Toronto, August 15, 2019 – Jaguar Mining Inc. ("Jaguar" or the "Company") (TSX: JAG) today announced financial and operating results for the three months (“Q2 2019”) and six months ended June 30, 2019. Detailed financial results for Q2 2019 are available on www.sedar.com and on the Company's website www.jaguarmining.com. All figures are in US dollars, unless otherwise expressed.
Q2 2019 Operating Summary
- Consolidated gold production of 18,366 ounces (184,000 tonnes milled, average grade of 3.48 g/t) increased 12% compared to 16,365 in Q1 2019, however decreased 2% compared to 18,819 in Q2 2018.
- Pilar mine gold production of 10,543 ounces up 19% over 8,840 ounces in Q1 2019, however a 4% decrease compared to 10,995 ounces in Q2 2018.
- Turmalina mine gold production up 4% to 7,823 over 7,525 ounces in Q1 2019 and flat compared to 7,824 ounces in Q2 2018.
- Primary development increased 3% to 1,310 m compared to 1,277 completed in Q2 2018.
- Sustaining capital expenditures of $8.4 million invested in mining equipment and development.
Q2 2019 Financial Results Summary
- Gross profit of $5.8 million decreased 5% compared to $6.1 million in Q2 2018 due to higher operating cash costs year-over-year and increased compared to $3.2 million in Q1 2019.
- Consolidated Cash operating costs ("COC") increased 9.6% to $786 per ounce compared to $717 in Q2 2018, however improved compared to $870 COC in Q1 2019 due to the increase in ounces produced.
- Consolidated all-in sustaining costs ("AISC") increased 7% to $$1,366 compared to $1,277 in Q2 2018 due to increased sustaining capital expenditures.
- Operating cash flow of $7.5 million; adjusted EBITDA of $6.0 million.
- Net loss of $2.2 million, or net loss per share of $0.01.
- The Company completed a $25 million non-brokered private placement (“the Offering”) on July 18, 2019 which included two of the Company’s major shareholders, Mr. Eric Sprott and Tocqueville Gold Fund.
Q2 2019 Financial Results
Q2 2019 Operating Results
Financing and Repayment of Bridge Loan Facility
- Subsequent to the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, the Company completed a $25 million non-brokered private placement (“the Offering”) on July 18, 2019 which included an investment from two of the Company’s major shareholders, Mr. Eric Sprott and Tocqueville Gold Fund. In addition, the Company fully repaid its senior secured bridge facility (the "Facility") with Auramet International LLC for USD$7.85 million from the proceeds of the private placement and $1.6 million of a local Brazilian loan.
- Mr. Sprott invested USD$15 million in the private placement representing 60% of the entire Offering, resulting in 42.6% post transaction ownership of the Company’s outstanding Common Shares on a non-diluted basis. Tocqueville Gold Fund, a long-term Jaguar Mining investor, represents 19.6% of the Company’s outstanding Common Shares on a non-diluted basis.
Cash Position, Working Capital & Corporate
- As at June 30, 2019, the Company had a cash position of $5.2 million, compared to $6.3 million as at December 31, 2018. The June 30, 2019, cash balance excludes a $2 million restricted cash deposit held with Auramet.
- As at June 30, 2019, prior to the equity financing, working capital was negative $13.1 million, compared to negative $2.4 million as at December 31, 2018, which includes $5.1 million (December 31, 2018 - $7.3 million) in loans from Brazilian banks, which mature every six months and are expected to be rolled forward.
- As at June 30, 2019, the Company’s outstanding gold forward contracts covered 17,404 ounces hedged at a weighted average price of US$1,328/oz.
- Mr. Vernon Baker appointed new Chief Executive Officer effective August 6, 2019. Mr. Baker brings over 35 years of experience with mining companies with deep management and operations expertise at globally focused mid-tier and senior mining companies. Most recently he was General Manager at Goldcorp’s Cerro Negro Mine in Argentina from December 2015, overseeing 3,000 tonne per day of high-grade production and successfully implemented several high value programs to reduce costs, grow production and development, and strong safety improvement to lead the corporation with an AIFR of 0.28 in 2017. Previously, Mr. Baker held management and senior leadership roles with various mining companies including President at Duluth Metals Limited, Vice President of Operations at FNX Mining, General Manager at Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., and General Manager of Hemlo Operations, a Joint Venture of Teck Cominco and Barrick Gold.
- Rodney Lamond was appointed to the Board of Directors, August 6, 2019. Mr. Lamond was previously on the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Mining from December 2015 to August 2018. The Company also announced the acceptance of Mr. Richard Falconer’s resignation as an independent director.
Mr. Weng, Chairman of Jaguar, stated, “On behalf of the Board of Directors I am pleased to welcome Mr. Baker as our new CEO and to thank Ben Guenther for his interim leadership. I would also like to welcome back Mr. Lamond to the Board and look forward to working with Vern and the Board on advancing Jaguar’s turnaround. I also thank Mr. Falconer for his many contributions to Jaguar during his tenure and wish him success on his future endeavors.”
Mr. Baker stated: "I am excited to now be in my new role at Jaguar and by the opportunity to lead our team in unlocking the value of our great gold assets in the Iron Quadrangle area of Brazil. I am looking forward to driving the operating improvements that will bring the company to a strong financial position over the next several quarters."
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.
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 and the Roça Grande Mine which has been on care and maintenance since April 2018. Additional information is available on the Company's website at a href="https://jaguarmining.com/" target="_blank">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 June 30, 2019, is set out in the Company's second quarter 2019 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 June 30, 2019, is set out in the Company's second quarter 2019 MD&A filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.