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Fortuna Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

(All amounts expressed in US dollars, tabular amounts in millions, unless otherwise stated)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM) (TSX: FVI) (“Fortuna” or the “Company”) today reported its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2022.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 highlights

Financial

  • Adjusted net income1 of $7.2 million or $0.02 per share in Q4 2022, totaling $42.6 million, or $0.15 per share for the full year 2022

  • Net loss for the quarter of $160.4 million or $0.52 per share after non-cash impairment charges net of tax of $164.5 million in Q4 2022, totaling a net loss of $135.9 million for the full year 2022

  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $55.8 million in Q4 2022; totaling $245.5 million for the full year 2022

  • Free cash flow from ongoing operations1 of $4.4 million in Q4 2022; totaling $69.2 million for the full year 2022

  • Share buybacks of $5.9 million completed during 2022

  • Liquidity as at December 31, 2022 was $150.5 million

Operational

  • Silver and gold production of 1,746,746 ounces and 64,112 ounces respectively in Q4 2022; 6,907,275 ounces and 259,427 ounces for the full year 2022; gold equivalent3 production of 401,878 ounces for the full year 2022.

  • Q4 2022 cash costs1 per ounce of gold of $815 for the Lindero Mine and $818 for the Yaramoko Mine. Cash costs1,2 per silver equivalent ounce of payable silver sold of $11.16 for the San Jose Mine and $12.46 for the Caylloma mine.

  • Q4 2022 AISC1 per ounce of gold sold of $1,221 for the Lindero Mine and $1,829 for the Yaramoko Mine. AISC1,2 per silver equivalent ounce of payable silver sold of $15.53 and $20.30 for the San Jose Mine and Caylloma Mine, respectively

  • Full year 2022 AISC1 per ounce of gold sold of $1,142 for the Lindero Mine and $1,529 for the Yaramoko Mine. AISC1,2 per silver equivalent ounce of payable silver sold of $15.11 and $17.97 for the San Jose Mine and Caylloma Mine, respectively

  • Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 0.39 and Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) of 2.32 at the end of the year, with one fatal accident (refer to Fortuna’s news release January 28, 2022) and five lost time injury incidents recorded during the year.

Growth and Development

  • Séguéla Project construction 93% complete as of the end of February 2023. On-time and on-budget for first gold pour in mid 2023

  • In 2022, exploration success at the Sunbird discovery at Séguéla has resulted in a new mineral deposit including an Indicated Mineral Resource of 3.2 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.66 g/t gold containing 279,000 ounces and an Inferred Mineral Resource of 4.2 million tonnes at an average grade of 3.73 g/t gold containing 506,000 ounces (refer to Fortuna news release dated December 5, 2022).

1 Refer to Non-IFRS financial measures
2 AISC/oz Ag Eq calculated at realized metal prices, refer to mine site results for realized prices and Non-IFRS Financial Measures for silver equivalent ratio
3 Gold equivalent production includes gold, silver, lead and zinc and is calculated using the following metal prices: $1,802/oz Au, $21.75/oz Ag, $2,161/t Pb and $3,468/t Zn or Au:Ag = 1:82.89, Au:Pb = 1:0.83, Au:Zn = 1:0.52

Jorge A. Ganoza, President and CEO, commented, “Fortuna finished the year in line with production guidance, with only a slight miss in cost guidance at the Lindero Mine in spite of strong inflationary pressures. Our business continued to generate healthy free cash flow from ongoing operations of $69.2 million and adjusted results of $245.5 million in Adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income of $42.6 million or $0.15 per share.” Mr. Ganoza added, “As we look forward to 2023 we expect to increase production and improve costs in the second half of the year as our new Séguéla flagship asset comes into production."

