Allied Nevada Gold Corp.
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Allied Nevada Gold Corp.

November 13, 2007 15:53 ET

Allied Nevada Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results

RENO, NEVADA--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2007) - Allied Nevada Gold Corp. ("Allied Nevada" or the "Company")(TSX:ANV)(AMEX:ANV) today announced third quarter 2007 financial results. Allied Nevada is a newly independent company that commenced operations on May 10, 2007, upon the closing of the transactions pursuant to the terms of an Arrangement as described in the Company's regulatory filings. From its incorporation in 2006 until May 10, 2007, Allied Nevada had been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vista Gold Corp. ("Vista"). For the quarter ended September 30, 2007, which was its first complete quarter of operations, the Company reported a consolidated net loss of $ 3.4 million ($0.08 per share), compared with a consolidated net loss of $0.9 million for the third quarter of 2006. The Company also reported a cash and cash equivalents balance of $21.8 million as of September 30, 2007. The increased net loss for the quarter related to increased exploration costs at its Hycroft Mine and to the additional general and administrative costs incurred in 2007 when compared to the general and administrative costs allocated to the Company by Vista in 2006.

"During Allied Nevada's first complete quarter of operations, we advanced a number of programs that we anticipate will provide future benefits. During the quarter, we started drilling at the Hycroft Mine and are pleased with the initial results of this program. On September 11, 2007, Allied Nevada's Board of Directors approved the reopening of the Hycroft Mine with production planned to begin in late 2008. In July, we completed a private placement that has provided the funding necessary to commence work on these two programs. When you consider these programs and the recent increases in gold prices, we believe that the Company is well positioned to become the next growth story in the gold sector," said Scott Caldwell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allied Nevada.

The following discussion points represent a summary of the significant financial results for the quarter. The Company recommends that these summaries be read in conjunction with the Company's quarterly financial results for the third quarter of 2007 as reported in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on November 9, 2007.

Exploration, property evaluation and holding costs

Exploration, property evaluation and holding costs increased to $1,742,000 during the three-month period ended September 30, 2007, as compared with $607,000 for the same period in 2006. The increase in these expenses is attributed to exploration expenditures at the Hycroft Mine, additional expenditures required in connection with administration and management of the Company's exploration properties, and increased care and maintenance expenditures at the Hycroft Mine to maintain the plant in operating condition in anticipation of the reopening of the mine.

At the Company's Hycroft Mine, the exploration related activities during the quarter included:

- Eight drill holes were completed for a total of 7,440 feet drilled. The holes encountered sulfide mineralization, and partial assays were obtained from an independent assay lab. Additional surface mineral samples were collected and assayed, geologic field work utilizing gravimetric and induced polarization techniques were employed, and geological mapping and aerial survey mapping were completed during the quarter.

- On September 11, 2007, the Board of Directors approved the reactivation of the Hycroft Mine. The Hycroft reactivation project involves reopening the Brimstone oxide open pit mine which had been in production from 1994 until 1998 when the entire Hycroft Mine was closed and put on care and maintenance due to low gold prices. Once reactivated, the Brimstone Mine is expected to produce 375,000 ounces of gold over the next five years. Reflecting the good condition of the facilities at Hycroft, the capital cost required to attain this production is expected to be approximately $27 million, of which $21 million will be spent on pre-stripping and leach pad construction. In addition to the capital expenditures required to reopen the mine, the recommissioning program will require Allied Nevada to fund additional working capital and reclamation bonding of approximately $14 million. Virtually all of the capital funds will be spent in 2008 with a target of achieving production in the fourth quarter of 2008. The critical constraints to achieve the gold production schedule include the timing of reclamation bond approval, the availability of a mining contractor to complete the pre-stripping, and the availability of a contractor to construct the leach pad. Allied Nevada has scheduled these activities to begin 2008. The Company plans to utilize outside funding sources to provide the necessary capital required to re-open the Hycroft Mine and is evaluating potential financing alternatives for the project. Current cash expenditures for the project are being provided from Allied Nevada's funds.

"Allied Nevada is excited about the prospect of reopening the Brimstone pit and to continue exploration of the sulfide mineralization identified at the property," said Mr. Caldwell. "We anticipate that these programs will allow us to start near-term gold production which will contribute to the financial requirements to explore the sulfide targets at Hycroft."

