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Coeur Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2020 Results

CHICAGO--() -- February 17, 2021 -- Coeur Mining, Inc. (“Coeur” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CDE) today reported fourth quarter 2020 financial results, including revenue of $228.3 million, cash flow from operating activities of $67.3 million and GAAP net income from continuing operations of $11.9 million, or $0.05 per share. On an adjusted basis1, the Company reported EBITDA of $84.0 million, cash flow from operating activities prior to changes in working capital of $58.5 million and net income from continuing operations of $19.1 million, or $0.08 per share.

For the full year, Coeur reported revenue of $785.5 million, cash flow from operating activities of $148.7 million and GAAP net income from continuing operations of $25.6 million, or $0.11 per share. On an adjusted basis1, the Company reported EBITDA of $263.4 million, cash flow from operating activities prior to changes in working capital of $162.4 million and net income from continuing operations of $59.0 million, or $0.24 per share.

Key Highlights

  • Strong second half drove solid full-year 2020 financial results - Revenue, operating cash flow and adjusted EBITDA1 increased 10%, 62% and 51%, respectively, in 2020. Additionally, the Company generated $49.4 million of free cash flow1 during the year. These notable year-over-year improvements reflect strong operational performance and the benefit of higher precious metals prices during the second half of 2020
  • Solid production in-line with full-year guidance ranges - Coeur successfully achieved its consolidated and site-level production guidance for both gold and silver. Gold production in the fourth quarter remained strong at 96,377 ounces, bringing the full-year total to 355,678 ounces. Silver production increased 11% quarter-over-quarter to approximately 2.8 million ounces, largely due to a 38% improvement at Rochester, which helped to drive full-year production to roughly 9.7 million ounces
  • Maintained cost and capital discipline - Substantially all of the Company’s site-level unit costs were below or within full-year guidance ranges, reflecting prudent cost management during 2020. Additionally, consolidated figures for capital expenditures, exploration, and general and administrative expenses were also below or within full-year guidance ranges
  • Rochester expansion project expected to reposition operation as cornerstone asset - Late in the fourth quarter, Coeur published an updated technical report for its Rochester mine in Nevada which reflects significant reserve growth and the benefits of a larger-scale expansion project. The 18-year, reserve-based mine plan has an expected after-tax net asset value of $634 million with an anticipated internal rate of return of 31%
  • Largest exploration program in Company history led to strong reserve and resource growth - The Company completed the largest exploration program in its history during 2020, increasing its investment by 68% to $50.6 million and drilling approximately 783,200 feet (238,700 meters). Proven and probable gold and silver reserves increased 22% and 42%, respectively, while measured and indicated resources were higher across all metals for the second consecutive year. Additionally, strong drilling results at Silvertip helped to significantly expand zinc and lead resources, marking the largest and most successful exploration program in the history of the project
  • Continued enhancing balance sheet and increasing financial flexibility - Coeur ended the year with $92.8 million of cash and cash equivalents, 20% and 67% higher quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, respectively. The Company also increased the aggregate capacity of its senior secured revolving credit facility (“RCF”) from $250.0 million to $300.0 million, and repaid the remaining outstanding borrowings under the facility. Total debt2 at the end of the year was $275.5 million, compared to $295.5 million at the end of 2019

“I’m extremely proud of how our team responded to the unforeseen challenges in 2020. Their tireless efforts and collaboration helped protect the health and safety of our workforce, their families and the communities where we operate, while also minimizing disruptions to our business,” said Mitchell J. Krebs, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our strong culture allowed us to effectively navigate COVID-19 while also achieving several important strategic objectives during the year.”

Mr. Krebs continued, “We generated $49.4 million of free cash flow1 during 2020 due to a combination of higher gold and silver prices and strong operational performances at our Palmarejo, Wharf and Kensington mines. We also kicked off a major expansion of our Rochester mine in Nevada, which we expect to be largely completed by late next year and reposition the operation as a strong, consistent, and long-term source of cash flow.”

“In addition to strong financial and operational performance, we also successfully delivered on the largest exploration program in our history, which helped drive 22% and 42% increases in our gold and silver reserves, respectively. Notably, 2020 represents the largest level of total reserves in Coeur’s history. We plan to increase our exploration investment again this year with the goals of further extending our mine lives, generating more new discoveries and driving higher returns on invested capital in coming years.”

“We believe our strategy of safely and responsibly discovering, developing, and operating a balanced portfolio of North American-based precious metals assets will create long-term value for our stockholders. We look forward to delivering on our key objectives this year that can maximize cash flow, returns and net asset value, while also continuing to enhance our culture and peer-leading environmental, social and governance profile,” concluded Mr. Krebs.

Financial and Operating Highlights (Unaudited)

(Amounts in millions, except per share amounts, gold/silver ounces produced & sold, and per-ounce metrics)

2020

 

4Q 2020

3Q 2020

2Q 2020

 

1Q 2020

 

2019

 

4Q 2019

Gold Sales

$

584.6

$

162.0

$

167.1

$

127.9

 

$

127.6

 

$

493.3

 

$

134.3

 

Silver Sales

$

200.2

$

66.4

$

62.6

$

26.3

 

$

44.9

 

$

191.5

 

$

54.8

 

Consolidated Revenue

$

785.5

$

228.3

$

229.7

$

154.2

 

$

173.2

 

$

711.5

 

$

195.0

 

Costs Applicable to Sales3

$

440.3

$

118.6

$

112.8

$

90.0

 

$

118.9

 

$

551.2

 

