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Great Panther Silver Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Great Panther Silver Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results17:43 EST Wednesday, November 14, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2012) - Great Panther Silver Limited (TSX:GPR)(NYSE MKT:GPL) ("Great Panther" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the Company's three and nine months ended September 30, 2012. The full version of the Company's financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis can be viewed on the Company's website at www.greatpanther.com, or SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All financial information is prepared in accordance with IFRS and all dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated."Great Panther continues to enjoy a strong balance sheet and has made significant investments in our operations in 2012," stated Robert Archer, CEO. "Grade variability continues to be a challenge at both mines, especially at Topia, and is a major focal point for our mine planners in order to reduce our unit cash costs going forward. Quarterly revenue was impacted by lower year-over-year metal prices and a large in-transit shipment of concentrate from Guanajuato, however the latter simply defers revenue recognition until the fourth quarter of 2012." THIRD QUARTER AND YEAR TO DATE 2012 FINANCIAL SUMMARY(in 000s except ounces, amounts per share and per ounce)2012 Q32011 Q3Change9 Months ended Sep 30, 20129 Months ended Sep 30, 2011ChangeRevenue$15,286$16,278-6%$43,350$40,2988%Gross profit (Earnings from mining operations)$5,791$8,320-30%$15,887$20,884-24%Net income$1,758$3,415-49%$6,795$12,925-47%Adjusted EBITDA1$4,961$7,752-36%$13,093$18,459-29%Earnings per share - basic$0.01$0.03-67%$0.05$0.10-50%Earnings per share - diluted$0.01$0.02-50%$0.05$0.10-50%Silver ounces produced371,857343,7688%1,106,1061,140,618-3%Silver equivalent ounces produced2592,586484,55022%1,705,9741,654,7193%Silver payable ounces314,146364,684-14%1,026,192907,03713%Total cash cost per silver ounce (USD)1$13.16$9.0246%$11.22$10.348%Average realized silver price (USD)3$31.92$35.38-10%$31.61$36.36-13%THIRD QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL DISCUSSIONRevenues for the third quarter of 2012 totalled $15.3 million, a decrease of 6% over the same period in 2011 as a result of a decrease in both silver equivalent ounces sold and realized metal prices. An in-transit shipment of concentrate at the end of the quarter accounted for the decrease in ounces sold, representing approximately 108,000 Ag eq oz with an approximate revenue value of $3.3 million that will be recognized in the fourth quarter of this year. Revenues increased 6% over the second quarter of 2012 due to higher metal prices and an increase in silver equivalent ounces sold; Gross profit for the third quarter of 2012 was $5.8 million compared to $8.3 million for the same period in 2011. The decrease in gross profit is attributable to lower revenues and an increase in cost of sales. The increase in cost of sales is attributable to higher site costs at Guanajuato and Topia, and lower grades at Topia which resulted in lower metal production and higher unit cost of sales. Silver grades at Topia were 316g/t for the third quarter of 2012, a 25% decrease from the silver grades realized in the third quarter of 2011. While revenues were negatively impacted by lower silver, lead and zinc prices compared to third quarter 2011, this was partially offset by higher gold production at Guanajuato. In addition, higher amortization and depletion charges were realized in the quarter as a result of an increased investment in mine development and capital equipment over the past year. From the second quarter to the third quarter of 2012, gross profit increased by $2.0 million, primarily as a result of higher average realized metal prices; Total cash cost per silver ounce for the third quarter of 2012 was US$13.16, a 46% increase compared to US$9.02 for the same period in 2011 and a 15% increase compared to US$11.42 in the second quarter of 2012. The increases were primarily due to lower grades at Topia which resulted in higher unit production costs, and increased smelting and refining charges. These were offset by decreases in cash cost per ounce at the Guanajuato mine due to higher by-product revenues from increased gold production; General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2012 totalled $3.0 million, as compared to $2.0 million for the same period in 2011 and $2.1 million for the second quarter in 2012. Both increases were primarily the result of $0.7 million in share-based payment expense and a $0.2 million capital tax assessment in Mexico related to prior years. The comparative periods did not include any share-based payment expenses; Net income for the third quarter of 2012 totalled $1.8 million, compared to $3.4 million for the same quarter in 2011 and $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decrease from the third quarter in 2011 was the result of decreased gross profit of $2.5 million, increases in general and administrative expenses of $1.0 million and an increase in exploration and evaluation expenses of $0.4 million. These were offset by a foreign exchange loss of $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2012, which compared to a loss of $3.1 million in the comparative period. The increase in net income over the second quarter of 2012 was the result of an increase in gross profit of $2.0 million and a decrease in income tax expense of $0.2 million, offset by an increase of $0.9 million in general and administrative expenses, primarily due to share-based payment expenses;Adjusted EBITDA4 was $5.