Iberian Minerals Corp.
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Iberian Minerals Corp.

June 27, 2011 16:30 ET

Iberian Minerals Reports Q1 Net Income of $30.2 Million

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 27, 2011) - Iberian Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IZN) today announced financial and operating results for the three month period ended March 31, 2011, with comparative figures for the three month period ended March 31, 2010. The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes, and Management Discussion and Analysis may be found on www.sedar.com. Unless stated otherwise, all reported figures are in U.S. dollars. The Company reported net income of $30.16 million for Q1 2011, representing $0.08 per share.

Overview of Q1 2011:

Financial:

Recorded net income of $30.16 million or $0.08 per registered share which included:
o Sales of $37.23 million and gross margin of $(22.57) million;
o A realized loss of $58.64 million on commodity hedges (included in sales);
o An unrealized non-cash gain of $63.08 million on derivative financial instruments outstanding, principally as a result of commodity hedging positions in copper and zinc that were delivered into during the period and were thus retired.
As at March 31, 2011 MATSA held 6,096 FMT of copper in concentrate and 2,951 FMT of zinc in concentrate at port awaiting shipment with approximate market value of $64 million as at March 31, 2011. The Company received payment in advance of sale of these metals in the amount of $56.43 million during the period.
Cash flow provided by operations was $34.05 million.
Subsequent to the end of the period, on June 24, 2011 the Company completed a CA$ 76 million equity financing which allows for the buy-out of Trafigura's 45.96% net-profit interest in Condestable for 2011 to 2014 for $60 million.

Operational – CMC:

Condestable Mine processed copper ore at budgeted rates. The average copper ore grade was 1.12% in 2011 versus 1.10% in 2010.
CMC processed 578,700 tonnes of ore in 2011 versus 551,700 tonnes of ore in 2010 (increase of 5%).
Copper concentrate production in 2011 was 23,400 DMT versus 21,300 DMT in 2010 (increase of 10%).
Contained copper production in 2011 was 5,770 FMT versus 5,340 FMT tonnes in the prior year.
The Cash Operating Cost (non-IFRS measure; refer to note 1) in 2011 was $1.08 per payable pound of copper versus prior year of $1.06.
Other
Subsequent to the end of the period, in May 2011 completed an amendment to its senior debt facility and increased the principal to $60 million and extended the term by six months (to September 2013).

Operational – MATSA:

MATSA processed 514,100 tonnes of ores in 2011 versus 357,600 tonnes of ores in 2010 (increase of 44%).
Produced 26,800 DMT of copper concentrate (2010 – 19,400 DMT), 17,400 DMT of zinc concentrate (2010 – 6,000 DMT) and 10,400 DMT of lead concentrate (2010 – nil). Contained metal production was 6,000 FMT of copper (2010 – 5,170 tonnes), 8,450 FMT of zinc (2010 – 2,930 tonnes), 1,950 FMT of lead (2010 – nil) and 298,800 ounces of silver (2010 – 137,600 ounces).
The Cash Operating Cost was $1.72 per payable pound of copper (2010 - $2.23 per payable pound of copper).
Other
Subsequent to the end of the period, in May 2011 MATSA was awarded the exploration concessions by the local authorities for the Sotiel property. The Sotiel mine, which forms part of the concessions, was a past producing mine as is located approximately 25 km from the Aguas Tenidas operation.

Outlook

The first six months of 2011 has proven to be a very busy period for the Company. Accomplishments included the following:

Production results for Q1 that have met and in some cases exceeded operating parameters.
The decision to exercise the option to buy-out Trafigura's 45.96% Net Profit Interest ("NPI"), which was contingent consideration to be paid by Iberian to Trafigura as part of the acquisition of CMC in 2008, for $60 million.
The receipt of the exploration concessions for the Sotiel Mine in Spain.
Completion of a CA$ 76 million equity financing to fund both the NPI buy-out and Sotiel Mine evaluation work plan.

For the balance of 2011 the Company's focus will be on numerous priorities both with the Operations and with Developments as referred to in the following.

Operations

At both CMC and MATSA the Company expects to meet previously issued production guidance for 2011. For CMC the priority is to complete the plant expansion activities to allow for daily operations at 6,600 tpd by the end of Q3 2011.

For MATSA the priority remains optimization of metallurgical performance in the processing plant. The 2011 budget parameters for the copper and polymetallic circuits are substantially being met. The focus will be to further optimize both concentrate grades and recoveries.

MATSA is currently engaged in contract negotiations with the labour unions representing the operations' employees. The most recent contract expired on December 31, 2010. While the company is optimistic that a new collective labour agreement will be reached without a work stoppage any negative developments in this regard may negatively impact on expected production from Aguas Tenidas in 2011.

Development

With the recent receipt of the exploration concessions for the Sotiel Mine in Spain the Company will be actively studying a possible rehabilitation and re-start of the Sotiel Mine together with a related expansion study for the operations at Aguas Tenidas. A budget for this work program of approximately $20 million has been approved by the Board of Directors and is expected to be spent over the remainder of 2011.

Summarized Financial Results

The following table presents a summarized Statement of Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2011 with comparatives for the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Effective January 1, 2011, International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") became Canadian GAAP for publicly accountable enterprises. As a result, the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements for the first quarter of 2011 are reported in accordance with IFRS, with comparative information for 2010 restated.

