Great Panther Silver Limited

Great Panther Silver Limited

August 13, 2012 17:00 ET

Great Panther Silver Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2012) - GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED (TSX:GPR)(NYSE MKT:GPL)(NYSE Amex:GPL) ("Great Panther" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the Company's three and six months ended June 30, 2012. The full version of the Company's financial statements and management's discussion and analysis can be viewed on the Company's website at or on SEDAR at All financial information is prepared in accordance with IFRS and all dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

"While we are pleased with our revenue growth, gross profit was significantly impacted by lower silver prices and an increase in depreciation charges due to the substantial investments made in our mines, plant and equipment over the last year," stated Robert Archer, CEO. "Looking ahead, there are a number of positive operational developments that we anticipate will contribute to Great Panther's growth in production in the second half of 2012."


(in 000s except ounces, amounts per share and per ounce) Q2
Change 6 Months
Jun 30,
6 Months
Jun 30,
Revenue $ 14,439 $ 8,560 69% $ 28,064 $ 24,020 17%
Gross profit (Earnings from mining operations) $ 3,771 $ 3,951 -5% $ 10,096 $ 12,564 -20%
Net income $ 354 $ 2,501 -86% $ 5,037 $ 9,510 -47%
Adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 3,691 $ 2,833 30% $ 8,132 $ 10,707 -24%
Earnings per share - basic $ 0.00 $ 0.02 -100% $ 0.04 $ 0.08 -50%
Earnings per share - diluted $ 0.00 $ 0.02 -100% $ 0.04 $ 0.07 -43%
Silver ounces produced 374,723 386,210 -3% 734,249 796,850 -8%
Silver equivalent ounces produced(2) 555,721 562,944 -1% 1,113,388 1,170,169 -5%
Silver payable ounces 395,405 193,914 104% 712,046 542,353 31%
Total cash cost per silver ounce(3) $ 11.42 $ 12.85 -11% $ 10.37 $ 11.23 -8%
Average revenue per silver ounce sold (USD)(4) $ 28.06 $ 36.21 -23% $ 29.01 $ 37.02 -22%
  1. "Adjusted EBITDA" is a non-IFRS measure. Refer to the "Non-IFRS Measures" section of the Company's MD&A for a complete definition and reconciliation to the Company's financial statements.
  1. Silver equivalent ounces in 2012 were established using prices of US$28 per oz, US$1,680 per oz, US$0.85 per lb, and US$0.85 per lb for silver, gold, lead & zinc, respectively, and applied to the recovered metal content of the concentrates that were produced by the two operations.
  1. "Cash cost per silver ounce" is a non-IFRS measure. Refer to the "Non-IFRS Measures" section of the Company's MD&A for a complete definition and reconciliation to the Company's financial statements.

  2. Average realized silver price is prior to treatment, refining and smelting charges.

During the second quarter, the Company experienced a reduction in cash from $40.3 million at March 31, 2012 to $28.7 million at June 30, 2012. The primary factor for the decrease was the timing of payments on concentrate shipments during the second quarter, resulting in an increase of $8.5 million in accounts receivable. The Company has a credit facility available to finance accounts receivable or receive advances on shipments of concentrates, but elected not to use the facility as the Company had sufficient cash and a strong working capital position throughout the quarter. The Company's net working capital at June 30, 2012 was $49.9 million compared to $53.5 million at March 31, 2012.


  • Processed ore increased 3% to 52,956 tonnes from the first quarter of 2012 and decreased 7% compared to the second quarter of 2011. The decrease compared to the second quarter of 2011 reflects additional processing of ore from San Ignacio during the prior period to test metallurgy.
  • Metal production decreased by 1% to 555,721 silver equivalent ounces ("Ag eq oz") compared to the second quarter of 2011. The decrease was due to drought conditions at Topia which resulted in curtailed production and stockpiling of ore due to water shortages. The drought at Topia ended in June with the commencement of the rainy season, and the Topia plant has since increased throughput to approximately 220 tonnes per day. Stockpiled ore will be processed in the second half of 2012.
  • Gold production increased 22% to 2,354 ounces from the second quarter of 2011.
  • Topia silver production reached a record 148,439 ounces, despite lower throughput.
  • Cash cost per silver ounce decreased by 11% to US$11.42 compared to the second quarter of 2011.
  • Guanajuato achieved record metallurgical recoveries of 91.1% and 92.3% for silver and gold respectively.


