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Gold Resource Corporation Reports Robust Financial Results and Strong Balance Sheet for the First Quarter 2022

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  • Cash Balance of $31.2 Million

  • Net Income of $4.0 Million, or $0.05 EPS

  • Revenue of $45.4 Million

DENVER, May 09, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gold Resource Corporation (NYSE American: GORO) (the "Company") sold a total of 8,381 ounces of gold and 265,407 ounces of silver in Q 1 2022 for a gold equivalent total of 11,729 ounces. Additionally, the Company sold 4,359 tonnes of zinc, 408 tonnes of copper, and 1,639 tonnes of lead.

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Allen Palmiere, President and CEO, said, "Our operations delivered excellent results during the first quarter 2022. Quarter over quarter processing costs per tonne held steady despite a hyper inflationary environment. Likewise, we reinvested $7.1 million into exploration and infrastructure improvements at the Don David Gold Mine during the quarter. Another $1.1 million was invested to progress the feasibility study and permitting initiatives at the Back Forty Project in Michigan. Our investments in both Mexico and Michigan are focused on favorably impacting our environment, social and governance programs while creating operational efficiencies and longevity."

Q1 2022 HIGHLIGHTS

Additional highlights for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, are summarized below:

Strategic

  • For the eighth consecutive year, the Don David Gold Mine earned the prestigious Empresa Socialmente Responsable ("ESR") award from the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI). Awards are given to organizations who demonstrate a commitment to supporting social and environmental protection programs within their local communities.

  • During the quarter, the Company purchased and processed a thousand tonnes of tailings material from a nearby community in an effort to ensure the proper environmental treatment and storage of the material.

  • Patrick Frenette was hired as Vice President, Technical Services and Steve Donohue was seconded as Vice President, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs (Michigan) to further derisk the successful delivery of the optimized feasibility study and permit applications for the Back Forty Project.

  • $0.9 million was distributed in shareholder dividends this quarter, totaling $120.3 million since 2010.

Operational

  • Two lost time incidents occurred during the quarter. Both incidents were thoroughly investigated, and the appropriate actions taken.

Financial

  • Working capital was $32.4 million at March 31, 2022, $3.1 million higher than at December 31, 2021. The increase is primarily due to an increase in accounts receivables as a result of higher base metal prices and timing of shipments in March.

  • Total cash cost for the quarter was $ (121) per gold equivalent ("AuEq") ounce (after co-product credits) and Total all-in sustaining cost for the quarter was $499 per AuEq ounce (after co-product credits). Both non-GAAP measures were favorably impacted by co-product credits for base metals.1

Trending Highlights

2021

2022

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Q1

Operating Data

Total tonnes milled

138,980

129,590

98,010

135,398

136,844

Average Grade

Gold (g/t)

1.68

1.93

2.68

1.93

3.00

Silver (g/t)

72

77

91

82

81

Copper (%)

0.43

0.36

0.37

0.38

0.41

Lead (%)

1.70

1.63

2.29

2.17

1.97

Zinc (%)

4.29

3.64

4.79

4.77

4.89

Metal production (before payable metal deductions)

Gold (ozs.)

6,097

6,555

6,933

6,853

11,187

Silver (ozs.)

307,610

295,979

265,829

330,873

332,292

Copper (tonnes)

441

368

284

413

431

Lead (tonnes)

1,737

1,654

1,808

2,345

2,073

Zinc (tonnes)

4,377

3,683

3,920

5,349

5,562

Metal produced and sold

Gold (ozs.)

5,019

5,697

5,809

6,119

8,381

Silver (ozs.)

253,061

270,321

255,394

287,805

265,407

Copper (tonnes)

382

365

268

405

408

Lead (tonnes)

1,176

1,214

1,550

2,059

1,639

Zinc (tonnes)

3,134

3,193

3,059

4,167

4,359

Average metal prices realized

Gold ($ per oz.)

1,787

1,822

1,762

1,811

1,898

Silver ($ per oz.)

26.77

26.88

23.19

23.51

23.94

Copper ($ per tonne)

8,873

10,375

9,092

9,768

10,144

Lead ($ per tonne)

2,082

2,162

2,397

2,339

2,347

Zinc ($ per tonne)

2,797

2,945

3,032

3,466

3,842

Precious metal gold equivalent ounces sold

Gold Ounces

5,019

5,697

5,809

6,119

8,381

Gold Equivalent Ounces from Silver

3,791

3,999

3,356

3,736

3,348

Total AuEq oz

8,810

9,696

9,165

9,855

11,729

Financial Data ($'s in thousands except for per ounce)

Total sales, net

$ 27,268

$ 30,836

$ 29,029

$ 38,063

$ 45,417

Earnings from mining operations before depreciation and amortization

11,974

11,259

11,766

17,744

25,281

Total cash cost after co-product credits per AuEq oz sold

408

713

466

73

(121)

Total consolidated all-in sustaining cost after co-product credits per AuEq oz sold

937

1,280

1,031

451

499

Production Costs

15,243

19,523

17,216

20,252

20,074

Production Costs/Tonnes Milled

110

151

176

150

147

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization

8,520

7,413

7,402

10,304

15,328

Operating Cash Flows

6,831

9,298

5,743

12,911

4,230

Net income

2,527

1,283

1,529

2,689

4,019

Earnings per share - basic

$ 0.03

$ 0.02

$ 0.02

$ 0.03

$ 0.05

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1 See Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Non-GAAP Measures below for a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to applicable GAAP measures.

