Breakwater Resources Ltd.
TSX : BWR
TSX : BWR.WT.A

Breakwater Resources Ltd.

February 24, 2011 18:54 ET

Breakwater Resources Ltd.'s 2010 and Fourth Quarter Financial And Operating Results

Net Earnings Higher Due to Improved Metal Prices and Concentrate Sales

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2011) - Breakwater Resources Ltd. (TSX:BWR)(TSX:BWR.WT.A) realized net earnings of $18.2 million or $0.25 per share in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared with $5.4 million or $0.08 per share in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The Company realized net earnings of $87.2 million or $1.23 per share during 2010 compared with $0.8 million or $0.01 per share in 2009.

David M. Petroff, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated that, "We are pleased to have posted another solid quarter. 2010 was a successful and eventful year as the Company undertook to implement its strategic plan. In so doing, and buoyed by healthy commodity prices, financial strength was improved through the generation of $45 million free cash flow and $46 million net new equity."

Revenues Higher, Costs Higher

Gross sales revenue was 62% higher in the fourth quarter of 2010 at $80.5 million primarily due to higher metal prices and 52% more concentrate sold partially offset by a stronger C$ and no copper revenue being recognized in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Gross sales revenue in 2010 was 64% higher at $371.3 million primarily due to significantly higher metal prices and more concentrate sold partially offset by a stronger C$. Concentrate produced during 2010 increased 3% to 221,738 tonnes compared with 2009 due to a 13% increase at Myra Falls partially offset by a 5% decrease at Toqui.

Realized prices denominated in US$ increased for all metals in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared with the fourth quarter of 2009. The Company periodically hedges against fluctuations in metal prices and foreign exchange rates using forward sales or put contracts. Additionally, certain of the Company's contracts with customers allow it to lock-in the price received for contained metals payable. 

Direct operating costs were 91% higher in the fourth quarter of 2010 at $33.1 million compared with $17.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. The increased direct operating costs were primarily due to 52% more concentrate sold and higher costs at Mochito and Toqui. On a cost per tonne of concentrate sold basis, direct operating costs increased to $569 in the fourth quarter of 2010 from $451 in 2009.

At Mochito, direct operating costs increased $8.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 primarily due to 62% higher concentrate sales, higher costs for power, diesel, rehabilitation, contractors, haulage, materials and supplies as well as a contract signing bonus of US$0.8 million. Direct operating cost per tonne of concentrate sold was $534 in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared with $327 in 2009 primarily due to the factors noted above. A rain event in the third quarter of 2010 disrupted mill and certain mine operations with a return to normal operations after approximately one month of emergency repairs to roads, bridges, slopes and general cleanup. Underground operations were not affected by the rain event.

At Toqui, direct operating costs in the fourth quarter of 2010 were $7.9 million higher than in the same period of 2009 primarily due to: 140% higher tonnes of concentrate sold; the mix of concentrates sold; a US$1.5 million signing bonus on contract renewal, a US$1.0 million inventory obsolescence provision, US$0.5 million for repairs and maintenance consultants; US$0.5 million for increased wages; US$0.2 million for increased maintenance and repairs; US$0.1 million for increased fuel; and, US$0.1 million higher royalties partially offset by a stronger C$. Direct operating costs per tonne of concentrate sold increased in 2010 to $760 compared with $600 in 2009 primarily due to the factors noted above.

At Myra Falls direct operating costs in the fourth quarter of 2010 were 1% lower than in the same period of 2009 primarily due to lower operating costs partially offset by 9% higher quantities of concentrate sold and an increase of $0.6 million to the tailings dam liability.

For the year, direct operating costs were 38% higher at $143.3 million compared with $103.7 million in 2009. The increased costs were primarily due to 24% higher quantity of concentrate sold and higher costs at Toqui and Mochito. On a cost per tonne of concentrate sold basis, direct operating costs increased to $569 in 2010 from $512 in 2009 primarily due to the factors noted above.

Cash

Cash and cash equivalents increased to $133.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 from $88.5 million at September 30, 2010.

Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities

Net cash provided by operating activities was $33.1 million for the three month period ended December 31, 2010 compared with $22.5 million in the same period in 2009.

Capital Expenditures

The Company invested $74.0 million in mineral properties and fixed assets during 2010. At mining operations, $19.9 million, $37.7 million, $9.2 million and $6.9 million were spent at Mochito, Toqui, Myra Falls and Langlois respectively. 

