Mineros Reports 2021 Year-End and Fourth Quarter Financial and Operational Results
(all amounts expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated)
Medellin, Colombia – February 28, 2022 – Mineros S.A. (TSX:MSA, MINEROS:CB) (“Mineros” or the “Company”) today reported its financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021. For further information please see the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis filed under Mineros’ profile on www.sedar.com.
Andrés Restrepo, President and CEO of Mineros, commented “2021 was a historic year for Mineros, as we became the first Colombian-based company to be listed on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Colombian Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores de Colombia). While we are new to Canadian investors, Mineros has a long and profitable history of gold mining in Latin America, initially in Colombia, and more recently in Nicaragua and Argentina. In all of the jurisdictions in which we operate, we have built mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders, to contribute to the socio-economic development of the local communities and establish a strong social licence.”
“Mineros continues to pay one of the highest dividends in the gold mining industry, with a total of $17.7 million paid in 2021. This past year we produced over 260,000 ounces of gold, achieving production guidance, and continuing to strengthen our overall capital position. While our cash costs per ounce of gold sold were within guidance, our all-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold sold1 were slightly higher than forecast.”
“We enter 2022 with a focus both on continued solid production from our existing mining operations and growing annual production to approximately 500,000 gold equivalent ounces by 2025 through a combination of greenfield development, brownfield expansions, joint ventures, and potential complimentary acquisitions.” added Restrepo.
YEAR-END FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS
• 2021 annual production guidance achieved: Gold production totaled 261,767 ounces in 2021, within the upper half of the Company’s 2021 production guidance range of 250,000 to 267,000 ounces and a 4% decrease from the proceeding year (2020: 271,647 ounces).
• Strong dividend payment: $17.7 million in dividends paid in 2021, a 33% increase from the previous year (2020: $13.3 million).
• Solid revenue from gold sales: Gold sales of 265,806 ounces generated $479.3 million in revenue, with an average realized price per ounce of gold sold of $1,803 (2020: gold sales of 270,898 ounces generated $479.1 million in revenue, with an average realized price per ounce of gold sold of $1,769).
• Continued strong financial liquidity: Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA2 ratio of (0.05x) in 2021 (2020: 0.06x).
• Continued cash flows from operating activities: $87.3 million in cash from operating activities in 2021 (2020: $142.2 million).
• Cash costs3 & all-in sustaining costs (“AISC”): cash costs per ounce of gold sold in 2021 were $1,178, (2020: $1,018; 2021 Guidance: $1,151 to $1,225) and AISC per ounce of gold sold3 was $1,492 (2020: $1,226; 2021 Guidance: $1,390 to $1,473). While cash costs per ounce of gold sold3 were in line with guidance, the AISC per ounce of gold sold3 was slightly higher than forecast.
FOURTH QUARTER 2021 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS
• Gold production: Gold production totaled 65,133 ounces in the fourth quarter of 2021 (fourth quarter 2020: 64,908 ounces). The Company does not provide quarterly production guidance.
• Dividend payment: $4.0 million in dividends paid in the fourth quarter of 2021, a 4% increase from the previous year (fourth quarter 2020: $3.8 million).
• Revenue from gold sales and average realized price per ounce of gold sold: Gold sales of 64,969 ounces generated $117.1 million in revenue, with a realized price per ounce of gold sold3 of $1,802 (fourth quarter 2020: gold sales of 64,453 ounces generated $119.2 million in revenue, with a realized price per ounce of gold sold of $1,850).
• Continued strong financial liquidity: Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA2 ratio of (0.05x) in the fourth quarter of 2021 (fourth quarter 2020: 0.06x).
• Cash flows from operating activities: $19.6 million in cash was generated from operating activities in the fourth quarter 2021, a 74% decrease from the previous year (fourth quarter 2020: $75.4 million).
• Cash Cost & AISC4: cash costs per ounce of gold sold4 in the fourth quarter of 2021 were $1,227, (fourth quarter 2020: $1,162) and AISC per ounce of gold sold4 was $1,463 (fourth quarter 2020: 1,454). The Company does not provide quarterly guidance.
