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Coeur Reports Strong Operating Cash Flow And Record Gold Production In 2012; Expected Production Growth In 2013 Driven By Rochester Expansion

During 2013, the Company plans to invest another $40.0 million in exploration with a goal to increase mineral resources and to further define its measured, indicated and inferred resources, which should drive increases in its mineral reserves. The Company will focus in 2013 on 1) continuing to drill the historic stockpiles at Rochester to add low-cost reserves and resources; 2) expanding the existing reserves and resources at Palmarejo, including the nearby Guadalupe and La Patria deposits; 3) adding high-grade mineral resources at Kensington; 4) expanding the size of the mineral resources at the Joaquin project in Argentina; and 5) exploring for new silver and gold deposits at all of our properties.

Palmarejo, Mexico 2

In 2012, the $19.9 million exploration program at the Palmarejo district completed 341,975 feet (104,234 meters) of drilling. This included 149,635 feet (45,609 meters) of surface and underground drilling around the current Palmarejo mine. The remainder was devoted to the Guadalupe and La Patria deposits and other new targets such as La Independencia in the district. In 2013, over 95% of a $15.8 million exploration program in Mexico is earmarked for the Palmarejo district.

  • Year-end silver and gold measured and indicated resources grew 169% from 17.0 million to 45.7 million ounces of silver and 370% from 205,000 to 964,000 ounces of gold compared to year-end 2011. Gains were realized in the immediate Palmarejo mine area followed by La Patria and Guadalupe.
  • Guadalupe grew by 42% in silver and 31% in gold measured and indicated resources to 11.9 million ounces of silver and 134,000 ounces of gold, respectively.
  • First time indicated resources from La Patria, located approximately nine kilometers from the main Palmarejo mine processing facility, totaled 9.8 million ounces of silver and 0.5 million ounces of gold. La Patria is being evaluated for standalone mining and processing and as feed for Palmarejo.
  • During 2012, drilling to expand the main known Palmarejo deposits focused on the Tucson-Chapotillo zones with surface drilling and on the Rosario, 76 and 108 zones with underground drilling.
  • At year-end 2012, Palmarejo's proven and probable reserves totaled 53.1 million ounces of silver and 665,000 ounces of gold.

Rochester, Nevada, USA 2

The Company spent $3.9 million in exploration at Rochester in 2012, resulting in significant increases in reserves and measured and indicated resources at year-end 2012. The Company completed 138,121 feet (42,099 meters) of reverse circulation, Sonic® (rotary vibratory drilling) and core drilling at the Rochester North and West historic stockpiles, and Northwest Rochester, Nevada Packard and South Mystic areas in 2012. The Company has allocated $3.5 million for exploration at the Rochester property in 2013.

  • Drilling on just two of six historic stockpiles was successful in defining new mineral resources and mineral reserves at Rochester. Drilling will continue on these and the other stockpiles in 2013.
  • Rochester's year-end silver proven and probable reserves were 44.9 million ounces of silver and 308,000 of gold, up 52% and 25%, respectively, over 2011. Silver measured and indicated resources increased 7% from 112.3 million ounces at year-end 2011 to 120.7 million ounces at year-end 2012.

Kensington, Alaska, USA 2

During 2012, the Company spent $7.1 million on exploration at Kensington, completing 143,796 feet (43,829 meters) of core drilling mostly devoted to in-fill drilling of Block K and the Raven veins. Additional drilling focused on other targets such as Kensington South, the Ann Trend, Elmira and the historic Jualin mine. The Company plans for an additional underground drilling program in 2013 on Zone 10, Zone 50, Zone 30, Kensington South, Elmira vein, and Ann. Continued surface drilling is planned at Jualin and several other targets on the property. The total 2013 Kensington exploration program is expected to be $8.6 million.

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EBITDA, operating cash flow, adjusted earnings and cash operating costs are non-GAAP measures. Please see tables in the Appendix for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP. Total debt includes short and long-term indebtedness and excludes capital leases and royalty obligations.

