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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) today announced second quarter 2017 financial and operating results.

HIGHLIGHTS (Comparisons to Second Quarter of 2016)

  • Secured the San Sebastian mill through 2020.
  • Capital expenditures of $24.3 million, a 43% decline.
  • Significant improvements in treatment and refining charges for lead, zinc and bulk concentrates in 2017.
  • Net loss applicable to common stockholders of $24.2 million, or $0.06 per share, which includes an income tax provision of $16.1 million, reflecting that we have non-deductible losses in the U.S.
  • Adjusted net loss applicable to common stockholders of $15.5 million, or $0.04 per share.1
  • Sales of $134.3 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $48.5 million and net debt/adjusted EBITDA (last 12 months) of 1.3x. 2,3
  • Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization ("cost of sales") of $103.1 million.
  • The ongoing strike at Lucky Friday has lowered metal production but has improved silver cash cost, after by-product credits, 93% to $0.26 per ounce, the lowest in 7 years. 4
  • All in sustaining cost (AISC), after by-product credits, of $9.97 per silver ounce, a 22% decrease. 5
  • Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $202 million at June 30.
  • Extended the $100 million senior secured revolving credit facility to July 2020.
  • Credit rating upgrade by S&P Global Ratings to B from B- with a stable outlook.

"We maintained a strong financial position in the second quarter, with 43% lower capital expenditures and solid operating performance from Greens Creek and San Sebastian, with cash costs of $0.26 and under $10 AISC, both after by-product credits per silver ounce, offsetting Lucky Friday which remains idled due to the strike," said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., President and CEO. "With the significant exploration discoveries at San Sebastian, we are now expecting to extend the life of that project through 2020. Performance of the three mines continues as planned. Higher grade and lower waste tons moved in the second half of 2017 at Casa Berardi should significantly impact production and cost per ounce."

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

  Second Quarter Ended Six Months Ended
HIGHLIGHTS June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
FINANCIAL DATA        
Sales (000) $134,279  $171,302  $276,823  $302,319
Gross profit (000) $31,207  $58,452  $66,123  $89,274
Income (loss) applicable to common stockholders (000) $(24,154) $23,978  $2,542  $23,222
Basic and diluted income (loss) per common share $(0.06) $0.06  $0.01  $0.06
Net income (loss) (000) $(24,016) $24,116  $2,818  $23,498
Cash provided by operating activities (000) $7,536  $67,390  $45,821  $86,138
                

Net loss applicable to common stockholders for the second quarter of 2017 was $24.2 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to net income applicable to common stockholders of $24.0 million, or $0.06 per share, for the same period in 2016. The result was mainly due to the following items:

  • Income tax provision of $16.1 million, despite reporting a net loss before taxes, primarily due to estimated taxes related to operations in Mexico and reflecting that we have non-deductible losses in the U.S.
  • Interest expense, net of amount capitalized, of $10.5 million in the second quarter of 2017, increased over the $5.4 million recognized in the second quarter of 2016, primarily due to interest being capitalized in the 2016 period due to construction of the #4 Shaft.
  • An increase of $3.0 million in exploration and pre-development expenditures over the second quarter of 2016, particularly focused on San Sebastian and Casa Berardi.
  • Lucky Friday suspension costs of $6.4 million, along with $1.6 million in non-cash depreciation expense, in the second quarter of 2017 incurred during the strike.
  • Net foreign exchange loss of $3.9 million versus a net loss of $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2016.

Operating cash flow was $7.5 million compared to $67.4 million in the second quarter of 2016, with the decrease due to lower metals production, as discussed below, and the timing of payment of incentive compensation.

Adjusted EBITDA was $48.5 million compared to $78.0 million in the second quarter of 2016, with the decrease mainly due to lower metals production.

Capital expenditures (excluding capitalized interest and capital leases) totaled $24.3 million for the second quarter compared to $42.3 million, with the decrease due to completion of the #4 Shaft and the idling of Lucky Friday due to the ongoing strike. Expenditures (excludes capital leases) at Casa Berardi, Greens Creek, Lucky Friday and San Sebastian were $10.3 million, $10.4 million, $0.8 million, and $2.4 million, respectively.

Metals Prices

The average realized silver price in the second quarter was $17.14 per ounce, within 1% of the $17.26 average realized silver price in the second quarter of 2016. The average realized gold price was $1,260 per ounce, compared to $1,254 in the second quarter 2016. Realized lead prices of $0.95/lb were up 20% and realized zinc prices of $1.14/lb were up 28% from the second quarter of 2016.

OPERATIONS OVERVIEW

Overview

The following table provides the production summary on a consolidated basis for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016:

    Second Quarter Ended Six Months Ended
    June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
PRODUCTION SUMMARY      
Silver – Ounces produced 2,807,474 4,241,398 6,176,901 8,884,102
  Payable ounces sold 2,688,721 4,141,427 5,557,835 7,937,242
Gold – Ounces produced 52,561 62,965 108,674 118,653
  Payable ounces sold 53,170 64,609 104,541 110,869
Lead – Tons produced 4,420 10,391 13,056 21,429
  Payable tons sold 4,250 9,663 10,676 18,413
Zinc – Tons produced 12,966 18,132 28,503 35,496
  Payable tons sold 8,978 10,010 20,825 24,352
           

 

The following tables provide a summary of the final production, cost of sales, cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver and gold ounce, and AISC, after by-product credits, per silver and gold ounce for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017:

Second Quarter Ended     Greens Creek Lucky FridayCasa Berardi San Sebastian
June 30, 2017 Silver Gold Silver Gold SilverGold Silver Silver Gold
Production (ounces) 2,807,474  52,561  1,932,047  12,704   33,261  8,477  866,950  6,596 
Increase/(decrease) over 2016 (34)% (17)% (9)% 10% N/A(21)% (2)% (31)% (30)%

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (000s)

 $59,392  $43,680  $54,319  N/A $N/A $ 43,680  N/A $5,074  N/A
Increase/(decrease) over 2016 (17)% 6% 24% N/A N/A6% N/A (45)% N/A

Cash costs, after by-product credits, per silver or gold ounce4,6

 $0.26  $972  $1.86  N/A N/A$ 972  N/A $(3.31) N/A
Increase/(decrease) over 2016 (93)% 62% (65)% N/A N/A62% N/A 9% N/A

AISC, after by-product credits, per silver or gold ounce5

 $9.97  $1,373  $8.71  N/A N/A$ 1,373  N/A $0.06  N/A

Increase/(decrease) over 2016

 (22)% 33% (32)% N/A N/A33% N/A (103)% N/A

Six Months Ended

     Greens Creek Lucky FridayCasa Berardi San Sebastian
June 30, 2017 Silver Gold Silver Gold SilverGold Silver Silver Gold
Production (ounces) 6,176,901  108,674  3,861,344  26,726  680,782 69,068  17,022  1,617,753  12,880 
Increase/(decrease) over 2016 (30)% (8)% (16)% (3)% (63)%(5)% 9% (34)% (32)%
Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (000s) $124,553  $86,147  $98,314  N/A $14,542 $ 86,147  N/A $11,697  N/A
Increase/(decrease) over 2016 (13)% 22% 11% N/A (61)%22% N/A (31)% N/A

