Endeavour Mining Generates Record Operating Cash Flow in 2014

VANCOUVER, Feb. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Endeavour Mining Corporation ("Endeavour" or the "Corporation") (TSX:EDV) (ASX:EVR) (OTCQX:EDVMF) announces 2014 gold production of 465,770 ounces resulting in an all-in sustaining margin of $117.1 million. The AISC of $995/oz during Q4 was our second consecutive quarter below our goal of $1,000/oz.  Endeavour previously released its 2014 operating results, 2015 guidance, updated year-end mineral resources and reserves and Houndé project updates.  Overall, Endeavour's operations performed well by delivering above guidance production, below mid-point for AISC cost guidance, and with exploration programs that successfully extended mine life and increased mineral reserves to 4.5 million ounces (see news releases dated January 15, 2015 and February 19, 2015). 

(All amounts in US dollars unless otherwise indicated)

Full Year 2014 Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Gold production of 465,770 ounces and sales of 467,887 ounces at a realized gold price of $1,264 per ounce
  • Cash cost per ounce sold of $826, compared to $890 in 2013
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $142.8 million, compared to $68.9 million in 2013
  • AISC per ounce sold of $1,010, compared to $1,137 in 2013
  • Sustained stated goal of group-level AISC per ounce below $1,000 for two consecutive quarters (Q3+Q4)
  • AISC margin of $117.1 million, compared to $81.2 million in 2013
  • Operating activities generated $127.4 million of positive cash flow, which compares to $43.8 million in 2013
  • Cash expenditures and prepayments on mining activities decreased to $117.1 million from $213.6 million in 2013. For 2015, Endeavour's non-sustaining capital spending is expected to be only $20 million as the major capital programs of 2013 and 2014 are now complete
  • A non-cash impairment charge to mineral properties and related assets of $278.8 million, which is mostly related to Tabakoto ($245.9 million) and driven by the unfavourable income tax climate in Mali, reduced assumptions regarding mine life (revised from 10 years to 7 years) for the purpose of the valuation model, and downward revision in the assumed gold price
  • Endeavour ended 2014 in a strong financial position with $62.2 million in cash

Neil Woodyer, CEO, stated

"2014 was a very successful year for Endeavour.  We delivered on production growth, lowered AISC costs, and extended mine life through targeted exploration.  We also advanced the Houndé project through permitting, and with exploration increased the mineral reserves to 2.1 million ounces to confirm the project as a core asset in our growth profile. 

For 2015 we have five key objectives: 1) Produce 475,000 to 500,000 ounces, 2) Maintain AISC/oz below $1,000 (guidance range is $930 to $980/oz), 3) To be profitable, 4) Use a portion of free cash flow to reduce debt, 5) To extend mine life through exploration success."

Table 1: 2014 Margin Generation and All-in Sustaining Cost














12 Months Ended 


Dec 31, 2014


US$ M


In Gold Ozs


$ / oz







Gold revenue

$583.6


461,755




Less: Royalties

28.3


22,398


$61


Less: Cash costs for ounces sold

381.6


301,918


826

Mine cash margin

173.7


137,439




Less: Corporate G&A

21.7


17,186


47


Less: Sustaining capital

30.6


24,196


66


Less: Sustaining exploration

4.3


3,399


9

All-in sustaining margin / cost per ounce

$117.1


92,658


$1,010







Numbers may not add due to rounding


*Gold ozs sold excludes 6,132 ozs from Agbaou prior to commercial production




 

Table 2: 2014 Financing Activities and Reconciliation of Cash Position  









US$ M




Cash - Opening Balance (Jan 1, 2014)


$73.3





All-in sustaining margin


117.1





Non-sustaining investments





Tabakoto - U/G equipment, CRF plant, Segala & Kofi development

59.9




Nzema

14.0




Agbaou

2.9




Houndéexploration (including $6.7m of exploration)

9.5




Other

0.2




-86.5





Change in working capital and other


-1.6


Repayment of Tabakoto equipment lease obligations


-3.0


Gold hedge settlement


-11.9


Taxes and interest paid


-25.2




Cash - Ending Balance (Dec 31, 2014)


$62.2




 

2014 Adjusted Earnings

Net earnings from continuing operations (attributable to Endeavour shareholders) have been adjusted for the impact of fair value change of certain financial instruments, including the gold price protection program. Other adjustments include deferred income tax expense, adjustments related to investments in associates, stock-based payments, foreign currency effects, marketable securities, and other non-recurring items. 

Table 3: Adjusted Net Earnings Reconciliation for the year ended December 31, 2014






12 Months Ended
Dec 31, 2014


US$ M



Net earnings (loss) attributable to shareholders of Endeavour

-$328.2


Net non-cash impairment charges

278.8


Loss/(gain) on derivative instruments and marketable securities

5.2


Loss on promissory note

3.3


Imputed interest on promissory note

-1.8


Loss on foreign currency

4.6


Other expenses (gains)

21.7


Stock-based payments

1.2


Deferred income taxes (recovery)

31.2

Adjusted net earnings after tax

$16.0



Weighted average number of outstanding shares

413,119,218

Adjusted net earnings per share (basic, US$ per share)

$0.03



 

2015 Production and AISC Guidance

Endeavour's 2015 production guidance is 475,000 to 500,000 ounces at an all-in sustaining cost per ounce of $930 to $980.  Guidance details by mine are provided in Tables 4 and 5.

