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Fortuna Reports Third Quarter 2021 Unaudited Financial Results

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM) (TSX: FVI) (“Fortuna” or the “Company”) today reported third quarter 2021 net income of $0.2 million, adjusted net income1 of $22.5 million, and adjusted EBITDA1 of $75.3 million.

Jorge A. Ganoza, President and CEO, commented, “Our strong adjusted EBITDA1 of $75.3 million with margins of 46% and free cash flow from operations1 of $33.8 million in the third quarter attest to the strength of our business. Our record financial results reflect the sustained upward production trend at the Lindero mine in Argentina and the first quarterly contribution of the Yaramoko mine in Burkina Faso.” Mr. Ganoza concluded, “We expect our robust cash flow generation to continue to be our main source of funding as we ramp up construction activities at the Seguela project in Côte d´Ivoire.”

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Record sales of $162.6 million, an increase of 95% from the $83.4 million reported in the same period in 2020 (“Q3 2020”), due primarily to gold sales from the Yaramoko mine of $49.0 million and from the Lindero mine of $41.8 million.

  • Net income of $0.2 million or $0.00 per share, compared to $13.1 million or $0.07 net income per share reported in Q3 2020. Net income was lower due primarily to $10.5 million in transaction costs related to the acquisition of Roxgold Inc., and $9.6 million settlement of the disputed royalty claim with the Mexican Geological Service (“SGM”).

  • Adjusted net income1 of $22.5 million compared to $16.1 million reported in Q3 2020.

  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $75.3 million compared to $42.2 million reported in Q3 2020.

  • Free cash flow from ongoing operations1 of $33.8 million compared to $30.1 million reported in Q3 2020.

  • As of September 30, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $135.8 million, an increase of $3.9 million from December 31, 2020.

  • Silver and gold production of 1,711,881 ounces and 65,425 ounces, respectively.

  • AISC1 per ounce of gold sold of $1,270 for the Lindero Mine and $1,188 for the Yaramoko Mine. AISC1,2 per silver equivalent ounce of payable silver sold of $15.51 and $17.66 for the San Jose Mine and Caylloma Mine, respectively.

1 Refer to Non-IFRS financial measures
2 AISC/oz Ag Eq calculated at realized metal prices, refer to mine site results for realized prices and Non-IFRS Financial Measures for silver equivalent ratio

Three months ended Sept 30

Nine months ended Sept 30

2021

2020

% Change

2021

2020

% Change

Sales

162.6

83.4

95

%

400.9

175.5

128

%

Mine operating income

47.3

42.1

12

%

147.1

63.3

132

%

Operating income

21.8

28.5

(24

)%

98.0

29.0

238

%

Net income

0.2

13.1

(98

)%

42.8

2.9

1,376

%

Earnings (loss) per share - basic

(0.00

)

0.07

(103

)%

0.19

0.02

850

%

Adjusted net income1

22.5

16.1

40

%

71.5

8.9

704

%

Adjusted EBITDA1

75.3

42.2

78

%

191.1

67.8

182

%

Net cash provided by operating activities

39.4

32.4

22

%

90.1

36.9

144

%

Free cash flow from ongoing operations1

33.8

30.1

12

%

66.2

44.5

49

%

Capex

Sustaining

25.6

14.8

73

%

46.7

46.8

(0

)%

Non-sustaining

0.7

-

0

%

1.8

0.2

800

%

Brownfields

4.7

1.0

370

%

10.6

2.9

266

%

As at

Sep 30, 2021

Dec 31, 2020

% Change

Cash and cash equivalents

135.8

131.9

3

%

1 Refer to Non-IFRS financial measures and Forward Looking Statements at the end of this news release

Figures may not add due to rounding

Third Quarter 2021 Results

Sales for the three months ended September 30, 2021 were $162.6 million, an increase of 95% from the $83.4 million reported in Q3 2020. Lindero reported adjusted sales of $41.8 million from 23,559 ounces of gold sold. Yaramoko reported adjusted sales of $49.0 million from 27,494 ounces of gold sold. San Jose reported adjusted sales of $43.7 million, a decrease of 32% from the $64.7 million reported in Q3 2020 due to decreases in the price of silver and a 24% and 21% decrease in the volume of silver and gold ounces sold, respectively. Caylloma reported adjusted sales of $28.0 million, a 49% increase from the $18.8 million reported in Q3 2020 due primarily to a 36% increase in the volume of silver sold, and increases in the volume and price of lead and zinc sold.

Operating income for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $21.8 million, a decrease of $6.7 million compared to Q3 2020. The decrease was due primarily to lower sales at the San Jose mine and the $9.6 million settlement of the disputed royalty claim with the SGM plus value added tax paid to the SGM, offset partly by Lindero and Yaramoko’s contribution to operating income of $10.3 million and $10.0 million respectively.

