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Fortitude Gold Reports First Quarter Net Income Of $0.11 Per Share, Maintains 2022 Production Outlook

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO / ACCESSWIRE / May 4, 2022 / Fortitude Gold Corporation (OTCQB:FTCO) (the "Company") reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, including $15.4 million net sales, $2.6 million net income or $0.11 per share, and a $36.3 million cash balance at quarter end. The Company produced 9,875 ounces of gold and maintains its 2022 production outlook. Fortitude Gold is a gold producer, developer, and explorer with operations in Nevada, U.S.A. offering investors exposure to both gold production and dividend yield.

Q1 2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • $15.4 million net sales

  • $2.6 million net income or $0.11 per share

  • $36.3 million cash balance on March 31, 2022

  • 9,875 gold ounces produced

  • 2.16 grams per tonne average gold grade mined

  • $75.7 million working capital at March 31, 2022

  • $6.8 million mine gross profit

  • $708 total cash cost after by-product credits per gold ounce sold

  • $848 per ounce total all-in sustaining cost

Overview of Q1 2022 Results

Fortitude Gold sold 8,297 gold ounces at a total cash cost of $708 per ounce (after by-product credits) and an all-in sustaining cost per ounce of $848. Realized metal prices during the quarter averaged $1,863 per ounce gold*. The Company recorded net income of $2.6 million, or $0.11 per share and maintained substantial cash and cash equivalents at quarter end of $36.3 million. The Company produced 9,875 ounces of gold during the quarter and maintains its 2022 Annual Outlook, targeting 40,000 gold ounces (a range of 36,000 to 40,000 ounces).

"Our first quarter results set a strong tone for the 2022 production year, especially considering the low and high-grade ore stockpiles the operations leaned on during the quarter," stated Mr. Jason Reid, CEO and President of Fortitude Gold. "We successfully made the transition from open-pit phase one waste rock removal to open-pit phase two mining by quarter end. Operations now have access to high-grade pearl zone ore for the next three years with a mine plan that is scheduled to move substantially less waste rock each subsequent year, resulting in lower expected mining costs and greater free cash flow. This strong future cash flow is expected to replenish our already strong cash treasury as we allocated cash to fund our second mine build located on the Golden Mile property. This approach should enable us to build our second mine without shareholder dilution, add to mine life longevity, continue to explore our portfolio of properties, pay taxes as a profitable company, and distribute substantial dividends to shareholders with an attractive industry leading yield."

The following Production Statistics table summarizes certain information about our Isabella Pearl Mine for three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021:


Three months ended March 31,


2022

2021

Ore mined

Ore (tonnes)

253,843

156,222

Gold grade (g/t)

2.16

5.03

Low-grade stockpile

Ore (tonnes)

23,490

-

Gold grade (g/t)

0.44

-

Waste (tonnes)

1,252,524

1,375,199

Metal production (before payable metal deductions)(1)

Gold (ozs.)

9,875

11,536

Silver (ozs.)

16,523

7,133

  1. The difference between what we report as "metal production" and "metal sold" is attributable to the difference between the quantities of metals contained in the doré we produce versus the portion of those metals actually paid for according to the terms of our sales contracts. Differences can also arise from inventory changes incidental to shipping schedules, or variances in ore grades and recoveries which impact the amount of metals contained in doré produced and sold.

The following Sales Statistics table summarizes certain information about our Isabella Pearl Mine for three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021:



Three months ended March 31,



2022

2021

Metal sold





Gold (ozs.)

8,297

11,472

Silver (ozs.)

13,928

6,895

Average metal prices realized (1)

Gold ($per oz.)

1,863

1,804

Silver ($per oz.)

23.76

26.23

Precious metal gold equivalent ounces sold

Gold Ounces

8,297

11,472

Gold Equivalent Ounces from Silver

178

100

8,475

11,572

Total cash cost before by-product credits per gold ounce sold

$

748

$

550

Total cash cost after by-product credits per gold ounce sold

$

708

$

534

Total all-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold

$

848

$

575

  1. Average metal prices realized vary from the market metal prices due to final settlement adjustments from our provisional invoices when they are settled. Our average metal prices realized will therefore differ from the market average metal prices in most cases.

*Average realized metal prices include final settlement adjustments for previously unsettled provisional sales. Provisional sales may remain unsettled from one quarter into the next. Realized prices will therefore vary from average spot metal market prices upon final settlement.

See Accompanying Tables

The following information summarizes the results of operations for Fortitude Gold Corporation for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, its financial condition at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, and its cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021. The summary data as of March 31, 2022 and for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 is unaudited; the summary data as of December 31, 2021 is derived from our audited financial statements contained in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, but do not include the footnotes and other information that is included in the complete financial statements. Readers are urged to review the Company's Form 10-K in its entirety, which can be found on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

The calculation of its cash cost before by-product credits per gold ounce sold, total cash cost after by-product credits per gold ounce sold and total all-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold contained in this press release are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see "Management's Discussion and Analysis and Results of Operations" contained in the Company's most recent Form 10-K for a complete discussion and reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures.

