Golden Minerals Reports 2013 Year-End Results

GOLDEN, Colo., Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Golden Minerals Company (NYSE MKT: AUMN; TSX: AUM) ("Golden Minerals" or "the Company") announces financial results for the full year ending December 31, 2013.

For the year ending December 31, 2013 Golden Minerals recorded revenue of $10.7 million and costs of metals sold of $17.5 million for a negative gross margin of $6.9 million related to the sale of metals at the Velardena Properties in Mexico. The Company suspended mining operations at Velardena on June 19, 2013 due to depressed precious metals prices in order to conserve the asset until the Company is able to create new mining and processing plans that at then-current silver and gold prices indicate a sustainable cash margin. The Company recorded a 2013 net loss of $240.4 million, of which $210.7 million is attributable to non-cash impairment charges, net of tax. Approximately $204.2 million of the net impairment charges were recorded in the second quarter 2013 related to lower metals prices and to the suspension of mining and processing activities at Velardena in June 2013. The remaining $6.5 million in non-cash impairment charges, net of tax, were recorded during the fourth quarter 2013.

In addition to the negative gross margin and impairment charges noted above, the net loss includes $6.9 million for non-cash depreciation and amortization-related expense; $6.4 million related to Velardena shutdown, care and maintenance activities; $5.6 million for general and administrative expense; $4.6 million for exploration expense; $3.1 million for project expenses at Velardena; and $2.6 million of expense associated with the El Quevar project. These expenses were partially offset by other operating income of $3.5 million related primarily to the sale of certain Peruvian exploration properties in the first quarter 2013 and $4.7 million related to current and deferred tax benefits.

The Company's cash and cash equivalents balance totaled $19.1 million at December 31, 2013 compared to $44.6 million at December 31, 2012. The $25.5 million decrease during 2013 resulted primarily from the cash expenses noted above plus $4.8 million in Velardena Properties capital and development expenditures and a decrease in working capital of $1.4 million primarily related to a reduction in inventories and receivables at the Velardena Properties.

Current Activities

We continue to evaluate plans for a restart of mining at the Velardena Properties, with the objective of implementing a plan that at then-current prices for silver and gold indicates a sustainable cash margin for mining. We have been mapping and sampling underground veins containing higher grade shoots to verify mine modeling in support of restart planning. We are analyzing the potential of mining from a combination of different veins at our Velardena Properties based primarily on grades and metallurgy. Additionally, we are reviewing alternative high-grade, narrow-vein mining methods to determine the most beneficial mining method for a potential restart. In these efforts, we are using our own technical personnel as well as independent third party consultants. During the first quarter 2014 we commenced a 5,000-meter underground drill program at the Velardena mine in order to obtain additional information to assist us in creating our restart plan. The drill program is being conducted in known but previously undrilled areas located outside the current 43-101 resource. We expect to receive the drill results in the second quarter 2014. Separately, Golden continues to pursue outside feed sources for the processing facilities at the Velardena Properties. Such a third-party agreement could permit an earlier restart of the Velardena facilities than would otherwise be the case.

During the fourth quarter 2013, the Company began a planned 2,000-meter drilling program at the Los Azules exploration property located in Chihuahua, Mexico. The Company announced high-grade gold drill intersections associated with this drilling program in a February 27, 2014 press release. Based on program results to date, the Company has approved an additional $1.1 million for drilling focused on definition of a target gold and silver resource within the first 250 vertical meters along the strike of the vein beneath areas of historic mining activity. Separately, the Company continues to seek a partner for its El Quevar silver project located in the Salta Province of Argentina.

About Golden Minerals

Golden Minerals is a Delaware corporation based in Golden, Colorado. The Company is primarily focused on efforts to create a new mining and processing plan for its Velardena Properties, the advancement of its El Quevar advanced exploration property in Argentina, and the exploration of properties in Argentina and Mexico.

Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act, and applicable Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding the continuing evaluation of plans for a restart of mining at the Velardena Properties and related technical work including review of alternative mining methods, underground drilling and the pursuit of outside feed sources for the processing facilities which might permit an earlier restart; the drilling program at Los Azules and continuation of efforts to seek a partner for the El Quevar silver project. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including unexpected events at the Velardena Operations, including higher than anticipated suspension or care and maintenance costs, accidents or damage to equipment or environmental or permitting problems; difficulties in or inability to develop a new operating plan for production at a sustainable cash positive margin, which could be caused by, among other things, unfavorable results from the underground drilling program, inability to confirm the new mine modeling and other technical information, variations in ore grade and relative amounts, grades and metallurgical characteristics of oxide and sulfide ores; labor or union problems; delays or failure in receiving or maintaining required government approvals or permits; technical, permitting, mining, metallurgical or processing issues; inability to identify a treatment option to improve gold recoveries; further decreases or insufficient increases in silver and gold prices; loss of and inability to adequately replace skilled mining and management personnel; interpretations and changes in interpretations of geologic information; volatility or other changes in the U.S. and Canadian securities markets; availability and cost of materials, supplies and electrical power required for mining operations and exploration; fluctuations in costs and general economic conditions; changes in political conditions, tax, environmental and other laws; and diminution of physical safety of employees in Mexico, and other conditions in the countries in which the Company operates. Additional risks relating to Golden Minerals Company may be found in the periodic and current reports filed with the Securities Exchange Commission by Golden Minerals Company, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

For additional information please visit or contact:

Golden Minerals Company
Karen Winkler
(303) 839-5060
Director of Investor Relations



(Expressed in United States dollars)

December 31,

December 31,



(in thousands, except share data)


Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 19,146

$ 44,406




Trade receivables






Value added tax receivable



Prepaid expenses and other assets



Total current assets



Property, plant and equipment, net



Assets held for sale






Prepaid expenses and other assets



Total assets

$ 54,881

$ 348,102

Liabilities and Equity

Current liabilities

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

$ 1,365

$ 6,232

Other current liabilities



Total current liabilities



Asset retirement and reclamation liabilities



Deferred tax liability



Other long term liabilities



Total liabilities



Commitments and contingencies


Common stock, $.01 par value,

100,000,000 shares authorized; 43,530,833 and 43,265,833 shares issued and outstanding, respectively



Additional paid in capital



Accumulated deficit



Accumulated other comprehensive income loss



Shareholders' equity



Total liabilities and equity

$ 54,881

$ 348,102



(Expressed in United States dollars)

The Years Ended December 31,



(in thousands except per share data)


Sale of metals

$ 10,680

$ 26,086

Costs and expenses:

Cost of metals sold (exclusive of depreciation shown below)



Exploration expense



El Quevar project expense



Velardena project expense



Velardena shutdown and care & maintenance costs



Administrative expense



Stock based compensation



Reclamation expense



Impairment of long lived assets



Impairment of goodwill



Other operating income, net



Depreciation, depletion and amortization



Total costs and expenses



Loss from operations



Other income and (expenses):

Interest and other income



Royalty income



Interest and other expense



(Loss) gain on foreign currency



Other total income and (expenses)



Loss from operations before income taxes



Income taxes benefit



Net loss

$ (240,380)

$ (92,025)

Other comprehensive gain:

Unrealized gain on securities, net of tax

$ 90

$ 32

Comprehensive loss

$ (240,290)

$ (91,993)

Net loss per common share – basic and diluted


$ (5.61)

$ (2.45)

Weighted average Common Stock outstanding - basic and diluted



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SOURCE: Golden Minerals Company

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