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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

xQUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2013

¨TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from              to              

Commission File Number: 001-34857

 

GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

Colorado

84-1473173

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

2886 Carriage Manor Point, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

 

 (303) 320-7708

(Registrant’s telephone number including area code) 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No   ¨ 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to post such files). Yes  x No ¨ 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larger accelerated filer

x

Accelerated filer

¨

 

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer

¨(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

Smaller reporting company

¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date: 53,779,369 shares of common stock outstanding as of November 6, 2013.

 

 

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GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION

 

FORM 10-Q

 

Index

 

 

8

 

 

 

Page

Part I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Financial Statements 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and December 31, 2012

4

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 (unaudited)

5

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 (unaudited)

6

 

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

7

Item 2

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

15

Item 3

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

24

Item 4

Controls and Procedures

26

 

 

Part II - OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings 

26

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 

26

Item 6.

Exhibits 

26

SIGNATURES 

28

 

 

References in this report to agreements to which Gold Resource Corporation is a party and the definition of certain terms from those agreements are not necessarily complete and are qualified by reference to the agreements. Readers should refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 and the exhibits listed therein.

 

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING EXPLORATION STAGE STATUS

AND USE OF CERTAIN MINING TERMS

 

We are considered an “exploration stage” company under the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Industry Guide 7, Description of Property by Issuers Engaged or to be Engaged in Significant Mining Operations (“Guide 7”), because we do not have reserves as defined under Guide 7.  Reserves are defined in Guide 7 as that part of a mineral deposit which can be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time of the reserve determination.  The establishment of reserves under Guide 7 requires, among other things, certain spacing of exploratory drill holes to establish the required continuity of mineralization and the completion of a detailed cost or feasibility study.  Since we have no reserves as defined in Guide 7, we have not exited the exploration stage and continue to report our financial information as an exploration stage entity as required under relevant accounting principles.  Although for purposes of ASC 915 Development Stage Entities we have exited the development stage and no longer report inception to date results of operations, cash flows and other financial operations, we will remain an exploration stage company under Guide 7 until such time as we demonstrate reserves in accordance with the criteria in Guide 7.

 

Since we have no reserves, we have and will continue to expense all mine construction, mill and other mine facility construction costs, even though these expenditures are expected to have a future economic benefit in excess of one year.  We also expense our asset retirement obligations.  Companies that have reserves and have exited the exploration stage typically capitalize these costs, and subsequently amortize them on a units-of-production basis as reserves are mined, with the resulting depletion charge allocated to inventory, and then to cost of sales as the inventory is sold.  As a result of these and other differences, our financial statements will not be comparable to the financial statements of mining companies that have established reserves and have exited the exploration stage.

 

We use certain terms in this report such as “production,” “mining or processing activities,” and “mine construction.”  Production means the estimated quantities of concentrates (tonnage and grade) delivered to stockpiles at our mine or shipped to our customer, which may result in disclosure of contained/payable metals and related metal sales.  Mining or processing activities means the process of extracting mineralized material from the earth and treating that material in our mill, yielding concentrate products containing metals.  Mine construction means work carried out to access areas in the mine containing mineralized material, which principally includes crosscutting, drifting, ramp construction, ventilation shafts and ancillary activities.  We use these terms in our report since we believe they are necessary and helpful for the reader to understand our business and operations.  However, we caution you that we do not have reserves and therefore have not exited the exploration stage as defined in Guide 7, and our use of the terminology described above is not intended to indicate that we have established reserves or have exited the exploration stage for purposes of Guide 7 Furthermore, since we do not have reserves, we cannot provide any indication or assurance as to how long we will likely continue mining activities at our mine site or whether such activities will be profitable.

 

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PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1.  Financial Statements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION

(An Exploration Stage Company - Note 1)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except shares)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

17,634 

$

35,780 

Gold and silver bullion

 

3,821 

 

5,809 

Accounts receivable

 

5,212 

 

6,349 

Inventories

 

8,897 

 

7,533 

Income taxes receivable

 

8,602 

 

419 

Deferred tax assets

 

2,207 

 

2,121 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

4,544 

 

973 

Total current assets

 

50,917 

 

58,984 

Land and mineral rights

 

227 

 

227 

Property and equipment - net

 

18,051 

 

14,050 

Inventories

 

797 

 

809 

Deferred tax assets

 

31,748 

 

31,559 

Total assets

$

101,740 

$

105,629 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

3,051 

$

3,013 

Accrued expenses

 

7,976 

 

4,178 

Capital lease obligations

 

1,462 

 

 -

IVA taxes payable

 

658 

 

2,673 

Dividends payable

 

1,601 

 

3,161 

Total current liabilities

 

14,748 

 

13,025 

Capital lease obligations

 

2,757 

 

 -

Asset retirement obligation

 

2,844 

 

2,790 

Total liabilities

 

20,349 

 

15,815 

Shareholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock - $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized:

 

 

 

 

no shares issued and outstanding

 

 -

 

 -

Common stock - $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized:

 

 

 

 

53,715,767 and  53,015,767 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

54 

 

53 

Additional paid-in capital

 

90,100 

 

102,674 

Accumulated (deficit)

 

(1,668)

 

(5,851)

Treasury stock at cost, 336,398 shares

 

(5,884)

 

(5,884)

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) - currency translation adjustment

 

(1,211)

 

(1,178)

Total shareholders' equity

 

81,391 

 

89,814 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

101,740 

$

105,629 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

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GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION

(An Exploration Stage Company - Note 1)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales of metals concentrate, net

$

29,405 

$

36,035 

$

98,375 

$

103,399 

Mine cost of sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production costs

 

17,284 

 

12,293 

 

47,926 

 

31,838 

Depreciation and amortization

 

717 

 

556 

 

1,810 

 

940 

Accretion

 

27 

 

20 

 

84 

 

60 

Total mine cost of sales

 

18,028 

 

12,869 

 

49,820 

 

32,838 

Mine gross profit

 

11,377 

 

23,166 

 

48,555 

 

70,561 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General and administrative expenses

 

5,478 

 

2,933 

 

13,319 

 

8,922 

Exploration expenses

 

2,062 

 

1,882 

 

8,167 

 

5,466 

Facilities and mine construction

 

5,721 

 

5,394 

 

17,375 

 

13,492 

Total costs and expenses

 

13,261 

 

10,209 

 

38,861 

 

27,880 

Operating (loss) income

 

(1,884)

 

12,957 

 

9,694 

 

42,681 

Other expense

 

(660)

 

(485)

 

(2,558)

 

(1,782)

(Loss) income before income taxes

 

(2,544)

 

12,472 

 

7,136 

 

40,899 

Provision for income taxes (benefit)

 

(714)

 

5,600 

 

2,953 

 

16,398 

Net (loss) income

$

(1,830)

$

6,872 

$

4,183 

$

24,501 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation (loss) gain

 

(22)

 

2,168 

 

(33)

 

1,943 

Comprehensive (loss) income

$

(1,852)

$

9,040 

$

4,150 

$

26,444 

Net (loss) income per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic:

$

(0.03)

$

0.13 

$

0.08 

$

0.46 

Diluted:

$

(0.03)

$

0.12 

$

0.08 

$

0.43 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

53,320,673 

 

52,848,586 

 