Fourth Quarter 2022 and Full Year 2022 Consolidated Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

Years ended December 31,

(Expressed in millions)

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

% Change

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

% Change

Sales

 

164.7

 

 

198.9

 

(17

%)

 

681.5

 

 

599.9

 

14

%

Mine operating income

 

26.0

 

 

58.3

 

(55

%)

 

146.8

 

 

205.5

 

(29

%)

Operating (loss) income

 

(173.1

)

 

38.9

 

(545

%)

 

(113.6

)

 

136.9

 

(183

%)

Net (loss) income

 

(160.4

)

 

16.6

 

(1,066

%)

 

(135.9

)

 

59.4

 

(329

%)

(Loss) earnings per share - basic

 

(0.52

)

 

0.05

 

(1,148

%)

 

(0.44

)

 

0.24

 

(283

%)

Adjusted net income1

 

7.2

 

 

29.1

 

(75

%)

 

42.6

 

 

100.6

 

(58

%)

Adjusted EBITDA1

 

55.8

 

 

89.6

 

(38

%)

 

245.5

 

 

280.7

 

(13

%)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

49.6

 

 

57.1

 

(13

%)

 

194.2

 

 

147.1

 

32

%

Free cash flow from ongoing operations1

 

4.4

 

 

28.2

 

(84

%)

 

69.2

 

 

86.0

 

(20

%)

Capital expenditures2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustaining

 

33.9

 

 

31.6

 

7

%

 

98.1

 

 

77.2

 

27

%

Non-sustaining3

 

(2.3

)

 

2.6

 

(188

%)

 

8.2

 

 

9.5

 

(14

%)

Lindero construction

 

-

 

 

-

 

0

%

 

-

 

 

12.8

 

(100

%)

Séguéla construction

 

23.5

 

 

19.8

 

19

%

 

107.7

 

 

34.2

 

215

%

Brownfields

 

6.5

 

 

8.2

 

(21

%)

 

23.3

 

 

18.9

 

23

%

As at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2022

 

 

December 31, 2021

 

% Change

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

80.5

 

 

107.1

 

(25

%)

Net liquidity position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

150.5

 

 

187.1

 

(20

%)

1 Refer to Non-IFRS Financial Measures section at the end of this news release and to the MD&A accompanying the Company’s financial statements filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com for a description of the calculation of these measures.

2 Capital expenditures are presented on a cash basis

3 Non-sustaining expenditures include greenfields exploration

Figures may not add due to rounding

Fourth Quarter 2022 Results

Net loss for the period was $160.4 million compared to net income of $16.6 million in Q4 2021. The loss in the quarter is explained by impairment charges of $164.5 million ($182.8 million before tax) related to the following assets:

  • A net impairment of $85.4 million at Yaramoko ($103.5 million before tax) resulting from the impact of inflation on operating and capital costs, a reassessment of exploration potential, and an updated estimate of mineral reserves at the 55 Zone crown pillar recovery that resulted in a reduction of 166,000 ounces of gold.

  • A net impairment of $70.2 million at Lindero resulting from the impact of inflation on operating and capital costs and an increase in discount rates compared to 2021

  • A net impairment of $8.9 million ($9.2 million before tax) at San Jose resulting from the impact of inflation on operating costs and exploration investments not achieving full replacement of production depletion

After adjusting for impairment charges and other non-recurring items, adjusted net income was $7.2 million or $0.02 per share compared to $29.1 million or $0.10 per share in Q4 2021. The decrease was mainly due to lower sales volume and lower average silver price of $21.4/oz compared to $23.4/oz in Q4 2021, and higher cash costs across our operations explained mostly by persistent inflationary trends throughout 2022.

Sales for the quarter were $164.7 million, a $34.2 million decrease from the $198.9 million reported in the same period in 2021. The decrease was explained mostly by lower sales volume at Lindero, San Jose, and Yaramoko, lower silver prices of 9% and slightly lower gold prices.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $55.8 million, a margin of 34% over sales, compared to $89.6 million reported in the same period in 2021, representing a margin of 45% over sales. The main driver for the decrease in EBITDA was the reduction in sales combined with higher operating costs as described above.

Net cash generated by operations for the quarter was $49.6 million or $0.19 per share compared to $57.1 million or $0.38 per share in Q4 2021. The decrease reflects lower EBITDA of $33.8 million partially offset by neutral change in working capital in the current quarter compared to a negative change of $17.7 million in Q4 2021, and lower income taxes paid of $11.7 million. Additionally, the comparative quarter included a $9.6 million payment related to the settlement to the disputed Mexican royalty claim by the Mexican Geological Survey Agency.

