Great Panther Silver Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2012) - Great Panther Silver Limited (GPR.TO)(NYSE MKT:GPL) ("Great Panther" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the Company''s three and nine months ended September 30, 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.

"Great Panther continues to enjoy a strong balance sheet and has made significant investments in our operations in 2012," stated Robert Archer, CEO. "Grade variability continues to be a challenge at both mines, especially at Topia, and is a major focal point for our mine planners in order to reduce our unit cash costs going forward. Quarterly revenue was impacted by lower year-over-year metal prices and a large in-transit shipment of concentrate from Guanajuato, however the latter simply defers revenue recognition until the fourth quarter of 2012."

THIRD QUARTER AND YEAR TO DATE 2012 FINANCIAL SUMMARY

(in 000s except ounces, amounts per share and per ounce) 2012 Q3 2011 Q3 Change 9 Months ended
Sep 30, 2012
9 Months ended
Sep 30, 2011
Change
Revenue $ 15,286 $ 16,278 -6% $ 43,350 $ 40,298 8%
Gross profit (Earnings from mining operations) $ 5,791 $ 8,320 -30% $ 15,887 $ 20,884 -24%
Net income $ 1,758 $ 3,415 -49% $ 6,795 $ 12,925 -47%
Adjusted EBITDA1 $ 4,961 $ 7,752 -36% $ 13,093 $ 18,459 -29%
Earnings per share - basic $ 0.01 $ 0.03 -67% $ 0.05 $ 0.10 -50%
Earnings per share - diluted $ 0.01 $ 0.02 -50% $ 0.05 $ 0.10 -50%
Silver ounces produced   371,857   343,768 8%   1,106,106   1,140,618 -3%
Silver equivalent ounces produced2   592,586   484,550 22%   1,705,974   1,654,719 3%
Silver payable ounces   314,146   364,684 -14%   1,026,192   907,037 13%
Total cash cost per silver ounce (USD)1 $ 13.16 $ 9.02 46% $ 11.22 $ 10.34 8%
Average realized silver price (USD)3 $ 31.92 $ 35.38 -10% $ 31.61 $ 36.36 -13%

THIRD QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL DISCUSSION

  • Revenues for the third quarter of 2012 totalled $15.3 million, a decrease of 6% over the same period in 2011 as a result of a decrease in both silver equivalent ounces sold and realized metal prices. An in-transit shipment of concentrate at the end of the quarter accounted for the decrease in ounces sold, representing approximately 108,000 Ag eq oz with an approximate revenue value of $3.3 million that will be recognized in the fourth quarter of this year. Revenues increased 6% over the second quarter of 2012 due to higher metal prices and an increase in silver equivalent ounces sold;
  • Gross profit for the third quarter of 2012 was $5.8 million compared to $8.3 million for the same period in 2011. The decrease in gross profit is attributable to lower revenues and an increase in cost of sales. The increase in cost of sales is attributable to higher site costs at Guanajuato and Topia, and lower grades at Topia which resulted in lower metal production and higher unit cost of sales. Silver grades at Topia were 316g/t for the third quarter of 2012, a 25% decrease from the silver grades realized in the third quarter of 2011. While revenues were negatively impacted by lower silver, lead and zinc prices compared to third quarter 2011, this was partially offset by higher gold production at Guanajuato. In addition, higher amortization and depletion charges were realized in the quarter as a result of an increased investment in mine development and capital equipment over the past year. From the second quarter to the third quarter of 2012, gross profit increased by $2.0 million, primarily as a result of higher average realized metal prices;
  • Total cash cost per silver ounce for the third quarter of 2012 was US$13.16, a 46% increase compared to US$9.02 for the same period in 2011 and a 15% increase compared to US$11.42 in the second quarter of 2012. The increases were primarily due to lower grades at Topia which resulted in higher unit production costs, and increased smelting and refining charges. These were offset by decreases in cash cost per ounce at the Guanajuato mine due to higher by-product revenues from increased gold production;
  • General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2012 totalled $3.0 million, as compared to $2.0 million for the same period in 2011 and $2.1 million for the second quarter in 2012. Both increases were primarily the result of $0.7 million in share-based payment expense and a $0.2 million capital tax assessment in Mexico related to prior years. The comparative periods did not include any share-based payment expenses;
  • Net income for the third quarter of 2012 totalled $1.8 million, compared to $3.4 million for the same quarter in 2011 and $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decrease from the third quarter in 2011 was the result of decreased gross profit of $2.5 million, increases in general and administrative expenses of $1.0 million and an increase in exploration and evaluation expenses of $0.4 million. These were offset by a foreign exchange loss of $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2012, which compared to a loss of $3.1 million in the comparative period. The increase in net income over the second quarter of 2012 was the result of an increase in gross profit of $2.0 million and a decrease in income tax expense of $0.2 million, offset by an increase of $0.9 million in general and administrative expenses, primarily due to share-based payment expenses;

