Press Release

Hecla Reports 24% Higher Revenues on Higher Production and Prices in Second Quarter 2020

Company Release - 8/6/2020

Cash provided by operations close to five times higher than last year's first half

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) today announced second quarter 2020 financial and operating results.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • All mines in operation (non-U.S. mines had government-mandated shutdowns of less than a month).
  • Sales of $166.4 million, an increase of 24% over prior year period.
  • Gross profit of $34.1 million, an increase of $54.3 million over prior year period.
  • Cash provided by operating activities was $37.5 million while there were $10.8 million additions to properties, plant, equipment and mineral interests, resulting in $26.7 million of quarterly free cash flow.
  • Silver production of 3.4 million ounces and gold production of 59,982 ounces.
  • Net loss applicable to common shareholders of $14.2 million, or $0.03 per share.
  • Adjusted net income applicable to common shareholders of $7.3 million, or $0.01 per share.1
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $61.3 million and net debt/adjusted EBITDA (last 12 months) of 2.0x. 2,3
  • Strong balance sheet with cash and cash equivalents of $76 million, repaid $160 million of revolving line of credit, leaving $50 million outstanding; expect full repayment by year end.
  • In the third quarter, agreed with Investissement Quebec to issue C$50 million (US$36.8 million) of senior unsecured notes yielding 5.74%; expected use of proceeds for purchases of existing 7.25% coupon bonds, and Casa Berardi capital expenditures.
  • Annual silver and gold production and cost guidance is unchanged.

"Despite the pandemic, Hecla had its second highest quarterly silver production since 2016 which, combined with higher prices, resulted in almost 25% more revenue than a year ago and generated about $27 million of free cash flow," said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., Hecla's President and CEO. "I am extremely proud of our workforce's adaptability and commitment in this challenging time which positions Hecla well to improve our cash flow generation in this higher silver and gold price environment."

Mr. Baker continued, "Hecla currently produces about a third of all the silver mined in the U.S., almost three times larger than the next primary producer. That number is expected to grow as Lucky Friday ramps up. As the United States' largest and oldest silver producer with America's largest silver reserve and resource, Hecla gives investors unique exposure to higher silver prices."

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

 

Second Quarter Ended

 

Six Months Ended

HIGHLIGHTS

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

 

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

FINANCIAL DATA

 

 

 

 

 

Sales (000)

$

166,355

 

$

134,172

 

 

$

303,280

 

$

286,789

 

Gross profit (loss) (000)

$

34,079

 

$

(20,243)

 

 

$

45,451

 

$

(16,799)

 

Loss applicable to common shareholders (000)

$

(14,166)

 

$

(46,670)

 

 

$

(31,489)

 

$

(72,341)

 

Basic and diluted loss per common share

$

(0.03)

 

$

(0.10)

 

 

$

(0.06)

 

$

(0.15)

 

Net Loss (000)

$

(14,028)

 

$

(46,532)

 

 

$

(31,213)

 

$

(72,065)

 

Cash provided by (used in) operating activities (000)

$

37,526

 

$

(11,317)

 

 

$

42,453

 

$

8,713

 

Net loss applicable to common shareholders for the second quarter 2020 was $14.2 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to net loss applicable to common shareholders of $46.7 million, or $0.10 per share, for the same period in 2019. The improved second quarter result was mainly due to the following items:

  • Improved gross profit at each operation due to higher production and prices. Combined Greens Creek, Casa Berardi and Nevada operations generated $53.3 million more gross profit than the prior year period.
  • Unrealized gains on equity investments of $6.4 million compared to losses of $1.1 million in the prior-year period.
  • Lower exploration costs by $2.4 million compared to the second quarter of 2019, as the Company reduced discretionary spending during the pandemic.
  • Lower general and administrative expense by $1.9 million, primarily due to lower incentive compensation.

These variances were partially offset by:

  • Loss on metals derivative contracts of $14.0 million compared to a gain of $3.8 million in the second quarter of 2019, of which $5 million of the loss is a reversal of the gain in first quarter of 2020. The remainder is divided between the cost of the puts and increase in zinc and lead prices.
  • Higher ramp-up and suspension costs by $7.3 million resulting from (i) Lucky Friday transitioning production between salary and hourly personnel and the recall, hiring and training of the returning hourly workforce, (ii) placement of the Midas and Hollister mines and Aurora mill in Nevada on care-and-maintenance, and (iii) the temporary suspension of operations at Casa Berardi and San Sebastian in response to COVID-19.
  • $2.0 million in expense recognized for the value of Hecla shares contributed to the Hecla Charitable Foundation.

Cash provided by operating activities of $37.5 million in the second quarter 2020, $48.8 million higher than the $11.3 million of cash used by operating activities in the second quarter of 2019, due mainly to the $54.3 million increase in gross profit, partly offset by the net impact of working capital changes.

Adjusted EBITDA was $61.3 million compared to $17.7 million in the second quarter of 2019, reflecting the improved gross profit.

Capital expenditures at the operations totaled $13.7 million for the second quarter compared to $38.9 million in the second quarter of 2019, with the decrease primarily due to planned lower expenditures at the operations in 2020. Expenditures at Lucky Friday, Greens Creek and Casa Berardi were each about $4.5 million.

Metals Prices

The average realized silver price in the second quarter was $18.44 per ounce, 23% higher than the $15.01 in the second quarter of 2019. The average realized gold price increased 31%, to $1,736 per ounce. Average realized lead and zinc prices decreased 7% and 24%, respectively.

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30

 

 

2020

 

2019

Silver –

London PM Fix ($/ounce)

$

16.33

 

 

$

14.89

 

 

Realized price per ounce

$

18.44

 

 

$

15.01

 

Gold –

London PM Fix ($/ounce)

$

1,711

 

 

$

1,310

 

 

Realized price per ounce

$

1,736

 

 

$

1,322

 

Lead –

LME Final Cash Buyer ($/pound)

$

0.76

 

 

$

0.85

 

 

Realized price per pound

$

0.78

 

 

$

0.84

 

Zinc –

LME Final Cash Buyer ($/pound)

$

0.89

 

 

$

1.25

 

 

Realized price per pound

$

0.89

 

 

$

1.17

 

Base Metals Forward Sales Contracts And Precious Metals Put Contracts

Hecla enters into financially settled forward sales contracts to manage exposure to price variances on silver, gold, zinc and lead concentrate shipments (also called provisional hedges). In addition, the Company uses financially settled forward contracts to manage exposure to changes in prices of zinc and lead (but not silver and gold) contained in the forecasted future concentrate shipments.

Percentage of Production Hedged

Average Price per Pound

 

 

Forward Sales

 

Zinc

Lead

 

% of sales

Price

% of sales

Price

Hedges as a % of Sales

 

 

 

 

Q3/2020

89%

$0.88

95%

$0.75

Q4/2020

97%

$0.89

43%

$0.78

Q1/2021

19%

$0.91

6%

$0.77

Hecla has also entered into put contracts to protect the minimum price it receives for silver and gold, while retaining exposure to price increases. As of June 30, the Company has spent about $0.52 per ounce on buying silver puts for a portion of silver production and about $84 per ounce on buying gold puts for a portion of gold production for the second half of 2020. Cost of this silver and gold protection insurance represents less than 3% of forecasted revenue.

OPERATIONS OVERVIEW

Overview

The following table provides the production summary on a consolidated basis for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019:

 

 

Second Quarter Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

 

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

PRODUCTION SUMMARY

 

 

 

 

Silver -

Ounces produced

3,403,781

 

3,018,765

 

6,649,250

 

5,941,896

 

Payable ounces sold

3,348,639

 

2,418,586

 

5,930,918

 

5,316,669

Gold -

Ounces produced

59,982

 

60,768

 

118,774

 

120,789

 

Payable ounces sold

51,398

 

59,127

 

108,501

 

120,063

Lead -

Tons produced

8,977

 

5,515

 

14,870

 

11,299

 

Payable tons sold

8,026

 

3,963

 

12,156

 

8,811

Zinc -

Tons produced

17,855

 

13,315

 

30,702

 

27,259

 

Payable tons sold

11,989

 

9,823

 

21,825

 

19,356

The following tables provide a summary of the final production, cost of sales and other direct production costs and depletion, depreciation and amortization, cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver and gold ounce, and AISC, after by-product credits, per silver and gold ounce for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2020, with comparisons to the prior year period:

 

Second Quarter Ended

 

 

Greens Creek

Lucky Friday

San Sebastian

Casa Berardi

Nevada Operations

June 30, 2020

Silver

Gold

Silver

Gold

Silver

Silver

Gold

Gold

Silver

Gold

Silver

Production (ounces)

 

3,403,781

 

 

 

59,982

 

 

 

2,753,919

 

 

13,104

 

 

 

469,537

 

 

158,842

 

 

 

1,331

 

 

 

30,756

 

 

 

5,495

 

 

 

14,791

 

 

 

15,988

 

Increase/(decrease)

 

385,016

 

 

 

(786

)

 

 

381,649

 

 

(153

)

 

 

342,390

 

 

(304,893

)

 

 

(2,216

)

 

 

(514

)

 

 

(669

)

 

 

2,097

 

 

 

(33,461

)

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (000)

$

73,137

 

 

$

59,139

 

 

$

57,672

 

$

 

 

$

11,455

 

$

4,010

 

 

$

 

 

$

45,582

 

 

$

 

 

$

13,557

 

 

$

 

Increase/(decrease)

$

11,393

 

 

$

(33,532

)

 

$

12,022

 

N/A

 

 

$

6,504

 

$

(7,133

)

 

N/A

 

 

$

(9,570

)

 

N/A

 

 

$

(23,962

)

 

N/A

 

Cash costs, after by-product credits, per silver or gold ounce 4, 6

$

4.97

 

 

$

846

 

 

