SOURCE: International Minerals Corporation

International Minerals Corporation

December 14, 2011 18:00 ET

International Minerals Reports $15.2 Million in After-Tax Net Income for First Fiscal Quarter Ending September 30, 2011; Update on Inmaculada Project, Peru

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - Dec 14, 2011) - International Minerals Corporation (TSX: IMZ) (SIX: IMZ) (the "Company") reports excellent financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2011, highlighted by $15.2 million in consolidated net and comprehensive income after tax, including net equity earnings of $14.9 million from the Company's 40% interest in the Pallancata Mine in Peru.

In December, 2011, the Company was advised that Suyamarca (the owner of the Pallancata Mine) expects to declare a $30 million cash dividend, of which the Company's share would be $12 million. The receipt of this dividend would bring the cumulative dividend distributions received by IMZ to $97.6 million since the mine was first placed into production in September 2007.

All amounts in this news release are reported in US dollars. The financial results reported in this news release, including the results for the comparable quarter ended September 30, 2010, are prepared according to International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") which the Company adopted effective July 1, 2011.

Highlights for the Three-Month Period ended September 30, 2011:

During the three-month period ended September 30, 2011 (the "Current Quarter"), the Company achieved the following significant results:

  • The Company reported after tax net and comprehensive income of $15.2 million or $0.13 per share compared to after tax net and comprehensive income for the three months ended September 30, 2010 (the "Previous Year Quarter") of $8.6 million or $0.07 per share, or an increase of 78% year-over-year.

  • The Company's 40% share of the Pallancata Mine realized quarterly net earnings of $14.9 million (after the deduction of the Company's monitoring costs and the amortization of certain non-reimbursable costs), compared to $8.9 million for the Previous Year Quarter or an increase of 66% year-over-year.

  • Cash and equivalents at September 30, 2011 increased to a record $97.9 million from $86.1 million at June 30, 2011, which increase was due to the receipt of $16 million of dividends from Suyamarca (the Pallancata Mine).

  • Cash flow from operating activities for the Current Quarter was $19.8 million compared to $1.5 million for the Previous Year Quarter.

  • Gross royalty revenue from Barrick's Ruby Hill gold mine was $1.2 million for the Current Quarter compared to gross royalty revenue of $0.8 million for the Previous Year Quarter.

  • The Pallancata Mine (100% project basis) produced approximately 2.3 million ounces of silver and 9,370 ounces of gold in the Current Quarter, compared to 2.5 million ounces of silver and 8,265 ounces of gold in the Previous Year Quarter.

  • The Company's 40% share of production in the Current Quarter was approximately 0.92 million ounces of silver and 3,748 ounces of gold compared to 1.0 million ounces of silver and 3,306 ounces of gold for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.

  • Direct site costs for the Current Quarter at the Pallancata Mine were approximately $1.01 per ounce of silver produced (after gold by-product credits) and total cash costs (as defined by the Gold Institute) were $5.44 per ounce of silver produced (after gold by-product credits). For the Previous Year Quarter direct site costs and total cash costs were $2.53 and $5.77 per ounce of silver produced, respectively. Direct site cash costs and total cash costs were lower in the Current Quarter compared to the Previous Year Quarter due to higher gold by-product credits resulting from a higher gold prices and a 13% increase in gold production.

  • In Nevada, the exploration, in-fill and sterilization drilling, as well as metallurgical test work at Goldfield and Converse are progressing as scheduled. The Plan of Operations baseline data collection work is advancing in preparation for the Environmental Impact Study and permitting of the heap leach operation at the Gemfield and McMahon Ridge properties at Goldfield. The Converse scoping study remains scheduled for completion before December 31, 2011.

Other Financial Information for the Three-month Period Ended September 30, 2011:

  • Other expenses totaled $1.6 million for the Current Quarter compared to $1.9 million for the Previous Year Quarter. The decrease in costs in the Current Quarter is mostly related to lower interest expense on the convertible debentures, a decrease in professional fees and expenses and also lower salaries and benefits. These cost savings were partially offset by an increase in investor relations expenditures and an increase in office and general expenses.

  • Other items contributed $1.3 million to earnings in the Current Quarter compared to income of $0.9 million for the Previous Year Quarter. A $1.8 million foreign exchange gain benefited earnings in the Current Quarter which was mostly related to a currency translation gain on the Canadian dollar denominated convertible debentures.

  • At September 30, 2011, the Company had working capital of $61.6 million, an improvement of $9.1 million over its working capital position at June 30, 2010 and an increase of $35.9 million compared to the Company's working capital at September 30, 2010.

  • At September 30, 2011, the total deferred income tax liability was $8.0 million, which primarily relates to the acquisition of Metallic Ventures Gold and is anticipated to be a non-cash item.

The Company reports its interests in the Pallancata Mine and the Inmaculada property on an equity accounting basis.

