Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM) (OTCQX: TPRFF) announced today the release of its unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying management’s discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019. All financial figures contained herein are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.
Lombardo Paredes, Chief Executive Officer of Gran Colombia, commenting on the Company’s latest results, said, “We are pleased with our second quarter 2019 operating and financial results. We have now raised our production guidance for the year and we are on track to meet this year’s cost guidance. For the first half of this year, our revenue was up 16%, our adjusted EBITDA was up 27%, our operating cash flow up in gold prices, well above the average for the first half of this year, our second half earnings, cash flows and cash balance are poised to benefit from our leverage to gold prices. We’ve continued to improve our liquidity in the second quarter, bolstering our mid-year cash position to $51.3 million, including the net proceeds of the Convertible Debentures financing completed in April. The recently announced high-grade results from our drilling program at Segovia in the first half of 2019, and the work we are doing to identify and prioritize step out and brownfield drilling targets, increase our confidence in the potential to add mineral reserves and extend mine life at our flagship operation.”
Second Quarter and First Half 2019 Highlights
|Selected Financial Information
|Second Quarter||First Half|
|Gold produced (ounces)||57,882||52,906||118,483||105,578|
|Gold sold (ounces)||59,368||53,051||118,413||102,661|
|Average realized gold price ($/oz sold)||1,293||1,286||1,296||1,290|
|Total cash costs ($/oz sold) (1)||655||696||638||683|
|AISC ($/oz sold) (1)||878||930||855||925|
|All-in costs ($/oz sold) (1)||903||937||873||929|
|Financial data ($000’s, except per share amounts)|
|Adjusted EBITDA (1)||33,198||26,506||68,473||53,949|
|Net income (loss)||768||(30,742||)||8,671||(25,390||)|
|Per share – basic||0.02||(1.09||)||0.18||(1.02||)|
|Per share – diluted||0.02||(1.09||)||0.18||(1.02||)|
|Adjusted net income (1)||14,036||8,205||26,969||18,051|
|Per share – basic||0.29||0.29||0.56||0.72|
|Per share – diluted||0.25||0.13||0.49||0.25|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||18,231||22,922||38,049||35,649|
|Free cash flow (1)||7,751||13,866||19,028||18,396|
|Balance sheet ($000’s):|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||51,317||$||35,645|
|Gold Trust Account (2)||5,178||3,210|
|Gold Notes, including current portion – principal amount outstanding (3)||78,500||88,250|
|(1)||Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” in the Company’s MD&A.|
|(2)||Represents physical gold deposited by the Company into a trust account to be used to fund the next quarterly amortizing payment of the Gold Notes. At June 30, 2019, there were 3,900 ounces accumulated in the Gold Trust Account (December 31, 2018 – 2,600 ounces).|
|(3)||The Gold Notes are recorded in the Financial Statements at fair value. At June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the carrying amount of the Gold Notes outstanding was $74.9 million and $74.1 million, respectively.|
The Segovia Operations produced a total of 51,625 ounces in the second quarter of 2019, up 10% over the second quarter of 2018. The Company processed an average of 1,173 tpd at its Segovia Operations in the second quarter of 2019, up 16% compared with the second quarter last year. After receiving a boost from a high-grade area at the Providencia mine in the first quarter this year, Segovia’s overall head grade returned to an average of 16.8 g/t in the second quarter of 2019 compared with 17.3 g/t in the second quarter last year. For the first half of 2019, the Segovia Operations produced a total of 106,011 ounces of gold, up 13% over the first half last year. Overall, the Company processed an average of 1,143 tpd in the first half of 2019, up 18% over the first half last year, at an average head grade of 17.8 g/t, up from 16.7 g/t in the first half last year. In July 2019, the Segovia Operations produced a total of 16,100 ounces of gold, slightly lower than June as a result of a scheduled three-day shutdown of the Maria Dama processing plant for maintenance. This brings Segovia’s trailing 12-months’ total gold production at the end of July 2019 to 204,454 ounces, up 6% over 2018’s annual production. The Company has raised its 2019 annual production guidance for Segovia to a range between 201,000 and 214,000 ounces of gold.
Segovia’s total cash costs returned to a more typical level of $600 per ounce in the second quarter of 2019, after reaching a historical low of $570 per ounce in the first quarter of 2019, bringing its average for the first half of 2019 to $585 per ounce, down from $620 per ounce in the first half last year. Segovia’s total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2019 had benefitted from mining some significantly higher-grade material in the Company-operated area of the Providencia mine where the incremental production costs related to the higher grades were much lower than normal.
The Company’s AISC of $855 per ounce for the first half of 2019 included $15.0 million, equivalent to $126 per ounce, of sustaining capital expenditures attributable to the Segovia Operations, the major components of which included (i) $4.6 million for drilling under the Company’s ongoing exploration campaign, (ii) $4.2 million for ongoing mine development, (iii) $3.5 million for the mines including continuation of the ventilation improvements at the El Silencio and Sandra K mines, further infrastructure upgrades at the Providencia mine, and underground equipment and infrastructure improvements at the Sandra K mine, (iv) $1.2 million associated with the expansion of the Maria Dama plant to 1,500 tpd and costs associated with the new filter press, (v) $1.0 million for costs related to the ongoing construction activities at the new El Chocho tailings storage facility, and (vi) $0.5 million associated with upgrading of the Segovia site facilities. The Company’s All-in costs of $873 per ounce in the first half of 2019 included $0.3 million, equivalent to $2 per ounce, of non-sustaining capital expenditures related to various studies being carried out to identify and prioritize drilling targets for the expanded step out and brownfield drilling campaign.