Corporate administration and investor relations

Corporate administration and investor relations costs increased to $1,819 during the third quarter of 2007, compared to $395 for the same period in 2006. The increase of $1,424 for the quarter can be attributed to increased stock market listing fees, increased stock-based compensation expense, and the fundamental change in the corporate structure of the Company when compared to 2006. From its incorporation in 2006 until May 10, 2007, the Company was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vista. Since May 10, 2007, the Company has been operating as an independent company with its common shares trading on the American and Toronto Stock Exchanges. The Company incurred higher direct spending during the quarter than the proportion of Vista's expenses that was allocated to the Company in the 2006 period under the continuity of interests method of accounting. Under the continuity of interests method of accounting, Allied Nevada's financial results for periods prior to May 10, 2007 represent Vista's direct spending on the Nevada assets that Vista subsequently transferred to Allied Nevada pursuant to the Arrangement, as well as a portion of Vista's general and administrative expenses allocated based on relative mineral interest carrying values.

Private placement

On July 16, 2007, the Company completed a private placement financing in which the Company sold and issued a total of 3,696,000 units for total gross proceeds of CDN$17.0 million, or approximately $16.3 million based on the U.S./Canadian dollar exchange rate on the closing date. Net cash proceeds to Allied Nevada were approximately $15.5 million. Each unit consisted of one share of common stock and one common share purchase warrant. Each warrant will entitle the holder thereof to acquire one share of common stock of Allied Nevada for a period of two years from closing at a price of CDN$5.75 per share.

The warrants have a provision for accelerating their expiry date as follows: if the closing price of Allied Nevada's common stock exceeds CDN$11.50 for twenty (20) consecutive trading days at any time on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Company may, by written notice to the warrant holders, accelerate the expiry time of the warrants to the date which is thirty (30) days from delivery of such notice, following which the warrants will be cancelled.

In connection with the private placement financing, Allied Nevada issued as a finder's fee 114,850 warrants, each such warrant exercisable for one unit for a period of two years from closing at an exercise price of CDN$4.60. The Company also paid aggregate cash finders' fees of $612.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

On September 30, 2007, Allied Nevada had cash and cash equivalents of $21.8 million. Excess funds are invested in short-term U.S. government securities, and the Company has no investments in asset-backed commercial paper.

Outlook

The Company intends to aggressively evaluate the mineral potential of several of the land positions in its portfolio during the remainder of 2007. These activities include but are not limited to the following:

- Continue geophysics and induced polarization work in and around the Hycroft Mine in order to identify future exploration targets.

- Continue exploration drilling programs designed to evaluate the sulfide and oxide mineral potential in and around the existing Hycroft Mine and infrastructure. A 70-hole, drill program has been permitted and is being aggressively pursued with three drill rigs, with a fourth possibly to be added in the fourth quarter.

- Conduct initial exploration field work to prioritize properties from highest to lowest geologic potential based upon management's interpretation of the property's geologic potential.

- Gain an understanding of the Company's various joint venture business partners' work programs and assessments on those properties that have been optioned to others.

- Continue to expand infrastructure required to operate as a publicly-traded company.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and the equivalent under Canadian securities laws) that are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding plans for reactivation of the Hycroft Mine including anticipated scheduling and production estimates as well as estimated capital and other costs, technical risks associated with the Hycroft reactivation project, timing of reclamation bond approval, the availability of outside contractors including a mining contractor to complete the pre-strip, and availability of a contractor to construct the leach pad, statements regarding results of exploration drilling and assay programs currently underway at Hycroft, potential for confirming, upgrading and expanding oxide gold mineralized material at Hycroft, results of evaluation of underlying sulfide mineralization at Hycroft, future gold prices, availability and timing of capital for financing the planned reactivation of the Hycroft Mine, anticipated cash flows if production is resumed, estimated completion dates, estimated exploration expenditures, operations, current working capital, cash operating costs, and other statements that are not historical facts. The words "estimate," "plan," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "believe," "target," "budget," "may," "schedule," and similar words or expressions identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, including anticipated scheduling and production estimates in connection with our proposed reactivation of the Hycroft Mine, to be materially different from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations. The anticipated timing and cost of reactivation of the Hycroft Mine as well as the expected production from the mine are based on the following assumptions: Capital cost estimates are based on current cost estimates (July 2007) of construction and mining costs.
These estimates were developed by independent consultants and Allied Nevada personnel. Production estimates are based upon the actual gold recovery achieved on Brimstone ores. Although the Company's management believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, the Company can give no assurance that these expectations will prove correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, risks relating to Allied Nevada's status as a newly formed independent company and its lack of operating history; risks relating to the planned reactivation of the Hycroft Mine including risks of delays in receipt of reclamation bond approval, risks of shortages of equipment or supplies and risks of inability to achieve anticipated production volume or manage cost increases; risks that Allied Nevada's acquisition, exploration and property advancement efforts will not be successful; risks relating to fluctuations in the price of gold; the inherently hazardous nature of mining-related activities; uncertainties concerning reserve and resource estimates; availability of outside contractors in connection with Hycroft and other activities; and availability and timing of capital for financing the planned reactivation of the Hycroft Mine including uncertainty of being able to raise capital on favorable terms or at all; as well as those factors discussed in Allied Nevada's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") including Allied Nevada's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other SEC filings (and Canadian filings) including, without limitation, its latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The Company does not intend to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise except as may be required under applicable securities laws.



