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Operating Cash Flow up 148% l Net Debt reduced by $603m to reach $75m Net Cash position l Buyback program approved

 

Q4 & FY-2020 HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Eighth consecutive year of achieving annual production and AISC guidance
  • Record Q4-2020 production of 344koz, a 41% increase over Q3-2020 while AISC decreased by 11% to $803/oz
  • Record FY-2020 production of 908koz, a 40% increase over FY-2019, while AISC increased by 7% to $873/oz
  • Adjusted Net Earnings for Q4-2020 up 118% over Q3-2020 to $166m or $1.02/share; FY-2020 up 368% over FY-2019 to $345m or $2.51/share 
  • Operating Cash Flow before working capital of $311m or $1.91/share in Q4-2020, up 40% from Q3-2020; Operating Cash Flow before working capital for FY-2020 up 145% over FY-2019 to $705m or $5.14/share
  • Net Cash position of $75m achieved at year-end, marking a Net Debt reduction of $250m during Q4-2020 and $603m during FY-2020; $200m La Mancha investment expected to close in Q1-2021
  • Group M&I resources increased by 13.7Moz year-on-year to 28.4Moz while P&P reserves increased by 10.1Moz year-on-year to 18.0Moz due to successful exploration efforts and integration of acquired assets 

 

Q4 2021 OUTLOOK 

 

  • Production guidance of 1,365-1,495koz at AISC of $850-900/oz, confirming Endeavour as a senior gold producer
  • Continued focus on organic growth with construction of Sabodala-Massawa Phase 1 expansion expected to be completed by year-end; DFS underway for Sabodala-Massawa Phase 2 expansion, Fetekro, and Kalana projects


Endeavour Mining (TSX:
EDV) (OTCQX:EDVMF) is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020, with highlights provided in the table below.

 

 

Table 1: Consolidated Highlights

In US$ million unless otherwise specified,
inclusive of Agbaou which was sold on March 1, 2021.
THREE MONTHS ENDED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED    
December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019 December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 Δ FY-2020 vs. FY-2019  
 
PRODUCTION AND AISC HIGHLIGHTS              
Gold Production1, koz 344 244 178 908 651 +40%  
All-in Sustaining Cost1, $/oz 803 906 819 873 818 +7%  
CASH FLOW HIGHLIGHTS              
Operating Cash Flow Before Non-Cash Working Capital 311 223 70 705 287 +145%  
Operating Cash Flow Before Non-Cash Working Capital1, $/share 1.91 1.37 0.64 5.14 2.62 +97%  
Operating Cash Flow 364 202 120 749 302 +148%  
Operating Cash Flow1, $/share 2.23 1.24 1.10 5.46 2.75 +99%  
PROFITABILITY HIGHLIGHTS              
Net earnings/(loss) Attr. to Shareholders1 30 59 (113) 112 (141) n.a.  
Net Earnings per Share1, $/share 0.19 0.36 (0.69) 0.82 (1.29) n.a.  
Adjusted Net Earnings Attr. to Shareholders1 166 76 37 345 74 +368%  
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share1, $/share 1.02 0.47 0.34 2.51 0.67 +275%  
FINANCIAL POSITION HIGHLIGHT1              
Net Cash (Net Debt)1 75 (175) (528) 75 (528) n.a.  

1This is a non-GAAP measure. Refer to the non-GAAP measure section of the MD&A.

 

Sebastien de Montessus, President and CEO, commented: “2020 was a transformational year for Endeavour as we consolidated our strategic position in West Africa, creating a resilient business capable of rewarding our shareholders through the cycle. Our business is underpinned by long-life and low-cost cash-generative mines, robust organic growth opportunities and a strong focus on contributing to socio-economic development wherever we operate.

 

In the fourth quarter of 2020, we delivered record results as we realized the full benefits from the integration of the SEMAFO assets and the ramp-up of the high grade Kari Pump deposit at Houndé. For the eighth consecutive year, we met or exceeded our annual production and AISC guidance, and notably achieved record production in 2020 as both our internally developed and acquired operations delivered strong performances.

 

Looking ahead to 2021, we are focused on progressing our organic growth opportunities through mine life extensions, asset optimization, and green and brownfield exploration. The most promising of these is the Phase 1 and 2 expansions at Sabodala-Massawa which will help transform the mine into a tier-one asset.

 

We are also excited to continue working towards a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange as we seek to broaden our appeal to a wider group of potential investors. We believe that our robust business, upcoming catalysts, and our attractive shareholder return program, which offers an attractive dividend that will be supplemented with the introduction of a share buyback program, offers a compelling value proposition for both existing and new shareholders.”

 

UPCOMING CATALYSTS

 

The key upcoming expected catalysts are summarized in the table below.

 

 

Table 2: Key Upcoming Catalysts

TIMING CATALYST  
Q2-2021 Afema Initial resource estimate
Q2-2021 Corporate Capital Markets Day
Q2-2021 Corporate Premium LSE Listing
Q4-2021 Sabodala-Massawa Completion of Phase 1 plant upgrades
Q4-2021 Sabodala-Massawa Completion of Definitive Feasibility Study for Phase 2
Q4-2021 Fetekro Completion of Definitive Feasibility Study

 

SHAREHOLDER RETURNS PROGRAM

 

  • On November 12, 2020, Endeavour announced its first dividend of $60 million for the 2020 fiscal year, equating to $0.37 per ordinary share. The dividend was paid on February 5, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 22, 2021.
  • Endeavour’s first dividend marks the start of a sustainable dividend policy, based on its capital allocation framework and its strategy of maximizing long term shareholder value. Following the payment of this first dividend, the Board of Directors expects to declare future dividends on a semi-annual basis, with the goal of maintaining a similar dividend until the Company has reached a targeted net cash position of $250 million. Once that target is reached, the Company would be well positioned to augment its dividend.
  • In order to supplement its dividend program and maximize value for its shareholders, Endeavour will implement a share buyback program by way of a Normal Course Issuer Bid (“NCIB”) as part of the Company’s shareholder returns program. The Company believes it is advantageous to its shareholders to engage in a share buyback program to purchase its ordinary shares, from time to time, when they are trading at prices that reflect a discount to their underlying value by increasing the proportionate share of ownership of the Company to remaining shareholders. As such, Endeavour has filed and received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) to implement a NCIB. Pursuant to the terms of the NCIB, the Company can repurchase up to 5% of issued and outstanding ordinary shares, equivalent to 12,172,871 shares, until the NCIB’s expiry on March 21, 2022. The Company plans on renewing the NCIB upon its expiry.
  • As part of the NCIB, the Company also announces its intention to enter into an automatic share purchase plan with its designated broker to allow for purchases to be completed based on predetermined share price parameters.

 

2020 PRO FORMA GUIDANCE ACHIEVED

 

  • Production and all-in sustaining costs guidance was achieved for the eighth consecutive year, in spite of the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The FY-2020 Pro Forma production (inclusive of SEMAFO for the full year) amounted to 1,066koz, achieving the higher end of the guidance range due to the out-performance at Houndé, Boungou and Mana. FY-2020 Pro Forma AISC amounted to $890/oz, achieving the middle of the Pro Forma guidance range despite the impact of higher royalties.

 

 

Table 3: Preliminary Pro Forma Group Production and AISC1

 

  FY-2020 FULL YEAR GUIDANCE
Gold Production, koz 1,066 995 1,095
All-in Sustaining Cost1, $/oz 890 865 915

 

1This is a non-GAAP measure. Refer to the non-GAAP measure section of the latest available MD&A. Endeavour believes that operating and financial figures for SEMAFO are representative of the period ended June 30, 2020 as the Transaction closed on July 1, 2020. Figures presented and disclosed relating to SEMAFO operations represent classifications and calculations performed using consistent historical SEMAFO methodologies. Potential differences may include, but not limited to, classification of corporate costs and operating expenses, classification of mining, processing, and site G&A costs, classification of capitalized waste as sustaining and non-sustaining, valuation of stockpiles and gold in circuit. Pro Forma information has not been adjusted and is comprised of the simple sum of information provided for each of Endeavour and SEMAFO.

 

Q4-2020 AND FULL YEAR 2020 SUMMARY

 

  • Continued strong safety record for the Group, with a low Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate of 0.12 for FY-2020.
  • Q4-2020 consolidated production from all operations amounted to a record 344koz, an increase of 100koz or 41% over Q3-2020, as a result of stronger performance across all mine sites, specifically at Houndé (due to the ramp-up of the higher grade Kari Pump deposit), Ity (higher throughput and grades) and Boungou (ramp-up of mining activities). AISC decreased by $103/oz or 11% to $803/oz as lower costs at Houndé, Agbaou, Mana and Boungou more than offset increased costs at Ity and Karma.
  • FY-2020 consolidated production from all operations amounted to a record 908koz, an increase of 258koz or 40% over FY-2019 as the addition of Mana and Boungou in the second half of the year, the ramp-up of Kari Pump at Houndé, and the benefit of a full year’s production from Ity more than offset the expected decline in production at Agbaou. Over the same period, consolidated AISC for all the operations increased by 7% or $55/oz from $818/oz to $873/oz due primarily to the higher gold prices, which increased royalties by ∼$43/oz. The increased production at lower cost mines (Houndé and Ity) and the addition of the low cost Boungou mine partially offset the higher costs at Agbaou, Karma and Mana.
  • The sale of Endeavour’s non-core Agbaou mine was announced on January 22, 2021 and the transaction closed on March 1, 2021. As such, Agbaou has been classified as a discontinued operation in the year-end 2020 consolidated financial statements.

 

 

Table 4: Consolidated Group Production

 

  THREE MONTHS ENDED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED
  December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019 December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
(All amounts in koz, on a 100% basis)
Houndé 101 62 55 277 223
Ity CIL 61 44 60 213 190
Mana1 61 60 121
Karma 28 22 27 98 97
Boungou1 64 30 94
Ity Heap Leach 3
PRODUCTION FROM CONT. OPERATIONS 315 219 143 803 513
Agbaou2 28 25 35 105 138
GROUP PRODUCTION 344 244 178 908 651

1Included for the post acquisition period commencing July 1, 2020. 2Divested on March 1, 2021.

