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Brio Gold Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results

TORONTO, May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BRIO GOLD INC. (TSX:BRIO) (“BRIO GOLD” or the “Company”) announces its first quarter 2018 financial and operating results.  All dollar figures are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Q1 2018 Summary Financial Results (unaudited)

 For the three months ended March 31
In thousands of U.S. Dollars20182017
Revenues from mining operations$60,947 $59,499 
Mine operating earnings$5,161 $8,527 
Net (loss)/earnings$(8,730)$3,446 
Adjusted (loss)/earnings (1)$(4,553)$3,534 
Adjusted EBITDA(1) 8,449 $14,016 
Cash flow from operating activities$12,953 $(4,045)
Cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital$9,635 $15,486 

(1) A non-GAAP financial measure. For a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures, please see the end of this press release.

Revenues from mining operations increased to $60.9 million in the first quarter of 2018 on the sale of 46,565 ounces of gold compared to $59.5 million on the sale of 49,615 ounces of gold for the comparable period in 2017. The increase in revenue in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 2017 was driven by a higher gold price as the Company's average realized gold price per ounce sold increased by 10%.

Net loss in the first quarter of 2018 was $8.7 million or $0.07 per share, compared to a net income of $3.4 million or $0.03 per share for the first quarter of 2017 mainly due to lower mine operating earnings, acquisition transaction related expenses and changes in income tax expense.

The adjusted loss in the first quarter of 2018 was $4.6 million compared to the adjusted earnings of $3.5 million in the same period of 2017. The decline in adjusted earnings was consistent with the decline in IFRS net earnings from the first quarter of 2017 to the same period in 2018. The adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2018 was $8.4 million compared to $14.0 million in the same period of 2017.

The Company's working capital, defined as the total of all current assets net of current liabilities, declined during the first quarter and was negative $26.8 million as at March 31, 2018. The decline was due to $25 million of the Company's credit facility being reclassified from non-current to current during the first quarter as $25 million are scheduled to mature on January 2019. In addition, the Company received a $5.4 million advance on metal sales that was used to manage working capital. The gold sales have been subsequently delivered and no additional advances have been received.

On May 2, 2018, Leagold Mining Corporation (“Leagold”) announced that new debt and equity financings have been arranged that is planned to be used to fully repay the $75 million senior debt credit facility and the drawn amounts of the $22 million of debt with the Brazilian banks. The repayment is planned to occur concurrently with the completion of the acquisition of Brio Gold by Leagold, which is expected to be in May 2018.

Q1 2018 Summary Operational Results

 For the three months ended March 31,
Consolidated Operating Statistics20182017Change
Gold production (oz.)46,057 50,540 (9)%
Gold sales (oz.)46,565 49,615 (6)%
Average realized gold price per ounce sold(1)$1,328 $1,211 10%
Cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization per gold ounce sold$1,198 $1,027 17%
Cash cost per gold ounce produced(1)$991 $842 18%
All‑in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced(1)$1,174 $1,056 11%

Notes:
(1) A non-GAAP financial measure. For a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures, please see the end of the press release.

Gold production from the Company's three producing mines was 9% lower during the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter of 2017, but in line with expectation.  At Pilar, the first quarter was a transition quarter and production in the first quarter of 2018 was 7,561 ounces lower than 2017 as development at Maria Lazara was halted in late 2017 and production started in the new HG2 zone of the main Pilar mine. The Pilar restructuring is progressing on plan. Gold production at the RDM mine for the first quarter of 2018 was 15% higher than the same period last year as a result of consistent processing and operations compared to the first quarter in 2017.   The water storage facility accumulated sufficient water over the past six months to allow for consistent production for the foreseeable future. Production from the Fazenda Brasileiro Mine was 5% higher than the same period last year.

Overall costs were higher during the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period of 2017, but in line with guidance.  Higher costs were primarily as a result of the higher costs at Pilar due to lower production causing increased costs per ounce as the fixed component of production costs was allocated over fewer ounces.

