Alamos Gold Inc.
TSX : AGI
NYSE : AGI

Alamos Gold Inc.

October 23, 2014 06:00 ET

Alamos Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 23, 2014) -

All amounts are in United States dollars, unless otherwise stated

Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI)(NYSE:AGI) ("Alamos" or the "Company") today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014 and reviewed its operating, exploration and development activities.

"Operationally we had a solid quarter with 51,900 contained ounces stacked on the leach pad, the highest in more than a year with grades well above our annual budget. Gold production of 28,000 ounces reflected sharply lower recoveries in the quarter as we experienced a severe rainy season, culminating with record rainfall in September. This resulted in dilution of the heap leach solutions and delayed the recovery of a significant portion of these ounces; however, we expect to see the benefit of these stacked ounces in the fourth quarter. I am pleased to report that the modifications to the mill have been completed and we began processing high grade ore from San Carlos during the first week of October. We will be ramping up high grade mill production through the fourth quarter and combined with the deferred production from the leach pad, we remain on track to achieve the low end of our full year production guidance of 150,000 ounces," said John A. McCluskey, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Third Quarter 2014 Highlights

Financial Performance

  • Realized quarterly loss of $2.2 million ($0.02 per share) compared to earnings of $9.2 million ($0.07 per share) in the third quarter of 2013
  • Generated cash from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital of $9.9 million ($0.08 per share)
  • Sold 30,000 ounces of gold at an average realized price of $1,284 per ounce for quarterly revenues of $38.5 million
  • Reported cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $375.2 million as at September 30, 2014
  • Announced a semi-annual dividend of US$0.10 per common share payable on October 31, 2014. Including this dividend, the Company has returned over $102 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases over the past four years

Operational Performance

  • Produced 28,000 ounces of gold at a total cash cost of $784 per ounce of gold sold, and at an all-in sustaining cost of $1,148 per ounce of gold sold. Costs for the third quarter were higher than budgeted given a severe rainy season that diluted solution grades and resulted in the deferral of production to the fourth quarter
  • Mined and stacked ore on the leach pad grading 1.08 g/t Au, 27% above annual budgeted grades, resulting in 51,900 contained ounces stacked to the leach pad in the third quarter, the highest this year. This is expected to contribute to a substantial increase in fourth quarter production
  • Continued development activities at San Carlos and commenced underground mining of high grade ore. Approximately 25,000 tonnes of high grade ore from San Carlos were stockpiled at quarter end at grades above the current mineral reserve grade of 7 g/t Au
  • Received the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") certificate for the Aği Daği project in Turkey
  • Achieved average crusher throughput of 16,400 tonnes per day in the third quarter, despite record rainfall levels

Subsequent to Quarter-end

  • Completed modifications to the milling circuit and began processing San Carlos high grade ore in the first week of October
  • Entered into agreements to acquire water concessions sufficient for all future mining activities at the Esperanza Gold Project, representing a significant milestone towards preparation of the project permit applications
Q3 2014 Q3 2013 Change (%)
Ounces produced 28,000 43,000 (35%)
Ounces sold 30,000 48,000 (38%)
Operating Revenues (000) $ 38,523 $ 63,811 (40%)
Earnings (loss) before income taxes (000) ($ 3,667) $ 15,010 (124%)
Earnings (loss) (000) ($ 2,238) $ 9,249 (124%)
Earnings (loss) per share (basic and diluted) ($ 0.02) $ 0.07 (129%)
Cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital (000) $ 9,904 $ 26,362 (62%)
Cash flow (used in) from operating activities (000) ($ 26) $ 25,697 (100%)
Cash and short-term investments (000) (2) $ 375,167 $ 433,658 (13%)
Realized gold price per ounce $ 1,284 $ 1,329 (3%)
Average London PM Fix gold price per ounce $ 1,282 $ 1,326 (3%)
Total cash cost per ounce (1) $ 784 $ 491 60%
All-in sustaining cost per ounce (1) $ 1,148 $ 810 42%
All-in cost per ounce (1) $ 1,498 $ 970 54%
(1) "Total cash cost per ounce", "All-in sustaining cost per ounce" and "All-in cost per ounce" are non-GAAP measures. Refer to the "Cautionary non-GAAP Measures and Additional GAAP Measures" disclosure at the end of this press release for a description and calculation of these measures.
(2) Cash and short-term investments are shown as at September 30, 2014 and September 30, 2013.

