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Copper Mountain announces second quarter 2013 results

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This release should be read with the unaudited financial statements and management's discussion and analysis available at www.cumtn.com and filed on www.sedar.com. Our financial results are prepared in accordance with IFRS and expressed in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise noted. Sales and production volumes for the Company's 75%-owned Copper Mountain mine are presented on a 100% basis unless otherwise indicated.


Web Site: www.CuMtn.com
TSX: CUM

VANCOUVER, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (TSX: CUM) (the "Company" or "Copper Mountain") announces revenues of $45.7 million after pricing adjustments and treatment charges for the three months ended June 30, 2013.

Second Quarter 2013 Highlights (100% Basis)
  • Revenues of $45.7 million for the quarter.
  • Copper concentrate shipments contained approximately 14.7 million pounds of copper, 5,600 ounces of gold, and 71,000 ounces of silver during the quarter.
  • Total production for the 2013 second quarter at Copper Mountain Mine (100% ) was 15.7 million pounds of copper, 5,600 ounces of gold and 71,000 ounces of silver.
  • Mining activities continued at a steady rate of 171,000 tonnes per day moved during the second quarter of 2013.
  • Milling activities continued to improve - Operating time was 86.6% in the second quarter of 2013 (including 92.3% in June) as compared to 85.9% for the first quarter.
  • EBITDA1 and Adjusted EBITDA2 were ($3.0) million and $10.6 million respectively.
  • Adjusted loss3 4 was $1.5 million or $0.01 per share for the quarter.
  • Site cash costs were US$1.81 per pound of copper produced net of precious metal credits.
  • Total costs were US$2.32 per pound of copper sold net of precious metal credits and after all off site charges.
  • Average realized copper price for the period US $3.18 per pound.

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1EBITDA represents earnings before interest, income taxes and depreciation
2Adjusted EBITDA removes unrealized gains/ losses on derivative instruments and foreign exchange gains/ losses
3Adjusted earnings (loss) and adjusted earnings (loss) per share are non GAAP financial measures which remove unrealized gains/ losses on interest rate swaps and foreign currency gains/ losses
4Calculated based on weighted average number of shares outstanding under the basic method based on earnings attributable to shareholders

Jim O'Rourke, President and CEO of Copper Mountain, remarked "although SAG Mill throughput has challenged us longer than we anticipated following the start-up period, we are confident that recently implemented modifications will provide short term improvements while the longer term solutions are implemented..  We are cash flow positive and we will be continuing to improve the operation as we increase the amount of minus 2 inch ore in the SAG Mill feed that will allow us to meet our production goals".

Mr. O'Rourke continued, "Looking forward, management's efforts are fully focused on optimizing the mill operations which include finalizing the work required to advance the installation of a permanent secondary crushing at the mine site.  Production scale tests completed with pre-crushed ore to the SAG Mill have confirmed that by pre-crushing 100% of the ore to minus two inches the concentrator can achieve throughput rates above the designed capacity of 35,000 tpd.  The Copper Mountain board of directors have approved the installation of a permanent SAG mill pre crusher and management is working with the Company's partner and lenders to obtain their agreements to move forward expeditiously"

Production during the quarter totaled 15.7 million pounds of copper, 5,600 ounces of gold, and 71,000 ounces of silver.  Sales for the quarter were 14.7 million pounds of copper, 5,400 ounces of gold, and 66,000 ounces of silver, generating an Adjusted EBITDA of $10.6 million for the quarter.  Listed in the table below is a summary of the financial results:

Summary Financial Results
 
        Three months ended
June 30,
Six months ended
June 30,
(CDN$, except for cash cost data in US$)       2013
$
    2012
(restated)
$
    2013
$
    2012
(restated)
$
                           
Revenues       45,698,504     60,721,215     100,792,325     131,740,948
Gross profit (loss)       (1,634,959)     11,938,282     6,429,449     41,106,341
Operating income (loss)       (2,625,165)     9,906,729     3,684,334     37,604,995
Adjusted earnings (loss)5       1,527,901     17,555,823     9,372,195     36,804,018
Net Income (loss)       (12,083,649)     (2,169,540)     (14,355,559)     28,497,389
Earnings (loss) attributable to shareholders of the Company       (14,766,979)     (2,079,811)     (17,041,754)     20,253,046
Adjusted earnings (loss) per share6       0.02     0.18     0.10     0.38
Earnings (loss) per share7       (0.15)     (0.02)     (0.17)     0.21
EBITDA       (3,004,792)     6,965,749     4,456,917     46,597,506
Adjusted EBITDA       10,606,758     26,691,112     28,184,671     54,904,135
                           
