SEMAFO Reports Strong Q2 Results with Gold Production of 64,100 Ounces



    
        Cash Flow from Operating Activities up by 32%, to $25.4 million

    SEMAFO TSX-SMF
    

    MONTREAL, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - SEMAFO (TSX: SMF) today reported its
second quarter financial and operational results for the three-month period
ended June 30, 2009. All amounts are in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

    Highlights for the Three-Month and Six-Month Periods Ended June 30, 2009

    
    - Record gold production, with a total of 64,100 ounces for the three-
      month period ended June 30, 2009, representing an 18% increase over the
      corresponding period in 2008 and 10% over the previous quarter.
    - For the first half of 2009, production from all mines totalled
      122,200 ounces, an increase of 47% over the first six months of 2008.
    - Gold sales revenues totalled $58.6 million for the second quarter,
      representing a 31% increase over the corresponding period in 2008 and
      18% over Q1 2009. For the first six months of 2009, gold sales revenues
      totalled $108.1 million, representing a 54% increase over the same
      period in 2008.
    - Operating income increased by 23% to $17 million in the second quarter
      2009 compared to the same period the year prior; and by 70%, to
      $28.2 million, for the first six-month period of 2009 compared to the
      same period in 2008. Operating income increased by 53% over Q1 2009.
    - Net income reached $10.7 million, an increase of 20% over the previous
      quarter of 2009. Net income totalled $19.6 million for first six months
      of 2009.
    - Cash flow from operating activities reached $25.4 million for the
      second quarter and $43.9 million since the beginning of 2009. This
      represents an increase of 32% over the same period last year and 37%
      when compared with the first quarter of 2009.
    - The Company's cash operating cost for the quarter decreased to $419 per
      ounce from $460 in the first quarter of 2009.
    - Net income per share of $0.05 and $0.08 respectively.
    - Close-out of hedge program; the Company is 100% unhedged.
    - Commencement of extensive exploration program on the high potential
      Houndé belt in Burkina Faso.
    - Positive at-depth drilling results at Mana.
    - Improved balance sheet - with a 20% debt to equity ratio, compared to
      38% as at December 31, 2008.
    

    A Word from the CEO

    SEMAFO continued to build on the positive momentum established in 2008.
Our second quarter 2009 results created a new precedent for our Company,
bringing the cash flow from operating activities to more than $25.4 million,
representing a 37% increase over the previous quarter. In fact, our Q2 cash
flow from operating activities was equivalent to the total cash flow from
operating activities of the first six-month period of 2008.
    We delivered on our objective to efficiently and effectively manage our
existing assets; realizing the lowest production costs of the last three
quarters, while achieving our best production results ever.
    The second quarter of 2009 not only brought us to new heights with regard
to our performance and the results achieved; but also saw us successfully
close out the remaining ounces of the Company's hedge program. Moving forward,
the completion of this obligation will allow the Company to benefit from the
spot gold price and improve cash generation.
    At Mana we continue to build for the future with an extensive exploration
program initiated during the second quarter on the Houndé belt, while ongoing
drilling continues to confirm at depth high-grade mineralization.
    SEMAFO's balance sheet is stronger than ever as our debt-equity ratio now
stands at 20% compared to 38% as at December 31, 2008. SEMAFO is well
positioned for the future and remains committed to increase shareholder value
via the effective management of existing assets and the active pursuit of
accretive opportunities in West Africa.
    
    Consolidated Results and Mining Operations

                                 Three-month period        Six-month period
                                      ended June 30           ended June 30
                                ---------------------------------------------
                                              Varia-                  Varia-
                                 2009    2008  tion      2009    2008  tion
                                ---------------------------------------------
    Operating Highlights

    Gold ounces produced       64,100  54,500    18%  122,200  83,200    47%
    Gold ounces sold           63,000  49,600    27%  116,600  77,800    50%

    (In thousands of dollars,
     except amounts per ounce
     and per tonne)

    Revenues - Gold sales      58,646  44,826    31%  108,141  70,366    54%
    Operating costs            29,320  22,582    30%   56,835  39,711    43%
    Operating income           17,043  13,822    23%   28,216  16,623    70%
    Net income                 10,721  11,681    (8%)  19,623  24,183   (19%)
    Basic and diluted net
     income (loss) per share     0.05    0.05     -      0.08    0.11   (14%)
    Cash flow from operating
     activities(1)             25,444  19,304     32%  43,944  25,427   73%
    Average selling price
     (per ounce)                  931     904     3%      927     905     2%
    Cash operating cost
     (per ounce produced)(2)      419     394     6%      439     441     -
    Cash operating cost
     (per tonne processed)(2)      31      35   (11%)      31      31     -
    Total cash cost
     (per ounce sold)(3)          465     455     2%      487     510    (5%)

    (1) Cash flow from operating activities excludes changes in non-cash
        working capital items and settlement of liabilities related to asset
        retirement obligations.
    (2) Cash operating cost is calculated using ounces produced and tonnes
        processed. See the section "Non-GAAP measures"
    (3) Total cash cost represents the cash operating cost plus royalties and
        selling expenses as well as the effects of inventory adjustments.
    
    Outlook

    In July 2009, the Mana mine produced 12,900 ounces of gold, making a
significant contribution to the Company's overall monthly production total of
21,300 ounces of gold; the second highest production month ever for the
Company.
    Management anticipates ongoing stable production and remains confident
that the Company will attain its 2009 production guidance of between 220,000
and 240,000 ounces of gold.
    A conference call will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12,
2009 to discuss the Company's quarterly results. Details to access the call
can be found on the home page of the Company's website at www.semafo.com.
SEMAFO'S consolidated financial statements, together with Management's
Discussion and Analysis, are available on its website or at www.sedar.com.

    About SEMAFO

    SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and
exploration activities in West Africa. The Company currently operates three
gold mines in Burkina Faso, Niger and Guinea. SEMAFO is committed to evolve in
a conscientious manner to become a major player in its geographical area of
interest, while maintaining principles and strengthening relationships to
increase shareholder value.

    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements
regarding the Company's expectations as to the market price of gold, strategic
plans, future commercial production, production targets, timetables, mining
operating expenses, capital expenditures, and mineral reserve and resource
estimates. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and
uncertainties and accordingly, actual results and future events could differ
materially from those anticipated in such statements. Factors that could cause
future results or events to differ materially from current expectations
expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include, but are not
limited to, fluctuations in the market price of precious metals, mining
industry risks, uncertainty as to calculation of mineral reserves and
resources, risks related to hedging strategies, risks of delays in
construction, requirements of additional financing and other risks described
in the Company's documents filed from time to time with Canadian securities
regulatory authorities. Although the Company is of the opinion that these
forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, those
assumptions may prove to be incorrect. Accordingly, readers should not place
undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Readers can find further
information with respect to risks in the Company's Annual Information Form and
other filings with Canadian securities regulatory authorities available at
www.sedar.com. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise these
forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.




For further information:

For further information: SEMAFO: Benoit La Salle, President & CEO, (514)
744-4408, Toll-Free: 1 (888) 744-4408, blasalle@semafo.com; Jean-Paul Blais,
Communications, (514) 744-4408, Toll-Free: 1 (888) 744-4408,
jpblais@semafo.com

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