Operations

Mochito
  • Rehabilitation of the 2100 level is largely complete with the exception of the warehouse area where additional ground support remains to be installed. A trial operation of the rail transport facility was carried out during the second week of January 2011 prior to commissioning the changeover to transport men and materials on the 2350 level.
  • A new labour agreement was entered into and expires October 1, 2013
Toqui
  • The paste backfill facility, which will allow for paste tailings deposition and enhanced ore extraction through greater recovery of current and future pillars, was under commissioning at the end of the fourth quarter 2010. Delays in commissioning resulted from corrective work carried out on mechanical components. The paste backfill facility commenced delivery of cemented paste tails to the mine for deposition in designated areas during January 2011.
  • As planned, the installation of a primary ball mill was completed during the fourth quarter of 2010, and is operational. The anticipated 15% increase in annual mill throughput has been realized and commissioning is continuing in order to optimize grinding performance.
  • Over the first two quarters of 2010, Toqui constructed a 1.5 megawatt wind farm which was placed in operation by July 2010 and subsequently, as a safety precaution, taken out of service in late October 2010 due to a blade design error. It is expected that the construction, delivery and installation of the new blades will be completed early in the second quarter of 2011 at a negligible cost to the Company. Toqui's hydro power and diesel generators are sufficient to replace the approximate 10% of Toqui power needs which are generated when the wind farm is operational.
  • A new labour agreement was entered into and expires October 1, 2013
Myra Falls
  • Work to improve metallurgical recoveries continued with favourable results
  • Production of a saleable lead concentrate was achieved
  • Marshall drift development for the year was 243 metres. Drifting was slower than planned due to ground conditions. 
  • Development and rehabilitation required to drill test the Price – South Flank connection have been completed with initial diamond drilling resulting in encouraging intersections
  • Tailings disposal facility seismic outer berm upgrade was completed, with the exception of a till cap which will be placed in 2011
Langlois
  • Development continued at Langlois during the fourth quarter of 2010 including completion of ramps from surface to the top of Zone 4 and a ramp internal to Zone 3 and development of selective production headings.
  • The rate of mine development was increased during the fourth quarter of 2010 with commencement of preparation work to develop Zone 97. Development will be ongoing throughout 2011 and into 2012
  • The current plan is to restart production during the first quarter of 2012
  • Additional work was conducted during the fourth quarter of 2010. As a result, the Company exceeded its 2010 guidance for capital expenditures by approximately $0.6 million
GROSS SALES REVENUE – FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009
A breakdown of gross sales revenue for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 is set forth in the following tables.
             
    Fourth Quarter 2010     Fourth Quarter 2009  
    Concentrate
sold
(tonnes)
    Payable
metal(1)
  Realized
price(1)
(US$)
  Gross sales
revenue
($000's)
    Concentrate
sold
(tonnes)
  Payable
metal(1)
  Realized
price(1)
(US$)
  Gross sales
revenue
($000's)
 
Zinc   52,003     22,834   2,289   $ 52,267     32,618   14,564   2,119   $ 30,861  
Copper   (2 )   129   7,066     908     1,943   488   6,249     3,050  
Lead   4,823     2,810   2,425     6,812     2,387   1,385   2,313     3,204  
Gold(2)   1,382     8,830   1,318     11,637     1,453   6,964   1,094     7,622  
Silver   n.a.     318,551   28.17     8,972     n.a.   216,068   17.75     3,836  
Price protection
 loss (3)
  n.a.               (904 )   n.a.             (1,497 )
    58,206                     38,401                
Gross sales revenue in US$         79,692                   47,076  
Exchange rate         1.0106                   1.0567  
Gross sales revenue in C$       $ 80,540                 $ 49,744  
 
(1) Payable metal and realized prices for zinc, copper and lead are per tonne and for gold and silver are per ounce.
(2) Gold concentrate sales are principally from Toqui while payable gold is from all operations except Mochito.
(3) Price protection gains (losses) for zinc, copper, gold and silver were: US$238,000; (US$488,000); (US$148,000); and, (US$506,000) respectively in the fourth quarter of 2010.
             