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $0.2 million, a $12.9 million decrease from the $13.1 million net income reported in Q3 2020, primarily due to lower operating income and $10.5 million in transaction costs related to the acquisition of Roxgold Inc. The effective tax rate for the quarter was 98%.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $75.3 million, an increase of $33.1 million compared to $42.2 million reported in Q3 2020. The increase reflects Lindero and Yaramoko´s contribution to adjusted EBITDA of $21.8 milion and $25.8 million, as well as higher EBITDA at Caylloma.

Free cash flow from ongoing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $33.8 million compared to $30.1 million in Q3 2020.

Liquidity

As of September 30, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $135.8 million, an increase of $3.9 million from December 31, 2020.

On November 4, 2021, the Company entered into a fourth amended and restated credit agreement, effective as of November 5, 2021, which converts the Company’s prior non-revolving and revolving facility into a revolving term credit facility in the amount of $200.0 million, subject to the conditions set out below, with a term of four years and a step down to $150.0 million after three years.

On closing of the amended credit facility, $120.0 million was available for drawdown and was drawn down in full. If a new environmental impact authorization for the San Jose mine (“San Jose EIA”) (See news release dated October 25, 2021) has not been approved or the existing San Jose EIA has not been extended by January 23, 2022, the availability of the amended credit facility will be reduced to $100.0 million. The total amended credit facility of up to $200.0 million will only become available upon receipt of the new San Jose EIA approval or San Jose EIA extension.

On November 10, 2021, Minera Cuzcatlan received written notification from SEMARNAT that its application, made in May 2021, for a 10 year extension to its Environmental Impact Authorization for the San Jose Mine which expired on October 23, 2021 had been denied. SEMARNAT denied the application for the extension citing a pending evaluation by SEMARNAT related to the regularization of ancillary infrastructure at the mine site. In addition, it cited non receipt of requested information, which the Company has already provided to the authority. The Company is reviewing the reasons for the denial with its advisors, but believes that it is fundamentally in compliance with all material aspects of the San Jose EIA and is entitled to an extension.

The San Jose mine is currently operating under the protection of the Mexican courts which allows the continued operation of the San Jose mine beyond the expiry date of the EIA. Minera Cuzcatlan has the right and intends to appeal the decision of SEMARNAT and will continue to pursue all legal protection available to it in order to continue to operate pending the appeal of the decision of SEMARNAT.

Under the terms of the amended credit facility, the Company must obtain by November 20, 2021 a permanent injunction or equivalent protection, in form and substance acceptable to the lenders acting reasonably, which allows the Company to continue to operate the mine.

Lindero Mine, Argentina

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Mine Production

Tonnes placed on the leach pad

1,387,134

-

4,994,134

-

Gold

Grade (g/t)

1.10

-

0.94

-

Production (oz)

26,235

-

68,088

-

Metal sold (oz)

23,559

-

63,788

-

Realized price ($/oz)

1,772

-

1,775

-

Unit Costs

Cash cost ($/oz Au)1

646

-

635

-

All-in sustaining cash cost ($/oz Au)1

1,270

-

1,182

-

Capital expenditures ($000's)

Sustaining

10,639

-

21,294

-

Brownfields

86

-

528

-

1 Refer to Non-IFRS Financial Measures

During the third quarter of 2021, the onsite impact of COVID-19 diminished resulting in less disruptions to the operations, with the company screening 74 positive cases compared to 160 cases registered in the second quarter of 2021. To date, including company and contractor personnel, 94% of the workforce has been vaccinated with one dose and 40% with two doses. The government of Argentina has announced that travel restrictions will start to ease in November, which should improve lead times and onsite technical assistance from foreign vendors.

In the third quarter of 2021, a total of 1,387,134 tonnes of ore were placed on the leach pad averaging 1.10 g/t gold containing an estimated 49,247 ounces of gold. Total gold production for the quarter was 26,235 ounces, comprised of 24,318 ounces in doré and an increase of 1,918 ounces of gold-in-carbon (GIC) inventory.

Cash cost per gold ounce sold was $646, as the mine continues to ramp-up production.

All-in sustaining cash costs per gold ounce sold was $1,270 during the quarter and $1,182 year to date, slightly above the Company’s updated guidance for the full year, due primarily to timing of sustaining capital expenditures and ounces sold. The Company expects the full year results to be in-line with the updated guidance.

Total capital expenditures of $10.7 million during the quarter were related primarily to the ADR plant expansion and completion of phase 1B of the leach pad construction.