Acquisition Update

On February 16, 2018, the Company announced a plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") with Leagold Mining Corporation ("Leagold"), whereby Leagold will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Brio Gold pursuant to the arrangement agreement dated February 15, 2018. The Company held a special meeting of shareholders held on April 12, 2018, where the special resolution approving the Arrangement was approved by 99.99% of the votes cast. On April 17, 2018, the Company obtained a final order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approving the Arrangement. On closing of the Arrangement, Brio Gold shareholders will receive, for each Brio Gold common share held, 0.922 of a Leagold common share and 0.4 of a Leagold share purchase warrant, with each full share purchase warrant being exercisable to acquire one common share of Leagold at a price of CAD $3.70 for a period of two years from the closing of the Arrangement. Subject to the receipt of all approvals, the Arrangement is expected to be completed in May of 2018.

About Brio Gold

Brio Gold is an established Canadian mining company with significant gold producing, development and exploration stage properties in Brazil. Brio Gold's portfolio includes three operating gold mines and a fully-permitted, fully-constructed mine that was on care and maintenance and currently is in development to be re-started at the end of 2018. Brio Gold is expected to produce 205,000 to 235,000 ounces of gold in 2018 and at full run-rate is expected to produce approximately 400,000 ounces of gold annually in 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Letitia Wong
Vice President, Corporate Development
Telephone: +1 (416) 860-6310
Email:  info@briogoldinc.com

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This news release contains or incorporates by reference “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to information with respect to the Company’s strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance, the outcome of the legal matters involving the damages assessments and any related enforcement proceedings.  Forward-looking statements are characterized by words such as “plan,” “expect”, “budget”, “target”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur.  Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made, and are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other known and unknown factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.  These factors include the Company’s expectations in connection with the production and exploration, development and expansion plans at the Company's projects discussed herein being met, the impact of proposed optimizations at the Company's projects, the impact of the proposed new mining law in Brazil, and the impact of general business and economic conditions, global liquidity and credit availability on the timing of cash flows and the values of assets and liabilities based on projected future conditions, fluctuating metal prices (such as gold and silver), currency exchange rates (such as the Brazilian real versus the United States dollar), the impact of inflation, possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates, changes in the Company’s hedging program, changes in accounting policies, changes in mineral resources and mineral reserves, risks related to asset disposition, risks related to metal purchase agreements, risks related to acquisitions, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, changes in project development, construction, production and commissioning time frames, unanticipated costs and expenses, higher prices for fuel, steel, power, labour and other consumables contributing to higher costs and general risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, unexpected changes in mine life, unanticipated results of future studies, seasonality and unanticipated weather changes, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of exploration activities, permitting timelines, government regulation and the risk of government expropriation or nationalization of mining operations, risks related to relying on local advisors and consultants in foreign jurisdictions, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, risks relating to joint venture operations, title disputes or claims, limitations on insurance coverage and timing and possible outcome of pending and outstanding litigation and labour disputes, risks related to enforcing legal rights in foreign jurisdictions, as well as those risk factors discussed or referred to herein. Assumptions upon which forward looking statements relating to the acquisition of Brio Gold by Leagold have been made include that Leagold and Brio Gold will be able to satisfy the conditions in the plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”), that all required regulatory and government approvals will be obtained and the expected timing of the closing of the Arrangement. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended.  There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s estimates, assumptions or opinions should change, except as required by applicable law.  The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking information contained herein is presented for the purpose of assisting investors in understanding the Company’s expected financial and operational performance and results as at and for the periods ended on the dates presented in the Company’s plans and objectives and may not be appropriate for other purposes.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company has included certain non-GAAP financial measures including cash costs per ounce of gold produced, all-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced, adjusted earnings (loss), and adjusted EBITDA to supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are presented in accordance with IFRS.

The Company believes that these measures, together with measures determined in accordance with IFRS, provide investors with an improved ability to evaluate the underlying performance of the Company. Non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS, and therefore they may not be comparable to similar measures employed by other companies. The data is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Cash Costs

The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measure “cash costs” on a per ounce of gold produced basis because it believes this measure provides investors and analysts with useful information about the Company’s underlying cash costs of operations and is a relevant metric used to understand the Company’s operating profitability, and ability to generate cash flow. Cash costs figures are calculated based on the standard developed by The Gold Institute, which was a worldwide association of suppliers of gold and gold products and included leading North American gold producers. The Gold Institute ceased operations in 2002, but the standard remains the generally accepted standard of reporting cash costs of production in North America. Adoption of the standard is voluntary and the cost measures presented herein may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

Cash costs include mine site operating costs such as mining, processing, administration, production taxes and royalties, which are not based on sales or taxable income calculations, but are exclusive of amortization, reclamation, capital, development, and exploration costs. Cash costs per ounce of gold produced are calculated on a weighted average basis.

