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Brio Gold Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results

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

/EIN News/ -- Q1 2018 Summary Financial Results (unaudited)

  For the three months ended March 31
In thousands of U.S. Dollars 2018 2017
Revenues from mining operations $ 60,947   $ 59,499  
Mine operating earnings $ 5,161   $ 8,527  
Net (loss)/earnings $ (8,730 ) $ 3,446  
Adjusted (loss)/earnings (1) $ (4,553 ) $ 3,534  
Adjusted EBITDA(1)   8,449   $ 14,016  
Cash flow from operating activities $ 12,953   $ (4,045 )
Cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital $ 9,635   $ 15,486  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q1 2018 Summary Operational Results

  For the three months ended March 31,
Consolidated Operating Statistics 2018 2017 Change
Gold production (oz.) 46,057   50,540   (9 )%
Gold sales (oz.) 46,565   49,615   (6 )%
Average realized gold price per ounce sold(1) $ 1,328   $ 1,211   10 %
Cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization per gold ounce sold $ 1,198   $ 1,027   17 %
Cash cost per gold ounce produced(1) $ 991   $ 842   18 %
All‑in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced(1) $ 1,174   $ 1,056   11 %

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

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

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

Acquisition Update

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

About Brio Gold

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

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

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

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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

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

Cash Costs

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

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

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

All-in Sustaining Costs

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

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

(Based on Consolidated Financial Statements unless otherwise noted)

   
  For the three months ended March 31, 2018
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and per ounce amounts) Consolidated   Pilar Mine   Fazenda
Brasileiro Mine
  RDM Mine  
Cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization 55,786   18,865   16,457   20,322  
Depletion, depreciation and amortization (8,304 ) (4,629 ) (2,723 ) (810 )
Adjustments:        
Inventory movement and adjustments (1,840 ) 406   295   (2,525 )
Cash costs(1) 45,642   14,642   14,029   16,987  
General and administrative expenses attributable to all-in sustaining costs 3,228   275   267   185  
Sustaining capital expenditures 5,201   3,421   1,094   532  
All-in sustaining costs(1) 54,071   18,338   15,390   17,704  
         
Cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization per gold ounce sold 1,198   1,459   1,025   1,156  
Cash cost per gold ounce produced(1) 991   1,133   897   971  
All-in sustaining costs per ounce produced(1) 1,174   1,419   984   1,012  
         
Gold ounces produced during the period (oz.) 46,057   12,923   15,640   17,494  
                 


   
  For the three months ended March 31, 2017
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and per ounce amounts) Consolidated   Pilar Mine   Fazenda
Brasileiro Mine
  RDM Mine  
Cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization 50,972   22,803   11,502   16,667  
Depletion, depreciation and amortization (10,654 ) (6,920 ) (1,641 ) (2,093 )
Adjustments:        
Inventory movement and adjustments 2,237   258   1,932   63  
Cash costs(1) 42,555   16,141   11,793   14,637  
General and administrative expenses attributable to all-in sustaining costs 3,420   573   569   322  
Sustaining capital expenditures 7,395   3,770   3,090   301  
All-in sustaining costs(1) 53,370   20,484   15,452   15,260  
         
Cost of sales including depletion, depreciation and amortization per gold ounce sold 1,027   1,114   831   1,089  
Cash cost per gold ounce produced(1) 842   788   793   964  
All-in sustaining costs per ounce produced(1) 1,056   1,000   1,039   1,005  
         
Gold ounces produced during the period (oz.) 50,540   20,484   14,872   15,184  
Gold ounces sold during the period (oz.) 49,615   20,465   13,849   15,301  

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

Adjusted EBITDA

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

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

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

Reconciliation of Net (Loss)/Earnings to Adjusted EBITDA

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

   
  For the three months ended
March 31,
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)   2018     2017  
Net (loss)/earnings (8,730 ) 3,446  
Adjustments:    
Income tax expense/(recovery) 637   (7,847 )
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 8,304   10,654  
Foreign exchange loss 776   1,257  
Accretion 878   1,153  
Bank, financing fees, and other 600   185  
Interest expense on long-term debt 1,241   144  
Provisions/(recoveries) on indirect tax credits 459   (3,031 )
Stock based compensation 220   1,742  
Unrealized (gain)/loss on foreign exchange hedges (746 ) 5,300  
Legal provisions 743   165  
Business transaction costs 4,067   848  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 8,449   $ 14,016  
             

Adjusted Earnings or Loss

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

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

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

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

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

   
  For the three months ended
March 31,
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)   2018     2017  
Net (loss)/earnings $ (8,730 ) $ 3,446  
Adjustments:    
Foreign exchange loss 776   1,257  
Unrealized (gain)/loss on foreign exchange hedges (746 ) 5,300  
Provisions/(recoveries) on indirect tax credits 459   (3,031 )
Business transaction costs 4,067   848  
Stock based compensation 220   1,742  
Non-cash tax effect on unrealized foreign exchange losses (1,101 ) (9,337 )
Tax impact of adjustments (583 ) 1,418  
Other 1,085   1,891  
Adjusted (loss)/earnings $ (4,553 ) $ 3,534  
             

