SOURCE: Gold Resource Corporation

Gold Resource Corporation

March 18, 2013 15:14 ET

Gold Resource Corporation Reports Record Annual Production Results for 2012 and Outlook for 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - Mar 18, 2013) - Gold Resource Corporation (NYSE MKT: GORO) (the "Company") today announced record annual mill production of 90,432 precious metal gold equivalent (AuEq) ounces for 2012 and confirms its 2013 Outlook. Gold Resource Corporation is a low-cost gold and silver producer with operations in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Company has returned over $75 million to shareholders in monthly dividends since declaring commercial production July 1, 2010, and offers shareholders the option to convert their cash dividends into physical gold and silver.

2012 YEAR-END HIGHLIGHTS

  • Record production of 90,432 ounces precious metal gold equivalent (AuEq)
  • Sold 72,399 ounces precious metal AuEq at a total cash cost of $419 per ounce AuEq
  • Record annual revenue of $131.8 million
  • Record annual mine gross profit of $87.8 million
  • Annual net income of $33.7 million, or $0.64 per share
  • Record annual dividends of $36.5 million, or $0.69 per share
  • Physical gold and silver treasury of $5.8 million
  • Launched gold and silver dividend program

Overview of 2012 Results from El Aguila Project

"Our Arista mine completed its first full year of underground mining in 2012 but not without its share of challenges. Though 2012 marked a record production year, we had to deal with greater than expected water flows and unexpected and substantial carbon dioxide gas that required increased pumping and increased ventilation for safe operations," stated Gold Resource Corporation President, Mr. Jason Reid. "Our approximate 37% increase over last year's mill production evidences the turnaround that took place after issues in the mine slowed down development during the second quarter. I would like to thank our new team that came on board in 2012 headed by our Chief Operating Officer Mr. Rick Irvine and our new General Manager Mr. Jesus Rivera and the rest of our new on-site management team in Oaxaca that produced these results in spite of various challenges. Ramping up a mining operation, particularly an underground mine, is not an easy task. However, at the end of the day, it is people that make the difference and I believe we have retooled our organization with a hand-picked team well-suited to meet the challenges ahead. The results for the year underscore our ability to overcome challenges and execute the Company's business plan."

For 2012, Gold Resource Corporation sold of 72,399 ounces of precious metal gold equivalent (AuEq), at a total cash cost of $419 per gold equivalent ounce.

For the year ended 2012, the Company had record revenues of $131.8 million, mine gross profit of $87.8 million, and net income of $33.7 million.

Mr. Jason Reid added, "These results allowed management to continue our shareholder focused philosophy by distributing record dividends in 2012 of $36.5 million, or $0.69 per share. In 2012, we took our dividend option one step further by allowing shareholders to convert their cash dividends into physical gold and/or silver and take delivery of their precious metals." 

                 
Production and Sales Statistics
 
    La Arista Underground Mine   La Arista Underground Mine
    Three Months Ended December 31,   Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
    2012   2011   2012   2011
Production Summary                        
Milled:                        
  Tonnes Milled     71,541     55,434     282,120     167,806
  Tonnes Milled per Day     778     603     773     561
Grade:                        
Average Gold Grade (g/t)     4.63     4.20     4.30     3.35
  Average Silver Grade (g/t)     314     453     355     424
  Average Copper Grade (%)     0.46     0.61     0.45     0.48
  Average Lead Grade (%)     1.99     1.73     1.70     1.40
  Average Zinc Grade (%)     4.78     3.70     3.98     2.92
Recoveries:                        
  Average Gold Recovery (%)     89     89     88     89
  Average Silver Recovery (%)     94     93     93     93
  Average Copper Recovery (%)     85     76     78     77
  Average Lead Recovery (%)     73     79     70     78
  Average Zinc Recovery (%)     82     79     81     76
Mill production (before payable metal deductions)(1)                        
  Gold (ozs.)     9,528     6,631     34,417     16,027
  Silver (ozs.)     675,607     753,414     2,996,743     2,122,000
  Copper (tonnes)     277     258     986     620
  Lead (tonnes)     1,037     760     3,374     1,840
  Zinc (tonnes)     2,809     1,617     9,115     3,730
Payable metal sold(1)                        
  Gold (ozs.)     5,774     5,873     26,675     15,700
  Silver (ozs.)     417,932     716,221     2,446,232     2,034,187
  Copper (tonnes)     162     194     769     464
  Lead (tonnes)     953     622     3,187     1,510
  Zinc (tonnes)     2,218     1,390     7,222     2,812
Average metal prices realized                        
  Gold (oz.)   $ 1,691   $ 1,691   $ 1,676   $ 1,644
  Silver (oz.)   $ 36   $ 30   $ 31   $ 35
  Copper ( tonne)   $ 7,942   $ 7,019   $ 8,033   $ 8,095
  Lead (tonne)   $ 2,256   $ 1,873   $ 2,110   $ 2,184
  Zinc ( tonne)   $ 1,952   $ 1,800   $ 1,967   $ 1,995
Gold equivalent ounces produced (mill production)(1)                        
  Gold Ounces     9,528     6,631     34,417     16,027
  Gold Equivalent Ounces from Silver     14,254     13,303     56,015     44,663
  Total Gold Equivalent Ounces(3)     23,782     19,934     90,432     60,690
Gold equivalent ounces sold(1)                        
  Gold Ounces     5,774     5,873     26,675     15,699
  Gold Equivalent Ounces from Silver     8,818     12,646     45,724     42,815
  Total Gold Equivalent Ounces     14,592     18,519     72,399     58,514
  Total Cash Cost per Gold Equivalent Ounce(2)   $ 551   $ 279   $ 419   $ -
                         

