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Golden Minerals Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Golden Minerals Reports First Quarter 2012 Results17:59 EDT Wednesday, May 09, 2012GOLDEN, CO--(Marketwire - May 09, 2012) - Golden Minerals Company ("Golden Minerals" or the "Company") (NYSE Amex: AUMN) (TSX: AUM) announces first quarter 2012 results.For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, Golden Minerals recorded revenue of $6.4 million from the sale of metals, reflecting a continued ramp-up in production at our Velardena operations located in Durango State, Mexico. Revenue more than doubled from the fourth quarter 2011. Revenue net of cost of sales of $7.9 million at the Velardena operations generated a negative gross margin of $1.6 million, which was less than the negative gross margin of $3.3 million recorded in the fourth quarter 2011. The Company's net loss for the first quarter 2012 was $10.1 million. In addition to the negative gross margin, the net loss included $3.4 million of costs related to mine development and expansion activities at the Velardena operations, $2.4 million of exploration expenses, $1.4 million of expenses at the El Quevar project, $2.0 million of corporate general and administrative expenses, and $1.8 million of depreciation expense.The Company previously announced its strategic focus for 2012, which includes plans to increase production from Velardena incrementally. As part of this strategy, the Company plans to monetize where appropriate its large portfolio of exploration properties in Mexico, Peru and Argentina and reduce expenditures at other properties. Expenditures for El Quevar and our exploration properties were significantly lower in the first quarter 2012 as compared to previous quarters in 2011.The Company's cash and short term investments balance decreased by $16.3 million during the quarter to $32.3 million as of March 31, 2012. The decrease is primarily due to the expenditures described above and to additional capital expenditures of $2.8 million and an increase in net working capital of $3.3 million, both primarily related to the Velardena operations.About Golden Minerals </b>Golden Minerals is a Delaware corporation based in Golden, Colorado, primarily engaged in the ramp-up and expansion of existing production at the Velardena operations in Mexico and advancement of the evaluation stage El Quevar project in Argentina.Forward-Looking Statements</b>This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act, and applicable Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding the planned increase of production at Velardena, the monetization of exploration properties where appropriate, and the reduction of expenditures at exploration properties. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including unexpected events at the Velardena operations, the El Quevar project or the exploration properties; variations in ore grade and relative amounts, grades and metallurgical characteristics of oxide and sulfide ores at the Velardena operations; delays or failure in receiving required board or government approvals or permits; technical, permitting, mining, metallurgical or processing issues; failure to achieve anticipated increases in production and improvements in head grades, recoveries and concentrate production and quality at the Velardena operations; timing and availability of external funding on acceptable terms to advance expansion or development opportunities, unfavorable results of new resource estimates; loss of and inability to adequately replace skilled mining and management personnel; possible disputes with customers or joint venture partners; unanticipated difficulties or delays in completing the San Mateo ramp and failure of the ramp or the undeveloped ore accessed by the ramp to meet expectations; delays in the arrival of or loss of equipment being procured for the Velardena operation; development of unfavorable information or conclusions regarding the economic or technical aspects of anticipated or potential expansions of the Velardena operations, changes in interpretations of geologic information; problems with drill rigs or availability thereof; volatility or other changes in the U.S. and Canadian securities markets; availability and cost of materials, supplies and electrical power required for mining operations and exploration; fluctuations in silver, gold, zinc and lead prices, costs and general economic conditions; changes in political conditions, tax, environmental and other laws, diminution of physical safety of employees in Mexico, and other conditions in the countries in which the Company operates. Additional risks relating to Golden Minerals Company may be found in the periodic and current reports filed with the Securities Exchange Commission by Golden Minerals Company, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited) March 31, December 31, 2012 2011 ------------- -------------AssetsCurrent assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 32,244 $ 48,649 Investments 69 - Trade receivables 1,640 - Inventories 6,060 5,312 Value added tax receivable 1,767 1,317 Prepaid expenses and other assets 2,663 3,119 ------------- ------------- Total current assets 44,443 58,397Property, plant and equipment, net 285,092 284,199Goodwill 70,155 70,155Prepaid expenses and other assets 263 264 ------------- ------------- Total assets $ 399,953 $ 413,015 ============= =============Liabilities and EquityCurrent liabilities Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities $ 7,114 $ 8,070 Other current liabilities 7,929 7,505 ------------- ------------- Total current liabilities 15,043 15,575 Asset retirement obligation 3,850 3,781 Deferred tax liability 52,956 55,603Other long term liabilities 268 288 ------------- ------------- Total liabilities 72,117 75,247 ------------- -------------Commitments and contingenciesEquity Common stock, $.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 35,709,035 and 35,690,035 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 355 355 Additional paid in capital 453,988 453,756 Accumulated deficit (126,352) (116,221) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (155) (122) ------------- ------------- Parent company's shareholder's equity 327,836 337,768 ------------- ------------- Total liabilities and equity $ 399,953 $ 413,015 ============= ============= GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) (Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, ---------------------------- 2012 2011 ------------- -------------(in thousands, except share data)Revenue: Sale of metals $ 6,383 $ -Costs and expenses: Costs applicable to sale of metals (exclusive of depreciation shown below) (7,927) - Exploration expense (2,396) (3,686) El Quevar project expense (1,415) (8,737) Velardena project expense (3,382) - Administrative expense (2,024) (2,239) Stock based compensation (232) (1,179) Reclamation and accretion expense (167) - Other operating income & (expenses), net 337 444 Depreciation, depletion and amortization (1,846) (389) ------------- ------------- Total costs and expenses (19,052) (15,786) ------------- ------------- Loss from operations (12,669) (15,786)Other income and expenses: Interest and other income 175 33 Royalty income 138 56 Interest expense - - Gain (loss) on foreign currency 454 (146) ------------- ------------- Total other income and expenses 767 (57) ------------- ------------- Loss from operations before income taxes (11,902) (15,843) Income taxes 1,771 (82) ------------- ------------- Net loss $ (10,131) $ (15,925)Comprehensive loss: Unrealized loss on securities (33) (139) ------------- ------------- Comprehensive loss $ (10,164) $ (16,064) ============= =============Net loss per common share - basic and diluted Loss $ (0.29) $ (1.08) ============= =============Weighted average common stock outstanding - basic and diluted (1) 35,474,023 14,777,817 ============= =============(1) Potentially dilutive shares have not been included because to do so would be anti-dilutive.For additional information please visit or contact:FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Jerry W. DanniGolden Minerals Company(303) 839-5060Executive Vice