Calibre Mining Corp. (TSX: CXB) (OTCQX: CXBMF) announces financial and operational results for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Full Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and the Management Discussion & Analysis can be found at www.sedar.com and the Company’s website, www.calibremining.com. All figures are expressed in U.S. dollars.
Q3 2020 HIGHLIGHTS
Russell Ball, CEO of Calibre stated: “Following the 10-week pandemic shutdown in Q2, we restarted operations in late June and were able to deliver a strong third quarter, generating over $30 million in free cash flow as higher grades drove higher than budgeted production at record margins. As a result of the strong quarter, we have revised our 2020 guidance to reflect higher production at lower costs, and consequently, elected to make an early repayment of the final acquisition-related payment to B2Gold of $15.5 million, leaving us debt-free.
“Given the surplus processing capacity at our Libertad complex, the well-established legal framework to permit new discoveries and our ‘Hub-and-Spoke’ operating philosophy, I believe our greatest near-term, value-creation opportunities are through the drill-bit. I am pleased with how our expanded 80,000 metre program is progressing and we will be providing additional updates on the near-mine, infill and generative exploration programs in the coming weeks.”
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS SUMMARY – FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
|US$’000 (except per share and per ounce amounts)||Q3 2020||Q3 2019|
|Cost of sales (including depreciation and amortization)||(39,915||)||–|
|Net income (loss)||32,930||(1,381||)|
|Net income (loss) per share (basic)||0.10||(0.03||)|
|Cash generated from (used in) operating activities||45,592||(911||)|
|CAPEX: Mine development and Property, Plant & Equipment||12,784||16|
|Average realized gold price ($/oz)(1)||1,913||–|
|Total Cash Costs ($/oz)(1)||786||–|
|Q3 2020||YTD 2020|
|Ore Mined (t)||466,827||1,245,758|
|Ore Milled (t)||506,748||1,227,929|
|Grade (g/t Au)||3.02||2.67|
|Gold Ounces Produced||45,341||93,435|
|Gold Ounces Sold||44,842||93,023|
Q3 2020 OPERATIONS
The Limon and Libertad operations reached steady-state operations in July after a temporary suspension due to Covid-19 in Q2. Additionally, blasting recommenced at the end of the quarter at Jabali UG after being halted in November 2019.
Total mine production consisted of 155,949 ore tonnes at an average grade of 5.13 g/t gold. The majority of the mine production originated from the Limon Central Phase 1 open-pit (77,095 tonnes at an average grade of 5.91 g/t gold), LC Phase 2 open-pit (45,079 tonnes at an average grade of 4.79 g/t gold), the Santa Pancha underground mine (26,068 tonnes at an average grade of 3.76 g/t gold), with the remaining tonnes mined from Veta Nueva. Effective June 1, 2020, the Company considers LC Phase 2 to have commenced commercial production and defers stripping waste material above the average life of mine waste : ore strip ratio.
Limon produced 22,079 ounces driven by an average mill grade of 5.73 g/t gold and recovery of 90.1% from 126,683 tonnes of ore milled.
Capital expenditure was $9.5 million, including $5.6 million of capitalized stripping of LC Phase 2, $1.0 million for the advancement of the Veta Nueva underground mine, and $1.0 million for underground mining equipment. In addition, the Company incurred $1.7 million of exploration costs on exploration and in-fill drilling. In Q3 2020, in-fill drilling was completed at Panteon, Limon Norte, Limon Central, Tigra-Chaparral, Pozo Bono and Veta Neuva.
The majority of Libertad’s mine production consisted of 111,913 tonnes of ore from the Jabali open-pit grading 3.87 g/t gold and 185,997 tonnes grading 0.76 g/t gold from “spent ore”. Mine production includes 10,079 tonnes of ore purchased from artisanal small miners at Pavon at a grade of 21.75 g/t.
The “hub-and-spoke” approach significantly ramped up in the third quarter and included 79,869 tonnes of ore grading 2.69 g/t gold from Limon that was included in Libertad mill production. Libertad achieved gold production of 23,262 ounces from an average mill grade of 2.11 g/t gold and recovery of 93.0% from 380,065 tonnes of ore milled.
Capital expenditure totaled $3.2 million, including $1.7 million for the advancement at Pavon, which included road construction. Exploration drilling of $3.3 million was spent at Jabali, Tranca, Rosario, Socorro, Pavon, Nancite and Escandalo.
