.172.733.925.23
      
Total3.383.2510.819.6214.24

Reorganization

The reorganization that was approved by the unitholders at the Annual Special Meeting on May 19, 2010 became effective on July 1 and each Unitholder is now the direct holder of one common share and a 12.08% $7.75 subordinated note of LIORC for each unit held. These securities are trading as stapled units on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In effect the securities that were previously held by Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Income Fund are now held directly by the Unitholders.  Owners of the stapled units will continue to receive regular quarterly payments of interest and dividends, as in the past.

Outlook

Although there is volatility in the markets, the general tone remains positive. With IOC expecting to sell all the iron ore it can produce and pricing in U.S. dollars approaching record levels, we expect 2010 to be a very satisfactory year. The strength of the Canadian dollar against its U.S. counterpart will have a negative effect on revenue but should only marginally offset the positive effect of increased volume and pricing. The demand in iron ore markets in Asia remains strong with most of the rest of the world showing gradual improvement back to more normal levels, although some markets, including North America, remain relatively weak. Spot prices, although below the peak reached in the second quarter, remain about double 2009 levels.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Directors of Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation,

Bruce C. Bone
President and Chief Executive Officer 
October 29, 2010

Management's Discussion and Analysis

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the Management's Discussion and Analysis section of Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Income Fund's (the "Fund") 2009 Annual Report and the interim financial statements and notes contained in this report.  Although management believes that expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risk and uncertainties including the factors discussed in the Fund's 2009 Annual Report.

The Corporation's revenues are entirely dependent on the operations of Iron Ore Company of Canada ("IOC") as its principal assets relate to the operations of IOC and its principal source of revenue is the 7% royalty it receives on all sales of iron ore products by IOC.  In addition to the volume of iron ore sold, the Corporation's royalty revenue is affected by the price of iron ore and the Canadian - U.S. dollar exchange rate.

The sales of IOC are usually 15% - 20% of the annual volume in the first quarter, with the balance spread fairly evenly throughout the other three quarters.  Because of the size of individual shipments some quarters may be affected by the timing of the loading of ships that can be delayed from one quarter to the next. 

Since inception in 1995, we have reported to our unitholders as an income trust. Commencing with this report we are reporting to the holders of stapled units (the "Unitholders") as Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation ("LIORC" or the "Corporation"). The conversion from a trust to a corporation took place with effect on July 1, 2010 and stapled units consist of subordinated notes and common shares of LIORC. Unitholders will notice differences in the financial statements, in that previously the reported income of the Trust was also the net income to the Unitholders. Under the stapled unit arrangement, the income of the Unitholders will be the total of the net income of LIORC plus the interest from the $248 million LIORC subordinated notes they own. Thus all net income, adjusted cash flow and per unit figures referred to in this report use the totals according to the financial statements plus (where applicable) the $7,488,000 ($0.234 per unit) interest on the subordinated notes payable to the Unitholders by LIORC. Note 1 to the Financial Statements explains in detail the basis of their presentation.

Royalty income for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to $40.59 million as compared to $15.51 million for the third quarter of 2009. The Unitholders' cash flow from operating activities after adjustments for changes in amounts receivable, accounts payable and income taxes payable (adjusted cash flow) for the third quarter was $85.86 million or $2.68 per unit as compared to $18.81 million or $0.59 per unit for the same period in 2009.  Net income to Unitholders was $64.43 million or $2.01 per unit compared to $13.63 million or $0.43 per unit for the same period in 2009. 

The 2010 third quarter improvement resulted from the substantial increases in prices for concentrate and pellets as compared to 2009. Sales volume was lower than expected, due to the timing of shipments but this should be reflected in fourth quarter sales.

In 2010, the majority of seaborne traded iron ore contract volumes is reported to have moved from being priced on an annual to a quarterly basis (generally quarterly prices are based on spot prices for the three months preceding the month before the start of the quarter) to better reflect the significantly increased volatility in iron demand and contract servicing of customers in recent years. After reviewing industry pricing trends and extensive discussions with a range of customers, Iron Ore Company of Canada ("IOC") is also moving to use quarterly pricing for term contract shipments in 2010, together with spot pricing for non-term contract sales. Quarterly index pricing was first applied in the Asian iron ore market and is based on the concept of equalized delivered prices to Asia for ore of similar quality. Applying index pricing in a North American and European context and for products where no recognized market index yet exists has required extensive consultation with customers on the implementation of the quarterly pricing mechanism. IOC has agreed quarterly pricing with most of its customers with provisional pricing being used for the balance. Where quarterly pricing arrangements have been implemented, average pellet price increases will exceed 100% and concentrate price increases approximate 90% compared to 2009. IOC sees 2010 as a period of transition for iron ore pricing mechanisms and it is not yet clear how these may further evolve in the future.

