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Gold Resource Corporation Reports Second Quarter Results

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, Aug. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- Gold Resource Corporation (NYSE American: GORO) (the “Company” or “GRC”) reported consolidated production results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 of 7,649 ounces of gold and 191,232 ounces of silver. In addition to precious metals, the Company produced base metals resulting in consolidated net revenue of $21.1 million for the quarter. At the beginning of the second quarter, the Company’s Oaxaca Mining Unit was placed on care and maintenance as the Mexican government declared a country-wide health emergency and mandatory non-essential business suspension due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. The Company was granted approval to restart operations on May 27, 2020 after nearly eight weeks of being shut down during the second quarter. Operations were reinstated, along with a stringent employee illness protocol and screening process, and have gradually ramped up during the months of June and July. Gold Resource Corporation is a gold and silver producer, developer and explorer with operations in Oaxaca, Mexico and Nevada, USA. The Company has returned $114 million to its shareholders in consecutive monthly dividends since July 2010 and offers its shareholders the option to convert their cash dividends into physical gold and silver and take delivery.

Q2 2020 HIGHLIGHTS

  • $21.1 million net sales;

  • $13.3 million cash balance at June 30, 2020, an increase from the December 31, 2019 balance of $11.1 million;

  • Working capital of $33.6 million, an increase of 48% from December 31, 2019;

  • Maintained a strong balance sheet during Mexico operations suspension;

  • Consolidated production of 7,649 gold ounces and 191,232 silver ounces;

  • Successful restart of Mexican operations following nearly two-month suspension;

  • Acquisition of the Golden Mile project in Nevada, an advanced exploration property in the highly prospective Walker Lane Trend;

  • Isabella Pearl gold production increase of 41% over Q1 2020;

  • $4.7 million gold and silver bullion inventory; and

  • $0.01 per share dividend distribution for quarter.

Overview of Q2 2020 Results

Second quarter production from the Company’s Nevada Mining Unit (NMU) totaled 5,208 ounces of gold, an increase of 41% over Q1 2020. The Isabella Pearl project continues to be in its ramp up phase for the remainder of 2020 targeting 40,000 gold ounces in 2021. Production from the Company’s Oaxaca Mining Unit (OMU) was negatively impacted during the quarter by a nearly eight week government mandated shutdown in Mexico due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. OMU second quarter production totaled 2,441 ounces of gold, 185,330 ounces of silver, 246 tonnes ofcopper, 1,140 tonnes of lead and 3,004 tonnes of zinc. The Company withdrew its 2020 annual production outlook during the quarter due to the pandemic.

During the three months ended June 30, 2020, the Company sold 5,054 gold ounces from its Isabella Pearl mine at a total cash cost of $1,402 per ounce (after by-product credits) at an average realized price of $1,708 per gold ounce*. With limited production during the second quarter, the Company sold 4,333 precious metal gold equivalent ounces at a total cash cost of $1,379 per ounce (after by-product credits) at its OMU. OMU average realized metal prices during the quarter included $1,784 per ounce gold and $16.83 per ounce silver*. The Company recorded a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.03 per share mainly due to the mandatory shutdown of operations in Mexico resulting in lower revenues. The Company paid $0.7 million to its shareholders in dividends, or $0.01 per share during the quarter. Cash and cash equivalents at quarter end totaled $13.3 million.

*Average realized metal prices include final settlement adjustments for previously unsettled provisional sales. Some provisional sales may remain unsettled from one period into the next. Realized prices will therefore vary from average spot metal market prices upon final settlement.

COVID-19

With both the NMU and OMU projects in current operation, the Company strives to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our employees, contractors, and communities in which we operate. The Company has taken precautionary measures including specialized training, social distancing, a work-from-home mandate where possible, and close monitoring of national and regional COVID-19 impacts and governmental guidelines. With the ever changing and fluid nature of the pandemic impact, Company management continues to analyze and prepare for various scenarios whereby a forced or prolonged suspension of one or both mining units may be sustained.

“While it is never positive to see a mandated business suspension at any point in time, I am optimistic the shutdown was positive for Mexico in its fight to combat the COVID-19 virus,” stated Mr. Jason Reid, President and CEO of Gold Resource Corporation. “The Company was granted approval to restart operations on May 27, 2020 after nearly eight weeks of being shut down during the second quarter and have gradually ramped up operations during the months of June and July. Company management both in Mexico and Nevada have implemented strong protocols and procedures to help mitigate any potential impact from the coronavirus. These continue to be challenging times for all business across the globe, including mining, and we will continue to focus on mitigating the spread of the virus within our Company, our contractors and the communities in which we operate.”

