Wesdome Announces Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

 
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TORONTO, Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX:WDO) (“Wesdome” or the “Company”) today announces third quarter 2017 (“Q3”) financial results. All figures are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

Mr. Duncan Middlemiss, President and CEO commented, “At Eagle River, head grades continue to significantly improve over 2016. For the first 9 months of the year the mine has produced at 10.3 grams gold per tonne (“g/t”) compared to 7.8 g/t in 2016. We expect grades remain strong in the fourth quarter and in 2018 as we finish developing higher grade stopes, such as the 303 Lens. As of November 8, 2017, our cash position was $22.6 million, inclusive of $2.0 million in cash margin 1 from the realization of the 5,981 ounces of gold in process at the quarter end. Cash flows are primarily being reinvested in exploration at both the Eagle River and Kiena Complexes. These investments are yielding excellent results, and setting the path forward for Eagle River to potentially increase tonnage and working faces underground, displacing the lower grade Mishi ore for higher gold production and margins in the near term.”

“Additionally, we are very excited to have resumed drilling the Kiena Deep in mid-October from the exploration ramp. Drilling is progressing well; the shorter holes have all reached their intended targets and the time to complete the holes is much quicker. We expect a second drill to be mobilized to the Kiena Deep in early December. The ramp is expected to be fully completed in Q1 2018, confirming our commitment to advancing Kiena Deep to the next level. As well, we are continuing to drill near mine auxiliary targets, such as the immediately accessible S50 and VC Zones.”

“We are managing both exploration and development spending within the framework of our balance sheet and cash flows, therefore discretionary spending at Moss Lake has been cut to focus efforts on the further advanced, higher impact Eagle River and Kiena Complexes.”

2017 THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gold production of 15,493 ounces, with contribution of 13,313 ounces from Eagle and 2,181 ounces from Mishi (2016 - 15,667 ounces – 13,193 ounces from Eagle and 2,474 ounces from Mishi).
  • 2017 Guidance remains between 52,000 – 58,000 ounces (2016: 47,737 ounces produced).
  • Total throughput of 83,058 tonnes averaging 903 tonnes per calendar day (“tpd”) (2016 – 80,277 tonnes averaging 873 tpd).
  • Sold 13,069 ounces of gold at an average realized price of $1,619 (US$1,293) per ounce for revenue of $21.2 million (2016 – 15,825 ounces at $1,740 (US$1,334) per ounce for revenue of $27.5 million).
  • Production cash costs1 were $978 (US$780) per ounce of gold produced (2016 – $846(US$648) per ounce of gold produced).
  • Delivered mine operating profit1 of $8.3 million (2016 - $16.5 million).
  • Net income of $0.3 million or nil on per share basis (2016 - $7.6 million or 0.06 per share).
  • Operating cash flow (adjusted)1 of $6.9 million or $0.05 per share1 (2016 - $14.4 million or $0.11 per share).
  • Free cash outflow1 of $4.7 million compared to free cash flow in Q3 2016 of $5.7 million decreased, as a result of the increased exploration activities at all the Company’s mining assets. All-in sustaining costs per ounce (“AISC”)1 of $1,369 (US$1,093) per ounce of gold produced (2016 - $1,294 (US$992) per ounce of gold produced).
  • Cash and cash equivalent at September 30, 2017 was $16.6 million. Cash position increased to $22.6 million on November 8, 2017, inclusive of $2.0 million in cash margin1 earned from the realization of the 5,981 ounces of gold in process at the quarter end.

2017 Third Quarter Exploration and Corporate Development Highlights

  • At Eagle, continued drilling has now traced the 300E structure from 750 metre depth to 1,000 metre depth, and remains open up and down plunge. Drilling highlights include 51.93 g/t Au uncut (23.18 g/t Au cut) over 11.96 metres true width.
  • Development to date on the 300E Zone has identified seven subzones on the 844 metre level. The combined ore strike length of the subzones is 173.7 m with a weighted average width of 2.85 m and cut and uncut gold grades of 22.62 g/t Au and 34.79 g/t Au.
  • Continued drilling to explore the 300W Zone has now traced the mineralization 300 metres up-plunge and remains open to the west and up-plunge.
  • Resource definition drilling at Mishi is now complete and returned positive results from two areas located 600 metres and 1,700 metres west of existing open pit mining operations. Currently assessing these occurrences and building them into a long term growth scenario for mining at Mishi.
  • A total of 150 metres was developed in the exploration ramp on 1000 metre level at Kiena. The development activities were temporarily suspended in early September following a fatality of a contract worker. The site investigation has concluded and the development resumed in early October. The first drill bay has been completed and drilling of Kiena Deep has begun.
  • Also at Kiena, drilling has traced the VC Zone 200 metres below the 670 metre level. It remains open to the west and at depth. Recent drilling returned 262.13 g/t Au or (17.70 g/t cut to 34.28 g/t) over 5.6 metres.
  • At Moss Lake, drilling was completed along strike of the Moss Lake gold deposit to significantly extend mineralization beyond the 2.5 kilometre known strike length. The initial drilling has extended known mineralization over a strike length of 4.5 kilometres.
  • New management team put in place at the end of the quarter to steer the Company to increase production and profitability.