Table 1. Quarterly and Annual Financial and Operating Highlights
(All numbers in $000’s unless otherwise noted)
Table 2. Quarterly and Annual Operational Highlights by Material Property
(All numbers in ounces unless otherwise noted)
CORPORATE AND PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE QUARTER AND YEAR-ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2021
• Initial public offering (“IPO”) on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) and closing of Canadian and Colombian Offerings: On November 19, 2021, the Company completed a public offering in Colombia for gross proceeds of approximately $11.5 million. On the same date, the Company also completed its IPO in Canada (the “Canadian IPO”) with gross proceeds close to $20.0 million and common shares of Mineros were listed for trading on the TSX under the stock symbol “MSA”. On November 25, 2021, the co-lead underwriters for the Canadian IPO partially exercised their over-allotment option, resulting in additional gross proceeds of approximately $2.8 million. Total proceeds of the Canadian IPO and the Colombian concurrent offering, net of underwriting fees and various issue cost, were $29.8 million.
• Consolidation of 100% ownership of the Luna Roja Exploration Target: On May 21, 2021, Mineros acquired Royal Road Minerals Limited’s (“Royal Road”) 50% interest in the Luna Roja Exploration Target, bringing the interest of Hemco-Nicaragua S.A. (“Hemco”), a subsidiary of the Company, to 100% for consideration consisting of $24.5 million (including withholding taxes of $3.7 million) and a 1.25% net smelter return royalty on all future mineral production from the Luna Roja Exploration Target, starting from commercial production. On December 7, 2021, the Company repaid debt of $15 million incurred to fund a portion of the cash consideration for Royal Road’s interest in the Luna Roja Exploration target, with net proceeds of the Canadian IPO.
• Initial 20% interest earned in La Pepa Project: On June 25, 2021, the Company announced it had exercised its first option to earn a 20% beneficial interest in the La Pepa Project.
• Receipt of environmental permits at the Nechí Alluvial Property: On October 22, 2021, the Company announced that the National Authority of Environmental Licences (Autoridad Nacional de Licencias Ambientales) of Colombia (“ANLA”) approved a previously submitted application to amend the Nechí Alluvial Property environmental management plan (“EMP”) and granted environmental permits sufficient to support planned operations at Nechí Alluvial Property within the 141 hectare area covered by the environmental management plan amendments.
• COVID-19 Pandemic: Mineros continues to focus on the well-being of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates, and mitigating risks associated with operating during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 at each of our material properties. The affected individuals have all followed local protocols and the Company’s operations otherwise remain unaffected.
SUBSEQUENT TO DECEMBER 31, 2021
• On January 6, 2022, Mineros announced that the payment date for the final quarterly installment of the ordinary dividend approved by the Company’s shareholders at the Ordinary Meeting of Shareholders held on March 25, 2021 in an amount of $0.0154 per common share, was to be paid on January 20, 2022.
• On February 16, 2022, Mineros announced 2022 production guidance of 262,000 to 285,000 ounces in 2022, an increase of between 0% and 9% from 2021 production, cash costs per ounce of gold sold5 for 2022 between $1,090 and $1,180 and AISC per ounce of gold sold in 2022 between $1,350 and $1,450.
GROWTH PROJECT UPDATES
The Deep Carbonates Project at the Gualcamayo Property in Argentina refers to undeveloped mineral resources below the existing oxide gold mineralization at the Gualcamayo Mine which are not amenable to the heap leach processing method being used currently on the property. The Company previously announced that it anticipated completing a preliminary economic assessment (“PEA”) of the Deep Carbonates Project by the end of the first quarter of 2022. Mineros is currently advancing with additional drill testing of the Deep Carbonates Project and is re-evaluating the anticipated timing for completion of the PEA.
The Porvenir Project is an advanced-stage gold-silver-zinc project on the Hemco Property in Nicaragua. Ongoing studies are being completed to assess processing and mining scenarios and additional work is underway to complete a feasibility study. Initially, this study was expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter of 2022. However, as a result of delays and refinement of project parameters, this work is now anticipated to be completed in the second half of 2022.