Cash and cash equivalents       6,983,156     27,189,047     6,983,156     27,189,047
Working capital       (1,699,149)     34,010,148     (1,699,149)     34,010,148
Equity       243,043,981     243,886,611     243,043,981     243,886,611
                           
Copper produced (lbs)       15,700,000     16,557,000     29,900,000     30,266,000
Gold produced (oz)       5,600     4,500     11,000     8,700
Silver produced (oz)       71,000     113,500     135,000     210,000
                           
Copper sold (lbs)       14,700,000     18,107,000     29,800,000     33,855,000
Gold sold (oz)       5,400     5,600     11,300     11,300
Silver sold (oz)       66,000     124,000     135,000     248,500
Site cash costs per pound of copper produced (net of gold, silver credits) (US$)       1.81     1.24     1.72     1.23
Total cash costs per pound of copper sold (net of gold, silver credits) (US$)       2.32     1.89     2.25     1.81

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5 Adjusted earnings (loss) and adjusted earnings (loss) per share are non-GAAP financial measures which remove unrealized gains/losses on interest rate swaps and unrealized foreign currency gains/losses.
6 Calculated based on weighted average number of shares outstanding under the basic method based on adjusted earnings.
7 Calculated based on weighted average number of shares outstanding under the basic method based on earnings attributable to shareholders.

Copper Mountain Mine

During the quarter, the company completed three shipments of concentrate containing approximately 14.7 million pounds of copper to Japan for smelting and recorded revenues, net of smelter charges and pricing adjustments, of $45.7 million, realizing a gross loss of $1.6 million.  The total cash cost of copper sold for the three months ended June 30, 2013 was US$2.32 per pound of copper after gold and silver by-product credits, up from $2.18 in the earlier quarter as a result of low production during the quarter.

Mining activities continued in the Pit #3 and Pit#2 area during the quarter.  A total of 14.7 million tonnes of material was mined, including 4.4 million tonnes of ore and 10.3 million tonnes of waste at an average mining rate of 171,000 tonnes of per day moved during the second quarter of 2013.  The ore grade averaged 0.33% Copper for the second quarter.  Site cash costs were $1.81 per pound of copper after gold and silver by-product credits.

Mill improvements were achieved during the quarter, in spite of the mill transformer loss time incident in mid-May that was fully repaired by early June, a full week ahead of schedule.  The repaired transformer had all three sets of coils replaced and was fully inspected and certified as new prior to being returned to operation with a one year warranty.  The mine exited the quarter on a positive note with the mill availability averaging 92.3% and copper production of 6.1 million pounds for the month of June. Mine production was 15.7 million pounds of copper, 5,600 ounces of gold, and 71,000 ounces of silver during the three months of operations ended June 30, 2013.  This brought production for the six months to 29.9 million pounds of copper, 11,000 ounces of gold and 135,000 ounces of silver.

Plans for the mill operation for the balance of the year involve all available methods to provide finer ore to the SAG Mill.  Utilizing high energy blasting will continue to maximize fragmentation of the ore, the contract portable crusher will continue to provide about 4,500 tpd of minus 2 inch ore and a newly acquired and installed portable crusher in July will provide up to 7,500 tpd of minus 2 inch SAG mill feed.  These short term measures have had positive results towards increasing mill throughput.

The Company ended the quarter with a working capital deficit of $1.7 million, as compared with a working capital of $10.1 million at March 31, 2013.  Cash at the end of the quarter totaled $7.0 million as compared to $8.7 million at the end of the previous quarter as a result timing of the last shipment of the quarter which occurred on June 28, 2013.  Subsequent to the end of the quarter on July 7, 2013 the Company received $8.6 million for this shipment.  In addition, subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company contributed in kind $18.8 million of mining equipment that is being used by the Copper Mountain Mine and was originally purchased in early 2012 for the mine, and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation contributed an additional $6.3 million in cash to the project to match their pro rata share of the Company's contribution.

Listed below are a summarized income statement and balance sheet as well as conference call in details:

Summarized Balance Sheet            
      June 30,
2013
$
    December 31,
2012
(restated) $
Assets            
Current assets     47,461,461     60,528,061
Restricted cash     -     6,013,726
Deferred tax asset     1,718,645     1,301,220
Reclamation bonds     8,816,500     8,200,500
Property, plant and equipment     538,331,514     541,607,854
Low grade stockpile     24,855,653     14,168,942
      621,183,773     631,820,303
Liabilities            
Current liabilities     49,160,610     49,851,807
Decommissioning and restoration provision     7,001,050     6,997,883
Interest rate swap liability     7,209,752     10,980,888
Long-term debt     312,318,817     304,178,343
Deferred tax liability     2,449,563     2,754,880
      378,139,792     374,763,801
Equity            
Share capital     158,110,551     157,942,209
Contributed surplus     9,643,976     9,469,280
Retained earnings (deficit)     984,002     18,025,756
Non-controlling interest     74,305,452     71,619,257
Total equity     243,043,981     257,056,502
      621,183,773     631,820,303



