SEMAFO Inc.
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SEMAFO Inc.

November 12, 2015 07:50 ET

SEMAFO: Cash Flow From Operations of $34.8 million in Third Quarter 2015

2015 Cost Guidance Lowered

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 12, 2015) - SEMAFO Inc. (TSX:SMF)(OMX:SMF) today reported its financial and operational results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2015. All amounts are in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

Third Quarter 2015 in Review

Driven by our strong third-quarter operational performance, we are lowering our all-in sustaining cost guidance from between $655 and $685 to between $630 and $650 per ounce for the year.

  • Gold production of 67,200 ounces, a 4% increase compared to the same period in 2014
  • Total cash cost(1) of $485 per ounce sold and all-in sustaining cost(1) of $616 per ounce sold at our Mana Mine, both of which represent year-over-year decreases of 13%
  • Gold sales of $72.5 million, a 14% decrease compared to the same period in 2014
  • Operating income of $19.5 million compared to $25.5 million for the same period in 2014
  • Net income(2) of $14.5 million compared to $12.7 million for the same period in 2014
  • Net income attributable to equity shareholders(2) of $12.8 million or $0.04 per share compared to $11.2 million or $0.04 per share for the same period in 2014
  • Adjusted net income attributable to equity shareholders(1),(2) of $13.9 million or $0.05 per share(1) compared to $19.3 million or $0.07 per share(1) for the same period in 2014
  • Cash flows from operating activities(2),(3) of $34.8 million or $0.12 per share(1) compared to $40.6 million or $0.15 per share(1) for the same period in 2014
  • Feasibility study at Natougou 70% complete and on track for completion early in the second quarter of 2016
  • Positive metallurgical test work was completed on the Natougou deposit
  • Foundation SEMAFO was recipient of an award from Forum Africa for excellence in supporting women's entrepreneurship in Africa
(1) Total cash cost, all-in sustaining cost, adjusted net income attributable to equity shareholders, adjusted basic earnings per share and operating cash flows per share are non-IFRS financial performance measures with no standard definition under IFRS. See the "Non-IFRS financial performance measures from continuing operations" section of the Corporation's MD&A, note 16.
(2) From continuing operations.
(3) Cash flows from operating activities from continuing operations exclude changes in non-cash working capital items.

Mana, Burkina Faso

Mining Operations

Three-month period Nine-month period
ended September 30, ended September 30,
2015 2014 Variation 2015 2014 Variation
Operating Data
Ore mined (tonnes) 541,200 516,900 5 % 1,831,100 1,601,800 14 %
Ore processed (tonnes) 618,300 750,300 (18 %) 1,756,500 2,116,200 (17 %)
Waste mined (tonnes) 4,375,000 4,038,000 8 % 16,089,700 12,024,400 34 %
Operational stripping ratio 8.1 7.8 4 % 8.8 7.5 17 %
Head grade (g/t) 3.67 2.91 26 % 3.81 2.77 38 %
Recovery (%) 92 92 - 92 91 1 %
Gold ounces produced 67,200 64,700 4 % 198,400 172,500 15 %
Gold ounces sold 64,800 67,100 (3 %) 193,100 164,700 17 %
Statistics (in dollars)
Average realized selling price (per ounce) 1,119 1,260 (11 %) 1,179 1,280 (8 %)
Cash operating cost (per tonne processed)(1) 47 47 - 49 49 -
Total cash cost (per ounce sold)(1) 485 555 (13 %) 494 670 (26 %)
All-in sustaining cost (per ounce sold)(1) 616 704 (13 %) 621 841 (26 %)
Depreciation (per ounce sold)(2) 296 269 10 % 339 300 13 %
(1) Cash operating cost, total cash cost and all-in sustaining cost are a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS. See the "Non-IFRS financial performance measures from continuing operations" section of the Corporation's MD&A, note 16.
(2) Depreciation per ounce sold is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS and represents the depreciation expense per ounce sold.

For the third quarter in 2015, the decrease in throughput is a direct result of the mine plan sequence. The increase in head grade in the third quarter of 2015 reflects a greater percentage of high-grade ore processed from the Fofina and Siou pits compared to the same period in 2014.

During the third quarter of 2015, gold sales amounted to $72.5 million compared to $84.5 million for the same period in 2014. The 14% decrease is attributable to a decrease in the average realized selling price and the lower gold ounces sold. The decrease in mining operation expenses reflects lower fuel pricing, coupled with the strength of the US dollar relative to the Euro and lower throughput. Cash flows from operating activities from continuing operations reached $34.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 due to the decrease in operating income.