Yaramoko Mine Complex, Burkina Faso

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Mine Production

Tonnes milled

126,677

-

126,677

-

Gold

Grade (g/t)

7.28

-

7.28

-

Production (oz)

28,751

-

28,751

-

Metal sold (oz)

27,494

-

27,494

-

Realized price ($/oz)

1,783

-

1,783

-

Unit Costs

Cash cost ($/oz Au)1

720

-

720

-

All-in sustaining cash cost ($/oz Au)1

1,188

-

1,188

-

Capital expenditures ($000's)

Sustaining

7,398

-

7,398

-

Brownfields

560

-

560

-

1 Refer to Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The Yaramoko Mine produced 28,751 ounces of gold in the third quarter of 2021 with an average gold head grade of 7.28 g/t; slightly below the plan for the quarter.

Unplanned downtime due to the premature changeout of a SAG mill pinion bearing in August contributed to slightly lower mill throughput of 126,677 tonnes in the quarter against a plan of 127,917 tonnes. This, in addition to some necessary re-sequencing of production stopes at the 55 Zone, due to isolated ground conditions causing bridging which resulted in a reprioritization of lower grade stopes, contributed to the minor production shortfall.

These issues have been remedied and are not expected to continue nor affect fourth quarter performance which is expected to be in line with guidance.

Cash cost per gold ounce sold was $720, which was above plan, primarily due to lower production.

All-in sustaining cash cost per gold ounce sold was $1,188, slightly above the Company’s updated guidance, due primarily to the lower production and timing of sustaining capital expenditures. The Company expects the full year results to be in-line with the updated guidance.

Capital expenditures of $8.0 million during the quarter related primarily to underground mine development costs.

San Jose Mine, Mexico

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Mine Production

Tonnes milled

248,984

255,226

778,352

662,203

Average tonnes milled per day

2,862

2,934

2,980

2,518

Silver

Grade (g/t)

195

254

206

232

Recovery (%)

92

92

91

92

Production (oz)

1,436,658

1,917,540

4,707,496

4,516,790

Metal sold (oz)

1,440,946

1,884,940

4,704,656

4,503,736

Realized price ($/oz)

24.16

24.87

25.80

20.04

Gold

Grade (g/t)

1.22

1.52

1.29

1.42

Recovery (%)

91

92

91

91

Production (oz)

8,910

11,425

29,477

27,709

Metal sold (oz)

8,922

11,317

29,421

27,797

Realized price ($/oz)

1,784

1,921

1,798

1,752

Unit Costs

Production cash cost ($/t)2

77.52

67.60

74.22

68.51

Production cash cost ($/oz Ag Eq)1,2

9.99

7.15

9.28

7.21

Net smelter return ($/t)

192.00

255.64

212.00

196.93

All-in sustaining cash cost ($/oz Ag Eq)1,2

15.51

11.39

14.13

10.83

Capital expenditures ($000's)

Sustaining

4,006

3,774

9,978

6,518

Non-sustaining

745

1,776

Brownfields

2,849

1,017

6,739

2,517

1 Production cash cost silver equivalent and All-in sustaining cash cost silver equivalent are calculated using realized metal prices for each period

2 Production cash cost, Production cash cost silver equivalent, and All-in sustaining cash cost silver equivalent are Non-IFRS Financial Measures, refer to Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The San Jose Mine produced 1,436,658 ounces of silver and 8,910 ounces of gold during the three months ended September 30, 2021, which represents a decrease of 25% and 22%, respectively, compared to Q3 2020. The decrease was due primarily to lower grades.

The production cash cost per tonne for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $77.52 an increase from the $67.60 per tonne in Q3 2020 primarily due to lower tonnes milled.

The all-in sustaining cash cost of payable silver equivalent for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $15.51 per ounce, an increase from the $11.39 per ounce in Q3 2020. The increase was due primarily to higher production cash costs as noted above, increase in brownfields capital expenditures, higher royalties, and lower silver equivalent sales.

Capital expenditures totaled $7.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, an increase from the $4.8 million in Q3 2020. The increase was due to the impact of COVID-19 in Q3 2020, whereby brownfields capital expenditures at the operations were significantly reduced.

Caylloma Mine, Peru

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Mine Production

Tonnes milled

136,410

107,002

401,942

373,915

Average tonnes milled per day

1,516

1,189

1,517

1,530

Silver

Grade (g/t)

78

74

77

70

Recovery (%)

81

83

82

83

Production (oz)

275,223

210,206

810,962

704,190

Metal sold (oz)

295,532

217,281

830,495

704,843

Realized price ($/oz)

24.67

24.96

25.80

19.27

Lead

Grade (%)

3.14

3.15

3.15

2.94

Recovery (%)

87

90

88

87

Production (000's lbs)

8,245

6,702

24,571

21,201

Metal sold (000's lbs)

8,859

6,884

25,354

21,196

Realized price ($/lb)

1.06

0.86

0.98

0.82

Zinc

Grade (%)

4.74

4.93

4.67

4.58

Recovery (%)

87

89

87

88

Production (000's lbs)

12,436

10,313

36,169

33,110

Metal sold (000's lbs)

12,754

10,628

36,775

32,999

Realized price ($/lb)

