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Trevali Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results with Adjusted EBITDA of $32 million

 

 

 

 

 

Trevali Mining Corporation (TSX: TV) (BVL: TV) (OTCQX: TREVF) (Frankfurt: 4TI) released financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021. The Company reported quarterly production of 87.3 million pounds of zinc at an all-in sustaining cost1 (“AISC”) of $0.97 per pound. Revenue was $101.1 million and was supported by the first full quarter of production from Caribou since restarting, an increase in the average LME zinc price to $1.32 per pound, and by-product revenue from lead and silver sales. All financial figures are in U.S. dollars.

 

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER 2021

 

  • Total Recordable Injury Frequency in Q2 2021 saw a significant decrease to 5.2 from 13.3 in Q1 2021 TRIF. Improved site engagement drove the quarterly incidents down.
  • Zinc payable production for Q2 2021 of 87.3 million pounds increased 17% from the prior quarter. Strong performances at Rosh Pinah and Perkoa and benefited from the first full quarter of production from Caribou since restarting despite a slower than planned ramp up.
  • C1 Cash Cost1 and AISC1 of $0.84 and $0.97 per pound, respectively, 6% and 2% decreases from the prior quarter, as operational cost inflation and weakening of the US dollar was more than offset by the increase in by-product credits.
  • Revised 2021 production and cost guidance issued. Zinc production is being revised to between 330 – 355 million pounds of zinc and AISC1 of $0.94 – $0.98 per pound.
  • Q2 2021 revenues increased 41% over the prior quarter to $101.1 million, due to the supplementary contribution from Caribou and an increase in the average quarterly LME zinc price to $1.32 per pound.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 for Q2 of $32.0 million was impacted by strong commodity prices which was partially offset ty the timing of sales related to Caribou.
  • Operating cash flows before working capital of $33.5 million with net settlement receivables increasing by $37.3 million relative to Q1 2021 due to the timing of three Perkoa shipments and the collection for a late June sale at Rosh Pinah in July.
  • Net Debt1 for Q2 increased from $92.6 million at March 31, 2021 to $109.0 million due to the increase in receivables with $50.7 million collected during July. The Net Debt1 position as of July 31, 2021 has reduced $16.6 million to $92.4 million.
  • RP2.0 Expansion Project Feasibility Study is nearing completion, results to be released in Q3 2021, project financing discussions are ongoing.
  • Issued 3rd Annual Sustainability Report in June covering new performance targets and disclosures.

 

Ricus Grimbeek, President and CEO stated, “The team delivered another good quarter, producing 87.3 million pounds of payable zinc. Rosh Pinah and Perkoa delivered strong production performances while we benefited from the first full quarter of operations from Caribou since restarting, despite a slower than planned ramp up. At Santander, we made the decision to put in additional development which will extend the mine life into the first half of 2022.

 

A higher average zinc price coupled with a decreasing AISC1 relative to the first quarter added to our margin per pound of zinc. As of July 31st, we reduced our Net Debt1 position by $16.6 million and we expect to generate meaningful cash flows for the remainder of the year, especially in the fourth quarter.

 

With our strengthening financial position, the imminent delivery of the RP2.0 Feasibility Study, furthering our test program on rapid oxidative leach technology for Caribou, and ongoing financing discussions, we look forward to the next stage of growth for the Company.”

 

This news release should be read in conjunction with Trevali’s quarterly consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2021, which are available on Trevali’s website and on SEDAR. Certain financial information is reported herein using non-IFRS measures; see Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures below and in Trevali’s accompanying management’s discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021.

 

 

YTD
Q2’21
YTD
Q2’20
YoY Q2’21 Q1’21 Q2’20 Q2’21 vs
Q1’21
Q2’21 vs
Q2’20
Zinc payable production Mlbs 162.2 164.7 –2% 87.3 74.8 65.8 17% 33%
Lead payable production Mlbs 15.6 15.4 1% 9.7 5.9 4.7 64% 106%
Silver payable production Moz 0.4 0.4 0% 0.3 0.2 0.1 50% 200%
Revenue $ 173,061 94,641 83% 101,105 71,956 42,689 41% 137%
Adjusted EBITDA1 $ 56,533 (12,355) 558% 32,042 24,491 (5,709) 31% 661%
Operating cash flows before
working capital
$ 48,982 (27,595) 278% 33,530 15,452 (2,133) 117% 1672%
Net income (loss) $ 1,367 (194,986) 101% 3,877 (2,510) (19,381) 254% 120%
Net income (loss) per share $ 0.00 (0.24) 100% 0.00 0.00 (0.02) 0% 100%
C1 Cash Cost1 $/lb 0.86 0.95 –9% 0.84 0.89 0.93 –6% –10%
AISC1 $/lb 0.98 1.08 –9% 0.97 0.99 1.05 –2% –8%
Sustaining capital expenditure1 $ 15,861 19,661 –19% 9,211 6,650 7,033 39% 31%
Exploration expenditure $ 3,752 3,585 5% 2,068 1,684 421 23% 391%