  • Adjusted EBITDA4 was $5.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $7.8 million for the same period in 2011 and $3.7 million for the second quarter of 2012. The decrease from the third quarter of 2011 primarily reflects a decrease in gross profit and an increase in general and administrative expenses as noted above. The increase from the second quarter of 2012 was the result of higher gross profit, partly offset by higher general and administrative expenses;

  • At September 30, 2012 the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $26.8 million, a decrease of $1.9 million from the quarter ended June 30, 2012. During the third quarter of 2012 the Company generated net cash flows from operating activities of $5.9 million. Net cash outflows from investment activities were $7.8 million during the third quarter of 2012, primarily related to the development of mineral properties, capitalized exploration and evaluation, and the purchase of plant and equipment relating to the two operating mines. Investment activities for the three month period also include the initial cash payment of $1.0 million for the purchase of the El Horcon Project; and
  • At September 30, 2012 the Company''s net working capital position remained strong at $45.9 million, although it constituted a decrease compared to $49.9 million at June 30, 2012. The decrease from the prior quarter end is accounted for by capital expenditures and increased inventories due primarily to the in-transit shipment at the end of the quarter. 

THIRD QUARTER 2012 OPERATIONAL SUMMARY

  • Processed ore increased 9% to 58,307 tonnes compared to the third quarter of 2011, and increased 10% over the second quarter of 2012 due to a concerted effort to increase production;
  • Metal production increased 22% to 592,586 silver equivalent ounces ("Ag eq oz") compared to the third quarter of 2011 and increased 7% over the second quarter of 2012;
  • Gold production increased 102% to 3,015 ounces compared to the third quarter of 2011;
  • Silver production increased 8% to 371,857 ounces compared to the third quarter of 2011;
  • Cash cost per silver ounce increased 46% to US$13.16 compared to the third quarter of 2011 due primarily to increased site labor and contractor operating costs;
  • Processed ore at Guanajuato increased 6% over the third quarter of 2011 due in part to the move to a seven day work week for the Guanajuato mine operation;
  • Guanajuato ore grades of 188g/t Ag and 2.22g/t Au, or 321g/t Ag eq were up 32% over the third quarter of 2011;
  • Guanajuato achieved strong metallurgical recoveries of 90.9% and 91.9% for silver and gold respectively due largely to the addition of a re-grind mill earlier in the year;
  • Ore processed at Topia was up 22% from the third quarter of 2011 to 14,593 tonnes due to the processing of some of the stockpiled ore from the first half of the year; and
  • Topia ore grades were down 19% to 442g/t Ag eq compared to the same period in the prior year.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS HIGHLIGHTS

  • On August 21, 2012, the Company announced it had signed a definitive agreement for the purchase of a 100% interest in certain surface rights on its wholly-owned San Ignacio Project in Guanajuato, Mexico. A total of 19.4 hectares has been purchased, thereby allowing sufficient space for access to and construction of a portal for the development of a ramp, for waste dumps, and for auxiliary infrastructure. 
  • On September 5, 2012, the Company completed the purchase of a 100% interest in the El Horcon Silver-Gold Project ("El Horcon") in Jalisco State, Mexico for total cash consideration of US$1,600,000. El Horcon is a past producing mine and the property covers 7,908 hectares in 17 contiguous mining concessions along the regional Guanajuato structural trend. It is located within trucking distance, 60 kilometres northwest of the Company''s Guanajuato Mine Complex, allowing for the potential to become a satellite mine for the Company''s Guanajuato operations.

OUTLOOK

Based upon continued grade variability and higher smelting and refining charges at both mines, especially at Topia, which have resulted in higher unit operating costs, cash cost per silver ounce guidance has been adjusted to a range of USD$11.00 to USD$12.00 from a range of USD$9.50 to USD$10.50.

