Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
TSX : FVI
NYSE : FSM

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

May 09, 2016 18:59 ET

Fortuna Reports Consolidated Financial Results for the First Quarter 2016

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2016) -

(All amounts expressed in US dollars, unless otherwise stated)

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE:FSM)(TSX:FVI) today reported net income of $2.6 million and revenue of $42.7 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Jorge A. Ganoza, President and CEO, commented, "We have made a strong start to the year operating well within our production and cost targets and look forward to the commissioning of our key expansion project at the San Jose Mine in July." Mr. Ganoza continued, "At San Jose's new production rate of 3,000 tpd, the company will target total annual consolidated production of approximately nine million ounces of silver and fifty-two thousand ounces of gold, with an AISCC below $9.0 per ounce of silver."

First quarter consolidated financial highlights:

  • Sales of $42.7 million, compared to $39.8 million in Q1 2015
  • Net income of $2.6 million and earnings per share of $0.02, compared to $3.9 million and $0.03, respectively, in Q1 2015
  • Cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital of $9.9 million and adjusted EBITDA of $18.0 million, compared to $5.3 million and $15.2 million, respectively, in Q1 2015
  • Cash position, including short term investments, and working capital as at March 31, 2016 were $95.9 million and $86.4 million, respectively
  • Silver and gold production of 1,617,396 and 9,264 ounces, respectively
  • Cash cost per ounce of payable silver, net of by-product credits was $1.44
  • AISCC* per ounce of payable silver was $9.39

* All-in sustaining cash cost ("AISCC") is net of by-product credits for gold, lead and zinc

First quarter consolidated financial results

Net income amounted to $2.6 million (Q1 2015: $3.9 million), resulting in basic earnings per share of $0.02 (Q1 2015: $0.03). Compared to Q1 2015, results were impacted by a higher stock based compensation charge of $4.9 million stemming mostly from mark-to-market effects from the performance of our share price. In spite of lower prices across all metals, we achieved 7% higher sales and 24% higher mine operating earnings while operating income was 24% lower due to the aforementioned charge.

Silver ounces sold increased 2% and gold ounces sold decreased 4% while realized prices on provisional sales for silver and gold, decreased 10% to $14.95 per ounce and 1% to $1,199.77 per ounce, respectively.

Cash flow from operations, before changes in working capital increased 86% year-over-year to $9.9 million (Q1 2015: $5.3 million). This is the result of stronger operating results and lower taxes paid. Income taxes paid amounted to $5.7 million (Q1 2015: $9.6 million) out of which $3.1 million corresponds to the prior fiscal year (Q1 2015: $8.9 million)

Summary of financial results

Three months ended March 31,
(Expressed in $ millions) 2016 2015 % Chg
Sales $ 42.7 $ 39.8 7%
Cost of Sales 27.1 27.2 (0% )
Mine operating earnings $ 15.6 $ 12.6 24%
as a % of Sales 37% 32% 15%
Selling, general and administrative expenses 9.7 5.5 76%
Foreign exchange (gain) (0.4 ) (0.9 ) (56% )
Operating income 6.1 8.0 (24% )
as a % of Sales 14% 20% (29% )
Income before tax 5.6 8.2 (32% )
Net income 2.6 3.9 (33% )
as a % of Sales 6% 10%
Operating cash flow before changes in working capital * $ 9.9 $ 5.3 87%

Note: Figures may not add due to rounding
Note: * Operating cash flow per share before changes in working capital is a non-GAAP financial measure
Note: ** Refer to non-GAAP Financial Measures

Consolidated operating results

Three months ended March 31,
2016 2015
Consolidated Metal Production Caylloma San Jose Consolidated Caylloma San Jose Consolidated
Silver (oz) 337,085 1,280,311 1,617,396 535,959 1,097,210 1,633,169
Gold (oz) 103 9,161 9,264 372 9,367 9,739
Lead (000's lbs) 9,107 - 9,107 4,346 - 4,346
Zinc (000's lbs) 10,390 - 10,390 7,534 - 7,534
Production cash cost (US$/oz Ag)* (2.10) 2.36 1.44 6.59 2.59 3.89
All-in sustaining cash cost (US$/oz Ag)* 5.11 8.71 9.39 10.99 9.37 11.79
* Net of by-product credits from gold, lead and zinc

Silver and gold production totaled 1,617,396 and 9,264 ounces, respectively. Compared year-over-year, silver and gold production decreased 1% and 5%. The company is on schedule to produce 7.0 million ounces of silver and 42.8 thousand ounces of gold or 9.6 million Ag Eq* ounces in 2016.

