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SilverCrest Reports Q3 2014 Financial Results

 

 

 

 

 

SilverCrest Mines Inc. (TSX:SVL) (NYSE MKT:SVLC) is pleased to announce its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014. All financial information is prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and all dollar amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise specified. The information in this news release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, and associated management discussion and analysis which are available from the Company’s website at www.silvercrestmines.com and under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
N. Eric Fier, President and COO, stated; “The third quarter was another significant quarter for SilverCrest as we continue our transition at the Santa Elena Mine from open pit heap leach to underground mining and milling operations. In the third quarter, we successfully commissioned Santa Elena’s new 3,000 tonnes per day CCD/MC processing facility and achieved record silver equivalent (“AgEq”(2)) production. We continue to show positive cash flow from operations in spite of declining metal prices. Financial results were also impacted by IFRS accounting requirement to capitalize sales of silver and gold ounces and related expenses while SilverCrest’s expansion assets are being commissioned. The Company’s fourth quarter financial results will not be significantly impacted by capitalized sales and related costs as Santa Elena’s Expansion is now fully commissioned. Our focus continues on operating efficiencies, cost control measures and maintenance of a strong balance sheet to withstand metal price volatility. Based on the production outlook for the fourth quarter, the Company expects to meet its operating cash cost, all-in sustaining cash cost and production guidance for 2014. Our nine month operating cash flow was $11.97 million with an operating cash cost of $8.19 and all-in sustaining cash cost of $12.01 per silver equivalent ounce sold (2) which continues to makes us one of the lowest cost producers of precious metals.”
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS OF Q3, 2014, Compared to Q3, 2013:

 

 
 
--  Cash flow from operations (1)(2)was $2.3 million ($0.02 per share),
    decrease of 67%.  
--  Cash operating cost per AgEq ounce sold (2) was $10.30, increase of 29%.
--  All-in sustaining cash cost per AgEq ounce sold (2) was $14.99, increase
    of 43%. 
--  Reported revenue was $8.0 million after capitalizing $7.5 million sales,
    decrease of 41%. 
--  Metal sales of 393,860 ounces of silver and 7,317 ounces of gold
    increased 92% and decreased 3%, respectively. 
--  Realized spot metal prices declined from $21.85 to $18.78 (14%) for
    silver and from $1,346 to $1,251 (7%) for gold.  
--  Net earnings were $0.2 million ($0.00 per share), compared to $3.7
    million ($0.03 per share). 
--  Adjusted earnings were $3.6 million ($0.03 per share), compared to $4.1
    million ($0.04 per share). 
--  Cash and cash equivalents increased to $37.7 million (at September 30,
    2014), compared to $24.1 million (at September 30, 2013). 
--  Working capital increased to $45.1 million (at September 30, 2014),
    compared to $30.9 million (at September 30, 2013). 
--  Bullion inventory at September 30, 2014, included 56,890 (2013 - 53,131)
    ounces of silver and 1,045 (2013 - 1,819) ounces of gold.
 

 

 

Comparison of the Three Months Ended September 30, 2014, to September 30, 2013
Net earnings were $0.2 million ($0.00 per share basic) for the third quarter compared with $3.7 million ($0.03 per share basic) in 2013. The earnings decrease is primarily attributed to declining realized metal prices and the accounting requirement to capitalize sales of silver and gold ounces and related expenses while SilverCrest’s expansion assets were being commissioned. During the third quarter, SilverCrest capitalized sales of $7.5 million, or 48% of its total $15.5 million third quarter sales.
Adjusted earnings(2) were $3.6 million ($0.03 per share) for the third quarter compared with $4.1 million ($0.04 per share basic) in 2013. Adjusted earnings exclude deferred revenue, deferred tax expense and share based compensation.
Silver sales totalled 393,860 ounces (2013 – 204,947), which includes 189,499 capitalized pre-commissioning ounces, a 92% increase over the same period in 2013. The foregoing, combined with a 14% lower average realized price of $18.78 (2013 – $21.85) per ounce, resulted in only 65% higher silver revenue. Total gold revenue reported in the third quarter decreased 11% compared to the same period in 2013. Total gold sales were 7,317 ounces (2013 – 7,522), which includes 3,546 capitalized pre-commissioning ounces, or 3% below the same period in 2013. The Company sold 5,854 (2013 – 6,017) ounces of gold at an average realized price of $1,251 (2013 – $1,346) per ounce, a 7% decline. The Company delivered 1,463 gold ounces (2013 – 1,504) under the Sandstorm Purchase Agreement at $354 (2013 – $350) per ounce.
Cost of sales amounted to $4,435,715 (2013 – $5,293,749). Cash operating cost and all-in sustaining cash cost per AgEq ounce sold (2) in Q3 2014 were $10.30 and $14.99 (Ag:Au 60.0:1) per ounce, respectively, compared to $7.96 and $10.49 (Ag:Au 61.2:1) per ounce in Q3 2013.
The higher costs per ounce in the third quarter are mainly due to additional processing costs resulting from Santa Elena’s transition from a heap leach processing operation to a milling operation. The mine remains focused on costs and further operational efficiencies that will allow us to achieve our annual cost guidance:

 

 
 
--  cash operating cost of $8.50 - $9.50 per AgEq ounce sold(2) (9 months;
    $8.19). 
--  all-in sustaining cash costs of $11 - $12 per AgEq ounce sold(2) (9
    months; $12.01).
 

 

 

General and administrative expenses increased by 15% to $1,298,280 (2013 – $1,125,084) primarily due to an increase in Mexico corporate expenses. Mexico corporate expenses increased by 62% to $287,209 (2013 – $177,318), with additional Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), tax, and legal activity.

