ON TRACK TO MEET FY2019 GOLD PRODUCTION GUIDANCE WITH COPPER PRODUCTION EXCEEDING GUIDANCE
All Amounts in US Dollars Unless Otherwise Stated
Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Highlights:
• Gold production of 20,696 ounces and 1.1 million pounds of copper. FY2019 to date gold production of 75,274 and 3.9 million pounds of copper.
• AuEq Gold production of 23,481 ounces. FY2019 to date gold equivalent production of 85,560 ounces.
• COC of $1,213 and AISC of $1,432. FY2019 to date COC of $1,063 and AISC of $1,224.
• On track to achieve year-end consolidated production
• Revenue of $31 million. FY2019 to date $103 million.
• EBITDA of $0.5 million. FY2019 to date $13.3 million.
• Net Loss of $3.9 million. FY2019 to date $1.6 million.
• Cash balance of $11.7 million as of June 30, 2019
TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2019 /CNW/ - Orvana Minerals Corp. (TSX:ORV) (the "Company" or "Orvana") announced today financial and operational results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 ("Q3 2019"). The Company is also providing financial and operational updates for its El Valle and Carlés Mines (collectively, "El Valle") operations in northern Spain, and for its Don Mario Mine operations in Bolivia.
The unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for Q3 2019 and Management's Discussion and Analysis related thereto are available on SEDAR and on the Company's website at www.orvana.com.
The Company reports Q3 2019 operational and financial results:
• Consolidated gold production of 20,696 ounces compared to 27,306 ounces in Q2 2019 and 26,761 ounces compared to the same quarter in 2018.
? FY2019 to date gold production of 75,274 ounces and 3.9 million pounds of copper.
• Consolidated cash costs:
? COC of $1,213 - 25% higher compared to $971 in Q2 2019 and 18% higher compared to $1,027 for the same quarter in 2018.
? AISC of $1,432 - 29% higher compared to $1,107 in Q2 2019 and 11% higher compared to $1,291 for the same quarter in 2018.
• COC and AISC increased due to a production decrease in the third quarter, according to operational plans for the quarter. On track to meet fiscal 2019 cost guidance.
• EBITDA of $0.5 million and $13.3 million for the fiscal 2019 to date compared to $3.9 million in the same quarter in fiscal 2018 and $12.6 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018.
• Net loss of $3.9 million and $1.6 million for the fiscal 2019 to date compared to a loss of $3 million in the same quarter in 2018 and $9.9M million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018.
• El Valle delivers 22% lower gold production of 13,854 ounces in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to 17,742 ounces the second quarter, due to 7% grade decrease and 17% lower mill throughput.
?Gold production decrease was according to operational planning, with Carlés not providing skarn in the third quarter.
• Don Mario produces 6,842 ounces of gold in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to 9,564 gold ounces the second quarter. A 28% decrease, which was consistent with planned lower ore grade while working on the last benches of Cerro Felix open pit.
?Based on the positive results yielded by the exploration activities, production from Las Tojas is expected to start in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, and continue along fiscal 2020. Preliminary Las Tojas production plan has been developed using a cut-off grade of 1.3 grams per ton of gold, resulting in 6 small pits optimizing available resources. Based on the additional information provided by the exploration in progress, the production plan will be reviewed and optimized.
?The development and engineering of a Sulphidization-Acidification-Recycling-Thickening ("SART") circuit, and ancillary facilities, continues to advance. This undertaking is designed to add an additional three years of mine life to the Don Mario operations, commencing in FY 2021, subject to completion of technical, economic and funding reviews.
On track to maintain fiscal 2019 consolidated guidance: Based on operating results generated from the first nine months of fiscal 2019, the Company is confident that it will achieve its stated fiscal 2019 consolidated production of 100,000 - 110,000 ounces of gold and deliver on COC guidance of $950 - $1,050 and AISC of $1,150.
Juan Gavidia, CEO of Orvana Minerals stated: "We are very pleased with our results to date. The reduced production in Q3 was expected under our operational planning, and was due to anticipated lower grades at El Valle, Carlés not providing skarn in the quarter, and completion of the last benches of the Cerro Felix open pit. The operational plan for FY2019 also includes the implementation of plans to lay the foundation for the extension of life of mines at both El Valle and Don Mario. As we proceed towards year-end of FY2019, our primary objective at El Valle and Don Mario will be to deliver on our consolidated production guidance while developing our FY2020 operational plans, which will continue to be based on safe and stable production; reduced unitary costs; and intensive regional exploration programs to extend the life of our operations."
