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Fortuna reports cash flow of US$16.3 million and net income of US$6.7 million in the first quarter of 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Fortuna reports cash flow of US$16.3 million and net income of US$6.7 million in the first quarter of 2013

20:15 EDT Tuesday, May 07, 2013

(All amounts expressed in US dollars, unless otherwise stated)

VANCOUVER, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM) (TSX: FVI) (BVL: FVI) (Frankfurt: F4S.F) today announced revenue of $40.7 million, cash generated from operations, before changes in working capital of $16.3 million, and net income of $6.7 million for the first quarter of 2013.  Silver and gold production was 992,218 ounces and 4,492 ounces at a consolidated cash cost per ounce, net of by-product credits, of $6.60. 

Jorge A. Ganoza, President and CEO, commented: "We have had solid first quarter results with cash cost performance in line with our guidance.  We continue on track with the mill expansion at San Jose which is not only key to meet our production guidance for the year but which will also bring about lower unit costs towards the end of 2013. With $68 million in cash, a $40 million untapped credit facility, and our growing low cost silver and gold production, Fortuna is in a solid position to carry out our strategic objectives in this lower price environment. Management is monitoring closely the financial sensitivity of our mines and capital projects and will act accordingly to safeguard the integrity of our business."

First Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights:

  • Sales of $40.7 million
  • Net income of $6.7 million
  • Earnings per share, basic of $0.05
  • Operating cash flow per share before changes in working capital of $0.13
  • Cash generated from operating activities, before changes in working capital of $16.3 million
  • Cash position, including short term investments and working capital, as at quarter end was $67.9 million and $83.7 million, respectively
  • Silver and gold production of 992,218 ounces and 4,492 ounces, respectively
  • Cash cost per ounce of payable silver, net of by-product credits, was $6.60

Financial Results

During Q1 2013, the Company generated net income of $6.7 million, compared to $11.1 million a year ago while cash flow from operations, before changes in working capital, increased by 11% to $16.3 million (Q1 2012: $14.7 million). The decrease in net income was mainly driven by differences in final sales adjustments at both San Jose and Caylloma of $2.8 million, and lower operating margins at San Jose when compared with the first quarter of 2012. The latter effect is attributable to a drop in gold production of 12%, lower realized silver price of 5%, and higher unit costs.  Cost per tonne of processed ore at San Jose in Q1 2013 was in line with guidance, although higher than Q1 2012 where cost levels where still reflective of the start-up phase.

Net income was also impacted by an increase in share-based compensation charges of $1.3 million when compared to the previous quarter, as in 2012 we recorded a credit of $0.3 million.

The increase in cash flow from operations, before changes in working capital, reflects lower taxes paid at Caylloma in the period.

Basic earnings per share for Q1 2013 was $0.05 (Q1 2012: $0.09). Operating cash flow per share, before changes in working capital, was $0.13 (Q1 2012: $0.12).

Operating Results

In Q1 2013, the Company produced 992,218 ounces of silver and 4,492 ounces of gold and is on schedule to meet guidance and produce 4.4 million ounces of silver and 23,300 ounces of gold in 2013.

Cash cost per tonne of processed ore for San Jose and Caylloma for the quarter was $77.96 and $94.20 respectively, in line with guidance.   Consolidated cash cost per ounce of payable silver, net of by-product credits, was $6.60, compared to $3.96 in Q1 2012.  The increase is explained by a higher cash cost per ounce recorded at San Jose, which was in turn driven by lower by-product gold credits and a higher unit cash cost compared to the prior year period.

San Jose performed according to plan in Q1 2013. Silver production was 4% above budget and gold production was 5% below budget. The lower gold production is attributable to local deviations in grades in levels 1350 and 1300 from those predicted by the mineral reserve model.

Silver production at Caylloma was 2% above budget. Metallurgical recovery for silver saw an improvement of 4% compared to the prior year period and the budget, following implementation of changes in the plant to improve handling of mixed ore from level six of the Animas vein. Work to implement further changes continues, as management believes there are still opportunities to improve metallurgical recoveries by increasing retention time in flotation. Zinc and lead production were above the comparative quarter by 12% and 4%, respectively, but 9% and 12% below budget as a result of lower head grades encountered in planned working areas during the period.

The financial statements and MD&A are available on SEDAR and have also been posted on the company's website at http://www.fortunasilver.com/s/financial_reports.asp.

Conference Call to Review 2013 First Quarter Financial and Operations Results

A conference call to discuss the financial and operations results will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. PST | 11:00 a.m. Lima | 12:00 p.m. EST.  Hosting the call will be Jorge A. Ganoza, President and CEO and Luis D. Ganoza, Chief Financial Officer.

Shareholders, analysts, media and interested investors are invited to listen to the live conference call by logging onto the webcast at: http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=170940 or over the phone by dialing just prior to the starting time.

Conference call details:

Date:  Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. PST | 11:00 a.m. Lima | 12:00 p.m. EST

Dial in number (Toll Free): +1.877.407.8035
Dial in number (International): +1.201.689.8035

Replay number (Toll Free): +1.877.660.6853
Replay number (International): +1.201.612.7415
Replay Passcodes (both are required for playback):
Conference ID #:  413626

Playback of the webcast will be available until August 8, 2013.  Playback of the conference call will be available until 11:59 p.m. EST on May 22, 2013.  In addition, the call will be archived in the company's website.

