Great Panther Silver Reports Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Mar 13, 2013) - GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED (GPR.TO)(NYSE MKT:GPL) ("Great Panther"; the "Company") today reported financial results for the Company''s year ended December 31, 2012. The full version of the Company''s financial statements and Management''s Discussion and Analysis can be viewed on the Company''s website at www.greatpanther.com, or SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All financial information is prepared in accordance with IFRS and all dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

"We are pleased to report record revenues and revenue growth of 6% despite a decline in average silver prices," stated Robert Archer, CEO. "While we remained profitable, we saw a decrease in profitability due to lower metal prices, increases in our operating costs and greater expenditures in exploration and development activities. These additional expenditures resulted in the discovery of new silver-gold mineralization in the Guanajuato Mine Complex and the development of the underground infrastructure to connect the lower levels of the Guanajuatito Mine with the main ore hoisting shaft at Cata. Our focus for 2013 is to improve the profitability of our operations, and to commence the development of our San Ignacio Project in preparation for anticipated production in 2014."

FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2012 FINANCIAL SUMMARY

Highlights
(in 000s except ounces, amounts per share and per ounce)
2012 Q4   2011 Q4   Change Year Ended
 Dec 31,
 2012
Year Ended
 Dec 31,
 2011
Change
Revenue $ 17,789   $ 17,520   2% $ 61,139 $ 57,818 6%
Gross profit (Earnings from mining operations) $ 3,318   $ 6,032   -45% $ 19,206 $ 26,916 -29%
Net income (loss) $ (1,285 ) $ (1,419 ) 9% $ 5,510 $ 11,506 -52%
Adjusted EBITDA 1 $ 3,800   $ 6,265   -39% $ 16,893 $ 24,723 -32%
Earnings (loss) per share - basic $ (0.01 ) $ (0.01 ) 0% $ 0.04 $ 0.09 -56%
Earnings (loss) per share - diluted $ (0.01 ) $ (0.01 ) 0% $ 0.04 $ 0.08 -50%
Silver ounces produced 453,934   354,754   28% 1,560,040 1,495,372 4%
Silver equivalent ounces produced 2 672,690   545,294   23% 2,378,603 2,200,013 8%
Silver payable ounces 446,077   425,225   5% 1,472,269 1,332,262 11%
Total cash cost per silver ounce (USD) 1 $ 14.58   $ 11.92   22% $ 12.24 $ 10.84 13%
Average realized silver price (USD) 3 $ 31.94   $ 30.86   3% $ 30.93 $ 34.71 -11%
1. "Adjusted EBITDA" and cash cost per silver ounce are non-IFRS measures. Refer to the "Non-IFRS Measures" section of the Company''s MD&A
2. Silver equivalent ounces in 2012 were established using prices of US$28 per oz, US$1,680 per oz, US$0.85 per lb, and US$0.85 per lb for silver, gold, lead & zinc, respectively, and applied to the recovered metal content of the concentrates that were produced by the two operations
3. Average realized silver price is prior to treatment, refining and smelting charges

Fiscal Year 2012 Financial and Operational Highlights (Compared to Fiscal Year 2011)

  • Revenues totalled $61.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, an increase of 6%;
  • Net income was $5.5 million for 2012, a decrease of 52%;
  • Cash-flow from operating activities was $13.1 million for 2012, compared to $19.1 million;
  • Cash position at year end was $25.9 million, inclusive of short term investments, compared to $39.5 million;
  • Net working capital at year end was $44.5 million, compared to $53.8 million;
  • Processed ore for 2012 totaled 230,120 tonnes, a 6% increase;
  • Record metal production was achieved for 2012 of 2,378,603 silver equivalent ounces ("Ag eq oz"), an 8% increase; 
  • Silver production for 2012 increased 4% to 1,560,040 ounces;
  • Gold production for 2012 increased 36% to a record of 10,924 ounces;
  • Cash cost per silver ounce for 2012 increased 13% to US$12.24;
  • Average silver grades at Guanajuato for 2012 were unchanged at 199g/t, while average gold grades increased to 2.02g/t from 1.52g/t;
  • Topia average silver grades for 2012 decreased to 345g/t from 400g/t, and
  • Guanajuato maintained strong metallurgical recoveries 2012 of 90.2% and 91.5% for silver and gold respectively.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial and Operational Highlights (Compared to Fourth Quarter 2011)

  • Revenues totalled $17.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012 ("Q4 2012") compared to $17.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011 ("Q4 2011"), an increase of 2%;
  • Net loss for Q4 2012 was $1.3 million, compared to a net loss of $1.4 million in Q4 2011;
  • Cash-flow from operating activities was $4.5 million for Q4 2012, compared to $9.9 million for Q4 2011;
  • Processed ore for Q4 was 67,659 tonnes, representing an increase of 30%;
  • Metal production for Q4 2012 was 672,690 Ag eq oz, a quarterly record and an increase of 23% over Q4 2011;
  • Silver production for Q4 was 453,934 ounces, an increase of 28%; and
  • Gold production for Q4 was 2,826 ounces, an increase of 24%.