53,093,288 

 

52,885,640 

Diluted

 

53,320,673 

 

56,254,632 

 

55,364,417 

 

56,365,316 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION

(An Exploration Stage Company - Note 1)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

4,183 

$

24,501 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash

 

 

 

 

from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

1,891 

 

1,117 

Accretion

 

84 

 

60 

Stock-based compensation

 

5,996 

 

6,640 

Unrealized foreign currency exchange loss

 

711 

 

1,496 

Impairment loss on gold and silver bullion

 

1,743 

 

 -

Deferred tax assets

 

(275)

 

 -

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

1,267 

 

(1,371)

Inventories

 

(1,506)

 

(1,342)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

(3,958)

 

(408)

Accounts payable

 

46 

 

(1,679)

Accrued expenses

 

3,970 

 

3,049 

IVA taxes payable/receivable

 

(2,263)

 

(267)

Income taxes payable/receivable

 

(8,456)

 

(13,490)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

3,433 

 

18,306 

Cash flows from (used in) investing activities:

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

(5,891)

 

(3,091)

Purchases of gold and silver bullion

 

(1,002)

 

(4,707)

Proceeds from conversion of gold and silver bullion

 

1,247 

 

1,440 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(5,646)

 

(6,358)

Cash flows from (used in) financing activities:

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 

545 

 

 -

Dividends paid

 

(20,674)

 

(26,444)

Treasury stock purchases

 

 -

 

(1,495)

Proceeds from capital leases

 

4,219 

 

 -

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(15,910)

 

(27,939)

Effect of exchange rates on cash and equivalents

 

(23)

 

273 

Net (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

(18,146)

 

(15,718)

Cash and equivalents at beginning of period

 

35,780 

 

51,960 

Cash and equivalents at end of period

$

17,634 

$

36,242 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Cash Flow Information

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

$

48 

$

 -

Income taxes paid

$

11,166 

$

30,395 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOLD RESOURCE CORPORATION

(An Exploration Stage Company – Note 1)  

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

September 30, 2013 

 (Unaudited)

1.  Nature of Operations and Basis of Presentation

Nature of Operations

Gold Resource Corporation (the “Company”) was organized under the laws of the State of Colorado on August 24, 1998. The Company is a producer of metal concentrates that contain gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc at its El Aguila Project in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The El Aguila Project includes the El Aguila open pit mine, which ceased operations in February 2011, and the La Arista underground mine, which is currently in operation. The Company is also performing exploration and evaluation work on its portfolio of base and precious metal exploration properties in Mexico and is evaluating other properties for possible acquisition in Turkey and elsewhere.

Basis of Presentation

Basis of Presentation: The unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements included herein are expressed in United States dollars and conform to United States generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) and applicable rules of the SEC regarding interim financial reporting. The unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned Mexican subsidiaries, which are Don David Gold Mexico S.A. de C.V. (“Don David Gold Mexico”) and Golden Trump Mexico S.A. de C.V (“Golden Trump Mexico”) and the Company’s wholly owned Turkish subsidiary, Gold Resource Madencilik Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi.  Significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.  Certain information and note disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP have been condensed or omitted pursuant to SEC rules and regulations, although the Company believes that the disclosures included herein are adequate to make the information presented not misleading.  These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements and notes thereto contained in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.  Except as noted below, there have been no material changes to the footnotes from those accompanying the audited financial statements contained in the Company’s Form 10-K.

In management’s opinion, the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contained herein reflect all material normal and recurring adjustments that are necessary for the fair presentation of the Company’s financial position, results of operations, and cash flows on a basis consistent with that of its audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012. However, the results of operations for the interim period ended September 30, 2013 may not be indicative of results of operations to be expected for the full fiscal year. 

Use of Estimates: The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.  Management routinely makes judgments and estimates about the effects of matters that are inherently uncertain and bases its estimates and judgments on historical experience and on various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.  Actual results could differ from these estimates.

Revenue Recognition: Sales of concentrates are recorded net of treatment and refining charges, plus final settlement and mark-to-market price adjustments.  Treatment and refining charges represent payments or price adjustments that are fixed and applied on a per tonne, pound or ounce basis, and in some cases provide for an increase in charges based on increases in metal prices above a base price. Treatment and refining charges are estimated upon shipment of concentrates based on contractual terms, with adjustments made at final settlement.  Adjustments at final settlement typically do not vary materially from estimates made upon shipment; however, mark-to-market price adjustments could vary materially based on the precious metals market.  In addition, because a portion of the metals contained in concentrates are unrecoverable as a result of the smelting process, the Company’s revenues from sales of concentrates are also recorded net of allowances based on the quantity and value of these estimated unrecoverable metals.  These allowances are negotiated with the buyer of the Company’s concentrates. 

Production Costs: Production costs include labor and benefits, royalties, concentrate shipping costs, mining subcontractors, fuel and lubricants, legal and professional fees related to mine operations, stock-based compensation attributable to mine employees, materials and supplies, repairs and maintenance, explosives, housing and food, insurance, reagents, travel, medical services, security equipment, office rent, tools and other costs that support our mining operations.

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Reclassifications: Certain amounts presented in prior periods have been reclassified to conform with the current period presentation. 

Exploration Stage Company: The Company has not yet demonstrated the existence of proven or probable reserves at its El Aguila Project in Oaxaca, Mexico or any of its other properties under the criteria set forth by the SEC and is therefore considered an exploration stage company in accordance with Guide 7.  As a result, substantially all of our investment in mining properties to date, including construction of the mill, mine facilities, asset retirement obligations and mine construction expenditures, have been expensed as incurred, and will continue to be expensed as incurred until such time as mineralized material is classified as proven or probable reserves. Certain expenditures, such as for rolling stock or other general-purpose equipment, may be capitalized, subject to evaluation of the possible impairment of the asset. Although for purposes of ASC 915 Development Stage Entities, the Company commenced its intended operations of mining, processing and selling mineralized material in July 2010, the Company believed that its characterization as an exploration stage company under Guide 7 required it to report its financial statements consistent with a development stage company which required among other things the reporting of inception to date results of operations, cash flows and other financial information.   In response to certain comments raised by the SEC staff regarding the Company’s financial statement presentation, the Company has determined that it is no longer required to include the inception to date reporting in its financial statements even though it remains an exploration stage company for accounting purposes in accordance with Guide 7.  Therefore, the Company has revised its financial statement presentation in this report to omit the  inception to date reporting in its condensed consolidated statement of  operations, condensed consolidated statement of cash flows and other financial information , which differs from the presentation in the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. The Company will not exit the exploration stage for accounting purposes unless and until it demonstrates the existence of proven or probable reserves that meet SEC guidelines and will continue to expense its activities as described above until such time as it exits the exploration stage.  Please see the Cautionary Note at the beginning of this report for other information regarding our stage company. 

