SEMAFO Inc.
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SEMAFO Inc.

August 05, 2015 08:00 ET

SEMAFO's Net Income Increases to $22.1 Million in Second Quarter 2015

Cash Flow from Operations of $40.7 Million

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 5, 2015) - SEMAFO Inc. (TSX:SMF)(OMX:SMF) today reported its financial and operational results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2015. All amounts are in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

Second Quarter 2015 in Review

Production for the second quarter of 2015 totalled 66,000 ounces at a total cash cost1 of $471 per ounce sold and all-in sustaining cost1 of $604 per ounce sold at our Mana Mine. These costs per ounce represent year-over-year decreases of 22% and 16%, respectively. In light of favourable fuel prices and exchange rates, SEMAFO is lowering its 2015 total cash cost1 guidance from between $575 and $605 per ounce to between $515 and $540 per ounce, representing an 11% decrease at midpoint.

  • Gold production of 66,000 ounces, a 9% decrease compared to the same period in 2014
  • Gold sales of $81.1 million, an 8% decrease compared to the same period in 2014
  • Operating income of $22.8 million compared to $20.7 million for the same period in 2014
  • Net income of $22.1 million compared to $14.9 million for the same period in 2014
  • Net income from continuing operations attributable to equity shareholders of $19.7 million or $0.07 per share compared to $13.0 million or $0.05 per share for the same period in 2014
  • Adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to equity shareholders1 of $15.6 million or $0.05 per share1 compared to $13.3 million or $0.05 per share1 for the same period in 2014
  • Cash flows from operating activities from continuing operations2 of $40.7 million or $0.14 per share1 compared to $37.6 million or $0.14 per share1 for the same period in 2014
  • Feasibility study at Natougou over 40% complete and on track for completion in Q2 2016
  • Proximal exploration on Natougou returns promising results
  • Delineation drill results at Natougou match expectations
  • Inferred resources of 1.84 million tonnes at 10.0 g/t Au for 590,000 oz of gold at Nabanga deposit
  • Recipient of grand prize for Corporate Social Responsibility of Mining Companies in Burkina Faso (RSE 2014)
(1) Adjusted net income attributable to equity shareholders, adjusted basic earnings per share, operating cash flows per share, cash operating cost, total cash cost and all-in sustaining cost 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) Cash flows from operating activities from continuing operations exclude changes in non-cash working capital items.

Mana, Burkina Faso

Mining Operations

Three-month period Six-month period
ended June 30, ended June 30,
2015 2014 Variation 2015 2014 Variation
Operating Data
Ore mined (tonnes) 540,100 617,700 (13 %) 1,289,900 1,084,900 19 %
Ore processed (tonnes) 600,900 723,900 (17 %) 1,138,200 1,365,900 (17 %)
Waste mined (tonnes) 5,151,900 4,537,100 14 % 11,714,700 7,986,400 47 %
Operational stripping ratio 9.5 7.3 30 % 9.1 7.4 23 %
Head grade (g/t) 3.71 3.37 10 % 3.89 2.69 45 %
Recovery (%) 92 93 (1 %) 92 91 1 %
Gold ounces produced 66,000 72,700 (9 %) 131,200 107,800 22 %
Gold ounces sold 67,700 68,200 (1 %) 128,300 97,600 31 %
Statistics (in dollars)
Average realized selling price (per ounce) 1,198 1,287 (7 %) 1,209 1,293 (6 %)
Cash operating cost (per tonne processed)1 46 48 (4 %) 50 50 -
Total cash cost (per ounce sold)1 471 602 (22 %) 498 748 (33 %)
All-in sustaining cost (per ounce sold)1 604 723 (16 %) 624 930 (33 %)
Depreciation (per ounce sold)2 328 269 22 % 360 321 12 %
(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 second quarter in 2015, lower ore mined and throughput compared to the same period in 2014 are a direct result of the mine plan sequence. The increase in head grade in the second 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 second quarter of 2015, gold sales amounted to $81.1 million compared to $87.8 million for the same period in 2014. The 8% decrease is attributable to a decrease in the average realized selling price. 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 $40.7 million in the second quarter of 2015 due to the increase in operating income.

Reduction in 2015 Cost Guidance

In light of favourable fuel prices and exchange rates, SEMAFO has reduced its cost guidance for 2015. The 2015 total cash cost guidance has been lowered from between $575 and $605 per ounce to between $515 and $540 per ounce, representing an 11% decrease at midpoint. Our all-in sustaining cost guidance for the year has consequently decreased from between $715 and $750 per ounce to between $655 and $685 per ounce. In addition, the corporate general and administrative expense estimate for 2015 has been lowered from $15 million to $14 million.