Cash costs, after by-product credits, per silver or gold ounce4,6

 $0.58  $927  $1.26  N/A $5.93 $ 927  N/A $(3.29) N/A
Increase/(decrease) over 2016 (83)% 37% (73)% N/A (37)%37% N/A 4% N/A

AISC, after by-product credits, per silver or gold ounce5

 $8.83  $1,312  $6.28  N/A $12.06 $ 1,312  N/A $0.24  N/A
Increase/(decrease) over 2016 (23)% 14% (35)% N/A (45)%14% N/A (111)% N/A

 

Greens Creek Mine – Alaska

At the Greens Creek mine, 1.9 million ounces of silver and 12,704 ounces of gold were produced in the second quarter, compared to 2.1 million ounces and 11,528 ounces, respectively, in the second quarter of 2016. Lower silver production was expected and was principally due to lower grades than the second quarter of 2016. The mill operated at an average of 2,316 tons per day (tpd) in the second quarter, which was 4% higher than the second quarter of 2016.

The cost of sales for the second quarter was $54.3 million, and the cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce, was $1.86, compared to $43.7 million and $5.38, respectively, for the second quarter of 2016.4 The AISC, after by-product credits, was $8.71 per silver ounce for the second quarter compared to $12.87 in the second quarter of 2016.5 The per ounce silver costs were lower primarily due to higher base metals prices.

In the second quarter of 2017, the first Woodgrove staged-flotation-reactor was commissioned in the lead bulk flotation circuit, and the unit is increasing the distribution of metals to concentrates with higher payable terms, the full benefit of which is expected to be seen starting in the fourth quarter. Initial indications are that additional units can be deployed to other circuits. In addition, a replacement underground truck capable of operating autonomously has arrived at Greens Creek. A study of autonomous operation during shift change is underway.

Due to tight worldwide supply of lead and zinc concentrates, significant improvements in the treatment and refining charges (TC and RC) have been realized for 2017 benchmark sales terms. The TC and RC have decreased for lead, zinc and bulk concentrates by 38%, 20% and 18% per dry metric tonne, respectively, from 2016 levels.

Lucky Friday Mine – Idaho

Production at Lucky Friday has been suspended since March 13, 2017 due to the ongoing strike. Suspension costs of the mine during the strike period are reported in a separate line item on our condensed consolidated statement of operations, and are excluded from the calculation of cost of sales, cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce and AISC, after by-product credits, per silver ounce.

These costs included construction of a needed bypass ramp, ongoing maintenance of #2 Shaft, and stope backfilling and limited stope mining were conducted which should facilitate restart. Cash suspension-related costs were $1.5 to $2 million per month. Limited production or moving to care and maintenance should allow the cost to be between $1 to $1.5 million per month.

Casa Berardi – Quebec

At the Casa Berardi mine, 33,261 ounces of gold were produced in the second quarter, including 9,481 ounces from the East Mine Crown Pillar (EMCP) pit, compared to 41,955 ounces in the prior year period, with the decrease primarily due to expected lower grades encountered as a result of mine sequencing. The mill operated at an average of 3,628 tpd in the second quarter, an increase of 51% over the second quarter of 2016 and a record for the mine, due to the addition of the EMCP pit.

The cost of sales was $43.7 million for the second quarter and the cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce was $972, compared to $41.2 million and $601, respectively, in the prior year period.4,6 The increase in cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce is partly due to the expensing of stripping costs for the new EMCP pit, as well as the stronger Canadian dollar and lower gold production. The AISC, after by-product credits, was $1,373 per gold ounce for the second quarter compared to $1,034 in the second quarter of 2016, primarily due to lower gold production.5

Gold production is expected to increase in the second half of 2017 due to anticipated higher grades, which, along with expected reduced amount of waste tons being moved at the EMCP pit, is expected to improve the cash cost, after by-product credits, and the AISC, after by-product credits. A site optimization study is ongoing that involves modeling of the mill and open-pits, and determination of the optimal open-pit/underground feed mix.

A project is underway to complete the 985 drift and then to automate it with the goal of efficiently moving material from deeper in the mine to the shaft and then hoist it to surface. The project is proceeding well; all breakthroughs for the drift have been completed, and chute installation and communications equipment installation are underway. The project is on track for commissioning by the end of the year and should ultimately reduce the number of trucks and associated maintenance and personnel costs. The first 40 tonne automated truck has arrived and is expected to begin operating in this drift by the end of the year; a second truck is expected to be operational in 2018.

San Sebastian – Mexico

At the San Sebastian mine, 866,950 ounces of silver and 6,596 ounces of gold were produced in the second quarter, compared to 1,258,103 ounces and 9,482 ounces in the prior year period. The lower silver and gold production was expected as the mine moved from East Francine to Middle and North vein pits, resulting in lower grades. The mill operated at an average of 423 tpd in the second quarter, which was 3% higher than the second quarter of 2016.

The cost of sales was $5.1 million for the second quarter and the cash cost, after by-product credits, was negative $3.31 per silver ounce, compared to $9.2 million and negative $3.05, respectively, in the second quarter of 2016. The low cash cost, after by-product credits, continues due to the silver grade, despite it being lower than the prior period, as well as significant gold production, which is considered a by-product credit. The AISC, after by-product credits, was $0.06 per silver ounce for the second quarter compared to negative $2.33 in the second quarter of 2016, with the increase principally due to lower gold by-product credits and increased exploration and capital spending.

The mine is transitioning from open pit to underground mining, which is expected by the end of 2017. Development of the ramp to connect the new portal to a ramp being driven from the existing workings continues, and should be completed in the Fall. Recent definition drilling on the Middle Vein has shown better continuity of high-grade within the reserve area and exploration drilling continues to define new high-grade material near the proposed mine development along the Middle and East Francine veins. It now appears that sufficient material has been identified underground, in open pits and in stockpiles to extend the life of the project through 2020, and the Company has secured the mill for an additional two years.

EXPLORATION

Expenditures

Exploration (including corporate development) expenses were $5.9 million, an increase of $2.5 million compared to the second quarter 2016. Full year exploration (including corporate development) expenses are expected to be $20-25 million, up from $14.7 million in 2016, in part reflecting more aggressive exploration programs at San Sebastian, Casa Berardi and Greens Creek, and continued exploration at the Kinskuch, Little Baldy and Opinaca-Wildcat projects.

A complete summary of exploration for the second quarter can be found in the news release entitled "Hecla Reports Second Quarter Drilling and Exploration Update" released on August 2, 2017.

