Great Panther Mining Limited (TSX: GPR) (NYSE-A: GPL) reports consolidated financial results for the year ended December 31, 2020 from its three wholly owned mines: Tucano in Brazil, and Topia and the Guanajuato Mine Complex in Mexico.
“For 2020, Great Panther delivered record mine operating earnings of $84 million ($0.24 per share), significantly strengthening the balance sheet, and successfully added reserves and resources through our result-driven exploration programs,” stated Rob Henderson, President and CEO. “Our teams did a tremendous job of managing the challenges of COVID-19, while reducing consolidated AISC, delivering on guidance, successfully extending the open pit mine life at Tucano, and expanding resources at GMC. With $63 million in cash and the expectation for continued strong cash flow from operations, we are fully funded for our capital programs and our ambitious 2021 exploration programs.”
Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights
FY 2020 Financial Highlights
|1||Throughout this news release and the accompanying MD&A, Great Panther has included the non-GAAP performance measures cost per tonne milled, cash costs per gold oz sold, cash costs per payable silver oz, AISC per gold oz sold excluding corporate G&A expenditures, AISC per gold oz sold, AISC per payable silver oz, free cash-flow, mine operating earnings before non-cash items, cost of sales before non-cash items, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net loss and free-cash flow. Refer to the Non-GAAP Measures section of the Company’s MD&A for an explanation of these measures and reconciliation to the Company’s financial results reported in accordance with IFRS. As these are not standardized measures, they may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures used by others and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.|
FY 2020 Operational Highlights
Summary of Select Financial Results
Record mine operating earnings of $83.9 million for 2020, representing an increase of $77 million, were achieved through successful execution of operational plans and guidance, reduced costs and the benefit of higher average realized gold and silver prices, which increased to $1,785 and $21.28 for 2020 from $1,419 and $16.45 for 2019, respectively. After accounting for G&A and exploration, evaluation and development expenditures, operating earnings for FY 2020 were $57.0 million. Net earnings were break-even after accounting for interest and financing charges and foreign exchange and derivative losses. The latter relates to forward contracts on the Brazilian real entered into in late 2019 and early 2020 to gain better certainty on Brazilian real operating and capital costs at a time of significantly lower gold prices and no further currency hedges have been entered into. The foreign exchange losses are primarily non-cash and relate mainly to the translation of foreign currency-denominated borrowings and net working capital into the BRL functional currency of the Company’s operations in Brazil.
Great Panther has developed and implemented robust COVID-19 prevention, monitoring and response plans following the guidelines of the World Health Organization and the regulatory agencies of each country in which it operates to ensure a safe work environment. These plans include mandatory medical screening and testing on arrival at site, requirements to report infection or contact with those infected, restrictions on international travel and any non-essential domestic travel, alternative work arrangements, hygiene precautions and physical distancing practices, among others. Specific areas have been prepared for the isolation, testing and care of employees showing COVID-19 symptoms. Increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures have been introduced, especially for frequently visited areas. Training campaigns to educate all employees and contractors, their families and local communities on preventive measures and hygiene best practices continue regularly.