 

2.  Fair Value Measurement 

The Company’s financial instruments consist of cash and cash equivalents and accounts receivable (which include provisionally priced sales) as of September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012. The following tables summarize the Company’s financial instruments required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012. The carrying values of cash and cash equivalents and accounts receivable approximated their fair values at September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012 due to their short maturities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Value as of September 30, 2013

 

 

 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

Balance Sheet Classification

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

Receivables related to unsettled invoices (1)

$

 -

$

5,212 

$

 -

$

5,212 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Value as of December 31, 2012

 

 

 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

Balance Sheet Classification

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

Receivables related to unsettled invoices (1)

$

 -

$

6,349 

$

 -

$

6,349 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

(1) Certain concentrate sales contracts provide for provisional pricing as specified in such contracts. These sales contain an embedded derivative related to the provisional pricing mechanism which is bifurcated and accounted for as a derivative. At the end of each reporting period, the Company records an adjustment to sales to mark-to-market outstanding provisional invoices. Because these provisionally priced sales have not yet settled, the mark-to-market adjustment related to these invoices is included in accounts receivable as of each reporting date. The receivable is the sales contract with no quoted market price, whereas the underlying metal values (inputs) are directly observable for the full amount of the receivable (Level 2).

Gains and losses related to changes in the fair value of these financial instruments were included in the Company’s condensed consolidated statement of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, as shown in the following table:

 

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Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

 

Type

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

 

Statement of Operations Classification

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

(in thousands)

 

 

Receivables related to unsettled invoices on provisionally priced sales (1)

Derivative (loss) gain

$

(915)

$

2,065 

$

(915)

$

1,422 

 

Sales of metals concentrate, net

 (1) These sales contain an embedded derivative related to the provisional pricing mechanism which is bifurcated and accounted for as a derivative. At the end of each reporting period, the Company records an adjustment to sales to mark-to-market outstanding provisional invoices. Because these provisionally priced sales have not yet settled, the mark-to-market adjustment related to these invoices is included in sales of metals concentrate, net as of each reporting date.

 

3. Gold and Silver Bullion

The Company periodically purchases gold and silver bullion on the open market for investment purposes and to use in its dividend exchange program whereby shareholders may exchange their cash dividend for gold and silver bullion.  The Company’s investment in gold and silver bullion is carried at cost and evaluated for impairment at relevant financial reporting dates in accordance with ASC 330-10-45-15 (a).

During the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company purchased approximately 608 ounces of gold at market prices for a total cost of $1.0 million.    During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company purchased approximately 1,672 ounces of gold and 59,001 ounces of silver at market prices for a total cost of $4.7 million. During the nine months ended September  30, 2013, approximately 670 ounces of gold and 2,847 ounces of silver were converted into gold and silver bullion and distributed under the Company’s gold and silver bullion dividend exchange program, resulting in a realized loss of $0.1 million in that period. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, approximately 742 ounces of gold and 3,818 ounces of silver were converted into gold and silver bullion and distributed under this dividend program, resulting in a realized loss of $0.1 million in that period.

 

The table below shows the balance of the Company’s holdings of bullion as of September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30, 2013   

 

December 31, 2012   

 

 

Gold

 

Silver

 

Gold

 

Silver

 

 

(in thousands, except ounces and per ounce )

 

(in thousands, except ounces and per ounce )

Ounces

 

1,710 

 

93,669 

 

1,774 

 

95,495 

Carrying value per ounce

$

1,201.31 

$

18.86 

$

1,659.83 

$

30.00 

Total carrying value

$

2,054 

$

1,767 

$

2,945 

$

2,864 

 

 

The Company recorded no impairment on its gold and silver bullion for the three months ended September 30, 2013. The Company recorded impairment write-downs on its gold and silver bullion totaling $1.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. 

 

 

4.  Inventories 

Inventories at September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012 consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(in thousands)

Ore stockpiles - underground mine

$

2,315 

$

1,466 

Concentrates

 

961 

 

3,305 

Materials and supplies

 

5,621 

 

2,762 

Inventories - current

 

8,897 

 

7,533 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore stockpiles - open pit mine

 

797 

 

809 

Inventories - non-current

 

797 

 

809 

Total inventories

$

9,694 

$

8,342 

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5.  Property and Equipment 

At September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, property and equipment consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(in thousands)

Trucks and autos

$

1,802 

$

1,631 

Building

 

1,737 

 

1,737 

Office furniture and equipment

 

2,705 

 

2,275 

Machinery and equipment

 

16,765 

 

11,474 

Subtotal

 

23,009 

 

17,117 

Accumulated depreciation

 

(4,958)

 

(3,067)

Total property and equipment, net

$

18,051 

$

14,050 

 

Depreciation expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $0.7 million and $1.9 million, respectively. Depreciation expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $0.6 million and $1.1 million, respectively.

 

In May and June 2013, the Company entered into financing transactions with certain equipment financing companies whereby the Company sold to them mining equipment that was purchased by the Company from February 2013 through June 2013.  The equipment was subsequently leased back to the Company for a three-year period with a bargain purchase option at the end of the lease term, which the Company intends to exercise.  The Company will retain full use and all benefits attributable to the leased equipment. 

 

The equipment leases qualify as capital leases and have been recorded at the present value of the future minimum lease payments, including the bargain purchase option and transaction fees, which approximates the net carrying value of the equipment.  The equipment leases bear interest at 4.5% to 5.5% per annum, with monthly principal and interest payments of approximately $0.1 million over the three-year lease term.   The Company has an option to purchase the equipment at the end of the lease term for less than $0.1 million.  The present value of the future minimum lease payments, including the bargain purchase options and up-front transaction fees, totaled $4.8 million, of which  $3.1 million represents machinery and equipment and $1.7 represents facilities and mine construction expenses.  Depreciation on the leased assets is recorded over their estimated useful lives.

 

As of September 30, 2013, the Company’s obligations under capital leases are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

 

2013

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

2013

$

412 

 

2014

 

1,621 

 

2015

 

1,578 

 

2016

 

901 

 

Total payments due

 

4,512 

 

Less amounts representing interest

 

(293)

 

Subtotal

 

4,219 

 

Less current portion

 

(1,462)

 

Non-current portion

$

2,757 

 

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6.  Asset Retirement Obligation

 

The Company’s asset retirement obligation (“ARO”) relates to the estimated reclamation, remediation, and closure costs for its El Aguila Project.   The following table presents the changes in ARO at September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(in thousands)

Asset retirement obligation – opening balance

$

2,790 

$

2,281 

Additions and changes in estimates

 

 -

 

258 

Foreign currency exchange (gain) loss

 

(30)

 

170 

Accretion

 

84 

 

81 

Asset retirement obligation – ending balance

$

2,844 

$

2,790 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Shareholders’ Equity 

The Company declared dividends of $4.8 million and $9.5 million and paid gross cash dividends of $4.8 million and $9.5 million during the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. During the nine months ended the Company declared dividends of $19.1 million and $27.0 million and paid gross cash dividends of  $20.7 million and $26.4 million, respectively.  Under our dividend exchange program during the three months ended September 30, 2013 our shareholders who participated in the program exchanged gross cash dividends of $0.2 million for approximately 108 ounces of gold and 605 ounces of silver and for September 30, 2012 exchanged gross cash dividends of $0.5 million for approximately 311 ounces of gold and 764 ounces of silver, respectively.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2013 our shareholders who participated in the program exchanged gross cash dividends of $1.1 million for approximately 670 ounces of gold and 2,847 ounces of silver and for September 30, 2012 gross cash dividends of $1.3 million for approximately 742 ounces of gold and 3,818 ounces of silver, respectively. The Board of Directors has authorized the Company’s dividends to be charged to paid-in-capital until such time as the Company has retained earnings, at which time dividends will be charged to retained earnings to the extent that the Company has retained earnings.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012,  all dividends were charged to paid-in capital.