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

The Company's operating margins in the third quarter of 2014 were negatively impacted by a weaker gold price and lower production caused by heavy rainfall. The Company generated $9.9 million ($0.08 per share) cash from operating activities (before changes in non-cash working capital). Cash used in operating activities of $0.03 million decreased significantly relative to the same period of 2013 as a result of lower gold sales and higher cash costs.

A loss before income taxes of $3.7 million or $0.03 per share was incurred in the third quarter of 2014, compared to earnings of $15.0 million or $0.12 per basic share in the third quarter of 2013. On an after-tax basis, the Company recorded a loss in the third quarter of 2014 of $2.2 million or $0.02 per share compared to earnings of $9.2 million in the same period of 2013 as a result of lower gold sales and higher cash costs.

Capital expenditures in the third quarter of 2014 totaled $15.3 million. Sustaining capital totaled $3.9 million in Mexico in the third quarter, including $1.9 million of spending on interlift liners for the leach pad and cleaning of the ponds, $1.3 million on construction activities, and $0.5 million for component changes. Sustaining capital of $11.2 million year to date is in line with annual guidance of $13.2 million.

In addition, development spending of $10.9 million in Mexico was focused on underground development of the San Carlos deposit, waste removal at El Victor, modifications to the mill circuit and capitalized exploration. Construction of the bridge over the Mulatos River was completed before the onset of the rainy season in July, allowing for year-round access to San Carlos.

Key financial highlights for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 are presented at the end of this release in Table 1. The unaudited interim consolidated statements of financial position, comprehensive income, and cash flows for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 are presented at the end of this release in Table 2.

Third Quarter 2014 Operating Results

Gold production of 28,000 ounces in the third quarter of 2014 decreased 35% compared to 43,000 ounces in the same period of 2013, attributable to less high grade mill production and higher than normal rainfall, which resulted in leach pad dilution and lower crusher throughput.

Total crusher throughput in the third quarter of 2014 averaged 16,400 tpd, below the annual budgeted throughput as a result of above average rainfall in the quarter and lower high grade mill feed from Escondida Deep. The Company expects to return to budgeted crusher throughput levels in the fourth quarter of 2014 with the ramp up of high-grade mill production from San Carlos.

The ratio of ounces produced to contained ounces stacked or milled (or recovery ratio) in the third quarter was 51% compared to 70% in the third quarter of 2013, and well below the annualized budget of 75%. The recovery ratio was significantly impacted by heavy rains at the mine throughout the entire quarter, including record rainfall for the month of September. The heavy rainfall resulted in dilution of the gold-bearing solution on the leach pad, thereby deferring a significant portion of production to the fourth quarter of 2014. With the completion of the rainy season, the Company shocked the leach pad with additional cyanide, which is expected to result in the recovery of deferred production.

The Company continued to benefit from higher grades in the third quarter of 2014, with the grade of crushed ore stacked on the leach pad of 1.08 g/t Au being 27% higher than the budgeted annual grade of 0.85 g/t Au. Despite the lower recovery ratio caused by the heavy rains, contained ounces stacked to the leach pad of 51,900 ounces in the quarter were the highest this year, the benefit of which is expected to be realized in the fourth quarter.

The grade of ore mined and milled from the Escondida Deep deposit was 8.47 g/t Au for the quarter, consistent with the reserve grade. The number of tonnes mined and processed from the Escondida Deep deposit in the third quarter was in line with revised expectations but below the annual budget level. The Company has exhausted the current mineral reserves at Escondida Deep, but will continue exploration activities with the objective of delineating additional high grade mineral resources at other underground targets in proximity to Escondida Deep. Escondida Deep development will be used as infrastructure support for future underground exploration activities.

Development of the San Carlos high grade underground deposit was the primary focus during the third quarter. The Company advanced approximately 600 metres during the third quarter, with total development to date of 1,050 metres. The Company is currently developing three primary headings to support mining stopes, which will be mined in the fourth quarter.

The Company completed the upgrade to the existing mill circuit in early October. The upgraded mill circuit is designed to optimize recoveries from the various ore types within San Carlos to ensure the budgeted recovery of 75% is achievable. While the mill improvements were ongoing in the third quarter, the Company stockpiled high grade development ore from the San Carlos deposit. At the end of the third quarter, the stockpile had reached a total of 25,000 tonnes, with average grades above the current mineral reserve grade of 7 g/t Au. The upgraded mill circuit began processing the high grade stockpile during the first week of October.