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Fortuna is a growth oriented, silver and base metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America.  Our primary assets are the Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru and the San Jose silver-gold mine in Mexico.  The company is selectively pursuing additional acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas.  For more information, please visit our website at www.fortunasilver.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Jorge A. Ganoza
President, CEO and Director
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Trading symbols: NYSE: FSM | TSX: FVI | BVL: FVI | Frankfurt: F4S.F

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements which constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and that are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.  When used in this document, the words such as "anticipates", "believes", "plans", "estimates", "expects", "forecasts", "targets", "intends", "advance", "projects", "calculates" and similar expressions are forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements are based on an assumed set of economic conditions and courses of actions, including estimates of future production levels, expectations regarding mine production costs, expected  trends in mineral prices and statements that describe Fortuna's future plans, objectives or goals. There is a significant risk that actual results will vary, perhaps materially, from results projected depending on such factors as changes in general economic conditions and financial markets, changes in prices for silver and other metals, technological and operational hazards in  Fortuna's mining and mine development activities, risks inherent in mineral  exploration, uncertainties inherent in the estimation of mineral reserves, mineral resources, and metal recoveries, the timing and availability of financing, governmental and other approvals, political unrest or instability in countries where Fortuna is active, labor relations and other risk factors.

Although Fortuna 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.

FORTUNA SILVER MINES INC.
CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(Unaudited - Expressed in thousands of US Dollars)
           
      March 31,   December 31,
      2013   2012
ASSETS          
CURRENT ASSETS          
Cash and cash equivalents   $           63,973 $               58,720
Short term investments                    3,929                  6,019
Accounts receivable and other assets                  22,043              27,032
Prepaid expenses                1,200                  1,268
Due from related parties                  12                      5
Inventories                12,274             12,858
Assets held for sale                    51                    51
Total current assets             103,482           105,953
NON-CURRENT ASSETS          
Deposits on long term assets                2,726           2,694
Deferred income tax assets                       210                   113
Mineral properties, plant and equipment               220,928           207,503
Total assets   $         327,346 $            316,263
           
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY          
CURRENT LIABILITIES          
Trade and other payables   $           18,670 $               17,348
Due to related parties              25                      54
Provisions            535                       457
Income tax payable            211                      200
Current portion of leases and long term liabilities           379                      449
Total current liabilities       19,820                 18,508
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES          
Leases and long term liabilities           2,238                 2,250
Provisions           9,951                9,970
Deferred income tax liabilities            23,538             21,042
Total liabilities            55,547             51,770
EQUITY          
Share capital             187,914             187,807
Share option and warrant reserve              13,794              12,994
Retained earnings     66,009   59,344
Accumulated other comprehensive income     4,082   4,348
Total equity            271,799           264,493
Total liabilities and equity   $         327,346 $             316,263



FORTUNA SILVER MINES INC.
CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited - Expressed in thousands of US Dollars, except for share and per share amounts)
       
  Three months ended March 31,
      2013   2012
Sales   $        40,713 $        40,601
Cost of sales     23,929        19,520
Mine operating earnings          16,784   21,081
           
Other expenses          
   Selling, general and administrative expenses        5,616        3,949
   Exploration and evaluation costs              148            254
   Net loss on commodity contracts               -           339
   Loss on disposal of mineral properties, plant and equipment               14         6
Operating income     11,006   16,533
           
Finance items          
   Interest income     215   155
   Interest expense     (200)          (144)
Net finance income     15   11
           
Income before tax     11,021   16,544
           
Income taxes     4,356       5,433
Net income for the period   $           6,665 $        11,111
           
Earnings per Share - Basic   $             0.05 $            0.09
Earnings per Share - Diluted   $             0.05 $            0.09
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - Basic     123,599,679   123,484,033
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - Diluted     125,013,722   125,462,390



FORTUNA SILVER MINES INC.
CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited - Expressed in thousands of US Dollars)
                 
  Three months ended March 31,
    2013   2012
OPERATING ACTIVITIES          
  Net income for the period $       6,665 $        11,111
  Items not involving cash          
       Depletion and depreciation       4,884       4,609
       Accretion of provisions          118           59
       Income taxes        4,356      5,433
       Share-based payments (recovery)       982       (285)
       Unrealized gain on commodity contracts       -       (621)
       Loss on disposal of mineral properties, plant and equipment     14            6
       Accrued interest on long term loans receivable and payable     (14)        8
       Other         2          -  
            17,007      20,320
  Changes in non-cash working capital items        
       Accounts receivable and other assets         3,771      (5,937)
       Prepaid expenses          59      (341)
       Due from related parties            (8)      (2)
       Inventories       584      (1,269)
       Trade and other payables         1,342    (2,943)
       Due to related parties         (28)       (28)
       Provisions          (8)      -  
Cash provided by operating activities before interest and income taxes   22,719      9,800
  Income taxes paid       (893)   (5,765)
  Interest expense paid             (7)   (11)
  Interest income received            169     148
Net cash provided by operating activities       21,988        4,172
                 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES          
  Redemptions of short term investments          1,984    17,000
  Expenditures on mineral properties, plant and equipment   (18,395)       (7,589)
  Advances of deposits on long term assets       (1,985)        (424)
  Receipts of deposits on long term assets        1,967        935
  Proceeds on disposal of mineral properties, plant and equipment           -      26
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities   (16,429)     9,948
                 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES          
  Net proceeds on issuance of common shares         21   738
  Repayment of finance lease obligations         (151)     (279)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities       (130)          459
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (176)       543
                 
INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   5,429     14,579
                 
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period           58,720     38,730
                 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD $     63,973 $      53,852

 

 

SOURCE: Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

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