COLORADO SPRINGS December 26, 2013 Gold Resource Corporation (NYSE MKT: GORO) (the Company) declares its monthly dividend for December 2013 payable on January 23, 2014 to shareholders of record as of January 13, 2014. The Company is modifying its instituted monthly dividend from $0.03 per share per month to $0.01 per share per month beginning with this December dividend. The dividend modification is due to continued precious metal price weakness and volatility, the recent 8% tax imposed upon precious metal producers in Mexico, cash conservation strategies and to maintain flexibility for future opportunities. Gold Resource Corporation is a gold and silver producer with operations in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Company has returned over $92 million to shareholders in monthly dividends since declaring production July 1, 2010, and offers shareholders the option to convert their cash dividends into physical gold and silver and take delivery.
The Board of Directors approved a modification of the Companys instituted monthly dividend from $0.03 per share per month to $0.01 per share per month. The Company has experienced reduced net revenues in 2013 with the decrease in metal prices, while also investing a significant amount from cash flow into expanding the El Aguila mills processing capacity to 1,500 tonnes per day. Additionally, in October the Mexican government approved a new 8% royalty on precious metal producers which is set to take effect January 1, 2014. Although the Company does not yet know the exact impact of this new royalty, it is expected to increase the Companys effective tax burden moving forward. The Board of Directors has determined it to be in the Companys best interest to improve its cash position to provide financial flexibility for operations or future potential opportunities in this distressed mining space.
The dividend reduction also brings the payout ratio more in line with the Companys long-term target to distribute dividends of approximately one-third of its Cash Flow from Mine Site Operations (CFMSO). Through the first three quarters of 2013, the Company has returned dividends of approximately 36.5% CFMSO, and in 2012 the Companys dividend distribution averaged in excess of 39% CFMSO, both of which were in excess of the one-third target. The actual dividend distribution may change going forward, as the Company assesses the impact of the newly imposed Mexican royalty on precious metals. The Company remains committed to its long stated goal of distributing as much cash back to its shareholders as often as possible. The forty-two consecutive monthly dividends paid to shareholders demonstrate this commitment, which equates to more than $92 million returned since production began in July 2010.
Multiple factors contributed to the decision to decrease monthly dividend distributions for now, stated Gold Resource Corporations President and CEO Mr. Jason Reid. Continued metal market weakness, decreased revenues during this metal price pullback and the new royalty tax were among the major drivers of this decision. It is important for shareholders to understand our business philosophy and shareholder friendly approach has not changed. Management has demonstrated its fiscal discipline to distribute substantial dividends to shareholders and is pleased, given the difficult times for the industry, to continue to pay a monthly dividend. However, with the metals space under extreme pressure, it is more important management allocate capital to ensure the success of the Company and its long-term growth objectives.
Dividends may vary in amount and consistency or be discontinued at the Board of Directors discretion depending on variables including but not limited to operational cash flows, Company development requirements and strategies, construction, spot gold and silver prices, taxation, general market conditions and other factors described in the Cautionary Statement below and in the Companys public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.