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Argonaut Gold Announces Third Quarter 2019 Operating and Financial Results and Organizational Restructuring

TORONTO , Nov. 7, 2019 /CNW/ - Argonaut Gold Inc. (AR.TO) (the "Company", "Argonaut Gold" or "Argonaut") announces its operating and financial results for the third quarter ended September 30 , 2019.  The Company reports quarterly production of 44,712 gold equivalent ounces1 ("GEO" or "GEOs"), cash flow from operating activities before changes in operating working capital of $17.2 million , net income of $4.9 million or earnings per share of $0.03 , adjusted net income of $6.5 million or adjusted earnings per share of $0.04 and a net cash increase of $11.7 million (see "Non-IFRS Measures" section).  All dollar amounts are expressed in United States dollars, unless otherwise specified (C$ refers to Canadian dollars). 

Argonaut Gold Inc. (CNW Group/Argonaut Gold Inc.)

CEO Commentary
Pete Dougherty , President and CEO stated: "Our net cash position increased by $11.7 million during the quarter and as the quarter progressed, we started to see a rebound in operations after a challenging second quarter earlier this year.  We were able to stack considerable ounces to the leach pads, which should lead to a strong fourth quarter in terms of production.  As previously guided, we expect crushing throughput at San Agustin to ramp up to 30,000 tonnes per day during the fourth quarter after achieving nearly 25,000 tonnes per day in the third quarter.  We anticipate finishing 2019 near the low end or slightly under our annual production guidance of between 200,000 and 215,000 GEOs."

Outlook
The Company is tracking toward the low end of its 2019 production guidance of between 200,000 and 215,000 GEOs and anticipates it will produce between 190,000 and 200,000 GEOs during 2019.  Given the expectation that GEO production for the year will be near or slightly under the low end of previous guidance, the Company now expects 2019 cash costs of between $900 and $925 per gold ounce sold (previously $800 to $900 per gold ounce sold) (see "Non-IFRS Measures" section).  In addition, the Company now anticipates all-in sustaining costs of between $1,125 and $1,150 per gold ounce sold (previously $1,025 to $1,125 per gold ounce sold) (see "Non-IFRS Measures" section) primarily due to the potential for fewer gold ounces sold.

The Company plans to invest between $50 million and $55 million in capital programs during 2019 (unchanged from last quarter), of which approximately $41 million was spent during the first nine months of 2019.

1 GEOs are based on a conversion ratio of 75:1 for silver to gold for 2019 and 70:1 for 2018.  The silver to gold conversion ratio is based on the three-year trailing average silver to gold ratio.

 

Key operating and financial statistics for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 are outlined in the following table:


3 Months Ended Sept 30

9 Months Ended Sept 30


2019

2018

Change

2019

2018

Change

Financial Data (in millions except for earnings (loss) per share)







Revenue

$66.8

$41.3

62%

$196.8

$144.4

36%

Gross profit (loss)

$14.5

($3.3)

539%

$35.2

$28.0

26%

Net income (loss)

$4.9

($2.7)

281%

$14.4

$9.9

45%

Earnings (loss) per share – basic

$0.03

($0.02)

250%

$0.08

$0.06

33%

Adjusted net income (loss)1

$6.5

($1.0)

750%

$10.3

$13.9

(26%)

Adjusted earnings (loss) per share – basic1

$0.04

($0.01)

500%

$0.06

$0.08

(25%)

Cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash operating working capital

$17.2

$10.9

58%

$46.6

$48.9

(5%)

Cash and cash equivalents

$35.6

$20.6

73%

$35.6

$20.6

73%

Net cash1

$21.6

$12.6

71%

$21.6

$12.6

71%

Gold Production and Cost Data







GEOs loaded to the pads2

100,731

67,244

50%

260,251

222,891

17%

GEOs projected recoverable2,3

54,884

37,763

45%

152,828

121,932

25%

GEOs produced2,3,4

44,712

34,165

31%

139,094

113,459

23%

GEOs sold2

45,567

34,248

33%

145,426

113,152

29%

Average realized sales price

$1,474

$1,212

22%

$1,359

$1,282

6%

Cash cost per gold ounce sold1

$901

$867

4%

$906

$735

23%

All-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold1,5

$1,134

$1,032

10%

$1,168

$930

26%

1Please refer to the section below entitled "Non-IFRS Measures" for a discussion of these Non-IFRS Measures.

