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Sierra Metals announces its financial results and another record year in 2012

April 15, 2013

TORONTO, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Sierra Metals Inc. (TSXV: SMT) (BVL:
SMT) (“Sierra Metals” or the “Company”), formerly Dia Bras Exploration,
is pleased to announce the filing of its audited Financial Statements
and Management Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) for 2012. All amounts
are presented in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated. For the full
Financial Statement or MD&A please visit the Company’s website www.sierrametals.com or SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Daniel Tellechea, President and CEO of Sierra Metals, commented: “Sierra Metals has had an outstanding growth in 2012; 1) the acquisition
of Yauricocha, 2) the announcement of commercial Production at
Bolivar in Mexico, and 3) Management’s dedication to maximizing
operating efficiencies. Furthermore, 2012 has been the strongest fiscal
and operational year in the Company’s history given the significant
improvements achieved on both production and resources. Sierra Metals
continues to strive towards its objective of becoming a low-cost
precious and base metals mining Company in Latin America by expanding
operations at all three producing assets”. 

The following table sets out the selected annual financial results:


                           Three months ended         Twelve months ended

    (In thousands           Dec 31,     Dec 31,        Dec 31,      Dec 31,
    of dollars,               2012        2011            2012        2011
    unless stated)

    Revenue              $   43,354   $  35,816     $  179,723   $  100,664

    EBITDA 1                 12,717      17,726         83,768       42,843

    Cash Flow from
    continuing               23,192      14,075         60,487       42,745
    operations

    Adjusted net
    income
    attribuitable             6,475      15,401         48,313       23,239
    to
    shareholders 

    Non-cash
    charge on                17,154      16,176         76,990       36,587
    Corona
    acquisition

    Net loss
    attributable           (10,679)       (775)       (28,677)     (13,348)
    to
    shareholders

      Cash Cost
      per oz of Ag  US$     (15.21)     (13.88)        (27.28)         (29)
      (Yauricocha)

      Cash Cost
      per lb of Cu  US$        1.44        1.36           1.40         1.18
      (Bolivar)

    (In thousands           Dec 31,     Dec 31,
    of dollars)                2012        2011

    Cash and cash        $   79,835   $  20,156
    equivalents

    Assets                  505,064     558,023                            

    Liabilities             221,574     281,283                            

    Net Debt2                 8,991      95,381                            

    Equity                  283,490     276,740                            

    1 A cautionary note regarding non-GAAP measures is included in section
    14 of the MD&A.      

    2 Consolidated debt minus cash and cash equivalents.           

 

        --  Net loss attributable to shareholders of $28.7 million ($0.19
            per share) for 2012 compared to a loss of $13.3 million ($0.12
            per share) for 2011. For the fourth quarter 2012, net loss
            attributable to shareholders of $10.7 million ($0.07 per share)
            compared to a loss of $0.8 million ($0.01 per share) for the
            same period in 2011.
        --  A main component of the net loss for 2012 is a non-cash
            depletion charge in Peru of $76.9 million. The units of
            production depletion charge is based on aggregate fair value of
            the Yauricocha mineral property at the date of acquisition of
            Corona of $363.9 million amortized over the total proven and
            probable reserves of the mine.  In the event that additional
            reserves and resources are identified this depletion charge
            will be prospectively adjusted in future periods.
        --  As a result of an updated internal cash flow forecast,
            management has updated its estimate of the effective tax rate
            applicable to deferred taxes in Peru. Accordingly, the Company
            recorded an $8.2 million increase in the deferred tax liability
            and a one-time non-cash expense during the fourth quarter of
            2012 by the same amount.
        --  Adjusted net income attributable to shareholders (excluding the
            non-cash depletion charge described above) of $48.3 million or
            $0.32 per share for 2012 compared to $23.2 million or $0.20 per
            share for 2011, an increase of 108%. For the fourth quarter
            2012, adjusted net income of $6.5 million or $0.04 per share
            compared to $15.4 million or $0.11 per share for the same
            period in 2011, a decrease of 58%. The main driver affecting
            the fourth quarter is the on-time deferred tax adjustment
            described above.
        --  EBITDA of $83.8 million for 2012 compared to $42.8 million for
            2011, a 96% increase. For the fourth quarter 2012, EBITDA of
            $12.7 million compared to $17.7 million for the same period in
            2011, a 28% decrease.
        --  Cash flow generated from continuing operations of $60.5 million
            for 2012 compared to $42.7 million for 2011, a 42% increase.
            For the fourth quarter of 2012, cash flow generated from
            continuing operations of $23.2 million compared to $14.1
            million in the same period in 2011, a 65% increase.
        --  Cash and cash equivalents of $79.8 million at the end of 2012
            compared to $20.1 million at the end of 2011, a 297% increase.
        --  Revenues of $179.7 million for 2012 compared to $100.7 million
            for 2011, a 78% increase. For the fourth quarter 2012, revenues
            of $43.4 million compared to $35.8 million for the same period
            in 2011, a 21% increase.
        --  Silver cash cost of US$(27.28) per ounce ("oz") in Yauricocha
            and copper cash cost of US$1.40 per pound ("lb") at Bolivar for
            2012 compared silver cash cost of US$(29.43)/oz and US$1.18/lb
            for 2011.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

        --  Increased cash position by $59.7 million during 2012 to $79.8
            million. Main drivers include strong operating cash flows
            generated from continuing operations of $60.4 million; net
            proceeds from disposal of Corona's hydroelectric asset for
            $25.8 million; higher capital expenditures made during the year
            of $27.5 million; the acquisition of Plexmar Resources Inc. for
            $5.8 million; and the $44.4 million private placement completed
            in June 2012.
        --  Net debt position of $9 million as of December 31, 2012
            compared to a net debt position of $95 million as of December
            31, 2011.

