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NEW PACIFIC REPORTS FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

New Pacific Metals Corp. (TSX:NUAG) (NYSE:NEWP) reports its unaudited consolidated financial results for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2022, the third quarter of fiscal 2022.  All figures are expressed in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

 

QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reported assay results of the 2021-2022 drill program at Silver Sand Project. The 2021 drill programs comprise structural orientation drilling, step-out and infill drilling as well as exploration drilling. Assay results of all 55 holes completed in 2021 and results of 13 holes from 48 holes in 10,520 m completed during the quarter under the 2022 drill program have been received;
  • Reported assay results of 25 drill holes from the discovery drill program completed in 2021 at the Carangas Silver-Gold Project. All drill holes with assay results intersected silver-rich polymetallic mineralization near surface with some deep holes intersecting a wide zone of gold mineralization below; and
  • Maintained working capital of $34.7 million, sufficient to advance the Silver Sand Project, the Carangas Project and other regional exploration initiatives.

 

FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

Net loss attributable to equity holders of the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $1.41 million or $0.01 per share (three months ended March 31, 2021 – net loss of $1.69 million or $0.01 per share).  The Company’s financial results were mainly impacted by the following: (i) operating expenses of $1.52 million compared to $1.60 million in the prior year quarter; (ii) income from investments of $0.12 million compared to $0.07 million in the prior year quarter; and (iii) foreign exchange loss of $0.04 million compared to loss of $0.16 million in the prior year quarter.

 

For the nine months ended March 31, 2022, net loss attributable to equity holders of the Company was $4.08 million or 0.03 per share compared to net loss of $4.59 million or 0.03 per share for the nine months ended March 31, 2021.

 

Operating expenses for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2022 were $1.52 million and $4.49 million, respectively (three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 – $1.60 million and $4.38 million, respectively).

 

Income from investments for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $0.12 million (three months ended March 31, 2021 – $0.07 million) and is comprised of a $60,323 gain on the Company’s equity investments  (three months ended March 31, 2021 – gain of $37,223), a $34,037 gain on bonds (three months ended March 31, 2021 – loss of $6,039), $nil income from dividends (three months ended March 31, 2021 – income of $1,411), and $30,500 interest earned from cash accounts (three months ended March 31, 2021 – $39,152).

 

For the nine months ended March 31, 2022, income from investments was $0.21 million (nine months ended March 31, 2021 – income of $0.61 million).

 

Foreign exchange loss for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $0.04 million (three months ended March 31, 2021 – loss of $0.16 million). The Company holds a large portion of cash and short-term investments in USD to support its operations in Bolivia. Revaluation of these USD-denominated financial assets to their CAD functional currency equivalents resulted in unrealized foreign exchange gain or loss for the relevant reporting periods.  During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the USD depreciated by 1.4% against the CAD (from 1.2678 to 1.2496) while in the prior year quarter the USD depreciated by 1.2% against the CAD (from 1.2732 to 1.2575).

 

For the nine months ended March 31, 2022, foreign exchange gain was $0.16 million (nine months ended March 31, 2021 – loss of $0.83 million).

 

Working Capital: As of March 31, 2022, the Company had working capital of $34.7 million.

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

 

SILVER SAND PROJECT

 

On April 6, 2022, the Company reported the assay results of the 2021-2022 drill programs for the Silver Sand Project. The 2021 drill programs comprise structure orientation drilling, step-out and infill drilling as well as exploration drilling. Assay results of all 55 drill holes in 13,313.7 m completed in 2021 have been received. The 2022 drill program is planned at 15,000 m of infill and step-out drilling. The aim of the resource infill drilling is to improve the confidence in the continuity of mineralization in the core area of Silver Sand and upgrade resource categories, and the step-out drilling is to test the extension of the major mineralized zones up and down dip as well as on strike. As of the date of this news release, a total of 10,520 m in 48 holes were completed, for which assay results of 13 holes have been received.

 

For the three and nine months ended March 31, 2022, total expenditures of $1.02 million and $4.44 million, respectively (three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 – $0.88 million and $2.23 million, respectively) were capitalized under the project.

 

CARANGAS PROJECT

 

On June 29, 2021, the Company announced the commencement of an initial 2021 discovery drill program at the Carangas Project to test near-surface bulk-tonnage and high-grade vein-hosted silver-rich polymetallic targets centered on and adjacent to the historically exploited West and East Dome areas. Total drilling of 13,209 m was completed in 35 holes under the 2021 discovery drill program, defining a mineralized area of approximately 1,000 m long by 700 m wide and up to 400 m in depth.  On February 10 and 23, 2022, the Company announced assays results of 25 drill holes, with the remaining 10 drill holes pending. All drill holes with assay results intersected silver-rich polymetallic mineralization near surface with some deep holes intersecting a wide zone of gold mineralization below.

 

Following the success of the 2021 discovery drill program, the Company has commenced a 2022 resource definition drill program during the quarter with initial planned meterage of 30,000 m which could be extended to 40,000 m or more if on-going drill results continue to be encouraging.

 

For the three and nine months ended March 31, 2022, total expenditures of $1.16 million and $3.13 million, respectively (three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 – $nil and $nil, respectively) were capitalized under the project.

 

SILVERSTRIKE PROJECT

 

During 2020, the Company’s exploration team completed reconnaissance and detailed mapping and sampling programs on the northern portion of the project. The results to date indicate good to excellent exploration potential for hosting narrow, high-grade, near-surface broad-zones of silver mineralization. The Company is planning a discovery drill program in 2022 to test the northern and central areas of the project.

 

For the three and nine months ended March 31, 2022, total expenditures of $0.03 million and $0.04 million, respectively (three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 – $0.43 million and $1.40 million, respectively) were capitalized under the project.

 

MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

 

This news release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis and the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements and notes thereto for the corresponding period, which have been filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and are available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.newpacificmetals.com.

 

QUALIFIED PERSON

 

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Alex Zhang, P. Geo., Vice President of Exploration, who is a Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Resources (“NI 43-101”). The Qualified Person has verified the information disclosed herein and are not aware of any significant risks and uncertainties that could be expected to affect the reliability or confidence in the information discussed herein.

 

ABOUT NEW PACIFIC

 

New Pacific is a Canadian exploration and development company with precious metal projects, including the flagship Silver Sand Project, the Silverstrike Project and the Carangas Project, all of which are located in Bolivia. The Company is focused on progressing the development of the Silver Sand Project, exploring the Carangas broad silver-gold Project, recently discovered in 2021 and initiating the exploration of the historic silver mining district of the Silverstrike Project.

 

Posted May 12, 2022

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