The following table sets out Orvana's fiscal 2019 guidance as well as its fiscal 2018 production and results:
Selected Consolidated Operational and Financial Information
Q3 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2018
Gold Grade (g/t) 2.08 2.54 2.62 2.39 2.57
Recovery (%) 93.8 93.2 92.0 93.5 91.4
Production (oz) 20,696 27,306 26,761 75,274 74,721
Sales (oz) 22,579 25,507 26,490 75,552 73,974
Average realized price / oz $1,277 $1,299 $1,298 $1,266 $1,299
Copper Grade (%) 0.44 0.49 0.51 0.47 0.58
Recovery (%) 78.1 78.1 81.6 77.3 66.5
Production ('000 lbs) 1,071 1,441 1,575 3,887 6,943
Sales ('000 lbs) 1,052 1,531 2,225 3,983 7,456
Average realized price / lb 2.78 2.80 $3.11 2.80 $3.11
Financial Performance (in 000's, except per share amounts)
Revenue $30,831 $36,013 $38,438 $103,162 $109,538
Mining costs $28,304
$27,512 $31,729 $86,411 $90,314
Gross margin ($2,561) $3,930 $73 $2,234 $137
Net income (loss) ($3,914) $3,334 ($2,982) ($1,640) ($9,866)
Net income (loss) per share (basic/diluted) ($0.03) $0.02 ($0.02) ($0.01) ($0.07)
EBITDA (1) $540 $8,265 $3,930 $13,254 $12,585
Operating cash flows before non-cash working capital changes
$1,368 $8,684 $4,282 $14,221 $8,815
Operating cash flows $4, 866 $1,238 $4,010 $9,470 $671
Ending cash and cash equivalents $11,682 $9,316 $13,484 $11,682 $13,484
Capital expenditures (2) $4,999 $1,956 $5,618 $8,718 $17,287
Cash operating costs (by-product) ($/oz) gold (1)
$1,213 $971 $1,027 $1,063 $1,028
All-in sustaining costs (by-product) ($/oz) gold (1)(2)
$1,432 $1,107 m$1,291 $1,224 $1,286
All-in costs (by-product) ($/oz) gold (1)(2)
$1,492 $1,138 $1,394 $1,256 $1,392 (1)
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), cash operating costs, all-in sustaining costs and all-in costs are non-IFRS performance measures. For further information and a detailed reconciliation of these measures not presented elsewhere, please see the "Other Information - Non-IFRS Measures" section of this MD&A.
These amounts are presented in the consolidated cash flows in the Q3 Financials on a cash basis. Each reported period excludes capital expenditures incurred in the period which will be paid in subsequent periods and includes capital expenditures incurred in prior periods and paid for in the applicable reporting period. See the "Cash Flows, Commitments and Liquidity - Capital Expenditures" section of this MD&A. The calculation of all-in sustaining costs and all-in costs includes capex incurred (paid and unpaid) during the period.
• El Valle:
?A total of 6,981 meters of diamond drilling were completed in the Valle Mine in the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The drilling program, which commenced in September 2018, was focused on infill definition in the oxides areas.
?Two drill holes totaling 1,202 meters of Greenfield Exploration were completed in the "Quintana Investigation Permit" in the third quarter of fiscal 2019. Gold presence has been encountered within the main regional structure two kilometers away from Boinás mine. The next steps in this area will require a detailed study of the new information available, in order to find new targets.
?Ms. Guadalupe Collar (European Geologist), who supervised the explorations programs, is responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance program. Ms. Collar, Chief of Geology at OROVALLE, is a qualified person as defined in NI 43-101 and has approved all of the geological scientific and technical information relating to El Valle disclosed in this news release.
• Don Mario:
?A drill program consisting of 5,226 meters has been completed for Las Tojas Deposit. Updated measured and indicated resources for this deposit have been estimated at 1,386,000 tonnes with an average gold grade of 1.52 g/t tonne as at June 30, 2019. Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
?Mr. Luis Isla (Geologist certified by the "Comisión Calificadora de Competencias en Recursos y Reservas Mineras", Chile), who supervised the estimate of Las Tojas' mineral resources as at June 30, 2019, is responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance program. Mr. Isla, the Chief of Geology at EMIPA, is a qualified person as defined in NI 43-101 and has approved all of the geological scientific and technical information relating to Las Tojas disclosed in this news release.
Detailed additional information of the Quintana Investigation Permit and Las Tojas Deposit has been included in the MD&A for the third quarter of fiscal 2019.
TAGUAS GOLD PROPERTY ACQUISITION
On May 14, 2019, the Company entered into a purchase agreement with Compañía Minera Taguas S.A. pursuant to which Orvana agreed to acquire the Taguas property ("Taguas") located in the Province of San Juan, Argentina. Taguas consists of 15 mining concessions over an area of 3,273.87 ha. It is located in the Province of San Juan, Argentina, on the eastern flank of the Andes, between 3,500 m to 4,300 m above sea level. On July 9, the Company filed a Preliminary Economic Assessment Report for the Taguas property. Closing of the transaction is subject to the final acceptance of the Toronto Stock Exchange and a number of closing conditions including, without limitation, completion of satisfactory due diligence by Orvana and applicable local mining rights registration.
About Orvana Minerals Orvana is a multi-mine gold-copper-silver company. Orvana's operating assets consist of the producing El Valle and Carlés gold-copper-silver mines in northern Spain and the producing Don Mario gold-silver operations in Bolivia. Additional information is available at Orvana's website (www.orvana.com).
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