  • On May 9, 2012, the Company announced the completion of two Mineral Resource estimates for its Guanajuato Mine Complex and its San Ignacio Project in Guanajuato, Mexico (refer to May 9, 2012 news release and the corresponding technical reports filed on SEDAR dated June 25, 2012 and June 26, 2012, respectively). As San Ignacio is a satellite of the Guanajuato Mine Complex (20 kilometres by road), and any mineralization extracted from there will be processed at the Cata Plant, the Mineral Resource is considered part of the overall Guanajuato Operations. The new Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource at the Guanajuato Mine contains 5,649,000 ounces of silver equivalent. Inferred Mineral Resources are estimated at 2,503,000 Ag eq oz at the Guanajuato Mine and 6,894,000 Ag eq oz at San Ignacio. Inferred resources for the Guanajuato Mine Complex and the San Ignacio Project were reported separately as different parameters were used in their estimation.

    The new resource base not only replaces production from the Guanajuato Mine during the past year and a half, but the addition of San Ignacio almost doubles the overall resource base for Great Panther's Guanajuato operations. The new estimate for San Ignacio increases the tonnage by 35%, the silver content by 29%, gold content by 51% and Ag eq oz by 53% over the previous estimate.

  • On July 18, 2012, the Company announced a number of changes to its senior management structure. The changes included the separation of the President and CEO role, under which Mr. Robert Archer retained the role of CEO and Mr. Martin Carsky was appointed President of the Company. Mr. Carsky served as the Company's Executive Vice President and CFO since May of 2011. Jim Zadra, CA was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Great Panther after serving as Vice President, Finance since September 2011. Mr. Graham Parsons was promoted to the newly created role of Vice President, Operations based in Guanajuato, Mexico. Mr. Charles Brown was appointed to a newly created role as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and his former position of Chief Operating Officer was eliminated.


The Company is maintaining its guidance for metal production in the range of 2.50 to 2.75 million Ag eq oz for fiscal 2012 as compared to metal production of 2.2 million Ag eq oz for fiscal 2011.

2012 Production and Cash Cost per Silver Ounce Guidance
Low Case High Case
Tonnes milled 216,181 230,000 250,000
Silver ounces 1,495,372 1,720,000 1,900,000
Gold ounces 8,016 10,000 11,000
Lead tonnes 941 1,130 1,270
Zinc tonnes 1,314 1,500 1,630
Silver equivalent ounces 2,200,013 2,500,000 2,750,000
Cash costs per silver ounce (USD) $ 10.84 $ 10.50 $ 9.50

While first half 2012 metal production of 1,113,388 Ag eq oz shows no increase over first half 2011 of 1,170,169 Ag eq oz, several operating initiatives and developments have already demonstrated improvements for increased production in the second half of this year.

At Guanajuato, the mine is now operating on a 7-day-week schedule (formerly on a 6-day-week) to allow for increased equipment utilization and production. The Guanajuato processing plant, which is already achieving record metallurgical recoveries, will be further improved by a new double-deck crushing screen that became operational in June, and a new tertiary crusher scheduled to be operational later in the third quarter of 2012.

Production from Cata, the highest grade area of the mine, is expected to increase. In addition, a sill pillar will be recovered on the 470 metre level using a newly acquired longhole drilling rig and remote ore loading. Production and development from the gold-rich Santa Margarita vein is continuing.

Development at Valenciana continues on two fronts: haulage access connecting the Cata ore hoisting shaft and the newly discovered, deeper extensions of the Guanajuatito North zone at the 390 metre level is underway; and up-ramp access from the 320 metre level to the 285 metre level of the 18th and 19th century workings of Valenciana is ongoing. Access to some of the old Valenciana workings has been established and diamond drilling has commenced.

Underground diamond drilling at Guanajuato is ongoing on 50 metre exploration centres at Guanajuatito and Valenciana, while more production-detailed 25 metre centre drilling is ongoing at Santa Margarita, Los Pozos, and Cata. A total of 6,222 metres was completed in the second quarter of 2012.

