Coeur Reports First Quarter 2022 Results
May 04, 2022 at 16:30 PM EDT
Reaffirms Full-Year 2022 Guidance
Coeur Mining, Inc. (“Coeur” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CDE) today reported first quarter 2022 financial results, including revenue of $188 million and cash flow from operating activities of $(6) million. The Company reported GAAP net income from continuing operations of $8 million, or $0.03 per share. On an adjusted basis1, Coeur reported EBITDA of $42 million, cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital of $24 million and net loss from continuing operations of $14 million, or $0.05 per share.
“Coeur delivered first quarter gold and silver production in-line with expectations, and we remain positioned to meet full-year 2022 guidance,” said Mitchell J. Krebs, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our site operating teams continue to address industry-wide cost pressures through innovative business improvement initiatives and efficiency enhancements that have helped to mitigate the impact of global inflation."
“We’re pleased to report that the pace of development activity at our Rochester POA 11 expansion project continues to accelerate. Nearly 80% of POA 11’s construction budget has been committed, and recently-announced liquidity enhancements have provided the funding and flexibility to support our priority of delivering POA 11 according to plan. Following completion and ramp-up, Rochester is expected to drive a new growth phase for Coeur, featuring robust precious metals production and free cash flow from an exclusively North American asset base with a large and growing U.S. footprint.”
First quarter 2022 revenue totaled $188 million compared to $208 million in the prior period and $202 million in the first quarter of 2021. The Company produced 75,409 and 2.5 million ounces of gold and silver, respectively, during the quarter. Metal sales totaled 75,211 ounces of gold and 2.5 million ounces of silver. Average realized gold and silver prices for the quarter were $1,721 and $24.06 per ounce, respectively, compared to $1,652 and $23.17 per ounce in the prior period and $1,664 and $26.19 per ounce in the first quarter of 2021.
Gold and silver sales accounted for 69% and 31% of quarterly revenue, respectively. The Company’s U.S. operations accounted for approximately 56% of first quarter revenue.
Costs applicable to sales2 decreased slightly quarter-over-quarter to $133 million, largely due to lower production in the period. General and administrative expenses remained consistent during the quarter at $10 million.
Coeur invested approximately $14 million ($5 million expensed and $8 million capitalized) in exploration during the quarter, compared to roughly $18 million ($14 million expensed and $4 million capitalized) in the prior period, reflecting lower planned investment across the portfolio following the Company’s highest-ever exploration investment in 2021. See the “Operations” and “Exploration” sections for additional detail on the Company’s exploration activities.
The Company recorded income tax expense of approximately $2 million during the first quarter. Cash income and mining taxes paid during the period totaled approximately $18 million, including the annual payment of the Mexican mining royalty tax of $9 million.
Quarterly operating cash flow totaled $(6) million compared to $35 million in the prior period, mainly driven by lower metal sales and changes in working capital. Changes in working capital during the quarter were $(30) million, compared to $(3) million in the prior period, largely due to timing of tax payments in Mexico, semi-annual interest payments and the annual incentive payout, offset by a cash inflow of $10 million associated with Coeur’s prepayment agreement at Kensington during the quarter.
Capital expenditures decreased 31% quarter-over-quarter to $70 million compared to $101 million in the prior period. Expenditures related to the POA 11 expansion project at Rochester totaled $30 million during the quarter compared to $47 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, primarily driven by the timing of payments. Sustaining and development capital expenditures accounted for approximately 40% and 60%, respectively, of Coeur’s total capital investment during the quarter.
Capital Projects Update
As of March 31, 2022, Coeur has incurred approximately $283 million toward the expansion. With the formalization of the recently-awarded SMPEI and final major high-voltage electrical contracts, the Company has committed approximately $477 million of capital since the inception of the project, representing 80% of the re-baselined cost estimate of $597 million. Coeur estimates capital expenditures related to POA 11 in 2022 to be approximately $217 - $257 million and $131 - $171 million in 2023.
The expansion consists of three major components: (i) a new 300 million ton leach pad, for which civil work is essentially complete and piping work is near completion; (ii) a Merrill-Crowe process plant with construction completion scheduled for the first half of 2023; and (iii) a new three-stage crushing circuit with construction completion scheduled for mid-2023.