Cash operating costs of $719 per ounce of gold sold in the third quarter of 2014 were above the Company's annual guidance range of $630 to $670 per ounce, and were 66% higher than $434 per ounce reported in the third quarter of 2013. This increase is primarily attributable to higher cost per tonne of ore mined and higher costs associated with underground production, as well as lower production from the high grade deposit which has a lower cost profile. On a year-to-date basis, cash operating costs of $617 per ounce remain below the low end of the Company's annual guidance range. Including royalties, total cash costs were $784 per ounce of gold sold in the third quarter of 2014.

Key operational metrics and production statistics for the third quarter and year to date in 2014 compared to the same periods of 2013 are presented in Table 3 at the end of this press release.

Turkey Developments

In August 2013, the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (the "Ministry") formally approved the Company's EIA for the Kirazli project. However, in January 2014, the Çanakkale Administrative Court in Turkey (the "Court") granted an injunction order in response to a lawsuit claiming that the Ministry's approval of the EIA for the Company's Kirazli project failed to assess the "cumulative impacts" of the Kirazli project and other potential mining projects in the region. The Ministry contested the Court's decision on the basis that there was no applicable regulatory requirement to include such an assessment in an EIA report at the relevant time. Notwithstanding this factor, in the third quarter, the Çanakkale Administrative Court, as the first instance court, cancelled the Ministry's EIA approval in relation to the Kirazli main project due to the lack of cumulative impact assessment ("CIA"). The Court's basis for the injunction did not relate to concerns with any technical aspect of the Kirazli project.

The Ministry and the Company appealed this ruling to the Turkish High Administrative Court. The appeal decision remains pending, but is expected to be finalized within three to six months. In order to address the CIA requirements and concerns of the Court, the Company has prepared and submitted a CIA assessment for the Kirazli project, which is currently under review by the Ministry.

In August 2014, the Ministry signed and issued formal approval in the form of an EIA Positive Decision Certificate for the Aği Daği project. A new legislative process was recently implemented in Turkey, whereby any legal challenge to an EIA must be registered within 30 days of the approval by the Ministry. This deadline has passed and the Company is not aware of any legal challenges filed, therefore, the Company does not currently anticipate the same legal challenges that have faced the Kirazli EIA. Obtaining forestry and operating permits are the next steps in the permitting process for the project.

The Company has budgeted spending of $4.8 million in Turkey in 2014 for permitting, community and government relations and general administration costs only. Given the continuing delay in receipt of key permits, the Company reduced its headcount early in 2014 and curtailed spending significantly in Turkey. A full development budget for Kirazli and Aği Daği will be re-initiated once the required permits are received.

Third Quarter 2014 Exploration Update

Total exploration expenditures in the third quarter of 2014 were $8.4 million primarily focused at Mulatos where exploration spending totaled $7.1 million. This included $5.4 million of infill drilling at San Carlos and Puerta del Aire, which was capitalized. An additional $1.7 million spent at East Estrella, Escondida Deep and administration costs were expensed.

Mulatos

During the third quarter, the focus of exploration was on three areas; additional infill drilling to support underground mining, mineral reserve and resource drilling, and exploration drilling. The Company had up to nine drill rigs active at Mulatos to support the exploration program during the quarter.

Four deposits were drilled during the quarter, including San Carlos, Escondida Deep, Puerto del Aire, and East Estrella. Up to five drill rigs were active from surface at San Carlos, two rigs at each of East Estrella and Puerto del Aire, and one underground diamond rig at Escondida Deep and San Carlos.

San Carlos remains the highest priority for exploration with approximately 21,205 metres ("m") drilled on the deposit during the third quarter. Approximately half of this was tight infill drilling to support underground mining operations and planning. The remainder was drilled as part of the ongoing exploration program to upgrade existing mineral resources and to extend the strike and dip of existing mineral resources.

Drilling at Puerto del Aire was designed to upgrade inferred mineral resources and to test a high-grade zone of mineralization in the north-eastern extension of the deposit. A total of 9,916m was drilled during the quarter. Results are being analyzed and a decision on a second phase of drilling is expected in 2015 to further test the high-grade zone.

A total of 3,054m was drilled at East Estrella during the quarter with the objective of extending and upgrading existing mineral resources.

Esperanza

The Company capitalized $1.1 million at the Esperanza Gold Project in the third quarter. These development costs were primarily related to the collection of baseline study data to support resubmission of the EIA. The Company is currently completing preparatory work for a planned geotechnical and exploration drill program in the first half of 2015.

