Vaaldiam Mining Inc.
TSX : VAA

Vaaldiam Mining Inc.

August 08, 2011 07:00 ET

Vaaldiam Reports 2011-Q2 Financial Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2011) - Vaaldiam Mining Inc. ('Vaaldiam' or the 'Company') (TSX:VAA) reports that, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, it has recorded a net loss of $855,000 and $8,496,000 or $0.01 and $0.12 per share compared to net income of $711,000 and a net loss of $1,435,000 or net income per share of $0.01 and net loss per share of $0.02 for the same period in 2010.

Vaaldiam ended the period with a cash position of $4.2 million and a working capital deficit of $1.8 million, reflecting an amount of US$5.3 million due on the Brauna transaction discussed below. Vaaldiam also holds 10.6 million shares in Flemish Gold Corp. ('Flemish'), which is focused on gold exploration in sub-Saharan Africa, marketable securities valued at approximately $1.7 million and royalties on two major exploration and development projects. Vaaldiam holds 51% of the Braúna diamond project in Bahia, Brazil as well as two diamond mines, Duas Barras in Minas Gerais, Brazil and Chapada in Mato Grosso, Brazil, both of which are on care and maintenance, as well as 100% interest in the gold deposit at Braúna and other kimberlite projects.

Company Highlights

Braúna Project

On March 4, 2011, Vaaldiam entered into an arrangement with the joint venture partners of the Braúna project to restructure the existing arrangement and to increase the ownership interest of the Company in the Braúna project from 20% to 51% by paying a transaction consideration of US$6.5 million over 15 months to the existing partners and financing the project development cost to production. Vaaldiam is the operator for the project. See press release of March 4, 2011.

On April 7, 2011, Vaaldiam issued a National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") compliant Preliminary Assessment Report ("PA Report") which presented two net present valuations ("NPV") at a 10% discount rate and an independent diamond value of US$338 per carat ("ct"): a base case pre-tax NPV of US$33.6 million and internal rate of return ("IRR") of 42%, using the NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate of diamond grade of 16.8 cts per 100 tonnes ("cpht") by Coffey Mining, and the second scenario of pre-tax NPV of US$101.0 million and IRR of 107% using the NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate of diamond grade of 24.58 cpht presented by A.C.A. Howe International in December 2010.

Under the terms of the March 4, 2011 agreement, US$1.5 million would become due to the partners on August 4, 2011. As reported last week (see press release of August 4, 2011), the Company did not make this payment on time and is in discussions with its partners to work out a mutually acceptable arrangement for addressing this payment.

Duas Barras Mine

With the escalating fuel costs and other operating costs, and the lower than expected grades at Duas Barras, Vaaldiam suspended operations at Duas Barras in April. Vaaldiam had reviewed the carrying value of Duas Barras mine for asset impairment at the end of the quarter and recorded an asset impairment loss of $6.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, representing the full carrying value of the mine and plant and equipment as at March 31, 2011. The mine was placed on care and maintenance and the remaining inventory of diamonds and gold sold in the quarter ended June 30, 2011.

Royalty Interests and Investments

The Company owns a 1.5 % gross sales royalty from the Kwale mineral sands project (the "Kwale" project) in Kenya. The Kwale project is presently owned by Base Resources Ltd. ("BRL") (ASX:BSE). BRL recently announced that it has received confirmation of formal credit approval of a US$170 million syndicated project finance facility. It further announced that it is undertaking an equity financing of A$170 million, consisting of an A$140 million confirmed placement that was significantly over-subscribed as well as A$30 million rights issue. Material licences and permits are now in place, and both debt and equity financing are expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter 2011 and production is expected to commence mid-2013. BRL's Enhanced Definitive Feasibility Study ("EDFS") for the project forecasts total revenues in excess of US$2 billion with more than half of the total revenue occurring in the first five years of the 13 year life.

Selected Financial Information
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except share capital amounts):
June 30, 2011 June 30, 2010
Net loss (income) for the quarter 855 (711 )
Loss per share 0.01 (0.01 )
Total assets 31,970 32,918
Working capital (deficit) (1,811 ) 7,820
Mineral properties 15,874 12,471
Share Capital:
Common shares (000s) 71,633 71,388
Warrants (000s) 6,094 9,844
Options (000s) 4,997 4,607

Cash Flow and Liquidity

As at June 30, 2011, Vaaldiam had a working capital deficit of $1.8 million, compared with $7.8 million at June 30, 2010. The working capital deficit at June 30, 2011 includes the US$5.3 million due on Braúna transaction. For the six months ended June 30, 2011, Vaaldiam used cash of $4.1 million, which included cash used in operations of $3.2 million, expenditures on plant and equipment and mine development of $0.3 million and a payment of $0.9 million to the joint venture partners with respect to the Braúna transaction, offset by proceeds on disposal of investments and equipment of $0.3 million.

In the second quarter of 2011, global events such as the earthquake in Japan, the European debt crisis, slowing growth in the United States and China, and increasing uncertainty about downgrades to the United States debt rating, all contributed to increased investor risk aversion.

Vaaldiam CEO Robert Jackson said, "The junior resource sector is characterized by periods of extreme variability in terms of capital availability and the key success factor for junior companies in periods such as this is to reduce costs and survive until capital is available again. Vaaldiam is currently pursuing this strategy."

International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS")

The Company adopted IFRS on January 1, 2011, with a transition date of January 1, 2010. Under IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of IFRS, the IFRS are applied retrospectively at the transition date of January 1, 2010. The effect of the transition from Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("Canadian GAAP") to IFRS is not material and the explanation of how the transition from Canadian GAAP to IFRS has affected Vaaldiam's financial position, financial performance and cash flows are set out in the financial statements.

The information above should be reviewed in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements, which were prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP, and management discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2010, along with the condensed consolidated financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2011, which were prepared in accordance with IFRS, all of which are available on www.sedar.com and www.vaaldiam.com.

This release has been reviewed by Katya Masun P.Geo., who is a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101.

Certain of the information contained in this news release constitutes 'forward-looking statements' within the meaning of securities laws. Such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to those with respect to the prices of metals and minerals, purchase payments, royalty payments, estimated future production and estimated costs of future production involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any forecast results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the actual prices of metals and minerals, the actual results of current exploration, development and mining activities, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be evaluated, as well as those factors disclosed in the documents of the Company filed from time to time with the Ontario Securities Commission.

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