FISCAL YEAR 2012 FINANCIAL DISCUSSION

  • Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 totalled $61.1 million, an increase of 6% over 2011 as a result of an increase in silver equivalent ounces sold, which offset an 11% decrease in the average realized silver price;
  • Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $19.2 million compared to $26.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The decrease is due to higher site costs at both mines and lower ore grades at Topia. In addition, higher amortization and depletion charges were realized in cost of sales as a result of increased investments in mine development, exploration of operating mines, and plant and equipment over the past year;
  • Gross profit percentage for the year ended December 31, 2012 was 31% compared to 47% for the year ended December 31, 2011. The decrease is attributed to a lower average realized silver price, higher unit cost of sales, and higher amortization and depletion charges;
  • Consolidated cash cost per silver ounce for the year ended December 31, 2012 was US$12.24, a 13% increase from US$10.84 in 2011. The increase was primarily due to higher site costs at both mines and lower grades at Topia which resulted in higher unit production costs. In addition, the Company saw an increase in overall smelting and refining charges as a result of higher contractual charges for Topia concentrates. The higher unit production costs and smelting and refining charges were offset somewhat by higher by-product credits from an increase in gold production at Guanajuato;
  • General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2012 totalled $10.1 million as compared to $8.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The increase due primarily to a one-time payment of $0.7 million in connection with the retirement of an executive director, a $0.3 million increase in occupancy costs reflecting a new office lease and the remaining payments on the lease for the former premises;
  • Exploration and evaluation expenses for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $2.4 million compared to $0.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The increase is attributable to an increase in exploration and business development activities outside of the Company''s operating mines. These include exploration activities at Santa Rosa and the El Horcon Project and increased evaluation activities in connection with prospective acquisitions;
  • Net income for the year ended December 31, 2012 totalled $5.5 million, compared to $11.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The decrease is attributable to a $7.7 million decrease in gross profit, a $1.5 million increase in general and administrative expenses, a $1.5 million increase in exploration and evaluation expenses, and an increase in tax expense of $2.2 million. These were offset by a foreign exchange gain of $2.8 million in 2012 in finance and other income compared to a foreign exchange loss of $4.6 million in 2011;
  • Foreign exchange gains and losses arise from the translation of foreign denominated transactions and balances relative to the functional currency of the Company''s subsidiaries and the Company''s reporting currency. The Company has significant Canadian and US dollar loans receivable from one of its Mexican subsidiaries and fluctuations in the Mexican peso create significant unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses on the loans owing to the Canadian parent. These unrealized gains and losses are recognized in the consolidated net income of the Company;
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $16.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to $24.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The decrease is primarily due to a decrease in gross profit but also an increase in general and administrative expenses before amortization and share-based payment expenses, and increased exploration and evaluation expenses;
  • At December 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $25.9 million, inclusive of short term investments, which constituted a decrease of $13.6 million from the balance at December 31, 2011. During the year, the Company generated net cash flows from operating activities of $13.1 million. Net cash outflows from investment activities were $27.5 million for the year, primarily related to the development and exploration of the Company''s operating mines, the purchase of plant and mine equipment, and the acquisition of the El Horcon Project for $1.6 million; and
  • At December 31, 2012, the Company''s net working capital position remained strong at $44.5 million, although it represented a decrease from $53.8 million at December 31, 2011.

1 "Adjusted EBITDA" is a non-IFRS measure. Refer to the "Non-IFRS Measures" section of this Press Release and the Company''s MD&A for a complete definition and reconciliation to the Company''s financial statements.

FOURTH QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL DISCUSSION

  • Revenues totalled $17.8 million for the fourth quarter 2012 compared to $17.5 million for fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 2%;
  • Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $3.3 million compared to $6.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The decrease was due to lower average realized metal prices, higher unit operating costs, higher smelting and refining charges and increased amortization and depletion costs;
  • Cash cost per silver ounce for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 22% to US$14.58 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 due primarily to lower grades at Topia and increased site labour and contractor operating costs;
  • General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $1.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The decrease was the result of a large share-based payment expense of $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. During 2011 the Company only granted options in the fourth quarter, whereas in 2012 the Company granted options throughout the year;
  • Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $1.3 million, compared to a net loss of $1.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011;
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $3.8 million, compared to $6.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The decrease is attributable to a decrease in gross profit and an increase in exploration and evaluation expenses.