As a result of the cash flow generated from our operating activities, we held a strong cash and cash equivalents position of $137.8 million as at September 30, 2015 with a subsequent receipt of gold trade receivables of $17.5 million in early October.

Lower 2015 Cost Guidance

Driven by our strong third-quarter operational performance, we are lowering both our total cash cost and all-in sustaining cost guidance for the year. The downward revisions reflect cost containment efforts, lower industry costs and favourable exchange rates.

Revised guidance August 4, 2015* November 11, 2015*
Total cash cost per ounce sold $515 - $540 $485 - $505
All-in sustaining cost per ounce sold $655 - $685 $630 - $650
* Disclosure date in MD&A

The Corporation is on track to achieve the mid-range of its 2015 annual production guidance of between 245,000 and 275,000 ounces of gold.

Update on Natougou Feasibility Study

The feasibility study for Natougou continued to gain traction in the third quarter and is now 70% complete. We continue to target delivery of the feasibility study early in the second quarter of 2016. At September 30, 2015, $9.9 million of the $12.5 million budget had been expended and our team had achieved the following milestones:

  • Process: 90% completed. This includes the plant and site layout equipment specification and request for quotes. Remaining work items involve establishment of the overall sector variability, test work on tailings ponds and CAPEX/OPEX estimations.
  • Hydrology: 90%. The water balance analysis has been fully carried out.
  • Environmental study: 40% completed.
  • The 56,000 meters of in-fill drilling scheduled for the feasibility study have been carried out.
  • The resource model is complete, and the 3D geological block model is underway.

Positive Metallurgical Test Work on the Natougou Deposit

Testing on the Boungou Shear Zone was conducted using an optimum flow sheet configuration comprising a primary grind size of 63 microns, a gravity recovery circuit, followed by a 36-hour cyanide leach. A total of 109 drilled core (DC) samples of the mineralized zone ensured both spatial and grade representation, as well as comparison of oxidized and fresh rock characteristics. Each individual sample represents approximately 3 kilograms of drilled core samples. The samples were collected and sent to ALS Metallurgy in Perth, Australia for metallurgical test work. Results show that the recovery is consistent throughout the deposit and trace metal analyses exhibit no refinery concerns. Fresh rock samples indicated a gold recovery rate of over 92%, while oxidized samples yielded a recovery of over 96%.

Exploration - Natougou

Footwall Zone

During the third quarter of 2015, a delineation drilling program and a short hole-extension program were completed to test the continuity of the footwall zone of the Boungou Shear Zone that was originally encountered by hole TPA0556, which had returned 10.23 g/t over 2.69 meters. A total of 20 holes (370 meters) were extended in order to reach the footwall zone. Following reception of the results, a total of 12 additional holes were interpreted to have also crossed the footwall zone.

The results, which returned local high-grade results of up to 31.98 g/t over 2.5 meters, suggest that the width of the footwall zone averages 1.5 meters. It lies subparallel to, and some 5 to 20 meters below, the main Boungou Shear Zone. To date, the zone has been traced over a 300-meter x 90-meter area and remains open in all directions. Further drilling will be carried out.

Regional Exploration - Natougou

Regional airborne geophysical surveying, involving MAG, VTEM and radiometric surveys, commenced in mid-October on the Boungou, Dangou and Pambourou permits. The surveys are being flown at 100-meter line spacing. Field work such as geological mapping, soil geochemistry and RC drill programs will be carried out following review and interpretation of the data.

Third Quarter 2015 Conference Call

SEMAFO's third quarter 2015 Management's Discussion and Analysis and Consolidated Financial Statements and related financial materials are available in the "Investor Relations" section of the Corporation's website at www.semafo.com. These and other corporate reports are also available on www.sedar.com.

A conference call will be held today, Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:00 EST to discuss the third-quarter results. The webcast will also be accessible on our website at www.semafo.com for a period of 30 days.

Details
Tel. local & overseas: +1 (647) 788 4922
Tel. North America: 1 (877) 223 4471
Replay number: 1 (800) 585 8367
Replay pass code: 45906680

About SEMAFO

SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. The Corporation operates the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso, which includes the high-grade satellite deposits of Siou and Fofina, and is developing the advanced gold deposit of Natougou. SEMAFO is committed to evolve in a conscientious manner to become a major player in its geographical area of interest. SEMAFO's strategic focus is to maximize shareholder value by effectively managing its existing assets as well as pursuing organic and strategic growth opportunities.