Free cash flow from ongoing operations for the quarter was $4.4 million compared to $28.2 million in Q4 2021. The decrease reflects lower net cash generated by operations and higher capex of $26.1 million.

Full Year 2022 Results

Net loss for the year was $135.9 million, compared to a net gain of $59.4 million in 2021. The loss in 2022 is explained by impairment charges of $164.5 million ($182.8 million before tax) related to the Lindero, San Jose and Yaramoko Mines as explained above.

After adjusting for impairment charges and other non- recurring items, adjusted net income was $42.6 million compared to $100.6 million in 2021. The decrease was mainly due to a higher cost per ounce across our operations related, to a large extent, to persistent inflationary trends throughout 2022, and lower average silver price of $21.8/oz compared to $25.2/oz in 2021

Sales for the year were $681.5 million, an $81.6 million increase from the $599.9 million reported in 2021. The increase was explained mostly by the full contribution of Yaramoko in 2022 compared to six months in 2021 partially offset by a lower average silver price of 13.5%.

Adjusted EBITDA for the year was $245.5 million, a margin of 36% over sales, compared to $280.7 million reported in 2021, representing a margin of 47% over sales. The main driver for the decrease in EBITDA was a higher operating cost base combined with lower silver prices. From a segment perspective Yaramoko´s added EBITDA contribution year over year of $34.9 million was offset by lower EBITDA at San Jose of $42.4 million as a result mostly of lower production and lower metal prices. At Lindero a volume driven increase in sales compared to the prior year was offset by a higher cost base. Other items contributing to lower EBITDA were higher corporate G&A of $6.4 million, higher share-based payment charges of $6.1 million and higher foreign exchange charges of $2.8 million.

Net cash generated by operations for 2022 was $194.2 million or $0.67 per share compared to $147.1 million or $0.61 per share in 2021. The increase, in spite of lower EBITDA of $34.3 million was due to non-recurrent charges in 2021 of $38.9 million related to the disputed Mexican royalty claim by the Mexican Geological Survey Agency ($11.0 million) and Roxgold acquisition transaction expenses ($27.9 million), as well as lower negative changes in working capital of $21.6 million in 2022, and lower income tax paid of $20.5 million.

Free cash flow from ongoing operations for 2022 was $69.2 million compared to $86.0 million in 2021. The decrease, after adjusting net cash generated by operations for the $38.9 million of non-recurrent payments in 2021 described above, reflects higher capex of $90.5 million related mostly to the full year of production at Yaramoko, and lower taxes.

Liquidity

Total liquidity available to the Company as at December 31, 2022 was $150.5 million, comprised of $80.5 million of cash and cash equivalents and $70.0 million undrawn on the Company’s revolving $250.0 million credit facility.

Séguéla Construction

As of December 31, 2022, the Séguéla Project had approximately $38.2 million in payments remaining of the project’s $173.5 million construction budget, and the project remains on time and on budget. The Company’s cash and cash equivalents balance, free cash flow from ongoing operations and undrawn amounts of the credit facility are expected to be sufficient to fund the construction of the Séguéla Project.

Lindero Mine, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

 

Years ended December 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

Mine Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonnes placed on the leach pad

 

 

1,334,509

 

 

1,457,733

 

 

5,498,064

 

 

6,453,647

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade (g/t)

 

 

0.80

 

 

1.04

 

 

0.81

 

 

0.96

Production (oz)

 

 

29,301

 

 

36,072

 

 

118,418

 

 

104,161

Metal sold (oz)

 

 

27,847

 

 

36,389

 

 

117,076

 

 

100,177

Realized price ($/oz)

 

 

1,732

 

 

1,802

 

 

1,803

 

 

1,785

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit Costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash cost ($/oz Au)1

 

 

815

 

 

585

 

 

740

 

 

617

All-in sustaining cash cost ($/oz Au)1

 

 

1,221

 

 

994

 

 

1,142

 

 

1,116

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures ($000's) 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustaining

 

 

3,973

 

 

7,214

 

 

18,035

 

 

27,522

Non-sustaining

 

 

 

 

233

 

 

169

 

 

323

Brownfields

 

 

184

 

 

389

 

 

1,288

 

 

875

1 Cash cost and AISC are non-IFRS financial measures. Refer to Non-IFRS Financial Measures section at the end of this news release and to the MD&A accompanying the Company’s financial statements filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com for a description of the calculation of these measures.
2 Capital expenditures are presented on a cash basis.