$

146.6

 

General and Administrative Expenses

$

33.7

$

8.4

$

7.8

$

8.6

 

$

8.9

 

$

34.5

 

$

7.6

 

Net Income (Loss)

$

25.6

$

11.9

$

26.9

$

(1.2

)

$

(11.9

)

$

(346.9

)

$

(270.9

)

Net Income (Loss) Per Share

$

0.11

$

0.05

$

0.11

$

(0.01

)

$

(0.05

)

$

(1.59

)

$

(1.13

)

Adjusted Net Income (Loss)1

$

59.0

$

19.1

$

38.2

$

2.6

 

$

(0.9

)

$

(54.6

)

$

(3.3

)

Adjusted Net Income (Loss)Per Share

$

0.24

$

0.08

$

0.16

$

0.01

 

$

 

$

(0.25

)

$

(0.01

)

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

 

242.5

 

244.3

 

243.8

 

240.9

 

 

240.3

 

 

218.8

 

 

238.7

 

EBITDA1

$

214.8

$

76.7

$

77.3

$

35.3

 

$

25.5

 

$

(154.4

)

$

(214.5

)

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

263.4

$

84.0

$

90.8

$

42.2

 

$

46.5

 

$

173.9

 

$

59.8

 

Cash Flow from Operating Activities

$

148.7

$

67.3

$

79.5

$

9.9

 

$

(8.0

)

$

91.9

 

$

39.3

 

Capital Expenditures

$

99.3

$

37.4

$

23.0

$

16.7

 

$

22.2

 

$

99.8

 

$

21.0

 

Free Cash Flow1

$

49.4

$

29.8

$

56.5

$

(6.7

)

$

(30.2

)

$

(7.9

)

$

18.4

 

Cash, Equivalents & Short-Term Investments

$

92.8

$

92.8

$

77.1

$

70.9

 

$

52.9

 

$

55.6

 

$

55.6

 

Total Debt2

$

275.5

$

275.5

$

301.1

$

348.6

 

$

343.1

 

$

295.5

 

$

295.5

 

Average Realized Price Per Ounce – Gold

$

1,641

$

1,663

$

1,754

$

1,641

 

$

1,490

 

$

1,342

 

$

1,407

 

Average Realized Price Per Ounce – Silver

$

20.79

$

24.21

$

24.15

$

16.25

 

$

16.63

 

$

16.07

 

$

16.99

 

Gold Ounces Produced

 

355,678

 

96,377

 

95,995

 

78,229

 

 

85,077

 

 

359,418

 

 

94,716

 

Silver Ounces Produced

 

9.7

 

2.8

 

2.6

 

1.6

 

 

2.7

 

 

11.7

 

 

3.1

 

Gold Ounces Sold

 

356,251

 

97,400

 

95,283

 

77,933

 

 

85,635

 

 

367,650

 

 

95,532

 

Silver Ounces Sold

 

9.6

 

2.7

 

2.6

 

1.6

 

 

2.7

 

 

11.9

 

 

3.3

 

Financial Results

Fourth quarter 2020 revenue totaled $228.3 million compared to $229.7 million in the prior period and $195.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The Company’s gold production remained consistent quarter-over-quarter at 96,377 ounces, while silver production increased 11% to approximately 2.8 million ounces. Gold and silver sales during the quarter totaled 97,400 and 2.7 million ounces, respectively, slightly higher than the prior period.

The Company generated $785.5 million in revenue during 2020, representing a 10% increase year-over-year. Full-year gold and silver production totaled 355,678 and approximately 9.7 million ounces, respectively, compared to 359,418 ounces of gold and approximately 11.7 million ounces of silver in 2019. Metal sales in 2020 included 356,251 and 9.6 million ounces of gold and silver, respectively.

Average realized gold and silver prices for the quarter were $1,663 and $24.21 per ounce, respectively, compared to $1,754 and $24.15 per ounce in the prior period. Gold and silver sales accounted for 71% and 29% of fourth quarter revenue, respectively. The Company’s U.S. operations accounted for approximately 59% of fourth quarter revenue, down from approximately 64% in the prior period.

For the full year, average realized gold and silver prices increased 22% and 29%, respectively, to $1,641 and $20.79 per ounce. Gold and silver sales contributed to 74% and 25% of revenue in 2020, respectively. Approximately 63% of metal sales came from Coeur’s U.S. operations in 2020, up from approximately 58% in 2019.

Costs applicable to sales3 totaled $118.6 million and $440.3 million for the fourth quarter and full year, respectively, compared to $112.8 million and $551.2 million in the prior periods. Relatively higher costs during the fourth quarter were largely attributable to increased production at Rochester. The year-over-year decrease in costs was primarily driven by the temporary suspension of mining and processing activities at Silvertip.

General and administrative expenses increased 8% quarter-over-quarter to $8.4 million and decreased slightly year-over-year to $33.7 million, remaining within Coeur’s 2020 guidance range of $32.0 - $36.0 million. Higher general and administrative expense in the fourth quarter reflects increased employee-related costs and outside service fees, while the lower full-year expense was driven by decreased employee-related costs and legal fees.

Exploration expense for the fourth quarter and full year totaled $11.6 million and $42.6 million, respectively, compared to $12.8 million in the third quarter and $22.5 million in 2019. The significant increase in exploration expense during 2020 was driven by Coeur executing its largest and most successful drilling campaign in Company history. See the “Operations” and “Exploration” sections for additional detail on the Company’s exploration activities.

