Silvercorp Reports Adjusted Net Income of $37.0 Million, $0.21 per Share, and Cash Flow from Operation of $85.6 Million for Fiscal 2023

时间:2023-05-26

rading Symbol:        TSX: SVM
NYSE AMERICAN: SVM

 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – May 25, 2023 – Silvercorp Metals Inc. (“Silvercorp” or the “Company”) (TSX/NYSE American: SVM) reported its financial and operating results for the three months (“Q4 Fiscal 2023”) and twelve months ended March 31, 2023 (“Fiscal 2023”). All amounts are expressed in US dollars, and figures may not add due to rounding.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FOR FISCAL 2023

  • Mined 1,068,983 tonnes of ore, milled 1,072,654 tonnes of ore, and produced approximately 6.6 million ounces of silver, 4,400 ounces of gold, or approximately 7.0 million ounces of silver equivalent, plus 68.1 million pounds of lead, and 23.5 million pounds of zinc ;
  • Sold approximately 6.6 million ounces of silver, 4,400 ounces of gold, 65.7 million pounds of lead, and 23.4 million pounds of zinc, for revenue of $208.1 million;
  • Reported net income attributable to equity shareholders of $20.6 million, or $0.12 per share;
  • Realized adjusted earnings attributable to equity shareholders of $37.0 million, or $0.21 per share. The adjustments were made to remove impacts from non-recurring items, share-based compensation, foreign exchange gain/loss, impairment adjustments and reversals, gain/loss on equity investments, dilution gain/loss, and the share of associates’ operating results;
  • Generated cash flow from operating activities of $85.6 million;
  • Cash cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, of negative $0.42;
  • All-in sustaining cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, of $9.73;
  • Paid $4.4 million of dividends to the Company’s shareholders;
  • Spent $2.1 million to buy back 838,237 common shares of the Company under its Normal Course Issuer Bid;
  • Spent and capitalized $8.3 million on exploration drilling, $34.0 million on underground development and exploration tunneling, and $15.6 million on equipment and facilities, including $4.8 million on construction of the new mill and tailings storage facility; and
  • Strong balance sheet with $203.3 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 $141.9 million as at March 31, 2023.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR Q4 FISCAL 2023 

  • Mined 181,848 tonnes of ore, milled 179,393 tonnes of ore, and produced approximately 1.1 million ounces of silver, 1,000 ounces of gold, 10.9 million pounds of lead, and 3.6 million pounds of zinc;
  • Sold approximately 1.1 million ounces of silver, 1,000 ounces of gold, or 1.2 million ounces of silver equivalent, 10.0 million pounds of lead, and 3.5 million pounds of zinc, for revenue of $34.1 million;
  • Reported net income attributable to equity holders of $0.2 million, or $0.00 per share;
  • Realized adjusted earnings attributable to equity holders of $5.0 million, or $0.03 per share;
  • Cash costs per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, of $0.92;
  • All-in sustaining costs per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, of $13.85;
  • Generated cash flow from operating activities of $5.7 million; and,
  • Spent and capitalized $1.0 million on exploration drilling, $5.9 million on underground development and exploration tunneling, and $2.5 million on equipment and facilities.

 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS 

  1. Fiscal 2023 Financial Results

Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company in Fiscal 2023 was $20.6 million or $0.12 per share, compared to net income of $30.6 million or $0.17 per share for the twelve months ended March 31, 2022 (“Fiscal 2022”).

In Fiscal 2023, the Company’s consolidated financial results were mainly impacted by i) increases of 6%, 29% and 3%, respectively, in silver, gold, and lead sold, and a decrease of 13% in zinc sold; ii) decreases of 12%, 3% and 2%, respectively, in the realized selling prices for silver, lead and zinc, and increases of 1%, in the realized selling prices for gold; iii) a foreign exchange gain of $4.8 million mainly arising from the appreciation of the US dollar against the Canadian dollar;  iv) a loss of $2.3 million on equity investments; v) an impairment charge of $20.2 million against the Las Yesca Project, and vi) an impairment charge of $2.9 million against a short-term investment in certain bonds.

