VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Mar 17, 2014) - Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (FSM)(FVI.TO)(FVI.TO)(F4S.F) today reported revenue of $137.4 million, cash generated from operations, before changes in working capital, of $40.9 million, a net loss of $19.1 million in 2013, and adjusted net income of $9.4 million. The net loss includes a one-time non-cash tax provision of $7.7 million related to the initial recognition of the Mexican mining tax reform, and a non-cash impairment charge of $20.4 million, net of tax, related to the impact of declining silver prices on the carrying value of the Caylloma mine in Peru.
Jorge A. Ganoza, President and CEO, commented, "In 2013, the company once again delivered on its production guidance while successfully implementing company-wide capital and operating cost cutting measures in the face of declining metal prices. Our cash cost per ounce of payable silver, net of by-product credits for gold, lead and zinc, was $7.03. Our all-in sustaining cash cost per payable ounce of silver for the year was $20.45, in line with guidance." Mr. Ganoza continued, "In 2014, silver and gold production will increase by 30 percent and 52 percent, respectively, to 6 million ounces of silver and 32,300 ounces of gold, and our all-in sustaining cash cost per payable ounce of silver is expected to decrease to $17.14. The incorporation of the Trinidad North discovery into our production blend at San Jose by 2015 reinforces continued organic production growth at a lower all-in sustaining cash cost."
2013 Financial Statements and MD&A Highlights:
- Sales of $137.4 million
- Cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital of $40.9 million
- Adjusted net income of $9.4 million or earnings per share of $0.08
- Net loss of $19.1 million after a non-cash impairment charge of $20.4 million, net of tax
- Cash and short term investments as at December 31, 2013 of $49.1 million
- Working capital as at December 31, 2013 of $66.4 million
- Silver and gold production of 4,631,264 ounces and 21,242 ounces, respectively
- Cash cost per ounce of payable silver, net of by-product credits for gold, lead and zinc, was $7.03
- All-in sustaining cash cost per ounce of payable silver, net of by-product credits for gold, lead and zinc, was $20.45
Fourth-Quarter 2013 Financial Statements and MD&A Highlights:
- Sales of $36.4 million
- Cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital of $11.2 million
- Adjusted net income of $3.0 million or earnings per share of $0.02
- Net loss of $14.9 million after a non-cash impairment charge of $10.2 million, net of tax
- Silver and gold production of 1,460,125 ounces and 7,052 ounces, respectively
- Cash cost per ounce of payable silver, net of by-product credits for gold, lead and zinc, was $6.56
- All-in sustaining cash cost per ounce of payable silver, net of by-product credits for gold, lead and zinc, was $15.49
2014 Production and All-In Sustaining Cash Cost Guidance:
- 6 million ounces of silver; 30 percent increase over 2013
- 32,300 ounces of gold; 52 percent increase over 2013
- All-in sustaining cash cost per ounce of payable silver*, net of by-product credits gold, lead and zinc, of $17.14
(*) All-in sustaining cash cost calculated using Au = $1,300/oz, Pb = $2,100/t and Zn = $1,900/t
2013 Year-End Results
Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2013, amounted to $19.1 million, compared with $31.5 million of net income for the year ended December 31, 2012. The loss was driven by a non-cash impairment charge of $20.4 million, net of tax (2012: $nil) and by a one-time non-cash income tax provision of $7.7 million resulting from the initial recognition of the Mexican mining tax reform.
The company's adjusted net income was $9.4 million (2012: $34.1 million), (a non-GAAP measure calculated as follows: net loss add back write-off of mineral properties, impairment of mineral properties, plant and equipment, and initial recognition impact of Mexico mining tax reform). The decrease with respect to 2012 was driven by lower sales of 15 percent related mainly to lower silver and gold prices of 24 percent and 15 percent respectively. The impact of lower metal prices on our sales was partially offset by higher ounces of silver sold, of 16 percent, reflecting mostly the expansion to 1,800 from 1,150 tpd at the San Jose mine. Mine operating earnings decreased 41 percent to $41.8 million (2012: $70.7 million) and gross margins (mine operating earnings over sales) fell from 44 percent to 30 percent reflecting the effect of lower metal prices.
