Richmont Mines Inc.
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Richmont Mines Inc.

August 05, 2014 07:59 ET

Richmont Mines Announces Record Quarterly Revenues and Operating Cash Flows in the Second Quarter of 2014

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 5, 2014) - Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX:RIC)(NYSE MKT:RIC), ("Richmont" or the "Corporation") announces financial and operational results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Financial results are based on International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and dollars are reported in Canadian currency, unless otherwise noted.

Highlights:

  • Q2 2014 record operating cash flows of $13.4 million, or $0.29 per share, on record revenues of $39.0 million, a significant $0.36 per share improvement over Q2 2013 operating cash flows of ($3.0) million, or ($0.07) per share, on revenues of $17.8 million;

  • 2014 gold production guidance increased to 75,000 - 85,000 ounces on strong quarterly and six month operational performance, from 70,000 - 80,000 ounces previously;

  • Q2 2014 adjusted net earnings of $5.7 million, or $0.12 per share, versus Q2 2013 net loss of ($1.1) million, or ($0.03) per share, a $0.15 per share improvement; Six month adjusted net earnings of $3.8 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to a net loss of ($3.3) million, or ($0.08) per share in the prior year period, an increase of $0.17 per share;

  • Gold sales of 27,790 ounces in Q2 2014 at an average price of $1,399 (US$1,283), a 117% increase over prior year gold sales of 12,826 ounces at an average price of $1,389 (US$1,358); Second quarter cash cost per ounce decreased 16% in Canadian dollars to $849 (US$779) in 2014, from $1,015 (US$992) last year;

  • Gold sales of 48,202 ounces in the first half of 2014 at an average price of $1,417 (US$1,292), a 78% increase over prior year gold sales of 27,087 ounces at an average price of $1,519 (US$1,495); Six month cash cost per ounce decreased 16% to $985 (US$898) in 2014, from $1,167 (US$1,149) last year;

  • Island Gold access ramp extended to a vertical depth of 620 metres; 1,248 metres of definition drilling and 3,025 metres of exploration drilling also completed at depth in Q2 2014;

  • On August 5, 2014, Richmont signed a definitive agreement that will increase its ownership of the Island Gold Mine property claims to 100% through the acquisition of the outstanding 31% ownership of four patented claims on the property in return for a 3% NSR royalty on 100% of mineral production from the four claims;

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $32.6 million, plus $3.1 million of short-term guaranteed deposits, for a total of $35.7 million, or $0.75 per share, as of June 30, 2014, and long-term debt remains low at $4.9 million;

  • The Corporation will hold a conference call at 11:00 a.m. (EST) on August 5, 2014 to discuss second quarter 2014 results.

Commenting on Richmont's strong second quarter operational performance, Ms. Elaine Ellingham, Interim President and CEO of Richmont Mines remarked: "We are very pleased to report that we achieved record quarterly revenues and operational cash flows. Our operational team more than doubled gold sales in Q2 compared with Q2 in the prior year, and successfully reduced our average cash operating costs to $849 (US$779) per ounce from $1,015 (US$992). In spite of the lackluster gold price environment, this performance translated into record revenues and record operational cash flows for the Corporation, which is a testament to the team's hard work and dedication. With 60% of our 2014 forecasted production realized in the first six months of the year, we are pleased to have recently increased our 2014 gold production guidance to 75,000 to 85,000 ounces from 70,000 to 80,000 ounces previously, and we remain intently focused on continuing to manage our operational efficiency and productivity going forward. The continued development of our cornerstone Island Gold asset in Ontario remains the priority for Richmont and, to this end, our healthy cash position will support our initiatives to build shareholder value through the development of this 1 million ounce gold resource extending below our Island Gold Mine."

Ms. Ellingham continued: "We are pleased to have announced on August 5, 2014 that we have signed a definitive agreement, which is expected to close in the next few days, to acquire the outstanding 31% ownership of four patented claims on the Island Gold Mine property. Consolidating Richmont's ownership to 100% of the Island Gold Mine property is an important step and clears the path for us to accelerate our mine development. With a million ounce gold resource at depth, our cornerstone Island Gold Mine is an asset that we believe has significant potential to transition into a long-life, high-grade and lower-cost operation, and is therefore an important driver of future value for our shareholders."

In closing Ms. Ellingham noted: "Our search is well underway for a new President and CEO to successfully lead Richmont as it enters a new and exciting phase of growth at our Island Gold Mine."

