Pan American Silver reports cash flow from operations of $62.8 million in Q2 2020 and updates 2020 guidance

Pan American Silver reports cash flow from operations of $62.8 million in Q2 2020 and updates 2020 guidance

by ahnationtalk on August 6, 202069 Views

VANCOUVER, BC, Aug. 5, 2020  – Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ: PAAS) (TSX: PAAS) (“Pan American” or the “Company”) today reported unaudited results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 (“Q2 2020”). Pan American’s unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements and notes (“financial statements”), as well as Pan American’s management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, are available on Pan American’s website at panamericansilver.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

“The global COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on Q2 results, with all our Latin American operations placed in care and maintenance mode for periods of time during the quarter. Except for our two polymetallic underground mines in Peru, all operations are now back in production under comprehensive health and safety protocols,” said Michael Steinmann, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our ability to successfully navigate the extraordinary challenges over the first half of this year demonstrates the resilience of our business and the capability and efforts of our team. With the updated guidance for 2020 that we provided today and rising precious metal prices, we are looking forward to strong cash flow generation over the remainder of 2020.”

Added Mr. Steinmann: “Despite the challenges, we further improved our financial position during Q2. We had the opportunity to crystallize value through the divestiture of some non-core assets, including portions of certain equity investment interests held within our diversified portfolio. As of June 30, 2020, our cash and short term investment balances increased to approximately $262 million, while the amount drawn on our Credit Facility was reduced to $200 million. In August, we repaid an additional $40 million on our Credit Facility.”

Q2 2020 Highlights:

  • Revenue was $249.5 million. Strong precious metal prices, with gold and silver averaging $1,708 per ounce and $16.58 per ounce, respectively, helped offset the impact of the COVID-19 related suspensions at our Latin American operations.
  • Consolidated silver production of 2.8 million ounces and gold production of 96.6 thousand ounces primarily reflect the COVID-19 related suspensions.
  • Net cash generated from operations was $62.8 million, which included $46.5 million of COVID-19 related mine care and maintenance costs. Working capital changes resulted in a $31.3 million source of cash, mainly driven by the draw-down in inventories from continued leaching at the Company’s three heap leach operations during the COVID-19 related suspensions.
  • Net income of $19.4 million ($0.10 basic income per share) reflects mine operating earnings of $48.4 million, with the impact of COVID-19 related suspensions reducing both revenue and cost of sales. Net income includes $47.5 million of investment income, primarily relating to gains on the sale and fair value measurements of certain equity investments owned by Pan American, offset by $52.2 million of mine care and maintenance costs, the vast majority incurred from the COVID-19 related suspensions.
  • Adjusted earnings of $58.4 million ($0.28 basic adjusted earnings per share) excludes $46.5 million of COVID-19 related mine care and maintenance costs.
  • Silver Segment Cash Costs and All-in Sustaining Costs (“AISC”) were $6.23 and $12.54 per silver ounce sold, respectively. Due to the continuation of leaching activities, Dolores made up a significant portion of production in the quarter and materially benefited Silver segment Cash Costs. Silver Segment AISC reflects investment in critical projects and cost-increasing net realizable value (“NRV”) inventory adjustments at Dolores, offset by cost-reducing NRV adjustments at Manantial Espejo.
  • Gold Segment Cash Costs and AISC were $905 and $1,015 per gold ounce sold, respectively. Gold Segment Cash Costs were negatively impacted by mine sequencing at the La Arena operation, resulting in less ore tonnes at lower grades, and mining lower grade extensions to reserves at Timmins.
  • Consolidated AISC, including gold by-product credits from the Gold Segment mines, were $(3.14) per silver ounce sold.
  • Based on drilling completed over the six month period ended June 30, 2020, Pan American updated its inferred mineral resource estimate for the La Colorada skarn deposit in Mexico to 100.4 million tonnes, containing an estimated 141.0 million ounces of silver with 4.3 million tonnes of zinc, 1.8 million tonnes of lead and 0.2 million tonnes of copper; see our news release dated August 4, 2020 for further details.
  • Through 200,000 metres of drilling from July 2019 to June 2020, we were able to add 22.1 million ounces of silver and 719 thousand ounces of gold to our proven and probable mineral reserves, replacing 76% of silver and 107% of the gold mined for the 12-month period ended June 30, 2020; see our news release dated August 5, 2020 for further details.
  • Pan American realized cash proceeds totaling $81.1 million from the divestment of investment interests and non-core assets, primarily related to: the sale of 10.35 million common shares of Maverix Metals Inc. and a subsequent exercise of 8.25 million common share purchase warrants, resulting in a current undiluted interest of approximately 19.9%; the sale of 10.0 million shares in New Pacific Metals Corp., resulting in a current undiluted interest of approximately 9.96%; and, the sale of the Juby and Knight exploration properties in Ontario, Canada.
  • Pan American repaid $140.0 million on its four-year, $500.0 million Credit Facility, reducing the amount drawn as at June 30, 2020, to $200.0 million. The $140.0 million repayment is comprised of $80.0 million that was drawn in April 2020 as a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19 and subsequently repaid, and a further repayment of $60.0 million. At June 30, 2020, the Company had cash and short-term investment balances of $261.6 million and working capital of $471.6 million. Total debt was $236.9 million (including $36.9 million of lease liabilities). In August, the Company made an additional repayment on the Credit Facility of $40.0 million.
  • The Board of Directors has approved a cash dividend of $0.05 per common share, or approximately $10.5 million in aggregate cash dividends, payable on or about August 27, 2020, to holders of record of Pan American’s common shares as of the close on August 17, 2020. Pan American’s dividends are designated as eligible dividends for the purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada). As is standard practice, the amounts and specific distribution dates of any future dividends will be evaluated and determined by the Board of Directors on an ongoing basis.
  • Pan American released its 2019 Sustainability Report in May 2020 and became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact in July 2020.

