Timmins Gold Corp.

Timmins Gold Corp.

August 31, 2010 06:30 ET

Timmins Gold Corp.: Operating and Financial Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2010

San Francisco Mine Generates $1.9 Million in Net Profits Before Tax

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2010) - Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:TMM) ("Timmins" or the "Company") is pleased to report on its first ever operating and financial results since commercial operations at its flagship San Francisco Mine commenced on April 1, 2010. All currency in this report is in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

The major highlights for the three months ended June 30, 2010 include the following:

  • Commercial operations were deemed to commence on April 1, 2010 following a commissioning period of less than five months;

  • The San Francisco Mine averaged a mining rate of 1.7 million tonnes per month during this first quarter of commercial operations and on average 301,765 tonnes of ore were placed on the leach pads (or 10,059 tonnes per day);

  • The Company produced and sold 11,299 ounces of gold and 6,696 ounces of silver, realizing gross proceeds of $14.3 million;

  • The San Francisco Mine generated net profit before tax of approximately $1.9 million and cash flow from operations of $1.4 million during its first quarter of operations.

  • Operating costs, excluding depreciation, at the San Francisco Mine were $13.67(US $13.30) per tonne placed on leach pads or $946 (US $920) per ounce produced and sold, net of by-product credits. These costs are on line to reduce to $520 per ounce by year end and to reach the $420 per ounce life of mine projections.

  • For the calendar year, the Company has produced and sold 16,619 ounces of gold and 10,374 ounces of silver, realizing gross revenue of $22.6 million;

  • In April, as a result of the first phase of this year's exploration program the Company announced an increase in the resources at the San Francisco Mine of 25%;

  • For the three months ended June 30, 2008, the Company reported a net loss of $4.1 million or $0.03 per share compared to a loss of $0.8 million or $0.01 per share for the comparable quarter in 2009; the Company recognized interest expense and a loss on the embedded derivative in connection with the gold loan financing (both of which were non-cash items) of $5.0 million or an amount in excess of the total loss for the quarter;

  • The loss on the embedded derivative is measured by the product of the change in the quarter ending gold prices, adjusted for foreign exchange and time value of money considerations;

  • For the three months ended June 30, 2010 cash flow from operating activities was $605,010 compared to a use of cash of $324,116 for the three months ended June 30, 2009; and

  • The Company reported net income from operations of $0.9 million for the recently completed quarter.


For the three months ended June 30, 2010, Timmins reported a net loss of $4,090,157 or $0.03 per share on revenue of $14,332,597. This compared to a net loss of $804,330 or $0.01 per share during the three months ended June 30, 2009, a period during which development of the San Francisco Mine had not yet commenced. The financial performance of the Company benefitted from continued strong gold prices and a successful and improving operating performance at the San Francisco Mine offset by expenses recognized on the gold loan.

Cost of goods sold totaled $10,845,997 or $945.89 per ounce of gold sold, net of by-product credits. Depreciation and amortization was $1,215,903 or $107.62 per ounce of gold sold. General and administration costs (including non-cash stock based compensation expense of $553,013) were $1,326,537 for the current quarter, compared to $1,236,190 for the comparable quarter in 2009. In the comparable quarter for 2009, stock based compensation expense was only $49,023.

The asset retirement obligation was $30,741 (2009:$3,621) and other miscellaneous expenses were $2,652, relating to abandoning the Tequila property in March 2010.

During the quarter, the requirement to fair value the embedded derivative in the gold loan resulted in a non-cash expense of $2,599,745 a result of the price of gold increasing by $128.50 per ounce between March 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010. However, the non-cash loss on the embedded derivative is mitigated by the fact that this financial instrument did not require the hedging of any production in late 2009 when gold prices are lower than they are today. The interest expense on the gold loan for the quarter was $2,413,778, and it was also a non-cash item this quarter as repayment of the gold loan does not commence until the end of August 2010.


The table below illustrates certain key operating statistics for the San Francisco Mine for the three months ended June 30, 2010. There were no comparable statistics to report for the three months ended June 30, 2009.

  April May June Total
Waste mined (mt) 1,431,434 1,295,774 1,350,360 4,077,568
Ore mined (mt) 317,997 288,096 299,203 905,296
Ore grade (g/t) 0.628 0.732 0.800 0.718
Gold sold (oz) 2,309 3,941 5,049 11,299
Silver sold 1,433 2,372 2,891 6,696
Operating cost per tonne (C$) 12.85 13.77 14.43 13.67

During the first six months of this calendar year the Company has made a number of significant improvements to the operating performance and the operating life of the San Francisco Mine. The most notable achievements include:

  • In April a 25% increase in the mineral resources was announced based solely on the first phase of the calendar year 2010 drill program;

  • Significant improvements to grade control in the pit were implemented;

  • The mining contractor brought another drill onto the property to expand production;

  • To further improve mining productivity and reduce costs the mining contractor has agreed to supplement the existing fleet with two additional drills (one of which is on-site), three additional haul trucks, and one more shovel; and

  • Operations are seeing continued improvements in tonnes mined per day and ore placed on leach pads per day, increasing from 7,912 tonnes processed per day during the January to March quarter to 10,059 tonnes per day in this quarter.


Focused mainly in Mexico, Timmins Gold Corp. is now a producer of gold with its recent commissioning of the San Francisco Mine in Sonora, Mexico. In addition, the Company has a number of other properties in Mexico on which it will conduct on-going exploration.

