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Golden Star Reports Net Income of $3.9 Million and Other First Quarter 2010 Results

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Golden Star Reports Net Income of $3.9 Million and Other First Quarter 2010 Results19:42 EDT Wednesday, May 05, 2010DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) - Golden Star Resources Ltd. (TSX:GSC)(NYSE Amex:GSS)(GSE:GSR) today announced its unaudited first quarter 2010 results with net income of $3.9 million. All currency in this news release is expressed in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted. The Company will host a live webcast and conference call to discuss its quarterly results on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. ET. To access the webcast and conference call, go to the home page of the Company's website, Mair, President and CEO, said, "We achieved yet another good quarter at Golden Star. We had net income of $3.9 million, we remain free cash flow positive and we had operating cash flow of $0.13 per share before working capital changes.""Gold production of approximately 93,000 ounces puts us solidly on track to meet our production guidance of 400,000 ounces for 2010. Our active exploration program continued with six drill rigs in operation around our mines in Ghana and we drilled over 28,000 meters in the first quarter."FIRST QUARTER 2010 HIGHLIGHTS -- Net income of $3.9 million or $0.015 per share compared to a net loss of $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2009; -- Gold revenues for the quarter of $103.3 million representing an increase of 18% over first quarter of 2009; -- Quarterly gold sales of 92,938 ounces for the first quarter of 2010, a 4% decrease from the first quarter of 2009; -- Operating cash flow of $25.5 million for the first quarter of 2010, or $0.099 per share; -- Operating cash flow before working capital charges of $33.2 million for the first quarter of 2010, or $0.129 per share; -- Quarter-end cash balance of $164.9 million; and -- Realized gold price for the first quarter averaged $1,111 per ounce compared to $904 in the first quarter of 2009, an increase of 23%. FINANCIAL SUMMARY For the three months SUMMARY OF CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS ended March 31, -------------------------- 2010 2009 ------------ ------------- Bogoso/Prestea gold sold (oz) 45,909 40,546 Wassa gold sold (oz) 47,029 56,425 Total gold sold (oz) 92,938 96,971 Average realized price ($/oz) 1,111 904 Cash operating cost--combined ($/oz) 612 571 Gold revenues ($000's) 103,264 87,645 Cash flow provided by operations ($000's) 25,461 11,093 Net gain/(loss) ($000's) 3,915 (1,146) Net gain/(loss) per share - basic ($) 0.015 (0.005) BOGOSO/PRESTEABogoso sold 45,909 ounces of gold in the first quarter of 2010, a 13% increase over first quarter of 2009 gold sales. All gold sales were the product of the sulfide plant for both the first quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2009. Gold recovery rates at the sulfide plant increased to 72.1% over the quarter, up from 71.5% during the first quarter of 2009. The increased gold sales were reflective of higher through-put rates at the sulfide plant that averaged 7,566 tpd (tonnes per day) in the first quarter of this year compared to 6,966 tpd in the first quarter of 2009. In addition, the gold grade processed in the first quarter of 2010 was 2.98 g/t (grams per tonne) compared to 2.68 g/t for the same period of 2009. Additionally, cash operating costs were reduced 14% to $700 per ounce compared with $813 per ounce in the first quarter of 2009. BOGOSO/PRESTEA OPERATING RESULTS For the three months ended March 31, ------------------------------- 2010 2009 --------------- --------------- Mining Ore mined (000s t)-Refractory 797 654 Ore mined (000s t)-Non refractory - - --------------- --------------- Total ore mined (t) 797 654 Waste mined (t) 3,965 3,352 Bogoso Sulfide Plant Results Refractory ore processed (t) 681 627 Refractory grade-(g/t) 2.98 2.68 Recovery-Refractory (%) 72.1 71.5 Cash operating cost ($/oz) 700 813 Gold sold (oz) 45,909 40,546 WASSAWassa sold 47,029 ounces of gold during the first quarter of 2010 compared to 56,425 ounces in the first quarter of last year, a result of scheduled maintenance projects during the quarter. We performed scheduled maintenance at a ball mill at Wassa and this contributed to a 16% decrease in ore processed. This effect was partially offset by a higher processed grade of 2.41 g/t compared to 2.28 g/t in the first quarter of 2009. WASSA/HBB OPERATING RESULTS For the three months ended March 31, 2010 2009 --------------- --------------- Ore mined (t) 576 660 Waste mined (t) 5,201 3,566 Ore processed (t) 631 747 Grade processed (g/t) 2.41 