 

8.    Concentrate Sale Settlements

The Company records adjustments to sales of metals concentrate that result from final settlement of provisional invoices in the period that the final invoice settlement occurs.  The Company also reviews assays taken at the mine site on its concentrate shipments, upon which the Company’s provisional invoices are based, to assays obtained from samples taken at the buyer’s warehouse prior to final settlement, upon which the final invoices are in part based, to assess whether an adjustment to sales is required prior to final invoice settlement. These adjustments resulted in a decrease of $3.5 million and $3.8 million to sales during the three and nine months ended September  30, 2013, respectively, and a decrease to sales of $3.7 million for the three and nine months ended September  30, 2012, respectively.

In addition to the final settlement adjustments on provisional invoices, the Company records a sales adjustment to mark-to-market outstanding provisional invoices at the end of each reporting period.  These adjustments resulted in a decrease to sales of $0.9 million and $0.9 million for the three and nine months ended September  30, 2013, respectively, and an increase to sales of $2.1 million and $1.4 million for the three and nine months ended September  30, 2012.

 

Sales of metals concentrate are recorded net of smelter refining fees, treatment charges and penalties.  Total charges for these items totaled $3.5 million and $11.0 million for the three and nine months ended September  30, 2013 and $4.1 million and $12.7 million for the three and nine months ended September  30, 2012.

 

 

9. Stock Options

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The Company has a non-qualified stock option and stock grant plan under which equity awards may be granted to key employees, directors and others (the “Plan”).  A summary of activity under the Plan for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 is presented below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock Options

 

Weighted Average Exercise Price

 

Weighted Average Remaining Contractual Term (in yrs.)

 

Aggregate Intrinsic Value

Outstanding as of January 1, 2013

6,020,000 

$

8.55 

 

6.1 

$

46,698,100 

Granted

1,220,000 

 

10.01 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited

(390,000)

 

17.64 

 

 

 

 

Exercised

(700,000)

 

0.78 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding as of September 30, 2013

6,150,000 

$

9.13 

 

6.5 

$

10,719,000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vested and exercisable as of September 30, 2013

4,008,333 

$

6.28 

 

5.0 

$

10,719,000 

 

The fair value of options granted during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $2.2 million and $5.2 million, respectively. The options vest over a three year period and have an exercise term of 10 years. The total fair value of stock options vested during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $6.7 and $7.4 million, respectively.

 

The following table summarizes information about stock options outstanding at September 30, 2013:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding

 

Exercisable

Range of Exercise Prices

Number of Options

 

Weighted Average Remaining Contractual Term (in yrs.)

 

Weighted Average Exercise Price

 

Number of Options

 

Weighted Average Exercise Price

$0.25

800,000 

 

0.3 

$

0.25 

 

800,000 

$

0.25 

$3.40 - $3.95

1,900,000 

 

5.0 

$

3.66 

 

1,900,000 

$

3.66 

$7.24 - $14.36

1,830,000 

 

8.7 

$

10.68 

 

845,000 

$

11.51 

$17.10 - $20.51

1,620,000 

 

8.9 

$

18.19 

 

463,333 

$

17.91 

 

6,150,000 

 

6.5 

$

9.13 

 

4,008,333 

$

6.28 

 

The fair value of stock option grants is amortized over the respective vesting period. Total stock-based compensation expense related to stock options for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $2.3 million and $6.0 million, respectively, and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $1.9 million and $6.6 million, respectively. Stock-based compensation expense has been allocated between production costs and general and administrative expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(in thousands)

 

(in thousands)

Production costs

$

679 

$

800 

$

1,871 

$

2,988 

General and administrative expenses

 

1,628 

 

1,180 

 

4,125 

 

3,652 

Total stock-based compensation

$

2,307 

$

1,980 

$

5,996 

$

6,640 

The estimated unrecognized stock-based compensation expense from unvested options as of September 30, 2013 was approximately $13.9 million, and is expected to be recognized over the remaining vesting periods of up to 3.0 years. 

 

The assumptions used to determine the value of stock-based awards under the Black-Scholes method are summarized below:   

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Nine months ended September 30,

 

2013

 

2012

Risk-free interest rate

0.68% - 1.62%

 

1.59% - 2.31%

Dividend yield

2.87% - 3.40%

 

2.47% - 3.11%

Expected volatility

62.74% - 63.21%

 

66.17% - 67.11%

Expected life in years

5

 

10

 

 

 

10. Other  Expense

 

Other expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(in thousands)

 

(in thousands)

Unrealized foreign currency exchange loss

$

(494)

$

(791)

$

(711)

$

(1,496)

Realized foreign currency exchange (loss) gain

 

(59)

 

325 

 

95 

 

(237)

Impairment loss on gold and silver bullion

 

 -

 

 -

 

(1,743)

 

 -

Realized gain (loss) from gold and silver bullion converted

 

20 

 

(19)

 

(69)

 

(109)

Interest income

 

28 

 

31 

 

93 

 

93 

Interest expense

 

(48)

 

 -

 

(48)

 

 -

Other expense

 

(107)

 

(31)

 

(175)

 

(33)

Total other expense

$

(660)

$

(485)

$

(2,558)

$

(1,782)

 

 

 

 

11.  Income Taxes 

 

The Company recorded an income tax (benefit) expense of $(0.7) million and $3.0 million for the three and nine months ending September 30, 2013, respectively.  During the three and nine months ending September 30, 2012, the Company recorded income tax expense of $5.6 million and $16.4 million, respectively.

 

During the three and nine months ending September 30, 2013, the Company has received advances of $2.7 million and $21.0 million, respectively, from its Mexican operations. The company has historically asserted permanent reinvestment of all Mexico earnings. The impact of the planned annual dividend for 2013, net of foreign tax credits, is reflected in the estimated annual effective tax rate.

 

During the quarter ended September 30, 2013, the Company experienced an increase in its annualized effective tax rate principally due to lower than expected foreign tax credits resulting from lower forecasted earnings.

 

In assessing the realizability of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which those temporary differences become deductible. Management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred tax liabilities (including the impact of available carryback and carry forward periods), projected future taxable income and tax-planning strategies in making this assessment. As of September 30, 2013, the Company believes it has sufficient positive evidence to conclude that realization of its federal, state and foreign deferred tax assets of Gold Resource Corporation and Golden Trump Resources, S.A. de C.V. are more likely than not to be realized.

 

The Company recognizes interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions in income tax expense. As of September 30, 2013, the Company has not identified any uncertain tax positions. The Company files income tax returns in U.S. federal and state jurisdictions, Mexico and Turkey. There are currently no U.S. federal or state, Mexico or Turkey income tax examinations underway for these jurisdictions. Furthermore, the Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal income tax examination by the Internal Revenue Service or by state and local tax authorities for tax years ended on or before December 31, 2010 or Mexican tax examinations for tax years ended on or before December 31, 2007, or Turkey tax

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examinations for tax years ended on or before December 31, 2011. Although certain tax years are closed under the statute of limitations, tax authorities can still adjust tax losses being carried forward to open tax years. 

