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Elevation Gold Reports Improved Financial Results for Quarter Ended March 31, 2023, including $17M in Total Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Elevation Gold Mining Corporation (TSX-V: ELVT) (OTCQX: EVGDF) is pleased to announce financial results for three months ended March 31, 2023.  All figures are expressed in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

 

Summary for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2023

  • Elevation produced 7,889 ounces of gold and 43,709 ounces of silver for the three months ended March 31, 2023, a 26% increase over the three months ended March 31, 2022.
  • The Company generated total revenue of $17.0 million during the quarter, an increase of 25% compared to the first quarter of 2022, on 8,078 ounces of gold and 71,286 ounces of silver sold. The average realized price of gold per ounce sold (1) for the quarter was $1,906.
  • Income from mine operations before depreciation and depletion of $4.0 million.
  • Total Cash Costs per ounce of gold sold (1) of $1,407 and all-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold sold (1) of $1,842.

 

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(1) Refer to the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022 for a reconciliation to non-IFRS performance measures.

 

Tim Swendseid, Elevation Gold CEO, stated “The positive Mine Operating Income before D&D for the past three quarters reflects sustained improvement in production and costs, and during Q1 2023, we also improved our balance sheet, particularly with respect to current liabilities, which decreased from $25 million at the start of the quarter to $15 million at the end of the quarter.  We continued to benefit from improved gold prices, which we expect will persist, and re-iterate our sales guidance for 2023 of 34,000-36,000 ounces.  In addition, we are very encouraged by the promising drilling results we previously announced for the Reynolds Pit area and look forward to beginning the construction of our leach pad expansion during Q2 2023.”

 

Consolidated Financial Results Summary

 

The following table provides a summary of the components of the Company’s net income (loss) for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022.  For further details, refer to the Company’s Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2023.

 

(in thousands of dollars) Q1 2023 Q1 2022
Revenue $ 16,953 $ 13,535
Production costs (12,037) (11,399)
Royalties (890) (619)
Mine operating income before depreciation and depletion 4,026 1,517
Depreciation and depletion (3,361) (1,607)
Income (loss) from mine operations 665 (90)
Corporate administrative expenses (716) (751)
Finance costs (2,025) (1,539)
Gain (loss) on revaluation of derivative liabilities (1,565) 770
Other 2 (97)
Loss for the period $ (3,639) $ (1,707)

 

 

Consolidated Operational Results Summary

 

The following table provides a summary of the Company’s operational statistics for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022.  For further details, refer to the Company’s MD&A for the same periods.

 

Three Months Ended March 31,
2023 2022
Ore tonnes mined t 678,654 735,217
Ore tonnes stacked t 698,351 717,898
Contained gold ounces stacked oz 9,688 8,050
Gold grade g/t 0.43 0.35
Gold ounces produced oz 7,889 6,268
Gold ounces sold oz 8,078 6,512
Average realized gold price (1) ($/oz) $     1,906 $     1,881
Cash costs per ounce of gold sold (1)                                      ($/oz) $     1,407 $     1,648
AISC per ounce of gold sold (1) ($/oz) $     1,842 $     2,248
(1) Refer to the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2022 and
2021 for a reconciliation to non-IFRS performance measures.

 

Qualified Persons

 

Unless otherwise indicated, the technical disclosure contained within this press release that relates to the Company’s operating mine has been reviewed and approved by Tim J. Swendseid, Chief Executive Officer of the Company and a Qualified Person for the purpose of NI 43-101.

 

Additional Information

 

Full consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 and related MD&A for the same period can be found at www.sedar.com and the Company’s website at www.elevationgold.com.

 

Non-IFRS Performance Measures

 

The following tables represent the calculation of certain Non-IFRS Financial Measures as referenced in this news release.

 

Reconciliation of Cash Costs and AISC

 

(in thousands of dollars, except per ounce figures)                  Q1 2023 Q1 2022
Gold ounces sold 8,078 6,512
Cost of sales $             16,288 $            13,625
  Less: Depreciation and depletion (3,361) (1,607)
  Add: Refining and transportation 69 49
  Less: Silver and other bi-product revenue (1,628) (1,335)
Total Cash Costs 11,368 10,732
  Sustaining capital expenditures 491 3,037
  Capitalized stripping costs 2,074
  Accretion 232 119
  Corporate administration 716 751
Total AISC $            14,881 $            14,639
Cash Costs per ounce of gold sold $              1,407 $              1,648
AISC per ounce of gold sold $              1,842 $              2,248

 

 

The Company has calculated Total Cash Costs, Total AISC, and relevant per ounce of gold unit rates consistently across each of the periods presented, and include period adjustments for the heap leach and doré impairment charges (and reversals), which were incurred in Q1 2023.  These impairment charges and reversals can create fluctuations in reported amounts in the periods in which they are recorded.

 

Reconciliation of Average Realized Price of Gold per Ounce Sold

 

(in thousands of dollars, except per ounce figures)                  Q1 2023 Q1 2022
Gold revenue $             15,394 $            12,249
Gold ounces sold 8,078 6,512
Average realized price per ounce sold $               1,906 $              1,881

 

 

Modifications to the Operating Line of Credit, Termination of Gold Stream Facility and Modification of Silver Stream Agreement

 

The Company is also pleased to announce it has increased an arrangement that provides Elevation Gold with a revolving credit facility originally announced by the Company on August 18, 2022.  The net proceeds will be used for operating and capital expenditures at its wholly owned gold and silver producing Moss Mine in Arizona and for general working capital purposes.  Under the terms of the amended Credit Facility, the maximum principal amount available to the Company was increased to USD17.7 million, interest accrues on any unpaid principal at a rate of 10% per annum and is payable quarterly in physical gold. Partial repayments of principal, of varying amounts, are required quarterly, beginning in Q4 2023 until paid off in its entirety in Q1 2025.  The Company may, at its option, at any time and from time to time, prepay without penalty or premium the Credit Facility, in whole or in part.  In conjunction with the amendment of the Credit Facility, the Company has completed all deliveries required by the Gold Stream Facility originated in January 2022, and that facility is now closed.  Additionally, the Company modified the silver stream agreement by eliminating the step-down that was to occur following the delivery of 3.5 million ounces.   As of March 31, 2023, the Company has delivered 1,217,142 ounces under the agreement.

 

About Elevation Gold Mining Corporation

 

Elevation Gold is a publicly listed gold and silver producer, engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of mineral properties located in the United States.  Elevation Gold’s common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Canada and on the OTCQX in the United States.  The Company’s principal operation is its 100% owned Moss Mine in the Mohave County of Arizona.  Elevation also holds the title to the Hercules exploration property, located in Lyon County, Nevada.

 

Posted May 29, 2023

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