Record Quarterly Production at Çöpler
TORONTO, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Alacer Gold Corp. ("Alacer" or the "Corporation") [TSX: ASR and ASX: AQG] announced that it has filed its second quarter 2013 financial results and related management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A"). The corresponding financial statements and MD&A are available on www.AlacerGold.com and on www.SEDAR.com.
Mr. David Quinlivan, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "Our flagship Çöpler Mine achieved record quarterly gold production of 68,195 ounces in Q2 2013, which is 10,395 ounces or 18% more than the previous record. In this challenging gold price environment, Çöpler provided strong cash flow of $41 million, before taking into account approximately $14 million in 'one-time' capital expenses for SART, clay sizer and the agglomerator during the quarter. Çöpler's average Total Cash Costs were $395 per ounce. The balance sheet remains strong, finishing the quarter with $268 million in cash, including $50 million in Australia. The current sale process for our Australian assets is ongoing and in accordance with international accounting standards we are reporting these assets as Discontinued Operations. We are continuing to reduce costs across our business as well as evaluating how best to optimize gold production going forward."
Second Quarter 2013 Highlights
- On June 12, 2013, the Corporation announced the initiation of a process to pursue divestment of its Australian assets to enable the Corporation to focus on its high margin operations and exploration activities in Turkey.
- On April 5, 2013, the Corporation completed the sale of its 49% minority interest in the Frog's Leg joint venture for $149.2 million (of which $147.5 million has been received to date, with remaining payment due in the second half of 2013) and recorded a net gain of $8.2 million.
- On April 5, 2013 the Corporation repaid in full the AUD$50 million revolving credit facility held at the Australian Business Unit. The Corporation's total debt is now $5.4 million at June 30, 2013.
- On April 30, 2013, the Corporation paid a special dividend of $0.24 per share totaling $70.3 million.
- The gold price per ounce decreased 25% during the period from $1,598 at April 1, 2013 to $1,192 on June 30, 2013. To address the decline in gold prices, the Corporation completed an in-depth review of current operations and ancillary activities to identify cash generation opportunities of $60 million. These include a reduction in staffing levels, including a number of management-level employees.
- Total Group cash balance as of June 30, 2013 is $268.7 million, an increase of $14.1 million over the balance as of March 31, 2013.
- On July 29, 2013, the Corporation paid $58 million (AUD$64.4 million) of Western Australian stamp duty taxes related to the merger in 2011. The Corporation believes that the assessed stamp duty amount has been overstated by approximately A$21 million and will be appealing this assessment.
- The Corporation re-affirms its previously issued production and cost guidance for 2013.
Continuing Operations - Turkish Business Unit and Corporate
- Çöpler achieved record monthly production of 28,178 ounces in June and record quarterly production of 68,195 ounces for Q2 2013.
- Çöpler reached the 500,000 ounces of gold production milestone on July 10, 2013.
- Attributable gold production1 was 54,556 ounces for Q2 2013.
- Total Cash Costs/ounce2 were $395 for Q2 2013.
- All-in Sustaining Costs/ounce2 were $885 and All-in Costs/ounce2 were $916 for Q2 2013.
- Working capital increased by $94.0 million during the quarter to $258.8 million at June 30, 2013.
- Attributable net profit from continuing operations was $18.4 million for Q2 2013.
- Adjusted Net Profit2 was $24.5 million, or $0.08 per share, for Q2 2013.
- Cash flow from continuing operations totaled $30.1 million for Q2 2013.
Discontinued Operations - Australian Business Unit
- Total gold production was 41,622 ounces for Q2 2013.
- Total Cash Costs/ounce2 were $1,268 for Q2 2013.
- Operational and investing cash outflows were $15.3 million in Q2 2013, excluding Frog's Leg sale proceeds net of related distributions.
- In view of the Corporation's decision to pursue the divestment of its Australian assets and the lower more volatile gold price environment currently prevailing, the Corporation has recognized a non-cash impairment loss of $412 million resulting from the re-measurement of Australian assets to fair value less costs to sell.
1 Attributable gold production is reduced by the 20% non-controlling interest at Çöpler.
2 Total Cash Costs/ounce, All-in Sustaining Costs/ounce, All-in Costs/ounce and Adjusted Net Profit are non-IFRS financial performance measures with no standardized definitions under IFRS. For further information and detailed reconciliations, see the "Non-IFRS Measures" section of the MD&A.
Australian Asset Impairment
In accordance with the applicable accounting standards, the carrying value of the Australian Business Unit assets on Alacer's balance sheet were recently reviewed and resulted in an impairment loss of $412 million. The cash flow valuations used are significantly affected by a number of factors including estimates of production levels, operating costs, and capital expenditures reflected in our life-of-mine plans, as well as economic factors beyond management's control, such as gold prices, discount rates, and observable net asset valuation multiples. The reduction in the value of the Australian asset has largely been driven by the significant decrease in the gold price and associated market sentiment during the first half of 2013.
Conference Call Details
Alacer will host a conference call on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm (North America Eastern Daylight Time) and Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 8:00 am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).
You may listen to the call via webcast at http://services.choruscall.ca/links/alacer1307.html. The conference call presentation will also be available at the link provided prior to the call commencing.
You may participate in the conference call by dialing:
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|800-930-470||for Hong Kong|
|1-800-017-8660||for United Kingdom|
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If you are unable to participate in the call, a webcast will be archived until October 30, 2013 and a recording of the call will be available on Alacer's website at www.AlacerGold.com or through replay until Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by using passcode 2651# and calling:
|1-800-319-6413||for U.S. and Canada|
Alacer Gold Corp. is a leading mid-tier gold mining company with interests in multiple mines which provide ore to three processing facilities in Australia and Turkey:
- 80% interest in the Çöpler Gold Mine;
- 100% interest in the Higginsville Gold Operations; and
- 100% interest in the South Kalgoorlie Gold Operations.
Alacer's primary focus is to maximize portfolio value, maximize free cash flow, minimize project risk, and return value to shareholders. Alacer has a strong balance sheet and is committed to responsibly developing its current operations and focused exploration programs creating value. On June 12, 2013, Alacer Gold announced that it had initiated a process to pursue a sale of its Australian assets.
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