RICHMONT MINES INC.
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RICHMONT MINES INC.

February 25, 2010 08:01 ET

Richmont Mines Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Results and Updates Reserve and Resource Estimates

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2010) -

  • Full year 2009 revenue increased 2% to $71.9 million
  • 59,733 ounces of gold sold in 2009, minimum target of 65,000 ounces in 2010
  • The Company is well positioned to deliver on its 2010 objectives

Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX:RIC)(NYSE Amex:RIC)("Richmont" or "the Company"), a Canadian-based gold producer, is pleased to announce results for its fourth quarter and 2009 fiscal year for the period ended December 31, 2009, as well as updated Reserve and Resource estimates. Financial results are based on Canadian GAAP and dollars are reported in Canadian currency, unless otherwise noted.

"While our full year gold sales of 59,733 ounces were in line with management's revised target of 60,000 ounces, as a Company we are disappointed with this year's results. Our recovered grades fell short of expectations, particularly at the Beaufor Mine, and while tonnage was up at our Island Gold Mine, it was down at Beaufor, a fact that emphasizes the need for continued exploration efforts on this property" commented Mr. Martin Rivard, President and CEO of Richmont Mines. "Although we have made some significant progress at our Island Gold Mine, we have not met our yearly objectives, and this will be a key area of focus for us in 2010." He continued: "On the development and exploration front, we are on schedule to bring the Francoeur Mine back online in mid- 2011, which will help increase our production and gold sales rates to our targeted levels, and we also expect to have results from our 5,000 metre drilling program at our Cripple Creek property near Timmins, Ontario in the second quarter."

Q4 2009 Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $17.1 million, down from last year's very strong $22.9 million. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $0.11 million, or $0.00 per share, compared with the $2.1 million, or $0.09 per share earned in the fourth quarter of 2008. Total precious metals revenue declined $5.7 million, or 27%, to $15.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared with $21.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. This decline reflects a 41% decrease in ounces of gold sold, the effects of which were partially mitigated by a 24% increase in the average sales price per ounce of gold in Canadian dollars. In the fourth quarter of 2009, 13,029 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$1,035 (CAN$1,182), versus gold sales of 22,116 ounces in Q4 2008 at an average price of US$897 (CAN$956).

Operating costs, including royalties, declined 9% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2009 to $11.8 million, as a lower level of tonnes processed from Beaufor more than offset a slight increase in the tonnage processed at Island Gold. However, the average cash cost of production increased to US$790 (CAN$902) in the fourth quarter of 2009, from US$550 (CAN$586) in the comparable period in 2008, primarily a reflection of the lower recovered grades at both operating mines.

Exploration and project evaluation costs, net of exploration credits of $0.9 million, totalled $0.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, down from $2.4 million in the comparable period in 2008, the latter of which included $0.54 million spent at the Golden Wonder property. However, excluding exploration credits in both quarters and expenses incurred at the Golden Wonder project, Richmont spent $1.2 million on exploration and project evaluation, down from the comparable $1.9 million spent in 2008.

Full Year 2009 Results

Revenue for fiscal 2009 was $71.9 million, up slightly from last year's $70.6 million. Net income for the year was $0.34 million, or $0.01 per share, below last year's $1.6 million, or $0.07 per share. Total annual precious metal revenue was flat at $66.2 million in 2009 compared with 2008, as the higher average gold sales price realized in Canadian dollars offset the decrease in ounces of gold sold. For the full year, 59,733 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$969 (CAN$1,107), versus gold sales of 70,945 ounces in 2008 at an average price of US$876 (CAN$934).

Operating costs, including royalties, increased 13% year-over-year in 2009 to $50.3 million, as a higher level of tonnes processed from Island Gold more than offset a decrease in the tonnage processed at Beaufor. However, the average cash cost of production increased to US$737 (CAN$842) in 2009, from US$590 (CAN$629) in 2008, primarily a reflection of the lower recovered grades at both operating mines.