Operating Statistics for the Pallancata Mine (100% project basis).

The table below reports key operating and cost statistics for the Pallancata Mine for the quarters ended September 30, 2011 and 2010 and for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 together with the results from the quarter ended June 30, 2011.

Quarter Ended 9/30/2011 Quarter Ended 9/30/2010 Quarter Ended 06/30/2011 Year Ended 12/31/2010 Year Ended 12/31/2009
Ore mined (mt) 269,273 286,358 256,048 1,090,948 904,447
Ore processed (mt) 268,673 273,239 266,673 1,071,617 922,521
Head grade- Ag (g/t) 313 337 295 344 327
Head grade-Au (g/t) 1.43 1.33 1.30 1.40 1.40
Concentrate produced (mt) 2,266 2,360 2,071 9,541 7,684
Silver production (oz) 2,290,805 2,511,189 2,169,924 10,135,483 8,420,448
Gold production (oz) 9,370 8,265 8,427 35,849 31,975
Silver Sold (ozs) 1,935,300 2,490,400 2,165,600 9,998,000 8,405,000
Gold sold (ozs) 8,017 7,923 7,942 32,600 30,700
IMZ direct site costs (US$) 1.01 2.53 2.87 2.22 2.85
IMZ total cash costs (US$) 5.44 5.77 7.89 5.47 5.51

Notes:
1. The reported head grades for silver and gold are based on the overall metallurgical balance for the process plant.
2. The difference between "produced" metal ounces and 'sold" metal ounces is in-process concentrate. Sold gold and silver has been rounded.
3. Silver and gold ounces sold are now reported as gross ounces.
4. Direct site costs per ounce silver and total cash costs per ounce silver reflect a "mined ore inventory adjustment". IMZ believes that this calculation more accurately matches costs with ounces of production (Also see notes 5 and 6 below).
5. Direct site costs per ounce silver comprise direct mining costs, mined ore inventory adjustment, toll processing costs and. mine general and administrative costs. The cost per ounce is net of by-product credit, with by-product gold revenue offsetting operating costs.
6. Total cash costs, using the Gold Institute definition, comprise: mine operating costs, mined ore inventory adjustment, toll processing costs, mine general and administrative costs, Hochschild management fee, concentrate transportation and smelting costs, local and regional taxes and government royalty (currently approximately 3% of gross revenue for Pallancata). The cost per ounce is net of by-product credit, with by-product gold revenue offsetting operating costs.
7. "m/t" is metric tonne; "g/t' is grams per tonne; and "ozs" is troy ounces.

Other Updates:

Normal Course Issuer Bid

On October 17, 2011, the Company commenced a normal course issuer bid (or share repurchase program) to purchase, through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange, a maximum of 3,000,000 of its common shares representing 2.5% of the Company's 120,409,876 issued and outstanding common shares as at October 7, 2011. Following the end of each quarter, all common shares repurchased will be cancelled.

To date, the Company has repurchased 864,400 common shares at an average price of Cdn$6.59 per share for a total value of $5,598,861 (Cdn$5,699,451).

The common share repurchase program is being carried out in compliance with the requirements of the Swiss Stock Exchange ("SIX"). However, common shares will not be repurchased through the facilities of the SIX.

Inmaculada Project, Peru - Feasibility Study

At the Inmaculada gold-silver project in Peru (40% the Company, 60% Hochschild), completion of the independent feasibility study is expected by the end of December. The Company and Hochschild anticipate the release of the results of the study in January, 2012, following review and approvals by the respective Boards of Directors.

Company Outlook

During the 2012 calendar year, the Company's exploration and development efforts are expected to focus primarily on:

  • At the Pallancata silver mine in Peru:

    • Working with our joint venture partner Hochschild to maintain production at the 3,000 tpd mining rate to produce approximately 9.3 million ounces of silver and 36,500 ounces of gold in calendar year 2012 (the Company's estimate on a 100% project basis).

    • Increasing mineral resources and reserves to extend the existing mine life (approximately a 4 year mine life based on current reserves).

  • At the Inmaculada gold-silver project in Peru:

    • Working with Hochschild to continue with the aggressive exploration and development program.

    • Completing a feasibility study by the end of calendar year 2011 in order to move the project into production as scheduled by the end of 2013.

  • At the Goldfield gold project in Nevada, completing a feasibility study, including commencing an Environmental Impact Study by mid 2012, with the goal of commencing heap leach production in 2015.

  • At the Converse gold project in Nevada, completing a scoping study by the end of calendar 2011 and commencing a final feasibility study in 2012.

  • At the Rio Blanco gold-silver project in Ecuador, commencing construction of a mine, following permit approvals and the negotiation of a production contract in 2012, which will include clarification of certain tax, royalty and foreign investment issues relating to the 2009 Mining Law.