Quarterly Operating and Financial Highlights

In the fourth quarter of 2022, a total of 1,334,509 tonnes of ore were placed on the heap leach pad, averaging 0.80 g/t gold, containing an estimated 34,350 ounces of gold. Gold production for Q4 2022 totaled 29,301 ounces, representing a 19% decrease over Q4 2021. Lower gold production is attributed to an 8% decrease in tonnes and a 23% decrease in gold grade for ore placed on the pad, compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. This was partially offset by improved gold recovery. Gold grade for the quarter was in line with the mining plan and Mineral Reserve estimate. Mine production for the quarter was according to management’s expectations, with a total of 1.9 million tonnes of ore mined in the fourth quarter, at a strip ratio of 0.54:1.

Cash cost per ounce of gold for the three months ended December 31, 2022 was $815 compared to $585 in the fourth quarter of 2021. Cash cost per ounce of gold for the year ended December 31, 2022 was $740 compared to $617 in the 2021. Cash cost per ounce of gold was higher due higher operations costs primarily due to inflation, lower stripping capitalization and lower gold production.

All-in sustaining cash cost per gold ounce sold was $1,221 during Q4 2022 and $1,142 in 2022 compared with $994 in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $1,116 in 2021. All-in sustaining cash cost for the fourth quarter of 2022 was impacted by the issues described above, partially offset by lower export taxes and a positive by-product effect.

Sustaining capital for the quarter primarily consisted of spending on the leach pad, mine maintenance and other minor projects. Construction work on Phase-2 is planned to commence in 2023. Brownfields capital primarily relates to exploration at the Arizaro project.

Yaramoko Mine Complex, Burkina Faso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

 

Years ended December 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

Mine Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonnes milled

 

 

142,694

 

 

132,188

 

 

546,651

 

 

258,866

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade (g/t)

 

 

6.45

 

 

6.99

 

 

6.37

 

 

7.13

Recovery (%)

 

 

98

 

 

98

 

 

98

 

 

98

Production (oz)

 

 

26,190

 

 

28,787

 

 

106,108

 

 

57,538

Metal sold (oz)

 

 

26,250

 

 

29,077

 

 

107,433

 

 

56,571

Realized price ($/oz)

 

 

1,742

 

 

1,796

 

 

1,802

 

 

1,789

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit Costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash cost ($/oz Au)1

 

 

818

 

 

754

 

 

840

 

 

739

All-in sustaining cash cost ($/oz Au)1

 

 

1,829

 

 

1,436

 

 

1,529

 

 

1,317

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures ($000's) 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustaining

 

 

18,994

 

 

13,520

 

 

45,665

 

 

21,387

Brownfields

 

 

2,855

 

 

47

 

 

5,873

 

 

138

1 The Yaramoko Mine was acquired as part of the acquisition of Roxgold which completed on July 2, 2021. Comparative figures in 2021 are included from July 2, 2021 onward.
2 Cash cost and AISC are non-IFRS financial measures. Refer to Non-IFRS Financial Measures section at the end of this news release and to the MD&A accompanying the Company’s financial statements filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com for a description of the calculation of these measures.
3 Capital expenditures are presented on a cash basis.

The Yaramoko Mine produced 26,190 ounces of gold in the fourth quarter of 2022 with an average gold head grade of 6.45g/t, which is in line with the mining sequence and Mineral Reserve estimate and an 8% decrease over Q4 2021. The decrease in production was due to lower head grades. However, grades for the full year were in line with planned estimates.

Cash cost per gold ounce sold was $818, compared to $754 in the fourth quarter of 2021, and $840 for the year 2022 compared to $739 in 2021, primarily due to higher mining service costs related to inflation and variation in orebody sequence. This was partially offset by favorable foreign exchange rates.

All-in sustaining cash cost per gold ounce sold was $1,829 for Q4 2022 and $1,529 for 2022, compared to $1,436 and $1,317 for the same period in 2021, as a result of decreased production, increased cash cost, and an increase in capital expenditures.

