HIGHLIGHTS OF Q3, 2012 (Compared to Q3, 2011):
- Cash flow from operations (1) increased 103% to $10.2 million.
- Cash operating cost per silver equivalent ounce sold (2) increased 5% to $7.60.
- Revenues reported per IFRS (3) rose 11% to $16.7 million on sales of 152,088 silver ounces (up 57%) and 7,923 gold ounces (up 4%).
- Comprehensive earnings amounted to $2.2 million ($0.03 per share), compared to $0.01 million ($0.00 per share).
- Working capital increased 22% from $21.4 million to $26.1 million.
- Cash and cash equivalents were $37.9 million (at September 30, 2012).
Comparison of Q3, 2012, to Q3, 2011
Comprehensive earnings were $2,213,154 ($0.03 per share basic) compared with $81,856 ($0.00 per share basic) for the same period in 2011. The increase in comprehensive earnings was largely driven by greater volumes of silver sales and an exchange gain on translation to US Dollars and partially offset by a negative marked-to-market derivative impact and recognizing income and deferred tax expense.
In the third quarter 2012, silver and gold revenues totalled $16,694,752 (2011 - $15,055,514), an 11% increase compared with the same quarter in 2011. Silver and gold revenues on a cash basis increased by 58% to $15,469,381 (2011 - $9,801,740). Gold revenues include non-cash amounts of $630,666 (2011 - $4,681,312) from adjustments to gold spot market prices related to hedge facility deliveries and $594,705 (2011 - $572,462) related to amortization of deferred revenues associated with the Sandstorm Agreement.
Silver sales were a quarterly record of 152,088 ounces (2011 - 96,631), or 57% higher than the same quarter in 2011. The average realized price received was $32 (2011 - $37). All silver production is unencumbered by hedging arrangements and sold at spot prices.
Cost of sales amounted to $4,239,773 (2011 - $3,652,887). Cash cost per silver equivalent ounce sold amounted to$7.60, Au:Ag 51.2:1 (2011 - $7.27, Au:Ag 53.2:1). This is a NON-IFRS Performance Measure. The main drivers in the change of cash cost per silver equivalent ounce sold are increases/decreases to operating costs, changes in volumes of metals produced and fluctuations in the silver to gold ratio.
Under IFRS the Company's derivative instruments are fair valued at the financial position date, with the resulting gain or losses included in the operating results for the period. The derivative gain (loss) relates to the incremental fair value of the MBL Hedging Facility, which represents the difference between the market spot price of gold at the quarter end and strike price of $926.50 per ounce. Loss on derivative instruments during the period amounted to $5,126,321 (2011 - $6,501,599) resulting from an 11% increase in the gold forward price at September 30, 2012, to $1,783 (2011 - $1,631) from $1,606 (2011 - $1,518) at June 30, 2012.
Exchange gain (loss) on translation to US Dollars amounted to $949,838 (2011 - ($2,138,668)) due to a significant strengthening of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar since June 30, 2012. The Company's Canadian assets were translated at US$1.00 = CAD$1.0191 at June 30, 2012 and US$1.00 = CAD$0.9837 at September 30, 2012
Comparison of Q3, 2012, to Q2, 2012
Mine operating earnings were up 9% to $11 million, as a result of increases in realized prices. Comprehensive earnings however, were down 76% to $2.2 million ($0.03 per share), from $9.2 million ($0.10 per share) primarily from a non-cash loss on derivatives, an increase in current and deferred tax expense, which was partially offset by an exchange gain on translation to US Dollars.
Operating cash flows (1) were up 42% to $10.2 million ($0.11 per share), from $7.2 million ($0.08 per share) primarily due to better realized silver and gold prices and more gold ounces sold at market prices rather than delivering into the Hedging Facility. SilverCrest chose to deliver 916 ounces into the Hedging Facility during Q3 compared with 4,209 ounces in the previous quarter. The realized prices of silver and gold spot sales were up 10% and 4%, respectively.
The financial information in this news release should be read in conjunction with the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and associated MD&A which are available on the Company's website at www.silvercrestmines.com and under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .
NON-IFRS PERFORMANCE MEASURES
The discussion of financial results in this press release includes reference to cash operating cost per silver equivalent ounce sold, which is a non-IFRS performance measure. The Company uses this measure to provide additional information regarding the Company's financial results and performance. Please refer to the Company's MD&A for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, for a reconciliation of this measure to reported IFRS results.
N. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng. and Chief Operating Officer for SilverCrest Mines Inc. and Qualified Person for this news release has reviewed and approved its contents.
SilverCrest Mines Inc. (TSX-V: SVL; NYSE MKT: SVLC) is a Canadian precious metals producer headquartered in Vancouver, BC. SilverCrest's flagship property is the 100%-owned Santa Elena Mine, located 150 km northeast of Hermosillo, near Banamichi in the State of Sonora, Mexico. The mine is a high-grade, epithermal gold and silver producer, with an estimated life of mine cash cost of US$8 per ounce of silver equivalent (55:1 Ag:Au). SilverCrest anticipates that the 2,500 tonnes per day facility should recover approximately 4,805,000 ounces of silver and 179,000 ounces of gold over the 6.5 year life of the open pit phase of the Santa Elena Mine. A three year expansion plan is underway to double metals production at the Santa Elena Mine and exploration programs are rapidly advancing the definition of a large polymetallic deposit at the La Joya property in Durango State.
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and the United States Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements concern the Company's anticipated results and developments in the Company's operations in future periods, planned exploration and development of its properties, plans related to its business and other matters that may occur in the future. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on expectations of future performance, including silver and gold production and planned work programs. Statements concerning reserves and mineral resource estimates may also constitute forward-looking statements to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed and, in the case of mineral reserves, such statements reflect the conclusion based on certain assumptions that the mineral deposit can be economically exploited.
Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: risks related to precious and base metal price fluctuations; risks related to fluctuations in the currency markets (particularly the Mexican peso, Canadian dollar and United States dollar); risks related to the inherently dangerous activity of mining, including conditions or events beyond our control, and operating or technical difficulties in mineral exploration, development and mining activities; uncertainty in the Company's ability to raise financing and fund the exploration and development of its mineral properties; uncertainty as to actual capital costs, operating costs, production and economic returns, and uncertainty that development activities will result in profitable mining operations; risks related to reserves and mineral resource figures being estimates based on interpretations and assumptions which may result in less mineral production under actual conditions than is currently estimated and to diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as properties are mined; risks related to governmental regulations and obtaining necessary licenses and permits; risks related to the business being subject to environmental laws and regulations which may increase costs of doing business and restrict our operations; risks related to mineral properties being subject to prior unregistered agreements, transfers, or claims and other defects in title; risks relating to inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance; risks related to potential litigation; risks related to the global economy; risks related to the Company's status as a foreign private issuer in the United States; risks related to all of the Company's properties being located in Mexico and El Salvador, including political, economic, social and regulatory instability; and risks related to officers and directors becoming associated with other natural resource companies which may give rise to conflicts of interests. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The Company's forward-looking statements are based on beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
The information provided in this news release is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all matters and developments concerning the Company. It should be read in conjunction with all other disclosure documents of the Company. The information contained herein is not a substitute for detailed investigation or analysis. No securities commission or regulatory authority has reviewed the accuracy or adequacy of the information presented.
J. Scott Drever, President
SILVERCREST MINES INC.
SilverCrest Mines Inc.
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