Allied Nevada Achieves Record Net Income of $47.7 Million or $0.53 Per Share in 2012

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RENO, NEVADA--(Marketwire - Feb 25, 2013) - Allied Nevada Gold Corp. ("Allied Nevada", "we", "us", "our" or the "Company") (ANV.TO)(NYSE Amex:ANV)(NYSE MKT:ANV) is pleased to report operating and financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012. The Company produced 136,930 ounces of gold and sold 114,705 ounces of gold at adjusted cash costs(1) of $638 per ounce for the year resulting in record revenues of $214.6 million. Net income increased 30% to $47.7 million or $0.53 per share, compared to $36.7 million or $0.41 per share for fiscal 2011.

2012 Results and Highlights:

  • To date, Hycroft achieved 183 days without a lost time accident amid a significant construction effort and doubling of the workforce at the mine in 2012.
  • Revenue increased 41% over 2011 to a record $214.6 million.
  • Net income increased by 30% to a record $47.7 million or $0.53 per share in 2012. While significantly higher, net income in 2012 was impacted by increased net interest expense and income tax expense of $17.9 million and $16.4 million respectively (compared with $0.7 million and $6.3 million, respectively, in 2011). The increased interest expense arose from the May 2012 issuance of the senior unsecured notes and additional capital lease obligations of $94.9 million entered into during 2012. These costs were partially offset by lower exploration, development and land holding costs during 2012.
  • Record production and sales were achieved in 2012. Production from Hycroft in 2012 of 136,930 ounces of gold and 794,097 ounces of silver was 32% and 66% higher than 2011 production results, respectively. Sales of 114,705 ounces of gold and 696,144 ounces of silver surpassed 2011 sales by 30% and 87%, respectively. 
  • Adjusted cash costs1 increased 31% to $638 per ounce in 2012 and were negatively impacted by increased production costs in the first half of 2012, selling costs associated with in-process inventories, and an increase in the average cost per ounce in beginning of the year 2012 inventory compared to 2011. In the first half of 2012, our strip ratio was 1.4:1, increasing our production costs and average cost per ounce sold for 2012. Additionally, the average cost per gold ounce on the leach pads in the beginning of 2012 was $825/oz, an increase of $186/oz compared to the beginning of 2011. The aforementioned increases in adjusted cash costs1 were partially offset by the additional revenue resulting from the silver ounce to gold ounce ratio increasing to 6.1:1 in 2012 compared to 4.2:1 in 2011.
  • Cash used in operations totaled $21.1 million, cash used in investing activities was $275.2 million and financing activities generated $368.4 million of cash, increasing the Company''s cash balance at year end to $347 million.
  • Year-to-date, up to and including February 21, 2013, we mined and placed 6.0 million tons of ore containing approximately 67,000 ounces of gold and 513,000 ounces of silver. In that same period, approximately 24,000 ounces of gold and approximately 140,000 ounces of silver have been or were available to be sold. We are currently installing additional carbon column capacity and expect to be able to process 100% solution flows in March 2013. The on-site carbon strip circuit capacity will handle all of our carbon.
  • Proven and probable reserves were 11.9 million ounces of gold and 509.6 million ounces of silver (1.1 billion tons grading 0.011 opt gold and 0.46 opt silver). The life of mine waste to ore strip ratio declined to 1.15:1 (from 1.26:1).

[1] Allied Nevada uses a non-GAAP financial measure "adjusted cash costs" in this document. Please see the section at the end of this press release and in the 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further information regarding these measures.

"As with any company growing as quickly as Allied Nevada, we experienced some successes as well as some disappointments this past year. With the additions to the mining fleet and the completion of the Lewis leach pad, we were able to increase our tons placed on the leach pads by 77%. Since more than 40% of the ounces were placed on the pad in the fourth quarter, we are well positioned to achieve our 2013 guidance," said Scott Caldwell, Allied Nevada President and Chief Executive Officer. "We''ve made a number of changes to the employee base over the past year, including doubling of the workforce at Hycroft, working alongside more than 200 contract employees, and strengthening our management team. I am confident that together we have the depth to build one of North America''s largest gold and silver mines. It goes without saying that during this effort, safety will continue to be our focus in the coming year as our people are our number one priority at Allied Nevada."