2GEOs are based on a conversion ratio of 75:1 for silver to gold for 2019 and 70:1 for 2018. The silver to gold conversion ratio is based on the
three-year trailing average silver to gold ratio.

3Expected recoverable GEOs are based on the assumptions and parameters as set forth in the El Castillo Complex Technical Report dated March
27, 2018 and the La Colorada Gold/Silver Mine Technical Report dated March 27, 2018.  In periods where the Company mines material not
specifically defined in a technical report (for example: low grade stockpile material), management uses its best estimate of recovery based on
the information available.

4Produced ounces are calculated as ounces loaded to carbon.

5Three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 all-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold was restated to follow the amended guidance
issued by the World Gold Council during the fourth quarter of 2018.

 

Third Quarter 2019 and Recent Company Highlights:

  • Corporate
  • El Castillo Complex
  • La Colorada
  • Cerro del Gallo
  • San Antonio
  • Magino
  • Social Responsibility


Financial Results – Third Quarter 2019
Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was $66 .8 million, an increase from $41.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018 .  During the third quarter of 2019, gold ounces sold totaled 44,303 at an average realized price per ounce of $1,474 , compared to 33,179 gold ounces sold at an average realized price per ounce of $1,212 during the same period of 2018.  Gold ounces sold for the three months ended September 30, 2019 increased compared to the same period in 2018 primarily due to an increase in gold ounces sold at the El Castillo and La Colorada mines as a result of increases in grade, ore tonnes to pad and recovery.

Production costs for the third quarter of 2019 were $41 .5 million, an increase from $29.9 million in the third quarter of 2018, primarily due to an increase in gold ounces sold.  Cash cost per gold ounce sold (see "Non-IFRS Measures" section) was $901 in the third quarter of 2019, a slight increase from $867 in the same period of 2018.  Depreciation, depletion and amortization ("DD&A") expense included in cost of sales for the third quarter of 2019 totaled $11 .2 million, an increase from $7.9 million in the third quarter of 2018, primarily due to an increase in gold ounces sold, as many of the mining assets are amortized on a unit-of-production basis.  Additionally, included in cost of sales in the third quarter of 2018 is a non-cash impairment write down of $6.9 million at the El Castillo and La Colorada mines related to the net realizable value of work-in-process inventory, as a result of a decrease in the price of gold as at September 30, 2018 .

General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2019 were $3.4 million , an increase from $2.7 million for the same period of 2018, primarily due to employee related costs.

Gains on derivatives for the third quarter of 2019 were $0 .5 million, an increase from $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2018, principally due to an increase in realized and net unrealized gains on the Company's zero-cost collar foreign exchange and commodity contracts.

Other expense for the third quarter of 2019 was $1.1 million , a decrease from other income of $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2018, primarily due to differences in foreign currency translation effects, partially offset by proceeds of $0.6 million related to a bankruptcy filing.

Income tax expense for the third quarter of 2019 was $5.1 million , compared to an income tax recovery of $2.4 million in the same period of 2018.  The increase is primarily due to the foreign exchange effects of the strengthening Mexican peso on the calculation of deferred taxes, higher taxable income in the third quarter of 2019 and the deferred tax effect of the non-cash impairment write down of work-in-process inventory in the third quarter of 2018.

Net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $4 .9 million or $0 .03 per basic share, an increase from a net loss of $2.7 million or $0.02 per basic share for the third quarter of 2018.

Financial Results – First Nine Months 2019
Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $196.8 million , an increase from $144.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 .  During the first nine months of 2019, gold ounces sold totaled 140,729 at an average realized price per ounce of $1,359 , compared to 108,665 gold ounces sold at an average realized price per ounce of $1,282 during the same period of 2018.  Gold ounces sold for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased compared to the same period in 2018 primarily due to an increase in gold ounces sold at the El Castillo and La Colorada mines as a result of increases in grade, ore tonnes to pad and recovery.  The increase in ore tonnes to pad at the El Castillo mine is primarily due to the expansion of crusher throughput capacity at the West crusher from 5,000 tonnes per day to 14,000 tonnes per day during the first quarter of 2018.