Strong Cash Position and No Debt

At December 31, 2009, cash and cash equivalents were $21.1 million, compared with $26.0 million at December 31, 2008. Richmont Mines had no long-term debt obligations, no hedging, and had working capital of $24.9 million. The cash equivalents included $10.9 million of term deposits with high level credit ratings and $10.2 million in cash deposited in a major Canadian chartered bank.

Operational Highlights

Island Gold Mine

  Three months ended Fiscal year ended
  December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
  2009 2008 2009 2008
 
Tonnes 51,784 47,898 211,773 161,320
Head grade (g/t) 5.61 9.34 6.04 7.65
Gold recovery (%) 93.44 96.71 94.52 95.83
Recovered grade (g/t) 5.24 9.04 5.71 7.33
Ounces sold 8,729 13,915 38,879 38,037
Cash cost per ounce (US$) 738 546 736 659
 
Investment in property, plant and equipment        
  (thousands of CAN$) 815 1,591 4,318 3,079
Exploration expenses (thousands of CAN$) 412 868 3,136 2,293
 
Diamond drilling (metres)        
  Definition 391 5,888 13,604 14,764
  Exploration 4,132 - 18,936 1,901

During the fourth quarter of 2009, the Island Gold Mine processed 51,784 tonnes of ore at an average recovered grade of 5.24 g/t, and 8,729 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$1,023 (CAN$1,168) per ounce. For the same period last year, 47,898 tonnes of ore were processed at an average recovered grade of 9.04 g/t, and 13,915 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$890 (CAN$949) per ounce. Cash costs at Island Gold increased to US$738 (CAN$842) from US$546 (CAN$582) in last year's fourth quarter.

For the year ended December 31, 2009, 211,773 tonnes of ore were processed at an average recovered grade of 5.71 g/t, and 38,879 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$967 (CAN$1,104) per ounce. This compared to 161,320 tonnes at a recovered grade of 7.33 g/t, and gold sales of 38,037 ounces at an average price of US$867 (CAN$924) in 2008.

Martin Rivard commented "Recovered grades at the Island Gold Mine were disappointing this year. While higher than expected dilution, particularly in the first half of the year, was a contributing factor, we also processed significantly more low-grade development ore than budgeted. This had the negative effect of lowering our average recovered grade, but it also had the positive effect of allowing us to retrieve gold that wasn't included in our reserves. In addition, the mill was shut down for scheduled maintenance during the fourth quarter, which contributed to increasing our ore stockpile to 16,700 tonnes at the end of the year. This stockpile, combined with expected lower levels of development ore being processed, puts us in a much better position for 2010, and should translate into improved results from this mine."

Beaufor Mine

  Three months ended Fiscal year ended
  December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
  2009 2008 2009 2008
 
Tonnes 22,412 30,343 101,593 115,674
Head grade (g/t) 6.09 8.64 6.52 9.00
Gold recovery (%) 97.95 97.27 97.90 98.31
Recovered grade (g/t) 5.97 8.41 6.38 8.85
Ounces sold 4,300 8,201 20,854 32,908
Cash cost of production per ounce (US$) 897 555 740 509
 
Investment in property, plant and equipment        
  (thousands of CAN$) 438 15 1,092 127
Exploration expenses (thousands of CAN$) 636 706 3,006 2,921
 
Diamond drilling (metres)        
  Definition 9,197 4,699 28,152 11,439
  Exploration 9,063 9,298 32,699 33,765

In the fourth quarter of 2009, a total of 22,412 tonnes of ore were processed from the Beaufor Mine at an average recovered grade of 5.97 g/t, and 4,300 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$1,060 (CAN$1,211). This compared with total tonnage of 30,343 in the similar period in 2008, during which the average recovered grade was 8.41 g/t, and gold sales totalled 8,201 ounces at an average price of US$908 (CAN$968).