Second Quarter Results

Revenues for the second quarter of 2014 were $39.0 million, a 119% improvement over revenues of $17.8 million in the second quarter of 2013, predominantly due to a twofold increase in the number of gold ounces sold. A total of 27,790 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of $1,399 (US$1,283) per ounce in the current quarter, versus gold sales of 12,826 ounces and an average realized sales price of $1,389 (US$1,358) per ounce in the comparable period last year. The 117% increase in ounce gold sales during the quarter reflect a 78% and 19% increase in the number of gold ounces sold at the Island Gold Mine and the Beaufor Mine, respectively, primarily attributable to improved grades and higher tonnage levels from both mines, and the addition of open-pit Monique Mine and near surface W Zone production in the quarter.

Cost of sales, which includes operating costs, royalties and related depreciation and depletion expenses, totaled $30.3 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $15.2 million in the comparable period last year. This was driven by significantly higher processed tonnage levels in the current period reflecting a 39% increase in Island Gold tonnage, a 7% increase in Beaufor Mine tonnage, and the addition of 67,445 tonnes from the Monique Mine and 20,055 tonnes from the W Zone. On a consolidated basis, cost per tonne decreased by 17% year-over-year, mainly attributable to the contribution of lower cost tonnage from W Zone and the Monique Mine, as a slightly lower cost per tonne at Island Gold Mine was offset by a higher cost per tonne at Beaufor Mine.

Exploration and project evaluation costs before depreciation and exploration tax credits totaled $0.6 million in the current quarter, versus $2.5 million in the comparable period of 2013. The year-over-year decrease is primarily attributable to lower exploration related costs at the Island Gold Mine, as the Corporation focuses on the development of the 1 million ounce Island Gold Deep resource. On a segmented basis, exploration expenses excluding depreciation and exploration tax credits were approximately $0.2 million at the Island Gold Mine and $0.3 million at the Beaufor Mine, while exploration and project evaluation costs at other properties amounted to $0.1 million during the current quarter.

Excluding severance costs related to the departure of the past President and CEO of $1.05 million ($0.98 million after tax), of which $0.3 million was non-cash, the Corporation generated adjusted net earnings of $5.7 million, or $0.12 per share, in the second quarter of 2014, a significant $0.15 per share improvement of the net loss of ($1.1) million, or ($0.03) per share, generated in the second quarter of 2013. Based on IFRS, net earnings in the second quarter of 2014 were $4.7 million, or $0.10 per share.

The Corporation generated Q2 2014 operating cash flows of $13.4 million, or $0.29 per share, a $0.36 per share improvement compared to Q2 2013 operating cash flows of ($3.0) million, or ($0.07) per share. Second quarter net free cash flow (operating cash flows less capital expenditures) was $8.5 million, or $0.19 per share, in 2014, a notable improvement over net free cash flow of ($17.2) million, or ($0.43) per share, in the year-ago period.

Recent News and Development Updates

Senior Management Change Announced

On July 2, 2014, the Corporation announced that Mr. Paul Carmel, President and Chief Executive Officer, had been relieved of his duties, and that an extensive search for a replacement was underway. Ms. Elaine Ellingham, an experienced Mining Executive and geologist, and a member of Richmont's Board of Directors since February 2010, has been appointed Interim President and CEO. Please see the July 2, 2014 press release entitled "Richmont Mines announces departure of CEO and appointment of interim CEO."

Island Gold Mine Update

On August 5, 2014, the Corporation announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the outstanding 31% ownership of four patented claims on the Island Gold Mine property, thereby increasing its ownership of these claims to 100% from 69% previously. The 31% ownership held by the third party will be acquired by the Corporation in return for a 3% net smelter return royalty that is payable on 100% of mineral production from the four claims. The transaction is expected to close in the next few days. As part of this agreement the Corporation will make the following advance royalty payments: $1.0 million upon closing of the transaction, and $1.0 million each on January 3, 2015 and January 3, 2016. Advance royalty payments will decrease to $0.3 million as of January 3, 2017, and will be paid annually until such time as a total of $5.1 million has been paid in royalties (including advance royalties) to the third party, after which advance royalty payments will cease. All advance royal payments will be credited against any future NSR payments.

