Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX-V, ASM: NYSE–MKT, GV6: FSE, “Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the consolidated financial results for the Company’s first quarter ended March 31, 2016. The financial statements and the management discussion and analysis can be viewed on the Company’s web site at www.avino.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.
FIRST QUARTER 2016 HIGHLIGHTS
- Generated revenues of $2,751,949 from the sale of San Gonzalo concentrates
- Mine operating income amounted to $1,775,185
- Net income after taxes amounted to $58,046
- Produced 715,933 silver equivalent ounces1, including 403,447 ounces of silver, 1,497 ounces of gold and 1,350,912 pounds of copper
- Consolidated all-in sustaining cost (“AISC”)2 was $11.29 (US$8.22) per payable silver equivalent ounce, a 9% decrease compared to $12.36 or (US$10.09) per ounce in the first quarter of 2015
- Total consolidated cash2 cost was $5.64 per payable silver ounce
- Average realized selling prices for silver and gold were US$16.42 and US$1,194 per ounce respectively
- Cash and cash equivalents of $6,022,283 were on hand at the end of the quarter
“We are pleased to have delivered another quarter of positive operating and financial results. Our revenues from the San Gonzalo Mine were lower than expected due to a new sales arrangement which resulted in only two months of sales. Going forward, each quarter will reflect three months of sales and related production costs. Our teams in Mexico and Canada have done an excellent job of monitoring and reducing costs, with stronger metal prices we anticipate improved profitability in future periods. During the quarter we achieved a consolidated all-in sustaining cash cost of $11.29 (US$8.22) compared to $12.36 (US$10.09) per silver equivalent ounce in the first quarter of 2015. In April 2016, the Company commenced underground mining using the long-hole caving method at the Avino Mine. Management is currently analyzing the economics of the new mining method and is optimistic that the results will lead to a commercial production decision in the coming months.”
OVERALL PERFORMACE AND HIGHLIGHTS
|First Quarter 2016||First Quarter 2015||Change|
|Silver Ounces Produced||403,447||363,210||11%|
|Gold Ounces Produced||1,497||1,750||-14%|
|Copper Pounds Produced||1,350,912||872,884||55%|
|Silver Equivalent Ounces1 Produced||715,933||627,058||14%|
|Consolidated San Gonzalo and Historical Stockpiles|
|Silver Equivalent Ounces1 Sold||155,507||253,194||- 39%|
|Cash Cost per Silver Equivalent Ounce1,2||$5.64||$ 8.60||- 34%|
|All-in Sustaining Cost per Silver Equivalent Ounce1,2||$11.29||$ 12.36||- 9%|
|Average Realized Silver Price per Ounce ($US) 1||US$16.42||US$ 16.22||1%|
|Average Realized Gold Price per Ounce ($US) 1||US$1,194||US$ 1,188||1%|
|Revenues – San Gonzalo||$ 2,751,949||$ 4,285,541||- 36%|
|Mine Operating Income – San Gonzalo||$ 1,775,185||$ 2,087,856||- 15%|
|Net Income||$ 58,046||$ 376,287||- 85%|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$ 6,022,283||$ 7,475,134||- 19%|
|Working Capital||$ 3,766,684||$ 2,352,345||60%|
|Earnings per Share (“EPS”) – Basic||$ 0.00||$ 0.01||- 100%|
|Cash Flow per Share2||$ 0.01||$ 0.01||-%|
1. * For comparison purposes, the silver equivalent ratio has been calculated using metal prices of $14.84 oz Ag, $1,180 oz Au and $2.12 Lb Cu. Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.
2. The Company reports non-IFRS measures which include cash cost per silver equivalent ounce, all-in sustaining cash cost per ounce, and cash flow per share. These measures are widely used in the mining industry as a benchmark for performance, but do not have a standardized meaning and the calculation methods may differ from methods used by other companies with similar reported measures.
The Company generated revenues of $2,751,949 million during the first quarter of 2016; a 36% decrease compared to the first quarter of 2015. The decrease was due to a new sales agreement for sale of San Gonzalo Mine concentrate. The new sales agreement has slightly different shipping which resulted in the sale March’s production being deferred to April 2016. Accordingly, the first quarter financial figures represent only operations during January and February. This deferral will only occur once and subsequent quarters will reflect three months or revenues and related production costs.
Mine operating income was $1,775,185 million during the first quarter of 2016, a decrease of $312,761 or 15% from $2,087,856 in 2015. During the first quarter of of 2016, net income decreased by $318,241 to $58,046 or $0.00 per share, compared to net income of $376,287 or $0.01 basic and diluted per share during the corresponding period of 2015.
Silver equivalent production for the first quarter of 2016 increased 14% to 715,933 oz1 compared to 627,058 oz in the first quarter of 2015. Silver production for the first quarter of 2016 increased 11% to 403,447 oz compared the first quarter of 2015. Gold production for the first quarter of 2016 decreased by 14% to 1,497 oz compared to 1,750 oz in the corresponding period of 2015. Copper production increased by 55% to 1,350,912 lbs compared to 872,884 lbs in the first quarter of 2015. Total mill feed processed during the first quarter of 2016 was 140,116 dry tonnes compared to 114,453 dry tonnes during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 22%.
