VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP. (AG: NYSE; FR: TSX) (the "Company" or “First Majestic”) is pleased to announce the consolidated financial results for the Company’s fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020. The full version of the financial statements and the management discussion and analysis can be viewed on the Company's website at www.firstmajestic.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR at www.sec.gov. All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless stated otherwise.
- Generated robust revenues of $363.9 million primarily due to strong silver production and higher metal prices in the second half of 2020 which helped to offset reduced revenues in Q2 2020 due to Mexico’s national COVID-19 shutdown.
- Mine operating earnings of $105.1 million primarily due to higher silver and gold prices, as well as shifting a greater portion of production to its larger and lower cost operations.
- Operating cash flows before working capital and taxes of $107.3 million or $0.50 per share.
- Net earnings of $23.1 million, or basic earnings per share (“EPS”) of $0.11, representing a 157% increase compared to 2019.
- Adjusted net earnings of $37.4 million, or $0.18 per share, after excluding non-cash or unusual items.
- Cash costs of $5.09 per payable silver ounce representing a 1% decrease compared to 2019 and slightly above the revised guidance range of $3.95 to $4.59 per ounce primarily due to lower than expected gold by-product credits at Santa Elena and San Dimas in the second half of 2020.
- All-in sustaining costs (“AISC”) of $13.92 per payable silver ounce representing a 10% increase compared to 2019 and slightly above the revised guidance range of $12.29 to $13.45 per ounce.
- Realized an average silver price of $21.15 per payable silver ounce, representing a 29% increase compared to 2019.
- Ended 2020 with record cash and cash equivalents of $238.6 million, up from $169.0 million at the end of 2019.
Q4 2020 HIGHLIGHTS
- Revenues totaled $117.1 million, representing a 21% increase compared to Q4 2019.
- Mine operating earnings of $43.7 million, representing an 82% increase compared to $23.9 million in Q4 2019.
- Operating cash flows before working capital and taxes of $48.2 million, or $0.22 per share (non-GAAP).
- Net earnings of $34.5 million, or EPS of $0.16.
- Adjusted net earnings $24.2 million, or $0.11 per share, after excluding non-cash or unusual items.
- Cash costs of $6.53 per payable silver ounce, representing a 75% increase compared to Q4 2019.
- AISC of $15.92 per payable silver ounce, representing a 30% increase compared to Q4 2019.
- Realized an average silver price of $24.88 per payable silver ounce, representing a 43% increase compared to Q4 2019.
“First Majestic finished 2020 with strong silver production and solid financial results despite the early challenges related to the COVID-19 global pandemic,” stated Keith Neumeyer, President and CEO of First Majestic. “We generated 87% of our $105.1 million in operating earnings in the second half of 2020 primarily due to higher silver production and an improved metal price environment. This significant increase in profitability helped to lift our cash balance to a record $238.6 million at the end of the year. We also announced our inaugural dividend policy at the end of 2020 which was a major milestone and something I am particularly proud of as this has been a long-term objective of the Company. Looking ahead, we continue to expect higher prices as silver supplies tighten due to increases in investor demand and the longer-term global transition to greener energy and electric vehicle solutions.”