1.36

1.07

1.31

0.98

Unit Costs

Production cash cost ($/t)2

86.04

76.80

85.17

74.72

Production cash cost ($/oz Ag Eq)1,2

12.75

14.40

13.25

13.67

Net smelter return ($/t)

196.00

162.82

193.90

119.79

All-in sustaining cash cost ($/oz Ag Eq)1,2

17.66

19.53

18.17

17.73

Capital expenditures ($000's)

Sustaining

3,575

1,213

8,024

4,042

Brownfields

1,201

65

2,810

415

1 Production cash cost silver equivalent and All-in sustaining cash cost silver equivalent are calculated using realized metal prices for each period

2 Production cash cost, Production cash cost silver equivalent, and All-in sustaining cash cost silver equivalent are Non-IFRS Financial Measures, refer to Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The Caylloma Mine produced 275,223 ounces of silver, 8.2 million pounds of lead and 12.4 million pounds of zinc during the three months ended September 30, 2021, an increase of 31%, 23%, and 21% respectively compared to Q3 2020. The increased metal production was due to higher head grades for all metals and higher recoveries for silver and lead. Gold production for the third quarter of 2021 totaled 1,529 ounces with an average head grade of 0.48 g/t, an increase of 12% over Q3 2020.

The production cash cost per tonne for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $86.04, an increase from the $76.80 in Q3 2020. The increase was due primarily to higher mining costs on increased mine preparation activities and higher planned maintenance costs in the processing plant.

The all-in sustaining cash cost of payable silver equivalent for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $17.66 per ounce, a decrease from the $19.53 per ounce in Q3 2020. The decrease was due primarily to higher silver equivalent sales, offset partly by the higher production cash cost per tonne as noted above.

Capital expenditures totaled $4.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, an increase from the $1.3 million in Q3 2020. The increase was primarily due to the impact of COVID-19 during Q3 2020, whereby capital expenditures were significantly reduced.

On October 16, 2021, the Company signed a community support with the Municipality of Caylloma, which includes a voluntary payment of 2.2 million Peruvian soles per year over the four year term agreement, starting in the fourth quarter of 2021. The resources will be used for the implementation of programs or projects for the sustainable development of the Caylloma District.

Qualified Person

Eric Chapman, Vice President of Technical Services, is a Professional Geoscientist of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (Registration Number 36328), and is the Company’s Qualified Person (as defined by National Instrument 43-101). Mr. Chapman has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release and has verified the underlying data.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The following tables represent the calculation of certain Non-IFRS financial measures as referenced in this news release. In alignment with the World Gold Council standard for all-in sustaining cash cost and all-in cash cost, the Company has presented the cash cost figures on a sold ounce basis for all periods presented and has excluded royalties that are under the scope of IAS 12 – Income Taxes, with the change from the previously presented figures being applied retrospectively to prior periods.

Reconciliation to Adjusted Net Income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

Consolidated

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net income

0.2

13.1

42.8

2.9

Adjustments, net of tax:

Community support provision and accruals1

-

-

0.1

-

Foreign exchange loss, Lindero Mine2

1.2

2.7

3.8

8.6

Share of loss from associates

-

-

-

0.1

Investment income

-

-

-

(3.3

)

Roxgold transaction costs

10.5

-

14.1

-

SGM Royalty settlement

6.7

-

6.7

-

Other non-cash/non-recurring items

3.9

0.3

4.0

0.6

Adjusted Net Income (loss)

22.5

16.1

71.5

8.9

1 Amounts are recorded in Cost of sales

2 Amounts are recorded in General and Administration

Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

Consolidated

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net income

0.2

13.1

42.8

2.9

Adjustments:

Community support provision and accruals

-

0.1

(0.1

)

-

Inventory adjustment

1.8

-

1.7

-

Foreign exchange loss, Lindero Mine

1.2

2.7

3.8

8.7

Net finance items

4.0

0.4

8.5

1.1

Depreciation, depletion, and amortization

37.8

11.1

77.5

31.6

Income taxes

8.9

15.0

34.2

28.3

Share of loss from associates

-

-

-

0.1

Investment income

-

-

-

(3.3

)

SGM Royalty settlement

9.6

-

9.6

-

Roxgold transaction costs

10.5

-

14.1

-

Other non-cash/non-recurring items

1.3

(0.2

)

(1.0

)

(1.6

)

Adjusted EBITDA

75.3

42.2

191.1

67.8


Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow from ongoing operations for three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

Consolidated

2021

2020

2021

2020

(Restated)

(Restated)

Net cash provided by operating activities

39.4

32.4

90.1

36.9

Adjustments

Roxgold transaction costs

24.9

-

27.9

-

Change in long term receivables and assets

0.1

(0.3

)

(0.0

)

(0.9

)

Additions to mineral properties, plant and equipment

(32.2

)