The La Pepa Project is located within Chile’s Maricunga Gold Belt, which is known worldwide for important gold, copper, and other mineral deposits. At the La Pepa Project, the Company is focused on exploring a porphyry-style gold system, similar to other gold systems in the Maricunga Gold Belt. A mineral resource estimate and a PEA at the La Pepa Project was initially scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2022. However, as a result of the Company’s internal strategic analysis, the progress and timeline for completion of the PEA is under review.
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST DETAILS
The company will host a conference call Thursday March 3, 2022 at 8:00 am (GMT -5), where senior management will discuss its financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021. The conference call will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation in English.
Please dial in:
Canada Toll Free: 1 (866) 215-5508
US Toll Free: 1 (888) 771-4371
Pin for English: 50285031#
Pin for Spanish: 50285030#
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A live webcast of the conference all will be available at:
Live webcast requires previous registration, it is advised to access the webcast approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The webcast will be archived on the Company’s website at www.mineros.com.co.
ABOUT MINEROS S.A.
Mineros is a Latin American gold mining company headquartered in Medellin, Colombia. The Company has a diversified asset base, with mines in Colombia, Nicaragua and Argentina and a pipeline of development and exploration projects throughout the region.
The board of directors and management of Mineros have extensive experience in mining, corporate development, finance and sustainability. Mineros has a long track record of maximizing shareholder value and delivering solid annual dividends. For almost 50 years Mineros has operated with a focus on safety and sustainability at all its operations.
Mineros’ common shares are listed on the TSX under the symbol “MSA”, and on the Colombia Stock Exchange under the symbol “MINEROS”.
For further information, please contact:
Investor Relations Manager
Renmark Financial Communications Inc.
(416) 644-2020 or (212) 812-7680
The Company has been granted an exemption from the individual voting and majority voting requirements applicable to listed issuers under TSX policies, on grounds that compliance with such requirements would constitute a breach of Colombian laws and regulations which require the directors to be elected on the basis of a slate of nominees proposed for election pursuant to an electoral quotient system. For further information, please see the Company’s final prospectus dated November 11, 2021 (the “Final Prospectus”), available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Jorge Aceituno, a Registered Member of the Chilean Mining Commission and the Planning Manager, Resources and Reserves for Mineros and a qualified person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information includes statements that use forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “could”, “would”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “target”, “plan”, “expect”, “budget”, “estimate”, “forecast”, “schedule”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “continue”, “potential”, “view” or the negative or grammatical variation thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology. Such forward-looking information includes, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company’s outlook for 2022; the Company’s plans and expectations with respect to production, exploration, development, and expansion at its properties and projects; timing, receipt and maintenance of necessary approvals, licenses and permits from applicable governments, regulators or third parties; timing, completion and results of mineral resource estimates and mining studies; our goal of growing annual production to approximately 500 koz of gold equivalents by 2025; estimates of future capital and operating costs; future financial or operating performance and condition of the Company and its business, operations and properties; and any other statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future plans, intentions, levels of activity, results, performance or achievements.
Forward-looking information is based upon estimates and assumptions of management in light of management’s experience and perception of trends, current conditions and expected developments, as well as other factors that management believes to be relevant and reasonable in the circumstances, as of the date of this press release including, without limitation, assumptions about: favourable equity and debt capital markets; the ability to raise any necessary additional capital on reasonable terms; future prices of gold and other metal prices; the timing and results of exploration and drilling programs, and technical and economic studies; the accuracy of any Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource estimates; the geology of the Material Properties being as described in the applicable NI 43-101 technical reports; production costs; the accuracy of budgeted exploration and development costs and expenditures; the price of other commodities such as fuel; future currency exchange rates and interest rates; operating conditions being favourable such that the Company is able to operate in a safe, efficient and effective manner; political and regulatory stability; the receipt of governmental, regulatory and third party approvals, licenses and permits on favourable terms; obtaining required renewals for existing approvals, licenses and permits on favourable terms; requirements under applicable laws; sustained labour stability; stability in financial and capital goods markets; availability of equipment; positive relations with local groups, including artisanal mining cooperatives in Nicaragua, and the Company’s ability to meet its obligations under its agreements with such groups; and satisfying the terms and conditions of the Company’s current loan arrangements. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable, the assumptions are inherently subject to significant business, social, economic, political, regulatory, competitive and other risks and uncertainties, contingencies and other factors that could cause actual actions, events, conditions, results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those projected in the forward-looking information. Many assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of the Company and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events, conditions, results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events, conditions, results, performance or achievements to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. For further information of these and other risk factors, please see the ‘‘Risk Factors” section of the Company’s final long form prospectus dated November 11, 2021, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. For clarity, mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability and inferred resources are considered too geologically speculative for the application of economic considerations.
