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Copper Mountain Mining Announces Strong Q3 2020 Financial Results, Reduces All-in Cost Guidance

November 2, 2020

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VANCOUVER, BC , Nov. 2, 2020  /CNW/ - Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (TSX: CMMC) (ASX: C6C) (the “Company” or “Copper Mountain”) announces strong third quarter 2020 financial and operating results.  All currency is in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise stated.  All results are reported on a 100% basis.  The Company’s Financial Statements and Management Discussion & Analysis (“MD&A”) are available at www.CuMtn.com and www.sedar.com .

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Q3 2020 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Production for Q3 2020 was 23.8 million pounds of copper equivalent (comprised of 18.9 million pounds of copper, 6,630 ounces of gold, and 81,418 ounces of silver).
  • C1 cash cost for Q3 2020 was US$1.27  /lb copper produced, all in sustaining cost (AISC) was US$1.43  /lb copper and all-in cost (AIC) was US$1.68  /lb copper.
  • Revenue for Q3 2020 was $95.0 million , from the sale of 17.8 million pounds of copper, 6,232 ounces of gold and 67,901 ounces of silver, net of pricing adjustments.
  • Gross profit for Q3 2020 was $42.0 million and net income was $33.2 million .
  • Earnings per share was $0.13  per share, or $0.08  on an adjusted basis.
  • Cash flow from operations (before working capital changes) for Q3 2020 was $47.0 million as compared to negative $2.1 million for Q3 2019.
  • Cash and cash equivalents at the end of Q3 2020 was $53.6 million , an increase of $24.6 million during the quarter when compared to the end of the second quarter.
  • AIC guidance for 2020 was reduced to a range of US$1.85  to US$2.00  per pound of copper from a range of US$2.20  to US$2.35  per pound, while production guidance was maintained at 70 to 75 million pounds of copper with the expectation to achieve the higher end of the production range.

“We posted another strong quarter and continued to exceed our revised operating plan with solid operating and financial results,” commented Gil Clausen , Copper Mountain’s President and CEO. “We expect production to continue to increase in the fourth quarter with higher grades and recoveries, at low cost.  As a result, we are reducing our 2020 all-in cost guidance to a range of US$1.85  to US$2.00  per pound of copper. We are also maintaining our 2020 production guidance but expect to end the year at the top end of the range.”

“Our plan is to continue to build upon our healthy cash position in anticipation of restarting construction of the third ball mill in early 2021, which is the last stage to complete our 45,000 tonnes per day mill expansion project. We have commenced activities to prepare for construction and forecast commissioning by the end of Q3 2021. The installation of the third ball mill is expected to increase production by 15 to 18% as a result of higher throughput and improved metal recoveries while maintaining the mill head grade. This is the first step of our multi-tier growth plan. This growth pipeline includes a further mill expansion to 65,000 tonnes per day at the Copper Mountain Mine. We expect to publish a technical report in Q4 on this expansion plan. In addition, the Eva Copper Project is being advanced and we are currently developing project financing options and evaluating potential project partners. Our seasoned team continues to steadily de-risk and advance our organic growth plans.”

SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS

Mine Production Information

       

Copper Mountain Mine (100% Basis)

Q3 2020 

Q3 2019 

9 Mos. 2020 

9 Mos. 2019 

Mine

       

Total tonnes mined (000s)

13,681 

13,965 

39,547 

47,558 

Ore tonnes mined (000s)

3,133 

2,761 

10,388 

8,582 

Waste tonnes (000s)

10,548 

11,204 

29,159 

38,976 

Stripping ratio

3.37 

4.06 

2.81 

4.54 

         

Mill

       

Tonnes milled (000s)

3,725 

3,596 

10,928 

10,910 

Feed Grade (Cu%)

0.29 

0.26 

0.29 

0.28 

Recovery (%)

80.4 

78.2 

78.2 

79.3 

Operating time (%)

90.8 

91.9 

91.8 

93.3 

Tonnes milled (TPD)

40,489 

39,087 

39,884 

39,963 

         

Production

       

Copper (000s lb)

