Northern Vertex Reports Third Fiscal Quarter 2020 Financial

|May 19|magazine21 min read

(All amounts expressed in US dollars, unless otherwise stated)

VANCOUVER, May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Northern Vertex Mining Corp. (TSX.V: NEE) (OTC-Nasdaq Intl.: NHVCF) (the "Company" or "Northern Vertex") today reported revenue of $13.1 million, record earnings from mine operations before depreciation and depletion of $5.2 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $4.8 million.

Kenneth Berry, President and CEO, states: "Our results in the quarter demonstrate the strength of our operations at the Moss Mine in Northwest Arizona.  Net income of $7.5 million was driven by our solid earnings from mine operations, plus  a non-cash gain on the accounting for our silver stream and existing warrants.  In addition, the Company has attained many notable achievements including successful preparations to avoid the impacts of COVID-19, with no known or suspected cases of infection at the Moss Mine nor at its office in Vancouver; a resource update for Moss Mine; the Bureau of Land Management approval to expand the mining operations; and the expansion of the leach pad which was commissioned in March.  The Company is well positioned to benefit from the current trend in rising gold prices." 

Financial and Operating Highlights for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2020

  • Production of 7,379 gold ounces and 58,604 silver ounces.
  • Sales of 7,469 gold ounces and 89,433 silver ounces with average realized prices per ounce of $1,560 and $16.56, respectively.
  • Cash was $2.47 million as at March 31, 2019, compared to $3.33 million at December 31, 2019. Cash on hand as of May 14, 2020 was $4.67 million.
  • The Company made extensive and successful preparations to avoid the impacts of COVID-19 and is pleased to report no known or suspected cases of infection at the Moss Mine nor at its office in Vancouver.
  • Management completed a Phase I resource update for Moss Mine, resulting in a 300% increase in inferred resources. Measured and Indicated resources were updated to 360,000 ounces of gold, while inferred resources were increased to 129,000 ounces of gold.
  • Moss Mine received a permitting approval for the Phase III expansion, which allows management to expand the size of the mine which supports the resource update and supports an extension to the mine life.
  • Management completed the Phase II heap leach expansion in March, which will accelerate gold recoveries during the next few quarters and provide for more flexible operations.
  • Cash cost per ounce of gold sold for the quarter was $862. 1
  • Moss Mine All-in sustaining costs (AISC) for the quarter was $991 per ounce sold1, which included a heap leach write-up of approximately $1.28 million. Excluding the adjustment, AISC for the Moss mine was $1,163 per ounce sold1, which included the impacts of COVID-19 expenses.
  • Net profit for the quarter was $7.51 million driven off operating income from mine operations, and $5.76 million of fair value gains on derivative liabilities.

1 Refer to non-IFRS financial measures and Forward-Looking Statements at the end of this news release.  

Operating Statistics 



Three Months

Ended March

31, 2020

Three Months

Ended March

31, 2019 3

Nine Months

Ended March

31, 2020

Nine Months

Ended March 

31, 2019 1,2,3

Mining






Ore mined

t

572,104

531,321

1,546,340

1,423,890

Waste mined

t

852,671

1,000,427

2,748,578

2,608,397

Total mined

t

1,424,775

1,531,748

4,294,918

4,032,287

Strip ratio

waste/ore

1.49

1.88

1.78

1.83

Crushing






Tonnes stacked

t

544,067

541,902

1,493,624

1,283,983

Tonnes stacked per day (average)

tpd

5,979

6,021

5,431

4,686

Contained gold ounces stacked

oz.

12,049

11,824

33,830

29,466

Contained silver ounces stacked

oz.

209,492

213,115

565,874

426,769

Gold grade

g/t

0.69

0.68

0.70

0.71

Silver grade

g/t

11.98

12.23

11.78

10.34

Processing






Gold ounces produced 4

oz.

7,379

6,057

22,970

16,829

Silver ounces produced 4

oz.

58,604

25,558

185,863

67,204

Sales






Gold ounces sold 5

oz.

7,469

6,457

23,506

17,010

Silver ounces sold 5,6

oz.

89,433

16,678

224,111

49,796

  

1

The Moss Mine commenced commercial production effective September 1, 2018.  In relation to this, only financial operating results from this date are recognized in the Company's Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2019.  Financial operating results from the Moss Mine prior to September 1, 2018 were capitalized to property, plant and equipment.  