Michel Crevier, P.Geo MScA, Vice-President Exploration and Mine Geology, is SEMAFO's Qualified Person and has reviewed the exploration results contained in this press release for accuracy and compliance with National Instrument 43-101.

CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions and accordingly, actual results and future events could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. You are hence cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include words or expressions such as "on track", "guidance", "expect", "target", "will", "committed", "evolve", "become", "pursuing", "growth", "opportunities" and other similar words or expressions. Factors that could cause future results or events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include the ability to complete the Natougou feasibility study early in the second quarter of 2016 within the $12.5 million budget, the ability to achieve the mid-range of our 2015 production guidance of between 245,000 and 275,000 ounces, the ability to achieve our 2015 total cash cost guidance of between $485 and $505 per ounce and our all-in sustaining cost guidance of between $630 and $650 per ounce, the ability to execute on our strategic focus, fluctuation in the price of currencies, gold or operating costs, mining industry risks, uncertainty as to calculation of mineral reserves and resources, delays, political and social stability in Africa (including our ability to maintain or renew licenses and permits) and other risks described in SEMAFO's documents filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. You can find further information with respect to these and other risks in SEMAFO's 2014 Annual MD&A, as updated in SEMAFO's 2015 First Quarter MD&A, Second Quarter MD&A and Third Quarter MD&A and other filings made with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available at www.sedar.com. These documents are also available on our website at www.semafo.com. SEMAFO disclaims any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.

