Fortuna reports consolidated financial results for the first quarter 2018
(All amounts expressed in US dollars, unless otherwise stated)
Vancouver, May 9, 2018: Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM) (TSX: FVI) today reported net income of $13.8 million, EPS of $0.09, and Adjusted EBITDA of $31.8 million in the first quarter of 2018.
Jorge A. Ganoza, President, CEO and Director, commented, "We are pleased with our results for the first quarter which provide a good start to 2018 with all our key operating and financial indicators reflecting the strength of our assets." Mr. Ganoza added, "The Company achieved record silver and gold production along with industry leading margins and cash flow generation." Mr. Ganoza concluded, "Fortuna´s business strength and liquidity will provide the necessary flexibility to meet funding requirements for the development of the Lindero Project."
First quarter consolidated financial highlights:
- Sales of $70.4 million compared to $64.8 million in Q1 2017
- Net income of $13.8 million compared to $13.0 million in Q1 2017
- EPS of $0.09 compared to $0.08 in Q1 2017
- Cash flow from operations of $20.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $31.8 million compared to $8.9 million and $30.2 million in Q1 2017
- Cash position, including short term investments, as at March 31, 2018 was $217.3 million
- Silver and gold production of 2,401,458 and 15,041 ounces, respectively
- AISC(1) per ounce of payable silver was $2.11
(1) All-in sustaining cash cost is net of by-product credits for gold, lead and zinc
First quarter consolidated financial results
Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $13.8 million or $0.09 per share compared to $13.0 million or $0.08 per share for the comparable quarter in 2017. Higher sales of 9% over the comparable quarter resulted in turn in higher operating income of 14% which was partially offset at the net income level by a higher income tax expense. The effective tax rate for the first quarter 2018 was 38% compared to 26% for the same quarter in 2017. The low effective tax rate in 2017 was due to a high inflation rate and a strong Mexican Peso against the US dollar in Q1 2017 which have a positive impact on our Mexican operation, and lowered the income tax expense.
Adjusted net income was $13.0 million compared to $14.0 million in 2017, a decrease of $1.0 million after adjusting for unrealized gains on lead and zinc derivative contracts.
Silver and gold sold were 7% and 9% lower than actual metal produced reflecting higher concentrate inventory at the end of the first quarter associated with a change in our sales contract at the San Jose mine in the first quarter which involves a shift from local delivery of the concentrates to export of concentrate. This increased our concentrate inventory 618 tonnes with an estimated value of $4.1 million. The delay in the recognition of this sale would have contributed approximately $2.7 million to pre-tax earnings or $0.01 per share after tax.
Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2018 increased $1.6 million over the prior year to $31.8 million as higher sales of $5.6 million over the comparable period in 2017 were partially offset by increases of $1.5 million in mine operating costs, $0.8 million in mine selling, general and administration costs, $1.3 million in share-based payment expense and $1.0 million in realized losses from commodity derivative contracts.
Cash provided by operating activities was $20.1 million or 126% higher than the $8.9 million for the same period in 2017.
As at March 31, 2018, the Company had cash and short-term investments of $217.3 million (December 31, 2017: $212.6 million). On January 26, 2018 the Company closed an amendment to its existing credit facility with Scotiabank to expand the facility from $40.0 million to $120.0 million. This takes our total sources of liquidity as at the end of the quarter to over $290.0 million which along with the current rate of free cash flow generated from our existing operations should provide sufficient liquidity to meet our funding needs during the construction of the Lindero project.
The San Jose Mine produced 2,185,913 ounces of silver and 14,882 ounces of gold in the first quarter of 2018 which were 22% and 13% above the comparable period in 2017. Average head grades for silver and gold were 284 g/t and 1.94 g/t which were 25% and 16% higher than the comparable period in 2017.
Cash cost per tonne of processed ore was $65.3, or 15% above the $56.9 cash cost for the comparable quarter in 2017 and 7% above annual guidance of $61.2. The higher cost compared to guidance was due to one-time items related to the operations of the dry stack tailings facility ($3.4/tonne), higher transportation costs due to increased shipments ($2.4/tonne) and faster execution of community relations program ($1.5/tonne). Cash cost per tonne for the remainder of the year is expected to be in line with guidance.
All-in sustaining cash cost per payable ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, was $4.0 for first quarter of 2018 and was below the annual guidance of $6.6 as a result of lower execution on sustaining capital and improvements in concentrate commercial terms.
Caylloma Mine, Peru
The Caylloma Mine produced 7.0 million pounds of lead and 11.0 million pounds of zinc which were 2% below and 2% above the comparable quarter in 2017. Average head grades for lead and zinc were 2.72% and 4.31%. Silver production was 215,545 ounces which was 10% lower than the comparable period in 2017 and average silver head grade was 10% lower than in 2017. Metallurgical recovery was 84% or 1% lower than in 2017.
Cash cost per tonne of processed ore for the first quarter of 2018 was $78.7, which was 7% higher than the $73.3 cash cost for the comparable quarter in 2017 and 3% below annual guidance of $81.3.
All-in sustaining cash cost per payable ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, was a negative $31.4 for the first quarter 2018 which was significantly below the annual guidance of a negative $5.2 as a result of higher by-product credits.
Reconciliation to Adjusted Net Income
The financial statements and MD&A are available on SEDAR and have also been posted on the company's website at https://www.fortunasilver.com/investors/financials/2018/.
Conference call to review first quarter 2018 financial and operational results
A conference call to discuss first quarter 2018 financial and operational results will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Eastern. 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=176642 or over the phone by dialing just prior to the starting time.
Conference call details:
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Dial in number (Toll Free): +1.877.407.8035
Dial in number (International): +1.201.689.8035
Replay number (Toll Free): +1.877.481.4010
Replay number (International): +1.919.882.2331
Replay Passcode: 10450
Playback of the conference call will be available until May 24, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Playback of the webcast will be available until August 10, 2018. In addition, a transcript of the call will be archived in the company's website: https://www.fortunasilver.com/investors/financials/2018/.
About Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Fortuna is a growth oriented, precious metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. The Company's primary assets are the Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru, the San Jose silver-gold mine in Mexico and the Lindero gold project in Argentina. The Company is selectively pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas and in select other areas.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Jorge A. Ganoza
President, CEO and Director
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Trading symbols: NYSE: FSM | TSX: FVI
Carlos Baca- T (Peru): +51.1.616.6060, ext. 0
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