For the full year 2009, the Beaufor Mine processed 101,593 tonnes of ore at an average recovered grade of 6.38 g/t, and realized gold sales of 20,854 ounces at an average sales price of US$975 (CAN$1,113). This compared to tonnage of 115,674, an average recovered grade of 8.85 g/t, and gold sales of 32,908 ounces at an average price of US$886 (CAN$944) in 2008.

Commenting on the Beaufor Mine, Martin Rivard stated: "Grades in the room and pillar stopes at Beaufor were lower than forecasted in our mining sequence in 2009, which resulted in lower production and higher operating costs. We have improved our mining plan and we expect better grades in 2010". He continued: "While we achieved our revised gold sales target of 20,000 ounces in 2009, this was below last year's strong results. We remain committed to evaluating all possibilities for this property and, to this end, initiated a surface exploration program in the fourth quarter of 2009, through which one promising zone – Zone 350 – was identified. We are planning more drilling in 2010 to further investigate this zone and other identified target areas at Beaufor. The Company remains committed to Beaufor, and expects these efforts to translate into improved results at this mine going forward."

Exploration Efforts

In 2009, the Company announced plans to begin a first phase 5,000 metre drilling program at the 100% owned Cripple Creek Gold Project, a key exploration asset in Richmont's portfolio that is located west of the Timmins Gold Camp in Ontario. Drilling began in the first week of February, 2010, and will include approximately 10 holes targeting depths below 400 metres, as the Company hopes to confirm favourable gold mineralization trends obtained at depth on properties in the vicinity. In the event that these favourable trends continue on the property, Richmont will expand exploration efforts going forward. Results from this drilling program are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010.

Richmont also continues to invest in exploration and definition drilling in an effort to grow its reserve and resource base at its existing operations. To this end, the Company is planning approximately 30,000 metres of underground definition and exploration drilling at the Beaufor Mine in 2010, down from the 54,000 metres completed in 2009, and similarly expects to carry out a surface exploration drilling on the property in 2010. At Island Gold, Richmont is planning 30,000 to 35,000 metres of underground diamond drilling, up slightly from 27,000 metres of underground exploration and definition drilling completed in 2009, reflecting the Company's ongoing efforts to increase Island Gold Mine's reserve and resource base. In addition, the Company continues to evaluate other targets on this property, and is planning approximately 8,000 metres of surface drilling in 2010, up slightly from the 5,600 metres completed in 2009.

Updated Reserve and Resource Estimates

Island Gold Mine

As of December 31, 2009, total Proven and Probable Reserves at the Island Gold Mine were 264,085 gold ounces, which translates into more than 5 years of production. Proven and Probable reserves declined slightly from 289,069 gold ounces at the end of December 2008, reflecting 12 months of production at the mine, slightly offset by results obtained from 14,000 metres of definition drilling completed in 2009.

Estimated Measured and Indicated resources at the Island Gold Mine increased to 154,813 gold ounces at December 31, 2009, versus 146,254 Au ounces last year, as definition drilling efforts throughout the year enabled the Company to successfully convert Inferred resources to Measured and Indicated resources. This fact is similarly reflected in the decline in estimated Inferred resources at December 31, 2009 to 199,569 gold ounces, versus 209,985 gold ounces at the end of December 2008.

Beaufor Mine

Proven and Probable reserves at the Beaufor Mine declined to 44,637 gold ounces at December 31, 2009, from 69,792 gold ounces a year ago, with the decrease mainly attributable to 2009 production. While the Company's drilling campaign in 2009 did not result in any significant increase to estimated Proven and Probable reserves, these efforts did translate into an increase in Measured and Indicated resources to 171,372 ounces versus 148,000 ounces at the end of 2008, as well as in Inferred resources. However, increases in these resource categories are mostly below the existing infrastructure of the mine, and currently do not economically justify an extension of current operations.