2012 Production and Cash Cost per Silver Ounce Guidance 2011 Actual 2012 Guidance Low Case 2012 Guidance High Case
Tonnes milled 216,181 215,000 230,000
       
Silver Ounces 1,495,372 1,450,000 1,550,000
Gold Ounces 8,016 10,000 11,000
Lead Tonnes 941 900 1,000
Zinc Tonnes 1,314 1,300 1,500
       
Silver Equivalent Ounces 2,200,013 2,200,000 2,400,000
       
Cash costs per silver ounce (USD) $ 10.84 $ 11.00 $ 12.00

With the acquisition of key surface rights at San Ignacio, the Company has applied for the permits required for underground development and permitting is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2013. The construction of the portal and development of a ramp will commence immediately after the receipt of permits.

Great Panther continues to seek out opportunities to add production in the districts within which it is already operating. Consequently, the Company expects to commence a drill program in the first quarter of 2013 with the goal of delineating a resource at the recently acquired El Horcon Project located 60 kilometres northwest of the Guanajuato mine. 

CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS THIRD QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTS

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results on November 15, 2012, at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. Hosting the call will be Mr. Robert Archer, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Jim Zadra, Chief Financial Officer.

Interested 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 November 29, 2012 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
Replay Passcodes (both are required for playback):
Account #: 286
Conference ID #: 401683

INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARDS

The financial results discussed in this press release have been prepared in accordance with IFRS standards applicable to the preparation of financial information as required for all publicly traded companies in Canada. Readers should note that some comparative figures in this press release and the Company''s financial statements and Management''s Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") have been restated to reflect IFRS. Please refer to the Company''s Consolidated Financial Statements and MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2011 for a detailed description of the Company''s accounting policies under IFRS and for disclosures and reconciliation of the impact of IFRS on previously reported results.

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 three and nine months ended September 30, 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, including the development stage San Ignacio Project. In addition, the Company is also pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout Latin America to add additional mines to its portfolio of 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 Report on Form 20-F 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 Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011 and reports on Form 6-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov and Material Change Reports filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and available at www.sedar.com.

GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED
CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)
 
September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 (Unaudited)
 
  September 30,   December 31,  
  2012   2011  
             
Assets            
             
Current assets            
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 26,827   $ 39,437  
  Marketable securities   88     80  
  Trade and other receivables   17,202     14,076  
  Income taxes recoverable   58     374  
  Inventories   7,844     4,591  
  Prepaid expenses, deposits and advances   1,252     1,732  
    53,271     60,290  
Non-current assets            
  Mineral properties, plant and equipment   60,129     41,946  
  Intangible assets   657     708  
  $ 114,057   $ 102,944  
             
Liabilities and shareholders'' equity            
             
Current liabilities            
  Trade and other payables $ 7,178   $ 6,350  
  Finance lease obligations   -     130  
  Current tax liability   182     -  
    7,360     6,480  
Non-current liabilities            
  Reclamation and remediation provision   2,069     2,154  
  Deferred tax liability   3,500     1,824  
    12,929     10,458  
             
Shareholders'' equity            
  Share capital   122,404     121,536  
  Reserves   7,444     6,465  
  Deficit   (28,720 )   (35,515 )
    101,128     92,486  
  $ 114,057   $ 102,944  
 
 
GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED
CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data)
 
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)
 
  Three months ended September 30,   Nine months ended September 30,  
  2012   2011   2012   2011  
                         
Revenue $ 15,286   $ 16,278   $ 43,350   $ 40,298  
Cost of sales                        
  Production costs   7,566     6,581     21,747     16,605  
  Amortization and depletion   1,668     1,377     5,428     2,809  
  Share-based payments   261     -     288     -  
    9,495     7,958     27,463     19,414  
                         
Gross profit   5,791     8,320     15,887     20,884  
                         
General and administrative expenses                        
  Administrative expenses   2,199     1,997     6,967     5,228  
  Amortization and depletion   67     36     136     94  
  Share-based payments   723     -     1,036     -  
    2,989     2,033     8,139     5,322  
                         
Exploration and evaluation expenses                        
  Exploration and evaluation expenses   582     279     1,601     652  
  Share-based payments   73     -     73     -  
    655     279     1,674     652  
                         