Realized Price

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

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

   
  For the three months ended
March 31,
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except price per ounce in dollars and ounces sold)   2018     2017  
Revenue from mining operations $ 60,947   $ 59,499  
Brazilian mining royalty (CFEM) 907   596  
Revenue from mining operations excluding CFEM 61,854   60,095  
Gold ounces sold during the period (oz.) 46,565   49,615  
     
Realized price per gold ounce sold ($/oz.) $ 1,328   $ 1,211  
             

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

  For the three months ended
March 31,
(In thousands of United States Dollars, except share and per share amounts), (unaudited)   2018     2017  
Revenue from mining operations $ 60,947   $ 59,499  
Cost of sales excluding depletion, depreciation and amortization (47,482 ) (40,318 )
Gross margin excluding depletion, depreciation and amortization 13,465   19,181  
Depletion, depreciation and amortization
(8,304 ) (10,654 )
Mine operating earnings 5,161   8,527  
     
Expenses    
General and administrative (5,125 ) (5,065 )
Other operating (expense)/income (5,380 ) 176  
Operating (loss)/earnings (5,344 ) 3,638  
Foreign exchange loss (776 ) (1,257 )
Unrealized gain/(loss) on foreign exchange hedges 746   (5,300 )
Finance expense

(2,719 ) (1,482 )
Loss before income taxes (8,093 ) (4,401 )
Income tax (expense)/recovery (637 ) 7,847  
Net (loss)/earnings (8,730 ) 3,446  
     
Other comprehensive income    
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:    
Change in fair value of hedging instruments, net of tax
1,639   14,997  
Total comprehensive (loss)/income $ (7,091 ) $ 18,443  
     
Net (loss)/earnings per share (basic and diluted) $ (0.07 ) $ 0.03  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding    
Basic 117,556,100   112,527,429  
Diluted 117,556,100   118,449,925  
         

BRIO GOLD INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands of United States Dollars), (unaudited) As at
March 31, 2018
  As at
December 31, 2017
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash $ 17,544     $ 19,281  
Trade and other receivables 5,318     4,398  
Inventories 38,177     40,560  
Derivative assets 6,401     5,969  
Other current assets 14,510     13,584  
  81,950     83,792  
Non-current assets:      
Property, plant and equipment 519,500     514,103  
Non-current derivative assets 1,508     778  
Deferred tax assets 7,567     7,447  
Other non-current assets 4,735     5,835  
Total assets $ 615,260     $ 611,955  
       
Liabilities      
Current liabilities:      
Trade and other payables $ 51,575     $ 50,925  
Income taxes payable 3,892     3,433  
Short-term debt 42,265     13,663  
Other financial liabilities 3,900     3,631  
Other provisions and liabilities 7,069     2,465  
  108,701     74,117  
Non-current liabilities:      
Long-term debt 47,808     72,600  
Decommissioning, restoration and similar liabilities 37,226     36,884  
Deferred tax liabilities 5,588     5,588  
Derivative liabilities     1,315  
Other non-current provisions and liabilities 11,262     9,997  
Total liabilities 210,585     200,501  
       
Equity      
Share capital 441,069     440,975  
Reserves 69,078     67,220  
Deficit (105,472 )   (96,741 )
Total equity 404,675     411,454  
Total equity and liabilities $ 615,260     $ 611,955  
               

BRIO GOLD INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

  For the three months ended
March 31,
(In thousands of United States Dollars), (unaudited) 2018 2017
Operating activities    
Loss before income tax expense $ (8,093 ) $ (4,401 )
Adjustments to reconcile loss before income taxes to operating cash flows:    
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 8,304   10,654  
Foreign exchange loss 776   1,257  
Unrealized (gain)/loss on hedges (746 ) 5,300  
Finance expense 2,719   1,482  
Other non-cash operating expenses/(income) 1,701   (2,739 )
Advance metal sales 5,350   4,425  
Decommissioning, restoration and similar liabilities paid (118 ) (404 )
Income taxes paid (258 ) (88 )
Cash flows from operating activities before net change in working capital $ 9,635   $ 15,486  
Net change in working capital 3,318   (19,531 )
Cash flows from operating activities $ 12,953   $ (4,045 )
Investing activities    
Property, plant and equipment expenditures (16,814 ) (18,811 )
Cash flows used in investing activities $ (16,814 ) $ (18,811 )
Financing activities    
Proceeds from debt $ 6,500   $ 35,000  
Repayments of debt (3,000 )  
Interest and other finance expenses paid (1,324 ) (2,075 )
Cash flows from financing activities $ 2,176   $ 32,925  
Effect of foreign exchange on cash (52 ) (475 )
(Decrease)/increase in cash $ (1,737 ) $ 9,594  
Cash, beginning of period $ 19,281   $ 7,014  
Cash, end of period $ 17,544   $ 16,608  
             

 

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