 

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

 

Trevali is a global base-metals mining company, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. The bulk of the Company’s revenue is generated from base-metals mining at its four operational assets: the 90%-owned Perkoa Mine in Burkina Faso, the 90%-owned Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia, the wholly-owned Santander mine in Peru and the wholly-owned Caribou mine in New Brunswick. In addition, Trevali owns the Halfmile and Stratmat properties and the Restigouche deposit in New Brunswick, Canada, and the past producing Ruttan mine in northern Manitoba, Canada. The Caribou mine was placed on care and maintenance on March 26, 2020; on January 15, 2021, the Company restarted operations with full zinc payable production resuming on March 25, 2021. Trevali also owns an effective 44% interest in the Gergarub project in Namibia, as well as an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Heath Steele deposit located in New Brunswick, Canada. The shares of the Company are listed on the TSX (symbol TV), the OTCQX (symbol TREVF), the Lima Stock Exchange (symbol TV), and the Frankfurt Exchange (symbol 4TI). For further details on Trevali, readers are referred to the Company’s website (www.trevali.com) and to Canadian regulatory filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

 

REVISED 2021 GUIDANCE AND OUTLOOK

 

Consolidated production guidance for 2021 was initially set at 330 – 360 million pounds of payable zinc, with 45 – 50 million pounds of payable lead and 925 – 1,025 thousand ounces of payable silver at a C1 Cash Cost1 of $0.80 – $0.84 and AISC1 of $0.90 – $0.97 per payable pound of zinc produced.

Production guidance is now revised to 330 – 355 million pounds of payable zinc, 40 – 44 million pounds of payable lead, and 888 – 972 thousand ounces of payable silver at a C1 Cash Cost1 of $0.80 – $0.84 and AISC1 of $0.94 – $0.98 per payable pound of zinc produced.

 

Revised Consolidated 2021 Production Guidance

 

 

Previous
Guidance2
Revised
Guidance2
Payable Production by Asset FY 2021 FY 2021
Zinc Production (Million lbs)
Perkoa (100%)3 150 – 165 160 – 170
Rosh Pinah (100%)3 70 – 75 72 – 77
Caribou 60 – 65 48 – 53
Santander 50 – 55 50 – 55
Total Zinc Production 330 – 360 330 – 355
Lead Production (Million lbs)
Rosh Pinah (100%)3 20 – 23 20 – 23
Caribou 21 – 23 16 – 17
Santander 4 – 4 4 – 4
Total Lead Production 45 – 50 40 – 44
Silver Productions (Thousand ozs)
Rosh Pinah (100%)3 180 – 200 180 – 200
Caribou 585 – 650 428 – 477
Santander 160 – 175 282 – 297
Total Silver Production 925 – 1025 888 – 972
1 See “Use of Non-IFRS Performance Measures.
2 Constitutes forward-looking information; see “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements”.
3 Trevali’s ownership interest in 90% or Perkoa and 90% of Rosh Pinah.

 

2021 Consolidated Operating Cost Guidance2 

 

Previous Guidance2 Revised Guidance2
FY 2021 FY 2021
Asset C1 Cash Cost1 AISC1 C1 Cash Cost1 AISC1
($/lb Zn) ($/lb Zn) ($/lb Zn) ($/lb Zn)
Perkoa (100%)3 0.81 – 0.86 0.89 – 0.94 0.83 – 0.87 0.90 – 0.94
Rosh Pinah (100%)3 0.61 – 0.65 0.85 – 0.90 0.66 – 0.70 0.95 – 0.99
Caribou 0.79 – 0.84 0.91 – 0.97 0.66 – 0.70 0.92 – 0.96
Santander 1.01 – 1.07 1.06 – 1.12 1.03 – 1.09 1.08 – 1.14
Total 0.80 – 0.84 0.90 – 0.97 0.80 – 0.84 0.94 – 0.98
2 Constitutes forward-looking information; see “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements”.
3 Trevali’s ownership interest is 90% of Perkoa and 90% of Rosh Pinah.

