Pan American Silver to eliminate silver and gold hedge contracts
(All amounts in US dollars unless otherwise stated)
VANCOUVER, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Pan American Silver Corp. (PAAS: NASDAQ; PAA: TSX) ("Pan American" or the "Company") has decided to close out its outstanding silver and gold hedges.
The Company previously announced that it had entered into forward contracts for 5.3 million ounces of silver and 24,000 ounces of gold, at average prices of $20.43 per ounce of silver and $1,323 per ounce of gold, spread relatively equally over a period of 12 months. The amount of silver and gold under contract represented approximately 20% and 18% of the Company's forecasted 12-month silver and gold production, respectively.
Through accelerated physical metal delivery and straight repurchase, Pan American now intends to close all of these forward contracts before the end of the current year.
President and CEO, Geoff Burns commented on the Company's decision; "We decided to put the hedges in place as a short term tactical response, to reduce risk during a time of extreme price volatility. However, our action may have inadvertently sent the wrong message to the market and to our shareholders about our hedging philosophy and our view of the long term prospects for silver and gold." Burns continued, "We have become more comfortable that we will realize the benefits of our cost reduction initiatives and are considerably more optimistic about the short term prospects for both silver and gold, therefore negating the conditions that initially lead us to enter into the hedges. More importantly, we need to unequivocally reassure our shareholders that the Company's fundamental philosophy is still that of not hedging our precious metal production, thereby providing maximum exposure to the price of silver."
About Pan American
Pan American's vision is to be the world's pre-eminent silver producer, with a reputation for excellence in discovery, engineering, innovation and sustainable development. The Company has seven operating mines in Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia. Pan American also owns several development projects in USA, Mexico, Peru and Argentina.
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. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Statements containing forward-looking information express, as at the date of this NEWS RELEASE, the Company's plans, estimates, forecasts, projections, expectations, or beliefs as to future events or results. SUCH forward-looking statements AND information include, but are not limited to statements as to any future hedging of precious metals; the benefits of hedging or non-hedging and the successful closing out of its hedging positions and the financial impact of doing so.
These statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are necessarily based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors, both known and unknown, could cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements that are or may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements contained in this News Release and the Company has made assumptions and estimates based on or related to many of these factors. Such factors include, without limitation: fluctuations in spot and forward markets for silver, gold, base metals and certain other commodities (such as natural gas, fuel oil and electricity); fluctuations in currency markets (such as the Peruvian sol, Mexican peso, Argentine peso and Bolivian boliviano versus the U.S. dollar); risks related to the technological and operational nature of the Company's business; changes in national and local government, legislation, taxation, controls or regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia or other countries where the Company may carry on business in the future; risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining (including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected geological or structural formations, pressures, cave-ins and flooding); RISKS RELATING TO THE CREDIT WORTHINESS OR FINANCIAL CONDITION OF SUPPLIERS, REFINERS AND OTHER PARTIES WITH WHOM THE COMPANY DOES BUSINESS; inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks and hazards; employee relations; RELATIONSHIPS WITH AND CLAIMS BY LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS; availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits AND THE PRESENCE OF LAWS AND REGULATIONS THAT MAY IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS ON MINING, INCLUDING THOSE CURRENTLY IN THE PROVINCE OF CHUBUT, ARGENTINA; diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as properties are mined; global financial conditions; business opportunities that may be presented to, or pursued by, the Company; challenges to, OR DIFFICULTY IN MAINTAINING, the Company's title to properties AND CONTINUED OWNERSHIP THEREOF; the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, and changes in project parameters to deal with unanticipated economic or other factors; increased competition in the mining industry for properties, equipment, qualified personnel, and their costs; and those factors identified under the caption "Risks Related to Pan American's Business" in the Company's most recent Form 40F and Annual Information Form filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities. Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty or reliance on forward-looking statements. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, described or intended. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements or information to reflect changes in assumptions or changes in circumstances or any other events affecting such statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.
SOURCE Pan American Silver Corp.