Toronto, November 14, 2018 - Jaguar Mining Inc. ("Jaguar" or the "Company") (TSX: JAG) today announced financial results for the third quarter (“Q3 2018”) and nine months (“9M 2018”) ended September 30, 2018. The Company also announces Richard Falconer has stepped down as Chairman of the Board and Thomas Weng, current Director, has been named Chairman. Mr. Falconer will continue to serve on the Board at least until the Company’s Annual General Meeting in 2019.
Q3 2018 Financial Highlights (All figures are in US dollars, unless otherwise expressed)
- Gold production of 20,320 ounces on record production at Pilar Gold Mine (“Pilar”) and higher feed grades;
- Lower costs and increase in production quarter over quarter drive 90% increase in gross profit to $7.7 million;
- Consolidated cash operating costs ("COC") reduced by 22% to $627 per ounce of gold sold. Pilar achieves record low cash costs of $557 per ounce sold;
- Consolidated all-in sustaining costs ("AISC") improved 2.2% to $1,142 per ounce of gold;
- Net income of $2.2 million, or $0.01 earnings per share, from a Net loss of $7.7 million or net loss per share of ($0.02) year-over-year.
9M 2018 Financial Highlights
- Gold production of 58,004 ounces, including record year to date gold production at Pilar;
- COC of $713 per ounce, in line with full-year 2018 guidance, and 18% lower than 9M 2017;
- AISC of $1,233 per ounce, 1.3% improvement from 9M 2017;
- Operating cash flow increases 67% to $16 million; adjusted EBITDA increased 41% to $19.8 million;
- Net loss of $0.9 million reduced from a net loss of $18.9 million in 9M 2017;
- Sustaining capital expenditures increased 41% to $21.5 million investing in development and mining equipment.
Ben Guenther, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “Third quarter gold production of 20,320 ounces marked an 8% improvement relative to the first and second quarters in 2018. Pilar and Turmalina achieved their best production quarter of the year with Pilar producing a new quarterly record 11,068 ounces followed by Turmalina producing more than 9,000 ounces. Pilar continues to advance on its exciting growth path, while Turmalina has begun its turnaround. We remain pleased with the strong performance demonstrated at Pilar to date in 2018 and we are encouraged to see its grade profile continue to increase while also contributing to the record low costs. The Turmalina team is new and we expect it to take a few quarters of stabilization before we see significant sustainable improvements. In addition to our new VP of Operations, Turmalina has further strengthened its team with a new General Manager, new Managers of Mining, Technical Services, and Maintenance personnel over the past few months. The progress we have made to reduce company-wide expenses has been key to ensuring we continue to generate operating cash flow. Cost reduction remains a top priority within operations and at the corporate and board level.”
Richard Falconer, Director, Jaguar Mining commented: “I have decided to retire as Chairman and continue to serve on the board until the next AGM. I appreciate Thomas Weng stepping in as Jaguar’s new Chairman. With his leadership and deep expertise in the Company that he has gained during his tenure as a Jaguar Board member, I am confident in the outlook for the Company and look forward to its return to future growth and success.”
Thomas Weng, Chairman of the Board of Directors commented: “On behalf of the Board, we thank Richard for his service and many contributions to Jaguar’s Board of Directors over the past six years.”
Thomas continued, “Jaguar is positioning itself to return to a more sustainable and growing gold production profile to create value for shareholders. Our operating and management teams have identified key issues and are executing initiatives to improve production while also taking steps to reduce overall expenses. The Board views company-wide expense reduction as a key element to helping Jaguar build a strong foundation and more profitable future."
Thomas Weng, Chairman of the Board, Bio
Mr. Weng was appointed as a director of the Corporation on April 1, 2016. Mr. Weng has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector with focus on mining, metals and industrials. Mr. Weng is Co-Founding Partner with Alta Capital Partners, a financial advisory provider. Previously, Mr. Weng was Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Head of Equity Capital Markets for Metals and Mining throughout the Americas and Latin America, across all industry segments. Prior to 2007, Mr. Weng held various senior positions at Pacific Partners, an alternative investment firm, and Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns. Mr. Weng graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Q3 2018 Financial Results
Cash Position and Use of Funds
- Cash balance of approximately $6.7million as of September 30, 2018, compared to a cash balance of $9.2million at June 30, 2018;
- Company generated approximately $6.6 million in operating cash flow with $7.9 million spent in investing activities representing mainly development expenditures. In addition, $1.3 million was paid in financing activities.