Operating costs related to COVID-19 mitigation and response efforts totaled $5.1 million during the fourth quarter, compared to $4.0 million in the prior period, bringing the full-year expense to approximately $15.6 million. These costs were primarily driven by employee-related expenses at Palmarejo and Kensington, and are included in “Pre-development, reclamation, and other expenses” on the Company’s income statement.

Coeur recorded an income tax expense of $25.0 million and $37.0 million during the fourth quarter and for the full year, respectively. Cash income and mining taxes paid during the quarter totaled approximately $15.4 million, bringing the full-year figure to $35.5 million. Cash taxes paid in 2020 primarily reflect higher income and mining tax payments in Mexico. Additionally, the Company expects to pay approximately $30.0 - $35.0 million in cash taxes during the first quarter of 2021 primarily as a result of its annual tax filings in Mexico.

Quarterly operating cash flow totaled $67.3 million compared to $79.5 million in the prior period, largely driven by lower operating cash flow from Wharf quarter-over-quarter. The Company satisfied the remaining $9.9 million obligation under its prepayment agreement at Kensington and exercised an option to receive an additional $15.0 million prepayment, resulting in a net cash inflow of approximately $5.1 million in the fourth quarter. Changes in working capital during the quarter were $8.8 million, compared to $22.1 million in the prior period, largely driven by the timing of payments. For the full year, operating cash flow increased 62% to $148.7 million. The significant improvement in operating cash flow year-over-year was largely driven by increased profitability at Palmarejo, Kensington and Wharf.

Capital expenditures during the fourth quarter were $37.4 million (63% higher quarter-over-quarter) bringing the full-year total to $99.3 million (consistent year-over-year), slightly below the low end of Coeur’s 2020 guidance range of $100.0 - $115.0 million. Higher quarterly capital expenditures were driven by increased investment across the Company’s portfolio, including $14.8 million related to the expansion of Rochester ($28.6 million for the full year). Sustaining and development capital expenditures accounted for approximately 60% and 40%, respectively, of the Company’s total capital investment in 2020.

Liquidity Update

Coeur continued to prudently manage its balance sheet during the fourth quarter of 2020 by repaying $25.6 million of total debt2, including the remaining outstanding borrowings ($20.0 million) under its RCF. Late in the quarter, Coeur increased the aggregate size of its RCF from $250.0 million to $300.0 million in preparation for major construction on the Plan of Operations Amendment 11 (“POA 11”) expansion project at Rochester.

The Company also opportunistically monetized certain equity investments during the fourth quarter of 2020, including substantially all of its holdings in Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd., resulting in net proceeds of approximately $11.0 million.

Coeur ended the year with total debt2 of $275.5 million (9% and 7% lower quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, respectively) and cash and cash equivalents of $92.8 million (20% and 67% higher quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, respectively).

Hedging Update

The Company did not execute any additional zero-cost collar (“ZCC”) hedges during the fourth quarter. Coeur’s hedging strategy remains focused on supporting cash flow generation during the POA 11 expansion project at Rochester, which the Company expects to fund with a combination of cash on hand, internally generated cash flow and debt capacity.

Coeur completed its gold hedging program for 2021 last year and will proactively monitor market conditions to potentially layer in additional ZCC hedges on up to 50% of expected gold production in 2022. The Company’s silver price exposure remains unhedged. An overview of the hedges currently implemented is outlined below:

 

2021

2022

Gold Ounces Hedged

158,700

 

126,000

Avg. Ceiling ($/oz)

$1,875

 

$2,030

Avg. Floor ($/oz)

$1,600

 

$1,626

Rochester Expansion

Coeur announced the details of the expansion of Rochester in an updated technical report in mid-December 2020, reflecting significant reserve growth and the benefits of a larger-scale project. Notably, the 18-year, reserve-based mine life extends Rochester’s production profile through 2038 with opportunities for extension with continued drilling. The expansion project includes the construction of a new leach pad, a crushing facility equipped with two high-pressure grinding roll (“HPGR”) units, a Merrill-Crowe process plant, and related infrastructure to support the extension of Rochester’s mine life.

A planned increase in annual crusher throughput, from approximately 14 million tons to over 28 million tons, is expected to drive annual silver and gold production to more than 8 million and approximately 80,000 ounces, respectively, for the initial ten years following the expansion. Together with lower expected operating costs, these improvements are projected to lead to significantly higher cash flow post-expansion.

Coeur continued to advance the POA 11 expansion project on schedule during the fourth quarter of 2020 by completing early-stage earthworks (e.g., site preparation, clearing and grubbing for the new leach pad) and installing project-specific infrastructure (e.g., offices, power, communications). In January 2021, Coeur began work on excavating areas for the Merrill-Crowe process plant and crusher corridor, and expects to begin crushing over-liner material for the Stage VI leach pad during the second half of the year.

Key elements of the project timeline are highlighted below:

 

Expected Start Date

Target Completion Date

Leach Pad (Incl. Ancillary Facilities)

2H 2020 ?

Mid-2022

Merrill-Crowe Process Plant

1H 2021 ?

YE 2022

Crushing Circuit

1H 2021 ?

YE 2022

Supporting Infrastructure

2H 2020 ?

Mid-2022

Operations

Fourth quarter and full-year 2020 highlights for each of the Company’s operations are provided below.

