Dan Dickson, CEO, commented, “From a financial standpoint, our Q2 performance was stronger than the respective period last year, as revenue, cash flow and earnings were all higher. However, our operating costs are clearly not where we want them to be. We are working to optimize our operating cost profile in the second half of 2021.”
“This month, we plan to suspend operations at El Compas due to exhaustion of reserves. This small asset represents less than 5% of 2021 consolidated production and will not affect our progress towards attaining or surpassing our production guidance for the year. Our remaining production platform at Guanacevi and Bolañitos is strong and sustainable with excellent brownfield exploration opportunities.”
“We are pleased to enter the second half of the year with a robust cash balance of $125 million and a clean balance sheet ahead of a potential construction decision for Terronera later this year. We will be completing the Feasibility Study during Q3 with a construction decision anticipated shortly thereafter.”
2021 Second Quarter Highlights
- Metal Production: Produced 1,073,724 ounces (oz) silver, up 80% and 11,166 oz gold, up 92%, in-line with guidance for 2.0 million oz silver equivalent (AgEq), up 85%, at an 80:1 silver:gold ratio, compared to Q2, 2020 when operations were suspended due to COVID-19 for a portion of the period.
- Net Revenue: Totaled $47.7 million, up 136%, from the sale of 1,120,266 oz silver and 9,810 oz gold at average realized prices of $26.82 per oz silver and $1,866 per oz gold. Management withheld metal sales in Q1, 2021 and continues to carry higher metal inventory totaling 459,659 oz silver and 1,891 oz gold of bullion inventory and 12,159 oz silver and 944 oz gold in concentrate inventory.
- Operating Costs: Cash cost(1) $13.03 per oz payable silver, up 369% year-on-year and all-in sustaining cost (AISC)(1) $25.39 per oz payable silver, up 70% year-on-year, net of gold credits. Operating costs were higher than budgeted due to global supply chain constraints creating inflationary pressures, increased labor costs, a strengthening Mexican Peso and increased operating development at Guanacevi.
- Cash Flow: $8.7 million in cash flow from operations before working capital changes, up 358% compared to Q2, 2020. The Company continued to hold significant finished goods, increased deposits for equipment purchases, invested in exploration activities and advanced the Terronera Feasibility Study.
- Earnings: Realized earnings of $6.7 million or $0.04 per share, up sharply compared to a loss of $3.3 million in Q2, 2020 due to increased mine operating earnings, the gain on the sale of the El Cubo asset and gain on the sale of marketable securities, offset by increased exploration and evaluation activities, higher general and administrative costs and higher tax expense. Excluding the gain on sale of the El Cubo asset, the adjusted earnings are $0.8 million. At quarter end, the finished golds inventory was carried at a cost of $10.1 million compared to the fair market value of $17.3 million.
- Strong Balance Sheet: Cash position $125.2 million and working capital $146.8 million. Raised $28.4 million in equity financing through an ATM facility, net of issuance costs. Only remaining term liabilities are equipment loans of $7.8 million.
- Completed the Sale of El Cubo: The transaction closed on April 9, 2021 for $19.8 million in cash and share payments with up to $3 million in contingent payments payable by Guanajuato Silver (previously Vangold Mining Corp).
Subsequent to the End of the Second Quarter 2021:
- Suspension of Operations at El Compas: The Company has decided to suspend mining and milling operations at El Compas in August. Mining assets and key talent will be transferred within the Company to Bolañitos and Terronera. The associated suspension costs are estimated to be $1.3 million, including $1.0 million in severance, to be incurred over the remainder of the year. Management is currently evaluating its alternatives for the assets.
- Agreement to Acquire Bruner Gold Project from Canamex: strategic acquisition opportunity for an advanced stage exploration property in a favorable jurisdiction for $10 million in cash. The agreement is subject to Canamex shareholder approval in Q3 (see EDR news release dated July 19, 2021).
- Mine operating cash flow, cash costs and all-in sustaining costs are non-IFRS measures. Please refer to the definitions in the Company’s Management Discussion & Analysis.
In Q2 2021, net revenue increased 136% to $47.7 million as a result of higher metal prices and increased production. Mine operating cash flows, operating cash flows and EBITDA increased significantly compared to Q2, 2020. For a period in Q2, 2020, the mine operations were suspended due to government decree to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Company recognized earnings of $6.7 million compared to a loss of $3.3 million in Q2, 2020. A gain of $5.8 million was recognized on the sale of the El Cubo mine and related assets and liabilities.
Cost of sales for Q2, 2021 was $37.5 million, an increase of 109% over the cost of sales of $17.1 million for the same period of 2020. The increase in cost of sales was primarily related to the 76% increase in silver ounces sold, significantly higher royalty costs, labour costs and additional costs attributed to global supply constraints. Royalties increased 438% from $0.8 million to $4.3 million due to higher production and realized prices and the increased mining of the high grade Porvenir Cuatro extensions at the Guanaceví operation, which are subject to the significantly higher royalty rates.
The Company slightly decreased its finished goods silver and increased its finished goods gold inventory to 459,659oz and 1,891 oz, respectively at June 30, 2021 compared to 529,817 oz silver and 1,689 oz gold at March 31, 2021. The cost allocated to these finished goods was $10.1 million at June 30, 2021, compared to $8.0 million at March 31, 2021. At June 30, 2021, the finished goods inventory fair market value was $17.3 million, compared to $15.9 million at March 31, 2021.
