Aurcana Corporation
TSX VENTURE : AUN
OTCQX : AUNFF

Aurcana Corporation

August 15, 2011 09:00 ET

Record Results for Aurcana Q2, 2011

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2011) - Aurcana Corporation (TSX VENTURE:AUN)(OTCQX:AUNFF) ("Aurcana" or the "Company") is pleased to report its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. The summary of the selected financial information should be read in conjunction with the unaudited financial statements and the related management's discussion and analysis dated August 12, 2011 together referred to as the "Financial Statements", which have been filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and the Company's website (http://www.aurcana.com). All figures are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

Join the Q2 Conference Call for Aurcana Corporation at 4:30pm (EST), Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, details at end of this press release.

Highlights for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 were:

  • 158% increase in net revenues to $12.4 million compared to $4.8 million for the second quarter of 2010;

  • Earnings from mining operations to $5.3 million compared to $0.6 million for the second quarter of 2010;

  • Operating cash flow before movements in working capital items, to $4.0 million (2010: deficit of $1.5 million)

  • 50% increase in milled tonnes processed for a total of 260,931 during the six months ended June 2011, (2010: 173,208 tonnes); of which 36,809 tonnes or 14% were mined from NI 43-101 Measured and Indicated and the balance of 224,122 tonnes or 86% were mined from new discoveries;

  • 53% increase in silver ounces sold for second quarter to 263,357 (257,509 ounces produced) from 172,356 silver ounces in 2010.

  • Metal prices were a significant factor in the increased profitability of the Company. Average Silver prices were $36.86 compared to 18.22 per ounce in second quarter of 2010.

La Negra Mine

  • 42% increase in tonnes of ore processed during the second quarter, 133,700 compared to 94,201 for 2010;
  • 41% increase in Silver ounces produced during the second quarter, 257,508 compared to 182,009 in 2010;
  • 36% increase in Copper, Zinc and Lead concentrate produced during current the second quarter, 5,391 tonnes (5,345 tonnes sold) compared to 3,976 in 2010;
  • La Negra's production increase was supported by a continuous in-house diamond drilling program.

Mining operations and exploration drilling at La Negra continue to delineate additional mineralized zones, either between or as extensions of existing ore zones. These results are expected to add to the mine life of La Negra.

Drill crews have completed 6,863 metres of diamond drilling during the six months ended June, 2011.

A lead-silver concentrate circuit was installed and was placed into production during the quarter ended June 30, 2011. Metallurgical studies concluded that the new circuit, using gravimetric separation, would eliminate the penalty for lead content and result in a higher quality copper concentrate.

Additional expansion of La Negra is planned to increase production from 1,500 up to 2,000 tonnes/day, with an investment of $ 4.5 million and an estimated completion in early 2012.

Shafter

  • Construction on the Shafter Silver Mine is on schedule and estimated to be complete by May, 2012.
  • The Shafter feasibility study shows an estimated pay back of 1.9 years based on $15.53 per ounce of Silver and the construction is estimated to be completed by May 2012.

Earnings

The Company had earnings from mining operations of $5.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 (2010: $0.6 million); income before taxes of $1.7 million (2010: a loss of $1.4 million); a net income of $1.6 million (2010: a loss of $ 1.4 million). For the six months ended June 30, 2011 the Company had earnings from mining operations to $ 10.7 million (2010: $ 1.3 million); income before taxes to $ 3.3 million (2010: a loss $ 1.9 million); a net income of $ 2.3 million (2010: a loss of $ 1.9 million).

The increase in earnings from operations was mainly related to increased volumes sold and the increase in the selling prices of the metals produced by the Company.

Revenue

During the quarter ended June 30, 2011, the Company generated revenues from the sale of 1,832 tonnes of copper concentrate (2010: - 2,788 tonnes); 2,667 tonnes of zinc concentrate (2010: – 1,085 tonnes); 846 tonnes of Lead Concentrate (2010: nil); and 263,357 ounces of silver (2010 – 172,356 ounces) for total net revenues of $12.4 million (2010 - $4.8 million).

The average price for sales of copper, silver, zinc and lead during the period were Cu - $4.14 (2010: $3.45) per pound; Ag - $36.86 (2010: $18.22) per ounce; Zn $1.02 (2010: $1.15) per pound and Pb $1.16 (2010: $0.88). Metal prices were a significant factor in the increased profitability of the Company.