Mr. Reid continued, “We are pleased with the 41% increase in gold production over the previous quarter at Isabella Pearl. We were also pleased to have reached the first bench levels in the Pearl zone during the quarter. As we continue through the ramp up phase and expose more Pearl benches, we expect an increase in mineralized tonnes at higher grade coupled with less waste removal for this phase one of the Pearl mine plan sequence. Eighty percent of the of the ore in the Isabella Pearl deposit is located in the Pearl zone and it is great to have reached the top as we mine down. Both precious metal production and total cash costs are expected to improve the second half of 2020 as higher grade ore is accessed at the Pearl deposit.

“Subsequent to quarter-end, we announced reaching Company milestones of a decade of production, over $1 billion generated in revenue and over $114 million in dividends distributed to shareholders. We are very proud to have reached these milestones,” commented Mr. Reid.

The following Production Statistics tables summarize certain information about our Oaxaca and Nevada Mining Unit operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019:

Oaxaca Mining Unit

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Arista Mine

Milled

Tonnes Milled

78,741

155,847

236,776

305,908

Grade

Average Gold Grade (g/t)

1.73

1.87

1.41

1.70

Average Silver Grade (g/t)

71

92

78

83

Average Copper Grade (%)

0.39

0.40

0.39

0.38

Average Lead Grade (%)

1.92

1.96

1.96

1.97

Average Zinc Grade (%)

4.92

4.77

4.75

4.72

Aguila Open Pit Mine

Milled

Tonnes Milled

3,579

8,872

17,827

20,336

Grade

Average Gold Grade (g/t)

1.46

1.39

1.29

1.80

Average Silver Grade (g/t)

50

43

41

43

Mirador Mine

Milled

Tonnes Milled

5,246

6,737

7,450

10,850

Grade

Average Gold Grade (g/t)

0.79

1.10

0.91

1.16

Average Silver Grade (g/t)

126

201

130

211

Combined

Tonnes milled

87,566

171,456

262,053

337,094

Tonnes Milled per Day (1)

1,943

1,967

1,976

1,947

Metal production (before payable metal deductions) (2)

Gold (ozs.)

2,441

7,881

8,891

14,419

Silver (ozs.)

185,330

466,512

587,872

831,165

Copper (tonnes)

246

482

734

915

Lead (tonnes)

1,140

2,304

3,654

4,457

Zinc (tonnes)

3,004

6,054

8,848

11,892

  1. Based on actual days the mill operated during the period.

  2. The difference between what we report as "ounces/tonnes produced" and "payable ounces/tonnes sold" is attributable to the difference between the quantities of metals contained in the concentrates we produce versus the portion of those metals actually paid for according to the terms of our sales contracts. Differences can also arise from inventory changes incidental to shipping schedules, or variances in ore grades and recoveries which impact the amount of metals contained in concentrates produced and sold.

Nevada Mining Unit

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Ore mined

Ore (tonnes) (1)

143,818

273,223

302,572

688,277

Gold grade (g/t)

1.54

0.61

1.33

0.69

Low-grade stockpile (tonnes)

Ore (tonnes)

-

244,650

18,490

388,726

Gold grade (g/t)

-

0.52

0.57

0.52

Waste (tonnes) (2)

1,026,922

1,101,858

2,817,970

1,698,448

Metal production (before payable metal deductions) (3)

Gold (ozs.)

5,208

1,678

8,900

1,678

Silver (ozs.)

5,902

972

10,985

972

  1. 2019 amounts include run-of-mine ore and initial over liner of the heap leach pad.

  2. 2020 amounts are primarily stripping tonnes for the Pearl deposit.

  3. The difference between what we report as "ounces produced" and "payable ounces sold" is attributable to the difference between the quantities of metals contained in the doré we produce versus the portion of those metals actually paid for according to the terms of our sales contracts. Differences can also arise from inventory changes incidental to shipping schedules, or variances in ore grades and recoveries which impact the amount of metals contained in doré produced and sold.

