Vancouver, B.C. -- Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. (TSX.V:SCZ) (the "Company" or "Santacruz") reports on the operating and financial results from the Veta Grande Project in Zacatecas, Mexico and the Rosario Project in San Luis Potosi, Mexico for the second quarter of 2018. The full version of the financial statements and accompanying management's discussion and analysis can be viewed on the Company's website at www.santacruzsilver.com or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All amounts are in thousands of US dollars unless otherwise indicated.
"During the second quarter we saw the beginning of the turnaround in our mining operations." stated Carlos Silva, Chief Operating Officer of Santacruz. "Although the positive changes to our production volumes and operating costs were modest we firmly believe that we are now on the path to improved operating results at both Veta Grande and Rosario." Mr. Silva continued, "With the mill expansion at Veta Grande completed and a better delineated mine plan on its way, our focus now is to improve underground stope production at both mines. Anticipated improvements include an increase to the grade of mineralized material being fed to both mills as well as higher metal recoveries which are expected to result in increased production and a lower unit cost of production."
Selected operating and financial information for the three-month periods ended June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017 is presented below:
|2018 Q2||2018 Q1||2017 Q2|
|Revenue -- Mining Operations||1,466||753||2,641|
|Revenue -- Mining Services||3,569||2,413||-|
|Gross Profit (Loss) (4)||1,287||(117)||(1,827)|
|Net Income (Loss)||3,297||(806)||(8,485)|
|Net Income (Loss) Per Share -- Basic ($/share)||0.02||0.00||(0.05)|
|Adjusted EBITDA (4)||1,048||(209)||(1,390)|
|Material Processed (tonnes milled)||52,025||48,068||57,685|
|Silver Equivalent Produced (ounces) (1)||174,175||154,175||270,659|
|Silver Equivalent Sold (payable ounces) (2)||116,314||59,648||219,226|
|Production Cost per Tonne (3) ($/t)||66.12||52.97||59.15|
|Cash Cost per Silver Equivalent ($/oz.) (3)||32.54||45.94||21.24|
|All-in Sustaining Cost per Silver Equivalent ($/oz.) (3)||35.48||55.84||24.62|
|Average Realized Silver Price per Ounce ($/oz.) (2) (5)||16.55||16.78||17.17|
The Company realized an average silver price of $16.55 per ounce during Q2 2018 which is largely unchanged from Q1 2018 and a 3% decrease as compared to Q2 2017.
The Company recorded net income of $3,297 in Q2 2018 compared to a net loss of $806 in Q1 2018 and net loss of $8,485 in Q2 2017. The Q2 2017 net loss was significantly impacted by an impairment charge of $5,284 related to the sale of the Gavilanes Property. The Q2 2018 net income was positively impacted by a one-time adjustment of $2,590 relating to the forgiveness of certain trade debt by Carrizal.
Revenues in Q2 2018 of $5,035 include mining operations of $1,466 (Q2 2017 - $2,641; Q1 2018 - $753) and mining services of $3,569 (Q2 2017 - $nil; Q1 2018 - $2,413). Mining operations revenues in Q2 2018 decreased as a result of management's decision to focus on mine development at both the Veta Grande and Rosario Projects leading to lower grade mineralized material being sent for processing.
The Company recorded a gross profit of $1,287 during Q2 2018 (Q2 2017 -- loss of $1,827; Q1 2018 -- loss of $117). The gross profit recorded in Q2 2018 and gross loss reported in Q1 2018 reflect the combined results of the Company's mining operations and mining services activities. During these periods the mining operations resulted in gross losses of $2,165 and $2,129 for Q2 2018 and Q1 2018 respectively while mining services resulted in gross profit of $3,452 and $2,012 for the same periods.
Operational Results and Costs
Cash cost per ounce in Q2 2018 was $32.54 per payable ounce of silver sold, an increase of 53% from $21.24 per ounce in Q2 2017 and a decrease of 29% from $45.94 per ounce in Q1 2018. Cash cost per ounce was higher in Q2 2018 as compared to Q2 2017 primarily due to lower head grades in the quarter arising from management's decision to focus on mine development at both the Veta Grande and Rosario Projects leading to lower grade mineralized material being sent for processing. Conversely cash cost per ounce was lower in Q2 2018 as compared to Q1 2018 due to higher grade mineralized material being mined and processed in Q2 2018. Cash costs at both projects are expected to decrease in Q3 2018 as higher-grade material will be available for mining on a consistent basis at that time and production throughput is also expected to increase.
All-in Sustaining Cost per ounce in Q2 2018 was $35.48 per payable ounce of silver sold, an increase of 44% from $24.62 per ounce in Q2 2017 and a decrease of 8% from $38.53 per ounce per ounce in Q1 2018. The changes occurred for the same reasons as those relating to the cash cost per ounce changes referenced above.
About Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd.
Santacruz is a Mexican focused silver company with two producing silver projects (Veta Grande Project and Rosario Project) and two exploration properties (Minillas Property and Zacatecas Properties). The Company is managed by a technical team of professionals with proven track records in developing, operating and discovering silver mines in Mexico. Our corporate objective is to become a mid-tier silver producer.
Arturo Préstamo Elizondo,
President and CEO
For further information please contact:
Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd.
Telephone: (011) (52) 81 8378 5707
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Forward looking information
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute "forward-looking information" as such term is used in applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information is based on plans, expectations and estimates of management at the date the information is provided and is subject to certain factors and assumptions. In making the forward-looking statements included in this news release, the Company has applied several material assumptions, that the Company's financial condition and development plans do not change as a result of unforeseen events, that third party mineralized material to be milled by the Company will have properties consistent with management's expectations, that the Company will receive all required regulatory approvals, and that future metal prices and the demand and market outlook for metals will remain stable or improve. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause plans, estimates and actual results to vary materially from those projected in such forward-looking information. Factors that could cause the forward-looking information in this news release to change or to be inaccurate include, but are not limited to, the risk that any of the assumptions referred to prove not to be valid or reliable, which could result in lower revenue, higher cost, or lower production levels; delays and/or cessation in planned work; changes in the Company's financial condition and development plans; delays in regulatory approval; risks associated with the interpretation of data (including in respect of the third party mineralized material) regarding the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits; the possibility that results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations, as well as the other risks and uncertainties applicable to mineral exploration and development activities and to the Company as set forth in the Company's continuous disclosure filings filed under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com. There can be no assurance that any forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, the reader should not place any undue reliance on forward-looking information or statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information or statements, other than as required by applicable law.
The decisions to commence production at the Rosario Mine, Cinco Estrellas Property and Membrillo Prospect were not based on a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability, but rather on a more preliminary estimate of inferred mineral resources. Accordingly, there is increased uncertainty and economic and technical risks of failure associated with this production decision. Production and economic variables may vary considerably, due to the absence of a complete and detailed site analysis according to and in accordance with NI 43-101.
Veta Grande Project
The decision to commence production at Veta Grande Project was not based on a feasibility study on mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability. Accordingly, there is increased uncertainty and economic and technical risks of failure associated with this production decision. Production and economic variables may vary considerably due to the absence of a complete and detailed site analysis according to and in accordance with NI 43-101.