Sierra Metals announces 2012 fourth quarter and annual financial results of its subsidiary Sociedad Minera Corona in Peru
TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Sierra Metals Inc. (TSX-V:SMT) (BVL:SMT) (“Sierra”) (“the Company”) is
pleased to announce the filing of Sociedad Minera Corona S.A.’s
(“Corona”) 2012 fourth quarter and annual unaudited financial
statements and management’s discussion and analysis. The Company holds
an ownership interest of 81.8% in Corona. All amounts are presented in
thousands of US dollars unless otherwise stated and have not been
adjusted for the 18.2% non-controlling interest.
Daniel Tellechea, President and CEO of Sierra Metals, commented “Sierra is pleased with the continued success of the Corona acquisition.
Corona is a low-cost producer with strong cash flow generating capacity
that has added substantial value to the Company since May 2011. The
Yauricocha Mine will continue to be an integral part of the Company’s
operations as the development of the new shaft at depth will lead to
increases in production over the coming years”.
The following table sets out select unaudited financial information for
the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011:
(In thousands of US dollars, unless 3 months ended Year ended stated) Dec 31, Dec 31, 2011 Dec 31, 2012 Dec 31, 2011 2012 Revenue US$ 35,989 $ 31,363 $ 149,566 $ 144,603 EBITDA 15,013 19,667 81,392 93,569 Operating 14,248 15,351 56,273 68,275 cash flows Income Taxes 4,650 8,252 30,385 27,836 Net Income 7,455 15,883 47,660 63,444 Cash Cost per oz of Ag (15.46) (15.78) (20.46) (30.99) (Yauricocha)
Corona’s Financial Highlights (US$000)
-- Net income of US$7,455 or US$0.207 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to US$15,883 or US$0.442 per share for the same period in 2011. Net income of US$47,660 or US$1.325 per share and US$63,444 or US$1.763 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. -- EBITDA of US$15,013 for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to US$19,667 for the same period in 2011. EBITDA of US$81,392 and US$93,569 for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The main drivers for the decrease in EBITDA include: a decrease in revenue per tonne due to lower copper production, higher cash costs resulting from increases in production levels and higher costs of consumables and third party services. -- Operating cash flows of US$14,248 for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to US$15,351 for the same period in 2011. Operating cash flows of US$50,852 and US$68,275, for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. In addition to lower EBITDA levels, the decrease in operating cash flows during 2012 was driven by higher taxes resulting from the new mining tax law established in Peru during the fourth quarter of 2011. -- Income taxes of US$4,650 for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to US$8,252 in the same period of 2011. Income taxes of US$30,385 and US$27,836 for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. -- Cash and cash equivalents of US$72,071 as of December 31, 2012 compared to US$14,935 as of December 31, of 2011. -- Revenues of US$35,989 for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to US$31,363 for the same period in 2011. Revenues of US$149,566 and US$144,603, for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Despite a revenue increase of 3% during 2012, the revenue per tonne decreased as a result of a change in Corona's revenue mix. -- A negative silver ("Ag") cash cost of US$15.46 per ounce ("oz") at Yauricocha in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to a negative cash cost of US$15.78 per oz in the same period of 2011. A negative cash cost of US$ 20.46 per oz for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to a negative cash cost US$ 31.99 per oz in 2011.
Corona’s Operational Highlights
-- Silver production of 547,114 oz in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 530,449 oz for the same period in 2011. Silver production of 2,143,971 oz and 2,071,208 for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. -- Copper ("Cu") production of 2.2 million pounds ("lb") in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 2.5 million lb for the same period in 2011. Copper production of 9.1 million lb and 13.5 million lb for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. -- Lead ("Pb") production of 8.6 million lb in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 7.9 million lb for the same period in 2011. Lead production of 35.2 million lb and 32.6 million lb for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. -- Zinc ("Zn") production of 13.8 million lb in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 8.6 million lb for the same period in 2011. Zinc production of 49.9 million lb and 34.3 million lb for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. -- Gold ("Au") production from the Yauricocha Mine was 2,181 oz in the fourth quarter of 2012 and 10,491 oz for the year ended December 31, 2012. -- On October 19, 2012 the Company's Board of Directors unanimously approved the constructions of an internal shaft as well as a new gallery at the 720m level, suited for the use of train engines. The total investment will be approximately US$26,593 and it is expected to be executed in 27 months.
The following table sets out production results for the fourth quarter
and year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011:
Yauricocha 3 Months Ended Year Ended Production1 Dec 31,2012 Dec 31, % Var. Dec 31, Dec 31, 2011 % Var. 2011 2012 Silver production 547,114 530,449 3% 2,143,971 2,071,208 4% (oz) Copper production 2,172 2,525 -14% 9,061 13,506 -33% (000 lb) Lead production 8,571 7,871 9% 35,200 32,572 8% (000 lb) Zinc production 13,803 8,579 61% 49,888 34,294 45% (000 lb) Gold Production 2,181 N.A. N.R. 10,491 N.A. N.R. (oz)
Corona’s Exploration Highlights
-- On September 12, 2012 the Company identified a significant tonnage target below the central mine workings at the Yauricocha Mine. The potential of the target below the known mine workings is approximately 5-6 million tonnes, roughly averaging 90-110 g/t Ag, 2-3% Pb, 0.5-1.0% Cu, 2-3% Zn and 0.6-1.0 g/t Au. This target is in addition to the reserves and resources previously announced on September 6, 2012 and the Company will continue to explore this new zone in the fourth quarter of 2012 and 2013.
The technical content of this news release has been approved by Thomas
L. Robyn, Ph.D., CPG, RPG, a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101
and Head of Exploration for Sierra Metals Inc.
About Sierra Metals
Sierra Metals Inc. is a Canadian mining company focused on precious and
base metals from its Yauricocha mine in Peru and its Bolivar mine in
Mexico. The Company is also advancing its Cusi silver project in Mexico
from advanced development into commercial production. In addition,
Sierra Metals is exploring several precious and base metal targets in
Peru and Mexico. Projects in Peru include Adrico (gold), Victoria
(copper-silver) and Ipillo (polymetallic) at the Yauricocha Property in
the province of Yauyos. Projects in Mexico include Bacerac (silver) in
the state of Sonora, La Verde (gold) at the Batopilas Property in the
state of Chihuahua, and Las Coloradas (silver) at the Melchor Ocampo
Property in the state of Zacatecas.
The Company’s shares trade on the Bolsa de Valores de Lima and TSXV
under the symbol “SMT”.
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