Vancouver, Canada – May 6, 2013 - Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK, TSX: EDR,) announced today its financial results for the First Quarter, 2013. Endeavour owns and operates three underground silver-gold mines in Mexico: the Guanaceví mine in Durango state, and the Bolañitos and El Cubo mines in Guanajuato state.
Highlights of First Quarter 2013 (Compared to First Quarter 2012)
Net earnings decreased 27% to $14.4 million ($0.14 per share)
Adjusted earnings(1) decreased 34% to $12.9 million ($0.13 per share)
EBITDA(1) decreased 8% to $31.0 million
Cash flow from operations, before working capital changes decreased 8% to $24.3 million
Mine operating cash flow(1) increased 2% to $32.5 million
Revenue increased 43% to $69.9 million on 1,515,077 silver oz sold and 15,724 gold oz sold
Realized silver price fell 11% to $29.38 per oz sold
Realized gold price fell 4% to $1,613 per oz sold
Cash cost (2) increased 60% to $10.04 per oz silver payable (net of gold credits)
Bullion inventory at quarter-end included 234,970 oz silver and 2,091 oz gold
Concentrate inventory at quarter-end included 321,487 oz silver and 5,589 oz gold
Cash and equivalents of $28.4 million and working capital of $42.0 million at quarter-end
Silver production up 39% to 1,489,746 oz
Gold production up 138% to 15,032 oz
Silver equivalent production up 63% to 2.32 million oz (at a 55:1 silver:gold ratio)
Received two awards for Corporate Social Responsibility at Bolañitos and El Cubo
Strengthened management team with appointments of new Vice President, Corporate Development, VP, Health, Safety and Sustainability and Director of Investor Relations
Signed two concentrate sales contracts for Bolañitos concentrates to facilitate mine expansion
Successfully re-negotiated the annual collective bargaining agreement with the miner’s union at El Cubo
(1) Adjusted earnings, mine operating cash flow, EBITDA and cash costs are non-IFRS measures. Please refer to the definitions in the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis.
Bradford Cooke, CEO of Endeavour Silver, stated, “Endeavour enjoyed a very good start to the year, setting new records for quarterly silver and gold production. As a result, the Company established new highs for quarterly revenue and mine operating cash flow, although operating cash flow and net earnings were both lower than last year due to a higher operating cost, increased exploration activity and larger depletion related to the El Cubo acquisition.”
“Our cash cost of production increased in the 1st quarter due to the growing contribution of the high cost El Cubo mine but the El Cubo operating cost fell sharply compared to the fourth quarter 2012 thanks to higher production, throughput, grades and recoveries. While there is still much work to be done to reduce mine operating and sustaining capital costs further, we continue to make good progress at El Cubo.”
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Financial Results (see Consolidated Statement of Operations below)
For the quarter ended March 31, 2013, the Company generated revenue totaling $69.9 million (2012 - $49.0 million). During the period, the Company sold 1,515,077 oz silver and 15,724 oz gold at realized prices of $29.38 and $1,613 per oz respectively as compared to sales of 1,100,000 oz silver and 7,496 oz gold at realized prices of $33.10 and $1,684 per oz respectively in 2012. After cost of sales of $51.0 million (2012 - $25.6 million), mine operating earnings amounted to $19.0 million (2012 - $23.4 million) from mining and milling operations in Mexico.
Mine operating cash flow before taxes was $32.5 million (2012 – $32.0 million), excluding depreciation and depletion of $12.1 million (2012 - $8.5 million), stock-based compensation of $0.1 million (2012- $0.1 million), and a write-down of inventory of $1.5 million (2012- $nil). Operating earnings were $11.6 million (2012 – $18.9 million) and the Company incurred net earnings for the period ended March 31, 2013 of $14.4 million (2012–$19.8 million).
Net earnings include a mark-to-market derivative liability gain related to share purchase warrants issued in 2009 denominated in Canadian dollars, while the Company’s functional currency is the US dollar. Under IFRS, these warrants are classified and accounted for as financial liability at fair market value with adjustments recognized through net earnings. The appreciation of these warrants resulted in a derivative liability gain of $1.5 million (2012 – $0.1 million). Therefore, adjusted earnings were $12.9 million ($0.13 per share) compared to $19.6 million ($0.22 per share).