Summarized Income Statement
 
       Three months ended June 30,             Six months ended June 30,
      2013
$
2012
(restated note 3)
$
2013
$
2012
(restated note 3)
$
           
Revenue   45,698,504 60,721,215 100,792,325 131,740,948
Cost of sales   (47,333,463) (48,782,933) (94,362,876) (90,634,607)
Gross profit (loss)   (1,634,959) 11,938,282 6,429,449 41,106,341
           
Other income and expenses          
  General and administration   (1,032,273) (1,191,387) (2,729,140) (2,403,371)
  Share based compensation   42,067 (840,166) (15,975) (1,097,975)
Operating income (loss)   (2,625,165) 9,906,729 3,684,334 37,604,995
           
Finance income            85,943 736,696          185,424 945,775
Finance expense   (2,203,677) (2,464,922) (4,302,996) (4,309,435)
Unrealized gain (loss) on interest rate swap         2,264,371 (3,331,469)       2,554,208 (3,331,469)
Foreign exchange (loss) gain   (10,522,553) (6,736,181) (16,781,845) (1,457,716)
           
Income (loss) before tax   (13,001,081) (1,889,147) (14,660,875) 29,452,150
           
Current resource tax recovery (expense)   (120,016) (280,393) (417,425) (954,761)
Deferred income tax recovery (expense)   1,037,448 - 722,741 -
           
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)   (12,083,649) (2,169,540) (14,355,559) 28,497,389
           
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to:          
  Shareholders of the Company   (14,766,979) (2,079,811) (17,041,754) 20,523,046
  Non-controlling interest   2,683,330 (89,729) 2,686,195 7,974,343
    (12,083,649) (2,169,540) (14,355,559) 28,497,389
Earnings per share:          
  Basic   (0.15) (0.02) (0.17) 0.21
  Diluted   (0.15) (0.02) (0.17) 0.20
           
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted   98,617,849 98,504,421 98,617,849 98,492,963
           
Shares outstanding at end of the period   98,619,427 98,505,377 98,619,427 98,505,377


The full set of financial statements and accompanying MD&A are posted on Sedar.com.

Guidance Revision
Copper Mountain is now projecting 2013 production to be approximately 65 to 70 million pounds of copper, 28,000 to 30,000 ounces of gold, and 255,000 to 275,000 ounces of silver. The revised guidance is based on mining operations continuing in both the Pit 2 and Pit 3 areas with more ore coming from the Pit 3 area and the mill operating at a rate of 32,000 tpd for the balance of 2013.  Management believe that the steps taken, including the high powder factor blasting that maximizes fragmentation, combined with the contractor portable crusher and the newly acquired and installed portable crusher will allow the mill to operate at or above the 32,000 tpd range in order to achieve production targets.

About Copper Mountain Mining Corporation:
Copper Mountain's flagship asset is the 75% owned Copper Mountain mine located in southern British Columbia near the town of Princeton. The Company has a strategic alliance with Mitsubishi Materials Corporation who owns the remaining 25%. The Copper Mountain mine commenced production in the summer of 2011, and has continued to improve its operations during the year; and attained design capacity in the summer of 2012. The 18,000 acre site has a resource of approximately 5 billion pounds of copper and remains open laterally and at depth. The mine has significant exploration potential that will need to be explored over the next few years to fully appreciate the properties full development potential.  Additional information is available on the Company's new web page at www.CuMtn.com.

Copper Mountain will host a conference call on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time (7:30 a.m. Pacific Time) to discuss the 2013 second quarter results. The conference call may be accessed by dialing:

Live Dial-in information
Toronto and international:416-764-8609
North America (toll-free):888-390-0605
To participate in the webcast live via your computer go to: http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/detail/1201005/1317021

Replay call information
Toronto and international:416-764-8677,  passcode  921203    
North America (toll-free): 888-390-0541,  passcode  921203  

The conference call replay will be available from 10:30 am (PST) on August 12th, 2013, until 11:59 pm PST on August 18th , 2013 Participant audio webcast will also be available on the company's website http://www.cumtn.com


On behalf of the Board of

COPPER MOUNTAIN MINING CORPORATION

"Rod Shier" 

Rodney A. Shier, CA.
Chief Financial Officer

Note:  This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results.  Readers are referred to the documents, filed by the Company on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.  The Company undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statement. 

SOURCE Copper Mountain Mining Corporation



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