Revenue in Fiscal 2023 was $208.1 million, down 4% compared to $217.9 million in Fiscal 2022. The decrease is mainly due to i) a decrease of $16.6 million arising from the decrease in the net realized selling prices for silver, lead, and zinc; ii) a decrease of $3.6 million arising from the decrease in zinc sold, offset by iii) an increase of $9.7 million arising from the increase in silver, gold and lead sold.

Income from mine operations in Fiscal 2023 was $70.8 million, down 16% compared to $84.3 million in Fiscal 2022. Income from mine operations at the Ying Mining District was $62.8 million, compared to $70.0 million in Fiscal 2022. Income from mine operations at the GC Mine was $8.4 million, compared to $14.8 million in Fiscal 2022.

Cash flow provided by operating activities in Fiscal 2023 was $85.6 million, down $21.7 million, compared to $107.4 million in Fiscal 2022.

The Company ended Fiscal 2023 with $203.3 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, down 5% or $9.6 million compared to $212.9 million as at March 31, 2022.

Working capital as at March 31, 2023 was $177.8 million, down 5% or $8.5 million compared to $186.3 million as at March 31, 2022.

 

  1. Q4 Fiscal 2023 Financial Results

Net income attributable to equity holders of the Company in Q4 Fiscal 2023 was $0.2 million or $0.00 per share, compared to net income of $4.0 million or $0.02 per share in the three months ended March 31, 2022 (“Q4 Fiscal 2022”).

In Q4 Fiscal 2023, the Company’s consolidated financial results were mainly impacted by i) decreases of 9%, 18% and 20%, respectively, in silver, lead and zinc sold, and an increase of 100% in gold sold; ii) decreases of 6%,  6% and 27%, respectively, in the realized selling prices for silver,  lead and zinc, and an increase of 10% in the net realized selling price for gold ; iii) a loss of $1.1 million on equity investments; and iv) an impairment charge of $1.9 million against a short-term investment in certain bonds.

Revenue in Q4 Fiscal 2023 was $34.1 million, down 18% compared to $41.6 million in Q4 Fiscal 2022. The decrease is mainly due to a decrease of $3.6 million arising from the decrease in the net realized selling prices for silver, lead and zinc, and a decrease of $4.6 million arising from the decrease in silver, lead and zinc sold. The following table summarizes the metals sold, net realized selling price and revenue achieved for each metal.

Income from mine operations in Q4 Fiscal 2023 was $9.8 million, down 29% compared to $13.7 million in Q4 Fiscal 2022. Income from mine operations at the Ying Mining District was $9.5 million, compared to $11.9 million in Q4 Fiscal 2022. Income from mine operations at the GC Mine was $0.4 million, compared to $2.0 million in Q4 Fiscal 2022.

Cash flow provided by operating activities in Q4 Fiscal 2023 was $5.7 million, down $5.7 million, compared to $11.4 million in Q4 Fiscal 2022.

 

CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONAL RESULTS 

 

  1. Fiscal 2023 Operational Results

In Fiscal 2023, the Company mined 1,068,983 tonnes of ore and milled 1,072,654 tonnes of ore, both up 7% compared to 996,280 tonnes of ore mined and 1,002,335 tonnes of ore milled in Fiscal 2022.

In Fiscal 2023, the Company produced approximately 6.6 million ounces of silver, 4,400 ounces of gold, 68.1 million pounds of lead, and 23.5 million pounds of zinc, representing increases of 8%, 29% and 6%, respectively, in silver, gold and lead production, and a decrease of 12% in zinc production over Fiscal 2022.

In Fiscal 2023, the consolidated production costs were $84.03 per tonne, down 1% compared to $84.85 in Fiscal 2022, while the all-in sustaining production costs per tonne of ore processed were $142.08, a slight increase compared to $141.54 in Fiscal 2022.

In Fiscal 2023, the consolidated cash costs per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, were negative $0.42, compared to negative $1.29 in the prior year quarter. The increase was mainly due to a decrease of $2.1 million in by-product credits and an increase of $3.2 million in expensed production costs.

