Timmins Gold Corp.
TSX : TMM
NYSE MKT : TGD

Timmins Gold Corp.

October 29, 2013 19:20 ET

Timmins Gold Reports $4.8 Million in Earnings for Q3 2013

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 29, 2013) - Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM)(NYSE MKT:TGD) (the "Company") is pleased to report its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. The comparative period is the three months ended September 30, 2012. All results are presented in United States dollars ("US dollars") unless otherwise stated. Readers should refer to the Q3 2013 Management's Discussion and Analysis and condensed interim consolidated financial statements for complete information.

THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Metal revenues were $38.1 million, compared to $41.7 million during the same prior year period. This represents an 9% decrease in revenue over the prior year, primarily due to the sustained decrease in gold price since April 2013, offset by increased production. The average London PM Fix price was $1,326 per ounce, compared to $1,652 per ounce during the same prior year period. This represents a 20% decrease over the prior year.
  • Profit from operations was $9.3 million, compared to $19.2 million during the same prior year period. This represents a 52% decrease over the prior year. This was mainly due to the reduced revenues realized from the lower gold price.
  • Earnings were $4.8 million or $0.03 per share, compared to $13.7 million or $0.09 per share during the same prior year period. This represents a 65% and 70% decrease, respectively, over the prior year.
  • Cash flows from operations before changes in non-cash working capital were $13.7 million or $0.09 per share, compared to $22.5 million or $0.16 per share during the same prior year period.
  • Cash at September 30, 2013 was $14.4 million after investing $10.3 million in exploration, plant expansion and spending on deferred stripping. Cash at September 30, 2012 was $28.3 million after investing $8.1 million in exploration, plant expansion and spending on deferred stripping.
  • The Company produced a record 29,139 ounces of gold and sold a record 28,637 ounces of gold, compared to 25,153 and 25,153, respectively, during the same prior year period. This represents a 16% and 14% increase of ounces produced and sold, respectively, over the prior year due to increased throughput and crushing capacity.
  • The Company's cash cost per ounce on a by-product basis was $738 (all-in sustaining cash cost per ounce on a by-product basis - $898), compared to $668 (all-in sustaining cash cost per ounce on a by-product basis - $884) during the same prior year period. This increase in cash costs is primarily driven by lower grades realized in the current quarter of 0.77 grams of gold per tonne ("g/t Au"), compared to the same prior year quarter 0.89 g/t Au. In addition, due to changes in accounting methods caused by the drop in gold price, the inclusion of approximately 50% of the mining costs associated with the unprocessed ore stockpile resulted in a $16 per ounce increase to the cash cost per ounce. These increases are partially offset by cost reduction initiatives.
  • During July 2013, the Company announced postponing the installation of a new crushing circuit as well as the commencement of La Chicharra operations until the new mine plan has been produced.

During August 2013, the Company entered into an agreement with an equipment supplier to finance the remaining portion of an equipment purchase totalling $4.9 million (excluding VAT) of which the Company had previously paid $1.5 million (excluding VAT). The financing agreement carries an annual interest rate of 7.2% and the remaining balance of $3.4 million (excluding VAT) is payable in 36 monthly instalments which include equal principal repayments of $0.1 million.

SUMMARIZED ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND OPERATING RESULTS


US dollars (thousands) unless otherwise indicated
Quarter Ended
September 30,
2013
Quarter Ended
September 30,
2012
Gold sold (oz) 28,637 25,153
Silver sold (oz) 16,228 13,857
Metal revenues $38,065 $41,748
Production costs, excluding depletion and depreciation 21,471 $17,235
Profit from operations $9,261 $19,166
Earnings $4,764 $13,690
Earnings per share, basic and diluted $0.03 $0.09
Cash flows from operations $10,668 $15,425
Cash flows from operations before changes in non-cash working capital $13,715 $22,532
Total cash, end of period $14,391 $28,276
Total assets, end of period (1) $260,886 $199,710
By-product cash costs per gold ounce $738 $668
All-in sustaining cash cost per gold ounce $898 $884
Average realized gold price per gold ounce $1,329 $1,660
(1) Previously disclosed total assets for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 were impacted by the adoption of IFRIC 20. The net impact of ($26,381) comprises a decrease to inventories of ($931,524) offset by an increase to mineral properties, plant and equipment of $905,143.

"Q3 was a record production quarter for the Company with 29,139 ounces of gold produced. We managed to generate some free cash flow during a quarter where he had significant capital expenditures. The expansion of the existing crushing circuit went very smoothly and we are currently seeing the benefit of the resultant increased throughput" stated Mr. Bruce Bragagnolo, CEO of Timmins Gold Corp. "At current gold prices, the Company remains self financed and expects to generate free cash flow for the remainder of the year. The new resource/reserve estimate and mine plan are imminent."

Reminder of Q3 2013 results conference call:

The Company's senior management will host a conference call to discuss Q3 2013 financial results on October 30, 2013 at 10:00 am (ET). Participants may join the call by registering online through a link on the Timmins Gold website homepage www.timminsgold.com and entering the following passcode 845689 or following this link: https://selfreg-inscriptionauto.confsolutions.ca/webportal/reg.html?Acc=3695912854&Conf=131576.

After entering your information, you will be given a passcode and pin that you will need to join the conference call on October 30. Participants may join the call by dialing toll free 1-888-789-9572 (Canada and U.S.) or 1-416-695-7806 (International) and entering their personal passcode and pin. A replay of the call will be available after the call until November 5, 2013, by dialing 1-800-408-3053 (Canada and U.S.) or 1-905-694-9451 (International) with the passcode 4685359. A live and archived audio webcast will also be available at www.timminsgold.com.

About Timmins Gold

Timmins Gold is in commercial gold production at its wholly owned San Francisco Gold Property in Sonora, Mexico. The mine is an open pit heap leach operation from which Timmins Gold has projected production of 118,000 ounces of gold in 2013.

On behalf of the Board:

Bruce Bragagnolo, LLB, Chief Executive Officer

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