 

 

Table 5: Consolidated All-In Sustaining Costs1

 

(All amounts in US$/oz) THREE MONTHS ENDED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED  
December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019 December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019  
 
Houndé 612 865 878 836 862  
Ity CIL 1,054 774 697 808 616  
Mana2 802 896 854  
Karma 1,132 1,073 755 1,007 903  
Boungou2 532 752 609  
Ity Heap Leach 1,086  
Corporate  G&A 28 20 19 29 32  
AISC FROM CONT. OPERATIONS 779 881 812 853 824  
Agbaou3 1,066 1,139 846 1,027 796  
GROUP AISC 803 906 819 873 818  

1This is a non-GAAP measure. 2Included for the post acquisition period commencing July 1, 2020. 3Divested on March 1, 2021.

 

CASH FLOW BASED ON ALL-IN MARGIN APPROACH

 

The table below presents the cash flow for Endeavour for the three and twelve month periods ending December 31, 2020, based on the All-In Margin, with accompanying notes below.

 

 

Table 6: Reconciliation of All-In Margin to Free Cash Flow1

 

    THREE MONTHS ENDED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED
In US$ million unless otherwise specified.   Dec. 31,
2020
Sept. 30,
2020
Dec. 31,
2019
Dec.31,
2020
Dec.31,
2019
GOLD PRODUCTION, koz   315 219 143 803 513
GOLD SOLD, koz (Note 1) 301 236 139 809 512
Realized gold price, $/oz (Note 2) 1,841 1,840 1,434 1,761 1,358
REVENUE   553 435 199 1,424 695
Total cash costs1 (Note 3) (210) (187) (106) (606) (374)
Corporate costs   (8) (5) (3) (24) (21)
Sustaining capital1 (Note 4) (16) (16) (3) (61) (27)
ALL-IN SUSTAINING MARGIN FROM CONT. OPERATIONS   319 227 86 734 273
All-in Sustaining Margin from discontinued operations1   22 18 20 77 83
ALL-IN SUSTAINING MARGIN1   341 245 106 811 356
Less: Non-sustaining capital1 (Note 5) (39) (26) (20) (105) (57)
Less: Non-sustaining exploration1 (Note 6) (23) (8) (2) (63) (39)
ALL-IN MARGIN1   278 211 84 642 259
Growth projects1 (Note 7) (4) 0 (2) (8) (94)
Exploration expense2   (1) (1) 0 (5) (10)
Changes in working capital, other non-cash changes (Note 8) 35 (10) 42 12 (7)
Interest paid (Note 9) (6) (11) (6) (34) (33)
Taxes paid (Note 10) (47) (34) (14) (109) (66)
Other operating cash flow changes 3 (Note 11) 4 (10) (8) (24) (10)
FREE CASH FLOW1   261 146 96 476 38
Acquisition costs (Note 12) (14) (19) (5) (33) (5)
Reimbursement of expenditures on mining interest (Note 13) 0 22 0 22 0
Cash flows (used in)/ generated from investing activities, excluding expenditures on mining interests 3 (Note 14) (13) 95 (11) 91 (17)
Cash flows (used in)/ generated from financing activities, excluding interest paid 4 (Note 15) (39) (74) (10) (28) 55
Cash flows used in financing activities by discontinued operations (Note 16) (8) 0 0 (9) (7)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   4 2 0 7 0
CASH INFLOW (OUTFLOW) FOR THE PERIOD   191 172 70 525 66

1Non-GAAP financial performance measures with no standard meaning under IFRS. Refer to the Non-GAAP Measures section for further details.
2Exploration expense per the statement of comprehensive (loss)/earnings. This cash outflow relates to expenditure on greenfield exploration activity.
Other operating cash flow changes is the sum of cash paid on settlement of DSUs and PSUs, cash paid on settlement of other financial assets and liabilities, and foreign exchange gain/loss as disclosed in the consolidated statement of cash flows
Investing activities excluding expenditures on mining interests consists of the investing cash flows from continuing operations less expenditures on mining interests, as disclosed in the consolidated statement of cash flows.

 

NOTES:

 

1)   Gold sales increased by 96koz in Q4-2020 compared to Q3-2020 as a result of increased sales across all mines. Gold sales increased for FY-2020 compared to FY-2019 due to higher production at Houndé, Karma and Ity (which was commissioned in Q2-2019), in addition to the newly acquired Mana and Boungou mines.

2)   The realized gold price for FY-2020 was $1,761/oz compared to $1,358/oz for FY-2019, inclusive of the Karma stream and short term gold contracts. The Karma stream amounted to 5,000 ounces sold in Q4-2020 and 20,000 ounces sold in FY-2020 at 20% of spot prices. The short term gold contracts, amounted to 124,235 ounces for FY-2020 at an average price of $1,762/oz. There were no short-term gold contracts in Q4-2020 and there are no further gold hedges outstanding.

3)   Total cash costs increased in Q4-2020 compared to Q3-2020 and in FY-2020 compared to FY-2019 due to increased production and higher royalty cost in FY-2020 compared to FY-2019.

4)   As shown in the table below, the total sustaining capital expenditure decreased slightly for Q4-2020 over Q3-2020 due to a decrease at Karma, Mana and Agbaou, which was partially offset by an increase at Ity, while Houndé and Boungou remained flat. The total sustaining capital expenditure for FY-2020 increased compared to FY-2019 mainly due to scheduled waste capitalization at Houndé and Ity and the inclusion of the Mana and Boungou mines. Further details by asset are provided in the mine sections below.

 

 

Table 7: Sustaining Capital

 

In US$ million unless otherwise specified. THREE MONTHS ENDED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED  
Dec. 31, 2020 Sept. 30 2020 Dec. 31, 2019 Dec. 31, 2020 Dec. 31, 2019  
 
Ity CIL 3 2 0 9 0  
Karma 1 2 0 5 3  
Houndé 7 7 3 37 23  
Mana 3 5 n.a. 8 n.a.  
Boungou 1 1 n.a 2 n.a  
Consolidated sustaining capital 16 16 3 61 27  
Agbaou 2 4 3 12 16  
Total sustaining capital from all operations 18 20 6 73 43  

5)   As shown in the table below, the total non-sustaining capital expenditure increased for Q4-2020 over Q3-2020 mainly due to the construction of the tailings storage facility stage 3 lift and community resettlement compensation at Ity, and pre-stripping at the Wona pit at Mana. The total non-sustaining capital spend for FY-2020 increased compared to FY-2019, mainly due to the TSF raise, waste capitalization and community resettlement compensation at Ity, waste capitalization and resettlement costs for the Kari Pump area at Houndé, the addition of the acquired Mana and Boungou assets while spend decreased at Karma and Agbaou. Further details by asset are provided in the mine sections below.

 

 

Table 8: Non-Sustaining Capital

 

In US$ million unless otherwise specified. THREE MONTHS ENDED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED  
Dec. 31, 2020 Sept. 30 2020 Dec. 31, 2019 Dec. 31, 2020 Dec. 31, 2019  
 
Ity 12 4 1 37 1  
Karma 3 2 11 10 27  
Houndé 5 7 7 20 17  
Mana 18 10 n.a 28 n.a  
Boungou 1 1 n.a 2 n.a  
Agbaou 0 0 1 1 7  
Non-mining 1 2 0 7 4  
Total non-sustaining capital 39 26 20 105 57  

6)   The non-sustaining exploration capital spend of $63.3 million for FY-2020 continued to remain high, in line with Endeavour’s strategic objective of unlocking exploration value through its drilling campaign. Spend ramped up again in Q4-2020 following the decrease in Q3-2020 due to a decrease in drilling as a result of the the rainy season.

7)   Growth project spend decreased from $94.1 million in FY-2019 to $7.7 million in FY-2020 as the Ity CIL plant was completed in Q1-2019. The amount for FY-2020 of $7.7 million relates mainly to Kalana.

8)   The tables below summarize the Q4-2020 and FY-2020 working capital movements.

 

 

Table 9: Working Capital Movement ─ Q4-2020 compared to Q3-2020

 

  THREE MONTHS ENDED  
In US$ million unless otherwise specified. Dec. 31,
2020
Sept. 30,
2020
Q4-2020 Comments
Trade and other receivables +35 (13) Inflow mainly due to gold sales receivable that were outstanding at Q3-2020 received in Q4-2020
Trade and other payables +48 (1) Increase as at Q4-2020 due to increase in tax accruals
Inventories +4 +1 Increase relates to the reduction of GIC at Karma offset by an increase of stockpiles at Ity
Prepaid expenses and other (8) No movement in the quarter
Changes in long-term assets (12) +2 Outflow mainly relates to the prepayment of mining contractor at Boungou
Other non-cash adjustments (39) +9 Other non-cash adjustments mainly consist of depreciation related to the PPA fair value bump recognized on the acquisition of SEMAFO
Total 35 (10)  

 

 

Table 10: Working Capital Movement ─ FY-2020 compared to FY-2019

 

  TWELVE MONTHS ENDED  
In US$ million unless otherwise specified. Dec. 31,
2020
Dec. 31,
2019
FY-2020 Comments
Trade and other receivables +4 +21 Due to timing of gold sales
Trade and other payables +43 +8 Increase due to inclusion of Mana and Boungou post-acquisition
Inventories +45 (14) Increase relates to the reduction of GIC at Karma offset by an increase of stockpiles at Ity
Prepaid expenses and other (10) (2) Prepayments relate to prepayments to contractors at Mana
Changes in long-term assets (7) (17) Outflow mainly relates to the prepayment of mining contractor at Boungou
Other non-cash adjustments (62) (4) Other non-cash adjustments mainly consist of depreciation related to the PPA fair value bump recognized on the acquisition of SEMAFO
Total +12 (7)  

9)   Interest paid decreased by $5.1 million in Q4-2020 as the convertible bond semi-annual coupon is paid in the first and third quarter of each year.

