SOURCE: International Minerals Corporation

International Minerals Corporation

September 28, 2011 18:00 ET

International Minerals Reports Record Earnings of $58.4 Million Pre-Tax Net Income for Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2011; Record Net Equity Earnings of $54.6 Million From Pallancata Silver Mine

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - Sep 28, 2011) - International Minerals Corporation (TSX: IMZ) (SWISS: IMZ) (the "Company") reported record annual pre-tax earnings of $58.4 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 (the "Current Fiscal Year"). Net income for the Current Fiscal Year after the provision for future income taxes was also a record at $53.9 million or $0.46 per share.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2011 (the "Current Quarter"), the Company reported net earnings of $22.5 million after the provision for future income taxes and net earnings of $20.3 million before a recovery of future income taxes.

The record earnings for the Current Fiscal Year were driven by net equity earnings from the Pallancata Mine of $54.6 million. In addition, IMZ recorded net royalty income from the 3% Net Smelter Return royalty at Barrick's Ruby Hill Mine in Nevada (the "Barrick Royalty") of $3.3 million and a gain on the sale of an 11% interest in the Inmaculada property of $14.7 million.

Subsequent to June 30, 2011, the Company received a further cash dividend of $16 million from the Suyamarca joint venture (representing its 40% interest in the Pallancata Mine). The Company has now received dividends totaling $85.6 million from the Pallancata Mine since August 2009.

All dollar amounts in this news release are reported in US Dollars.

Highlights for the Current Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2011

During the Current Fiscal Year, the Company achieved the following significant results:

  • The Company reported net and comprehensive earnings of $53.9 million or $0.46 per share after the provision for future income taxes and net income of $58.4 million before the provision for future income taxes.

    The net earnings of $53.9 million after the provision for future income taxes compares to net earnings of $8.9 million or $0.09 per share for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010 (the "Prior Fiscal Year"). For the Prior Fiscal Year net earnings before the provision for future income taxes were $15.5 million.
  • Cash and equivalents at June 30, 2011 increased to $86.1 million compared to $29.1 million at June 30, 2010 or an increase of 196%.

  • Recorded record gross royalty revenue from the Barrick Royalty of $5.3 million compared to $0.9 million for the Prior Fiscal Year.

  • At the Pallancata Mine in Peru:

    • The Company's 40% share of the Pallancata Mine realized annual net equity earnings of $54.6 million (after the deduction of the Company's technical and administrative monitoring costs and the amortization of certain non-reimbursable costs), compared to $27.5 million for the Prior Fiscal Year.

    • The Company received net cash dividends of $36 million compared to $23.6 million for the Prior Fiscal Year.

    • The Pallancata Mine (on a 100% project basis) produced approximately 9.5 million ounces of silver and 34,517 ounces of gold compared to 10.1 million ounces of silver and 37,405 ounces of gold in the Prior Fiscal Year. Metal production declined marginally primarily because higher metal prices allowed Pallancata to profitably process lower grade ore.

    • The Company's 40% share of Pallancata Mine production was approximately 3.8 million ounces of silver and 13,807 ounces of gold compared to the Prior Fiscal Year's production of approximately 4.0 million ounces of silver and 14,962 ounces of gold.

    • The Company's direct site cash costs were lower than in the Prior Fiscal Year at $2.21 per ounce silver produced (after gold by-product credits). Total cash costs (as defined by the Gold Institute) were $6.04 per ounce silver (after gold by-product credits). For the Prior Fiscal Year the Company's, direct site cash costs and total cash costs were $2.48 and $5.32 per ounce silver, respectively.

  • The Company also reported favorable exploration results at both the Goldfield and Converse projects in Nevada with Goldfield's measured and indicated resource estimate increasing by 179,000 contained ounces (17%) and Converse's measured and indicated resource estimate increasing by 1,209,000 contained ounces (31%).

  • The Company strategically restructured its joint venture relationship with Hochschild in order to fast track development of the Inmaculada project in Peru while minimizing the Company's capital spending obligations at Inmaculada and also materially increasing its available cash which will be strategically deployed in other projects, with a focus on Nevada.

Highlights for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2011 (the "Current Quarter"):

During the Current Quarter, the Company achieved the following significant results:

  • Reported net and comprehensive earnings of $22.5 million or $0.19 per share after the provision for future income taxes and net income before a recovery of future income taxes of $20.3 million.

    The $22.5 million in net earnings after the provision for future income taxes is compared to a net loss of $0.7 million or ($0.01) per share for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2010 (the "Prior Quarter"). For the Prior Fiscal Quarter, net earnings before the provision for future income taxes were $5.9 million.
  • Recorded record gross royalty revenue from the Barrick Royalty of $1.8 million compared to $0.5 million for the Prior Quarter.

  • At the Pallancata Mine in Peru:

    • The Company's 40% interest in the Pallancata Mine realized quarterly net equity earnings of $12.9 million after the deduction of the Company's monitoring costs and the amortization of certain non-reimbursable costs, compared to $8.5 million for the Prior Quarter.