(5.6

)

(55.4

)

(13.8

)

Impact of adoption in IAS 16 and Production costs

-

13.1

-

25.2

Current income tax expense

(9.0

)

(15.5

)

(35.2

)

(25.5

)

Income taxes paid

12.6

6.0

43.6

22.6

Other adjustments

(1.9

)

-

(4.8

)

-

Free cash flow from ongoing operations

33.8

30.1

66.2

44.5


Reconciliation of Cash Cost per Ounce of Gold Sold for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020

Lindero Mine

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cost of sales

29,508

-

75,974

-

Changes in dore inventory

1,456

-

2,458

-

Inventory adjustment

(1,743

)

-

(1,743

)

-

Export duties

(3,137

)

-

(8,519

)

-

Depletion and depreciation

(9,092

)

-

(24,512

)

-

By product credits

(55

)

-

(183

)

-

Production cash cost

16,937

-

43,475

-

Changes in dore inventory

(1,456

)

-

(2,458

)

-

Realized gain in diesel hedge

(272

)

-

(525

)

-

Cash cost applicable per gold ounce sold

A

15,209

-

40,492

-

Ounces of gold sold

B

23,549

-

63,762

-

Cash cost per ounce of gold sold ($/oz)

=A/B

646

-

635

-


Yaramoko Mine

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cost of sales

38,431

-

38,431

-

Changes in dore inventory

823

-

823

-

Export duties

(2,975

)

-

(2,975

)

-

Depletion and depreciation

(15,739

)

-

(15,739

)

-

By product credits

(61

)

-

(61

)

-

Production cash cost

20,479

-

20,479

-

Changes in dore inventory

(823

)

-

(823

)

-

Refining charges

138

-

138

-

Cash cost applicable per gold ounce sold

A

19,794

-

19,794

-

Ounces of gold sold

B

27,475

-

27,475

-

Cash cost per ounce of gold sold ($/oz)

=A/B

720

-

720

-


Reconciliation of All-in Sustaining Cash Cost per Ounce of Gold Sold for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020

Lindero Mine

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cash cost applicable

15,209

-

40,492

-

Export duties and mining taxes

3,137

-

8,519

-

General and administrative expenses (operations)

1,387

-

4,003

-

Adjusted operating cash cost

19,733

-

53,014

-

Sustaining leases

740

-

1,796

-

Sustaining capital expenditures1

9,385

-

20,040

-

Brownfields exploration expenditures1

47

-

489

-

All-in sustaining cash cost

29,905

-

75,339

-

All-in cash cost

29,905

-

75,339

-

Ounces of gold sold

23,549

-

63,762

-

All-in sustaining cash cost per ounce of gold sold

1,270

-

1,182

-

All-in cash cost per ounce of gold sold

1,270

-

1,182

-

1 Presented on a cash basis


Yaramoko Mine

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cash cost applicable

19,794

-

19,794

-

Export duties and mining taxes

2,975

-

2,975

-

General and administrative expenses (operations)

439

-

439

-

Adjusted operating cash cost

23,208

-

23,208

-

Sustaining leases

1,467

-

1,467

-

Sustaining capital expenditures1

7,398

-

7,398

-

Brownfields exploration expenditures1

560

-

560

-

All-in sustaining cash cost

32,633

-

32,633

-

All-in cash cost

32,633

-

32,633

-

Ounces of gold sold

27,475

-

27,475

-

All-in sustaining cash cost per ounce of gold sold

1,188

-

1,188

-

All-in cash cost per ounce of gold sold

1,188

-

1,188

-

1 Presented on a cash basis

Reconciliation of Production Cash Cost per Tonne and Cash Cost per Payable Ounce of Silver Equivalent Sold for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020

San Jose Mine

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cost of sales

29,980

29,574

90,051

73,288

Changes in concentrate inventory

(31

)

340

63

277

Depletion and depreciation in concentrate inventory

54

(592

)

21

(587

)

Inventory adjustment

(35

)

-

46

2

Royalties and mining taxes

(1,641

)

(1,239

)

(4,368

)

(2,878

)

Workers participation

(1,218

)

(2,970

)

(4,573

)

(5,059

)

Depletion and depreciation

(7,808

)

(7,859

)

(23,468

)

(19,677

)

Cash cost

A

19,301

17,254

57,772

45,366

Total processed ore (tonnes)

B

248,984

255,226

778,352

662,203

Production cash cost per tonne ($/t)

=A/B

77.52

67.60

74.22

68.51

Cash cost

A

19,301

17,254

57,772

45,366

Changes in concentrate inventory

31

(340

)

(63

)

(277

)

Depletion and depreciation in concentrate inventory

(54

)

592

(21

)

587

Inventory adjustment

35

-

(46

)

(2

)

Treatment charges

(2,622

)

322

(441

)

