Starcore International Mines Ltd.
TSX : SAM

Starcore International Mines Ltd.

October 29, 2014 17:00 ET

Starcore Reports Fiscal 2014 Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 29, 2014) - Starcore International Mines Ltd. (the "Company") (TSX:SAM) has filed the results for the year ended July 31, 2014 for the Company and its mining operations. The full version of the Company's Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis can be viewed on the Company's website at www.starcore.com, or SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All financial information is prepared in accordance with IFRS and all dollar amounts are expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Year Ended July 31, 2014 Highlights:

  • Earnings from mining operations was $8.6 million, or 26% of gross revenue, compared to $8.3 million, or 27% of gross revenue, in the prior year.
  • Earnings before income taxes for the year was $5.0 million compared to $4.1 million for the prior year. Net Earnings after taxes for the year was $3.0 million, or $0.02 per share compared to $4.7 million, or $0.03 per share for the prior year.
  • In 2014 Tax Reform in Mexico created a 7.5% Special Mining Duty ("SMD"). The Company has taken the position that the SMD is an income tax under International Accounting Standard. As a result of these Tax Reform changes, the Company recognized a one-time non-cash deferred income tax expense of $2.4 million due to the future income tax impact of the SMD.
  • The following table contains selected highlights from the Company's audited consolidated statement of operations for the year ended July 31, 2014:
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)(Audited) July 31,
2014
July 31,
2013
Revenues $ 33,136 $ 30,246
Cost of Sales (24,548 ) (21,948 )
Earnings from mining operations 8,588 8,298
Net income
(i) Net income $ 2,965 $ 4,702
(ii) Income per share - basic $ 0.02 $ 0.03
(iii) Income per share - diluted $ 0.02 $ 0.03
  • The mine improved ore grade for the year averaging 2.55 g/t and 24.2 g/t for gold and silver, respectively, compared to 2.36 g/t and 21.0 g/t for the prior year, respectively.
  • Overall metal production was much higher for the year at 24,000 equivalent ounces ("EqOz"), compared to 20,100 EqOz in the previous year. This is mainly as a result of improved ore grades and due to ore recovery issues experienced in the first two quarters of fiscal 2013.
  • Mine operating cash costs decreased overall to US$750/EqOz compared to US$844/EqOz in the previous year due mainly to higher recovery and metal production. All-in Sustaining Costs, which includes sustaining capital expenditures, exploration, reclamation, corporate and administrative and share-based compensation cost were US$1,093/EqOz, compared to US$1,194 in the prior year.

The following table is a summary of mine production statistics for the San Martin mine for the three months ended July 31, 2014 and for the years ended July, 2014 and 2013:

Unit of measure Actual
results
for
3 months
ended
July 31,
2014
Actual
results
for
12 months
ended
July 31,
2014
Actual
results
for
12 months
ended
July 31,
2013
Production of Gold in Dore thousand ounces 5.24 22.0 18.2
Production of Silver in Dore thousand ounces 32.59 126.5 110
Equivalent ounces of Gold thousand ounces 5.75 24.0 20.1
Silver to Gold equivalency ratio 64.6:1 62.7:1 57:1
Gold grade grams/tonne 2.42 2.55 2.36
Silver grade grams/tonne 25.7 24.2 21.0
Gold recovery percent 86.7% 87.1% 77.9%
Silver recovery percent 50.7% 52.7% 53.7%
Milled thousands of tonnes 77.8 308.6 307.3
Operating Cost per tonne milled US dollars/tonne 63 58 55
Operating Cost per Equivalent Ounce US dollars/ounces 856 750 844

"We continue to build on the strengths of our mine, being low costs and consistent production, reaching our targets each year. We are currently in a very good cash position, even after having paid our first dividend last month of $2.9 million," said Robert Eadie, President and CEO of Starcore.

About Starcore

Starcore is engaged in exploring, extracting and processing gold and silver through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Compañia Minera Peña de Bernal, S.A. de C.V., which owns the San Martin mine in Queretaro, Mexico. The Company is a public reporting issuer on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Company is also engaged in owning, acquiring, exploiting, exploring and evaluating mineral properties, and either joint venturing or developing these properties further. The Company has interests in properties which are exclusively located in Mexico.

ON BEHALF OF STARCORE INTERNATIONAL MINES LTD.

Gary Arca, Chief Financial Officer and Director

The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed nor does it accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

Contact Information

  • Starcore International Mines Ltd.
    Gary Arca
    604-602-4935
    604-602-4936 (FAX)

    Starcore International Mines Ltd.
    Evan Eadie
    Investor Relations
    (416) 640-1936 or Toll Free: 1-866-602-4935