18,934 

16,302 

54,498 

53,362 

Gold (oz)

6,630 

6,498 

20,268 

20,547 

Silver (oz)

81,418 

57,225 

247,560 

185,212 

         

Sales

       

Copper (000s lb)

17,824 

17,021 

54,565 

54,300 

Gold (oz)

6,232 

6,400 

18,885 

20,470 

Silver (oz)

67,901 

57,426 

226,767 

177,694 

         

C1 cash cost per pound of copper produced (US$) (1)

1.27 

2.12 

1.58 

1.87 

AISC per pound of copper produced (US$) (1)

1.43 

2.28 

1.74 

1.99 

AIC per pound of copper produced (US$) (1)

1.68 

2.67 

1.93 

2.48 

         

Average realized copper price (US$/lb)

2.97 

2.65 

2.66 

2.74 

(1) Non-GAAP performance measure.  See MD&A for details.

During the third quarter of 2020, the Company continued to operate under the revised operating plan announced in March of 2020.  In Q3 2020, the Copper Mountain Mine produced 18.9 million pounds of copper, 6,630 ounces of gold, and 81,418 ounces of silver, as compared to 16.3 million pounds of copper, 6,498 ounces of gold, and 57,225 ounces of silver for Q3 2019.

The mine processed a total of 3.7 million tonnes of ore during the quarter as compared to 3.6 million tonnes in Q3 2019.  Average feed grade increased to 0.29% Cu and copper recovery improved to 80.4% in Q3 2020, as compared to average feed grade of 0.26% Cu and copper recovery of 78.2% in Q3 2019, which are the primary reasons for higher production in Q3 2020.  Copper grade is expected to continue to improve in Q4 2020, as the Company has completed mining in the Pit#1 area and has restarted mining in the higher grade Pit #3 area. Mining costs are expected to remain at lower levels as the waste haul remains short as Pit#1 is being backfilled with waste rock from Pit#3.  Mill availability averaged 90.8% for Q3 2020 as compared to 91.9% in Q3 2019.  The slight decrease in mill availability was a result of scheduled preventative maintenance shutdowns in Q3 2020.  With expected higher grades and higher recoveries driving increased production in the fourth quarter of 2020, Copper Mountain expects to achieve the higher end of its guidance range for the year.

C1 cash cost per pound of copper produced for Q3 2020 decreased 40% to US$1.27  , as compared to US$2.12  in Q3 2019.  The decrease in cost per pound in Q3 2020 was the result of higher production, reduced mining costs and higher by-product credits for the gold and silver produced in Q3 2020 as compared to Q3 2019.

All-in sustaining cost per pound of copper produced (AISC) in Q3 2020 decreased 37% to US$1.43  , as compared to US$2.28  in Q3 2019.  The low AISC carries forward from the low C1 cost per pound with addition of $3.9 million in sustaining capital, lease and applicable administration expenditures in Q3 2020 as compared to $3.4 million in Q3 2019.

Total all-in cost per pound of copper produced (AIC), net of credits, for Q3 2020 decreased 37% to US$1.68  , as compared to US$2.67  in Q3 2019.  The low AIC carries forward from the low AISC with the addition of $6.4 million in deferred stripping and $nil of low-grade stockpile mining costs incurred in Q3 2020 as compared to $8.3 million of deferred stripping and $0.3 million of low-grade stockpile costs in Q3 2019.

The significant decrease in C1, AISC, and AIC recognized in Q3 2020 as compared to past quarters was a result of the Company’s strong copper production, cost savings initiatives and operating efficiencies at the Copper Mountain mine, supplemented by an increase in precious metals prices and production for Q3 2020.

SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL RESULTS

Results and Highlights (100%)

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

(In thousands of CDN$, except for per share amounts)

2020 $

2019 $

2020 $

2019 $

Financial

       

Revenue

94,992 

62,703 

235,645 

214,717 

Gross profit

42,019 

(1,428)

57,329 

23,484 

Gross profit before depreciation (1)

47,091 

4,866 

74,472 

41,282 

Net income (loss)

33,249 

(10,595)

21,724 

9,761 

Income (loss) per share – basic

0.13 

(0.05)

0.08 

0.03 

Adjusted earnings (1)

15,078 

(5,602)

15,067 

(482)

Adjusted earnings per share – basic

0.08 

(0.03)

0.08 

(0.00)

EBITDA (1)

51,226 

(3,204)

60,631 

38,917 

Adjusted EBITDA

33,055 

1,789 

53,974 

28,674 

Cash flow from operations

38,595 

368 

70,620 

46,893 

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

   

53,573 

36,008 

(1) Non-GAAP performance measure.  See MD&A for details.

In Q3 2020, revenue was $95 million , net of pricing adjustments and treatment charges, compared to $62.7 million in Q3 2019.  Q3 2020 revenue is based on the sale of 17.8 million pounds of copper, 6,232 ounces of gold, and 67,901 ounces of silver.  This compares to 17.0 million pounds of copper, 6,400 ounces of gold and 57,426 ounces of silver sold in Q3 2019.  Revenue increased significantly as a result of increased sales and higher metal prices, including a positive mark to market and final adjustment on concentrate sales of $11.3 million . This compares to a negative mark to market and final adjustment of $2.4 million for Q3 2019, a differential of approximately $13.7 million .  Q3 2020 revenue before the mark to market adjustment was $83.7 million as compared to $63.6 million for Q3 2019.

Cost of sales in Q3 2020 was $53.0 million as compared to $64.1 million for Q3 2019.  A substantial part of the decrease in cost of sales is a result of the Company’s cost savings initiatives resulting from the revised operating plan which included utilizing less equipment. Q3 2020 cost of sales did not include any mining costs being allocated to the low-grade stockpile and the Company allocated $6.4 million to deferred stripping. This is compared to Q3 2019 cost of sales which was net of $8.3 million of deferred stripping and low-grade stockpile costs.

The Company reported net income of $33.2 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2020  as compared to a net loss of $10  .6 million for the same period of 2019.  The variance in the higher net income for 2020, as compared to 2019, was a result of several items including:

  • Revenue in Q3 2020 included a positive mark to market and final adjustment from provisional pricing on concentrate sales, as mentioned above;
  • Revenue in Q3 2020 was higher as a result of higher metal prices experienced in the quarter as compared to Q3 2019.
  • The inclusion of a non-cash unrealized foreign exchange gain of $6  .9 million in Q3 2020 as compared to a non-cash unrealized foreign exchange loss of $4  .0 million in Q3 2019, a differential of approximately $10  .9 million, which was primarily related to the Company’s debt that is denominated in US dollars.

On adjusted basis, the Company recorded a net income of $15.1 million in Q3 2020, compared to a net loss of $5.6 million in Q3 2019.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

Copper Mountain Mill Expansion

In July 2020  , the Company completed the first stage of the Ball Mill Expansion project which included installation of the Direct Flotation Reactors (DFRs).  The Ball Mill Expansion is designed to increase throughput to 45,000 tonnes per day from 40,000 tonnes per day and improve copper recovery as a result of being able to achieve a finer grind of ore.  The DFRs have increased the efficiency and the capacity of the current cleaner circuit, and as planned increased copper concentrate grade from about 24 to 28%, resulting in lower concentrate transportation, smelting and refining costs during Q3 2020.  The installation of the DFRs was completed on schedule and on budget.

As noted in Q1 2020, as a result of COVID-19, the Company deferred all major capital spend and therefore halted work on the second stage of the Ball Mill Expansion project, which deferred the actual installation of a third ball mill that the Company had already purchased and had delivered to site.  Work was reduced to completing commitments on long lead items, which would allow the project to restart in an efficient and expeditious manner. The Company has re-commenced activities for the installation of the third ball mill for a construction start in early 2021. Copper Mountain is planning for commissioning of the Ball Mill Expansion project by the end of Q3 2021.

2020 OUTLOOK

The Company is reducing its 2020 AIC guidance to a range of US$1.85  to US$2.00  per pound of copper from a range of US$2.20  to US$2.35  per pound of copper. The Company reaffirms its 2020 production guidance of 70 to 75 million pounds of copper and expects to be at the higher end of the range. Copper production is expected to be stronger in the fourth quarter of 2020 as a result of higher grades and improved recoveries.

