Richmont Mines

Richmont Mines Reports Strong First Quarter Financial Results; On Track to Achieve the High End of Production Guidance and Low End of Cash Costs and All-In Sustaining Costs Estimates

Toronto (ots/PRNewswire) - Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX: RIC) (NYSE MKT: RIC) ("Richmont" or the "Corporation") announces operating and financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016, driven by record results from the Island Gold Mine. The Corporation will host a conference call and webcast on Thursday, May 12, 2016, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (details below). (All amounts are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.)

First Quarter Highlights

- During the quarter, Island Gold produced 26,589 ounces of gold 
  (26,031 ounces sold), an increase of 147% over the same period in 
  2015. Increased production for the quarter was a result of higher 
  than expected grades of 11.31 g/t proceed and record mill 
  throughput of 834 tonnes per day. Total production was 32,369 
  ounces of gold (32,239 ounces sold), a 25% increase over the prior 
  year.
- Revenues were a record $52.6 million (US$38.3 million) at an 
  average realized gold price of $1,629 per ounce (US$1,186 per 
  ounce) an increase of 41% over the prior year period. Cash costs of
  $806 per ounce (US$587 per ounce) and All-In Sustaining Costs 
  (AISC) of $1,100 per ounce (US$801 per ounce), a decrease of 18% 
  and 12% respectively over the prior year.
- Earnings of $8.5 million (US$6.2 million), or $0.15 per share 
  (US$0.11 per share), an increase of 85% and 67% respectively over 
  the prior year period.
- Operating cash flow (after changes in non-cash working capital) of 
  $17.3 million (US$12.6 million), or $0.30 per share (US$0.22 per 
  share), an increase of 90% and 76% respectively over the prior 
  year.
- Net free cash flow of $1.1 million (US$0.8 million), or $0.02 per 
  share (US$0.01 per share), as compared to neutral net free cash 
  flow in the prior year.
- The strong cash balance was maintained after taking in account 
  expenditures related to aggressive development and exploration 
  during the quarter. The cash position of $61.2 million (US$47.1 
  million) at the end of Q1, together with the anticipated cash flow 
  from operations, is expected to fully fund the completion of the 
  accelerated development program at Island Gold Mine in 2016. 

"Richmont has reported another consecutive quarter of improved operational performance and solid financial results primarily driven by another record quarter from the Island Gold Mine, where higher than planned grades and improved mining and milling productivity supported production results that exceeded expectations. The success of the first quarter has allowed Richmont to preserve its cash balance, which is expected to fully fund our capital development program at Island Gold and position this core asset for continued production growth and significant free cash flow generation beginning in 2017." stated Renaud Adams, President and CEO. He continued, "During the second quarter we will continue to monitor the grade profile and productivity improvements from the Island Gold Mine in order to determine whether a revision to our 2016 guidance estimates is warranted."

2016 Guidance

Supported by another record production quarter from the Island Gold Mine primarily related to positive grades reconciliation and improved mine and milling productivities, Richmont remains on track to achieve the high end of 2016 production guidance and the low end of cash costs and AISC guidance. Throughout the second quarter, the Corporation will continue to monitor grade reconciliation at Island Gold and will make a determination on whether any future adjustments to guidance estimates are appropriate. It is expected that any updates would likely be issued as part of the second quarter disclosure.

Financial Highlights

   
                                                        Quarter
ended     Quarter ended
    (in thousands of $, except per share 
amounts)       March 31, 2016    March 31, 2015

    Revenue from 
mining operations                         52,634            37,210

Net earnings per share, basic                            0.15       
0.09
    Operating cash flow, per share                        
0.30              0.17
    Adjusted operating cash flow, per 
share(1), (2)          0.36              0.18
    Net free cash flow,
per share(2)                         0.02              0.00

    (1) 
Before changes in non-cash working capital.
    (2) Refer to the 
Non-IFRS performance measures contained in the First Quarter 
Management's
        Discussion & Analysis.
 