The condensed consolidated financial statements for the first quarter of 2011 include reconciliations from previous Canadian GAAP reporting to IFRS for the Company's opening balance sheet as at January 1, 2010, and balance sheet as at December 31, 2010 and the statements of loss for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and the year ended December 31, 2010. Also included are reconciliations of equity as at January 1, 2010, as at March 31, 2010 and as at December 31, 2010.

Periods ended March 31,20112010
$$
Sales37,23055,799
Costs and expenses of mining operations59,80174,649
Gross loss(22,571)(18,850)
Expenses
Administrative expenses and other1,4461,235
Foreign exchange (gain) loss3,141(12,658)
Contingent consideration fair value-5,233
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments(63,078)12,159
Total expenses (other income)(58,491)5,969
Operating income (loss)35,920(24,819)
Net finance costs6,2312,496
Profit (loss) before taxation29,689(27,315)
Income tax expense8431,422
Future income tax expense (recovery)(1,316)9,030
Net income (loss)30,162(37,767)
Basic earnings (loss) per share ($)0.083(0.112)
Diluted earnings (loss) per share ($)0.077(0.112)

Key operating statistics

MATSA:

Three months
Periods ended March 31,Unit20112010
Ore minedt587,956551,326
Ore processedt578,738551,683
Copper ore grade%1.121.10
Concentrate grade%2525
Copper recovery rate%8988
Copper concentrateDMT23,38721,283
Copper contained in concentrateFMT5,7685,335
Gold contained in concentrateoz3,4063,259
Silver contained in concentrateoz77,84066,046
Payable copper contained in concentrateFMT5,5065,097
Payable gold contained in concentrateoz3,0842,951
Payable silver contained in concentrateoz69,70559,144
Cash Operating Cost per lb of payable copperUSD$1.08$1.06

MATSA:

Three months
Periods ended March 31,Unit20112010
Copper ore
Ore minedt304,687285,212
Ore processedt305,748281,685
Copper ore grade%2.171.88
Concentrate grade%2223
Copper recovery rate%8686
Copper concentrateDMT25,40319,403
Copper contained in concentrateFMT5,7134,538
Silver contained in concentrateoz92,31964,471
Payable copper contained in concentrateFMT5,4594,344
Payable silver contained in concentrateoz67,47645,756
Polymetallic ore
Ore minedt214,18061,659
Ore processedt208,33575,875
Zinc ore grade%5.996.11
Zinc concentrate grade%4949
Zinc recovery rate%6864
Copper ore grade%1.061.27
Copper concentrate grade%21-
Copper/lead concentrate grade%-10
Copper recovery rate%1966
Lead ore grade%1.87-
Lead concentrate grade%19-
Lead recovery rate%51-
Zinc concentrateDMT17,3665,959
Copper concentrateDMT1,358-
Copper/lead concentrateDMT-6,071
Lead concentrateDMT10,412-
Zinc contained in concentrateFMT8,4512,933
Copper contained in concentrateFMT288629
Lead contained in concentrateFMT1,954-
Silver contained in concentrateoz206,50473,095
Payable zinc contained in concentrateFMT7,0612,456
Payable coppper contained in concentrateFMT275568
Payable lead contained in concentrateFMT1,641-
Payable silver contained in concentrateoz136,21054,911
Cash Operating Cost per lb of payable copperUSD1.722.23

About Iberian Minerals Corp.

Iberian Minerals Corp. is a Canadian listed global base metals company with interests in Spain and Peru. The Condestable Mine, located in Peru approximately 90 km south of Lima operates at 2.2 million tonnes per year producing copper, and associated silver and gold in a concentrate. The Aguas Tenidas Mine is in the Andalucia region of Spain approximately 110 km north-west of Seville and operates a 2.2 million tonnes per year underground mine and concentrator that produces copper, zinc and lead concentrates that also contain gold and silver.

Note 1 - The Cash Operating Cost per pound of payable copper is a non-IFRS performance measure. It includes cash operating costs, including treatment and refining charges ("TC/RC"), freight and distribution costs, and is net of by-product metal credits (zinc, gold and silver). The Cash Operating Cost per pound of payable copper indicator is consistent with the widely accepted industry standard established by Brook Hunt and is also known as the C1 cash cost.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS:

This news release contains certain "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" under applicable securities laws. Except for statements of historical fact, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. Forward looking information may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performances of the Corporation, its subsidiaries and their respective projects, the timing and amount of estimated future production, estimated costs of future production, capital, operating and exploration expenditures, the future price of copper, gold and zinc, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the realization of mineral reserve estimates, the costs and timing of future exploration, requirements for additional capital, government regulation of exploration, development and mining operations, environmental risks, reclamation and rehabilitation expenses, title disputes or claims, and limitations of insurance coverage. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are based on a number of assumptions and subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Many of these assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of the Corporation and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from results anticipated by such forward-looking statements include changes in market conditions and other risk factors discussed or referred to in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Corporation's annual information form dated March 29, 2010. Although the Corporation has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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Contact Information

  • Iberian Minerals Corp.
    Laura Sandilands
    Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
    416-815-8558