Progress on the Merrill-Crowe process plant included completion of concrete work, the start of equipment setting, and steel and process pipe rack erection. Work on the crusher corridor included substantial completion of excavation in the primary crusher area, completion of concrete work and the start of steel construction in the secondary crusher areas, and continued advancement of concrete work in the secondary stock pile reclaim and tertiary crusher areas. Coeur also began pre-assembly of conveyor components, and deliveries of equipment and materials for the project continue.
The Company is also advancing detailed engineering, and equipment procurement is underway for the implementation of pre-screens into the expansion flowsheet. Coeur intends to align construction of the pre-screens with the completion of the new crusher corridor.
Silvertip Expansion and Restart
Coeur continues to advance study work to assess the economics of a potential expansion and restart of its high-grade Silvertip silver-zinc-lead development project in British Columbia, Canada following the completion and commissioning of POA 11. The Company’s objective remains to complete an evaluation by year-end of higher throughput scenarios to reduce unit costs and to take advantage of Silvertip’s expanding, high-grade resource base.
Ongoing exploration activities continues to generate positive results. Exploration investment in the first quarter totaled approximately $2 million (substantially all capitalized) compared to roughly $4 million (substantially all expensed) in the prior period.
A new zone called Camp Creek West was discovered during the quarter that is shallower and contains one of the highest-grade thicknesses ever drilled at Silvertip. The zone is located west of the Camp Creek Fault in an area that has never been drilled and was discovered through geophysics. The zone appears to be open to the west, north and south. During the second quarter of 2022, the Company plans to continue the infill program in the Southern Silver and Discovery zones before switching to expansion drilling in the recently discovered Camp Creek West target later in the year.
Ongoing carrying costs at Silvertip totaled $6 million in the first quarter, compared to $6 million in the prior period. Capital expenditures during the first quarter totaled $12 million compared to $26 million in the prior period as residual costs for completed mill decommissioning and planned early civil works construction were paid during the quarter. For 2022, capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $18 - $24 million, primarily focused on underground development and infill drilling as well as study work to evaluate additional opportunities to enhance the economics of a potential expansion and restart.
Coeur ended the quarter with total liquidity of approximately $288 million, including $73 million of cash and $215 million of available capacity under its $300 million RCF4. Additionally, Coeur had $160 million of strategic investments in equity securities.
On May 3, 2022, the Company announced the completion of multiple initiatives to meaningfully bolster Coeur’s liquidity and materially enhance its balance sheet flexibility as it advances the transformational expansion of the Rochester expansion.
The Company values its strategic investments in equity securities as of the end of each reporting period. The estimated fair values of Coeur’s equity investments in Victoria Gold Corp., Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. and Integra Resources Corp. were $141 million, $13 million and $5 million, respectively, at March 31, 2022 compared to $124 million in Victoria Gold Corp. and $8 million in Integra Resources Corp. at December 31, 2021, resulting in a non-cash unrealized gain of approximately $14 million during the first quarter of 2022. This figure is included in “Fair value adjustments, net” on the Company’s income statement.
Rochester LCM Adjustment
Coeur reports the carrying value of metal and leach pad inventory at the lower of cost or net realizable value, with cost being determined using a weighted average cost method. At the end of the first quarter, the cost of ore on leach pads at Rochester exceeded its net realizable value which resulted in a lower of cost or market (“LCM”) adjustment of $9 million (approximately $8 million in costs applicable to sales2 and $1 million of amortization).
First quarter 2022 highlights for each of the Company’s operations are provided below.
Coeur had 17 active rigs across all sites during the first quarter for a total investment of approximately $14 million ($5 million expensed and $8 million capitalized), compared to roughly $18 million ($14 million expensed and $4 million capitalized) in the prior period. The decrease in drilling activity was largely driven by lower planned investment across the portfolio.
One reverse circulation and two core drill rigs were active at the Crown exploration property in southern Nevada during the quarter, primarily focused on the C-Horst, Daisy and SNA deposits. Results from those targets were encouraging, supporting the Company’s expectation for resource expansion based on step-out drilling at all three sites.