Drilling at Guanajuatito is expanding a new discovery approximately 100 metres to the northwest from current workings between the 160 and 200 metre levels. This new zone is open both up and down dip and to the northwest. Drilling at Santa Margarita continues to improve ore definition of the multiple gold-rich veins and stockworks, hence guiding mine development.

At Topia, the rainy season is well underway and processing capacity increased from 160 to 220 tonnes per day in June. Mined ore has been stockpiled and mining rates are increasing with additional mobile equipment acquired. Crushing circuit bottlenecks are being eliminated with the installation of a new screen and crusher scheduled in the current quarter.


The Company will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results on August 14, 2012, at 7:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time. Hosting the call will be Mr. Robert Archer, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Martin Carsky, President.

Interested shareholders, analysts, investors and media are invited to join the live conference call by dialing in just prior to the start time.

Dial in number (Toll Free): 1-877-407-9205
Dial in number (International): +1-201-689-8054
No passcode is required

A replay of the teleconference call will be available until August 28, 2012 by dialing the numbers below. In addition, the call will be archived on the Company's website.

Replay number (Toll Free): 1-877-660-6853
Replay number (International): +1-201-612-7415
Replay Passcodes (both are required for playback):
Account #: 286
Conference ID #: 398131


The financial results discussed in this press release have been prepared in accordance with IFRS standards applicable to the preparation of financial information as required for all publicly traded companies in Canada. Readers should note that some comparative figures in this press release and the Company's financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") have been restated to reflect IFRS. Please refer to the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements and MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2011 for a detailed description of the Company's accounting policies under IFRS and for disclosures and reconciliation of the impact of IFRS on previously reported results.


The discussion of financial results in this press release includes reference to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Cost per Silver Ounce which are non-IFRS measures. The Company provides these measures to provide additional information regarding the Company's financial results and performance. Please refer to the Company's MD&A for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 for a definition and reconciliation of these measures to reported IFRS results.


Great Panther Silver Limited is a profitable, primary silver mining and exploration company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange trading under the symbol GPR, and on the NYSE MKT trading under the symbol GPL. The Company's current activities are focused on the mining of precious metals from its two wholly-owned operating mines in Mexico, including the development stage San Ignacio Project. In addition, the Company is also pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout Latin America to add additional mines to its portfolio of properties. Great Panther's mission is to become a leading primary silver producer by acquiring, developing and profitably mining precious metals.

All shareholders have the ability to receive a hard copy of the Company's complete audited financial statements free of charge upon request. Should you wish to receive Great Panther Silver's Financial Statements or the Annual Report on Form 20-F in hard copy, please contact us at the Company toll free at 1-888-355-1766 or 604-608-1766, or e-mail

For further information, please visit the Company's website at

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information within the meaning of the Securities Act (Ontario) (together, "forward-looking statements"). Such forward-looking statements may include but are not limited to the Company's plans for production at its Guanajuato and Topia Mines in Mexico, exploring its other properties in Mexico, the overall economic potential of its properties, the availability of adequate financing and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements to be materially different. Such factors include, among others, risks and uncertainties relating to potential political risks involving the Company's operations in a foreign jurisdiction, uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, physical risks inherent in mining operations, currency fluctuations, fluctuations in the price of silver, gold and base metals, completion of economic evaluations, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, the inability or failure to obtain adequate financing on a timely basis, and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011 and reports on Form 6-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at and Material Change Reports filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and available at