Sustaining capital expenditure related mainly to mine development, including the QV Prime project in Bagassi South. Brownfields expenditure was higher due to greater amounts of diamond drilling as well as further development of the 109 Zone.

San Jose Mine, Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

 

Years ended December 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

Mine Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonnes milled

 

 

259,500

 

 

262,802

 

 

1,029,590

 

 

1,041,154

Average tonnes milled per day

 

 

2,883

 

 

2,920

 

 

2,925

 

 

2,964

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade (g/t)

 

 

194

 

 

219

 

 

191

 

 

209

Recovery (%)

 

 

91

 

 

93

 

 

91

 

 

92

Production (oz)

 

 

1,473,627

 

 

1,717,533

 

 

5,762,562

 

 

6,425,029

Metal sold (oz)

 

 

1,482,452

 

 

1,729,152

 

 

5,755,330

 

 

6,433,808

Realized price ($/oz)

 

 

21.37

 

 

23.39

 

 

21.73

 

 

25.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade (g/t)

 

 

1.13

 

 

1.27

 

 

1.14

 

 

1.29

Recovery (%)

 

 

90

 

 

92

 

 

90

 

 

91

Production (oz)

 

 

8,499

 

 

9,929

 

 

34,124

 

 

39,406

Metal sold (oz)

 

 

8,621

 

 

9,983

 

 

34,201

 

 

39,404

Realized price ($/oz)

 

 

1,734

 

 

1,797

 

 

1,802

 

 

1,798

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit Costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production cash cost ($/t)2

 

 

86.26

 

 

79.66

 

 

81.33

 

 

75.80

Production cash cost ($/oz Ag Eq)1,2

 

 

11.16

 

 

9.35

 

 

10.56

 

 

9.30

All-in sustaining cash cost ($/oz Ag Eq)1,2

 

 

15.53

 

 

14.92

 

 

15.11

 

 

14.38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures ($000's) 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustaining

 

 

3,695

 

 

5,137

 

 

15,731

 

 

14,492

Non-sustaining

 

 

 

 

518

 

 

869

 

 

2,294

Brownfields

 

 

961

 

 

2,176

 

 

5,606

 

 

8,784

1 Production cash cost silver equivalent and All-in sustaining cash cost silver equivalent are calculated using realized metal prices for each period respectively.
2 Production cash cost, Production cash cost silver equivalent, and All-in sustaining cash cost silver equivalent are Non-IFRS Financial Measures, refer to Non-IFRS Financial Measures section at the end of this news release and to the MD&A accompanying the Company’s financial statements filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com for a description of the calculation of these measures.
3 Capital expenditures are presented on a cash basis.

In the fourth quarter of 2022, the San Jose Mine produced 1,473,627 ounces of silver and 8,499 ounces of gold, 14% and 14% lower, respectively, when compared to the equivalent period in 2021. The decrease is mainly due to lower head grades, albeit in line with management´s expectations based on the mining sequence and Mineral Reserve estimate.

Material mined using sublevel stopping (SLS) methods was increased in 2022, representing 35 percent of ore sent to the plant. The operation plans for the SLS contribution to reach 60 percent of total ore production in 2023. In the second quarter of 2022, a new underground shotcrete plant was commissioned which reduced mining cycles and partially offset some of the cost increases due to higher haulage distances as the mine deepens.

The cash cost per tonne for the three months ended December 31, 2022 was $86.26 compared to $79.66 in the same period in 2021 primarily due to cost increases related to inflation and higher support costs. Cash cost per tonne for the full year 2022 increased to $81.33 per tonne compared to $75.80 per tonne for 2021 due to higher mine preparation, support and indirect costs.

All-in sustaining cash costs of payable silver equivalent for the three months ended December 31, 2022 and full year 2022 increased 4% and 5% to $15.53 per ounce and 15.11 per ounce, compared to the same periods in 2021. The increases are due to higher cash costs and lower silver equivalent ounces, partially offset by lower capital expenditure.

Sustaining capital expenditures for Q4 2022 and for the year were lower than 2021, as 2021 required additional capital for equipment. Brownfields capital expenditure were lower due to reduced drilling, as the site focused on less capital-intensive exploration.

