Endeavour Silver Reports Third Quarter, 2018 Financial Results; Conference Call at 10am PT (1pm ET) Today
Vancouver, Canada – October 31, 2018 - Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK; TSX: EDR - https://www.commodity-tv.net/c/search_adv/?v=298293)) released today its financial results for the Third Quarter ended September 30, 2018. The Company operates three silver-gold mines in Mexico, the Guanaceví mine in Durango state, and the Bolañitos and El Cubo mines in Guanajuato state. Endeavour is currently commissioning its fourth mine, El Compas, in Zacatecas state and advancing the Terronera mine project in Jalisco state to a development decision.
The Company reports a net loss of $5.5 million in the Third Quarter, 2018 compared to $1.0 million earnings in the Third Quarter, 2017, primarily due to higher depreciation and depletion charges. Revenue decreased 6% to $37.6 million and mine operating cash flow before taxes(1) decreased 20% to $9.6 million due to lower realized metal prices and higher costs, offset by higher silver production.
Cash flow from operations before working capital changes increased 21% to $6.9 million and EBITDA fell 8% to $5.6 million compared to the same period last year. Cash costs rose 9% to $8.86 per oz silver payable (net of gold credits) and all-in sustaining costs fell 8% to $16.14 per oz silver payable (net of gold credits) as capital expenditures fell compared to Third Quarter, 2017. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, cash costs and all-in sustaining costs decreased 5% and 15% respectively to $7.68 and $15.87 per oz silver payable (net of gold credits) compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
Highlights of Third Quarter 2018 (Compared to Third Quarter 2017)
- Net loss of $5.5 million (loss of $0.04 per share) compared $1.0 million earnings in 2017
- EBITDA(1) decreased 8% to $5.6 million
- Cash flow from operations before working capital changes increased 21% to $6.9 million
- Mine operating cash flow before taxes(1) decreased 20% to $9.6 million
- Revenue decreased 6% to $37.6 million
- Realized silver price decreased 16% to $14.42 per ounce (oz) sold
- Realized gold price decreased 8% to $1,189 per oz sold
- Cash costs(1) rose 9% to $8.86 per oz silver payable (net of gold credits)
- All-in sustaining costs(1) fell 8% to $16.14 per oz silver payable (net of gold credits)
- Working capital 13% lower at $57.4 million compared to $66.2 million at year end
- Raised $5.6 million through ATM financing
- Silver production increased 13% to 1,428,828 oz
- Gold production decreased 5% to 12,968 oz
- Silver equivalent production was 2.4 million oz (at a 75:1 silver: gold ratio)
- Silver oz sold increased 20% to 1,532,097 oz
- Gold oz sold down 5% to 13,025 oz
- Bullion inventory at quarter-end included 58,855 oz silver and 130 oz gold
- Concentrate inventory at quarter-end included 43,920 oz silver and 603 oz gold
- Completed updated Terronera Pre-Feasibility Study, modelling significantly improved project economics and lowest decile operating costs in the silver mining sector
- Demonstrated increased mineral reserves and resources across all categories at Terronera
- Reported positive results from an in-fill drill program at Terronera
- Reported positive results from an exploration drill program at El Compas
- Initiated Company-wide cost cutting initiatives to reduce capital expenditures and operating costs during current period of low metal prices
- Recommenced commissioning of the El Compas Mine after a temporary shutdown to improve the tailings management facility
- 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.
Bradford Cooke, Endeavour CEO, commented, “Our financial performance in Q3, 2018 was impacted by lower metal prices and higher depreciation and depletion charges, primarily at Guanacevi where production lagged behind plan. However, El Cubo production continued its strong performance during the quarter and Bolanitos gold grades are now improving after a slight drop in Q3, 2018.
“We completed a large part of our 2018 exploration and development spending during the third quarter and in late August launched a company-wide initiative to reduce exploration, capital, operating and G&A costs. Looking ahead to Q4, 2018, management anticipates improved operating and financial performance due to higher throughput and grades at Guanaceví, stronger gold grades at Bolanitos and initial commercial production from El Compas. We should also begin to realize the full benefit of the short-term cost reduction program in Q4, 2018.”
Revenue in the Third Quarter, 2018 totaled $37.6 million (2017 - $39.8 million) on sales of 1,532,097 silver ounces and 13,025 gold ounces at realized prices of $14.42 and $1,189 per ounce respectively, compared to sales of 1,275,922 silver ounces and 13,759 gold ounces at realized prices of $17.20 and $1,299 per ounce respectively in Q3, 2017.
After cost of sales of $42.4 million (2017 - $32.5 million), mine operating earnings amounted to a loss of $4.8 million (2017 – earnings of $7.3 million) from mining and milling operations in Mexico. The 30% increase in cost of sales was primarily due to increased depreciation and depletion. Excluding depreciation and depletion of $13.1 million (2017 - $4.4 million), and an inventory write down of $1.3 million (2017 - $0.2 million), mine operating cash flow before taxes was $9.6 million (2017 – $11.9 million) in Q3, 2018.