ALLIED NEVADA GOLD CORP. (An Exploration Stage Enterprise)
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(US dollars in thousands)

September 30, December 31,
2007 2006
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(Unaudited)
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 21,764 $ 7
Accounts receivable - 102
Supplies inventory 116 97
Prepaids and other 1,070 6
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Current assets 22,950 212

Restricted cash 5,518 5,320
Mineral properties 79,173 8,892
Plant and equipment, net 1,019 997
Reclamation premium costs 1,794 1,882
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Total assets $ 110,454 $ 17,303
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Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 741 $ 9
Capital lease obligations, current portion 11 10
Accrued liabilities and other 761 143
Current liabilities 1,513 162

Capital lease obligations, noncurrent
portion 15 23
Asset retirement obligation and closure
costs 4,796 4,663
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Total liabilities 6,324 4,848
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Shareholders' Equity:
Parent company's net investment - 23,381
Common stock 43 -
Additional paid-in capital 120,489 -
Deficit accumulated during the exploration
stage (16,402) (10,926)
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Total shareholders' equity 104,130 12,455
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 110,454 $ 17,303
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ALLIED NEVADA GOLD CORP. (An Exploration Stage Enterprise)
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF LOSS (Unaudited)
(US dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30, Cumulative
------------------------------------------- During
------------------------------------------- Exploration
2007 2006 2007 2006 Stage
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Operating
expenses:
Property
evaluation
and holding
costs $ 1,742 $ 607 $ 2,610 $ 1,403 $ 10,677
Corporate
administration
and investor
relations 1,819 395 3,364 855 6,264
Depreciation
and
amortization 62 49 161 150 1,028
Asset
retirement
obligation and
closure costs 89 - 133 - 1,181
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Total costs and
expenses 3,712 1,051 6,268 2,408 19,150
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Other income
(expense):
Interest income 321 151 742 332 1,534
Interest expense 4 - (11) - (11)
Gain on
disposal of
assets - - - - 45
Gain on
currency
translation - 14 - 14 11
Gain on
disposal of
marketable
securities - 3 61 21 144
Income earned
during
exploration
stage - - - - 1,025
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Total other
income 325 168 792 367 2,748
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Net loss $ (3,387) $ (883) $ (5,476) $ (2,041) $ (16,402)
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Weighted shares
outstanding 42,137,941 21,616,152

Basic loss per
share $ (0.08) $ (0.25)



ALLIED NEVADA GOLD CORP. (An Exploration Stage Enterprise)
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
(US dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30, Cumulative
------------------------------------------- during
------------------------------------------- Exploration
2007 2006 2007 2006 Stage
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Cash flows from
operating
activities:
Net loss for the
period $ (3,387) $ (883) $ (5,476) $ (2,041) $ (16,402)

Adjustments to
reconcile net
loss for the
period to
net cash used
in operating
activities:
Depreciation and
amortization 62 46 161 143 1,007
Amortization of
reclamation
premium costs 30 30 89 89 445
Asset retirement
obligation and
closure costs,
net 89 - 133 - 1,181
Gain on disposal
of assets - - - - (45)
Allocated
expenses
from Parent
company - 294 86 664 2,697
Stock based
compensation 687 - 687 - 687