Palmarejo, Mexico

(Dollars in millions, except per ounce amounts)

2020

4Q 2020

3Q 2020

2Q 2020

1Q 2020

2019

4Q 2019

Tons milled

1,751,525

509,848

492,474

269,641

479,562

1,755,957

486,779

Average gold grade (oz/t)

0.07

0.08

0.07

0.07

0.07

0.08

0.07

Average silver grade (oz/t)

4.45

4.30

4.37

4.46

4.69

4.85

5.11

Average recovery rate – Au

89.9%

88.9%

91.3%

86.0%

91.6%

84.3%

84.9%

Average recovery rate – Ag

80.4%

81.3%

82.8%

72.2%

81.5%

79.3%

81.7%

Gold ounces produced

110,608

34,511

29,296

15,223

31,578

111,932

28,702

Silver ounces produced (000’s)

6,269

1,783

1,784

867

1,835

6,762

2,029

Gold ounces sold

110,822

35,359

27,252

16,924

31,287

116,104

27,952

Silver ounces sold (000’s)

6,302

1,767

1,765

875

1,895

6,841

1,980

Average realized price per gold ounce

$1,390

$1,395

$1,446

$1,399

$1,331

$1,220

$1,238

Average realized price per silver ounce

$21.03

$24.45

$23.98

$16.35

$17.25

$16.23

$17.28

Metal sales

$286.6

$92.5

$81.8

$38.0

$74.3

$252.7

$68.9

Costs applicable to sales3

$125.2

$36.1

$34.3

$18.8

$36.0

$141.9

$34.8

Adjusted CAS per AuOz1

$609

$542

$602

$686

$645

$683

$622

Adjusted CAS per AgOz1

$9.13

$9.61

$10.06

$8.13

$8.37

$9.11

$8.79

Exploration expense

$7.0

$2.6

$2.0

$0.9

$1.5

$5.7

$2.0

Cash flow from operating activities

$118.3

$43.2

$49.7

$(3.5)

$28.9

$99.2

$41.4

Sustaining capital expenditures (excludes capital lease payments)

$25.5

$9.0

$4.9

$4.5

$7.1

$21.9

$6.2

Development capital expenditures

$—

$(0.1)

$0.1

$—

$—

$10.8

$2.4

Total capital expenditures

$25.5

$8.9

$5.0

$4.5

$7.1

$32.7

$8.6

Free cash flow1

$92.8

$34.3

$44.7

$(8.0)

$21.8

$66.5

$32.8

Operational

  • Fourth quarter gold production increased 18% quarter-over-quarter to 34,511 ounces, while silver production remained consistent at 1.8 million ounces compared to the prior period. Full-year gold and silver production totaled 110,608 and 6.3 million ounces, respectively
  • Quarterly gold and silver production benefited from higher mill throughput, which increased modestly quarter-over-quarter. Higher average gold grade led to improved gold production during the quarter, while consistent silver production was driven by slightly lower average silver grade. Lower recoveries during the quarter reflect the impact of in-circuit inventory and finalized slag shipments
  • Full-year production results were above or within 2020 guidance ranges of 100,000 - 110,00 ounces of gold and 6.0 - 7.0 million ounces of silver, despite active mining and processing activities being temporarily suspended for approximately 45 days in the second quarter due to a COVID-19-related government decree

Financial

  • Fourth quarter adjusted CAS1 for gold and silver on a co-product basis decreased 10% and 4% to $542 and $9.61 per ounce, respectively, compared to the prior quarter. Continued strong cost performance during the quarter reflects higher throughput rates, increased gold sales and effective cost management, including favorable impacts from foreign exchange hedges
  • For the full year, adjusted CAS1 for gold on a co-product basis decreased 11% to $609 per ounce, while co-product adjusted CAS1 for silver remained mostly unchanged at $9.13 per ounce. Notably, both cost metrics finished the year below their 2020 guidance ranges of $650 - $750 and $9.50 - $10.50 per ounce of gold and silver, respectively
  • Capital expenditures increased 78% quarter-over-quarter to $8.9 million, reflecting the acceleration of business improvement projects and underground development that were impacted by the government-mandated temporary suspension in the second quarter. Similarly, full-year capital expenditures decreased 22% year-over-year to $25.5 million primarily as a result of the temporary suspension
  • Free cash flow1 in the fourth quarter and full year totaled $34.3 million and $92.8 million, respectively, compared to $44.7 million and $66.5 million in the prior periods. Lower free cash flow1 in the fourth quarter resulted from decreased operating cash flow and higher capital expenditures, while positive full-year results benefited from increased metal sales as well as lower costs and capital expenditures

Exploration

  • Exploration investment increased 16% and 8% quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year to approximately $3.7 million ($2.6 million expensed and $1.1 million capitalized) and approximately $11.0 million ($7.0 million expensed and $4.0 million capitalized), respectively
  • Up to seven surface and underground core rigs were active during the fourth quarter, winding down to five rigs by the end of the year. A total of approximately 60,600 feet (18,450 meters) were drilled during the period, including 49,200 feet (15,000 meters) targeting resource expansion and 11,400 feet (3,450 meters) focused on infill drilling. A total of approximately 226,000 feet (68,850 meters) were drilled during the year, representing the largest component of Coeur’s exploration program during 2020
  • Infill drilling during the quarter focused on specific zones within the Independencia and Guadalupe deposits. Surface drill rigs targeted areas of the Hidalgo and Independencia zones, while underground drill rigs focused on the southern portion of the Independencia zone. Surface infill drilling was also completed on the La Bavisa zone, located within the Independencia deposit
  • Additionally, infill drilling at the Guadalupe deposit was primarily focused on the southern Las Animas zone, the northern Zapata zone and the La Patria zone (located in the southwestern most portion of the deposit)
  • Resource expansion drilling focused mainly on the Hidalgo zone in the Independencia deposit. The potential of this area is particularly encouraging given its proximity to the mill at Palmarejo. Assays and thickness of mineralization at the Hidalgo zone represent the best expansion drilling results at Palmarejo over the past three years. Expansion drilling was also completed at the La Bavisa zone as well as the north Independencia zone, which is an extension of the Independencia deposit
  • Coeur plans for Palmarejo to receive one of the largest allocations of exploration investment in 2021. The Company began 2021 with six active rigs on site, and expects to ramp up to ten rigs over the course of the year