    • The Pallancata Mine (100% project basis) produced approximately 2.2 million ounces of silver and 8,427 ounces of gold compared to 2.5 million ounces of silver and 9,320 ounces of gold in the Prior Quarter.

    • The Company's 40% share of production was approximately 0.9 million ounces of silver and 3,371 ounces of gold compared to the Prior Quarter's production of 1.0 million ounces of silver and 3,728 ounces of gold.

    • The Company's direct site cash costs and total cash costs per ounce of silver produced, net of gold credits, (as defined by the Gold Institute) were $2.87 and $7.89 respectively compared to $2.40 and $5.47 per ounce of silver produced, respectively for the Prior Quarter.

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 June 30, 2011 and 2010 and for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2011 and 2010.

Quarter
Ended
06/30/2011
Quarter
Ended
06/30/2010
Fiscal Year
Ended
06/30/2011
Fiscal Year
Ended
06/30/2010
Ore mined (tonnes) 256,048 262,347 1,069,428 1,024,921
Ore processed (tonnes) 266,673 269,311 1,063,008 1,064,024
Head grade- Silver (grams/tonne) 295 341 324 342
Head grade- Gold (grams/tonne) 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.4
Concentrate produced (tonnes) 2,071 2,558 8,622 9,578
Silver production (ounces) 2,169,924 2,528,006 9,461,573 10,100,062
Gold production (ounces) 8,427 9,320 34,517 37,405
Silver sold ( ounces) 2,165,600 2,754,600 9,531,300 10,075,300
Gold sold (ounces) 7,942 10,279 32,824 36,402
IMZ direct site costs (US$) 2.87 2.40 2.21 2.48
IMZ total cash costs (US$) 7.89 5.47 6.04 5.32

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. Numbers for gold and silver ounces in the sold category have been rounded.
3. Silver and gold ounces sold are now reported as gross ounces. IMZ has also restated the previously reported sales, which had been reported as net payable 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 (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, 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.

Company Outlook

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

  • At the Pallancata Silver Mine in Peru:

    • Working with Hochschild to continue production at the 3,000 tpd mining rate to produce approximately 9.3 million ounces of silver and 36,500 ounces of gold (the Company's estimate on a 100% project basis).

    • Increasing mineral resources and reserves to extend the existing mine life (approximately 4 years 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.

    • Moving the project into production by approximately December, 2013, pursuant to the agreement entered into with Hochschild in December 2010.

  • At the Goldfield gold project in Nevada, completing a feasibility study, including commencing an Environmental Impact Study by the middle of calendar year 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 December 2011 and commencing feasibility study in 2012.

  • At the Rio Blanco gold-silver project in Ecuador, commencing construction of a mine, following receipt of permits and concluding the negotiation of a production contract with the Ecuador Government by December 2011, which will include clarification of certain tax, royalty and foreign investment issues related to the 2009 Mining Law.

  • Also subject to clarification of the mining law issues mentioned above, advancing 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.

  • Continuing to seek additional 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 access the Company's full financial statements, please click this link: http://www.intlminerals.com/financialreports.php

Cautionary Statement:

The Gold Institute calculation of Direct Site Costs and Total Cash Costs are non-Canadian GAAP 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, 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; delays in completing economic studies 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.

INTERNATIONAL MINERALS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Expressed in United States dollars)
AS AT JUNE 30

2011

2010
ASSETS
Current
Cash and equivalents $ 86,127,062 $ 29,099,344
Receivables 4,567,909 4,192,295
Due from related party 557,367 -
Prepaid expenses and deposits 135,969 158,772
Securities held-for-trading 4,199,380 2,557,708
95,587,687 36,008,119
Long term
Property and equipment 504,033 473,093
Investments 238,459 524,609
Investment in joint venture 144,098,399 36,668,508
Resource properties 141,619,839 225,463,484
Royalty interest in resource property 11,402,904 13,409,126
Reclamation / environmental bonds 213,108 212,701
298,076,742 276,751,521
$ 393,664,429 $ 312,759,640
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current
Accounts payable 778,529 2,745,732
Accrued severance and payroll costs $ 1,436,516 $ 2,688,028
Due to related parties 73,079 11,819
Accrued interest payable on convertible debentures 187,661 174,869
Convertible debentures 40,944,188 -
43,419,973 5,620,448
Long term
Convertible debentures - 36,646,543
Future income tax liability 45,300,000 38,800,000
88,719,973 81,066,991
Non-controlling interest in subsidiary - 6,776,100
Shareholders' equity
Capital stock 245,260,695 217,204,514
Contributed surplus 4,403,491 6,371,244
Equity component of convertible debentures 4,945,008 4,945,008
Retained earnings (deficit) 50,335,262 (3,604,217 )
304,944,456 224,916,549
$ 393,664,429 $ 312,759,640

On behalf of the Board:
"Stephen J. Kay" Director "W. Michael Smith" Director
Stephen J. Kay W. Michael Smith

