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Copper Mountain Mining Announces Q3 2022 Financial Results

November 9, 2022

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VANCOUVER, BC , Nov. 9, 2022  /CNW/ - Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (TSX: CMMC) (ASX: C6C) (the “Company” or “Copper Mountain”) announces third quarter 2022 financial and operating results. All currency is in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise stated. All results are reported on a 100% basis. The Company’s Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis (“MD&A”) are available at www.CuMtn.com and www.sedar.com .

SUMMARY

  • Production in Q3 2022 was 16.5 million pounds of copper equivalent, including 13.2 million pounds of copper, 6,053 ounces of gold, and 64,331 ounces of silver.
  • Revenue for Q3 2022 was $58.3 million from the sale of 12.3 million pounds of copper, 4,902 ounces of gold, and 59,790 ounces of silver.
  • C1 cash cost (1) per pound of copper produced in Q3 2022 was US$3.70  .
  • All-in sustaining cost (“AISC”) (1) per pound of copper produced in Q3 2022 was US$4.50  and all-in cost (“AIC”) (1) per pound of copper produced was US$4.95  .
  • Net loss for Q3 2022 was $39.4 million , or ($0.15) per-share, and adjusted net loss (1) was $22.9 million , or ($0.11) per-share (1) .
  • Cash flow from operating activities for Q3 2022 was negative $7.5 million , or $(0.04) per-share (1) .
  • Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at September 30, 2022  was $49.6 million .
  • Announced a 57% increase in mineral reserves at the Copper Mountain Mine supporting a new life of mine plan with a mill expansion to 65,000 tonnes per day (“tpd”), producing a total of 4.1 billion pounds of copper equivalent over a mine life of 32 years, based on mineral reserves only, with robust economics including an after-tax net present value at an 8% discount rate of $1.24 billion (2) .
  • Released the Company’s inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance Report.
  • Subsequent to the quarter-end:
    • On October 6, 2022  , the Company announced an agreement to sell the Eva Copper Project and the Australian exploration tenements to Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited for gross proceeds of up to US$230 million , which includes upfront cash consideration of US$170 million .
    • Announced the appointment of Letitia Wong as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer.
    • In early October, the expansion to the rougher flotation circuit was successfully commissioned, with all plant improvement and optimization projects planned at the mine now complete.
    • The Company is commencing a public succession planning process for its President and Chief Executive Officer, Gil Clausen . Mr. Clausen has been engaged with the Board for the past year on executive succession planning as he begins to prepare for his long-contemplated retirement. The Company has engaged Korn Ferry to assist with the process, which will include a comprehensive global executive search. Mr. Clausen will remain as President and CEO until a successor is in place.

(1)

The Company reports the non-GAAP financial measures of C1 cash cost, AISC, and AIC per pound of copper produced, adjusted net loss and cash flow from operating activities per share to manage and evaluate its operating performance. See “Cautionary Note Regarding Non-GAAP Performance Measures” in this press release.

(2)

Based on a C$1.30 to US$1.00 exchange rate and consensus metal prices for years 1, 2, 3 and long-term, respectively, of: US$3.73, US $3.86, US$3.94 and US$3.60 per pound copper; US$1,796, US$1,762, US$1,749 and US$1,650 per ounce of gold; and US$21.86, US$22.30, US$22.24 and US$21.35 per ounce of silver.

 

Gil Clausen , Copper Mountain’s President and CEO commented, “Our third quarter clearly did not meet our expectations. Lower grade and lower mill throughput impacted our copper output. We experienced a grade reduction as most of the ore processed in the third quarter came from the lower-grade North Pit as opposed to the planned Phase 4 of the main pit. Our higher-grade main pit Phase 4 ore release lagged due to spotty ore continuity in the upper benches of that pushback. In the second half of September, we advanced mining to consistently large zones of continuous higher-grade ore in Phase 4. We expect that result to continue throughout the fourth quarter and solidify into higher-grade ore production through 2023. The North Pit ore impacted recoveries due to the higher oxide content in the upper benches of pioneering that pit. We also encountered a SAG mill steel grinding ball quality issue, forcing reduced milling rates for about a month. The balls were breaking apart in the mill, significantly affecting throughput during August and into September. Overall, a disappointing quarter and nine months of 2022.”

“However, we are now past an inflection point in the operation with main waste movement of Phase 4 completed. Ore grades are higher, recoveries are up, and the North Pit development has advanced beyond the higher oxide transitional zone. Our project team has also completed all our plant optimization projects. The mill has been operating at the designed 45,000 tpd throughput rate and achieving daily rates up to 53,000 tpd in October, with AIC reduced materially.  In the fourth quarter, we expect AIC to improve significantly and be in the US$2.90  to US$3.10  per pound range from our operational turnaround and benefit from the higher grades from Phase 4, where we expect an average of 0.27% Cu in Q4.”

