TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 30, 2013) - Crocodile Gold Corp. (CRK.TO)(CROC)(XGC.F) ("Crocodile Gold" or the "Company") is releasing its preliminary unaudited financial and operating results for the three months ended December 31, 2012. All figures are in U.S. dollars, unless stated otherwise.
Q4 - 2012 Financial Highlights
|Q4 2012||Q3 2012||Q2 2012||Q1 2012||Year ending Dec 31, 2012|
|Mine operating earnings (loss)||$||12,410,636||$||7,028,408||$||5,949,787||$||(5,771,042||)||$||19,617,789|
|Average Sale Price||$||1,709||$||1,664||$||1,591||$||1,698||$||1,670|
|Cash Cost Per Ounce*||$||998||$||1,176||$||1,167||$||2,028||$||1,167|
|Operating Cash Flow||$||39,143,792||$||32,511,747||$||4,853,865||$||(17,868,866||)||$||58,640,538|
|* Refer to non-GAAP measures below|
Commenting on these results, Chantal Lavoie, President and CEO of the Company said, "The fourth quarter results continue to support Crocodile Gold's growth objectives. I am pleased to announce that the Company has achieved its production guidance with 155,000 ounces produced in 2012 and cash costs in line with forecasted figures. I believe that we have now built a stable base upon which to profitably grow gold production. We expect production in 2013 to exceed 2012 levels by 10%-15% as Cosmo enters into commercial production in the first quarter of 2013 and as we move other new projects forward."
Crocodile Gold has posted revenues of $101,770,213 for the fourth quarter of 2012 on gold sales of 59,541 ounces, a sequential increase of 26% over the third quarter gold sales of 47,121 ounces.
The mine operating earnings in the fourth quarter were $12,410,636 compared to $7,028,408 for the third quarter, an increase of 77%. The cash cost per ounce of gold sold in the fourth quarter was $998 per ounce sold, compared to $1,176 per ounce sold in the third quarter. Cash costs have been positively impacted by strong gold sales and contained operating costs with average annual cash costs of $1,167.
Cash generated from operations for the fourth quarter was $39,143,792, up 20% from $32,511,747 in the previous quarter. The increase in cash from operations was driven by strong gold production, a robust gold price environment and diligent cost management.
The Company used $30,460,554 for investing activities during the fourth quarter, which include $24,499,905 for underground development and resource definition at Cosmo and Fosterville and $5,338,902 for the purchase of plant and equipment, which related largely to infrastructure at Cosmo as it ramps up to commercial production. Other cash expenditures during the fourth quarter included $1,734,512 in equipment loan repayments and $2,471,448 to settle gold swap transactions entered into in conjunction with the company's credit facility with Credit Suisse.
The Company is in the process of preparing its detailed financial statements, which will be audited and released as part of the Company's audited Annual financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012, together with the accompanying Management Discussion and Analysis, which will be filed on SEDAR by April 2, 2013.
Q4 - 2012 Operational Highlights
|Northern Territory||Q4 2012||Q3 2012||Q2 2012||Q1 2012||Year Ending |
December 31, 2012
|Ore Milled (Tonnes)||225,055||99,135||221,573||371,439||917,202|
|Average Grade (g/t Au)||1.95||2.51||1.515||0.99||1.51|
|Gold Produced (Ounces)||12,829||7,356||9,614||10,932||40,731|
|Gold Sold (Ounces)||11,427||8,182||8,950||10,900||39,459|
|Fosterville Gold Mine||Q4 2012||Q3 2012||Q2 2012*||Q1 2012*||Year Ending December 31, 2012|
|Ore Milled (Tonnes)||207,838||183,854||202,785||192,094||786,571|
|Average Grade (g/t Au)||4.76||4.68||4.11||3.79||4.36|
|Gold Produced (Ounces)||26,650||22,857||22,546||18,387||90,439|
|Gold Sold (Ounces)||24,932||24,158||22,369||19,403||90,861|
|Stawell Gold Mine||Q4 2012||Q3 2012||Q2 2012*||Q1 2012*||Year Ending December 31, 2012|
|Ore Milled (Tonnes)||218,485||225,666||192,800||213,066||850,017|
|Average Grade (g/t Au)||3.60||2.54||3.155||2.91||3.06|
|Gold Produced (Ounces)||22,669||15,750||17,226||16,957||72,602|
|Gold Sold (Ounces)||23,183||14,781||17,715||18,853||74,552|
|* Crocodile Gold acquired, and accounted for, the Fosterville and Stawell gold mines with effect from May 5, 2012. Information presented prior to this date is for comparative purposes only.|
At the Cosmo Mine, development and production ramp-up continued, with an average of 575 meters of development per month. Stoping activities continued to increase during the quarter, resulting in total underground ore production of 105,824 tonnes, up from 97,359 tonnes in the third quarter and 57,070 tonnes in the second quarter. Mill production was supplemented by 113,446 tonnes of lower grade stockpiles resulting in total throughput of 225,055 tonnes at a grade of 1.95 g/t Au. Mill recovery was 90.7%, resulting in gold production of 12,829 ounces, up from previous quarter's production of 7,356 ounces as a result of higher throughput and continued strong recoveries.
