MONTREAL, Aug. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dynacor Gold Mines Inc. (TSX: DNG / OTC: DNGDF) (Dynacor or the Corporation) released its unaudited consolidated financial statements and the management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.
(All figures in this press release are in Ms of US$ unless stated otherwise. All amounts per share are in US$. All variance % are calculated from rounded figures. Some additions might be incorrect due to rounding).
Q2-2021 OVERVIEW AND HIGHLIGHTS
Dynacor completed the three-month period ended June 30, 2021 (“Q2-2021”) reporting a new quarterly sales record with $42.8 million in sales and a net income of $2.2 million (US$ 0.06 per share), still ahead of its annual guidance, compared to sales of $8.0 million and a net loss of (-$0.7 million) (-US$0.02 per share) in the second quarter of 2020 (“Q2-2020”). Without mitigating the very solid Q2-2021 performance, the Q2-2020 comparative figures had been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis with the temporary shut-down of the Veta Dorada plant resulting in the only quarterly loss recorded by the Corporation since 2010.
The Corporation ore purchasing, and processing activities continued to be very strong with 31,280 tonnes of ore purchased and 30,374 tonnes processed.
With growing volumes of gold sold, the Corporation was able to increase its quarterly sales for the fourth consecutive quarter.
Considering the fast growth of its ore purchase volume, the Corporation decided to move ahead with the construction on the plant expansion which was originally planned for the third quarter. The expansion work has been completed in June well ahead of time and under budget.
The plant was fully commissioned and successfully ran at 400 tonnes per day (“tpd”) during 11 days in June. Subsequent to the quarter end, the daily throughput was increased to the maximum capacity of 430 tpd. The mill has been operating at full capacity for the last five weeks.
Cash Return to Shareholders
(1) Cash gross operating margin per AuEq ounce is in US$ and is calculated by subtracting the average cash cost of sale per equivalent ounces of Au from the average selling price per equivalent ounces of Au and is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS. It is therefore possible that this measure could not be comparable with a similar measure of another company.
(2) EBITDA: “Earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation” is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS. It is therefore possible that this measure could not be comparable with a similar measure of another corporation. The Corporation uses this non-IFRS measure as an indicator of the cash generated by the operations and allows investor to compare the profitability of the Corporation with others by canceling effects of different assets bases, effects due to different tax structures as well as the effects of different capital structures.
(3) Cash-flow per share is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS. It is therefore possible that this measure could not be comparable with a similar measure of another corporation. The Corporation uses this non-IFRS measure which can also be helpful to investors as it provides a result which can be compared with the Corporation market share price.
RESULTS FROM OPERATIONS
Extract from Consolidated Statement of net income and comprehensive income
ended June 30,
ended June 30,
|Cost of sales||(36,260||)||(7,975||)||(71,866||)||(33,895||)|
|Gross operating margin||6,517||32||11,820||4,981|
|General and administrative expenses||(2,002||)||(746||)||(3,210||)||(1,837||)|
|Income before income taxes||4,267||(755||)||8,195||2,892|
|Current income tax expense||(1,835||)||85||(3,389||)||(1,137||)|
|Deferred tax expense||(270||)||(15||)||(538||)||(55||)|
|Net income and comprehensive income||2,162||(685||)||4,268||1,700|
|Earnings per share|
Total sales amounted to $42.8 million compared to $8.0 million in Q2-2020. The significant $34.8 million increase is explained by record ore processing level, increased volumes sold, high gold prices and obviously by the Covid-19 crisis which forced the closing of operations in Q2-2020. Compared to the previous quarter (Q1-2021) sales increased by $1.9 million due to higher gold production combined with higher gold market prices.
The Q2-2021 gross operating margin reached $6.5 million which represents 15.2% of sales.
General and administrative expenses amounted to $2.0 million in Q2-2021 compared to $0.7 million in Q2-2020 when these expenses had been significantly reduced due to the Covid crisis. The increase compared to Q2-2020 is also due to non-recurring fees of $0.5 million including those engaged to obtain the release of the gold bars retained since December 2019 (see press release dated July 22, 2021). General and administrative expenses are expected to decrease significantly in Q3-2021.
The Q2-2021 net income was again affected by the recording of a $0.3 million deferred income tax expense (cumulative 2021 of $0.6 million) resulting from FX variances between the US$ and the Peruvian Sol applying on long term assets local tax basis.