 

Financial Results – Three and Nine Months 2017 and 2016
  Three Months ended September 30   Nine Months ended September 30
(in $000, except per share amounts) 2017   2016   2017   2016  
    Restated 5     Restated 5  
           
Revenue 21,165   30,134   64,513   61,865  
Mine operating profit 1 8,335   16,538   22,022   19,926  
Net income (loss) 296   7,649   1,854   6,186  
Net income (loss) adjusted1 2,655   8,138   4,884   5,693  
Basic net income (loss) per share 0.00   0.06   0.01   0.05  
Basic net income (loss) per share adjusted 1 0.02   0.06   0.04   0.05  
Cash flows from operating activities 2 4,523   13,875   15,165   15,974  
Cash flows from operating activities adjusted 1 6,882   14,364   18,195   15,481  
Free cash flow 1 (4,688 ) 5,658   (13,572 ) (3,679 )
Cash and cash equivalents 16,614   28,991   16,614   28,991  
Working capital 12,934   20,208   12,934   20,208  
 

 
         

 

Operational Results – Three and Nine Months 2017 and 2016
  Three Months ended September 30   Nine Months ended September 30
  2017 2016   2017 2016
           
Eagle tonnes milled 44,421 42,617   117,959 127,761
Mishi tonnes milled 38,638 37,660   114,396 107,953
Total tonnes milled 83,058 80,277   232,355 235,714
Eagle grade (g/t) 9.7 10.1   10.3 7.8
Mishi grade (g/t) 2.0 2.3   1.8 2.1
Eagle mill recovery (%) 96.1 95.6   95.9 93.1
Mishi mill recovery (%) 87.2 87.7   84.9 86.3
Eagle ounces produced 13,313 13,193   37,498 29,657
Mishi ounces produced 2,181 2,474   5,687 6,193
Ounces produced, Eagle 3 15,493 15,667   43,185 35,850
Ounces sold 13,069 15,825   38,419 35,190
Per ounce data:
Average realized price 1
1,619 1,740   1,656 1,684
Production cash costs 1 978 846   1,090 1,168
All-in-sustaining costs 1,4 1,369 1,294   1,522 1,681
Average 1 USD to CAD exchange rate 1.2528 1.3047   1.3091 1.3217
USD equivalents:          
Average realized price 1,293 1,334   1,265 1,274
Production cash costs 780 648   833 884
All-in-sustaining costs 1,4 1,093 992   1,163 1,272

The technical content of this release has been compiled, reviewed and approved by Marc-Andre Pelletier, P. Eng, Chief Operating Officer and Michael Michaud, P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration of the Company and both a "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43-101 -Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects

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ABOUT WESDOME
Wesdome Gold Mines is in its 30th year of continuous gold mining operations in Canada.  The Company is 100% Canadian focused with a pipeline of projects in various stages of development.  The Eagle River Complex in Wawa, Ontario is currently producing gold from two mines, the Eagle River Underground Mine and the Mishi Open pit, from a central mill.  Wesdome is actively exploring its brownfields asset, the Kiena Complex in Val d’Or, Quebec.  The Kiena Complex is a fully permitted former mine with a 930 metre shaft and 2,000 tonne per day mill.  The Company has further upside at its Moss Lake gold deposit, located 100 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is being explored and evaluated to be developed in the appropriate gold price environment.  The Company has approximately 133.9 million shares issued and outstanding and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “WDO.”

For further information, please contact:

Duncan Middlemiss                                                               
President and CEO                                                                    
416-360-3743   ext. 29                                                               
dmiddlemiss@wesdome.com                                                     

or

Lindsay Carpenter Dunlop
VP Investor Relations
416-360-3743   ext. 25
ldunlop@wesdome.com

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Note:

  1. Refer to the section entitled “Non-IFRS Performance Measures” for the reconciliation of these non-IFRS measurements to the Financial Statements.
  2. Before changes in working capital.
  3. Numbers may not add due to rounding.
  4. Per ounce of gold produced.
  5. Please reference note 2(c) of the financial statements for a detailed explanation of the restatements of the financial information the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2016.