             
    2010     2009  
    Concentrate
sold
(tonnes)
  Payable
metal(1)
  Realized
price(1)
(US$)
  Gross sales
revenue
($000's)
    Concentrate
sold
(tonnes)
  Payable
metal(1)
  Realized price(1)
(US$)
Gross sales
revenue
($000's)
 
Zinc   192,545   83,549   2,180   $ 182,176     159,286   70,152   1,545 $ 108,358  
Copper   19,035   4,395   7,157     31,456     16,640   3,653   4,475   16,348  
Lead   31,488   19,234   2,186     42,052     20,017   12,183   1,654   20,147  
Gold(2)   8,736   52,916   1,195     63,209     6,771   35,959   956   34,368  
Silver   n.a.   2,241,601   19.64     44,014     n.a.   1,729,954   14.09   24,367  
Price protection
  loss (3)
  n.a.             (2,000 )               (4,034 )
Other(4)   n.a.             (437 )   n.a.           (441 )
    251,804                   202,714              
Gross sales revenue in US$         360,470                 199,113  
Exchange rate         1.0301                 1.1372  
Gross sales revenue in C$       $ 371,338               $ 226,438  
   
(1) Payable metal and realized prices for zinc, copper and lead are per tonne and for gold and silver are per ounce.
(2) Gold concentrate sales are principally from Toqui while payable gold is from all operations except Mochito.
(3) Price protection (gains) losses for zinc, copper, lead, gold and silver were: (US$1,654,000); US$1,658,000; US$252,000; US$553,000; and, US$1,191,000 respectively in 2010.
(4) Other gross sales revenue represents revaluations of prior period concentrate receivables.
   
 
PRICE PROTECTION STRATEGY
As at February 24, 2011, the Company's hedge position consisted of:
 
Swaps/Forwards:

Metal
 
Quantity(1)
 
Price(US$)(1)
 
2011 Period
Zinc   16,850   $2,464   May to December
Lead   2,500   $2,670   February
Silver   233,000   $29   February to May
Gold   210   $1,368   May
             
 
Puts and Calls:
 

Metal

Quantity(1)
Puts
Bought
Price
(US$)
(1)
Calls
Sold
Price

(US$)(1)
Calls
Bought
Price
(US$)
(1)

2011 Period
Zinc 10,000 $ 2,040   n.a.   n.a. February to June
Copper 1,400 $ 7,716   n.a.   n.a. April to July
Copper 800 $ 8,269 $ 9,665 $ 12,000 April to July
Lead 1,100 $ 2,315 $ 2,565   n.a. May
Silver 885,000 $ 25   n.a.   n.a. February to December
Silver 170,000 $ 26 $ 31   n.a. October to November
Gold 16,000 $ 1,256   n.a.   n.a. March to December
(1) Quantities and prices for zinc, copper and lead are per tonne and for gold and silver are per ounce.
 
PRODUCTION RESULTS
The table below summarizes, on a production basis, the Company's metal contained in concentrate, before smelting deductions, for the periods presented.
 
Metal in Concentrate Fourth Quarter     Year  
  2010 2009 %   2010 2009 %
               
Zinc (tonnes)              
  Mochito 8,255 10,683 -23   33,839 36,370 -7
  Toqui 4,254 4,815 -12   20,014 19,635 2
  Myra Falls 6,843 9,113 -25   32,686 30,900 6
  19,352 24,611 -21   86,539 86,905 -
Copper (tonnes)              
  Myra Falls 822 893 -8   4,769 3,349 42
  822 893 -8   4,769 3,349 42
Lead (tonnes)              
  Mochito 3,580 4,798 -25   16,954 14,471 17
  Toqui - 172 -   415 1,025 -60
  Myra Falls 248 - -   511 - -
  3,828 4,970 -23   17,880 15,496 15
Gold (ounces)              
  Toqui 9,339 13,102 -29   36,581 44,079 -17
  Myra Falls 4,365 5,873 -26   20,003 15,526 29
  13,704 18,975 -28   56,584 59,605 -5
Silver (ounces)              
  Mochito 441,737 540,972 -18   1,869,833 1,855,018 1
  Toqui 24,481 51,470 -52   118,754 233,382 -49
  Myra Falls 183,922 222,309 -17   732,796 578,008 27
  650,140 814,751 -20   2,721,383 2,666,408 2
               

The unaudited consolidated interim financial statements for the periods ended December 31, 2010, with the comparative figures for the periods ended December 31, 2009 and the related segmented information have been posted on our website. Additionally, the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2010 and management's discussion and analysis of the annual financial and operating results have been filed on www.sedar.com. Additionally, the documents are available on our website at http://www.breakwater.ca/Investors/AnnualandQuarterlyReports/default.aspx.

Contact Information

  • Breakwater Resources Ltd.
    Ann Wilkinson
    Vice-President, Investor Relations
    (416) 363-4798 Ext. 277