PRE-DEVELOPMENT

Pre-development spending was $1.1 million for the quarter, principally to advance the permitting of Rock Creek and Montanore. Data exports have been provided for import into Vulcan (mine planning software) for the generation of a mine plan for Rock Creek. The mine plan for Montanore will also be updated with the new 2016 block model.

At Rock Creek the US Forest Service issued its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement in late June and its draft Record of Decision. That draft decision is subject to a 45-day formal comment period. The agency will consider any comments and issue its final Record of Decision. We anticipate this final decision in early 2018.

With respect to the Montanore project, the Montana Federal District Court overturned previously granted environmental approvals and remanded the Record of Decision and related documents of the US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service for further review by the agencies consistent with the Court's opinions. In its decision, the Court advised the agencies they could issue a new Record of Decision and related documents for just the initial evaluation phase of the project, which has minimal environmental effects, or reconsider the entire project once again. It is anticipated that the next steps will be for the Forest Service to prepare a new Record of Decision and the Fish and Wildlife Service to prepare new Biological Opinions, in each case to address the deficiencies in those documents identified by the Court.

BASE METALS AND CURRENCY HEDGING

Base Metals Forward Sales Contracts

The following table summarizes the quantities of base metals committed under financially settled forward sales contracts at June 30, 2017:

  

Pounds Under Contract
(in thousands)

 Average Price per Pound
  Zinc Lead Zinc Lead
Contracts on forecasted sales        
2017 settlements 6,834 6,504 $1.26 $1.05
2018 settlements 28,329 16,314 $1.23 $1.05
2019 settlements 1,102 1,102 $1.21 $1.06

The contracts represent 14% of the forecasted payable zinc production for the three-year period 2017-2019 at an average price of $1.23 per pound and 12% of the forecasted payable lead production for the three-year period 2017-2019 at an average price of $1.05 per pound.

Foreign Currency Forward Purchase Contracts

The following table summarizes the quantities of Canadian dollars and Mexican pesos committed under financially settled forward purchase contracts at June 30, 2017:

  

Currency Under Contract
(in thousands of CAD/MXN)

 Average Exchange Rate
  CAD MXN CAD/USD MXN/USD
2017 settlements 60,000 96,000  1.30 19.83
2018 settlements 76,500   1.29 
2019 settlements 63,600   1.31 
2020 settlements 30,000   1.29 

DIVIDENDS

Common

The Board of Directors elected to declare a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0025 per share of common stock, payable on or about August 31, 2017, to stockholders of record on August 23, 2017. The realized silver price was $17.14 in the second quarter and therefore did not satisfy the criteria for a larger dividend under the Company's dividend policy.

The Board of Directors also declared the regular quarterly dividend of $0.875 per share on the 157,816 outstanding shares of Series B Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock. This represents a total amount to be paid of approximately $138,000. The cash dividend is payable October 2, 2017, to stockholders of record on September 15, 2017.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

A conference call and webcast will be held Thursday, August 3, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results. You may join the conference call by dialing toll-free 1-855-760-8158 or for international dialing 1-720-634-2922. The participant passcode is HECLA. Hecla's live and archived webcast can be accessed at www.hecla-mining.com under Investors or via Thomson StreetEvents Network.

ABOUT HECLA

Founded in 1891, Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with operating mines in Alaska, Idaho, and Mexico and is a gold producer with an operating mine in Quebec, Canada. The Company also has exploration and pre-development properties in seven world-class silver and gold mining districts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and an exploration office and investments in early-stage silver exploration projects in Canada.

NOTES

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP financial measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meaning prescribed by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. Furthermore, there is no assurance that these non-GAAP measures appearing in this release are calculated the same as other mining companies that may use the same or similar terms (GAAP). These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

(1) Adjusted net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders, the most comparable GAAP measure, can be found at the end of this release. Adjusted net income (loss) is a measure used by management to evaluate the Company's operating performance but should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss), or cash provided by operating activities as those terms are defined by GAAP, and does not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive programs.

(2) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to net income (loss), the most comparable GAAP measure, can be found at the end of this release. Adjusted EBITDA is a measure used by management to evaluate the Company's operating performance but should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss), or cash provided by operating activities as those terms are defined by GAAP, and does not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive programs.

(3) Net debt to adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and net debt to the closest GAAP measurements of net income (loss) and debt can be found at the end of this release. It is an important measure for management to measure relative indebtedness and the ability to service the debt relative to its peers. It is calculated as total debt outstanding less total cash on hand divided by adjusted EBITDA.

(4) Cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver and gold ounce is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (sometimes referred to as "cost of sales" in this release), can be found at the end of this release. It is an important operating statistic that management utilizes to measure each mine's operating performance. It also allows the benchmarking of performance of each mine versus those of our competitors. As a primary silver mining company, management also uses the statistic on an aggregate basis – aggregating the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday and San Sebastian mines – to compare performance with that of other primary silver mining companies. With regard to Casa Berardi, management uses cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce to compare its performance with other gold mines. Similarly, the statistic is useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as it provides a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive programs.

(5) All in sustaining cost (AISC), after by-product credits, is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization, the closest GAAP measurement, can be found in the end of this release. AISC, after by-product credits, includes cost of sales and other direct production costs, expenses for reclamation and exploration at the mines sites, corporate exploration related to sustaining operations, and all site sustaining capital costs. AISC, after by-product credits, is calculated net of depreciation, depletion, and amortization and by-product credits.

Current GAAP measures used in the mining industry, such as cost of goods sold, do not capture all the expenditures incurred to discover, develop and sustain silver and gold production. Management believes that all in sustaining costs is a non-GAAP measure that provides additional information to management, investors and analysts to help in the understanding of the economics of our operations and performance compared to other producers and in the investor's visibility by better defining the total costs associated with production. Similarly, the statistic is useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as it provides a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive programs.

(6) Cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce is only applicable to Casa Berardi production. Gold produced from Greens Creek and San Sebastian is treated as a by-product credit against the silver cash cost.