10)   Taxes paid increased by $13.0 million and $32.6 million in Q4-2020 compared to Q3-2020 mainly due to withholding tax payments on a dividend declared at Agbaou during Q4-2020. The withholding tax payment is also the main cause for the increase in taxes paid for FY-2020, which increased by $42.9 million compared to the previous year.

 

 

Table 11: Tax Payments

 

  THREE MONTHS ENDED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED
  Dec. 31, 2020 Sept. 30 2020 Dec. 31, 2019 Dec. 31, 2020 Dec. 31, 2019
In US$ million unless otherwise specified.
Karma 3 0 0 3 0
Ity 2 17 0 27 13
Houndé 5 7 8 19 39
Kalana 0 0 0 0 0
Mana 0 0 n.a 1 n.a
Boungou 0 1 n.a 1 n.a
Exploration 0 0 2 2 5
Corporate 0 0 4 0 4
Taxes from continuing operations 10 26 14 53 61
Agbaou 33 8 0 52 4
Consolidated taxes paid 43 34 14 105 66

11)   Other operating cash flow changes is the sum of cash paid on settlement of DSUs and PSUs, cash paid on settlement of other financial assets and liabilities, and foreign exchange gain/loss as disclosed in the consolidated statement of cash flows. FY-2020 has increased by $436.0 million relative to FY-2019 due primarily to the increase in the Company’s earnings from mine operations, driven by the acquisition of SEMAFO and the inclusion of the results of operations at Mana and Boungou for the last six months of the year, as well as the higher gold price over the course of the year for all of the Company’s operations. Cash settlements on hedge programs for FY-2020 includes a $22million realized loss on gold collar, and an inflow of $7 million related to short-term forward sales in FY-2020. The collar expired at the end of June 2020 with the final payment on the collar in early Q3-2020.

12)   Cash paid for acquisition costs relate to M&A activities and for advisory fees related to the SEMAFO and Teranga acquisitions. $19.3 million and $13.6 million was paid in Q3-2020 and Q4-2020 respectively.

13)   Reimbursement of expenditure on mining interest of $22.2 million relates to cash proceeds from a mining contractor for previously capitalized plant expenditures at Karma.

14)   Includes proceeds of $10.3 million received on sale of mining equipment and other assets and $93 million of cash was acquired through the SEMAFO transaction, reduced by a loss on disposal of assets of $7.3 million, and further offset by $5.4 million cash paid for the additional interest in the Ity Mine.

15)   $120.0 million was drawn on the RCF as a proactive measure in Q1-2020 to secure the Company’s liquidity as part of its COVID-19 business continuity program. During Q3-2020, the $120.0 million was repaid along with the existing $30.0 million of debt acquired with the SEMAFO transaction, resulting in $150.0 million of debt repaid during the year. Financing fees and lease repayments increased significantly in Q4-2020 compared to Q3-2020 as a result of the finance lease repayment of $53.7 million as the remaining outstanding financing arrangements were repaid at the Ity and Houndé mines. The amount for FY-2020 increased compared to the corresponding period of FY-2019 mainly due to the $60.4 million increase of finance lease repayments, as well as the interest accrued from the $120.0 million drawn from the RCF during Q2-2020 which was subsequently repaid in Q3-2020. In Q3-2020, net proceeds of $100.0 million were received from the La Mancha investment, who exercised its anti-dilution right in support of the SEMAFO acquisition. A dividend of $8.6 million was declared in Q2-2020 and paid in Q4-2020 by the Mana mine to minority shareholders.

16)   Cash flows from discontinued operations relate to the Agbaou Mine which was classified as asset held for sale at year-end with the sale finalized in Q1-2020.

 

 

NET CASH FLOW, NET DEBT AND LIQUIDITY SOURCES

 

  • A Net Cash position of $75 million was achieved at year-end, marking a Net Debt reduction of $250 million during Q4-2020 and $603 million during FY-2020, reflecting the strong operating performance in 2020 following the completion of the Company’s construction phase in 2019.
  • Along with the completion of the Teranga acquisition on February 10, 2021, Endeavour closed the previously announced $800 million debt refinancing package. The refinancing consists of an amendment and extension of Endeavour’s existing $430 million revolving credit facility and a $370 million bridge facility. The amended RCF will bear interest at the same rate as the previous facility, at LIBOR plus a margin between 2.95% and 3.95%, on a sliding scale depending on leverage. The bridge facility will bear interest at 2.25%, increasing by 0.5% every six months until both facilities mature in January 2023. The refinancing proceeds have been used to retire Teranga’s various higher cost debt facilities.
  • The La Mancha investment, representing 8,910,592 common shares, is expected to close during Q1-2021. Following the investment, Endeavour will have approximately 251,917,531 common shares outstanding, with La Mancha holding an interest of approximately 19%.
  • The table below summarizes operating, investing, and financing activities, main balance sheet items and the resulting impact on the Company’s Net Debt position, with notes provided below.

 

 

Table 12: Cash Flow and Net Debt Position for Endeavour

 

    THREE MONTHS
ENDED
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED
In US$ million unless otherwise specified.   Dec. 31,
2020
Sept. 30,
2020
Dec. 31,
2019
Dec. 31,
2020
Dec. 31,
2019
Net cash from (used in), as per cash flow statement:            
Operating activities (Note 19) 364 202 120 749 302
Investing activities (Note 20) (97) 42 (40) (160) (252)
Financing activities (Note 21) (80) (75) (10) (71) 15
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   4 3 0 7 0
INCREASE/(DECREASE) IN CASH   191 172 70 525 66
Cash position at beginning of period   523 352 120 190 124
CASH POSITION AT END OF PERIOD (Note 22) 715 523 190 715 190
Equipment financing (Note 23) 0 (58) (78) 0 (78)
Convertible senior bond (Note 24) (330) (330) (330) (330) (330)
Drawn portion of revolving credit facility (Note 25) (310) (310) (310) (310) (310)
NET CASH / (DEBT) POSITION (Note 26) 75 (175) (528) 75 (528)
Net Debt / Adjusted EBITDA (LTM) ratio (Note 26) n.a. 0.29x 1.48x n.a. 1.48x

Net Debt and Adjusted EBITDA are Non-GAAP measures. For a discussion regarding the company’s use of Non-GAAP Measures, please see “note regarding certain measures of performance” in the MD&A.

 

NOTES:

19) Operating cash flow amounted to a record $364 million in Q4-2020, an increase of $162 million compared to Q3-2020 mainly driven by increased production and a significant working capital inflow as described in Note 8 above.

Operating cash flow increased by $447 million in FY-2020 compared to FY-2019, amounting to $749 million. The increase is mainly as a result of the significant working capital inflow in FY-2020 compared to the outflow in FY-2019, increased production at a higher realized gold price and the addition of the Mana and Boungou operations for the last six months of the year. Further insights into the working capital inflow have been provided in Note 8 above.

20) Net cash used in investing activities for Q4-2020 amounted to an outflow of $97 million decreasing relative to Q3-2020 mainly due to higher expenditures on mining interests of $82 million, a decrease in long term inventory of $12 million as a result of stockpiles at Ity being reclassified as long-term assets.

Net cash used in investing activities for FY-2020 amounted to an outflow of $160 million, a positive increase of $91 million relative to FY-2019 due to cash inflows of $93 million from the acquisition of SEMAFO, as well as a positive change on long-term assets of $9.2 million, which are offset by an increase in expenditures on mining interests of $28 million due to the larger portfolio of assets. Within the expenditures on mining interests, growth project spend decreased from $94 million in FY-2019 to $8 million in FY-2020 as the Ity CIL plant construction was completed in Q1-2019, while the amount for FY-2020 of $8 million relates mainly to Kalana.

21) Net cash generated in financing activities for FY-2020 was $71 million, which is inclusive of the proceeds from the $100 million La Mancha investment as part of the SEMAFO acquisition. In Q1-2020, as a precaution relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, $120 million was drawdown on the RCF, which was repaid in Q3-2020 along with the SEMAFO Macquarie loan facility of $30 million. The FY-2020 financing activity increased due to additional costs related to the extension of the RCF, completed in September 2020, increased interest payments of $34 million and repayments of $83 million on finance lease obligations. The Company also paid dividends of $28.2 million during the year to its non-controlling interests compared to $1.1 million in the prior year.
The outflow of $80 million for Q4-2020 increased significantly compared to comparative quarters due to the repayment of the remaining finance lease obligations for approximately $50.4 million in addition to the finance costs related to those liabilities throughout the year.

22) At year-end, Endeavour’s liquidity remained strong with $715 million of cash on hand and $120 million undrawn on the RCF.

23) The equipment finance lease obligations decreased by $58 million in Q4-2020 as the remaining finance obligations were repaid in full.

24) In 2018, Endeavour issued a $330 million convertible note, maturing in February 2023.

25) The $120 million drawdown made on the RCF in Q1-2020 was reimbursed in Q3-2020.

26) Net Cash amounted to $75 million at quarter-end, marking a Net Debt decrease of $603 million compared to the corresponding period in 2019.

 

OPERATING CASH FLOW PER SHARE

 

  • Operating cash flow before non-cash working capital from all operations amounted to $311 million or $1.91 per share in Q4-2020, an increase of $0.54 per share or 40% over Q3-2020 due to increased production which was slightly offset by higher taxes at Agbaou due to the dividend to non-controlling interest which was declared in Q4-2020.
  • Operating cash flow before non-cash working capital from all operations amounted to $705 million or $5.14 per share in FY-2020, an increase of $2.53 per share or 97% compared to FY-2019, due primarily to the increase in the Company’s earnings from mine operations driven by the acquisition of SEMAFO and the inclusion of the results of operations at Mana and Boungou for the last six months of the year, as well as the higher gold price over the course of the year.
  • Operating cash flow from all operations amounted to a record $364 million or $2.23 per share in Q4-2020, an increase of $0.99 per share or 80% compared to Q3-2020, driven by increased production and a significant working capital inflow related to trade and other receivables and trade and other payables, as described in Note 8 above, partially offset by negative operating cash flows from discontinued operations related to the Agbaou mine.
  • Operating cash flow from all operations amounted to $749 million or $5.46 per share in FY-2020, an increase of $2.72 per share or 99% compared to FY-2019. The increase is the result of the addition of the Mana and Boungou operations for the last six months of the year, increased production at a higher realized gold price and the significant working capital inflow in FY-2020 as described in Note 8 above.