In addition, the Company has entered into agreements with local vendors to acquire water concessions sufficient for all future mining activities at the Esperanza Gold Project, representing a significant milestone towards preparation of the project permit applications. The Company is in the process of finalizing these agreements.

Quartz Mountain

During the third quarter, the Company invested $0.2 million at the Quartz Mountain project, which was expensed. The drill program envisioned for the third quarter was delayed due to high forest fire hazard levels in the region. An expanded 8,000m drill program is in the approval process and drilling is expected to begin in October 2014.

Outlook

The Company expects to achieve the low end of its full year production guidance of 150,000 ounces in 2014. Gold production in the first nine months of 2014 totaled 98,000 ounces at total cash cost levels within the Company's guidance range for the year. While the Company has continued to benefit from grades 19% higher than budgeted from heap leach ore throughout the first three quarters of 2014, heavy rains in the third quarter resulted in the deferral of significant gold production to the fourth quarter. Contained ounces stacked to the leach pad in the third quarter were the highest thus far this year. The benefit of this is expected to be realized in the fourth quarter with recoveries anticipated to increase significantly following the end of the rainy season. Combined with the ramp-up of high-grade mill production from San Carlos, the Company expects a significant increase in production in the fourth quarter.

San Carlos underground development to-date has focused on completing sufficient headings to support the ramp up of underground ore production. The Company mined and stockpiled approximately 25,000 tonnes of development ore during the third quarter, at grades above the current mineral reserve grade of 7 g/t Au, and will commence mining stopes in the fourth quarter. The Company expects to ramp up mining rates during the quarter with the objective of achieving approximately 500 tonnes per day of ore mined by the end of the fourth quarter. Ore mined during the third quarter was stockpiled while modifications to the milling circuit were being completed in order to ensure optimal recoveries from the different ore types within the San Carlos deposit. The modifications to the milling circuit were completed in early October, and the Company has begun processing high grade ore. Mill throughput is expected to ramp up to over 500 tonnes per day processed by the end of the quarter.

Looking beyond 2014, the Company expects development of the Cerro Pelon and La Yaqui satellite deposits to bring on low cost production growth. The Company closed the acquisition of the surface rights to La Yaqui in June 2014 and expects to close the acquisition of surface rights for Cerro Pelon shortly. The two projects are expected to contribute an average of 33,000 ounces per year of low cost gold production over a 5 year mine life, with peak annual production of 50,000 ounces. Baseline work has commenced in order to compile information for the environmental impact assessments (MIA), with approvals expected in approximately 15-18 months. This will be followed by a 6-8 month construction period at La Yaqui and 8-10 month construction period at Cerro Pelon. Total initial capital to construct both projects is expected to be approximately $21 million. In conjunction with the completion of the environmental baseline studies, the Company will undertake further detailed economic analysis as well as additional exploration drilling at both La Yaqui and Cerro Pelon.

Gold production from the first of the Company's Turkish projects, Kirazli, is expected within 18 months of receipt of the outstanding forestry and operating permits. The Company remains confident that these permits will be granted. However, legal challenges have increased uncertainty of the expected timing for receipt of these permits. The Company has prepared and filed with the Ministry of Environment a cumulative impact assessment for the Kirazli project. The EIA for the Aği Daği project was formally approved in August 2014 and requires forestry and operating permits before proceeding with construction.

Work in support of an EIA submission for the Esperanza Gold Project in 2015 is underway. Drilling at the Quartz Mountain Property focused on validating the existing mineral resources is expected to begin at the end of October 2014.

The lower gold price environment further emphasizes the strategic importance of financial strength and flexibility and the Company is evaluating its capital allocation decisions accordingly. The Company's financial position remains strong, with approximately $375.2 million in cash and cash equivalents and no debt. The Company is well positioned to pursue accretive opportunities and to deliver on its development project pipeline.

Associated Documents

This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's interim consolidated financial statements for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014 and September 30, 2013 and associated Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A"), which are available from the Company's website, www.alamosgold.com, in the "Investor Centre" tab in the "Reports and Financial Statements" section, and on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and EDGAR (www.sec.gov).

Reminder of Third Quarter 2014 Results Conference Call

The Company's senior management will host a conference call on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm ET to discuss the third quarter 2014 financial results and update operating, exploration, and development activities.

Participants may join the conference call by dialling (416) 340-8527 or (877) 677-0837 for calls within Canada and the United States, or via webcast at www.alamosgold.com.

A playback will be available until November 6, 2014 by dialling (905) 694-9451 or (800) 408-3053 within Canada and the United States. The pass code is 5647875. The webcast will be archived at www.alamosgold.com.