This News Release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements which relate to future events. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may", "should", "expects", "plans, "anticipates", believes", "estimates", "predicts", "potential", or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our or our industry's actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

While these forward-looking statements, and any assumptions upon which they are based, are made in good faith and reflect our current judgment regarding the direction of our business, actual results will almost always vary, sometimes materially, from any estimates, predictions, projections, assumptions or other future performance suggestions herein. Except as required by applicable law, Timmins Gold does not intend to update any forward-looking statements to conform these statements to actual results.



Under National Instrument 51-102, Part 4, subsection 4.3 (3) (a), if an auditor has not performed a review of the interim financial statements, they must be accompanied by a notice indicating that an auditor has not reviewed the financial statements.

The accompanying unaudited financial statements of the Company have been prepared by and are the responsibility of the Company's management.

The Company's independent auditor has not performed a review of these financial statements in accordance with standards established by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants for a review of interim financial statements by an entity's auditor.

 (in Canadian dollars)
  June 30, 2010 (Unaudited)   March 31, 2010 (Audited)  
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,364,079   $ 2,694,825  
  Accounts receivable (Note 3)   7,448,183     6,319,583  
  Inventory (Note 4)   8,190,866     6,420,154  
  Prepaid expenses   527,730     655,704  
  Due from related party (Note 7)   79,200     92,656  
    21,610,058     16,182,922  
Equipment (Note 5)   25,155,762     24,397,467  
Resource properties (Note 6)   43,153,726     41,698,893  
  $ 89,919,546   $ 82,279,282  
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 5,362,420   $ 4,403,822  
  Vendor loan (Note 5)   1,808,490     1,758,120  
  Current portion of long-term debt (Note 10)   15,789,046     8,045,163  
    22,959,956     14,207,105  
Future income tax   3,947,011     3,967,061  
Long term debt (Note 10)   5,285,469     8,088,563  
Other long term liabilities   1,082,605     1,035,590  
Asset retirement obligation (Note 9)   972,210     929,382  
    34,247,251     28,227,701  
Shareholders' equity            
  Share capital (Note 8)   58,705,648     52,271,066  
  Convertible preference shares (Note 8)   13,586,780     13,586,780  
  Warrants (Note 8)   1,745,449     2,876,305  
  Contributed surplus (Note 8)   4,180,910     3,773,765  
  Deficit   (22,546,492 )   (18,456,335 )
    55,672,295     54,051,581  
  $ 89,919,546   $ 82,279,282  
Nature and continuance of operations (Note 1)
Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)
Subsequent events (Note 15)
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.


(Unaudited in Canadian dollars, except for per share amounts)
  Three months ended June 30,  
  2010   2009  
Metal Revenues $ 14,332,597   $ -  
  Cost of sales   10,845,997     -  
  Amortization and depreciation   1,215,903     15,560  
  Asset write down   2,652     -  
  Corporate and administrative   773,524     1,187,167  
  Accretion of reclamation liability   30,741     3,621  
  Stock-based compensation (Note 8)   553,013     49,023  
Income (Loss) From Operations   910,767     (1,255,371 )
Other Income / (Expenses):            
  Other income / (expenses)   6,060     820  
  Interest expense, net   (2,477,272 )   (67,190 )
  Foreign exchange gain / (loss)   70,033     517,411  
  Loss on embedded derivatives   (2,599,745 )   -  
Income (loss) before taxes   (4,090,157 )   (804,330 )
  Income tax expense   -     -  
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)            
for the period $ (4,090,157 ) $ (804,330 )
Loss per share – basic and diluted $ (0.03 ) $ (0.01 )
Weighted average number of shares outstanding – basic and diluted   130,934,846     80,033,913  
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.


(Unaudited in Canadian dollars)
  Three months ended June 30,  
  2010   2009  
  Loss for the year $ (4,090,157 ) $ (804,330 )
  Items not affecting cash:            
    Accretion of reclamation liability   30,741     3,621  
    Accretion of vendor loan   -     67,190  
    Amortization of equipment   1,215,903     15,560  
    Accrued interest on long-term debt   2,412,015     -  
    Loss on embedded derivative   2,599,745     -  
    Stock-based compensation   553,013     49,023  
    Unrealized foreign exchange gain   16,091     (426,989 )
    Asset write downs   2,652     -  
    2,740,003     (1,095,925 )
  Changes in non-cash working capital items:            
    Accounts receivable   (1,126,239 )   (307,665 )
    Inventory   (1,770,712 )   -  
    Prepaid expenses   (185,603 )   35,531  
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   934,105     1,078,492  
    Due from related parties   13,456     (34,549 )
Cash flows provided by (used) in operating activities   605,010     (324,116 )
    Shares issued for cash   5,157,857     12,745,024  
    Share issue costs   -     (625,056 )
Cash flows provided by financing activities   5,157,857     12,119,968  
  Purchase of equipment   (1,335,037 )   (2,680,436 )
  Expenditures on resource properties   (1,758,576 )   (1,745,193 )
  Cash flows used in investing activities   (3,093,613 )   (4,425,629 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the year   2,669,254     7,370,223  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   2,694,825     700,104  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $ 5,364,079   $ 8,070,327  
Supplemental disclosure with respect to cash flows (Note 11)
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

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