Additional information regarding Great Panther’s COVID-19 response plan, preventive measures taken to date and the potential impact on operations are available in the FY 2020 Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”), available on the Company’s website at www.greatpanther.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
|Q4 2020||Q4 2019||Change||2020||20191||Change|
|Total material mined – Tucano (tonnes)||6,605,369||5,857,185||13%||25,483,176||19,343,355||32%|
|Ore mined – Tucano (tonnes)||749,510||715,346||5%||1,858,037||1,876,031||-1%|
|Ore mined – Mexico (tonnes)2||50,868||64,843||-22%||207,864||262,877||-21%|
|Tonnes milled – Tucano||901,854||860,634||5%||3,359,041||2,520,981||33%|
|Tonnes milled – Mexico (excluding custom
|Tonnes milled – consolidated operations
(excluding custom milling)
|Plant gold head grade (g/t) – Tucano||1.23||1.33||-8%||1.28||1.41||-9%|
|Plant head grade (g/t Ag eq) – Mexico2||270||350||-23%||305||347||-12%|
|Gold oz produced – Tucano||32,017||34,181||-6%||125,417||105,561||19%|
|Gold oz produced – consolidated operations||33,703||37,089||-9%||133,031||118,494||12%|
|Au eq oz produced3||36,997||44,697||-17%||150,051||146,853||2%|
|Gold oz sold||33,374||38,992||-14%||132,436||120,056||10%|
|Au eq oz sold3||36,549||45,625||-20%||148,579||145,746||2%|
|Cash costs per gold oz sold4 – Tucano||$||879||$||1,340||-34%||$||849||$||1,118||-24%|
|AISC per gold oz sold4 – Tucano||$||1,171||$||1,681||-30%||$||1,200||$||1,406||-15%|
|Cash costs per gold oz sold4||$||905||$||1,268||-29%||$||833||$||1,071||-22%|
|AISC per gold oz sold, excluding corporate G&A4||$||1,248||$||1,615||-23%||$||1,228||$||1,383||-11%|
|AISC per gold oz sold4||$||1,318||$||1,703||-23%||$||1,328||$||1,484||-11%|
|1||The comparative data presented for the year ended December 31, 2019 is for the period from March 5, 2019 to December 31, 2019, the period for which the Company owned Tucano following the acquisition of Beadell.|
|2||Includes Topia and the GMC.|
|3||Gold equivalent oz are referred to throughout this document. For 2020, Au eq oz were calculated using a 1:90 Au:Ag ratio, and ratios of 1:0. 0006412 and 1:0. 0007554 for the price/oz of gold to price/pound of lead and zinc, respectively, and applied to the relevant metal content of the concentrates produced, expected to be produced, or sold from operations. The ratios are reflective of average metal prices for 2020. Comparatively, Au eq oz for 2019 were calculated using a 1:80 Au:Ag ratio, and ratios of 1:0.000795 and 1:0.00102258 for the price/oz of gold to price/pound of lead and zinc, respectively, and applied to the relevant metal content of the concentrates produced, expected to be produced, or sold from operations. The ratios are reflective of average metal prices for 2019.|
|4||Throughout this news release and the accompanying MD&A, Great Panther has included the non-GAAP performance measures cash costs per gold oz sold, cash costs per payable silver oz, AISC per gold oz sold excluding corporate G&A expenditures, AISC per gold oz sold, AISC per payable silver oz, mine operating earnings before non-cash items, adjusted EBITDA adjusted net income (loss), and free-cash flow throughout this news release and the accompanying Company’s MD&A. Refer to the Non-GAAP Measures section of the Company’s MD&A for an explanation of these measures and reconciliation to the Company’s financial results reported in accordance with IFRS. As these are not standardized measures, they may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures used by others and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.|
|(in thousands, except per oz, per share and
exchange rate figures)
|Q4 2020||Q4 2019||Change||2020||20191||Change|
|Mine operating earnings before non-cash items2||$||32,433||$||8,447||284%||$||124,508||$||41,874||197%|
|Mine operating earnings||$||22,144||$||(5,046)||n/a||$||83,867||$||6,845||1,125%|
|Net income (loss)||$||13,611||$||(28,068)||n/a||$||334||$||(91,022)||n/a|
|Adjusted net income (loss)2||$||6,102||$||(32,403)||n/a||$||22,524||$||(47,260)||n/a|
|Cash flow from operating activities||$||17,972||$||7,785||131%||$||68,889||$||13,787||400%|
|Cash and short-term deposits at end of period||$||63,396||$||36,970||71%||$||63,396||$||36,970||71%|
|Net working capital at end of period||$||31,396||$||12,815||145%||$||31,396||$||12,815||145%|
|Earnings (loss) per share – basic||$||0.04||$||(0.09)||-143%||$||0.00||$||(0.33)||-100%|
|Earnings (loss) per share – diluted||$||0.04||$||(0.09)||-143%||$||0.00||$||(0.33)||-100%|
|Average realized gold price per oz3||$||1,884||$||1,485||27%||$||1,784||$||1,419||26%|
|Average realized silver price per oz3||$||25.06||$||17.71||42%||$||21.28||$||16.45||29%|
|Brazilian real (BRL)/USD||$||5.40||$||4.12||31%||$||5.16||$||3.94||31%|
|Mexican peso (MXN)/USD||$||20.59||$||19.27||7%||$||21.41||$||19.26||11%|
|1||The comparative data presented for the year ended December 31, 2019 is for the period from March 5, 2019, to December 31, 2019, the period for which the Company owned Tucano following the acquisition of Beadell.|
|2||The Company has included the non-GAAP performance measures mine operating earnings before non-cash items, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted EBITDA, and free cash-flow throughout this news release and the accompanying Company’s MD&A. Refer to the Non-GAAP Measures section of the Company’s MD&A for an explanation of these measures and reconciliation to the Company’s financial results reported in accordance with IFRS. As these are not standardized measures, they may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures used by others and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.|
|3||Average realized gold and silver prices are prior to smelting and refining charges.|
In 2021, consolidated gold equivalent production from the Tucano, Topia and GMC mines is expected to be 135,000 to 150,000 Au eq oz, with the second half of 2021 expected to account for a least 55% of the annual production guidance. The mine plan for Tucano also reflects more stripping in the first half of 2021 and therefore AISC is expected to be higher than the annual guidance in the first half of 2021. The Mineral Reserve and Resource update for Tucano announced in December has allowed for an extension of the life of the Urucum and Taperaba pits that have been mined at Tucano over the last several years, and the latest mine plan will see a transition to mining higher grades in 2022 and 2023.
