Vancouver, B.C. – Starcore International Mines Ltd.(TSX: SAM) (the “Company”) has filed the results for the second quarter ended October 31, 2017 for the Company and its mining operations in Queretaro, Mexico and toll processing operations in Matehuala, Mexico. All financial information is prepared in accordance with IFRS and all dollar amounts are expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.
“We have reported the lowest production and earnings over the last two quarters in the ten years that we have operated San Martin mine.” reported Robert Eadie, President of the Company. ”The San Martin mine has gone through a transition period where we experienced a lack of developed ore and capex investment during the change in management and introduction of the CIL plant. Our priorities going forward remain focused on exploration in areas that are open at depth, developing a mine plan that addresses our previous undeveloped ore stopes, and continuing with our strategy to carry out cost efficient mining.”
Financial Highlights for the three-month period ended October 31, 2017 (unaudited):
- Cash and short-term investments on hand is $5.1 million at October 31, 2017;
- Gold and silver sales of $6.4 million;
- Loss of $1.945 million, or $(0.04) per share;
- EBITDA(1) for the 6 month period ended October 31, 2017 in a loss of $1,146;
The following table contains selected highlights from the Company’s unaudited consolidated statement of operations for the three and six months ended October 31, 2017 and 2016:
operations for the three and six months ended October 31, 2017 and 2016:
|(in thousands of Canadian dollars)|
|Three Months ended|
|Six Months ended|
|Cost of Sales||(7,761)||(5,792)||(16,235)|
|Earnings (Loss) from mining operations||(1,354)||1,269||(1,733)|
|Income tax recovery||720||148||1,405|
|Net income (Loss)||$||(1,945)||187||$||(2,159)||673|
|(i) Income (Loss) per share - basic||(0.04)||0.00||$||(0.04)||0.01|
|(ii) Income (Loss) per share - diluted||(0.04)||0.00||$||(0.04)|
|Reconciliation of Net income to EBITDA(1)|
|For the six months ended October 31,||2017||2016|
|Net income (Loss)||$||(2,159)||$||673|
|Income tax recovery||(1,405)||(343)|
|Depreciation and depletion||2,418||2,795|
(1) EBITDA (“Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization”) is a non-GAAP financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS. It is therefore possible that this measure could not be comparable with a similar measure of another Corporation. The Corporation uses this non-GAAP measure which can also be helpful to investors as it provides a result which can be compared with the Corporation’s market share price.
(2) EBITDA MARGIN is a measurement of a company’s operating profitability calculated as EBITDA divided by total revenue. EBITDA MARGIN is a non-GAAP financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS. It is therefore possible that this measure could not be comparable with a similar measure of another Corporation. The Corporation uses this non-GAAP measure which can also be helpful to investors as it provides a result which can be compared with the Corporation’s market share price.
Production Highlights for the three month period ended October 31, 2017:
- Equivalent gold production of 2,739 ounces;
- Mine operating cash cost of US$1,457/EqOz;
- All-in sustaining costs of US$1,558/EqOz;
|Actual Results for|
|Unit of measure||3 months ended|
|6 months ended|
|12 months ended|
|Mine Production of Gold in Dore||thousand ounces||2.5||6.2||14.2|
|Mine Production of Silver in Dore||thousand ounces||14.8||30.0||66.1|
|Gold equivalent ounces||thousand ounces||2.7||6.6||15.2|
|Silver to Gold equivalency ratio||75.6||75.3||70.2|
|Mine Gold grade||grams/tonne||1.56||1.78||1.97|
|Mine Silver grade||grams/tonne||13.6||13.1||16.1|
|Mine Gold recovery||percent||80.9%||83.3%||81.5%|
|Mine Silver recovery||percent||54.0%||52.7%||46.5%|
|Milled||thousands of tonnes||62.4||132.1||275.1|
|Mine operating cash cost per tonne milled||US dollars||64||61||53|
|Mine operating cash cost per equivalent ounce||US dollars||1,457||1,220||969|
Starcore is engaged in exploring, extracting and processing gold and silver through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Compañia Minera Peña de Bernal, S.A. de C.V., which owns the San Martin mine in Queretaro, Mexico, and Altiplano Gold Silver, S.A. de C.V., which operates the newly commissioned Altiplano Concentrate Processing Plant located in Matehuala, Mexico. The Company is a public reporting issuer on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The Company is also engaged in owning, acquiring, exploiting, exploring and evaluating mineral properties, and either joint venturing or developing these properties further. The Company has interests in properties which are exclusively located in North America.
ON BEHALF OF STARCORE INTERNATIONAL
Signed “Gary Arca”
Gary Arca, Chief Financial Officer and Director
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This news release contains forward-looking statements. These statements may reflect management’s current estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations; they are not guarantees of future performance. The Company cautions that all forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and that actual performance may be affected by a number of material factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Accordingly, actual and future events, conditions and results may differ materially from the estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking information. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information.
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