Francoeur Project

The Francoeur Project has total estimated Probable reserves of 136,749 gold ounces at December 31, 2009, unchanged from results detailed in the 43-101 compliant technical report, filed on SEDAR on August 5, 2009, and discussed in detail in the press release entitled "Richmont Mines Defines Reserves at its Francoeur Gold Project and Plans Production at an Annual Rate of 35,000 Ounces Starting in 2011" issued by the Company August 7, 2009. Indicated Resources of 18,541 gold ounces and Inferred Resources of 38,706 gold ounces for the Francoeur Project also remain unchanged from previously published levels. The Company expects to begin drift excavation and underground mine preparation work on this property once dewatering of the mine has been completed in the second quarter of 2010. At the end of 2009, 8 out of the mine's 17 levels had been dewatered, and the surface infrastructure had been fully re-commissioned. The mine is scheduled to begin production in mid-2011, with an annual estimated production rate of 35,000 Au ounces for an initial mine life of four years.

Outlook

"The Richmont Mines' team is 100% focused on generating improved results in 2010" stated Martin Rivard. "In addition to delivering on our gold sales target of a minimum of 65,000 ounces from the Beaufor and Island Gold mines, our top priorities in 2010 are to:

  1. Complete one strategic acquisition;
  2. Reduce operating costs;
  3. Pursue analyst coverage;
  4. Initiate a comprehensive Investor Relations campaign, and;
  5. Achieve valuation parity with our peer group of junior Canadian gold producers.

"We are in good shape financially, with no debt, no hedging and $21 million of cash, which puts us in a terrific position going into 2010", continued Martin Rivard. "On the exploration front, we are looking forward to getting results from our 5,000 metre drilling campaign on our Cripple Creek property located near Timmins, Ontario. Drilling began in early February 2010, and we expect to be able to share results with our shareholders by May."

Martin Rivard
President and Chief Executive Officer

About Richmont Mines Inc.

The Company has produced over 1,000,000 ounces of gold from its operations in Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland since beginning production in 1991. With extensive experience in gold exploration, development and mining, the Company is well positioned to cost-effectively build its North American reserve base through a combination of organic growth, strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Richmont routinely posts news and other important information on its website (www.richmont-mines.com).

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that include risks and uncertainties. When used in this news release, the words "project", "expect", "may" and similar expressions, as well as "will" and other indications of future tense, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward- looking statements are based on current expectations and apply only as of the date on which they were made. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements include changes in the prevailing price of gold, the Canadian-United States exchange rate, grade of ore mined and unforeseen difficulties in mining operations that could affect revenues and production costs. Other factors such as uncertainties regarding government regulations could also affect the results. Other risks may be set out in Richmont's Annual Information Form, Annual Reports and periodic reports.

National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101)

The reserve and resource calculation of the Island Gold and the Beaufor properties as of December 31, 2009 was performed by qualified persons as defined by NI 43-101 and was supervised by Mr. Daniel Adam, Geo., Ph.D., Exploration Director, an employee of Richmont Mines Inc. The reserve and resources calculation of the Island Gold as of December 31, 2009 was prepared by Michel Plasse, P.Geo, an employee of Richmont Mines Inc, and as of December 31, 2008 was prepared by Ms. Nicole Rioux, Geo., of Genivar, qualified persons under the terms of this instrument. The reserves and resources calculation of the Beaufor Mine as of December 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008 was prepared by Mr. Richard Dubuc, P.Geo., and Mr. Jessy Thelland, B.Sc., Geo., employees of Richmont Mines Inc., and qualified persons under the terms of this instrument. The reserve calculations were prepared using a gold price of US$785 (CAN$785) for 2008 and US$850 (CAN$850) for 2009.

The reserve and resource calculation of the Francoeur Project was based on a technical report filed on SEDAR August 5, 2009 that was prepared by employees of Richmont Mines who are "qualified persons" as defined by the NI 43-101.