103

Refining charges

3,539

1,064

3,161

2,554

Cash cost applicable per payable ounce sold

C

20,230

18,892

60,362

48,331

Payable ounces of silver equivalent sold1

D

2,024,487

2,640,492

6,501,691

6,702,294

Cash cost per ounce of payable silver equivalent sold2 ($/oz)

=C/D

9.99

7.15

9.28

7.21

Mining cost per tonne

38.00

34.30

38.74

35.74

Milling cost per tonne

17.22

15.45

16.71

16.46

Indirect cost per tonne

14.79

9.38

12.66

8.91

Community relations cost per tonne

3.08

6.51

1.44

4.17

Distribution cost per tonne

4.43

1.96

4.67

3.23

Production cash cost per tonne ($/t)

77.52

67.60

74.22

68.51

1 Silver equivalent sold for Q3 2021 is calculated using a silver to gold ratio of 73.9:1 (Q3 2020: 77.2:1) and for Q3 2021 YTD: silver to gold ratio of 69.7:1 (Q3 2020 YTD: 87.4:1)

2 Silver equivalent is calculated using the realized prices for gold and silver.


Caylloma Mine

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cost of sales

17,302

11,812

49,332

38,882

Changes in concentrate inventory

(670

)

(262

)

(899

)

27

Depletion and depreciation in concentrate inventory

133

98

155

227

Royalties and mining taxes

(68

)

(71

)

(157

)

(390

)

Provision for community support

-

2

-

101

Workers participation

(412

)

(583

)

(1,624

)

(411

)

Depletion and depreciation

(4,549

)

(2,778

)

(12,575

)

(10,496

)

Cash cost

A

11,736

8,218

34,232

27,940

Total processed ore (tonnes)

B

136,410

107,002

401,942

373,916

Production cash cost per tonne ($/t)

=A/B

86.04

76.80

85.17

74.72

Cash cost

A

11,736

8,218

34,232

27,940

Changes in concentrate inventory

670

262

899

(27

)

Depletion and depreciation in concentrate inventory

(133

)

(98

)

(155

)

(227

)

Treatment charges

4,378

4,414

11,125

13,977

Refining charges

459

339

1,292

1,082

Cash cost applicable per payable ounce sold

C

17,110

13,135

47,393

42,745

Payable ounces of silver equivalent sold1

D

1,341,997

912,207

3,577,778

3,127,621

Cash cost per ounce of payable silver equivalent sold2 ($/oz)

=C/D

12.75

14.40

13.25

13.67

Mining cost per tonne

33.82

30.80

32.24

32.64

Milling cost per tonne

15.95

14.58

15.00

13.94

Indirect cost per tonne

28.05

23.95

29.50

21.03

Community relations cost per tonne

0.51

6.92

0.72

4.58

Distribution cost per tonne

7.71

0.55

7.71

2.53

Production cash cost per tonne ($/t)

86.04

76.80

85.17

74.72

1 Silver equivalent sold for Q3 2021 is calculated using a silver to gold ratio of 72.5:1 (Q3 2020: 78.3:1) , silver to lead ratio of 1:23.3 pounds (Q3 2020: 1:29.2), and silver to zinc ratio of 1:18.2 pounds (Q3 2020: 1:23.2). YTD 2021: silver to gold ratio of 69.4:1 (Q3 2020 YTD: 96.4:1), silver to lead ratio of 1:26.3 pounds (Q3 2020 YTD: 1:23.6), and silver to zinc ratio of 1:19.7 pounds (Q3 2020 YTD: 1:19.7)

2 Silver equivalent is calculated using the realized prices for gold, silver, lead, and zinc.

Reconciliation of All-in Sustaining Cash Cost and All-in Cash Cost per Payable Ounce of Silver Equivalent Sold for three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020

San Jose Mine

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cash cost applicable

20,230

18,897

60,362

48,346

Royalties and mining taxes

1,641

1,239

4,368

2,878

Workers' participation

1,522

3,713

5,716

6,324

General and administrative expenses (operations)

1,719

1,363

5,022

4,228

Adjusted operating cash cost

25,112

25,212

75,468

61,776

Care and maintenance costs (impact of COVID-19)

-

-

-

1,568

Sustaining leases

184

63

447

188

Sustaining capital expenditures3

3,553

3,774

9,525

6,518

Brownfields exploration expenditures3

2,547

1,017

6,437

2,517

All-in sustaining cash cost

31,397

30,066

91,878

72,567

Non-sustaining capital expenditures3

745

125

1,776

374

All-in cash cost

32,142

30,191

93,654

72,941

Payable ounces of silver equivalent sold1

2,024,487

2,640,492

6,501,691

6,702,294

All-in sustaining cash cost per ounce of payable silver equivalent sold2

15.51

11.39

14.13

10.83

All-in cash cost per ounce of payable silver equivalent sold2

15.88

11.43

14.40

10.88

1 Silver equivalent sold for Q3 2021 is calculated using a silver to gold ratio of 73.9:1 (Q3 2020: 77.2:1) and for Q3 2021 YTD: silver to gold ratio of 69.7:1 (Q3 2020 YTD: 87.4:1)