 

12. Net (Loss) Income per Common Share

 

Basic (loss) earnings per share is calculated based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period.  Diluted earnings per share is calculated based on the assumption that stock options outstanding, which have an exercise price less than the average market price of the Company’s common shares during the period, have been exercised on the later of the beginning of the period or the date granted and that the funds obtained from the exercise were used to purchase common shares at the average market price during the period.

 

The effect of potentially dilutive stock options on the weighted average number of shares outstanding for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(in thousands, except share data)

 

(in thousands, except share data)

Net (loss) income

$

(1,830)

$

6,872 

$

4,183 

$

24,501 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

 

53,320,673 

 

52,848,586 

 

53,093,288 

 

52,885,640 

Dilutive effect of stock options

 

 -

 

3,406,046 

 

2,271,129 

 

3,479,676 

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

 

53,320,673 

 

56,254,632 

 

55,364,417 

 

56,365,316 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income per basic share

$

(0.03)

$

0.13 

$

0.08 

$

0.46 

Net (loss) income per diluted share

$

(0.03)

$

0.12 

$

0.08 

$

0.43 

Stock options totaling 2.8 million and 2.7 million for the three and nine months ending September 30, 2013, respectively, were excluded from the computation of diluted weighted average shares outstanding, since the exercise price of those stock options exceeded the average market price of the Company’s common shares of $7.92 and $10.40 during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively. Stock options totaling 0.3 and nil million for the three and nine months ending September 30, 2012 were excluded from the computation of diluted weighted average shares outstanding, since the exercise price of those stock options exceeded the average market price of the Company’s common shares of $20.66 and $23.77 during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively.

 

13.  Legal Proceedings

 

A purported securities class action lawsuit filed against the Company on October 25, 2012 and subsequently captioned In re Gold Resource Corp. Securities Litigation, No.1:12-cv-02832 was pending in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.   The complaint alleged violations of federal securities laws by the Company and certain of its officers and directors. On July 15, 2013, the federal district court granted the Company’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice.  The plaintiff filed notice it intends to appeal the District Court’s decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

 

On February 8, 2013, a shareholder’s derivative lawsuit entitled City of Bristol Pension Fund v. Reid et al., No. 1:13-CV-00348 was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado naming the Company as a nominal defendant, and naming seven of its current and former officers and directors as defendants. The lawsuit alleges breach of fiduciary duty, gross mismanagement and unjust enrichment and seeks to recover, for the Company’s benefit, unspecified damages purportedly sustained by the Company in connection with the alleged misconduct identified in the class action lawsuit discussed above and an award of attorney’s fees and costs. The action was stayed pending resolution of the motion to dismiss in the securities class action lawsuit and the stay has been extended pending the appeal. There has been no discovery as the case is in its initial stages and accordingly, the Company is not in a position to assess the likelihood or estimate the potential range of loss associated with this matter;  however, pursuant to the Company’s articles of incorporation, it is obligated to indemnify its officers and directors with respect to this litigation and the Company will bear the cost associated with defense of these claims.

 

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ITEM 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

The following discussion summarizes the results of operations of Gold Resource Corporation and its subsidiaries (“we”, “our”, or “us”) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and compares those results to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012.  It also analyzes our financial condition at September 30, 2013 and compares it to our financial condition at December 31, 2012. This discussion should be read in conjunction with the Management’s Discussion and Analysis and the audited financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 and footnotes contained in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.

 

The discussion also presents certain Non-GAAP financial measures that are important to management in its evaluation of our operating results and which are used by management to compare our performance with what we perceive to be peer group mining companies, and are relied on as part of management’s decision-making process.  Management believes these measures may also be important to investors in evaluating our performance. For a detailed description of each of the Non-GAAP financial measures, please see the discussion under “Non-GAAP Measures”.

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING EXPLORATION STAGE STATUS

AND USE OF CERTAIN MINING TERMS

 

We are considered an “exploration stage” company under the Securities and Exchange Commission Industry Guide 7, Description of Property by Issuers Engaged or to be Engaged in Significant Mining Operations (“Guide 7”), because we do not have reserves as defined under Guide 7.  Reserves are defined in Guide 7 as that part of a mineral deposit which can be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time of the reserve determination.  The establishment of reserves under Guide 7 requires, among other things, certain spacing of exploratory drill holes to establish the required continuity of mineralization and the completion of a detailed cost or feasibility study.  Since we have no reserves as defined in Guide 7, we have not exited the exploration stage and continue to report our financial information as an exploration stage entity as required under relevant accounting principles.  Although for purposes of ASC 915 Development Stage Entities we have exited the development stage and no longer report inception to date results of operations, cash flows and other financial operations, we will remain an exploration stage company under Guide 7 until such time as we demonstrate reserves in accordance with the criteria in Guide 7. 

 

Since we have no reserves, we have and will continue to expense all mine construction, mill and other mine facility construction costs, even though these expenditures are expected to have a future economic benefit in excess of one year.  We also expense our asset retirement obligations.  Companies that have reserves and have exited the exploration stage typically capitalize these costs, and subsequently amortize them on a units-of-production basis as reserves are mined, with the resulting depletion charge allocated to inventory, and then to cost of sales as the inventory is sold.  As a result of these and other differences, our financial statements will not be comparable to the financial statements of mining companies that have established reserves and have exited the exploration stage. 

 

We use certain terms in this report such as “production,” “mining or processing activities,” and “mine construction.”  Production means the estimated quantities of concentrates (tonnage and grade) delivered to stockpiles at our mine or shipped to our customer, which may result in disclosure of contained/payable metals and related metal sales.  Mining or processing activities means the process of extracting mineralized material from the earth and treating that material in our mill, yielding concentrate products containing metals.  Mine construction means work carried out to access areas in the mine containing mineralized material, which principally includes crosscutting, drifting, ramp construction, ventilation shafts and ancillary activities.  We use these terms in our report since we believe they are necessary and helpful for the reader to understand our business and operations. However, we caution you that we do not have reserves and therefore have not exited the exploration stage as defined in Guide 7, and our use of the terminology described above is not intended to indicate that we have established reserves or have exited the exploration stage for purposes of Guide 7.  Furthermore, since we do not have reserves, we cannot provide any indication or assurance as to how long we will likely continue mining activities at our mine site or whether such activities will be profitable.   

 

Overview

 

Business

 

We are an exploration stage mining company, in accordance with applicable guidelines of the SEC, which pursues gold and silver projects that are expected to have low operating costs and high returns on capital.  We are presently focused on mineral production from mineralized material at the El Aguila Project in Oaxaca, Mexico. The mineralized material from the El Aguila open pit mine was processed into a metal concentrate containing the primary product of gold, with silver as a by-

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product. Operations at the El Aguila open pit mine ceased in February 2011 with the start-up of mine operations at the La Arista underground mine in March 2011. Our La Arista underground mine produces metal concentrates from mineralized material that contain our primary metal products of gold and silver, and by-products of copper, lead and zinc.

