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Minto Metals Corp. (TSX-V: MNTO) is pleased to announce the Company’s financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2022 for the Minto Mine located within the Selkirk First Nation’s Territory in the central Yukon, Canada. Copper Production totaled 9.1 million pounds of copper, a 70.7% increase over Quarter 1, 2021, at a consolidated cash cost of USD $2.44 per payable pound produced.


First Quarter Highlights:

  • Copper sales increased 70.7% to 9.1 million pounds compared to 5.3 million pounds in Quarter 1 2021.
  • Revenue grew 109.0% to $53.3 million, a $27.8 million increase from $25.5 million in Quarter 1, 2021.
  • Net Operating Cash flow generated was $15.0 million, an increase of $8.0 from $7.0M in Quarter 1, 2021
  • Improved operating results
    • Mill Feed for Quarter 1 was 237,239 dry metric tonnes (dmt), an 11.7% increase from 212,329 dry metric tonnes (dmt) in Quarter 1 2021.
    • Operating cash costs per pound sold2 averaged USD $2.44/lb, a 31.3% decrease from USD $3.55/lb in Quarter 1 2021.
    • All-In Sustaining Costs (“AISC”)2 per pound sold1 averaged USD $3.44/lb, a 15.9% decrease from USD $4.09/lb in Quarter 1 2021.
  • Qualified exploration investment totaled $1.8 million in Quarter 1 or 29% of our 2021 Flow-Through Share commitment.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 totaled $19.2 million, a $20.1 million increase from a loss of $0.9 million in Quarter 1 2021.
  • Fully diluted Earnings per Share total $0.20 cents, a $0.24 increase from a loss of ($0.04) in Quarter 1 2021.
  • Minto reiterates the previous 2022 forecasted guidance.
  1. Refers to Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization “Alternative Performance Measures” on page 18 of the Company’s Q1 2022 MD&A.
  2. Refers to Cash Costs and All-In Sustaining Costs “Alternative Performance Measures” on page 19 of the Company’s Q1 2022 MD&A.


“Our excellent operating performance and cost containment in a higher copper price environment has surpassed our expectations. Our team has strong momentum and has delivered a positive performance for the second consecutive quarter”, said Chris Stewart, President & Chief Executive Officer of Minto Metals.


“Our Quarter 1, Adjusted EBITDA improved to $19.2 million dollars compared to a loss of $0.9 million dollars a year ago. These great results highlight the extraordinary performance and are a testament to the drive and passion to win shown by everyone who works here at Minto.” Stewart added.


Q1 2022 Financial Highlights


Adjusted EBITDA1 Reconciliation to Net Income


Q1 2022 Q1 2021
Net income (loss) and comprehensive
income (loss)
$ 14,536 $  (2,765)
Finance costs 2,064 1,106
Depletion and amortization 3,166 2,386
Income tax expense (recovery) 258 (250)
EBITDA $ 20,024 $       477
Share-based compensation expense 90
Unrealized foregin exchange loss (gain) 538 (627)
Mark-to-market revenue adjustments (960) (908)
Amortization of flow thru shares benefit (485)
Loss on lease termination 192
Adjusted EBITDA $ 19,207 $     (866)
  1. Refers to Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization “Alternative Performance Measures” on page 18 of the Company’s Q1 2022 MD&A.



2022 Q1 Interim Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss – Unaudited


Three months ended
March 31, 2022 March 31, 2021
Revenue $                      53,282 $                      25,469
Production costs (33,133) (25,200)
Royalty expense (1,190) (762)
Depletion and amortization (3,166) (2,386)
Income (loss) from mine operations 15,793 (2,879)
Related party management fees (125)
Stock-based compensation expense (90)
Other expenses (38) (263)
Income (loss) from operations 15,665 (3,267)
Other income 1,193 1,358
Finance costs (2,064) (1,106)
Income (loss) before income taxes 14,794 (3,015)
Income tax (expense) recovery (258) 250
Net Income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) $                      14,536 $                       (2,765)
Per share amounts
Basic and diluted $                          0.20 $                         (0.04)
Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding 72,709,253 60,228,864



2022 Q1 Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position – Unaudited


As at March 31, 2022 December 31, 2021
Current assets
Cash $ 11,872 $ 9,979
Accounts Receivable 25,617 20,762
Inventories 8,858 6,212
Prepaid expenses 3,857 2,855
50,204 39,808
Non-current assets
Mineral properties, plant and equipment 56,281 53,702
Right-of-use assets 12,557 9,245
Long-term deposits 13,250 13,399
Total assets $ 132,292 $ 116,154
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 40,688 $ 36,370
Current portion of Sumitomo loan 6,595 10,221
Current portion of Note payable to Pembridge 6,248
Current portion of Due to Pembridge 4,246 4,000
Current portion of lease liability 6,169 5,436
63,946 56,027
Non-current liabilities
Lease liabilities 5,715 3,895
Due to Pembridge 1,174
Note payable to Pembridge 6,368
Long-term debt 11,631 11,702
Deferred revenue 13,947 14,463
Deferred income tax liabilities 3,367 3,109
Asset retirement obligation 33,621 35,288
Total liabilities 132,227 132,026
Shareholders’ equity (deficiency)
Share capital 223,241 221,840
Deficit (223,176) (237,712)
Total shareholders’ equity (deficiency) 65 $ (15,872)
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity (deficiency) $ 132,292 $ 116,154