“Although we experienced challenges at the mine, we completed several primary corporate objectives: growing reserves and resources at the Copper Mountain Mine, including a 70% increase in measured and indicated mineral resources compared to the prior technical report dated November 30, 2020  ; publishing a new NI 43-101 life of mine/ mill expansion study to 65,000 tpd; announcing a definitive agreement for the sale of the Eva Copper project; and publishing the Company’s inaugural ESG report” added Mr. Clausen.

SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS

Copper Mountain Mine (100% Basis)

2022 

Q3 

2021 

Q3 

2022 

Q1 - Q3 

2021 

Q1 - Q3 

Mine

    

Total tonnes mined (000s)

14,248 

14,483 

41,305 

45,529 

Ore tonnes mined (000s)

3,660 

3,053 

9,072 

10,335 

Waste tonnes (000s)

10,588 

11,430 

32,233 

35,194 

Stripping ratio

2.89 

3.74 

3.55 

3.41 

     

Mill

    

Tonnes milled (000s)

3,378 

3,417 

9,604 

10,282 

Feed Grade (Cu%)

0.24 

0.37 

0.24 

0.41 

Recovery (%)

74.4 

79.7 

78.4 

79.8 

Operating time (%)

89.0 

92.2 

88.1 

93.4 

Tonnes milled (TPD)

36,721 

37,141 

35,181 

37,664 

     
     

Production

    

Copper (000s lb)

13,159 

22,406 

39,634 

73,447 

Gold (oz)

6,053 

7,449 

16,980 

23,263 

Silver (oz)

64,331 

134,987 

181,953 

443,444 

     

Sales

    

Copper (000s lb)

12,319 

24,416 

38,698 

73,613 

Gold (oz)

4,902 

8,308 

15,047 

23,406 

Silver (oz)

59,790 

142,128 

117,481 

425,076 

     

C1 cash cost per pound of copper produced (US$) (1)

3.70 

1.50 

3.40 

1.34 

AISC per pound of copper produced (US$) (1)

4.50 

1.77 

4.20 

1.68 

AIC per pound of copper produced (US$) (1)

4.95 

2.17 

4.99 

1.97 

     

Average realized copper price (US$/lb)

$3.52 

$4.27 

$4.09 

$4.15 

  

(1)

The Company reports the non-GAAP financial measures of C1 cash costs, AISC and AIC per pound of copper produced to manage and evaluate its operating performance. For further information, see “Cautionary Note Regarding Non-GAAP Performance Measures” in this press release.

 

Production

The Copper Mountain Mine produced 13.2 million pounds of copper, 6,053 ounces of gold, and 64,331 ounces of silver in Q3 2022, compared to 22.4 million pounds of copper, 7,449 ounces of gold, and 134,987 ounces of silver in Q3 2021. Production was lower during the quarter due to lower mill feed grade, lower mill throughput and lower copper recoveries.

Mill feed grade in Q3 2022 was 0.24% Cu as compared to 0.37% Cu in Q3 2021. Mill feed was delivered from Phase 4 (approximately 40%), and the North Pit (approximately 60%) during the quarter. Phase 4 delivered higher grade tonnes as planned, but lower tonnages of higher grade were present at the top of the deposit, thus more North Pit ore was used for mill feed than planned, resulting in the lower overall grade in the quarter.  Phase 4 grades averaged 0.28% Cu during the quarter compared to North Pit grades averaging 0.21% Cu. Ore feed grades are expected to improve for the remainder of the year, with the higher-grade Phase 4 ore being the primary ore supply for the remainder of 2022 as the Company begins to mine the bulk of the deposit. Phase 4 higher grade ore is also planned to be the main ore supply for 2023, driving increased production. Phase 4 has an average grade of 0.33% Cu.

The mill processed a total of 3.4 million tonnes of ore during the quarter as compared to 3.4 million tonnes in Q3 2021. The crushing circuit was optimized in the quarter and consistently achieved the designed rate to allow the mill to reach 45,000 tpd during the second half of the quarter, producing a large crushed-ore stockpile in front of the mill.  Mill throughput improved following availability of crushed ore from the crushing circuit.  However, a SAG ball quality issue was encountered in mid-August which restricted mill throughput until the SAG ball charge was fully replaced in mid-September. Following resolution of this issue, the mill demonstrated the ability to process the targeted 45,000 tpd, achieving daily tonnage rates up to 50,000 tpd in September.

Copper recovery was 74.4% in Q3 2022 as compared to 79.7% in Q3 2021. The milling of higher oxide material from the North Pit negatively impacted recovery. Higher oxide levels did project further than expected in the North Pit, but consistently reduced to normal levels in mill feed and blast hole samples, in the later part of the quarter. Copper recovery is expected to improve with lower oxides, the successful operation of the rougher flotation expansion, and optimization of the grinding circuit to achieve consistent fine grinds.

