Golden Star Resources Ltd.
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Golden Star Resources Ltd.

November 08, 2010 20:39 ET

Golden Star Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results and Exploration Update

DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2010) - Golden Star Resources Ltd. (TSX:GSC)(NYSE Amex:GSS)(GSE:GSR) ("Golden Star" or the "Company") is pleased to report its third quarter financial and operational results for 2010. 

SUMMARY

  • Operating cash flow of $35.4 million or $0.137 per share for the third quarter of 2010; year-to-date operating cash flow of $94.9 million or $0.368 per share;
  • Third quarter gold sales were 84,638 ounces and year-to-date gold sales were 277,988 ounces for 2010 while gold sales were 107,433 ounces for the third quarter and nine month production of 303,416 ounces for 2009;
  • Realized gold price of $1,225 per ounce for the third quarter of 2010 versus a realized gold price of $967 for the third quarter of 2009;
  • Quarter-end cash balance of $184.0 million compared to $154.1 million at December 31, 2009;
  • Net loss of $1.8 million or $0.007 per share for the third quarter of 2010 compared to net loss of $2.3 million or $0.010 per share for the third quarter of 2009;
  • Year-to-date net earnings of $9.7 million or $0.038 per share versus a net loss of $3.1 million or $0.013 per share loss for the first nine months of 2009;
  • Cash operating costs of $825 per ounce for the quarter and $686 per ounce year-to-date compared to $586 per ounce for the third quarter and $572 per ounce for the first nine months of 2009.

Tom Mair, President and CEO, stated, "Our operating cash flow remained strong in the third quarter as gold prices reached new record highs. Our production performance was impacted by lower recoveries at Bogoso/Prestea, lower grades milled and record high rainfall in our operating areas which affected ore deliveries. Our strong financial position allowed us to make substantial investments in our future. We drilled a further 30,000 meters around our properties in the quarter. We made progress on restarting the Bogoso oxide mill by advancing the tailings reprocessing project, preparing to restart mining at Pampe pit and progressing the Prestea Underground scoping study."

FINANCIAL SUMMARY  
   
SUMMARY OF CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS For the three months ended     For the nine months ended  
September 30,     September 30,  
  2010     2009     2010   2009  
Bogoso/Prestea gold sold (oz) 44,279     53,069     142,952   139,375  
Wassa gold sold (oz) 40,359     54,364     135,036   164,041  
  Total gold sold (oz) 84,638     107,433     277,988   303,416  
Average realized gold price ($/oz) 1,225     967     1,177   934  
Cash operating cost--combined ($/oz) 825     586     686   572  
Gold revenues ($000's) 103,651     103,804     327,222   283,317  
Cash flow provided by operations ($000's) 35,429     26,299     94,861   66,673  
Cash flow provided by operations per share ($) 0.137     0.111     0.366   0.282  
Net income/(loss) ($000's) (1,838 )   (2,342 )   9,698   (3,108 )
Net income/(loss) per share - basic ($) (0.007 )   (0.010 )   0.038   (0.013 )

 

BOGOSO/PRESTEA
               
BOGOSO/PRESTEA OPERATING RESULTS For the three months ended   For the nine months ended
September 30,   September 30,
  2010   2009   2010   2009
Mining              
Ore mined (000s t)—Refractory 689,886   750,826   2,142,487   2,131,319
Ore mined (000s t)—Non refractory 21,491   -   30,636   -
Total ore mined (t) 711,377   750,826   2,173,123   2,131,319
Waste mined (t) 5,065,036   3,924,690   13,012,853   11,197,240
Bogoso Sulfide Plant Results              
Refractory ore processed (t) 749,536   797,347   2,142,249   2,138,790
Refractory grade—(g/t) 2.94   2.98   3.03   2.79
Recovery—Refractory (%) 61.3   69.4   67.8   70.9
Cash operating cost ($/oz) 864   704   734   710
Gold sold (oz) 44,279   53,069   142,952   139,375

During the third quarter of 2010, revenues from Bogoso totaled $54.0 million, up $2.8 million from third quarter 2009 revenues of $51.2 million, a 5% improvement. The total ore processed at Bogoso was 749,536 tonnes during the third quarter of 2010, down 6% from the third quarter of 2009 while the grade of ore processed was essentially unchanged at 2.94 g/t. Recovery rates for the refractory ore that was processed decreased from 69.4% to 61.3% quarter-over-quarter. The driving factor contributing to the lower recovery rate is the change of ore feed from fresh ore in the third quarter of 2009 to transitional ore feed in the third quarter of 2010. This situation is anticipated to improve going forward as we mine deeper into the Chujah pit where fresh ore will be encountered resulting in higher flotation recovery rates. The lower metallurgical recovery and significantly higher than average rainfall contributed to the higher cash operating costs for the quarter. 