 

2021 Consolidated Capital Expenditure Guidance2

 

Asset Previous
Guidance2
Revised
Guidance2
($millions) FY 2021 FY 2021
Sustaining Capital:
Perkoa (100%)3 9 10
Rosh Pinah (100%)3 18 22
Caribou 9 10
Santander 3 3
Exploration Expenditures 6 7
Expansionary Capital 5 11
Total 50 62
2 Constitutes forward-looking information; see “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements”.
3 Trevali’s ownership interest is 90% of Perkoa and 90% of Rosh Pinah.

 

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL SUMMARY

 

YTD
Q2’21
YTD
Q2’20
YoY Q2’21 Q1’21 Q2’20 Q2’21
vs
Q1’21
Q2’21
vs
Q2’20
Production
Ore mined t 1,260,708 1,274,816 –1% 711,153 549,555 513,462 29% 39%
Ore milled t 1,321,012 1,283,898 3% 741,990 579,022 504,144 28% 47%
Zinc head grade 7.6% 7.9% –4% 7.2% 8.0% 7.9% –10% –9%
Lead head grade 1.3% 1.2% 8% 1.4% 1.1% 0.0% 27% 56%
Silver head grade (ozs/t) 1.1 1.1 0% 1.2 0.9 0.8 33% 50%
Zinc recovery 87.9% 87.9% 0% 87.9% 87.9% 88.5% 0% –1%
Lead recovery 65.1% 70.8% –8% 62.1% 70.9% 75.9% –12% –18%
Silver recovery 45.2% 48.5% –7% 42.0% 52.1% 54.6% –19% –23%
Zinc payable Mlbs 162.2 164.7 –2% 87.3 74.8 65.8 17% 33%
Lead payable Mlbs 15.6 15.4 1% 9.7 5.9 4.7 64% 106%
Silver payable Moz 0.4 0.4 0% 0.2 0.2 0.1 0% 200%
Sales
Zinc payable Mlbs 158.9 163.4 –3% 86.4 72.5 72.3 19% 20%
Lead payable Mlbs 15.2 13.2 15% 13.8 1.4 7.4 886% 86%
Silver payable Moz 0.4 0.4 0% 0.3 0.1 0.2 200% 50%
Cost per unit
C1 Cash Cost1 $/lb 0.86 0.95 –9% 0.84 0.89 0.93 –6% –10%
AISC1 $/lb 0.98 1.08 –9% 0.97 0.99 0.99 –2% –2%

 

Consolidated quarterly production increased by 17% to 87.3 million pounds of payable zinc compared to the prior quarter at 74.8 million pounds of payable zinc and by 33% as compared to Q2 2020 as Q2 2021 is the first full quarter of production from Caribou following its restart in late March 2021.

 

C1 Cash Cost1 and AISC1 for Q2 2021 decreased by 6% and 2%, respectively, as compared to the prior quarter primarily due to an increase in by-product credits as Q2 2021 benefited from one of three annual lead concentrate sales at Rosh Pinah, which was partially offset by operational cost inflation at Perkoa and Rosh Pinah, weakening of the US dollar and timing of sustaining capital expenditures delayed from the prior quarter. AISC1 for Q2 2021 reduced compared to the corresponding quarter of 2020 due to the reduction of the treatment charge benchmark rate and an increase in by-product pricing, partially offset by a decrease in production

 

 

YTD
Q2’21
YTD
Q2’20
YoY Q2’21 Q1’21 Q2’20 Q2’21
vs
Q1’21
Q2’21
vs
Q2’20
Revenues $ 173,061 94,641 83% 101,105 71,956 42,689 41% 137%
Zinc payable sales Mlbs 158.9 163.4 –3% 86.4 72.5 72.3 19% 20%
Average zinc LME price $/lb 1.27 0.93 37% 1.32 1.25 0.89 6% 48%
EBITDA1 $ 46,057 (179,200) 126% 30,113 15,944 (4,312) 89% 798%
Adjusted EBITDA1 56,533 (12,355) 558% 32,042 24,491 (5,709) 31% 661%
Net income (loss) 1,367 (194,986) 101% 3,877 (2,510) (19,381) 254% 120%
Net income (loss) per share
basic and diluted 0.00 (0.24) 100% 0.00 0.00 (0.02) 0% 100%
Adjusted income (loss) per
share1 $ 0.01 (0.04) 125% 0.01 0.00 (0.03) 100% 133%

 

The increase in revenues in Q2 2021 to $101.1 million is attributable to the 19% increase in zinc payable sales volumes and 6% increase in zinc price. The 137% increase in revenues compared to the corresponding quarter in 2020 is due primarily to the 48% increase in zinc price, 20% increase in zinc payable sales volumes and the 47% decrease in 2021 zinc treatment charge benchmark.