Change in
operating
assets and
liabilities:
Accounts
receivable 232 (172) 102 (235) 179
Supplies
inventory (41) 9 (19) 11 68
Prepaids and
other (815) 2 (1,064) 12 (1,064)
Accounts payable 625 - 731 (21) 638
Accrued
liabilities
and other 249 76 620 68 620
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Net cash used in
operating
activities (2,269) (598) (3,950) (1,310) (9,989)
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Cash flows from
investing
activities:
Restricted cash (68) (56) (198) (166) (5,518)
Additions to
mineral
properties,
net of
cost recoveries 21 9 237 81 (618)
Acquisition of
mineral
properties - - (15,000) - (20,325)
Additions to
plant and
equipment (87) (1) (189) (6) (1,927)
Proceeds on
disposal of
plant and
equipment - - - - 212
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Net cash used in
investing
activities (134) (48) (15,150) (91) (28,176)
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Cash flows from
financing
activities:
Proceeds on
issuance of
common stock 16,420 - 41,420 - 41,420
Offering costs (786) - (786) - (786)
Intercompany
funding from
Parent company - 660 223 1,409 18,659
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Net cash
provided
by financing
activities 15,634 660 40,857 1,409 59,293
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Net increase in
cash and cash
equivalents 13,231 14 21,757 8 21,128

Cash and cash
equivalents,
beginning of
period 8,533 4 7 10 636

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Cash and cash
equivalents,
end of period $ 21,764 $ 18 $ 21,764 $ 18 $ 21,764
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Supplemental
Cash Flow
Disclosures:
Cash paid for
interest $ - $ - $ 11 $ - $ 11
Cash paid for
income taxes $ - $ - $ - $ - $ -

Non-Cash
Financing
and Investing
Activities
Common shares
issued for Pescio
assets $ - $ - $ 55,518 $ - $ 55,518
Common shares
issued for Vista
assets $ - $ - $ 23,692 $ - $ 23,692
Warrants issued
for services $ 182 $ - $ 182 $ - $ 182



ALLIED NEVADA GOLD CORP. (An Exploration Stage Enterprise)
Consolidated Statement of Shareholders' Equity (Unaudited)
(US dollars in thousands)

Nine Months Ended
September 30, Cummulative
---------------------- During
---------------------- Exploration
2007 2006 Stage
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Common share capital
Balance, January 1, $ - $ - $ -
Shares issued to Vista Gold Corp. for
acquisition of mineral interests
and cash 27 - 27
Shares issued to the Pescios for
acquisition of mineral interests 12 - 12
Shares issued in July 16, 2007 private
placement 4 - 4
Shares issued under Special Stock
Option plan - - -
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Balance at the end of the period 43 - 43
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Additional paid-in capital
Balance, January 1, - - -
Shares issued to Vista Gold Corp. for
acquisition of mineral interests
and cash 24,973 - 24,973
Conversion of Vista Gold Corp.'s net
investment into common shares 23,692 - 23,692
Shares issued to the Pescios for
acquisition of mineral interests 55,506 - 55,506
Shares issued in July 16, 2007 private
placement 13,247 - 13,247
Shares issued under Special Stock
Option plan 255 - 255
Share issuance costs associated with
July 16, 2007 private placement (968) - (968)
Costs related to employee compensation 687 - 687
Warrants issued in July 16, 2007
private placement 2,915 - 2,915
Warrants issued as finders' fees from
July 16, 2007 private placement 182 - 182
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Balance at the end of the period 120,489 - 120,489
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Parent company's (Vista Gold Corp.) net
investment
Balance, January 1, 23,381 20,099 -
Intercompany funding from parent 311 2,897 23,692
Conversion of Vista Gold Corp.'s net
investment into common shares (23,692) - (23,692)
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Balance at the end of the period - 22,996 -
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Deficit accumulated during the
exploration stage
Balance, January 1, (10,926) (8,347) -
Net loss for the period (5,476) (2,041) (16,402)
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Balance at the end of the period (16,402) (10,388) (16,402)
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Total shareholders' equity $ 104,130 $ 12,608 $ 104,130
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Contact Information

  • Allied Nevada Gold Corp.
    Scott Caldwell
    (775) 358-4455
    or
    Allied Nevada Gold Corp.
    Hal Kirby
    (775) 358-4455
    Website: www.alliednevada.com