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Minto Metals generates record Adjusted EBITDA(1) in 2021 highlighting a 44% increase in production

April 1, 2022

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WHITEHORSE, YT, March 31, 2022 /CNW/ - Minto Metals Corp. ("Minto" or the "Company") today announced the Company's financial and operating results for the fourth quarter ("QTR 4 2021") and the Full Year results of 2021 ("YTD 2021"). The Full Year Results include a strong 44% growth in production and an increase of $27.6 million in Adjusted EBITDA(1) compared to 2020.

For complete details of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and associated Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A"), please refer to the Company's filings on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or the Company's website (www.mintometals.com).

Fourth Quarter Highlights:

  • Copper sales increased 109% to 8.4 million pounds compared to 4.0 million pounds in Quarter 4 2020.  
  • Revenue grew 160.8% to $47.3 million, a $29.2 million increase from $18.1 million in Quarter 4 2020.
  • Improved operating result
    • Mill Feed for Quarter 4 was 261,615 dry metric tonnes (dmt), a 58.6% increase from 164,969 dry metric tonnes (dmt) in Quarter 4 2020.
    • Production costs increased 40.0% to $34.8 million compared to $24.9 million in Quarter 4 2020, consistent with operational ramp-up.
    • Operating cash costs per pound sold (2) averaged USD $2.92/lb, a 35.0% decrease from USD $4.49/lb in Quarter 4 2020.
    • All-In Sustaining Costs ("AISC") per pound sold (2) averaged USD $3.50/lb, a 33.5% decrease from USD $5.26/lb in Quarter 4 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA totaled $13.1 million, a $20.4 million increase from loss of $7.3 million in Quarter 4 2020.

Full Year Highlights:

  • Copper sales increased by 43.8% to 25.6 million pounds compared to 15.0 million pounds in 2020. 
  • Revenue grew 72.3% to $138.3 million, a $58.0 million increase from $80.3 million in 2020.
  • Operating cash flow increased 72.2% to $12.2 million a $5.1 million increase from $7.1 million in 2020.
  • Improved operating results
    • Mill Feed total for the year was 903,498 dry metric tonnes (dmt), a 43.6% improvement from 629,078 dry metric tonnes (dmt) in 2020
    • Production costs increased 35.1% to $113.5 million compared to $84.0 million in 2020, consistent with the operational ramp-up.
    • Operating cash costs per pound sold (2) averaged USD $3.19/lb, 9.6% lower than USD $3.53/lb in 2020, the result of increased maintenance expenses to improve operational performance.
    • AISC per pound sold (2) averaged USD $3.87/lb, 6.5% lower than USD $4.14/lb in 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) totaled $22.2 million, a $27.6 million increase from a loss of $5.4 million in 2020.
  • Total year-to-date Net Loss of $2.0 million, a 89.1% improvement from the $18.3 million net loss in 2020.

 

1. Refers to Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization see "Alternative Performance Measures" on page 19 of the Company's 2021 Annual MD&A. 2. Refers to Cash Costs & All-In Sustaining Costs see "Alternative Performance Measures" on page 19 of the Company's  2021 Annual MD&A.

"Our operation is showing positive momentum and is poised for an exciting step-change in 2022 thanks to the Yukon Government, the continued cooperation of the Selkirk First Nation and the employees and contractors at our Minto Mine located in central Yukon. Our investment to optimize and automate our process over the past 12 months will allow us to take advantage of the robust copper prices, positioning for growth in the future. Our Q4 2021 Adjusted EBITDA improved to $13.1 million dollars compared to a loss of $7.3 million dollar a year ago. The improved performance is extraordinary and a testament to the drive and passion to win shown by everyone who works here at Minto" said Chris Stewart, President & Chief Executive Officer of Minto Metals.

"From the mine's improved performance to the enhancements in our milling operation, we are pleased with the turnaround our team has accomplished in such a short period of time. I am excited about the future at Minto Metals and in particular the Minto Mine and look forward to building stronger relationships within the Selkirk First Nation and the Yukon regulatory agencies. We are focused on delivering great results and carrying the momentum from Q4 of 2021 into 2022 should serve us well!" Stewart added.

Outlook for 2022

Outlook

The following table summarises the production, cost, and capital expenditure outlook for 2022 which is consistent with the Company's guidance provided earlier in 2022. The plan is to operate the mill at an average throughput of 3,000 tonnes/day for the first half of 2022 and 3,250 tonnes/day for the second half of 2022 as the ore production continues to ramp up towards our mill's ultimate permitted capacity of 4,200 tonnes/day.






Year Ended



Production  Volumes



Dec 31, 2022


Dec 31, 2021


Dec 31, 2020

Payable Copper (million pounds)



27.0 - 31.0


25.6


17.8

Gold (ounces) (1)



11,000 - 12,100


11,783


8,419

Silver (ounces) (1)



140,000 - 150,000


135,354


74,076



















Production Costs



Dec 31, 2022


Dec 31, 2021


Dec 31, 2020

Cash Costs ($USD/lb)(2)



$2.70 -$2.90


$

3.19


$

3.53

AISC ($USD/lb) (2)



$3.85 -$4.00


$

3.87


$

4.14

Exploration ($ millions)



$9.2


$

3.6


$

-

Sustaining Capital (2)



 $27.0- $31.0 


$

6.3


$

1.8


1. 100% amounts. Under the agreement with Wheaton Precious Metals, the Company receives 75% of the value of gold shipments up to 11,000 ounces. Silver receipts are at the lesser of the prevailing market price and US $4.35/oz.


2. Refers to Cash Costs, All-In Sustaining Costs and Sustaining Capital. See "Alternative Performance Measures" on page 19 of the Company's 2021 Annual MD&A.