2020 ANNUAL AND FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
|Key Performance Metrics||2020-Q4||2019-Q4||Q4 vs Q4||2020||2019||'20 vs '19|
|Ore Processed / Tonnes Milled||625,332||626,482||0%||2,213,954||2,831,999||(22%)|
|Silver Ounces Produced||3,452,959||3,348,424||3%||11,598,380||13,241,118||(12%)|
|Silver Equivalent Ounces Produced||5,477,492||6,233,412||(12%)||20,379,010||25,554,288||(20%)|
|Cash Costs per Ounce (1)||$6.53||$3.73||75%||$5.09||$5.16||(1%)|
|All-in Sustaining Cost per Ounce (1)||$15.92||$12.25||30%||$13.92||$12.64||10%|
|Total Production Cost per Tonne (1)||$85.68||$78.62||9%||$79.59||$75.05||6%|
|Average Realized Silver Price per Ounce (1)||$24.88||$17.46||43%||$21.15||$16.40||29%|
|Financial (in $millions)|
|Mine Operating Earnings (Loss)||$43.7||$23.9||82%||$105.1||$66.2||59%|
|Net Earnings (Loss)||$34.5||($39.9||)||NM||$23.1||($40.5||)||157%|
|Operating Cash Flows before Movements in Working Capital and Taxes||$48.2||$32.9||47%||$107.3||$108.9||(1%)|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$238.6||$169.0||41%||$238.6||$169.0||41%|
|Working Capital (1)||$254.4||$171.1||49%||$254.4||$171.1||49%|
|Earnings (Loss) per Share ("EPS") - Basic||$0.16||($0.19||)||NM||$0.11||($0.20||)||154%|
|Adjusted EPS (1)||$0.11||$0.00||NM||$0.18||$0.04||NM|
|Cash Flow per Share (1)||$0.22||$0.16||36%||$0.50||$0.54||(7%)|
|"NM" - Not meaningful|
(1) The Company reports non-GAAP measures which include cash costs per ounce produced, all-in sustaining cost per ounce, total production cost per tonne, average realized silver price per ounce sold, working capital, adjusted EPS and cash flow per share. These measures are widely used in the mining industry as a benchmark for performance, but do not have a standardized meaning and may differ from methods used by other companies with similar descriptions.
2020 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Full year revenues totaled $363.9 million as higher silver and gold prices were offset by reduced production rates due to Mexico’s national COVID-19 suspensions and reduced worker availability. The average realized silver price increased 29% to $21.15 per ounce during the year compared to $16.40 in 2019. However, strong silver production from La Encantada and San Dimas in the second half of 2020 helped to also offset some of the production losses resulting from the COVID-19 shutdowns in the second quarter of 2020. At the end of 2020, approximately 9% of the Company's workforce at its three operating mines remained vulnerable under Mexico’s national decree, an improvement from 18% at the end of the second quarter.
Annual mine operating earnings totaled $105.1 million compared to $66.2 million in 2019. The increase in mine operating earnings was primarily driven by higher silver and gold prices, as well as shifting a greater proportion of the Company's production to its larger and lower cost operations.
Cash flows before movements in working capital and taxes during the year was $107.3 million ($0.50 per share) compared to $108.9 million ($0.54 per share) in 2019.
Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP), normalized for non-cash or unusual items such as impairment of non-current assets, share-based payments and deferred income taxes for the year ended December 31, 2020 was $0.18 compared to $0.04 in 2019.
The Company ended 2020 with $238.6 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $169.0 million at the end of 2019. In addition, the Company ended the year with working capital of $254.4 million compared to $171.1 million at the end of 2019. The increase in cash and cash equivalents was primarily attributed to $79.7 million generated from its operating activities, $126.1 million raised through prospectus offerings and its “at-the-market distributions” equity financing program, proceeds of $14.0 million from exercise of stock options, net of $127.1 million spent on investing activities primarily relating to mining interests and property, plant, and equipment.
FULL YEAR 2020 OPERATIONAL RESULTS
|Annual Production Summary||San Dimas||Santa Elena||La Encantada||Consolidated|
|Ore Processed / Tonnes Milled||713,064||640,276||860,613||2,213,954|
|Silver Ounces Produced||6,399,667||1,692,761||3,505,953||11,598,380|
|Gold Ounces Produced||71,598||28,242||241||100,081|
|Silver Equivalent Ounces Produced||12,670,526||4,181,708||3,526,776||20,379,010|
|Cash Costs per Ounce*||$2.04||$5.81||$10.27||$5.09|
|All-in Sustaining Cost per Ounce*||$8.75||$12.78||$12.43||$13.92|
|Total Production Cost per Tonne||$127.91||$78.44||$40.37||$79.59|
*Cash Cost per Ounce and All-in Sustaining Cost per Ounce are calculated on a per payable silver ounce basis.