Operational Highlights

   
                                                      Quarter 
ended       Quarter ended

March 31, 2016      March 31, 2015

    Gold produced (oz) 
32,369           25,859
    Gold 
sold (oz)                                         32,239           
24,791
    Cash costs per ounce ($)(1)                               
806              979
    AISC per ounce ($)(1)                       
1,100            1,255
    Realized gold price per ounce 
($)                       1,629            1,496
    Cash costs per 
ounce (US$)(1)                             587              789

AISC per ounce (US$)(1)                                   801        
1,011
    Realized gold price per ounce (US$)                     
1,186            1,205

    (1) Refer to the Non-IFRS performance 
measures contained in the First Quarter
    Management's Discussion 
and Analysis.
 

Island Gold Mine Highlights

   
                                                 Quarter ended 
Quarter ended
    ISLAND GOLD MINE                            March
31, 2016   March 31, 2015

    Gold produced (oz)                    
26,589          10,764
    Gold sold (oz)                 
26,031           8,923
    Cash costs per ounce 
($)(1)                          674           1,414
    AISC per 
ounce ($)(1)                                855           1,843

Realized gold price per ounce ($)                  1,628           
1,503
    Cash costs per ounce (US$)(1)                        491   
1,139
    AISC per ounce (US$)(1)                             
623           1,485
    Realized gold price per ounce (US$)          
1,186           1,211
    Underground tpd                       
853             552
    Mill tonnes                    
75,906          43,785
    Mill tpd                
834             487
    Head grade (g/t 
gold)                              11.31            7.87

Recoveries (%)                                      96.3            
97.2
    Sustaining Costs ($000's)                          4,713    
3,828
    Project Costs ($000's)                             
6,987           4,307
    Non-sustaining exploration costs ($000's)  
3,770             435

    (1) Refer to the Non-IFRS 
performance measures contained in the First
        Quarter 
Management's Discussion and Analysis.
 
- At the end of the quarter, the Island Gold Mine reported more than 
  5 years of operations without lost-time injury.
- Production from the Island Gold Mine was a record 26,589 ounces of 
  gold (26,031 ounces sold), an increase of 147% over the same period
  in 2015 and an 87% increase over the prior quarter.
- Higher production for the quarter was a result of higher than 
  expected grades of 11.31 g/t gold processed and record mill 
  throughput of 834 tonnes per day. The higher grade realized in the 
  quarter was primarily the result of a positive grade reconciliation
  (mined vs reserves) of 44%, as well as a strategic decision to 
  increase the ratio of development ore from the higher grade second 
  mining horizon (55% versus a planned 40%).
- Reconciliation to reserves indicated tonnage was in-line with the 
  reserve model, and a 44% gain in grades. The December 2015 Reserve 
  & Resource estimates apply a capping grade of 95 g/t gold on high 
  grade values. The Corporation will continue to monitor the grade 
  reconciliation to reserves before reassessing any potential impact 
  on guidance.
- Cash costs per ounce, including royalties, were $674 (US$491), or 
  52% lower than first quarter 2015 cash costs of $1,414 (US$1,139), 
  primarily driven by an increase in the head grade during the 
  quarter and higher mill throughput.
- AISC per ounce decreased to $855 (US$623) down 54%, as compared to 
  first quarter 2015 AISC of $1,843 (US$1,485). AISC during the 
  quarter included $4.7 million of sustaining capital, including $2.1
  million of underground development costs, $0.3 million in 
  electrical upgrades, $0.7 million of delineation drilling, $0.3 
  million of surface infrastructure, $0.3 million for capital lease 
  payments and $1.0 million on other assets.
- During the quarter, the Corporation spent $7.0 million in 
  non-sustaining project costs related to the accelerated development
  of the deeper resources, which included advancing both the main 
  access ramp ($2.1 million) and the east ramp ($1.9 million), fixed 
  assets ($2.0 million), exploration & delineation development drift 
  on level 740 ($0.8 million) and costs associated with the mining 
  and milling expansion studies ($0.2 million).
- Updates on the Island Gold 86,500 metre exploration drilling 
  program released to date continue to demonstrate the significant 
  potential for resource growth, production growth and mine life 
  extension of this cornerstone asset both along strike above the 
  1,000 metre level, as well as in the vertical extension below the 
  1,000 metre level. As of the end of the quarter, approximately 
  60,000 metres of drilling were completed with the remaining 26,500 
  metres to be completed by the third quarter of 2016. Exploration 
  drilling costs of $3.8 million were incurred in the quarter. 