The resource estimate of the Valentine Lake property is based on the 43-101 Technical Report dated January 12, 2005, and was performed by Mr Larry Pilgrim, P. Geo. a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, and was supervised by Mr. Jules Riopel, M.Sc. P. Geo., MBA, a former employee of Richmont Mines Inc.

The resource estimate of the Wasamac property is based on the 43-101 technical report dated March 24, 2004, performed by Mathieu Guay, P. Geo, a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101. The resource estimate was updated in January 2005 to reflect results obtained from additional drilling efforts undertaken, and conducted, by a qualified person of Richmont Mines as defined by NI 43-101.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Concerning Resource Estimates

The resource estimate in this news release is prepared in accordance with Regulation 43-101 adopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators. The requirements of R 43-101 differ significantly from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). In this news release, we use the terms "measured", "indicated" and "inferred" resources. Although these terms are recognized and required in Canada, the SEC does not recognize them. The SEC permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that constitute "reserves". Under United States standards, mineralization may not be classified as a reserve unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally extracted at the time the determination is made. United States investors should not assume that all or any portion of a measured or indicated resource will ever be converted into "reserves". Further, "inferred resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and whether they can be mined economically or legally, and United States investors should not assume that "inferred resources" exist or can be legally or economically mined, or that they will ever be upgraded to a higher category.RESERVE AND RESOURCE ESTIMATES AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOLLOW.

RICHMONT MINES REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2009 RESULTS AND UPDATES RESERVE AND RESOURCE ESTIMATES

Updated Reserve and Resource Estimates as of December 31, 2009 RESERVES

    Island Gold Mine Beaufor Mine Francoeur Project
    Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31,
    2009 2008 2009 2008 2009 2008
 
Proven Reserves Tonnes 387,182 308,205 47,033 96,678 - -
  Grade (g/t) 8.46 9.08 6.63 7.17 - -
  Ounces 105,333 89,925 10,021 22,287 - -
 
Probable Reserves Tonnes 539,961 722,982 118,728 147,385 615,664 -
  Grade (g/t) 9.14 8.57 9.07 10.03 6.91 -
  Ounces 158,752 199,144 34,616 47,505 136,749 -
 
Total Proven and Tonnes 927,143 1,031,187 165,761 244,063 615,664 -
Probable Reserves Grade (g/t) 8.86 8.72 8.38 8.89 6.91 -
  Ounces 264,085 289,069 44,637 69,792 136,749 -
     
RESOURCES1                    
    Island Gold Mine Beaufor Mine Francoeur Project Valentine Lake2 Wasamac
                     
    Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31,
    2009 2008 2009 2008 2009 2008 2009 2008 2009 2008
 
Measured Tonnes - 18,948 96,396 101,767 - - - - - -
Resources Grade (g/t) - 8.70 5.78 5.46 - - - - - -
  Ounces - 5,300 17,903 17,861 - - - - - -
 
Indicated Tonnes 456,353 403,249 725,732 635,839 76,449 885,000 - - - -
Resources Grade (g/t) 10.55 10.87 6.58 6.37 7.54 7.99 - - - -
  Ounces 154,813 140,954 153,469 130,139 18,541 227,500 - - - -
 
Total Tonnes 456,353 422,197 822,128 737,606 76,449 885,000 - - - -
Measured Grade (g/t) 10.55 10.78 6.48 6.24 7.54 7.99 - - - -
and Ounces 154,813 146,254 171,372 148,000 18,541 227,500 - - - -
Indicated                      
Resources                      
 
Inferred Tonnes 640,614 676,608 919,214 655,804 202,250 - 920,000 920,000 1,282,000 1,282,000
Resources Grade (g/t) 9.69 9.65 6.74 7.35 5.95 - 8.50 8.50 6.92 6.92
  Ounces 199,569 209,985 199,256 154,927 38,706 - 251,600 251,600 285,200 285,200
  1. Resources presented in the above table are exclusive of reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability at this time.
  2. Richmont Mines currently owns 70% of the Valentine Lake project. The outstanding 30% is owned by Mountain Lake Resources. In February 2009, Richmont granted Mountain Lake a 5-year option to purchase the Company's 70% interest in the property. The resource amounts shown above correspond to Richmont's 70% ownership share.

