Silvercorp Reports Adjusted Net Income Of $39.3 Million, $0.22 Per Share,And Cash Flow From Operations Of $91.6 Million For Fiscal 2024

时间:2024-05-23

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – May 23, 2024 – Silvercorp Metals Inc. (“Silvercorp” or the “Company”) (TSX/NYSE American: SVM) reported its financial and operating results for the three months (“Q4 Fiscal 2024”) and twelve months ended March 31, 2024 (“Fiscal 2024”). All amounts are expressed in US dollars, and figures may not add due to rounding.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR Q4 FISCAL 2024 

  • Mined 195,160 tonnes of ore, milled 237,493 tonnes of ore, and produced approximately 1,916 ounces of gold, 1.2 million ounces of silver, or approximately 1.3 million ounces of silver equivalent, plus 12.5 million pounds of lead and 4.6 million pounds of zinc;
  • Sold approximately 1,916 ounces of gold, 1.1 million ounces of silver, 11.9 million pounds of lead, and 4.4 million pounds of zinc, for revenue of $42.7 million;
  • Reported net income attributable to equity shareholders of $5.5 million, or $0.03 per share;
  • Realized adjusted earnings attributable to equity shareholders of $3.8 million, or $0.02 per share. The adjusted earnings were impacted by an increase of $2.5 million in withholding tax paid on funds distributed out of China as dividends to the Company in Q4 Fiscal 2024;
  • Generated cash flow from operating activities of $10.2 million;
  • Cash cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, of $1.22;
  • All-in sustaining cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, of $14.36; and
  • Spent and capitalized $0.8 million on exploration drilling, $9.5 million on underground development, and $3.1 million on equipment and facilities, including $0.8 million on construction of the new tailings storage facility.
  • Strong balance sheet with $184.9 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments. The Company holds a further equity investment portfolio in associates and other companies with a total market value of $112.3 million as at March 31, 2024.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR FISCAL 2024 

  • Mined 1,117,118 tonnes of ore, milled 1,106,195 tonnes of ore, and produced approximately 7,268 ounces of gold, 6.2 million ounces of silver, or approximately 6.8 million ounces of silver equivalent, plus 63.2 million pounds of lead and 23.4 million pounds of zinc;
  • Sold approximately 7,268 ounces of gold, 6.2 million ounces of silver, 60.6 million pounds of lead, and 23.3 million pounds of zinc, for revenue of $215.2 million;
  • Reported net income attributable to equity shareholders of $36.3 million, or $0.21 per share;
  • Realized adjusted earnings attributable to equity shareholders of $39.3 million, or $0.22 per share;
  • Generated cash flow from operating activities of $91.6 million;
  • Recorded a gain of $7.7 million on the investment in OreCorp Limited (ASX: ORR) (“OreCorp”). Subsequent to March 31, 2024, the Company received A$42.5 million after accepting a competing offer to acquire OreCorp and a A$2.8 million break fee from OreCorp;
  • Cash cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, of negative $0.38;
  • All-in sustaining cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, of $11.38;
  • Paid $4.4 million of dividends to the Company’s shareholders;
  • Spent $1.0 million to buy back 388,324 common shares of the Company under its Normal Course Issuer Bid;
  • Spent and capitalized $6.2 million on exploration drilling, $45.0 million on underground development, and $12.9 million on equipment and facilities, including $6.2 million on construction of the new tailings storage facility.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

1. Q4 Fiscal 2024 Financial Results

Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company in Q4 Fiscal 2024 was $5.5 million or $0.03 per share, compared to net income of $0.2 million or $0.00 per share in the three months ended March 31, 2023 (“Q4 Fiscal 2023”).

Compared to Q4 Fiscal 2023, the Company’s consolidated financial results in the current quarter were mainly impacted by i) increases of 92%, 6%, 18%, and 28%, respectively, in gold, silver, lead and zinc sold; ii) increases of 17%, 14%, and 1%, respectively, in the realized selling prices for gold, silver and lead, and the increase in payable factors applied to gold and lead in lead concentrates; iii) a decrease of 3% in the realized selling price for zinc; iv) an increase of $2.0 million gain in mark-to-market investments; and v) an increase of $3.2 million in income tax expenses.

Revenue in Q4 Fiscal 2024 was $42.7 million, up 25% compared to $34.1 million in Q4 Fiscal 2023. The increase is mainly due to i) an increase of $5.4 million arising from the increases in gold, silver, lead and zinc sold; ii) an increase of $3.3 million arising from increases in realized selling prices of gold, silver, and lead; offset by iv) a decrease of $0.1 million arising from a decrease in the realized selling price of zinc.

Income from mine operations for Q4 Fiscal 2024 was $13.0 million, up 33% compared to $9.8 million in Q4 Fiscal 2023. The increase is mainly due to the increase in revenue achieved at the Ying Mining District. Income from mine operations at the Ying Mining District was $12.8 million, compared to $9.5 million in Q4 Fiscal 2023. Income from mine operations at the GC Mine was $0.2 million, compared to $0.4 million in Q4 Fiscal 2023.