At the Marmato Operations, total production for the second quarter of 2019 was 6,257 ounces, up 7% compared with the second quarter of 2018. For the first half of 2019, Marmato produced a total of 12,472 ounces of gold, up 4% over the first half last year. In July 2019, Marmato produced 2,066 ounces of gold bringing its trailing 12-months’ total gold production at the end of July 2019 to 25,322 ounces. The Company is maintaining its 2019 annual production guidance for the Marmato operations of between 24,000 and 26,000 ounces of gold.
Total cash costs per ounce at Marmato decreased to $1,090 per ounce in the second quarter of 2019 bringing its average for the first half of 2019 to $1,107 per ounce, down from an average of $1,176 per ounce in the first half last year.
The Company’s AISC of $855 per ounce for the first half of 2019 included $0.8 million, equivalent to $7 per ounce, primarily related to mine infrastructure and mill improvements. The Company’s All-in costs of $873 per ounce in the first half of 2019 included $1.8 million, equivalent to $16 per ounce, at the Marmato Project in connection with the completion of the 2018 drilling campaign in mid-March and subsequent commencement of the 2019 drilling campaign as the Company continues its evaluation of the underground expansion of the Marmato mining operations to incorporate the Deep mineralization in a PEA expected to be completed in the second half of 2019.
Through the first seven months of 2019, the Company has produced a total of 136,649 ounces of gold and its trailing 12-months’ total gold production at the end of July 2019 stands at 229,776 ounces. In light of the first half 2019 production results, the Company raised its gold production guidance for 2019 in July to a range of between 225,000 and 240,000 ounces.
With the higher spot gold price environment thus far in the third quarter, the Company expects that its ongoing operating cash flow and its cash position, which stood at $51.3 million at June 30, 2019, will be more than sufficient to fund its ongoing exploration and capital investment programs in the second half of this year and to meet its debt service obligations as they come due.
The Company’s 20,000 meters drilling campaign planned for its Segovia Operations in 2019 is progressing well with assay results from 10,783 meters of infill drilling at the three core mines and the first 2,257 meters of kick-off holes in the deep zone at El Silencio reported in August 2019. In addition, approximately 3,400 meters of mother holes were completed in the first half of 2019 to facilitate the El Silencio deep zone drilling campaign. There are still about 4,400 meters of kick-off holes remaining to be drilled from the planned deep zone program in the second half of this year. In addition, the Company has added another 3,400 meters of infill drilling at Providencia to be completed by the end of the year to ensure that the 2019 production is replaced and to add new mineral reserves and another approximately 4,000 meters at Sandra K to extend down-plunge the ore shoots located to the north of the main one. Using the net proceeds from the Private Placement, the Company expects to further expand its drilling campaign, over and above what is already planned, later in the second half of this year following completion of technical and other studies currently in process to identify and prioritize step out and brownfield targets in its Segovia mining title.
Capital investment in 2019 at the Segovia Operations, expected to total approximately $30 million (excluding exploration) in 2019, is continuing to focus on ongoing mine development at the Providencia, El Silencio and Sandra K mines, along with ongoing investments in mine infrastructure upgrades, ventilation, health, safety and environmental initiatives, mine equipment and further expansion of the El Chocho tailings storage facility, including commissioning of a filter press. Sustaining capital expenditures at the Marmato mine and processing plant in 2019 are expected to be about $1.5 million.
The Company is advancing its evaluation of the underground mine expansion opportunity at Marmato toward the completion of a PEA later this year. Through the first half of 2019, the Company has completed approximately 7,300 meters of a planned 8,000 meters drilling program to extend the Deeps Zone further along strike and to test the high-grade core of the Deeps Zone up to 600m asl. As the initial drilling results to date have shown the down-plunge continuity of the high-grade core, the Company is planning to increase its planned spending at the Marmato Project to about $4 million in 2019, adding approximately 9,000 meters in the second half of 2019 for an infill drilling program above 550m asl aimed to increase the confidence in the mineralized material to the level of reserves in preparation for the prefeasibility study to be completed in 2020.
The Company’s total cash costs in the first half of 2019 of $638 per ounce sold was better than expected, benefitting from increased gold production at the Segovia Operations. For the full year, the Company is now expecting that total cash costs for the full year will average less than 2018’s total cash costs of $680 per ounce sold. The Company also expects that with its planned capital investment program in 2019, including the ongoing exploration activities at Segovia and Marmato, its AISC for the full year will remain below $925 per ounce and its All-in costs will remain below $950 per ounce.
About Gran Colombia Gold Corp.
Gran Colombia is a Canadian-based mid-tier gold producer with its primary focus in Colombia where it is currently the largest underground gold and silver producer with several mines in operation at its Segovia and Marmato Operations. Gran Colombia is continuing to focus on exploration, expansion and modernization activities at its high-grade Segovia Operations.
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