Cautionary Statements to Investors on Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections and other applicable laws, including Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking statements may include, without limitation: (i) estimates of future production and sales; (ii) estimates of future costs including cash cost, after by-product credits per ounce of silver/gold and AISC, after by-product credits, per ounce of silver/gold and the potential impact of the Lucky Friday strike; (iii) expectations regarding the development, growth potential, financial performance and exploration potential of the Company’s projects, including the EMCP pits in Quebec and San Sebastian operations; (iv) the Company’s mineral reserves and resources; (v) potential increases in recoveries and payables relating to the installation of a Woodgrove staged-flotation-reactor at Greens Creek; and (vi) ability to optimize operations at Casa Berardi. Estimates or expectations of future events or results are based upon certain assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect. Such assumptions, include, but are not limited to: (i) there being no significant change to current geotechnical, metallurgical, hydrological and other physical conditions; (ii) permitting, development, operations and expansion of the Company’s projects being consistent with current expectations and mine plans; (iii) political/regulatory developments in any jurisdiction in which the Company operates being consistent with its current expectations; (iv) the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar to the U.S. dollar being approximately consistent with current levels; (v) certain price assumptions for gold, silver, lead and zinc; (vi) prices for key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (vii) the accuracy of our current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates; and (viii) the Company’s plans for development and production will proceed as expected and will not require revision as a result of risks or uncertainties, whether known, unknown or unanticipated. Where the Company expresses or implies an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by the “forward-looking statements.” Such risks include, but are not limited to gold, silver and other metals price volatility, operating risks, currency fluctuations, increased production costs and variances in ore grade or recovery rates from those assumed in mining plans, community relations, conflict resolution and outcome of projects or oppositions, litigation, political, regulatory, labor and environmental risks, and exploration risks and results, including that mineral resources are not mineral reserves, they do not have demonstrated economic viability and there is no certainty that they can be upgraded to mineral reserves through continued exploration. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, see the Company’s 2016 Form 10-K, filed on February 23, 2017, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as the Company’s other SEC filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly revisions to any “forward-looking statement,” including, without limitation, outlook, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Investors should not assume that any lack of update to a previously issued “forward-looking statement” constitutes a reaffirmation of that statement. Continued reliance on “forward-looking statements” is at investors’ own risk.

Cautionary Statements to Investors on Reserves and Resources

Reporting requirements in the United States for disclosure of mineral properties are governed by the SEC and included in the SEC's Securities Act Industry Guide 7, entitled “Description of Property by Issuers Engaged or to be Engaged in Significant Mining Operations” (Guide 7). However, the Company is also a “reporting issuer” under Canadian securities laws, which require estimates of mineral resources and reserves to be prepared in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101). NI 43-101 requires all disclosure of estimates of potential mineral resources and reserves to be disclosed in accordance with its requirements. Such Canadian information is being included here to satisfy the Company's “public disclosure” obligations under Regulation FD of the SEC and to provide U.S. holders with ready access to information publicly available in Canada.

Reporting requirements in the United States for disclosure of mineral properties under Guide 7 and the requirements in Canada under NI 43-101 standards are substantially different. This document contains a summary of certain estimates of the Company, not only of proven and probable reserves within the meaning of Guide 7, which requires the preparation of a “final” or “bankable” feasibility study demonstrating the economic feasibility of mining and processing the mineralization using the three-year historical average price for any reserve or cash flow analysis to designate reserves and that the primary environmental analysis or report be filed with the appropriate governmental authority, but also of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates estimated in accordance with the definitional standards of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum referred to in NI 43-101. The terms “measured resources”, “indicated resources,” and “inferred resources” are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with NI 43-101. These terms are not defined under Guide 7 and are not normally permitted to be used in reports and registration statements filed with the SEC in the United States, except where required to be disclosed by foreign law. The term “resource” does not equate to the term “reserve”. Under Guide 7, the material described herein as “indicated resources” and “measured resources” would be characterized as “mineralized material” and is permitted to be disclosed in tonnage and grade only, not ounces. The category of “inferred resources” is not recognized by Guide 7. Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the mineral deposits in such categories will ever be converted into proven or probable reserves. “Resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of such a “resource” will ever be upgraded to a higher category or will ever be economically extracted. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of a “resource” exists or is economically or legally mineable. Investors are also especially cautioned that the mere fact that such resources may be referred to in ounces of silver and/or gold, rather than in tons of mineralization and grades of silver and/or gold estimated per ton, is not an indication that such material will ever result in mined ore which is processed into commercial silver or gold.

Qualified Person (QP) Pursuant to Canadian National Instrument 43-101

Dean McDonald, Ph.D. P.Geo., Senior Vice President – Exploration of Hecla Mining Company, who serves as a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information concerning Hecla’s mineral projects in this news release. Information regarding data verification, surveys and investigations, quality assurance program and quality control measures and a summary of sample, analytical or testing procedures for the Greens Creek Mine are contained in a technical report prepared for Hecla titled “Technical Report for the Greens Creek Mine, Juneau, Alaska, USA” effective date March 28, 2013, and for the Lucky Friday Mine are contained in a technical report prepared for Hecla titled “Technical Report on the Lucky Friday Mine Shoshone County, Idaho, USA” effective date April 2, 2014, for the Casa Berardi Mine are contained in a technical report prepared for Hecla titled "Technical Report on the Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Estimate for the Casa Berardi Mine, Northwestern Quebec, Canada" effective date March 31, 2014 (the "Casa Berardi Technical Report"), and for the San Sebastian Mine are contained in a technical report prepared for Hecla titled "Technical Report for the San Sebastian Ag-Au Property, Durango, Mexico" effective date September 8, 2015. Also included in these technical reports is a description of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate mineral reserves and resources and a general discussion of the extent to which the estimates may be affected by any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing or other relevant factors. Copies of these technical reports are available under Hecla's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

The current Casa Berardi drill program was performed on core sawed in half and included the insertion of blanks and standards of variable grade in every 24 core samples. Standards were generally provided by Analytical Solutions Ltd and prepared in 30 gram bags. Samples were sent to the Swastika Laboratories in Swastika, Ontario, a registered accredited laboratory, where they were dried, crushed, and split for gold analysis. Analysis for gold was completed by fire assay with AA finish. Gold over-limits were analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish. Data received from the lab were subject to validation using in-built program triggers to identify outside limit blank or standard assays that require re-analysis. Over 5% of the original pulps and rejects are sent for re-assay to ALS Chemex in Val d’Or for quality control.

Dr. McDonald reviewed and verified information regarding drill sampling, data verification of all digitally-collected data, drill surveys and specific gravity determinations relating to the Casa Berardi mine. The review encompassed quality assurance programs and quality control measures including analytical or testing practice, chain-of-custody procedures, sample storage procedures and included independent sample collection and analysis. This review found the information and procedures meet industry standards and are adequate for Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimation and mine planning purposes.