Hycroft Operations Update

Key statistics for the Hycroft Mine for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared with 2011, are as follows:

      Years ended December 31,  
      2012   2011  
             
Ore tons mined 000s   30,299   16,638  
Stockpiled mill ore tons mined 000s   3,346   -  
Waste tons mined 000s   22,088   11,393  
Total tons mined 000s   55,733   28,031  
Excavation and pre-strip tons mined 000s   4,945   5,976  
             
Ore grade - gold oz/ton   0.012   0.013  
Ore grade - silver oz/ton   0.21   0.34  
             
Ounces produced - gold     136,930   104,002  
Ounces produced - silver     794,097   479,440  
             
Ounces sold - gold     114,705   88,191  
Ounces sold - silver     696,144   372,000  
             
Average realized price - gold $/oz   $ 1,681   $ 1,577  
Average realized price - silver $/oz   $ 31   $ 35  
             
Average spot price - gold $/oz   $ 1,669   $ 1,572  
Average spot price - silver $/oz   $ 31   $ 35  
             
Total adjusted cash costs1 000s   $ 73,186   $ 43,062  
Adjusted cash costs per ounce1     $ 638   $ 488  

[1] Allied Nevada uses a non-GAAP financial measure "adjusted cash costs" in this document. Please see the section at the end of this press release and in the 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further information regarding these measures.

Hycroft completed its fourth full year of operations in 2012. The additions to mining equipment this year, including a third hydraulic shovel, 15 Komatsu 320-ton trucks and two Caterpillar 795 trucks, as well as production drills and support equipment, led to a total of 60.7 million tons being mined in 2012, almost double that mined in 2011. The average grade of ore placed on the leach pads in 2012 of 0.012 opt for gold and 0.21 opt for silver was commensurate with our forecasts but lower than 2011. Tons placed on the pad in 2012 increased 82%, and ounces placed totaled 371,000 ounces of gold and 6.5 million ounces of silver. Leach pad capacity was increased by approximately 3.0 million square feet with the completion of the Lewis leach pad, bringing total capacity to approximately 12.0 million square feet. Management continues to expect the gyratory crusher, north leach pad and Merrill-Crowe processing facility to be completed and operational in the third quarter of 2013. The new Merrill-Crowe plant will add 21,500 gallons per minute of processing capacity, which, along with current capacity, will be sufficient for the heap leach and milling operations.

The amount of cash used in investing activities significantly increased in 2012 to $275.2 million due to the ongoing expansion projects at Hycroft. During 2012, cash additions to plant, equipment, and mine development included $103.7 million for the mill project, $59.4 million for the crusher project, $35.3 million for mine development, $30.1 million for leach pad expansions, $9.4 million for an employee housing project, $8.7 million for mine equipment, and $15.6 million for other additions. Significant additions for the mill project included the purchase of SAG mills, ball mills, a regrind mill, and engineering costs. Significant additions for the crusher project included the purchase of a gyratory crusher, secondary and tertiary crushers, and excavation costs. The mill excavation began in the third quarter of 2012 and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Operating cash flows before operating assets and liability changes totaled $85.6 million. Operating assets and liabilities increased approximately $106.7 million during 2012, and included a receivable from the sale of unprocessed carbon and precipitate totaling $60.5 million as well as increases in inventory resulting from the expansion of our heap leach operations. Stockpiling of sulfide ore containing 32,074 ounces of recoverable gold, for the mill also contributed to the increase. Net cash used in operations totaled $21.1 million. The receivable for the sale of unprocessed carbon and precipitate is expected to be a one-time event due to our installation of an on-site carbon processing facility and is expected to be collected in 2013.

Hycroft Expansion Projects

The capital cost estimate for the expansion project remains $1.24 billion. To date, we have purchased or have fixed contracts in place for approximately $634.7 million, or 51% of the total capital budget and these purchases have come in approximately 5% below original estimate. As a result, the difference has been allocated to contingency which has increased to $97 million, from $65 million, representing 16% of the remaining capital to be committed of $608.3 million. Management believes that the expansion can be funded with the $347 million of cash on hand at December 31, 2012, an undrawn revolving line of credit for $120 million, capital lease financing, and operating cash flow.

Exploration Activities

Drilling activities at Hycroft in 2012 totaled 255,600 feet in 265 holes and were directed towards: infill drilling to upgrade inferred resources within the reserve pit; material collection in support of engineering and ongoing metallurgical work; condemnation drilling related to new facility placement; and limited step-out drilling.

Drilling at our advanced exploration properties in 2012 was directed towards the Hasbrouck Project (primarily the nearby Three Hills deposit) and at Wildcat. At the Hasbrouck project, drilling of approximately 21,010 feet in 37 holes was directed towards growing the mineralized material at Hasbrouck and an initial program on the Three Hills deposit. A total of 26,000 feet in 36 holes was drilled at Wildcat in 2012 with the first pass initial program being completed. We have completed resource block models for each property and expect to provide an updated resource for each of Hasbrouck/Three Hills and Wildcat in the second quarter of 2013. 