Underground development work on the Island Gold resource at depth advanced on schedule in the second quarter of 2014. The ramp was extended by 136 metres and reached a vertical depth of 620 metres at June 30, 2014, while 140 metres of additional development were completed during the three month period. In conjunction with this work, the Corporation completed a total of 1,248 metres of definition drilling and 3,025 metres of exploration drilling of the depth extension at Island Gold during the period.

In April 2014, the Corporation announced that ongoing development work had provided access to the upper portion of the Island Gold depth extension with approximately 130 metres of lateral drift development into the C Zone at a vertical depth of 560 metres, on claims that are 100% owned by the Corporation. Within this development, approximately 92 metres was well mineralized and consistent with the established resource. Chip samples taken from the advancing development faces on this level averaged a cut grade of 12.73 g/t over an average width of 2.92 metres. It was noted that this grade should be seen as indicative, however further studies are required to verify the capping value used (75 g/t). In addition, approximately 5,000 metres of definition drilling completed within the resource obtained some notable results, including 36.40 g/t Au over 4.46 metres and 33.14 g/t Au over 5.05 metres in the C Zone, and 19.82 g/t Au over 2.09 metres in the B Zone, thus providing additional support for the long-term potential of the Island Gold Mine. Richmont similarly highlighted new exploration drill results. Please see the April 24, 2014 press release for additional details.

Bought-Deal Financing of Common Shares Completed

On April 3, 2014, Richmont announced that it had entered into a bought-deal financing agreement with Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. as lead underwriter, on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters that included BMO Capital Markets, CIBC World Markets and Desjardins Securities. The Corporation subsequently announced that it had closed the financing on April 23, 2014, and that it had issued a total of 8.05 million common shares at a price of CAN$1.45 per share, including the entire over-allotment option of 1.05 million common shares, for aggregate gross proceeds of $11.7 million. Richmont plans to use the net proceeds of $10.7 million for working capital and general corporate purposes.

Cash Position and Capital Structure

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $32.6 million at June 30, 2014, up 141% from the March 31, 2014 level of $13.5 million. As of June 30, 2014, Richmont Mines had 414 employees, compared to 430 as of March 31, 2014 and 461 as of June 30, 2013. The Corporation had working capital of $32.3 million, 47.6 million shares outstanding, no gold or currency hedging contracts and long-term debt of $4.9 million as of June 30, 2014.

Island Gold Mine

Three months ended Six months ended
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2014 2013 2014 2013
Ounces Poured
Tonnes 66,813 53,467 125,925 111,535
Head grade (g/t) 5.71 4.53 5.68 4.68
Gold recovery (%) 96.05 95.56 96.08 95.60
Recovered grade (g/t) 5.49 4.33 5.45 4.47
Ounces poured 11,784 7,442 22,083 16,046
Ounces Sold
Tonnes 65,558 47,220 124,569 107,414
Head grade (g/t) 5.70 4.46 5.66 4.71
Gold recovery (%) 96.05 95.56 96.08 95.60
Recovered grade (g/t) 5.47 4.26 5.44 4.50
Ounces sold 11,536 6,474 21,795 15,534
Cash cost per ounce (US$) 776 1,221 811 1,179

The Island Gold Mine generated strong results in the second quarter of 2014 driven by an improved grade and increased tonnage through the mill as a result of better mine scheduling, combined with increased truck capacity owing to the addition of four new trucks at the end of 2013. In fact, the mill achieved a record monthly production rate of 25,000 tonnes in May. Based on ounces sold, a total of 65,558 tonnes of Island Gold Mine ore were processed at an average head grade of 5.70 g/t Au in the current quarter, compared to 47,220 tonnes at an average head grade of 4.46 g/t Au in the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter 2014 gold sales totaled 11,536 ounces at an average price of $1,399 (US$1,283) per ounce, versus gold sales of 6,474 ounces at an average price of $1,404 (US$1,372) per ounce in the comparable period of 2013. The average cash cost of $846 (US$776) per ounce of gold sold in the current quarter represented a significant improvement over the average cash cost of $1,249 (US$1,221) per ounce of gold sold in the prior year period. This 32% year-over-year decrease in average cash cost was driven by the improved grade attributable to less tonnage originating from the lower grade areas of the mine. Cash cost levels similarly benefited from a 13% decrease in cash cost per tonne year-over-year that reflected lower milling costs, as mechanical issues at the mill in the second quarter of 2013 necessitated the short-term rental of equipment from an outside supplier, as well as lower per tonne surface and administration cost as more tonnes were processed.