Cash flow provided by operating activities in Q4 Fiscal 2023 was $10.2 million, up $4.5 million compared to $5.7 million in Q4 Fiscal 2022.

The Company ended the quarter with $184.9 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments. The Company also holds a further equity investment in portfolio in associates and other companies with a total market value of $112.3 million as at March 31, 2024.

2. Fiscal 2024 Financial Results

Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company in Fiscal 2024 was $36.3 million or $0.21 per share, compared to net income of $20.6 million or $0.12 per share for the twelve months ended March 31, 2023 (“Fiscal 2023”).

Compared to Fiscal 2023, the Company’s consolidated financial results were mainly impacted by i) increases of 19% and 16%, respectively, in the realized selling prices for gold and silver, and the increase in payable factors applied to gold and silver in lead concentrates; ii) decreases of 1% and 23% in the realized selling prices for lead and zinc; iii) an increase of 65% in gold sold, and decreases of 6%, 8%, and 1%, respectively, in silver, lead and zinc sold; iv) a decrease of 6% in per tonne production cost; and v) an increase of $10.0 million gain in mark-to-market investments, offset by an increased negative impact of $5.2 million from foreign exchange.

Revenue in Fiscal 2024 was $215.2 million, up 3% compared to $208.1 million in Fiscal 2023. The increase is mainly due to i) an increase of $5.3 million arising from the increase in gold sold; ii) an increase of $19.9 million arising from the increase in the realized selling prices for silver and gold; offset by iv) a decrease of $12.6 million arising from the decrease in silver, lead and zinc sold; v) a decrease of $5.5 million arising from the decrease in the realized selling price for zinc.

Income from mine operations in Fiscal 2024 was $80.6 million, up 14% compared to $70.8 million in Fiscal 2023. The increase was mainly due to the increase in revenue and the decrease in mine operation costs achieved at the Ying Mining District. Income from mine operations at the Ying Mining District was $77.9 million, compared to $62.8 million in Fiscal 2023. Income from mine operations at the GC Mine was $3.1 million, compared to $8.4 million in Fiscal 2023.

Cash flow provided by operating activities in Fiscal 2024 was $91.6 million, up $5.9 million compared to $85.6 million in Fiscal 2023.

Consolidated OPERATIONAL RESULTS

 

1. Q4 Fiscal 2024 Operational Results

In Q4 Fiscal 2024, the Company mined 195,160 tonnes of ore, up 7% compared to 181,848 tonnes in Q4 Fiscal 2023. Ore milled was 237,493 tonnes, up 32% compared to 179,393 tonnes in Q4 Fiscal 2023. A total of 21,843 tonnes of gold ore were processed in Q4 Fiscal 2024.

In Q4 Fiscal 2024, the Company produced approximately 1,916 ounces of gold, 1.2 million ounces of silver, or approximately 1.3 million ounces of silver equivalent, plus 12.5 million pounds of lead and 4.6 million pounds of zinc, representing increases of 92%, 4%, 15%, and 27%, respectively, in gold, silver, lead, and zinc production over Q4 Fiscal 2023.

In Q4 Fiscal 2024, the consolidated production cost per tonne of ore processed was $84.31 per tonne, down 9% compared to $92.85 per tonne in Q4 Fiscal 2023, while the all-in sustaining production cost per tonne of ore processed was $143.38 per tonne, down 13% compared to $165.68 per tonne in Q4 Fiscal 2023. The decrease was mainly due to the increase of ore processed in the current quarter, resulting in lower per unit fixed cost allocation.

In Q4 Fiscal 2024, the consolidated cash cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, was $1.22, compared to $0.92 in Q4 Fiscal 2023. The increase was mainly due to an increase of $4.8 million in expensed production cost arising from more concentrates produced and sold, offset by an increase of $4.4 million in by-product credits. The consolidated all-in sustaining cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, was $14.36, compared to $13.85 in Q4 Fiscal 2023. The increase was mainly due to i) the increase in cash cost per ounce of silver as discussed above and ii) an increase of $1.3 million in sustaining capital expenditures.

2. Fiscal 2024 Operational Results

In Fiscal 2024, the Company mined 1,117,118 tonnes of ore, up 5% compared to 1,068,983 tonnes in Fiscal 2023. Ore milled in Fiscal 2024 was 1,106,195 tonnes, up 3% compared to 1,072,654 tonnes in Fiscal 2023. A total of 58,262 tonnes of gold ore was processed in Fiscal 2024.