Equity earnings from IOC amounted to $38.12 million ($1.19 per unit) as compared to $3.26 million ($0.10 per unit) in 2009. The substantial increase in earnings resulted mainly from the substantial price increase from last year's level. IOC declared a dividend during the quarter, payable on October 6, 2010. Our share was U.S. $60.4 million or CDN $62.2 million ($1.94 per unit).

The nine month results were affected by the same factors as the quarter and reflect the increased volume and substantially higher pricing which have occurred as a result of the substantially improved iron ore markets. 

The following table sets out Unitholders' quarterly revenue, net income and cash flow data for 2010, 2009 and 2008:

 RevenueNet IncomeNet Income per UnitAdjusted Cash Flow(1)Adjusted Cash Flow per Unit(1)Distributions Declared per Unit
 (in millions except per Unit information)         
2010      
First Quarter$16.7$15.4$0.48$22.3(3)$0.70$0.75
Second Quarter$52.5$69.1$2.16$30.5$0.95$0.75
Third Quarter(2)$40.9$64.4$2.01$85.9(4)$2.68$1.00
2009      
First Quarter$16.6$16.5$0.52$11.1$0.35$0.50
Second Quarter$19.7$17.8$0.55$12.6$0.39$0.50
Third Quarter$15.8$13.6$0.43$18.8(5)$0.59$0.50
Fourth Quarter$24.9$27.2$0.85$15.8$0.49$0.50
2008      
First Quarter$16.6$10.8$0.34$10.4$0.32$0.35
Second Quarter$58.1$73.9$2.31$32.9$1.03$1.00
Third Quarter$43.7$65.6$2.05$104.1(6)$3.25$3.00
Fourth Quarter$45.0$26.2$0.82$27.5$0.86$0.50
Notes:(1)"Adjusted cash flow" (see below)        
 (2)Commencing with third quarter 2010, all distributions, net income, adjusted cash flow and per unit figures referred to in this table use the totals according to the financial statements plus (where applicable) the $7.488,000 ($0.234 per unit) interest on the subordinated notes payable to the Unitholders by LIORC       
 (3)Includes a $11.5  million IOC dividend       
 (4)Includes a $62.2  million IOC dividend       
 (5)Includes a $8.2 million IOC dividend       
 (6)Includes a $77.9  million IOC dividend       

Standardized Cash Flow and Adjusted Cash Flow

For the Corporation, standardized cash flow is the same as cash flow from operating activities as recorded in the Corporation's cash flow statements as the Corporation does not incur capital expenditures or have any restrictions on distributions.  Standardized cash flow per share was $0.93 for the quarter (2009 - $0.56). Cumulative standardized cash flow from inception of the trust is $25.68 per unit and total cash distributions since inception are $25.43 per unit, for a payout ratio of 99%.

"Adjusted cash flow" is defined as cash flow from operating activities as shown on the attached financial statements adjusted for changes in amounts receivable, accounts payable and income taxes payable.  It is not a recognized measure under Canadian GAAP.  The Directors believe that adjusted cash flow is a useful analytical measure as it better reflects cash available for distributions to Unitholders.

The following reconciles cash flow from operating activities of the Corporation to adjusted cash flow:

 3 Months Ended Sept. 30, 20103 Months Ended Sept. 30, 20099 Months Ended Sept. 30, 2010 9 Months Ended Sept. 30, 2009
Standardized cash flow from operating activities$29,759,422$17,849,913$67,661,394 $31,053,382
Excluding: changes in amounts receivable, accounts and income taxes payable48,612,888961,65963,523,464 11,448,989
Adjusted cash flow$78,372,310 $18,811,572 $131,184,858  $42,502,371 
Adjusted cash flow per unit$2.45$0.59$4.10        $1.33

Liquidity

The Corporation has a $50 million revolving credit facility with a term ending September 18, 2013 with provision for annual one-year extensions.  No amounts are currently drawn under this facility (2009 - nil) leaving $50 million available to provide for any capital required by IOC or other Corporation requirements.

