• Cash cost down to $1.81/lb
  • Cash flow of $1.4 million generated from operations

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amerigo Resources Ltd. (TSX:ARG) ("Amerigo" or the "Company") reported today financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2016 ("Q1-2016").  The Company posted revenue of $19.3 million and a net loss of $4.4 million. Cash of $1.4 million was generated from operations and the Company's cash balance increased to $11.8 million. Cash cost decreased to $1.81/lb as a result of higher quarterly production.

Rob Henderson, Amerigo's President and CEO, stated "MVC has demonstrated the potential of the historic Cauquenes tailings deposit this quarter and the Company is now set up for generating higher copper production and reduced unit operating costs well into the future."

Financial results
  • Revenue was $19.3 million (Q1-2015: $17.7 million), a 9% increase due to higher production offset by lower copper prices. The Company's recorded copper tolling price was $2.24/lb (Q1-2015: $2.68/lb). 
  • Tolling costs were $21.7 million (Q1-2015: $19.0 million), an increase of 14% driven by a 45% increase in copper production.  
  • Cash cost (a non-GAAP measure equal to the aggregate of smelting and refining charges, tolling/production costs net of inventory adjustments and administration costs, net of by-product credits) before DET notional royalties decreased to $1.81/lb (Q1-2015: $2.33/lb) due to higher production.  
  • Total cost (a non-GAAP measure equal to the aggregate of cash cost, DET notional royalties and depreciation) decreased to $2.45/lb (Q1-2015: $3.06/lb), due to lower cash cost and lower DET notional royalties.  
  • Gross loss was $2.4 million (Q1-2015: $1.3 million) and net loss was $4.4 million (Q1-2015: $4.1 million). 
  • In Q1-2016 the Company generated cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital of $1.4 million (Q1-2015: $1.2 million).

  • Q1-2016 production was 12.9 million pounds of copper, 45% higher than the 8.9 million pounds produced in Q1-2015. 
  • Copper production includes 6.7 million pounds from Cauquenes, 5.3 million pounds from fresh tailings and 0.9 million pounds from Minera Maricunga. 
  • The ramp-up in production from Cauquenes has progressed in line with expectations, with tonnage at design rates of 60,000 tpd and plant recovery improving to 33% at the end of March.

Cash and Financing Activities
  • The Company's cash balance was $11.8 million (December 31, 2015: $9.0 million), with working capital of $0.1 million (December 31, 2015: working capital deficiency of $6.0 million).  
  • MVC received final proceeds of $4.7 million from the $64.4 million Cauquenes Expansion Loan, received $3.0 million from the DET Expansion Support Facility and repaid $3.4 million on the VAT Facility.

Capital Expenditures
  • Cash payments in Q1-2016 for capital expenditures ("Capex") were $3.7 million (Q1-2015: $8.7 million), and included final payments on the Cauquenes phase 1 expansion.
  • MVC incurred sustaining Capex of $0.9 million in Q1-2016, in line with its 2016 Capex budget which is focused on building two additional extraction sumps in Cauquenes.

  • MVC maintains its 2016 production guidance of 55.0 to 60.0 million pounds of copper at an annual cash cost of $1.65 to $1.85/lb.
  • Copper production is expected to improve in the second half of the year when higher grade Cauquenes material is extracted from deeper zones.
  • MVC is expected to incur sustaining Capex of $5.0 million in 2016, mostly in connection with extraction sumps at Cauquenes.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Amounts in this news release are reported in U.S. dollars except where indicated otherwise. The information in this news release and the tabular information contained in the following page should be read in conjunction with the Company's Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements (Unaudited) and Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and MD&A for the year ended  December 31, 2015, available at the Company's website at www.amerigoresources.com and at www.sedar.com.