The Corporation's 2015 production guidance remains unchanged at between 245,000 and 275,000 ounces. The assumptions used to forecast the downward revision of costs for the second half of 2015 include:

Price of fuel: $1.14 US dollars per litre
Exchange rate: $0.80 US dollars to the Canadian dollar
Exchange rate: $1.11 US dollars to the Euro

Update on Natougou Feasibility Study

During the quarter, we made strong progress in advancing the feasibility study, which has now passed the 40% completion stage. We continue to target completion of the feasibility study by early second quarter of 2016 with a base case scenario of a 4,000-tonne-per-day processing plant. As at June 30, 2015, a total of $5.7 million of the estimated budget of $12.5 million has been disbursed towards completion of the study including:

  • Process: 30% completed. This includes conclusion of the trade-off studies and design criteria, in addition to 30% completion of the plant and general layout.
  • Geotechnics: 100% completed. Both the ground water exploration program and geotechnical assessment of the open pit wall stability have been conducted.
  • Hydrology: 15% completed. This includes 50% completion of the water balance analysis.
  • Environmental study: 25% completed
  • 6,000 meters of condemnation drilling: 100% completed
  • 21,630 meters of delineation drilling: 100% completed

The additional 17,000-meter delineation drill program is already underway in the southwest part of the deposit with the aim of converting a portion of the indicated resources to the measured category in the third quarter.

Exploration

An initial exploration budget for 2015 was set at $18 million, $12 million of which was allocated to the Mana project and $6 million to the Banfora project. Following evaluation of our exploration strategy and in light of the weak gold environment, we have decided to cease exploration activities at Banfora in the third quarter, focus on areas within trucking distance of the Mana Mine and Natougou deposit while initiating exploration in Côte d'Ivoire. Accordingly, we maintain the initial budget of $18 million with $11 million allocated to the Mana project, $1.3 million to the Natougou deposit, $5.4 million to Banfora and $0.3 million to the Korhogo permits in Côte d'Ivoire.

Exploration - Natougou

Proximal Exploration on Natougou Returns Promising Results

In July, we announced results from an ongoing 10,000-meter proximal drilling program at Natougou designed to explore the lateral extensions of the flat-lying Boungou Shear Zone (BSZ) proximal to the current in-pit resources. A new mineralized area, dubbed the Southwest Extension, has returned values of up to 10.29 g/t Au over 10 meters at depths varying from 8 to 131 meters. The target area measures approximately 200 meters wide and remains open towards the west and northwest. The 14-hole program was designed to provide a better understanding of the geometry of the shear zone while establishing the potential for proximal mineralization that could eventually be included in the resources base.

Regional Exploration - Natougou

The budget of $1.3 million is dedicated to carry out regional airborne geophysical surveying, RC drilling and some soil geochemical programs in the second half of 2015 on the Boungou, Dangou and Pambourou permits, within trucking distance of the Natougou deposit.

Second Quarter 2015 Conference Call

SEMAFO's second 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, Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10:00 EDT to discuss the second-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: 95206955

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.

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 "guidance", "promising", "estimate", "target", "aim of", "designed to", "potential", "could", "dedicated to", "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 meet our 2015 production guidance of between 245,000 and 275,000 ounces at a total cash cost of between $515 and $540 per ounce and an all-in sustaining cost of between $655 and $685 per ounce, the ability to meet the corporate general and administrative estimate of $14 million, the ability to complete the DFS early in the second quarter of 2016, the ability to complete the definitive feasibility study within the budget estimate of $12.5 million, the ability to convert a portion of the indicated resources to the measured category in the third quarter, the ability of our 14-hole RC program to include proximal mineralization of the shear zone in the resources base, 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 and 2015 Second 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 August 5, 2015 at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