HECLA MINING COMPANY

Condensed Consolidated Statements of (Loss) Income

(dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts – unaudited)

      
  Second Quarter Ended  Six Months Ended
  June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016  June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
Sales of products $134,279  $171,302   $276,823  $302,319 
Cost of sales and other direct production costs 77,503  82,953   156,179  157,273 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 25,569  29,897   54,521  55,772 
  103,072  112,850   210,700  213,045 
Gross profit 31,207  58,452   66,123  89,274 
          
Other operating expenses:         
General and administrative 10,309  10,359   19,515  20,573 
Exploration 5,853  3,362   10,367  6,312 
Pre-development 1,052  521   2,304  925 
Research and development 312     995   
Other operating expense 697  1,024   1,387  1,664 
Provision for closed operations and environmental matters 985  1,576   2,104  2,617 
Lucky Friday suspension-related costs 8,024     9,605   
Acquisition costs         
  27,232  16,842   46,277  32,091 
Income from operations 3,975  41,610   19,846  57,183 
Other income (expense):         
Loss on disposition of investments      (167)  
Unrealized (loss) gain on investments (276) 1,150   51  439 
Gain (loss) on derivative contracts 2,487  (6)  (5,322) (6)
Interest and other income 319  113   644  201 
Net foreign exchange loss (3,883) (1,885)  (6,145) (10,088)
Interest expense, net of amount capitalized (10,543) (5,370)  (19,065) (11,081)
  (11,896) (5,998)  (30,004) (20,535)
Loss (income) before income taxes (7,921) 35,612   (10,158) 36,648 
Income tax (provision) benefit (16,095) (11,496)  12,976  (13,150)
Net (loss) income (24,016) 24,116   2,818  23,498 
Preferred stock dividends (138) (138)  (276) (276)

(Loss) Income applicable to common stockholders

 $(24,154) $23,978   $2,542  $23,222 
Basic and diluted (loss) income per common share after preferred dividends $(0.06) $0.06   $0.01  $0.06 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding – basic 396,178  383,790   395,774  381,389 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding – diluted 396,178  387,512   399,236  384,685 
              

 

      
HECLA MINING COMPANY

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars and shares in thousands – unaudited)

      
  June 30, 2017  December 31, 2016
ASSETS     
Current assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents $164,113   $169,777 
Short-term investments and securities 37,816   29,117 
Accounts receivable:     
Trade 9,183   20,082 
Other, net 23,288   9,967 
Inventories 48,403   50,023 
Other current assets 8,955   12,125 
Total current assets 291,758   291,091 
Non-current investments 4,729   5,002 
Non-current restricted cash and investments 1,098   2,200 
Properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests, net 2,033,506   2,032,685 
Non-current deferred income taxes 44,628   35,815 
Other non-current assets and deferred charges 3,437   4,884 
Total assets $2,379,156   $2,371,677 
      
LIABILITIES     
Current liabilities:     
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $47,979   $60,064 
Accrued payroll and related benefits 25,919   36,515 
Accrued taxes 14,205   9,061 
Current portion of capital leases 5,885   5,653 
Current portion of debt    470 
Other current liabilities 11,268   8,809 
Current portion of accrued reclamation and closure costs 8,532   5,653 
Total current liabilities 113,788   126,225 
Capital leases 7,213   5,838 
Accrued reclamation and closure costs 79,280   79,927 
Long-term debt 501,604   500,979 
Non-current deferred tax liability 121,260   122,855 
Non-current pension liability 47,211   44,491 
Other non-current liabilities 6,414   11,518 
Total liabilities 876,770   891,833 
      

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

     
Preferred stock 39   39 
Common stock 100,739   99,806 
Capital surplus 1,614,651   1,597,212 
Accumulated deficit (166,875)  (167,437)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (28,520)  (34,602)
Treasury stock (17,648)  (15,174)

Total stockholders’ equity

 1,502,386   1,479,844 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 $2,379,156   $2,371,677 
Common shares outstanding 398,527   395,287 
        

 

   
HECLA MINING COMPANY

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(dollars in thousands – unaudited)

   
  Six Months Ended
  June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
OPERATING ACTIVITIES    
Net income $2,818  $23,498 
Non-cash elements included in net income:    
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 56,908  56,968 
Unrealized (gain) loss on investments 117  (439) 
Gain on disposition of properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests (94) (311)
Provision for reclamation and closure costs 2,247  2,005 
Stock compensation 2,831  3,467 
Deferred income taxes (22,113) 10,652 
Amortization of loan origination fees 967  926 
Loss on derivative contracts 5,386  5,419 
Foreign exchange loss 

5,201

  9,721 
Other non-cash charges, net 2  17 
Change in assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable (1,150) (15,910)
Inventories 1,594  (5,802)
Other current and non-current assets 3,896  268 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (10,937) (3,820)
Accrued payroll and related benefits (4,901) 3,135 
Accrued taxes 4,408  (4,591)
Accrued reclamation and closure costs and other non-current liabilities (1,359) 935 
Cash provided by operating activities 

45,821

  86,138 
     
INVESTING ACTIVITIES    
Additions to properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests (45,964) (76,960)
Proceeds from disposition of properties, plants and equipment 142  317 
Purchases of investments (23,280) (16,088)
Maturities of investments 14,356  840 
Changes in restricted cash and investment balances 1,102  (3,900)
Net cash used in investing activities (53,644) (95,791)
     
FINANCING ACTIVITIES    
Proceeds from issuance of stock, net of related costs 9,610  8,121 
Acquisition of treasury shares (2,474) (3,384)

Dividends paid to common stockholders

 (1,981) (1,914)

Dividends paid to preferred stockholders

 (276) (276)
Credit availability and debt issuance fees paid (91) (83)
Repayments of debt (470) (1,339)
Repayments of capital leases (3,245) (4,356)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 1,073  (3,231)
Effect of exchange rates on cash 

1,086

  1,288 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (5,664) (11,596)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 169,777  155,209 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $164,113  $143,613 
         

 

         
HECLA MINING COMPANY

Production Data

         
  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
  June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016  June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
GREENS CREEK UNIT         
Tons of ore milled 210,788 203,388  407,917 408,356
Mining cost per ton of ore $68.17 $71.01  $69.74 $68.98
Milling cost per ton of ore $32.56 $30.67  $33.12 $30.83
Ore grade milled – Silver (oz./ton) 12.11 13.25  12.40 14.22
Ore grade milled – Gold (oz./ton) 0.097 0.088  0.099 0.098
Ore grade milled – Lead (%) 2.68 3.20  2.86 3.12
Ore grade milled – Zinc (%) 7.20 8.70  7.50 8.42
Silver produced (oz.) 1,932,047 2,117,084  3,861,344 4,575,360
Gold produced (oz.) 12,704 11,528  26,726 27,509
Lead produced (tons) 4,420 5,346  9,229 10,433
Zinc produced (tons) 12,966 15,575  26,372 30,186
Cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce (1) $1.86 $5.38  $1.26 $4.61
AISC, after by-product credits, per silver ounce (1) $8.71 $12.87  $6.28 $9.73
Capital additions (in thousands) $11,451 $14,661  $16,685 $21,037
LUCKY FRIDAY UNIT         
Tons of ore milled  67,829  57,069 141,850
Mining cost per ton of ore $ $100.77  $104.72 $99.34
Milling cost per ton of ore $ $24.97  $27.16 $24.13
Ore grade milled – Silver (oz./ton)  13.09  12.39 13.39
Ore grade milled – Lead (%)  7.76  7.05 8.07
Ore grade milled – Zinc (%)  4.02  3.99 4
Silver produced (oz.)  857,543  680,782 1,834,627
Lead produced (tons)  5,045  3,827 10,996
Zinc produced (tons)  2,557  2,131 5,310
Cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce (1) $ $9.94  $5.93 9.47
AISC, after by-product credits, per silver ounce (1) $ $22.05  $12.06 $21.90
Capital additions (in thousands) $805 $10,227  $4,792 $22,493
              