Other

  • Precious metals mining is considered an essential business activity in Mexico. The Company continues to implement and maintain rigorous health and safety protocols at Palmarejo and in the surrounding communities aimed at limiting the exposure and transmission of COVID-19
  • Approximately 44% (15,669 ounces) and 39% (43,001 ounces) of Palmarejo’s gold sales in the fourth quarter and full year, respectively, were sold under its gold stream agreement at a price of $800 per ounce

Guidance

  • Full-year 2021 production is expected to be 100,000 - 110,000 ounces of gold and 6.5 - 7.8 million ounces of silver
  • CAS1 are expected to be $710 - $810 per gold ounce and $11.00 - $12.00 per silver ounce
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $40 - $45 million

Rochester, Nevada

(Dollars in millions, except per ounce amounts)

2020

 

 

4Q 2020

 

3Q 2020

 

2Q 2020

 

1Q 2020

 

2019

 

4Q 2019

Ore tons placed

15,696,565

 

 

4,000,889

 

4,523,767

 

3,743,331

 

3,428,578

 

10,582,518

 

2,612,319

Average silver grade (oz/t)

0.52

 

 

0.53

 

0.49

 

0.51

 

0.57

 

0.46

 

0.47

Average gold grade (oz/t)

0.002

 

 

0.002

 

0.002

 

0.002

 

0.002

 

0.003

 

0.003

Silver ounces produced (000’s)

3,175

 

 

1,020

 

740

 

728

 

687

 

3,761

 

848

Gold ounces produced

27,147

 

 

9,590

 

6,462

 

5,159

 

5,936

 

35,400

 

10,634

Silver ounces sold (000’s)

3,054

 

 

912

 

786

 

724

 

632

 

3,845

 

932

Gold ounces sold

26,257

 

 

8,672

 

6,834

 

5,278

 

5,473

 

36,052

 

11,248

Average realized price per silver ounce

$20.93

 

 

$24.35

 

$24.49

 

$16.11

 

$16.99

 

$16.07

 

$17.22

Average realized price per gold ounce

$1,765

 

 

$1,825

 

$1,882

 

$1,702

 

$1,583

 

$1,393

 

$1,484

Metal sales

$110.3

 

 

$38.2

 

$32.1

 

$20.6

 

$19.4

 

$112.0

 

$32.6

Costs applicable to sales3

$86.1

 

 

$31.7

 

$19.1

 

$18.3

 

$17.0

 

$100.2

 

$25.3

Adjusted CAS per AgOz1

$16.27

 

 

$20.18

 

$14.98

 

$13.75

 

$14.38

 

$13.67

 

$13.25

Adjusted CAS per AuOz1

$1,370

 

 

$1,537

 

$1,148

 

$1,481

 

$1,359

 

$1,193

 

$1,142

Exploration expense

$3.3

 

 

$0.8

 

$0.5

 

$1.8

 

$0.2

 

$0.7

 

$0.4

Cash flow from operating activities

$(8.1)

 

 

$4.7

 

$2.1

 

$(5.6)

 

$(9.3)

 

$15.8

 

$6.9

Sustaining capital expenditures (excludes capital lease payments)

$7.0

 

 

$2.9

 

$2.5

 

$1.5

 

$0.1

 

$2.1

 

$0.9

Development capital expenditures

$30.5

 

 

$13.9

 

$7.3

 

$4.3

 

$5.0

 

$20.5

 

$4.1

Total capital expenditures

$37.5

 

 

$16.8

 

$9.8

 

$5.8

 

$5.1

 

$22.6

 

$5.0

Free cash flow1

$(45.6)

 

 

$(12.1)

 

$(7.7)

 

$(11.4)

 

$(14.4)

 

$(6.8)

 

$1.9

Operational

  • Silver and gold production increased 38% and 48% quarter-over-quarter to approximately 1.0 million and 9,590 ounces, respectively. For the full year, silver and gold production totaled approximately 3.2 million and 27,147 ounces, respectively, and were within 2020 guidance ranges of 3.1 - 3.7 million ounces of silver and 27,000 - 33,000 ounces of gold
  • Strong quarterly silver and gold production was largely driven by the execution of Coeur’s revised stacking plan to maximize the placement of HPGR-crushed ore on inter-lift liners, decreasing depths to liner for inventory under leach. Additionally, all work-in-process inventory from the prior period was recovered during the fourth quarter
  • Coeur processed approximately 34,000 tons per day through the upgraded crushing circuit, slightly lower than the roughly 36,500 tons per day crushed in the prior period. The Company reduced throughput during the quarter to target an optimal crush size, while also managing the amount of fine particles created, aimed at improving recovery rates on the Stage IV leach pad. Placement rates were supplemented by stacking just over 877,000 tons of run-of-mine material during the period
  • The Company plans to complete the fourth phase of its inter lift-liner strategy and swap out the secondary crushing unit during the second quarter of 2021. Both projects are aimed at de-risking execution of POA 11 and further improving recovery rates on the Stage IV leach pad