 

Q2 2021 Adjusted EBITDA1 of $32.0 million increased from $24.5 million in Q1 2021 primarily due to the 19% increase in zinc payable sales volumes, 6% increase in the zinc price and the 6% decrease in operating costs (C1 Cash Cost1). The difference between EBITDA1 and Adjusted EBITDA1 during Q2 2021 is minimal with the $1.9 million variance a net impact of foreign exchange and mark-to-market revaluations. In contrast, the prior quarter and the corresponding quarter in 2020 included more significant mark-to-market and foreign exchange amounts.

 

MARKET OUTLOOK

 

Management of the Company believes that the outlook for the zinc market remains robust. The metals sector has performed well as global economic activity increased and pent-up demand struggled to be satisfied due to supply chain constraints. Although there has been a pause in price increases of late, management believes the structural shift towards a metal intensive economic environment is still in its infancy. The Company expects multiple factors to drive this shift including infrastructure spending initiatives, decarbonization of energy sources, electrification of transportation and technology-related improvements in manufacturing efficiency.

 

The decline in the zinc price and the other metals witnessed late in the quarter was given added pressure by the strengthening of the dollar and confirmation that China’s State Reserve Bureau will start selling parcels of metal, zinc included, in the coming months to dampen prices. The International Lead Zinc Study Group reported that the Chinese State Reserves Bureau holds 250,000 tonnes of refined zinc, which was accumulated between late 2009 and early 2013.

 

Meanwhile, global manufacturing is strong. Growth of the eurozone manufacturing sector hit new heights during June, with the headline Purchasing Managers Index (“PMI”) setting a fresh survey record for a fourth successive month. After accounting for seasonal factors, the PMI improved to 63.4, up from 63.1 in May. The manufacturing PMI for Japan came in at 52.4 in June, down from 53.0 in May. This indicated a fifth consecutive monthly improvement in the health of the sector, though the pace of the expansion was the softest since February. The Chinese manufacturing sector expanded at a slower pace in June. Production and new orders continued to expand, albeit at mild rates. Thus, at 51.3 in June, the headline seasonally adjusted general manufacturing PMI for China was down from 52.0 posted in May. The reading was the slowest recorded since March 2020, however it was reported that the pandemic and difficulties obtaining inputs had weighed on growth in the period.

 

As reported earlier this year, annual benchmark contract treatment charge for zinc concentrate was agreed to in Asia and Europe at $159 per tonne versus $300 per tonne agreed to last year. Trevali’s concentrate off-take agreements reference the annual benchmark treatment charges. Although market expectations are for zinc concentrate supply to expand in the coming quarters, the low annual benchmark reflected tightness in the concentrate. In a recent market update, Wood Mackenzie’s June indicative spot treatment charge was reported at $80 per tonne CIF MCP, up from $78 per tonne in May. This is the third consecutive monthly increase since the lows of the first quarter.

 

During Q2 2021, the London Metals Exchange (“LME”) zinc price averaged $1.32 per pound, maintaining its improvement from its pandemic low of $0.82 per pound reached back in March 2020. This compares to an average LME zinc price of $0.84 per pound in Q2 2020 and $1.25 per pound in Q1 2021. The Company believe that fundamental support for zinc prices will continue in the medium term as management believes demand will outweigh supply as global economic activity recovers and previously mentioned infrastructure spending and green energy initiatives make an impact.

 

LME exchange inventories decreased to 256,000 tonnes by end of Q2 2021 versus 270,500 tonnes on March 31, 2021. Shanghai Futures Exchange zinc stocks dropped to 35,000 tonnes versus 113,000 tonnes at the end of Q1 2021. At 8 days of global consumption, this inventory level is well below historical averages of 18 days and is also supportive of higher zinc prices.

 

Relatively low stocks and robust demand continue to put upward pressure on spot metal premiums amd spot zinc premiums which are moving higher. In North-Western Europe they are in the region of $120 – 130 per tonne up from $100-110 per tonne in May. In the US, meanwhile, spot premiums are in the upper part of the $193 – 198 per tonne range. Those for Southeast Asia are in the region of $110 per tonne.

