TORONTO, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - ROMARCO MINERALS INC. (TSX: R) (the "Company") is pleased to announce it has released its results for
the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 ("Q1 2013") and to provide an
update of recent activities.
Diane Garrett, President & CEO, stated: "We began implementing cash
conservation measures early last year and in light of recent market
conditions, additional steps have been taken including suspending all
drilling activity. We remain solely focused on progressing through the
permitting of the Haile project. Notwithstanding the current gold
environment, we are fortunate to possess a high-quality, high-grade,
low-cost gold deposit in the U.S. which continues to demonstrate robust
economics at current and even lower gold prices."
First Quarter Highlights and Recent Activities
All dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars,
unless otherwise noted.
On February 20, 2013, the Company reached an agreement with the US Army
Corps of Engineers ("Corps") on hydrological tasks to gather additional
data to supplement existing data previously submitted in the permit
application. Since reaching this agreement the Company has:
Drilled six holes to twin three existing vibrating wire piezometer
Conducted an aquifer test after drilling one new production well and
seven new monitoring wells;
Collected the required hydrological data; and
Submitted the hydrological data to the Corps and its third-party
Effective April 15, 2013, the Company suspended all drilling activity
for its three remaining Company-owned operating drill rigs. Resumption
of drilling will be predicated on future funding. The Company
continues to engage strict cash conservation measures as it undergoes
permitting for the Haile project.
Cash balance at March 31, 2013 was $49.3 million.
Cash spend (before foreign exchange effects) during Q1 2013 was $15.4
million (including approximately $5 million for SAG and Ball mill
payments, annual payments made during the first quarter, and timing of
payments) compared with $17.1 million during the same period in 2012.
Reported $3.6 million ($0.01 per share) net loss for Q1 2013 compared
with $3.5 million ($0.01 per share) during the same period in 2012.
On February 20, 2013, the Company announced an agreement to extend the
delivery schedule of its Caterpillar mobile mine equipment and final
payment of approximately $29 million by six months to March 31, 2014
with an option to extend a further six months.
On March 20, 2013, the Company announced that, in light of market
conditions, it would not proceed with its previously announced public
offering of common shares and withdrew the related preliminary short
On April 30, 2013, in response to a recommendation from an organization
that advises institutional shareholders, the Company made a further
amendment to its Stock Option Plan to be approved by shareholders at
its upcoming Annual General and Special Meeting on May 15, 2013. The
amendment is very slight and requires that any amendment to the length
of an outstanding option would require shareholder approval; previously
only such an amendment in respect of an option held by an insider
required shareholder approval. The revised Stock Option Plan and the
changes are available on www.sedar.com and the Company's website: www.romarco.com.
About Romarco Minerals Inc.
Romarco Minerals Inc. is a gold development company focused on
production primarily in the US. The Company has completed a positive
Feasibility study and is continuing permitting for its flagship
project, the Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina.
This entire press release may be accessed via fax, e-mail, Romarco's
website at www.romarco.com and through CNW Group's website at www.newswire.ca. All material information on Romarco Minerals Inc. can be found at www.sedar.com.
SOURCE: ROMARCO MINERALS INC.
For further information:
Romarco Minerals Inc.
Dan Symons, Vice President, Investor Relations
Renmark Financial Communications Inc.
Maurice Dagenais 514-939-3989 or via e-mail at email@example.com