Cash Costs net of by-product credits
The cash cost of production, net of gold by-product credits, increased 60% to $10.04 per oz silver produced (2012 - $6.26), in line with the Company’s guidance for 2013. The higher operating costs were largely due to the growing contribution of the El Cubo mine, which at the time of acquisition last year was a low-grade, high-cost mining operation, as well as the initiation of concentrate sales from Bolañitos, which generates more payable metal but at a higher operating cost, and lower grade ore at Guanaceví.
Operating Results(see Consolidated Table of Mine Operations below)
Silver production at the Guanacevi mine during Q1, 2013 was 640,616 oz, a decrease of 12% compared to 726,697 oz and gold production was 942 oz, a decrease of 42% compared to 1,620 oz. Metal production was down due to lower grades and gold recoveries, partly offset by higher throughput. Plant throughput was 106,653 tonnes at average grades of 233 gpt silver and 0.34 gpt gold compared to 98,963 tonnes grading 292 gpt silver and 0.60 gptgold. The decreased silver and gold production is attributable to the drop in metal grades, slightly offset by increased throughput. Silver grades fell 20% and gold grades fell 43% as result of mining deeper ore from North Porvenir.
Silver production at the Bolanitos mine was 578,654 ounces, an increase of 167% compared to 345,794 oz and gold production was 9,891 oz, an increase of 210% compared to 4,701 oz. Metal production was up due to higher throughput, recoveries and gold grades, partly offset by lower silver grades. Plant throughput was 167,500 tonnes at average grades of 135 gpt silver and 2.27 gpt gold compared to 94,796 tonnes grading 163 gpt silver and 2.10 gptgold. The increased silver and gold production is attributable to the 177% increase in throughput offset by lower ore grades. The Company completed a 60% plant expansion in Q4, 2012 which allowed the Company to significantly increase its throughput compared to the first three quarters 2012. During the quarter the Company executed contracts to sell Bolanitos concentrate rather than leaching the concentrates at the Company’s leach facilities at Guanacevi and El Cubo improving the recovery of contained metal but at slightly higher processing cost.
Bolanitos mine production significantly outpaced the plant capacity in Q1, 2013 by 260 tonnes per day. The additional ore was processed into concentrates at the leased Las Torres plant near El Cubo and the extra concentrates were sold thanks to the signing of two new concentrate sales contracts.
Silver production at the El Cubo mine was 270,446 oz, an increase of 36% compared to 198,145 oz in Q4, 2012 and gold production was 4,199 oz, and increase of 33% compared to 3,169 oz in Q4 2012. In the First Quarter of 2013, metal production was up due to improved throughput, grades and recoveries resulting from the operational initiatives put in place in 2012. The Company continues to focus on ensuring that safe, sustainable mining methods will become part of the culture which over time leads to improved operating efficiencies.
Management anticipates metal production may dip for both El Cubo and Bolanitos ores in the 2nd quarter as some downtime is expected at the El Cubo plant during the four week re-commissioning period. However, as we announced last week, the El Cubo plant re-commissioning is now under way ahead of schedule and most of the plant capital investments at El Cubo for 2013 have been completed.
In January 2013, Endeavour commenced an aggressive $16.3 million, surface exploration drill program to test multiple exploration targets at its three mining districts and five district scale exploration properties. A total of 78,500 metres of surface drilling was planned to test approximately 24 exploration targets.
Subsequent to period end, the sharp drop in precious metal prices prompted management to reduce the size of the 2013 exploration program. The amended 2013 program will result in 42,000 planned metres drilled for an estimated $12.1 million.
At Bolanitos, the Company continued the second phase of drilling at the nearby Belen property, drilled the Plateros and Asuncion veins in the La Luz area north-west of the Lucero mine intersecting economic grades over mineable widths, and continued surface mapping and sampling at the Lourdes property.
At Guanacevi, one drill rig continued testing the Milache property five km northwest of the plant to more fully delineate the high grade, silver-gold mineralized zone discovered on the Santa Cruz vein last year. It is now 300 metres long by 250 metres deep, still open for expansion north and at depth.
At El Cubo, Endeavour identified 28 separate target areas in and around the existing mines last year with near-term potential to delineate new reserves and resources. Since acquiring the property, the Company has undertaken mapping, sampling, permitting and drilling to start testing the high priority targets. To date, drilling has not intersected any material new mineralization in and around the old mines but has received encouraging results from some targets south of the mines.
