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Golden Minerals Company (2)
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Close 2023-11-09 C$ 0.64
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Golden Minerals loses $3.2-million (U.S.) in Q3 2023

2023-11-10 10:27 ET - News Release

Ms. Karen Winkler reports


Golden Minerals Company has released financial results and a business summary for the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2023. All figures are in approximate U.S. dollars.

Third quarter business summary and subsequent events:

  • On Nov. 8, 2023, the company closed a public offering of an aggregate of six million shares of the company's common stock and related warrants, at a purchase price of 70 cents per share. Gross proceeds from the offering were approximately $4.2-million, prior to deducting placement agent's fees and other offering expenses payable by the company. Full details of the November, 2023, Offering may be found in the prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Nov. 8, 2023, a copy of which is available on the company's website.
  • The company is engaged in settlement negotiations regarding the dispute with Unifin Financiera SAB de CV. Although no definitive settlement agreement has yet been executed, an accrued liability of $250,000 has been recorded as of Sept. 30, 2023. Given that the settlement proposals have not resulted in a written agreement, Golden Minerals cannot give any assurances that the settlement will be effected upon the terms under discussion or at all.
  • The company continued with activities in preparation for restarting production at the Velardena properties. Preparations include permitting, equipment readiness, and arrangements with union staff, contract miners, plant operators and support personnel. The Velardena mines last operated in November, 2015.
  • The company completed and filed an updated technical report (TR), completed as a preliminary economic assessment (PEA), for its Velardena properties (Durango state, Mexico). The updated PEA estimates an after-tax net present value (NPV) of $87.6-million, using a discount rate of 8 per cent, with a mine life of 10.5 years. The TR is prepared as an update of a previous PEA dated March 1, 2022, and incorporates additional information developed by the company since the 2022 report, including updated pricing and concentrate sales terms, and the exclusion of a bio-oxidation plant that was formerly contemplated.
  • The company concluded mining activities at the Rodeo mine in June, 2023, as previously disclosed. During the third quarter of 2023, the company continued to process material which had been stockpiled from the Rodeo mine. The processing of the stockpiled material concluded in August when the grade of the stockpiles became uneconomic. The last pour of dore occurred in September.

Third quarter financial summary:

  • Revenue was $2.5-million in the third quarter 2023 and included sales of the Rodeo mine's metals and slag material, as well as sales of Velardena concentrates from previously stockpiled material. Revenue was $5.3-million in the third quarter 2022 and solely comprised Rodeo's sale of metals. Net operating margin (defined as revenue from the sale of metals less cost of metals sold) was negative $800,000 in the third quarter 2023.
  • Net operating margin was positive $900,000 in the third quarter 2022 which related solely to the Rodeo mine's sale of metals. The lower net operating margin in the third quarter 2023 compared with the third quarter of 2022 was due mainly to the processing of the stockpiled material in the third quarter 2023 which had lower grades than the mined material processed in the third quarter of 2022.
  • Cash and equivalents balance as of Sept. 30, 2023, was $1.6-million, compared with $4-million on Dec. 31, 2022.
  • Zero debt as of Sept. 30, 2023, unchanged from Dec. 31, 2022.
  • Net loss was $3.2-million or 38 cents per share in the third quarter 2023, compared with a net loss of $2.7-million or 40 cents per share in the third quarter 2022.

Cash inflows and expenditures

Cash expenditures during the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2023, totalled $8.6-million and included:

  • $2.9-million in exploration expenditures;
  • $900,000 in care and maintenance costs at the Velardena properties;
  • $400,000 in care and maintenance costs at the El Quevar project, net of reimbursements from Barrick Gold Corp. pursuant to the earn-in agreement between the company and Barrick;
  • $3.7-million in general and administrative expenses;
  • $700,000 of negative net operating margin from Rodeo operations (which includes Mexico general and administrative).

The above expenditures were offset by cash inflows of $6.2-million from the following:

  • $1.2-million of net operating margin from sales of Velardena concentrates;
  • $1.8-million, net of fees from the company's at-the-market program;
  • $1.9-million, net of fees from the previously reported June, 2023, registered direct offering and concurrent private placement of the company's common stock;
  • $1.3-million from changes in working capital (mainly due to a decrease in inventory associated with the end of operations at Rodeo).

Capital resources and 12-month financial outlook

At Sept. 30, 2023, the company had current assets of approximately $5.9-million, including cash and cash equivalents of approximately $1.6-million. On the same date, it had accounts payable and other current liabilities of approximately $5.6-million. Because the company has ceased mining at the Rodeo mine, its only near-term opportunity to generate cash flow from mining to support continued operations is the Velardena mine.

On Nov. 8, 2023, the company closed the November, 2023, offering which raised gross proceeds of $4.2-million and net proceeds of approximately $3.8-million after expenses. These funds were anticipated in the company's forecast. The company's forecast for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2024, also projects the receipt of additional capital inflows of $3-million to $4.5-million. In order to commence and maintain production at Velardena, the company expects to spend approximately $3-million to $3.5-million over the first five months of production primarily for additional underground development, which is included in the capital forecast discussed above. The actual amount of additional capital required during the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2024, may vary significantly from the amounts specified above and will depend on a number of factors, including variations in the anticipated administrative costs, costs to restart Velardena, costs at El Quevar, and costs for continued exploration, project assessment and advancement of its other exploration properties. Assuming that the company is successful in restarting production and that it meets its production objectives at the Velardena properties, cash flow from Velardena is expected to be positive by the end of the second quarter of 2024. The additional capital required may take the form of non-core asset sales (such as the one described below), debt financing, production-based financing (such as streaming or royalty financing), collection of outstanding value-added tax receivable or otherwise. After the November, 2023, offering, the company's available shares authorized but not issued or outstanding are approximately 2.2 million shares. Should the company desire to make future stock offerings of more than 2.2 million shares, the number of authorized shares will need to be increased which will require shareholder approval.

With regard to the sale of non-core assets, Golden executed a non-binding letter of intent for the sale of its Santa Maria property for a total consideration consisting of (i) initial cash proceeds of $1.5-million (plus an additional $240,000 in VAT payment that the company can retain) and (2) a 1.5-per-cent net smelter return royalty on the Santa Maria concession up to a cap of $1-million (which may be purchased by the potential buyer from Golden for $500,000 at any time prior to the commencement of commercial production on the Santa Maria property). If that transaction is consummated, the funds would likely be received in November, 2023, or later.

Golden Minerals has also held discussions with various financing parties with regard to equity and/or debt financing as well as streaming or royalty arrangements involving future production at Velardena.

Quarterly report on Form 10-Q

The company's consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis, as well as other important disclosures, may be found in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2023. This Form 10-Q is available on the company's website. It has also been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on EDGAR and with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities on SEDAR+.

About Golden Minerals Company

Golden Minerals is a gold and silver producer based in Golden, Colo. The company is primarily focused on advancing its Velardena and Yoquivo properties in Mexico and, through partner-financed exploration, its El Quevar silver property in Argentina, as well as acquiring and advancing selected mining properties in Mexico, Nevada and Argentina.

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