VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Apr 29, 2014) - Timmins Gold Corp.(TMM.TO)(NYSE MKT:TGD) ("Timmins Gold" or the "Company") is pleased to report its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 ("Q1 2014"). The comparative period is the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 ("Q1 2013"). All results are presented in United States dollars ("US Dollars") unless otherwise stated. Readers should refer to the 2014 management discussion and analysis and condensed interim consolidated financial statements for complete information.
"Our mine expansion and cost reduction programs have allowed Timmins Gold to continue to deliver solid operating and financial results" stated Mr. Bruce Bragagnolo, CEO of Timmins Gold. "We expanded production by 22% to over 36,000 gold equivalent ounces at a cash cost of $703 per ounce and generated material free cash. Our balance sheet continues to get stronger, with a cash and cash equivalents balance as at March 31st of over $44 million after paying down $4.5 million in debt and $8.5 million in payables during the quarter. We are well positioned to continue to generate strong free cash flow this year."
Q1 2014 HIGHLIGHTS
Metal revenues were a record $47.1 million, compared to $45.9 million during Q1 2013. This increase over the prior year is primarily due to increased ounces sold, offset by the decrease in the gold price since April 2013. The average London PM Fix price was $1,294 per gold ounce, compared to $1,632 per gold ounce during Q1 2013. The average realized gold price was $1,280 per gold ounce, compared to $1,602 per gold ounce during Q1 2013.
Earnings from operations were $12.9 million, compared to $19.3 million during Q1 2013. This was mainly due to the reduced revenues realized from the lower gold price.
Earnings and total comprehensive income were $8.1 million or $0.05 per share, compared to $14.3 million or $0.10 per share during Q1 2013.
Cash flows provided by operating activities were $12.3 million, compared to $21.8 million during Q1 2013.
Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2014 were $44.4 million after investing $0.5 million on exploration, $0.5 million on sustaining capex, $1.6 million on expansion programs and $3.0 million on deferred stripping. Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2013 were $26.9 million.
The Company produced a record 35,413 ounces of gold and sold a record 36,763 ounces of gold, compared to 28,328 and 28,642, respectively, during Q1 2013. This change over prior year is due to increased throughput and crushing capacity.
The Company's cash cost per ounce on a by-product basis was $703 (all-in sustaining cash cost per ounce on a by-product basis - $790), compared to $703 (all-in sustaining cash cost per ounce on a by-product basis - $872) during Q1 2013. The maintenance of cash costs was primarily driven by cost reduction initiatives offset by lower grades realized in Q1 2014 of 0.76 grams of gold per tonne ("g/t Au"), compared to the Q1 2013 0.83 g/t Au.
On February 11, 2014 the Company closed a bought deal financing which generated net proceeds of $24.2 million (C$26.7 million) on issuance of 18,920,000 common shares of the Company at a price of C$1.50 per share.
On February 28, 2014, the Company repaid $4.5 million (C$5.0 million) in principal of the $16.4 million (C$18.0 million) loan facility outstanding at December 31, 2013.
Timmins Gold is committed to the safety, health and well-being of its workers and families. The Company's goal is to continue with its zero-incident work environment and strong culture of safety.
SUMMARIZED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND OPERATING RESULTS
US dollars (thousands) unless otherwise indicated
First Quarter Ended March 31, 2014
First Quarter Ended March 31, 2013
Gold sold (oz)
Silver sold (oz)
Production costs, excluding depreciation and depletion
Earnings from operations
Earnings per share, basic and diluted
Cash flows from operations
Total cash and cash equivalents, end of period
Total assets, end of period
Total cash costs per gold ounce on a by-product basis
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Technical information contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by Taj Singh, M.Eng., P.Eng., a Vice President of the Company who is recognized as a QP under NI 43-101.
About Timmins Gold
Timmins Gold is in commercial gold production at its wholly owned San Francisco Gold Property in Sonora, Mexico. The mine is an open pit heap leach operation from which Timmins Gold has projected production of 115,000 to 125,000 ounces of gold in 2014.
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