Cash flow from operations, before changes in working capital, decreased 34 percent to $40.9 million (2012: $62.2 million). The decrease reflects the negative impact of lower metal prices on our sales offset by the lower taxes paid at Caylloma in 2013.
The company's cash and cash equivalents and short term investments as at December 31, 2013, totaled $49.1 million (December 31, 2012: $64.7 million) and working capital was $66.4 million ($87.4 million).
Fourth-Quarter 2013 Results
The fourth-quarter net loss was $14.9 million (Q4 2012: income $8.5 million), resulting in a loss per share of $0.12 (Q4 2012 earnings per share: $0.07). The loss was driven by a non-cash impairment charge of $10.2 million, net of tax (Q4 2012: $nil) and by a one-time non-cash income tax provision of $7.7 million (Q4 2012: $nil) resulting from the initial recognition of the Mexican mining tax reform.
The company's fourth-quarter adjusted net income was $3.0 million (Q4 2012: income $8.5 million), (a non-GAAP measure calculated as follows: net loss add back write-off of mineral properties, impairment of mineral properties, plant and equipment, and initial recognition impact of Mexico mining tax reform). The corresponding adjusted income before taxes was $6.5 million compared to $8.0 million in the prior year period. The decrease with respect to the fourth-quarter 2012 was driven mainly by lower silver and gold prices of 37 percent and 26 percent respectively, partially offset by higher silver and gold sold resulting from the expansion at the San Jose mine of 49 percent and 64 percent respectively. Mine operating earnings decreased 22 percent to $10.4 million (Q4 2012: $13.3 million) and gross margins fell from 35 percent to 29 percent reflecting the impact of lower metal prices, partially offset by lower unit cash costs per tonne at both San Jose and Caylloma of 23 percent and 7 percent respectively. Also contributing to offset the negative impact of metal prices were lower selling, general and administrative expenses which were reduced by $1.5 million.
Cash generated by operating activities, before changes in working capital, was $11.2 million, a decrease of 6 percent over the prior-year period, mainly because of lower sales, of 4 percent.
|YEAR TO DATE RESULTS|
|Years ended December 31,|
|Consolidated Metal Production||Caylloma||San Jose||Consolidated||Caylloma||San Jose||Consolidated|
|Lead (000's lbs)||17,780||-||17,780||17,886||-||17,886|
|Zinc (000's lbs)||25,211||-||25,211||22,396||-||22,396|
|Copper (000's lbs)||-||-||-||48||-||48|
|Production cash cost (US$/oz Ag)*||7.65||6.53||7.03||8.07||3.76||5.96|
|All-in sustaining cash cost (US$/oz Ag)*||20.83||15.89||20.45||24.05||15.64||23.02|
|* Net of by-product credits|
Silver and gold production for the year ended December 31, 2013, totaled 4,631,264 ounces and 21,242 ounces, respectively, exceeding by 3 percent and under by 10 percent, respectively, the company's production guidance for 2013. Compared with the previous year, silver and gold production increased 16 percent and 3 percent, respectively, largely because of the San Jose mill expansion to 1,800 tpd in September 2013.
All-in sustaining cash cost per ounce of payable silver for 2013, net of by-product gold, lead and zinc, was $20.45 (2012: $23.02). The decrease resulted from lower operating and capital costs per ounce in spite of lower gold by-product credits. (A non-GAAP measure).