 

      
  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
  June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016  June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
CASA BERARDI UNIT         
Tons of ore milled – underground 195,039  218,226   399,992  435,188 
Tons of ore milled – surface pit 135,070     223,809   
Tons of ore milled – total 330,109  218,226   623,801  435,188 
Surface tons mined – ore and waste 2,106,308     4,416,543   
Mining cost per ton of ore – underground $99.01  $91.56   $99.23  $89.55 
Mining cost per ton – combined $76.83  $91.56   $81.42  $89.55 
Mining cost per ton of ore and waste – surface tons mined $2.53  $   $2.58  $ 
Milling cost per ton of ore $15.50  $19.82   $16.33  $19.36 
Ore grade milled – Gold (oz./ton) – underground 0.148  0.217   0.155  0.190 
Ore grade milled – Gold (oz./ton) – surface pit 0.078     0.082   
Ore grade milled – Gold (oz./ton) – combined 0.119  0.217   0.129  0.190 
Ore grade milled – Silver (oz./ton) 0.03  0.04   0.03  0.04 
Gold produced (oz.) – underground 23,780  41,955   52,430  72,333 
Gold produced (oz.) – surface pit 9,481     16,638   
Gold produced (oz.) – total 33,261  41,955   69,068  72,333 
Silver produced (oz.) 8,477  8,668   17,022  15,673 
Cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce (1) $972  $601   $927  $676 
AISC, after by-product credits, per gold ounce (1) $1,373  $1,034   $1,312  $1,155 
Capital additions (in thousands) $12,063  $17,171   $24,474  $32,782 
SAN SEBASTIAN         
Tons of ore milled 38,478  37,400   75,141  68,558 
Mining cost per ton of ore $41.63  $91.89   $40.16  $97.27 
Milling cost per ton of ore $66.97  $69.35   $65.29  $69.48 
Ore grade milled – Silver (oz./ton) 23.87  35.83   22.85  38.3 
Ore grade milled – Gold (oz./ton) 0.182  0.269   0.182  0.294 
Silver produced (oz.) 866,950  1,258,103   1,617,753  2,458,442 
Gold produced (oz.) 6,596  9,482   12,880  18,811 
Cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce (1) $(3.31) $(3.05)  $(3.29) $(3.15)
AISC, after by-product credits, per silver ounce (1) $0.06  $(2.33)  $0.24  $(2.19)
Capital additions (in thousands) $2,423  $203   $4,130  $693 
                  
(1) Cash cost, after by-product credits, per ounce and AISC, after by-product credits. per ounce represent non-U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) measurements. A reconciliation of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (GAAP) to cash cost, after by-product credits can be found in the cash cost per ounce reconciliation section of this news release. Gold, lead and zinc produced have been treated as by-product credits in calculating silver costs per ounce. The primary metal produced at Casa Berardi is gold, with a by-product credit for the value of silver production.
   

 

Non-GAAP Measures

(Unaudited)

Reconciliation of Cost of Sales and Other Direct Production Costs and Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (GAAP) to Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits and Cash Cost, After By-product Credits (non-GAAP) and All-In Sustaining Cost, Before By-product Credits and All-In Sustaining Cost, After By-product Credits (non-GAAP)

The tables below present reconciliations between the most comparable GAAP measure of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization to the non-GAAP measures of (i) Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, (ii) Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, (iii) AISC, Before By-product Credits and (iv) AISC, After By-product Credits for our operations at the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday, San Sebastian and Casa Berardi units and for the Company for the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2017 and 2016.

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce are measures developed by precious metals companies (including the Silver Institute and/or the World Gold Council) in an effort to provide a uniform standard for comparison purposes. There can be no assurance, however, that these non-GAAP measures as we report them are the same as those reported by other mining companies.

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce is an important operating statistic that we utilize to measure each mine's operating performance. We have recently started reporting AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce which we use as a measure of our mines' net cash flow after costs for exploration, pre-development, reclamation, and sustaining capital. This is similar to the Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce non-GAAP measure we report, but also includes on-site exploration, reclamation, and sustaining capital costs. Current GAAP measures used in the mining industry, such as cost of goods sold, do not capture all the expenditures incurred to discover, develop and sustain silver and gold production. Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce also allow us to benchmark the performance of each of our mines versus those of our competitors. As a primary silver mining company, we also use these statistics on an aggregate basis – aggregating the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday and San Sebastian mines – to compare our performance with that of other primary silver mining companies. With regard to Casa Berardi, we use Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce to compare its performance with other gold mines. Similarly, these statistics are useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as they provide a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics.

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits and AISC, Before By-product Credits include all direct and indirect operating cash costs related directly to the physical activities of producing metals, including mining, processing and other plant costs, third-party refining expense, on-site general and administrative costs, royalties and mining production taxes. AISC, Before By-product Credits for each mine also includes on-site exploration, reclamation, and sustaining capital costs. AISC, Before By-product Credits for our consolidated silver properties also includes corporate costs for general and administrative expense, exploration and sustaining capital projects. By-product credits include revenues earned from all metals other than the primary metal produced at each unit. As depicted in the tables below, by-product credits comprise an essential element of our silver unit cost structure, distinguishing our silver operations due to the polymetallic nature of their orebodies.

In addition to the uses described above, Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce provide management and investors an indication of operating cash flow, after consideration of the average price, received from production. We also use these measurements for the comparative monitoring of performance of our mining operations period-to-period from a cash flow perspective.

The Casa Berardi section below reports Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce for the production of gold, its primary product, and by-product revenues earned from silver, which is a by-product at Casa Berardi. Only costs and ounces produced relating to units with the same primary product are combined to represent Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce. Thus, the gold produced at our Casa Berardi unit is not included as a by-product credit when calculating Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Silver Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Silver Ounce for the total of Greens Creek, Lucky Friday and San Sebastian, our combined silver properties. Similarly, the silver produced at our other three units is not included as a by-product credit when calculating the gold metrics for Casa Berardi.