All-in sustaining cash cost per ounce of payable silver, net of by-product credits, was $9.39 per ounce (Q1 2015: $11.79) which is below our annual guidance of $11.1.

* Ag Eq calculated using silver to gold ratio of 60:1.

San Jose Mine, Mexico

QUARTERLY RESULTS
Three months ended March 31,
2016 2015
Mine Production San Jose San Jose
Tonnes milled 179,110 178,647
Average tonnes milled per day 2,059 2,053
Silver
Grade (g/t) 240 215
Recovery (%) 93 89
Production (oz) 1,280,311 1,097,210
Gold
Grade (g/t) 1.73 1.83
Recovery (%) 92 89
Production (oz) 9,161 9,367
Unit Costs
Production cash cost (US$/oz Ag)* 2.36 2.59
Production cash cost (US$/tonne) 59.08 59.79
Unit Net Smelter Return (US$/tonne) 146.75 142.53
All-in sustaining cash cost (US$/oz Ag)* 8.71 9.37
* Net of by-product credits from gold

Silver production increased 17% to 1,280,311 and gold production decreased 2% to 9,161 ounces year-over-year. Throughput increased marginally and head grades were 12% higher and 6% lower for silver and gold, respectively. Metallurgical recoveries for silver and gold were 5% and 4% higher, respectively, compared with the same period in the prior year.

Progress on the third expansion of San Jose from 2,000 tpd to 3,000 tpd is moving forward as planned with commissioning expected for July 2016.

Cash cost per tonne of processed ore was $59.08 or 1% below year-over-year and 3% above annual guidance of $57.4/t. All-in sustaining cash cost per payable ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, was $8.71 and below the annual guidance of $9.1 as a result of higher silver head grades and lower execution of sustaining capital expenditures.

Caylloma Mine, Peru

QUARTERLY RESULTS
Three months ended March 31,
2016 2015
Mine Production Caylloma Caylloma
Tonnes milled 117,192 114,451
Average tonnes milled per day 1,317 1,301
Silver
Grade (g/t) 103 171
Recovery (%) 87 85
Production (oz) 337,085 535,959
Gold
Grade (g/t) 0.19 0.28
Recovery (%) 15 36
Production (oz) 103 372
Lead
Grade (%) 3.73 1.86
Recovery (%) 94 93
Production (000's lbs) 9,107 4,346
Zinc
Grade (%) 4.49 3.30
Recovery (%) 90 91
Production (000's lbs) 10,390 7,534
Unit Costs
Production cash cost (US$/oz Ag)* (2.10) 6.59
Production cash cost (US$/tonne) 73.80 83.99
Unit Net Smelter Return (US$/tonne) 119.93 128.96
All-in sustaining cash cost (US$/oz Ag)* 5.11 10.99
* Net of by-product credits from gold, lead and zinc

Silver production was 0.34 million ounces compared to 0.54 million ounces in Q1 2015. Zinc and lead production was 38% and 110% higher, respectively, year-over-year.

Cash cost per tonne of processed ore at Caylloma was $73.80, a 12% decrease with respect to the same period in the prior year due to lower mining costs related to the shutdown of narrow veins and lower indirect costs related to headcount reduction. Additionally, lower mining costs are further explained by lower execution in mine preparation and related costs, which we expect to incur in the following quarters. Caylloma's all-in sustaining cash cost per payable ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, was $5.11 and below the annual guidance of $12.5 as a result of lower execution of sustaining capital expenditures and lower cash cost per tonne.

The financial statements and MD&A are available on SEDAR and have also been posted on the company's website at http://www.fortunasilver.com/s/financial_reports.asp.

Conference call to review first quarter financial and operations results

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Eastern

Dial in number (Toll Free): +1.877.407.8035
Dial in number (International): +1.201.689.8035

Replay number (Toll Free): +1.877.660.6853
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Replay Passcode: 13636321

Playback of the webcast will be available until August 10, 2016. Playback of the conference call will be available until May 24, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. In addition, a transcript of the call will be archived in the company's website: http://www.fortunasilver.com/s/financial_reports.asp.

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Fortuna is a growth oriented, silver and base metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. Our primary assets are the Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru and the San Jose silver-gold mine in Mexico. The company is selectively pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas and in select other areas. For more information, please visit our website at www.fortunasilver.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Jorge A. Ganoza, President, CEO and Director

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Trading symbols: NYSE: FSM / TSX: FVI

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Contact Information

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
    Carlos Baca
    Investor Relations
    T (Peru): +51.1.616.6060, ext. 0