During the first six months of 2014 a total of 124,569 tonnes of ore were processed at a head grade of 5.66 g/t, and 21,795 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of $1,421 (US$1,296) per ounce. This compared to processed tonnage based on gold ounces sold of 107,414 tonnes at a head grade of 4.71 g/t, and gold sales of 15,534 ounces at an average price of $1,541 (US$1,517) per ounce in the comparable six month period of 2013. The tonnage increase was driven by improved mine scheduling and ore transport capacity, primarily in the strong second quarter operational performance, combined with an improved mined grade in the first six months of the year as mining was in higher grade areas of the mine. These operational improvements translated into a 40% increase in the number of gold ounces sold and a 26% decrease in the cash cost per ounce sold. Specifically, an average cash cost of $890 (US$811) per ounce in the first six months of 2014, compared to an average cash cost of $1,198 (US$1,179) per ounce in the comparable period of 2013.

Island Gold production levels in the second half of 2014 are expected to be below those of the first six months due to mine grade and development work sequencing, and the scheduled mill shut down that occurred at the end of Q2 during which the cone crusher was replaced.

Beaufor Mine

Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Ounces Poured
Tonnes 31,186 28,775 54,467 66,110
Head grade (g/t) 8.28 7.31 7.32 5.70
Gold recovery (%) 98.39 98.12 98.09 97.82
Recovered grade (g/t) 8.15 7.18 7.18 5.58
Ounces poured 8,168 6,639 12,569 11,851
Ounces Sold
Tonnes 30,112 28,146 52,616 65,215
Head grade (g/t) 7.92 7.15 7.14 5.63
Gold recovery (%) 98.39 98.12 98.09 97.82
Recovered grade (g/t) 7.79 7.02 7.00 5.51
Ounces sold 7,541 6,352 11,843 11,553
Cash cost per ounce (US$) 712 760 854 1,109

Processed tonnage from the Beaufor Mine based on ounces sold increased 7% in the second quarter of 2014 to 30,112 tonnes from 28,146 tonnes in the comparable period of 2013, while the average head grade also improved by a notable 11% to 7.92 g/t in the current quarter from 7.15 g/t in the year-ago period. The year-over-year improvements were driven by an increased proportion of tonnage mined from higher grade room and pillar areas, most notably the M Zone, combined with a reduction in the amount of lower grade development ore processed during the three month period, which translated into a 19% year-over-year increase in the number of gold ounces sold in the current quarter. A total of 7,541 ounces of gold were sold in the second quarter of 2014 at an average price of $1,398 (US$1,282), compared to 6,352 ounces of gold sold at an average price of $1,373 (US$1,342) in the comparable period of 2013. The cash cost per ounce of gold sold of $776 (US$712) in the current quarter was unchanged from $777 (US$760) in the prior year, as the impact of the improved grade was offset by a 17% increase in mining cost per tonne associated with a higher percentage of room and pillar mining. This reflects the grade optimization initiative that began in mid-2013 that increases the proportion of room-and-pillar mining. While this has the effect of increasing the grade of the material mined, it also increases mining cost per tonne.

Based on ounces sold, a total of 52,616 tonnes of Beaufor Mine ore were processed at a grade of 7.14 g/t Au during the first half of 2014, compared to 65,215 tonnes of ore processed at a grade of 5.63 g/t Au in the comparable six months of 2013. The decreased tonnage during the six month period is primarily attributable to lower year-over-year processed tonnage in the first three months of 2014 following the Corporation's implementation of a more selective mining approach in mid 2013. This more focused mining method has translated into improved grades at the Beaufor Mine and favourably impacted cash cost per ounce of gold sold, which totaled $936 (US$854) per ounce in the first half of 2014, down 17% compared to $1,126 (US$1,109) per ounce in the comparable period of 2013. A total of 11,843 ounces of gold were sold from the Beaufor Mine at an average price of $1,423 (US$1,297) in the first six months of 2014, versus gold sales of 11,553 ounces at an average price of $1,489 (US$1,466) in the prior year period.

