5 Silver Stocks that Pay Dividends

- June 3rd, 2021

If you’re wondering about silver stocks that pay dividends, look no further — here are five with operations across the world.

Silver is a notoriously volatile market capable of wide price swings in either direction. Silver-mining companies with strong balance sheets and experienced management teams are able to capitalize on high silver prices and weather the storm of low silver prices.

Some of the most profitable silver-mining companies are even able to offer investors dividends. A dividend is a sum of money that is paid regularly by a company to a class of its shareholders out of its earnings. Dividends are often issued as cash payments, but can also be issued as stock or other property.

Here’s a brief overview of five silver stocks that pay a dividend. Companies are listed in alphabetical order; if we missed any silver-mining stocks that pay dividends, please let us know in the comments.

 

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1. Fresnillo (LSE:FRES)

Market cap: GBP$6.5 billion

Major miner Fresnillo bills itself as the world’s leading primary silver producer. Its precious metals assets include the largest primary silver mine in the world, as well as a portfolio of development and exploration prospects.

This silver stock pays two dividends per year, and its dividend policy takes business profitability and underlying earnings growth into account, as well as capital requirements and cash flow. Dividends are paid in UK pounds sterling unless shareholders elect to be paid in US dollars.

Fresnillo paid its interim 2020 dividend of US$0.023 per share on September 16, 2020, and will pay its 2020 final dividend of US$0.235 per share on June 30, 2021.

2. Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL)

Market cap: US$4.63 billion

Hecla Mining is the largest primary silver producer in the US, as well as an emerging gold producer. It is the oldest precious metals miner in North America, and owns operating silver mines in the US and Mexico, as well as a Quebec-based gold mine. The company acquired Klondex Mines in mid-2018, expanding its portfolio with three high-grade gold mines in Nevada.

The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment came to US$0.011 per share on May 19, 2021. From its dividend payments on record, its highest was at US$0.0125 per share, last paid on March 25, 2013. The company’s dividends are based on its average realized silver price for the preceding quarter. The silver stock also pays an annual minimum common stock dividend of US$0.045 per share.

3. Pan American Silver (TSX:PAAS,NASDAQ:PAAS)

Market cap: US$7.09 billion

Founded by Ross Beaty in 1994, Pan American Silver currently operates several mines located in Mexico, Peru, Canada, Bolivia and Argentina. In addition, the miner owns the Escobal mine in Guatemala, which is currently not in operation. The company’s 2020 silver production came in at 17.3 million ounces; its 2021 guidance is set at 19.43 million to 20.55 million ounces.

 

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The highest dividend Pan American has ever paid is US$0.125 per share, and it was able to pay a dividend of that amount a noteworthy nine times in a row between March 18, 2013, and March 13, 2015. The silver stock paid its most recent quarterly dividend on June 7, 2021, at US$0.07 per share.

4. Silvercorp Metals (TSX:SVM,NYSEAMERICAN:SVM)

Market cap: C$1.28 billion

Silvercorp Metals has multiple silver-mining operations in China, and is focused on acquiring and growing underdeveloped projects with high upside. It sold about 6.3 million ounces of silver, 67.1 million pounds of lead and 27.9 million pounds of zinc in the 2020 fiscal year.

Although once suspended, the silver stock put its dividend back in place in November 2016 and credited its reinstatement to an improved cash position and better financial results. While the dividend was initially set to C$0.01 per share to be distributed semiannually, the company increased the rate by switching from Canadian dollars to US dollars in 2017. Its most recent dividend was paid on November 10, 2020, at a rate of US$0.0125 per share.

5. Wheaton Precious Metals (TSX:WPM,NYSE:WPM)

Market cap: US$25.6 billion

Last in our list of silver stocks that pay dividends is Wheaton Precious Metals, a well-known name in the silver space, largely because of its business model — it’s the world’s biggest precious metals streaming company, which means that it’s made upfront payments to a variety of companies in order to gain the right to purchase, at a low, fixed cost, all or a portion of their silver and gold production.

The company currently has streaming agreements in place for 23 operating mines and eight development-stage projects. It is interested in companies operating in politically stable jurisdictions, and states that its value should rise with the price of silver and gold. As a result, Wheaton sees itself offering investors multiple benefits while reducing many of the downside risks that traditional miners face.

Wheaton pays a quarterly dividend, and its highest was US$0.14 per share on April 12, 2013. The company’s last dividend was recorded on May 21, 2021, to be paid on June 3, 2021, at US$0.14 per share.

This is an updated version of an article originally published by the Investing News Network in 2015.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Melissa Pistilli, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

 

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7 responses to “5 Silver Stocks that Pay Dividends

  1. Good idea, but would have been a more useful article if you had added the % yield pa at a current share price and also the ex-dividend date for upcoming payments (eg FRES payment 9 September)

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