Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (TSX: CMMC | ASX:C6C) (the “Company” or “Copper Mountain” – http://www.commodity-tv.net/c/search_adv/?v=298826) announces fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results. All currency is in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise stated. All results are reported on a 100% basis. The Company’s Financial Statements and Management Discussion & Analysis (“MD&A”) are available at www.CuMtn.com and www.sedar.com.
FOURTH QUARTER 2018 AND FULL YEAR 2018 HIGHLIGHTS
- Fourth quarter 2018 production was the strongest quarter of the year, with production increasing 9.7% from the prior year to 24.5 million pounds of copper equivalent (comprised of 20.6 million pounds of copper, 8,124 ounces of gold and 62,711 ounces of silver).
- Full year 2018 production met guidance, with production increasing 4.6% from the prior year to 4 million pounds of copper equivalent (comprised of 78.8 million pounds of copper, 28,250 ounces of gold and 273,913 ounces of silver).
- C1 cash costs for the fourth quarter decreased 13% compared to the prior year to US$1.60 per pound of copper produced and full year 2018 C1 cash costs decreased 4% compared to the prior year to US$1.77 per pound of copper produced.
- Revenue for the fourth quarter was $73.1 million from the sale of 19.4 million pounds of copper, 7,475 ounces of gold and 69,761 ounces of silver and revenue for the full year of 2018 was $296.0 million, from the sale of 79.2 million pounds of copper, 26,799 ounces of gold, and 284,086 ounces of silver, net of pricing adjustments.
- Adjusted earnings per share was ($0.01) for the fourth quarter and $0.02 for the year.
- Cash flow from operations for the fourth quarter was $28.8 million and $51.3 million for the full year of 2018.
- In 2018, Mineral Reserves increased at the Copper Mountain Mine, a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on New Ingerbelle was completed resulting in an after-tax NPV (8%) of US$390 million and a feasibility study was completed for the Eva Copper Project resulting in an after-tax NPV (8%) of US$256 million.
“In 2018, we focused on building a strong foundation from which to grow our business,” said Copper Mountain’s President and CEO, Gil Clausen. “The Copper Mountain Mine finished the year achieving guidance across all metrics. We are also completing an integrated mine plan which will combine the New Ingerbelle deposit into the Copper Mountain mine plan and may double the mine life. The New Ingerbelle deposit provides the potential to add significant value through the addition of low risk, low cost production, particularly as we evaluate a mill expansion plan, which could allow for increased production levels in our existing mill within our current operating and environmental permits. We expect to complete this integrated life of mine plan and publish a new Technical Report for our Copper Mountain Mine in the first quarter of 2019.”
Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Review
The Company reported a gross profit for Q4 2018 of $7.9 million, compared to $20.0 million for Q4 2017, and a net loss of $19.0 million in Q4 2018, compared to a net income of $23.5 million in Q4 2017. The increase in the net loss from net income was primarily a result of a non-cash unrealized foreign exchange loss of $14.7 million compared to a non-cash unrealized foreign exchange loss of $1.8 million for Q4 2017, a change of approximately $12.9 million, which was primarily related to the Company’s debt that is denominated in U.S. dollars. The increase in net loss was also due to lower revenue and higher cost of sales year over year.
The Company recognized revenue of $73.1 million, net of pricing adjustments and treatment charges, on the sale of 19.4 million pounds of copper, 7,475 ounces of gold, and 69,761 ounces of silver and based on an average realized copper price of US$2.81 per pound. This is compared to Q4 2017 revenue of $85.7 million, net of pricing adjustments and treatment charges, on the sale of to 18.1 million pounds of copper, 5,622 ounces of gold and 67,359 ounces of silver and based on an average realized copper price of US$3.12 per pound for Q4 2017. Despite higher sales, lower revenue year over year was a result of a 10% lower realized copper price in Q4 2018 compared to Q4 2017 and a Q4 2018 mark-to-market adjustment of negative $2.4 million compared to a positive mark-to-market adjustment of $10.3 million in Q4 2017.
Cost of sales for Q4 2018 decreased marginally to $65.2 million compared to $65.7 million in Q4 2017, even though more concentrate was sold in Q4 2018 than Q4 2017. This was because Q4 2017 included a $10.8 million write down to the low-grade stockpile, which was included in cost of sales.
Exploration expenditures in Q4 2018 were $1.2 million, which includes exploration in both Australia and British Columbia.
Full Year 2018 Financial Review
The Company reported gross profit in 2018 of $25.3 million, compared to $59.1 million in 2017, and a net loss in 2018 of $26.9 million, compared to a net income of $67.3 million in 2017. The increase in net loss in 2018 from net income in 2017 was primarily a result of a non-cash unrealized foreign exchange loss $23.8 million in 2018, compared to a non-cash unrealized foreign exchange gain of $20.9 million in 2017, a change of approximately $45 million, which was mainly related to the Company’s debt that is denominated in U.S. dollars. The increase in net loss was also due to lower revenue and higher cost of sales year over year.