Beaufor Mine Highlights

   
                                            Quarter ended    
Quarter ended
    BEAUFOR MINE                            March 31, 
2016   March 31, 2015

    Gold produced (oz)                        
4,615            7,963(1)
    Gold sold (oz)                       
5,037            8,831(1)
    Cash costs per ounce ($)(2)     
1,398              905
    AISC per ounce($)(2)          
1,730            1,000
    Realized gold price per 
ounce ($)            1,648            1,489
    Cash costs per ounce 
(US$)(2)                1,018              730
    AISC per 
ounce(US$)(2)                       1,260              807

Realized gold price per ounce (US$)          1,200            1,200

Underground tpd                                323              367
Mill tonnes                                 29,318           
29,751
    Head grade (g/t gold)                         4.96        
8.44(1)
    Recoveries (%)                                98.7   
98.6
    Sustaining Costs ($000's)(3)                 1,674 
840

    (1) Production and sale includes 1,624 ounces 
from the milling
        of slag accumulated at the Camflo Mill.


(2) Refer to the Non-IFRS performance measured contained in the

First Quarter Management's Discussion and Analysis.

    (3) 
Sustaining costs includes capitalized underground mine

development and expensed exploration drilling.
 
- At the end of the quarter, the Beaufor Mine reported 30 months of 
  operations without lost-time injury.
- Production for the quarter was 4,615 ounces (5,037 ounces sold), a 
  42% decrease over the prior year period and an 18% decrease over 
  the prior quarter, primarily as a result of lower than expected 
  grades mined in Zones M-MF and 12. Production in the first quarter 
  of 2015 included 1,624 ounces of gold that was processed by the 
  milling of slag accumulated at the Camflo Mill.
- Cash costs for the quarter were $1,398 per ounce (US$1,018 per 
  ounce), a 54% increase over the prior year period and 29% higher 
  than the prior quarter. AISC for the quarter increased by 73% to 
  $1,730 (US$1,260) per ounce over the prior year period and a 14% 
  increase over the prior quarter. AISC are expected to decrease as 
  higher grades stope mining in the new Q Zone begins in the second 
  half of the year.
- Underground productivity at the Beaufor Mine averaged 323 tonnes 
  per day, in-line with planned levels.
- Development of the Q Zone advanced as planned during the quarter 
  and the mineralized structure was reached in late March 2016. 
  Development in ore was initiated before quarter end, with stope 
  mining planned for the second half of the year. 

Monique Mine Highlights

- Production at the Monique Mine for the quarter was 1,165 ounces 
  (1,171 ounces sold). A decision was made to process the remaining 
  stockpile pad and a total of 16,063 tonnes at an average grade of 
  2.31 g/t gold were processed in January.
- Cash costs for the quarter were $1,185 per ounce (US$863 per 
  ounce), including approximately $715 per ounce (US$521 per ounce) 
  of non-cash charges that were incurred in 2014 but are accounted 
  for in 2016. 

First Quarter and Recent Corporate Highlights

- On February 9, 2016, Richmont announced a 187% increase in Mineral 
  Reserves and Resources as of December 31, 2015, including a 206% 
  increase in Mineral Reserves at the cornerstone Island Gold Mine to
  561,700 gold ounces (net of depletion) and a 95% increase in 
  Mineral Reserves at the Beaufor Mine to 63,850 gold ounces (net of 
  depletion).
- On February 11, 2016, Richmont announced its 2016 operational 
  outlook, which estimates another record year at the Island Gold 
  Mine that includes a potential production increase of up to 22% and
  a decrease in All-In Sustaining Costs.
- On February 24, 2016, Richmont announced the appointment of Mr. 
  Peter Barnes to the Corporation's Board of Directors effective 
  immediately. Mr. Barnes serves as an independent member of the 
  Richmont Board, and is a member of the Corporation's Audit and the 
  HR and Compensation Committees.
- On February 25 and May 5, 2016, Richmont provided updates on the 
  previously announced Island Gold exploration drilling program, 
  which continues to demonstrate the significant potential of the 
  Island Gold Mine. 