In Fiscal 2024, the Company produced approximately 7,268 ounces of gold, 6.2 million ounces of silver, or approximately 6.8 million ounces of silver equivalent, plus 63.2 million pounds of lead and 23.4 million pounds of zinc, representing an increase of 65% in gold, essentially the same quantity of zinc, and decreases of 6% and 7%, respectively, in silver and lead produced over Fiscal 2023. The decreases in silver and lead production were mainly due to i) lower head grades achieved due to mining sequences; and ii) 58,262 tonnes of gold ore with grades of 1.8 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold, 77 g/t silver, 1.1% lead and 0.2% zinc mined and processed to produce gravity gold concentrates, silver-gold-lead (copper) concentrate, and zinc concentrate, at the Ying Mining District. The gold recovery rate for gold ores processed was 92.0% in Fiscal 2024.

In Fiscal 2024, the consolidated production cost per tonne of ore processed was $78.86, down 6% compared to $84.03 in Fiscal 2023. The all-in sustaining production cost per tonne of ore processed in Fiscal 2024 was $140.40, down 1% compared to $142.08 in Fiscal 2023. Both the production cost and all-in sustaining production cost per tonne of ore processed are within the Fiscal 2024 guidance.

In Fiscal 2024, the consolidated cash cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, was negative $0.38, up 10% compared to negative $0.42 in the prior year. The increase was mainly due to a decrease of $3.6 million in by-product credits, offset by a decrease of $3.2 million in expensed production cost.

The consolidated all-in sustaining cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, was $11.38 compared to $9.73 in Fiscal 2023. The increase was mainly due to i) the increase in the cash cost per ounce of silver as discussed above; ii) an increase of $4.3 million in sustaining capital expenditures, iii) an increase of $0.8 million in corporate operation expenses; and iv) less silver sold, resulting in higher unit cost per ounce of silver.

 

 

EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT

 

Total capital expenditures in Fiscal 2024 were $64.0 million, up 11% compared to $57.8 million in Fiscal 2023 and comparable to the Fiscal 2024 capital expenditure guidance of $64.7 million. Total capital expenditures incurred to construct the new tailing storage facility (“TSF”) were approximately $6.3 million in Fiscal 2024 and $10.8 million since inception.

In Fiscal 2024, on a consolidated basis, a total of 296,020 metres or $9.0 million worth of diamond drilling were completed (Fiscal 2023 – 323,291 metres or $13.0 million), of which approximately 137,570 metres or $2.9 million worth were expensed as part of mining costs (Fiscal 2023 – 168,249 metres or $4.7 million) and approximately 158,450 metres or $6.2 million worth were capitalized (Fiscal 2023 – 155,042 metres or $8.3 million). In addition, approximately 41,223 metres or $15.2 million worth of preparation tunnelling were completed and expensed as part of mining costs (Fiscal 2023 – 39,941 metres or $14.6 million), and approximately 99,664 metres or $45.0 million worth of tunnels, raises, ramps and declines were completed and capitalized (Fiscal 2023 – 81,771 metres or $34.0 million).

INDIVIDUAL MINE OPERATING PERFORMANCE 

 

In Q4 Fiscal 2024, a total of 147,122 tonnes of ore were mined at the Ying Mining District, up 11% over Q4 Fiscal 2023, and 180,267 tonnes of ore were milled, up 38% over Q4 Fiscal 2023. Approximately 1,916 ounces of gold, 1.1 million ounces of silver, or approximately 1.2 million ounces of silver equivalent, 11.3 million pounds of lead, and 1.8 million pounds of zinc were produced, representing production increases of 92%,7%, 14%, 17%, and 50%, respectively, in gold, silver, silver equivalent, lead and zinc over Q4 Fiscal 2023.

In Fiscal 2024, a total of 827,112 tonnes of ore were mined, up 8% over Fiscal 2023, and 816,145 tonnes of ore were milled, up 6% over Fiscal 2023. Approximately 5.7 million ounces of silver, 7,268 ounces of gold (or 6.3 million ounces of silver equivalent), 56.3 million pounds of lead, and 8.2 million pounds of zinc were produced, representing increases of 65% and 15%, respectively, in gold and zinc, and decreases of 6%, 1% and 7%, respectively, in silver, silver equivalent and lead over Fiscal 2023.

 

At the GC Mine, 48,038 tonnes of ore were mined, down 3% over Q4 Fiscal 2023, and 57,226 tonnes of ore were milled, up 18% over Q4 Fiscal 2023. Approximately 87 thousand ounces of silver, 1.2 million pounds of lead, and 2.8 million pounds of zinc were produced, representing an increase of 16% in zinc, and decreases of 20% and 3%, respectively, in silver and lead over Q4 Fiscal 2023.

In Fiscal 2024, a total of 290,006 tonnes of ore were mined at the GC mine, down 3% over Fiscal 2023, and 290,050 tonnes of ore were milled, down 3% over Fiscal 2023. Approximately 527 thousand ounces of silver, 6.9 million pounds of lead, and 15.2 million pounds of zinc were produced, representing decreases of 11%, 12% and 7%, respectively, in silver, lead and zinc over Fiscal 2023.