2 Silver equivalent is calculated using the realized prices for gold and silver. Refer to Financial Results - Sales and Realized Prices

3 Presented on a cash basis


Caylloma Mine

Three months ended Sept 30,

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cash cost applicable

17,110

13,562

47,392

44,825

Royalties and mining taxes

68

71

157

390

Workers' participation

465

644

1,886

477

General and administrative expenses (operations)

630

701

2,700

2,514

Adjusted operating cash cost

18,273

14,978

52,135

48,206

Sustaining leases

780

695

2,170

1,930

Sustaining capital expenditures3

3,480

1,213

7,930

4,042

Brownfields exploration expenditures3

1,168

65

2,777

415

All-in sustaining cash cost

23,701

16,951

65,012

54,593

All-in cash cost

23,701

17,814

65,012

55,456

Payable ounces of silver equivalent sold1

1,341,997

912,207

3,577,778

3,127,621

All-in sustaining cash cost per ounce of payable silver equivalent sold2

17.66

19.53

18.17

17.73

All-in cash cost per ounce of payable silver equivalent sold2

17.66

19.53

18.17

17.73

1 Silver equivalent sold for Q3 2021 is calculated using a silver to gold ratio of 72.5:1 (Q3 2020: 78.3:1) , silver to lead ratio of 1:23.3 pounds (Q3 2020: 1:29.2), and silver to zinc ratio of 1:18.2 pounds (Q3 2020: 1:23.2). YTD 2021: silver to gold ratio of 69.4:1 (Q3 2020 YTD: 96.4:1), silver to lead ratio of 1:26.3 pounds (Q3 2020 YTD: 1:23.6), and silver to zinc ratio of 1:19.7 pounds (Q3 2020 YTD: 1:19.7)

2 Silver equivalent is calculated using the realized prices for gold, silver, lead, and zinc. Refer to Financial Results - Sales and Realized Prices

3 Presented on a cash basis

Additional information regarding the Company’s financial results and activities underway are available in the Company’s third quarter 2021 Financial Statements and accompanying Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, which are available for download on the Company’s website, www.fortunasilver.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov/edgar.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call to discuss the financial and operational results will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time | 12:00 p.m. Eastern time. Hosting the call will be Jorge A. Ganoza, President and CEO, and Luis D. Ganoza, Chief Financial Officer.

Shareholders, analysts, media and interested investors are invited to listen to the live conference call by logging onto the webcast at: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1696/43329 or over the phone by dialing in just prior to the starting time.

Conference call details:

Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. Pacific time | 12:00 p.m. Eastern time

Dial in number (Toll Free): +1. 888.506.0062
Dial in number (International): +1.973.528.0011
Entry code: 664594

Replay number (Toll Free): +1.877.481.4010
Replay number (International): +1.919.882.2331
Replay Passcode: 43329

Playback of the earnings call will be available until Friday, November 26, 2021. Playback of the webcast will be available until Saturday, November 12, 2022. In addition, a transcript of the call will be archived on the Company’s website at https://fortunasilver.com/investors/financial-reports/.

About Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. is a Canadian precious metals mining company with four operating mines in Argentina, Burkina Faso, Mexico and Peru, and an advanced development project in Côte d’Ivoire. Sustainability is integral to all our operations and relationships. We produce gold and silver and generate shared value over the long-term for our stakeholders through efficient production, environmental protection, and social responsibility. For more information, please visit our website.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Jorge A. Ganoza
President, CEO, and Director
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Investor Relations:
Carlos Baca | info@fortunasilver.com

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements which constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, "Forward-looking Statements"). All statements included herein, other than statements of historical fact, are Forward-looking Statements and are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the Forward-looking Statements. The Forward-looking Statements in this news release include, without limitation, statements about the Company's plans for its mines and mineral properties; the Company’s anticipated performance in 2021; estimated updated production forecasts and sales for 2021; estimated updated production costs and all-in sustaining cash costs for 2021; estimated capital expenditures in 2021; estimated brownfields and greenfields expenditures in 2021; the future estimated impact of COVID-19 on the Company’s production, workforce, business, operations and financial condition; metal price estimates; estimated metal grades in 2021; the estimated amount of ore to be placed on the leach pad at the Lindero Mine in 2021, the grade of gold and the amount of gold estimated to be contained therein; the Company’s plans for the construction of an open pit mine at the Seguela project in Cote d’Ivoire; the economics for the construction of the mine at the Seguela project as set out in the feasibility study, the estimated construction capex for the project, the timelines and schedules for the construction and production of gold; undisclosed risks and liabilities relating to the Roxgold business combination; risks that the anticipated benefits of the Roxgold business combination will not be realized or fully realized; the Company's business strategy, plans and outlook; the merit of the Company's mines and mineral properties; mineral resource and reserve estimates; production costs; timelines; the future financial or operating performance of the Company; expenditures; the ability of the Company to successfully appeal the denial to the extension of the San Jose EIA; the ability of the Company to repay or refinance its credit facility in the event that the Company does not obtain an extension to the San Jose EIA; approvals and other matters. Often, but not always, these Forward-looking Statements can be identified by the use of words such as "estimated", “expected”, “anticipated”, "potential", "open", "future", "assumed", "projected", "used", "detailed", "has been", "gain", "planned", "reflecting", "will", "containing", "remaining", "to be", or statements that events, "could" or "should" occur or be achieved and similar expressions, including negative variations.