Q3 2020 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Copper Mountain will host a conference call on Monday, November 2, 2020  at 7:30 am (Pacific Time) for senior management to discuss the third quarter 2020 results.

Dial-in information:
Toronto and international: 647-427-7450
North America (toll-free): 1-888-231-8191
To participate in the webcast live via computer go to:
https://produceredition.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1379598&tp_key=9549f68559 

Replay Call Information
Toronto and international: 416-849-0833, Passcode: 3359433
North America (toll-free): 1-855-859-2056, Passcode: 3359433

The conference call replay will be available until 8:59 pm (Pacific Time) on November 9, 2020  . An archive of the audio webcast will also be available on the company’s website at http://www.cumtn.com .

About Copper Mountain Mining Corporation
Copper Mountain’s flagship asset is the 75% owned Copper Mountain mine located in southern British Columbia near the town of Princeton . The Copper Mountain mine currently produces approximately 90 million pounds of copper equivalent, with average annual production expected to increase to approximately 120 million pounds of copper equivalent.  Copper Mountain also has the development-stage Eva Copper Project in Queensland, Australia and an extensive 2,443 km highly prospective land package in the Mount Isa area. Copper Mountain trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CMMC” and Australian Stock Exchange under the symbol “C6C”.

Additional information is available on the Company’s web page at www.CuMtn.com .

On behalf of the Board of

COPPER MOUNTAIN MINING CORPORATION

“Gil Clausen”

Gil Clausen , P.Eng.
President and Chief Executive Officer

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release may contain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (together, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements.  Generally, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of terminology such as “plans”, “expects”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes” or variations of such words, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “occur” or “be achieved”.  Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance and opportunities to differ materially from those implied by such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include the successful exploration of the Company’s properties in Canada and Australia , the reliability of the historical data referenced in this press release and risks set out in Copper Mountain’s public documents, including in each management discussion and analysis, filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .  Although Copper Mountain believes that the information and assumptions used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all.  Except where required by applicable law, Copper Mountain disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation

   

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position

   

(Unaudited in thousands of Canadian dollars)

   
     
 

September 30,
2020 

$

December 31, 2019 

$

     

Assets

   
     

Current assets

   

Cash and cash equivalents

53,573 

32,126 

Accounts receivable and prepaid expenses

32,159 

27,947 

Inventory

31,172 

35,299 

     
 

116,904 

95,372 

     

Reclamation bonds

4,159 

3,740 

Deferred tax assets

18,274 

28,088 

Property, plant and equipment

542,237 

501,663 

Low grade stockpile

64,932 

64,978 

     
 

746,506 

693,841 

Liabilities

   
     

Current liabilities

   

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

38,905 

41,366 

Amounts payable to related parties

3,785 

104,698 

Current portion of long-term debt

64,769 

60,260 

Current tax liability

1,079 

1,186 

 

108,538 

207,510 

     

Provisions

17,816 

18,104 

Due to related parties

151,803 

-

Long-term debt

161,661 

188,123 

Deferred tax liability

3,474 

2,203 

 

443,292 

415,940 

Equity

Attributable to shareholders of the Company:

   

 

Share capital

267,399 

266,663 

Contributed surplus

19,494 

18,623 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,176)

(4,158)

Accumulated deficit

(55,057)

(70,516)

 

229,660 

210,612 

Non-controlling interest

73,554 

67,289 

Total equity

303,214 

277,901 

     
 

746,506 

693,841 

 

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Income (Loss) and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30 

(Unaudited in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for number of and earnings per share)

     
 

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

 

2020 

$

2019 

$

2020 

$

2019 

$

         

Revenue

94,992 

62,703 

235,645 

214,717 

Cost of sales

(52,973)

(64,131)

(178,316)

(191,233)

Gross profit (loss)

42,019 

(1,428)

57,329 

23,484 

         

Other income and expenses

       