Mill availability averaged 89.0% for Q3 2022 as compared to 92.2% in Q3 2021. The largest scheduled annual mill shutdown was completed during the quarter, replacing SAG mill liners including the pulp lifters, upgrading site supply powerlines, and commissioning the rougher expansion project. The Ball Mill #3 feed modifications completed in Q2 2022 continue to perform well supporting stable mill production.

Supply chain issues continue to impact the mine and the mill with low availabilities of supply, long deliveries due to low supply chain inventories, and lower quality product challenges. These challenges continue to be managed by the site team.

Costs

C1 cash cost, AISC and AIC per pound of copper produced are non-GAAP financial measures. See “Cautionary Note Regarding Non-GAAP Performance Measures” in this press release.

C1 cash cost per pound of copper produced, net of precious metal credits, for Q3 2022 was US$3.70  , as compared to US$1.50  in Q3 2021. The variance in C1 cash costs for Q3 2022, as compared to Q3 2021, was due to several items, including:

  • Lower mill throughput, lower mill feed grade and lower copper recovery, which resulted in lower production; and
  • Inflationary pressures, which increased the cost of fuel, grinding media/steel, explosives and mobile equipment repairs.

With production levels expected to increase for the remainder of the year, the Company anticipates C1 cash cost per pound of copper produced to improve materially in the fourth quarter of 2022.

AISC per pound of copper produced for Q3 2022 was US$4.50  , compared to US$1.77  in Q3 2021.  AISC carries forward from C1 cash costs with the addition of $13.9 million in sustaining capital, lease, and applicable administration expenditures in Q3 2022 compared to $7.7 million in Q3 2021. The increase in AISC is carried forward from higher C1 cash costs and higher sustaining capital of $10  .3 million in Q3 2022 compared to sustaining capital of $4.7 million in Q3 2021.

Sustaining capital costs for Q3 2022 were higher than Q3 2021 mainly due to $6.8 million of expenditures for the mine’s continued environmental water management systems currently underway. The mine’s continued environmental water management projects are substantially advanced and are expected to be fully completed in Q4 2022.

AIC per pound of copper produced for Q3 2022 was US$4.95  , as compared to US$2.17  in Q3 2021. AIC carries forward from AISC with the addition of $7.6 million in deferred stripping as compared to $11.3 million deferred stripping in Q3 2021. Deferred stripping costs in Q3 2022 were from regular development activities, as the Company continued to advance the development of the higher-grade Phase 4 pushback of the Main Pit.

SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL RESULTS

Results and Highlights (100%)

Three months
ended

September 30,

Nine months
ended

September 30,

 

(In thousands of CDN$, except for per share amounts)

2022 

$

2021 

$

2022 

$

2021 

$

Financial

    

Revenue

58,256 

137,176 

211,188 

441,447 

Gross profit (loss)

(11,123)

66,641 

(1,734)

248,707 

Gross profit (loss) before depreciation (1)

(6,217)

73,927 

15,282 

269,978 

Net income (loss)

(39,430)

25,824 

(47,540)

116,604 

Earnings (loss) per share – basic

(0.15)

0.08 

(0.19)

0.39 

Adjusted earnings (loss) (1)

(22,920)

41,389 

(27,383)

106,969 

Adjusted earnings (loss) per share – basic (1)

(0.11)

0.20 

(0.13)

0.51 

EBITDA (1)

(24,226)

61,550 

(5,769)

238,493 

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

(7,716)

77,115 

14,562 

228,858 

Cash flow from operating activities

(7,518)

90,869 

34,799 

265,036 

Cash flow from operating activities per share – basic (1)

  

0.16 

1.27 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash – end of period

  

49,651 

199,436 

        
  

(1)

The Company reports the non-GAAP financial measures of gross profit before depreciation, adjusted earnings, adjusted earnings per share, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to manage and evaluate its operating performance. For further information, see “Cautionary Note Regarding Non-GAAP Performance Measures” in this press release.

 

In Q3 2022, revenue was $58.3 million , net of pricing adjustments and treatment charges, compared to $137.2 million in Q3 2021. Revenue in Q3 2022 is based on the sale of 12.3 million pounds of copper, 4,902 ounces of gold, and 59,790 ounces of silver.  This compares to 24.4 million pounds of copper, 8,308 ounces of gold, and 142,128 ounces of silver sold in Q3 2021. The decrease in revenue was due to lower quantities of all metal sold and at a lower average price. Lower quantities of metal sold was a result of lower metal production in Q3 2022 compared to Q3 2021.

Cost of sales in Q3 2022 was $69.4 million as compared to $70.5 million for Q3 2021. The elevated cost of sales despite lower revenues can largely be attributed to cost increases associated with fuel, mill grinding media/steel, explosives, and mobile equipment repairs, as well as increased maintenance contractor support required to assist with managing both COVID-19 related absences and above-normal workforce absences.