FORTITUDE GOLD CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)




March 31,

December 31,




2022

2021




(Unaudited)




ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

36,305

$

40,017

Accounts receivable

18

238

Inventories

42,169

37,550

Prepaid taxes

952

1,289

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

688

2,228

Total current assets

80,132

81,322

Property, plant and mine development, net

37,953

37,226

Operating lease assets, net

-

463

Deferred tax assets

726

509

Other non-current assets

2,925

2,909

Total assets

$

121,736

$

122,429

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

2,292

$

2,127

Operating lease liabilities, current

-

463

Mining taxes payable

1,462

1,699

Other current liabilities

647

1,022

Total current liabilities

4,401

5,311

Asset retirement obligations

5,120

4,725

Other non-current liabilities

19

45

Total liabilities

9,540

10,081

Shareholders' equity:

Preferred stock - $0.01 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized and nil outstanding at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021

-

-

Common stock - $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized and 24,024,542 shares outstanding at March 31, 2022 and 23,961,208 shares outstanding at December 31, 2021

240

240

Additional paid-in capital

103,586

103,476

Retained earnings

8,370

8,632

Total shareholders' equity

112,196

112,348

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

121,736

$

122,429

FORTITUDE GOLD CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)



Three months ended



March 31,



2022

2021

Sales, net

$

15,361

$

20,655

Mine cost of sales:

Production costs

5,781

6,086

Depreciation and amortization

2,778

3,647

Reclamation and remediation

47

29

Total mine cost of sales

8,606

9,762

Mine gross profit

6,755

10,893

Costs and expenses:

General and administrative expenses

1,180

6,160

Exploration expenses

2,514

1,317

Other expense, net

17

37

Total costs and expenses

3,711

7,514

Income before income and mining taxes

3,044

3,379

Mining and income tax expense

426

978

Net income

$

2,618

$

2,401

Net income per common share:

Basic

$

0.11

$

0.10

Diluted

$

0.11

$

0.10

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

23,995,254

23,614,466

Diluted

24,197,423

23,778,014

FORTITUDE GOLD CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)


Three months ended


March 31,


2022

2021

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

2,618

$

2,401

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

2,816

3,677

Stock-based compensation

47

3,125

Deferred taxes

(217

)

(27

)

Reclamation and remediation accretion

47

-

Other operating adjustments

(18

)

17

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

220

(1,514

)

Inventories

(2,945

)

(1,827

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,540

(180

)

Other non-current assets

(16

)

(5

)

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

(122

)

1,187

Income and mining taxes payable

100

485

Net cash provided by operating activities

4,070

7,339


Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(4,938

)

(104

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(4,938

)

(104

)


Cash flows from financing activities:

Dividends paid

(2,880

)

-

Issuance of common stock

-

500

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

63

-

Repayment of loans payable

(21

)

(226

)

Repayment of capital leases

(6

)

(112

)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(2,844

)

162


Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(3,712

)

7,397

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

40,017

27,774

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

36,305

$

35,171


Supplemental Cash Flow Information

Income and mining taxes paid

$

542

$

520

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

Change in capital expenditures in accounts payable

$

(86

)

$

(47

)

Change in estimate for asset retirement costs

$

314

$

92

Right-of-Use assets acquired through operating lease

$

1,100

$

-

About Fortitude Gold Corp.:

Fortitude Gold is a U.S. based gold producer targeting projects with low operating costs, high margins, and strong returns on capital. The Company's strategy is to grow organically, remain debt-free and distribute substantial dividends. The Company's Nevada Mining Unit consists of five high-grade gold properties located in the Walker Lane Mineral Belt and a sixth high-grade gold property in west central Nevada. The Isabella Pearl gold mine, located on the Isabella Pearl mineralized trend, is currently in production. Nevada, U.S.A. is among the world's premier mining friendly jurisdictions.

Cautionary Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. If you are risk-averse you should NOT buy shares in Fortitude Gold Corp. The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. When used in this press release, the words "plan", "target", "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend" and "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the statements regarding the Company's strategy, future plans for production, future expenses and costs, future liquidity and capital resources, and estimates of mineralized material are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information available to the Company on the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

Forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed in this press release. In particular, the scope, duration, and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mining operations, Company employees, and supply chains as well as the scope, duration and impact of government action aimed at mitigating the pandemic may cause future actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. Also, there can be no assurance that production will continue at any specific rate.

Contact:

Greg Patterson
719-717-9825
greg.patterson@fortitudegold.com
www.Fortitudegold.com

SOURCE: Fortitude Gold Corporation



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