The Company recognized revenue of $296.0 million in 2018, net of pricing adjustments and treatment charges, on the sale of 79.2 million pounds of copper, 26,799 ounces of gold, and 284,086 ounces of silver based on an average realized copper price of US$2.98 per pound. This compares to revenue of $304.1 million in 2017, net of pricing adjustments and treatment charges, on the sale of 73.9 million pounds of copper, 23,969 ounces of gold and 260,493 ounces of silver, based on an average realized price of realized copper price of US$2.82 per pound. As required under IFRS, revenue in 2017 included a positive mark to market adjustment of $10.7 million for unsettled shipments outstanding at year end, as compared to a negative mark to market adjustment of $0.9 million for 2018 unsettled shipments at year end.
Cost of sales for 2018 increased by $26 million to $270.7 million compared to $245.0 million in 2017. This increase was due in small part to higher costs for diesel fuel, maintenance and power, but primarily due to the change in ore stockpile inventory with a $13.1 million decrease in 2018 charged to cost of sales as compared to a $14.0 million increase in 2017 charged to ore stockpile inventory. The drawdown of ore stockpiles in the year is a result of increased development stripping as the Copper Mountain Mine starts to expose higher grade areas of the pit for future years. As required under IFRS, some of these additional costs of stripping are capitalized when the period stripping ratio exceeds the life of mine stripping ratio of 2:1.
Exploration expenditures for the full year of 2018 were $6.5 million which includes exploration in both Australia and British Columbia.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Operating Results Review
In Q4 2018, the Copper Mountain Mine produced 20.6 million pounds of copper, 8,124 ounces of gold, and 62,711 ounces of silver compared to 19.6 million pounds of copper, 5,206 ounces of gold, and 70,384 ounces of silver in Q4 2017. Increased recoveries for all metals and a 5% increase in tonnes milled resulted in strong production results for Q4 2018 and the strongest quarter for copper and gold production in 2018. Increased gold production can be attributed to the new flash floatation circuit installed in the second half of 2018.
Total operating costs (C1) for Q4 2018 were US$1.60 per pound of copper produced, 13% lower than the C1 costs for Q4 2017 of US$1.85 per pound of copper produced. The improvement in costs, when compared to the prior year, is related to several factors including 5% higher copper production in the quarter, a 5% decrease in total mine operating costs in Q4 2018, and a weakening of the Canadian dollar to the United States dollar used when translating C1 costs to United States dollars. It should be noted that substantially all of the Company’s operating costs are priced in Canadian dollars. The decrease in C1 costs is also affected by the levels of deferred stripping in the period as these excess stripping costs are treated as capital expenditures. Deferred stripping costs are captured in all-in-sustaining costs (AISC) and not included in C1 costs. The total cash value of deferred stripping in Q4 2018 was $4.6 million compared to Nil in Q4 2017.
Full Year 2018 Operating Results Review
In 2018, the Copper Mountain Mine achieved annual copper production guidance, producing 78.8 million pounds of copper, 28,250 ounces of gold, and 273,913 ounces of silver compared to 75.8 million pounds of copper, 23,633 ounces of gold, and 277,094 ounces of silver in 2017. This represents an increase of 4% for copper, 19% for gold and a slight 1% decrease in silver production. Increases for copper and gold production as compared to the prior year is a result of improved recoveries and mill throughput in 2018, offset slightly by lower grades being milled in 2018. Improved recoveries in the mill can be attributed to the installation of the new flash flotation circuit in the third quarter of 2018. Recoveries contributed to strong annual production results which included an increase of total tonnes milled by 3%.
Total C1 costs for 2018 were US$1.77 per pound of copper produced, 4% lower than the C1 costs for 2017 of US$1.84. The improvement in costs per pound is a result of higher copper production in 2018 and slightly lower total mine operating costs when compared to 2017, after taking into account cost associated with increased low-grade stockpile inventories in 2017, as required under IFRS. The decrease in C1 costs was also affected by the levels of deferred stripping in the year as these mining costs are treated as capital expenditures and deferred as required under IFRS. Deferred stripping costs are captured in AISC and not included in C1 costs. The total cash value of deferred stripping in 2018 was $20.2 million, compared to $1.5 million in 2017.
Q4 2018 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST
The Company will hold a conference call on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:30 am (Pacific Standard Time) for management to discuss the Q4 2018 financial and operating results.
Live Dial-in Information
Toronto and international: 1 (647) 427-7450
North America (toll-free): 1 (888) 231-8191
To participate in the webcast live via computer go to:
Replay Call Information
Toronto and international: 1 (416) 849-0833 Passcode: 5973748
North America (toll-free): 1 (855) 859-2056 Passcode: 5973748
The conference call replay will be available from 12:30 pm (PST) on February 15, 2019 until 20:59 pm PST on February 22, 2019. An archive of the audio webcast will also be available on the company’s website at http://www.cumtn.com.
About Copper Mountain Mining Corporation
Copper Mountain’s flagship asset is the 75% owned Copper Mountain mine located in southern British Columbia near the town of Princeton. The Copper Mountain mine produces about 100 million pounds of copper equivalent per year with a large resource that remains open laterally and at depth. Copper Mountain also has the permitted, development stage Eva Copper Project in Queensland, Australia and an extensive 397,000 hectare highly prospective land package in the Mount Isa area.
Additional information is available on the Company’s web page at www.CuMtn.com.
On behalf of the Board of
COPPER MOUNTAIN MINING CORPORATION
Gil Clausen, P.Eng.
Chief Executive Officer
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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