Outlook  

On January 18th, we announced production and cash cost guidance for the 2013 year. We are forecasting more than a 60% increase in sales at Hycroft to approximately 225,000 to 250,000 ounces of gold and 1.5 million to 1.8 million ounces of silver. Sales in the first half of the year are expected to be approximately 90,000 to 100,000 ounces of gold. We expect to move approximately 94.1 million tons of material, including 46.5 million tons of ore at average grades of 0.012 opt gold and 0.25 opt silver. With the addition of two wire rope shovels in the latter half of the year, our mining rate is expected to increase in the second half to an average of 290,000 tons per day from 200,000 tons per day. The overall strip ratio for 2013 is expected to be 0.6:1. A number of critical projects must be completed to achieve the higher end of the stated guidance range of metal sales. The stated guidance assumes that there will be no material delays in the start-up of the North Leach Pad, the new 21,500 gallon per minute Merrill-Crowe facility (both expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2013) or operation of additional mobile equipment. Adjusted cash costs(3) for 2013 is expected to be in the range of $565 to $585 per ounce (with silver as a byproduct credit and utilizing a silver price of $28 per ounce).

Capital expenditures in 2013 are expected to total approximately $399.2 million of which $130.8 million is expected to be financed with capital leases. Of the budgeted $399.2 million, $27.5 million is for sustaining capital and the remainder is to advance the Hycroft expansion project including equipment, infrastructure, engineering, permitting, and support programs. Major additions to mobile equipment in 2013 include nine haul trucks, seven production drills and the first two wire rope shovels, which are expected to become operational in the third quarter and fourth quarter, respectively.

Company-wide exploration expense is projected to be $7.5 million in 2013 and does not include capitalized drilling. In addition to corporate office expense and annual land holding costs of approximately $3.2 million, we expect exploration dollars in 2013 to be directed towards follow-up drilling in the Three Hills area of the Hasbrouck project, where we have had previous success, and also to test Hycroft regional targets identified in the southern region of the Hycroft property claim block. 

The results presented in this press release should be read in conjunction with the Company''s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed on SEDAR and EDGAR and posted on Allied Nevada''s website at www.alliednevada.com. The financial results are based on United States GAAP (with the exception of the non-GAAP financial measure adjusted cash costs1) and are expressed in U.S. dollars.

[1] Allied Nevada uses a non-GAAP financial measure "adjusted cash costs" in this document. Please see the section at the end of this press release and in the 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further information regarding this measure.

Conference Call Information

Allied Nevada will host a conference call to discuss these results on Monday, February 25, 2013, at 9:00 am ET, which will be followed by a question and answer session.

To access the call, please dial:

Canada & US toll‐free - 1‐800-814-4859

Outside of Canada & US - 1‐416‐644-3414

Replay (available until March 11, 2013):

Access code: 4603640#

Canada & US toll‐free - 1‐877‐289‐8525

Outside of Canada & US - 1‐416‐640‐1917

An audio recording of the call will be archived on our website at www.alliednevada.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and the equivalent under Canadian securities laws) and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, that are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections. Statements that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by, among other things, the use of forward-looking language, such as the words "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "project," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "seeks," or "scheduled to," or other similar words, or the negative of these terms or other variations of these terms or comparable language, or by discussion of strategy or intentions. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the timing for completion of the leach pad expansion and Merrill-Crowe processing facility, the expected capacity and sufficiency of the Company''s processing facilities upon completion of planned expansion projects, timing of results and indications of exploration drilling currently underway at Hycroft and exploration properties, including the Hasbrouck/Three Hills properties; delays in processing gold and silver, the potential for confirming, upgrading and expanding gold and silver mineralized material; reserve and resource estimates and the timing of the release of updated estimates for the Hasbrouck/Three Hills and Wildcat properties; estimates of gold and silver grades; expectations regarding gold and silver recovery, anticipated sales, costs, project economics, capital expenditures, cash flows and operating costs, the expected sources of capital for the Hycroft expansion and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements address activities, events or developments that Allied Nevada expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, and are based on current expectations and assumptions.