FINANCIAL DATA

  Three months ended Fiscal year ended
  December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
  CAN$ 2009 2008 2009 2008
Results (in thousands of $)        
Revenue 17,100 22,908 71,884 70,591
Net earnings 110 2,086 336 1,635
Cash flow from operations 749 7,428 2,967 12,117
 
Results per share ($)        
Net earnings basic and diluted - 0.09 0.01 0.07
 
Basic weighted average number of common shares        
  outstanding (thousands) 26,104 23,827 26,108 24,047
 
Average selling price of gold per ounce 1,182 956 1,107 934
Average selling price of gold per ounce (US$) 1,035 897 969 876
 
  December 31, 2009 December 31, 2008
Financial position (in thousands of $)        
Total assets   85,230   82,881
Working capital   24,936   26,753
Long-term debt   -   -
     
SALES AND PRODUCTION DATA          
    Three-month period ended December 31  
    Ounces of gold Cash cost
  Year Sales Production (per ounce sold)
        US$ CAN$
Island Gold Mine 2009 8,729 10,871 738 842
  2008 13,915 12,850 546 582
Beaufor Mine 2009 4,300 4,293 897 1,025
  2008 8,201 7,628 555 592
Total 2009 13,029 15,164 790 902
  2008 22,116 20,478 550 586
 
    Fiscal year ended December 31  
    Ounces of gold Cash cost
  Year Sales Production (per ounce sold)
        US$ CAN$
Island Gold Mine 2009 38,879 39,794 736 841
  2008 38,037 39,224 659 703
Beaufor Mine 2009 20,854 19,227 740 845
  2008 32,908 34,353 509 543
Total 2009 59,733 59,021 737 842
  2008 70,945 73,577 590 629

Note: Average exchange rate used for 2009: US$1 = CAN$1.1420. Average exchange rate used for 2008: US$1 = CAN$1.0660.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

    (in thousands of Canadian dollars)  
(Unaudited) Three months ended Fiscal year ended
  December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
  2009 2008 2009 2008
  $ $ $ $
 
REVENUE        
  Precious metals 15,403 21,142 66,151 66,237
  Other 1,697 1,766 5,733 4,354
 
  17,100 22,908 71,884 70,591
 
EXPENSES        
  Operating costs 11,384 12,457 48,751 42,998
  Royalties 370 494 1,563 1,591
  Custom milling 1,121 807 3,708 1,785
  Administration 1,111 1,233 3,681 3,665
  Exploration and project evaluation 325 2,377 7,066 10,547
  Accretion expense - asset retirement obligations 69 52 240 182
  Depreciation and depletion 1,298 1,541 5,696 5,687
  Loss (gain) on disposal of mining assets (14) 8 (594) 29
 
  15,664 18,969 70,111 66,484
 
EARNINGS BEFORE OTHER ITEMS 1,436 3,939 1,773 4,107
 
MINING AND INCOME TAXES 1,373 404 1,475 437
 
  63 3,535 298 3,670
 
MINORITY INTEREST (47) 1,449 (38) 2,035
 
NET EARNINGS 110 2,086 336 1,635
 
NET EARNINGS PER SHARE        
  basic and diluted - 0.09 0.01 0.07
 
BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF        
  COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING (thousands) 26,104 23,827 26,108 24,047

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

  (in thousands of Canadian dollars)
  December 31, December 31,
  2009 2008
  $ $
  (Unaudited) (Audited)
 
ASSETS    
 
CURRENT ASSETS    
  Cash and cash equivalents 21,139 26,021
  Restricted cash - 116
  Shares of publicly-traded companies 741 121
  Accounts receivable 1,213 986
  Mining and income taxes receivable 2,848 1,586
  Inventories 7,360 6,012
 