 

 

Table 13: Operating Cash Flow Before and After Non-Cash Working Capital Per Share

 

In US$ million unless otherwise specified. THREE MONTHS ENDED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED
Dec. 31,
2020
Sept. 30,
2020
Dec. 31,
2029
Dec. 31,
2020
Dec. 31,
2029
Cash flows generated from operating activities 364 202 120 749 302
Changes in working capital1 (98) 21 (50) (89) (15)
Taxes on additional dividend declared at Agbaou 45 45
Adjusted operating cash flows before working capital 311 223 70 705 287
Divided by weighted average number of O/S shares, in thousands 163 163 110 137 110
Adjusted operating cash flow per share from all operations 2.23 1.24 1.10 5.46 2.75
Adjusted operating cash flow before working capital per share from all operations 1.91 1.37 0.64 5.14 2.62
           
EXCLUDING DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS          
Cash generated from operating activities by discontinued operations (20) 29 28 38 96
Cash generated from operating activities by continuing operations 384 173 92 711 206
Changes in working capital from continuing operations (87) 22 (47) (82) (13)
Operating cash flows before working capital from continuing operations 297 195 45 629 193
Divided by weighted average number of O/S shares, in thousands 163 163 110 137 110
Operating cash flow per share from continuing operations 2.36 1.06 0.84 5.18 1.87
Operating cash flow per share before working capital from continuing operations 1.82 1.20 0.41 4.59 1.75

Operating Cash Flow Per Share is a Non-GAAP measure. For a discussion regarding the Company’s use of Non-GAAP Measures, please see “note regarding certain measures of performance” in the MD&A.

 

ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

  • Adjusted Net Earnings attributable to shareholders amounted to $1.02 per share in Q4-2020 (and $1.00 per share from continuing operations which excludes Agbaou which was sold in early Q1-2021). This represents an increase of $0.55 per share or 117% compared to Q3-2020 due to higher gold sales, partly offset by higher income tax expenses.
  • Adjusted Net Earnings attributable to shareholders from continuing operations amounted to $312 million for FY-2020 (or $2.28 per share), an increase of $276 million compared to FY-2019 due to the benefit of higher production at a higher realized gold price and the consolidation of the SEMAFO assets.
  • Adjustments made in Q4-2020 and FY-2020 relate mainly to impairments, loss on financial instruments, loss on discontinued operations, deferred income tax, share based compensation, non-recurring items acquisition and restructuring costs.

 

 

Table 14: Net Earnings and Adjusted Net Earnings

 

In US$ million unless otherwise specified. QUARTER ENDED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED
Dec. 31,
2020
Sept. 30,
2020
Dec. 31,
2029
Dec. 31,
2020
Dec. 31,
2029
TOTAL NET EARNINGS FOR CONTINUING OPERATIONS 30 69 (113) 112 (141)
Adjustments 149 10 153 246 211
ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS FOR CONTINUING OPERATIONS 179 79 40 358 70
Less portion attributable to non-controlling interests 15 13 11 46 34
ATTRIBUTABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS FOR CONTINUING OPERATIONS 164 67 29 312 36
Divided by weighted average number of O/S shares, in millions 163 163 110 137 110
ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS PER SHARE (BASIC) 1.00 0.41 0.26 2.28 0.33
FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Add back adjusted net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Corporation from discontinued operations (Agbaou) 3 9 8 32 37
Add back adjusted net earnings from discontinued operations (Agbaou) per share 0.02 0.06 0.07 0.24 0.34
ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS PER SHARE FROM ALL OPERATIONS 1.02 0.47 0.34 2.51 0.67

Adjusted Net Earnings is a Non-GAAP measure. For a discussion regarding the Company’s use of Non-GAAP Measures, please see “Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance” in the MD&A.

 

2021 OUTLOOK

  • As shown in Tables 15 and 16 below, consolidated total production guidance for 2021 amounts to 1,365,000 – 1,495,000 ounces, which includes the Sabodala-Massawa and Wahgnion operations from February 11, 2021. More details on the mines can be found in the individual mine sections below.

 

 

Table 15: 2021 Consolidated Production Guidance

 

(All amounts in koz, on a 100% basis) 2021 GUIDANCE
Ity 230 250
Karma 80 90
Houndé 240 260
Mana 170 190
Boungou 180 200
Sabodala-Massawa 310 330
Wahgnion 140 155
PRODUCTION FROM CONT. OPERATIONS 1,350 1,475
Agbaou (sale on March 1, 2021) 15 20
TOTAL PRODUCTION 1,365 1,495

 

 

Table 16: 2021 Consolidated AISC Guidance1

 

(All amounts in US$/oz) 2021 GUIDANCE
Ity 800 850
Karma 1,220 1,300
Houndé 855 905
Mana 975 1,050
Boungou 690 740
Sabodala-Massawa 690 740
Wahgnion 940 990
Corporate G&A   30  
Sustaining exploration   5  
AISC FROM CONT. OPERATIONS 840 890
Agbaou (sale on March 1, 2021) 1,050 1,125
TOTAL AISC 850 900

1 This is a non-GAAP measure. Refer to the non-GAAP measure section of the most recent MD&A for Endeavour and refer to the non-IFRS measures note in this press release. Consolidated AISC guidance is based on $1,500/oz gold price.

 

  • As detailed in the table below, consolidated total sustaining and non-sustaining capital allocations for 2021 amount to $173 million and $201 million, respectively. More details on the mines can be found in the individual mine sections below.

 

 

Table 17: 2021 Consolidated Mine Capital Expenditure Guidance

 

(All amounts in US$m) SUSTAINING CAPITAL NON-SUSTAINING CAPITAL
Ity 28 27
Karma 11 5
Houndé 39 13
Mana 27 62
Boungou 19 22
Sabodala-Massawa 35 47
Wahgnion 14 26
MINE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES FROM CONT. OPERATIONS 172 201
Agbaou 1 0
TOTAL MINE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES 173 201
  • As detailed in the table below, growth capital spend is expected to amount to approximately $46 million, mainly related to the ongoing Phase 1 expansion at Sabodala-Massawa mine and studies and holding costs at the Kalana and Fetekro projects, as well as for IT and integration projects. More details on the Sabodala-Massawa mine expansion can be found in the section below.

 

 

Table 18: 2021 Consolidated Growth and Corporate Capital Expenditure Guidance

 

(All amounts in US$m) 2021 GUIDANCE
Sabodala-Massawa 25
Fetekro 6
Kalana 6
Golden Hill 3
Bantou 1
Corporate 5
TOTAL 46
  • As detailed in the table below, exploration will continue to be a strong focus in 2021 with a budget of $70 – $90 million.

 

 

Table 19: 2021 Consolidated Exploration Guidance

 

(All amounts in US$m) 2021 GUIDANCE
Sabodala-Massawa ~13
Wahgnion ~12
Ity ~9
Mana ~8
Houndé ~7
Boungou ~7
Karma ~0
MINE SUBTOTAL ~56
Greenfield and development projects ~14 – 34
TOTAL $70 – 90

 

OPERATIONAL DETAILS BY MINE

 

HOUNDÉ MINE

 

Q4 2020 vs Q3 2020 Insights

  • Production increased significantly due to the higher processed grades and recovery rates as well as the increased throughput rate.
    • Tonnes of ore mined significantly increased following the end of the rainy season with ore mainly sourced from the high grade Kari Pump deposit, supplemented with ore from the Vindaloo Main and Vindaloo Centre pits as well as the Bouéré pit.
    • The strip ratio decreased due to the planned mining sequence during the quarter in Vindaloo Main and Centre and the lower strip ratio starter pit at Kari Pump.
    • Tonnes milled increased slightly due to the oxide ore from Kari Pump offsetting the impact of greater volumes of fresh ore from Vindaloo.
    • Average processed grades increased due to the benefit of higher grade oxide ore from Kari Pump which was supplemented by fresh ore from Vindaloo Main and Vindaloo Centre.
    • Recovery rates increased due to the higher throughput of oxide ore from Kari Pump.
  • AISC decreased due to a reduction in the strip ratio, an increase in the processed grade and higher recovery rates, which offset higher unit costs and sustaining capital.
    • Mining unit costs increased due to the higher hauling cost associated with increased mining of the Kari pump pit with a longer hauling distance, coupled with higher maintenance costs due to timing of planned work.
    • Processing unit costs increased due to the mill liner change.
    • Sustaining capital remained flat.
  • Non-sustaining capital decreased from $7.3 million to $4.8 million, lower than expected, as costs associated with the development of the Kari West mining area were delayed to 2021.

 

FY-2020 vs FY-2019 Insights

  • Production increased due to 20% higher grades and slightly higher processed tonnes while recovery rates remained flat. AISC decreased following an increase in gold sold and lower G&A unit costs, which more than offset the higher royalties, mining and processing unit costs and increased sustaining capital spend.

 

2020 Performance vs Guidance

  • Production totaled 277koz, beating the upper end of the guided 230-250koz range due to better than expected grade, which was the result of the quick ramp up of mining at Kari Pump.
  • The AISC amounted to $836/oz, well below the guided $865-895/oz, as the benefit of higher production offset higher royalty costs driven by a higher gold price.

