Atna Reports Second Quarter 2012 Pre-Tax Earnings of $2.1 Million

Aug 13, 2012, 06:00 ET from Atna Resources Ltd.

GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Atna Resources Ltd. ("Atna" or the "Company") (TSX: ATN / OTCBB:ATNAF) today released unaudited interim financial results for the Company's second quarter; ended June 30, 2012. Unless otherwise designated, all amounts are in U.S. dollars. Additional details may be found in the MD&A and Financials filed on SEDAR and EDGAR, or on the Company's website at www.atna.com.

Highlights for Second Quarter 2012:

  • Atna generated net income of $2.0 million, $0.02 per basic share, in the Second Quarter 2012. Income before income tax was $2.1 million.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities in the Second Quarter 2012 was $3.4 million. As of quarter-end, cash and cash equivalents were $8.4 million.
  • Gold sales for the Second Quarter 2012 totaled 8,493 ounces, inclusive of a bulk-sample sale by Pinson, or 9% less than in First Quarter 2012, but 10% higher than Second Quarter 2011.
  • Briggs produced $4.9 million in operating cash flow and $3.4 million of income before tax in the Second Quarter 2012. 
  • New NI 43-101 Technical Reports were filed for the Pinson-underground, Reward and Briggs gold properties during the quarter, updating resources, reserves, economics and mine plan outlooks.
  • A proven and probable ore reserve of 1.7 million tons at an average grade of 0.369 ounces per ton, containing 644,600 ounces of gold was declared for the Pinson-underground project.
  • Development of the underground mine at Pinson progressed in the Second Quarter 2012 with completion of the secondary access in July, hiring of key staff, mobilization of an additional contractor crew, and rehabilitating existing underground workings.
  • On June 20, Pinson shipped 1,553 tons of oxide ore to a third-party processor for a trial process run. Pinson netted approximately $0.6 million from this sale, which will be credited against development costs.
  • On June 22, the Company submitted a request for modification of Pinson's existing Water Pollution Control Permit to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to allow an increased rate of mining of up to 400,000 tons per year of ore.
  • The new Technical Report for Reward increases mine life by two years over the prior estimate.  The project is now expected to have a six year life producing at an average annual rate of approximately 35,000 ounces, producing a projected net present value (NPV) of $100 million, using a gold price of $1,500 and a discount rate of 5%.

Outlook and Strategy

The Company expects the gold market to remain robust in 2012 and the foreseeable future. Atna therefore plans to continue executing upon the strategy of developing its portfolio of advanced-stage growth projects primarily using the cash flow from existing mines. In 2012, the Company plans to develop the underground mine at Pinson and bring it into production, principally using the cash flows from Briggs. Once Pinson has achieved positive cash flow, the cash generated from both Briggs and Pinson will be used to strengthen Atna's balance sheet by reducing debt and accumulating cash. This strategy will provide the opportunity for funding the sequential development of Reward and future projects in a measured and controlled manner. The Company believes that this strategy will build shareholder value, while allowing the Company to grow and prosper even in today's difficult capital markets.

Conference Call:

Management will host a conference call on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time, to discuss these results and general corporate and project activities. Participants in the U.S. and Canada dial (877) 559-1977; International callers dial (660) 422-4979. Please reference conference ID #10874217.

A replay of the call will be available through midnight, Eastern on August 16th, 2012, by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406.  Please reference conference ID # 10874217.

For additional information on Atna, its mining, development and exploration projects, please visit our website at www.atna.com.

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements," as defined in the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical fact. They are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made and they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Consequently, there can be no assurances that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. Factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements include: the Company might encounter problems such as the significant depreciation of metals prices; accidents and other risks associated with mining; the risk that the Company will encounter unanticipated geological factors; the Company's need for and ability to obtain additional financing; the possibility that the Company may not be able to secure permitting and other governmental clearances necessary to carry out the Company's exploration and development programs; and the other risk factors discussed in greater detail in the Company's various filings on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) with Canadian securities regulators and its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's 2011 Form 20-F dated March 26, 2012.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors --- The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We use certain terms in this report, such as "measured," "indicated," "inferred," and "resources," that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

James Hesketh, President and CEO - (303) 278-8464 Valerie Kimball, Investor Relations - toll free (877) 692-8182 www.atna.com

 

ATNA RESOURCES LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARIZED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(US dollars, IFRS basis)

(Unaudited)

 June 30, 

 December 31, 

BALANCE SHEETS

2012

2011

ASSETS

Current assets

$   28,284,300

$       26,638,000

Non-current assets

108,591,400

104,567,300

Total assets

136,875,700

131,205,300

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities

17,834,400

31,364,500

Notes payable - long term

16,209,000

1,570,500

Gold bonds, net of discount

1,773,400

3,494,800

Other non-current liabilities

7,339,300

7,983,900

Shareholders' equity

93,719,600

86,791,600

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$ 136,875,700

$     131,205,300

 Three Months Ended 

 Six Months Ended 

 June 30, 

 June 30, 

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

2012

2011

2012

2011

Revenues

$ 13,159,600

$   11,753,400

$       29,032,000

$ 20,963,100

Cost of sales

9,422,000

8,842,100

20,266,000

16,279,000

Depreciation

16,400

32,600

31,800

65,200

General and administrative

1,066,900

1,078,900

2,140,000

2,060,900

Exploration

292,500

219,100

420,000

290,900

Other expense, net

306,800

435,500

1,257,000

1,270,100

Deferred and current income taxes

52,200

-

1,054,000

-

Net income  

2,002,800

1,145,200

3,863,200

997,000

Comprehensive income 

2,285,500

1,089,400

3,784,700

984,000

Basic and diluted income per share

$          0.02

$            0.01

$                0.03

$          0.01

Basic weighted-average shares outstanding

121,621,853

101,002,468

120,297,340

100,240,037

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period

$ 12,328,500

$     6,216,300

$        9,963,100

$   9,593,200

Net cash provided by operating activities

3,393,900

1,983,400

7,308,100

2,620,000

Net cash used in investing activities

(5,953,400)

(2,477,900)

(8,373,600)

(4,194,800)

Net cash used in financing activities

(1,289,000)

(1,161,900)

(401,300)

(3,461,700)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(42,800)

(4,900)

(59,100)

(1,700)

Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period

$   8,437,200

$     4,555,000

$        8,437,200

$   4,555,000

SOURCE Atna Resources Ltd.



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