$

5.19

 

$

 

 

$

 

$

1.14

 

 

$

 

 

$

919

 

 

$

 

 

$

694

 

 

$

 

Increase/(decrease)

$

1.47

 

 

$

(305

)

 

$

2.81

 

N/A

 

 

$

 

$

(8.08

)

 

N/A

 

 

$

(182

)

 

N/A

 

 

$

(580

)

 

N/A

 

AISC, after by-product credits per silver or gold ounce5

$

9.33

 

 

$

977

 

 

$

7.11

 

$

 

 

$

 

$

1.85

 

 

$

 

 

$

1,077

 

 

$

 

 

$

769

 

 

$

 

Increase/(decrease)

$

(1.83

)

 

$

(723

)

 

$

0.74

 

N/A

 

 

$

 

$

(13.65

)

 

N/A

 

 

$

(360

)

 

N/A

 

 

$

(1,578

)

 

N/A

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

Greens Creek

Lucky Friday

San Sebastian

Casa Berardi

Nevada Operations

June 30, 2020

Silver

Gold

Silver

Gold

Silver

Silver

Gold

Gold

Silver

Gold

Silver

Production (ounces)

 

6,649,250

 

 

 

118,774

 

 

 

5,529,626

 

 

25,377

 

 

 

565,285

 

 

505,467

 

 

 

4,133

 

 

 

57,508

 

 

 

11,429

 

 

 

31,756

 

 

 

37,443

 

 

Increase/(decrease)

 

707,354

 

 

 

(2,015

)

 

 

924,609

 

 

(2,208

)

 

 

264,511

 

 

(399,347

)

 

 

(2,944

)

 

 

(5,561

)

 

 

(2,975

)

 

 

8,698

 

 

 

(79,444

)

 

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (000)

$

133,451

 

 

$

124,378

 

 

$

106,853

 

$

 

 

$

14,287

 

$

12,311

 

 

$

 

 

$

93,907

 

 

$

 

 

$

30,471

 

 

$

 

 

Increase/(decrease)

$

3,062

 

 

$

 

(48,821

)

 

$

7,091

 

 

N/A

 

$

7,155

 

$

(11,184

)

 

 

N/A

 

$

(10,326

)

 

 

N/A

 

$

(38,495

)

 

 

N/A

 

Cash costs, after by-product credits, per silver or gold ounce 4, 6

$

5.38

 

 

$

 

952

 

 

$

5.41

 

$

 

 

$

 

$

5.09

 

 

$

 

 

$

1,081

 

 

$

 

 

$

716

 

 

$

 

 

Increase/(decrease)

$

2.48

 

 

$

 

(261

)

 

$

3.95

 

 

N/A

 

$

 

$

(5.11

)

 

 

N/A

 

$

(26

)

 

 

N/A

 

$

(786

)

 

 

N/A

 

AISC, after by-product credits per silver or gold ounce5

$

10.10

 

 

$

 

1,135

 

 

$

7.51

 

$

 

 

$

 

$

5.65

 

 

$

 

 

$

1,327

 

 

$

 

 

$

787

 

 

$

 

 

Increase/(decrease)

$

(0.19

)

 

$

 

(594

)

 

$

2.66

 

 

N/A

 

$

 

$

(10.37

)

 

 

N/A

 

$

(60

)

 

 

N/A

 

$

(1,879

)

 

 

N/A

 

Greens Creek Mine - Alaska

Operations at Greens Creek continue strongly, with higher silver production due to higher grades. The mill operated at an average of 2,366 tons per day (tpd), which was slightly higher than the second quarter of 2019. The per ounce silver costs were higher primarily due to lower by-products on a per ounce basis resulting from lower zinc and lead prices and higher silver production, higher treatment costs due to unfavorable changes in smelter terms and COVID-19 costs. The increased silver production means there is less by-product credit to apply to each ounce of silver, so the cost per ounce after by-products is higher.

The mine quickly implemented a 14-day quarantine for all employees before coming to Admiralty Island, where the mine is located. This proactive approach helped to protect the workforce from the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus and was consistent with the Governor's order. With the addition of strict testing protocols, the mine recently reduced the quarantine period to 7 days for workers traveling to Juneau to work at Greens Creek. This change is expected to continue to protect our people and the community, and reduce the cost associated with operating under the pandemic.

Casa Berardi - Quebec

At the Casa Berardi mine, the decrease in gold ounces compared to the second quarter of 2019 is the result of the Government-mandated shutdown of operations due to COVID-19. The mine restarted operations on April 15, three weeks after the shutdown, and is performing well. The mill operated at an average of 3,595 tpd, which was 6% lower than the second quarter of 2019. The decrease in cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce is mainly due to lower mine contractor costs as the contractor was re-mobilized slowly. The lower mining costs, along with lower capital and exploration spending, resulted in lower AISC, after by-product credits, of $1,077 per gold ounce, compared to $1,437 in the second quarter of 2019.5

Despite COVID-19, process improvement activities focused on improving mill reliability, throughput and recovery continued. These efforts are expected to lead to reduced costs and increased cash flow when complete but are somewhat delayed by the COVID-19 restrictions. Production from Casa Berardi is expected to be higher in second half of the year as production from the higher-grade 148 Zone increases.

Lucky Friday Mine - Idaho

At the Lucky Friday Mine, the ramp-up to full production is proceeding as expected. The #2 shaft hoist upgrade project was completed on schedule and below budget. The mine is on target to return to pre-strike production levels in the fourth quarter, so 2021 is anticipated to have a full year of production.

Underground testing and modification of the Remote Vein Miner (RVM) continues in Sweden, but the project is being negatively impacted by COVID-19, as travel restrictions has prevented Hecla oversight and Sweden is operating with a reduced work schedule. Acceptance testing in Sweden will continue until the machine meets requisite performance parameters. In parallel, the Company is pursuing additional initiatives to increase productivity at the mine.

San Sebastian - Mexico

At the San Sebastian mine, the mill restarted on May 30 after the Government-mandated shutdown of operations due to COVID-19. Silver and gold production were lower compared to the second quarter of 2019 due to lower ore grades, as well as the shutdown. The mill operated at an average of 528 tpd when it operated, which was slightly higher than the second quarter of 2019.

The cash cost, after by-product credits, decreased due to higher by-product gold credits on a per ounce basis primarily as a result of higher gold prices, partially offset by lower silver production. The AISC, after by-product credits, was lower due to the decrease attributed to the higher by-product credits, along with lower capital and exploration spending.

Mining of oxide material is expected to be completed in the third quarter and milling in the fourth quarter of 2020. The Company continues to assess the viability of mining the sulfide Hugh Zone, and continues exploration of El Toro, but expects to idle the mine in the fourth quarter.

Nevada Operations

For the Nevada operations, very high grades were experienced in the material being processed at the Midas mill. Not all the material processed was sold in the second quarter, with the remainder sold in the third quarter. No further processing is currently anticipated in the Midas mill. Mining is now focused primarily on material for the 30,000-ton bulk sample test, of which approximately 16,000 tons have been accumulated to date, with mining expected to continue through the remainder of 2020. The bulk sample test is designed to provide information on alternate mining techniques, water management, and process recovery rates at a third-party facility. To date the geotechnical, hydrology, mining productivity and cost have all been better than anticipated. The grade and metallurgical parameters are in line with the model. The bulk sample is expected to be sent for third-party processing late in the third quarter with results expected around year end. Production from this test is expected to be between 5 and 10 thousand ounces of gold.

Ore was processed at an average of 117 tpd compared to 642 tpd in the second quarter of 2019.

EXPLORATION

Exploration expenses were $2.0 million for the second quarter, representing a 55% decrease from the prior year period, as a result of decreased activity at all sites due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greens Creek – Alaska

At Greens Creek, the reduced drilling program was focused on supporting active mining with limited pre-production drilling in the Southwest Zone and definition drilling in the East Ore Zone. Strong definition drilling assay results continue to confirm and upgrade the East Ore Zone resources. In the East OreZone, intersections targeting the middle portion of the zone along 600 feet of strike length, included 12.2 oz/ton silver, 0.09 oz/ton gold, 7.7% zinc and 2.8% lead over 7.0 feet, and 10.6 oz/ton silver, 0.12 oz/ton gold, 16.6% zinc and 5.0% lead over 3.0 feet. Once the current phase of definition drilling in the East Ore Zone is completed, the planned activity in the third quarter of 2020 is to further define and explore the 200 South Zone.

More complete drill assay highlights from Greens Creek can be found in Table A at the end of the release.

Casa Berardi – Quebec

At Casa Berardi, drilling in the East Mine focused on defining continuity and expanding mineralization in the 160 Zone Pit area and expanding mineralization in the high-grade underground 148 Zone. Definition drilling in the 160 Zone targeted mineralization below the current 160 Pit shell to further define the continuity of the 160 lenses. Intersections from this drilling included 0.05 oz/ton gold over 42.6 feet including 0.18 oz/ton gold over 5.2 feet and confirms continuity of the mineralized 160 lenses. Exploration drilling in the East Mine occurred in the 148 Zone from underground targeting the eastern and western down-plunge trend of the known high-grade mineralization. At depth, the 148-01 lens appears to be splitting into two lenses, one north and one south of the Casa Berardi Fault. Intersections include 0.32 oz/ton gold over 19.7 feet including 0.78 oz/ton gold over 4.6 feet, 0.07 oz/ton gold over 13.4 feet including 0.38 oz/ton gold over 1.1 feet and 0.20 oz/ton gold over 31.2 feet including 1.15 oz/ton gold over 2.0 feet.

In the West Mine area, drilling targeted the depth extensions of the 128 Zone. Recent high-grade intersections include 0.82 oz/ton gold over 11.2 feet including 2.11 oz/ton gold over 4.1 feet. These initial results show higher grades below the current resources and are open at depth for expansion.