 

The mill located at our El Aguila Project produced a total of 21,244 precious metal gold equivalent ounces for the three months ended September 30, 2013.  During this period we sold 19,033 precious metal gold equivalent ounces at a total cash cost (including royalties and as otherwise defined below) of $756 per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold. The mill at our El Aguila Project produced a total of 64,148 precious metal gold equivalent ounces for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.  During this period we sold 63,998 precious metal gold equivalent ounces at a total cash cost of $609 per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold. Precious metal gold equivalent is determined by taking gold ounces produced or sold, plus silver ounces produced or sold converted to precious metal gold equivalent ounces using the gold to silver average price ratio for the period. The gold and silver average prices used to determine the gold to silver average price ratio are the actual metal prices realized from sales of our gold and silver. (Please see the section titled “Non-GAAP Measures” below for additional information concerning the cash cost per ounce measures.) 

 

For the three months ended September 30, 2013, we reported revenue of $29.4 million, mine gross profit of $11.4 million and a net loss of $1.8 million.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, we reported revenue of $98.4 million, mine gross profit of $48.6 million and net income of $4.2 million.

 

Exploration Stage Company

We are considered an exploration stage company under SEC criteria since we have not demonstrated the existence of proven or probable reserves at our El Aguila Project in Oaxaca, Mexico or any of our other properties. Accordingly, as required under SEC guidelines, substantially all of our investment in mining properties to date, including construction of the mill, mine facilities and mine construction expenditures, have been expensed as incurred and therefore do not appear as assets on our balance sheet. Certain expenditures, such as expenses for rolling stock or other general purpose equipment may, be capitalized, subject to our evaluation of the possible impairment of the asset.

 

Our characterization as an exploration stage company has resulted in the classification of our facilities and mine construction expenditures as operating expenses rather than capital expenditures, and may cause us to report lower net income than if we had capitalized the expenditures.  In addition, our financial statements do not reflect a corresponding depreciation or amortization expense for our facilities and mine construction costs since they are expensed as incurred rather than capitalized.  Although the majority of our facilities and mine construction expenditures for the El Aguila Project were completed from 2008 through 2010, we expect underground mine construction and capital improvements will continue during 2013 and subsequent years.  We expect to remain as an exploration stage company for the foreseeable future.  We will not exit the exploration stage until such time, if ever, that we demonstrate the existence of proven or probable reserves that meet SEC guidelines. Likewise, unless mineralized material is classified as proven or probable reserves, substantially all expenditures for facilities and mine construction will continue to be expensed as incurred.

 

Exploration Activities

 

El Aguila Project:  Our exploration activities during the third quarter of 2013 at El Aguila continued to focus on mine construction at the La Arista vein system.  Thirty-seven diamond drill holes totaling 11,062 meters were completed during the third quarter of 2013, and ninety-nine diamond drill holes totaling 44,141 meters have been completed as of September 30, 2013.  Drilling principally targeted extensions to the Arista and Baja veins and in discovering additional veins.  During the quarter, drilling continued on mineralized veins discovered during condemnation drilling for the Phase Three proposed tailings dam, and on the Santiago Vein.  Economically significant gold, silver and base metal values were encountered and further drilling is planned.  Surface drilling also continued to explore the Salina Blanca prospect, southwest of the La Arista mine.  Other activities at El Aguila during the third quarter of 2013 included trenching, surface geological mapping and a study of the El Aguila Open Pit area to identify potential resources that could be mined using underground methods.  The results from these activities have generated various exploration targets that are marked for future drilling.  Underground drilling is also being planned to follow-up on the new veins discovered in the Switchback vein area located 500 meters to the east of the La Arista mine.  

 

Las Margaritas property:  No diamond drilling was conducted at Las Margaritas during the third quarter of 2013.  Results of previous exploration drilling at the Las Margaritas property are being evaluated along with structural geology, alteration, geochemical studies and geophysical surveys completed on the property.

 

Cerro Colorado and El Fuego properties: The Cerro Colorado and El Fuego properties are along the same mineralized trend and geologic structural corridor as our other properties in Mexico.  During the third quarter, a preliminary investigation

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was conducted on the El Fuego property.  Discussions have commenced with the local community at Cerro Colorado to obtain surface access and a preliminary investigation is planned.

 

 

Results of Operations 

 

The following table summarizes our results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(in thousands)

 

(in thousands)

Sales of metals concentrate, net

$

29,405 

$

36,035 

$

98,375 

$

103,399 

Mine cost of sales

 

18,028 

 

12,869 

 

49,820 

 

32,838 

Mine gross profit

 

11,377 

 

23,166 

 

48,555 

 

70,561 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General and administrative expenses

 

5,478 

 

2,933 

 

13,319 

 

8,922 

Exploration expenses

 

2,062 

 

1,882 

 

8,167 

 

5,466 

Facilities and mine construction

 

5,721 

 

5,394 

 

17,375 

 

13,492 

Total costs and expenses

 

13,261 

 

10,209 

 

38,861 

 

27,880 

Operating (loss) income

 

(1,884)

 

12,957 

 

9,694 

 

42,681 

Other expense

 

(660)

 

(485)

 

(2,558)

 

(1,782)

(Loss) income before income taxes

 

(2,544)

 

12,472 

 

7,136 

 

40,899 

Provision for income taxes (benefit)

 

(714)

 

5,600 

 

2,953 

 

16,398 

Net (loss) income

$

(1,830)

$

6,872 

$

4,183 

$

24,501 

 

Sales of metals concentrate, net

 

During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, sales of concentrates totaled $29.4 million and $98.4 million respectively, net of treatment charges, compared to sales of $36.0 million and $103.4 million during the same period of 2012, a decrease of 18.3% and 4.8%, respectively. During the three months ended September 30, 3013 the precious metal gold equivalent ounces sold increased by 975 ounces or 5.4%, even though sales decreased by $6.6 million as a result of the average realized gold prices decreasing to $1,240 from $1,769 per ounce, a 30.0% decrease, and average per ounce silver prices decreasing to $19 from $32 per ounce, a 40.6% decrease when compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012. Based on reported precious metal prices for October 2013, we expect this year over year decrease in sales to continue at least through the fourth quarter of 2013, and longer if prices do not recover.  By-product revenues from copper, lead and zinc also decreased during the three months ended September 30, 2013 due in part to lower average realized prices for copper and zinc.  In addition, fewer tonnes of lead and zinc were sold due to a decrease in the average grade of lead and zinc mined during three months ended September 30, 2013.  Revenue generated from sale of base metals contained in our concentrates is considered a by-product of our gold and silver production.  (See “Production and Sales Statistics - La Arista Underground Mine” table below for additional information regarding our mineral production statistics for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012).

Sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 decreased by $5.0 million, or 4.8%, when compared to the corresponding period in 2012, even though precious metal gold equivalent ounces sold for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 increased to 63,998 ounces, or 15.5%, when compared to 56,291 ounces sold in the comparable preceding period.  The increase in sales in 2013 was due in part to the excess concentrate inventory that had accumulated at the end of 2012 as well as an increase in the number of tonnes of mineralized material that was processed through the mill.  Although the average grades for all metals mined were lower for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to 2012, the principal reason for the decrease in sales was due to lower realized gold and silver prices during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to 2012.  Gold prices realized for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 decreased by 15.0% to $1,437 per ounce from $1,690 per ounce for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, with average silver prices decreasing by 19.4% to $25 per ounce for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 from $31 per ounce in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Aggregate by-product revenues from copper, lead and zinc for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 were comparable to the nine months ended September 30, 2012. 