Production costs for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 were $133.0 million , an increase from $85.0 million in the first nine months of 2018 primarily due to an increase in gold ounces sold and an increase in cash cost per gold ounce sold.  Cash cost per gold ounce sold (see "Non-IFRS Measures" section) was $906 in the first nine months of 2019, an increase from $735 in the same period of 2018, primarily due to an increase in cash cost per gold ounce sold at the San Agustin mine, as disclosed further in the discussion of operations.  DD&A expense included in cost of sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 totaled $33.3 million , an increase from $24.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2018 , primarily due to the increase in gold ounces sold, as many of the mining assets are amortized on a unit-of-production basis.  Additionally, included in cost of sales in the first nine months of 2019 is a non-cash impairment reversal of $4.7 million at the El Castillo mine related to the net realizable value of the work-in-process inventory, primarily due to a revision in management's estimate of future production costs to convert the non-current work-in-process inventory into saleable form and the expected timing of recoveries of the inventory.  Included in cost of sales during the first nine months of 2018 is a non-cash impairment write down of $6.9 million at the El Castillo and La Colorada mines related to the net realizable value of work-in-process inventory, as a result of a decrease in the price of gold as at September 30, 2018 .

General and administrative expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 were $10.5 million , an increase from $9.6 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to employee related costs.

Gains on derivatives during the first nine months of 2019 were $1.0 million , an increase from $0.6 million in the first nine months of 2018, due to an increase in realized gains on the Company's zero-cost collar foreign exchange contracts, partially offset by a net decrease in unrealized gains on the Company's zero-cost collar foreign exchange and commodity contracts.

Other income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $0.8 million , an increase from $0.1 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to proceeds of $0.6 million related to a bankruptcy filing.

Income tax expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $10.4 million , compared to $7.9 million in the same period of 2018.  The increase is primarily due to a greater foreign exchange effect of the strengthening Mexican peso on the calculation of deferred taxes in the first nine months of 2018 and higher taxable income in the first nine months of 2019.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $14.4 million or $0.08 per basic share, an increase from $9.9 million or $0.06 per basic share for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 .

Operational Results – Third Quarter 2019
During the third quarter 2019, the Company achieved production of 44,712 GEOs at a cash cost of $901 per gold ounce sold and all-in sustaining cost of $1,134 per gold ounce sold compared to 34,165 GEOs at a cash cost of $867 per gold ounce sold and an all-in sustaining cost of $1,032 per gold ounce sold during the third quarter 2018 (see "Non-IFRS Measures" section).  Higher production was primarily driven by increases at the El Castillo mine due to increased tonnes to pad and higher recoveries and at the La Colorada mine due to an increase in grade.  Higher all-in sustaining costs are primarily related to higher deferred stripping costs and costs associated with land acquisitions.

The El Castillo Complex produced 30,294 GEOs at a cash cost of $947 per gold ounce sold during the third quarter of 2019 versus 26,894 GEOs at a cash cost of $786 per gold ounce sold during the third quarter of 2018 (see "Non-IFRS Measures" section).  Higher costs are primarily related to higher waste to ore ratio at the San Agustin mine. 

La Colorada produced 14,418 GEOs at a cash cost of $800 per gold ounce sold during the third quarter of 2019 compared to 7,271 GEOs at a cash cost of $1,152 per gold ounce sold during the third quarter of 2018 (see "Non-IFRS Measures" section).  Higher production and lower costs are primarily related to an 82% increase in grade mined, as during the third quarter of 2018, the Company was mining and processing ore from low-grade stockpiles due to the inability to blast due to the temporary suspension of the explosives permit in 2018.

Pete Dougherty commented: "After a challenging second quarter operationally where we lacked sufficient water at San Agustin to meet our solution flow requirements, we successfully installed a new water well and saw production trend stronger as we successfully got stacked ore under solution.  We averaged a crushing and stacking rate of nearly 25,000 tonnes per day at San Agustin during the third quarter and continue to expect to complete our ramp up to 30,000 tonnes per day during the fourth quarter.  Productivity at El Castillo was impacted during the quarter by water in the pit and unexpected downtime at the East crusher for maintenance – two issues that are now largely resolved.  At La Colorada, we were able to exceed the crushing and stacking rate of 14,000 tonnes per day, which should bode well for fourth quarter production."