For the year-to-date, Bogoso sold 142,952 ounces of gold, up 3% over the first nine months of 2009. Cash operating costs were $734 per ounce during the first nine months of 2010, up marginally (3%) over the same period in 2009, attributed to increased costs of reagents, labor, fuel and electricity.

WASSA/HBB
             
WASSA/HBB OPERATING RESULTS For the three months ended   For the nine months ended
September 30,   September 30,
  2010   2009   2010   2009
Ore mined (t) 580,072   559,519   1,810,830   1,745,902
Waste mined (t) 4,934,842   4,249,286   14,807,757   12,214,669
Ore and heap leach materials processed (t) 619,985   612,337   1,869,363   1,995,532
Grade processed (g/t) 2.12   3.12   2.36   2.75
Recovery (%) 94.6   95.5   94.9   95.4
Cash operating cost ($/oz) 782   470   636   455
Gold sold (oz) 40,359   54,364   135,036   164,041

Gold sales at Wassa were 40,359 ounces for the third quarter of 2010, versus 54,364 ounces for the third quarter of 2009. This reduction in gold sales is ascribed to the lower grades of ore at Hwini-Butre and Benso. In addition, heavy rainfall during the quarter impeded delivery of HBB ore to the plant causing us to make up the shortfall with lower grade Wassa ore. The lower grade production was the main driver of commensurately higher per ounce cash operating costs. 

Gold sales in the first nine months of 2010 were 135,036 ounces of gold which was below the gold sales for the same period of 2009. This was due to scheduled and unscheduled plant maintenance, lower grade ore processed and unusually heavy seasonal rains leading to lower plant throughput. 

CASH, CASH FLOW AND LIQUIDITY

Our cash and cash equivalents totaled $184.0 million at September 30, 2010. Cash flow from operations totaled $94.9 million for the first nine months was 42% higher than the $66.7 million in cash flow generated in the first nine months of 2009.

We expect to use approximately $85 million for capital projects in 2010. This total includes $19 million in mine property development and $43 million in new equipment and facilities upgrades. We also increased our 2010 exploration budget to $23 million, of which $5 million is related to exploration at the Buesichem South discovery.

We expect that operational cash flow, our cash and cash equivalents on hand, and our existing credit lines will be sufficient to fund our capital and operational needs over the next 12 months.

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Bogoso Tailings Reprocessing Project

Earlier this year we completed a scoping study to assess the viability of reprocessing the 2.4 million tonnes of mineralized material in one of the Bogoso oxide tailings storage facilities. The Board of Directors has approved the $8 million capital cost of the project which is expected to produce 40,000 to 50,000 ounces of gold per year from the Bogoso oxide mill. Cash operating costs will be relatively low as the tailings do not require mining, crushing or grinding. This project is expected to come on-line in 2011, subject to permitting. 

Pampe

We completed drilling at Pampe pit and are preparing to commence a layback of the pit wall in the fourth quarter of this year.

EXPLORATION

Tom Mair, President and CEO, stated, "This year, one of our goals is increasing our resource and mine lives at each mine through drilling and we are encouraged and excited by the results thus far. Six rigs are currently busy drilling at many targets in and around our current operations with the emphasis on expanding and firming up our mineral resources."

Bogoso/Prestea

Buesichem South (6 kilometers from Bogoso Plant)

Two multi-purpose drill rigs continue infill drilling at the Buesichem South deposit. The initial resource, constrained within a $1,100 per ounce gold price optimized pit shell, was estimated at 1.6 million tonnes grading 2.64 grams per tonne (g/t) gold of Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource and 5.3 million tonnes grading 2.92 g/t of Inferred Mineral Resource as reported in our press release of July 22, 2010.