Third Quarter 2018 Conference Call Details
The Company will also host an earnings conference call on Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Participants in North America may listen to the call by dialing 1-800-319-4610 at approximately 8:20 a.m. (ET) and ask to join the Jaguar Mining Third Quarter 2018 Results Conference Call. International callers should dial 1-604-638-5340. The call will also be webcast live at www.jaguarmining.com.
A replay of the conference call will be available after the call until December 14, 2018, at midnight, and can be accessed by dialing 1-800-319-6413, conference ID 2708#. International callers can access the replay by dialing 1-604-638-9010. The audio webcast will also be archived at www.jaguarmining.com.
Scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Jonathan Victor Hill, BSc (Hons) (Economic Geology - UCT), Senior Expert Advisor Geology and Exploration to the Jaguar Mining Management Committee, who is also an employee of Jaguar Mining Inc., and is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 -Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).
The Iron Quadrangle
The Iron Quadrangle has been an area of mineral exploration dating back to the 16th century. The discovery in 1699-1701 of gold contaminated with iron and platinum-group metals in the southeastern corner of the Iron Quadrangle gave rise to the name of the town Ouro Preto (Black Gold). The Iron Quadrangle contains world-class multi-million-ounce gold deposits such as Morro Velho, Cuiabá, and São Bento. Jaguar holds the second largest gold land position in the Iron Quadrangle with just over 25,000 hectares.
About Jaguar Mining Inc.
Jaguar Mining Inc. is a Canadian-listed junior gold mining, development, and exploration company operating in Brazil with three gold mining complexes and a large land package with significant upside exploration potential from mineral claims covering an area of approximately 64,000 hectares. The Company's principal operating assets are located in the Iron Quadrangle, a prolific greenstone belt in the state of Minas Gerais and include the Turmalina Gold Mine Complex and Caeté Mining Complex (Pilar and Roça Grande Mines, and Caeté Plant). The Company also owns the Paciência Gold Mine Complex, which has been on care and maintenance since 2012. The Roça Grande Mine has been on temporary care and maintenance since April 2018. Additional information is available on the Company's website at www.jaguarmining.com.
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For additional information with respect to these and other factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking information made in this news release, see the Company's most recent Annual Information Form and Management's Discussion and Analysis, as well as other public disclosure documents that can be accessed under the issuer profile of "Jaguar Mining Inc." on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking information set forth herein reflects the Company's reasonable expectations as at the date of this news release and is subject to change after such date. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
This news release provides certain financial measures that do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. Readers are cautioned to review the below stated footnotes where the Company expanded on its use of non-IFRS measures.
- Cash operating costs and cash operating cost per ounce are non-IFRS measures. In the gold mining industry, cash operating costs and cash operating costs per ounce are common performance measures but do not have any standardized meaning. Cash operating costs are derived from amounts included in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) and include mine-site operating costs such as mining, processing and administration, as well as royalty expenses, but exclude depreciation, depletion, share-based payment expenses, and reclamation costs. Cash operating costs per ounce are based on ounces produced and are calculated by dividing cash operating costs by commercial gold ounces produced; US$ cash operating costs per ounce produced are derived from the cash operating costs per ounce produced translated using the average Brazilian Central Bank R$/US$ exchange rate. The Company discloses cash operating costs and cash operating costs per ounce, as it believes those measures provide valuable assistance to investors and analysts in evaluating the Company's operational performance and ability to generate cash flow. The most directly comparable measure prepared in accordance with IFRS is total production costs. A reconciliation of cash operating costs per ounce to total production costs for the most recent reporting period, the quarter ended September 30, 2018, is set out in the Company's third quarter 2018 Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
- All-in sustaining cost is a non-IFRS measure. This measure is intended to assist readers in evaluating the total costs of producing gold from current operations. While there is no standardized meaning across the industry for this measure, except for non-cash items the Company's definition conforms to the all-in sustaining cost definition as set out by the World Gold Council in its guidance note dated June 27, 2013. The Company defines all-in sustaining cost as the sum of production costs, sustaining capital (capital required to maintain current operations at existing levels), corporate general and administrative expenses, and in-mine exploration expenses. All-in sustaining cost excludes growth capital, reclamation cost accretion related to current operations, interest and other financing costs, and taxes. A reconciliation of all-in sustaining cost to total production costs for the most recent reporting period, the quarter ended September 30, 2018, is set out in the Company's third quarter 2018 MD&A filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.