Andean American Gold Corp.
TSX VENTURE : AAG
FRANKFURT : AQN

Andean American Gold Corp.

August 27, 2010 19:14 ET

Andean American Mining Reports Q1 Financial Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2010) - Andean American Mining Corp. ("Andean" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AAG)(FRANKFURT:AQN) reports that for the first quarter ended June 30, 2010, it incurred a loss of $1,190,740 or $0.01 per share compared to a profit of $31,656 or $0.00 for the same period in 2009. 

Andean ended the first quarter with a cash position of $240,567 and a working capital deficit of $4,830,111. The cash position was strengthened on July 30, 2010 when the Company completed a non-brokered private placement for 6,923,682 common shares at $0.50 per share for gross proceeds of $3,461,840.

Overview

Andean American Mining Corp.'s main focus is on the Invicta Project held through its 100% owned Peruvian subsidiary Invicta Mining Corp. SAC. The Company maintains an ownership interest in various other mineral properties in Peru, including the Sinchao properties through its 60.17% ownership of Sinchao Metals Corp. ("Sinchao"), most, but not all of which are 100% owned by Sinchao, the Mamara properties and those properties adjacent to the Santa Rosa mine which was previously operated by Andean. The Company continues to focus on the exploration and development of the Invicta and Sinchao properties.

Company Highlights

During the quarter ended June 30, 2010 the Company focused on completing a Feasibility Study on the Invicta gold-copper mining project, located in the Huaura Province in Peru, in order to meet the requirements of potential lenders. On completion of the study, and on reaching agreements with the communities, the Company will through Barclays Bank PLC ("Barclays") and WestLB AG ("WestLB") secure funding of up to US $68 million in a Senior Secured Project Finance Facility to support the construction and development of the Invicta Mining Project.

Exploration and Development Review

The Company filed the initial Invicta Project Feasibility Study on SEDAR in July, 2009, following an audit by the Lokhorst Group. The study involved an extensive analysis of all the aspects of the Invicta project and resulted in a financially robust model with strong cash flow generation at conservative metals prices. A Feasibility Study with updated metallurgical results audited by the Lokhorst Group and Deepak Malhotra, PhD., MS in Metallurgical Engineering and PhD. in Mineral Economics, of Resource Development Inc. was filed on SEDAR in July, 2010. Metallurgical and financial highlights include:

Financial Analysis Highlights:

  • Average Annual Production of 97,931 Oz Gold and Average Annual Gold Equivalent Production of 160,857 Oz1
  • LOM Cash Cost Per Oz Gold1
    • On a co-product basis: $451.38 US;
    • On a gold-equivalent basis: $274.80 US;
    • On a by-product basis ($126.91) US
  • 5 Year AVG Annual Free Cash Flow of $65,273,398 US2
  • Net Present Value using an 8% discount rate of $265,057,8082 US
  • Capital Expenditures of $68M including: $49M project costs, $9M in refundable IGV taxes and $7M in contingency funds and a $3M start up facility;
  • Mine life based on Probable Reserves of 7.9M tonnes from the Measured and indicated resources grading 2.14 g/t Au, 18.76 g/t Ag, 0.52% Cu, 0.38% Pb and 0.30% Zn. Not included were Inferred resources of 14.2M tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au, 11.2 g/t Ag, 0.36% Cu, 0.24% Pb and 0.15% Zn or a high grade zone currently being sampled and drilled for NI 43-101 compliance;
  • A drill program will be a part of the ongoing development during the construction period;
  • Operating costs of $28.31 US/tonne;
  • Updated resource estimate and improved metallurgical process;
  • Production rates of 3,000 tpd in year one, 4,000 tpd in year 2 and 5,000 tpd in years 3, 4 and 5.
  • The Company intends to forward sale base metal production in order to fully gear the Invicta project towards upside movements in the price of gold and silver, while at the same time ensuring cash flow on an operating basis to protect the project loan repayment schedule.

Notes:

  1. The following price deck was used: Gold $900/oz, Silver $12.50/oz, Copper $2.50/lb, Lead $0.70/lb, Zinc $0.75/lb.
  2. The following price deck was used: Gold $1,100/oz, Silver $12.50/oz, Copper $2.50/lb, Lead $0.70/lb, Zinc $0.75/lb.
Results of Operations
 
Three months ended June 30 2010   2009
Sales of metals $ -   $ 203,118
(Loss)/profit before income tax   ($1,190,740 ) $ 31,656
Loss per share   ($0.01 ) $ 0.00
Total assets $ 47,993,312   $ 44,480,435
Working capital deficit $ 4,830,111   $ 6,203,030
Mineral properties $ 45,732,742   $ 42,499,937
Share Capital:          
Outstanding   94,803,605(1 )   79,956,325
Warrants   7,688,645     7,856,282
Options   8,383,588     4,888,000
1. On July 30, 2010, 6,923,682 common shares were issued by way of a private placement at $0.50 per common share.

Cash Flow and Liquidity

At June 30, 2010 the Company had a working capital deficit of $4,830,111, compared to $6,203,030 at June 30, 2009. Andean's net cash (used)/increased for the period ended June 30, 2010 was ($2,888,064) and ($4,222) for the same period in 2009.

During the quarter ended June, 2010, the Company issued 232,912 common shares for cash proceeds of $93,411.

The information above should be reviewed in conjunction with the Company's unaudited consolidated financial statements, management discussion and analysis, for the three months ended June 30, 2010 that will be available shortly on www.sedar.com. For further information call (604) 681-6186 or toll free: 1-888-356-4784 or visit our website at www.andeanamerican.com.

Guy Lokhorst, P. Eng., of The Lokhorst Group, is an Independent Qualified Person and is responsible for the review of the mining methodology, including the life of mine and probable reserves, for the Feasibility Study. Deepak Malhotra, PhD., MS in Metallurgical Engineering and PhD. in Mineral Economics, Independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, of Resource Development Inc., reviewed the metallurgy for the Invicta project and developed the finalized process flow diagram for the Feasibility Study of July, 2010. Victor Jaramillo, P. Geo., of Discover Geological Consultants Inc. is an Independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 and is responsible for the resource estimates. The technical disclosure in this news release has been reviewed by Leslie F. Tarnai, P. Eng., General Manager of Engineering for Invicta Mining Corp. and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Certain of the information contained in this news release constitutes 'forward-looking statements' within the meaning of securities laws. Such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to those with respect to the prices of metals and minerals, purchase payments, royalty payments, estimated future production and estimated costs of future production involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any forecast results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the actual prices of metals and minerals, the actual results of current exploration, development and mining activities, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be evaluated, as well as those factors disclosed in the documents of the Company filed from time to time with the British Columbia Securities Commission. 

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