THIRD QUARTER 2019 EL CASTILLO COMPLEX OPERATING STATISTICS


3 Months Ended Sept 30

9 Months Ended Sept 30


2019

2018

Change

2019

2018

Change

Mining (in 000s except waste/ore ratio)







Tonnes ore El Castillo

2,436

2,267

7%

7,024

6,035

16%

Tonnes ore San Agustin

2,371

1,747

36%

5,993

5,324

13%

Tonnes ore

4,807

4,014

20%

13,017

11,359

15%

Tonnes waste El Castillo

2,947

3,869

(24%)

10,241

9,198

11%

Tonnes waste San Agustin

1,633

808

102%

4,358

1,782

145%

Tonnes waste

4,580

4,677

-2%

14,599

10,980

33%

Tonnes mined El Castillo

5,383

6,136

(12%)

17,265

15,233

13%

Tonnes mined San Agustin

4,004

2,555

57%

10,351

7,106

46%

Tonnes mined

9,387

8,691

8%

27,616

22,339

24%

Tonnes per day El Castillo

59

66

(11%)

63

56

13%

Tonnes per day San Agustin

44

28

57%

38

26

46%

Tonnes per day

103

94

10%

101

82

23%

Waste/ore ratio El Castillo

1.21

1.71

(29%)

1.46

1.52

(4%)

Waste/ore ratio San Agustin

0.69

0.46

50%

0.73

0.33

121%

Waste/ore ratio

0.95

1.16

(18%)

1.12

0.97

15%

Leach Pads (in 000s)







Tonnes crushed to East leach pads El Castillo

988

1,182

(16%)

3,162

3,348

(6%)

Tonnes crushed to West leach pads El Castillo

1,124

1,064

6%

3,556

2,644

34%

Tonnes crushed to leach pads San Agustin

2,287

1,732

32%

5,909

5,335

11%

Tonnes crushed to leach pads

4,399

3,978

11%

12,627

11,327

11%

Production







Gold grade loaded to leach pads El Castillo (g/t)1

0.39

0.33

18%

0.39

0.38

3%

Gold grade loaded to leach pads San Agustin (g/t)1

0.32

0.34

(6%)

0.39

0.40

(3%)

Gold grade loaded to leach pads (g/t)1

0.35

0.34

3%

0.39

0.39

0%

Gold loaded to leach pads El Castillo (oz)2

30,939

24,125

28%

88,508

72,321

22%

Gold loaded to leach pads San Agustin (oz)2

23,385

18,832

24%

73,548

68,523

7%

Gold loaded to leach pads (oz)2

54,324

42,957

26%

162,056

140,844

15%

Projected recoverable GEOs loaded El Castillo4

15,526

14,477

7%

54,498

42,147

29%

Projected recoverable GEOs loaded San Agustin4

17,082

13,596

26%

52,048

49,454

5%

Projected recoverable GEOs loaded4

32,608

28,073

16%

106,546

91,601

16%

Gold produced El Castillo (oz)2,3

14,281

10,298

39%

51,529

29,034

77%

Gold produced San Agustin (oz)2,3

15,210

15,770

(4%)

41,978

47,122

(11%)

Gold produced (oz)2,3

29,491

26,068

13%

93,507

76,156

23%

Silver produced El Castillo (oz)2,3

23,293

4,865

379%

81,294

20,504

296%

Silver produced San Agustin (oz)2,3

36,887

52,895

(30%)

134,014

189,007

(29%)

Silver produced (oz)2,3

60,180

57,760

4%

215,308

209,511

3%

GEOs produced El Castillo3

14,592

10,368

41%

52,613

29,327

79%

GEOs produced San Agustin3

15,702

16,526

(5%)

43,765

49,822

(12%)

GEOs produced3

30,294

26,894

13%

96,378

79,149

22%

Gold sold El Castillo (oz)2

15,955

9,937

61%

54,839

27,292

101%

Gold sold San Agustin (oz)2

14,478

15,912

(9%)