Caylloma Mine, Peru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

 

Years ended December 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

Mine Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonnes milled

 

 

138,491

 

 

137,838

 

 

546,186

 

 

539,779

Average tonnes milled per day

 

 

1,556

 

 

1,549

 

 

1,539

 

 

1,525

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade (g/t)

 

 

75

 

 

73

 

 

80

 

 

76

Recovery (%)

 

 

81

 

 

81

 

 

81

 

 

82

Production (oz)

 

 

273,119

 

 

262,710

 

 

1,144,713

 

 

1,073,672

Metal sold (oz)

 

 

289,870

 

 

243,869

 

 

1,156,381

 

 

1,074,364

Realized price ($/oz)

 

 

21.28

 

 

23.39

 

 

21.81

 

 

25.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade (g/t)

 

 

0.12

 

 

0.44

 

 

0.14

 

 

0.49

Recovery (%)

 

 

22

 

 

70

 

 

32

 

 

71

Production (oz)

 

 

122

 

 

1,374

 

 

777

 

 

6,086

Metal sold (oz)

 

 

 

 

1,297

 

 

603

 

 

6,140

Realized price ($/oz)

 

 

 

 

1,798

 

 

1,864

 

 

1,792

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade (%)

 

 

3.22

 

 

3.20

 

 

3.27

 

 

3.16

Recovery (%)

 

 

89

 

 

87

 

 

88

 

 

88

Production (000's lbs)

 

 

8,735

 

 

8,419

 

 

34,588

 

 

32,990

Metal sold (000's lbs)

 

 

9,118

 

 

7,945

 

 

34,869

 

 

33,299

Realized price ($/lb)

 

 

0.96

 

 

1.06

 

 

0.98

 

 

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade (%)

 

 

4.63

 

 

4.25

 

 

4.32

 

 

4.56

Recovery (%)

 

 

89

 

 

87

 

 

89

 

 

88

Production (000's lbs)

 

 

12,575

 

 

11,380

 

 

46,176

 

 

47,549

Metal sold (000's lbs)

 

 

11,027

 

 

11,053

 

 

44,770

 

 

47,828

Realized price ($/lb)

 

 

1.35

 

 

1.51

 

 

1.57

 

 

1.36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit Costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production cash cost ($/t)2

 

 

95.70

 

 

97.87

 

 

92.96

 

 

88.41

Production cash cost ($/oz Ag Eq)1,2

 

 

12.46

 

 

13.83

 

 

12.34

 

 

13.46

All-in sustaining cash cost ($/oz Ag Eq)1,2

 

 

20.30

 

 

20.71

 

 

17.97

 

 

18.94

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures ($000's) 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustaining

 

 

7,188

 

 

5,755

 

 

18,694

 

 

13,758

Brownfields

 

 

473

 

 

1,027

 

 

1,202

 

 

3,731

1 Production cash cost silver equivalent and All-in sustaining cash cost silver equivalent are calculated using realized metal prices for each period respectively.
2 Production cash cost, Production cash cost silver equivalent, and All-in sustaining cash cost silver equivalent are Non-IFRS Financial Measures, refer to Non-IFRS Financial Measures section at the end of this news release and to the MD&A accompanying the Company’s financial statements filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com for a description of the calculation of these measures.
3 Capital expenditures are presented on a cash basis.

The Caylloma Mine produced 273,119 ounces of silver, 8.7 million pounds of lead, and 12.6 million pounds of zinc during the three months ended December 31, 2022. Measured against the comparable quarter of the previous year, silver was 4% higher, primarily due to higher grades mined during the period. Lead production was 4% higher than the comparable period, attributable to higher plant recovery. Zinc production was 11% higher than the comparable period, mainly impacted by higher head grades and improved plant recovery. Gold production totaled 122 ounces with an average head grade of 0.12 g/t.

The cash cost per tonne of processed ore for the three months ended December 31, 2022 increased 2% to $95.70 compared to $97.87 in the same period in 2021. This movement was mainly the result of higher support costs partially offset by increased production. Cash cost per tonne for the full year 2022 increased to $92.96 per tonne compared to $88.41 per tonne for 2021, mainly due to higher mining costs caused by inflation.

