VANCOUVER, BC, May 11, 2022 /CNW/ - Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ: PAAS) (TSX: PAAS) ("Pan American" or the "Company") today reported unaudited results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 ("Q1 2022").
"Pan American reported strong financial performance in the quarter, enabling us to declare a dividend of $0.12 per common share for Q1, in line with the new dividend policy announced in February 2022," said Michael Steinmann, President and Chief Executive Officer. "As we indicated in our February 23, 2022 news release, our operations experienced high levels of workforce absenteeism in January and early February due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Workforce deployment is now back to more normal levels, and we are maintaining our guidance for 2022 with production weighted to the second half of the year."
Consolidated Q1 2022 Highlights:
Silver production of 4.6 million ounces and gold production of 131.0 thousand ounces.
Revenue of $439.9 million included inventory draw downs of 531.6 thousand ounces of silver and 17.6 thousand ounces of gold.
Net earnings of $76.8 million ($0.36 basic income per share). Adjusted earnings were $32.0 million ($0.15 basic adjusted income per share), with the most significant adjustment being the exclusion of the $44.6 million one-time gain for Pan American's investment in Maverix Metals Inc. ("Maverix").
Operations generated $68.8 million of cash flow, net of $58.3 million in tax payments.
Silver Segment Cash Costs and All-in Sustaining Costs ("AISC") per silver ounce were $10.23 and $13.41, respectively. Excluding Net Realizable Value ("NRV") inventory adjustments, Silver Segment AISC was $13.08 per ounce.
Gold Segment Cash Costs and AISC per gold ounce were $1,069 and $1,502, respectively. Excluding NRV inventory adjustments, Gold Segment AISC was $1,409 per ounce.
Completed a quarterly-record 25,924 metres drilled on the La Colorada Skarn project, advanced pre-sinking of the concrete lined ventilation shaft and began commissioning of the refrigeration plant. See the news release issued on May 9, 2022, for further details on the recent drill results.
Management maintains its guidance for 2022 production, costs and capital expenditures. Production is expected to be weighted to the second half of 2022, reflecting the impact on production from reduced workforce deployment levels in Q1 2022 due to the Omicron variant and mine sequencing. See the "2022 Guidance" section of this news release for further details, and the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2022.
As at March 31, 2022, Pan American had working capital of $620.7 million, inclusive of cash and short-term investment balances of $326.3 million; a long-term investment in Maverix with a market value of $124.7 million; and $500.0 million available under our sustainability-linked credit facility. Total debt of $47.0 million was related to lease liabilities and construction loans.
A cash dividend of $0.12 per common share has been declared, payable on or about June 3, 2022, to holders of record of Pan American's common shares as of the close on May 24, 2022. The dividend is comprised of a base dividend of $0.10 per common share and a variable dividend of $0.02 per common share. On February 23, 2022, Pan American introduced a dividend policy that provides for a base dividend plus a supplemental dividend amount tied to our net cash balance. The dividends are eligible dividends for Canadian income tax purposes.
Three months ended March 31, 2022. Twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2021
Weighted average shares during period (millions) 210.5 210.3
Shares outstanding end of period (millions) 210.5 210.5
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