In the third quarter of 2020, underground drilling is planned to expand and refine resources in the 123, 124, and 128 zones in the West Mine and the high-grade 148 Zone in the East Mine.

More complete drill assay highlights from Casa Berardi can be found in Table A at the end of the release.

San Sebastian - Mexico

At San Sebastian, one surface reverse circulation drill rig completed the 2020 Short Vertical Reverse Circulation (SVRC) drilling grid designed to explore for new veins and near-surface oxide mineralization through cover by sampling overburden and bedrock west of the current El Toro resource area. Results to date are positive with the discovery of a new vein and two additional strong anomalies west of the El Toro vein. These positive results continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of using SVRC drilling to discover new veins under thick soil cover. Follow-up drilling for this new vein and anomalies is being evaluated.

Exploration drilling at El Toro targeted areas between known ore shoots within the El Toro Vein to expand mineralization laterally between known ore shoots. Intersections include 0.06 oz/ton gold and 8.4 oz/ton silver over 5.3 feet and 0.07 oz/ton gold and 7.8 oz/ton silver over 2.5 feet.

In the third quarter of 2020, exploration drilling is planned to follow-up on the new vein and the multiple anomalies west of the El Toro vein generated from the SVRC drilling program.

More complete drill assay highlights from San Sebastian can be found in Table A at the end of the release.

PRE-DEVELOPMENT

Pre-development spending was $0.6 million for the quarter, compared to $0.8 million for the second quarter of 2019, principally to advance the permitting of Rock Creek and Montanore.

DIVIDENDS

Common

TheBoard of Directors elected to declare a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0025 per share of common stock, payable on or about September 1, 2020, to shareholders of record on August 19, 2020. The realized silver price was $18.44 in the second quarter and therefore did not satisfy the criteria for a larger dividend under the Company's dividend policy.

Preferred

The Board of Directors elected to declare a quarterly cash dividend of $0.875 per share of preferred stock, payable on or about October 1, 2020, to shareholders of record on September 15, 2020.

MANAGEMENT CHANGES

Hecla today announced that Mr. Mike Westerlund, Vice President of Investor Relations, is leaving the company effective August 14, 2020. A search is underway for a replacement.

“I want to thank Mike for his significant contributions to Hecla over the past eight years and wish him well in his future endeavors. I know the investment community and the Hecla team enjoyed working with him, and we plan on building on his good work in the future," said Mr. Baker.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

A conference call and webcast will be held Thursday, August 6, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results. We recommend that you dial in at least 10 minutes before the call is due to commence. You may join the conference call by dialing toll-free 1-833-350-1380 or for international dialing 1-647-689-6934. The Participant Code is 5074513 and must be provided when dialing in. Hecla's live and archived webcast can be accessed at www.hecla-mining.com under Investors.

VIRTUAL INVESTOR EVENT

Hecla will be holding a Virtual Investor Event on Friday, August 7, 2020, from 08:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Hecla invites shareholders, investors, and other interested parties to schedule a personal, 30-minute virtual meeting (video or telephone) with a member of senior management. Click on the link below to schedule a call (You can also copy and paste the link into your web browser.). If you are unable to book a time, either due to high demand or for other reasons, please reach out to Mike Westerlund, VP - Investor Relations at mwesterlund@hecla-mining.com or at 604.694.7729.

  1. Operations call with Lauren Roberts, SR VP and COO and senior mine management: https://calendly.com/2020-q2-vie/operations
  2. Finance call with Lindsay Hall, SR VP and CFO: https://calendly.com/2020-q2-vie/finance
  3. Call with Phil Baker, President and CEO: https://calendly.com/2020-q2-vie/ceo

ABOUT HECLA

Founded in 1891, Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with operating mines in Alaska, Idaho, and Mexico and is a gold producer with operating mines in Quebec, Canada and Nevada. The Company also has exploration and pre-development properties in seven world-class silver and gold mining districts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and an exploration office and investments in early-stage silver exploration projects in Canada.

NOTES

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP financial measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meaning prescribed by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

(1) Adjusted net (loss) income applicable to common stockholders is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to net (loss) income applicable to common stockholders, the most comparable GAAP measure, can be found at the end of the release. Adjusted net (loss) income is a measure used by management to evaluate the Company's operating performance but should not be considered an alternative to net (loss) income, or cash (used in) provided by operating activities as those terms are defined by GAAP, and does not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program.

(2) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to net (loss) income, the most comparable GAAP measure, can be found at the end of the release. Adjusted EBITDA is a measure used by management to evaluate the Company's operating performance but should not be considered an alternative to net (loss) income, or cash (used in) provided by operating activities as those terms are defined by GAAP, and does not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program.

(3) Net debt to adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to debt and net (loss) income, the most comparable GAAP measurements, can be found at the end of the release. It is an important measure for management to measure relative indebtedness and the ability to service the debt relative to its peers. It is calculated as total debt outstanding less total cash on hand divided by adjusted EBITDA.

(4) Cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver or gold ounce is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (sometimes referred to as "cost of sales" in this release), can be found at the end of the release. It is an important operating statistic that management utilizes to measure each mine's operating performance. It also allows the benchmarking of performance of each mine versus those of our competitors. As a silver and gold mining company, management also uses the statistic on an aggregate basis - aggregating the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday and San Sebastian mines - to compare performance with that of other silver mining companies, and aggregating Casa Berardi and the Nevada operations, to compare its performance with other gold mining companies. Similarly, the statistic is useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as it provides a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program. Cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce is not presented for Lucky Friday for the second quarters and first halves of 2020 and 2019, as production was limited due to the strike and results are not comparable to those from prior periods and are not indicative of future operating results under full production.

(5) All in sustaining cost (AISC), after by-product credits, is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization, the closest GAAP measurement, can be found in the end of the release. AISC, after by-product credits, includes cost of sales and other direct production costs, expenses for reclamation and exploration at the mine sites, corporate exploration related to sustaining operations, and all site sustaining capital costs. AISC, after by-product credits, is calculated net of depreciation, depletion, and amortization and by-product credits. AISC, after by-product credits, per silver ounce is not presented for Lucky Friday for the second quarters and first halves of 2020 and 2019, as production was limited due to the strike and results are not comparable to those from prior periods and are not indicative of future operating results under full production.

Current GAAP measures used in the mining industry, such as cost of goods sold, do not capture all the expenditures incurred to discover, develop and sustain silver and gold production. Management believes that all in sustaining costs is a non-GAAP measure that provides additional information to management, investors and analysts to help in the understanding of the economics of our operations and performance compared to other producers and in the investor's visibility by better defining the total costs associated with production. Similarly, the statistic is useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as it provides a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program.

(6) Cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce is only applicable to Casa Berardi and Nevada Operations production. Gold produced from Greens Creek and San Sebastian is treated as a by-product credit against the silver cash cost.

Numbers may be rounded.

Cautionary Statements to Investors on Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections and other applicable laws, including Canadian securities laws. When a forward-looking statement expresses or implies an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance and financial condition and often contain words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “estimate,” “should,” “expect,” “believe,” “project,” “target,” “indicative,” “preliminary,” “potential” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in this news release may include, without limitation: (i) estimates of future production, sales, cash flows and costs; (ii) expectations regarding the development, growth potential, financial performance of the Company’s projects, including growth in silver production and throughput rate at Lucky Friday; (iii) the Company’s mineral reserves and resources; (iv) performance of our counterparties to our hedging arrangements, including put options; (v) the effectiveness of the Company's protocols to mitigate the risks presented by COVID-19; (vi) improvement of mill performance at Casa Berardi and potential for reduced cost and higher cash flow; (vii) the level of borrowings under the revolving credit agreement at the end of 2020; and (viii) completion and results of the bulk sample test in Nevada; and (ix) impact of metals prices on costs and cash flows. The material factors or assumptions used to develop such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information include that the Company’s plans for development and production will proceed as expected and will not require revision as a result of risks or uncertainties, whether known, unknown or unanticipated, to which the Company’s operations are subject.

Estimates or expectations of future events or results are based upon certain assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect, which could cause actual results to differ from forward-looking statements. Such assumptions, include, but are not limited to: (i) there being no significant change to current geotechnical, metallurgical, hydrological and other physical conditions; (ii) permitting, development, operations and expansion of the Company’s projects being consistent with current expectations and mine plans; (iii) political/regulatory developments in any jurisdiction in which the Company operates being consistent with its current expectations; (iv) the exchange rate for the USD/CAD and USD/MXN, being approximately consistent with current levels; (v) certain price assumptions for gold, silver, lead and zinc; (vi) prices for key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (vii) the accuracy of our current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates; (viii) the Company’s plans for development and production will proceed as expected and will not require revision as a result of risks or uncertainties, whether known, unknown or unanticipated; (ix) counterparties performing their obligations under hedging instruments and put option contracts; (x) sufficient workforce is available and trained to perform assigned tasks; (xi) weather patterns and rain/snowfall within normal seasonal ranges so as not to impact operations; (xii) relations with interested parties, including Native Americans, remain productive; (xiii) economic terms can be reached with third-party mill operators who have capacity to process our ore; (xiv) maintaining availability of water rights; (xv) factors do not arise that reduce available cash balances, (xvi) there being no material increases in our current requirements to post or maintain reclamation and performance bonds or collateral related thereto, and (xvii) the Company's plans for refinancing its high yield notes proceeding as expected.