Table 4:  2015 Production Guidance by Mine (ounces, 100% basis)







2012

2013

2014

2015


Actual

Actual

Actual

Guidance Range

Agbaou

-

6,132

146,757

150,000

-

155,000

Nzema

109,447

103,464

115,129

110,000

-

115,000

Tabakoto

110,301

125,231

127,323

155,000

-

165,000

Youga

91,030

89,448

76,561

60,000

-

65,000

Total

310,778

324,275

465,770

475,000

-

500,000

 

Table 5:  2015 AISC/oz Guidance by Mine ($/oz)







2015


Guidance Range ($/oz)

Agbaou

$690

-

$740

Nzema

$1,000

-

$1,050

Tabakoto

$950

-

$1,000

Youga

$975

-

$1,025

Mine-level AISC/oz

$883

-

$933


Plus Corporate G&A (~$18 million)


$37



Plus Exploration (sustaining) & Other (~$5 million)


$10


AISC/oz

$930

-

$980





 

At $1,200 gold price and using the mid-point of 2015 production and AISC/oz guidance ranges, Endeavour is expecting to generate an AISC margin of approximately $120 million in 2015.  Calculations are outlined in Table 6.  Non-sustaining capital is planned to be $20 million in 2015. 

Table 6:  2015 AISC Margin and Free Cashflow (before tax and financing)









2015 Production (guidance range mid-point)


ozs

487,500

2015 AISC/oz (guidance range mid-point) 


$/oz

$955







Revenue

$1,200

gold price


$ million

$585


Less: AISC costs




$ million

$465

All-in sustaining margin



$ million

$120







Non-sustaining capital:  Principal projects include
completion of Kofi C open pit access, completion of
Cement Rock Fill (CRF) plant for Segala underground
mine operations, and ongoing exploration


$ million

$20







Free cashflow (before tax & financing costs)


$ million

$100







 

Financial Statements and related MD&A will be available on SEDAR, the ASX website, OTC Markets website, and in the Investor Relations section of Endeavour's website www.endeavourmining.com.

In order to access the Corporation's MD&A and financial statements directly, please click the following URL: http://files.newswire.ca/910/Integrated_FS__MDA.pdf

Conference Call Details

Management will host a conference call to discuss the 2014 year-end results on March 2, 2015 as detailed below. Presenting on the call will be Neil Woodyer, Chief Executive Officer, Attie Roux, Chief Operating Officer, and Christian Milau, Chief Financial Officer.

Analysts and interested investors are invited to participate using the dial in numbers below.

International:                             

+1 201-689-8040

North American toll-free:            

+1 877-407-8133

Australian toll-free:                    

+1 800-687-004



The conference call can also be accessed through the following link: http://www.endeavourmining.com/s/Webcasts.asp

The conference call will be held and webcast by Issuer Direct on Monday March 2, 2015 at:

6:00 am           

in Vancouver

9:00 am           

in Toronto and New York

2:00 pm           

in London

10:00 pm          

in Hong Kong and Perth



The call will be archived for later playback on Endeavour's website until March 2, 2016.  

Qualified Persons

Adriaan "Attie" Roux, Pr.Sci.Nat, Endeavour's Chief Operating Officer, is a Qualified Person under NI 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the technical information related to mining operations in this news release.

About Endeavour Mining Corporation

Endeavour is a Canadian-based gold mining company producing 500,000 ounces per year from four mines in West Africa.  Endeavour is focused on effectively managing its existing assets to maximize cash flow as well as pursuing organic and strategic growth opportunities that benefit from its management and operational expertise.

On behalf of Endeavour Mining Corporation

Neil Woodyer
Chief Executive Officer

Cash costs, all-in sustaining costs at the mine level, AISC, adjusted EBITDA and all-in sustaining margin are non-GAAP financial performance measures with no standard meaning under IFRS.

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" including but not limited to, statements with respect to Endeavour's plans and operating performance, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of future production, future capital expenditures, and the success of exploration activities. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "expects", "expected", "budgeted", "forecasts" and "anticipates". Forward-looking statements, while based on management's best estimates and assumptions, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: risks related to the successful integration of acquisitions; risks related to international operations; risks related to general economic conditions and credit availability, actual results of current exploration activities, unanticipated reclamation expenses; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; fluctuations in prices of metals including gold; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, increases in market prices of mining consumables, possible variations in ore reserves, grade or recovery rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes, title disputes, claims and limitations on insurance coverage and other risks of the mining industry; delays in the completion of development or construction activities, changes in national and local government regulation of mining operations, tax rules and regulations, and political and economic developments in countries in which Endeavour operates. Although Endeavour has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Please refer to Endeavour's most recent Annual Information Form filed under its profile at www.sedar.com for further information respecting the risks affecting Endeavour and its business.

SOURCE Endeavour Mining Corporation

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For further information: Doug Reddy, SVP Business Development, +1 604 609 6114, dreddy@endeavourmining.com; Endeavour Mining Corporation, Corporate Office, Suite 3123, 595 Burrard Street, P.O. Box 49139, Vancouver, BC, V7X 1J1, Canada, Tel: +1 604 685 4554, www.endeavourmining.com

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