Although Allied Nevada management believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, risks that Allied Nevada''s exploration and property advancement efforts will not be successful; delays in the start-up of expansion new processing facilities or operation of new equipment, risks relating to fluctuations in the price of gold and silver; the inherently hazardous nature of mining-related activities; uncertainties concerning reserve and resource estimates; uncertainties relating to obtaining approvals and permits from governmental regulatory authorities; and availability and timing of capital for financing the Company''s exploration and development activities, including the uncertainty of being able to raise capital on favorable terms or at all; as well as those factors discussed in Allied Nevada''s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") including Allied Nevada''s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other SEC filings (and Canadian filings) which may be secured from us, either directly or from our website at www.alliednevada.com or at the SEC website www.sec.gov. The Company does not intend to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

The technical contents of this news release have been reviewed and approved by Donald Harris, a Certified Professional Geologist with American Institute of Professional Geologists (A.I.P.G.), #10819, who is Manager of Hycroft Exploration for Allied Nevada Gold Corp. and Dan Moore, Vice President, Technical Services, a Registered Professional Engineer and a registered member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (#2257810) who are a Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101. For further information regarding the quality assurance program and the quality control measures applied, as well as other relevant technical information, please see the Hycroft Technical Report which will be filed within the regulatory timeframe on www.sedar.com. For further information regarding technical information in relation to the Hasbrouck and Three Hills properties, please see the Technical Report titled "Technical Report, Allied Nevada Gold Corp. Hasbrouck Property, Tonopah, Nevada, USA" dated April 11, 2012, available on www.sedar.com. For further information regarding technical information in relation to the Wildcat property, please see the Technical Report titled "Updated Technical Review, Wildcat Project, Pershing County, Nevada" dated August 14, 2006, available on www.sedar.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted cash costs is a non-GAAP financial measure, calculated on a per ounce of gold sold basis, and includes all direct and indirect operating cash costs related to the physical activities of producing gold, including mining, processing, third party refining expenses, on-site administrative and support costs, royalties, and mining production taxes, net of by-product revenue earned from silver sales. Adjusted cash costs provides management and investors with a further measure, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, to assess the Company''s performance of the mining operations and ability to generate cash flows over multiple periods. Non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and, therefore, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other mining companies. Accordingly, the above measures are intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. 

The table below presents a reconciliation between non-GAAP adjusted cash costs to cost of sales (GAAP) for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 (in thousands, except ounces sold):

  Years ended December 31,  
  2012   2011  
Total cost of sales (000s) $ 109,492   $ 63,029  
Less:        
Depreciation and amortization (000s) (14,594 ) (6,984 )
Silver revenues (000s) (21,712 ) (12,983 )
Total adjusted cash costs (000s) $ 73,186   $ 43,062  
Gold ounces sold 114,705   88,191  
Adjusted cash cost per ounce $ 638   $ 488  
         
 
ALLIED NEVADA GOLD CORP.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(US dollars in thousands, except shares)
 
  December 31,  
  2012   2011  
Assets:        
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 347,047   $ 275,002  
  Accounts receivable 60,479   ---  
  Inventories 55,818   28,305  
  Ore on leachpads, current 93,088   64,230  
  Prepaids and other 12,084   6,687  
  Deferred tax assets, current ---   1,795  
    Current assets 568,516   376,019  
  Restricted cash 31,837   18,798  
  Stockpiles and ore on leachpads, non-current 38,357   11,320  
  Other assets, non-current 38,499   2,196  
  Plant, equipment, and mine development, net 515,902   190,694  
  Mineral properties, net 44,616   44,706  
  Deferred tax assets, non-current ---   13,473  
Total assets $ 1,237,727   $ 657,206  
         
Liabilities:        
  Accounts payable $ 60,292   $ 26,314  
  Interest payable 2,756   ---  
  Other liabilities, current 9,762   3,166  
  Debt, current 28,614   10,306  
  Asset retirement obligation, current 331   339  
  Deferred tax liabilities, current 76   ---  
    Current liabilities 101,831   40,125  
  Other liabilities, non-current 10,223   9,327  
  Debt, non-current 496,578   34,245  
  Asset retirement obligation, non-current 8,726   8,387  
  Deferred tax liabilities, non-current 395   ---  
    Total liabilities 617,753   92,084  
         
Commitments and Contingencies        
         
Shareholders'' Equity:        
  Common stock, $0.001 par value  
Shares authorized: 200,000,000  
Shares issued and outstanding: 2012 - 89,734,112 and 2011 - 89,646,988
90   90  
  Additional paid-in-capital 601,553   589,012  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss (5,416 ) ---  
  Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) 23,747   (23,980 )
    Total shareholders'' equity 619,974   565,122  
Total liabilities and shareholders'' equity $ 1,237,727   $ 657,206  
 
