LOUVEM MINES INC.
TSX VENTURE : LOV

LOUVEM MINES INC.

July 30, 2009 08:30 ET

Louvem Mines Reports its 2009 Second Quarter Results

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 30, 2009) - Louvem Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE:LOV), announces its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009. Financial results are based on Canadian GAAP and dollar amounts are reported in Canadian currency, unless otherwise noted.

Revenues were $2,557,757 for the second quarter of 2009, compared with $4,001,274 during the same period in 2008. In all 2,351 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$899 (CAN$1,084) per ounce in the second quarter of 2009, compared with 4,351 ounces of gold sold at an average price of US$860 (CAN$917) per ounce for the same period in 2008. The decrease in revenue is mainly attributable to the decrease in number of ounces sold, however this drop was offset by the higher average selling price per ounce of gold.

Total expenses for the second quarter of 2009 were $2,968,452, compared with $3,007,731 incurred in the same period in 2008. Total operating costs for the second quarter of 2009 were $2,083,229, compared with $2,022,665 for the same period in 2008. The cash cost per ounce of gold sold increased from US$436 (CAN$465) for the second quarter of 2008 to US$735 (CANS$886) for this quarter, mainly attributable to an important decrease in the recovered grade at the Beaufor Mine.

Exploration spending in the second quarter 2009 was $511,495, compared with $586,457 in the same period in 2008, reflecting sustained efforts in exploration. Depreciation and depletion decreased from $178,400 in 2008 to $68,167 in 2009, reflecting a lower production rate and a lower depreciation and depletion rate per ounce of gold sold that is calculated based on the proven and probable reserves, which were broadly similar at the Beaufor Mine at December 31, 2008 when compared with December 31, 2007.

The Company posted a net loss of $368,762, or $0.01 per share, for the second quarter of 2009, compared with net earnings of $975,227, or $0.04 per share, for the same period in 2008. Cash used for operations were $1,099,188 for the second quarter of 2009, whereas for the same period in 2008, $1,344,728 had been generated from operations.


During the quarter ended June 30, 2009, 22,806 tonnes of ore from the Beaufor Mine were processed at an average recovered grade of 6.41 g/t, and 4,701 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$899 (CAN$1,084) per ounce; Louvem's share was 2,351 ounces. In the same quarter the prior year, 29,062 tonnes of ore were processed at an average recovered grade of 9.31 g/t, and 8,702 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$860 (CAN$917) per ounce; Louvem's share was 4,351 ounces. Cash costs per ounce sold rose from US$436 (CAN$465) in the second quarter of 2008, to US$735 (CAN$886) in the second quarter of 2009. This cost increase is due to a lower production, the increase in expenses for the definition drilling and a 31% drop in the recovered grade compared with the same period in 2008. The lower grade can largely be explained by the disappointing results from room-and-pillar stopes, where very good grades are usually obtained.

SIX-MONTH REVIEW

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2009, revenues stood at $5,951,413, down 24% relative to revenues of $7,841,588 for the same period in 2008, reflecting the lower number of gold ounces sold. During the first six months of 2009, 5,351 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$917 (CAN$1,106) per ounce, compared with 8,352 ounces of gold sold in the first half of 2008 at an average price of US$877 (CAN$935) per ounce.

Operating expenses for the six-month period ended June 30, 2009 were $4,373,324, up $236,433 over operating costs of $4,136,891 during the same period last year, primarily due to higher mining costs and increased definition drilling at the Beaufor Mine.

Exploration costs were $790,345 during the first half of 2009, compared with $747,228 during the same period in 2008, reflecting the Company's sustained efforts to increase its reserve base.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2009, the Company posted a net loss of $31,918 or nil per share, compared with net earnings of $1,881,653, or $0.07 per share, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2008.

During the first half of 2009, 52,269 tonnes of ore from the Beaufor Mine were processed at an average recovered grade of 6.37 g/t, and 10,702 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$917 (CAN$1,106) per ounce; Louvem's share was 5,351 ounces. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2008, 59,759 tonnes of ore were processed at an average recovered grade of 8.69 g/t, and 16,705 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$877 (CAN$935) per ounce; Louvem's share was 8,352 ounces. Cash costs per ounce were US$677 (CAN$817) for the first six months of 2009, compared with US$464 (CAN$495) per ounce for the same period in 2008. The number of tonnes processed for the first six months of 2009 is 13% lower than for the same period in 2008, but is within forecasted levels. Cash costs per ounce in Canadian dollars increased by 65% compared with the corresponding period in 2008, due to a 27% drop in the recovered grade and higher mining costs.

The definition drilling program is ongoing, with 8,781 metres drilled compared with 4,550 metres drilled during the first six months of 2008.

Exploration

During the second quarter of 2009, a total of 10,560 metres were drilled at the Beaufor Mine, including 7,712 metres targeting depth extensions below the current mining infrastructure. Drilling results obtained since the start of the year 2009 have not led to any significant increase in inferred resources in the zones at depth compared with the resource calculation as of December 31, 2008.

In order to increase the amount of inferred resources below existing infrastructure, new targets will be drill-tested by the end of 2009. The main targets are primarily located along the east and west extensions of the Q Zone, the depth extension of the C Zone, and the area proximal to the Perron Fault.

Outlook

Louvem Mines is maintaining its exploration efforts at the Beaufor Mine and is working to lower its production costs. The Company has no long-term debt and has access to 5.4 million dollars in working capital as at June 30, 2009.

Martin Rivard

President and Chief Executive Officer

About Louvem Mines Inc.

The Company has a 50% interest in the Beaufor Mine and owns other exploration properties located near Val-d'Or, in northwestern 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 Six-month period
ended June 30 ended June 30
2009 2008 2009 2008
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Results ($)
Revenues 2,557,757 4,001,274 5,951,413 7,841,588
Net earnings (loss) (368,762) 975,227 (31,918) 1,881,653
Cash flow from (used in)
operations (1,099,188) 1,344,728 (776,230) 2,739,013

Results per share ($)
Net earnings (loss) basic (0.01) 0.04 - 0.07

Weighted average number
of common shares 25,929,689 25,929,689 25,929,689 25,929,689
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June 30, 2009 December 31, 2008
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Financial position ($)
Total assets 8,316,478 9,281,325
Working capital 5,363,552 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 June 30,
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2009 2008
Gold sales (ounces) 2,351 4,351
Production of gold (ounces) 2,199 5,007

US$ CAN$ US$ CAN$
Cash cost (per ounce sold) 735 886 436 465
Average selling price (per
ounce of gold) 899 1,084 860 917
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Beaufor Mine - 50 % Six-month period ended June 30,
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2009 2008
Gold sales (ounces) 5,351 8,352
Production of gold (ounces) 4,625 10,199

US$ CAN$ US$ CAN$
Cash cost (per ounce sold) 677 817 464 495
Average selling price (per
ounce of gold) 917 1,106 877 935
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Average exchange rate used for 2008: US$1 equals CAN$1.0660
2009 estimated exchange rate: US$1 equals CAN$1.2062


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Contact Information

  • Louvem Mines Inc.
    Martin Rivard
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    514-397-1448
    514-397-8620 (FAX)
    www.louvem.com