44,565

46,222

(4%)

Gold sold (oz)2

30,433

25,849

18%

99,404

73,514

35%

Silver sold El Castillo (oz)2

23,293

4,865

379%

81,294

20,504

296%

Silver sold San Agustin (oz)2

37,410

54,747

(32%)

144,830

185,416

(22%)

Silver sold (oz)2

60,703

59,612

2%

226,124

205,920

10%

GEOs sold El Castillo

16,266

10,007

63%

55,923

27,585

103%

GEOs sold San Agustin

14,977

16,694

(10%)

46,496

48,871

(5%)

GEOs sold

31,243

26,701

17%

102,419

76,456

34%

Cash cost per gold ounce sold El Castillo5

$1,038

$1,050

(1%)

$970

$1,021

(5%)

Cash cost per gold ounce sold San Agustin5

$848

$622

36%

$848

$476

78%

Cash cost per gold ounce sold5

$947

$786

20%

$915

$678

35%

 

1 "g/t" refers to grams per tonne.

2 "oz" refers to troy ounce.

3 Produced ounces are calculated as ounces loaded to carbon.

4 Expected recoverable GEOs are based on the assumptions and parameters as set forth in the El Castillo Complex Technical Report dated March 27, 2018.  In periods where the Company mines material not specifically defined in a technical report, management uses its best estimates of recovery based on the information available.

5 Please refer to the section below entitled "Non-IFRS Measures" for a discussion of this Non-IFRS Measure.

 

Summary of Production Results at the El Castillo Complex
During the third quarter 2019, the El Castillo Complex produced 13% more GEOs at a cash cost per gold ounce sold (see "Non-IFRS Measures" section) 20% higher compared to the third quarter 2018.  Higher production was driven by increased production from the El Castillo mine due to higher recoveries.  Higher costs are primarily a result of a higher waste to ore ratio at the San Agustin mine. 

At El Castillo , water in the bottom of the pit, combined with unscheduled downtime of the East crusher for maintenance, led to lower than anticipated productivity.  This lower productivity led to a decrease in total tonnes mined, crushed and stacked on the leach pads when compared to the third quarter of 2018.  The mine saw its waste to ore ratio return to planned levels during the quarter after experiencing a higher than anticipated waste to ore ratio during the previous quarter. 

At San Agustin , after the completion of a new water well which allowed for planned solution flow rates, daily production trended stronger as the third quarter progressed.  Additionally, with sufficient water available the Company was able to increase its crushing and stacking rate, averaging nearly 25,000 tonnes per day during the third quarter representing a 32% increase over the third quarter 2018 and an 18% increase over the second quarter 2019.  The Company remains on track to achieve its planned ramp up to 30,000 tonnes per day during the fourth quarter. GEO production at San Agustin was 5% lower during the third quarter 2019 when compared to the third quarter 2018 despite higher contained ounces stacked on leach pad, primarily due to a lack of water for planned solution flow rates during the first half of the third quarter 2019.  A new water well was drilled in August 2019 and, during the second half of the third quarter, sufficient water became available to meet planned solution flow rates and increases in daily production.  Given the daily production trend experienced during the third quarter 2019 and to-date in the fourth quarter, it is anticipated that GEO production will reach planned levels during the fourth quarter due to the increased ounces stacked and solution flows at planned levels now that there is sufficient water available.  Total tonnes mined, crushed and stacked increased during the third quarter 2019 compared to the third quarter 2018 due to the planned higher mining rate in connection with the 10,000 tonne per day expansion completed during the first half of 2019, along with a higher waste to ore ratio.        