The Company generated a gross loss of $11.1 million in Q3 2022 as compared to a gross profit of $66.6 million for Q3 2021. The Company reported a net loss of $39.4 million for Q3 2022 as compared to a net income of $25.8 million for Q3 2021. The variance in net income for Q3 2022, as compared to Q3 2021, was due to several items, including:

  • Lower revenue in Q3 2022 due to a 50% decrease in pounds of copper sold in Q3 2022 as compared to Q3 2021, as well as lower average realized copper prices;
  • Lower revenue in Q3 2022 due to a 43% decrease in gold and silver revenues in Q3 2022 as compared to Q3 2021 due to lower ounces of gold and silver sold at lower prices; and
  • Elevated cost of sales in Q3 2022 of $69.4 million as compared to $70.5 million in Q3 2021, despite significantly lower revenues, largely due to inflationary pressures.

The Company recorded an adjusted net loss (1) of $22.9 million in Q3 2022, or $(0.11) per share (1) , compared to adjusted net income (1) of $41.4 million in Q3 2021, or $0.20  per share (1) .

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

Copper Mountain Mine, Canada

During the quarter, the Company continued to advance the expansion to the rougher flotation circuit, its final plant improvement and optimization project planned at the mine in 2022. Subsequent to the quarter-end, in early October, the rougher flotation circuit was successfully commissioned, which is expected to now support higher recoveries, especially on slower kinetic ore types.

The prior plant improvement and optimization projects completed earlier this year at the mine include the installation of an additional large column flotation cell to increase cleaner circuit capacity, which was completed and fully commissioned during the second quarter. The large new flotation cell provides additional cleaner circuit capacity to handle higher mill feed grades at higher tonnage rates. The new filter press was also installed and commissioned during the year. This second filter press will allow for maintaining design mill tonnage rates during extended periods of higher grades, eliminating the requirement to reduce mill tonnage as was experienced in 2021. The new filter will also fully support the planned increased production levels in 2023 at any grade. All projects were completed without lost time injuries.

Exploration Update

Canada

A large resource expansion drilling program was completed at the Copper Mountain Mine earlier this year. Data from this successful drilling program were used to update the mineral resource and mineral reserve models, resulting in a 57% increase in the copper mineral reserve and an updated life-of-mine plan, as reported in the Company’s press release dated September 28, 2022  .

Copper-gold mineralization at the Copper Mountain Mine occurs over a 5 x 2 km area and remains open both laterally and at depth, providing further reserve expansion potential. Multiple historical drill holes end in copper-gold mineralization and geophysical data suggest that the mineralizing system extends well below the current known resource.

To evaluate this upside potential, a geoscience-based target definition program began in June 2022  . This program aims to define new drill targets outboard of, and below, the current resource, particularly high grade “root zones”, like the deeper parts of the Red Chris porphyry in British Columbia (also an alkalic porphyry and of similar age), and deposits in the Cadia-Ridgeway alkalic porphyry district in Australia . The 2022 program includes relogging and resampling of historical drill core for multi-element geochemical analysis and petrographic study and the creation of a new 3D geological model of the deposit. Reinterpretation of historical geophysical data, including IP chargeability/resistivity data, magnetotelurics, and airborne magnetic/radiometric data is also ongoing, with additional geophysical surveys planned for early 2023. These geophysical data, together with geochemical and alteration/mineralization style data from drill holes will be used to rank and prioritize drill targets for testing in 2023.

OUTLOOK

This section of the press release provides management’s production and cost estimates for 2022. See “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in this press release. AIC per pound of copper produced is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “Cautionary Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this press release.

As a result of production results to date in 2022, the Company now expects annual copper production to be in the range of 55 million to 60 million pounds compared to prior guidance of 65 million to 75 million pounds of copper. This revised estimate also reflects a week of unplanned downtime due to repair maintenance of the primary crusher in October. Such maintenance included regular planned annual maintenance, as well as additional required unplanned work to change worn bushings in the lower part of the crusher and machine eccentric. It is expected that production in the fourth quarter will increase as the Company is now mining higher grade ore from Phase 4 of the Main Pit.  When mining in the Phase 4 area, the Company has been experiencing grades of approximately 0.28% Cu, and has achieved the design capacity of 45,000 tpd, milling up to 53,000 tpd in October, as well as higher copper recoveries. The higher-grade Phase 4 ore is expected to be the main source of ore in the fourth quarter of 2022 and in 2023, with grades expected to average 0.27% and 0.33% Cu, respectively. Production in the fourth quarter is forecast to be the strongest quarter in 2022 and is expected to be 15 to 20 million pounds of copper.