The term “cash costs” has no standard meaning and therefore, the Company’s definitions are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with IFRS and is not necessarily indicative of operating costs, operating profit or cash flows presented under IFRS.

All-in Sustaining Costs

The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measure “all-in sustaining costs”, also referred to as “AISC”, on a per ounce of gold produced basis because it believes this measure provides investors with useful information about the Company’s underlying cash costs of operations, after deducting certain non-discretionary items such as sustaining capital expenditures, exploration expenses and certain general and administrative costs and is a relevant metric used to understand the Company’s ability to generate cash flow. All-in sustaining costs are based on cash costs, including cost components of mine sustaining capital expenditures and exploration and evaluation expense. All-in sustaining costs for a mine do not include capital expenditures attributable to projects or mine expansions, exploration and evaluation costs attributable to growth projects, corporate general and administrative expenses, stock-based compensation, income tax payments, financing costs and dividend payments. Consequently, this measure is not representative of all of the Company’s cash expenditures. In addition, the calculation of all-in sustaining costs does not include depletion, depreciation and amortization expense as it does not reflect the impact of expenditures incurred in prior periods. The term “all-in sustaining costs” has no standard meaning and therefore, the Company’s definitions are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with IFRS and is not necessarily indicative of operating costs, operating profit or cash flows presented under IFRS.

Reconciliation of cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization to cash costs and all-in sustaining costs, consolidated and per mine

(Based on Consolidated Financial Statements unless otherwise noted)

  
 For the three months ended March 31, 2018
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and per ounce amounts)Consolidated Pilar Mine Fazenda
Brasileiro Mine
 RDM Mine 
Cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization55,786 18,865 16,457 20,322 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization(8,304)(4,629)(2,723)(810)
Adjustments:    
Inventory movement and adjustments(1,840)406 295 (2,525)
Cash costs(1)45,642 14,642 14,029 16,987 
General and administrative expenses attributable to all-in sustaining costs3,228 275 267 185 
Sustaining capital expenditures5,201 3,421 1,094 532 
All-in sustaining costs(1)54,071 18,338 15,390 17,704 
     
Cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization per gold ounce sold1,198 1,459 1,025 1,156 
Cash cost per gold ounce produced(1)991 1,133 897 971 
All-in sustaining costs per ounce produced(1)1,174 1,419 984 1,012 
     
Gold ounces produced during the period (oz.)46,057 12,923 15,640 17,494 
         


  
 For the three months ended March 31, 2017
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and per ounce amounts)Consolidated Pilar Mine Fazenda
Brasileiro Mine
 RDM Mine 
Cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization50,972 22,803 11,502 16,667 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization(10,654)(6,920)(1,641)(2,093)
Adjustments:    
Inventory movement and adjustments2,237 258 1,932 63 
Cash costs(1)42,555 16,141 11,793 14,637 
General and administrative expenses attributable to all-in sustaining costs3,420 573 569 322 
Sustaining capital expenditures7,395 3,770 3,090 301 
All-in sustaining costs(1)53,370 20,484 15,452 15,260 
     
Cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization per gold ounce sold1,027 1,114 831 1,089 
Cash cost per gold ounce produced(1)842 788 793 964 
All-in sustaining costs per ounce produced(1)1,056 1,000 1,039 1,005 
     
Gold ounces produced during the period (oz.)50,540 20,484 14,872 15,184 
Gold ounces sold during the period (oz.)49,615 20,465 13,849 15,301 

Notes:
(1) A non-GAAP financial measure.

Adjusted EBITDA

The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measure “Adjusted EBITDA” because it believes it provides investors with useful information to evaluate its performance and understand its ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.