The information in this release is subject to the disclosure requirements of SEMAFO under the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information was publicly communicated on November 12, 2015 at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Consolidated Results and Mining Operations from Continuing Operations
Operating Highlights from Continuing Operations
Three-month period Nine-month period
ended September 30, ended September 30,
2015 2014 Variation 2015 2014 Variation
Gold ounces produced 67,200 64,700 4 % 198,400 172,500 15 %
Gold ounces sold 64,800 67,100 (3 %) 193,100 164,700 17 %
(in thousands of dollars, except amounts per share)
Revenues - Gold sales 72,523 84,524 (14 %) 227,654 210,758 8 %
Mining operation expenses 28,469 33,354 (15 %) 86,170 100,863 (15 %)
Government royalties 2,950 3,909 (25 %) 9,142 9,422 (3 %)
Operating income 19,486 25,500 (24 %) 53,517 31,486 70 %
Finance costs 347 331 5 % 3,557 1,171 204 %
Foreign exchange loss 1,110 2,695 (59 %) 5,705 2,701 111 %
Income tax expense 3,762 9,852 (62 %) 16,011 13,878 15 %
Net income attributable to equity shareholders 12,829 11,172 15 % 24,434 11,203 118 %
Basic earnings per share 0.04 0.04 - 0.08 0.04 100 %
Diluted earnings per share 0.04 0.04 - 0.08 0.04 100 %
Adjusted net income attributable toequity shareholders(1) 13,897 19,260 (28 %) 37,686 19,705 91 %
Per share(1) 0.05 0.07 (29 %) 0.13 0.07 86 %
Cash flows from operating activities(2) 34,830 40,554 (14 %) 108,131 80,314 35 %
Per share(1) 0.12 0.15 (20 %) 0.37 0.29 28 %
(1) Adjusted net income attributable to equity shareholders, adjusted basic earnings per share and operating cash flows per share are non-IFRS financial performance measures with no standard definition under IFRS. See the "Non-IFRS financial measures from continuing operations" section of the Corporation's MD&A, note 16.
(2) Cash flows from operating activities from continuing operations exclude changes in non-cash working capital items.
Interim Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
(Expressed in thousands of US dollars - unaudited)
As at As at
September 30, December 31,
2015 2014
$ $
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 137,785 127,928
Trade and other receivables 34,302 21,470
Income tax receivable - 12,086
Inventories 62,068 59,729
Other current assets 2,078 2,311
236,233 223,524
Non-current assets
Advance receivable 4,555 4,229
Restricted cash 3,479 3,726
Property, plant and equipment 526,026 382,388
Intangible asset 1,917 1,915
Other non-current assets - 2,520
535,977 394,778
Total assets 772,210 618,302
Liabilities
Current liabilities
Trade payables and accrued liabilities 37,976 49,530
Current portion of long-term debt 28,954 -
Restricted and deferred share unit liabilities 3,492 1,938
Provisions 6,229 6,579
Income tax payable 1,534 -
78,185 58,047
Non-current liabilities
Long-term debt 59,183 -
Restricted share unit liabilities 3,272 3,967
Provisions 7,178 6,917
Deferred income tax liabilities 20,401 18,766
90,034 29,650
Total liabilities 168,219 87,697
Equity
Equity Shareholders
Share capital 515,957 466,861
Contributed surplus 10,722 10,889
Retained earnings 47,766 25,932
574,445 503,682
Non-controlling interests 29,546 26,923
Total equity 603,991 530,605
Total liabilities and equity 772,210 618,302
Interim Consolidated Statement of Income
(Expressed in thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts - unaudited)
Three-month period Nine-month period
ended September 30, ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
$ $ $ $
Revenue - Gold sales 72,523 84,524 227,654 210,758
Costs of operations
Mining operation expenses 31,419 37,263 95,312 110,285
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 19,290 18,230 65,688 50,008
General and administrative 3,087 3,926 10,139 13,409
Corporate social responsibility expenses 229 389 689 616
Share-based compensation (988 ) (784 ) 2,309 4,954
Operating income 19,486 25,500 53,517 31,486
Other expenses (income)
Finance income (224 ) (104 ) (513 ) (341 )
Finance costs 347 331 3,557 1,171
Foreign exchange loss 1,110 2,695 5,705 2,701
Income before income taxes 18,253 22,578 44,768 27,955
Income tax expense (recovery)
Current 4,605 4,827 13,477 7,873
Deferred (843 ) 5,025 2,534 6,005
3,762 9,852 16,011 13,878
Net income from continuing operations 14,491 12,726 28,757 14,077
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations - - - (1,648 )
Net income for the period 14,491 12,726 28,757 12,429
Net income from continuing operations attributable to:
Equity shareholders 12,829 11,172 24,434 11,203
Non-controlling interests 1,662 1,554 4,323 2,874
14,491 12,726 28,757 14,077
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to:
Equity shareholders - - - (11,339 )
Non-controlling interests - - - 9,691
- - - (1,648 )
Net income (loss) for the period attributable to:
Equity shareholders 12,829 11,172 24,434 (136 )
Non-controlling interests 1,662 1,554 4,323 12,565
14,491 12,726 28,757 12,429
Basic earnings per share from continuing operations 0.04 0.04 0.08 0.04
Basic loss per share from discontinued operations - - - (0.04 )
Basic earnings per share 0.04 0.04 0.08 -
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations 0.04 0.04 0.08 0.04
Diluted loss per share from discontinued operations - - - (0.04 )
Diluted earnings per share 0.04 0.04 0.08 -
Interim Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(Expressed in thousands of US dollars - unaudited)
Three-month period Nine-month period
ended September 30, ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
$ $ $ $
Cash flows from (used in):
Operating activities
Net income for the period from continuing operations 14,491 12,726 28,757 14,077
Adjustments for :
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 19,290 18,230 65,688 50,008
Share-based compensation (988 ) (784 ) 2,309 4,954
Write-off of other non-current assets related to financing fees - - 2,520 -
Unrealized foreign exchange loss 1,865 5,280 5,278 5,248
Deferred income taxes expense (recovery) (843 ) 5,025 2,534 6,005
Other 1,015 77 1,045 22
34,830 40,554 108,131 80,314
Changes in non-cash working capital items (2,728 ) 2,005 (11,204 ) 7,122
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations 32,102 42,559 96,927 87,436
Net cash used in operating activities from discontinued operations - - - (2,088 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 32,102 42,559 96,927 85,348
Financing activities
Long-term debt - - 90,000 -
Long-term debt transaction costs - - (1,200 ) -
Proceeds on issuance of share capital, net of expenses 304 1,660 44,229 5,654
Dividends paid to non-controlling interest and withholding taxes (2,656 ) - (2,656 ) -
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities from continuing operations (2,352 ) 1,660 130,373 5,654
Investing activities
Acquisition of Orbis Gold Limited - - (154,550 ) -
Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment (21,031 ) (18,523 ) (56,402 ) (54,277 )
Advance made to Sonabel - (895 ) (566 ) (895 )
Increase in restricted cash - - - (641 )
Net cash used in investing activities (21,031 ) (19,418 ) (211,518 ) (55,813 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,805 ) (5,801 ) (5,925 ) (5,562 )
Change in cash and cash equivalents during the period 6,914 19,000 9,857 29,627
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 130,871 93,226 127,928 82,599
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period 137,785 112,226 137,785 112,226
Interest paid 1,521 - 3,038 -
Interest received 3 104 292 341
Income tax paid 1,043 843 1,043 5,276

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