Transition to International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS")

The CICA Accounting Standards Board requires all Canadian publicly accountable enterprises to adopt International Financial Reporting Standards for the years beginning on or after January 1, 2011. The objective of the change is to move towards the use of a single set of world-wide accounting standards and improve financial reporting and transparency. The Corporation will adopt IFRS starting January 1, 2011.

The current focus of the Corporation's transition plan to IFRS relates to its investment in shares of IOC accounted for under the equity method.  In coordination with IOC and its advisors, a plan has been developed including preliminary study, project set-up, component evaluations, preparation of IFRS financial statements and, finally, integration.  Component evaluations are being made to analyze IFRS/Canadian GAAP accounting differences.  Certain accounting principles currently followed by IOC that differ from IFRS standards have been identified in the following significant areas:

  • Property, plant and equipment
  • Deferred stripping costs
  • Impairment of assets
  • Asset retirement obligations
  • Employee benefits

The project is on schedule to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, at which point IOC will be in a position to make final decisions as to what impact the change to IFRS will have on its earnings and hence the Corporation's reported share of those earnings.

Reorganization

The reorganization that was approved by the unitholders at the Annual Special Meeting on May 19, 2010 became effective on July 1 and each Unitholder is now the direct holder of one common share and a 12.08% $7.75 subordinated note of LIORC for each unit held. These securities are trading as stapled units on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In effect the securities that were previously held by Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Income Fund are now held directly by the Unitholders.  Owners of the stapled units will continue to receive regular quarterly payments of interest and dividends, as in the past.

Outlook

Although there is volatility in the markets, the general tone remains positive. With IOC expecting to sell all the iron ore it can produce and pricing in U.S. dollars approaching record levels, we expect 2010 to be a very satisfactory year. The strength of the Canadian dollar against its U.S. counterpart will have a negative effect on revenue but should only marginally offset the positive effect of increased volume and pricing. The demand in iron ore markets in Asia remains strong with most of the rest of the world showing gradual improvement back to more normal levels, although some markets, including North America, remain relatively weak. Spot prices, although below the peak reached in the second quarter, remain about double 2009 levels.

Bruce C. Bone
President and Chief Executive Officer
Toronto, Ontario
October 29, 2010

LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION    
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS              
     
  As at
  September 30 December 31
  2010 2009
  (Unaudited)  
Assets    
Current    
 Cash and cash equivalents$9,864,407$6,203,013
 Amounts receivable 104,408,169 24,987,043
  114,272,576 31,190,056
     
Deferred charges 248,000 310,000
     
Iron Ore Company of Canada ("IOC"),
royalty and commission interests
 
 
 293,268,775 
 
297,489,943
     
Investment in IOC 226,315,031 210,950,091
 $634,104,382$539,940,090
     
     
Liabilities and Shareholders'/Unitholders' Equity    
Current    
 Accounts payable$8,637,886$5,233,229
 Income taxes payable 5,514,567 509,562
 Interest payable on subordinated notes 7,488,000 -
 Distributions payable to shareholders/unitholders 24,512,000 16,000,000
  46,152,453 21,742,791
     
Subordinated notes (note 3) 248,000,000 -
     
Future income tax liability 105,890,000 105,050,000
  400,042,453 126,792,791
     
Equity (note 4)    
 Share capital / Trust units 69,708,147 317,708,147
 Retained earnings 164,353,782 95,439,152
  234,061,929 413,147,299
 $634,104,382$539,940,090
 

LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION    
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND    
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME AND UNDISTRIBUTED INCOME    
     
  For the Three Months    
  Ended September 30,    
  2010 2009
  (Unaudited)    
Revenue    
 IOC royalties$40,591,042$15,514,566
 IOC commissions 314,834 320,284
 Interest and other income 24,162 4,363
  40,930,038 15,839,213
Expenses    
 Newfoundland royalty taxes 8,118,208 3,102,913
 Amortization of royalty and commission interests 1,425,809 1,332,629
 Administrative expenses (note 5) 1,181,534 447,476
 Interest expense:    
  Credit facility 115,187 115,187
  Subordinated notes (note 3) 7,488,000 -
  18,328,738 4,998,205
     
Income before equity earnings and income taxes 22,601,300 10,841,008
Equity earnings in IOC 38,121,091 3,261,695
Income before income taxes 60,722,391 14,102,703
Provision for (recovery of) income taxes    
 Current 7,833,099 1,582,827
 Future (4,050,000) (1,110,000)
  3,783,099 472,827
     