Drilling at Buesichem South has delineated a continuous mineralized body with a strike length of 500 meters. The gold bearing zone is lenticular in shape with widths increasing from a few meters at surface up to 20 to 25 meters at approximately 75 meters depth. To date, 160 holes have been completed totaling 34,350 meters. Drill fences are spaced every 25 meters and holes on these fences spaced between 25 to 60 meters. Highlights include hole BUVTDD098 which reported 24 meters grading 4.3 g/t, hole BUVTDD108 which reported 17.4 meters grading 4.9 g/t and hole BUVTTDD037 which yielded 25.3 meters grading 3.3 g/t. The mineralization is open at depth. For the remainder of this year we will continue to test the extent of the orebody with 11,000 meters of additional planned drilling.

Significant Drill Intersections – Buesichem South
HOLE ID From (m) To (m) Drilled Width (m) True Width (m) Grade Au (g/t)
BUVTDD037 157.0 186.8 29.8 25.3 3.3
BUVTDD051 228.0 252.0 24.0 22.3 3.1
BUVTDD081 174.5 207.0 32.5 25.3 2.6
BUVTDD087 266.1 290.0 23.9 19.6 3.4
BUVTDD092 237.2 249.0 11.9 10.3 8.3
BUVTDD098 201.9 229.3 27.5 24.0 4.3
BUVTDD108 157.0 180.4 23.4 17.4 4.9
BUVTDD112 241.6 263.0 21.4 18.1 4.1

Buesichem East (6 kilometers from Bogoso Plant)

At Buesichem East, drilling continues with one drill testing an eastern splay of the Ashanti Trend. This drilling program has successfully delineated a non-refractory ore target that is approximately 500 meters in strike length. Significant intersections include drill hole BUERB086 that resulted in an intersection from 5 meters depth of 19 meters grading 1.86 g/t gold and terminated in gold mineralization, and BUERB055 from 10 meters depth that gave a true width of 12 meters grading 0.85 g/t. Thus far, 43 drill holes have been completed totaling 1,200 meters of drilling. 

Bogoso North (5 kilometers from Bogoso Plant)

Drilling was conducted at the northern portion of the Bogoso mining lease to test the VTEM geophysical ground conductors which are often associated with gold mineralization. The majority of the drill holes were successful in intersecting the conductive fault zone. This year, a total of 15 diamond drill holes were drilled for 3,800 meters. One significant hole, BNVTDD007 reported a true width of 5.3 meters grading 11.41 g/t gold. Two parallel zones of high grade mineralization situated beneath the Bogoso North oxide pit were identified with a strike length of approximately 1,200 meters. Golden Star is in the process of finalizing drill contracts and expects to initiate the delineation drill program for this target in the near-term with the drilling continuing into 2011.

Significant Drill Intersections – Bogoso North VTEM Target
HOLE ID From (m) To (m) Drilled Width (m) True Width (m) Grade Au (g/t)
BNVTDD002 204.8 208.0 3.2 2.8 11.87
BNVTDD006A 272.0 275.2 3.2 2.9 9.42
BNVTDD007 187.7 197.0 9.3 8.3 4.1
BNVTDD007 285.1 291.0 5.9 5.3 11.41
BNVTDD009 289.0 295.0 6.0 4.6 2.59
BNVTDD011 148.0 152.7 4.7 4.5 7.13
BNVTDD012 214.0 220.0 6.0 5.4 2.9
BNVTDD013 174.6 178.2 3.6 3.3 8.07
BNVTDD013 250.0 253.0 3.0 2.8 4.62
BNVTDD014 161.0 166.0 5.0 4.5 3.03
BNVTDD010 197.0 200.7 3.7 3.4 3.25
BNVTDD015 167.0 170.0 3.0 2.6 3.79

Wassa/HBB

Wassa

To date in 2010, 92 drill holes totaling 11,080 meters have been completed at Wassa. The drilling has been successful in confirming the limits of high-grade ore shoots that characterize the Wassa deposits. Assay results from these programs are currently being used to produce an updated geological interpretation and gold grade block model. We also drill tested an induced polarity (IP) geophysical target connecting two previously known mineralized occurrences. Gold mineralization associated with pyrite and silicification was intersected and the most significant holes included hole 242DD022 yielding 9.9 meters grading 10.94 g/t, hole SEDD017 yielding 35.8 meters grading 2.43 g/t, and hole BSRC048 which yielded 8.3 meters grading 9.92 g/t. Drilling is continuing at this zone testing along strike. 

