GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Golden Minerals Company ("Golden Minerals" or the "Company") (NYSE MKT: AUMN) (TSX: AUM) today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.
Third Quarter Summary
The Company reported a net loss of $16.8 million in the third quarter 2015 compared to a net loss of $3.6 million in the third quarter 2014. The difference is primarily attributable to a $13.2 million long-term asset impairment charge taken in the current quarter related to the November 2015 shutdown of mining activities at the Velardena Properties. Additional differences are due to a negative gross margin (defined as revenues less cost of sales at the Velardena Properties) of $0.8M in the third quarter 2015 compared to none in the 2014 period when Velardena had no mining activity; no other operating income in the third quarter 2015 compared to $0.7 million in the 2014 quarter; $0.4 million Velardena shutdown-related expenses compared to none in the 2014 period; and a $0.4 million increase in depreciation and amortization-related expenses and $0.3 million increase in general and administrative expenses over the 2014 quarter. Partly offsetting these items were $2.0 million lower Velardena project expenses, $0.4 million lower exploration expenses and $0.3 million lower El Quevar project expenses.
The Company's September 30, 2015 $0.9 million cash and cash equivalents balance is $7.7 million lower than the yearend 2014 $8.6 million amount. The primary uses of cash during 2015 are as follows:
Velardena Properties Third Quarter Results
For the three months ending September 30, 2015, the Velardena Properties generated approximately 128,000 ounces of payable AgEq, comprised of 89,000 ounces of silver and 555 ounces of gold, at cash costs of $23.30, an improvement over the second quarter 2015 but below previous guidance of approximately 400,000 payable silver equivalent ounces for the second half of 2015 at cash costs between $15 and $17. Mill throughput improved in the third quarter to an average 275 tonnes per day (tpd). Both payable metals and cash costs were negatively impacted by lower average plant feed grades of 145 gpt silver and 2.4 gpt gold and higher dilution due to less mined material delivered from stopes as compared to access drives than expected.
The Company suspended mining and processing activities at Velardena in mid-November 2015, due primarily to low silver and gold prices and lower average mill feed grades and gold recoveries than planned. This should enable the Company to conserve the Velardena assets until such time as mining plans and then-current precious metals prices indicate a sustainable positive operating margin, or until the Company is able to locate and acquire alternative sources of material that may be transported to Velardena and economically processed through the Company's sulfide mill. As a result, the Company expects fourth quarter output of between 60,000 and 70,000 payable AgEq oz., with cash costs between $20 and $25, and full year output of between 440,000 and 450,000 payable AgEq oz. with cash costs of between $20 and $25.
With the $0.9 million cash balance at September 30, 2015 and $5.0 million borrowed under the October 2015 one year secured loan from The Sentient Group, the Company plans to spend approximately $3.9 million during the fourth quarter 2015:
Additional information regarding third quarter 2015 financial results may be found in the Company's 10-Q Quarterly Report which is available on the Golden Minerals website at www.goldenminerals.com.
About Golden Minerals
Golden Minerals is a Delaware corporation based in Golden, Colorado. The Company is primarily focused on acquiring and advancing mining properties near its Velardena processing plants and the exploration of properties in Mexico and Argentina.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Cash costs per payable silver ounce, net of by-product credits is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated by the Company as set forth below, and may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other companies. Cash costs per payable silver ounce, net of by-product credits, include all direct and indirect costs associated with the physical activities that would generate concentrate products for sale to customers, including mining to gain access to mineralized materials, mining of mineralized materials and waste, milling, third-party related treatment, refining and transportation costs, on-site administrative costs and royalties. Cash costs do not include depreciation, depletion, amortization, exploration expenditures, reclamation and remediation costs, sustaining capital, financing costs, income taxes, or corporate general and administrative costs not directly or indirectly related to the Velardena Properties. By-product credits include revenues from gold, lead and zinc contained in the products sold to customers during the period. Cash costs, after by-product credits, are divided by the number of payable silver ounces generated by the plant for the period to arrive at cash costs, after by-product credits, per payable ounce of silver. Cost of sales is the most comparable financial measure, calculated in accordance with GAAP, to cash costs. As compared to cash costs, cost of sales includes adjustments for changes in inventory and excludes net revenue from by-products and third-party related treatment, refining and transportation costs, which are reported as part of revenue in accordance with GAAP.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act and applicable Canadian securities legislation, including statements regarding including the Company's planned expenditures during the fourth quarter of 2015 and anticipated cash and cash equivalents balance at year-end 2015; anticipated payable metal outputs and cash costs per payable silver equivalent ounce, net of by-product credits; net cash flow expected to be received in the remainder of 2015 and in 2016 from a third party lease of the Velardena oxide mill; and anticipated external financing activities. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including: higher than anticipated costs of mining and processing; lower than anticipated grades in mined material; delays or problems in mining including a continuing inability of the mine to provide sufficient material for the plant to run at sufficient capacity to make the anticipated amounts of saleable metals; delays or problems in processings; variations in material grade and metallurgical characteristics of processed material; inability to reduce dilution and otherwise improve grades of mined material and plant feed; suspensions of existing approvals and permits; failure to achieve anticipated metal recoveries; lower than anticipated net cash flow from the oxide plant lease due to problems at the third party's mine or the oxide plant resulting in less than anticipated production or due to processing delays or cancellation of the lease due to inability to obtain required permits or for other reasons; changes in interpretations of geological, geostatistical, metallurgical, mining or processing informations; reliability of metallurgical testing results and changes in interpretation based on processing results; technical, permitting, mining, metallurgical, recovery or processing issues; increases in costs and declines in general economic conditions; unfavorable results of exploration; inability to raise external financing on acceptable terms or at all; and changes in political conditions, in tax, royalty, environmental and other laws in Mexico, and financial market conditions. Golden Minerals assumes no obligation to update this information. Additional risks relating to Golden Minerals may be found in the periodic and current reports filed with the Securities Exchange Commission by Golden Minerals, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.
Golden Minerals Company
Director of Investor Relations
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