Amerigo Resources Ltd. produces copper and molybdenum under a long term partnership with the world's largest copper producer, Codelco, by means of processing fresh and historic tailings from the world's largest underground copper mine, El Teniente, near Santiago, Chile.  Tel: (604) 681-2802; Fax: (604) 682-2802; Web: www.amerigoresources.com; Listing: ARG:TSX
Comparative Overview
    Q1-2016   Q1-2015   Change
Copper produced 1 million  pounds     12.9       8.9       4.0       45 %
% of production from historic tailings     53 %     39 %     -       36 %
Gross copper tolling price ($/lb)      2.24       2.68       (0.44 )     (16 %)
Cash cost per pound 2     1.81       2.33       (0.52 )     (22 %)
Total cost per pound 2     2.45       3.06       (0.61 )     (20 %)
As of January 1, 2015 production of copper concentrates from El Teniente fresh and historic tailings  is conducted under 
a tolling agreement with Codelco's Division El Teniente ("DET")          
2  Cash and total costs are non-GAAP measures.             

Summary Consolidated Statements of Financial Position  
  March 31,   December 31,    
    2016     2015    
  $   $    
Cash and cash equivalents   11,757       9,032      
Property plant and equipment   179,122       181,494      
Other assets   35,159       29,684      
Total assets   226,038       220,210      
Total liabilities   135,442       125,316      
Shareholders' equity   90,596       94,894      
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   226,038       220,210      
Summary Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss  
  Q1-2016   Q1-2015    
  $   $    
Revenue   19,255       17,656      
Tolling and production costs   (21,657 )     (18,970 )    
Other expenses   (1,170 )     (2,617 )    
Finance expense   (1,488 )     (430 )    
Income tax recovery   703       298      
Net loss   (4,357 )     (4,063 )    
Other comprehensive (loss) income   (112 )     76      
Comprehensive loss   (4,469 )     (3,987 )    
Loss per share - Basic and Diluted   (0.03 )     (0.02 )    
Summary Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
  Q1-2016   Q1-2015    
  $   $    
Net Cash provided by (used in) operations   1,513       (17,117 )    
Net cash used in investing activities   (3,714 )     (8,713 )    
Net cash provided by financing activities   4,380       22,113      
Net cash inflow (outflow)   2,179       (3,717 )    

This news release contains certain forward-looking information and statements as defined in applicable securities laws (collectively referred to as "forward-looking statements"). These statements relate to future events or our future performance. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "predict", "potential", "should", "believe" and similar expressions is intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond the Company's control, the Company cannot assure that it will achieve or accomplish the expectations, beliefs or projections described in the forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. These statements speak only as of the date of this news release. These forward-looking statements include but are not limited to, statements concerning:
  • forecast production and operating costs;
  • our strategies and objectives;
  • our estimates of the availability and quantity of tailings, and the quality of our mine plan estimates;
  • the extension of El Teniente's useful life and the extent of its remaining ore reserves;
  • prices and price volatility for copper and other commodities and of materials we use in our operations;
  • the demand for and supply of copper and other commodities and materials that we produce, sell and use;
  • sensitivity of our financial results and share price to changes in commodity prices;
  • our financial resources;
  • interest and other expenses;
  • domestic and foreign laws affecting our operations;
  • our tax position and the tax rates applicable to us;
  • the timing and costs of construction and tolling/production, and the issuance and maintenance of the necessary permits and other authorizations required for, our expansion projects, including the expansion for the Cauquenes deposit and the timing of ramp up to full production from Cauquenes;
  • our ability to procure or have access to financing (including funding of the remaining phases of the Cauquenes project) and to comply with our loan covenants;
  • the production capacity of our operations, our planned production levels and future production;
  • potential impact of production and transportation disruptions;
  • hazards inherent in the mining industry causing personal injury or loss of life, severe damage to or destruction of property and equipment, pollution or environmental damage, claims by third parties and suspension of operations
  • our planned capital expenditures (including our plan to upgrade our existing plant and operations after phase one of Cauquenes is complete) and estimates of asset retirement, royalty, severance and other obligations;
  • our future capital and production costs, including the costs and potential impact of complying with existing and proposed environmental laws and regulations in the operation and closure of our operations;
  • repudiation, nullification, modification or renegotiation of contracts;
  • our financial and operating objectives;
  • our environmental, health and safety initiatives;
  • the outcome of legal proceedings and other disputes in which we may be involved;
  • the outcome of negotiations concerning metal sales, treatment charges and notional royalties/royalties;
  • our capital expenditures, including the timing and cost of completion of capital projects;
  • disruptions to the information technology systems of the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "Group"), including those related to cyber-security;
  • our dividend policy; and
  • general business and economic conditions.