2022 Capital and Exploration Investment Summary

For the three months ended March 31, 2022

2022 full year guidance

(in thousands)

Sustaining Investments:

Underground Development

Capital

$

1,582

$

8.5 - 9.5 million

Infill Drilling and Exploration Development

Capital

2,155

7.0 - 7.5 million

Other Sustaining Capital

Capital

859

4.0 - 4.5 million

Subtotal of Sustaining Investments:

4,596

Growth Investments:

DDGM growth:

Gold Regrind

Capital

571

-

Dry Stack Completion

Capital

782

-

Surface Exploration / Other

Exploration

730

2.5 – 3.0 million

Underground Exploration Drilling

Exploration

507

3.0 - 3.5 million

Back Forty growth:

Back Forty – Feasibility Study & Permits

Exploration

1,068

8.0 -9.0 million

Subtotal of Growth Investments:

3,658

Total Capital and Exploration:

$

8,254

$

33.0 - 37.0 million

The Company’s investment in Mexico continued in Q1 2022 totaling $7.1 million. Our investment in Mexico is focused on favorably impacting our environment, social and governance programs while creating operational efficiencies and longevity. Year-to-date at the Back Forty Project, $1.1 million has been invested in feasibility and permitting initiatives.

Gold Regrind Project: Regrinding of the zinc tailings is expected to increase gold recovery by 6% to 10%. The reground material will be leached to produce doré bars. Completion and commissioning are expected in Q2 2022. As of March 31, 2022, a total of $1.6 million has been invested in this project, $1.1 million in 2021. Another $0.2 million is expected to be spent before completion.

Dry Stack Tailings Project: Construction of the water filtration plant and dry stack tailings facilities was completed in 2021. During Q1 2022, work continued to optimize the operations of the filtration plant. Through March 2022, 15,499 tons of tailings were processed through the plant. The dry stack facilities will conserve and recirculate water, eliminate risks related to traditional tailings facilities, accelerate reclamation of certain areas of the open pit mine, and extend the life of the operations. The dry-stacked tailings will accelerate reclamation of certain areas of the open pit mine, extend the life of the operations, and reduce water consumption as approximately 80% of the process water will be available for reuse. As of March 31, 2022, a total of $14.8 million has been invested in this project, $14.0 million through 2021.

Underground and Exploration Development: Mine development during the quarter included ramps and accesses to different areas of the deposit and exploration development drifts. A total of 1,094 meters of development, at a cost of $2.4 million, was completed during the quarter. Underground mine development was $1.6 million and exploration development was $0.8 million (included in Infill Drilling and Exploration Development in the table above). We plan to invest a total of $8.5 million to $9.5 million in underground development and an additional $4.0 million to $4.5 million in exploration development in 2022.

Back Forty Feasibility and Permitting: Work on the optimized feasibility study progressed during Q1 2022. Current initiatives are focused on mine planning and process plant design. Environmental considerations are a key factor in the overall site layout and infrastructure decisions being made. The feasibility study is expected to be released the second half of 2022 followed by permit applications being submitted with state agencies in Michigan.

Q1 2022 Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

The conference call will be recorded and posted to the Company’s website later in the day following the conclusion of the call. Following prepared remarks, Allen Palmiere, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberto Reyes, Chief Operating Officer and Kim Perry, Chief Financial Officer will host a live question and answer (Q&A) session. There are two ways to join the conference call.

To join the conference via webcast, please click on the following link:
https://app.webinar.net/DG5l9rQ3r7X

To join the call via telephone, please use the following dial-in details:
Participant Toll Free: (888) 440-2094
International: (438) 803-0544
Conference ID: 2818458

Please connect to the conference call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time using one of the connection options listed above.

About GRC:

Gold Resource Corporation is a gold and silver producer, developer, and explorer with its operations centered on the Don David Gold Mine in Oaxaca, Mexico. Under the direction of an experienced board and senior leadership team, the company’s focus is to unlock the significant upside potential of its existing infrastructure and large land position surrounding the mine in Oaxaca, Mexico and to develop the Back Forty Project in Michigan, USA. For more information, please visit GRC’s website, located at www.goldresourcecorp.com and read the company’s Form 10-K for an understanding of the risk factors associated with its business.

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Contacts

Kim Perry
Chief Financial Officer
Kim.Perry@GRC-USA.com
www.GoldResourcecorp.com