 

 

Table 20: Houndé Quarterly Performance Indicators

 

For The Quarter Ended Q4-2020 Q3-2020 Q4-2019
Tonnes ore mined, kt 2,120 1,231 622
Total tonnes mined, kt 10,741 9,933 9,298
Strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 4.07 7.07 13.94
Tonnes milled, kt 1,117 1,010 1,052
Grade, g/t 3.06 2.06 1.78
Recovery rate, % 94 92 92
PRODUCTION, KOZ 101 62 55
Total cash cost/oz 541 753 823
AISC/OZ 612 865 878

 

 

Table 21: Houndé Yearly Performance Indicator

 

For The Year FY-2020 FY-2019
Tonnes ore mined, kt 5,324 2,969
Total tonnes mined, kt 43,495 38,194
Strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 7.17 11.87
Tonnes milled, kt 4,228 4,144
Grade, g/t 2.21 1.83
Recovery rate, % 93 93
PRODUCTION, KOZ 277 223
Total cash cost/oz 703 761
AISC/OZ 836 862

 

2021 Outlook

 

  • Houndé is expected to produce between 240-260koz in 2021 at AISC of $855-905/oz.
  • The 2021 mine plan expects that ore from the higher grade Kari Pump pit will be blended with ore from Bouéré and Vindaloo Centre in the first half of the year until mining in these pits is completed. During this period, mining at Vindaloo Main will focus on waste stripping, whilst waste stripping will also commence at Kari West, so that the mine plan will switch to blending with ore from Vindaloo Main and Kari Pump and West in the second half of the year. As a result, milled grades are expected to be higher in the latter portion of the year.
  • Plant throughput and the gold recovery rate are expected to remain consistent with 2020 as greater volumes of oxide ore from Kari Pump are expected to be blended with more fresh ore from other pits.
  • Sustaining capital expenditures are expected to remain fairly consistent from $37.1 million in 2020 to $39.0 million in 2021, with expenditures related primarily to waste extraction, fleet re-builds, and borehole drilling on the Kari area.
  • Following the commissioning of the Kari Pump deposit in 2020, the non-sustaining capital expenditures are expected to decrease from $19.7 million in 2020 to approximately $13.0 million in 2021, which are mainly related to the Kari West compensation, resettlement and associated mine infrastructure.

 

2020 Exploration Program

 

  • An exploration program of $17 million totaling approximately 82,500 meters was completed in 2020.
    • The program was designed to delineate additional resources in the Kari area, where 46,500 meters were drilled, and at the Vindaloo South and Vindaloo North targets.
    • In addition, a small 18,500 meter reconnaissance drilling program was completed at Sianikoui, Mambo and Marzipan, yielding positive initial results.
    • Over 6,000 meters were drilled for geotechnical and metallurgical purposes at Kari West, Kari Centre and Kari Gap, and 11,500 meters were drilled for sterilization at Kari Pump.
    • An updated resource estimate was published on July 22, 2020 to include the maiden estimate for Kari Center, Kari Gap and further extensions of Kari West.

 

2021 Exploration Program

 

  • An exploration program of up to $7 million is planned for 2021, comprised of 47,000 meters of drilling.
  • The exploration program will focus on near mine targets in the Kari area, Dafra T3 and Vindaloo South. In addition reconnaissance drilling will focus on the Mambo, Marzipan, Kari Deep and Vindaloo Deep targets.

 

ITY MINE

 

Q4 2020 vs Q3 2020 Insights

 

  • Production significantly increased due to the higher processed grades and throughput rate, which was offset by the lower plant recovery rate.
    • Tonnes of ore mined increased due to the opening up of the Bakatouo Pit stage 2 following the waste stripping activities completed in prior periods. In Q4 2020, ore was mainly mined from the Daapleu and Bakatouo pits and the old heap leach pads.
    • Tonnes milled increased due to the supplemental processing of oxide ore through the surge bin despite the higher proportion of the high grade fresh sulfide ore from the Daapleu pit.
    • Processed grades increased as expected due to the benefit of the higher grade sulfide ore from the Daapleu pit, which was supplemented with ore from the Bakatouo pit and the heap leach pads.
    • The gold recovery rate decreased as expected due to the lower recovery rates associated with the fresh sulfide ore from the Daapleu pit.
  • AISC per ounce increased relative to the preliminary reported amount of $860/oz primarily due to $10 million (or circa $194/oz) in non-recurring operating expenses recognized in the fourth quarter. The normalized AISC increased quarter over quarter as mining and processing an increased proportion of fresh material from Daapleu resulted in higher mining and processing costs and due to the guided increase in sustaining capital.
    • Mining unit costs increased due to the higher production drilling and blasting activities at the high grade fresh sulfide Daapleu pit.
    • Processing unit costs increased due to increased reagents consumption associated with the fresh sulfide ore processed from the Daapleu pit.
    • Sustaining capital increased due to additional waste stripping at the Ity pit.
  • Non-sustaining capital increased from $3.7 million to $12.0 million due to the commencement of the construction of the stage 3 raise of the Tailings Storage Facility in Q4-2020 and compensation cost for the Floleu mining area.

 

FY-2020 vs FY-2019 Insights

 

  • Production increased as the Ity CIL plant operated for the full twelve month period ended December 31, 2020 compared to only three quarters in 2019 with commercial production declared on April 8, 2019. AISC increased due to lower processed grades and recovery rates, increased sustaining capital related to the component change-out associated with heavy mining equipment and plant upgrades, and the higher royalties associated with the higher gold price.

 

2020 Performance vs Guidance

 

  • FY-2020 production totaled 213koz at AISC of $808/oz.
  • This performance is in line with the revised outlook provided in Q3-2020, which stated that production was expected below the lower end of the 235-255koz guided range while AISC was expected to finish above the AISC guidance of $630-675/oz. This discrepancy is a result of the decision in Q2-2020 to prioritize operational flexibility ahead of the wet season through cut-backs in the higher grade Ity and Bakatouo deposits in order to further improve operational flexibility. The AISC includes higher than budgeted royalty costs and greater sustaining capital as previously announced.

 

 

Table 22: Ity CIL Quarterly Performance Indicators

 

For The Quarter Ended Q4-2020 Q3-2020 Q4-2019
Tonnes ore mined, kt 2,660 2,352 1,571
Total tonnes mined, kt 6,546 6,322 3,606
Strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 1.46 1.69 1.30
Tonnes milled, kt 1,456 1,307 1,318
Grade, g/t 1.72 1.34 1.69
Recovery rate, % 76 81 80
PRODUCTION, KOZ 61 44 60
Total cash cost/oz 989 727 697
AISC/OZ 1,054 774 697

 

 

Table 23: Ity CIL Yearly Performance Indicators

 

For The Year FY-2020 FY-2019
Tonnes ore mined, kt 8,571 5,733
Total tonnes mined, kt 23,469 14,053
Strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 1.74 1.45
Tonnes milled, kt 5,353 3,693
Grade, g/t 1.57 1.88
Recovery rate, % 79 86
PRODUCTION, KOZ 213 190
Total cash cost/oz 765 613
AISC/OZ 808 616

2021 Outlook

 

  • Ity is expected to produce between 230-250koz in 2021 at an AISC of $800-850/oz.
  • Around 70% of the plant feed is expected to be sourced from pits, slightly higher than 2020, with the remainder coming from historical dumps or stockpiles. The main pit sources are expected to be Daapleu and Bakatouo, supplemented by the Ity, Walter and Colline Sud pits. Mining is expected to commence at Le Plaque deposit during the fourth quarter of 2021.
  • Total tonnes processed are expected to remain similar to 2020. Recovery rates are expected to steadily increase throughout the year as some Daapleu fresh ore is displaced with greater quantities of oxide ore from the Ity and Le Plaque pits. Higher process grades are expected in the latter part of the year, following the completion of stripping activities at the Ity pit.
  • Sustaining capital is expected to increase from $8.9 million in 2020 to approximately $28.0 million in 2021, mainly related to Ity and Bakatouo pit cut backs.
  • Non-sustaining capital is expected to decrease from $ 37.4 million in 2020 to approximately $27.0 million in 2021 relating primarily to operating enhancements to the processing plant, the stage 3 TSF raise, and various infrastructure projects (including the Le Plaque haul road and two small Cavally river diversions for open pit cutbacks).

 

2020 Exploration Program

 

  • An exploration program of $16 million totaling approximately 95,000 meters was completed in 2020, with the aim of growing the Le Plaque, Bakatouo, and Daapleu deposits, as well as testing other nearby targets such as Floleu and Samuel.
  • The majority of 2020 drilling was focused on the Le Plaque area to further increase the resource, as announced on July 7, 2020, with further drilling at Le Plaque having been completed in H2-2020. Reconnaissance drilling on near-mill targets such as Verse Ouest, Leach pad and Daapleu SW was also completed.

 

2021 Exploration Program

 

  • An exploration program of $9.0 million is planned for 2021, drilling will focus on adding resources at Le Plaque, Verse Ouest, Daapleu SW, Walter, Bakatouo Deep and Greater Ity. Reconnaissance drilling will also test the South Floleu area and Daapleu deep targets.

 

BOUNGOU MINE

 

Q4 2020 vs Q3 2020 Insights

 

  • Production increased due to a significant increase in processed grade following the restart of mining operations as well as an increase in recovery and throughput.
    • Total tonnes mined increased following the restart and ramp up of mining activities by the newly appointed contractor. Ore was sourced from the high grade West pit.
    • Tonnes milled increased due to a number of de-bottlenecking enhancements between the SAG mill, pebble crusher and vertical tower mill and focus on blast fragmentation following the restart of mining.
    • Processed grade increased as a result of access to higher grade ore mined from the West Pit.
    • Gold recovery rate slightly increased to 96%.
  • AISC decreased to approximately $530/oz due to the higher grade and recovery associated with the ore sourced from the West pit, and the doubling of volumes sold, which offset the increased G&A unit costs and higher sustaining capital and royalties.
    • Open pit mining unit cost decreased due to higher tonnes mined. Mining activities were ramped up over the last quarter with the successful mobilization of the mining contractor in Q4-2020.
    • Processing unit costs remained flat despite higher overall throughput due to seven day mill shutdowns for re-lining of the SAG and Vertical Tower Mills.
    • Sustaining capital increased due to planned site infrastructure upgrade.
  • Non-sustaining capital increased from $0.8 million to $1.1 million related to the construction of the air strip.