Inherent in forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties beyond our ability to predict or control, including risks that may affect our operating or capital plans; risks generally encountered in the permitting and development of mineral projects such as unusual or unexpected geological formations, negotiations with government and other third parties, unanticipated metallurgical difficulties, delays associated with permits, approvals and permit appeals, ground control problems, adverse weather conditions, process upsets and equipment malfunctions; risks associated with labour disturbances and availability of skilled labour and management; fluctuations in the market prices of our principal commodities, which are cyclical and subject to substantial price fluctuations; risks associated with the availability and pricing of materials used in our operations; risks created through competition for mining projects and properties; risks associated with lack of access to markets; risks associated with availability of tailings and mine plan estimates; risks posed by fluctuations in exchange rates and interest rates, as well as general economic conditions; risks associated with environmental compliance and changes in environmental legislation and regulation; risks associated with our dependence on third parties for the provision of critical services; risks associated with non-performance by contractual counterparties; title risks; social and political risks associated with operations in foreign countries; risks of changes in laws affecting our operations or their interpretation, including foreign exchange controls; and risks associated with tax reassessments and legal proceedings.  All of these risks and uncertainties apply not only the Group and its operations, but also to Codelco and its operations.  Codelco's ongoing mining operations provide a significant portion of the materials the Group processes and its resulting production and therefore these risks and uncertainties may also affect their operations and in turn have a material effect on the Group.

Actual results and developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Such statements are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to, assumptions about:

  • general business and economic conditions;
  • interest rates;
  • levels of and changes in commodity and power prices;
  • acts of foreign governments and the outcome of legal proceedings;
  • the supply and demand for, deliveries of, and the level and volatility of prices of copper and other commodities and of the products used in our operations;
  • the ongoing supply of material for processing from Codelco's current mining operations;
  • MVC's ability to profitably extract and process material from the Colihues and Cauquenes tailings deposits;
  • the timing of the receipt and ongoing retention of permits and other regulatory and governmental approvals;
  • the availability of and ability of the Company to obtain adequate financing for expansions and acquisitions, including the Cauquenes expansion;
  • our tolling/production costs and our production and productivity levels, as well as those of our competitors;
  • changes in credit market conditions and conditions in financial markets generally;
  • the availability of funding on reasonable terms, including financing for the Group's expansions and acquisitions;
  • our ability to procure equipment and operating supplies in sufficient quantities and on a timely basis;
  • the availability of qualified employees and contractors for our operations;
  • our ability to attract and retain skilled staff;
  • the satisfactory negotiation of collective agreements with unionized employees;
  • the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates and capital repatriation on our costs and results;
  • engineering and construction timetables and capital costs for our expansion projects;
  • costs of closure of various operations;
  • market competition;
  • the accuracy of our mine plan estimates (including, with respect to size, grade and recoverability) and the geological, operational and price assumptions on which these are based;
  • tax benefits and tax rates;
  • the outcome of our copper concentrate sales, treatment and refining charge negotiations;
  • the resolution of environmental and other proceedings or disputes;
  • the future supply of reasonably priced power;
  • our ability to obtain, comply with and renew permits in a timely manner; 
  • our ability to meet production and cost budgets and plans; and
  • our ongoing relations with our employees and entities with which we do business.

Future production levels and cost estimates assume there are no adverse mining or other events which significantly affect budgeted production.

We caution you that the foregoing list of important factors and assumptions is not exhaustive. Other events or circumstances could cause our actual results to differ materially from those estimated or projected and expressed in, or implied by, our forward-looking statements. You should also carefully consider the matters discussed under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Information Form. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements or the foregoing list of factors, whether as a result of new information or future events or otherwise.

For further information, please contact:Rob Henderson, President and CEO (604) 697-6203Aurora Davidson, Executive Vice President and CFO (604) 697-6207