In addition, material risks that could cause actual results to differ from forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) gold, silver and other metals price volatility; (ii) operating risks; (iii) currency fluctuations; (iv) increased production costs and variances in ore grade or recovery rates from those assumed in mining plans; (v) community relations; (vi) conflict resolution and outcome of projects or oppositions; (vii) litigation, political, regulatory, labor and environmental risks; (viii) exploration risks and results, including that mineral resources are not mineral reserves, they do not have demonstrated economic viability and there is no certainty that they can be upgraded to mineral reserves through continued exploration; (ix) the failure of counterparties to perform their obligations under hedging instruments, including put option contracts; (x) our plans for improvements at our Nevada operations, including at Fire Creek, are not successful; (xi) our estimates for the third and fourth quarter results are inaccurate; (xii) we take a material impairment charge on our Nevada operations; and (xiii) we are unable to remain in compliance with all terms of the credit agreement in order to maintain continued access to the revolver. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, see the Company’s 2019 Form 10-K, filed on February 13, 2020, and Form 10-Q filed on each of May 7, 2020 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as the Company’s other SEC filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly revisions to any “forward-looking statement,” including, without limitation, outlook, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this presentation, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Investors should not assume that any lack of update to a previously issued “forward-looking statement” constitutes a reaffirmation of that statement. Continued reliance on “forward-looking statements” is at investors’ own risk.

Qualified Person (QP) Pursuant to Canadian National Instrument 43-101

Kurt D. Allen, MSc., CPG, Director - Exploration of Hecla Limited and Keith Blair, MSc., CPG, Chief Geologist of Hecla Limited, who serve as a Qualified Persons under National Instrument 43-101("NI 43-101"), supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information concerning Hecla’s mineral projects in this news release. Information regarding data verification, surveys and investigations, quality assurance program and quality control measures and a summary of analytical or testing procedures for the Greens Creek Mine are contained in a technical report titled “Technical Report for the Greens Creek Mine” effective date December 31, 2018, and for the Lucky Friday Mine are contained in a technical report titled “Technical Report for the Lucky Friday Mine Shoshone County, Idaho, USA” effective date April 2, 2014, for Casa Berardi are contained in a technical report titled "Technical Report on the mineral resource and mineral reserve estimate for Casa Berardi Mine, Northwestern Quebec, Canada" effective date December 31, 2018 (the "Casa Berardi Technical Report"), and for the San Sebastian Mine, Mexico, are contained in a technical report prepared for Hecla titled “Technical Report for the San Sebastian Ag-Au Property, Durango, Mexico” effective date September 8, 2015 . Also included in these four technical reports is a description of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate mineral reserves and resources and a general discussion of the extent to which the estimates may be affected by any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing or other relevant factors. Information regarding data verification, surveys and investigations, quality assurance program and quality control measures and a summary of sample, analytical or testing procedures for the Fire Creek Mine are contained in a technical report prepared for Klondex Mines, dated March 31, 2018; the Hollister Mine dated May 31, 2017, amended August 9, 2017; and the Midas Mine dated August 31, 2014, amended April 2, 2015. Copies of these technical reports are available under Hecla's and Klondex's profiles on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Mr. Allen and Mr. Blair reviewed and verified information regarding drill sampling, data verification of all digitally-collected data, drill surveys and specific gravity determinations relating to all the mines. The review encompassed quality assurance programs and quality control measures including analytical or testing practice, chain-of-custody procedures, sample storage procedures and included independent sample collection and analysis. This review found the information and procedures meet industry standards and are adequate for Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimation and mine planning purposes.

 

HECLA MINING COMPANY

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Loss

(dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts - unaudited)

 

 

 

Second Quarter Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30, 2020

 

June 30, 2019

 

June 30, 2020

 

June 30, 2019

Sales of products

 

$

166,355

 

 

$

134,172

 

 

$

303,280

 

 

$

286,789

 

Cost of sales and other direct production costs

 

92,853

 

 

104,938

 

 

178,740

 

 

215,324

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

39,423

 

 

49,477

 

 

79,089

 

 

88,264

 

 

 

132,276

 

 

154,415

 

 

257,829

 

 

303,588

 

Gross profit (loss)

 

34,079

 

 

(20,243

)

 

45,451

 

 

(16,799

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General and administrative

 

6,979

 

 

8,918

 

 

15,918

 

 

18,877

 

Exploration

 

1,962

 

 

4,346

 

 

4,492

 

 

8,748

 

Pre-development

 

563

 

 

798

 

 

1,098

 

 

1,654

 

Research and development

 

 

 

158

 

 

 

 

561

 

Other operating expense

 

1,439

 

 

657

 

 

2,354

 

 

1,244

 

Loss on disposition or impairment of properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests

 

677

 

 

4,642

 

 

573

 

 

4,642

 

Provision for closed operations and environmental matters

 

1,037

 

 

1,052

 

 

1,553

 

 

1,622

 

Ramp-up and suspension costs

 

9,572

 

 

2,266

 

 

22,568

 

 

5,044

 

Foundation grant

 

1,970

 

 

 

 

1,970

 

 

 

Acquisition costs

 

6

 

 

397

 

 

11

 

 

410

 

 

 

24,205

 

 

23,234

 

 

50,537

 

 

42,802

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

9,874

 

 

(43,477

)

 

(5,086

)

 

(59,601

)

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized gain (loss) on investments

 

6,409

 

 

(1,129

)

 

5,431

 

 

(1,033

)

(Loss) gain on derivative contracts

 

(14,002

)

 

3,798

 

 

(6,109

)

 

1,999

 

Other expense

 

(649

)

 

(1,187

)

 

(1,176

)

 

(2,311

)

Net foreign exchange (loss) gain

 

(3,205

)

 

(4,381

)

 

3,431

 

 

(7,514

)

Interest expense

 

(11,829

)

 

(11,335

)

 

(28,140

)

 

(22,000

)

 

 

(23,276

)

 

(14,234

)

 

(26,563

)

 

(30,859

)

Loss before income taxes

 

(13,402

)

 

(57,711

)

 

(31,649

)

 

(90,460

)

Income tax (provision) benefit

 

(626

)

 

11,179

 

 

436

 

 

18,395

 

Net loss

 

(14,028

)

 

(46,532

)

 

(31,213

)

 

(72,065

)

Preferred stock dividends

 

(138

)

 

(138

)

 

(276

)

 

(276

)

Loss applicable to common shareholders

 

$

(14,166

)

 

$

(46,670

)

 

$

(31,489

)

 

$

(72,341

)

Basic and diluted loss per common share after preferred dividends

 

$

(0.03

)

 

$

(0.10

)

 

$

(0.06

)

 

$

(0.15

)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic

 

525,243

 

 

486,065

 

 

524,218

 

 

484,438

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - diluted

 

525,243

 

 

486,065

 

 

524,218

 

 

484,438

 

HECLA MINING COMPANY

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars and shares in thousands - unaudited)

 

 

June 30, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

75,923

 

 

$

62,452

 

Accounts receivable:

 

 

 

Trade

26,003

 

 

11,952

 

Taxes

11,847

 

 

20,048

 

Other, net

3,851

 

 

6,421

 

Inventories

82,542

 

 

66,213

 

Prepaid taxes

5,148

 

 

107

 

Other current assets

9,567

 

 

11,931

 

Total current assets

214,881

 

 

179,124

 

Non-current investments

12,162

 

 

6,207

 

Non-current restricted cash and investments

1,053

 

 

1,025

 

Properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests, net

2,354,883

 

 

2,423,698

 

Operating lease right-of-use asset

13,220

 

 

16,381

 

Non-current deferred income taxes

3,181

 

 

3,537

 

Other non-current assets and deferred charges

4,028

 

 

7,336

 

Total assets

$

2,603,408

 

 

$

2,637,308

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

40,789

 

 

$

57,716

 

Accrued payroll and related benefits

24,561

 

 

26,916

 

Accrued taxes

8,451

 

 

4,776

 

Current portion of finance leases

5,745

 

 

5,429

 

Current portion of operating leases

4,162

 

 

5,580

 

Other current liabilities

26,819

 

 

11,976

 

Current portion of accrued reclamation and closure costs

5,109

 

 

4,581

 

Total current liabilities

115,636

 

 

116,974

 

Non-current finance leases

7,057

 

 

7,214

 

Non-current operating leases

9,079

 

 

10,818

 

Accrued reclamation and closure costs

99,449

 

 

103,793

 

Long-term debt - Senior Notes

468,252

 

 

504,729

 

Long-term debt - revolving credit facility

50,000

 

 

 

Non-current deferred tax liability

128,677

 

 

138,282

 

Non-current pension liability

58,848

 

 

56,219

 

Other non-current liabilities

7,717

 

 

6,856

 

Total liabilities

944,715

 

 

944,885

 

 

 

 

 

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Preferred stock

39

 

 

39

 

Common stock

133,699

 

 

132,292

 

Capital surplus

1,982,400

 

 

1,973,700

 

Accumulated deficit

(387,688

)

 

(353,331

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(46,261

)

 

(37,310

)

Treasury stock

(23,496

)

 

(22,967

)

Total shareholders’ equity

1,658,693

 

 

1,692,423

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

2,603,408

 

 

$

2,637,308

 

Common shares outstanding

527,839

 

 

522,896

 

HECLA MINING COMPANY

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(dollars in thousands - unaudited)

 

 

Six Months Ended

 

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

Net loss

$

(31,213

)

 

$

(72,065

)

Non-cash elements included in net loss:

 

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

84,185

 

 

90,821

 

Unrealized (gain) loss on investments

(5,431

)

 

1,033

 

Adjustment of inventory to market value

 

 

1,399

 

Loss on disposition of properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests

573

 

 

4,642

 

Provision for reclamation and closure costs

3,093

 

 

3,209

 

Stock compensation

2,428

 

 

3,552

 

Deferred income taxes

(5,165

)

 

(22,585

)

Amortization of loan origination fees

2,624

 

 

1,252

 

Loss (gain) on derivative contracts

11,188

 

 

(6,101

)

Foreign exchange (gain) loss

(3,725

)

 

12,220

 