  • Subject to the successful conclusion of a production contract for Rio Blanco, advancing the development of the Gaby gold project with the commencement of a feasibility study.

  • Enhancing cash flow by acquiring a producing asset in a low-risk political and environmental jurisdiction in the Americas.

  • As deemed appropriate, to continue seeking strategic joint venture alliances, such as that with Hochschild at Pallancata and Inmaculada, in order to fast-track projects to production and to reduce future cash outlays by the Company.

Hochschild Mining plc does not accept any responsibility for the adequacy or inadequacy of the disclosure made in this news release and any such responsibility is hereby disclaimed in all respects.

To view the Company's complete financial statements and MD&A, please click the following link:
http://www.intlminerals.com/financialreports.php

Cautionary Statement:

The Gold Institute calculation of Direct Site Costs and Total Cash Costs are non-IFRS financial measures, which Company management believes are useful in measuring operational performance. Some of the statements contained in this release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities law requirements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release include statements regarding production expectations, drilling and development programs on the Company's projects, timing of completion of economic studies and the timing of commencement of construction and production and, obtaining of required environmental and production permits. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results include risks and uncertainties such as: risks relating to obtaining mining and environmental permits; mining and development risks; financing risks; risk of commodity price fluctuations; political and regulatory risks; risks related to the new mining law in Ecuador, and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended June 30, 2011, which is available at www.sedar.com under the Company's name. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(Expressed in United States dollars)
(Unaudited)
September 30, 2011 June 30, 2011 July 1, 2010
ASSETS
Current
Cash and equivalents $ 97,897,981 $ 86,127,062 $ 29,099,344
Receivables 1,367,571 4,567,909 4,192,295
Due from related party 557,367 557,367 -
Prepaid expenses and deposits 169,913 135,969 158,772
Investments 3,710,007 4,437,839 3,082,317
Current assets 103,702,839 95,826,146 36,532,728
Non-current
Property, plant and equipment
Investment in Ruby Hill royalty 10,951,476 11,402,904 13,409,126
Other property, plant and equipment 494,264 504,033 473,093
Total property, plant and equipment 11,445,740 11,906,937 13,882,219
Investment in associate 117,807,232 118,898,399 36,668,508
Investment in resource properties 149,660,721 141,619,839 202,263,484
Reclamation / environmental bonds 213,108 213,108 212,701
Non-current assets 279,126,801 272,638,283 253,026,912
Total assets $ 382,829,640 $ 368,464,429 $ 289,559,640
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current
Accounts payable $ 1,250,430 $ 778,529 $ 2,745,732
Accrued severance and payroll costs 1,468,884 1,436,516 2,688,028
Due to related parties 27,053 73,079 11,819
Accrued interest payable on convertible debentures 709,152 187,661 174,869
Convertible debentures 38,680,999 40,944,188 -
Current liabilities 42,136,518 43,419,973 5,620,448
Non-current
Convertible debentures - - 36,646,543
Deferred income tax liability 8,000,000 8,000,000 8,600,000
Non-current liabilities 8,000,000 8,000,000 45,246,543
Shareholders' equity
Capital stock 245,708,828 245,260,695 217,204,514
Reserves 4,768,209 4,774,831 7,100,512
Equity component of convertible debentures 4,945,008 4,945,008 4,945,008
Retained earnings 77,271,077 62,063,922 2,666,515
Capital and reserves attributable to the equity holders of the Company 332,693,122 317,044,456 231,916,549
Non-controlling interest in subsidiary - - 6,776,100
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 382,829,640 $ 368,464,429 $ 289,559,640
Approved on December 12, 2011 by the Directors:
"Stephen J. Kay" Director "W. Michael Smith" Director
Stephen J. Kay W. Michael Smith