  33,301 34,842
 
DEPOSITS RESTRICTED 106 -
 
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT 51,823 48,039
 
  85,230 82,881
 
LIABILITIES    
 
CURRENT LIABILITIES    
  Accounts payable and accrued charges 7,130 6,912
  Mining and income taxes payable 1,235 1,177
 
  8,365 8,089
 
ASSET RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS 5,928 4,664
 
MINORITY INTEREST 1,986 2,024
 
FUTURE MINING AND INCOME TAXES 976 1,086
 
  17,255 15,863
 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
 
  Capital stock 64,675 64,672
  Contributed surplus 6,133 5,678
  Deficit (2,789) (3,096)
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (44) (236)
 
  67,975 67,018
 
  85,230 82,881

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

   (in thousands of Canadian dollars)
(Unaudited) Three months ended Fiscal year ended
  December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
  2009 2008 2009 2008
  $ $ $ $
 
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING        
ACTIVITIES        
  Net earnings 110 2,086 336 1,635
  Adjustments for:        
    Depreciation and depletion 1,298 1,541 5,696 5,687
    Stock-based compensation 189 142 484 526
    Accretion expense - asset retirement obligations 69 52 240 182
    Loss (gain) on disposal of mining assets (14) 8 (594) 29
    Loss on disposal of publicly-traded companies 13 - 23 11
    Minority interest (47) 1,449 (38) 2,035
    Future mining and income taxes 315 (26) (110) (359)
 
  1,933 5,252 6,037 9,746
 
  Net change in non-cash working capital items (1,184) 2,176 (3,070) 2,371
 
  749 7,428 2,967 12,117
 
CASH FLOW USED IN INVESTING        
ACTIVITIES        
  Restricted cash - - 116 -
  Acquisition of Patricia Mining Corp. - (6,984) - (6,984)
  Acquisition of shares of publicly-traded companies - - - (23)
  Disposal of shares of publicly-traded companies 185 - 199 712
  Deposits restricted - - (106) -
  Property, plant and equipment - Island Gold Mine (815) (1,591) (4,318) (3,079)
  Property, plant and equipment - Beaufor Mine (438) (15) (1,092) (127)
  Property, plant and equipment – Francoeur Project (1,188) - (1,976) -
  Disposal of mining assets - 24 9 91
  Other property, plant and equipment (228) (383) (626) (1,987)
  Cash received from an advance to a minority partner - - - 750
 
  (2,484) (8,949) (7,794) (10,647)
 
CASH FLOW USED IN FINANCING        
ACTIVITIES        
  Redemption of common shares (5) (85) (137) (768)
  Issue of common shares - - 82 25
  Repayment of the long-term debt - (1,950) - (1,950)
  Distribution to a minority partner - (47) - (47)
 
  (5) (2,082) (55) (2,740)
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (1,740) (3,603) (4,882) (1,270)
 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 22,879 29,624 26,021 27,291

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period 21,139 26,021 21,139 26,021

EXPLORATION AND PROJECT EVALUATION

  (in thousands of Canadian dollars)
(Unaudited) Three months ended Fiscal year ended
  December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
  2009 2008 2009 2008
  $ $ $ $
 
Exploration costs – Mines        
  Beaufor Mine 636 706 3,006 2,921
  Island Gold Mine 412 868 3,136 2,293
 
  1,048 1,574 6,142 5,214
 
Exploration costs – Other properties        
  Francoeur / Wasamac properties 19 59 1,938 184
  Golden Wonder property - 539 - 4,202
  Valentine Lake property - 153 - 347
  Other properties 6 5 28 20
  Project evaluation 117 122 305 373
 
  1,190 2,452 8,413 10,340
 
Exploration tax credits (865) (75) (1,347) (643)
Reclassification of exploration tax credits        
  from previous years - - - 850
 
  325 2,377 7,066 10,547
   

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