LOUVEM MINES INC.
TSX VENTURE : LOV

LOUVEM MINES INC.

May 07, 2009 08:30 ET

Louvem Mines Reports Its 2009 First Quarter Results

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 7, 2009) - Louvem Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE:LOV)

- Net earnings of $336,844 for the first quarter of 2009, compared with net earnings of $906,426 for the same period in 2008;

- $6,521,315 in cash and cash equivalents with no long term debt at March 31, 2009;

- 3,000 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$902 (CAN$1,124) in the first quarter of 2009, compared with 4,001 ounces of gold sold at an average price of US$896 (CAN$955) for the same period in 2008.

Louvem Mines Inc. announces its financial results for the first quarter, which ended March 31, 2009. Financial results are based on Canadian GAAP and dollars are reported in Canadian currency, unless otherwise noted.

Revenues were $3,393,656 for the first quarter of 2009, compared with $3,840,314 during the same period in 2008. In all 3,000 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$902 (CAN$1,124) in the first quarter of 2009, compared with 4,001 ounces of gold sold at an average price of US$896 (CAN$955) for the same period in 2008. The decrease in revenues is mainly attributable to the decrease in quantity of ounces sold but was offset by the increase in the average price per ounce of gold sold.

The Company posted net earnings of $336,844, or $0.01 per share for the first quarter of 2009, compared with net earnings of $906,426, or $0.03 per share for the same period in the previous year. Cash flow from operations was $322,958 for the first quarter of 2009, as for the same period in the prior year $1,394,285 had been generated.

Total expenses for the first quarter of 2009 were $2,869,725, compared with $2,629,164 incurred in the same period in 2008. Operating costs for the first quarter of 2009 were $2,290,095, compared with $2,114,226 in the same period in 2008. First quarter 2009 expenses for exploration were $278,850 compared with $160,771 in the same period the prior year due to the costs associated to the on going exploration program. Depreciation and depletion decreased from $160,052 in 2008 to $75,013 in 2009, reflecting a lower depreciation and depletion rate per ounce of gold sold which is calculated based on the proven and probable reserves which were similar at the Beaufor Mine as at December 31, 2008 when compared with December 31, 2007.

Beaufor Mine

During the first quarter of 2009, 29,463 tonnes of ore from the Beaufor Mine were processed at an average recovered grade of 6.34 g/t, and 6,001 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$902 (CAN$1,124) per ounce Louvem's share was 3,000 ounces. In the same quarter the prior year, 30,697 tonnes of ore were processed at an average recovered grade of 8.11 g/t, and 8,003 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$896 (CAN$955) per ounce Louvem's share was 4,001 ounces. The cash cost of production in the first quarter of 2009 was US$613 (CAN$763) per ounce sold, up from US$495 (CAN$528) in the first quarter of 2008, due to increased definition drilling, higher mining costs and a 22% lower recovered grade compared with the same period in 2008.

The Beaufor Mine is intensifying its efforts to reduce the operating costs while maintaining a significant exploration program of approximately 45,000 metres of drilling for 2009.

Annual General Meeting

Louvem's Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at 161, avenue Principale, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, at 9:00 a.m.

Martin Rivard

President and Chief Executive Officer

About Louvem Mine Inc.

The Company has a 50% interest in the Beaufor Mine and owns other exploration properties located near Val-d'Or, in North-western Quebec, Canada.

More information on Louvem Mines can be found on its website at: www.louvem.com.



KEY FINANCIAL DATA
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Three-month period
ended March 31
2009 2008
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Results ($)
Revenues 3,393,656 3,840,314
Net earnings 336,844 906,426
Cash flow from operations 322,958 1,394,285

Results per share ($)
Net earnings basic 0.01 0.03

Weighted average number of common
shares outstanding 25,929,689 25,929,689
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March 31, December 31,
2009 2008
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Financial position ($)
Total assets 9,310,534 9,281,325
Working capital 5,761,855 5,468,777
Long term debt - -
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SALES AND PRODUCTION DATA
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Beaufor Mine - 50 % Three-month period
ended March 31
2009 2008
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Gold sales (ounces) 3,000 4,001
Production of gold (ounces) 2,425 5,192
Cash cost (per ounce sold) (US$) 613 495
Cash cost (per ounce sold) (CAN$) 763 528
Average selling price (per ounce of gold)
(US$) 902 896
Average selling price (per ounce of gold)
(CAN$) 1,124 955
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Average exchange rate used for 2008: US$1 equals CAN$1.0660
2009 estimated exchange rate: US$1 equals CAN$1.2456


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Contact Information

  • Louvem Mines Inc.
    Martin Rivard
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    819-797-3023
    819-797-0166 (FAX)
    www.louvem.com