    
In thousands (except per ounce amounts) Three Months Ended June 30, 2017
  

Greens
Creek

 

Lucky
Friday(2)

 

San
Sebastian

 Corporate(3) 

Total
Silver

 

Casa
Berardi
(Gold)

 Total
Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization $54,319  (1) $5,074    $59,392  $43,680  $103,072 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization (13,503)   (722)   (14,225) (11,344) (25,569)
Treatment costs 11,423    259    11,682  554  12,236 
Change in product inventory (5,542)   815    (4,727) (212) (4,939)
Reclamation and other costs (695) 1  (5)   (699) (212) (911)
Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1) 46,002    5,421    51,423  32,466  83,889 
Reclamation and other costs 667    117    784  213  997 
Exploration 1,117    1,957  452 3,526  1,071  4,597 
Sustaining capital 11,451    845  256 12,552  12,059  24,611 
General and administrative       10,309 10,309    10,309 
AISC, Before By-product Credits (1) 59,237    8,340    78,594  45,809  124,403 
By-product credits:              
Zinc (21,647)       (21,647)   (21,647)
Gold (13,917)   (8,287)   (22,204)   (22,204)
Lead (6,847)       (6,847)   (6,847)
Silver           (142) (142)
Total By-product credits (42,411)   (8,287)   (50,698) (142) (50,840)
Cash Cost, After By-product Credits $3,591  $  $(2,866)   $725  $32,324  $33,049 
AISC, After By-product Credits $16,826  $  $53    $27,896  $45,667  $73,563 
Divided by ounces produced 1,932    867    2,799  33   
Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce $23.81  $  $6.25    $18.37  $976.07   
By-product credits per ounce (21.95)   (9.56)   (18.11) (4.25)  
Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce $1.86  $  $(3.31)   $0.26  $971.82   
AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce $30.66  $  $9.62    $28.08  $1,377.21   
By-product credits per ounce (21.95)   (9.56)   (18.11) (4.25)  
AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce $8.71  $  $0.06    $9.97  $1,372.96   
                         

 

    
In thousands (except per ounce amounts) Three Months Ended June 30, 2016
  

Greens
Creek

 

Lucky
Friday(2)

 

San
Sebastian

 Corporate(3) 

Total
Silver

 

Casa
Berardi
(Gold)

 Total
Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization $43,734  $18,708  $9,225    $71,667  $41,183  $112,850 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization (12,413) (2,825) (1,062)   (16,300) (13,597) (29,897)
Treatment costs 15,317  4,778  432    20,527  238  20,765 
Change in product inventory 2,684  (1,035) 473    2,122  (2,366) (244)
Reclamation and other costs (169) (221) (979)   (1,369) (116) (1,485)
Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1) 49,153  19,405  8,089    76,647  25,342  101,989 
Reclamation and other costs 682  165  42    889  117  1,006 
Exploration 531    660  392 1,583  908  2,491 
Sustaining capital 14,661  10,228  203  320 25,412  17,171  42,583 
General and administrative       10,359 10,359    10,359 
AISC, Before By-product Credits (1) 65,027  29,798  8,994    114,890  43,538  158,428 
By-product credits:              
Zinc (19,266) (3,352)     (22,618)   (22,618)
Gold (11,870)   (11,924)   (23,794)   (23,794)
Lead (6,636) (7,529)     (14,165)   (14,16)
Silver           (144) (144)
Total By-product credits (37,772) (10,881) (11,924)   (60,577) (144) (60,721)
Cash Cost, After By-product Credits $11,381  $8,524  $(3,835)   $16,070  $25,198  $41,268 
AISC, After By-product Credits $27,255  $18,917  $(2,930)   $54,313  $43,394  $97,707 
Divided by ounces produced 2,117  858  1,258    4,233  42   
Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce $23.22  $22.63  $6.43    $18.11  $604.01   
By-product credits per ounce (17.84) (12.69) (9.48)   (14.31) (3.41)  
Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce $5.38  $9.94  $(3.05)   $3.80  $600.60   
AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce $30.71  $34.74  $7.15    $27.14  $1,037.71   
By-product credits per ounce (17.84) (12.69) (9.48)   (14.31) (3.41)  
AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce $12.87  $22.05  $(2.33)   $12.83  $1,034.30   
                         

 

    
In thousands (except per ounce amounts) Six Months Ended June 30, 2017
  

Greens
Creek

 

Lucky
Friday(2)

 

San
Sebastian

 Corporate(3) 

Total
Silver

 

Casa
Berardi
(Gold)

 Total
Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization $98,314  $14,542  $11,697    $124,553  $86,147  $210,700 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization (26,835) (2,433) (1,395)   (30,663) (23,858) (54,521)
Treatment costs 25,554  3,817  484    29,855  1,092  30,947 
Change in product inventory (2,277) (149) 435    (1,991) 1,169  (822)
Reclamation and other costs (1,080) (181) (595)   (1,856) (230) (2,086)
Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1) 93,676  15,596  10,626    119,898  64,320  184,218 
Reclamation and other costs 1,333  179  234    1,746  230  1,976 
Exploration 1,395  1  3,489  830 5,715  1,868  7,583 
Sustaining capital 16,685  3,990  1,977  1,170 23,822  24,470  48,292 
General and administrative       19,515 19,515    19,515 
AISC, Before By-product Credits (1) 113,089  19,766  16,326    170,696  90,888  261,584 
By-product credits:              
Zinc (45,426) (4,060)     (49,486)   (49,486)
Gold (28,769)   (15,944)   (44,713)   (44,713)
Lead (14,629) (7,496)     (22,125)   (22,125)
Silver           (289) (289)
Total By-product credits (88,824) (11,556) (15,944)   (116,324) (289) (116,613)
Cash Cost, After By-product Credits $4,852  $4,040  $(5,318)   $3,574  $64,031  $67,605 
AISC, After By-product Credits $24,265  $8,210  $382    $54,372  $90,599  $144,971 
Divided by ounces produced 3,861  681  1,618    6,160  69   
Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce $24.27  $22.90  $6.56    $19.46  $931.26   
By-product credits per ounce (23.01) (16.97) (9.85)   (18.88) (4.18)  
Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce $1.26  $5.93  $(3.29)   $0.58  $927.08   
AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce $29.29  $29.03  $10.09    $27.71  $1,315.92   
By-product credits per ounce (23.01) (16.97) (9.85)   (18.88) (4.18)  
AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce $6.28  $12.06  $0.24    $8.83  $1,311.74   
                         

 

    
In thousands (except per ounce amounts) Six Months Ended June 30, 2016
  

Greens
Creek

 

Lucky
Friday(2)

 

San
Sebastian

 Corporate(3) 

Total
Silver

 

Casa
Berardi
(Gold)