Foundation grant

1,970

 

 

 

Change in assets and liabilities:

 

 

Accounts receivable

(6,050

)

 

(12,772

)

Inventories

(4,580

)

 

(147

)

Other current and non-current assets

(924

)

 

16,784

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(15,415

)

 

(12,085

)

Accrued payroll and related benefits

5,418

 

 

1,660

 

Accrued taxes

3,912

 

 

(6,452

)

Accrued reclamation and closure costs and other non-current liabilities

(435

)

 

4,348

 

Cash provided by operating activities

42,453

 

 

8,713

 

 

 

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

Additions to properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests

(30,689

)

 

(71,245

)

Proceeds from disposition of properties, plants and equipment

200

 

 

25

 

Purchases of investments

(637

)

 

(107

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(31,126

)

 

(71,327

)

 

 

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

Acquisition of treasury shares

(2,745

)

 

(1,644

)

Dividends paid to common shareholders

(2,622

)

 

(2,430

)

Dividends paid to preferred shareholders

(276

)

 

(276

)

Credit availability and debt issuance fees paid

(551

)

 

(46

)

Payments on debt

(666,500

)

 

(118,000

)

Borrowings on debt

679,500

 

 

170,000

 

Repayments of finance leases

(2,840

)

 

(3,377

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

3,966

 

 

44,227

 

Effect of exchange rates on cash

(1,794

)

 

432

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

13,499

 

 

(17,955

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

63,477

 

 

28,414

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

76,976

 

 

$

10,459

 

HECLA MINING COMPANY

Production Data

 

 

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

 

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

GREENS CREEK UNIT

 

 

 

 

Tons of ore milled

215,275

 

 

209,370

 

414,079

 

416,195

 

Mining cost per ton of ore

$

81.16

 

 

$

80.41

 

$

82.40

 

$

79.62

 

Milling cost per ton of ore

$

34.90

 

 

$

35.10

 

$

38.61

 

$

35.48

 

Ore grade milled - Silver (oz./ton)

15.56

 

 

14.36

 

16.19

 

13.91

 

Ore grade milled - Gold (oz./ton)

0.084

 

 

0.092

 

0.084

 

0.095

 

Ore grade milled - Lead (%)

3.27

 

 

2.75

 

3.20

 

2.79

 

Ore grade milled - Zinc (%)

8.16

 

 

6.82

 

7.55

 

7.07

 

Silver produced (oz.)

2,753,919

 

 

2,372,270

 

5,529,626

 

4,605,017

 

Gold produced (oz.)

13,104

 

 

13,257

 

25,377

 

27,585

 

Lead produced (tons)

5,889

 

 

4,628

 

11,087

 

9,410

 

Zinc produced (tons)

16,184

 

 

12,739

 

28,671

 

26,257

 

Cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce 1

$

5.19

 

 

$

2.38

 

$

5.41

 

$

1.46

 

AISC, after by-product credits, per silver ounce 1

$

7.11

 

 

$

6.37

 

$

7.51

 

$

4.85

 

Capital additions (in thousands)

$

4,501

 

 

$

8,665

 

$

10,011

 

$

13,977

 

LUCKY FRIDAY UNIT

 

 

 

 

Tons of ore milled

44,682

 

 

13,697

 

54,901

 

27,500

 

Ore grade milled - Silver (oz./ton)

10.99

 

 

10.12

 

10.78

 

11.73

 

Ore grade milled - Lead (%)

7.33

 

 

7.19

 

7.31

 

7.58

 

Ore grade milled - Zinc (%)

4.07

 

 

5.03

 

4.03

 

4.28

 

Silver produced (oz.)

469,537

 

 

127,147

 

565,285

 

300,774

 

Lead produced (tons)

3,088

 

 

887

 

3,783

 

1,889

 

Zinc produced (tons)

1,671

 

 

576

 

2,031

 

1,002

 

Capital additions (in thousands)

$

4,761

 

 

$

1,481

 

$

9,056

 

$

3,207

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

 

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

CASA BERARDI UNIT

 

 

 

 

Tons of ore milled - underground

154,265

 

 

200,148

 

315,202

 

389,504

 

Tons of ore milled - surface pit

126,155

 

 

147,448

 

296,836

 

287,850

 

Tons of ore milled - total

280,420

 

 

347,596

 

612,038

 

677,347

 

Surface tons mined - ore and waste

930,117

 

 

1,862,402

 

2,655,091

 

4,022,525

 

Mining cost per ton of ore - underground

$

104.00

 

 

$

94.16

 

$

111.05

 

$

101.89

 

Mining cost per ton - combined

$

71.68

 

 

$

76.35

 

$

74.21

 

$

81.11

 

Mining cost per ton of ore and waste - surface tons mined

$

4.18

 

 

$

4.13

 

$

3.85

 

$

3.96

 

Milling cost per ton of ore

$

21.11

 

 

$

18.28

 

$

21.57

 

$

17.06

 

Ore grade milled - Gold (oz./ton) - underground

0.163

 

 

0.155

 

0.135

 

0.162

 

Ore grade milled - Gold (oz./ton) - surface pit

0.045

 

 

0.052

 

0.050

 

0.053

 

Ore grade milled - Gold (oz./ton) - combined

0.130

 

 

0.112

 

0.115

 

0.116

 

Ore grade milled - Silver (oz./ton)

0.02

 

 

0.02

 

0.02

 

0.03

 

Gold produced (oz.) - underground

25,074

 

 

24,585

 

42,655

 

49,848

 

Gold produced (oz.) - surface pit

5,682

 

 

6,685

 

14,853

 

13,221

 

Gold produced (oz.) - total

30,756

 

 

31,270

 

57,508

 

63,069

 

Silver produced (oz.)

5,495

 

 

6,164

 

11,429

 

14,404

 

Cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce 1

$

919

 

 

$

1,101

 

$

1,081

 

$

1,107

 

AISC, after by-product credits, per gold ounce 1

$

1,077

 

 

$

1,437

 

$

1,327

 

$

1,387

 

Capital additions (in thousands)

$

4,278

 

 

$

9,442

 

$

12,784

 

$

15,121

 

SAN SEBASTIAN

 

 

 

 

Tons of ore milled

21,647

 

 

45,869

 

57,123

 

90,344

 

Mining cost per ton of ore

$

31.01

 

 

$

108.25

 

$

67.59

 

$

116.79

 

Milling cost per ton of ore

$

51.68

 

 

$

61.43

 

$

58.95

 

$

61.81

 

Ore grade milled - Silver (oz./ton)

7.96

 

 

11.03

 

9.63

 

10.99

 

Ore grade milled - Gold (oz./ton)

0.074

 

 

0.092

 

0.085

 

0.093

 

Silver produced (oz.)

158,842

 

 

463,735

 

505,467

 

904,814

 

Gold produced (oz.)

1,331

 

 

3,547

 

4,133

 

7,077

 

Cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce 1

$

1.14

 

 

$

9.22

 

$

5.09

 

$

10.20

 

AISC, after by-product credits, per silver ounce 1

$

1.85

 

 

$

15.50

 

$

5.65

 

$

16.02

 

Capital additions (in thousands)

$

(499

)

 

$

2,084

 

$

304

 

$

3,980

 

NEVADA OPERATIONS

 

 

 

 

Tons of ore milled

10,686

 

 

58,417

 

27,984

 

99,782

 

Mining cost per ton of ore

$

403.38

 

 

$

129.75

 

$

402.94

 

$

164.08

 

Milling cost per ton of ore

$

219.32

 

 

$

75.44

 

$

176.63

 

$

90.74

 

Ore grade milled - Gold (oz./ton)

1.519

 

 

0.259

 

1.232

 

0.276

 

Ore grade milled - Silver (oz./ton)

2.07

 

 

1.63

 

1.7

 

1.99

 

Gold produced (oz.)

14,791

 

 

12,694

 

31,756

 

23,058

 

Silver produced (oz.)

15,988

 

 

49,449

 

37,443

 

116,887

 

Cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce 1

$

694

 

 

$

1,274

 

$

716

 

$

1,502

 

AISC, after by-product credits, per gold ounce 1

$

769

 

 

$

2,347

 

$

787

 

$

2,666

 

Capital additions (in thousands)

$

612

 

 

$

17,269

 

$

1,469

 

$

39,074

 

(1) Cash cost, after by-product credits, per ounce and AISC, after by-product credits. per ounce represent non-U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) measurements. A reconciliation of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (GAAP) to cash cost, after by-product credits can be found in the cash cost per ounce reconciliation section of this news release. Gold, lead and zinc produced have been treated as by-product credits in calculating silver costs per ounce. The primary metal produced at Casa Berardi is gold, with a by-product credit for the value of silver production.

Non-GAAP Measures

(Unaudited)

Reconciliation of Cost of Sales and Other Direct Production Costs and Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (GAAP) to Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits and Cash Cost, After By-product Credits (non-GAAP) and All-In Sustaining Cost, Before By-product Credits and All-In Sustaining Cost, After By-product Credits (non-GAAP)

The tables below present reconciliations between the most comparable GAAP measure of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization to the non-GAAP measures of Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, AISC, Before By-product Credits and AISC, After By-product Credits for our operations at the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday, San Sebastian and Casa Berardi units for the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2020 and 2019.

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce is an important operating statistic that we utilize to measure each mine's operating performance. AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce is an important operating statistic that we utilize as a measures of our mines' net cash flow after costs for exploration, pre-development, reclamation, and sustaining capital. Current GAAP measures used in the mining industry, such as cost of goods sold, do not capture all the expenditures incurred to discover, develop and sustain silver and gold production. Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce also allow us to benchmark the performance of each of our mines versus those of our competitors. As a silver and gold mining company, we also use these statistics on an aggregate basis - aggregating the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday and San Sebastian mines - to compare our performance with that of other silver mining companies, and aggregating Casa Berardi and Nevada Operations for comparison to other gold mining companies. Similarly, these statistics are useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as they provide a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics.