(1) Mill production represents metal contained in concentrates produced at the mill, which is before payable metal deductions are levied by the buyer of our concentrates. In addition, mill production quantities for the year ended December 31, 2012 do not reflect any deduction for 583 gold ounces, respectively, and 45,432 silver ounces, respectively, (approximately 1,400 gold equivalent ounces) resulting from the settlement agreement with the buyer of our concentrates as discussed on page 30 under "Settlement with Concentrate Buyer". Gold equivalent ounces sold for the year ended December 31, 2012 have been reduced by approximately 1,400 gold equivalent ounces as a result of the settlement.
(2) A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to mine cost of sales, the most comparable GAAP measure, can be found in Non-GAAP Measures in the Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2012. Total cash cost per gold equivalent ounce sold for the combined La Arista underground mine and the El Aguila open pit mine for the for the year ended December 31, 2011, can be found in the Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2012.
(3) Gold equivalent mill production for 2012 of 90,432 ounces differs from gold equivalent ounces sold for 2012 of 72,399 due principally to buyer (smelter) concentrate processing deductions of approximately 9,078 gold equivalent ounces, a settlement agreement with the buyer of the Company's concentrates of approximately 1,400 gold equivalent ounces and an increase in gold equivalent ounces contained in ending inventory of approximately 7,555 ounces

Overview of Q4 2012 Results from El Aguila Project

Fourth quarter production from the El Aguila Project totaled 23,782 ounces AuEq at a cash cost of $551 per ounce AuEq and realized average sales prices of $1,691 per ounce gold and $36 per ounce silver. The mine generated gross profit of $17.2 million. The Company paid $9.5 million to shareholders in dividends, and repurchased 149,407 shares at an average share price of $16.30.

2013 Production Outlook

The Company's 2013 production target is between 80,000 to 100,000 ounces AuEq. The target range was estimated based on the Company's 2013 mine plan, the area of the deposit scheduled to be mined during the upcoming year and the planned mill expansion goals with associated down time for construction. The Company is targeting to be in the lowest quartile of total cash cost per ounce ranging from $300 to $500 per ounce AuEq in 2013. Cost cutting measures and production increases are being targeted to lower costs. (Total cash cost per ounce is a Non-GAAP Financial Measure. Please see additional information in Management's Discussion and Analysis and Results of Operation in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2012).

Project Update

The Company views 2013 as an important year of improvements both at the mine and in the mill. The plan is to position the Project to nominally produce 1,500 tonnes/day by the end of the year. Expected mine development of the Arista deposit is to the south and southeast and this area is anticipated to provide the ore for production in 2013. The Company is targeting higher grade ore shoots located further southeast in the deposit in the 2014 production year. Currently the decline ramp is down to level 15 and stopes are being developed from level 10 down to level 13.