The all-in sustaining cash cost of payable silver equivalent for the three month ended December 31, 2022 decreased 2% to $20.30 per ounce compared to $20.71 per ounce for the same period in 2021, as a result of higher sustaining capital expenditures in the quarter. The all-in sustaining cash cost of payable silver equivalent for the full year 2022 decreased 5% to $17.97 per ounce compared to $18.94 per ounce in 2021 was primarily due to an increase in silver equivalent ounces due to a decrease in realized silver prices, partially offset by higher capital costs.

Sustaining capital expenditures for the quarter increased primarily due to greater investments in sustaining equipment and infrastructure. Expenditures on the developments located in level 16 and level 18 were offset by decreased expenditures on other levels. The decrease in Brownfields capital expenditures was due to significantly lower spending on drilling and development.

Qualified Person

Eric Chapman, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, is a Professional Geoscientist of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (Registration Number 36328), and is the Company’s Qualified Person (as defined by National Instrument 43-101). Mr. Chapman has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release and has verified the underlying data.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The Company has disclosed certain financial measures and ratios in this news release which are not defined under the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, and are not disclosed in the Company's financial statements, including but not limited to: cash cost per ounce of gold sold; all-in sustaining cash cost per ounce of gold sold; all-in cash cost per ounce of gold sold; total production cash cost per tonne; cash cost per payable ounce of silver equivalent sold; all-in sustaining cash cost per payable ounce of silver equivalent sold; all-in cash cost per payable ounce of silver equivalent sold; free cash flow from ongoing operations; adjusted net income; adjusted EBITDA and working capital.

These non-IFRS financial measures and non-IFRS ratios are widely reported in the mining industry as benchmarks for performance and are used by management to monitor and evaluate the Company's operating performance and ability to generate cash. The Company believes that, in addition to financial measures and ratios prepared in accordance with IFRS, certain investors use these non-IFRS financial measures and ratios to evaluate the Company’s performance. However, the measures do not have a standardized meaning under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other companies. Accordingly, non-IFRS financial measures and non-IFRS ratios should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures and ratios of the Company’s performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. The Company has calculated these measures consistently for all periods presented.

To facilitate a better understanding of these measures and ratios as calculated by the Company, descriptions are provided below. In addition, see “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” in the Company’s management’s discussion and analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 (“2022 MD&A”), which section is incorporated by reference in this news release, for additional information regarding each non-IFRS financial measure and non-IFRS ratio disclosed in this news release, including an explanation of their composition; an explanation of how such measures and ratios provide useful information to an investor and the additional purposes, if any, for which management of Fortuna uses such measures and ratio. The 2022 MD&A may be accessed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com under the Company’s profile, Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Except as otherwise described in the Q4 2022 MD&A, the Company has calculated these measures consistently for all periods presented.

Reconciliation to Adjusted Net Income for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2022 and 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

 

Years ended December 31,

Consolidated (in millions of US dollars)

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

Net (loss) income

 

(160.4

)

 

 

16.6

 

 

(135.9

)

 

 

59.4

Adjustments, net of tax:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community support provision and accruals1

 

(0.1

)

 

 

1.3

 

 

(0.1

)

 

 

1.4

Foreign exchange loss, Lindero Mine2

 

-

 

 

 

0.3

 

 

-

 

 

 

4.1

Foreign exchange loss, Séguéla Project

 

(0.4

)

 

 

-

 

 

0.8

 

 

 

-

Write off of mineral properties

 

0.3

 

 

 

-

 

 

5.1

 

 

 

-

Unrealized loss (gain) on derivatives

 

0.1

 

 

 

-

 

 

(0.4

)

 

 

-

Impairment of mineral properties, plant and equipment

 

164.5

 

 

 

-

 

 

164.5

 

 

 

-

Roxgold transaction costs

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

 

14.1

SGM Royalty settlement

 

-

 

 

 

1.0

 

 

-

 

 

 

9.8

Inventory adjustment

 

3.8

 

 

 

4.6

 

 

8.0

 

 

 

6.3

Accretion on right of use assets

 

0.5

 

 

 

1.0

 

 

2.3

 

 

 

2.2

Other non-cash/non-recurring items

 

(1.1

)

 

 

4.3

 

 

(1.7

)

 

 