The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net loss, before income tax recovery (expense), depletion, depreciation and amortization, impairment and reversals of mining properties, interest expense, share-based compensation, and non-recurring provisions and other adjustments.

The term “Adjusted EBITDA” has no standard meaning and therefore, the Company’s definitions are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with IFRS and is not necessarily indicative of operating costs, operating profit or cash flows presented under IFRS.

Reconciliation of Net (Loss)/Earnings to Adjusted EBITDA

(Based on Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements unless otherwise noted)

  
 For the three months ended
March 31,
(In thousands of U.S. dollars) 2018  2017 
Net (loss)/earnings(8,730)3,446 
Adjustments:  
Income tax expense/(recovery)637 (7,847)
Depletion, depreciation and amortization8,304 10,654 
Foreign exchange loss776 1,257 
Accretion878 1,153 
Bank, financing fees, and other600 185 
Interest expense on long-term debt1,241 144 
Provisions/(recoveries) on indirect tax credits459 (3,031)
Stock based compensation220 1,742 
Unrealized (gain)/loss on foreign exchange hedges(746)5,300 
Legal provisions743 165 
Business transaction costs4,067 848 
Adjusted EBITDA$8,449 $14,016 
       

Adjusted Earnings or Loss

The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measure “Adjusted earnings or loss” because it believes this measure provides useful information to investors to evaluate the Company’s performance by excluding certain cash and non-cash charges. The presentation of Adjusted earnings or loss is not meant to be a substitute for net earnings or loss or net earnings or loss per share presented in accordance with IFRS, but rather should be evaluated in conjunction with such IFRS measures. Adjusted earnings or loss is calculated as net earnings excluding (a) stock based compensation, (b) unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses related to revaluation of deferred income tax asset and liability on non-monetary items, (c) unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses related to other items, (d) impairment losses and reversals, (e) deferred income tax expense (recovery) on the translation of foreign currency inter corporate debt, (f) periodic tax adjustments to historical deferred income tax balances relating to changes in enacted tax rates and (g) non-cash provisions and any other non-recurring adjustments. Non-recurring adjustments from unusual events or circumstances are reviewed from time to time based on materiality and the nature of the event or circumstance. Earnings adjustments for the comparative period reflect continuing operations.

The terms “Adjusted earnings or loss” has no standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore the Company’s definitions are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

For more information, see the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and the related notes.

Reconciliation of Net (Loss)/Earnings to Adjusted (Loss)/Earnings

(Based on Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements unless otherwise noted)

  
 For the three months ended
March 31,
(In thousands of U.S. dollars) 2018  2017 
Net (loss)/earnings$(8,730)$3,446 
Adjustments:  
Foreign exchange loss776 1,257 
Unrealized (gain)/loss on foreign exchange hedges(746)5,300 
Provisions/(recoveries) on indirect tax credits459 (3,031)
Business transaction costs4,067 848 
Stock based compensation220 1,742 
Non-cash tax effect on unrealized foreign exchange losses(1,101)(9,337)
Tax impact of adjustments(583)1,418 
Other1,085 1,891 
Adjusted (loss)/earnings$(4,553)$3,534 
       

Realized Price

The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measure “realized price” on a per ounce of gold sold basis because it believes this measure provides investors and analysts with a more accurate measure with which to compare to market gold prices and to assess the Company's gold sales performance. Management believes that this measure provides a more accurate reflection of past performance and is a better indicator of expected performance in future periods. Realized price excludes the impact of the mining royalty on revenue from mining operations. The term “realized price” has no standard meaning and therefore, the Company’s definitions are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with IFRS and is not necessarily indicative of revenue from mining operations, operating profit or cash flows presented under IFRS.