 

 
 
                                                                            
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FINANCIAL AND OPERATING                                                     
 HIGHLIGHTS:                        Q3 2014         Q3 2013   9 Months 2014 
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Cash flow from operations (1)                                               
 (2)                         $    2,317,261  $    7,120,091  $   11,977,161 
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Cash flow from operations                                                   
 (1)(2) per share            $         0.02  $         0.07  $         0.10 
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Cash operating cost per                                                     
 silver equivalent ounce sold                                               
 (2)                         $        10.30  $         7.96  $         8.19 
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All-in sustaining cash cost                                                 
 per silver equivalent ounce                                                
 sold (2)                    $        14.99  $        10.49  $        12.01 
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Revenues reported            $    8,001,422  $   13,669,133  $   28,726,006 
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Cost of sales                $   (4,435,715) $   (5,293,749) $  (12,169,196)
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Depletion, depreciation and                                                 
 amortization                $   (1,717,790) $   (1,450,925) $   (5,017,093)
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Mine operating earnings      $    1,847,917  $    6,924,459  $   11,539,717 
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Other net expenses           $   (1,803,981) $   (1,439,848) $   (5,257,501)
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Foreign exchange gain (loss) $      383,078  $       36,707  $      (67,863)
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Tax expense                  $     (186,000) $   (1,816,000) $   (2,191,000)
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Net earnings                 $      241,014  $    3,705,318  $    4,023,353 
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Exchange gain on translation                                                
 to US Dollars               $            -  $      459,247  $            - 
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Comprehensive earnings       $      241,014  $    4,164,565  $    4,023,353 
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Weighted average number of                                                  
 common shares outstanding      118,747,227     108,775,813     116,291,007 
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Earnings per share - basic   $         0.00  $         0.03  $         0.03 
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Earnings per share - diluted $         0.00  $         0.03  $         0.03 
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Adjusted earnings per share                                                 
 (2)                         $         0.03  $         0.04  $         0.06 
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Silver ounces sold                  393,860         204,947         755,686 
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Gold ounces sold                      7,317           7,522          19,710 
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Silver equivalent ounces sold                                               
 (2)                                832,907         665,154       1,938,313 
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Ag : Au Ratio (2)                    60.0:1          61.2:1          60.0:1 
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(1)Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital items.

(2) These are Non-IFRS performance measures. Refer to “CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING NON-IFRS PERFORMANCE MEASURES”. Silver equivalent (“AgEq”) ounces consist of the number of ounces of silver production/sold plus the number of ounces of gold production/sold multiplied by a 60:1 gold price to silver price ratio. Prior to January 1, 2014, the AgEq ratio was based on the spot gold price to the spot silver price at the quarter end dates for financial reporting. At Q3, 2013, the gold price to silver price ratio was 61.2:1. All numbers are rounded.
OPERATIONS UPDATE
Most of the focus at Santa Elena is currently on underground performance. The underground is currently averaging ore production of 450 tonnes per day with an expectation to achieve over 500 tonnes per day by year end. The Company is currently mining its first stope (“Stope #1”) which contains approximately 40,000 ore tonnes. An estimated 20% of the stope has been mined and preliminary grade reconciliation shows higher than expected silver and gold grades. Stope #1 will be key to better understanding grade distribution and reconciliation, dilution, stope geotechnical constraints and mining costs.
The new CCD/MC processing facility is currently running at nameplate capacity of 3,000 tonnes per day. October average mill throughput was 2,750 tonnes per day. Current recoveries are at or above projected numbers of 92% for gold and 67.5% for silver. A detailed mass balance is currently underway to better determine percent recoveries.
Permission has been granted to reopen the Santa Elena pit which currently has an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 ore tonnes, grading 1.4 gpt Au and 88.0 gpt Ag. The Company is preparing for this re-opening in a safe and orderly manner. Depending on the timing for pit ramp clean up with geotechnical remediation, high grade low strip production (est. 1,000 tonnes per day) should start from the pit in late Q4 2014 or early 2015 and continue for three to six months.
OUTLOOK
SilverCrest’s immediate focus is to (i) continue the efficient operation of its flagship Santa Elena low cost silver and gold mine, (ii) increase current underground ore production rates from an average of 450 tonnes per day to in excess of 1,000 tonnes per day in H1 2015, (iii) expand resources and associated subsequent reserves at Santa Elena by systematic exploration of the deposit, (iv) continue and acquire exploration properties in proximity to Santa Elena and drill test some targets in Q4 2014, (v) complete evaluation of certain aspects of the La Joya Project to a Pre Feasibility Study level in 2015.
SilverCrest Mines Inc. is a Canadian precious metals producer headquartered in Vancouver, BC. SilverCrest’s flagship property is the 100%-owned Santa Elena Mine, located 150 km northeast of Hermosillo, near Banamichi in the State of Sonora, Mexico. The mine is a high-grade, epithermal silver and gold producer, with an estimated life of mine of 8 years at an average operating cash costs of $11 per ounce of silver equivalent (55:1 Ag:Au). SilverCrest anticipates that the new 3,000 tonnes per day conventional mill facility at the Santa Elena Mine should recover an average of 1.5 million ounces of silver and 32,800 ounces of gold per annum over the current reserve life. Major expansion, including commissioning of the 3,000 tonnes per day conventional mill facility and underground mine, is complete and is expected to result in increased metals production at the Santa Elena Mine during the second half of 2014 and beyond. Exploration programs continue to result in new discoveries at Santa Elena and also have rapidly advanced the definition of a large polymetallic deposit at the La Joya property in Durango State, Mexico.

Posted November 13, 2014

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