Significant Drill Intersections – Wassa Mining Lease
HOLE ID From (m) To (m) Drilled Width (m) True Width (m) Grade Au (g/t)
242DD022 152.4 168.4 16.0 9.9 10.94
242DD023 122.0 137.7 15.7 10.7 6.40
SEDD019 242.0 276.0 34.0 32.5 2.12
SEDD017 161.6 199.0 37.4 35.8 2.43
SEDD020 100.0 129.0 29.0 27.7 2.33
SEDD022 102.0 144.0 42.0 40.2 1.70
BSRC046 106.0 115.0 9.0 8.3 9.92
BSRC047 87.0 99.0 12.0 11.5 4.27
NSARC049 74.0 91.0 17.0 16.3 3.36

Benso (50 kilometers from Wassa Plant)

To date, 112 holes totaling 11,600 meters have been completed at Benso. Drilling at the Subriso West deeps target resumed during the third quarter of 2010. Two drill rigs are currently running step-out and infill drilling on this high-grade target. Infill drilling will test the continuity of the higher grades between the existing drill intercepts where hole spacing currently exceeds 50 meters. The step-out program will test the down plunge extent of the shoot with 50 meter increments along strike. 

Gold mineralization at Subriso West is associated with a northwest plunging, high-grade ore shoot located within a steeply dipping west-southwest dipping shear zone. This ore shoot has already been delineated over a down-plunge extent of approximately 350 meters from the bottom of the current Subriso West pit design. The gold mineralization is associated with free gold, pyrite and silicification hosted either in ductile shears or in brittle vein systems depending on the host rocks. The high-grade mineralization in this zone ranges from 5 g/t to 20 g/t gold and this would potentially be amenable to underground mining. 

Significant Drill Intersections – Subriso West Underground Target
HOLE ID From (m) To (m) Drilled Width (m) True Width (m) Grade Au (g/t)
SWZDD031 366 390 24 20 3.78
Including 371 375 4   9.05
and 398 420 22 19 2.67
Including 413 417 4   4.68
SWZDD032 225 231 6 6 2.03
SWZDD034 420 434 14 12 8.20
Including 426 431 5   21.30
SWZDD036 342 362 20 18 3.26
Including 350 357 7 6 5.81

Mitch Wasel, Vice President Exploration, commented, "We believe that this new zone at Subriso West has a high drilling success rate due to our excellent understanding of the structural controls of the gold mineralization of this deposit. The hosting mafic to intermediate volcanic units which have been intruded by porphryries of the same composition and subsequently deformed by this shear zone are a good recipe for hosting high-grade underground gold deposits. These gold systems often have a large down-plunge extent and it is this plunging zone where we are focusing our current drilling efforts."

Hwini-Butre (80 kilometers from Wassa Plant)

During 2010, drilling has focused on extending the Adoikrom and Father Brown orebodies at depth and along strike. By the end of the third quarter of 2010, approximately 15,000 meters had been drilled at the Hwini-Butre deposits resulting in widths and grades that indicate the potential for underground mining. The Adoikrom and Father Brown orebodies represent more targets with underground potential that remain to be fully tested.

Significant Drill Intersections – Father Brown
HOLE ID From (m) To (m) Drilled Width (m) ~ True Width (m) Grade Au (g/t)
FBZDD045 162.0 165.0 3.0 2.8 10.9
FBZDD046 90.0 94.0 4.0 3.8 5.1
FBZDD046 187.0 193.0 6.0 5.6 9.3
FBZDD047 32.0 34.0 2.0 2.0 5.6
FBZDD047 80.0 92.0 12.0 12.0 10.9
FBZDD053 202.0 205.0 3.0 2.9 21.6

Additional results and maps are available on the Company's website, www.gsr.com.

LOOKING AHEAD

For the remainder of 2010 and into 2011, we intend to:

  • Continue exploration activities to increase and enhance reserves and resources at Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa/HBB;
  • Provide ore to the Bogoso oxide plant through the re-opening of the Pampe pit;
  • Permitting and construction of the tailings reprocessing system at Bogoso;
  • Finalization of the permitting and development of the Prestea South project; and
  • Advance the re-development of the Prestea Underground mine.