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $7.8 million for the same period in 2011 and $3.7 million for the second quarter of 2012. The decrease from the third quarter of 2011 primarily reflects a decrease in gross profit and an increase in general and administrative expenses as noted above. The increase from the second quarter of 2012 was the result of higher gross profit, partly offset by higher general and administrative expenses; At September 30, 2012 the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $26.8 million, a decrease of $1.9 million from the quarter ended June 30, 2012. During the third quarter of 2012 the Company generated net cash flows from operating activities of $5.9 million. Net cash outflows from investment activities were $7.8 million during the third quarter of 2012, primarily related to the development of mineral properties, capitalized exploration and evaluation, and the purchase of plant and equipment relating to the two operating mines. Investment activities for the three month period also include the initial cash payment of $1.0 million for the purchase of the El Horcon Project; and At September 30, 2012 the Company's net working capital position remained strong at $45.9 million, although it constituted a decrease compared to $49.9 million at June 30, 2012. The decrease from the prior quarter end is accounted for by capital expenditures and increased inventories due primarily to the in-transit shipment at the end of the quarter. THIRD QUARTER 2012 OPERATIONAL SUMMARYProcessed ore increased 9% to 58,307 tonnes compared to the third quarter of 2011, and increased 10% over the second quarter of 2012 due to a concerted effort to increase production; Metal production increased 22% to 592,586 silver equivalent ounces ("Ag eq oz") compared to the third quarter of 2011 and increased 7% over the second quarter of 2012; Gold production increased 102% to 3,015 ounces compared to the third quarter of 2011; Silver production increased 8% to 371,857 ounces compared to the third quarter of 2011; Cash cost per silver ounce increased 46% to US$13.16 compared to the third quarter of 2011 due primarily to increased site labor and contractor operating costs; Processed ore at Guanajuato increased 6% over the third quarter of 2011 due in part to the move to a seven day work week for the Guanajuato mine operation; Guanajuato ore grades of 188g/t Ag and 2.22g/t Au, or 321g/t Ag eq were up 32% over the third quarter of 2011; Guanajuato achieved strong metallurgical recoveries of 90.9% and 91.9% for silver and gold respectively due largely to the addition of a re-grind mill earlier in the year; Ore processed at Topia was up 22% from the third quarter of 2011 to 14,593 tonnes due to the processing of some of the stockpiled ore from the first half of the year; and Topia ore grades were down 19% to 442g/t Ag eq compared to the same period in the prior year. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS HIGHLIGHTS On August 21, 2012, the Company announced it had signed a definitive agreement for the purchase of a 100% interest in certain surface rights on its wholly-owned San Ignacio Project in Guanajuato, Mexico. A total of 19.4 hectares has been purchased, thereby allowing sufficient space for access to and construction of a portal for the development of a ramp, for waste dumps, and for auxiliary infrastructure. On September 5, 2012, the Company completed the purchase of a 100% interest in the El Horcon Silver-Gold Project ("El Horcon") in Jalisco State, Mexico for total cash consideration of US$1,600,000. El Horcon is a past producing mine and the property covers 7,908 hectares in 17 contiguous mining concessions along the regional Guanajuato structural trend. It is located within trucking distance, 60 kilometres northwest of the Company's Guanajuato Mine Complex, allowing for the potential to become a satellite mine for the Company's Guanajuato operations. OUTLOOKBased upon continued grade variability and higher smelting and refining charges at both mines, especially at Topia, which have resulted in higher unit operating costs, cash cost per silver ounce guidance has been adjusted to a range of USD$11.00 to USD$12.00 from a range of USD$9.50 to USD$10.50. 