The Company expects AIC to improve in the fourth quarter of 2022 to between US$2.90  and US$3.10  per pound because of increased production, minimal sustaining capital costs and minimal to no deferred stripping. In addition, several non-recurring expenses are now complete. Further, the Company has completed all plant improvement projects and therefore expects development capital to also be minimal in the fourth quarter of 2022. AIC for the full year 2022 is thus expected to be between US$4.25  and US$4.50  per pound which compares to prior guidance of between US$2.75  and US$3.25  per pound.

At this time, 2023 production guidance remains unchanged. The Company will announce its 2023 production and cost guidance in early 2023, as per usual practice.

Q3 2022 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Copper Mountain will host a conference call on Wednesday, November 9, 2022  at 7:30 am (Pacific Time) for senior management to discuss third quarter 2022 results.

Dial-in information:
Toronto and international: 1 (416) 764 8650
North America (toll-free): 1 (888) 664 6383
Webcast: https://app.webinar.net/o02KkbQGrNJ

Replay information:
Toronto and international: 1 (416) 764 8677, Passcode: 740492#
North America (toll-free): 1 (888) 390 0541, Passcode: 740492#

The conference call replay will be available until 8:59 pm (Pacific Time) on November 16, 2022  . An archive of the audio webcast will also be available on the company’s website at http://www.cumtn.com .

About Copper Mountain Mining Corporation

Copper Mountain is a Canadian mining company focused on the development and production of base and precious metals. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns 75% of the Copper Mountain Mine located in southern British Columbia . The Copper Mountain Mine produces approximately 100 million pounds of copper equivalent per year and is expected to increase to approximately 140 million pounds of copper equivalent per year, with a large resource that remains open laterally and at depth. Copper Mountain has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Eva Copper Project and its 210,000 hectare exploration land package in Queensland, Australia , with closing anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2023.  Copper Mountain trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CMMC” and Australian Stock Exchange under the symbol “C6C”.

Additional information is available on the Company’s web page at www.CuMtn.com .

On behalf of the Board of

COPPER MOUNTAIN MINING CORPORATION
“Gil Clausen”

Gil Clausen
President and Chief Executive Officer

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This document may contain “forward looking information” within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this document and Copper Mountain does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities legislation.

All statements, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Generally, forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance and reflect our expectations or beliefs regarding future events.

In certain circumstances, forward-looking statements can be identified, but are not limited to, statements which use terminology such as “plans”, “expects”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “forecasts”, “guidance”, scheduled”, “target” or variations of such words, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “occur” or “be achieved” or the negative of these terms or comparable terminology. In this document, certain forward-looking statements are identified, including production and cost guidance, anticipated production at the Copper Mountain Mine, anticipated timing for the closing of the sale of the Company’s Eva Copper Project and Australian exploration land package to Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (the “Transaction”), expectations regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on operations, financial condition and prospects, anticipated metals prices and the anticipated sensitivity of the Company’s financial performance to metals prices, the timing and results of the Company’s exploration and development programs, the timing of the Company’s environmental water management projects at the Copper Mountain Mine, the timing of studies, announcements, and analysis, events that may affect its operations and development projects, anticipated cash flows from operations and related liquidity requirements, the anticipated effect of external factors on revenue, such as commodity prices, estimation of mineral reserves and resources, mine life projections, reclamation costs, economic outlook, the impact of inflation, government regulation of mining operations, and business and acquisition strategies. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, achievements and opportunities to differ materially from those implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, among others, the successful exploration of the Company’s properties in Canada and Australia , market price, continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions, extreme weather events, material and labour shortages, the reliability of the historical data referenced in this document, the parties’ ability to consummate the Transaction, the ability of the parties to satisfy, in a timely manner, all conditions to the closing of the Transaction, assumptions concerning the Transaction and the operations and capital expenditure plans of the Company following completion of the Transaction, the potential impact of the announcement or consummation of the Transaction, the diversion of management time on the Transaction, and risks set out in Copper Mountain’s public documents, including in each management’s discussion and analysis and the Company’s most recent annual information form, filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com . The impact of COVID-19 on Copper Mountain’s business and operations is dependent on a number of factors outside of the Company’s control and knowledge, including the effectiveness of the measures taken by public health and governmental authorities to combat the spread of the disease, global economic uncertainties and outlook due to the disease, and the evolving restrictions relating to mining activities and to travel in certain jurisdictions in which Copper Mountain operates. Although Copper Mountain has attempted to identify important factors that could cause the Company’s actual results, performance, achievements and opportunities to differ materially from those described in its forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause the Company’s results, performance, achievements and opportunities not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. While the Company believes that the information and assumptions used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the Company’s forward-looking statements.

Cautionary Note Regarding Non-GAAP Performance Measures

This document includes certain non-GAAP performance measures that do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). These measures may differ from those used and may not be comparable to such measures as reported by other issuers. The Company believes that these measures are commonly used by certain investors, in conjunction with conventional IFRS measures, to enhance their understanding of the Company’s performance. These performance 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 IFRS. These measures have been derived from the Company’s financial statements and applied on a consistent basis. The calculation and an explanation of these measures is provided in the Company’s MD&A and such measures should be read in conjunction with the Company’s financial statements.