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Please refer to the tables in the Appendix for tons and average grades associated with references of contained ounces in each category in this news release. All reserves and resources reported herein comply with Canadian National Instrument 43-101.

 
  • Increased definition drilling to $3.9 million improved model reconciliation to production in 2012 has improved the Company's overall understanding of the Kensington deposit. This has enabled the Company to develop a more reliable and accurate mine plan, and improve exploration targeting, which is expected to subsequently add to the reserve and resource base.
  • Drilling results at the Raven vein, located approximately 2,000 feet (600 meters) from the main underground workings at Kensington, identified initial proven and probable reserves of 50,400 ounces contained within 151,000 tons, at an average gold grade of 0.33 opt, 51% higher than the overall average reserve grade at Kensington.
  • Kensington's proven and probable reserves totaled 1.0 million ounces of gold compared with 1.3 million ounces of gold in 2011.

San Bartolomé, Bolivia 2

In 2012, the Company invested $0.4 million in exploration trenching and sampling at several silver-bearing gravel deposits at San Bartolomé. The Company has planned a $0.7 million exploration program in 2013.

  • Exploration in the second half of 2012 confirmed a new silver discovery called Pucka Loma, which occurs approximately 2.4 miles (4 kilometers) northwest of the San Bartolomé mill facility. Exploration trenching and sampling has defined silver mineralization in two separate zones. The largest of which, Pucka Loma Main, measures approximately 1,300 feet (400 meters) east to west by 2,800 feet (850 meters) north to south. Infill trenching and sampling are underway now, the results of which will be used to prepare an estimate of the in-situ silver tons and grade.
  • San Bartolomé has long lived proven and probable reserves of 109.1 million ounces of silver, after production of 5.9 million ounces of silver in 2012, compared with 118.0 million ounces of silver at year-end 2011.

Joaquin Project, Argentina 2

The Company spent $5.8 million at the Joaquin project in the prolific mining province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, completing 54,809 feet of drilling (16,706 meters) at the two known deposits, La Negra and La Morocha, and conducting preliminary metallurgical work. Joaquin is located about 70 kilometers north of the Company's former Martha mine, which closed in September 2012. In December 2012, the Company acquired the remaining interest in Joaquin to consolidate its ownership. The Company has earmarked $3.3 million for exploration drilling in 2013, which is expected to expand the two deposits, allow the Company to test new targets on the property and to conduct further engineering and metallurgical work to advance the feasibility work.

  • Joaquin's silver and gold ounces of measured and indicated resources increased by over 234% and 74%, respectively, from the pro forma 100% interest year-end 2011 mineral estimates, to 65.2 million ounces of silver and 61,000 ounces of gold.
  • The average silver grade of the measured and indicated mineral resources increased 52% from 2.48 to 3.78 ounces per ton.

Lejano Project, Argentina 2

The Lejano project in Argentina, located approximately 80 kilometers north of Joaquin, reported first time indicated resources of 3.0 million ounces of silver and 10,000 ounces of gold and inferred resources of 5.7 million ounces of silver and 19,000 ounces of gold. In 2012, the Company invested $1.4 million at at Lejano completing 4,888 feet of drilling (1,490 meters). Coeur expects to invest $1.8 million in exploration activities at Lejano in 2013.

     

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EBITDA, operating cash flow, adjusted earnings and cash operating costs are non-GAAP measures. Please see tables in the Appendix for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP. Total debt includes short and long-term indebtedness and excludes capital leases and royalty obligations.

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Please refer to the tables in the Appendix for tons and average grades associated with references of contained ounces in each category in this news release. All reserves and resources reported herein comply with Canadian National Instrument 43-101.

 

2013 Outlook

Estimated production for 2013 is provided in the table below and was reported in the Company's January 17, 2013 news release. 2013 cash operating costs 1 after by-product credit (assuming the current gold price of approximately $1,650 per ounce), are expected to be $8.00 - $9.00 per silver ounce. Kensington's 2013 cash operating costs 1 are expected to decline significantly to $900 - $950 per gold ounce. Higher silver and gold production and corresponding lower cash operating costs 1 per ounce of silver and gold are expected in the second half of 2013 compared to the first half of the year. Capital expenditures for 2013 are estimated at $125 - $140 million, including $64 - $69 million in sustaining capital and $60 - $71 million in growth capital.