Consolidated Results and Mining Operations from Continuing Operations

Operating Highlights from Continuing Operations

Three-month period Six-month period
ended June 30, ended June 30,
2015 2014 Variation 2015 2014 Variation
Gold ounces produced 66,000 72,700 (9 %) 131,200 107,800 22 %
Gold ounces sold 67,700 68,200 (1 %) 128,300 97,600 31 %
(in thousands of dollars, except amounts per share)
Revenues - Gold sales 81,115 87,761 (8 %) 155,131 126,234 23 %
Mining operation expenses (excluding government royalties) 28,638 37,293 (23 %) 57,701 67,509 (15 %)
Government royalties 3,259 3,745 (13 %) 6,192 5,513 12 %
Operating income 22,824 20,665 10 % 34,031 5,986 469 %
Finance costs 171 584 (71 %) 3,210 840 282 %
Foreign exchange loss (gain) (1,686 ) (98 ) (1,620 %) 4,595 6 76,483 %
Income tax expense 2,382 5,421 (56 %) 12,249 4,026 204 %
Net income from continuing operations attributable to equity shareholders 19,719 12,974 52 % 11,605 31 37,335 %
Basic earnings per share from continuing operations 0.07 0.05 40 % 0.04 - -
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations 0.07 0.05 40 % 0.04 - -
Adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to equity shareholders1 15,579 13,273 17 % 23,789 445 5,246 %
Adjusted basic earnings per share from continuing operations1 0.05 0.05 - 0.08 - -
Cash flows from operating activities from continuing operations2 40,748 37,618 8 % 73,301 39,760 84 %
Operating cash flows per share from continuing operations1 0.14 0.14 - 0.26 0.14 86 %
(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
June 30, December 31,
2015 2014
$ $
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 130,871 127,928
Trade and other receivables 19,671 21,470
Income tax receivable 2,057 12,086
Inventories 61,591 59,729
Other current assets 2,190 2,311
216,380 223,524
Non-current assets
Advance receivable 4,473 4,229
Restricted cash 3,571 3,726
Property, plant and equipment 527,055 382,388
Intangible asset 1,987 1,915
Other non-current assets - 2,520
537,086 394,778
Total assets 753,466 618,302
Liabilities
Current liabilities
Trade payables and accrued liabilities 32,622 49,530
Current portion of long-term debt 28,856 -
Restricted share unit liabilities and deferred share unit liabilities 3,997 1,938
Provisions 6,063 6,579
71,538 58,047
Non-current liabilities
Long-term debt 58,987 -
Restricted share unit liabilities 3,741 3,967
Provisions 7,083 6,917
Deferred income tax liabilities 21,221 18,766
Total liabilities 162,570 87,697
Equity
Equity Shareholders
Share capital 515,505 466,861
Contributed surplus 10,870 10,889
Retained earnings 34,937 25,932
561,312 503,682
Non-controlling interests 29,584 26,923
Total equity 590,896 530,605
Total liabilities and equity 753,466 618,302
Interim Consolidated Statement of Income (Loss)
(Expressed in thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts - unaudited)
Three-month period Six-month period
ended June 30, ended June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
$ $ $ $
Revenue - Gold sales 81,115 87,761 155,131 126,234
Costs of operations
Mining operation expenses 31,897 41,038 63,893 73,022
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 22,288 18,665 46,398 31,778
General and administrative 3,437 4,208 7,052 9,483
Corporate social responsibility expenses 134 227 460 227
Share-based compensation 535 2,958 3,297 5,738
Operating income 22,824 20,665 34,031 5,986
Other expenses (income)
Finance income (158 ) (158 ) (289 ) (237 )
Finance costs 171 584 3,210 840
Foreign exchange loss (gain) (1,686 ) (98 ) 4,595 6
Income before income taxes 24,497 20,337 26,515 5,377
Income tax expense (recovery)
Current 5,268 4,338 8,872 3,046
Deferred (2,886 ) 1,083 3,377 980
2,382 5,421 12,249 4,026
Net income from continuing operations 22,115 14,916 14,266 1,351
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations - 785 - (1,648 )
Net income (loss) for the period 22,115 15,701 14,266 (297 )
Net income from continuing operations attributable to:
Equity shareholders 19,719 12,974 11,605 31
Non-controlling interests 2,396 1,942 2,661 1,320
22,115 14,916 14,266 1,351
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to:
Equity shareholders - (9,952 ) - (11,339 )
Non-controlling interests - 10,737 - 9,691
- 785 - (1,648 )
Net income (loss) for the period attributable to:
Equity shareholders 19,719 3,022 11,605 (11,308 )
Non-controlling interests 2,396 12,679 2,661 11,011
22,115 15,701 14,266 (297 )
Basic earnings per share from continuing operations 0.07 0.05 0.04 -
Basic loss per share from discontinued operations - (0.04 ) - (0.04 )
Basic earnings (loss) per share 0.07 0.01 0.04 (0.04 )
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations 0.07 0.05 0.04 -
Diluted loss per share from discontinued operations - (0.04 ) - (0.04 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per share 0.07 0.01 0.04 (0.04 )
Interim Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(Expressed in thousands of US dollars - unaudited)
Three-month period Six-month period
ended June 30, ended June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
$ $ $ $
Cash flows from (used in):
Operating activities
Net income for the period from continuing operations 22,115 14,916 14,266 1,351
Adjustments for :
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 22,288 18,665 46,398 31,778
Share-based compensation 535 2,958 3,297 5,738
Write-off of other non-current assets related to financing fees - - 2,520 -
Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss (1,268 ) 140 3,413 (32 )
Deferred income taxes expense (recovery) (2,886 ) 1,083 3,377 980
Other (36 ) (144 ) 30 (55 )
40,748 37,618 73,301 39,760
Changes in non-cash working capital items (8,672 ) 12,305 (8,476 ) 5,117
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations 32,076 49,923 64,825 44,877
Net cash used in operating activities from discontinued operations - (1,094 ) - (2,088 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 32,076 48,829 64,825 42,789
Financing activities
Long-term debt - - 90,000 -
Long-term debt transaction costs - - (1,200 ) -
Proceeds on issuance of share capital, net of expenses - 1,041 43,925 3,994
Net cash provided by financing activities - 1,041 132,725 3,994
Investing activities
Acquisition of Orbis Gold Limited - - (154,550 ) -
Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment (17,484 ) (18,092 ) (35,371 ) (35,754 )
Advance made to Sonabel (566 ) - (566 ) -
Increase in restricted cash - (641 ) - (641 )
Net cash used in investing activities (18,050 ) (18,733 ) (190,487 ) (36,395 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 1,992 143 (4,120 ) 239
Change in cash and cash equivalents during the period 16,018 31,280 2,943 10,627
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 114,853 61,946 127,928 82,599
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period 130,871 93,226 130,871 93,226
Interest paid 1,517 - 1,517 -
Interest received 158 158 289 237
Income tax paid - 2,127 - 4,433

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