2022 Q1 Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows – Unaudited


Three months ended
March 31, 2022 March 31, 2021
Operating activities
Net income (loss) for the period $                     14,536 $                    (2,765)
Adjustments for the following items:
Depletion, depreciation and accretion 3,166 2,386
Finance costs 2,064 401
Other income (loss), net (1,193) 2
Stock-based compensation expense 90
Amortization of deferred revenue (786) 311
Income tax expense (recovery) 258 (250)
Change in non-cash working capital (2,751) 7,351
15,384 7,436
Interest paid (384) (483)
Net cash provided by operating activities 15,000 6,953
Investing activities
Additions to mineral properties, plant and equipment (5,897) (1,147)
Right-of-use asset additions (768)
Net cash used in investing activities (6,665) (1,147)
Financing activities
Advances from Sumitomo 3,784
Repayments on Sumitomo loan (3,525) (585)
Payment of lease liabilities (1,917) (1,482)
Repayment of Due to Pembridge (1,000)
Long-term deposits (946)
Return of capital (6,306)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (6,442) (5,535)
Change in cash 1,893 271
Cash, beginning of period 9,979 507
Cash, end of period $                     11,872 $                         778



Operational Outlook


Minto is pleased to reconfirm the financial guidance for 2022 as we continue to ramp up our ore production throughout the year. We are committed to a cost control strategy while improving our mine and milling operations.


Production  Volumes Dec 31, 2022
Payable Copper (million pounds) 27.0 – 31.0
Gold (ounces) (1) 11,000 – 12,100
Silver (ounces) (1) 140,000 – 150,000
Production Costs Dec 31, 2022
Cash Costs ($USD/lb) (2) $2.70 -$2.90
AISC ($USD/lb) (2) $3.85 -$4.00
Exploration ($ millions) $9.2
Sustaining Capital (2)  $27.0- $31.0
  1. 100% amounts. Under the agreement with Wheaton Precious Metals, the Company receives 65% of the value of the gold shipments up to 11,000 ounces.  Silver receipts are the lesser of the prevailing market price and US $4.35/oz. 
  2. Refers to Cash Costs, All-In Sustaining Costs and Sustaining Capital “Alternative Performance Measures” on pages 19 and 20 of the Company’s Q1 2022 MD&A.



The Yukon received between 150% and 400% of the normal annual snowfall during this past winter which generated a significant volume of water across the territory as it melted. With the warmer temperatures over the past couple of weeks, the Minto mine site saw daily water volume inflow exceed the mine’s discharge capacities which caused the storage pond water levels to rise.


Underground mining operations continued uninterrupted during this temporary mill shutdown with ore being stockpiled ahead of the milling facility restart.  The Mill is permitted to process an average of 4,200 tonnes/day of ore and underground production is currently averaging around 3,000 tonnes/day.  With the milling facility restart, the stockpiled ore will be processed at a higher rate which means that there will be no metal production impact on the original guidance in 2022.


The Company temporarily suspended its milling operations until Spring Freshet ended, ensuring all water arriving on the mine site was properly managed within our water management system and that the environment was protected.  The Company took full advantage of this temporary mill shutdown to complete future planned maintenance work in the mill thereby avoiding another shutdown in the coming months.


Once freshet ended, the company restarted its milling operations. The Mill is expected to run steadily for the balance of 2022.


“At the beginning of 2022 Minto committed to spending $8 million dollars to improve the mine water management system at the Minto Mine.  Our investment included an upgrade to our water treatment plant, the installation of a new microfiltration plant, and the purchase of evaporation units, all to support improved environmental stewardship.  As outlined in an article from the Yukon government, the snowpack levels are unusually high and above the normal level across the Yukon, and in areas in the vicinity of the mine. Minto Metals takes the protection of the environment seriously and the temporary mill shutdown highlights our commitment”, stated Chris Stewart, President & CEO of Minto Metals.


About Minto Metals Corp.


Minto operates the producing Minto mine located in the Minto Copper Belt, Yukon. The Minto mine has been in operation since 2007 with underground mining commencing in 2014. Since 2007, approximately 500Mlbs of copper have been produced from the Minto mine. The current mine operations are based on underground mining, a process plant to produce high-grade copper, gold, and silver concentrate, and all supporting infrastructure associated with a remote location in Yukon. The Minto property is located west of the Yukon River, about 20 km WNW of Minto Landing, the latter on the east side of the river, and approximately 250 road-km north of the City of Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon.


Posted May 26, 2022

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