San Jose Mine, Mexico
|QUARTERLY RESULTS||YEAR TO DATE RESULTS|
|Three months ended |
|Years ended |
|Mine Production||San Jose||San Jose||San Jose||San Jose|
|Average tonnes milled per day||1,741||1,107||1,296||1,055|
|Production cash cost (US$/oz Ag)*||5.55||8.38||6.53||3.76|
|Production cash cost (US$/tonne)||63.38||82.82||71.41||74.10|
|Unit Net Smelter Return (US$/tonne)||147.76||198.53||160.76||209.70|
|All-in sustaining cash cost (US$/oz Ag)*||10.78||29.09||15.89||15.64|
|* Net of by-product credits|
Silver annual production for 2013 was 3 percent above guidance. Gold annual production was 8 percent below guidance due to variations in the head grade relative to the resource model. The company is analyzing the reasons for these variations and is taking measures to improve the accuracy of gold grade estimates predicted by the resource model and the mining schedule production plans. The expansion of the San Jose Mine's processing plant capacity to 1,800 from 1,150 tpd was successfully completed and commissioned in September 2013 on time and on budget.
Silver and gold production for 2013 was 30 percent and 6 percent above the previous year respectively. Silver production increased on the back of higher processed ore of 24 percent and 3 percent higher head grade. Gold production saw a modest increase due to a reduction in head grades of 16 percent, where our mine plan contemplated an 8 percent reduction.
Cash cost per tonne of processed ore for 2013 was 4 percent below with respect to 2012 and in line with guidance. All-in cash cost per ounce, net of by-product gold, at San Jose was $15.89 in 2013, in line with guidance.
Caylloma Mine, Peru
|QUARTERLY RESULTS||YEAR TO DATE RESULTS|
|Three months ended |
|Years ended |
|Average tonnes milled per day||1,290||1,256||1,284||1,266|
|Production (000's lbs)||3,770||4,936||17,780||17,886|
|Production (000's lbs)||6,676||6,135||25,211||22,396|
|Production (000's lbs)||0||0||0||48|
|Production cash cost (US$/oz Ag)*||8.29||9.30||7.65||8.07|
|Production cash cost (US$/tonne)||90.49||96.80||91.22||87.28|
|Unit Net Smelter Return (US$/tonne)||145.51||196.29||161.19||183.29|
|All-in sustaining cash cost (US$/oz Ag)*||18.55||24.75||20.83||24.05|
|* Net of by-product credits|
Silver annual production was 6 percent over guidance mainly due to an improvement in silver metallurgical recovery from 77 percent to 82 percent. In the fourth-quarter of 2012, the company implemented recommendations to improve metallurgical recoveries following extensive testing conducted over several months. Positive results were achieved in November and December, with silver recoveries improving to 82 percent throughout 2013.
When compared to the prior year silver production for 2013 increased 3 percent due to the increase in metallurgical recoveries of 6 percent, despite slightly lower head grades (down 2 percent). Zinc production increased 13 percent year-over-year as a result of higher head grade and was in line with plan. Lead production was stable when compared with the previous year albeit 8 percent below plan.
Cash cost per tonne of processed ore at Caylloma for 2013 was $91.22, an increase of 5 percent from 2012, but 5 percent lower than guidance. This decrease is the result of cost reducing measures undertaken at the beginning of the third quarter which consisted mainly of an optimization of mine preparation activities and reductions in related personnel expenses and technical services. All-in cash cost per ounce, net of by-products gold, lead and zinc, at Caylloma in 2013 was $20.83 in line with guidance for the year.
The financial statements and MD&A are available on SEDAR and have also been posted on the company's website at http://www.fortunasilver.com/s/financial_reports.asp.
Conference Call to Review 2013 Year-End Financial and Operations Results
Date: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. Pacific / 12:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Lima
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Playback of the webcast will be available until June 18th, 2014. Playback of the conference call will be available until March 31st, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. In addition, a transcript of the call will be archived in the company's website: http://www.fortunasilver.com/s/financial_reports.asp.
About Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Fortuna is a growth oriented, silver and base metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. Our primary assets are the Caylloma silver Mine in southern Peru and the San Jose silver-gold Mine in Mexico. The company is selectively pursuing additional acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas. For more information, please visit our website at www.fortunasilver.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Jorge A. Ganoza, President, CEO and Director
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
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