Concept Second quarter Change Year to date Change
2011 2010 Year-on-Year 2011 2010 Year-on-Year
Revenues ($ million) [1] $ 12.4 $ 4.8 Up 158% $ 23.2 $ 9.3 Up 150%
Earnings from mining operations ($million) $ 5.3 $ 0.6 Up $ 10.7 $ 1.3 Up
Net Income (loss) $million $ 1.6 $ (1.4 ) Up $ 3.0M $ 2.3 $ (1.9 ) Up $ 4.2 M
Operating Cash Flow before movements in working capital ($ million) [2] $ 4.0 $ (1.5 ) Up $ 5.5 M $ 8.7 $ (1.9 ) Up $ 10.6 M
Silver Ounces produced 257,508 182,009 Up 41% 497,783 336,104 Up 48%
Silver Ounces sold [2] [3] 263,357 172,356 Up 53% 482,058 326,146 Up 48%
Avg., revenue per silver Oz sold 36.86 18.22 Up 102% 36.14 17.72 Up 104%
Copper, lead and zinc concentrates produced (tonnes) 5,391 3,976 Up 36% 10,075 6,962 Up 45%
Ore mined (tonnes) 143,290 113,711 Up 26% 272,902 221,740 Up 23%
Ore milled (tonnes) 133,700 94,201 Up 42% 260,931 173,208 Up 50%
[1] After refinery & treatment charges
[2] A non IFRS measure
[3] After refinery & treatment charges

Summary

During Q2 2011 Aurcana continued to build on the advances of its La Negra Mine. Metal concentrate prices continued to improve, and the Company continued to adjust its cost structure, both on the operational and administrative side. The Company continued to advance the permitting process at Shafter and initiated development of the Shafter mine. Aurcana continues to focus on its future growth.

To read complete Financial Statement click on this link: http://www.aurcana.com/i/pdf/2011Q2FS.pdf

To read complete MD&A click on this link: http://www.aurcana.com/i/pdf/2011Q2MDA.pdf

Corporate

On April 19, 2011, Aurcana commenced trading on the OTCQX International. Investors can find current financial disclosure and Real-Time Level 2 quotes for the Company on www.otcqx.com and www.otcmarkets.com.

The Company trades in the United States on OTCQX under the symbol "AUNFF".

About Aurcana Corporation:

The Shafter Silver Mine is scheduled to start up production within 12 months producing 3.8 million ounces silver in the first year. It has a NI 43-101 measured and indicated resource of 24.6 million ounces of silver (2,900,000 tons at 8.48 Ag opt) and an inferred resource of 22.8 million ounces of silver (2,167,000 tons at 10.52 Ag opt) using a 4.0 ounce per ton cut off. The 92% owned La Negra silver-lead-zinc-copper mine is on target to increase production to over 2 million ounces Silver Equivalent annually.

Q2 2011 Conference Call Details

Monday, August 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT (1:30 PM Pacific)

Attendee Access Information: Canada and USA Toll Free 1-800-319-4610, Vancouver 604-638-5340, Outside of Canada & USA 1-604-638-5340

A replay of the conference call will be available immediately following the conference by dialing 1-800-319-6413 in Canada & USA (Toll-free) or 1- 604-638-9010 outside of Canada and USA. The required pass code is 2729 followed by the # sign.

Please dial-in to the meeting at least 5 minutes prior to the start time using one of the attendee phone numbers.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AURCANA CORPORATION

Lenic Rodriguez, President

For further information, visit the website at www.aurcana.com.

NR#11-11

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements -- This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the business and anticipated financial performance of the Company. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from results contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include unsuccessful exploration results, changes in metal prices, changes in the availability of funding for mineral exploration and development, unanticipated changes in key management personnel and general economic conditions. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, oral or written, made by itself or on its behalf.

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Contact Information

  • Aurcana Corporation
    (604) 331-9333 or Toll Free: (866) 532-9333
    (604) 633-9179 (FAX)

    Aurcana Corporation
    Gary Lindsey
    Corporate Relations
    (720)-273-6224
    gary@strata-star.com
    www.aurcana.com