About Alamos

Alamos is an established Canadian-based gold producer that owns and operates the Mulatos Mine in Mexico, and has exploration and development activities in Mexico, Turkey and the United States. The Company employs more than 500 people and is committed to the highest standards of sustainable development. Alamos has approximately $375 million in cash and cash equivalents, is debt-free, and unhedged to the price of gold. As of October 21, 2014, Alamos had 127,357,486 common shares outstanding (139,279,652 shares fully diluted), which are traded on the TSX and NYSE under the symbol "AGI".

The TSX and NYSE have not reviewed and do not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Note

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein. This News Release includes certain "forward-looking statements". All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including without limitation statements regarding forecast gold production, gold grades, recoveries, waste-to-ore ratios, total cash costs, potential mineralization and reserves, exploration results, and future plans and objectives of Alamos, are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to mining and processing of mined ore, achieving projected recovery rates, anticipated production rates and mine life, operating efficiencies, costs and expenditures, changes in mineral resources and conversion of mineral resources to proven and probable reserves, and other information that is based on forecasts of future operational or financial results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management.

Exploration results that include geophysics, sampling, and drill results on wide spacings may not be indicative of the occurrence of a mineral deposit. Such results do not provide assurance that further work will establish sufficient grade, continuity, metallurgical characteristics and economic potential to be classed as a category of mineral resource. A mineral resource that is classified as "inferred" or "indicated" has a great amount of uncertainty as to its existence and economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that any or part of an "indicated mineral resource" or "inferred mineral resource" will ever be upgraded to a higher category of resource. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into proven and probable reserves.

Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", "plans", "estimates" or "intends", or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.

There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Alamos' expectations include, among others, risks related to international operations, the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined as well as future prices of gold and silver, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Alamos' Annual Information Form. Although Alamos has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Note to U.S. Investors

Alamos prepares its disclosure in accordance with the requirements of securities laws in effect in Canada, which differ from the requirements of U.S. securities laws. Terms relating to mineral resources in this presentation are defined in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects under the guidelines set out in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") permits mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. Alamos may use certain terms, such as "measured mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources", "inferred mineral resources" and "probable mineral reserves" that the SEC does not recognize (these terms may be used in this presentation and are included in the public filings of Alamos, which have been filed with the SEC and the securities commissions or similar authorities in Canada).

Cautionary non-GAAP Measures and Additional GAAP Measures

Note that for purposes of this section, GAAP refers to IFRS. The Company believes that investors use certain non-GAAP and additional GAAP measures as indicators to assess gold mining companies. They are intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared with GAAP. Non-GAAP and additional GAAP measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

  1. Cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital

"Cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital" is a non-GAAP performance measure that could provide an indication of the Company's ability to generate cash flows from operations, and is calculated by adding back the change in non-cash working capital to "Cash provided by (used in) operating activities" as presented on the Company's consolidated statements of cash flows.

The following table reconciles the non-GAAP measure to the consolidated statements of cash flows.

Q3
2014
Q3
2013
YTD
2014
YTD
2013
Cash flow from operating activities - IFRS (000) ($26) $25,697 $16,938 $71,540
Changes in non-cash working capital (000) 9,930 665 22,120 29,001
Cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital (000) $9,904 $26,362 $39,058 $100,541
  1. Mining cost per tonne of ore

"Mining cost per tonne of ore" and "Cost per tonne of ore" are non-GAAP performance measures that could provide an indication of the mining and processing efficiency and effectiveness of the mine. These measures are calculated by dividing the relevant mining and processing costs and total costs by the tonnes of ore processed in the period. "Cost per tonne of ore" is usually affected by operating efficiencies and waste-to-ore ratios in the period. The following table reconciles the non-GAAP measure to the consolidated statements of comprehensive income.

Q3
2014
Q3
2013
YTD
2014
YTD
2013
Mining and processing costs - IFRS (000) $21,565 $20,855 $59,367 $60,618
Inventory adjustments and period costs (000) (4,349) 453 (11,969) 974
Total cost (000) $25,914 $21,308 $71,336 $61,592
Tonnes Ore stacked / milled (000) 1,507.5 1,656.9 4,608.3 4,868.9
Total cost per tonne of ore $17.19 $12.86 $15.48 $12.65
  1. Cash operating costs per ounce and total cash costs per ounce