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits and AISC, Before By-product Credits include all direct and indirect operating cash costs related directly to the physical activities of producing metals, including mining, processing and other plant costs, third-party refining expense, on-site general and administrative costs, royalties and mining production taxes. AISC, Before By-product Credits for each mine also includes on-site exploration, reclamation, and sustaining capital costs. AISC, Before By-product Credits for our consolidated silver properties also includes corporate costs for general and administrative expense, reclamation, exploration, and pre-development. By-product credits include revenues earned from all metals other than the primary metal produced at each unit. As depicted in the tables below, by-product credits comprise an essential element of our silver unit cost structure, distinguishing our silver operations due to the polymetallic nature of their orebodies. Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce provide management and investors an indication of operating cash flow, after consideration of the average price, received from production. We also use these measurements for the comparative monitoring of performance of our mining operations period-to-period from a cash flow perspective. Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce is a measure developed by precious metals companies (including the Silver Institute) in an effort to provide a uniform standard for comparison purposes. There can be no assurance, however, that our reporting of these non-GAAP measures are the same as those reported by other mining companies.

The Casa Berardi, Nevada Operations and combined gold properties information below reports Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce for the production of gold, its primary product, and by-product revenues earned from silver, which is a by-product at Casa Berardi and Nevada Operations. Only costs and ounces produced relating to units with the same primary product are combined to represent Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce. Thus, the gold produced at our Casa Berardi and Nevada Operations units is not included as a by-product credit when calculating CashCost, After By-product Credits, per Silver Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Silver Ounce for the total of Greens Creek, Lucky Friday and San Sebastian, our combined silver properties. Similarly, the silver produced at our other three units is not included as a by-product credit when calculating the gold metrics for Casa Berardi and Nevada Operations.

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Three Months Ended June 30, 2020

 

Greens
Creek

 

Lucky
Friday(2)

 

San
Sebastian (3)

 

Corporate(4)

 

Total Silver

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

57,672

 

 

11,455

 

 

$

4,010

 

 

 

 

$

73,137

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(12,988

)

 

(1,894

)

 

(895

)

 

 

 

(15,777

)

Treatment costs

20,016

 

 

3,032

 

 

47

 

 

 

 

23,095

 

Change in product inventory

(4,020

)

 

(118

)

 

(398

)

 

 

 

(4,536

)

Reclamation and other costs

93

 

 

 

 

(296

)

 

 

 

(203

)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday costs

 

 

(12,475

)

 

 

 

 

 

(12,475

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

60,773

 

 

 

 

2,468

 

 

 

 

63,241

 

Reclamation and other costs

789

 

 

 

 

114

 

 

 

 

903

 

Exploration

 

 

 

 

 

 

314

 

314

 

Sustaining capital

4,501

 

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

4,500

 

General and administrative

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,979

 

6,979

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

66,063

 

 

 

 

2,581

 

 

 

 

75,937

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

(19,913

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(19,913

)

Gold

(19,427

)

 

 

 

(2,287

)

 

 

 

(21,714

)

Lead

(7,133

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7,133

)

Total By-product credits

(46,473

)

 

 

 

(2,287

)

 

 

 

(48,760

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

14,300

 

 

$

 

 

$

181

 

 

 

 

$

14,481

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

19,590

 

 

$

 

 

$

294

 

 

 

 

$

27,177

 

Divided by ounces produced

2,754

 

 

 

 

158

 

 

 

 

2,912

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

22.06

 

 

$

 

 

$

15.61

 

 

 

 

$

21.71

 

By-product credits per ounce

(16.87

)

 

 

 

(14.47

)

 

 

 

(16.74

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

5.19

 

 

$

 

 

$

1.14

 

 

 

 

$

4.97

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

23.98

 

 

$

 

 

$

16.32

 

 

 

 

$

26.07

 

By-product credits per ounce

(16.87

)

 

 

 

(14.47

)

 

 

 

(16.74

)

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

7.11

 

 

$

 

 

$

1.85

 

 

 

 

$

9.33

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Three months ended June 30, 2020

 

Casa Berardi (5)

 

Nevada
Operations (6)

 

Total Gold

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

45,582

 

 

$

13,557

 

 

$

59,139

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(17,281

)

 

(6,365

)

 

(23,646

)

Treatment costs

558

 

 

19

 

 

577

 

Change in product inventory

(400

)

 

3,669

 

 

3,269

 

Reclamation and other costs

(92

)

 

(328

)

 

(420

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

28,367

 

 

10,552

 

 

38,919

 

Reclamation and other costs

94

 

 

327

 

 

421

 

Exploration

467

 

 

 

 

467

 

Sustaining capital

4,278

 

 

774

 

 

5,052

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

33,206

 

 

11,653

 

 

44,859

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

Silver

(92

)

 

(282

)

 

(374

)

Total By-product credits

(92

)

 

(282

)

 

(374

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

28,275

 

 

$

10,270

 

 

$

38,545

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

33,114

 

 

$

11,371

 

 

$

44,485

 

Divided by ounces produced

31

 

 

15

 

 

46

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

922

 

 

$

713

 

 

$

854

 

By-product credits per ounce

(3

)

 

(19

)

 

(8

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

919

 

 

$

694

 

 

$

846

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,080

 

 

$

788

 

 

$

985

 

By-product credits per ounce

(3

)

 

(19

)

 

(8

)

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,077

 

 

$

769

 

 

$

977

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Three months ended June 30, 2020

 

Total Silver

 

Total Gold

 

Total

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

73,137

 

 

$

59,139

 

 

$

132,276

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(15,777

)

 

(23,646

)

 

(39,423

)

Treatment costs

23,095

 

 

577

 

 

23,672

 

Change in product inventory

(4,536

)

 

3,269

 

 

(1,267

)

Reclamation and other costs

(203

)

 

(420

)

 

(623

)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday costs

(12,475

)

 

 

 

(12,475

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

63,241

 

 

38,919

 

 

102,160

 

Reclamation and other costs

903

 

 

421

 

 

1,324

 

Exploration

314

 

 

467

 

 

781

 

Sustaining capital

4,500

 

 

5,052

 

 

9,552

 

General and administrative

6,979

 

 

 

 

6,979

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

75,937

 

 

44,859

 

 

120,796

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

(19,913

)

 

 

 

(19,913

)

Gold

(21,714

)

 

 

 

(21,714

)

Lead

(7,133

)

 

 

 

(7,133

)

Silver

 

 

(374

)

 

(374

)

Total By-product credits

(48,760

)

 

(374

)

 

(49,134

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

14,481

 

 

$

38,545

 

 

$

53,026

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

27,177

 

 

$

44,485

 

 

$

71,662

 

Divided by ounces produced

2,912

 

 

46

 

 

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

21.71

 

 

$

854

 

 

 

By-product credits per ounce

(16.74

)

 

(8

)

 

 

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

4.97

 

 

$

846

 

 

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

26.07

 

 

$

985

 

 

 

By-product credits per ounce

(16.74

)

 

(8

)

 

 

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

9.33

 

 

$

977

 

 

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Three Months Ended June 30, 2019

 

Greens Creek

 

Lucky
Friday(2)

 

San Sebastian

 

Corporate(4)

 

Total Silver

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

45,650

 

 

$

4,951

 

 

$

11,143

 

 

 

 

$

61,744

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(10,850

)

 

(422

)

 

(1,848

)

 

 

 

(13,120

)

Treatment costs

10,964

 

 

524

 

 

238

 

 

 

 

11,726

 

Change in product inventory

4,577

 

 

(641

)

 

(190

)

 

 

 

3,746

 

Reclamation and other costs

(933

)

 

 

 

(422

)

 

 

 

(1,355

)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday cash costs

 

 

(4,412

)

 

 

 

 

 

(4,412

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

49,408

 

 

 

 

8,921

 

 

 

 

58,329

 

Reclamation and other costs

738

 

 

 

 

123

 

 

 

 

861

 

Exploration

79

 

 

 

 

1,483

 

 

497

 

2,059

 

Sustaining capital

8,665

 

 

 

 

1,308

 

 

12

 

9,985

 

General and administrative

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,918

 

8,918

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

58,890

 

 

 

 

11,835

 

 

 

 

80,152

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

(22,221

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(22,221

)

Gold

(15,350

)

 

 

 

(4,645

)

 

 

 

(19,995

)

Lead

(6,198

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(6,198

)

Total By-product credits

(43,769

)

 

 

 

(4,645

)

 

 

 

(48,414

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

5,639

 

 

$

 

 

$

4,276

 

 

 

 

$

9,915

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

15,121

 

 

$

 

 

$

7,190

 

 

 

 

$

31,738

 

Divided by ounces produced

2,372

 

 

 

 

464

 

 

 

 

2,836

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

20.83

 

 

$

 

 

$

19.23

 

 

 

 

$

20.57

 

By-product credits per ounce

(18.45

)

 

 

 

(10.01

)

 

 

 

(17.07

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

2.38

 

 

$

 

 

$

9.22

 

 

 

 

$

3.50

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

24.82

 

 

$

 

 

$

25.51

 

 

 

 

$

28.23

 

By-product credits per ounce

(18.45

)

 

 

 

(10.01

)

 

 

 

(17.07

)

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

6.37

 

 

$

 

 

$

15.50

 

 

 

 

$

11.16

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Three Months Ended June 30, 2019

 

Casa Berardi

 

Nevada Operations

 

Total Gold

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

55,152

 

 

$

37,519

 

 

$

92,671

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(18,561

)

 

(17,796

)

 

(36,357

)

Treatment costs

427

 

 

36

 

 

463

 

Change in product inventory

(2,367

)

 

(1,969

)