The Fosterville Gold Mine produced 193,096 tonnes from the underground during the quarter at a grade of 4.92 g/t Au, compared to 176,036 tonnes in the third quarter at a grade of 4.7 g/t Au. Ore mined was supplemented by open pit material and total mill throughput in the fourth quarter was 207,838 tonnes at 4.92 g/t Au, compared to 183,854 tonnes at 4.68 g/t Au in the previous quarter. Fourth quarter gold production totaled 26,650, up 17% from 22,857 in the previous quarter, due to higher tones at better grades. Mill recovery was 83.8%, a 2% improvement from the prior quarter.
The Stawell Gold Mine continued with its transition plan that will see underground activities being completed in 2013. Ore mined for the fourth quarter was 209,849 tonnes at 4.13 g/t Au, compared to 201,789 tonnes at 2.81 g/t Au in the previous quarter. The average grade showed improvement as production was focused on stoping in the higher-grade GG6 area. Mill throughput of 218,485 was down 3% from the previous quarter, although strong grades and a mill recovery of 89.2% resulted in gold production of 22,669, up from 15,750 ounces in the third quarter. Capital development is now complete and remaining planned production will require minimal ore development.
As of December 31, 2012, the Company had a cash balance of $24,741,357 compared to $20,383,957 at the end of the third quarter. The net working capital deficiency at December 31 was $14,483,909, compared to a net working capital deficiency of $24,839,259 at September 30.
The working capital deficiency is impacted by the valuation of the derivative liability based on the gold price forward curve at quarter end. However, forward gold prices are not reflected in the valuation of current assets, such as in inventory, which continue to be carried at cost and do not reflect the eventual increased value realized through the sale of gold. The Company believes that macroeconomic factors will continue to support a strong gold price in the near to mid-term, enabling the Company to continue to generate strong cash flow from operations.
The 2012 financial results presented herein are preliminary in nature and unaudited. They have not been reviewed by the Company's auditors. Additional details of the fourth quarter will be provided in the Company's audited annual financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012 and accompanying management discussion and analysis, which will be filed on SEDAR by April 2, 2013.
The Company is presently finalizing its three and five-year Strategic Business Plan. The Strategic Business Plan aims to prioritize those growth initiatives with the highest return on invested capital. The Company is in the final stages of analyzing each of its growth projects and expects to communicate its longer-term capital allocation strategy, including which projects the Company will advance and when, with the release of fourth quarter earnings.
About Crocodile Gold
Crocodile Gold is a Canadian gold mining company with three operating mines in Australia and a significant and prospective land package in the Northern Territory and the State of Victoria. Crocodile Gold is currently mining at the Fosterville and Stawell Gold Mines in the State of Victoria. In the Northern Territory, the Company continues to develop its Cosmo underground mine. The Northern Territory ore production is processed at the Union Reefs Mill, which has a capacity of 2.4 million tonnes per year.
