Golden Minerals Reports Year-End 2015 Results

Feb 25, 2016, 17:05 ET from Golden Minerals Company

GOLDEN, Colo., Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Golden Minerals Company ("Golden Minerals" or the "Company") (NYSE MKT: AUMN) (TSX: AUM) has today announced financial results for the full year ending December 31, 2015. 

2015 Summary

  • Revenue of (US)$8.1 million in 2015 compared to $0.2 million in 2014
  • Net loss of $25.4 million in 2015, related primarily to an impairment charge of $13.2 million to the Velardena Properties, compared to a net loss of $18.8 million in 2014
  • Generated approximately 465,000 payable silver equivalent ounces (AgEq oz)1 in 2015, including 327,000 oz silver and 1,976 oz gold, compared to approximately 42,300 payable AgEq oz generated in 2014, including approximately 28,700 oz silver and 194 oz gold
  • Sold approximately 494,000 AgEq oz in 2015, including 346,000 oz silver and 2,114 oz gold, compared to approximately 14,700 AgEq oz sold in 2014, including 9,500 oz silver and 75 oz gold
  • Cash and cash equivalents on hand of $4.1 million as of December 31, 2015, compared to $8.6 million as of December 31, 2014

Financial Results

The Company reported a net loss of $25.4 million for the full year 2015, related primarily to an impairment charge of $13.2 million to the net book value of the Velardena Properties mineral resource, compared to a net loss of $18.8 million in 2014.  The Company wrote down the mineral resource value pursuant to a valuation assessment related to the shutdown of mining and milling activities that occurred in November 2015.  The remaining difference in net loss between 2015 and 2014 is primarily attributable to the following:

  • Revenue from sale of metals of $7.4 million in 2015 compared to $0.2 million in 2014. Revenue in both years is related to the Company's Velardena Properties in Mexico, which processed mined material from November 2014 to November 2015. Mining at Velardena was suspended in November 2015 due to low metals prices and continued loss from operations.
  • Costs of sales at Velardena of $9.9 million in 2015 compared to $1.7 million in 2014
  • Oxide plant lease revenue, net of reimbursable costs, of $0.5 million in 2015, compared to no lease revenue in 2014
  • Exploration expenses of $3.6 million in 2015 compared to $5.5 million in 2014
  • Velardena and El Quevar project expenses of $1.2 million in 2015 compared to $4.7 million in 2014
  • Velardena shutdown and care and maintenance costs of $1.2 million in 2015 compared to $2.5 million in 2014
  • Depreciation-related expenses of $4.5 million in 2015 compared to $3.1 million in 2014
  • Interest and other income of $3.1 million in 2015 related primarily to a reduction in a loss contingency and a tax refund compared to $1.7 million in 2014 primarily related to a loss contingency
  • Derivative income related to the Company's warrants and to a one year $5.0 million convertible loan signed with The Sentient Group in October 2015 of $1.9 million in 2015 compared to $1.7 million in 2014

The Company's December 31, 2015 $4.1 million cash and cash equivalents balance is $4.5 million lower than the year-end 2014 $8.6 million amount.  The primary uses of cash during 2015 were as follows:

  • $2.5 million negative operating margin (revenues less costs of sales) at Velardena
  • $1.2 million in shutdown and care and maintenance expenses at Velardena
  • $3.6 million in exploration expenditures
  • $1.1 million in care and maintenance and property holding costs at the El Quevar project
  • $4.2 million in general and administrative expenses

These items were offset in part by:

  • $5.0 million in proceeds received from the Sentient loan
  • $0.5 million of net revenue related to the lease of the Velardena oxide plant
  • $0.5 million in proceeds from sales of non-strategic property and equipment
  • $0.8 million received as a tax refund
  • $1.3 million reduction in working capital and other items

Financial Outlook

With the $4.1 million cash balance at December 31, 2015 and assuming we receive $4.8 million of net cash flow from the oxide plant lease in 2016 and the remaining principal and interest under the Sentient loan are converted into the Company's common stock prior to the loan's October 27, 2016 maturity date, the Company plans to spend approximately $8.4 million during 2016, resulting in a balance of cash and cash equivalents of approximately $0.5 million at December 31, 2016:

  • Approximately $1.2 million at the Velardena Properties for care and maintenance
  • Approximately $1.4 million on exploration, assessment and development costs related to the San Luis del Cordero property and other properties
  • Approximately $0.8 million on other exploration activities and property holding costs related to the Company's portfolio of exploration properties located primarily in Mexico
  • Approximately $0.5 million on El Quevar project maintenance, property holding and project evaluation costs
  • Approximately $3.4 million on general and administrative costs
  • Approximately $1.1 million in increased working capital

Additional information regarding full year 2015 financial results may be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K which is available on the Golden Minerals website at www.goldenminerals.com.

About Golden Minerals

Golden Minerals is a Delaware corporation based in Golden, Colorado.  The Company is primarily focused on acquiring and advancing mining properties near its Velardena processing plants and the exploration of properties in Mexico and Argentina.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act and applicable Canadian securities legislation, including statements regarding including the Company's planned activities and expenditures during 2016, anticipated cash and cash equivalents balance at year-end 2016, and net cash flow expected to be received in 2016 under a third party lease of the Velardena oxide mill.  These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including: suspensions of existing approvals and permits or delays in obtaining or failure to obtain required approvals and permits; lower than anticipated net cash flow from the oxide plant lease due to problems at the third party's mine or at the oxide plant resulting in less than anticipated production; termination of the oxide plant lease earlier than anticipated; unexpected increases in the costs of holding exploration  properties or maintaining the Velardena and El Quevar properties on care and maintenance; increases in costs and declines in general economic conditions; unfavorable results of exploration on the San Luis del Cordero property or other properties; and changes in political conditions, in tax, royalty, environmental and other laws in Mexico, and financial market conditions.  Golden Minerals assumes no obligation to update this information except as required by law.  Additional risks relating to Golden Minerals may be found in the periodic and current reports filed with the Securities Exchange Commission by Golden Minerals, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Golden Minerals Company
Karen Winkler
Director of Investor Relations
(303) 839-5060
Investor.relations@goldenminerals.com

GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Expressed in United States dollars)






December 31,


December 31,





2015


2014





 (in thousands, except share data)

Assets





Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents 


$           4,077


$           8,579


Short-term investments 


72


-


Trade receivables


546


-


Inventories 


330


1,497


Value added tax receivable 


400


1,316


Prepaid expenses and other assets 


451


835



Total current assets


5,876


12,227

Property, plant and equipment, net 


11,125


29,031



Total assets


$         17,001


$         41,258

Liabilities and Equity





Current liabilities






Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities 


$           1,144


$           1,639


Convertible note payable 


3,702


-


Derivative liability 


488


-


Deferred revenue 


500


-


Other current liabilities 


556


2,551



Total current liabilities


6,390


4,190

Asset retirement and reclamation liabilities 


2,546


2,685

Warrant liability 


210


1,554

Other long term liabilities 


84


95



Total liabilities


9,230


8,524








Equity 






Common stock, $.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 53,335,333 and  53,162,833 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 


 

534


 

532


Additional paid in capital


484,742


484,197


Accumulated deficit 


(477,378)


(451,995)


Accumulated other comprehensive income loss


(127)


-



Shareholders' equity 


7,771


32,734



Total liabilities and equity 


$         17,001


$         41,258

 

GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(Expressed in United States dollars)






The Years Ended December 31,





2015


2014





(in thousands except per share data)

Revenue:






Sale of metals 


$         7,418


$            235


Oxide plant lease 


653


-



Total revenue


8,071


235

Costs and expenses:






Cost of metals sold (exclusive of depreciation shown below) 


(9,866)


(1,655)


Oxide plant lease costs 


(199)


-


Exploration expense


(3,634)


(5,528)


El Quevar project expense


(1,042)


(1,597)


Velardena project expense


(119)


(3,126)


Velardena shutdown and care & maintenance costs


(1,228)


(2,457)


Administrative expense


(4,242)


(4,642)


Stock based compensation


(453)


(926)


Reclamation expense


(256)


(199)


Impairment of long lived assets 


(13,181)


-


Other operating income, net


471


691


Depreciation, depletion and amortization


(4,480)


(3,128)



Total costs and expenses


(38,229)


(22,567)


Loss from operations


(30,158)


(22,332)

Other income and (expenses):






Interest expense 


(126)


-


Interest and other income 


3,083


1,708


Warrant derivative income 


1,344


1,693


Derivative income 


553


-


Gain (loss) on foreign currency


(79)


108



Other total income, net


4,775


3,509


Loss before income taxes


(25,383)


(18,823)


Income taxes 


-


-


Net loss


$      (25,383)


$      (18,823)

Other comprehensive loss:






Unrealized loss on securities, net of tax


$           (127)


$                  -


Comprehensive loss


$      (25,510)


$      (18,823)

Net loss per common share – basic (1)






Loss


$          (0.48)


$          (0.41)

Weighted average Common Stock outstanding - basic (1)


52,972,352


45,862,419



(1)

   Potentially dilutive shares have not been included because to do so would be anti-dilutive.

 

 

1 Silver equivalent ounces include silver and gold but exclude lead and zinc and are calculated at a ratio of 70 silver ounces to 1 gold ounce.

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SOURCE Golden Minerals Company



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