Net income and comprehensive    
income for the period 56,939,292 13,629,876
     
Retained earnings, beginning of period 131,926,490 86,682,164
     
Dividends/distributions to shareholders/unitholders (24,512,000) (16,000,000)
Retained earnings, end of period$164,353,782$84,312,040
Net income per common share / unit$1.78$0.43
 

LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND   
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME AND UNDISTRIBUTED INCOME   
    
 For the Nine Months    
 Ended September 30,    
 2010 2009
 (Unaudited)    
Revenue   
 IOC royalties$109,069,404$51,016,686
 IOC commissions1,009,820 947,045
 Interest and other income73,297 134,831
 110,152,521 52,098,562
Expenses   
 Newfoundland royalty taxes21,851,956 10,203,337
 Amortization of royalty and commission interests4,221,168 3,373,768
 Administrative expenses (notes 3 and 5)2,622,164 1,346,269
 Interest expense:   
 Credit facility342,479 342,479
 Subordinated notes (note 3)7,488,000 -
 36,525,767 15,265,853
    
Income before equity earnings and income taxes73,626,754 36,832,709
Equity earnings in IOC89,027,626 17,305,381
Income before income taxes162,654,380 54,138,090
Provision for income taxes   
 Current20,387,750 5,966,202
 Future840,000 230,000
 21,227,750 6,196,202
    
Net income and comprehensive   
income for the period141,426,630 47,941,888
    
Retained earnings, beginning of period95,439,152 84,370,152
    
Dividends/distributions to shareholders/unitholders(72,512,000) (48,000,000)
Retained earnings, end of period$164,353,782$84,312,040
Net income per common share / unit$4.42$1.5
 

LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION    
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS    
   
   For the Three Months    
   Ended September 30,    
  2010 2009
   (Unaudited)    
Net inflow (outflow) of cash related    
to the following activities    
Operating    
 Net income for the period$56,939,292$13,629,876
 Items not affecting cash:    
  Equity earnings in IOC (38,121,091) (3,261,695)
  Future income taxes (4,050,000) (1,110,000)
  Amortization of royalty and commission interests 1,425,809 1,332,629
  Amortization of deferred charges 20,666 20,666
 Common share dividend from IOC 62,157,634 8,200,096
 Change in amounts receivable, accounts and income taxes payable (48,612,888) (961,659)
 Cash flow from operating activities 29,759,422 17,849,913
     
Financing    
 Distributions paid to unitholders (24,000,000) (16,000,000)
 Cash flow used in financing activities (24,000,000) (16,000,000)
     
Increase in cash and cash equivalents during the period 5,759,422 1,849,913
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 4,104,985 8,999,039
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$9,864,407$10,848,952
     
Cash and cash equivalents are comprised of:    
 Cash in bank$864,708$143,826
 Term deposits 8,999,699 10,705,126
 $9,864,407$10,848,952
Cash income taxes paid$10,286,745$4,849,155
Cash interest paid$93,493$93,493
 

LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY CORPORATION   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS   
    
   For the Nine Months  
   Ended September 30,  
  20102009
   (Unaudited)  
Net inflow (outflow) of cash related   
to the following activities   
Operating   
 Net income for the period$141,426,630$47,941,888
 Items not affecting cash:   
  Equity earnings in IOC (89,027,626)(17,305,381)
  Future income taxes 840,000230,000
  Amortization of royalty and commission interests 4,221,1683,373,768
  Amortization of deferred charges 62,00062,000
 Common share dividend from IOC 73,662,6868,200,096
 Change in amounts receivable, accounts and income taxes payable (63,523,464)(11,448,989)
 Cash flow from operating activities 67,661,39431,053,382
    
Financing   
 Distributions paid to unitholders (64,000,000)(48,000,000)
 Cash flow used in financing activities (64,000,000)(48,000,000)
    
Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the period 3,661,394(16,946,618)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 6,203,01327,795,570
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$9,864,407$10,848,952
    
Cash and cash equivalents are comprised of:   
 Cash in bank$864,708$143,826
 Term deposits 8,999,69910,705,126
 $9,864,407$10,848,952
Cash income taxes paid$15,382,745$32,943,452
Cash interest paid$280,480$280,480

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Bruce C. Bone
President and Chief Executive Officer
(416) 863-7133



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