08.08.2016 – 12:31
Richmont Mines Reports Strong Second Quarter Financial Results; On Track to Meet or Exceed Guidance Estimates
Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX: RIC) (NYSE MKT: RIC) ("Richmont" or the "Corporation") announces operating and financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, driven by solid results from the Island Gold Mine. The Corporation will host a conference call and webcast on Monday, August 8, 2016, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (details below). (All amounts are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.)
Second Quarter Highlights
- Company-wide production was 23,320 ounces for the quarter, an 11% decrease over Q2 2015, primarily due to the depletion of the Monique stockpile earlier this year. The Island Gold Mine produced 18,617 ounces of gold in the second quarter, a 24% increase over Q2 2015, driven by record underground and mill productivity of 911 tonnes per day and 878 tonnes per day, respectively, as well as a positive reconciliation (mined vs. reserves) of 19%. - Gold sold during the quarter was 24,888 ounces, a decrease of 10% over Q2 2015, at an average realized price of $1,628 (US$1,263) per ounce. - Revenues for the quarter were $40.6 million (US$31.5 million), consistent with Q2 2015. - Company-wide cash costs for the quarter were $903 per ounce (US$701 per ounce), a decrease of 7% over Q2 2015 and below current guidance estimates. Cash costs for the Island Gold Mine were $766 per ounce (US$595 per ounce), a 20% decrease over Q2 2015 and significantly below current guidance estimates. - Company-wide All-in-Sustaining Costs ("AISC") for the quarter were $1,330 per ounce (US$1,032 per ounce), in-line with Q2 2015 and within current guidance estimates. AISC for the Island Gold Mine were $1,038 per ounce (US$806 per ounce), a 21% decrease over Q2 2015 and significantly below current guidance estimates. - Earnings were $2.7 million, 8% lower than Q2 2015, or $0.04 per share (US$2.1 million, or US$0.03 per share). - Operating cash flow (after changes in non-cash working capital) of $14.9 million (US$11.5 million), or $0.25 per share (US$0.19 per share), both in-line with Q2 2015. - Richmont ended the quarter with an increased cash balance of $95.5 million (US$73.4 million), which includes net proceeds of $29.1 million (US$22.7 million) related to a bought-deal prospectus financing completed on June 7, 2016 and $3.0 million of net free cash flow. - Based on the success of the Phase 1 exploration program at the Island Gold Mine, the Corporation launched an aggressive 18 to 24 month Phase 2 drilling program of up to 142,000 metres, with an estimated 39,000 metres to be completed in the second half of 2016. - Based on the strong operational and cost performance in the first six months of the year, Richmont expects to meet, or exceed, the high end of production guidance and the low end of cash cost and AISC guidance. The Corporation will determine whether a revision to 2016 guidance estimates is warranted following the completion of a scheduled 3-week electrical upgrade at the Island Gold mill and the commencement of stope mining in the Q Zone of the Beaufor Mine, both expected in August. It is anticipated that any update to guidance estimates would be released by mid-September.
 Non-IFRS performance measure. Refer to the Non-IFRS Performance Measures section contained in the Second Quarter Management's Discussion and Analysis.
"Positive grade and tonne reconciliations, as well as record mining and milling productivities at the Island Gold Mine have driven better than expected production and cost performance in the first half of the year. For the remainder of the year, we expect Island Gold to continue its strong performance as well as see improved performance from the Beaufor Mine as stope mining from the higher grade Q Zone commences." stated Renaud Adams, CEO. He continued, "Our solid cash position and cash flow generation is expected to fully fund both our accelerated development activities and the Phase 2 exploration program that are currently underway at the Island Gold Mine, both of which could position this core asset for significant production growth and mine life extension."
Six months Six months (in thousands of $, except per Quarter ended Quarter ended ended ended share amounts) June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015 Revenue from mining operations 40,618 40,552 93,252 77,762 Net earnings per share, basic 0.04 0.05 0.19 0.14 Operating cash flow, per share 0.25 0.25 0.54 0.43 Adj. operating cash flow, per share(1)(2) 0.19 0.18 0.55 0.36 Net free cash flow, per share(2) 0.05 0.13 0.07 0.13 Revenue from mining operations (US$) 31,521 32,977 70,104 62,945 Net earnings per share, basic (US$) 0.03 0.04 0.14 0.11 Operating cash flow, per share (US$) 0.19 0.21 0.41 0.35 Adj. operating cash flow, per share(1)(2) (US$) 0.15 0.15 0.41 0.29 Net free cash flow, per share(2) (US$) 0.04 0.10 0.05 0.11
(1) Before changes in non-cash working capital.
