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Gold Resource Corporation Reports First Quarter Net Income of $4.4 Million, or $0.08 per Share, Maintains 2017 Production Outlook

 -- Published: Tuesday, 2 May 2017 | Print  | Disqus 

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwired - May 2, 2017) -  Gold Resource Corporation ( NYSE MKT : GORO ) (the "Company or GRC") reported production results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 of 6,747 ounces of gold and 427,890 ounces of silver, which along with base metal revenue generated $24.3 million in net revenue for the quarter. Gold Resource Corporation is a gold and silver producer, developer and explorer with operations in Oaxaca, Mexico and Nevada, U.S.A. The Company has returned $109 million to its shareholders in monthly dividends since commercial production commenced July 1, 2010, and offers its shareholders the option to convert their cash dividends into physical gold and silver and take delivery.


  • 6,747 gold ounces produced
  • 427,890 silver ounces produced
  • $24.3 million net sales
  • $4.4 million net income, or $0.08 per share
  • $263 total cash cost per gold equivalent ounce sold (after by-product credits)
  • $744 total all-in sustaining cost per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold
  • $9.4 million by-product credits, or $717 per precious metal gold ounce sold
  • $0.3 million dividend distributions, or $0.005 per share for quarter

Overview of Q1 2017 Results

Gold Resource Corporation's Oaxaca Mining Unit sold 13,114 precious metal gold equivalent ounces at a total cash cost of $263 per ounce (after by-product credits). Realized average metal price sales during the quarter were $1,215 per ounce gold and $17.29 per ounce silver. The Company recorded net income of $4.4 million, or $0.08 per share. The Company paid $0.3 million to its shareholders in dividends, or $0.005 per share during the quarter. Cash and cash equivalents at quarter end totaled $16.6 million. Realized gold and silver prices increased 1% and 20%, respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2016.

The Company maintains its 2017 Annual Outlook (range plus or minus 5%) of 27,500 gold ounces and 1,850,000 silver ounces.

The following Production and Sales Statistics table summarizes certain information about our mining operations for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016:

  Three months ended March 31,
  2017  2016
 Tonnes Milled (1)  101,330  113,145
 Tonnes Milled per Day (2)  1,206  1,301
 Average Gold Grade (g/t)  2.42  1.99
 Average Silver Grade (g/t)  143  131
 Average Copper Grade (%)  0.28  0.29
 Average Lead Grade (%)  1.16  1.06
 Average Zinc Grade (%)  3.07  3.43
 Average Gold Recovery (%)  86  89
 Average Silver Recovery (%)  92  91
 Average Copper Recovery (%)  78  74
 Average Lead Recovery (%)  76  70
 Average Zinc Recovery (%)  85  84
Mill production (before payable metal deductions) (3)      
 Gold (ozs.)  6,747  6,463
 Silver (ozs.)  427,890  434,142
 Copper (tonnes)  220  244
 Lead (tonnes)  927  838
 Zinc (tonnes)  2,644  3,261
Payable metal sold      
 Gold (ozs.)  7,133  6,215
 Silver (ozs.)  420,236  378,794
 Copper (tonnes)  225  220
 Lead (tonnes)  839  762
 Zinc (tonnes)  2,149  2,599
Average metal prices realized (4)      
 Gold ($ per oz.)  1,215  1,199
 Silver ($ per oz.)  17.29  14.38
 Copper ($ per tonne)  5,871  4,146
 Lead ($ per tonne)  2,351  1,807
 Zinc ($ per tonne)  2,839  1,717
Precious metal gold equivalent ounces produced (mill production) (3)      
 Gold Ounces  6,747  6,463
 Gold Equivalent Ounces from Silver  6,090  5,206
 Total Precious Metal Gold Equivalent Ounces  12,837  11,669
Precious metal gold equivalent ounces sold      
 Gold Ounces  7,133  6,215
 Gold Equivalent Ounces from Silver  5,981  4,542
 Total Precious Metal Gold Equivalent Ounces  13,114  10,757
 Total cash cost before by-product credits per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold (5) $980 $1,295
 Total cash cost after by-product credits per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold (5) $263 $667
 Total all-in sustaining cost per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold (5) $744 $1,307
 Total all-in cost per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold (5) $920 $1,445
(1)For the first quarter of 2017 and 2016, this includes 28,721 and 16,697 tonnes, respectively of open pit ore.
(2)Based on actual days the mill operated during the period.
(3)Mill production represents metal contained in concentrates produced at the mill, which is before payable metal deductions are levied by the buyer of our concentrates. Payable metal deduction quantities are defined in our contracts with the buyer of our concentrates and represent an estimate of metal contained in the concentrates produced at our mill which the buyer cannot recover through the smelting process. There are inherent limitations and differences in the sampling method and assaying of estimated metal contained in concentrates that are shipped, and those contained metal estimates are derived from sampling methods and assaying throughout the mill production process. The Company monitors these differences to ensure that precious metal mill production quantities are materially correct.
(4)Average metal prices realized vary from the market metal prices due to final settlement adjustments from our provisional invoices when they are settled. Our average metal prices realized will therefore differ from the market average metal prices in most cases.
(5)For a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to total mine cost of sales, which is the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure, please see Non-GAAP Measures in the Company's most recently filed 10-Q.