Cash Costs, AISC, adjusted earnings, basic adjusted earnings per share, sustaining capital, project capital, working capital, total debt and total available liquidity are not generally accepted accounting principle (“non-GAAP”) financial measures. Please refer to the “Alternative Performance (non-GAAP) Measures” section of this news release for further information on these measures.

COVID-19 Impact on Operations

During Q2 2020, Pan American placed its operations in Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia in care and maintenance for various durations, depending on the government restrictions imposed in those regions in response to COVID-19. Company-wide, Pan American restricted international travel and enabled work-from-home arrangements where practical. The Company’s Timmins operation in Canada continued to produce gold at modestly reduced capacity to comply with physical distancing restrictions. Limited production also continued at the Dolores, La Arena and Shahuindo open pit operations during their suspensions from circulation of process solutions on the heap leach pads. The Company incurred $46.5 million in care and maintenance costs in Q2 2020 for the COVID-19 related suspensions.

By the end of Q2 2020, all of Pan American’s suspended operations had resumed production; however, its Huaron and Morococha operations in Peru were returned to care and maintenance on July 20, 2020 after several workers at the mines tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. A reduced workforce will conduct care and maintenance activities at those mines until it is determined that normal operations can safely resume.

Pan American coordinated closely with government authorities, local communities and its workforce on the safe restart of operations and the implementation of comprehensive COVID-19 protocols to protect health and safety. These protocols include strict sanitary measures, return-to-work health screenings, and where applicable, testing for the COVID-19 virus, contact tracing and quarantining. For more information on these protocols, see panamericansilver.com. Pan American has been remobilizing the workforce gradually in order to provide greater physical distancing and to allow time to adopt as well as progressively assess and refine the pandemic related operating protocols. Overall, operations are producing modesty below design capacity to accommodate physical distancing restrictions.

Pan American sustained site care, maintenance and monitoring activities and continued the ventilation upgrade projects at La Colorada during the operating suspensions in Q2 2020. Development work on the underground mine at COSE was suspended on March 23, 2020 and resumed on May 4, 2020, and the Company expects to commence processing ore mined from COSE in the third quarter of 2020. The Company achieved 90% completion of the Timmins expansion project in Q2 2020; however, production capacity is expected to continue to be reduced by COVID-19 related restrictions.

We remain concerned about the humanitarian crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused throughout much of Latin America. We are adapting our community outreach programs to best support the communities near our mines during this very difficult time. Our support is currently focused on donating food and sanitation supplies, conducting hygiene and sanitation campaigns, and working with local authorities to assist in delivering education and donations of healthcare equipment and supplies.

We also recognize the additional stress and challenges the COVID-19 pandemic present to our employees. We are introducing programs to support employee mental health and stress management at our operations. In addition, we are communicating with our employees, including those who have been demobilized or working from remote locations, to check on their physical and emotional health.

Read More: https://www.panamericansilver.com/news/news-releases/detail/145/2020-08-05-pan-american-silver-reports-cash-flow-from-operations-of-62-8-million-in-q2-2020-and-updates-2020-guidance

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