As has been the case over the last two years, the Company continues to upgrade its El Aguila mill. The Denver based engineering firm Lyntek Inc., who served as the Company's Engineering, Procurement, Construction Manager for the original 2008-2009 mill construction, has been contracted and is on site to complete these 2013 upgrades. Significant planned upgrades to the mill include an additional ball mill to the grinding circuit, thickener surge tanks and additional float cell capacity as the Company targets increased production tonnages by the end of 2013. Although the Company does not plan to shut the flotation mill down for extended periods of time, construction activities will periodically impact daily production. An end of year construction completion goal has been set with a preliminary budget of approximately $6 million. Any extended mill shut down for construction, or for any other reason, could affect targeted 2013 production.

2012 Exploration Program

A total of six exploration drills are currently at the Company's properties. Three surface drills and two underground drills are concentrated at the Arista mine. The sixth drill is at the Las Margaritas property. The Company targets a $10 million budget for exploration at its Oaxaca Mining Unit for 2013.

Most of the new mineralization that is being encountered with this drilling around the Arista vein system is adding new ounces and expanding upon the July 2012 estimated third party resource that was performed by Pincock, Allen and Holt to Canadian NI 43-101 standards.

At Las Margaritas, initial surface sampling by the Company identified mineralization containing up to 4,150 grams per tonne silver and 6.29 grams per tonne gold. In 2012, the Company completed fifteen surface diamond drill holes totaling 5,002 meters on the Las Margaritas property. High-grade mineralization was encountered with drill intercepts including 27.90 grams per tonne gold and 2,600 grams per tonne silver over a core length of 2.85 meters. In 2013, drilling will continue at Las Margaritas to test various structural and mineralized exploration targets.

The Company is also completing a property-wide airborne geophysical survey spanning along the 48 kilometer structural corridor identified on its properties.

About GRC:
Gold Resource Corporation is a mining company focused on production and pursuing development of gold and silver projects that feature low operating costs and produce high returns on capital. The Company has 100% interest in six potential high-grade gold and silver properties in Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca. The Company has 52,679,369 shares outstanding, no warrants and no debt. Gold Resource Corporation offers shareholders the option to convert their cash dividends into physical gold and silver and take delivery. For more information, please visit GRC's website, located at www.Goldresourcecorp.com and read the Company's 10-K for an understanding of the risk factors involved.

Cautionary Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. When used in this press release, the words "plan", "target", "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend" and "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the statements regarding Gold Resource Corporation's strategy, future plans for production, future expenses and costs, future liquidity and capital resources, and estimates of mineralized material. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information available to Gold Resource Corporation on the date of this press release, and the company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed in this press release. In particular, there can be no assurance that production will continue at any specific rate. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in the Company's 10-K filed with the SEC.

See Accompanying Tables

The following information summarizes the results of operations for Gold Resource Corporation including the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, its financial condition at December 31, 2012 and 2011 and its cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011. The summary data for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 is derived from our audited financial statements contained in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, but do not include the footnotes and other information that is included in the complete financial statements. Readers are urged to review the Company's Form 10-K in its entirety, which can be found on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

The calculation of our cash cost per ounce contained in this press release is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see "Management's Discussion and Analysis and Results of Operation" contained in the Company's most recent report on Form 10-K.

   
GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION  
(An Exploration Stage Company)  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011  
   
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)  
             
    2012     2011  
                 
Sales of metals concentrate, net   $ 131,794     $ 105,163  
Mine cost of sales:                
  Production costs     42,574       24,087  
  Depreciation and amortization     1,366       473  
  Accretion     81       82  
    Total mine cost of sales     44,021       24,642  
Mine gross profit     87,773       80,521  
Costs and expenses:                
  General and administrative expenses     13,507       8,934  
  Exploration expenses     8,008       4,927  
  Construction and development     16,554       20,986  
  Production start-up expense, net     -       -  
  Management contract expense     -       -  
    Total costs and expenses     38,069       34,847  
Operating income (loss)     49,704       45,674  
Other (expense) income     (2,736 )     2,414  
Income (loss) before income taxes     46,968       48,088  
  Provision for income taxes     13,297       (12,037 )
Net income (loss) before extraordinary item     33,671       60,125  
Extraordinary items:                
  Flood loss, net of income tax benefit of $750     -       (1,756 )
Net income (loss)   $ 33,671     $ 58,369  
Other comprehensive income (loss):                
  Currency translation gain (loss)     2,800       (3,218 )
Net comprehensive income (loss)   $ 36,471     $ 55,151  
Net income (loss) per common share:                
  Basic:                
    Before extraordinary item   $ 0.64     $ 1.13  
    Extraordinary item     -       (0.03 )
    Net income (loss)   $ 0.64     $ 1.10  
  Diluted:                
    Before extraordinary item   $ 0.60     $ 1.06  
    Extraordinary item     -       (0.03 )
    Net income (loss)   $ 0.60     $ 1.03  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
  Basic     52,846,163       52,979,481  
  Diluted     56,315,885       56,414,654  
             