 

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Production

 

For the three months ended September 30, 2013, mill production totaled 21,244 precious metal gold equivalent ounces compared to 22,336 precious metal gold equivalent ounces for the three months ended September 30, 2012.  The decrease in mill gold equivalent production for the three months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to 2012 was due in part to a higher gold to silver price conversion ratio used in the determining our gold equivalent ounces produced. See  “Production and Sales Statistics-La Arista Underground Mine” table below for additional information regarding our mineral production statistics. 

 

We continue to focus on mining and construction activities at the La Arista underground mine.  Our production rate at La Arista is directly a result of mine construction and the establishment of sufficient stopes and working faces. A drift to access the mineralized zone referred to as Splay 5 was completed at the end of the second quarter of 2013.  Mining of mineralized material from this vein is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013.  We are currently mining the wider veins using the long hole open stoping method, and the narrower veins using the cut and fill method.  We are also transitioning from manual to mechanized long hole stoping methods at the Arista vein, which we anticipate will result in increased mine production and provide more mineralized material for processing at our mill, in connection with our mill expansion project. 

 

The El Aguila mill expansion project is expected to increase the nominal mill processing rate from 900 tonnes per day to 1,500 tonnes per day.  Commissioning of the mill expansion is expected to take place by the end of year.  Although the mill is expected to have the capacity to process 1,500 tonnes of mineralized material per day, achieving this processing rate is also dependent on our ability to extract mineralized material from the mine at a minimum average rate of 1,500 tonnes per day.  Although we are targeting a mining processing rate for mineralized material of 1,500 tonnes per day, there is no assurance that this mining rate can be achieved or sustained over the long-term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production and Sales Statistics - La Arista Underground Mine

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

Production Summary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milled:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonnes Milled

 

84,017 

 

76,786 

 

232,940 

 

211,792 

Tonnes Milled per Day

 

913 

 

835 

 

853 

 

773 

Grade:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Gold Grade (g/t)

 

3.67 

 

4.17 

 

3.72 

 

4.08 

Average Silver Grade (g/t)

 

321 

 

320 

 

338 

 

365 

Average Copper Grade (%)

 

0.38 

 

0.43 

 

0.39 

 

0.44 

Average Lead Grade (%)

 

1.09 

 

2.14 

 

1.10 

 

1.88 

Average Zinc Grade (%)

 

2.73 

 

4.43 

 

2.71 

 

4.01 

Recoveries:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Gold Recovery (%)

 

91 

 

88 

 

90 

 

89 

Average Silver Recovery (%)

 

92 

 

94 

 

92 

 

93 

Average Copper Recovery (%)

 

78 

 

75 

 

78 

 

74 

Average Lead Recovery (%)

 

68 

 

64 

 

69 

 

69 

Average Zinc Recovery (%)

 

81 

 

80 

 

78 

 

77 

Mill production (before payable metal deductions)(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold (ozs.)

 

9,063 

 

9,047 

 

24,976 

 

24,611 

Silver (ozs.)

 

796,028 

 

739,576 

 

2,321,345 

 

2,317,110 

Copper (tonnes)

 

252 

 

245 

 

702 

 

687 

Lead (tonnes)

 

627 

 

1,051 

 

1,786 

 

2,734 

Zinc (tonnes)

 

1,851 

 

2,705 

 

4,932 

 

6,567 

Payable metal sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold (ozs.)

 

7,683 

 

7,287 

 

23,934 

 

20,317 

Silver (ozs.)

 

741,757 

 

599,501 

 

2,360,655 

 

1,982,868 

Copper (tonnes)

 

229 

 

214 

 

728 

 

596 

Lead (tonnes)

 

585 

 

869 

 

1,724 

 

2,231 

Zinc (tonnes)

 

1,552 

 

1,993 

 

4,467 

 

5,003 

Average metal prices realized (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold (oz.)

$

1,240 

$

1,769 

$

1,437 

$

1,690 

Silver (oz.)

$

19 

$

32 

$

25 

$

31 

Copper (tonne)

$

6,879 

$

8,161 

$

7,409 

$

8,162 

Lead (tonne)

$

2,111 

$

2,107 

$

2,241 

$

2,080 

Zinc (tonne)

$

1,848 

$

1,999 

$

1,967 

$

1,997 

Precious metal gold equivalent ounces produced (mill production)(1)(3)(4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Ounces

 

9,063 

 

9,047 

 

24,976 

 

24,611 

Gold Equivalent Ounces from Silver

 

12,181 

 

13,289 

 

39,172 

 

42,038 

Total Precious Metal Gold Equivalent Ounces

 

21,244 

 

22,336 

 

64,148 

 

66,649 

Precious metal gold equivalent ounces sold(2)(3)(4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Ounces

 

7,683 

 

7,287 

 

23,934 

 

20,317 

Gold Equivalent Ounces from Silver

 

11,350 

 

10,772 

 

40,064 

 

35,974 

Total Precious Metal Gold Equivalent Ounces

 

19,033 

 

18,059 

 

63,998 

 

56,291 

Total cash costs, after by-product credits, per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold (including royalties) (2)

$

756 

$

467 

$

609 

$

396 

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(1)

Mill production represents metal contained in concentrates produced at the mill, which is before payable metal deductions are levied by the buyer of our concentrates. Payable metal deduction quantities are defined in our contracts with the buyer of our concentrates and represent an estimate of metal contained in the concentrates produced at our mill, for which the buyer cannot recover through the smelting process. There are inherent limitations and differences in the sampling method and assaying of estimated metal contained in concentrates that are shipped, and those contained metal estimates derived from sampling methods and assaying throughout the mill production process.  The Company monitors these differences to insure that precious metal mill production quantities are materially correct. In addition, mill production quantities for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 do not reflect any deduction for 583 gold ounces and 45,432 silver ounces, respectively, (approximately 1,400 gold equivalent ounces) resulting from a settlement agreement with the buyer of our concentrates.

(2)

A reconciliation of this Non-GAAP measure to total mine cost of sales, the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure, can be found below in “Non-GAAP Measures.    

(3)

Precious metal gold equivalent mill production for the third quarter of 2013 of 21,244 ounces differs from gold equivalent ounces sold for the same period of 19,033 due principally to buyer (smelter) concentrate processing deductions of approximately 2,675 gold equivalent ounces and an increase in gold equivalent ounces contained in ending inventory of approximately 465 ounces..

(4)

Precious metal gold equivalent mill production for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 of 64,148 ounces differs from gold equivalent ounces sold for the same period of 63,998 principally due to buyer (smelter) concentrate processing deductions of approximately 6,759 gold equivalent ounces and an increase in gold equivalent ounces contained in ending inventory of approximately 6,609 ounces.

(5)

Average metal prices realized vary from the market metal prices due to out of period settlement adjustments from our provisional invoices when they are settled. Our average metal prices realized will therefore differ to the market average metal prices in most cases.

 

 

Mine gross profit. For the three months ended September 30, 2013, mine gross profit totaled $11.4 million compared to $23.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012.  The decrease in gross profit principally results from higher operating costs and lower realized metal prices in the third quarter of 2013.  Our costs, including labor, have increased this year as we have been expanding our mill-processing capacity but we have not yet benefited from the anticipated expanded production. We are also mining deeper mineralized zones in the mine, and have incurred cost increases in personnel, on-site contractors, repairs and maintenance, security, safety costs, fuel, materials and supplies.  These factors have contributed to a decrease in our gross profit percentage from 64.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2012 to 38.8% for the three months ended September 30, 2013. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, mine gross profit totaled $48.6 million compared to $70.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Gross profit percentages for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 decreased to 49.4% from 68.3% for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease in mine gross profit from the prior period was also primarily due to an increase in operating costs and lower realized metal prices for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to 2012.