 Total
Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization $88,587  $37,212  $16,903    $142,702  $70,343  $213,045 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization (26,014) (5,829) (1,831)   (33,674) (22,098) (55,772)
Treatment costs 30,955  10,112  845    41,912  409  42,321 
Change in product inventory 4,324  (1,056) 813    4,081  752  4,833 
Reclamation and other costs (566) (386) (1,443)   (2,395) (228) (2,623)
Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1) 97,286  40,053  15,287    152,626  49,178  201,804 
Reclamation and other costs 1,363  330  84    1,777  228  2,005 
Exploration 1,019    1,298  865 3,182  1,625  4,807 
Sustaining capital 21,037  22,478  988  410 44,913  32,782  77,695 
General and administrative       20,573 20,573    20,573 
AISC, Before By-product Credits (1) 120,705  62,861  17,657    223,071  83,813  306,884 
By-product credits:              
Zinc (34,951) (6,484)     (41,435)   (41,435)
Gold (28,210)   (23,040)   (51,250)   (51,250)
Lead (13,020) (16,202)     (29,222)   (29,222)
Silver           (247) (247)
Total By-product credits (76,181) (22,686) (23,040)   (121,907) (247) (122,154)
Cash Cost, After By-product Credits $21,105  $17,367  $(7,753)   $30,719  $48,931  $79,650 
AISC, After By-product Credits $44,524  $40,175  $(5,383)   $101,164  $83,566  $184,730 
Divided by ounces produced 4,575  1,835  2,458    8,868  72   
Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce $21.26  $21.84  $6.22    $17.21  $679.38   
By-product credits per ounce (16.65) (12.37) (9.37)   (13.75) (3.41)  
Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce $4.61  $9.47  $(3.15)   $3.46  $675.97   
AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce $26.38  $34.27  $7.18    $25.16  $1,158.71   
By-product credits per ounce (16.65) (12.37) (9.37)   (13.75) (3.41)  
AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce $9.73  $21.90  $(2.19)   $11.41  $1,155.30   
                         
(1) Includes all direct and indirect operating costs related to the physical activities of producing metals, including mining, processing and other plant costs, third-party refining and marketing expense, on-site general and administrative costs, royalties and mining production taxes, before by-product revenues earned from all metals other than the primary metal produced at each unit. AISC, Before By-product Credits also includes on-site exploration, reclamation, and sustaining capital costs.
   
(2) The unionized employees at Lucky Friday have been on strike since March 13, 2017, and production at Lucky Friday has been suspended since that time. For the first half of 2017, suspension costs totaling $7.6 million, along with $2.0 million in non-cash depreciation expense, have been excluded from the calculations of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization, Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, AISC, Before By-product Credits, and AISC, After By-product Credits.
   
(3) AISC, Before By-product Credits for our consolidated silver properties includes corporate costs for general and administrative expense, exploration and sustaining capital.
   

 

Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income Applicable to Common Stockholders (GAAP) to Adjusted Net (Loss) Income Applicable to Common Stockholders (non-GAAP)

This release refers to a non-GAAP measure of adjusted net (loss) income applicable to common stockholders and adjusted net (loss) income per share, which are indicators of our performance. They exclude certain impacts which are of a nature which we believe are not reflective of our underlying performance. Management believes that adjusted net (loss) income per common share provides investors with the ability to better evaluate our underlying operating performance.

      
Dollars are in thousands (except per share amounts) Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30,
  2017 2016  2017 2016

Net (loss) income applicable to common stockholders (GAAP)

 $(24,154) $23,978   $2,542  $23,222 
Adjusting items:         
(Gains) losses on derivatives contracts (2,487) 6   5,322  6 
Provisional price losses (gains) 1,308  (1,011)  680  (1,517)
Environmental accruals   662     662 
Foreign exchange loss 3,883  1,885   6,145  10,088 
Lucky Friday suspension-related costs 8,024     9,605   
Acquisition costs (2) 402   25  402 
Bond offering costs 1,050     1,050   
Nonrecurring deferred income tax adjustments      (17,486)  
Income tax effect of above adjustments (3,157) (24)  (6,673) 179 

Adjusted net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders

 $(15,535) $25,898   $1,210  $33,042 
Weighted average shares – basic 396,178  383,790   395,774  381,389 
Weighted average shares – diluted 396,178  387,512   399,236  384,685 
Basic adjusted net income (loss) per common share $(0.04) $0.07   $0.00  $0.09 
Diluted adjusted net income (loss) per common share $(0.04) $0.07   $0.00  $0.09 
                  

 

Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income (GAAP) and Debt (GAAP) to Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) and Net Debt (non-GAAP)

This release refers to the non-GAAP measures of adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA"), which is a measure of our operating performance, and net debt to adjusted EBITDA for the last 12 months (or "LTM adjusted EBITDA"), which is a measure of our ability to service our debt. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net (loss) income before the following items: interest expense, income tax provision, depreciation, depletion, and amortization expense, exploration expense, pre-development expense, acquisition costs, foreign exchange gains and losses, gains and losses on derivative contracts, Lucky Friday suspension-related costs, provisional price gains and losses, stock-based compensation, unrealized gains on investments, provisions for closed operations, and interest and other income (expense). Net debt is calculated as total debt, which consists of the liability balances for our Senior Notes, capital leases, and other notes payable, less the total of our cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments. Management believes that, when presented in conjunction with comparable GAAP measures, Adjusted EBITDA and net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance and ability to meet our debt obligations. The following table reconciles net (loss) income and debt to Adjusted EBITDA and net debt:

         

Dollars are in thousands

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

  

Six Months Ended
June 30,

  

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,

  2017 2016  2017 2016  2017 2016
Net (loss) income $(24,016) $24,116   $2,818  $23,498   $48,867  $(49,355)
Plus: Interest expense, net of amount capitalized 10,543  5,370   19,065  11,081   29,780  23,737 
Plus/(Less): Income taxes 16,095  11,496   (12,976) 13,150   1,302  68,153 
Plus: Depreciation, depletion and amortization 25,569  29,897   54,521  55,772   114,217  114,841 
Plus: Exploration expense 5,853  3,362   10,367  6,312   18,775  14,849 
Plus: Pre-development expense 1,052  521   2,304  925   4,516  3,000 
Plus/(Less): Foreign exchange loss (gain) 3,883  1,885   6,145  10,088   (1,017) (4,022)
Plus: Lucky Friday suspension-related costs 8,024     9,605     9,605   
Plus: Acquisition costs (2) 402   25  402   2,318  417 
Plus: Stock-based compensation 1,482  2,042   2,831  3,214   5,549  6,378 
Plus/(Less): (Gains) losses on derivative contracts (2,487) 6   5,322  6   893  (3,341)
Plus: Provisional price loss (gains) 1,308  (1,011)  680  (1,517)  3,115  (627)
Plus: Provision for closed operations and environmental matters 1,221  1,006   2,247  2,005   5,055  3,785 
Plus/(Less): Unrealized loss (gain) on investments 276  (1,150)  (51) (439)  565  (66)
Other (319) 53   (644) (35)  (1,116) (1,000)
Adjusted EBITDA $48,482  $77,995   $102,259  $124,462   $242,424  $176,749 
Total debt           $514,702  $517,283 
Less: Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments           $(201,929) $(158,683)
Net debt           $312,773  $358,600 
Net debt/LTM adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)           1.3  2.0 

 

Contacts

Hecla Mining Company
Mike Westerlund, 800-HECLA91 (800-432-5291)
Vice President – Investor Relations
[email protected]
www.hecla-mining.com

Original Article: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170803005373/en/Hecla-Reports-Quarter-2017-Results

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