2.28 Recovery (%) 95.1 95.6 Cash operating cost ($/oz) 526 397 Gold sold (oz) 47,029 56,425 EXPLORATIONThe exploration budget for 2010 has been increased to $18 million compared to $9 million that was spent in 2009. Approximately $14 million of this is planned to be spent in proximity to our operations with the intent to expand our mineral reserve and resource base. During the first quarter of the year, exploration activities were concentrated notably at the Buesichem and Benso pit areas. Furthermore, an airborne geophysical survey was conducted over the HBB concession areas. When the results of this data are received, it will be analyzed to prioritize future exploration targets. During the quarter, an infill soil geochemical program was completed at Amelekia in Cote d'Ivoire. This program provided evidence that the gold mineralization zones that originally were believed to be distinct, are now thought to be continuous and merit further exploration. Drilling is planned for the second half of this year at Amelekia. Also, several gold anomalies were identified at the Agboville concessions as a result of geochemical sampling. At the Sonfon project in Sierra Leone, an IP (Induced Polarity) geophysical survey was conducted during the quarter over and around previously drilled targets. Results from this survey will be used to determine future drill targets for later in the year. In Burkina Faso, initial reconnaissance exploration activities at two new concession areas during the first quarter of 2010 determined that further exploration is warranted. Soil geochemistry and laterite sampling programs are planned for later this year. Property evaluation and acquisition in Brazil continued during the quarter. Pending receipt of results from the initial exploration, more exploration will be scheduled. CASH, CASH FLOW AND LIQUIDITYOur cash and cash equivalents totaled $164.9 million at the end of March 2010. Cash flow from operations totaled $25.5 million for the first quarter of 2010 compared to $11.1 million during the first quarter of 2009. Our mining operations generated $33.2 million in cash before adjustments to working capital in the quarter. All capital requirements for 2010 are expected to be funded from operating cash flows. Capital projects for the year are anticipated to total $70 million. Bogoso area mine development projects are estimated at $21 million, mine site drilling is budgeted to $9 million with an additional $4 million for drilling at other areas proximal to the operating mines. The remainder, $36 million, is scheduled for plant and equipment upgrades. LOOKING AHEADOur objectives for the remainder of 2010 include the following: -- Finalization of the permit for the Prestea South ore bodies to provide oxide ore to the oxide plant at Bogoso; -- Continue exploration activities to increase and enhance reserves and resources at Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa/HBB; and -- Evaluate options and determine strategies for development of the Prestea Underground project. Our guidance for 2010 as follows: 2010 ------------------------------------------------------------- Guidance Gold Production (oz) Cash Operating Cost ($/oz) Bogoso/Prestea 200,000 $680 Wassa/HBB 200,000 $520 ------------------------- ----------------------------------- Total 400,000 $600 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS The following information is derived from the Company's consolidated financial statements contained in our Form 10-Q, which we filed with the SEC today and is available on our website. GOLDEN STAR RESOURCES LTD. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Stated in thousands of US dollars except shares issued and outstanding) As of As of March 31, March 31, ASSETS 2010 2009 CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 164,852 $ 154,088 Accounts receivable 8,628 7,021 Inventories 55,504 52,198 Deposits 4,043 4,774 Prepaids and other 3,461 1,415 --------- --------- Total Current Assets 236,488 219,496 RESTRICTED CASH 3,804 3,804 DEFERRED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT COSTS 12,025 12,949 PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT 237,373 231,855 INTANGIBLE ASSETS 8,953 9,480 MINING PROPERTIES 265,563 276,114 OTHER ASSETS 1,242 181 --------- --------- Total Assets $ 765,448 $ 753,879 --------- --------- --------- --------- LIABILITIES CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable $ 22,363 $ 28,234 Accrued liabilities 34,972 34,178 Asset retirement obligations 7,927 1,938 Current Tax Liability 589 616 Current debt 11,935 9,970 --------- --------- Total Current Liabilities 77,786 74,936 LONG TERM DEBT 121,836 114,595 ASSET RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS 23,091 30,031 FUTURE TAX LIABILITY 16,256 13,997 --------- --------- Total Liabilities 238,969 233,559 MINORITY INTEREST - - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY SHARE CAPITAL First preferred shares, without par value, unlimited shares authorized. No shares issued and outstanding. - - Common shares, without par value, unlimited shares authorized. Shares issued and outstanding: 257,587,061 at March 31, 2010, 257,362,561 at December 31, 2009 690,661 690,423 CONTRIBUTED SURPLUS 17,137 15,759 EQUITY COMPONENT OF CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES 34,542 34,542 ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME 957 24 DEFICIT (216,818) (220,428) --------- --------- Total Shareholders' Equity 526,479 520,320 --------- --------- Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 765,448 $ 753,879 --------- --------- --------- --------- GOLDEN STAR RESOURCES LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) (unaudited) For the three months ended March 31 ------------------------------- REVENUE 2010 2009 --------------- --------------- Gold revenues $ 103,264 $ 87,645 Cost of sales 87,136 84,517 --------------- --------------- Mine operating margin 16,128 3,128 OTHER EXPENSES, (GAINS) AND LOSSES Exploration expense 227 110 General and administrative expense 4,969 3,414 Abandonment and impairment - 290 Derivative mark-to-market gains (1,131) (312) Property holding costs 1,101 1,342 Foreign exchange (gain)/loss 367 (1,671) Interest expense 4,129 3,710 Interest and other income (197) (40) Loss on sale of assets 276 179 --------------- --------------- Income/(loss) before minority interest 6,387 (3,894) Minority interest - - --------------- --------------- Net income/(loss) before income tax 6,387 (3,894) Income tax (expense)/benefit (2,472) 2,748 --------------- --------------- Net income/(loss) $ 3,915 $ (1,146) --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS Unrealized gains/(losses) on investments 932 27 --------------- --------------- Comprehensive income/(loss) $ 4,847 $ (1,119) --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- Deficit, beginning of period (220,428) (236,947) --------------- --------------- Deficit, end of period (216,513) (238,093) --------------- --------------- Net income/(loss) per common share - basic $ 0.015 $ (0.005) Net income/(loss) per common share - diluted $ 0.015 $ (0.005) Weighted average shares outstanding (millions) 257.4 236.0 --------------- --------------- GOLDEN STAR RESOURCES LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited) For the three months ended March 31 ----------------------------- OPERATING ACTIVITIES: 2010 2009 ----------------------------- Net loss $ 3,915 $ (1,146) Reconciliation of net loss to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation, depletion and amortization 25,885 24,321 Amortization of loan acquisition cost 132 166 Abandonment and impairment - 290 Gain on sale of equity investments - - Loss on sale of assets 276 179 Non cash employee compensation 1,417 610 Future income tax expense/(benefit) 1,954 (2,748) Reclamation expenditures (1,551) (241) Fair value of derivatives (1,131) (3,800) Accretion of convertible debt 1,726 1,615 Accretion of asset retirement obligations 600 538 Minority interests - - -------------- -------------- 33,223 19,784 Changes in non-cash working capital: Accounts receivable (724) (5,248) Inventories (3,920) 1,510 Deposits 84 (951) Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (2,119) (3,031) Other (1,083) (971) -------------- -------------- Net cash provided by operating activities 25,461 11,093 INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Expenditures on deferred exploration and development (1,076) (402) Expenditures on mining properties (4,873) (10,040) Expenditures on property, plant and equipment (11,829) (868) Proceeds from the sale of assets - 1 Change in deposits on mine equipment and material (578) 474 Other 1,467 (1,416) -------------- -------------- Net cash used in investing activities (16,889) (12,251) FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Principal payments on debt (8,213) (4,409) Proceeds from debt agreements and equipment financing 10,000 35 Other 405 82 -------------- -------------- Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities 2,192 (4,292) -------------- -------------- Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 10,764 (5,450) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 154,088 33,558 -------------- -------------- Cash and cash equivalents end of period $ 164,852 $ 28,108 -------------- -------------- -------------- -------------- COMPANY PROFILEGolden Star holds a 90% equity interest in Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Limited and Golden Star (Wassa) Limited, which respectively own the Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa/HBB open-pit gold mines through subsidiaries in Ghana. In addition, Golden Star has an 81% interest in the currently inactive Prestea Underground mine in Ghana, as well as gold exploration interests elsewhere in Ghana, in other parts of West Africa and in the Guiana Shield of South America. Golden Star has approximately 257 million shares outstanding.Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information: Some statements contained in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other applicable securities laws. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Such statements include comments regarding the permitting and the mining at Prestea South and the impact on Bogoso gold sales; planned exploration and drilling activities and drilling, including exploration at the Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa/HBB properties, and in countries outside of Ghana; capital projects for 2010; the ability to fund capital requirements and the sources of such funds; our 2010 production and cash operating cost estimates, capital expenditure estimates, sources of and adequacy of cash to meet capital and other needs in 2010; and the ability to convert mineral resources into mineral reserves. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include timing of and unexpected events at the Bogoso/Prestea oxide and sulfide processing plant; variations in ore grade, tonnes mined, crushed or milled; variations in relative amounts of refractory, non-refractory and transition ores; delay or failure to receive board or government approvals and permits; the availability and cost of electrical power, timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms; technical, permitting, mining or processing issues, changes in regulatory requirements, changes in U.S. and Canadian securities markets, and fluctuations in gold price and costs and general economic conditions. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by management. Please refer to the discussion of these and other factors in our Form 10-K for 2008. The forecasts contained in this press release constitute management's current estimates, as of the date of this press release, with respect to the matters covered thereby. We expect that these estimates will change as new information is received and that actual results will vary from these estimates, possibly by material amounts. While we may elect to update these estimates at any time, we do not undertake to update any estimate at any particular time or in response to any particular event. Investors and others should not assume that any forecasts in this press release represent management's estimate as of any date other than the date of this press release.Non-GAAP Financial Measures: in this news release, we use the terms "cash operating cost per ounce." Cash operating cost per ounce is equal to total cash costs less production royalties and production taxes, divided by the number of ounces of gold sold during the period. We use cash operating cost per ounce as a key operating indicator. We monitor this measure monthly, comparing each month's values to prior period's values to detect trends that may indicate increases or decreases in operating efficiencies. This measure is also compared against budget to alert management to trends that may cause actual results to deviate from planned operational results. We provide this measure to our investors to allow them to also monitor operational efficiencies of our mines. We calculate this measure for both individual operating units and on a consolidated basis. Cash operating cost per ounce should be considered as Non-GAAP Financial Measures as defined in SEC Regulation S-K Item 10 and other applicable securities laws and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. There are material limitations associated with the use of such non-GAAP measures. Since this measure does not incorporate revenues, changes in working capital and non-operating cash costs, it is not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operations as determined under GAAP. Changes in numerous factors including, but not limited to, mining rates, milling rates, gold grade, gold recovery, and the costs of labor, consumables and mine site general and administrative activities can cause these measures to increase or decrease. We believe that these measures are the same or similar to the measures of other gold mining companies, but may not be comparable to similarly titled measures in every instance.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: GOLDEN STAR RESOURCES LTD. Bruce Higson-Smith Vice President Corporate Development +1-800-553-8436 or GOLDEN STAR RESOURCES LTD. Anne Hite Investor Relations Manager +1-800-553-8436