Upcoming News & Events

- Exploration update (Late June / early July).
- Phase 2 exploration program (early July).
- Q2 2016 preliminary production preview (mid-July). 

Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis

The financial statements and related Management's Discussion and Analysis can be found on the Corporation's website at http://www.richmont-mines.com or under the Company's profile on http://www.sedar.com and with the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

Webcast and Conference Call

A webcast and conference call will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Senior management will be on the call to discuss the results.

Conference Call Access

   
    - International & Toronto:  1-416-764-8688
    - Canada & 
U.S. Toll Free:  1-888-390-0546
 

Please ask to be placed into the Richmont Mines 2016 First Quarter Results Conference Call.

Conference Call Live Webcast

The conference call will be broadcast live on the Internet via webcast. To access the webcast, please follow this link:

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=1159345&s=1&k=091F297ECBCF0B3FCDA94611973F11E8.

Archive Call Access

If you are unable to attend the conference call, a replay will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, May 19, 2016 by dialing the appropriate number below:

   
    - International & Toronto:  1-416-764-8677 Passcode: 
669767#
    - Canada & U.S. Toll Free:  1-888-390-0541 Passcode: 
669767#
 

Archive Webcast

The webcast will be archived for 90 days. To access the archived webcast, visit the Corporation's website at http://www.richmont-mines.com or follow this link:

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=1159345&s=1&k=091F297ECBCF0B3FCDA94611973F11E8.

About Richmont Mines Inc.

Richmont Mines has produced over 1.6 million ounces of gold from its operations in Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland since beginning production in 1991. The Corporation currently produces gold from the Island Gold Mine in Ontario and the Beaufor Mine in Quebec. Founded in 1981 and with more than 35 years of experience in gold production, exploration and development, and prudent financial management, the Corporation is well positioned to cost-effectively build its Canadian asset base and to successfully advance its next phase of growth. Richmont routinely posts news and other important information on its website (http://www.richmont-mines.com).

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that include risks and uncertainties. When used in this news release, the words "estimate", "project", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "believe", "hope", "may" and similar expressions, as well as "will", "shall" and other indications of future tense, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and apply only as of the date on which they were made. Except as may be required by law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation and disclaims any responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements include changes in the prevailing price of gold, the Canadian-United States exchange rate, grade of ore mined and unforeseen difficulties in mining operations that could affect revenue and production costs. Other factors such as uncertainties regarding government regulations could also affect the results. Other risks may be set out in Richmont Mines' Annual Information Form, Annual Reports and periodic reports. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this news release.

Cautionary note to US investors concerning resource estimates

Information in this press release is intended to comply with the requirements of the Toronto Stock Exchange and applicable Canadian securities legislation, which differ in certain respects with the rules and regulations promulgated under the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended ("Exchange Act"), as promulgated by the SEC. The Reserve and Resource estimates in this press release were prepared in accordance with Regulation 43-101 adopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators. The requirements of Regulation 43-101 differ significantly from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").

U.S. Investors are urged to consider the disclosure in our annual report on Form 20-F, File No. 001-14598, as filed with the SEC under the Exchange Act, which may be obtained from us (without cost) or from the SEC's web site: http://sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

Regulation 43-101

The geological data in this news release has been reviewed by Mr. Daniel Adam, Geo., Ph.D., Vice-President, Exploration, an employee of Richmont Mines Inc., and a qualified person as defined by Regulation 43-101.

Richmont Mines Inc.

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