Monique Mine

Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Gold Poured
Tonnes 71,642 - 106,340 -
Head grade (g/t) 2.68 - 2.62 -
Gold recovery (%) 96.16 - 96.24 -
Recovered grade (g/t) 2.58 - 2.52 -
Ounces poured 5,942 - 8,615 -
Gold Sold
Tonnes 67,445 - 119,498 -
Head grade (g/t) 2.70 - 2.67 -
Gold recovery (%) 96.16 - 96.24 -
Recovered grade (g/t) 2.59 - 2.57 -
Ounces sold 5,622 - 9,873 -
Cash cost per ounce (US$) 1,036 - 1,133 -

Based on ounces sold, a total of 67,445 tonnes of ore at an average grade of 2.70 g/t Au were processed from the Monique Mine in the second quarter of 2014. The improvements over first quarter production levels reflect enhanced pit sequencing in the second quarter following the successful resolution of water treatment issues experienced in the first three months of the year, combined with improved separation of higher grade material for immediate processing from lower grade ore that is being stockpiled for milling in 2015, the latter of which is accounted for as inventory on the Corporation's balance sheet. When combined with the 52,053 tonnes processed in the first quarter of the year at an average grade of 2.64 g/t Au, the Monique Mine processed 119,498 tonnes at an average grade of 2.67 g/t Au in the first six months of 2014. Richmont expects the contractor to finish mining the Monique open-pit in the fourth quarter of 2014, as scheduled. The ore will continue to be stockpiled on the Monique mine site, and transported to the Corporation's Camflo Mill and batch processed through the first half of 2015. During the second quarter, the Corporation began stockpiling lower-grade Monique ore for milling in 2015. At June 30, this low-grade stockpile was approximately 47,000 tonnes at 1.2 g/t.

A total of 5,622 ounces of gold were sold from the Monique Mine at an average price of $1,402 (US$1,286) per ounce in the second quarter of 2014, resulting in year-to-date gold sales of 9,873 ounces at an average price of $1,404 (US$1,280) per ounce. The average cash cost per ounce of gold sold totaled $1,129 (US$1,036) in the second quarter of 2014, down 19% from first quarter cash costs of $1,392 (US$1,262) per ounce of gold sold, reflecting the slightly higher grade and decreasing in-pit strip ratio associated with the lower benches of the pit.

W Zone

Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Gold Poured
Tonnes 20,352 - 36,789 -
Head grade (g/t) 5.25 - 4.25 -
Gold recovery (%) 93.14 - 97.45 -
Recovered grade (g/t) 4.89 - 4.15 -
Ounces poured 3,197 - 4,904 -
Gold Sold
Tonnes 20,055 - 35,523 -
Head grade (g/t) 5.15 - 4.21 -
Gold recovery (%) 93.14 - 97.45 -
Recovered grade (g/t) 4.79 - 4.11 -
Ounces sold 3,091 - 4,691 -
Cash cost per ounce (US$) 485 - 923 -

Based on gold sold, a total of 20,055 tonnes were processed at an average grade of 5.15 g/t Au from the W Zone in the second quarter of 2014, an improvement over the first quarter of 2014 during which 15,468 tonnes were processed at an average grade of 3.33 g/t Au. This brought year-to-date results to 35,523 tonnes of processed ore at an average grade of 4.21 g/t Au. The improved quarter-over-quarter results in the second quarter reflect the Corporation's objective to exclusively mine higher grade areas during the operations' final three months of production.

A total of 3,091 ounces of gold were sold in the second quarter of 2014 at an average price of $1,398 (US$1,282) per ounce, bringing gold sales in the first six months of 2014 to 4,691 ounces at an average price of $1,406 (US$1,282) per ounce. The cash cost per ounce of gold sold totaled $529 (US$485) in the second quarter, a reflection of the fact that operations were concluded at the end of the quarter and therefore no drift excavation costs were incurred during the period. For the six month period, the cash cost per ounce of gold sold totaled $1,012 (US$923).

Operations at the W Zone were completed at June 30, 2014.

Camflo Mill

The Camflo Mill processed 115,095 tonnes in the second quarter of 2014, and 206,043 tonnes in the first six months of the year, up 95% and 114%, respectively, over the prior year's levels, reflecting the addition of W Zone and Monique Mine ore. The Camflo Mill will continue to be run at capacity (1,200 tons per day) for the remainder of 2014 with additional ore from the Monique Mine replacing the W Zone tonnage. Richmont is evaluating custom milling opportunities to utilize the excess capacity at Camflo once the milling of stockpiled ore from the Monique Mine is completed in mid-2015.

Six-Month Review

Revenues totaled $68.4 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2014, a 66% increase from revenues of $41.2 million generated in the same period in 2013, reflecting a 78% increase in the number of ounces of gold sold the benefits of which were partially offset by a 7% decrease in the average selling price per ounce of gold in Canadian dollars.

