Roth Capital Partners has raised its target price for Silvercorp Metals Inc (NSYEAMERICAN:SVM) (TSX:SVM) and reiterated a 'buy' rating on the stock after the miner's fiscal first-quarter production beat the broker's estimates.
In the three months to end June, the China-focused miner saw output of 1.8 million ounces of silver, 20.1 million pounds of lead, and 7.5 million pounds of zinc.
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That was better "across the board" than Roth's estimates of 1.7 million ounces of silver, 18.3 million pounds of lead, and 7.1 million pounds of zinc," said analyst Joe Reagor in a note.
"We attribute the production beat to better than anticipated recovery rates," he added.
The mining analyst also noted that while metals prices have increased in recent months, many gold and silver producers have seen balance sheets come under pressure due to production curtailments due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But he said Silvercorp had a "strong balance sheet that should be further improved when it reports fiscal Q1 2021 financial results, in our view".
"We believe Silvercorp's strong balance sheet should command a premium valuation in the market and as such, we have added a $50 million premium to our DCF valuation," he added.
Roth hiked its price target to US$6.50 from US$6.25 previously.
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