(All amounts in US dollars unless otherwise indicated)
Vancouver, August 10, 2017 – Leagold Mining Corporation (TSX: LMC) (“Leagold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce Q2 2017 gold production of 43,980 ounces and gold sales of 54,010 ounces at its Los Filos Mine from April 8, 2017 to June 30, 2017, resulting in an all-in sustaining cost margin of $13.8 million at an all-in sustaining cost of $989/oz.
Neil Woodyer, CEO stated “We are pleased with the progress that has been made at Los Filos since we acquired the mine in April. As mentioned earlier in July, Los Filos is in the midst of a six-month transition period expected to last through Q3, with numerous operational improvements and capital programs being implemented to improve our open pit and underground mining and heap leach processing. Despite being in a significant business transition phase, Los Filos generated positive all-in sustaining margin and free cash flow during Q2. We have started two capital investment projects – refurbishing and installing an agglomeration drum at an estimated cost of $1.3 million and extending the conveyors to deliver crushed ore more efficiently to Pad 2 at an estimated cost of $5 million. These capital projects are expected to improve production and cost performance starting in 2018.”
Operations Update - Los Filos Mine, Mexico
Los Filos mine produced 43,980 ounces of gold following Leagold’s acquisition of the mine on April 7, 2017. Gold sales were 54,010 ounces with associated revenues of $67.2 million at an AISC of $989/oz sold for the period from April 8, 2017 to June 30, 2017 (inclusive).
Table 1: Q2 2017 Los Filos Operating Summary
Gold production was affected by mine planning and heap leach management issues which will continue into Q3, but are expected to improve by Q4 2017. Some duplication of administrative costs was incurred during the transition period; however, most administrative services have now been transferred to the mine. Leagold is focused on reducing costs, improving accountability and generating free cash flow and is currently implementing several sustainable operational changes under a substantially new mine management team at site. These include:
Table 2: Q2 2017 Los Filos All-in Sustaining Margin
1Sustaining capital, AISC, all-in sustaining margin and cash costs are non-IFRS financial performance measures with no standard meaning under IFRS.
2 Cash costs and AISC/oz sold excludes the impact of $2.1 million in non-recurring transition costs and the impact of $2.0 million in certain inventory adjustments through Purchase Price Allocation valuation relating to the acquisition of Los Filos in Q2 2017.
Table 3 illustrates Leagold’s free cash flow generation and cash balance increase from $24.7 million to $65.4 million over the 6 months ended June 30, 2017. The 6-month period captures the cash movements associated with the Los Filos acquisition, the debt and equity financings, and Los Filos’ operating cash flows for the 84-day period from April 8, 2017 to June 30, 2017.
Table 3: Six-month Los Filos Free Cash Flow and Cash Reconciliation
1 AISC is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard meaning under IFRS.
2 Includes $2.1 million in non-recurring transition costs and $2.0 million in certain inventory adjustments through Purchase Price Allocation valuation relating to the acquisition of Los Filos in Q2 2017.
Bermejal Underground Expansion Project Update
Significant progress has been made for the Bermejal Underground Expansion Project during Q2 2017. At the end of Q2, approximately 12,900 metres of a 56,000 metre drilling program has been completed, with 10 drill rigs currently on site. Further, 18 of the 20 holes drilled to date have intercepted high-grade mineralization demonstrating the consistency, continuity, and potential expansion of the deposit. The drilling program is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, with the results being incorporated into an updated mineral resource estimate.
The environmental permit for the mine portal and exploration ramp was completed in July 2017. The ramp providing access to the eastern and central portions of the deposit will enable additional exploration, allow collection of material for confirmatory metallurgical testwork for heap leaching, demonstrate the minability of Bermejal Underground, and advance the project towards declaration of reserves.
With the permitting complete, an underground tunneling contractor for portal and ramp development is expected to be selected in August 2017.
H2 2017 Outlook
When Leagold acquired the Los Filos mine in April 2017, it was anticipated that it would take approximately six months – Q2 and Q3 – to transition the mine and implement the planned improvements. Both the open pit and underground mining activities have shown significant improvements, but Q2 gold production was affected by mine planning and heap leach pad management issues. These issues are expected to continue into Q3. Leagold expects that production and cost improvements will be reflected in the results of Q4 and onwards.
For the second half of 2017, Leagold is providing Los Filos mine production guidance of 95,000 to 110,000 ounces at an AISC/oz of $875 to $925.
At a gold price of $1,200 per ounce and using the mid-point of H2 2017 production and AISC/oz guidance ranges, Los Filos is projecting an AISC margin of approximately $31 million in H2 2017. Including the AISC margin of $13.8 million generated from April 8 to June 30, 2017, the AISC margin for the 267-day operating period of April 8 to December 31, 2017 is estimated to be $44 million.
Leagold is optimizing the Los Filos operations with a focus on changes that result in significant and sustainable cost-savings. Two of the many initiatives underway include investing $1.3 million to reinstall the agglomeration drum to improve gold recovery rates and $5 million to extend the overland conveyors to deliver crushed ore more efficiently for stacking onto Heap Leach Pad 2.
Table 4: Q2 Production and H2 2017 Outlook
1 AISC/oz is a mine-level estimate and excludes impact of corporate costs
Adjusted net earnings attributable to Leagold’s shareholders have been adjusted for items that are not reflective of the underlying operating performance of the Company, including the impact of foreign exchange gains and losses, deferred income tax recovery/expense, change in fair value of warrant derivatives, and other non-recurring items, such as transaction costs, share-based payments and one-time fair value adjustments related to Purchase Price Allocation valuation.
Leagold’s Q2 2017 adjusted earnings was $6.4 million, or $0.06 per share.
Table 5: Q2 2017 Adjusted Earnings
1 Includes $2.1 million in non-recurring transition costs and $2.0 million in certain inventory adjustments through Purchase Price Allocation valuation relating to the acquisition of Los Filos in Q2 2017.
Financial statements and related MD&A will be available on SEDAR and in the Investor Relations section of Leagold’s website www.leagold.com. In order to access the Corporation's MD&A and financial statements directly, please click the following URL:
Conference Call Details
Management will host a conference call to discuss the Q2 2017 results on Friday, August 11, 2017 as detailed below.
Analysts and interested investors are invited to participate using the dial in numbers below.
North America toll-free: 1-888-419-5570
UK toll-free: 080-8234-7616
Passcode: 646 399 35
The conference call can also be accessed through the following link:
The conference call will be held and webcast on Friday, August 11, 2017 at: .
8:00 am in Vancouver
11:00 am in Toronto and New York
4:00 pm in London, UK
The call will be archived for later playback on Leagold’s website until August 11, 2018.
Doug Reddy, P.Geo, Leagold’s Senior Vice President – Technical Services, is a Qualified Person under NI 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release on behalf of Leagold.
Leagold is building a new mid-tier gold producer with a focus on opportunities in Latin America. Leagold is based in Vancouver, Canada and is listed on the TSX under the trading symbol “LMC”. The recent acquisition of the Los Filos Mine, a low-cost gold producer in Mexico, provides an excellent platform for growth.
On behalf of Leagold Mining Corporation
Neil Woodyer, Chief Executive Officer
For more information on Leagold please visit the Company website at www.leagold.com or contact:
Doug Reddy, SVP Technical Services
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