Income before the undernoted   2,147     6,008     6,074     14,910  
                         
Finance and other income (expense)                        
  Interest income   88     128     364     289  
  Finance costs   (8 )   (17 )   (27 )   (308 )
  Foreign exchange gain (loss)   (614 )   (3,143 )   2,269     (2,498 )
  Other income   22     331     58     646  
    (512 )   (2,701 )   2,664     (1,871 )
                         
Income before income taxes   1,635     3,307     8,738     13,039  
Income tax recovery (expense)                        
  Current   (315 )   108     (315 )   (114 )
  Deferred   438     -     (1,628 )   -  
    123     108     (1,943 )   (114 )
Net income for the period $ 1,758   $ 3,415   $ 6,795   $ 12,925  
                         
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax                        
  Foreign currency translation   (224 )   (223 )   (30 )   (721 )
  Change in fair value of available-for-sale financial assets   8     (28 )   1     (134 )
    (216 )   (251 )   (29 )   (855 )
Total comprehensive income for the period $ 1,542   $ 3,164   $ 6,766   $ 12,070  
                         
Earnings per share                        
  Basic $ 0.01   $ 0.03   $ 0.05   $ 0.10  
  Diluted $ 0.01   $ 0.02   $ 0.05   $ 0.10  
                         
 
 
GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED
CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)
 
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)
 
  Three months ended   Nine months ended  
  September 30,   September 30,  
  2012   2011   2012   2011  
                         
Cash flows from operating activities:                        
  Net income for the period $ 1,758   $ 3,415   $ 6,795   $ 12,925  
                           
  Items not involving cash:                        
    Amortization, depletion and accretion expense   1,735     1,413     5,564     2,903  
    Unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses   (109 )   2,006     (2,443 )   2,198  
    Income tax expense (recovery)   (123 )   (108 )   1,943     114  
    Share-based payments   1,057     -     1,397     -  
    Other non-cash items   (80 )   (111 )   (359 )   19  
      4,238     6,615     12,897     18,159  
                           
  Interest received   66     93     328     254  
  Interest paid   (3 )   (6 )   (6 )   (35 )
  Income taxes received (paid)   388     318     (146 )   (166 )
                           
  Net cash from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital   4,689     7,020     13,073     18,212  
                           
  Changes in non-cash working capital:                        
    Trade and other receivables   713     (3,187 )   (3,090 )   (4,942 )
    Income taxes recoverable   197     (36 )   316     (57 )
    Inventories   (2,152 )   748     (2,763 )   (3,079 )
    Prepaid expenses, deposits and advances   2,571     223     480     (628 )
    Trade and other payables   (147 )   (147 )   584     (94 )
    Current tax liability   13     (338 )   13     33  
  Net cash from operating activities   5,884     4,283     8,613     9,445  
                         
Cash flows from investing activities:                        
    Purchase of intangible assets   (200 )   (133 )   (426 )   (454 )
    Purchase of mineral properties, plant and equipment   (7,580 )   (6,314 )   (21,460 )   (15,726 )
    Proceeds from disposal of mineral properties, plant and equipment   -     -     86     -  
    Restricted cash   -     (14 )   -     31  
    Net cash used in investing activities   (7,780 )   (6,461 )   (21,800 )   (16,149 )
                         
Cash flows from financing activities:                        
    Repayment of capital lease obligations   (13 )   (65 )   (130 )   (287 )
    Repayment of promissory notes   -     -     -     (448 )
    Repayment of convertible loan notes   -     -     -     (61 )
    Proceeds from exercise of options   157     394     479     2,308  
    Proceeds from exercise of warrants   -     505     -     4,056  
    Issuance of shares for cash, net of issue costs   -     -     -     22,500  
    Net cash from financing activities   144     834     349     28,068  
                         
Effect of foreign currency translation on cash   (96 )   (342 )   228     (257 )
                         
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (1,848 )   (1,686 )   (12,610 )   21,107  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   28,675     36,760     39,437     13,967  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 26,827   $ 35,074   $ 26,827   $ 35,074  

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 for a complete definition and reconciliation to the Company''s financial statements.

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.

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

Contact:
Great Panther Silver Limited
Rhonda Bennetto
Vice President Corporate Communications
1-888-355-1766
Great Panther Silver Limited
Robert A. Archer
Chief Executive Officer
1-888-355-1766
info@greatpanther.com
www.greatpanther.com

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