"Cash operating costs per ounce" and "total cash costs per ounce" as used in this analysis are non-GAAP terms typically used by gold mining companies to assess the level of gross margin available to the Company by subtracting these costs from the unit price realized during the period. These non-GAAP terms are also used to assess the ability of a mining company to generate cash flow from operations. There may be some variation in the method of computation of "cash operating costs per ounce" as determined by the Company compared with other mining companies. In this context, "cash operating costs per ounce" reflects the cash operating costs allocated from in-process and dore inventory associated with ounces of gold sold in the period. "Cash operating costs per ounce" may vary from one period to another due to operating efficiencies, waste-to-ore ratios, grade of ore processed and gold recovery rates in the period. "Total cash costs per ounce" includes "cash operating costs per ounce" plus applicable royalties. Cash operating costs per ounce and total cash costs per ounce are exclusive of exploration costs.

The following table reconciles these non-GAAP measure to the consolidated statements of comprehensive income.

Q3
2014
Q3
2013
YTD
2014
YTD
2013
Mining and processing costs - IFRS (000) $21,565 $20,855 $59,367 $60,618
Divided by: Gold ounces sold 30,000 48,000 96,200 156,000
Total Cash operating costs per ounce $719 $434 $617 $389
Mining and processing costs - IFRS (000) $21,565 $20,855 $59,367 $60,618
Royalties - IFRS (000) 1,958 2,707 6,578 11,370
Total Cash costs (000) $23,523 $23,562 $65,945 $71,988
Divided by: Gold ounces sold 30,000 48,000 96,200 156,000
Total Cash costs per ounce $784 $491 $686 $461
  1. All-in sustaining cost per ounce

Effective 2013, in conjunction with a non-GAAP initiative being undertaken by the gold mining industry, the Company is adopting an "all-in sustaining cost per ounce" non-GAAP performance measure. The Company believes the measure more fully defines the total costs associated with producing gold; however, this performance measure has no standardized meaning. Accordingly, there may be some variation in the method of computation of "all-in sustaining cost per ounce" as determined by the Company compared with other mining companies. In this context, "all-in sustaining cost per ounce" reflects total mining and processing costs, corporate and administrative costs, exploration costs, sustaining capital, and other operating costs. Sustaining capital expenditures are expenditures that do not increase annual gold ounce production at a mine site and excludes all expenditures at the Company's development projects as well as certain expenditures at the Company's operating sites that are deemed expansionary in nature.

The following table reconciles these non-GAAP measures to the consolidated statements of comprehensive income.

Q3
2014
Q3
2013
YTD
2014
YTD
2013
Mining and processing costs (000) $21,565 $20,855 $59,367 $60,618
Royalties (000) 1,958 2,707 6,578 11,370
Corporate and administration (000) (1) 3,453 3,735 10,737 15,904
Share-based compensation (000) 19 3,524 1,019 3,944
Exploration costs (000) (2) 3,169 2,762 9,343 7,530
Reclamation cost accretion (000) 351 212 1,041 688
Sustaining capital expenditures (000) 3,929 5,058 11,215 13,648
$34,444 $38,853 $99,300 $113,702
Divided by: Gold ounces sold 30,000 48,000 96,200 156,000
All-in sustaining cost per ounce $1,148 $810 $1,032 $729
(1) Excludes corporate and administration costs incurred at the Company's development projects
(2) Excludes exploration associated with the Company's development projects
  1. All-in cost

Effective 2013, in conjunction with a non-GAAP initiative being undertaken by the gold mining industry, the Company is adopting an "all-in cost per ounce" non-GAAP performance measure; however, this performance measure has no standardized meaning. Accordingly, there may be some variation in the method of computation of "all-in cost per ounce" as determined by the Company compared with other mining companies. In this context, "all-in cost per ounce" reflects total all-in sustaining cash costs, plus capital, operating, and exploration costs associated with the Company's development projects.

Q3
2014
Q3
2013
YTD
2014
YTD
2013
All-in sustaining cost (above) $34,444 $38,853 $99,300 $113,702
Add: Development and expansion capital (000) 8,514 6,892 20,974 22,607
Add: Other development and exploration (000) 1,552 483 4,322 2,728
Add: Development project corporate and administration (000) 419 336 1,569 1,385
44,929 46,564 126,165 140,422
Divided by: Gold ounces sold 30,000 48,000 98,200 156,000
All-in cost per ounce $1,498 $970 $1,311 $900
  1. Other additional GAAP measures

Additional GAAP measures that are presented on the face of the Company's consolidated statements of comprehensive income and are not meant to be a substitute for other subtotals or totals presented in accordance with IFRS, but rather should be evaluated in conjunction with such IFRS measures. The following additional GAAP measures are used and are intended to provide an indication of the Company's mine and operating performance:

  • Mine operating costs - represents the total of mining and processing, royalties, and amortization expense
  • Earnings from mine operations - represents the amount of revenues in excess of mining and processing, royalties, and amortization expense.
  • Earnings from operations - represents the amount of earnings before net finance income/expense, foreign exchange gain/loss, other income/loss, and income tax expense

Table 1: Financial Highlights

Q3
2014
Q3
2013
YTD
2014
YTD
2013
Cash provided by operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital (000)(1) (2) $9,904 $26,362 $39,058 $100,541
Changes in non-cash working capital ($9,930) ($665) ($22,120) ($29,001)
Cash provided (used) by operating activities (000) ($26) $25,697 $16,938 $71,540
Earnings (loss) before income taxes (000) ($3,667) $15,010 $5,542 $72,877
Earnings (loss) (000) ($2,238) $9,249 $1,241 $44,066
Earnings per share
- basic
- diluted

$(0.02)
$(0.02)

$0.07
$0.07

$0.01
$0.01

$0.35
$0.35
Comprehensive income (000) ($2,887) $8,960 $35 $44,841
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding
- basic
- diluted


127,357,000
127,357,000


127,445,000
127,752,000


127,399,000
127,403,000


127,215,000
127,393,000
Assets (000) (3) $891,578 $898,028
(1) A non-GAAP measure calculated as cash provided by operating activities as presented on the consolidated statements of cash flows and adding back changes in non-cash working capital.
(2) Refer to "Cautionary non-GAAP Measures and Additional GAAP Measures" disclosure at the end of this press release for a description and calculation of this measure.
(3) Assets are shown as at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013.

Table 2: Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Financial Position, Comprehensive Income, and Cash Flows

ALAMOS GOLD INC.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(Unaudited - stated in thousands of United States dollars)

September 30,
2014
December 31,
2013
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 375,167 $ 409,663
Short-term investments - 7,792
Available-for-sale securities 1,728 1,896
Other financial assets - 442
Amounts receivable 15,444 11,200
Income taxes receivable 9,774 -
Advances and prepaid expenses 7,185 9,068
Inventory 57,324 37,972
Total Current Assets 466,622 478,033
Non-Current Assets
Other non-current assets 5,314 2,696
Exploration and evaluation assets 218,587 214,387
Mineral property, plant and equipment 201,055 202,912
Total Assets $ 891,578 $ 898,028
LIABILITIES
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 30,999 $ 23,487
Dividends payable 12,736 -
Income taxes payable - 1,783
Total Current Liabilities 43,735 25,270
Non-Current Liabilities
Deferred income taxes 41,145 38,715
Decommissioning liability 21,392 21,406
Other liabilities 539 690
Total Liabilities 106,811 86,081
EQUITY
Share capital $ 509,068 $ 510,473
Warrants 21,667 21,667
Contributed surplus 25,726 24,236
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,299) (1,093)
Retained earnings 230,605 256,664
Total Equity 784,767 811,947
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 891,578 $ 898,028

ALAMOS GOLD INC.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(Unaudited - stated in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)

For the three-month
periods ended
For the nine-month
periods ended
September 30,
2014
September 30,
2013
September 30,
2014
September 30,
2013
OPERATING REVENUES $ 38,523 $ 63,811 $ 123,877 $ 228,356
MINE OPERATING COSTS
Mining and processing 21,565 20,855 59,367 60,618
Royalties 1,958 2,707 6,578 11,370
Amortization 10,709 15,845 31,832 45,241
34,232 39,407 97,777 117,229
EARNINGS FROM MINE OPERATIONS 4,291 24,404 26,100 111,127
EXPENSES
Exploration 1,982 2,105 4,882 4,277
Corporate and administrative 3,871 4,071 12,305 17,289
Share-based compensation 19 3,524 1,019 3,944
5,872 9,700 18,206 25,510
EARNINGS (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS (1,581) 14,704 7,894 85,617
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES)
Finance income 783 1,016 2,289 2,334
Financing expense (350) (212) (1,048) (688)
Foreign exchange loss (2,078) (431) (2,039) (7,395)
Other loss (441) (67) (1,554) (6,991)
EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES FOR THE PERIOD (3,667) 15,010 5,542 72,877
INCOME TAXES
Current tax recovery (expense) 1,109 (8,186) (1,871) (34,611)
Deferred tax recovery (expense) 320 2,425 (2,430) 5,800
EARNINGS (LOSS) FOR THE PERIOD $ (2,238) $ 9,249 $ 1,241 $ 44,066
Other comprehensive loss to be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:
- Unrealized loss on securities (649) (289) (1,206) (1,893)
- Reclassification of realized losses on available-for-sale securities included in earnings - - - 2,668
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) FOR THE PERIOD $ (2,887) $ 8,960 $ 35 $ 44,841
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
- basic $ (0.02) $ 0.07 $ 0.01 $ 0.35
- diluted $ (0.02) $ 0.07 $ 0.01 $ 0.35
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding
- basic 127,357,000 127,445,000 127,399,000 127,215,000
- diluted 127,357,000 127,752,000 127,403,000 127,393,000