The following Sales Statistics tables summarize certain information about our Oaxaca and Nevada Mining Unit operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019:

Oaxaca Mining Unit

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Metal sold

Gold (ozs.)

2,542

6,268

7,534

11,026

Silver (ozs.)

189,866

416,855

545,094

685,044

Copper (tonnes)

215

431

643

769

Lead (tonnes)

1,014

2,120

2,978

3,773

Zinc (tonnes)

2,592

3,867

6,948

8,373

Average metal prices realized (1)

Gold ($ per oz.)

1,784

1,333

1,709

1,338

Silver ($ per oz.)

16.83

14.94

16.96

15.26

Copper ($ per tonne)

5,229

6,205

5,424

6,245

Lead ($ per tonne)

1,723

1,871

1,702

1,955

Zinc ($ per tonne)

2,001

2,987

1,930

2,917

Precious metal gold equivalent ounces sold

Gold Ounces

2,542

6,268

7,534

11,026

Gold Equivalent Ounces from Silver

1,791

4,672

5,409

7,813

Total Precious Metal Gold Equivalent Ounces

4,333

10,940

12,943

18,839

Total cash cost before by-product credits per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold

$

3,238

$

1,991

$

2,770

$

2,287

Total cash cost after by-product credits per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold (2)

$

1,379

$

328

$

1,072

$

345

Total all-in sustaining cost per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold

$

1,603

$

726

$

1,354

$

783

  1. Average metal prices realized vary from the market metal prices due to final settlement adjustments from our provisional invoices when they are settled. Our average metal prices realized will therefore differ from the market average metal prices in most cases.

  2. Total cash cost after by-product credits are significantly affected by base metals sales during the periods presented.

Nevada Mining Unit

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Metal sold

Gold (ozs.)

5,054

1,131

8,809

1,131

Silver (ozs.)

5,851

612

11,430

612

Average metal prices realized (1)

Gold ($ per oz.)

1,708

1,363

1,651

1,363

Silver ($ per oz.)

16.10

15.07

16.36

15.07

Total cash cost before by-product credits per gold ounce sold (2)

$

1,420

$

-

$

1,391

$

-

Total cash cost after by-product credits per gold ounce sold (2)

$

1,402

$

-

$

1,370

$

-

Total all-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold (2)

$

1,456

$

-

$

1,402

$

-

  1. Average metal prices realized vary from the market metal prices due to final settlement adjustments from our provisional invoices when they are settled. Our average metal prices realized will therefore differ from the market average metal prices in most cases.

  2. 2019 amounts not applicable as 2019 was a partial period due to mine commencing production in May 2019.

See Accompanying Tables
The following information summarizes the results of operations for Gold Resource Corporation for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, its financial condition at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, and its cash flows for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019. The summary data as of June 30, 2020 and for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 is unaudited; the summary data as of December 31, 2019 is derived from our audited financial statements contained in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, but do not include the footnotes and other information that is included in the complete financial statements. Readers are urged to review the Company’s Form 10-K in its entirety, which can be found on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

The calculation of our cash cost per precious metal gold equivalent per ounce, total all-in sustaining cost per precious metal gold equivalent per ounce and total all-in cost per precious metal gold equivalent per ounce contained in this press release are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see "Management's Discussion and Analysis and Results of Operations" contained in the Company’s most recent Form 10-K for a complete discussion and reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures.

GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

June 30,

December 31,

2020

2019

(unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

13,328

$

11,076

Gold and silver rounds/bullion

4,717

4,265

Accounts receivable, net

3,363

8,362

Inventories, net

27,034

24,131

Prepaid taxes

-

786

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

2,514

2,032

Total current assets

50,956

50,652

Property, plant and mine development, net

121,758

125,259

Operating lease assets, net

3,227

7,436

Deferred tax assets, net

8,491

4,635

Other non-current assets

4,344

5,030

Total assets

$

188,776

$

193,012

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

8,513

$

14,456

Loans payable, current

886

879

Finance lease liabilities, current

459

446

Operating lease liabilities, current

3,150

7,287

Mining royalty taxes payable, net

832

1,538

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

3,507

3,366

Total current liabilities

17,347

27,972

Reclamation and remediation liabilities

6,276

5,605

Loans payable, long-term

340

782

Finance lease liabilities, long-term

203

435

Operating lease liabilities, long-term

88

160

Total liabilities

24,254

34,954

Shareholders' equity:

Common stock - $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized:

70,061,099 and 65,691,527 shares outstanding at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

70

66

Additional paid-in capital

160,937

148,171

Retained earnings

10,570

16,876

Treasury stock at cost, 336,398 shares

(5,884)

(5,884)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,171)

(1,171)

Total shareholders' equity

164,522

158,058

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

188,776

$

193,012


GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Unaudited

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Sales, net

$

21,098

$

29,374

$

49,103

$

55,952

Mine cost of sales:

Production costs

17,642

18,677

38,527

36,558

Depreciation and amortization

5,007

4,165

12,405

7,407

Reclamation and remediation

30

41

68

57

Total mine cost of sales

22,679

22,883

51,000

44,022

Mine gross (loss) profit

(1,581)

6,491

(1,897)

11,930

Costs and expenses:

General and administrative expenses

2,197

2,708

4,471

4,719

Exploration expenses

551

631

1,706

2,081

Other income, net

(1,847)

(107)

(334)

(82)

Total costs and expenses

901

3,232

5,843

6,718

(Loss) income before income taxes

(2,482)

3,259

(7,740)

5,212

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(670)

1,461

(2,807)

2,532

Net (loss) income

$

(1,812)

$

1,798

$

(4,933)

$

2,680

Net (loss) income per common share:

Basic and diluted

$

(0.03)

$

0.03

$

(0.07)

$

0.04

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

69,985,499

62,778,445

68,011,860

61,729,871

Diluted

69,985,499

63,066,616

68,011,860

62,079,859



GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Unaudited

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net (loss) income

$

(4,933)

$

2,680

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash from operating activities:

Deferred income taxes

(4,598)

1,275

Depreciation and amortization

12,598

7,641

Stock-based compensation

870

1,214

Other operating adjustments

(368)

(293)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

4,999

(3,886)

Inventories

(2,274)

(8,464)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(437)

97

Other non-current assets

(256)

(2,012)

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

(2,644)

6,183

Mining royalty and income taxes payable, net

159

(3,328)

Net cash provided by operating activities

3,116

1,107

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(10,600)

(21,438)

Other investing activities

4

1

Net cash used in investing activities

(10,596)

(21,437)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

-

98

Proceeds from issuance of stock

11,900

21,807

Dividends paid

(1,357)

(617)

Repayment of loans payable

(435)

(385)

Repayment of finance leases

(219)

(204)

Net cash provided by financing activities

9,889

20,699

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(157)

(192)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

2,252

177

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

11,076

7,762

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

13,328

$

7,939

Supplemental Cash Flow Information

Interest expense paid

$

56

$

79

Income and mining taxes paid

$

1,066

$

2,897

Non-cash investing activities:

Change in capital expenditures in accounts payable

$

(3,120)

$

(1,214)

Change in estimate for asset retirement costs

$

1,097

$

638

Equipment purchased through loan payable

$

-

$

330

Equipment purchased under finance leases

$

-

$

56

About GRC:

Gold Resource Corporation is a gold and silver producer, developer and explorer with operations in Oaxaca, Mexico and Nevada, USA. The Company targets low capital expenditure projects with potential for generating high returns on capital. The Company has reached milestones of a decade of production, generated over $1 billion in revenue and has returned $114 million back to its shareholders in consecutive monthly dividends since July 2010. In addition, the Company also offers its shareholders the option to convert their cash dividends into physical gold and silver and take delivery. For more information, please visit GRC’s website, located at www.goldresourcecorp.com and read the Company’s 10-K for an understanding of the risk factors involved.

Cautionary Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. When used in this press release, the words “plan”, “target”, "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend" and "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the statements regarding Gold Resource Corporation’s strategy, future plans for production, future expenses and costs, future liquidity and capital resources, and estimates of mineralized material. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information available to Gold Resource Corporation on the date of this press release, and the company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed in this press release. In particular, the scope, duration, and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mining operations, Company employees, and supply chains as well as the scope, duration and impact of government action aimed at mitigating the pandemic may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Also, there can be no assurance that production will continue at any specific rate. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in the Company’s 10-K filed with the SEC.

Contacts:

Corporate Development
Greg Patterson
303-320-7708
www.Goldresourcecorp.com