Forward-looking Statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the Forward-looking Statements. Such uncertainties and factors include, among others, changes in general economic conditions and financial markets; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s mining operations and construction activities; the duration and impacts of COVID-19 on the Company’s production, workforce, business, operations and financial condition, and the risks relating to a global pandemic, which unless contained could cause a prolonged slowdown in global economic growth; uncertainties related to the impacts of COVID-19 which may include: changing market conditions, changing restrictions on the mining industry in the countries in which the Company operates, the ability to operate as a result of government imposed restrictions, including restrictions on travel, the transportation of concentrates and doré, access to refineries, the impact of additional waves of the pandemic or increases in incidents of COVID-19 in the countries in which we operate; the duration of any suspension of operations at the Company’s mines as a result of COVID-19 which may affect production and the Company’ business operations and financial condition; the risks associated with the completion of the business combination with Roxgold, including the ability of the Company to successfully consolidate functions, integrate operations, procedures and personnel; changes in prices for gold, silver and other metals; the ability of the Company to successfully appeal the decision of SEMARNAT denying the extension to the San Jose EIA; obtaining a pemanent injunction or equivalent protection from the Mexican Courts to allow the continued operation of the San Jose pending the approval of the appeal to the denial of the extension of the San Jose EIA; fluctuation in currencies and foreign exchange rates; inflation; the imposition of capital controls in countries in which the Company operates; any extension of the currency controls in Argentina; changes in the prices of key supplies; technological and operational hazards in Fortuna’s mining and mine development activities; delays in the ramp up of production at Lindero which may cause delays in the commencement of commercial production; risks inherent in mineral exploration; uncertainties inherent in the estimation of mineral reserves, mineral resources, and metal recoveries; changes to current estimates of mineral reserves and resources; changes to production and cost estimates; changes in the position of regulatory authorities with respect to the granting of approvals or permits; governmental and other approvals; changes in government, political unrest or instability in countries where Fortuna is active; labor relations issues; as well as those factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company's Annual Information Form. Although the Company 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 to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended.

Forward-looking Statements contained herein are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management, including but not limited to the accuracy of the Company’s current mineral resource and reserve estimates; that the Company’s activities will be in accordance with the Company’s public statements and stated goals; that there will be no material adverse change affecting the Company or its properties; changes to production estimates (which assume accuracy of projected ore grade, mining rates, recovery timing, and recovery rate estimates and may be impacted by unscheduled maintenance, labour and contractor availability and other operating or technical difficulties); the duration and impacts of COVID-19 on the Company’s production, workforce, business, operations and financial condition, and the risks relating to a global pandemic, which unless contained could cause a slowdown in global economic growth; government mandates in Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire with respect to mining operations generally or auxiliary businesses or services required for the Company’s operations; government and the Company’s attempts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 which may affect many aspects of the Company’s operations, including transportation of personnel to and from site, contractor and supplier availability and the ability to sell or deliver concentrate and doré; the expected trends in mineral prices and currency exchange rates; that the Company’s activities will be in accordance with the Company’s public statements and stated goals; that there will be no material adverse change affecting the Company or its properties; that the Company will obtain an extension to the San Jose EIA; that all required approvals and permits will be obtained for the Company’s business and operations; that there will be no significant disruptions affecting operations and such other assumptions as set out herein. Forward-looking Statements are made as of the date hereof and the Company disclaims any obligation to update any Forward-looking Statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by law. There can be no assurance that these Forward-looking Statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward-looking Statements.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This news release also refers to Non-IFRS financial measures, such as production cash cost per tonne; cash cost per payable ounce of silver; all-in sustaining cash cost; all-in cash cost; adjusted net (loss) income; operating cash flow per share before changes in working capital, income taxes, and interest income; and adjusted EBITDA. These measures do not have a standardized meaning or method of calculation, even though the descriptions of such measures may be similar. These performance measures have no meaning under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and therefore, amounts presented may not be comparable to similar data presented by other mining companies.