Robex Resources Inc. Had an Excellent Quarter and Once Again Significantly Increased its Performance
QUÉBEC CITY, Nov. 28, 2019 - Robex Resources Inc. ("Robex" and/or "the Company") (TSXV: RBX / FWB: RB4) is pleased to publish their financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.
All amounts are in Canadian dollars.
Highlights for the third quarter of 2019
- INCREASE IN GOLD PRODUCTION OF 19%
Gold production reached 15,175 ounces (472 kg) compared to 12,772 ounces (397 kg) during the same period in 2018, which is the best quarter ever.
This quarterly production record is the result of:
- An 18% increase in ore processed (512,377 tonnes vs 432,538 tonnes in 2018, a record average of 5,569 t/d with an initial planned capacity of 4,000 t/d);
- A 10% decrease in downtime per quarter over the last 4 quarters, resulting in an availability of 92.2%;
- Higher processed grade (1.05 g/t Au vs 0.97 g/t Au in Q3 2018); and
- Improvement in the recovery rate (87.7% vs 87.3%) despite the increase in production and therefore the decrease in retention time in the CIL.
- INCREASE IN REVENUE OF 29%
Gold sales of $25.5 million compared to $19.8 million for the same period of 2018.
- INCREASE IN OPERATING INCOME OF 22%
Operating income reached $7.3 million compared to $6 million for the same period in 2018, despite the $4.2 million increase in the quarterly amortization rate (in accordance with IFRS).
- INCREASE IN CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES1 OF 78%
The cash flows from operating activities1 reached $13.9 million ($0.024 per share2) compared to $7.8 million ($0.013 per share2) for the same period of 2018.
- DECREASE IN DEBT OF $9.3 MILLION IN ONLY ONE QUARTER
- REPAYMENT OF ONE-THIRD OF THE PRINCIPAL OF DEBENTURES
In addition, on November 26, 2019, all non‐convertible debentures and accrued interest were repaid
Mining Operation: Nampala, Mali
|Third quarters |
ended September 30,
|Nine-month periods |
ended September 30,
|Ore mined (tonnes)||477,676||365,759||1,378,787||1,306,075|
|Ore processed (tonnes)||512,377||432,538||1,370,536||1,313,988|
|Waste mined (tonnes)||645,784||474,115||2,309,402||2,341,676|
|Operational stripping ratio||1.4||1.3||1.7||1.8|
|Head grade (g/t)||1.05||0.97||1.01||0.95|
|Gold ounces produced||15,175||12,772||38,324||34,281|
|Gold ounces sold||13,276||12,733||35,971||36,202|
|(rounded to the nearest thousand dollars)|
|Revenues – Gold sales||25,478,000||19,820,000||64,789,000||59,769,000|
|Mining operation expenses||7,489,000||6,984,000||22,027,000||20,577,000|
|Depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of intangible assets||7,189,000||3,175,000||22,690,000||8,999,000|
|Segment operating income||8,835,000||7,478,000||13,556,000||23,985,000|
|(in Canadian dollars)|
|Average realized selling price (per ounce)||1,919||1,557||1,801||1,651|
|Cash operating cost (per tonne processed)3||16||16||17||15|
|Total cash cost (per ounce sold)3||615||602||665||623|
|All-in sustaining cost (per ounce sold)3||893||843||988||937|
|Administrative expenses (per ounce sold)||97||118||129||117|
|Depreciation of property, plant and equipment (per ounce sold)||542||249||631||249|
ROBEX’S MD&A and the consolidated financial statements are available on the Company's website in the Investors section at: Robexgold.com. These reports and other documents produced by the Company are also available at Sedar.com.
A word from the President Mr. Georges Cohen:
“Beyond the improved results due to the price of gold, it is interesting to note that all production parameters (tonnage, grade, recovery, availability, production cost per ounce of gold, etc.) have all improved significantly, thus contributing in a sustainable and structural way to the company’s performance. These results were obtained through efforts focused on the mine’s process and organization. I congratulate the teams who contributed to this fundamental work.
"Mindful of the recent dramatic events that have struck some mines in West Africa, we have further strengthened our procedures and means of protecting property and people.”
Benjamin Cohen, CEO
Augustin Rousselet, CFO/COO
Head office: (581) 741-7421
This news release contains statements that may be considered “forecast information” or “forecast statements” in terms of security rights. These forecasts are subject to uncertainties and risks, some of which are beyond the control of Robex. Achievements and final results may differ significantly from forecasts made implicitly or explicitly. These differences can be attributed to many factors, including market volatility, the impact of the exchange rate and interest rate fluctuations, mispricing, the environment (hardening of regulations), unforeseen geological situations, unfavourable operating conditions, political risks inherent in mining in developing countries, changes in government policies or regulations (laws and policies), an inability to obtain necessary permits and approvals from government agencies, or any other risk associated with mining and development. There can be no assurance that the circumstances set out in these forecasts will occur, or even benefit Robex, if any. The forecasts are based on the estimates and opinions of the Robex management team at the time of publication. Robex makes no commitment to make any updates or changes to these publicly available forecasts based on new information or events, or for any other reason, except as required by applicable security laws. The TSX Venture Exchange or the Regulation Services Provider (as defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) assumes no responsibility for the authenticity or accuracy of this news release.
1 Cash flows from operating activities exclude net change in non-cash working capital items.
2 Cash flows from operating activities per share are non-IFRS financial measures for which there is no standardized definition under IFRS. See the "Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures" section of the MD&A, on page 40.
3 Cash operating cost, total cash cost and all-in sustaining cost are non-IFRS financial performance measures with no standard definition under IFRS. See the "Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures" section of the MD&A, on page 40.