GUIDANCE

Our guidance for 2010 has been revised as follows:

  2010  
Guidance Gold Production (oz)   Cash Operating Cost ($/oz)
Bogoso/Prestea 185,000   $ 775
Wassa/HBB 185,000   $ 650
Total 370,000   $ 715
GOLDEN STAR RESOURCES LTD.  
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(Stated in thousands of US dollars except shares issued and outstanding)  
(unaudited)  
  As of     As of  
  September 30     December 31  
ASSETS 2010     2009  
CURRENT ASSETS              
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 184,005     $ 154,088  
  Accounts receivable   17,915       7,021  
  Inventories   58,039       52,198  
  Deposits   6,642       4,774  
  Prepaids and other   1,828       1,415  
    Total Current Assets   268,429       219,496  
RESTRICTED CASH   1,205       3,804  
DEFERRED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT COSTS   13,808       12,949  
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT   233,442       231,855  
INTANGIBLE ASSETS   7,900       9,480  
MINING PROPERTIES   277,756       276,114  
OTHER ASSETS   961       181  
      Total Assets $ 803,500     $ 753,879  
LIABILITIES              
CURRENT LIABILITIES              
  Accounts payable $ 23,850     $ 28,234  
  Accrued liabilities   44,774       34,178  
  Asset retirement obligations   17,140       1,938  
  Current tax liability   799       616  
  Current debt   10,672       9,970  
      Total Current Liabilities   97,235       74,936  
LONG TERM DEBT   124,901       114,595  
ASSET RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS   27,449       30,031  
FUTURE TAX LIABILITY   17,885       13,997  
      Total Liabilities $ 267,470     $ 233,559  
               
MINORITY INTEREST   795       -  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES              
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY              
SHARE CAPITAL              
  First preferred shares, without par value, unlimited shares authorized.              
    No shares issued and outstanding   -       -  
  Common shares, without par value, unlimited shares authorized. Shares issued and outstanding: 258,494,987 at September 30, 2010; 257,362,561 at December 31, 2009   693,433       690,423  
CONTRIBUTED SURPLUS   17,324       15,759  
EQUITY COMPONENT OF CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES   34,542       34,542  
ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME   675       24  
DEFICIT   (210,739 )     (220,428 )
      Total Shareholders' Equity   535,235       520,320  
      Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 803,500     $ 753,879  
               
   
GOLDEN STAR RESOURCES LTD.  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)  
(unaudited)  
   
  For the three months ended     For the nine months ended  
  September 30     September 30  
REVENUE 2010     2009     2010     2009  
Gold revenues $ 103,651     $ 103,804     $ 327,222     $ 283,317  
Cost of sales   93,944       96,241       279,584       268,518  
    Mine operating margin   9,707       7,563       47,638       14,799  
OTHER EXPENSES, (GAINS) AND LOSSES                              
Exploration expense   637       223       1,315       570  
General and administrative expense   3,859       3,290       12,973       10,449  
Abandonment and impairment   -       2,787       -       3,077  
Derivative mark-to-market losses   (311 )     1,003       436       1,087  
Property holding costs   1,557       768       3,855       2,770  
Foreign exchange (gain)/loss   313       540       884       (3,673 )
Interest expense   4,341       3,942       12,637       11,476  
Interest and other income   (48 )     (69 )     (343 )     (152 )
Loss on sale of assets   3       1       350       305  
  Income/(loss) before minority interest   (644 )     (4,922 )     15,531       (11,110 )
Minority interest   (457 )     -       (795 )     -  
  Net income/(loss) before income tax   (1,101 )     (4,922 )     14,736       (11,110 )
Income tax (expense)/benefit   (737 )     2,580       (5,047 )     8,002  
Net income/(loss) $ (1,838 )   $ (2,342 )   $ 9,689     $ (3,108 )
                               
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)                              
Unrealized gains on investments   311       74       651       115  
Comprehensive income/(loss) $ (1,527 )   $ (2,268 )   $ 10,340     $ (2,993 )
                               
Deficit, beginning of period   (208,901 )     (237,713 )     (220,428 )     (236,947 )
Deficit, end of period   (210,739 )     (240,055 )     (210,739 )     (240,055 )
                               
Net income/(loss) per common share - basic $ (0.007 )   $ (0.010 )   $ 0.038     $ (0.013 )
Net income/(loss) per common share - diluted $ (0.007 )   $ (0.010 )   $ 0.037     $ (0.013 )
Weighted average shares outstanding (millions)   258.2       236.5       257.8       236.2  
Weighted average shares outstanding (millions) diluted   258.2       236.5       259.6       236.2  
GOLDEN STAR RESOURCES LTD.  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(unaudited)  
   
