Titan Mining Corporation (TSX: TI) announces the results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022. (All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated)
“Titan’s Empire State Mines in New York has posted a record quarter with cash flow of $9.42 million from operations and production of 16.5 million payable pounds of zinc. Equally as important, this was accomplished with no lost time accidents,” said Don Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Titan.
Q2 2022 HIGHLIGHTS:
TABLE 1 Financial and Operating Highlights
|Q2 2022||Q1 2022||YTD 2022|
|Payable Zinc Produced||mlbs||16.5||10.1||26.6|
|Payable Zinc Sold||mlbs||15.0||10.4||25.4|
|Average Realized Zinc Price||$/lb||1.74||1.57||1.67|
|Earnings (loss) per share – basic||$/sh||0.04||(0.02||)||0.02|
|Cash Flow from Operating Activities before changes in non-cash working capital||$m||9.42||2.10||11.52|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$m||11.02||6.04|
1 Net Debt is a non-GAAP measure. This term is not a standardized financial measure under IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See Non-GAAP Performance Measures below for additional information.
Mining efforts in the second quarter of 2022 at ESM focused on the Mud Pond Apron, Mahler, New Fold and N2D zones. Waste development continued to advance on the New Fold and Mahler ramp systems to access high grade material expected to be mined in the second half of 2022. Tons mined increased compared to the prior quarter as operations normalized after experiencing a water inflow event in March due to heavy rains compounded by spring thaw. Higher grade feed to the mill was largely sustained by mining in Lower Mahler and N2D, where ore grades were better than anticipated.
Work on projects was minimal with no new equipment purchases and preparation of the surface mining temporarily suspended due to permitting delays.
Consequently, zinc production guidance for the full year 2022 is decreased to 52-56 million payable pounds of zinc at a C1 cash cost of $0.99 – $1.03 per pound and at all-in sustaining costs (“AISC”) of $1.03 to $1.08 per payable pound of zinc sold affecting the start of surface mining production.2
Joel Rheault, Mine General Manager at ESM said, “Although we have lowered our full year production guidance due to delays in permitting the surface mining operations, we are confident that we will achieve full year planned production from the underground operations. We anticipate production from the open pits will be realized in H1/2023 once the required permits have been received.”
Drill programs in the second quarter of 2022 focused on advancing definition drilling in Mud Pond Apron, and exploration drilling at Mud Pond Main and New Fold. All underground drilling was completed with Company owned underground drills by Company employees. A total of 9 holes totaling 3,103 ft of definition drilling was completed at Mud Pond Main. The results from the definition program will be used to refine the current mine plan in preparation for development in H2/2022 and beyond. Additionally, 12 underground exploration holes at New Fold and Mud Pond Apron have been completed, totaling 6,891 ft in Q2 2022. Drill results in both areas have been successful in extending the known mineralization beyond the current resource boundaries.
Exploration drilling at Mud Pond Main and New Fold will continue into Q3 2022.
In the second quarter of 2022, surface exploration drilling focused on testing the near mine Abbot Target, and the regional Beaver Creek target. One hole totaling 3,487 ft was drilled at Abbot, targeting the extension of the 6/7 contact up-dip from New Fold. Only trace zinc mineralization was encountered in the hole. Four holes were completed at Beaver Creek totaling 3,308 ft. Assay results are pending.
Drilling in the third quarter of 2022 will be focused on regional and near mine targets, with regional drilling continuing to test the Beaver Creek – Maple Ridge – North Gouverneur structural trend. Near Mine drilling will focus on testing for extensions of the West Ridge mineralization.
2 C1 cash cost and AISC are non-GAAP measures. These terms are not standardized financial measures under IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See Non-GAAP Performance Measures below for additional information.
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Titan’s unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the six months ended June 30, 2022, are available on the Company’s website at www.titanminingcorp.com and under the Company’s profiles on SEDAR.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release and the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the scientific and technical information has been reviewed, verified and approved by Donald R. Taylor, MSc., PG, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, a qualified person for the purposes of NI 43-101. Mr. Taylor has more than 25 years of mineral exploration and mining experience and is a Registered Professional Geologist through the SME (registered member #4029597). The data was verified using data validation and quality assurance procedures under high industry standards.
Assays and Quality Assurance/Quality Control
To ensure reliable sample results, the Company has a rigorous QA/QC program in place that monitors the chain-of-custody of samples and includes the insertion of blanks and certified reference standards at statistically derived intervals within each batch of samples. Core is photographed and split in half with one-half retained in a secured facility for verification purposes.
Sample preparation (crushing and pulverizing) has been performed at ALS Geochemistry (“ALS”), an independent ISO/IEC accredited lab located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. ALS prepares a pulp of all samples and sends the pulps to their analytical laboratory in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, for analysis. ALS analyzes the pulp sample by an aqua regia digestion (ME-ICP41 for 35 elements) with an ICP – AES finish including Cu (copper), Pb (lead), and Zn (zinc). All samples in which Cu (copper), Pb (lead), or Zn (zinc) are greater than 10,000 ppm are re-run using aqua regia digestion (Cu-OG46; Pb-OG46; and Zn-OG46) with the elements reported in percentage (%). Silver values are determined by an aqua regia digestion with an ICP-AES finish (ME-ICP41) with all samples with silver values greater than 100 ppm repeated using an aqua regia digestion overlimit method (Ag-OG46) calibrated for higher levels of silver contained. Gold values are determined by a 30 g fire assay with an ICP-AES finish (Au-ICP21).
The Company has not identified any drilling, sampling, recovery, or other factors that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the data set out in this news release.
About Titan Mining Corporation
Titan is an Augusta Group company which produces zinc concentrate at its 100%-owned Empire State Mine located in New York state. Titan is built for growth, focused on value and committed to excellence.
Non-GAAP Performance Measures
This document includes non-GAAP performance measures, discussed below, that do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. The performance measures may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other issuers. The Company believes that these performance measures are commonly used by certain investors, in conjunction with conventional GAAP measures, to enhance their understanding of the Company’s performance. The Company uses these performance measures extensively in internal decision-making processes, including to assess how well the Empire State Mine is performing and to assist in the assessment of the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the mine site management team. The tables below provide a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measures as contained within the Company’s issued financial statements.
C1 cash cost per payable pound sold
C1 cash cost per payable pound sold is a non-GAAP measure. C1 cash cost represents the cash cost incurred at each processing stage, from mining through to recoverable metal delivered to customers, including mine site operating and general and administrative costs, freight, treatment and refining charges.
The C1 cash cost per payable pound sold is calculated by dividing the total C1 cash costs by payable pounds of metal sold.
All-In Sustaining Cost (AISC)
This measures the estimated cash costs to produce a pound of payable zinc plus the estimated capital sustaining costs to maintain the mine and mill. This measure includes the C1 cash cost per pound and capital sustaining costs divided by pounds of payable zinc sold. All-In Sustaining Cost per payable pound of zinc sold does not include depreciation, depletion, amortization, reclamation and exploration expenses.
|Three months ended June 30,||Six months ended June 30,|
|C1 cash cost per payable pound||Total||Per
|Pounds of payable zinc sold (millions)||15.0||11.0||25.4||22.9|
|Operating expenses and selling costs||$||9,543||$||0.64||$||8,423||$||0.76||$||20,388||$||0.80||$||16,326||$||0.71|
|Concentrate smelting and refining costs||4,432||0.29||1,289||0.12||6,557||0.26||5,190||0.23|
|Total C1 cash cost||$||13,975||$||0.93||$||9,712||$||0.88||$||26,945||$||1.06||$||21,516||$||0.94|
|Sustaining Capital Expenditures||$||146||$||0.01||$||1,318||$||0.12||$||1,875||$||0.07||$||1,397||$||0.06|
Sustaining capital expenditures
Sustaining capital expenditures are defined as those expenditures which do not increase payable mineral production at a mine site and excludes all expenditures at the Company’s projects and certain expenditures at the Company’s operating sites which are deemed expansionary in nature. Expansionary capital expenditures are expenditures that are deemed expansionary in nature. The following table reconciles sustaining capital expenditures and expansionary capital expenditures to the Company’s additions to mineral, properties, plant and equipment (or total capital expenditures):
|Six months ended June 30|
|Sustaining capital expenditures||$||1,875||$||1,398|
|Expansionary capital expenditures||1,526||81|
|Additions to mineral, properties, plant and equipment||$||3,401||$||1,479|
Net debt is calculated as the sum of the current and non-current portions of long-term debt, net of the cash and cash equivalent balance as at the balance sheet date. A reconciliation of net debt is provided below.
|June 30||December 31|
|Current portion of debt||$||165||$||95|
|Non-current portion of debt||35,789||34,617|
|Less: Cash and cash equivalents||(11,021||)||(6,041||)|
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