 

2020 Performance vs Guidance

 

  • Consolidated 2020 production (which represents the period commencing on July 1, 2020) amounted to 94koz at AISC of $609/oz.
  • FY-2020 Pro Forma production totaled 155koz, beating the upper end of the guided 130-150koz as a result of the better than expected performance in Q4-2020 due to the faster than scheduled restart and ramp-up of mining activities.
  • FY-2020 Pro Forma AISC amounted to $618/oz, below the lower end of the guided $680-725/oz range as a result of the strong production described above.

 

 

Table 24: Boungou Quarterly Performance Indicators

 

For The Quarter Ended Q4-2020 Q3-2020
Tonnes ore mined, kt 335 124
Total tonnes mined, kt 2,240 294
Strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 5.69 1.38
Tonnes milled, kt 333 308
Grade, g/t 6.92 3.15
Recovery rate, % 96 95
PRODUCTION, KOZ 64 30
Total cash cost/oz 513 737
AISC/OZ 532 752

 

Table 25: Boungou Pro Forma Yearly Performance Indicators

 

For The Year FY-2020
Tonnes ore mined, kt 459
Total tonnes mined, kt 2,534
Strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 4.53
Tonnes milled, kt 1,111
Grade, g/t 4.79
Recovery rate, % 95
PRODUCTION, KOZ 155
Total cash cost/oz 602
AISC/OZ 618

 

2021 Outlook

 

  • Boungou is expected to produce between 180 – 200koz in 2021 at AISC of $690-740/oz.
  • Mining activity is expected to focus on the West pit with the strip ratio increasing significantly to approximate the LOM average for the deposit, as mining activities ramp up following the commissioning of two large excavators and additional production drills early in the year resulting in a higher strip ratio during the first half of the year.
  • Mill throughput is expected to be similar to the 2020 run-rate while recovery rates are expected to be slightly lower; both are expected to be relatively stable throughout the year. The process grade is expected to vary over the course of the year in line with the waste stripping sequence.
  • Sustaining capital expenditure is expected to increase from $2.4 million pro forma in 2020 to approximately $19.0 million in 2021 due to increased capitalized waste development and infrastructure development around existing mining areas.
  • Non-sustaining capital expenditure is expected to increase from $3.2 million pro forma in 2020 to approximately $22.0 million in 2021, which relates primarily to waste stripping and infrastructure upgrades.

 

2020 Exploration Program

  • Endeavour spent a total of $1 million following the integration of Boungou. Exploration activities resumed in Q4-2020 with a total of 4,000 meters of reverse circulation drilled to test for high grade pockets in the future high wall between the East and West Open pit designs.

 

2021 Exploration Program

  • An exploration program of up to $7 million, totaling approximately 85,000 meters of diamond, RC percussion and auger drilling, has been planned for 2021, with the aim of identifying new near-mine resources.

 

MANA MINE

 

Q4 2020 vs Q3 2020 Insights

 

  • Production slightly increased due to increased plant throughput, which was offset by marginal decreases in plant recovery rates and processed grade.
    • Total open pit tonnes mined increased as mining activities at the Wona South stage 2 & 3 focused on waste stripping in order to provide access to ore in 2021. Open pit ore was mainly sourced from the Wona North stage 3 pit.
    • The underground operations continued to deliver a strong performance with a higher proportion of ore mined from stopes.
    • Tonnes milled increased due to increased availability following planned relines in Q3.
    • The average processed grade decreased slightly following the completion of the Siou Pit mine with lower average open pit grades mined in Wona.
    • Recovery rates decreased due to lower recovery rates associated with ore from the Wona North stage 3 pit.
  • The AISC decreased due to lower open pit mining unit costs, inrcreased underground tonnes mined from production stopes as opposed to development stopes and lower sustaining capital spend which were partially offset by higher processing, G&A and underground mining unit costs.
    • Open pit mining unit costs decreased due to the higher volume mined.
    • Underground mining cost per tonne mined increased as a result of higher stoping costs with the focus on ore extraction instead of development.
    • Processing unit costs increased due to the high proportion of fresh ore blend which required more grinding media, supplemented with low grade oxide from the stockpile.
    • Sustaining capital was related to underground decline and access development.
  • Non-sustaining capital increased from $10.0 million to $17.6 million due to the commencement of pre-stripping at the Wona pit.

 

2020 Performance vs Guidance

  • Consolidated 2020 production (which represents the period commencing on July 1, 2020) amounted to 121koz at AISC of $854/oz.
  • FY-2020 Pro Forma production totaled 219koz, beating the upper end of the guided 185-205koz, due to the strong performance from the underground operation.
  • FY-2020 Pro Forma AISC amounted to $867/oz, well below the guided $1,050-1,120/oz range, despite higher royalty costs, as a result of a higher proportion of production from the underground operation and lower than guided sustaining capex.

 

 

Table 26: Mana Quarterly Performance Indicators

 

For The Quarter Ended Q4-2020 Q3-2020
OP tonnes ore mined, kt 435 465
OP total tonnes mined, kt 9,227 6,416
OP strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 20.21 12.80
UG tonnes ore mined, kt 215 197
Tonnes milled, kt 629 593
Grade, g/t 3.33 3.43
Recovery rate, % 90 95
PRODUCTION, KOZ 61 60
Total cash cost/oz 740 711
AISC/OZ 802 896

 

 

Table 27: Mana Pro Forma Yearly Performance Indicators

 

For The Year FY-2020
OP tonnes ore mined, kt 1,502
OP total tonnes mined, kt 24,502
OP strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 15.32
UG tonnes ore mined, kt 714
Tonnes milled, kt 2,433
Grade, g/t 3.02
Recovery rate, % 93
PRODUCTION, KOZ 219
Total cash cost/oz 694
AISC/OZ 867

 

2021 Outlook

 

  • Mana is expected to produce between 170-190koz in 2021 at AISC of $975-1,050/oz.
  • Open pit mining activity is expected to focus on waste development at the Wona pit following the completion of mining at Siou pit in 2020, resulting in a higher strip ratio compared to the prior year. Underground ore extraction is expected to remain fairly constant throughout the year while grades are expected to increase steadily.
  • Ore tonnes processed and recovery rates are expected to remain fairly constant throughout the year, albeit at slightly lower levels than the prior year due to the ore blend. The average processed grade is also expected to be lower than the previous year, due to lower open pit grades, with grades expected to be higher in Q4-2021 due to higher underground grades.
  • Sustaining capital expenditure is expected to 37.1 approximately $27.0 million in 2021, with costs in 2021 consisting primarily of underground development and open pit equipment re-builds.
  • Non-sustaining capital expenditure is expected to increase from $27.9 million in 2020 to approximately $62.0 million in 2021, related mainly to open pit waste development at Wona, TSF wall raise and other infrastructure projects

 

2020 Exploration Program

  • Endeavour spent a total of $3 million following the integration of Mana. During the full year, a total of 28,500 meters were drilled to follow up on resource expansion and targets identified by geological review.
    • Drilling focused on the Kona open pit to evaluate the northeast extension of the Wona Kona Shear, the northeast extension of the Siou and Zone 9 shears. Further drilling was completed on the Bana permit to test geologic models for mineralization at the Kana and Kokoi West targets, where assay results are pending.
    • Infill drilling at the southern end of the Siou underground was focused on the Inferred material and to evaluate the northeast continuations of oxide mineralization at both the Kona and Siou open pits.

 

2021 Exploration Program

  • An exploration program of up to $8.0 million is planned for 2021, comprised of 44,000 meters of drilling, to focus on mine lease targets including Kona, Siou and Maoula and proximal mine lease targets including Fofina Sud.

 

KARMA MINE

 

Q4 2020 vs Q3 2020 Insights

 

  • Production increased due to increased stacking and a higher processed grade despite a slight decrease in recovery rates.
    • Tonnes of ore mined increased following the end of the wet season and the completion of the stripping campaign at Kao North and GG1 pits in Q3-2020.
    • Tonnes of ore stacked increased following the end of the rainy season.
    • Processed grades increased as a result of higher grade ore from Kao North pit and West Pit which were partially offset by lower grade stockpiles used to supplement the plant feed.
    • Recovery rates decreased slightly as a result of the higher proportion of fresh ore.
  • The AISC increased, despite increased production, mainly due to the higher cost associated with the drawdown of gold in circuit and increased mining unit cost, the decrease was partially offset by a slight decrease in sustaining capital.
    • Mining unit costs increased due to increased production grade control activities to delineate the ore zones better. This is expected to have a favorable impact in Q1-2021.
    • Processing unit costs decreased due to higher tonnes stacked as well as lower use of cyanide associated with the larger proportion of GG1 ore stacked.
    • Sustaining capital costs decreased due to lower capitalized waste at the Kao North pit.
  • Non-sustaining capital spend increased from $1.7 million to $2.8 million due to additional costs related to infrastructure upgrades.

 

FY-2020 vs FY-2019 Insights

  • Production slightly increased due to higher tonnes stacked resulting from the completion of the upgrades to the stacking system during Q4-2019, this increase was partially offset by lower grades and a slightly lower gold recovery rate.
  • AISC increased as a result of higher sustaining capital due to waste removal at Kao North and GG1 pits, mining and processing an increased proportion of fresh material (which resulted in higher unit costs), higher royalties and lower ounces sold.

 

2020 Performance vs Guidance

  • FY-2020 production totaled 98koz at AISC of $1,007/oz.
  • This performance is in line with the revised outlook provided in Q3-2020, which stated that production was expected to finish slightly below the lower end of the 100-110koz guided range while AISC was expected to achieve the mid-range of the FY-2020 guidance of $980-1,050/oz, despite higher royalty costs.

