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Lundin Mining Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lundin Mining Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results17:57 EDT Friday, July 29, 2011TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 29, 2011) - Lundin Mining Corporation (TSX:LUN)(OMX:LUMI) ("Lundin Mining" or the "Company") today reported net income of $57.7 million ($0.10 per share) for the second quarter of 2011, an increase of $15.4 million from the $42.3 million ($0.07 per share)(1) for the second quarter of 2010. Paul Conibear, President and CEO commented, "While results for the quarter are below our expectations, as a result of lower than expected metal production and higher unit costs, the monthly mine plans going forward particularly at Neves-Corvo, provide for a significantly improved second half. Towards the end of the third quarter we should also expect our first cash returns from Tenke, contributing significantly to our operating cash flows. At Neves-Corvo, lower grades in the quarter resulted in less metal produced and consequently higher cash costs on a per pound basis. As well, our mid-year plant maintenance shut-down was brought forward to the end of June to coincide with other tie-in activities necessary for the start of commissioning of the new zinc circuit and this also affected Q2 production. The new zinc plant started up on time and on budget; however, given the strong copper prices as compared to zinc, we will utilize the new zinc circuit to process copper ore as soon as commissioning is complete in order to maximize copper production and revenues for the balance of the year. We were pleased with the fact that we mined and milled record tonnes during this quarter and this will assist us in production recovery for the balance of the year.At Zinkgruvan we treated a high volume of low-grade overflow material that had accumulated over the past year and while this detracted somewhat from planned production we did build up our ore stockpiles on surface to record levels which will allow us to maximize mill throughput through the summer holiday season. We also removed significant amounts of waste stored underground, providing additional in-mine flexibility for mining and ore handling activities going forward. As a result of the added haulage capacity from the recently completed daylight ramp, for the first time in many years, the mine is able to produce at a rate greater than the mill. We are now working on de-bottlenecking the front end of the plant to pursue great capacity from the entire operation."Summary financial results for the quarter are as follows: Three Months Ended June 301US $ millions (except per share amounts)20112010Sales184.0183.1Operating earnings(2)82.282.1Net income57.742.3Basic & diluted income per share0.100.07Cash flow from operations102.568.9(1) The prior year comparative figures have been restated in accordance with the transition to IFRS.(2) Operating earnings is a non-IFRS measure defined as sales, less operating costs and general and administration costs.HighlightsOperational and Financial HighlightsCopper production was below expectations as a result of low head grades at Neves-Corvo coupled with annual plant maintenance brought forward to the month of June 2011. Zinc production was in line with expectations; shortfall in production at Zinkgruvan due to treatment of accumulated material from the floatation overflow facility was compensated by higher production at Galmoy. Challenging ground conditions surrounding important high grade massive sulphide stopes continued to hamper production at Neves-Corvo and necessitated mining in lower grade stockwork zones. In addition, economic cutoff grades were lowered given continuing high metal prices and it is noted that the higher proportion of lower grade, out-of-reserve ore which accounted for 25% of tonnage milled, contributed approximately 15% of copper production for the quarter. Overall copper grade of ore processed during the quarter was 2.2%. Total production was as follows:Wholly-owned operations (tonnes)YTD2011Q2 2011Q1 2011FY 2010Q4 2010Q3 2010Q2 2010Q1 2010Copper32,97013,83119,13980,03524,90820,50921,77412,844Zinc55,60127,40428,19790,12923,48222,57124,45819,618Lead21,78010,36711,41339,5689,47010,90210,9538,243Nickel---6,2961,0621,3631,7152,156Tenke attributable (24.75%)Copper14,9067,3987,50829,7677,9087,7017,0387,120Cobalt1,3786876912,283723599409552Operating earnings(1) of $82.2 million is consistent with the $82.1 million reported in the second quarter of 2010. Favourable price and price adjustments ($59.9 million effect) were offset by lower volume ($25.8 million effect), higher per unit costs ($22.5 million effect) and foreign exchange ($14.2 