ALLIED NEVADA GOLD CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(US dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
  Years Ended December 31,
  2012   2011   2010
           
Revenue $ 214,559   $ 152,029   $ 130,930
Operating expenses:          
  Production costs 94,898   56,045   57,713
  Depreciation and amortization 14,594   6,984   6,972
    Total cost of sales 109,492   63,029   64,685
             
  Exploration, development, and land holding costs 7,367   28,174   24,969
  Accretion 564   450   442
  Corporate general and administrative 16,269   18,593   17,299
Income from operations 80,867   41,783   23,535
Other income (expense):          
  Interest income 899   473   145
  Interest expense (17,908 ) (712 ) ---
  Foreign exchange gain, net ---   4   3,067
  Gain on sale of mineral property ---   1,097   ---
  Other income, net 292   413   269
Income before income taxes 64,150   43,058   27,016
           
  Income tax (expense) benefit (16,423 ) (6,349 ) 7,112
Net income 47,727   36,709   34,128
           
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax          
  Change in fair value of effective portion of cash flow hedge instruments, net of tax (5,940 ) ---   ---
  Settlements of cash flow hedges, net of tax 2,297   ---   ---
  Reclassifications into earnings, net of tax (1,773 ) ---   ---
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax (5,416 ) ---   ---
Comprehensive income $ 42,311   $ 36,709   $ 34,128
           
Income per share:          
  Basic $ 0.53   $ 0.41   $ 0.41
  Diluted $ 0.52   $ 0.40   $ 0.41
 
ALLIED NEVADA GOLD CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(US dollars in thousands)
 
  Years Ended December 31,  
  2012   2011   2010  
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net income $ 47,727   $ 36,709   $ 34,128  
Adjustments to reconcile net income for the period to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:            
  Depreciation and amortization 14,594   6,984   6,972  
  Accretion 564   450   442  
  Stock-based compensation 4,339   6,562   8,375  
  Deferred taxes 18,656   4,116   (7,111 )
  Gain on sale of mineral property ---   (1,097 ) ---  
  Other non-cash items (300 ) (397 ) (269 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:            
  Accounts receivable (60,479 ) ---   ---  
  Inventories (23,849 ) (16,843 ) (3,035 )
  Stockpiles and ore on leach pads (45,235 ) (22,074 ) (14,008 )
  Prepaids and other (2,228 ) 1,194   (3,493 )
  Accounts payable 16,285   1,310   2,490  
  Interest payable 2,756   ---   ---  
  Asset retirement obligation (540 ) (775 ) (470 )
  Other liabilities 6,599   1,282   274  
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (21,111 ) 17,421   24,295  
             
Cash flows from investing activities:            
  Additions to plant, equipment, and mine development (262,216 ) (81,554 ) (37,025 )
  Additions to mineral properties (130 ) (114 ) ---  
  Increases in restricted cash (13,039 ) (3,778 ) (954 )
  Proceeds from other investing activities 136   183   131  
Net cash used in investing activities (275,249 ) (85,263 ) (37,848 )
             
Cash flows from financing activities:            
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock 464   815   279,240  
  Payments of share issuance costs ---   ---   (17,886 )
  Proceeds from debt issuance 400,400   ---   ---  
  Payments of debt issuance costs (15,340 ) (476 ) ---  
  Proceeds from sale-leaseback agreement ---   9,471   ---  
  Repayments of principal on capital lease obligations (16,323 ) (5,591 ) (1,553 )
  Excess tax (expense) benefit from stock-based awards (796 ) 796   ---  
Net cash provided by financing activities 368,405   5,015   259,801  
             
  Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 72,045   (62,827 ) 246,248  
             
  Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year 275,002   337,829   91,581  
             
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $ 347,047   $ 275,002   $ 337,829  
             
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:            
  Cash paid for interest $ 21,367   $ 1,167   $ 440  
  Cash paid for income taxes 3,950   ---   800  
Non-cash financing and investing activities            
  Mining equipment acquired by capital lease 84,877   35,823   9,873  
  Plant and equipment additions through accounts payable increase 27,740   10,047   ---  
  Accounts payable reduction through capital lease 10,047   ---   ---  
  Additional paid in capital increase from award modification and settlement of outstanding DPU liability 7,453   ---   ---  
  Mineral properties increase from deferred tax adjustment ---   5,611   ---  

Contact:
Allied Nevada Gold Corp.
Scott Caldwell
President & CEO
(775) 358-4455
Allied Nevada Gold Corp.
Tracey Thom
Vice President, Investor Relations
(775) 789-0119
www.alliednevada.com

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