Financial Results (Consolidated Statement of Operations Appended Below)
For the period ended June 30, 2021, the Company generated net revenue of $47.7 million an increase of 136% compared to $20.2 million. Gross sales of $48.3 million in Q2, 2021 represented a 136% increase over the $20.5 million for the same period in 2020. There was a 76% increase in silver ounces sold and a 57% increase in the realized silver price resulting in a 179% increase to silver sales. Similarly, there was an 88% increase in gold ounces sold at prices similar to the prior year resulting in an 88% increase in gold sales. During the period, the Company sold 1,120,266 oz silver and 9,810 oz gold, for realized prices of $26.82 and $1,866 per oz, respectively, compared to sales of 634,839 oz silver and 5,218 oz gold, for realized prices of $17.04 and $1,862 per oz, respectively, in the same period of 2020. For the three months ended June 30, 2021, silver and gold spot prices averaged $26.69 and $1,816, respectively.
After cost of sales of $37.5 million (Q2, 2020 – $17.1 million), mine operating earnings amounted to a $10.2 million (Q2, 2020 –$3.1 million) from mining and milling operations in Mexico.
Excluding depreciation and depletion of $6.6 million (Q2, 2020 – $3.9 million), stock-based compensation of $0.1 million (Q2, 2020- $0.1 million) and a write-down of inventory of $0.3 million (Q2, 2020 – $0.5 million), mine operating cash flow before taxes was $17.2 million in Q2, 2021 (Q2, 2020 – $7.6 million). Operating earnings were $0.8 million (Q2, 2020 – loss of $4.6 million) after exploration and evaluation expenditures of $5.0 million (Q2, 2020 – $1.7 million), general and administrative expense of $4.3 million (Q2, 2020 – $3.1 million) and care and maintenance costs of $0.1 million (Q2, 2020 – $2.9 million).
Net earnings amounted to $6.7 million ($0.04 per share) compared to a net loss of $3.3 million (loss of $0.02 per share) in Q2, 2020.
Current income tax expense increased to $2.2 million (Q2 2020 – $0.2 million) due to increased profitability impacting special mining duty, while deferred income tax expense of $1.1 million was recognized due to the estimated use of loss carry forwards to reduce taxable income at Guanacevi (Q2 2020 – $0.5 million deferred income tax recovery).
Direct operating costs per tonne in Q2, 2021 increased 18%, to $119.94 compared with Q2, 2020 due to higher operating costs at all operations. The operations have seen a strengthening of the Mexican Peso, increased labour costs, increased third party ore purchased and increased operating development at Guanaceví compared to prior year and budgeted. Including royalties and special mining duty, direct costs per tonne increased 29% to $141.61. Royalties increase 1,781% to $4.3 million as increased production from the El Curso and El Porvenir concessions at Guanaceví with higher prices substantially increased the royalty expense. The improved profitability increased special mining duty expense to $0.9 million for Q2, 2021, which was negligible in Q2, 2020.
Consolidated cash costs per ounce, net of by-product credits (a non-IFRS measure and a standard of the Silver Institute) increased to $13.03 due to the increased direct costs per tonne. All-in sustaining costs (also a non-IFRS measure) increased to $25.39 per ounce in Q2, 2021 as a result of higher corporate general and administrative costs, increased mine site expensed exploration and increased capital expenditures at Guanaceví to accelerate mine development within the El Curso ore body. In Q2, 2021 corporate general and administrative included a $1.6 million mark to market expense of deferred share units expense whereas the mark to market expense was $1.1 million in Q2, 2020.
The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis can be viewed on the Company’s website at www.edrsilver.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR at www.sec.gov.
About Endeavour Silver – Endeavour Silver Corp. is a mid-tier precious metals mining company that owns and operates three high-grade, underground, silver-gold mines in Mexico. Endeavour is currently advancing the Terronera mine project towards a development decision and exploring its portfolio of exploration and development projects in Mexico and Chile to facilitate its goal to become a premier senior silver producer. Our philosophy of corporate social integrity creates value for all stakeholders.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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 applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements and information herein include but are not limited to statements regarding Endeavour’s anticipated performance in 2021 including changes in mining operations and production levels, the timing and results of various activities and the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on operations. The Company does not intend to and does not assume any obligation to update such forward-looking statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.
Forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, production levels, performance or achievements of Endeavour and its operations to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include but are not limited to the ultimate impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on operations and results, changes in production and costs guidance, national and local governments, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada and Mexico; financial risks due to precious metals prices, operating or technical difficulties in mineral exploration, development and mining activities; risks and hazards of mineral exploration, development and mining; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, risks in obtaining necessary licenses and permits, and challenges to the Company’s title to properties; as well as those factors described in the section “risk factors” contained in the Company’s most recent form 40F/Annual Information Form filed with the S.E.C. and Canadian securities regulatory authorities.
Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to: the continued operation of the Company’s mining operations, no material adverse change in the market price of commodities, mining operations will operate and the mining products will be completed in accordance with management’s expectations and achieve their stated production outcomes, and such other assumptions and factors as set out herein. Although the Company 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.
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