Cost of sales, which includes operating costs, royalties and amortization expenses were $58.9 million for the first six months of 2014, which represents a 63% increase over operating costs of $36.2 million during the same period last year. This increase was driven by a 92% increase in processed tonnage in the period, the result of a 16% increase in tonnage from the Island Gold Mine, the addition of 155,021 tonnes of combined tonnage from the W Zone and Monique Mine operations, partially offset by a 19% decrease in tonnage from the Beaufor Mine. Cash cost per ounce of gold sold decreased by a notable 16% to $985 (US$898) from $1,167 (US$1,149) in the first six months of 2013, driven largely by decreased cash costs at the Island Gold and Beaufor mines that were primarily attributable to improved grades, and lower cost per tonne at Island Gold.

The average cost per tonne based on gold ounces sold decreased 21% year-over-year, largely attributable to lower cost per tonne ore from the W Zone and Monique Mine operations, as well as a 10% decrease in cost per tonne at the Island Gold Mine.

Exploration and project evaluation costs before depreciation and exploration tax credits were $1.1 million in the first half of 2014, compared with $5.5 million in the year-ago period. The year-over-year decrease reflects lower exploration related costs at the Island Gold Mine as focus has been shifted toward the development of the 1 million ounce Island Gold Deep resource deposit, and lower exploration costs at the Beaufor Mine. On a segmented basis, exploration expenses, excluding depreciation and exploration tax credits, were approximately $0.3 million at the Island Gold Mine and $0.6 million at the Beaufor Mine. Exploration and project evaluation costs at other properties amounted to $0.2 million during the first half of 2014.

Excluding one-time severance costs associated with the departure of the President and CEO, the Corporation's adjusted net earnings were $3.8 million, or $0.09 per share, in the first half of 2014, a significant improvement over the net loss of ($3.3) million, or ($0.08) per share, in the first half of 2013. Based on IFRS, net earnings in the first six months of 2014 were $2.8 million, or $0.07 per share.

The Corporation generated six month 2014 operating cash flows of $15.8 million, or $0.37 per share, compared to operating cash flows of ($9.7) million, or ($0.25) per share in the comparable six month period of 2013. Net free cash flow (operating cash flows less capital expenditures) was $5.0 million, or $0.12 per share, in the first six months of 2014, a notable $0.96 per share improvement over net free cash flow of ($33.3) million, or ($0.84) per share, in the year-ago period.

Conference call

The Corporation will hold a conference call at 11:00 a.m. (EST) on August 5, 2014 to discuss second quarter 2014 results. To participate in the conference call, please dial 1 866 222-0265 (North America toll free) or 416 640-5942 (local and International).

A replay of this conference will be available for 30 days, and can be accessed by dialing 1 866 245-6755 (North America toll free) or 416 915-1035 (local and International), and entering passcode # 747480.

Elaine Ellingham

Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

About Richmont Mines Inc.

Richmont Mines has produced over 1.4 million ounces of gold from its operations in Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland since beginning production in 1991. The Corporation currently produces gold from the Island Gold Mine in Ontario and the Beaufor Mine and Monique Mine in Quebec. The Corporation is also advancing development of the extension at depth of the Island Gold Mine in Ontario. With over 20 years of experience in gold production, exploration and development, and prudent financial management, the Corporation is well-positioned to cost-effectively build its Canadian reserve base and to successfully enter its next phase of growth. Richmont routinely posts news and other important information on its website (www.richmont-mines.com).

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that include risks and uncertainties. When used in this news release, the words "estimate", "project", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "believe", "hope", "may" and similar expressions, as well as "will", "shall" and other indications of future tense, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and apply only as of the date on which they were made. Except as may be required by law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation and disclaims any responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements include changes in the prevailing price of gold, the Canadian-United States exchange rate, grade of ore mined and unforeseen difficulties in mining operations that could affect revenue and production costs. Other factors such as uncertainties regarding government regulations could also affect the results. Other risks may be set out in Richmont Mines' Annual Information Form, Annual Reports and periodic reports.

Cautionary note to US investors concerning resource estimates

Information in this press release is intended to comply with the requirements of the Toronto Stock Exchange and applicable Canadian securities legislation, which differ in certain respects with the rules and regulations promulgated under the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended ("Exchange Act"), as promulgated by the SEC. The reserve and resource estimates in this press release were prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 adopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators. The requirements of National Instrument 43-101 differ significantly from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").