 

 

Table 28: Karma Quarterly Performance Indicators

 

For The Quarter Ended Q4-2020 Q3-2020 Q4-2019
Tonnes ore mined, kt 1,253 1,011 907
Total tonnes mined, kt 5,012 4,392 4,648
Strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 3.00 3.35 4.13
Tonnes stacked, kt 1,327 1,192 1,134
Grade, g/t 0.78 0.76 0.96
Recovery rate, % 72 72 84
PRODUCTION, KOZ 28 22 27
Total cash cost/oz 1,103 1,007 749
AISC/OZ 1,132 1,073 755

 

Table 29: Karma Yearly Performance Indicators

 

For The Year FY-2020 FY-2019
Tonnes ore mined, kt 4,781 3,745
Total tonnes mined, kt 19,158 19,435
Strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 3.01 4.19
Tonnes milled, kt 4,871 4,196
Grade, g/t 0.84 0.91
Recovery rate, % 77 82
PRODUCTION, KOZ 98 97
Total cash cost/oz 956 872
AISC/OZ 1,007 903

 

2021 Outlook

 

  • Karma is expected to produce between 80-90koz in 2021 at AISC of $1,220-1,300/oz.
  • Mining activity is expected to occur at the Kao North and GG1 pits throughout the year. The overall strip ratio is expected to increase slightly over the prior year.
  • Ore tonnes stacked and gold recovery rate are expected to decrease slightly over the previous year due to the lower recovery characteristics of the ore from GG1 pit, whilst grades are expected to remain constant year on year. Production is expected to be higher in the second half of the year due to higher grades and gold recovery rate from Kao North.
  • Sustaining capital expenditure is expected to increase from $5.0 million in 2020 to approximately $11.0 million in 2021, comprised almost entirely of waste extraction.
  • Non-sustaining capital expenditure is expected to decrease from $10.4 million in 2020 to approximately $5.0 million in 2021, mainly for the construction of new cells within the heap leach pad.

 

2020 Exploration Program

  • An exploration program of $1 million, totaling 61,500 meters of RC drilling was completed in 2020, to infill drill and test extensions a number of near mine targets including Kao Main, GG1, Kao North, Rambo West and Nami. Drilling defined a southern continuation of the Kao North East deposit, 200 meters outside of the mining permit.

 

2021 Exploration Program

  • Early in 2021, the 2020 exploration program results for Kao and other targets will be further interpreted. No material drilling is planned for 2021.

 

SABODALA-MASSAWA MINE

 

2021 Outlook

  • Starting from the date of the Sabodala-Massawa acquisition by Endeavour, which closed on February 10, 2021, the mine is expected to produce between 310-330koz at an AISC of $690 – $740/oz compared to production of 229koz at an AISC of circa $885/oz for FY-2020.
  • Ore mined is expected to be higher than in 2020 due to increased availability of the mobile equipment fleet for mining in 2021, as compared to 2020, when a portion of the fleet was used for the construction of the Massawa haul road. The two Sofia pits, Sofia Main and Sofia North, on the Massawa mining permit will contribute close to 85% of the ore mined in 2021.
  • Plant throughput and recovery rates are expected to decrease slightly from the 4.1Mt and 89% achieved in 2020, due to an increased proportion of fresh ore from the Sofia pits. Mill feed will be comprised of approximately 30% oxide and 70% fresh material. Head grade is expected to materially increase in H2-2021 with higher grades mined at the Sofia pits. Throughout the year, the Phase 1 upgrades will assist in de-bottlenecking the back-end of the plant, as described in the section below.
  • Sustaining capital expenditures are expected to amount to $35 million, mainly related to replacement of mobile equipment, a portion of which was deferred from 2020, an additional tailings storage facility (“TSF”) lift, and waste capitalization. Non-sustaining capital expenditure is expected to amount to $47 million, primarily to complete relocation activities of the Sabodala village. Other non-sustaining capital relates to new haul road and infrastructure developments at the Massawa permit mining areas. Growth capital expenditure is expected to amount to approximately $25 million, with $20 million allocated to Phase 1 upgrades and $5 million for the Phase 2 DFS, as outlined below.

 

Plant Expansion

  • The Massawa deposit is being integrated into the Sabodala mine through a two-phased approach, as outlined in the 2020 PFS.
  • Phase 1 of the expansion will facilitate processing of an increased proportion of high grade, free-milling Massawa ore through the Sabodala processing plant, which will avoid bottlenecks and prevent gold loss to tailings. The addition of the Massawa ore will increase the average processing head grade from 1.5 g/t, up to a peak head grade of 2.8 g/t, while maintaining milling capacity at the current 4.0 – 4.2Mtpa level. The plant upgrades are expected to increase the Sabodala-Massawa gold production by up to 90kozpa.
  • Phase 2 of the expansion will add an additional processing circuit to process the high grade refractory ore from the Massawa deposit, through the addition of a new refractory ore plant. A DFS for Phase 2 is underway and due for completion in Q4-2021.

 

2020 Exploration Program

  • Over 36,000 meters were drilled in 2020 with activity planned to ramp up significantly in 2021, specifically on the Massawa deposits, which represents Endeavour’s largest single project exploration spend.

 

2021 Exploration Program

  • In 2021, a $13 million exploration program is planned to define new resources on near-mine targets at Sabodala-Massawa, including CZ, Sofia, Samina, Tina and Niakafiri, and to evaluate the potential of other near-mine and regional exploration targets.
  • Drilling will be concentrated on the Sofia North deposit and the satellite deposits Samina, Tina and Delya. At Sofia North, drilling will be directed towards extending the non-refractory ore resources. Samina, Tina and Delya have had limited shallow drilling to date and show potential for additional mineralization at depth. Initial drill results at Samina demonstrate possible oxide mineralization at depth, which will be tested during 2021. Tina is a target where some reconnaissance drilling has been conducted.
  • A number of other prospects, located within the structural corridor between the Sabodala Sofia Shear Zone and the Main Transcurrent Shear Zone, will also be explored.

 

WAHGNION MINE

 

2021 Outlook

  • From the date of Wahgnion’s acquisition by Endeavour, which closed on February 10, 2021, the mine is expected to produce between 140 – 155koz at an AISC of $940 – 990/oz, compared to a production of 175koz at AISC of circa $898/oz for FY-2020.
  • In 2021, total tonnes mined will remain in line with the strong performance seen in 2020, as the supplemental mining contractors will be retained to meet the continued above nameplate throughput. Mining activity is expected to focus on the Nogbele North and South pits, supplemented with ore from the Fourkoura pits, which commenced mining operations at the start of 2021.
  • Plant throughput and gold recovery rate are expected to decrease slightly in 2021, compared to the 3.6Mt and 95% achieved in 2020, due to greater volumes of fresh ore. Mill feed is expected to be composed of a higher proportion of fresh ore, resulting in an even split between oxide ore and fresh ore.
  • Sustaining capital of $14 million is planned for 2021, mainly related to waste capitalization and a number of small-scale mining and processing upgrades and infrastructure improvements. Non-sustaining capital expenditures of $26 million relate to construction of a second TSF cell, which significantly increases the overall TSF capacity, additional mining fleet and the construction of an airstrip.

 

2021 Exploration Program

  • The 2021 exploration program, with a budget of $12 million, will focus on the Nogbele, Nogbele North and Nogbele South deposits, targeting the down dip continuation of mineralized structures between the Nogbele pits. Additionally, the north-northeast continuation of the Fourkoura deposit and the Hillside target will be tested for extensions. On the exploration permits, efforts will be focused on various attractive targets such as Kafina West and Korindougou.

 

AGBAOU MINE (SOLD 1 MARCH 2021)

 

Agbaou Sale Insights

  • On March 1, 2021, Endeavour completed the sale of its interest in the non-core Agbaou mine in Côte d’Ivoire to Allied Gold Corp (“Allied Gold”) for a consideration of up to $80 million with further upside through equity exposure in Allied Gold and a Net Smelter Return royalty.

 

Q4 2020 vs Q3 2020 Insights

  • Production increased due to a higher throughput rate and higher processed grade despite a slight decrease in recovery rates.
    • Tonnes of ore mined decreased as mining focused on the deeper elevation of the North Pit and South Pit with greater volumes of fresh material mined.
    • Tonnes milled increased due to increased mill throughput rates following the end of the rainy season.
    • Processed grades increased as a result of higher grade ore from North Pit and West Pit which were partially offset by lower grade stockpiles used to supplement the plant feed.
    • Recovery rates decreased slightly as a result of the higher proportion of fresh ore.
  • The AISC decreased due to the lower sustaining capital and higher volume of gold sales which more than offset higher mining, processing and G&A unit costs.

 

FY-2020 vs FY-2019 Insights

  • As guided, production decreased due to lower grades and a slightly lower gold recovery rate.
  • AISC increased as a result of mining and processing an increased proportion of fresh material (which resulted in higher unit costs), higher royalties and lower ounces sold, which were partially offset by lower sustaining capital spend.

 

2020 Performance vs Guidance

  • Production totaled 105koz at AISC of $1,027/oz.
  • Production finished below the 2020 production guidance of 115-125koz due to lower than expected higher grade material mined and processed in Q4-2020 due to lower excavator availabilities.
  • AISC finished above the guidance range of $940—$990/oz due to greater volumes of fresh ore mined and processed in Q4-2020 as well as higher royalties associated with the increased realized gold price.

 

 

Table 30: Agbaou Quarterly Performance Indicators

 

For The Quarter Ended Q4-2020 Q3-2020 Q4-2019
Tonnes ore mined, kt 433 527 580
Total tonnes mined, kt 4,383 6,095 6,341
Strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 9.13 10.56 9.94
Tonnes milled, kt 691 641 662
Grade, g/t 1.37 1.29 1.55
Recovery rate, % 93 94 96
PRODUCTION, KOZ 28 25 35
Total cash cost/oz 1,001 985 760
AISC/OZ 1,066 1,139 846

 

 

Table 31: Agbaou Yearly Performance Indicators

 

For The Year FY-2020 FY-2019
Tonnes ore mined, kt 2,376 2,183
Total tonnes mined, kt 22,159 25,349
Strip ratio (incl. waste cap) 8.33 10.60
Tonnes milled, kt 2,739 2,699
Grade, g/t 1.28 1.62
Recovery rate, % 94 95
PRODUCTION, KOZ 105 138
Total cash cost/oz 908 677
AISC/OZ 1,027 796

 

2021 Outlook

  • During January-February 2021, Agbaou is expected to produce between 15-20koz at AISC of $1,050-1,125/oz.