At the San Sebastian property, Endeavour outlined a significant maiden silver-gold resource last year and is continuing to focus on expanding the resource this year so that the deposit is large enough to commence pre-feasibility and permitting work in 2014.
At the Panuco property, drilling has intersected geologically interesting but not yet economic results. Panuco is sandwiched between the La Preciosa property of Orko/Coeur and the San Lucas property of Oremex in Durango state. The Panuco and Laberinto properties have exploration potential for both bulk tonnage, open pit and high grade underground silver-gold deposits.
At the El Inca properties located in northern Chile, surface mapping, and target identification were completed and drilling commenced in April. The El Inca properties have intriguing exploration potential for bulk tonnage silver-gold mineralization of the El Penon type, high grade silver mineralization in the four veins that were mined historically on the property, and classic porphyry copper deposits.
The Company planned another year of organic growth in 2013. Silver production is forecast to rise 12-18% to 5.0‑5.3 million oz and gold production is anticipated to increase 19-27% to 46,000-49,000 oz. Silver equivalent production is expected to climb 14-22% to 7.3-7.8 million oz (silver:gold ratio of 50:1).
However, with the sharp decline of silver and gold prices in April, management has implemented cost reductions and revised its 2013 financial plan in response to reduced metal price expectations for the year. Metal production is not expected to be negatively impacted by these measures but the anticipated reduced value of Endeavour’s gold by-product credits could negatively impact cash cost guidance.
The Company did plan for a strong first quarter of production to compensate for possible interruptions of second quarter production at El Cubo related to the re-commissioning of the newly rebuilt plant and surface infrastructure. The reconstruction of the El Cubo plant is now nearing completion with re-commissioning underway ahead of schedule.
Endeavour anticipates Q2 production will dip slightly before recovering in Q3 and growing in Q4. Bolanitos and El Cubo are the main engines of production growth in 2013 and Guanacevi is expected to continue at a steady pace.
A telephone conference call to discuss the results will be held at 10:00 am PDT (1:00 pm EDT) on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. To participate in the conference call, please dial the following:
• 1-800-319-4610 Canada and USA (Toll-free)
• 604-638-5340 Vancouver Dial In
• 1-604-638-5340 Outside of Canada & USA
• No pass-code is necessary to participate in the conference call
A replay of the conference call will be available by dialing 1-800-319-6413 in Canada & USA (Toll-free) or 1-604-638-9010 outside of Canada & USA. The required pass-code is 4890 followed by the # sign.
All shareholders can receive a hard copy of the Company’s complete audited financial statements free of charge upon request. To receive this material in hard copy, please contact Meghan Brown, Director Investor Relations at 604-685-9775 or toll free 877-685-9775.
ENDEAVOUR SILVER CORP.
/s/ "Bradford J. Cooke"
CEO and Director
About Endeavour – Endeavour is a mid-cap silver mining company focused on the growth of its silver production, reserves and resources in Mexico. Since start-up in 2004, Endeavour has posted eight consecutive years of growing silver production, reserves and resources. The organic expansion programs now underway at Endeavour’s three operating silver mines in Mexico combined with its strategic acquisition and exploration programs should facilitate Endeavour’s goal to become the next premier senior silver mining company.
Contact Information - For more information, please contact:
Meghan Brown, Director Investor Relations
Toll free: (877) 685-9775
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States private securities litigation reform act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward‑looking statements and information herein include but are not limited to statements regarding Endeavour’s anticipated performance in 2012 and the timing and results of exploration drill programs. The Company does not intend to, and does not assume any obligation to update such forward-looking statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.
Forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Endeavour and its operations to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include, among others, changes in national and local governments, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada and Mexico; operating or technical difficulties in mineral exploration, development and mining activities; risks and hazards of mineral exploration, development and mining; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, risks in obtaining necessary licenses and permits, and challenges to the Company’s title to properties; as well as those factors described in the section “risk factors” contained in the Company’s most recent form 40F/Annual Information Form filed with the S.E.C. and Canadian securities regulatory authorities.
Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to: the continued operation of the Company’s mining operations, no material adverse change in the market price of commodities, mining operations will operate and the mining products will be completed in accordance with management’s expectations and achieve their stated production outcomes, and such other assumptions and factors as set out herein. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements or information, there may be other factors that cause results to be materially different from those anticipated, described, estimated, assessed or intended. There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements or information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements or information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.
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