The consolidated all-in sustaining costs per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, were $9.73 compared to $8.77 in Fiscal 2022. The increase was mainly due to i) the increase in the consolidated cash costs per ounce of silver as discussed above, ii) an increase of $7.7 million in sustaining capital expenditures offset by a decrease of $2.7 million in administrative expenses and mineral resources tax.

 

  1. Q4 Fiscal 2023 Operational Results

In Q4 Fiscal 2023, the Company mined 181,848 tonnes of ore, up 1% compared to 180,505 tonnes in Q4 Fiscal 2022. Ore milled in Q4 Fiscal 2023 was 179,393 tonnes, down 2% compared to 182,670 tonnes in Q4 Fiscal 2022.

In Q4 Fiscal 2023, the Company produced approximately 1.1 million ounces of silver, 1,000 ounces of gold, 10.9 million pounds of lead, and 3.6 million pounds of zinc, representing an increase of 100% in gold production, and decreases of 3%, 9% and 13%, respectively, in silver, lead and zinc production over Q4 Fiscal 2022.

In Q4 Fiscal 2023, the consolidated production costs were $92.85 per tonne, relatively the same compared to $92.78 per tonne in Q4 Fiscal 2022, and the all-in sustaining production costs per tonne of ore processed were $165.68, down 3% compared to $171.56 in Q4 Fiscal 2022.

In Q4 Fiscal 2023, the consolidated cash costs per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, were $0.92, compared to negative $0.54 in the prior year quarter. The increase was mainly due to a decrease of $4.2 million in by-product credits offset by a decrease of $2.6 million in expensed production costs. The consolidated all-in sustaining costs per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, were $13.85 compared to $12.60 in Q4 Fiscal 2022. The increase was mainly due to the increase in the consolidated cash costs per ounce of silver in the current quarter as discussed above.

 

EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT 

 

In Fiscal 2023, on a consolidated basis, a total of 323,291 metres or $13.0 million worth of diamond drilling were completed (Fiscal 2022 – 426,128 metres or $20.7 million), of which approximately 168,249 metres or $4.7 million worth of diamond drilling were expensed as part of mining costs (Fiscal 2022– 276,450 metres or $7.2 million) and approximately 155,042 metres or $8.3 million worth of diamond drilling were capitalized (Fiscal 2022– 149,678 metres or $13.5 million). In addition, approximately 39,941 metres or $14.6 million worth of mining preparation tunnels were completed and expensed as part of mining costs (Fiscal 2022 – 31,301 metres or $11.6 million), and approximately 81,771 metres or $34.0 million worth of tunnels, raises, ramps and declines were completed and capitalized (Fiscal 2022 – 74,062 metres or $31.0 million).

In December 2022, the Company’s Kuanping Silver-Lead-Zinc-Gold Project (“Kuanping Project”) received a mining license (the “Kuanping Mining License”) from the Department of Natural Resources, Henan Province, China. The Kuanping Mining License covers 6.97 square kilometres and is good until March 13, 2029.

In Fiscal 2023, a total of 8,485 metres or $0.9 million worth of drilling were completed and capitalized at the Kuanping Project.

In Fiscal 2023, the Company spent $4.8 million on the construction of the tailing storage facility (“TSF”) and the new mill, $35.1 million below the budgeted amount of $39.9 million. As of March 31, 2023, a total of 3,233 metres, or 64% of the designed drainage tunnels were completed and the site preparation for the new mill was also completed. The Company has received all governmental approvals to construct the TSF and the new mill. The Company still plans to complete the TSF in 2024 and is currently delaying the construction of the new mill by one year.

In addition, the Company spent approximately $2.0 million to upgrade most roads to concrete and upgrade certain environmental protection facilities at the Ying Mining District as part of our continued commitment to building green mines. The Company also spent approximately $1.0 million to construct an X-Ray Transmission Ore Sorting System (“XRT Ore Sorting System”) to optimize the mine plan and improve processing head grades at the GC Mine. The XRT Ore Sorting System is currently in trial run.

 

INDIVIDUAL MINE OPERATING PERFORMANCE