2021 Financial Highlights

Adjusted EBITDA(1) Reconciliation to Net Income


Q4 2021

Q4 2020

2021

2020

2019

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

4,080

$

(9,498)

$

(1,970)

$

(18,281)

$

(28,484)

Finance costs

1,338

1,345

4,973

4,849

4,011

Depletion and amortization

3,559

1,392

11,240

8,097

2,568

Income tax expense

295

92

439

143

245

EBITDA

$

9,272

$

(6,669)

$

14,682

$

(5,192)

$

(21,660)

Share-based compensation expense

3,110

-

3,110

-

-

Mark-to-market revenue adjustments

(2,421)

(1,044)

288

(836)

(2,723)

Unrealized foregin exchange (gain) loss

(128)

397

(144)

427

269

Impairment of equipment

1,213

-

1,213

-

-

Loss on lease terminations

9

-

201

-

-

Loss on forgiveness of loan

-

-

-

-

15,867

RTO Financing expenses

1,065

-

1,948

205

-

Listing expense

948

-

948

-

-

Adjusted EBITDA

$

13,068

$

(7,316)

$

22,246

$

(5,396)

$

(8,247)


1. Refers to Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization see "Alternative Performance Measures" on page 19 of the Company's 2021 Annual MD&A for more information.

2021 Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss


Twelve months ended


December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Revenue

$

138,297

$

80,251

Production costs

(113,510)

(83,959)

Royalty expense

(1,496)

(928)

Depletion and amortization

(11,240)

(8,097)

Income (loss) from mine operations

12,051

(12,733)

Expenses



Related party management fees

(888)

(771)

Stock-based compensation expense

(3,110)

-

Other expenses

(2,896)

(205)

Income (loss) from operations

5,157

(13,709)

Other income (loss), net

(1,715)

420

Finance costs

(4,973)

(4,849)

Loss before income taxes

(1,531)

(18,138)

Income tax expense

(439)

(143)

Net loss and comprehensive loss

$

(1,970)

$

(18,281)




Per share amounts



Basic and diluted

$

(0.03)

$

(0.45)

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding

61,539,216

40,439,144

2021 Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

As at

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets





Current assets





Cash

$

9,979

$

507

Accounts Receivable


20,762


6,437

Inventories


6,212


5,604

Prepaid expenses


2,855


755



39,808


13,303

Non-current assets





Mineral properties, plant and equipment


53,702


48,594

Right-of-use assets


9,245


10,433

Long-term deposits


13,399


8,988

Total assets

$

116,154

$

81,318

Liabilities





Current liabilities





Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

36,370

$

20,937

Current portion of Sumitomo loan


10,221


2,012

Current portion of Due to Pembridge


4,000


-

Current portion of lease liability


5,436


6,065



56,027


29,014

Non-current liabilities





Lease liabilities


3,895


3,610

Due to Pembridge


1,174


4,841

Note payable to Pembridge


6,368


-

Due to Sumitomo


-


1,732

Long-term debt


11,702


11,347

Deferred revenue


14,463


14,901

Deferred income tax liabilities


3,109


2,670

Asset retirement obligation


35,288


32,196

Total liabilities


132,026


100,311

Shareholders' equity (deficiency)





Share capital


221,840


216,749

Deficit


(237,712)


(235,742)

Total shareholders' equity (deficiency)


(15,872)


(18,993)

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity (deficiency)

$

116,154

$

81,318

2021 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


Twelve months ended


December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Operating activities



Net loss for the period

$

(1,970)

$

(18,281)

Adjustments for the following items:



Depletion, depreciation and accretion

11,240

8,097

Finance costs

4,973

4,849

Other income (loss), net

1,715

187

Stock-based compensation expense

3,110

-

Listing expense

948

-

Amortization of deferred revenue

(1,548)

(2,084)

Income tax expense  

439

143

Reclamation payments

(86)

-

Change in non-cash working capital

(4,989)

15,896


13,832

8,807

Interest paid

(1,642)

(1,728)

Net cash provided by operating activities

12,190

7,079




Investing activities



Additions to mineral properties, plant and equipment

(6,302)

(6,573)

Right-of-use asset additions

(1,343)

-

Net cash used in investing activities

(7,645)

(6,573)




Financing activities



Advances from Sumitomo

11,958

3,798

Repayments on Sumitomo loan

(5,501)

-

Repayment of lease liabilities

(7,426)

(7,406)

Share issuance 

31,033

-

Share issuance costs

(1,674)

-

Class B common shares issued

-

4,076

Return of capital

(6,306)

-

Payment of Note Payable

(12,796)

-

Advances from Pembridge

-

4,546

Long-term deposits

(4,362)

(5,741)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

4,926

(727)

Impact of foreign exchange on cash balances

1

(7)

Change in cash

9,472

(228)

Cash, beginning of year

507

735

Cash, end of year

$

9,979

$

507

About Minto Metals Corp.

Minto operates the producing Minto mine located in the Minto Copper Belt, Yukon. The Minto mine has been in operation since 2007 with underground mining commencing in 2014. Since 2007, approximately 500Mlbs of copper have been produced from the Minto mine. The current mine operations are based on underground mining, a process plant to produce high-grade copper, gold, and silver concentrate, and all supporting infrastructure associated with a remote location in Yukon. The Minto property is located west of the Yukon River, about 20 km WNW of Minto Landing, the latter on the east side of the river, and approximately 250 road-km north of the City of Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon.

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Contact Information:

For further information:

David J. Birch,
Chief Financial Officer
(416) 895-4824
E-mail: info@mintomine.com

Chris Stewart,
President & Chief Operating Officer
(647) 523-6618

SOURCE Minto Metals Corp.