Total silver production reached 11.6 million ounces achieving the top-end of the Company’s guidance of 11.0 to 11.7 million silver. Strong silver production from La Encantada and San Dimas in the second half of 2020 helped to offset some of the production losses during the Mexican national COVID-19 shutdowns in the second quarter of 2020. Total gold production reached 100,081 ounces slightly below the Company’s guidance range of producing between 106,000 to 112,000 ounces. The slight miss was primarily due to lower production rates at Santa Elena and lower gold grades at San Dimas in the second half of 2020. The La Encantada mine achieved its highest annual silver production since 2014 with 3.5 million ounces of silver produced during the year, representing a 14% increase from the prior year, and beating the Company’s revised production guidance of 3.1 to 3.3 million silver ounces.
Cash cost per ounce in the year was $5.09, a slight decrease compared to the previous year. The decrease in cash cost was primarily due to cost savings from the suspension of higher cost mines in 2019 and a 12% weaker Mexican Peso, partially offset by lower by-product credits and decrease in production attributed to the COVID-19 suspensions, as well as higher mining contractor costs and COVID-19 related costs.
AISC per ounce in 2020 was $13.92, compared to $12.64 in the previous year. The increase in AISC per ounce was primarily attributed to an increase in fixed overhead costs, such as general and administration expenses and annual workers participation benefits, being divided by 12% less silver ounces produced due to the required COVID-19 suspensions.
The Company’s total capital expenditures in 2020 was $125.0 million consisting of $31.7 million for underground development, $43.6 million in exploration and $28.5 million in property, plant and equipment, and $21.2 million in innovation projects. Total investments in 2020, on a mine-by-mine basis, primarily consisted of $43.8 million at San Dimas, $33.7 million at Santa Elena (including $14.6 million for the Ermitaño project), $10.7 million at La Encantada, $2.8 million at La Parrilla, $1.2 million at Del Toro and $0.3 million at San Martin.
Q4 2020 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Revenues generated in the fourth quarter of 2020 totaled $117.1 million, representing a 21% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, primarily due to a 43% increase in average realized silver price compared to the same quarter of the prior year, plus a 13% decrease in silver equivalent ounces sold compared to the same quarter of 2019.
Mine operating earnings were $43.7 million, representing an 82% increase compared the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase in mine operating earnings in the quarter was primarily attributed to higher metals prices.
The Company recorded net earnings of $34.5 million (EPS of $0.16) compared to net loss of $39.9 million (EPS of ($0.19)) in the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase in net earnings was primarily attributed to a $52.4 million after-tax impairment loss taken in the fourth quarter of the prior year.
Cash flows before movements in working capital and income taxes were $48.2 million ($0.22 per share), compared to $32.9 million ($0.16 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Adjusted net earnings for the fourth quarter was $24.2 million (Adjusted EPS of $0.11) compared to adjusted net earnings of $0.3 million (Adjusted EPS of $0.00) in the fourth quarter of 2019, after excluding non-cash or non-recurring items.
Q4 2020 OPERATIONAL RESULTS
|Fourth Quarter Production Summary||San Dimas||Santa Elena||La Encantada||Consolidated|
|Ore Processed / Tonnes Milled||208,648||168,276||248,408||625,332|
|Silver Ounces Produced||1,941,286||418,153||1,093,521||3,452,959|
|Gold Ounces Produced||19,980||6,294||69||26,343|
|Silver Equivalent Ounces Produced||3,477,061||901,630||1,098,800||5,477,492|
|Cash Costs per Ounce*||$3.23||$11.69||$10.39||$6.53|
|All-in Sustaining Cost per Ounce*||$10.09||$23.02||$12.37||$15.92|
|Total Production Cost per Tonne||$135.13||$86.32||$43.72||$85.68|
*Cash Cost per Ounce and All-in Sustaining Cost per Ounce are calculated on a per payable silver ounce basis.