See Accompanying Tables

The following information summarizes the results of operations for Gold Resource Corporation for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, its financial condition at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 and its cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016. The summary data for the three months ended March 31, 2017 is unaudited; the summary data for the year ended December 31, 2016 is derived from our audited financial statements contained in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, but do not include the footnotes and other information that is included in the complete financial statements. Readers are urged to review the Company's Form 10-K in its entirety, which can be found on the SEC's website at

The calculation of our cash cost per precious metal gold equivalent ounce, total all-in sustaining cost per precious metal gold equivalent ounce and total all-in cost per precious metal gold equivalent ounce contained in this press release are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see "Management's Discussion and Analysis and Results of Operations" contained in the Company's most recent Form 10-Q and Form 10-K for a complete discussion and reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures.

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
  March 31, December 31,
  2017 2016
Current assets:      
 Cash and cash equivalents $16,639 $14,166
 Gold and silver rounds/bullion  3,687  3,307
 Accounts receivable  1,759  630
 Inventories  8,607  8,946
 Income tax receivable  -  626
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,682  1,587
  Total current assets  32,374  29,262
Property, plant and mine development, net  75,158  70,059
Deferred tax assets  16,230  17,580
Other non-current assets  970  1,542
  Total assets $124,732 $118,443
Current liabilities:      
 Accounts payable $6,920 $5,383
 Mining royalty taxes payable  496  2,033
 Income tax payable  696  -
 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  1,816  1,526
  Total current liabilities  9,928  8,942
Reclamation and remediation liabilities  2,669  2,425
  Total liabilities  12,597  11,367
Shareholders' equity:      
 Preferred stock - $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized:      
  no shares issued and outstanding  -  -
 Common stock - $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized:      
  57,176,221 and 56,839,823 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at March 31, 2017 and 56,903,272 and 56,566,874 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at December 31, 2016  57  57
 Additional paid-in capital  113,534  112,034
 Retained earnings  5,599  2,040
 Treasury stock at cost, 336,398 shares  (5,884)  (5,884)
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (1,171)  (1,171)
  Total shareholders' equity  112,135  107,076
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $124,732 $118,443
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
  Three months ended March 31,
  2017 2016
Sales, net $24,336 $17,403
Mine cost of sales:      
 Production costs  11,335  11,096
 Depreciation and amortization  2,556  2,806
 Reclamation and remediation  29  47
   Total mine cost of sales  13,920  13,949
Mine gross profit  10,416  3,454
Costs and expenses:      
 General and administrative expenses  1,812  2,178
 Exploration expenses  822  504
   Total costs and expenses  2,634  2,682
Operating income  7,782  772
Other (expense) income, net  (464)  706
Income before income taxes  7,318  1,478
  Provision for income taxes  2,942  681
Net income $4,376 $797
Net income per common share:      
 Basic and Diluted $0.08 $0.01
Weighted average shares outstanding:      
 Basic  56,796,751  54,266,706
 Diluted  57,991,633  54,266,706
(U.S. dollars in thousands)
  Three months ended March 31,
  2017 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:      
 Net income $4,376 $797
 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:      
  Deferred income taxes  1,296  515
  Depreciation, depletion and amortization  2,663  2,856
  Stock-based compensation  200  418
  Other operating adjustments  407  (608)
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
  Accounts receivable  (1,129)  (586)
  Inventories  339  (566)
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (151)  394
  Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities  1,578  815
  Mining royalty and income taxes payable/receivable  (578)  (331)
  Other noncurrent assets  1  26
 Net cash provided by operating activities  9,002  3,730
Cash flows from investing activities:      
  Capital expenditures  (6,062)  (5,687)
  Proceeds from the sale of equity investments  -  163
  Other investing activities  (78)  2
 Net cash used in investing activities  (6,140)  (5,522)
Cash flows from financing activities:      
  Dividends paid  (284)  (271)
  Repayment of capital leases  -  (424)
 Net cash used in financing activities  (284)  (695)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (105)  (10)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  2,473  (2,497)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  14,166  12,822
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $16,639 $10,325
Supplemental Cash Flow Information      
 Interest expense paid $13 $8
 Income and mining taxes paid $1,348 $256
Non-cash investing activities:      
  Increase (decrease) in accrued capital expenditures $495 $(1,614)
  Equipment purchased under capital lease  -  300
  Common stock issued for the acquisition of mineral rights $1,300 $-

About GRC:

Gold Resource Corporation is a mining company focused on production and pursuing development of gold and silver projects that feature low operating costs and produce high returns on capital. The Company has 56,839,823 shares outstanding, zero warrants, zero debt and has returned over $109 million back to its shareholders since commercial production commenced July 1, 2010. Gold Resource Corporation offers its shareholders the option to convert their cash dividends into physical gold and silver and take delivery. For more information, please visit GRC's website, located at and read the Company's 10-K for an understanding of the risk factors involved.

Cautionary Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. When used in this press release, the words "plan," "target," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend" and "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the statements regarding Gold Resource Corporation's strategy, future plans for production, future expenses and costs, future liquidity and capital resources, and estimates of mineralized material. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information available to Gold Resource Corporation on the date of this press release, and the company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed in this press release. In particular, there can be no assurance that production will continue at any specific rate. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in the Company's 10-K filed with the SEC.


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