INTERNATIONAL MINERALS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS, COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
AND RETAINED EARNINGS (DEFICIT)
(Expressed in United States dollars)
YEAR ENDED JUNE 30

2011

2010
ROYALTY INCOME
Royalty income $ 5,303,592 $ 877,039
Depletion of royalty income (2,006,222 ) (680,874 )
3,297,370 196,165
INCOME FROM JOINT VENTURE
Equity income from joint venture 55,551,826 28,896,001
Joint venture monitoring costs (201,940 ) (418,711 )
Amortization of non-reimbursable costs (721,467 ) (997,066 )
54,628,419 27,480,224
EXPENSES
Amortization 39,596 183,062
General exploration 24,295 99,261
Interest and financing costs 3,801,160 3,669,572
Investor relations 862,162 641,330
Office and general 1,674,402 488,666
Professional fees 768,827 972,566
Salaries and benefits 1,372,008 1,234,008
Stock-based compensation 707,821 907,657
Transfer agent and listing fees 164,952 134,377
Travel 143,549 169,576
(9,558,772 ) (8,500,075 )
OTHER ITEMS
Foreign exchange (loss) gain (1,825,252 ) 2,362,727
Unrealized gain on securities held-for-trading 1,259,424 1,200,123
Gain on sale of Inmaculada interest 14,692,218 -
Contribution to non-controlling interest in subsidiary (2,205,000 ) (3,687,882 )
Interest income 285,174 294,929
Write-off of resource properties (2,611,815 ) (3,655,872 )
Recovery on disposition of resource properties 763,863 -
Write-down of investment (286,150 ) -
Write-off of capital assets - (163,356 )
10,072,462 (3,649,331 )
Net income before income taxes 58,439,479 15,526,983
Future income tax expense (4,500,000 ) (6,600,000 )
Net income and comprehensive income for the year 53,939,479 8,926,983
Retained Earnings (Deficit), beginning of year (3,604,217 ) (12,531,200 )
Retained Earnings (Deficit), end of year $ 50,335,262 $ (3,604,217 )
Earnings per common share – basic $ 0.46 $ 0.09
Earnings per common share – diluted 0.45 0.09
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic 118,222,472 102,203,014
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - diluted 118,984,254 102,203,014

INTERNATIONAL MINERALS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Expressed in United States dollars)
YEAR ENDED JUNE 30

2011

2010
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income for the year $ 53,939,479 $ 8,926,983
Add non-cash items:
Amortization 39,596 183,062
Depletion of royalty income 2,006,222 680,874
Stock-based compensation 707,821 907,657
Unrealized foreign exchange loss 2,419,179 3,432,341
Unrealized gain on securities held-for-trading (1,259,424 ) (1,200,123 )
Write-off of resource properties 2,611,815 3,655,872
Write-off of long term investment 286,150 -
Interest and financing costs 1,808,273 1,492,364
Equity income from joint venture (55,551,826 ) (28,896,001 )
Amortization of non-reimbursable costs 721,467 997,066
Gain on sale of Inmaculada interest (14,692,218 ) -
Contribution to non-controlling interest in subsidiary 2,205,000 3,687,882
Write-off of capital assets - 163,356
Future income tax expense 4,500,000 6,600,000
Changes in non-cash working capital items:
(Increase) decrease in receivables 2,247,925 (3,749,324 )
(Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses and deposits 22,803 (112,400 )
Decrease in accounts payable (153,124 ) (1,148,099 )
Increase in accrued severance and payroll costs 16,865 12,044
Increase in due to related parties 61,260 18,777
Net cash from (used in) operating activities 1,937,263 (4,347,669 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Share issuance costs (33,856 ) (144,897 )
Due from related party - 75,000
Proceeds from the issuance of common shares 25,395,893 770,138
Share buyback - (811,726 )
Net cash from (used in) financing activities 25,362,037 (111,485 )
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Resource property expenditures (21,583,579 ) (13,819,011 )
Investments in joint venture - (17,444 )
Purchase of securities held-for-trading (148,054 ) -
Purchase of property and equipment (142,607 ) (318,331 )
Loan to Ventura – prior to acquisition - (1,922,791 )
Cash acquired in the Ventura acquisition - 50,457
Cash paid in the Ventura acquisition - (743,763 )
Cash acquired in the Metallic acquisition - 8,040,437
Cash paid in the Metallic acquisition - (25,105,952 )
Reclamation / environmental bonds (407 ) (9,349 )
Recovery of costs - Inmaculada 603,065 -
Dividends received from joint venture, net 36,000,000 23,628,250
Proceeds from sale of Inmaculada interest 15,000,000 -
Net cash from (used in) investing activities 29,728,418 (10,217,497 )
Change in cash and equivalents for the year 57,027,718 (14,676,651 )
Cash and equivalents, beginning of year 29,099,344 43,775,995
Cash and equivalents, end of year $ 86,127,062 $ 29,099,344

Contact Information

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    Tel: +1 480 483 9932

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