Vancouver, Canada – May 5, 2016 - Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK; TSX: EDR - http://www.commodity-tv.net/c/search_adv/?v=296119) released today its financial results for the period ended March 31, 2016. Endeavour owns and operates three underground silver-gold mines in Mexico: the Guanaceví mine in Durango state, and the Bolañitos and El Cubo mines in Guanajuato state.
The Company’s financial performance in the First Quarter, 2016 improved compared to the First Quarter, 2015. Revenue was down due to lower silver production and lower silver prices but earnings were up as a result of lower operating costs.
Highlights of First Quarter 2016 (Compared to First Quarter 2015)
· Net earnings increased 35% to $1.8 million ($0.02 per share) compared to $1.4 million ($0.01 per share)
· EBITDA(1) decreased 47% to $8.6 million
· Cash flow from operations before working capital changes decreased 46% to $7.5 million
· Mine operating cash flow before taxes(1) decreased 41% to $11.5 million
· Revenue decreased 19% to $41.5 million
· Realized silver price fell 11% to $15.18 per ounce (oz) sold (2% above average spot price)
· Realized gold price was flat at $1,219 per oz sold (3% above average spot price)
· Cash costs(1) rose 6% to $7.63 per oz silver payable (net of gold credits)
· All-in sustaining costs(1) fell 17% to $11.12 per oz silver payable (net of gold credits)
· Working capital rose 70% to $29.3 million compared to $17.3 million at year end
· Cash and cash equivalents of $20.4 million
· Raised equity financing of $1.1 million in Q4, 2015, $9.1 million in Q1, 2016 and $6.3 million in Q2, 2016 for gross proceeds of $16.5 million ($16.0 million net proceeds) through an At-the-Market facility to augment working capital and fund growth projects including Terronera exploration and engineering
· Silver production decreased 17% to 1,510,065 oz
· Gold production increased 1% to 15,960 oz
· Silver equivalent production was 2.7 million oz (at a 75:1 silver: gold ratio)
· Silver oz sold down 19% to 1,511,319 oz
· Gold oz sold down 3% to 15,255 oz
· Bullion inventory at quarter-end included 88,609 oz silver and 188 oz gold
· Concentrate inventory at quarter-end included 67,690 oz silver and 1,316 oz gold
(1) EBITDA, mine operating cash flow, cash costs and all-in sustaining costs are non-IFRS measures. Please refer to the definitions in the Company’s Management Discussion & Analysis.
Endeavour CEO Bradford Cooke commented, “In the First Quarter of 2016 we delivered on our plan to minimize all-in sustaining costs and improve after-tax free cash flow. We also raised $9.1 million of equity financing during the quarter to improve our working capital and fund some of our growth projects, primarily exploration and engineering at Terronera. Aggressive step-out drilling is now under way at Terronera to further test the Terronera vein and other prospective veins. The next phase of engineering work will also get under way in the second quarter as part of the Terronera pre-feasibility study.”
For the first quarter ended March 31, 2016, the Company generated revenue totaling $41.5 million (2015 - $51.1 million). During the quarter, the Company sold 1,511,319 silver ounces and 15,255 gold ounces at realized prices of $15.18 and $1,219 per ounce respectively, compared to sales of 1,861,975 silver ounces and 15,799 gold ounces at realized prices of $17.11 and $1,221 per ounce respectively in Q1 2015.
After cost of sales of $35.2 million (2015 - $42.0 million), mine operating earnings amounted to $6.3 million (2015 - $9.1 million) from mining and milling operations in Mexico. The 16% decrease in cost of sales was primarily due to cost reduction measures, the weakening of the Mexican peso against the U.S. dollar and reduced depletion due to accounting impairments recorded in 2015 that reduced the carrying value of the El Cubo operation. Excluding depreciation and depletion of $5.2 million (2015 - $10.5 million) and stock-based compensation of $0.1 million (2015- $0.1 million), mine operating cash flow before taxes was $11.5 million (2015 – $19.6 million) in the first quarter of 2016. Net earnings were $1.8 million (2015 –$1.4 million).
Compared to Q1, 2015, the Mexican peso depreciated 21% against the U.S. dollar, helping offset the weakness in precious metal prices. The falling peso and continued focus on cost reductions lowered the consolidated operating cost 10% to $74.26 per tonne in Q1, 2016. Lower silver grades resulted in rising cash costs per ounce net of by-product credits, a non-IFRS measure and a standard of the Silver Institute, which increased 6% to $7.63 per ounce of payable silver compared to $7.17 per oz in Q1, 2015. The suspension of exploration and development expenditures at the Bolañitos and El Cubo operations helped decrease the in all-in-sustaining costs (also a non-IFRS measure) by 17% to $11.12 per oz compared to $13.32 per oz in Q1, 2015.
The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis can be viewed on the Company’s website at www.edrsilver.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR at www.sec.gov. All amounts are reported in US$.
A replay of the conference call will be available until May 19, 2016 by dialing 1-800-319-6413 in Canada and the US (toll-free) or 1-604-638-9010 outside of Canada and the US. The required pass-code is 00389#. The replay will also be available on the Company’s website at www.edrsilver.com.
About Endeavour – Endeavour Silver is a mid-tier precious metals mining company that owns three high grade, underground, silver-gold mines in Mexico. Since start-up in 2004, the company has grown its mining operations to produce 11.4 million ounces of silver and equivalents in 2015. We find, build and operate quality silver mines in a sustainable way to create real value for all stakeholders. Endeavour Silver's shares trade on the TSX (symbol EDR) and on the NYSE (symbol EXK).
Contact Information - For more information, please contact:
Meghan Brown, Director Investor Relations
Swiss Resource Capital AG
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This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States private securities litigation reform act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements and information herein include but are not limited to statements regarding Endeavour's anticipated performance in 2015 and the timing and results of exploration drill programs. The Company does not intend to, and does not assume any obligation to update such forward-looking statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.
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