THIRD QUARTER 2019 LA COLORADA OPERATING STATISTICS


3 Months Ended Sept 30

9 Months Ended Sept 30


2019

2018

Change

2019

2018

 Change

Mining (in 000s except for waste/ore ratio)







Tonnes ore

1,452

1,200

21%

3,511

3,358

5%

Tonnes waste

5,767

4,254

36%

17,667

12,200

45%

Total tonnes

7,219

5,454

32%

21,178

15,558

36%

Tonnes per day

78

59

32%

78

57

37%

Waste/ore ratio

3.97

3.55

12%

5.03

3.63

39%

Tonnes rehandled

0

0

-

0

38

(100%)

Leach Pads (in 000s)







Tonnes crushed to leach pads

1,331

1,207

10%

3,337

3,472

(4%)

Tonnes direct to leach pads

145

0

-

234

0

-

Production







Gold grade loaded to leach pads (g/t)1

0.60

0.33

82%

0.51

0.37

38%

Gold loaded to leach pads (oz)2

28,586

12,957

121%

59,097

41,766

41%

Projected recoverable GEOs loaded4

22,276

9,690

130%

46,282

30,331

53%

Gold produced (oz)2,3

13,969

7,040

98%

41,064

32,834

25%

Silver produced (oz)2,3

33,616

16,213

107%

123,874

103,348

20%

GEOs produced3

14,418

7,271

98%

42,716

34,310

25%

Gold sold (oz)2

13,870

7,330

89%

41,325

35,151

18%

Silver sold (oz)2

34,041

15,205

124%

126,131

108,163

17%

GEOs sold

14,324

7,547

90%

43,007

36,696

17%

Cash cost per gold ounce sold5

$800

$1,152

(31%)

$885

$854

4%

 

1 "g/t" refers to grams per tonne.

2 "oz" refers to troy ounce.

3 Produced ounces are calculated as ounces loaded to carbon.

4 Expected recoverable GEOs are based on the assumptions and parameters as set forth in the La Colorada Gold/Silver Mine Technical Report dated March 27, 2018.  In periods where the Company mines material not specifically defined in a technical report (for example: low grade stockpile material), management uses its best estimate of recovery based on the information available.

5 Please refer to the section below entitled "Non-IFRS Measures" for a discussion of this Non-IFRS Measure.

 

Summary of Production Results at La Colorada
During the third quarter 2019, La Colorada produced 98% more GEOs at a cash cost per gold ounce sold (see "Non-IFRS Measures" section) 31% lower than the third quarter 2018.  Higher production and lower costs are primarily due to the 82% increase in grade, as the Company was mining and processing of ore from low-grade stockpiles during the third quarter of 2018 due the inability to blast due to the temporary suspension of the explosives permit. 

The crushing and stacking rate exceeded 14,000 tonnes per day during the third quarter and, when combined with a grade increase of 30% over the previous quarter, should lead to improved fourth quarter GEO production.

Organizational Restructuring
The Company has made the decision to restructure the organization with the goal of eliminating redundancies and maximizing efficiencies and profitability.  In light of this restructuring, Bill Zisch , Chief Operating Officer is departing the Company effective immediately.  The VP, Operations of Mexico will report directly to Pete Dougherty , President and CEO.

Pete Dougherty stated: "I want to thank Bill for guiding us through our production growth ramp up over the past two years, and we wish him well in his future endeavours."     

Argonaut Gold Third Quarter Operational and Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast:

The Company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its third quarter operating and financial results at 9:00 am EST on November 8, 2019 .

Q3 Conference Call Information




Toll Free (North America):

1-888-231-8191

International:

1-647-427-7450

Conference ID:

7118207

Webcast:

www.argonautgold.com

 

Q3 Conference Call Replay:


Toll Free Replay Call (North America):

1-855-859-2056

International Replay Call:

1-416-849-0833

 

The conference call replay will be available from 12:00 pm EST on November 8, 2019 until 11:59 pm EST on November 15, 2019 .

Non-IFRS Measures
The Company has included certain non-IFRS measures including "Cash cost per gold ounce sold", "All-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold", "Adjusted net income (loss)",  "Adjusted earnings (loss) per share – basic", and "Net cash" in this press release to supplement its financial statements which are presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").  Cash cost per gold ounce sold is equal to production costs less silver sales divided by gold ounces sold.  All-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold is equal to production costs less silver sales plus general and administrative, exploration, accretion and other expenses and sustaining capital expenditures divided by gold ounces sold.  Adjusted net income (loss) is equal to net income (loss) less foreign exchange impacts on deferred income taxes, foreign exchange (gains) losses, non-cash impairment write down (reversal) of work-in-process inventory, proceeds from legal proceedings and unrealized (gains) losses on commodity derivatives. Adjusted earnings (loss) per share – basic is equal to adjusted net income (loss) divided by the basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Net cash is calculated as the sum of the cash and cash equivalents balance net of debt as at the statement of financial position date. The Company believes that these measures provide investors with an alternative view to evaluate the performance of the Company.  Non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS.  Therefore they may not be comparable to similar measures employed by other companies.  The data is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. 