Additionally, an amended permit to expand the C-Horst discovery footprint is expected to be received around mid-year. Following receipt, Coeur plans to begin testing multiple targets at the Pipeline Gulch and Tates Wash areas (both located between C-Horst and SNA) where surface geology, geochemistry and geophysics all indicate gold mineralization could exist similar to C-Horst.
Production during the first quarter was in-line with Coeur’s expectations, leading the Company to reaffirm 2022 guidance.
Financial Results and Conference Call
Coeur will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2022 financial results on May 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
Hosting the call will be Mitchell J. Krebs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coeur, who will be joined by Thomas S. Whelan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Michael “Mick” Routledge, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and other members of management. A replay of the call will be available through May 12, 2022.
Coeur Mining, Inc. is a U.S.-based, well-diversified, growing precious metals producer with four wholly-owned operations: the Palmarejo gold-silver complex in Mexico, the Rochester silver-gold mine in Nevada, the Kensington gold mine in Alaska and the Wharf gold mine in South Dakota. In addition, the Company wholly-owns the Silvertip silver-zinc-lead development project in British Columbia and has interests in several precious metals exploration projects throughout North America.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation in the United States and Canada, including statements regarding cash flow, capital allocation and investment, liquidity, exploration and development efforts and plans, resource growth, expectations regarding the potential expansion and restart at Silvertip, expectations, plans and timing regarding the Rochester POA 11 expansion project, hedging strategies, the impact of inflation, anticipated production, costs and expenses and operations at Palmarejo, Rochester, Wharf and Kensington. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Coeur’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the risk that anticipated production, cost and expense levels are not attained, the risks and hazards inherent in the mining business (including risks inherent in developing large-scale mining projects, environmental hazards, industrial accidents, weather or geologically-related conditions), changes in the market prices of gold, silver, zinc and lead and a sustained lower price or higher treatment and refining charge environment, the uncertainties inherent in Coeur’s production, exploratory and developmental activities, including risks relating to permitting and regulatory delays (including the impact of government shutdowns), ground conditions, grade and recovery variability, any future labor disputes or work stoppages (involving the Company and its subsidiaries or third parties), the uncertainties inherent in the estimation of mineral reserves, changes that could result from Coeur’s future acquisition of new mining properties or businesses, the loss of access or insolvency of any third-party refiner or smelter to which Coeur markets its production, the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including impacts to workforce, materials and equipment availability, inflationary pressures, continued access to financing sources, government orders that may require temporary suspension of operations at one or more of our sites and effects on our suppliers or the refiners and smelters to whom the Company markets its production and on the communities where we operate, the effects of environmental and other governmental regulations and government shut-downs, the risks inherent in the ownership or operation of or investment in mining properties or businesses in foreign countries, Coeur’s ability to raise additional financing necessary to conduct its business, make payments or refinance its debt, as well as other uncertainties and risk factors set out in filings made from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Canadian securities regulators, including, without limitation, Coeur’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Actual results, developments and timetables could vary significantly from the estimates presented. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Coeur disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, Coeur undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Coeur, its financial or operating results or its securities. This does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.
The scientific and technical information concerning our mineral projects in this news release have been reviewed and approved by a “qualified person” under S-K 1300, namely our Director, Technical Services, Christopher Pascoe. For a description of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate mineral reserves and mineral resources included in this news release, as well as data verification procedures and a general discussion of the extent to which the estimates may be affected by any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, sociopolitical, marketing or other relevant factors, please review the Technical Report Summaries for each of the Company’s material properties which are available at www.sec.gov.
Non-U.S. GAAP Measures
We supplement the reporting of our financial information determined under United States generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) with certain non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, adjusted net income (loss), operating cash flow before changes in working capital and adjusted costs applicable to sales per ounce (gold and silver) or pound (zinc or lead). We believe that these adjusted measures provide meaningful information to assist management, investors and analysts in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance. We believe these adjusted financial measures are important indicators of our recurring operations because they exclude items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to our core operating results, and provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses. We believe EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted costs applicable to sales per ounce (gold and silver) and pound (zinc and lead) are important measures in assessing the Company’s overall financial performance. For additional explanation regarding our use of non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, please refer to our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021.
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