Financial

  • Fourth quarter and full-year 2020 costs applicable to sales3 figures shown in the table above and highlighted below include a non-cash adjustment of approximately $7.2 million related to a change in the Company’s recovery rate assumption on the Stage IV leach pad, in-line with the updated technical report for Rochester filed in December 2020
  • Fourth quarter adjusted CAS1 for silver and gold on a co-product basis increased 35% and 34% quarter-over-quarter, respectively, to $20.18 and $1,537 per ounce, reflecting comparatively higher cyanide consumption and outside service costs
  • Year-over-year adjusted CAS1 for silver and gold on a co-product basis increased 19% and 15%, respectively, to $16.27 and $1,370 per ounce. Higher unit costs in 2020 reflect higher throughput levels and mining rates as well as increased cyanide consumption and outside service costs
  • Fourth quarter capital expenditures increased 71% quarter-over-quarter to $16.8 million, bringing the full-year total to $37.5 million compared to $22.6 million in the prior year, largely due to increased investment in POA 11 and, to a lesser extent, the installation of inter-lift liners
  • Free cash flow1 in the fourth quarter and full year totaled $(12.1) million and $(45.6) million, respectively, compared to $(7.7) million and $(6.8) million in the prior periods. Lower free cash flow in the fourth quarter resulted from higher capital expenditures, partially offset by improved operating cash flow, while lower full-year results were driven by decreased operating cash flow and higher capital expenditures

Exploration

  • Exploration investment remained relatively consistent at approximately $1.2 million ($0.8 million expensed and $0.4 million capitalized), while full-year exploration investment more than doubled year-over-year to approximately $5.1 million ($3.3 million expensed and $1.8 million capitalized)
  • One reverse circulation rig began drilling the northern portion of the East Rochester zone during the middle of the fourth quarter. A total of approximately 5,500 feet (1,675 meters) were drilled during the period, primarily focused on resource expansion. For the full year, a total of approximately 51,600 feet (15,725 meters) were drilled with roughly equal allocations between expansion and infill drilling
  • As demonstrated in Rochester’s updated technical report, the Company believes there is significant potential for reserve and resource growth in the existing open pit and at East Rochester. Coeur continues to receive assay results that were not included in the updated technical report, and expects to incorporate these results in its year-end 2021 reserves and resources
  • Additionally, target generation in the district highlighted priorities for future drilling north of East Rochester and east of the Packard deposit as well as around the Lincoln Hill, Gold Ridge and Independence Hill zones, all located immediately west of Rochester
  • Following the success at Rochester in 2020, Coeur plans to nearly double its exploration investment at the operation and in the surrounding areas in 2021, with the majority expected to focus on resource expansion drilling

Other

  • Mining remains an essential business in Nevada. The Company continues to implement and maintain rigorous health and safety protocols aimed at limiting the exposure and transmission of COVID-19 at Rochester and in the surrounding communities

Guidance

  • Full-year 2021 production is expected to be 3.2 - 4.4 million ounces of silver and 22,500 - 32,500 ounces of gold
  • CAS1 in 2021 are expected to be $15.00 - $17.00 per silver ounce and $1,180 - $1,330 per gold ounce
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $155 - $195 million

Kensington, Alaska

(Dollars in millions, except per ounce amounts)

2020

 

 

4Q 2020

 

3Q 2020

 

2Q 2020

 

1Q 2020

 

2019

 

4Q 2019

Tons milled

675,731

 

 

179,636

 

163,276

 

170,478

 

162,341

 

658,378

 

167,061

Average gold grade (oz/t)

0.20

 

 

0.20

 

0.18

 

0.21

 

0.21

 

0.21

 

0.20

Average recovery rate

93.0%

 

 

93.0%

 

93.7%

 

92.0%

 

93.5%

 

91.0%

 

87.2%

Gold ounces produced

124,867

 

 

32,990

 

26,797

 

33,058

 

32,022

 

127,914

 

29,736

Gold ounces sold

124,793

 

 

31,830

 

27,815

 

32,367

 

32,781

 

130,495

 

29,293

Average realized price per gold ounce, gross

$1,774

 

 

$1,837

 

$1,917

 

$1,762

 

$1,603

 

$1,408

 

$1,493

Treatment and refining charges per gold ounce

$39

 

 

$37

 

$35

 

$57

 

$27

 

$20

 

$24

Average realized price per gold ounce, net

$1,735

 

 

$1,800

 

$1,882

 

$1,705

 

$1,576

 

$1,388

 

$1,469

Metal sales

$216.5

 

 

$57.2

 

$52.4

 

$55.2

 

$51.7

 

$181.1

 

$43.0

Costs applicable to sales3

$121.7

 

 

$29.3

 

$31.5

 

$30.4

 

$30.5

 

$119.6

 

$28.8

Adjusted CAS per AuOz1

$972

 

 

$919

 

$1,128

 

$934

 

$928

 

$910

 

$976

Prepayment, working capital cash flow

$—

 

 

$5.1

 

$(5.1)

 

$7.0

 

$(7.0)

 

$15.0

 

$4.7

Exploration expense

$8.6

 

 

$0.8

 

$3.4

 

$2.6

 

$1.8

 

$5.6

 

$1.6

Cash flow from operating activities

$79.8

 

 

$31.0

 

$9.1

 

$27.8

 

$11.9

 

$72.0

 