ALAMOS GOLD INC.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited - stated in thousands of United States dollars)

For the three-month
periods ended
For the nine-month
periods ended
September 30,
2014
September 30,
2013
September 30,
2014
September 30,
2013
CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN):
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Earnings (loss) for the period $ (2,238) $ 9,249 $ 1,241 $ 44,066
Adjustments for items not involving cash:
Amortization 10,709 15,845 31,832 45,241
Financing expense 350 212 1,048 688
Unrealized foreign exchange loss 1,195 41 1,198 5,037
Deferred tax (recovery) expense (320) (2,425) 2,430 (5,800)
Share-based compensation 19 3,524 1,019 3,944
Loss on sale of securities - - - 6,840
Other 189 (84) 290 525
Changes in non-cash working capital:
Fair value of forward contracts (40) (856) - -
Amounts receivable and income taxes receivable (14,346) (4,815) (23,585) (15,501)
Inventory (5,609) (1,384) (16,665) (4,725)
Advances and prepaid expenses (1,019) 2,975 2,983 (9,081)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and income taxes payable 11,084 3,415 15,147 306
(26) 25,697 16,938 71,540
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Sales (purchase) of securities (1,011) - (176) 111,116
Short-term investments (net) - (3,688) 7,792 43,966
Contractor advances - (1,055) (1,100) (1,055)
Acquisition of Esperanza - (44,663) - (44,663)
Acquisition of Orsa - (3,403) - (3,403)
Proceeds on sale of equipment 266 - 266 -
Exploration and evaluation assets (1,430) (3,444) (4,200) (15,517)
Mineral property, plant and equipment (13,912) (9,622) (36,847) (26,720)
(16,087) (65,875) (34,265) 63,724
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Common shares issued - 3,901 - 4,883
Shares repurchased and cancelled - - (3,233) (2,624)
Dividends paid - - (12,736) (12,749)
- 3,901 (15,969) (10,490)
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash (1,190) (165) (1,200) (860)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (17,303) (36,442) (34,496) 123,914
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of the period 392,470 466,412 409,663 306,056
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD $ 375,167 $ 429,970 $ 375,167 $ 429,970

Table 3: Production Summary & Statistics (1)

Production summary Q3
2014
Q3
2013
YTD
2014
YTD
2013
Ounces produced (1) 28,000 43,000 98,000 151,000
Crushed ore stacked on leach pad (tonnes) (2) 1,495,000 1,610,000 4,559,000 4,730,400
Grade (g/t Au) 1.08 0.99 1.01 1.11
Contained ounces stacked 51,900 51,300 148,300 169,300
Crushed ore milled (tonnes) 12,500 46,900 49,300 138,500
Grade (g/t Au) 8.47 6.73 5.33 8.08
Contained ounces milled 3,400 10,200 8,500 36,000
Ratio of total ounces produced to contained ounces stacked and milled 51% 70% 63% 74%
Total ore mined (tonnes) (3) 1,713,000 1,777,000 5,565,000 5,186,000
Waste mined (tonnes) 1,004,000 992,000 3,534,000 2,601,000
Total mined (tonnes) 2,717,000 2,769,000 9,099,000 7,787,000
Waste-to-ore ratio 0.59 0.56 0.64 0.50
Ore crushed per day (tonnes) - combined 16,400 18,000 16,900 17,800
(1) Reported gold production for Q3 2014 and YTD 2014 is subject to final refinery settlement and may be adjusted.
(2) Excludes mill tailings stacked on the heap leach pad during the period.
(3) Includes ore stockpiled during the period.

Contact Information

  • Alamos Gold Inc.
    Scott K. Parsons
    Director, Investor Relations
    (416) 368-9932 x 439
    www.alamosgold.com