A message for our Depository customers

May 21, 2021

Perth Mint Heritage Building The Perth Mint completely refutes any claim that it is running a “fractional reserve” bullion storage program and confirms that ALL customer metal holdings are fully backed and covered by physical metal inventory, evidenced in the organisation’s audited annual accounts.

The following table draws on and is extracted from the Perth Mint’s published annual audited accounts. It shows precious metal assets of $6.481bn and precious metal liabilities of $6.398bn.

Precious metals assets held exceed precious metals liabilities, demonstrating that there is ample precious metal held to meet all customer liabilities.

Item

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

2020 $m

2019 $m 

Item

Precious Metals Assets

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

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2020 $m

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2019 $m 

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Item

Precious metal receivables and advances to customers

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

10 (ii)

2020 $m

843

2019 $m 

523

Item

Precious metal inventories (including ETF)

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

11

2020 $m

5,983

2019 $m 

3,972

Item

Less non-controlling interests in ETF

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

35(a)

2020 $m

(345)

2019 $m 

(58)

Item

Total metal assets of The Perth Mint

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

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2020 $m

6,481

2019 $m 

4,437

Item

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Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

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2020 $m

Background tile in The Perth Mint's corporate colour.

2019 $m 

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Item

Precious Metals Liabilities

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

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2020 $m

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2019 $m 

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Item

Precious metal borrowings - Interest bearing

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

17

2020 $m

1,721

2019 $m 

1,226

Item

Precious metal borrowings - non-interest bearing (Perth Mint client unallocated and pool allocated metal holdings)

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

20

2020 $m

4,677

2019 $m 

3,228

Item

Total metal liabilities of The Perth Mint

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

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2020 $m

6,398

2019 $m 

4,454

Item

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Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

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2020 $m

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2019 $m 

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Item

Net metal assets (Trading Position)

Note in Audited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

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2020 $m

83

2019 $m 

(17)

 

To be clear, precious metals assets of $6.481bn, as reported in The Perth Mint’s audited annual accounts, represents:

  • Precious metal owing to Perth Mint by its customers (for example, consignment stocks or advances to mining companies where the metal has been priced but not processed), and
  • Precious metals inventories held at The Perth Mint, less metals held in the NYSE listed ETF AAAU where that metal is held by parties The Perth Mint does not have a controlling interest over.

Against these assets, precious metal liabilities of $6.398bn, represent:

  • Perth Mint Depository unallocated and pool allocated metal (non-interest bearing), and metal that has been borrowed by The Perth Mint from third parties (bullion banks for example), and is interest bearing. Categorically, this is not metal that has been lent by The Perth Mint, it is metal borrowed by The Perth Mint.

The Perth Mint confirms:

  • All client metal holdings, be they allocated, pool allocated or unallocated, are fully covered by a guarantee from the S&P A1+ rated Government of Western Australia.
  • The Perth Mint’s annual financial accounts are fully compliant with both Australian and International accounting standards and are audited by a Tier 1 accounting firm on behalf of the Auditor General of Western Australia.
  • The Auditor General of Western Australia is appointed by the Western Australian Governor and reports directly to the Parliament of Western Australia.

ENDS

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About The Perth Mint

One of the world’s leading precious metals enterprises, The Perth Mint:

  • Processes more than 10% of annual global gold production and over 90% of gold mined in Australia, with Australia being the world’s second largest producer of gold after China.
  • Operates one of the largest and most efficient precious metals refineries in the world, with capacity to process 800 tonnes of gold and 900 tonnes of silver per annum.
  • Provides the world’s only government guaranteed precious metals storage program and an expanding range of other innovative investment solutions.
  • Safeguards wealth worth more than AUD 5.5 billion for clients, ranging from central banks and sovereign wealth funds to individuals, in its central bank grade vaults.
  • Manufactures and delivers a wide range of precious metal bars and coins worth in excess of AUD 18 billion to more than 130 countries annually.