Operational Highlights

        --  Silver ("Ag") production of 2,620,735 oz for 2012 compared to
            1,517,079 oz in 2011, a 73% increase. For the fourth quarter of
            2012, silver production of 683,937 oz compared to 605,121 oz
            for the same period in 2011, a 13% increase.
        --  Copper ("Cu") production of 15.9 million lb for 2012 compared
            to 10.5 million lb in 2011, a 51% increase. For the fourth
            quarter of 2012, copper production of 4.3 million lb compared
            to 3.5 million lb for the same period in 2011, a 25% increase.
        --  Lead ("Pb") production of 35.7 million lb for 2012 compared to
            19.6 million lb in 2011, an 82% increase. For the fourth
            quarter of 2012, lead production of 8.7 million lb compared to
            8.0 million lb for the same period in 2011, a 9% increase.
        --  Zinc ("Zn") production of 59.0 million lb for 2012 compared to
            36.3 million lb in 2011, a 62% increase. For the fourth quarter
            of 2012, zinc production of 14.7 million lb compared to 10.7
            million lb for the same period in 2011, a 38% increase.
        --  Gold ("Au") production at the Yauricocha mine was 10,491 oz in
            2012. During the fourth quarter of 2012 a total of 2,181 oz of
            gold were produced compared to nil for 2011.

The following table sets out consolidated production results for the
quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011. Please note that the
production figures presented below include 100% of Yauricocha’s figures
for that period. No adjustments have been made for the portion
applicable to the non-controlling interest.


                          3 Months Ended                   Year Ended
    Consolidated
    Production   Dec 31,                                    Dec 31,
                    2012 Dec 31, 2011 % Var. Dec 31, 2012     20111 % Var.

    Silver (oz)  683,937      605,121    13%    2,620,735 1,517,079    73%

    Copper (000                                                        51%
    lb)            4,334        3,458    25%       15,851    10,496

    Lead (000                                                          82%
    lb)            8,696        7,961     9%       35,720    19,636

    Zinc (000                                                          62%
    lb)           14,706       10,666    38%       59,012    36,341

    Gold (oz)      2,181         N.A.   N.R.       10,491      N.A.   N.R.

    1 Includes Yauricocha Mine production only for the ownership period of
    Sociedad Minera Corona S.A.(SMC) from May 26, 2011 to Dec 31, 2011.

Exploration Highlights

        --  On August 30, 2012 an updated NI 43-101 technical report was
            released on the Bolivar Property, Chihuahua State, Mexico
            identifying the following resources:
      o Measured and Indicated Resources: 15,404,000 tonnes at grades of
        19.4 grams/tonne ("g/t") silver, 0.79% copper and 1.01% zinc at a
        mill feed cut-off grade of 0.66% copper equivalent ("CuEq").
      o Inferred Resources: 6,164,000 tonnes at grades of 18.1 g/t Ag,
        1.26% copper and 0.78% zinc at a mill feed cut-off grade of 0.66%
        CuEq.
        --  On September 6, 2012 an updated NI 43-101 technical report on
            the Yauricocha Property, Yauyos Province, Peru identifying the
            following reserves and resources:
      o Proven and Probable Reserves: 4,162,940 tonnes at grades of 119.70
        g/t of silver, 2.81% lead, 0.70% copper, 2.57% zinc and 0.92 g/t of
        gold.
      o Measured and Indicated Resources (inclusive of reserves): 4,181,390
        tonnes at grades of 121.28 g/t of silver, 2.91% lead, 0.72% copper,
        2.54% zinc and 0.93 g/t of gold.
      o Inferred Resources: 1,794,330 tonnes at grades of 58.62 g/t of
        silver, 1.57% lead, 0.64% copper, 1.08% zinc and 1.10 g/t gold. 

About Sierra Metals

Sierra Metals is a Canadian mining company focused on precious and base
metals from its Yauricocha mine in Peru (the “Yauricocha Property”) 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
Company’s Batopilas property in the state of Chihuahua, and Las
Coloradas (silver) at the the Company’s Melchor Ocampo property in the
state of Zacatecas.

The Common Shares trade on the Bolsa de Valores de Lima and the TSXV
under the symbol “SMT”.

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adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for statements of historical fact contained herein, the
information in this press release may constitute “forward-looking
information” within the meaning of Canadian securities law. Other than
statements of historical fact, all statements are “forward-looking
statements”, which involve various known and unknown risk and
uncertainties and other factors, including market conditions that may
affect the Company’s ability to execute its current business plan. 
Actual results may differ materially from results suggested in any
forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update
the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual
results could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking
statements unless and until required by securities laws applicable to
the Company. Additional information identifying risks and uncertainties
is contained in filings by the Company with the Canadian securities
regulators, which filings are available at www.sedar.com.

 

SOURCE Sierra Metals Inc.


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