  For the three months ended     For the nine months ended  
  September 30     September 30  
OPERATING ACTIVITIES: 2010   2009     2010   2009  
Net income/(loss) $ (1,838 ) $ (2,342 )   $ 9,689   $ (3,108 )
Reconciliation of net income/loss to net cash provided by operating activities:                          
 Depreciation, depletion and amortization   23,011     29,344       76,763     82,036  
 Amortization of loan acquisition cost   1,254     478       1,386     805  
 Abandonment and impairment   -     2,787       -     3,077  
 Loss on sale of assets   3     2       350     305  
 Non cash employee compensation   449     424       2,368     1,489  
 Future income tax expense/(benefit)   683     (3,196 )     3,889     (8,618 )
 Reclamation expenditures   (1,934 )   (481 )     (5,534 )   (1,212 )
 Derivatives mark-to-market (gains)/loss   (311 )   647       (630 )   (1,542 )
 Accretion of convertible debt   1,784     1,669       5,265     4,926  
 Accretion of asset retirement obligations   601     539       1,802     1,616  
 Minority interests   457     -       795     -  
    24,159     29,870       96,143     79,774  
Changes in non-cash working capital:                          
 Accounts receivable   9,186     (877 )     (3,240 )   (1,236 )
 Inventories   (2,661 )   (3,409 )     (6,925 )   (2,568 )
 Deposits   (1,495 )   (222 )     (1,775 )   (1,323 )
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   5,797     (496 )     10,400     (9,053 )
 Other   443     1,433       38     1,079  
  Net cash provided by operating activities   35,429     26,299       94,641     66,673  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                          
 Expenditures on deferred exploration and development   (988 )   (928 )     (2,859 )   (1,598 )
 Expenditures on mining properties   (20,070 )   (3,637 )     (37,948 )   (23,532 )
 Expenditures on property, plant and equipment   (9,966 )   (4,614 )     (27,255 )   (9,466 )
 Refunded cash securing letters of credit   5     -       2,598     445  
 Proceeds from the sale of assets   -     -       -     -  
 Change in accounts payable and deposits on mine equipment and material   (3,345 )   -       (2,593 )   (3,135 )
 Other   -     827       1,467     474  
  Net cash used in investing activities   (34,364 )   (8,352 )     (66,590 )   (36,812 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                          
 Principal payments on debt   (8,814 )   (2,870 )     (25,224 )   (10,062 )
 Proceeds from debt agreements and equipment financing   11,168             25,674     5,478  
 Other   (646 )   (616 )     1,196     (1,201 )
  Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities   1,708     (3,486 )     1,646     (5,785 )
                           
Increase in cash and cash equivalents   2,773     14,461       29,697     24,076  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   181,232     43,173       154,088     33,558  
Cash and cash equivalents end of period $ 184,005   $ 57,634     $ 183,785   $ 57,634  

QA-QC

The technical contents of this press release have been reviewed and verified by S. Mitchel Wasel, BSc Geology, a Qualified Person pursuant to Canada's National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Wasel is Vice President Exploration for Golden Star and an active member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. 

The results herein are based on the analysis of saw-split HQ sized (64mm) diamond half core or a three kilogram single stage riffle split of a nominal 25 to 30 kg Reverse Circulation chip sample which has been sampled over nominal one meter intervals (adjusted where necessary for mineralized structures). Sample preparation and analyses at Bogoso/Prestea have been carried out at SGS Laboratories in Tarkwa using a 50 gram assay charge with a flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS) finish and a detection limit of 0.01 ppm. Sample preparation and analyses at Wassa/HBB have been carried out at SGS Laboratories in Tarkwa using a 1,000 gram slurry of sample and tap water which is prepared and subjected to an accelerated cyanide leach (LEACHWELL). The sample is then rolled for twelve hours before being allowed to settle. An aliquot of solution is then taken, gold extracted into Di-iso Butyl Keytone DiBK, and determined by flame Atomic Absorbtion Spectophotometry AAS. Detection limit 0.01ppm. All analytical work is subject to a systematic and rigorous Quality Assurance-Quality Control (QA-QC). At least 5% of samples are certified standards and the accuracy of the analysis is confirmed to be acceptable from comparison of the recommended and actual 'standards' results. The remaining half core is stored on site for future inspection and detailed logging.

The Mineral Resource estimates have been estimated by our technical personnel in accordance with definitions and guidelines set out in the Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves published by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum and as required by Canada's National Instrument 43-101.