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Expressed in United States dollars)
For the three months ended September 30 (Unaudited)
September 30, 2011 September 30, 2010
ROYALTY INCOME
Royalty income $ 1,182,153 $ 820,382
Depletion of royalty interest (451,428 ) (113,005 )
Net proceeds tax (59,108 ) (41,019 )
Net royalty income 671,617 666,358
INCOME FROM ASSOCIATE
Equity income from associate 15,089,200 9,246,519
Associate monitoring costs (55,102 ) (73,425 )
Amortization of non-reimbursable costs (180,367 ) (249,267 )
Net income from associate 14,853,731 8,923,827
EXPENSES
Amortization 11,591 8,638
General exploration 40,497 9,666
Interest and financing costs 561,808 946,983
Investor relations 190,360 124,311
Office and general 355,482 196,039
Professional fees 2,482 76,912
Salaries and benefits 241,812 290,077
Stock-based compensation 93,699 212,070
Transfer agent and listing fees 49,330 42,303
Travel 36,180 14,093
Total expenses (1,583,241 ) (1,921,092 )
OTHER ITEMS
Foreign exchange gain 1,803,709 3,710
Unrealized gain (loss) on investments (693,518 ) 844,789
Interest income 154,857 36,022
Total other items 1,265,048 884,521
Net income and comprehensive income for the period before tax 15,207,155 8,553,614
Income tax expense - -
Net and comprehensive income after tax $ 15,207,155 $ 8,553,614
Earnings per common share - basic $ 0.13 $ 0.07
Earnings per common share - diluted $ 0.12 $ 0.07
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic 120,387,368 115,254,320
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - diluted 127,059,865 115,550,465
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Expressed in United States dollars)
For the three months ended September 30 (Unaudited)
September 30, 2011 September 30, 2010
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income for the period $ 15,207,155 $ 8,553,614
Add non-cash items:
Amortization 11,591 12,306
Depletion of royalty interest 451,428 113,005
Stock-based compensation 93,699 212,070
Unrealized foreign exchange gain (2,071,014 ) (3,710 )
Unrealized (gain) loss on investments 693,518 (844,789 )
Interest and financing costs 561,808 946,983
Equity income from associate (15,089,200 ) (9,246,519 )
Amortization of non-reimbursable costs 180,367 249,267
Add cash item: Dividends received from associate 16,000,000 -
Changes in non-cash working capital items:
Decrease in receivables 3,757,705 3,149,572
Increase in prepaid expenses and deposits (33,944 ) (4,309 )
(Decrease) increase in accounts payable 50,384 (1,148,958 )
Decrease in accrued severance and payroll costs
(Decrease) increase in due to related party
(551)
(46,026
) (517,430)
6,085
Net cash provided by operating activities 19,766,920 1,477,187
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds from the issuance of common shares 307,387 40,384
Net cash provided by financing activities 307,387 40,384
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Resource property expenditures (8,115,903 ) (5,084,822 )
Purchase of investments (157,165 ) (148,054 )
Purchase of property and equipment (30,320 ) (6,105 )
Reclamation / environmental bonds - (3,407 )
Net cash used in investing activities (8,303,388 ) (5,242,388 )
Change in cash and equivalents for the period 11,770,919 (3,724,817 )
Cash and equivalents, beginning of period 86,127,062 29,099,344
Cash and equivalents, end of period $ 97,897,981 $ 25,374,527
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
(Expressed in United States dollars, except share amounts)
SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 (Unaudited)
Attributable to equity holders of the Company
Share Capital
Reserves for
share based payments

Equity
component of convertible debt


Retained
earnings



Total

Non-controlling interest


Total
equity
Number
of shares
Share capital
Balance July 1, 2010 115,242,581 $ 217,204,514 $ 7,100,512 $ 4,945,008 $ 2,666,515 $ 231,916,549 $ 6,776,100 $ 238,692,649
Issued on exercise of options 12,857 69,074 (34,459 ) - - 34,615 - 34,615
Pending issuance on exercise of options - 5,769 - - - 5,769 - 5,769
Stock-based compensation - - 212,070 - - 212,070 - 212,070
Inmaculada contribution loss - - - - (1,421,000 ) (1,421,000 ) 1,421,000 -
Net income for the period - - - - 8,553,614 8,553,614 - 8,553,614
Balance Sept 30, 2010 115,255,438 $ 217,279,357 $ 7,278,123 $ 4,945,008 $ 9,799,129 $ 239,301,617 $ 8,197,100 $ 247,498,717
Issued on conversion of debentures 2,616 18,570 - - - 18,570 - 18,570
Issued on private placement 3,655,746 20,000,000 - - - 20,000,000 - 20,000,000
Share issuance costs - (33,856 ) - - - (33,856 ) - (33,856 )
Issued on exercise of options 1,383,763 7,996,624 (2,641,115 ) - - 5,355,509 - 5,355,509
Stock-based compensation - - 137,823 - - 137,823 - 137,823
Sale of controlling interest in Quellopata - - - - - - (8,197,100 ) (8,197,100 )
Net income for the period - - - - 52,264,793 52,264,793 - 52,264,793
Balance June 30, 2011 120,297,563 $ 245,260,695 $ 4,774,831 $ 4,945,008 $ 62,063,922 $ 317,044,456 $ - $ 317,044,456
Issued on exercise of options 106,500 407,708 (100,321 ) - - 307,387 - 307,387
Issued on conversion of debentures 5,813 40,425 - - - 40,425 - 40,425
Stock-based compensation - - 93,699 - - 93,699 - 93,699
Net income for the period - - - - 15,207,155 15,207,155 - 15,207,155
Balance at September 30, 2011 120,409,876 $ 245,708,828 $ 4,768,209 $ 4,945,008 $ 77,271,077 $ 332,693,122 $ - $ 332,693,122

Contact Information

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