 

CORPORATE DEVELOPMENTS

 

On December 2, 2020, the Company closed its marketed offering of 186,530,000 units at a price of C$0.185 per unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $26.6 million (C$34.5 million), which included the exercise of the full amount of the over-allotment option of 24,330,000 units. Each unit is comprised of one common share and one-half of one common share purchase warrant entitling the holder thereof to acquire one common share at a price of C$0.23 until June 2, 2022. Glencore plc exercised its pre-emptive participation rights in the offering to purchase 49,000,000 units.

 

On January 15, 2021, the Company announced the planned restart of its Caribou mine which had been on a care and maintenance program since March 2020. The Company has reduced its exposure to commodity price fluctuations during the initial two-year plan by entering into a 21-month fixed-pricing arrangement for 115 million pounds of payable zinc production from Caribou, at an average price of $1.25 per pound.

 

On January 18, 2021, the Company announced the appointment of Jeane Hull to its Board of Directors effective February 1, 2021.

 

On January 18, 2021, the Company announced preliminary 2020 full year and Q4 production results and 2021 operating, capital and exploration expenditure guidance.

 

On February 26, 2021, the Company announced that it had entered into a binding term sheet that sets out the terms for an exploration joint venture with Arrow Minerals (ASX: AMD), wherein both parties agreed to grant the other reciprocal exploration rights to their exploration permits in the prospective Boromo gold belt in Burkina Faso which the Company believes is underexplored for base metals.

 

On March 30, 2021, the Company announced that it had trucked its first ore concentrate from the Caribou mine since announcing the planned restart of operations on January 15, 2021.

 

On March 31, 2021, the Company reported its Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources statements as of December 31, 2020. Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves have increased globally and grades have reduced marginally due to an increase in Net Smelter Return value resulting from reduced offsite costs and increased metal price forecasting. For further information, refer to the March 31, 2021 press release entitled “Trevali Reports 2020 Mineral Reserves and Resources: Increasing Mineral Reserves at Rosh Pinah and Caribou Mine”

 

In April 2021, the 2021 annual treatment charge benchmark rates were agreed for both zinc and lead. Zinc treatment charges were set at $159 per tonne and lead treatment charges were set at $136 per tonne, decreases of 47% and 26%, respectively compared to the 2020 benchmark. Trevali’s concentrate off-take agreements reference the annual benchmark treatment charge rates. These rates are retroactive and apply to concentrate produced during 2021, regardless of when the sale occurs.

 

On April 7, 2021, the Company announced it had entered into a 15-year renewable power purchase agreement with Emerging Markets Energy Services Company (“EMESCO”) for the supply of solar power to the Rosh Pinah mine. The Company has previously committed to achieving an overall Green House Gas (“GHG”) emission reduction target of 25% by 2025 from its 2018 baseline. This agreement with EMESCO is anticipated to deliver 30% of Rosh Pinah’s power requirements during the life of the agreement and reduce GHG emissions at the Company level by 6%.

 

On May 12, 2021, the Company announced the results of the Annual General Meeting with shareholders voting in favour of all items of business: the election of Directors, reappointment of auditors and advisory vote on Trevali’s approach to executive compensation.

 

On May 26, 2021, the Company announced the appointment of David Schummer as Chief Operating Officer effective August 30, 2021.

 

On June 3, 2021, the Company published its 2020 Sustainability Report, the third annual report covering new performance targets and disclosures.

 

On August 3, 2021, the Company announced that a pilot plant testing program using Caribou run-of-mine and milled material at FLSmidth’s Rapid Oxidative Leach (“ROL”) process testing facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, is underway. If the pilot plant testing program indicates that the ROL technology has the potential to be successfully implemented at Caribou, it may allow Trevali to replace the existing flotation circuit at Caribou with atmospheric leach vessels and potentially an SX/EW train, introducing the possibility of producing base and precious metals on-site and thereby save transport costs and offsite treatment costs.

 

ABOUT TREVALI

 

Trevali is a global base-metals mining Company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. The bulk of Trevali’s revenue is generated from base-metals mining at its four operational assets: the 90%-owned Perkoa Mine in Burkina Faso, the 90%-owned Rosh Pinah Mine in Namibia, the wholly-owned Caribou Mine in northern New Brunswick, Canada and the wholly-owned Santander Mine in Peru. In addition, Trevali owns the Halfmile and Stratmat Properties and the Restigouche Deposit in New Brunswick, Canada, and the past-producing Ruttan Mine in northern Manitoba, Canada. Trevali also owns an effective 44%- interest in the Gergarub Project in Namibia, as well as an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Heath Steele deposit located in New Brunswick, Canada.

 

Posted August 5, 2021

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