$19.9

Sustaining capital expenditures (excludes capital lease payments)

$19.8

 

 

$5.8

 

$5.3

 

$3.9

 

$4.8

 

$23.5

 

$4.3

Development capital expenditures

$—

 

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

Total capital expenditures

$19.8

 

 

$5.8

 

$5.3

 

$3.9

 

$4.8

 

$23.5

 

$4.3

Free cash flow1

$60.0

 

 

$25.2

 

$3.8

 

$23.9

 

$7.1

 

$48.5

 

$15.6

Operational

  • Gold production in the fourth quarter increased 23% to 32,990 ounces, bringing the full-year total to 124,867 ounces and within the 2020 production guidance range of 122,500 - 130,000 ounces
  • Strong production during the period was driven by a 10% increase in mill throughput and an 11% improvement in average grade quarter-over-quarter
  • Jualin accounted for approximately 19% of Kensington’s fourth quarter production, increasing slightly from approximately 18% in the prior period. For the full year, Jualin accounted for approximately 15% of Kensington’s total production

Financial

  • Adjusted CAS1 decreased 19% quarter-over-quarter to $919 per ounce, reflecting modestly lower costs and higher production levels. Full-year adjusted CAS1 increased 7% to $972 per ounce but remained within the 2020 guidance range of $900 - $1,000 per ounce. Slightly higher unit cost performance was driven by comparatively lower average grade and fewer gold ounces sold
  • Capital expenditures increased 9% quarter-over-quarter to $5.8 million, largely due to additional infill drilling. For the full year, capital expenditures decreased 16% to $19.8 million primarily due to the timing of payments on certain capital projects
  • Free cash flow1 in the fourth quarter and full-year totaled $25.2 million and $60.0 million, respectively, compared to $3.8 million and $48.5 million in the prior periods. Fourth quarter free cash flow1 benefited from increased metal sales and a favorable impact of the prepayment arrangement, while positive full-year results were driven by higher operating cash flow and lower capital expenditures

Exploration

  • Exploration investment decreased 37% quarter-over-quarter to approximately $2.2 million ($0.8 million expensed and $1.4 million capitalized), while full-year exploration investment increased 34% year-over-year to approximately $10.2 million ($8.6 million expensed and $1.6 million capitalized)
  • Two underground core rigs were active during the quarter, drilling from the new Elmira development drift. A total of approximately 39,100 feet (11,925 meters) were drilled during the period, including 9,500 feet (2,900 meters) of expansion drilling and 29,600 feet (9,025 meters) of infill drilling. For the full year, a total of approximately 156,100 feet (47,575 meters) were drilled, including 124,300 feet (37,875 meters) of expansion drilling and 31,800 feet (9,700 meters) of infill drilling
  • Infill drilling during the fourth quarter was primarily focused on the Elmira vein, while also occasionally testing the Johnson vein, which is considered to be a resource expansion target
  • Kensington’s 2021 exploration program began in early January with two underground rigs focused on the Elmira and Johnson veins. The Company plans to add an additional rig during the first quarter, following the evaluation of its resource models and mobilizing the rig to the highest priority targets

Other

  • Mining continues to be considered an essential business in Alaska. Rotational schedules remain extended from 14 days to 28 days in response to concerns related to COVID-19. The quarantine requirement was shortened to three days (previously seven days) late in the fourth quarter, supported by Coeur’s robust health and safety protocols aimed at limiting the exposure and transmission of COVID-19 at Kensington and the surrounding communities

Guidance

  • Production in 2021 is expected to be 115,000 - 130,000 ounces of gold
  • CAS1 in 2021 are expected to be $1,010 - $1,110 per gold ounce
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $23 - $30 million

Wharf, South Dakota

(Dollars in millions, except per ounce amounts)

2020

 

 

4Q 2020

 

3Q 2020

 

2Q 2020

 

1Q 2020

 

2019

 

4Q 2019

Ore tons placed

4,710,875

 

 

1,047,647

 

1,315,542

 

1,401,237

 

946,449

 

4,613,359

 

1,100,393

Average gold grade (oz/t)

0.027

 

 

0.024

 

0.025

 

0.032

 

0.025

 

0.023

 

0.023

Gold ounces produced

93,056

 

 

19,286

 

33,440

 

24,789

 

15,541

 

84,172

 

25,644

Silver ounces produced (000’s)

115

 

 

33

 

42

 

25

 

15

 

63

 

20

Gold ounces sold

94,379

 

 

21,539

 

33,382

 

23,364

 

16,094

 

84,999

 

27,039

Silver ounces sold (000’s)

114

 

 

35

 

41

 

23

 

15

 

64

 

21

Average realized price per gold ounce

$1,777

 

 

$1,835

 

$1,872

 

$1,715

 

$1,592

 

$1,416

 

$1,482

Metal sales

$170.2

 

 

$40.3

 

$63.5

 

$40.5

 

$25.9

 

$121.4

 

$40.5

Costs applicable to sales3

$89.6

 

 

$21.4

 

$27.9

 

$22.5

 

$17.8

 

$80.7

 

$25.7

Adjusted CAS per AuOz1

$887

 

 

$954

 

$804

 

$804

 

$1,090

 

$894

 

$802

Exploration expense

$0.9

 

 

$0.3

 

$0.5

 

$0.1

 

$—

 

$0.3

 

$0.2

Cash flow from operating activities

$74.9

 

 

$14.1

 

$39.1

 

$19.1

 

$2.6

 

$39.3

 