           

Table 4: 2013 Production Outlook

 
(silver ounces in thousands)     Country     Silver     Gold
Palmarejo Mexico 7,700-8,300 98,000-105,000
San Bartolomé Bolivia 5,300-5,700
Rochester Nevada, USA 4,500-4,900 44,000-46,000
Endeavor Australia 500-600
Kensington     Alaska, USA         108,000-114,000
Total           18,000-19,500     250,000-265,000
 

Conference Call Information

Coeur will hold a conference call to discuss the Company's 2012 and fourth quarter 2012 results at 1 p.m. Eastern time on February 21, 2013.

                   
Dial-In Numbers: (877) 768-0708 (US and Canada)
(660) 422-4718 (International)
 
Conference ID: 9061 3404
 

The conference call and presentation will also be webcast on the Company's website at www.coeur.com. A replay of the call will be available through March 14, 2013.

                   
Replay number: (855) 859-2056 (U.S. and Canada)
International replay: (404) 537-3406 (International)
 
Conference ID: 9061 3404
 

Cautionary Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation in the United States and Canada, including statements regarding anticipated operating results, production levels, exploration results and operating costs. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Coeur's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the risk that permits necessary for the planned Rochester expansion may not be obtained, the risks and hazards inherent in the mining business (including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, weather or geologically related conditions), changes in the market prices of gold and silver, the uncertainties inherent in Coeur's production, exploratory and developmental activities, including risks relating to permitting and regulatory delays and disputed mining claims, any future labor disputes or work stoppages, the uncertainties inherent in the estimation of gold and silver ore reserves, changes that could result from Coeur's future acquisition of new mining properties or businesses, reliance on third parties to operate certain mines where Coeur owns silver production and reserves, the loss of any third-party smelter to which Coeur markets silver and gold, the effects of environmental and other governmental regulations, the risks inherent in the ownership or operation of or investment in mining properties or businesses in foreign countries, Coeur's ability to raise additional financing necessary to conduct its business, make payments or refinance its debt, as well as other uncertainties and risk factors set out in filings made from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Canadian securities regulators, including, without limitation, Coeur's most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Actual results, developments and timetables could vary significantly from the estimates presented. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Coeur disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Current mineralized material estimates include disputed and undisputed claims at Rochester. While the Company believes it holds a superior position in the ongoing claim dispute, the Company believes an adverse legal outcome would cause it to modify mineralized material estimates. Additionally, Coeur undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Coeur, its financial or operating results or its securities.

     

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EBITDA, operating cash flow, adjusted earnings and cash operating costs are non-GAAP measures. Please see tables in the Appendix for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP. Total debt includes short and long-term indebtedness and excludes capital leases and royalty obligations.

 

Donald J. Birak, Coeur's Senior Vice President of Exploration and a qualified person under Canadian National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information concerning Coeur's mineral projects in this news release. For a description of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate mineral reserves and resources, as well as data verification procedures and a general discussion of the extent to which the estimates may be affected by any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing or other relevant factors, please see the Technical Reports for each of Coeur's properties as filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors-The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We may use certain terms in public disclosures, such as "measured," "indicated," "inferred” and “resources," that are recognized by Canadian regulations, but that SEC guidelines generally prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 10-K which may be secured from us, or from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov.

Non-U.S. GAAP Measures

We supplement the reporting of our financial information determined under United States generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) with certain non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, including cash operating costs, operating cash flow, adjusted earnings, and EBITDA. We believe that these adjusted measures provide meaningful information to assist management, investors and analysts in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance. We believe these adjusted financial measures are important indicators of our recurring operations because they exclude items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to our core operating results, and provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses. We believe cash operating costs, operating cash flow, adjusted earnings and EBITDA are important measures in assessing the Company's overall financial performance.

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