2012 Production and Cash Cost per Silver Ounce Guidance2011 Actual2012 Guidance Low Case2012 Guidance High CaseTonnes milled216,181215,000230,000Silver Ounces1,495,3721,450,0001,550,000Gold Ounces8,01610,00011,000Lead Tonnes9419001,000Zinc Tonnes1,3141,3001,500Silver Equivalent Ounces2,200,0132,200,0002,400,000Cash costs per silver ounce (USD)$ 10.84$ 11.00$ 12.00With the acquisition of key surface rights at San Ignacio, the Company has applied for the permits required for underground development and permitting is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2013. The construction of the portal and development of a ramp will commence immediately after the receipt of permits.Great Panther continues to seek out opportunities to add production in the districts within which it is already operating. Consequently, the Company expects to commence a drill program in the first quarter of 2013 with the goal of delineating a resource at the recently acquired El Horcon Project located 60 kilometres northwest of the Guanajuato mine. CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS THIRD QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTSThe Company will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results on November 15, 2012, at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. Hosting the call will be Mr. Robert Archer, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Jim Zadra, Chief Financial Officer.Interested shareholders, analysts, investors and media are invited to join the live conference call by dialing in just prior to the start time.Dial in number (Toll Free): 1-877-407-9205Dial in number (International): +1-201-689-8054 No passcode is requiredA replay of the teleconference call will be available until November 29, 2012 by dialing the numbers below. In addition, the call will be archived on the Company's website. Replay number (Toll Free): 1-877-660-6853 Replay number (International): +1-201-612-7415 Replay Passcodes (both are required for playback):Account #: 286Conference ID #: 401683INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARDS The financial results discussed in this press release have been prepared in accordance with IFRS standards applicable to the preparation of financial information as required for all publicly traded companies in Canada. Readers should note that some comparative figures in this press release and the Company's financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") have been restated to reflect IFRS. Please refer to the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements and MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2011 for a detailed description of the Company's accounting policies under IFRS and for disclosures and reconciliation of the impact of IFRS on previously reported results. NON-IFRS MEASURESThe discussion of financial results in this press release includes reference to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Cost per Silver Ounce which are non-IFRS measures. The Company provides these measures as additional information regarding the Company's financial results and performance. Please refer to the Company's MD&A for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 for a definition and reconciliation of these measures to reported IFRS results. ABOUT GREAT PANTHERGreat Panther Silver Limited is a profitable, primary silver mining and exploration company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange trading under the symbol GPR, and on the NYSE MKT trading under the symbol GPL. The Company's current activities are focused on the mining of precious metals from its two wholly-owned operating mines in Mexico, including the development stage San Ignacio Project. In addition, the Company is also pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout Latin America to add additional mines to its portfolio of properties. Great Panther's mission is to become a leading primary silver producer by acquiring, developing and profitably mining precious metals. All shareholders have the ability to receive a hard copy of the Company's complete audited financial statements free of charge upon request. Should you wish to receive Great Panther Silver's Financial Statements or the Annual Report on Form 20-F in hard copy, please contact us at the Company toll free at 1-888-355-1766 or 604-608-1766, or e-mail info@greatpanther.com.This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information within the meaning of the Securities Act (Ontario) (together, "forward-looking statements"). Such forward-looking statements may include but are not limited to the Company's plans for production at its Guanajuato and Topia Mines in Mexico, exploring its other properties in Mexico, the overall economic potential of its properties, the availability of adequate financing and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements to be materially different. Such factors include, among others, risks and uncertainties relating to potential political risks involving the Company's operations in a foreign jurisdiction, uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, physical risks inherent in mining operations, currency fluctuations, fluctuations in the price of silver, gold and base metals, completion of economic evaluations, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, the inability or failure to obtain adequate financing on a timely basis, and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011 and reports on Form 6-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov and Material Change Reports filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and available at www.sedar.com.GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 (Unaudited)September 30,December 31,20122011AssetsCurrent assetsCash and cash equivalents$26,827$39,437Marketable securities8880Trade and other