Cash Costs per Pound

Copper cash costs per pound is a key performance measure that management uses to monitor performance. Management uses these statistics to assess the performance and overall efficiency and effectiveness of mining operations. Cash costs is not an IFRS measure and, although it is calculated according to accepted industry practice, the Company’s disclosed cash costs may not be directly comparable to other base metal producers. Cash costs per pound produced is calculated by dividing the aggregate of the applicable costs by copper pounds produced. These measures are calculated on a consistent basis for the periods presented.

C1 Cash Costs

C1 cash costs is a metric representing the cash cost per unit of extracting and processing the Company’s principal metal product, copper, to a condition in which it may be delivered to customers net of gold and silver credits from concentrates sold.  It is provided in order to support peer group comparability and to provide investors and other stakeholders with additional information about the underlying cash costs of Copper Mountain and the impact of gold and silver credits on the operations’ cost structure. C1 cash costs are relevant to understanding the Company’s operating profitability and ability to generate cash flow. When calculating costs associated with producing a pound of copper, the Company deducts gold and silver revenue credits as the production cost is reduced as a result of selling these products.

All-in Sustaining Costs (AISC)

AISC is an extension of C1 cash costs discussed above and is also a key performance measure used by management to measure performance. Management uses this measure to analyze margins achieved on existing assets while sustaining and maintaining production at current levels. Development capital, including deferred stripping and certain exploration costs are excluded from this definition as these are costs typically incurred to extend mine life or materially increase the productive capacity of existing assets, or for new operations. As this measure seeks to present a full cost of copper production associated with sustaining current operations, mining costs associated with sustaining capital, certain applicable corporate administration costs and mining equipment lease costs are included.

All-in Costs (AIC)

AIC is an extended cash-based cost metric providing further information on the total cash, capital, and overhead outlay per unit of copper produced in both the short-term and over the full life cycle of the Company’s operations. As a result, deferred stripping and mining costs allocated to the low-grade stockpile on a cash basis are included as these development activities are performed in support of future mining operations under the existing life-of-mine plan. As this measure seeks to present the total cost of copper production associated with sustaining current and future operations, it allows Copper Mountain to assess the ability to support current and future production from the generation of operating cash flows.

A reconciliation of site cash costs, C1 cash costs, AISC, and AIC is provided below:

Cash Costs per Pound Produced (100%)

Three months ended

September 30,

Nine months ended

September 30,

(In thousands of CDN$, unless otherwise noted)

2022 

$

2021 

$

2022 

$

2021 

$

Cost of sales

69,379 

70,535 

212,922 

192,740 

Adjustments

    

Depreciation and depletion

(4,906)

(7,286)

(17,016)

(21,272)

Change in inventory

8,264 

(5,105)

7,727 

(1,030)

Transportation costs

(4,196)

(5,567)

(10,253)

(16,332)

Site cash costs

68,541 

52,577 

193,380 

154,106 

Adjustments

    

Transportation costs

4,196 

5,567 

10,253 

16,332 

Treatment and refining costs

3,038 

5,579 

9,136 

16,747 

By-product credits (gold and silver)

(12,274)

(21,442)

(39,847)

(64,367)

C1 cash cost

63,501 

42,281 

172,922 

122,818 

Adjustments

    

Sustaining capital

10,308 

4,700 

29,464 

18,102 

Lease payments

2,901 

2,403 

9,414 

11,578 

Applicable administration

670 

636 

1,870 

2,191 

All-in sustaining costs (AISC)

77,380 

50,020 

213,670 

154,689 

Adjustments

    

Deferred stripping

7,607 

11,316 

39,818 

26,504 

All-in costs (AIC)

84,987 

61,336 

253,488 

181,193 

     

Average foreign exchange rate (CDN$ to US$)

0.7657 

0.7937 

0.7795 

0.7992 

     

Copper production (000s lb)

13,159 

22,406 

39,634 

73,446 

     

C1 cash costs (US$/lb produced (net))

$3.70 

$1.50 

$3.40 

$1.34 

All-in sustaining costs (AISC) (US$/lb produced (net))

$4.50 

$1.77 

$4.20 

$1.68 

All-in costs (AIC) (US$/lb produced (net))

$4.95 

$2.17 

$4.99 

$1.97 

     

Average realized copper price (US$/lb)

$3.52 

$4.27 

$4.09 

$4.15 

 

Adjusted Net Income
Adjusted net income removes the effects of the following transactions from operating income as reported under IFRS:

  • Pricing adjustments on concentrate and metal sales;
  • Derivative gains/losses;
  • Foreign exchange gains/losses; and
  • Non-recurring transactions.

Management believes that these transactions do not reflect the underlying operational performance of the Company’s mining operations and are also not indicative of future operating results.