(2) Non-IFRS performance measure. Refer to the Non-IFRS performance measures section contained in the Second Quarter Management's Discussion & Analysis.
Six months Six months Quarter ended Quarter ended ended ended June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015 Gold produced (oz) 23,320 26,314 55,689 52,173 Gold sold (oz) 24,888 27,566 57,127 52,357 Average cash costs per ounce ($)(1) 903 974 848 976 Average AISC per ounce ($)(1) 1,330 1,304 1,200 1,281 Average realized gold price per ounce ($) 1,628 1,468 1,629 1,482 Average cash costs per ounce (US$)(1) 701 792 637 790 Average AISC per ounce (US$)(1) 1,032 1,060 902 1,037 Average realized gold price per ounce (US$) 1,263 1,194 1,225 1,200
(1) Non-IFRS performance measure. Refer to the Non-IFRS performance measures section contained in the Second Quarter Management's Discussion and Analysis.
Island Gold Mine Highlights
Six months Six months Quarter ended Quarter ended ended ended ISLAND GOLD MINE June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015 Gold produced (oz) 18,617 14,997 45,206 25,761 Gold sold (oz) 20,147 15,703 46,178 24,626 Cash costs per ounce ($)(1) 766 954 714 1,120 AISC per ounce ($)(1) 1,038 1,307 935 1,501 Realized gold price per ounce ($) 1,627 1,470 1,627 1,482 Cash costs per ounce (US$)(1) 595 776 537 906 AISC per ounce (US$)(1) 806 1,063 703 1,214 Realized gold price per ounce (US$) 1,263 1,195 1,223 1,200 Underground tpd 911 759 882 656 Mill tonnes 79,924 71,584 155,830 115,369 Mill tpd 878 787 856 637 Head grade (g/t gold) 7.51 6.73 9.36 7.16 Recoveries (%) 96.5 96.8 96.4 97.0 Sustaining costs ($000's) 5,480 5,555 10,193 9,383 Project costs ($000's) 7,946 4,546 14,933 8,853 Non-sustaining exploration ($000's) 3,624 605 7,394 1,040 Sustaining costs (US$000's) 4,253 4,517 7,663 7,595 Project costs (US$000's) 6,166 3,697 11,226 7,166 Non-sustaining exploration (US$000's) 2,812 492 5,559 842
(1) Non-IFRS performance measure. Refer to the Non-IFRS performance measures section contained in the second quarter Management's Discussion and Analysis.
- At the end of the quarter, the Island Gold Mine reported more than 5.5 years (over 2 million man hours) of operations without lost-time injury. - The Island Gold Mine produced 18,617 ounces of gold (20,147 ounces sold), an increase of 24% over the same period in 2015. As previously disclosed, the mine plan for the quarter was focused in lower-grade areas of the mine where ore development activities primarily occurred in the lower grade extensions of the second mining horizon. Overall, the operation reported a higher than planned mined grade of 7.51 g/t. The forward looking 2016 mine plan continues to forecast development and stope mining at grades of between 7.0 and 7.5 g/t gold, using the December 2015 resource model capped at 95 g/t gold. - Underground productivity averaged a record 911 tonnes per day and mill processing averaged record productivity of 878 tonnes per day. The higher underground productivity and grade realized in the quarter were primarily the result of a positive reconciliation (mined vs. reserves) of 19%, comprised of 8% on tonnes and 10% on grade. As compared to Q1 2016, there was a negative impact on mined grades as a result of mining wider zones as compared to reserves. It is expected that over the coming quarters drilling patterns will continue to be evaluated to best optimize grade and tonnage profiles. - The percentage of higher cost development ore versus total ore tonnes mined was 48% for the quarter, as compared to a planned 40%. It is expected that during the second half of the year the percentage of development ore mined will decrease to planned levels of 40% as stope mining commences in the second mining horizon. - Cash costs for the quarter were $766 per ounce (US$595 per ounce), significantly below guidance estimates and a 20% decrease over the Q2 2015. - AISC per ounce decreased to $1,038 (US$806), a decrease of 21% over Q2 2015. AISC for the quarter included $5.4 million of sustaining capital, comprised of $2.0 million of underground development costs, $0.8 million in electrical upgrades, $0.8 million of delineation drilling, $0.3 million for capital lease payments and $1.5 million on other assets. - As previously disclosed, a 3-week mill electrical upgrade was launched in late July and remains on track for completion in mid-August. - During the quarter, the Corporation spent $7.9 million in non-sustaining project costs related to the accelerated development of the deeper resources, which included advancing both the main access ramp ($2.6 million) and the east ramp ($2.0 million), fixed assets ($2.6 million), and exploration & delineation development drift on level 740 ($0.7 million). - The recent final update on the Phase 1 exploration drilling program demonstrated the potential to grow production and increase mine life both laterally above the 860 metre level, as well as in the vertical extension below the 1,000 metre level. Exploration drilling costs of $3.6 million (approximately 16,800 metres) were incurred in the quarter, completing the Phase 1 drilling program. The success of the Phase 1 program supported the launch of an aggressive 18 to 24 month Phase 2 exploration program of up to 142,000 metres of drilling.