Reconciliation of Revenue from Mining Operations to Realized Price per Gold Ounce Sold
(Based on Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements unless otherwise noted)

  
 For the three months ended
March 31,
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except price per ounce in dollars and ounces sold) 2018  2017 
Revenue from mining operations$60,947 $59,499 
Brazilian mining royalty (CFEM)907 596 
Revenue from mining operations excluding CFEM61,854 60,095 
Gold ounces sold during the period (oz.)46,565 49,615 
   
Realized price per gold ounce sold ($/oz.)$1,328 $1,211 
       

BRIO GOLD INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND
COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS)/INCOME

 For the three months ended
March 31,
(In thousands of United States Dollars, except share and per share amounts), (unaudited) 2018  2017 
Revenue from mining operations$60,947 $59,499 
Cost of sales excluding depletion, depreciation and amortization(47,482)(40,318)
Gross margin excluding depletion, depreciation and amortization13,465 19,181 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization
(8,304)(10,654)
Mine operating earnings5,161 8,527 
   
Expenses  
General and administrative(5,125)(5,065)
Other operating (expense)/income(5,380)176 
Operating (loss)/earnings(5,344)3,638 
Foreign exchange loss(776)(1,257)
Unrealized gain/(loss) on foreign exchange hedges746 (5,300)
Finance expense

(2,719)(1,482)
Loss before income taxes(8,093)(4,401)
Income tax (expense)/recovery(637)7,847 
Net (loss)/earnings (8,730)3,446 
   
Other comprehensive income  
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:  
Change in fair value of hedging instruments, net of tax
1,639 14,997 
Total comprehensive (loss)/income$(7,091)$18,443 
   
Net (loss)/earnings per share (basic and diluted)$(0.07)$0.03 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding   
Basic117,556,100 112,527,429 
Diluted117,556,100 118,449,925 
     

BRIO GOLD INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands of United States Dollars), (unaudited)As at
March 31, 2018
 As at
December 31, 2017
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash$17,544  $19,281 
Trade and other receivables5,318  4,398 
Inventories38,177  40,560 
Derivative assets6,401  5,969 
Other current assets14,510  13,584 
 81,950  83,792 
Non-current assets:   
Property, plant and equipment519,500  514,103 
Non-current derivative assets1,508  778 
Deferred tax assets7,567  7,447 
Other non-current assets4,735  5,835 
Total assets$615,260  $611,955 
    
Liabilities   
Current liabilities:   
Trade and other payables$51,575  $50,925 
Income taxes payable3,892  3,433 
Short-term debt42,265  13,663 
Other financial liabilities3,900  3,631 
Other provisions and liabilities7,069  2,465 
 108,701  74,117 
Non-current liabilities:   
Long-term debt47,808  72,600 
Decommissioning, restoration and similar liabilities37,226  36,884 
Deferred tax liabilities5,588  5,588 
Derivative liabilities  1,315 
Other non-current provisions and liabilities11,262  9,997 
Total liabilities210,585  200,501 
    
Equity   
Share capital441,069  440,975 
Reserves69,078  67,220 
Deficit(105,472) (96,741)
Total equity404,675  411,454 
Total equity and liabilities$615,260  $611,955 
        

BRIO GOLD INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 For the three months ended
March 31,
(In thousands of United States Dollars), (unaudited)20182017
Operating activities  
Loss before income tax expense$(8,093)$(4,401)
Adjustments to reconcile loss before income taxes to operating cash flows:  
Depletion, depreciation and amortization8,304 10,654 
Foreign exchange loss776 1,257 
Unrealized (gain)/loss on hedges(746)5,300 
Finance expense2,719 1,482 
Other non-cash operating expenses/(income)1,701 (2,739)
Advance metal sales5,350 4,425 
Decommissioning, restoration and similar liabilities paid(118)(404)
Income taxes paid(258)(88)
Cash flows from operating activities before net change in working capital$9,635 $15,486 
Net change in working capital3,318 (19,531)
Cash flows from operating activities$12,953 $(4,045)
Investing activities  
Property, plant and equipment expenditures(16,814)(18,811)
Cash flows used in investing activities$(16,814)$(18,811)
Financing activities  
Proceeds from debt$6,500 $35,000 
Repayments of debt(3,000) 
Interest and other finance expenses paid(1,324)(2,075)
Cash flows from financing activities$2,176 $32,925 
Effect of foreign exchange on cash(52)(475)
(Decrease)/increase in cash$(1,737)$9,594 
Cash, beginning of period$19,281 $7,014 
Cash, end of period$17,544 $16,608 
       

 

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