At the Avino Mine, silver equivalent ounces1 produced during the first quarter totalled 474,206 compared to 319,216 during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 48%. The production increase can be attributed to the use of both Mill Circuit 2 and Mill Circuit 3 to process mill feed from the Avino Mine whereas in the corresponding quarter last year, only Mill Circuit 3 was used.
At the San Gonzalo Mine, silver equivalent ounces1 produced during the first quarter of 2016 totalled 241,727 representing an increase of 14% compared to the first quarter of 2015. All-in sustaining cash costs during the first quarter of 2016 were $11.29 per AgEq ounce1 compared to $12.36 during the first quarter of 2015, a decrease of 9%.
Costs and Capital Expenditures
Consolidated all-in sustaining cash costs per AgEq ounce1 during the first quarter of 2016 were $11.29 compared to $12.36 during the corresponding period of 2015, a decrease of 9%.
Capital expenditures during the first quarter of 2016, net of concentrate proceeds of $5.6 million, were $1,234,509 compared to $445,466 during the first quarter of 2015.
Capital expenditures relate to the Avino mine advancement and mining and production equipment to advance operations at the San Gonzalo, Avino, and Bralorne mines.
Bralorne Mine Update
During the first quarter of 2016, Bralorne continued to prepare and evaluate a strategic mine plan, including an assessment of more cost effective mining methods and capital expenditures needed to bring the project to a profitable position. The Company has acquired new mining equipment including two new scoop trams and a rock breaker from Sandvik, and a loader from Caterpillar as well as a new medical facility and woman’s dry. Further, the Company has ordered a new development jumbo from Sandvik and expects to take delivery in the coming months. This brand new equipment will help to reduce maintenance costs while increasing mining productivity and efficiency when the project resumes operations. Ongoing maintenance and improvements continued in 2015 and the Company has been reviewing the requirements to increase processing capacity should the resources and mine plan prove feasible and viable. A raise to the embankment dam for the tailings storage facility was completed in October 2015 and the Company is currently in the process of obtaining the permits to resume processing and mining activities from British Columbia’s Ministry of Energy & Mines and Ministry of Environment.
In February 2016, Bralorne, in conjunction with North Island College, the government and First Nations completed a 4 month long underground mining fundamentals educational cohort for 12 students from St’at’imc First Nation communities around Lillooet. Following three months of classroom instruction, Bralorne provided support and access to the mine site for hands-on training. All 12 students graduated the program with a number of industry certification tickets which will help towards Bralorne’s long-term goal of enhancing the local labour force. The Company is maintaining open lines of communication with First Nations communities, and management continues its efforts to build meaningful positive relationships with its stakeholders.
The financial results in this news release include references to cash flow per share, cash cost per silver equivalent ounce, and all-in sustaining cash cost per silver equivalent ounce, each of which are non-IFRS measures. Cash flow per share, cash cost per ounce, and all-in sustaining cash cost per ounce are measures developed by mining companies in an effort to provide a comparable standard of performance. However, there can be no assurance that our reporting of these non-IFRS measures is similar to that reported by other mining companies. Cash flow per share, cash cost per silver equivalent ounce, and all-in sustaining cash cost per silver equivalent ounce are measures used by the Company to manage and evaluate operating performance of the Company’s mining operations, and are widely reported in the silver and gold mining industry as benchmarks for performance, but do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS, and are disclosed in addition to the prescribed IFRS measures provided in the Company’s financial statements and MD&A.
Avino will be holding a conference call on May 17, 2016 at 8 am PST (11 am EST).
To participate in the conference call, please dial the following:
Toll Free Canada & USA: 1-800-319-4610
Outside of Canada & USA: 1-604-638-5340
No pass-code is necessary to participate in the conference call; participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A portion of the call.
Participants should dial in 10 minutes prior to the conference.
The conference call will be recorded and the replay will be available on the Company’s web site within one hour following the conclusion of the call.
Avino’s Mexican projects are under the supervision of Mr. Chris Sampson, P.Eng, BSc, Avino consultant and Mr. Jasman Yee, P.Eng, Avino director; Avino’s Bralorne Mine project is under the supervision of Fred Sveinson, B.A., BSc, P.Eng, Avino Senior Mining Advisor. These individuals are qualified persons (“QP”) within the context of National Instrument 43-101. The respective QP’s have reviewed and approved all the applicable technical data in this press release.
Avino’s mission is to create shareholder value through profitable organic growth at the Avino Property and the strategic acquisition and advancement of mineral exploration and mining properties. We are committed to expanding our operations and managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.
Management remains focused on the following key objectives:
- Maintain and improve profitable mining operations while managing operating costs and achieving efficiencies;
- Advance the Bralorne project towards profitable production;
- Explore regional targets on the Avino Property followed by other properties in our portfolio;
- Assess the potential for processing the oxide tailings resource from previous milling operations (PEA issued in 2012); and
- Identify and evaluate potential projects for acquisition.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
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