million effect). Sales for the quarter were $184.0 million compared to $183.1 million for the second quarter of 2010. Higher metal prices ($59.9 million effect) and recommencement of mining operations at Galmoy ($8.5 million effect) more than offset lower sales volume from Neves-Corvo and Zinkgruvan ($46.8 million effect) and suspended mining operations at Aguablanca ($20.7 million effect). Average copper price was 30% higher than the same quarter in 2010; lead and zinc were also up 31% and 12%, respectively. Net income of $57.7 million ($0.10 per share) was $15.4 million ahead of the $42.3 million ($0.07 per share) reported for the second quarter of 2010. The increase is largely the result of increased equity earnings from Tenke of $23.7 million and lower taxes of $31.6 million from the reversal of a valuation allowance and from the one time Portuguese tax increase in the second quarter of 2010, partially offset by gains on derivative contracts and marketable securities reported in 2010. Cash flow from operations for the current quarter was $102.5 million, compared to $68.9 million for the corresponding period in 2010. The increase of $33.6 million relates mainly to: changes in working capital associated with higher collection of receivables in the current quarter and the payment of $9.1 million to settle derivative contracts in the second quarter of 2010. Cash flow from operations does not include cash flow related to Tenke.(1) Operating earnings is a Non-IFRS measure defined as sales, less operating costs and general and administration costs.Corporate Highlights On July 12, 2011, the Company acquired Belmore Resources Ltd. for cash consideration of approximately £6.2 million ($9.9 million). Belmore has a 100% interest in eleven licenses in County Clare, Ireland which are currently being explored in joint venture with Lundin Mining. Tenke FungurumeFreeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. stated they are expecting copper production of 126,500 tonnes in 2011. For the quarter ended June 30, 2011, Tenke production was 29,891 tonnes of copper; 34,138 tonnes of copper were sold at an average realized price of $4.08 per pound. As at June 30, 2011, the amount outstanding for the Excess Overrun Cost facility ("EOC facility") related to the Company's proportionate share of the Phase I development at Tenke was $32.0 million, a reduction of $38.6 million during the quarter. At present metal prices, and given contemplated partner capital and tax funding, it is expected that the EOC will be repaid towards the end of the third quarter of 2011. Attributable cash flow from Tenke, including repayments of the EOC facility, was as follows:Three months ended June 30(US$ millions)20112010Cash advances to Tenke(10.5)(6.8)Repayments on EOC facility38.626.8Attributable net cash flow28.120.0Financial Position and FinancingNet cash(1) at June 30, 2011 was $308.2 million compared to $107.8 million at June 30, 2010 and $262.0 million at March 31, 2011. The increase in net cash during the quarter is primarily attributable to cash flow from operations ($102.5 million) offset by investment in mineral property, plant and equipment ($47.3 million) and Tenke Fungurume ($10.5 million). Cash on hand at June 30, 2011 was $342.2 million. As at July 25, 2011, cash on hand is approximately $328.6 million. (1) Net cash is a Non-IFRS measure defined as available unrestricted cash less financial debt, including capital leases and other debt-related obligations.Outlook2011 production and cost guidance was released on July 21, 2011 in a news release entitled Lundin Mining Provides Corporate Update and Revised Outlook. 2011 Capital Expenditure GuidanceGuidance for total capital expenditures for the year ($US290 million) is unchanged from that outlined in the Company's Q1 report. Final decisions on capital investment levels for Tenke Fungurume are ultimately made by Freeport McMoRan, the mine's operator, and are not yet in place until the expansion feasibility study is complete, although critical path work is already well advanced with early funding. The expansion study is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2011.Selected Quarterly Financial InformationThree months ended June 30Six months ended June 30(USD millions, except per share amounts)2011201020112010Sales184.0183.1395.4324.8Operating earnings(1)82.282.1195.7148.0Depreciation, depletion and amortization(37.6)(32.2)(73.1)(67.9)General exploration and project investigation(12.5)(5.6)(21.4)(10.3)Finance (costs) income(3.7)10.5(2.0)22.8Income from equity investment in Tenke32.08.356.922.8Other income and expenses(2.8)10.7(19.3)20.3Income before income taxes57.673.8136.8135.7Income tax recovery (expense)0.1(31.5)(7.9)(41.6)Net