The Company adopted IFRS 16, Leases ("IFRS 16") in the annual period commencing January 1, 2019 .  The Company elected to apply IFRS 16 using a modified retrospective approach; therefore, comparative amounts were not restated.  The impact as a result of adopting IFRS 16 on cash costs per gold ounce sold and all-in sustaining costs per gold ounce sold for 2019 compared to 2018 was not material.

Please see the management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") for full disclosure on non-IFRS measures.

This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and associated MD&A, for the same period, which are available from the Company's website, www.argonautgold.com, in the "Investors" section under "Financial Filings", and under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Creating Value Beyond Gold

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities laws concerning the business, operations and financial performance and condition of Argonaut Gold Inc. ("Argonaut" or "Argonaut Gold"). Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information include, but are not limited to mine life of the various mineral projects of Argonaut; the ability to obtain permits for operations; synergies; the realization of mineral reserve estimates; the timing and amount of estimated future production; costs of production; and financial impact of completed acquisitions; the benefits of the development potential of the properties of Argonaut; the future price of gold, copper, and silver; the estimation of mineral reserves and resources; success of exploration activities; the ability to take advantage of forward sales agreements profitably and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Except for statements of historical fact relating to Argonaut, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan," "expect," "project," "intend," "believe," "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may", "should" or "will" occur. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are based on a number of assumptions and subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Many of these assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of Argonaut and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct.

Factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from results anticipated by such forward-looking statements include access to water to meet planned solution flow rates, estimates of future capital and operating costs, variations in ore grade or recovery rates, changes in market conditions, risks relating to the availability and timeliness of permitting and governmental approvals, risks relating to international operations, fluctuating metal prices and currency exchange rates, changes in project parameters, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated.

These factors are discussed in greater detail in Argonaut's most recent Annual Information Form and in the most recent Management's Discussion and Analysis filed on SEDAR, which also provide additional general assumptions in connection with these statements. Argonaut cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. Investors and others who base themselves on forward-looking statements should carefully consider the above factors as well as the uncertainties they represent and the risk they entail. Argonaut believes that the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this press release should not be unduly relied upon. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

Although Argonaut has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Argonaut undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Statements concerning mineral reserve and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements to the extent they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed. Comparative market information is as of a date prior to the date of this document.

Qualified Person, Technical Information and Mineral Properties Reports
Technical information included in this release was supervised and approved by Brian Arkell , Argonaut's Vice President, Exploration and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101").  For further information on the Company's material properties, please see the reports as listed below on the Company's website or on www.sedar.com:

El Castillo
Complex

NI 43-101 Technical Report on Resources and Reserves, El Castillo Complex,
Durango State, Mexico dated March 27, 2018 (effective date of March 7, 2018)

La Colorada Mine

NI 43-101 Technical Report on Resources and Reserve, La Colorada
Gold/Silver Mine, Hermosillo, Mexico dated March 27, 2018 (effective date
of December 8, 2017)

Magino Gold
Project

Feasibility Study Technical Report on the Magino Project, Ontario, Canada
dated December 21, 2017 (effective date November 8, 2017)

San Antonio Gold
Project

NI 43-101 Technical Report on Resources, San Antonio Project, Baja
California Sur, Mexico dated October 10, 2012 (effective date of September
1, 2012)

 

About Argonaut Gold

Argonaut Gold is a Canadian gold company engaged in exploration, mine development and production.  Its primary assets are the El Castillo mine and San Agustin mine, which together form the El Castillo Complex in Durango, Mexico and the La Colorada mine in Sonora , Mexico.  Advanced exploration projects include the San Antonio project in Baja California Sur, Mexico , the Cerro del Gallo project in Guanajuato, Mexico and the Magino project in Ontario , Canada.  The Company also has several exploration stage projects, all of which are located in North America .

SOURCE Argonaut Gold Inc.


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