   
GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION  
(An Exploration Stage Company)  
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except shares)  
             
             
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2012     2011  
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 35,780     $ 51,960  
  Gold and silver bullion     5,809       2,549  
  Accounts receivable     6,349       14,281  
  Inventories     7,533       4,243  
  Income tax receivable     419       -  
  Deferred tax assets     2,121       11,118  
  Prepaid expenses and other assets     973       957  
    Total current assets     58,984       85,108  
Land and mineral rights     227       227  
Property and equipment - net     14,050       10,318  
Inventories     809       -  
Deferred tax assets     31,559       19,517  
    Total assets   $ 105,629     $ 115,170  
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 3,013     $ 1,691  
  Accrued expenses     4,178       4,879  
  IVA taxes payable     2,673       559  
  Income taxes payable     -       15,987  
  Dividends payable     3,161       2,645  
    Total current liabilities     13,025       25,761  
Asset retirement obligation     2,790       2,281  
    Total liabilities     15,815       28,042  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 9)                
Shareholders' equity:                
Preferred stock - $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized: no shares issued and outstanding     -       -  
Common stock - $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized: 53,015,767 and 52,998,303 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     53       53  
Additional paid-in capital     102,674       132,529  
(Deficit) accumulated during the exploration stage     (5,851 )     (39,522 )
Treasury stock at cost, 336,398 and 104,251 shares, respectively     (5,884 )     (1,954 )
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) - currency translation adjustment     (1,178 )     (3,978 )
    Total shareholders' equity     89,814       87,128  
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 105,629     $ 115,170  
                 
   
GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION  
(An Exploration Stage Company)  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011  
   
(U.S. dollars in thousands)  
             
    2012     2011  
                 
Cash flows from operating activities:                
  Net income (loss)   $ 33,671     $ 58,369  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:                
  Depreciation and amortization     1,540       953  
  Accretion     81       82  
  Asset retirement obligation     258       -  
  Stock-based compensation     6,600       6,570  
  Management fee paid in stock     -       -  
  Related party payable paid in stock     -       -  
  Unrealized currency exchange (gain) loss     1,442       (1,634 )
  Unrealized (gain) loss from gold and silver bullion held     (58 )     429  
  Realized loss from gold and silver bullion converted     64       -  
  Deferred tax assets     (3,046 )     (33,213 )
  Other     6       -  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
  Accounts receivable     8,305       (14,265 )
  Inventories     (4,098 )     (1,601 )
  Income tax receivable     (419 )     -  
  Prepaid expenses and other assets     (14 )     (767 )
  Accounts payable     1,397       (428 )
  Accrued expenses     (653 )     2,795  
  IVA taxes payable/receivable     2,115       6,147  
  Income taxes payable     (15,987 )     17,883  
Total adjustments     (2,467 )     (17,049 )
  Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     31,204       41,320  
Cash flows from investing activities:                
  Capital expenditures     (4,461 )     (7,416 )
  Purchases of gold and silver bullion     (5,164 )     (2,977 )
  Proceeds from conversion of gold and silver bullion     1,897       -  
  Restricted cash     -       -  
  Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities     (7,728 )     (10,393 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
  Proceeds from sales of common stock     -       -  
  Proceeds from exercise of stock options     -       -  
  Proceeds from debentures - founders     -       -  
  Dividends paid     (35,940 )     (25,429 )
  Treasury stock purchases     (3,931 )     (1,954 )
  Proceeds from exploration funding agreement     -       -  
  Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities     (39,871 )     (27,383 )
Effect of exchange rates on cash and equivalents     215       834  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents     (16,180 )     4,378  
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period     51,960       47,582  
Cash and equivalents at end of period   $ 35,780     $ 51,960  
Supplemental Cash Flow Information                
                 
Income taxes paid   $ 33,020     $ -  
Interest expense paid   $ -     $ -  
Non-cash investing and financing activities:                
  Conversion of funding into common stock   $ -     $ -  
  Conversion of founders debentures into common stock   $ -     $ -  

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