 

(4,336

)

Reclamation and other costs

(128

)

 

(885

)

 

(1,013

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

34,523

 

 

16,905

 

 

51,428

 

Reclamation and other costs

127

 

 

378

 

 

505

 

Exploration

941

 

 

698

 

 

1,639

 

Sustaining capital

9,431

 

 

12,553

 

 

21,984

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

45,022

 

 

30,534

 

 

75,556

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

Silver

(91

)

 

(739

)

 

(830

)

Total By-product credits

(91

)

 

(739

)

 

(830

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

34,432

 

 

$

16,166

 

 

$

50,598

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

44,931

 

 

$

29,795

 

 

$

74,726

 

Divided by ounces produced

31

 

 

13

 

 

44

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,104

 

 

$

1,332

 

 

$

1,170

 

By-product credits per ounce

(3

)

 

(58

)

 

(19

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,101

 

 

$

1,274

 

 

$

1,151

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,440

 

 

$

2,405

 

 

$

1,719

 

By-product credits per ounce

(3

)

 

(58

)

 

(19

)

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,437

 

 

$

2,347

 

 

$

1,700

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Three Months Ended June 30, 2019

 

Total Silver

 

Total Gold

 

Total

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

61,744

 

 

$

92,671

 

 

$

154,415

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(13,120

)

 

(36,357

)

 

(49,477

)

Treatment costs

11,726

 

 

463

 

 

12,189

 

Change in product inventory

3,746

 

 

(4,336

)

 

(590

)

Reclamation and other costs

(1,355

)

 

(1,013

)

 

(2,368

)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday cash costs

(4,412

)

 

 

 

(4,412

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

58,329

 

 

51,428

 

 

109,757

 

Reclamation and other costs

861

 

 

505

 

 

1,366

 

Exploration

2,059

 

 

1,639

 

 

3,698

 

Sustaining capital

9,985

 

 

21,984

 

 

31,969

 

General and administrative

8,918

 

 

 

 

8,918

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

80,152

 

 

75,556

 

 

155,708

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

(22,221

)

 

 

 

(22,221

)

Gold

(19,995

)

 

 

 

(19,995

)

Lead

(6,198

)

 

 

 

(6,198

)

Silver

 

 

(830

)

 

(830

)

Total By-product credits

(48,414

)

 

(830

)

 

(49,244

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

9,915

 

 

$

50,598

 

 

$

60,513

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

31,738

 

 

$

74,726

 

 

$

106,464

 

Divided by ounces produced

2,836

 

 

44

 

 

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

20.57

 

 

$

1,170

 

 

 

By-product credits per ounce

(17.07

)

 

(19

)

 

 

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

3.50

 

 

$

1,151

 

 

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

28.23

 

 

$

1,719

 

 

 

By-product credits per ounce

(17.07

)

 

(19

)

 

 

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

11.16

 

 

$

1,700

 

 

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Six Months Ended June 30, 2020

 

Greens Creek

 

Lucky Friday(2)

 

San Sebastian (3)

 

Corporate(4)

 

Total Silver

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

106,853

 

 

$

14,287

 

 

$

12,311

 

 

 

 

$

133,451

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(25,417

)

 

(2,196

)

 

(2,368

)

 

 

 

(29,981

)

Treatment costs

35,842

 

 

3,464

 

 

151

 

 

 

 

39,457

 

Change in product inventory

(1,150

)

 

796

 

 

(145

)

 

 

 

(499

)

Reclamation and other costs

413

 

 

 

 

(658

)

 

 

 

(245

)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday costs

 

 

(16,351

)

 

 

 

 

 

(16,351

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

116,541

 

 

 

 

9,291

 

 

 

 

125,832

 

Reclamation and other costs

1,577

 

 

 

 

228

 

 

 

 

1,805

 

Exploration

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

664

 

668

 

Sustaining capital

10,011

 

 

 

 

55

 

 

 

10,066

 

General and administrative

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,918

 

15,918

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

128,133

 

 

 

 

9,574

 

 

 

 

154,289

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

(35,939

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(35,939

)

Gold

(36,624

)

 

 

 

(6,716

)

 

 

 

(43,340

)

Lead

(14,059

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(14,059

)

Total By-product credits

(86,622

)

 

 

 

(6,716

)

 

 

 

(93,338

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

29,919

 

 

$

 

 

$

2,575

 

 

 

 

$

32,494

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

41,511

 

 

$

 

 

$

2,858

 

 

 

 

$

60,951

 

Divided by ounces produced

5,530

 

 

 

 

505

 

 

 

 

6,035

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

21.07

 

 

$

 

 

$

18.39

 

 

 

 

$

20.85

 

By-product credits per ounce

(15.66

)

 

 

 

(13.30

)

 

 

 

(15.47

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

5.41

 

 

$

 

 

$

5.09

 

 

 

 

$

5.38

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

23.17

 

 

$

 

 

$

18.95

 

 

 

 

$

25.57

 

By-product credits per ounce

(15.66

)

 

 

 

(13.30

)

 

 

 

(15.47

)

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

7.51

 

 

$

 

 

$

5.65

 

 

 

 

$

10.10

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Six Months Ended June 30, 2020

 

Casa Berardi (5)

 

Nevada Operations (6)

 

Total Gold

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

93,907

 

 

$

30,471

 

 

$

124,378

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(33,678

)

 

(15,430

)

 

(49,108

)

Treatment costs

1,132

 

 

45

 

 

1,177

 

Change in product inventory

1,208

 

 

8,949

 

 

10,157

 

Reclamation and other costs

(189

)

 

(654

)

 

(843

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

62,380

 

 

23,381

 

 

85,761

 

Reclamation and other costs

190

 

 

654

 

 

844

 

Exploration

1,158

 

 

 

 

1,158

 

Sustaining capital

12,784

 

 

1,600

 

 

14,384

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

76,512

 

 

25,635

 

 

102,147

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

Silver

(192

)

 

(635

)

 

(827

)

Total By-product credits

(192

)

 

(635

)

 

(827

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

62,188

 

 

$

22,746

 

 

$

84,934

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

76,320

 

 

$

25,000

 

 

$

101,320

 

Divided by ounces produced

58

 

 

32

 

 

90

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,084

 

 

$

736

 

 

$

961

 

By-product credits per ounce

(3

)

 

(20

)

 

(9

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,081

 

 

$

716

 

 

$

952

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,330

 

 

$

807

 

 

$

1,144

 

By-product credits per ounce

(3

)

 

(20

)

 

(9

)

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,327

 

 

$

787

 

 

$

1,135

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Six Months Ended June 30, 2020

 

Total Silver

 

Total Gold

 

Total

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

133,451

 

 

$

124,378

 

 

$

257,829

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(29,981

)

 

(49,108

)

 

(79,089

)

Treatment costs

39,457

 

 

1,177

 

 

40,634

 

Change in product inventory

(499

)

 

10,157

 

 

9,658

 

Reclamation and other costs

(245

)

 

(843

)

 

(1,088

)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday costs

(16,351

)

 

 

 

(16,351

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

125,832

 

 

85,761

 

 

211,593

 

Reclamation and other costs

1,805

 

 

844

 

 

2,649

 

Exploration

668

 

 

1,158

 

 

1,826

 

Sustaining capital

10,066

 

 

14,384

 

 

24,450

 

General and administrative

15,918

 

 

 

 

15,918

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

154,289

 

 

102,147

 

 

256,436

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

(35,939

)

 

 

 

(35,939

)

Gold

(43,340

)

 

 

 

(43,340

)

Lead

(14,059

)

 

 

 

(14,059

)

Silver

 

 

(827

)

 

(827

)

Total By-product credits

(93,338

)

 

(827

)

 

(94,165

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

32,494

 

 

$

84,934

 

 

$

117,428

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

60,951

 

 

$

101,320

 

 

$

162,271

 

Divided by ounces produced

6,035

 

 

90

 

 

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

20.85

 

 

$

961

 

 

 

By-product credits per ounce

(15.47

)

 

(9

)

 

 

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

5.38

 

 

$

952

 

 

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

25.57

 

 

$

1,144

 

 

 

By-product credits per ounce

(15.47

)

 

(9

)

 

 

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

10.10

 

 

$

1,135

 

 

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Six Months Ended June 30, 2019

 

Greens Creek

 

Lucky Friday(2)

 

San Sebastian

 

Corporate(4)

 

Total Silver

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

99,762

 

$

7,132

 

$

23,495

 

 

 

$

130,389

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(23,220)

 

(591)

 

(3,608)

 

 

 

(27,419)

Treatment costs

21,316

 

1,334

 

369

 

 

 

23,019

Change in product inventory

712

 

842

 

(1,043)

 

 

 

511

Reclamation and other costs

(1,347)

 

 

(735)

 

 

 

(2,082)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday cash costs

 

(8,717)

 

 

 

 

(8,717)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

97,223

 

 

18,478

 

 

 

115,701

Reclamation and other costs

1,475

 

 

246

 

 

 

1,721

Exploration

160

 

 

3,200

 

938

 

4,298

Sustaining capital

13,977

 

 

1,814

 

73

 

15,864

General and administrative

 

 

 

 

 

 

18,877

 

18,877

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

112,835

 

 

23,738

 

 

 

156,461

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

(45,506)

 

 

 

 

 

(45,506)

Gold

(31,868)

 

 

 

(9,247)

 

 

 

(41,115)

Lead

(13,115)

 

 

 

 

 

(13,115)

Total By-product credits

(90,489)

 

 

(9,247)

 

 

 

(99,736)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

6,734

 

$

 

$

9,231

 

 

 

$

15,965

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

22,346

 

$

 

$

14,491

 

 

 

$

56,725

Divided by ounces produced

4,605

 

 

905

 

 

 

5,510

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

21.11

 

$

 