2

The operating statistics for the nine months ended March 31, 2019 include pre-commercial production results.

3

Crushing statistics for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2019 have been adjusted from previously released statistics due to a change in the Company's estimate of tonnes and contained ounces stacked during the nine months.

4

The nine months ended March 31, 2019 includes 3,672 gold ounces and 12,009 silver ounces that were produced pre-commercial production being the two months ended August 31, 2018.

5

The nine months ended March 31, 2019 includes 4,924 gold ounces and 16,376 silver ounces that were produced during pre-commercial production being the seven months ended March 31, 2019.

6

Includes silver ounces purchased and on-sold to final customer to deliver deferred ounces relating to silver streaming agreement.

 

The Company's interim consolidated financial results for the third fiscal quarter 2020 ended March 31, 2020 have been filed on SEDAR.   The information in this news release should be read in conjunction with the Company's Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion & Analysis available on the Company's website at www.northernvertex.com or under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Non-IFRS Performance Measures

The following tables represent the calculation of certain Non-IFRS Financial Measures as referenced in this news release.

Reconciliation to Cash Costs


Three Months

Ended March

31, 2020

Three Months

Ended March

31, 2019

Nine Months

Ended March

31, 2020

Seven Months

Ended March

31, 2019

Gold ounces sold1

7,469

6,457

23,506

12,085






Cash costs reconciliation





Cost of sales

$

10,069

$

8,227

$

35,509

$

15,774

Less: Depreciation and depletion

(2,195)

(2,047)

(7,960)

(3,360)

Add: Refining and transportation

49

32

168

106

Less: Silver revenue

(1,482)

(258)

(3,810)

(498)

Cash costs

6,441

5,954

23,907

12,022

Cash costs per ounce of gold sold

$

862

$

922

$

1,017

$

995

 

Reconciliation to All-In Sustaining Costs


Three Months

Ended March

31, 2020

Three Months

Ended March

31, 2019

Nine Months

Ended March

31, 2020

Seven Months

Ended March

31, 2019

Gold ounces sold

7,469

6,457

23,506

12,085






AISC reconciliation





Cash costs

$

6,441

$

5,954

$

23,907

$

12,022

Sustaining capital expenditures1

870

15

2,322

69

Accretion on reclamation obligation

90

84

250

175

Waste capitalization

-

-

-

648


7,401

6,053

26,479

12,914

Moss Mine AISC per ounce sold

$

991

$

937

$

1,126

$

1,069

 

Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA


Three Months

Ended March

31, 2020

Three Months

Ended March

31, 2019

Nine Months

Ended March

31, 2020 

Nine Months

Ended March

31, 2019

Net profit (loss)

7,511

(1,333)

(3,214)

(7,747)

Depreciation and depletion

2,195

2,047

7,960

3,360

Finance costs (income)

(4,589)

609

5,052

5,370

Share-based compensation

231

401

763

516

Foreign exchange (gain) loss

(548)

173

(473)

(96)

Adjusted EBITDA

4,800

1,897

10,088

1,403

 

About Northern Vertex Mining Corp.
Northern Vertex Mining Corp. is focused on low cost gold and silver production at its 100% owned Moss Mine in NW Arizona. The Company has experience across all areas of operations, mine development, exploration, acquisitions and financing of mining projects. With operations at the flagship Moss Mine achieving commercial production the Company intends to consolidate additional producing or near-term production gold assets within the Western US. Through mergers and acquisitions Northern Vertex's corporate goal is to become a mid-tier gold producer with over 200,000 ounces of gold production annually.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF NORTHERN VERTEX
"Kenneth Berry"
President & CEO

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: 

This news release contains statements about our future business and planned activities. These are "forward-looking" because we have used what we know and expect today to make a statement about the future. Forward-looking statements including but are not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work and analyses. Forward-looking statements usually include words such as scheduled, may, intend, plan, expect, anticipate, believe or other similar words. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies.  Many factors, known and unknown, could cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  We believe the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable. However, actual events and results could be substantially different because of the risks and uncertainties associated with our business or events that happen after the date of this news release. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. As a general policy, we do not update forward-looking statements except as required by securities laws and regulations.  US investors should be aware that mining terminology used for Canadian mineral project reporting purposes differs significantly from US terminology.

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