3.3

Adjusted Net Income

 

7.2

 

 

 

29.1

 

 

42.6

 

 

 

100.6

1 Amounts are recorded in Cost of sales

2 Amounts are recorded in General and Administration

Figures may not add due to rounding


Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2022 and 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

 

Years ended December 31,

Consolidated (in millions of US dollars)

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

Net (loss) income

 

(160.4

)

 

 

16.6

 

 

(135.9

)

 

 

59.4

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community support provision and accruals

 

(0.1

)

 

 

2.1

 

 

(0.1

)

 

 

1.9

Inventory adjustment

 

3.8

 

 

 

5.3

 

 

8.9

 

 

 

7.0

Foreign exchange loss, Lindero Mine

 

-

 

 

 

0.3

 

 

-

 

 

 

4.1

Foreign exchange loss, Séguéla Project

 

(0.4

)

 

 

0.2

 

 

0.8

 

 

 

0.2

Net finance items

 

3.1

 

 

 

3.7

 

 

12.1

 

 

 

12.3

Depreciation, depletion, and amortization

 

45.3

 

 

 

44.8

 

 

172.8

 

 

 

122.3

Income taxes

 

(15.3

)

 

 

13.5

 

 

10.8

 

 

 

47.7

Impairment of mineral properties, plant and equipment

 

182.8

 

 

 

-

 

 

182.8

 

 

 

-

SGM Royalty settlement

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

 

9.6

Roxgold transaction costs

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

 

14.1

Other non-cash/non-recurring items

 

(3.0

)

 

 

3.1

 

 

(6.7

)

 

 

2.1

Adjusted EBITDA

 

55.8

 

 

 

89.6

 

 

245.5

 

 

 

280.7

Figures may not add due to rounding

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow from ongoing operations for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 30, 2022 and 2021

In 2022, the Company changed the method for calculating Free Cash Flow from Ongoing Operations. The calculation now uses taxes paid as opposed to the previous method which used current income taxes. While this may create larger quarter over quarter fluctuations due to the timing of income tax payments, management believes the revised method is a better representation of the Free Cash Flow generated by the Company’s ongoing operations. Comparative values from 2021 have been restated using the change in the methodology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

 

Years ended December 31,

Consolidated (in millions of US dollars)

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Restated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Restated)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

49.6

 

 

 

57.1

 

 

 

194.2

 

 

 

147.1

 

Adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roxgold transaction costs

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

27.9

 

Additions to mineral properties, plant and equipment

 

(39.6

)

 

 

(35.3

)

 

 

(113.4

)

 

 

(90.7

)

Mexican royalty payment

 

-

 

 

 

9.5

 

 

 

3.0

 

 

 

11.1

 

Other adjustments

 

(5.6

)

 

 

(3.1

)

 

 

(14.6

)

 

 

(9.4

)

Free cash flow from ongoing operations

 

4.4

 

 

 

28.2

 

 

 

69.2

 

 

 

86.0

 

Figures may not add due to rounding

Reconciliation of Cash Cost per Ounce of Gold Sold for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2022 and 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindero Mine

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

 

Years ended December 31,

(Expressed in $'000's, except unit costs)

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Cost of sales

 

 

43,057

 

 

 

46,915

 

 

 

164,179

 

 

 

122,889

 

Changes in doré inventory

 

 

1,379

 

 

 

353

 

 

 

1,984

 

 

 

2,066

 

Inventory adjustment

 

 

(1,691

)

 

 

(1,072

)

 

 

(1,691

)

 

 

(2,815

)

Export duties

 

 

(3,353

)

 

 

(4,891

)

 

 

(15,545

)

 

 

(13,410

)

Depletion and depreciation

 

 

(13,441

)

 

 

(19,154

)

 

 

(54,644

)

 

 

(43,665

)

By product credits

 

 

(982

)

 

 

(77

)

 

 

(1,214

)

 

 

(260

)

Production cash cost1

 

 

24,969

 

 

 

22,074

 

 

 

93,069

 

 

 

64,805

 

Changes in doré inventory

 

 

(1,379

)

 

 

(353

)

 

 

(1,984

)

 

 

(2,066

)

Realized gain in diesel hedge

 

 

(1,105

)

 

 

(438