receivables17,20214,076Income taxes recoverable58374Inventories7,8444,591Prepaid expenses, deposits and advances1,2521,73253,27160,290Non-current assetsMineral properties, plant and equipment60,12941,946Intangible assets657708$114,057$102,944Liabilities and shareholders' equityCurrent liabilitiesTrade and other payables$7,178$6,350Finance lease obligations-130Current tax liability182-7,3606,480Non-current liabilitiesReclamation and remediation provision2,0692,154Deferred tax liability3,5001,82412,92910,458Shareholders' equityShare capital122,404121,536Reserves7,4446,465Deficit(28,720)(35,515)101,12892,486$114,057$102,944GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITEDCONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data)For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)Three months ended September 30,Nine months ended September 30,2012201120122011Revenue$15,286$16,278$43,350$40,298Cost of salesProduction costs7,5666,58121,74716,605Amortization and depletion1,6681,3775,4282,809Share-based payments261-288-9,4957,95827,46319,414Gross profit5,7918,32015,88720,884General and administrative expensesAdministrative expenses2,1991,9976,9675,228Amortization and depletion673613694Share-based payments723-1,036-2,9892,0338,1395,322Exploration and evaluation expensesExploration and evaluation expenses5822791,601652Share-based payments73-73-6552791,674652Income before the undernoted2,1476,0086,07414,910Finance and other income (expense)Interest income88128364289Finance costs(8)(17)(27)(308)Foreign exchange gain (loss)(614)(3,143)2,269(2,498)Other income2233158646(512)(2,701)2,664(1,871)Income before income taxes1,6353,3078,73813,039Income tax recovery (expense)Current(315)108(315)(114)Deferred438-(1,628)-123108(1,943)(114)Net income for the period$1,758$3,415$6,795$12,925Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxForeign currency translation(224)(223)(30)(721)Change in fair value of available-for-sale financial assets8(28)1(134)(216)(251)(29)(855)Total comprehensive income for the period$1,542$3,164$6,766$12,070Earnings per shareBasic$0.01$0.03$0.05$0.10Diluted$0.01$0.02$0.05$0.10GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITEDCONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited) Three months endedNine months endedSeptember 30,September 30,2012201120122011Cash flows from operating activities:Net income for the period$1,758$3,415$6,795$12,925Items not involving cash:Amortization, depletion and accretion expense1,7351,4135,5642,903Unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses(109)2,006(2,443)2,198Income tax expense (recovery)(123)(108)1,943114Share-based payments1,057-1,397-Other non-cash items(80)(111)(359)194,2386,61512,89718,159Interest received6693328254Interest paid(3)(6)(6)(35)Income taxes received (paid)388318(146)(166)Net cash from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital4,6897,02013,07318,212Changes in non-cash working capital:Trade and other receivables713(3,187)(3,090)(4,942)Income taxes recoverable197(36)316(57)Inventories(2,152)748(2,763)(3,079)Prepaid expenses, deposits and advances2,571223480(628)Trade and other payables(147)(147)584(94)Current tax liability13(338)1333Net cash from operating activities5,8844,2838,6139,445Cash flows from investing activities:Purchase of intangible assets(200)(133)(426)(454)Purchase of mineral properties, plant and equipment(7,580)(6,314)(21,460)(15,726)Proceeds from disposal of mineral properties, plant and equipment--86-Restricted cash-(14)-31Net cash used in investing activities(7,780)(6,461)(21,800)(16,149)Cash flows from financing activities:Repayment of capital lease obligations(13)(65)(130)(287)Repayment of promissory notes---(448)Repayment of convertible loan notes---(61)Proceeds from exercise of options1573944792,308Proceeds from exercise of warrants-505-4,056Issuance of shares for cash, net of issue costs---22,500Net cash from financing activities14483434928,068Effect of foreign currency translation on cash(96)(342)228(257)Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents(1,848)(1,686)(12,610)21,107Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period28,67536,76039,43713,967Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$26,827$35,074$26,827$35,0741 "Adjusted EBITDA" and cash cost per silver ounce are non-IFRS measures. Refer to the "Non-IFRS Measures" section of the Company's MD&A for a complete definition and reconciliation to the Company's financial statements.2 Silver equivalent ounces in 2012 were established using prices of US$28 per oz, US$1,680 per oz, US$0.85 per lb and US$0.85 per lb for silver, gold, lead & zinc, respectively, and applied to the recovered metal content of the concentrates that were produced by the two operations.3 Average realized silver price is prior to treatment, refining and smelting charges.4 "Adjusted EBITDA" is a non-IFRS measure. Refer to the "Non-IFRS Measures" section of this Press Release and Company's MD&A for a complete definition and reconciliation to the Company's financial statements.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Great Panther Silver LimitedRhonda BennettoVice President Corporate Communications1-888-355-1766Great Panther Silver LimitedRobert A. ArcherChief Executive Officer1-888-355-1766info@greatpanther.comwww.greatpanther.com