These production and cost guidance estimates are forward-looking statements and information. They should be read in conjunction with the Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements section at the end of this news release. The Company may revise guidance during the year to reflect actual results to date and those anticipated for the remainder of the year.
Readers are cautioned that there are no current estimates of Mineral Reserves for any of the Company’s Mexican mines. As a result, there may be increased uncertainty and risks of achieving any particular level of recovery of minerals from the Company’s mines or the costs of such recovery. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves have no demonstrated economic or technical viability. These risks could have a material adverse impact on the Company’s ability to generate anticipated revenues and cash flows to fund operations and ultimately achieve or maintain profitable operations.
2021 Production Guidance
|Gold eq production (oz)1||110,000-120,000||25,000-30,000||135,000-150,000|
|Silver production (k oz)||–||1,500-1,600||1,500-1,600|
|Gold production (oz)||110,000-120,000||8,000-10,000||118,000-130,000|
|AISC ($/Au oz sold)2||$1,350-1,450||N/A||$1,350-1,450|
|Exploration (operating mines) ($ millions)||$ 8.4||$ 3.0||$ 11.4|
|1||Gold equivalent ounces for 2021 are calculated using a 1:85 ratio of the silver price to the gold price, which is representative of the average ratio for the respective metal prices for 2020, and approximate ratios for the price/ounce of gold to price/pound of lead and zinc, respectively, for 2020.|
|2||AISC refers to all-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold, excluding corporate G&A expenditures, and reflects the AISC at the Company’s operating mines. The calculation starts with cash cost net of by-product revenue and adds accretion of reclamation provisions, lease liability payments, sustaining EE&D expenses, and sustaining capital expenditures for the operating mines. Sustaining expenditures are those costs incurred to sustain and maintain existing assets at current productive capacity and constant planned levels of productive output. AISC is a non-GAAP measure. These measures are widely used in the mining industry as a benchmark for performance, but do not have a standardized meaning as prescribed by IFRS as an indicator of performance, and may differ from methods used by other companies with similar descriptions and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Refer to the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis for the period ended September 30, 2020 for a reconciliation of AISC to the Company’s financial statement measures. The Company’s AISC guidance assumes a Brazilian real to US dollar exchange rate of 4.75. Actual results may differ.|
|Guidance assumes no COVID-19 related shutdowns, ongoing geotechnical control/stability of Urucum Central South (“UCS”) pit and the Company’s ability to successfully access the mineralization in the UCS pit without additional costs or interruption, and permitting of additional tailings storage capacity at the GMC.|
Refer to the Company’s FY 2020 MD&A for more details of the financial results and for reconciliations of the Company’s non-GAAP performance measures to the nearest GAAP measure. The full version of the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 and the Company’s FY 2020 MD&A can be viewed on the Company’s website at www.greatpanther.com or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All financial information is prepared in accordance with IFRS, except as noted in the Non-GAAP Measures section of the Company’s MD&A.
ABOUT GREAT PANTHER
Great Panther is a growing gold and silver producer focused on the Americas. The Company owns a diversified portfolio of assets in Brazil, Mexico and Peru that includes three operating gold and silver mines, four exploration projects, and an advanced development project. Great Panther is actively exploring large land packages in highly prospective districts and is pursuing acquisition opportunities to complement its existing portfolio. Great Panther trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange trading under the symbol GPR, and on the NYSE American under the symbol GPL.
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