TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 28, 2016) –
(In United States dollars, except where noted otherwise)
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“First Quantum” or the “Company”) (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM) today announced comparative earnings1 of $63 million ($0.09 per share) and cash flows from continuing operating activities2 of $254 million ($0.37 per share1) for the three months ended March 31, 2016.
FIRST QUARTER 2016 HIGHLIGHTS2
1 Net earnings (loss) attributable to shareholders of the Company have been adjusted to exclude items which are not reflective of underlying performance to arrive at comparative earnings. Comparative earnings, comparative earnings per share and cash flows per share are not measures recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. The Company has disclosed these measures to assist with the understanding of results and to provide further financial information about the results to investors. Refer to the “Regulatory Disclosures” section in the MD&A for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, for further information.
2 Operating performance measures exclude the Kevitsa mine.
3C1, AISC and C3 cost per pound are not recognized under IFRS. Refer to the “Regulatory Disclosures” section in the MD&A for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, for further information.
“It was a strong start to the year for every aspect of the Company. The momentum generated in 2015 with the excellent performance of the Kansanshi copper smelter and successful cost savings and expenditure programs, continued into 2016. For four successive quarters, our mines have delivered progressively higher copper output and lower unit cost of production,” noted Philip Pascall, Chairman and CEO.
“On the corporate development front, the agreed sale of Kevitsa is a major step towards our objective of further strengthening the balance sheet. Other strategic initiatives are now well advanced and we expect them to be finalized within the next twelve months.
“Company-wide, we remain vigilant on cost savings and cash outlays and to opportunities to maximize profitability and cash flow. The delisting of our common shares from the London Stock Exchange is a natural consequence. After 15 years of being on the exchange, the trading volume has remained very low and as such, the significant associated cost and administration required to maintain the listing cannot be justified. Existing and potential shareholders are not expected to be affected by this change as the overwhelming majority of transactions in the shares is being conducted on the Toronto Stock Exchange and alternative trading systems in Canada and the United States.”
OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS – CONTINUING OPERATIONS1
|Three months ended March 31|
|(U.S. dollars where applicable)||2016||2015|
|Production (tonnes) 2,3||119,287||91,910|
|Cash cost of production (C1) (per lb)4||$||1.03||$||1.41|
|All-in sustaining cost (AISC) (per lb)4||$||1.36||$||2.22|
|Total cost of production (C3) (per lb)4||$||1.86||$||2.39|
|Realized price (per lb)||$||2.38||$||2.58|
|Production (contained tonnes)||7,106||4,238|
|Sales (contained tonnes)||8,940||3,732|
|Cash cost of production (C1) (per lb)4||$||4.48||$||4.66|
|All-in sustaining cost (AISC) (per lb)4||$||4.93||$||5.56|
|Total cost of production (C3) (per lb)4||$||6.00||$||6.28|
|Realized price (per payable lb)||$||3.88||$||6.53|
1 Operating metrics exclude the Kevitsa mine.
2 Copper production includes production at Sentinel of 20,902 tonnes for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Copper sales includes sales at Sentinel of 18,796 tonnes for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Production and sales at Sentinel are pre-commercial and therefore excluded from earnings.
3 Production is presented on a copper concentrate basis (mine production only), and does not include output from the Kansanshi smelter.
4 C1 cash cost, AISC and C3 total cost are not recognized under IFRS. Refer to the “Regulatory Disclosures” section in the MD&A for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, for further information.
|Three months ended March 31|
|(U.S. dollars millions, except where noted otherwise)||2016||2015|
|Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations attributable to shareholders of the Company||49||(78||)|
|Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations||48||(90||)|
|Net loss from discontinued operation (Kevitsa)||(266||)||(4||)|
|Basic and diluted loss per share||($0.32||)||($0.14||)|
|Comparative earnings (loss)2||63||(12||)|
|Comparative earnings (loss) per share2||$0.09||($0.02||)|
|Cash flows from continuing operating activities||254||134|
1 Financial metrics, other than Net loss from discontinued operation, exclude the Kevitsa mine.
2 Net earnings (loss) attributable to shareholders of the Company and EBITDA have been adjusted to exclude items which are not reflective of underlying performance to arrive at comparative earnings and comparative EBITDA. Comparative earnings, comparative earnings per share and comparative EBITDA are not measures recognized under IFRS and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. The Company has disclosed these measures to assist with the understanding of results and to provide further financial information about the results to investors. Refer to “Regulatory Disclosures” section in the MD&A for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, for a reconciliation of comparative EBITDA and comparative earnings.
CONFERENCE CALL & WEBCAST
The Company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the results on Friday April 29, 2016.
|Date:||April 29, 2016|
|Time:||9:00 am (EDT); 2:00 pm (BST); 6:00 am (PDT)|
|Dial in:||North America: (toll free) 1 877 291 4570|
|North America and international: 1 647 788 4919|
|United Kingdom: (toll free) 0 800 051 7107|
|Replay:||North America and international: 1 416 621 4642|
|North America: (toll free) 1 800 585 8367|
The conference call replay will be available from noon (EDT) until 11:59 pm (EDT) on May 6, 2016.
COMPLETE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
The complete unaudited consolidated financial statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 are available at www.first-quantum.com and should be read in conjunction with this news release.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
G. Clive Newall, President
Listed in Standard and Poor’s
For further information visit our website at www.first-quantum.com.
Cautionary statement on forward-looking information
Certain statements and information herein, including all statements that are not historical facts, contain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements include estimates, forecasts and statements as to the Company’s expectations of production and sales volumes, commissioning and reaching commercial production at Sentinel and expected timing of completion of project development at Enterprise and Cobre Panama and are subject to the impact of ore grades on future production, the potential of production disruptions, capital expenditure and mine production costs, the outcome of mine permitting, the outcome of legal proceedings which involve the Company, information with respect to the future price of copper, gold, cobalt, nickel, zinc, pyrite, PGE, and sulphuric acid, estimated mineral reserves and mineral resources, First Quantum’s exploration and development program, estimated future expenses, exploration and development capital requirements, the Company’s hedging policy, and goals and strategies. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements or information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate” or “believes” or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved.
With respect to forward-looking statements and information contained herein, the Company has made numerous assumptions including among other things, assumptions about continuing production at all operating facilities, the price of copper, gold, nickel, zinc, pyrite, PGE, cobalt and sulphuric acid, anticipated costs and expenditures and the ability to achieve the Company’s goals. Forward-looking statements and information by their nature are based on assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information. These factors include, but are not limited to, future production volumes and costs, the temporary or permanent closure of uneconomic operations, costs for inputs such as oil, power and sulphur, political stability in Zambia, Peru, Mauritania, Finland, Spain, Turkey, Panama, Argentina and Australia, adverse weather conditions in Zambia, Finland, Spain, Turkey and Mauritania, labour disruptions, power supply, mechanical failures, water supply, procurement and delivery of parts and supplies to the operations, and the production of off-spec material.
See the Company’s Annual Information Form for additional information on risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to the forward-looking statements and information. Although the Company has attempted to identify factors that would cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those disclosed in the forward-looking statements or information, there may be other factors that cause actual results, performances, achievements or events not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. Also, many of these factors are beyond First Quantum’s control. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information. The Company undertakes no obligation to reissue or update forward-looking statements or information as a result of new information or events after the date hereof except as may be required by law. All forward-looking statements and information made herein are qualified by this cautionary statement.