Beaufor Mine Highlights
Six months Six months Quarter ended Quarter ended ended ended BEAUFOR MINE June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015 Gold produced (oz) 4,703 7,082 9,318 15,045 Gold sold (oz) 4,741 6,888 9,778 15,719 Cash costs per ounce ($)(1) 1,486 1,062 1,441 973 AISC per ounce ($)(1) 1,899 1,259 1,812 1,113 Realized gold price per ounce ($) 1,635 1,455 1,642 1,474 Cash costs per ounce (US$)(1) 1,154 864 1,083 788 AISC per ounce (US$)(1) 1,475 1,024 1,362 901 Realized gold price per ounce (US$) 1,269 1,183 1,234 1,193 Underground tpd 286 360 304 364 Mill tonnes 28,281 36,914 57,599 66,665 Head grade (g/t gold) 5.27 6.05 5.11 7.12 Recoveries (%) 98.1 98.6 98.4 98.6 Sustaining costs ($000's) 1,958 1,358 3,632 2,198 Sustaining costs (US$000's) 1,519 1,104 2,730 1,779
(1) Non-IFRS performance measure. Refer to the Non-IFRS performance measures section contained in the second quarter Management's Discussion and Analysis.
- At the end of the quarter, the Beaufor Mine reported 2.5 years of operations without lost-time injury. - Production for the quarter was 4,703 ounces (4,741 ounces sold), a 34% decrease over Q2 2015, primarily as a result of lower than expected tonnes and grades mined in secondary Zones M-MF and 12. - Development of the higher-grade Q Zone advanced during the quarter with stope mining planned for the third quarter, which should contribute to increased grade and ounces produced in the second half of the year. - Cash costs for the quarter were $1,486 per ounce (US$1,154 per ounce), a 40% increase over Q2 2015. Cash costs are expected to decrease as stope mining in the higher grade Q Zone begins in the third quarter. - AISC per ounce for the second quarter were $1,899 (US$1,475), a 51% increase over Q2 2015. Sustaining costs for the quarter were $2.0 million, which included $1.0 million for capitalized underground mine development, $0.4 million for expensed exploration costs and $0.6 million of other sustaining costs. 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 286 tonnes per day, modestly lower than planned levels.
Second Quarter and Recent Corporate Highlights
- On June 7, 2016, Richmont announced the completion of a bought-deal prospectus offering (the "Offering"). Pursuant to the Offering, the Corporation issued 2,990,000 common shares at a price of $10.40 per common share for gross proceeds of approximately $31 million that included 390,000 common shares issued pursuant to the exercise in full of the underwriter's over-allotment option. - Effective Friday, June 17, 2016 Richmont was added to the S&P/TSX Global Mining Index and the S&P/TSX Global Gold Index.
Upcoming News & Events
- Phase 2 exploration update (September 2016) - Potential guidance update (mid-September) - Updated Preliminary Economic Assessment and Technical Session (Q4 2016)
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 Monday, August 8, 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 Second 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=1221836&s=1&k=4BF022AEDB00EC80C28A6E55008FCE7C
Archive Call Access
If you are unable to attend the conference call, a replay will be available until 08:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Monday, August 15, 2016 by dialing the appropriate number below:
- International & Toronto: 1-416-764-8677 Passcode: 882550# - Canada & U.S. Toll Free: 1-888-390-0541 Passcode: 882550#
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=1221836&s=1&k=4BF022AEDB00EC80C28A6E55008FCE7C
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. The Corporation currently produces gold from the Island Gold Mine in Ontario, and the Beaufor Mine in Quebec. The Corporation is also advancing development of the significant high-grade resource extension at depth of the Island Gold Mine in Ontario. With 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 reserve base and to successfully enter its next phase of growth.
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.
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.
Renaud Adams, President and CEO, Phone: +1-416-368-0291 ext. 101; Anne Day, Vice-President, Investor Relations, Phone: +1-416-368-0291 ext. 105