COMPANY PROFILE

Golden Star holds a 90% equity interest in Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Limited and Golden Star (Wassa) Limited, which respectively own the Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa/HBB open-pit gold mines in Ghana. In addition, Golden Star has an 81% interest in the currently inactive Prestea Underground mine in Ghana, as well as gold exploration interests elsewhere in Ghana, in other parts of West Africa and in Brazil in South America. Golden Star has approximately 258 million shares outstanding.

Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information: Some statements contained in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other applicable securities laws. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Such statements include comments regarding the permitting and the mining at Prestea South; planned expansion of the Wassa Main pits; the impact of mining the Chujah pit on flotation recovery rates at Bogoso; the recommencement of mining at the Pampe pit; planned exploration and drilling activities, including exploration at the Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa/HBB properties, including at Buesichem South, Buesichem East, Bogoso North, Wassa, Benso and Hwini-Butre; capital projects for 2010 and 2011; the ability to fund capital requirements and the sources of such funds; our 2010 and production and cash operating cost estimates, capital expenditure estimates, sources of and adequacy of cash to meet capital and other needs in 2010; the timing, capacity and impact of the proposed tailings recovery system at Bogoso. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include timing of and unexpected events at the Bogoso/Prestea oxide and sulfide processing plant or the Wassa processing plant; variations in ore grade, tonnes mined, crushed or milled; variations in relative amounts of refractory, non-refractory and transition ores; weather including excessive rainfall; delay or failure to receive board or government approvals and permits; the availability and cost of electrical power, the timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms; technical, permitting, mining or processing issues; recent changes under the Ghanaian Mining Act, 2006 regarding royalty rates; changes in regulatory requirements; changes in U.S. and Canadian securities markets; and fluctuations in gold price and costs and general economic conditions. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by management. Please refer to the discussion of these and other factors in our Form 10-K for 2009. The forecasts contained in this press release constitute management's current estimate, as of the date of this press release with respect to the matters covered thereby. We expect that these estimates will change as new information is received and that actual results will vary from these estimates, possibly by material amounts. While we may elect to update these estimates at any time, we do not undertake to update any estimate at any particular time or in response to any particular event. Investors and others should not assume that any forecasts in this press release represent management's estimate as of any date other than the date of this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures: in this news release, we use the terms "cash operating cost per ounce." Cash operating cost per ounce is equal to total cash costs less production royalties and production taxes, divided by the number of ounces of gold sold during the period. We use cash operating cost per ounce as a key operating indicator. We monitor this measure monthly, comparing each month's values to prior period's values to detect trends that may indicate increases or decreases in operating efficiencies. This measure is also compared against budget to alert management to trends that may cause actual results to deviate from planned operational results. We provide this measure to our investors to allow them to also monitor operational efficiencies of our mines. We calculate this measure for both individual operating units and on a consolidated basis. Cash operating cost per ounce should be considered as Non-GAAP Financial Measures as defined in SEC Regulation S-K Item 10 and other applicable securities laws and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. There are material limitations associated with the use of such non-GAAP measures. Since this measure does not incorporate revenues, changes in working capital and non-operating cash costs, it is not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operations as determined under GAAP. Changes in numerous factors including, but not limited to, mining rates, milling rates, gold grade, gold recovery, and the costs of labor, consumables and mine site general and administrative activities can cause these measures to increase or decrease. We believe that these measures are the same or similar to the measures of other gold mining companies, but may not be comparable to similarly titled measures in every instance.

Cautionary Note to US Investors concerning estimates of Measured, Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources

This section uses the terms "Measured Mineral Resources", "Indicated Mineral Resources" and "Inferred Mineral Resources". We advise US investors that while those terms are recognized and required by NI 43-101, the US Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize them. US investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into mineral reserves. Inferred Mineral Resources have a greater amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to their economic and legal feasibility. In accordance with Canadian rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources cannot form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. US investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of the Inferred Mineral Resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable. Disclosure of "contained ounces" in a Mineral Resource is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations, however the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute "reserves" by SEC standards as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures. Accordingly, the information contained in this press release may not be comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies that are not subject to NI 43-101.

Contact Information

  • Golden Star Resources Ltd.
    Bruce Higson-Smith
    Vice President Corporate Development
    +1 800 553 8436
    or
    Golden Star Resources Ltd.
    Anne Hite
    Investor Relations Manager
    +1 800 553 8436
    www.gsr.com