U.S. Investors are urged to consider the disclosure in our annual report on Form 20-F, File No. 001-14598, as filed with the SEC under the Exchange Act, which may be obtained from us (without cost) or from the SEC's web site: http://sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101")

The geological data in this news release has been reviewed by Mr. Daniel Adam, Geo., Ph.D., Vice-President, Exploration, an employee of Richmont Mines Inc., and a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101.

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FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOLLOW.

EXPLORATION AND PROJECT EVALUATION

(Unaudited) (in thousands of Canadian dollars)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
$ $ $ $
Exploration costs - Mines
Island Gold 157 1,157 289 2,619
Beaufor 318 639 568 1,236
Monique - 41 2 202
475 1,837 859 4,057
Exploration costs - Other properties
Wasamac 37 407 75 881
Other 19 149 25 226
Project evaluation 62 139 179 287
Exploration and project evaluation before
depreciation and exploration tax credits 593 2,532 1,138 5,451
Depreciation 21 74 44 150
Exploration tax credits, including adjustments (609 ) (327 ) (454 ) (638 )
5 2,279 728 4,963

FINANCIAL DATA

Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
CAN$ 2014 2013 2014 2013
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Results (in thousands of $)
Revenues 38,951 17,835 68,418 41,233
Net earnings (loss) 4,676 (1,090 ) 2,773 (3,330 )
Cash flows from (used in) operating activities 13,371 (2,966 ) 15,751 (9,741 )
Results per share ($)
Basic and Diluted net earnings (loss) 0.10 (0.03 ) 0.07 (0.08 )
Cash flows from (used in) operating activities 0.29 (0.07 ) 0.37 (0.25 )
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding (thousands) 45,611 39,596 42,620 39,591
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding (thousands) 45,638
39,601

42,736

39,605
Average selling price of gold per ounce 1,399 1,389 1,417 1,519
Average selling price of gold per ounce (US$) 1,283 1,358 1,292 1,495
June 30,
2014
December 31,
2013
(Unaudited) (Audited)
Financial position (in thousands of $)
Total assets 139,135 123,328
Working capital 32,343 13,952
Long-term debt 4,936 5,196

SALES AND PRODUCTION DATA

Three-month period ended June 30
Ounces of gold Cash cost
(per ounce sold)
Year Sales Production
US$ CAN$
Island Gold Mine 2014 11,536 11,784 776 846
2013 6,474 7,442 1,221 1,249
Beaufor Mine 2014 7,541 8,168 712 776
2013 6,352 6,639 760 777
W Zone Mine 2014 3,091 3,197 485 529
2013 - - - -
Monique Mine 2014 5,622 5,942 1,036 1,129
2013 - - - -
Total 2014 27,790 29,091 779 849
2013 12,826 14,081 992 1,015
Six-month period ended June 30
Ounces of gold Cash cost
(per ounce sold)
Year Sales Production
US$ CAN$
Island Gold Mine 2014 21,795 22,083 811 890
2013 15,534 16,046 1,179 1,198
Beaufor Mine 2014 11,843 12,569 854 936
2013 11,553 11,851 1,109 1,126
W Zone Mine 2014 4,691 4,904 923 1,012
2013 - - - -
Monique Mine 2014 9,873 8,615 1,133 1,242
2013 - - - -
Total 2014 48,202 48,171 898 985
2013 27,087 27,897 1,149 1,167
Note: Average exchange rates used: Q2 2014: US$1 = CAN$1.0905, Year to date 2014: US$1 = CAN$1.0968
Average exchange rates used: Q2 2013: US$1 = CAN$1.0231, Year to date 2013: US$1 = CAN$1.0159

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

(Unaudited) (in thousands of Canadian dollars)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
$ $ $ $
CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Revenues 38,951 17,835 68,418 41,233
Cost of sales 30,246 15,220 58,894 36,170
GROSS PROFIT 8,705 2,615 9,524 5,063
OTHER EXPENSES (REVENUES)
Exploration and project evaluation 5 2,279 728 4,965
Administration 2,373 1,571 4,104 3,693
Loss on disposal of long-term assets 13 1 2 35
Other revenues (18 ) (26 ) (28 ) (30 )
2,373 3,825 4,806 8,663
OPERATING EARNINGS (LOSS) 6,332 (1,210 ) 4,718 (3,600 )
Financial expenses 28 24 55 50
Financial revenues (59 ) (173 ) (141 ) (391 )
EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE MINING AND INCOME TAXES
6,363