Net loss amounts to $5.5 million (2017 – earnings of $1.0 million) after exploration, general and administrative expenses, foreign exchange and tax recovery.
Direct production costs per tonne in Q3, 2018 increased 2% compared with 2017. The higher production costs per tonne were driven mainly by lower Guanaceví mine output due to mine development falling behind schedule in 2017, the costs related to implement a productivity optimization program and higher labour and contractor costs.
Higher direct costs at Guanaceví and lower gold grades processed at Bolanitos resulted in higher consolidated cash costs, net of gold by-product credits (a non-IFRS measure), rising to $8.86 per ounce. Lower costs per ounce at El Cubo due to higher grades partially offset the higher cost per ounce at Guanacevi and Bolanitos. All-in sustaining costs (also a non-IFRS measure) compared to 2017 decreased to $16.14 per oz in Q3, 2018. This decrease in all‑in sustaining costs is attributable to the lower operating costs and the lower capital expenditures in 2018 compared to 2017, partially offset by higher general and administration charges at the corporate level.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, direct production costs were $84.00 per tonne compared to the guided range of $80-$85 per tonne. The lower than planned throughput at Guanacevi was partially offset by the cost performance of the El Cubo operation.
Consolidated cash costs, net of gold by-product credits, were guided to be $6.00-$7.00 per oz of silver in 2018 and consolidated cash costs expressed on a co-product basis were guided to be $10.00-$11.00 per oz silver and $750-$800 per oz gold. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, cash costs, net of gold by-product credits, were $7.68 per oz and cash costs expressed on a co-product basis were $11.00 per oz silver and $877 per gold oz. The lower than planned production resulted in higher than guided costs per ounce. In Q4, 2018, cash costs are expected to be lower than the cash costs for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.
All-in sustaining costs (AISC), net of gold by-product credits, in accordance with the World Gold Council standard, were guided to be $15.00-$16.00 per oz of silver produced in 2018 reflecting new investments in sustaining exploration and development programs. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018 AISC, net of gold by-product credits, is $15.87 as the Company spent less on sustaining capital expenditures than guided. The lower capital expenditures were offset by higher operating costs on a per ounce basis. In Q4, 2018, AISC are expected to be lower than the AISC for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.
Management assumed a $17 per oz silver price, $1,275 per oz gold price, and 19:1 Mexican peso per US dollar exchange rate for its 2018 cost guidance.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, silver production totalled 4,135,563 oz and gold production totalled 39,850 oz, resulting in silver equivalent production of 7.1 million oz. Based on the Company’s performance, year to date, management estimates a 5% shortfall to the 2018 consolidated production guidance, due to the delayed commercial production at El Compas, lower gold grades at Bolañitos and lower mine output at Guanaceví. This anticipated production shortfall and lower gold credit will likely also impact the Company’s ability to meet its 2018 cost guidance.
The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis can be viewed on the Company’s website at www.edrsilver.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR at www.sec.gov. All amounts are reported in US$.
A conference call to discuss the results will be held today, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 10:00am PT (1:00pm ET). To participate in the conference call, please dial the numbers below. No pass-code is necessary.
Toll-free in Canada and the US: 1-800-319-4610
Local Vancouver: 604-638-5340
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A replay of the conference call will be available by dialing 1-800-319-6413 in Canada and the US (toll-free) or +604-638-9010 outside of Canada and the US. The required pass-code is 2625#. The audio replay and a written transcript will be available on the Company's website at www.edrsilver.com under the Investor Relations, Events section.
About Endeavour Silver – Endeavour Silver Corp. is a mid-tier precious metals mining company that owns three high-grade, underground, silver-gold mines in Mexico. Endeavour is currently commissioning its fourth mine at El Compas, advancing a possible fifth mine at the Terronera mine project and exploring its portfolio of exploration and development projects in Mexico and Chile to facilitate its goal to become a premier senior silver producer. Our philosophy of corporate social integrity creates value for all stakeholders.
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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 2018 including changes in mining and operations and the timing and results of various activities. 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.
Forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Endeavour and its operations to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include, among others, changes in national and local governments, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada and Mexico; financial risks due to precious metals prices, operating or technical difficulties in mineral exploration, development and mining activities; risks and hazards of mineral exploration, development and mining; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, risks in obtaining necessary licenses and permits, and challenges to the Company’s title to properties; as well as those factors described in the section “risk factors” contained in the Company’s most recent form 40F/Annual Information Form filed with the S.E.C. and Canadian securities regulatory authorities.
Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to: the continued operation of the Company’s mining operations, no material adverse change in the market price of commodities, mining operations will operate and the mining products will be completed in accordance with management’s expectations and achieve their stated production outcomes, and such other assumptions and factors as set out herein. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements or information, there may be other factors that cause results to be materially different from those anticipated, described, estimated, assessed or intended. There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements or information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements or information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.