Adjusted Net Income

Three months ended

September 30,

Nine months ended

September 30,

(In thousands of CDN$, except per share amounts)

2022 

$

2021 

$

2022 

$

2021 

$

Net income (loss)

(39,430)

25,824 

(47,540)

116,604 

Adjustments

    

Pricing adjustments on concentrate sales

1,892 

7,601 

10,804 

(16,685)

(Gain) loss on derivative

(5,024)

794 

(13,859)

2,709 

Foreign exchange loss

19,642 

7,170 

23,212 

4,341 

Adjusted net income (loss)

(22,920)

41,389 

(27,383)

106,969 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, as
reported – basic (thousands)

213,791 

209,921 

212,508 

209,320 

Adjusted earnings per share (loss) - basic

$(0.11)

$0.20 

$(0.13)

$0.51 

 

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP performance measures and represent net earnings before interest, income taxes, and depreciation. EBITDA is presented because it is an important supplemental measure of the Company’s performance and is frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in the industry, many of which present EBITDA when reporting their results. The Company believes EBITDA is an appropriate supplemental measure of debt service capacity and performance of its operations.

Adjusted EBITDA is presented as a further supplemental measure of the Company’s performance and ability to service debt. Adjusted EBITDA is prepared by adjusting EBITDA to eliminate the impact of several items that are not considered indicative of ongoing operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adding to EBITDA certain items of expense and deducting from EBITDA certain items of income that are not likely to recur or are not indicative of the Company’s future operating performance consisting of:

  • Pricing adjustments on concentrate and metal sales;
  • Derivative gains/losses;
  • Foreign exchange gains/losses; and
  • Non-recurring transactions.

While some of the adjustments are recurring, other non-recurring expenses do not reflect the underlying performance of the Company’s core mining business and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Furthermore, gains/losses on derivative instruments, and foreign currency translation gains/losses are not necessarily reflective of the underlying operating results for the reporting periods presented.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

Three months ended

September 30,

Nine months ended

September 30,

(In thousands of CDN$)

2022 

$

2021 

$

2022 

$

2021 

$

Net income (loss)

(39,430)

25,824 

(48,864)

116,604 

Adjustments

    

Finance income

(120)

(88)

(418)

(137)

Finance expense

9,538 

10,240 

24,934 

23,640 

Depreciation

4,906 

7,286 

17,016 

21,272 

Current tax expense

-

4,420 

418 

8,010 

Deferred income and resource tax expense

880 

13,868 

1,145 

69,105 

EBITDA

(24,226)

61,550 

(5,769)

238,493 

Adjustments

    

Mark to market adjustments on concentrate sales

1,892 

7,601 

10,804 

(16,685)

(Gain) loss on derivative

(5,024)

794 

(13,859)

2,709 

Foreign exchange loss

19,642 

7,170 

23,212 

4,341 

Adjusted EBITDA

(7,716)

77,115 

14,388 

228,858 

      

 

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)

 

September 30, 2022 

$

December 31, 2021 

$

   

Assets

  
   

Current assets

  

Cash and cash equivalents

32,414 

171,902 

Restricted cash

17,237 

6,512 

Accounts receivable and prepaid expenses

13,735 

31,624 

Inventory

44,816 

32,635 

Other financial assets

7,482 

-

Assets held for sale

86,184 

-

   
 

201,868 

242,673 

   

Reclamation bonds and security deposits

4,554 

5,783 

Property, plant and equipment

748,383 

710,583 

Low grade stockpile

64,250 

64,879 

   
 

1,019,055 

1,023,918 

Liabilities

  
   

Current liabilities

  

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

87,164 

60,482 

Current portion of lease liabilities

13,811 

10,403 

Current portion of long-term debt

13,707 

12,678 

Liabilities held for sale

2,914 

-

Taxes payable

-

2,143 

 

117,596 

85,706 

   

Provisions and other liabilities

18,689 

23,961 

Lease liabilities

48,529 

50,669 

Long-term debt

303,870 

284,829 

Deferred tax liability

100,459 

99,314 

 

589,143 

544,479 

   

Equity

Attributable to shareholders of the Company:

  
   

Share capital

292,836 

287,724 

Contributed surplus

17,331 

18,973 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(6,541)

(3,929)

Retained earnings

26,327 

68,940 

 

329,953 

371,708 

Non-controlling interest

99,959 

107,731 

Total equity

429,912 

479,439 

   
 

1,019,055 

1,023,918 

 

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except for number of and earnings per share)

 

Three months ended

September 30,

Nine months ended

September 30,

 

2022 

$

2021 

$

2022 

$

2021 

$

     

Revenue

58,256 

137,176 

211,188 

441,447 

Cost of sales

(69,379)

(70,535)

(212,922)

(192,740)

Gross profit (loss)

(11,123)

66,641 

(1,734)