(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)
June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 (Unaudited)
June 30, December 31,
2012 2011
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 28,675 $ 39,437
Marketable securities 80 80
Trade and other receivables 17,893 14,076
Income taxes recoverable 255 374
Inventories 5,380 4,591
Prepaid expenses, deposits and advances 3,823 1,732
56,106 60,290
Non-current assets
Mineral properties, plant and equipment 53,831 41,946
Intangible assets 780 708
54,611 42,654
$ 110,717 $ 102,944
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables $ 6,204 $ 6,350
Finance lease obligations 13 130
6,217 6,480
Non-current liabilities
Reclamation and remediation provision 2,189 2,154
Deferred tax liability 3,939 1,824
6,128 3,978
Shareholders' equity
Share capital 122,110 121,536
Reserves 6,740 6,465
Deficit (30,478) (35,515)
98,372 92,486
$ 110,717 $ 102,944
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data)
For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)
Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Revenue $ 14,439 $ 8,560 $ 28,064 $ 24,020
Cost of sales 4
Production costs 8,346 4,193 14,181 10,024
Amortization and depletion 2,303 416 3,760 1,432
Share-based payments 19 - 27 -
10,668 4,609 17,968 11,456
Gross profit 3,771 3,951 10,096 12,564
General and administrative expenses
Administrative expenses 1,917 1,441 4,768 3,231
Amortization and depletion 36 32 69 58
Share-based payments 183 - 313 -
2,136 1,473 5,150 3,289
Exploration and evaluation expenses 427 241 1,019 373
Income before the undernoted 1,208 2,237 3,927 8,902
Finance and other income (expense)
Interest income 103 107 276 161
Finance costs (9) (24) (19) (291)
Foreign exchange gain (loss) (772) 176 2,883 645
Other income (expense) (58) 148 36 315
(736) 407 3,176 830
Income before income taxes 472 2,644 7,103 9,732
Income tax expense
Current - (143) - (222)
Deferred (118) - (2,066) -
(118) (143) (2,066) (222)
Net income for the period $ 354 $ 2,501 $ 5,037 $ 9,510
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
Foreign currency translation 58 (798) 194 (498)
Change in fair value of available-for-sale financial assets (24) (28) (7) (106)
34 (826) 187 (604)
Total comprehensive income for the period $ 388 $ 1,675 $ 5,224 $ 8,906
Earnings per share
Basic $ 0.00 $ 0.02 $ 0.04 $ 0.08
Diluted $ 0.00 $ 0.02 $ 0.04 $ 0.07
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)
For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income for the period $ 354 $ 2,501 $ 5,037 $ 9,510
Items not involving cash:
Amortization and depletion expense 2,339 448 3,829 1,490
Unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses 862 103 (2,334) 95
Deferred income taxes 118 - 2,066 -
Accretion on reclamation and remediation provision 7 13 14 23
Share-based payments 202 - 340 -
Interest accretion on convertible loan notes - - - 239
Gain on disposal of mineral properties, plant and equipment (7) - (22) -
3,875 3,065 8,930 11,357
Interest received 111 107 262 161
Interest paid - (11) (3) (29)
Income taxes paid (282) (438) (534) (484)
Net cash from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital 3,704 2,723 8,655 11,005
Changes in non-cash working capital:
Trade and other receivables (8,563) 2,661 (4,079) (1,916)
Income taxes recoverable 145 (3) 119 (21)
Inventories 1,244 (3,096) (611) (3,871)
Prepaid expenses, deposits and advances (941) 123 (2,091) (875)
Trade and other payables 716 (737) 736 (2)
Current tax liability - 498 - 593
Net cash from (used in) operating activities (3,695) 2,169 2,729 4,913
Cash flows from investing activities:
Intangible assets (26) (298) (226) (343)
Mineral properties, plant and equipment (7,808) (4,740) (13,880) (8,994)
Proceeds from disposal of mineral properties, plant and equipment 69 - 86 -
Restricted cash - (9) - 45
Net cash used in investing activities (7,765) (5,047) (14,020) (9,292)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repayment of capital lease obligations (63) (74) (117) (210)
Repayment of promissory notes - (355) - (448)
Repayment of convertible loan notes - - - (61)
Proceeds from exercise of options - 522 322 1,914
Proceeds from exercise of warrants - 1,971 - 3,552
Issuance of shares for cash, net of issue costs - 22,500 - 22,500
Net cash from (used in) financing activities (63) 24,564 205 27,247
Effect of foreign currency translation on cash (124) (92) 324 (75)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (11,647) 21,594 (10,762) 22,793
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 40,322 15,166 39,437 13,967
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 28,675 $ 36,760 $ 28,675 $ 36,760

Contact Information

  • Great Panther Silver Limited
    Rhonda Bennetto
    Vice President Corporate Communications

    Great Panther Silver Limited
    Robert A. Archer
    Chief Executive Officer