(All amounts expressed in US dollars, unless otherwise stated)
Vancouver, August 14, 2017– Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM) (TSX: FVI) today reported net income of $8.9 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $26.4 million, and revenue of $63.9 million in the second quarter of 2017.
Jorge A. Ganoza, President and CEO, commented, “Our San Jose and Caylloma mines have delivered strong production and financial results. Higher operating costs at both operations are expected to recede in the second half of the year and remain within 5% of our annual cost guidance.” Mr. Ganoza continued, “At our Lindero gold project in Argentina, feasibility study optimization work continues to advance as planned in order to support a construction decision next month.”
Second quarter consolidated financial highlights:
- Sales of $63.9 million, compared to $44.5 million in Q2 2016
- Net income of $8.9 million, compared to net loss of $1.4 million in Q2 2016
- Earnings per share of $0.06, compared to a net loss per share of $0.01 in Q2 2016
- Adjusted EBITDA of $26.4 million and Adjusted EBITDA margin over sales of 41%
- Cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital of $16.7 million, compared to $7.4 million in Q2 2016
- Cash position, including short term investments, and working capital as at June 30, 2016 was $188.0 million and $186.8 million, respectively
- Silver and gold production of 2,116,863 and 14,547 ounces, respectively
- AISCC* per ounce of payable silver was $8.22
* All-in sustaining cash cost is net of by-product credits for gold, lead and zinc (Non-GAAP Financial Measure)
Second quarter consolidated financial results
Net income for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 was $8.9 million or $0.06 earnings per share compared to a net loss of $1.4 million or $0.01 loss per share. Increase in net income was driven mostly by higher silver and gold production of 36% and 55%, respectively, related to the expansion at the San Jose Mine. Increase in net income was also due to a higher share-based payment charge in 2016 of $7.3 million related to mark-to-market effects on the outstanding restricted and deferred share based units compared to $0.7 million for the second quarter of 2017. Net income in the period was negatively affected by higher foreign exchange loss of $1.1 million and $1.0 million write-down of plant and spare parts at San Jose.
Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2017 increased $15.8 million year over year to $26.4 million as a result of higher sales at the San Jose Mine. Cash provided by operating activities was $12.0 million compared to cash consumed of $1.4 million in second quarter of 2016. Cash provided by operating activities before changes in working capital for the second quarter of 2017 was $16.7 million compared to $7.4 million for the comparable quarter in 2016. Improved results were due to the expansion of mill throughput to 3,000 tpd at the San Jose Mine.
Cash provided by operating activities in the first half of the year was $20.9 million while total capital expenditures (sustaining, non-sustaining, and brownfields) was $23.1 million yielding negative free cash flow of $2.2 million. Cash generation in the semester was mostly impacted by tax payments from 2016 and changes in working capital of $14.3 million.
At June 30, 2017, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $188.0 million (December 31, 2016: $123.6 million). The increase in cash was due to the bought deal equity financing in the first quarter of 2017 for net proceeds of $70.9 million.
San Jose Mine, Mexico
Silver and gold production at San Jose for the second quarter 2017 increased 53% and 56%, respectively, to 1,887,269 and 14,410 ounces of silver and gold, compared to 1,234,988 and 9,246 ounces produced for the comparable quarter in 2016. The increases were the result of higher throughput from the plant expansion completed at the end of the second quarter of 2016 and increased head grades of 5% and 8% for silver and gold, respectively.
Cash cost per tonne of processed ore for the second quarter 2017 was $61.87; in line with the cash cost for the comparable period in 2016. Compared to annual guidance, cash cost was 9% higher due mostly to short term variations. Cash cost for 2017 is expected to remain within 5% of annual guidance (see Fortuna news release dated January 11, 2017).
All-in sustaining cash cost per payable ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, was $7.15 for the first half of 2017 and was below the annual guidance of $8.40 as a result of higher gold credits and the timing of planned spending on sustaining capital.
Caylloma Mine, Peru
Silver production for the second quarter 2017 was 229,594 ounces, while lead and zinc production were 7.2 million and 10.6 million pounds, respectively; 28%, 19%, and 5% lower than the comparable period in 2016. Lower production for the second quarter was due to lower head grades of 28% for silver, 18% for lead, and 8% for zinc. Compared to plan, silver, lead, and zinc production were 2%, 3%, and 5% above budget.
Cash cost per tonne of processed ore for the second quarter 2017 was $84.99; 20% above cash cost per tonne of $71.01 for the comparable quarter in 2016. Compared to annual guidance, cash cost per tonne was $9.49 or 13% higher. The increase in cash cost included approximately $3.00 per tonne for non-recurring items, including a retroactive payment to settle union wage increases and administrative charges.
Other items of higher cost which impacted the quarter included energy, ground support and labor costs, representing approximately $4 per tonne. Cash cost for 2017 is expected to remain within 5% of annual guidance (see Fortuna news release dated January 11, 2017).
All-in sustaining cash cost per payable ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, was negative $7.46 for the first half of the year and was significantly below the annual guidance of $10.80 due primarily to higher by-product credits. In spite of higher unit cash cost per tonne in the quarter, all-in sustaining cash cost is being positively impacted by substantially higher by-product credits.
Conference call details:
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Eastern
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Replay number (Toll Free): +1.877.481.4010
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Replay Passcode: 10421
Playback of the conference call will be available until August 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Playback of the webcast will be available until November 17, 2017. In addition, a transcript of the call will be archived in the company’s website:
About Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Fortuna is a growth oriented, precious metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. The Company’s primary assets are the Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru, the San Jose silver-gold mine in Mexico and the Lindero gold project in Argentina. The Company is selectively pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas and in select other areas.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Jorge A. Ganoza
President, CEO and Director
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Trading symbols: NYSE: FSM | TSX: FVI
Carlos Baca- T (Peru): +51.1.616.6060, ext. 0
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