 

Net (loss) income. For the three months ended September 30, 2013, we realized a net loss of $1.8 million, or $(0.03) per basic share, as compared to net income $6.9 million, or $0.13 per basic share, for the comparable period of 2012.  The net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2013 principally resulted from lower realized prices on metals sold, and an increase in production costs, exploration and facilities and mine construction expenses. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, net income was $4.2 million, or $0.08 per basic share, as compared to $24.5 million, or $0.46 per basic share, for the comparable period of 2012. The decrease in net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 of $20.0 million as compared to 2012 was also principally attributable to a decrease in metal prices, and higher production, general and administrative, exploration, and facilities and mine construction expenses.

 

Costs and expenses. Total costs and expenses during the three months ended September 30, 2013 were $13.3 million compared to $10.2 million during the comparable period of 2012, an increase of $3.1 million, or 30.4%, and principally resulted from an increase in facilities and mine construction expenses as discussed in more detail below.  Total costs and expenses during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $38.9 million compared to $27.9 million during the comparable period of 2012, an increase of $11.0 million, or 39.4%.The increase in cost and expenses for the nine months

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ended September 30, 2013, as discussed in more detail below, resulted from increases in exploration, general and administrative, and facilities and mine construction expenses.

 

General and administrative expenses.  General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2013 were $5.5 million, compared to $2.9 million for the same period of 2012.  General and administrative expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $13.3 million, compared to $8.9 million for the same period of 2012. The increase in general and administrative expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 principally resulted from an increase in compensation, insurance, computer IT support, investor relations and legal expenses.   

 

Exploration expenses.  Exploration expenses totaled $2.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to $1.9 million for the corresponding period in 2012.  The $0.1 million increase principally resulted from an increase in drilling activity at the El Aguila project. Exploration expenses totaled $8.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, resulting in an increase of $2.7 million when compared to $5.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.  The increase in 2013 principally resulted from an expanded drilling program, including on our Las Margaritas property during the first quarter of 2013 and from an aerial geophysical survey over our Oaxaca property trend.  Exploration costs associated with definition and delineation drilling of the La Arista vein system are reflected in facilities and mine construction expenses.

 

Facilities and mine construction expenses.  Facilities and mine construction expenses during the three months ended September 30, 2013 were $5.7 million, resulting in an increase of $0.3 million when compared to $5.4 million during the comparable period in 2012.  Facilities and mine construction expenses during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $17.4 million, resulting in an increase of $3.9 million when compared to $13.5 million during the comparable period in 2012. The increase in facilities and mine construction expenses for both the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was principally due to our mill expansion project that commenced in early 2013.   In addition to mine construction expenses, facilities and mine construction expense also includes drilling definition and delineation of the La Arista vein system.

 

Other expense. For the three months ended September 30, 2013, we recorded other expense of $0.7 million compared to other expense of $0.5 million during the same period of 2012.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, we recorded other expense of $2.6 million compared to other expense of $1.8 million during the same period of 2012. The $0.8 million increase in other expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012 resulted from an increase in impairment of gold and silver bullion of $2.5 million, which was partially offset by a decrease in foreign currency losses of $1.9 million. 

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes.  During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company recorded an income tax (benefit) expense of $(0.7) million and $3.0 million, respectively. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company recorded income tax expense of $5.6 million and $16.4 million, respectively.   The decrease in income tax expense during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 resulted from lower net income before taxes in 2013 as compared to 2012.

 

Non-GAAP Measures

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to Total Mine Cost of Sale

 

Throughout this report, we have provided information prepared or calculated according to U.S. GAAP, as well as referenced some non-U.S. GAAP (“non-GAAP”) performance measures. Because the non-GAAP performance measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP, they may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Accordingly, these measures are intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

We have reconciled total cash cost, before by-product credits and total cash cost, after by-product credits to total mine cost of sales which is a reported U.S. GAAP measure.  Total cash cost, before by-product credits, includes all direct and indirect operating cash costs related directly to our production of metals which includes mining, milling and other plant facility costs, smelter treatment and refining charges, royalties, and general and administrative costs. 

We use total cash cost, after by-product credits per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold (including royalties) as one indicator for comparative monitoring of our mining operations from period to period and believe that investors also find this information helpful when evaluating our performance. By-product credits include revenues earned from all metals other than the primary precious metals sold.  Management also uses this measurement for the comparative monitoring of performance of our mining operations period-to-period from a cash flow perspective.  Total cash cost, after by-product credits, per precious gold equivalent ounce sold is a measure developed by the Gold Institute Standard in an effort to provide

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a uniform standard for comparison purposes. However, there can be no assurance that our reporting of this Non-GAAP measure is similar to that reported by other mining companies. 

 

The following tables present a reconciliation between the non-GAAP measures of total cash cost, before by-product credits and total cash cost, after by-product credits to the GAAP measure of total mine cost of sales and depreciation, accretion, reclamation and stock-based compensation for our operations at the El Aguila project for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Cash Costs after By-Credit Credits (Non-GAAP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Three months ended September 30,

  

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

 

  

(In thousands, except ounces sold and total cash cost per gold equivalent ounce)

  

(In thousands, except ounces sold and total cash cost per gold equivalent ounce)

Total cash cost (before by-product credits) (1)

$

20,063 

$

15,580 

$

57,019 

$

41,493 

By-product credits (2)

  

(5,676)

 

(7,147)

  

(18,039)

 

(19,227)

Total cash cost (after by-product credits)

  

14,387 

 

8,433 

  

38,980 

 

22,266 

Divided by precious metal gold equivalent ounces sold (3)

  

19,033 

 

18,059 

  

63,998 

 

56,291 

Total cash cost (before by-product credits) per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold (including royalties)

 

1,054 

 

863 

 

891 

 

738 

By-product credits per precious metal gold equivalent ounces sold (2)

 

(298)

 

(396)

 

(282)

 

(342)

Total cash costs, after by-product credits, per precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold (including royalties)

$

756 

$

467 

$

609 

$

396 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Includes all direct and indirect operating cash costs related directly to our production of metals including mining, milling and other plant facility costs, smelter treatment and refining charges, royalties, and general and administrative costs.

(2)

See table below for a summary of our by-product revenue and by-product credit precious metal equivalent ounces sold.

(3)

Gold ounces sold, plus gold equivalent ounces of silver ounces sold converted to gold ounces using our realized gold price per ounce to silver price per ounce ratio, at the La Arista underground mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation to GAAP:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Three months ended September 30,

  

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

 

  

(In thousands)

  

(In thousands)

Total cash costs (after by-product credits)

$

14,387 

$

8,433 

$

38,980 

$

22,266 

Treatment and refining charges

  

(3,458)

 

(4,146)

  

(10,964)

 

(12,702)

By-product credits

  

5,676 

 

7,147 

  

18,039 

 

19,227 

Depreciation and amortization

  

717 

 

556 

  

1,810 

 

940