$

20.42

 

 

 

$

21.00

By-product credits per ounce

(19.65)

 

 

(10.22)

 

 

 

(18.10)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1.46

 

$

 

$

10.20

 

 

 

$

2.90

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

24.50

 

$

 

$

26.24

 

 

 

$

28.39

By-product credits per ounce

(19.65)

 

 

(10.22)

 

 

 

(18.10)

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

4.85

 

$

 

$

16.02

 

 

 

$

10.29

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Six Months Ended June 30, 2019

 

Casa Berardi

 

Nevada Operations

 

Total Gold

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

104,233

 

 

$

68,966

 

 

$

173,199

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(34,716

)

 

(26,129

)

 

(60,845

)

Treatment costs

869

 

 

74

 

 

943

 

Change in product inventory

(99

)

 

(5,215

)

 

(5,314

)

Reclamation and other costs

(257

)

 

(1,264

)

 

(1,521

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

70,030

 

 

36,432

 

 

106,462

 

Reclamation and other costs

256

 

 

756

 

 

1,012

 

Exploration

2,287

 

 

816

 

 

3,103

 

Sustaining capital

15,123

 

 

25,260

 

 

40,383

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

87,696

 

 

63,264

 

 

150,960

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

Silver

(217

)

 

(1,796

)

 

(2,013

)

Total By-product credits

(217

)

 

(1,796

)

 

(2,013

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

69,813

 

 

$

34,636

 

 

$

104,449

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

87,479

 

 

$

61,468

 

 

$

148,947

 

Divided by ounces produced

63

 

 

23

 

 

86

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,110

 

 

$

1,580

 

 

$

1,236

 

By-product credits per ounce

(3

)

 

(78

)

 

(23

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,107

 

 

$

1,502

 

 

$

1,213

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,390

 

 

$

2,744

 

 

$

1,752

 

By-product credits per ounce

(3

)

 

(78

)

 

(23

)

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

1,387

 

 

$

2,666

 

 

$

1,729

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Six Months Ended June 30, 2019

 

Total Silver

 

Total Gold

 

Total

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization

$

130,389

 

 

$

173,199

 

 

$

303,588

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

(27,419

)

 

(60,845

)

 

(88,264

)

Treatment costs

23,019

 

 

943

 

 

23,962

 

Change in product inventory

511

 

 

(5,314

)

 

(4,803

)

Reclamation and other costs

(2,082

)

 

(1,521

)

 

(3,603

)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday cash costs

(8,717

)

 

 

 

(8,717

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

115,701

 

 

106,462

 

 

222,163

 

Reclamation and other costs

1,721

 

 

1,012

 

 

2,733

 

Exploration

4,298

 

 

3,103

 

 

7,401

 

Sustaining capital

15,864

 

 

40,383

 

 

56,247

 

General and administrative

18,877

 

 

 

 

18,877

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

156,461

 

 

150,960

 

 

307,421

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

(45,506

)

 

 

 

(45,506

)

Gold

(41,115

)

 

 

 

(41,115

)

Lead

(13,115

)

 

 

 

(13,115

)

Silver

 

 

(2,013

)

 

(2,013

)

Total By-product credits

(99,736

)

 

(2,013

)

 

(101,749

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

$

15,965

 

 

$

104,449

 

 

$

120,414

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

$

56,725

 

 

$

148,947

 

 

$

205,672

 

Divided by ounces produced

5,510

 

 

86

 

 

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

21.00

 

 

$

1,236

 

 

 

By-product credits per ounce

(18.10

)

 

(23

)

 

 

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

2.90

 

 

$

1,213

 

 

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

28.39

 

 

$

1,752

 

 

 

By-product credits per ounce

(18.10

)

 

(23

)

 

 

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

$

10.29

 

 

$

1,729

 

 

 

(1)

Includes all direct and indirect operating costs related to the physical activities of producing metals, including mining, processing and other plant costs, third-party refining and marketing expense, on-site general and administrative costs, royalties and mining production taxes, before by-product revenues earned from all metals other than the primary metal produced at each unit. AISC, Before By-product Credits also includes on-site exploration, reclamation, and sustaining capital costs.

 

 

(2)

The unionized employees at Lucky Friday were on strike from March 2017 until January 2020, and production at Lucky Friday has been limited since the start of the strike. Costs related to ramp-up activities totaling $9.3 million in the first half of 2020, and suspension-related costs totaling $3.0 million during the strike in the first half of 2019, along with $4.1 million and $2.1 million, respectively, in non-cash depreciation expense for those periods, have been excluded from the calculations of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization, Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, AISC, Before By-product Credits, and AISC, After By-product Credits.

 

 

(3)

In early April 2020, the Government of Mexico issued an order to the mining industry to reduce operations to a minimum level until April 30 in response to COVID-19, and the order was subsequently extended until May 30. Our operations at San Sebastian were suspended during that time. Suspension-related costs totaling $1.0 million for the first half of 2020 are reported in a separate line item on our consolidated statements of operations and excluded from the calculations of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization, mining and milling cost per ton, and Cash Cost and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce.

 

 

(4)

AISC, Before By-product Credits for our consolidated silver properties includes corporate costs for general and administrative expense, exploration and sustaining capital.

 

 

(5)

In late March 2020, the Government of Quebec ordered the mining industry to reduce to minimum operations as part of the fight against the COVID-19 virus, causing us to suspend our Casa Berardi operations from approximately March 24 until April 15, when limited mining operations resumed, resulting in the reduced mill throughput. Suspension-related costs totaling $1.6 million for the first half of 2020 are reported in a separate line item on our consolidated statements of operations and excluded from the calculations of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization and Cash Cost and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce.

 

 

(6)

Production was suspended at the Hollister mine in the third quarter of 2019 and at the Midas mine and Aurora mill in late-2019. Suspension-related costs at Hollister, Midas and Aurora totaling $6.7 million for the first half of 2020 are reported in a separate line item on our consolidated statements of operations and excluded from the calculations of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization and Cash Cost and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce.

Reconciliation of Net Loss Applicable to Common Shareholders (GAAP) to Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Applicable to Common Stockholders (non-GAAP)

This release refers to a non-GAAP measure of adjusted net loss applicable to common stockholders and adjusted net income (loss) per share, which are indicators of our performance. They exclude certain impacts which are of a nature which we believe are not reflective of our underlying performance. Management believes that adjusted net income (loss) per common share provides investors with the ability to better evaluate our underlying operating performance.

Dollars are in thousands (except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Net loss applicable to common shareholders (GAAP)

$

(14,166

)

 

$

(46,670

)

 

$

(31,489

)

 

$

(72,341

)

Adjusting items:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss (gains) on derivatives contracts

14,002

 

 

(3,798

)

 

6,109

 

 

(1,999

)

Provisional price (gains) losses

(1,579

)

 

1,225

 

 

(4,190

)

 

700

 

Foreign exchange loss (gain)

3,205

 

 

4,381

 

 

(3,431

)

 

7,514

 

Ramp-up and suspension costs

9,572

 

 

2,266

 

 

22,568

 

 

5,044

 

Acquisition costs

6

 

 

397

 

 

11

 

 

410

 

Unrealized (gain) loss on investments

(6,409

)

 

1,129

 

 

(5,431

)

 

1,033

 

Foundation grant

1,970

 

 

 

 

1,970

 

 

 

Loss on disposition or impairment of properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests

677

 

 

4,642

 

 

573

 

 

4,642

 

Additional interest associated with early repayment of long-term debt

 

 

 

 

2,902

 

 

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

1,666

 

 

 

Adjusted net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders

$

7,278

 

 

$

(36,428

)

 

$

(8,742

)

 

$

(54,997

)

Weighted average shares - basic

525,243

 

 

486,065

 

 

524,218

 

 

484,438

 

Weighted average shares - diluted

531,130

 

 

486,065

 

 

524,218

 

 

484,438

 

Basic adjusted net income (loss) per common share

$

0.01

 

 

$

(0.07

)

 

$

(0.02

)

 

$

(0.11

)

Diluted adjusted net income (loss) per common share

$

0.01

 

 

$

(0.07

)

 

$

(0.02

)

 

$

(0.11

)

Reconciliation of Net Loss Income (GAAP) and Debt (GAAP) to Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) and Net Debt (non-GAAP)

This release refers to the non-GAAP measures of adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA"), which is a measure of our operating performance, and net debt to adjusted EBITDA for the last 12 months (or "LTM adjusted EBITDA"), which is a measure of our ability to service our debt. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net loss before the following items: interest expense, income tax provision, depreciation, depletion, and amortization expense, acquisition costs, foreign exchange gains and losses, gains and losses on derivative contracts, ramp-up and suspension costs, provisional price gains and losses, stock-based compensation, unrealized losses and gains on investments, provisions for closed operations, Foundation grant expense and interest and other income (expense). Net debt is calculated as total debt, which consists of the liability balances for our Senior Notes, revolving credit facility and finance leases, less the total of our cash and cash equivalents. Management believes that, when presented in conjunction with comparable GAAP measures, Adjusted EBITDA and net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance and ability to meet our debt obligations. The following table reconciles net loss and debt to Adjusted EBITDA and net debt:

Dollars are in thousands

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

Six Months Ended
June 30,

 

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Net loss

$

(14,028

)

 

$

(46,532

)

 

$

(31,213

)

 

$

(72,065

)

 

$

(58,705

)

 

$

(118,942

)

Plus: Interest expense

11,829

 

 

11,335

 

 

28,140

 

 

22,000

 

 

54,587

 

 

43,071

 

Plus/(Less): Income taxes

626

 

 

(11,179

)

 

(436

)

 

(18,395

)

 

(6,142

)

 

(26,291

)

Plus: Depreciation, depletion and amortization

39,423

 

 

49,477

 

 

79,089