GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Golden Minerals Company (“Golden Minerals”, “Golden” or the “Company”) (NYSE American and TSX: AUMN) today announced financial results and a business summary for the quarter ending June 30, 2020.
Second Quarter Summary Financial Results
Second Quarter Business Summary
Golden Minerals’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Warren Rehn, commented, “With the recent capital raise completed, we have a significant cash balance and are now in an excellent position to fund a start-up of production at the Rodeo deposit early next year, assuming that the results of our confirmatory drilling program are satisfactory and providing we receive the necessary government approvals. We are also moving forward with additional engineering studies for a bio-oxidation plant at Velardeña. We can now advance our exploration plans at several properties, including drilling at the Yoquivo District in Chihuahua, Mexico. The recent dramatic increase in gold and silver prices has greatly improved our projections of potential cash flow from both Rodeo and Velardeña. We will continue to advance our plans to become a gold and silver producer again as quickly as possible.”
The Company reported revenue of $1.2 million in the second quarter 2020 related to the oxide plant lease and costs of approximately $0.4 million related to the services Golden provides under the terms of the lease, for a net margin of $0.8 million. Revenue and net operating margins were lower in the current period compared to the $1.3 million in the second quarter 2019 due to (1) a suspension of operations during portions of April and May related to COVID-19, and (2) a contract amendment permitting a lower variable price per tonne of ore processed beginning in January 2020. During the second quarter 2020 as noted above, Golden also received $3.7 million in net proceeds from the sale of common stock related to an Earn-In Agreement with Barrick and an offering of the Company’s common stock.
Exploration expenses were $0.8 million in the second quarter 2020 and include work at the Sand Canyon, Rodeo and other properties, as well as property holding costs and their allocated administrative expenses. El Quevar project expense was $0.2 million in the quarter which includes costs of exploration and evaluation activities, care and maintenance and property holding costs. Administrative expenses totaled $0.8 million in the second quarter 2020. These expenses, including costs associated with being a public company, are incurred primarily by the Company’s corporate activities in support of the Velardeña Properties, the El Quevar project and the Company’s exploration portfolio. Golden reported a net loss of $2.3 million or $0.02 per share in the second quarter 2020 compared to a net loss of $2.5 million or $0.03 per share in the year ago period.
Twelve Month Financial Outlook
The Company ended the second quarter 2020 with a cash balance of $3.6 million. Cash inflows for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2021 are projected as follows (all figures are approximate):
The Company’s currently budgeted expenditures during the 12 months ending June 30, 2021 total $9.8 million and are as follows (all figures are approximate):
These projections are current as of the date of this news release but could be negatively impacted if further interruptions related to COVID-19 occur in Mexico. The Company currently includes anticipated expenditures for the potential start-up of mining at the Rodeo gold project in the first quarter 2021, but an estimate of revenues has not been included pending the results of a confirmatory drilling program in the third quarter 2020 and receipt of operating permits estimated to occur in late 2020.
Additional information regarding second quarter 2020 financial results may be found in the Company’s 10-Q Quarterly Report which is available on the Golden Minerals website at www.goldenminerals.com.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(US dollars, unaudited)
(1) Potentially dilutive shares have not been included because to do so would be anti-dilutive.
About Golden Minerals
Golden Minerals is a Delaware corporation based in Golden, Colorado. The Company is primarily focused on advancing its Rodeo and Velardeña properties in Mexico and, through partner-funded exploration, its El Quevar silver property in Argentina, as well as acquiring and advancing mining properties in Mexico, Argentina and Nevada.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and applicable Canadian securities legislation, including statements regarding the Rodeo PEA results and the possibility and timing of future production from the Rodeo property; the Velardeña PEA results and anticipated future operations at the Velardeña properties; statements regarding the transaction with Barrick with respect to the El Quevar project; financial projections, including budgeted expenditures and the anticipated net operating margin from the Velardeña oxide plant lease; projected cash balances and anticipated spending during the 12 months ended June 30, 2021; and potential business restrictions and other matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the reasonability of the economic assumptions at the basis of the results of the Rodeo and Velardeña PEAs and technical reports; the Company’s ability to timely obtain the necessary permits for commencement of production at Rodeo; the projected timing and the Company’s ability to repay its debts, including the related party loan to Sentient and the remaining Autlán deposit; the timing duration and overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the potential future re-suspension of non-essential activities in Mexico, including mining; lower than anticipated revenue from the oxide plant lease; increases in costs and declines in general economic conditions; changes in political conditions, in tax, royalty, environmental and other laws in the United States, Mexico or Argentina and other market conditions; and fluctuations in silver and gold prices. Golden Minerals assumes no obligation to update this information. Additional risks relating to Golden Minerals may be found in the periodic and current reports filed with the SEC by Golden Minerals, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.
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Golden Minerals CompanyKaren Winkler, Director of Investor Relations(303) 839-5060SOURCE: Golden Minerals Company