OUTLOOK

The Company''s primary focus for the 2013 fiscal year is to improve and strengthen the operational efficiency of the existing operations and build the platform for more significant growth in 2014 and beyond.

The Company''s goals are to:

  1. Increase cash flow from mine operations by cutting costs and improving operating efficiency;
  2. Aggressively drive the development of the San Ignacio Project with the view to commencing production in 2014 to augment existing production at the Guanajuato Mine Complex;
  3. Commence the exploration drilling at the El Horcon Project; and
  4. Develop acquisition opportunities.

The Company expects metal production for 2013 to be in the range of 2.4 to 2.5 million Ag eq oz, and cash costs to be in the range of US$10.00 to US$11.00 per silver ounce.

2013 Production and Cash Cost per Silver Ounce Guidance 2012 Actual 2013 Guidance Range
Silver Equivalent Ounces 2,378,603 2,400,000 - 2,500,000
     
Cash costs per silver ounce (USD) $ 12.24 $ 10.00 - 11.00

CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS FISCAL YEAR 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTS

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results on March 14, 2013, at 7:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time. Hosting the call will be Mr. Robert Archer, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Jim Zadra, Chief Financial Officer.

Shareholders, analysts, investors and media are invited to join the live conference call by dialing in just prior to the start time.

Dial in number (Toll Free): 1-877-407-9205
Dial in number (International): +1-201-689-8054
No passcode is required

A replay of the teleconference call will be available until March 21, 2013 by dialing the numbers below. In addition, the call will be archived on the Company''s website.

Replay number (Toll Free): 1-877-660-6853
Replay number (International): +1-201-612-7415
Conference ID #: 409255

NON-IFRS MEASURES

The discussion of financial results in this press release includes reference to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Cost per Silver Ounce which are non-IFRS measures. The Company provides these measures as additional information regarding the Company''s financial results and performance. Please refer to the Company''s MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2012 for a definition and reconciliation of these measures to reported IFRS results.

ABOUT GREAT PANTHER

Great Panther Silver Limited is a profitable, primary silver mining and exploration company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange trading under the symbol GPR, and on the NYSE MKT trading under the symbol GPL. The Company''s current activities are focused on the mining of precious metals from its two wholly-owned operating mines in Mexico, Topia and Guanajuato, the development stage San Ignacio Project as well as the exploration project El Horcon. The Company is also pursuing additional mining opportunities within Latin America, with the goal of adding to its portfolio of mineral properties. Great Panther''s mission is to become a leading primary silver producer by acquiring, developing and profitably mining precious metals.

All shareholders have the ability to receive a hard copy of the Company''s complete audited financial statements free of charge upon request. Should you wish to receive Great Panther Silver''s Financial Statements or the Annual Information Form in hard copy, please contact us at the Company toll free at 1-888-355-1766 or 604-608-1766, or e-mail info@greatpanther.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information within the meaning of the Securities Act (Ontario) (together, "forward-looking statements"). Such forward-looking statements may include but are not limited to the Company''s plans for production at its Guanajuato and Topia Mines in Mexico, exploring its other properties in Mexico, the overall economic potential of its properties, the availability of adequate financing and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements to be materially different. Such factors include, among others, risks and uncertainties relating to potential political risks involving the Company''s operations in a foreign jurisdiction, uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, physical risks inherent in mining operations, currency fluctuations, fluctuations in the price of silver, gold and base metals, completion of economic evaluations, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, the inability or failure to obtain adequate financing on a timely basis, and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company''s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2012 and Material Change Reports filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators available at www.sedar.com, and reports on Form 40-F and Form 6-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov.

GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION  
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)  
   
December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011  
  December 31,   December 31,  
  2012   2011  
         
      Recast  
      (Note 5)  
Assets        
         
  Current assets:        
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 20,735   $ 34,437  
  Short term investments 5,164   5,080  
  Trade and other receivables 18,099   14,076  
  Income taxes recoverable 130   374  
  Inventories 6,927   4,591  
  Prepaid expenses, deposits and advances 1,995   1,732  
  53,050   60,290  
Non-current assets:        
  Mineral properties, plant and equipment 55,451   38,078  
  Exploration and evaluation assets 7,270   3,868  
  Intangible assets 705   708  
  Deferred tax asset 253   -  
  $ 116,729   $ 102,944  
         
Liabilities and Shareholders'' Equity        
         
Current liabilities:        
  Trade and other payables $ 8,111   $ 6,350  
  Finance lease obligations -   130  
  Current tax liability 400   -  
  8,511   6,480  
Non-current liabilities:        
  Reclamation and remediation provision 2,447   2,154  
  Deferred tax liability 5,746   1,824  
  16,704   10,458  
Shareholders'' equity:        
  Share capital 122,444   121,536  
  Reserves 7,586   6,465  
  Deficit (30,005 ) (35,515 )
  100,025   92,486  
  $ 116,729   $ 102,944  
         
GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME  
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data)  
   
For the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011  
  2012   2011  
         
Revenue $ 61,139   $ 57,818  
Cost of sales        
  Production costs 32,864   25,475  
  Amortization and depletion 8,684   4,465  
  Share-based payments 385   962  
  41,933   30,902  
         
Gross profit 19,206   26,916  
         
General and administrative expenses        
  Administrative expenses 8,808   7,222  
  Amortization and depletion 206   97  
  Share-based payments 1,071   1,248  
  10,085   8,567  
         
Exploration and evaluation expenses        
  Exploration and evaluation expenses 2,309   928  
  Share-based payments 73   -  
  2,382   928  
         
Income before the undernoted 6,739   17,421  
         
Finance and other income (expense)        
  Interest income 442   435  
  Finance costs (34 ) (324 )
  Foreign exchange gain (loss) 2,828   (4,572 )
  Other (expense) income (265 ) 531  
  2,971   (3,930 )
         
Income before income taxes 9,710   13,491  
Income tax expense        
  Current (592 ) (108 )
  Deferred (3,608 ) (1,877 )
  (4,200 ) (1,985 )
Net income for the year $ 5,510   $ 11,506  
         
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax        
  Foreign currency translation 1   (352 )
  Change in fair value of available-for-sale financial assets (8 ) (103 )
  (7 ) (455 )
Total comprehensive income for the year $ 5,503   $ 11,051  
         
Earnings per share        
  Basic $ 0.04   $ 0.09  
  Diluted $ 0.04   $ 0.08  
         
         
GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)  
   
For years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011  
  2012   2011  
         
      As restated  
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net income for the year $ 5,510   $ 11,506  
         
Items not involving cash:        
  Amortization and depletion 8,890   4,561  
  Unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses (2,860 ) 3,849  
  Income tax expense 4,200   1,985  
  Share-based payments 1,529   2,210  
  Other non-cash items (391 ) (223 )
  16,878   23,888  
         
Interest received 384   378  
Interest paid (6 ) (171 )
Income taxes paid (202 ) (267 )
Net cash from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital 17,054   23,828  
         
Changes in non-cash working capital:        
  Trade and other receivables (3,963 ) (4,384 )
  Income taxes recoverable 244   (135 )
  Inventories (1,924 ) (1,821 )
  Prepaid expenses, deposits and advances (263 ) (599 )
  Trade and other payables 1,982   2,070  
  Current tax liability 10   140  
  Net cash from operating activities 13,140   19,099  
         
Cash flows from investing activities:        
  Purchase of intangible assets (811 ) (627 )
  Purchase of mineral properties, plant and equipment (26,712 ) (23,459 )
  Proceeds from disposal of mineral properties, plant and equipment 86   149  
  Purchase of short term investments (85 ) (5,000 )
  Restricted cash -   151  
  Net cash used in investing activities (27,522 ) (28,786 )
         
Cash flows from financing activities:        
  Repayment of capital lease obligations (130 ) (367 )
  Repayment of promissory notes -   (450 )
  Repayment of convertible loan notes -   (62 )
  Proceeds from exercise of options 507   2,309  
  Proceeds from exercise of warrants -   6,170  
  Issuance of shares for cash, net of issue costs -   22,512  
  Net cash from financing activities 377   30,112  
           
Effect of foreign currency translation on cash 303   45  
           
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (13,702 ) 20,470  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year 34,437   13,967  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $ 20,735   $ 34,437  
Contact:
Great Panther Silver Limited
Robert A. Archer
Chief Executive Officer
1-888-355-1766
Great Panther Silver Limited
Rhonda Bennetto
Vice President Corporate Communications
1-888-355-1766
info@greatpanther.com
www.greatpanther.com

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