Total production in the fourth quarter of 2020 reached 5.5 million silver equivalent ounces, consisting of 3.5 million ounces of silver and 26,343 ounces of gold. Quarterly silver and gold production increased 9% and 2%, respectively, compared to the prior quarter.
Cash cost per ounce for the quarter was $6.53 per payable silver ounce, compared to $2.49 per ounce in the previous quarter. The increase in cash cost was primarily due to higher gold by-product credits realized in the third quarter attributed to inventory that rolled over from the second quarter, which contributed an additional $7.4 million or $2.34 per ounce in by-product credits in the previous quarter, a 6% stronger Mexican Peso against the U.S. Dollar compared to the previous quarter, as well as higher COVID-19 related expenses.
AISC per ounce in the fourth quarter was $15.92 per ounce compared to $9.94 per ounce in the previous quarter. The increase in AISC per ounce was primarily attributed to increase in cash cost per ounce, higher sustaining development and capital expenditure activities as the mines ramp up operations after the COVID-19 suspensions.
Capital expenditures in the fourth quarter were $43.7 million, an increase of 24% compared to the prior quarter, primarily consisting of $14.1 million at San Dimas, $13.8 million at Santa Elena (including $6.6 million for the Ermitaño project), $3.6 million at La Encantada, $0.9 million at La Parrilla, $0.4 million at Del Toro and $11.0 million for innovation projects.
ELECTION OF DIRECTOR
The Board of Directors have appointed Mr. Thomas Fudge as a Director of the Company effective February 17, 2021.
Mr. Fudge brings over 42 years of professional mining experience having previously worked with companies including Tahoe Resources, Alexco Resources, Hecla Mining, and Sunshine Precious Metals. Mr. Fudge holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Michigan Technological University and has overseen numerous major mining construction projects in the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Yukon Territory, Guatemala, and Peru.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome Thomas to the First Majestic team,” said Keith Neumeyer, President & CEO. “Thomas’s wealth of mining and construction experience will make him a valuable contributor to the Board as we work towards our goal of becoming a 30 million ounce producer.”
INAUGURAL DIVIDEND POLICY
As previously announced on December 7, 2020, the Board of Directors had adopted a dividend policy under which the Company intends to pay quarterly dividends of 1% of net revenues commencing after the completion of the first quarter of 2021. The initial quarterly payment for the first quarter of 2021 is expected to be paid in May. In accordance with the rules of the Toronto Stock Exchange the Company will issue a press release at the time each quarterly dividend is declared. This dividend is an eligible dividend for the purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada).
ABOUT THE COMPANY
First Majestic is a publicly traded mining company focused on silver production in Mexico and is aggressively pursuing the development of its existing mineral property assets. The Company presently owns and operates the San Dimas Silver/Gold Mine, the Santa Elena Silver/Gold Mine and the La Encantada Silver Mine. Production from these mines are projected to be between 12.5 to 13.9 million silver ounces or 20.6 to 22.9 million silver equivalent ounces in 2021.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION contact email@example.com, visit our website at www.firstmajestic.com or call our toll-free number 1.866.529.2807.
FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP.
Keith Neumeyer, President & CEO
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Actual results may vary from forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to materially differ from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: the duration and effects of the coronavirus and COVID-19, and any other pandemics or public health crises on our operations and workforce, and the effects on global economies and society, actual results of exploration activities; conclusions of economic evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; commodity prices; variations in ore reserves, grade or recovery rates; actual performance of plant, equipment or processes relative to specifications and expectations; accidents; fluctuations in costs; labour relations; availability and performance of contractors; relations with local communities; changes in national or local governments; changes in applicable legislation or application thereof; delays in obtaining approvals or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities; exchange rate fluctuations; requirements for additional capital; government regulation; environmental risks; reclamation expenses; outcomes of pending litigation including appeals of judgments; resolutions of claims and arbitration proceedings; negotiations and regulatory proceedings; limitations on insurance coverage as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Description of the Business - Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Annual Information Form, available on www.sedar.com, and Form 40-F on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Although First Majestic has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.
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