The Company cautions that the foregoing lists of important assumptions and factors are not exhaustive. Other events or circumstances could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated or projected and expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking information contained herein. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this press release and the Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as and to the extent required by applicable securities laws.
NON-IFRS AND OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURES
The Company has included certain non-IFRS financial measures and non-IFRS ratios in this MD&A. Management believes that non-IFRS financial measures and non-IFRS ratios, when supplementing measures determined in accordance with IFRS, provide investors with an improved ability to evaluate the underlying performance of the Company. Non-IFRS financial measures and non-IFRS ratios do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS, and therefore they may not be comparable to similar measures employed by other companies. These data are intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. For a discussion of the use of non-IFRS financial measures and reconciliations thereof to the most directly comparable IFRS measures, see below.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
The Company believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, certain investors use the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), and adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”), which excludes certain non-operating income and expenses, such as financial income or expenses, hedging operations, exploration expenses, impairment of assets, foreign currency exchange differences, and other expenses (principally, donations, corporate projects and taxes incurred). The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results because it is consistent with the indicators management uses internally to measure the Company’s performance, and is an indicator of the performance of the Company’s mining operations.
The following table sets out the calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three months and years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020:
Cash Costs & All-in Sustaining Costs
The Company reports cash costs per ounce of gold sold which is calculated by deducting revenues from silver sales and depreciation and amortization from costs of sales, and dividing the difference by the number of gold ounces sold. Production cash costs include mining, milling, mine site security, royalties, and mine site administration costs, and exclude non-cash operating expenses. Cash costs per ounce of gold sold and AISC per ounce of gold sold are non-IFRS financial measures used to monitor the performance of our gold mining operations and their ability to generate profit.
The objective of AISC is to provide stakeholders with a key indicator that reflects as close as possible the full cost of producing and selling an ounce of gold.
The Company reports AISC per ounce of gold sold on a by-product basis. The methodology for calculating AISC per ounce of gold sold is set out below and is consistent with the guidance methodology set out by the World Gold Council. This non-IFRS ratio provides investors with transparency regarding the total costs of producing an ounce of gold in each period.
Cash Costs and All-in Sustaining Costs on a Consolidated Basis
The following table provides a reconciliation of cash costs per ounce of gold sold on a by-product basis for the three months and years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020:
The following table provides a reconciliation of AISC per ounce of gold sold for the three months and years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020:
Return on Capital Employed
The Company uses ROCE as a measure of long-term operating performance to measure how effectively management utilizes the capital it has provided. This non-IFRS ratio is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. The calculation of ROCE, expressed as a percentage, is Adjusted EBIT (calculated in the manner set out in the table below) divided by the average of the opening and closing capital employed for the 12 months preceding the period end. Capital employed for a period is calculated as total assets at the beginning of that period less total current liabilities.
Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio
Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio is a non‐IFRS ratio that provides the liquidity position of the Company. The calculation of net debt shown below is calculated as nominal undiscounted debt including leases, less cash and cash equivalents. The following sets out the calculation of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio for the periods indicated.
Average Realized Price
The Company uses “average realized price per ounce of gold” and “average realized price per ounce of silver”, which are non-IFRS financial measures. Average realized metal price represents the revenue from the sale of the underlying metal as per the Statement of Operations, adjusted to reflect the effect of trading at holding level (parent Company) on the sales of gold purchased from subsidiaries. Average realized prices are calculated as the revenue related to gold and silver sold divided by the number of ounces of metal sold. Reconciliations of average realized metal prices to gold revenues and silver revenues are provided below: