Pacific Coal Resources Ltd. announces Q2 2014 operational update and debt offering

Jul 15, 2014, 08:30 ET from Pacific Coal Resources Ltd.

TORONTO, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pacific Coal Resources Ltd. (TSXV: PAK) provides an operational update on its second quarter of 2014 production at the La Caypa and Cerro Largo mines, in addition to the production outlook for the mines for the remainder of 2014 and details of a debt offering.

Hernan Martinez, Executive Chairman, commented: "The Company produced 284,262 tonnes of thermal coal in the second quarter of 2014, a 3% increase from the 274,744 tonnes produced in the first quarter.  For the remainder of 2014, we are aiming to maximize south pit production and working towards full-scale underground production at the La Caypa mine, beginning by completing the 40,000 tonne pilot project by the end of the year. At the Cerro Largo mine, the Company will continue its focus on maximizing operations and lowering costs as the mine's new third party operator ramps-up to full production."

Production at La Caypa

Open-pit operations Production of Coal
(metric tonnes)
Waste (bcm)(1) Stripping Ratio
Q2 2014      
Operations(2) 191,975 3,026,723 15.77:1
South pit development - 609,841 N/A
Total 191,975 3,636,564 18.94:1
2014 YTD(3)      
Operations(2) 430,803 5,127,295 11.90:1
South pit development - 2,097,785 N/A
Total 430,803 7,225,080 16.77:1
(1) Bank cubic meters
(2) La Caypa's operations for the second quarter included 17,372 tonnes from the north pit and 174,603 tonnes from the south pit, and 233,697 tonnes from the north pit and 197,106 tonnes from the south pit for the first half of 2014.
(3) Year to date

Underground operations Production of Coal (metric tonnes)
Q2 2014 4,669
2014 YTD 6,992

Production from the La Caypa mine was 196,644 tonnes in the second quarter of 2014 (open-pit operations of 191,975 tonnes and underground operations of 4,669 tonnes), achieving 73% of its planned production and 18% less than the 241,151 tonnes produced in the first quarter of 2014.

The decrease from the first quarter of 2014 can be attributed to adverse geological conditions in the section produced from in the second quarter.  The issue is outside of the Company's control and primarily a result of naturally occurring burning of the coal mantles in addition to the mantles being affected by the presence of a geological fault.

The Company continues to forecast thermal coal from La Caypa in 2014 of approximately 960,000 tonnes (open pit production of 920,000 tonnes and underground production of 40,000 tonnes), representing a 5% production decrease from 2013.

Production at Cerro Largo

  Production of Coal
(metric tonnes)
Waste (bcm) Stripping Ratio
Q2 2014 87,618 912,825 10.42:1
2014 YTD 123,211 1,306,469 10.60:1

In the second quarter of 2014, the Company produced 87,618 tonnes from the Cerro Largo mine, over two times the amount produced in the first quarter of 2014 (35,593 tonnes) and 12% greater than the second quarter of 2013 (78,429 tonnes). Production at Cerro Largo in January and February 2014 was lower as the Company finalized a contract with a new third party operator, who commenced operations late in the first quarter of 2014.

Production was 36% below planned production for the second quarter of 2014 as the new operator's ramp-up to full production was slower than originally anticipated.  Production targets for 2014 at Cerro Largo are 0.4 million tonnes, an approximately 32% increase over the tonnes produced in 2013.

July Debt Offering

In July 2014, the Company completed a debt offering for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately USD$6.5 million at an interest rate of 12%, payable monthly. The notes expire in July 2015 and are guaranteed by a USD$6.5 million payment as part of the 2013 Barranquilla port concession sale agreements, which is also due in July 2015. Net proceeds were approximately USD$6.3 million, after excluding fees associated with the offering. Related parties to the Company subscribed up to $0.5 million of the debt offering.

About Pacific Coal Resources Ltd.

Pacific Coal Resources Ltd. is a Canadian-based mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and production of coal and coal-related assets from properties located in Colombia. The Company's common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and trade under the symbol "PAK".

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SOURCE Pacific Coal Resources Ltd.