Reconciliation of non-IFRS measures
|(in $’000)||Three-month periods
ended June 30,
ended June 30,
|Reconciliation of net income and comprehensive income to EBITDA|
|Net income and comprehensive income||2,162||(685||)||4,268||1,700|
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING, INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES AND
WORKING CAPITAL AND LIQUIDITY
During Q2-2021, the cash flow from operations, before changes in working capital items, amounted to $3.2 million ($6.3 million for the six-month period ending June 30, 2021), compared to (-$0.03 million) in Q2-2020 ($3.2 million for the six-month period ending June 30, 2020). This increase between quarters is primarily explained by the increase in gross operating margin due to higher gold production.
During Q2-2021, total cash from operating activities amounted to (-$2.0 million) ($4.8 million for the six-month period ending June 30, 2021) compared to $5.0 million in Q2-2020 ($18.0 million for the six-month period ending June 30, 2020). Changes in working capital items amounted to (-$5.3 million) (-$1.6 million for the six-month period ending June 30, 2021) compared to $5.0 million) in 2020 ($14.9 million for the six-month period ending June 30, 2020). The variance is mainly attributable to the variance in inventories.
During the three-month period ended June 30, 2021, the Corporation invested $1.1 million (cumulative six-month 2021 of $1.6 million). This amount is comprised of investments at the plant notably in relation to the increase in capacity (+25% throughput level) completed during the second quarter, improvements in production processes and to new vehicles. All investments are financed with internally generated cash-flows.
In Q2-2021, three monthly dividends totaling CA$0.0167 per share were disbursed for a total consideration of $0.5 million (CA$0.6 million). In Q2-2020, a quarterly dividend was disbursed for a total consideration of $0.4 million (CA$0.6 million).
During the period, 129,107 common shares (cumulative 180,332 common shares in 2021) were repurchased under the Corporation’s normal course issuer bid share buyback program for a total cash consideration of $0.2 million or CA$0.3 million (none in the first half of 2020).
In Q2-2021, 167,500 common shares were issued following the exercise by directors of the Corporation of 167,500 purchase options for a total consideration of $0.2 million (CA$0.3 million).
In 2021, the corporation made quarterly repayments of lease liabilities for $0.06 million ($0.15 million per quarter in 2020).
Working capital and liquidity
As at June 30, 2021, the Corporation’s working capital amounted to $28.9 million, including $13.4 million in cash ($25.4 million, including $11.9 million in cash at December 31, 2020).
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
As at June 30, 2021, total assets amounted to $83.4 million ($76.3 million as at December 31, 2020). Major variances since last year-end come from the significant increase in cash and in inventories and the impact of the additional deferred tax liability recorded 2021.
|(in $’000) (unaudited)||As at
|Property, plant and equipment||20,238||19,677|
|Exploration and evaluation assets||18,526||18,510|
|Trade and other payables||9,721||7,082|
|Asset retirement obligations||3,585||3,604|
|Current tax liabilities||1,275||1,124|
|Deferred tax liabilities||1,574||1,036|
|Total liabilities and equity||83,365||76,296|
The Corporation continues to achieve strong levels of ore purchase which permitted the processing of high tonnage of ore during the period.
The Corporation recently announced the completion of the expansion project of its Veta Dorada processing plant which has enabled the increase of the throughput level from 345 tpd to 430 tpd, an increase of 25%.
For 2021, the Corporation issued financial and capital expenditure guidance(1), forecasting $150 million in sales and a net income of $6.9 million (US$0.18 per share). With sales of $83.7 million as at June 30, 2021 (82.5% of 2020 total sales) and a cumulative net income of $4.3 million or US$0.11 per share (similar to 2020 total numbers), the Corporation is still ahead of its 2021 financial guidance and in a good position to surpass it.
i) average CA/US exchange rate of 1.273:1
ii) 2021 financial guidance is based on an average gold price of US$ 1,850 per ounce (Year-end 2020 rate).
Dynacor is a dividend-paying industrial gold ore processor headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The corporation is engaged in gold production through the processing of ore purchased from the ASM (artisanal and small-scale mining) industry. At present, Dynacor operates in Peru, where its management and processing teams have decades of experience working with ASM miners. It also owns a gold exploration property (Tumipampa) in the Apurimac department.
The corporation intends to expand its processing operations in other jurisdictions as well.
Dynacor produces environmental and socially responsible gold through its PX IMPACT® gold program. A growing number of supportive firms from the fine luxury jewelry, watchmakers and investment sectors pay a small premium to our customer and strategic partner for this PX IMPACT® gold. The premium provides direct investment to develop health and education projects for our artisanal and small-scale miner’s communities.
Dynacor is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (DNG) and the OTC in the United States under the symbol (DNGDF).
Certain statements in the preceding may constitute forward-looking statements, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Dynacor, or industry results, to be materially different from any future result, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management’s current expectations regarding future events and operating performance as of the date of this news release.
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