(1,061

)

4,804

(3,259

)
MINING AND INCOME TAXES 1,687 29 2,031 71
NET EARNINGS (LOSS) FOR THE PERIOD 4,676 (1,090 ) 2,773 (3,330 )
NET EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
Basic and diluted 0.10 (0.03 ) 0.07 (0.08 )
BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING (in thousands)
45,611

39,596

42,620

39,591
DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING (in thousands)
45,638

39,601

42,736

39,605
See accompanying notes to interim consolidated financial statements available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
June 30, December 31,
2014 2013
$ $
(Unaudited) (Audited)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents 32,590 17,551
Guaranteed investment certificates 3,124 -
Receivables 2,714 3,008
Income and mining tax assets 256 925
Exploration tax credits receivable 6,255 5,670
Inventories 10,819 9,075
55,758 36,229
RESTRICTED DEPOSITS 771 3,421
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT 82,606 83,678
TOTAL ASSETS 139,135 123,328
LIABILITIES
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Payables, accruals and provisions 19,123 19,897
Income and mining taxes payable 3,208 1,225
Current portion of long-term debt 780 825
Current portion of asset retirement obligations 304 330
23,415 22,277
LONG-TERM DEBT 4,936 5,196
ASSET RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS 7,658 7,603
DEFERRED INCOME AND MINING TAX LIABILITIES 2,387 1,899
TOTAL LIABILITIES 38,396 36,975
EQUITY
Share capital 142,941 132,202
Contributed surplus 12,127 11,253
Deficit (54,329 ) (57,102 )
TOTAL EQUITY 100,739 86,353
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 139,135 123,328
See accompanying notes to interim consolidated financial statements available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited) (in thousands of Canadian dollars)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
$ $ $ $
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net earnings (loss) for the period 4,676 (1,090 ) 2,773 (3,330 )
Adjustments for:
Depreciation and depletion 6,707 2,333 11,541 4,801
Taxes received (paid) 1,052 - 1,107 (1,500 )
Interest revenues (72 ) (118 ) (136 ) (271 )
Interest and accretion expenses on long-term debt 41 5 85 12
Share-based compensation 651 498 1,065 1,120
Accretion expense - asset retirement obligations 28 19 55 38
Loss (gain) on disposal of long-term assets 13 (13 ) 2 19
Gain on disposal of shares of publicly-traded companies - (12 ) - (12 )
Mining and income taxes 1,687 29 2,031 71
14,783 1,651 18,523 948
Net change in non-cash working capital items (1,412 ) (4,617 ) (2,772 ) (10,689 )
Cash flows from (used in) operating activities 13,371 (2,966 ) 15,751 (9,741 )
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Disposition of shares of publicly-traded companies - 12 - 12
Restricted deposits - (87 ) (474 ) (87 )
Interest received 43 130 126 291
Property, plant and equipment - Island Gold Mine (2,348 ) (3,346 ) (4,018 ) (6,458 )
Property, plant and equipment - Island Gold Deep Project (1,536 ) (4,499 ) (4,363 ) (6,022 )
Property, plant and equipment - Beaufor Mine (843 ) (30 ) (1,445 ) (238 )
Property, plant and equipment - W Zone Mine (1 ) (1,021 ) (234 ) (2,902 )
Property, plant and equipment - Monique Mine - (5,235 ) (21 ) (7,457 )
Property, plant and equipment - Other (123 ) (87 ) (691 ) (485 )
Disposition of property, plant and equipment 123 57 300 145
Cash flows used in investing activities (4,685 ) (14,106 ) (10,820 ) (23,201 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Issue of common shares 11,673 - 11,673 62
Common shares issue costs (934 ) - (934 ) -
Interest paid (41 ) (5 ) (85 ) (12 )
Payment of asset retirement obligations (26 ) - (26 ) -
Long-term debt (80 ) - (80 ) -
Payment of finance lease obligations (189 ) (231 ) (440 ) (459 )
Cash flows from (used in) financing activities 10,403 (236 ) 10,108 (409 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 19,089 (17,308 ) 15,039 (33,351 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 13,501 43,767 17,551 59,810
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period 32,590 26,459 32,590 26,459
See accompanying notes to interim consolidated financial statements available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

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