General and administration

(1,836)

(3,517)

(5,196)

(8,908)

Share based compensation

(863)

(497)

(2,066)

(1,684)

Operating income (loss)

39,320 

(5,442)

50,067 

12,892 

         

Finance and other income

517 

135 

622 

389 

Finance expense

(3,741)

(3,454)

(11,173)

(11,695)

Unrealized loss on interest rate swap

(2)

(15)

(1,020)

(505)

Foreign exchange (loss) gain

6,938 

(4,041)

(5,457)

8,733 

Loss on sale of fixed asset

(102)

-

(102)

-

Income (loss) before tax

42,930 

(12,817)

32,937 

9,814 

         

Current tax recovery (expense)

385 

(190)

(128)

(1,166)

Deferred income tax (expense) recovery

(10,066)

2,412 

(11,085)

1,113 

Net income (loss)

33,249 

(10,595)

21,724 

9,761 

         

Other comprehensive income (loss)

       

Foreign currency translation adjustment

897 

(1,432)

1,982 

(4,139)

Total comprehensive income (loss)

34,146 

(12,027)

23,706 

5,622 

         
         

Net income (loss) attributable to:

       

Shareholders of the Company

24,420 

(8,755)

15,459 

4,848 

Non-controlling interest

8,829 

(1,840)

6,265 

4,913 

 

33,249 

(10,595)

21,724 

9,761 

Earnings (loss) per share:

       

Basic

0.13 

(0.05)

0.08 

0.03 

Diluted

0.13 

(0.05)

0.08 

0.03 

         

Weighted average shares outstanding, basic (thousands)

191,544 

190,344 

191,403 

188,925 

Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted (thousands)

193,035 

191,711 

192,082 

190,492 

Shares outstanding at end of the period (thousands)

192,301 

191,331 

192,301 

191,331 

 

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows

For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30,

(Unaudited in thousands of Canadian dollars)

     
 

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended   September 30,

 

2020 

$

2019 

$

2020 

$

2019 

$

Cash flows from operating activities

       

Net income (loss) for the period

33,249 

(10,595)

21,724 

9,761 

 

Adjustments for:

       

Depreciation

5,072 

6,312 

17,168 

17,834 

Loss on disposal of fixed assets

102 

-

102 

-

Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss

(6,077)

672 

5,856 

(8,916)

Unrealized loss on interest rate swap

15 

1,020 

505 

Deferred income tax expense (recovery)

10,066 

(2,412)

11,085 

(1,113)

Finance expense

3,741 

3,454 

11,173 

11,695 

Share based compensation

863 

497 

2,066 

1,684 

 

47,018 

(2,057)

70,194 

31,450 

Net changes in working capital items

(8,423)

2,425 

426 

15,443 

Net cash from operating activities

38,595 

368 

70,620 

46,893 

         

Cash flows from investing activities

       

Deferred stripping activities

(6,402)

(8,264)

(13,839)

(32,608)

Development of property, plant and equipment

(4,970)

(6,590)

(20,762)

(14,486)

Reclamation bonds

(4)

4,545 

(419)

4,621 

Net cash (used in) from investing activities

(11,376)

(10,309)

(35,020)

(42,473)

         

Cash flows from financing activities

       

Proceeds on exercise of options and warrants

482 

2,284 

482 

2,310 

Advances from non-controlling interest

22,313 

23,294 

46,536 

38,329 

Payments made to non-controlling interest

-

-

-

(329)

Loan principal paid

(21,343)

(21,189)

(50,099)

(43,558)

Interest paid

(1,894)

(2,356)

(6,925)

(8,586)

Finance lease payments

(2,007)

(626)

(5,000)

(1,900)

Net cash used in financing activities

(2,449)

1,407 

(15,006)

(13,734)

         

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(200)

646 

853 

(801)

         

Increase (Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

24,570 

(7,888)

21,447 

(10,115)

         

Cash and cash equivalents - Beginning of period

29,003 

43,896 

32,126 

46,123 

         

Cash and cash equivalents - End of period

53,573 

36,008 

53,573 

36,008 

             

 

 

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