At its Northern Territory properties, the Company has 3.175 million ounces of NI 43-101 reported Measured and Indicated mineral resources and 2.14 million ounces of Inferred mineral resources. These resources are inclusive of mineral reserves. (see the NI 43-101 compliant technical report entitled "Report on the Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves of the northern Territory Gold and Base Metals Properties for Crocodile Gold Corp." by Fleur Muller, Mark Edwards and Heath Gerritsen dated April 4, 2011, filed under the Company's profile on SEDAR for the details regarding these mineral resource estimates).
At the State of Victoria properties, the Company has an additional 1.216 million ounces of NI 43-101 reported measured and indicated mineral resources (15.26 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.48 g/t gold) and 0.622 million ounces of inferred mineral resources (6.0 million tonnes at an average grade of 3.22 g/t gold) (see the NI 43-101 compliant technical reports entitled "NI 43-101 Technical Report, Stawell Gold Mine, Victoria, Australia" and "NI 43-101 Technical Report Fosterville Gold Mine, Victoria, Australia" prepared for Crocodile Gold Corp by James P Llorca of Mining Plus, and Neil Schunk of CP Mining dated April 9, 2012. filed under the Company's profile on SEDAR for the details regarding these mineral resource estimates). These resource estimates are exclusive of mineral reserves which total 0.472 million ounces.
Crocodile Gold has an extensive exploration program in place in the Northern Territory and is exploring on several key properties on its expansive land package. With production commencing at the Cosmo Mine, Crocodile Gold's main exploration focus is at the Union Reefs, Pine Creek and Maud Creek project areas. In the State of Victoria, the Company has exploration programs in place designed to expand the resource base of each mine property.
Bill Nielsen, P. Geo, Vice President, Exploration of Crocodile Gold is a "qualified person" as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical information and data included in this press release.
Results are Preliminary and Unaudited
The financial results for the period ended December 31, 2012 presented herein have been prepared by and are the responsibility of the Company's management. As of the date of this press release, the results are considered preliminary because they have not been audited and the Company's independent auditor has not performed a review of these results in accordance with standards established by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. The Company plans to release its audited financial results on or before April 2, 2013.
Crocodile Gold believes that investors use certain indicators to assess gold mining companies. The indicators 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 International Financial Reporting Standards.
"Cash cost per ounce" is a non-GAAP performance measure that could provide an indication of the mining and processing efficiency and effectiveness at the operations. It is determined by dividing the operating expenses, excluding stock-based compensation allocated to operating expenses and net of silver revenue, by the number of ounces of gold sold. There are variations in the method of computation of "cash cost per ounce" as determined by the Company compared with other mining companies. The following is a reconciliation of the cash cost per ounce of gold sold, to the reported operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, September 30, June 30 and March 31, 2012:
|Dec 30||Sept 30||June 30||March 31|
|Operating expenses per consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive income (loss)|| |
|By-product silver sales credit||(203,303||)||(126,723||)||(105,871||)||(64,137||)|
|Non-cash stock option expense charged to operating expenses||-||-||-||(240,861||)|
|Operating cash costs||59,442,156||55,430,554||41,614,417||22,100,961|
|Divided by ounces of gold sold||59,541||47,121||35,665||10,900|
|Cash cost per ounce ($ per ounce)||998||1,176||1,167||2,028|
Certain information set forth in this press release contains "forward-looking information" under applicable securities laws. Except for statements of historical fact, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements, which include the Company's expectations for future performance based on current drill results and past production, expected gold prices, and mineral resource estimates, and are based on Crocodile Gold's current internal expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and beliefs, which may prove to be incorrect. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "projects", "plans", and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Crocodile Gold's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: liabilities inherent in mine development and production; geological, mining and processing technical problems; Crocodile Gold's inability to obtain required mine licenses, mine permits and regulatory approvals required in connection with mining and mineral processing operations; competition for, among other things, capital, acquisitions of reserves, undeveloped lands and skilled personnel; incorrect assessments of the value of acquisitions; changes in commodity prices and exchange rates; currency and interest rate fluctuations; various events which could disrupt operations and/or the transportation of mineral products, including labour stoppages and severe weather conditions; the demand for and availability of rail, port and other transportation services; the ability to secure adequate financing and management's ability to anticipate and manage the foregoing factors and risks. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Crocodile Gold 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.