Coeur Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Coeur Mining, Inc. (the “Company” or “Coeur”) (NYSE: CDE) (TSX: CDM) reported metal sales of $204.5 million, cash flow from operating activities of $63.3 million, or $0.63 per share, and capital expenditures of $27.2 million during the second quarter 2013.

The Company produced 4.6 million ounces of silver and 60,757 ounces of gold during the second quarter 2013, representing increases of 21% and 7%, respectively, over the first quarter 2013. Silver and gold production at the Palmarejo mine in Mexico increased 24% and 23%, respectively, compared to the first quarter. Companywide cash operating costs were $8.86 per silver ounce 1 and were $1,115 per gold ounce 1 at the Company's Kensington gold mine during the second quarter.

The Company reaffirmed its 2013 full-year production guidance of 18.0-19.5 million ounces of silver and 250,000-265,000 ounces of gold. Despite lower gold prices used to calculate by-product credits, Coeur is maintaining its full-year cash operating cost 1 guidance of $9.50 - $10.50 per silver ounce, which reflects the effects of the Company's ongoing cost reduction efforts. Although the Company anticipates Kensington's second half cash operating costs per gold ounce 1 to be approximately 20% lower than the first half of the year, full-year 2013 cost guidance for Kensington is being revised upward slightly to $950 - $1,000 (compared to prior guidance of $900 - $950). Coeur will provide a three-year production outlook for each of its operations during the second half of 2013.

Second Quarter 2013 Highlights
  • Metal production increased to 4.6 million silver ounces and 60,757 gold ounces, an increase of 21% and 7%, respectively, from the first quarter 2013.
  • Metal sold increased to 5.2 million silver ounces and 63,389 gold ounces from 3.1 million silver ounces and 51,926 gold ounces in the first quarter 2013.
  • Net metal sales were $204.5 million, up 19% compared to the first quarter 2013 despite average realized prices of $22.86 per silver ounce and $1,416 per gold ounce, which were 25% and 13% lower, respectively, than the first quarter 2013.
  • Cash flow from operating activities was $63.3 million, or $0.63 per share, in the second quarter compared to $12.9 million, or $0.14 per share, during the first quarter 2013. Net loss for the second quarter 2013 was $35.0 million, or $0.35 per share, compared with net income of $12.3 million, or $0.14 per share, in the first quarter 2013. Adjusted earnings 1 were $(34.6) million, or $(0.35) per share, compared with $6.8 million, or $0.08 per share, in the first quarter 2013.
  • Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments were $249.5 million at June 30, 2013, compared with $332.8 million at March 31, 2013. On April 16, 2013, $99.1 million was used as part of the consideration to acquire Orko Silver Corporation. The Company's $100 million revolving credit facility remains undrawn.
  • Effective June 27, 2013, Coeur settled the outstanding claims dispute at Rochester.

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

Mitchell J. Krebs, Coeur's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our second quarter operating performance improved significantly compared to this year's first quarter and last year's fourth quarter. Palmarejo is now performing quite consistently from month-to-month. Our operations and technical teams deserve tremendous credit for the improvements at Palmarejo since late last year. Continued robust silver production from San Bartolomé and higher than planned gold production from Palmarejo are expected to offset lower than expected production levels at Rochester, which encountered poor crusher performance in the first half of the year. We remain enthusiastic about the expansion initiatives underway at Rochester, which we believe can make this long-running operation our largest cash flow generator in the next five years. The Kensington gold mine in Alaska is now demonstrating its ability to operate more consistently as planned. We expect production from Kensington to increase and unit costs to decrease significantly during the second half of the year due to higher grades. Finally, we are beginning a feasibility study on the La Preciosa project in Mexico, which is expected to be completed in mid-2014, and we will be focusing our efforts on optimizing the results of the PEA to improve the project's economics,” Mr. Krebs added.

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