income57.742.3128.994.1Shareholders' equity3,394.62,831.23,394.62,831.2Cash flow from operations102.568.9231.9157.2Capital expenditures (incl. Tenke)57.739.1103.677.2Total assets4,084.53,431.74,084.53,431.7Net cash(2)308.2107.8308.2107.8Key Financial Data:Shareholders' equity per share(3)5.834.885.834.88Basic and diluted income per share0.100.070.220.16Dividends----Equity ratio(4)83%83%83%83%Shares outstanding:Basic weighted average582,040,278579,864,628581,746,484579,771,573Diluted weighted average583,410,167580,261,614583,187,790580,203,254End of period582,180,287579,899,803582,180,287579,899,803IFRS basisCanadian GAAP basis (5)($ millions, except per share data)Q2-11Q1-11Q4-10Q3-10Q2-10Q1-10Q4-09Q3-09Sales184.0211.5309.3215.1183.1141.7256.7171.1Operating earnings182.2113.6192.2121.582.165.8152.291.8Impairment charges (after tax)------(37.1)-Net income57.771.2146.166.042.351.935.13.7Income per share(6), basic and diluted0.100.120.250.110.070.090.060.01Cash flow from operations102.5129.371.149.068.988.497.040.0Capital expenditure (incl. Tenke)57.745.942.940.239.138.139.054.7Net cash (debt)(2)308.2262.0159.2125.7107.810.2(49.3)(132.2)(1) Operating earnings is a Non-IFRS measure defined as sales, less operating costs and general and administrative costs.(2) Net cash is a Non-IFRS measure defined as available unrestricted cash less financial debt, including capital leases and other debt-related obligations. (3) Shareholders' equity per share is a Non-IFRS measure defined as shareholders' equity divided by total number of shares outstanding at end of period. (4) Equity ratio is a Non-IFRS measure defined as shareholders' equity divided by total assets at the end of period.(5) Conversion to IFRS on January 1, 2011 requires the completion of IFRS compliant financial statements on a comparative basis for 2010. Financial results prior to 2010 remain unchanged and are reported in accordance with Canadian GAAP.(6) Income per share is determined for each quarter. As a result of using a different weighted average number of shares outstanding, the sum of the quarterly amounts may differ from the year-to-date amount.The Q2 2011 unaudited financial statements and management's discussion and analysis are available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or the Company's website (www.lundinmining.com).About Lundin MiningLundin Mining Corporation is a diversified base metals mining company with operations in Portugal, Sweden, Spain and Ireland, producing copper, zinc, lead and nickel. In addition, Lundin Mining holds a development project pipeline which includes an expansion project at its Neves‐Corvo mine along with its equity stake in the world class Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.On Behalf of the Board,Paul Conibear, President and CEOForward Looking StatementsCertain of the statements made and information contained herein is "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the Ontario Securities Act. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to foreign currency fluctuations; risks inherent in mining including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected geological formations, ground control problems and flooding; risks associated with the estimation of mineral resources and reserves and the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations; the potential for and effects of labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or shortages of labour or interruptions in production; actual ore mined varying from estimates of grade, tonnage, dilution and metallurgical and other characteristics; the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price fluctuations; uncertain political and economic environments; changes in laws or policies, foreign taxation, delays or the inability to obtain necessary governmental permits; and other risks and uncertainties, including those described under Risk Factors Relating to the Company's Business in the Company's Annual Information Form and in each management discussion and analysis. Forward-looking information is in addition based on various assumptions including, without limitation, the expectations and beliefs of management, the assumed long term price of copper, nickel, lead and zinc; that the Company can access financing, appropriate equipment and sufficient labour and that the political environment where the Company operates will continue to support the development and operation of mining projects. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Sophia ShaneLundin Mining CorporationInvestor Relations North America+1-604-689-7842ORJohn MiniotisLundin Mining CorporationSenior Business Analyst+1-416-342-5565ORRobert ErikssonLundin Mining CorporationInvestor Relations Sweden+46 8 545 015 50www.lundinmining.com