Silvermet Inc.
TSX VENTURE : SYI

Silvermet Inc.

April 25, 2012 06:00 ET

Silvermet Reports Solid Performance in 2011

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2012) -

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Silvermet Inc. ("Silvermet" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SYI) is pleased to announce solid financial and operating results for 2011.

Highlights (in US$)

  • All corporate debt has been retired. Silvermet is debt free and with cash and credit facility receivables of $4.1 million at December 31, 2011, or $0.026 per share.
  • Production in 2011 increased by 33% to 15,328 Dry Metric Tonnes ("DMT") zinc concentrate containing 69% zinc compared to 2010 production of 11,548 DMT.
  • Sales volume in 2011 increased by 15% to 14,421 DMT from 12,581 DMT in 2010.
  • Revenues in 2011 increased by 10% to $17.6 million (at 100%) (Silvermet's share - $8.6 million) from $15.9 million in 2010.
  • In 2011 57,000 DMT of EAFD was processed, an increase of 10% from 2010.
  • In Q1, 2012, Silvermet's Turkish joint venture company, Befesa Silvermet Turkey ("BST"), signed two purchase agreements to acquire plant sites in the Adana and Izmir Tire organized industrial zones. At the new sites, the BST joint venture intends to build two "state of the art" plants to process 220,000 tonnes of EAFD per year, which will quintuple BST's production capacity in Turkey.

The following table summarizes comparative annual results and reconciles net income, an IFRS measure, to EBITDA. The 2010 figures reflect operational results at 100% for the first ten months and at 49% for the remaining two months, whereas the operating results are presented at 49% for the full year ending December 31, 2011.

For the year ended December 31,
2011 2011 2010 2010
(all amounts in US$) 100% 49% 100% proportional(1)
Revenue $ 17,576,278 $ 8,612,376 $ 15,936,718 $ 14,276,672
EBITDA(2) $ 3,359,682 $ 1,553,949 $ 1,274,897 $ 903,914
Net income $ 1,489,027 $ 1,276,644
Basic income per share $ 0.009 $ 0.010
Diluted income per share $ 0.009 $ 0.010
Basic weighted-average number of shares outstanding 158,909,668 131,591,447
Diluted weighted-average number of shares outstanding 159,463,968 133,206,460
(1) The 2010 figures reflect operational results for the first ten months at 100% and the remaining two months at a proportionally consolidated level of 49%.
(2) EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure, does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar terms and measures presented by other issuers. EBITDA comprises net income (loss) before income taxes, interest and financing expense (including accretion of liabilities), amortization expense, gain on dilution, non-controlling interest and stock option expense. The Company believes it is appropriate to exclude stock option expense, gain on dilution and non-controlling interest from EBITDA as a measure of operating performance that excludes non-recurring items.

Silvermet has been generating positive cash flows since Q3, 2010 and 2011 was a record year of production and sales. The working capital position of the Company continues to strengthen with no debt, established operations, relatively stable zinc prices and lower treatment charges. The Turkish joint venture has recently signed two purchase agreements for new plant sites.

The Adana plant site is 50,000 square meters located in the Adana organized industrial zone near Iskenderun. The Company intends to build a modern plant to process 110,000 tonnes of EAFD per year in Adana. BST has also signed a purchase agreement to acquire an additional 68,000 square meter property in Izmir Tire organized industrial zone, on which a second 110,000 tonne plant will be built.

"After the planned addition of the two new plants in Turkey, annual EAFD processing capacity will increase to 280,000 tonnes. EAFD processed in Turkey contains an average of 25% zinc. The double washed Waelz oxide output of the Turkish plants will therefore increase to approximately 90,000 DMT per annum, containing approximately 135 million pounds of zinc." said Stephen G. Roman, Silvermet's Chairman, President and CEO. "2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year with very positive results at the existing plant while two major expansion initiatives will be launched simultaneously."

Stock Option Grant

Silvermet announced that it has granted 3,900,000 options to officers and management to acquire common shares. Of these options 500,000 vest immediately and 3,400,000 vest contingent upon realization of certain operational and strategic targets. The stock options are exercisable at $0.15 per common share and expire on April 11, 2017. The Company has also granted 2,000,000 options to its directors, to be issued at the Company's annual general meeting at the greater of $0.15 or market price at the time.

About Silvermet:

Silvermet's principal business activity is the recycling of electric arc furnace dust ("EAFD") obtained from steel companies through a Waelz kiln to recover zinc concentrates that are then sold to zinc smelters throughout the world. The Company owns 49% of BST, which operates a Waelz kiln facility located in Iskenderun, Turkey.

Additional Information:

Additional information can be accessed at the Company's website www.silvermet.ca or through the Company's public filings at www.sedar.com.

Caution concerning forward-looking statements: The information in this release may contain forward-looking information under applicable securities laws. This forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking information. Factors that may cause actual results to vary include, but are not limited to, inaccurate assumptions concerning the exploration for and development of mineral deposits, political instability, currency fluctuations, unanticipated operational or technical difficulties, changes in laws or regulations, the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits, changes in general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets and the inability to raised additional financing. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information. The Company does not assume the obligation to revise or update this forward-looking information after the date of this release or to revise such information to reflect the occurrence of future unanticipated events except as may be required under applicable securities laws. The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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