CONSOLIDATED Q3 2020 FINANCIAL REVIEW
During Q3 2020, the Company sold 44,842 ounces of gold for revenue of $85.8 million at an average realized price of $1,913/oz. The average spot gold price for the same period was $1,909/oz. The Company started its phased resumption of operations and accumulating in-circuit inventory prior to the end of Q2 2020 and was able to achieve successful steady-state production in July 2020.
Total cost of sales for Q3 2020 included production costs of $31.8 million, royalties and production taxes of $3.2 million, refinery and transportation of $0.2 million, and depreciation of $4.7 million.
Mine operating income for Q3 2020 was $45.9 million, with $21.4 million from Limon and $24.5 million from Libertad. For YTD 2020, mine operating income was $75.0 million, with $35.0 million from Limon and $40.0 million from Libertad.
Expenses and Net Income
G&A expenses totaled $2.0 million in Q3 2020 compared to $1.4 million in Q3 2019. The increase is the result of increased salaries and wages associated with higher staffing levels including enhancements to the senior management team and compensation plans required for Calibre’s transition from exploration to gold producer. Prior to this transition, the Company engaged consultants in various management responsibilities. The increase is also related to higher levels of overall corporate activity including regulatory costs associated with Calibre’s transition from the TSX Venture Exchange to the TSX Stock Exchange and higher professional fees. G&A expenses for YTD 2020 totaled $6.1 million compared to $2.1 million for YTD 2019 for the same reasons as those identified above.
Share-based compensation for Q3 2020 was $1.6 million compared to a nominal amount in Q3 2019. For the YTD 2020, stock-based compensation was $4.5 million compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2019. The increase in all periods in 2020 compared to 2019 relates to the granting of options and RSUs in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020, as the Company enhanced its management team and increased staffing levels in connection with the acquisition of the Nicaragua assets from B2Gold.
Current and deferred income tax expense was $8.2 million during Q3 2020 and $16.8 million for the YTD 2020 (there was no such expense during the periods for 2019). Current and deferred tax expense includes alternative minimum taxes and ad valorem taxes paid by the Company.
As a result of the above, net income (loss) per share was $0.10 (basic) and $0.09 (diluted) for Q3 2020 (Q3 2019: $(0.03)) and income (loss) of $0.12 (basic) and $0.11 (diluted) for YTD 2020 (YTD 2019 : $(0.05)).
Following a 10-week suspension of operations, Calibre had a successful restart of operations in July and as a result of the strong third quarter, Calibre is updating its 2020 guidance to reflect higher production and lower AISC(1).
Revised 2020 Production and Cost Guidance
|November 4, 2020 Guidance||2020 Consolidated Guidance
(provided on June 24, 2020)
|Original 2020 Guidance
(provided on December 4, 2019)
|Gold Production (ounces)||125,000 – 130,000||110,000 – 125,000||140,000 – 150,000|
|Total Cash Costs ($/ounce)(1)||$870 – $890||$880 – $920||$840 – $890|
|AISC ($/ounce)(1)||$1,050 – $1,070||$1,070 – $1,100||$1,020 – $1,060|
|Growth Capital ($ million)||$25 – $27||$27 – $29||$24 – $28|
|Exploration ($ million)||$13 – $14||$14 – $16||$12 – $14|
|G&A ($ million)||$8 – $9||$7 – $8||$6 – $7|
Calibre’s asset base includes multiple ore sources, 2.7 million tonnes per annum of installed mill capacity from two processing facilities, reliable in-country infrastructure and favorable transportation costs. The Company will continue to optimize its mine and process plans as it progresses the “hub-and-spoke” approach to maximizing value and allow the Company to quickly translate exploration success into production and cash flow.
Darren Hall, MAusIMM, SVP & Chief Operating Officer of Calibre Mining Corp. is a “qualified person” as set out under NI 43-101 has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this news release.
About Calibre Mining Corp.
Calibre Mining is a Canadian-listed gold mining and exploration company with two 100%-owned operating gold mines in Nicaragua. The Company is focused on sustainable operating performance and a disciplined approach to growth. Since the acquisition of the Limon, Libertad gold mines and Pavon Gold Project, Calibre has proceeded to integrate its operations into a ‘hub-and-spoke’ operating philosophy whereby the Company can take advantage of reliable infrastructure, favorable transportation costs, and multiple high-grade ore sources that can be processed at either Limon or Libertad, which have a combined 2.7 million tonnes of annual mill throughput capacity.
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