248,707 

     

Other income and expenses

    

General and administration

(4,008)

(2,015)

(14,633)

(11,120)

Share based compensation

617 

(2,141)

4,258 

(12,632)

Operating income (loss)

(14,514)

62,485 

(12,109)

224,955 

     

Finance and other income

120 

88 

418 

137 

Finance expense

(9,538)

(10,240)

(24,933)

(23,639)

Gain (loss) on derivatives

5,024 

(794)

13,859 

(2,709)

Foreign exchange (loss) gain

(19,642)

(7,575)

(23,212)

(4,737)

Gain (loss) on sale of equipment

-

400 

-

388 

Income (loss) before tax

(38,550)

44,364 

(45,977)

194,395 

     

Current tax recovery (expense)

-

(4,420)

(418)

(8,010)

Deferred income recovery (expense)

(880)

(13,868)

(1,145)

(69,105)

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

(39,430)

26,076 

(47,540)

117,280 

Net loss from discontinued operations

(1,521)

(252)

(2,845)

(676)

Net income (loss)

(40,951)

25,824 

(50,385)

116,604 

     

Other comprehensive income (loss)

    

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(503)

(1,073)

(2,612)

(3,612)

Total comprehensive income (loss)

(41,454)

24,751 

(52,997)

112,992 

     

Net income from continuing operations (loss) attributable to:

    

Shareholders of the Company

(31,342)

18,049 

(39,768)

81,292 

Non-controlling interest

(8,088)

8,027 

(7,772)

35,988 

 

(39,430)

26,076 

(47,540)

117,280 

     

Net income (loss) attributable to:

    

Shareholders of the Company

(32,863)

17,797 

(42,613)

80,616 

Non-controlling interest

(8,088)

8,027 

(7,772)

35,988 

 

(40,951)

25,824 

(50,385)

116,604 

     
     
     
     

Earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations:

    

Basic

(0.15)

0.08 

(0.19)

0.39 

Diluted

(0.15)

0.08 

(0.19)

0.37 

     

Earnings (loss) per share:

    

Basic

(0.15)

0.08 

(0.20)

0.39 

Diluted

(0.15)

0.08 

(0.20)

0.37 

     

Weighted average shares outstanding, basic (thousands)

213,791 

209,921 

212,508 

209,320 

Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted (thousands)

213,791 

219,453 

212,508 

218,840 

Shares outstanding at end of the period (thousands)

213,791 

210,166 

213,791 

210,166 

 

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)

 

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended

September 30,

 
 

2022 

$

2021 

$

2022 

$

2021 

$

Cash flows from operating activities

    

Net income (loss) for the period

(40,951)

25,824 

(50,385)

116,604 

 

Adjustments for:

    

Depreciation

4,971 

7,342 

17,308 

21,457 

(Gain) Loss on sale of equipment

-

(400)

-

(388)

Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss

19,873 

10,448 

25,206 

3,975 

(Gain) Loss on derivatives

1,354 

794 

(7,482)

2,709 

Deferred income tax (recovery) expense

880 

13,868 

1,145 

69,105 

Finance expense

9,538 

10,240 

24,933 

23,640 

Share based compensation

(617)

2,141 

(4,258)

12,632 

 

(4,952)

70,257 

6,467 

249,734 

Net changes in working capital items

(2,566)

20,612 

28,332 

15,303 

Net cash from (used in) operating activities

(7,518)

90,869 

34,799 

265,037 

     

Cash flows from investing activities

    

Purchase of copper puts

-

-

-

(3,397)

Deferred stripping activities

(7,607)

(11,316)

(39,818)

(26,504)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(24,919)

(27,729)

(98,721)

(77,208)

Reclamation bonds

(77)

912 

(323)

Net cash used in investing activities

(32,520)

(39,122)

(137,627)

(107,432)

     

Cash flows from financing activities

    

Net proceeds from issuance of bonds

-

-

-

287,785 

Proceeds on exercise of options

-

3,358 

1,725 

(Increase) decrease in restricted cash

(11,489)

29,951 

(11,673)

(15,664)

Advances from non-controlling interest

-

-

-

20,393 

Payments made to non-controlling interest

-

-

-

(178,310)

Loan principal paid

-

(40,064)

(6,311)

(154,052)

Interest paid

(993)

(1,948)

(15,390)

(10,208)

Finance lease payments

(2,901)

(2,403)

(9,414)

(11,577)

Net cash used in financing activities

(15,383)

(14,458)

(39,430)

(59,908)

     

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

3,208 

1,582 

3,682 

65 

     

(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(52,213)

38,871 

(138,576)

97,762 

Cash and cash equivalents - Beginning of period

85,539 

144,462 

171,902 

85,571 

Cash and cash equivalents - End of period

(Includes $912 cash held for sale)

33,326 

183,333 

33,326 

183,333 

       

 

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