 

PROJECTS UPDATE

  • On February 23, 2021, Endeavour published positive Pre-Feasibility Study results for both its Fetekro and Kalana projects as part of its focus on organic growth opportunities, with results summarized in the table below.

 

Table 32: PFS Summary

 

  FETEKRO KALANA
LIFE OF MINE PRODUCTION    
Mine life, years 9.5 11
Strip ratio, W:O 10.3 6.7
Tonnes processed, Mt 32 36
Grade processed, Au g/t 2.0 1.6
Gold contained processed, Moz 2.1 1.8
Average recovery rate, % 95 90
Gold production, Moz 2.0 1.7
Average annual production, kozpa 209 150
Cash costs, $/oz 684 785
AISC, $/oz1 838 901
AVERAGE FOR YEARS 1 TO 5    
Production, kozpa 220 186
Cash costs, $/oz 751 589
AISC, $/oz1 916 679
CAPITAL COST    
Upfront capital cost, $m 338 297
ENVIRONMENTAL DATA    
GHG Emissions Intensity2, t CO2e/oz 0.36 0.30
Energy Intensity, GJ/oz 6.99 7.65
  1Based on a gold price of $1,500/oz. 2GHG Emissions Intensity calculated as Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

 

 

Table 33: Project Economics

 

  FEKETRO   KALANA
Gold Price $1,350/oz $1,500/oz $1,650/oz $1,800/oz   $1,350/oz $1,500/oz $1,650/oz $1,800/oz
PRE-TAX                  
NPV5%, $m 439 663 862 1,083   310 498 687 875
IRR, % 28 38 46 55   44 59 74 88
Payback years1 3.3 2.6 2.2 1.9   1.4 1.1 0.9 0.8
AFTER-TAX                  
NPV5%, $m 308 479 630 799   204 331 458 584
IRR, % 24 33 40 49   36 49 62 74
Payback years1 3.4 2.7 2.3 2.0   1.5 1.1 0.9 0.8
1Payback period calculated starting from start of commercial production
  • Definitive Feasibility Studies (“DFS”) are underway at both Fetekro and Kalana, with completion expected by the end of Q4-2021 and Q1-2022 respectively.

 

EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES

  • The 2020 consolidated exploration spend amounted to $65 million, totaling approximately 271,500 meters of drilling, with most of this completed in H1-2020 ahead of the rainy season. The main areas of focus were Houndé and Ity near-mine exploration, aimed at extending their mine lives to beyond 10 years, Fetekro with the aim of adding optionality to Endeavour’s project pipeline, and on greenfield exploration properties. Details by asset are provided in the mine sections above.
  • As detailed in the table below, exploration will continue to be a strong focus in 2021 with a budget of $70 – $90 million. Strong efforts are expected to be focussed on the newly acquired mines with the aim of extending their lives. In addition, significant efforts will also focus on greenfield and development properties such as Fetekro, Afema, Kalana, Bantou, Siguiri and other earlier stage tenements.

 

 

Table 34: Consolidated Exploration Expenditures

 

(All amounts in US$m) FY-2020 2021 GUIDANCE
Sabodala-Massawa n.a. ~13
Wahgnion n.a. ~12
Ity 16 ~9
Mana 3 ~8
Houndé 17 ~7
Boungou 1 ~7
Karma 1 ~0
MINE SUBTOTAL 37 ~56
Greenfield and development projects 28 ~14 – 34
TOTAL 65 $70 – 90
Amounts include expensed, sustaining, and non-sustaining exploration expenditures. Amounts may differ from MD&A due to rounding.

GROUP RESERVES AND RESOURCES

  • Proven and Probable reserves amounted to 18.0Moz at year-end 2020, up 128% over the previous year, net of mine depletion, due to the additions of the recently acquired Sabodala-Massawa, Wahgnion, Mana and Boungou mines, additions at Houndé and maiden reserves at Fetekro which were partially offset with the sale of the Agbaou mine and slight decreases at Ity and Kalana.
  • Measured and Indicated (“M&I”) resources amounted to 28.4Moz at year-end 2020, up 93% over the previous year, net of mine depletion, due to the addition the recently acquired assets and additions at Houndé and Fetekro which were partially offset by the sale of the Agabou mine and decreases at Kalana, Karma, and Ity.

 

 

Table 35: Reserve and Resource Evolution

 

In Moz on a 100% basis Dec. 31, 2020 Dec. 31, 2019 Δ 2020 vs 2019
P&P Reserves 18.0 7.9 +10.1 +128%
M&I Resources (inclusive of Reserves) 28.4 14.7 +13.7 +93%
Inferred Resources 8.6 2.3 +6.3 +274%
Notes available in Appendix 3 for the 2020 Mineral Reserves and Resources. For 2019 Reserves and Resource notes, please read the press release dated March 9, 2020 available on the Company’s website
  • Mine reserve and resource estimates were updated to factor in mine depletion, exploration success, and updated unit costs, recovery rate, geological and geotechnical assumptions, while maintaining conservative gold price assumptions, as summarized in the below table.

 

 

Table 36: Resource and Reserve Gold Price Evolution for Mines

 

Au price $/oz BOUNGOU HOUNDÉ ITY KARMA MANA SABODALA-MASSAWA WAHGNION
2020 Reserves 1,300 1,300 1,300 1,300 UG at 1,300
OP at 1,500
1,300 1,300
2019 Reserves 1,200 1,300 1,300 1,350 1,200 OP at 1,250 UG at 1,200 1,250
               
2020 Resources 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500 UG at 1,500
OP at 1,700
1,500 1,500
2019 Resources 1,400 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,400 1,450 1,500

 

 

  • Detailed year-over-year reserve and resource variances are available in Appendix 3, with further insights below:
    • For Houndé, P&P reserves increased from 32.6Mt at 2.06 g/t containing 2.16Moz to 46.3Mt at 1.74 g/t containing 2.58Moz mainly due to the inclusion of the reserves at Kari West and Kari Centre which more than offset the mine depletion. M&I resource increased from 60.4Mt at 2.01 g/t containing 3.89Moz to 82.0Mt at 1.74 g/t containing 4.58Moz mainly due to the inclusion the newly acquired Golden Hill property (which is within trucking distance of the Houndé plant) and successful resource delineation in the Kari area and in proximity to Vindaloo.
    • For Ity, P&P reserves decreased slightly from 62.1Mt at 1.57 g/t containing 3.14Moz to 53.9Mt at 1.58 g/t containing 2.75Moz mainly due to mine depletion and updated parameters which were partially offset by an increase for the Le Plaque deposit. Likewise the M&I resources decreased slightly from 78.4Mt at 1.53 g/t containing 3.85Moz to 77.1Mt at 1.52 g/t containing 3.76Moz.
    • For Karma, P&P reserves decreased from 9.2Mt at 0.99 g/t containing 0.29Moz to 5.5Mt at 0.90 g/t containing 0.16Moz mainly due to mine depletion. Similarly, M&I resources decreased from 52.6Mt at 1.21 g/t containing 2.04Moz to 48.0Mt at 1.23 g/t containing 1.90Moz.
    • For Mana, P&P reserves slightly increased from 15.0Mt at 2.91 g/t containing 1.41Moz to 14.2Mt at 3.10 g/t containing 1.42Moz, mainly due to conversion of resources to reserves at the Wona deposit, which more than offset mine depletion. M&I resources decreased from 57.8Mt at 2.23 g/t containing 4.15Moz to 45.2Mt at 2.07 g/t containing 3.01Moz due to a resource model optimization.
    • For Boungou, P&P reserves decreased from 10.3Mt at 3.73 g/t containing 1.23Moz to 8.6Mt at 3.65 g/t containing 1.00Moz mainly due to mine depletion while M&I resources decreased from 16.0Mt at 3.56g/t containing 1.83Moz to 14.4Mt at 3.32 g/t containing 1.54Moz.
    • For Sabodala-Massawa P&P reserves decreased slightly from 75.8Mt at 1.98 g/t containing 4.82Moz to 77.4Mt at 1.93 g/t containing 4.80Moz due to depletion. M&I resources decreased slightly from 104.8Mt at 2.05 g/t containing 6.90Moz to 102.1Mt at 2.02 g/t containing 6.64Moz due to mining depletion which was slightly offset by a cutoff grade change.
    • For Wahgnion P&P reserves decreased from 30.3Mt at 1.59 g/t containing 1.55Moz to 26.4Mt at 1.61 g/t containing 1.37Moz due to depletion, similarly M&I resources decreased from 49.6Mt at 1.49g/t containing 2.37Moz to 44.2Mt at 1.51 g/t containing 2.15Moz.

 

QUALIFIED PERSONS

 

Clinton Bennett, Endeavour’s VP Metallurgy and Process Improvement – a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, is a “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and has reviewed and approved the technical information in this news release.

 

ABOUT ENDEAVOUR MINING CORPORATION

 

Endeavour Mining is one of the world’s senior gold producers and the largest in West Africa, with operating assets across Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso and a strong portfolio of advanced development projects and exploration assets in the highly prospective Birimian Greenstone Belt across West Africa.

 

A member of the World Gold Council, Endeavour is committed to the principles of responsible mining and delivering sustainable value to its employees, stakeholders and the communities where it operates. Endeavour is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under the symbol EDV and will be seeking a secondary listing as a Premium issuer on the London Stock Exchange during Q2-2021.

 

Posted March 18, 2021

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