$17.0

Sustaining capital expenditures (excludes capital lease payments)

$2.4

 

 

$1.2

 

$0.5

 

$0.3

 

$0.4

 

$2.2

 

$0.8

Development capital expenditures

$—

 

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

Total capital expenditures

$2.4

 

 

$1.2

 

$0.5

 

$0.3

 

$0.4

 

$2.2

 

$0.8

Free cash flow1

$72.5

 

 

$12.9

 

$38.6

 

$18.8

 

$2.2

 

$37.1

 

$16.2

Operational

  • Gold production in the fourth quarter totaled 19,286 ounces compared to 33,440 ounces in the prior period. Full-year gold production increased 11% to 93,056 ounces, which was near the upper end of the 2020 production guidance range of 85,000 - 95,000 ounces
  • As anticipated, lower production during the quarter was driven by planned leach pad sequencing that resulted in fewer tons placed as well as slightly lower average grades
  • Notably, second half gold production increased 31% from the first half of 2020

Financial

  • Adjusted CAS1 on a by-product basis increased 19% quarter-over-quarter to $954 per ounce, largely driven by lower production and sales volumes. Full-year adjusted CASremained relatively consistent at $887 per ounce, nearing the low-end of its 2020 guidance range ($875 - $925 per ounce)
  • Capital expenditures more than doubled quarter-over-quarter to $1.2 million, reflecting the completion of projects prior to the end of the year. Full-year capital expenditures remained relatively consistent at $2.4 million
  • Fourth quarter and full-year free cash flow1 totaled $12.9 million and $72.5 million, respectively, compared to $38.6 million and $37.1 million in the prior periods. Lower free cash flow1 in the fourth quarter resulted from lower metal sales, while positive full-year results benefited from higher metal sales

Exploration

  • Exploration investment for the fourth quarter totaled approximately $0.3 million (substantially all expensed), following the completion of the program early in the period and bringing the total for the full year to approximately $0.9 million (substantially all expensed)
  • Exploration activity in 2020 focused on resource expansion drilling at Richmond Hill, which is located approximately four miles north-northeast of Wharf. Coeur has an exclusive option agreement with two subsidiaries of Barrick Gold Corporation to acquire the project that expires in September 2021. The Company plans to evaluate its next steps regarding Richmond Hill during the first half of 2021
  • For the full year, a total of approximately 24,700 feet (7,525 meters) of resource expansion drilling was completed at Richmond Hill
  • For 2021, an aggressive infill program has already begun on the southern edge of the existing resource at Wharf, called Portland Ridge. Coeur expects to complete the program during the second half of the year

Other

  • Coeur continues to follow rigorous health and safety protocols aimed at limiting the exposure and transmission of COVID-19 at Wharf and in the surrounding communities

Guidance

  • Gold production in 2021 is expected to be 85,000 - 95,000 ounces
  • CAS1 in 2021 are expected to be $960 - $1,060 per gold ounce
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $5 - $8 million

Silvertip, British Columbia

(Dollars in millions)

2020

 

 

4Q 2020

 

3Q 2020

 

2Q 2020

 

1Q 2020

 

2019

 

4Q 2019

Metal sales

$1.9

 

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

$1.9

 

$44.3

 

$10.2

Costs applicable to sales3

$17.7

 

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

$17.7

 

$108.8

 

$32.0

Exploration expense

$12.2

 

 

$5.1

 

$3.9

 

$2.9

 

$0.3

 

$2.5

 

$0.9

Cash flow from operating activities

$(58.4)

 

 

$(8.2)

 

$(8.2)

 

$(14.9)

 

$(27.1)

 

$(69.4)

 

$(28.6)

Sustaining capital expenditures (excludes capital lease payments)

$4.2

 

 

$(0.5)

 

$(1.8)

 

$1.9

 

$4.6

 

$17.5

 

$2.0

Development capital expenditures

$8.9

 

 

$5.0

 

$3.9

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

Total capital expenditures

$13.1

 

 

$4.5

 

$2.1

 

$1.9

 

$4.6

 

$17.5

 

$2.0

Free cash flow1

$(71.5)

 

 

$(12.7)

 

$(10.3)

 

$(16.8)

 

$(31.7)

 

$(86.9)

 

$(30.6)

  • Mining and processing activities were temporarily suspended at Silvertip on February 19, 2020 (unrelated to COVID-19)

Operational

  • Coeur highlighted key outcomes of the internal pre-feasibility study for Silvertip during its virtual investor day in December 2020. Notably, the Company developed a new flowsheet that would help support a potential expansion to a throughput rate of 1,750 tonnes per day
  • To strengthen the confidence in the results of the pre-feasibility study, third-party technical reviews were completed during the fourth quarter. The reviews covered key areas of the pre-feasibility study, including mining, metallurgy, infrastructure upgrades and capital estimates
  • Coeur is now progressing the project through a more comprehensive front-end engineering and design phase for the revised flowsheet, while also continuing to build on the momentum of its exploration program. The Company’s technical work is expected to focus on (i) advancing engineering and confirmatory metallurgical testing to de-risk capital estimates, (ii) increasing confidence regarding the expected concentrate qualities from all of the existing zones of the ore body, and (iii) enhancing schedule certainty with respect to a potential restart
  • The Company also plans to continue evaluating opportunities to accelerate certain non-mill-related capital projects in 2021, including a new water treatment plant, to help mitigate construction risk should a restart of the project be approved during the second half of the year

Financial

  • Temporary suspension costs related to the ramp-down of active mining and processing activities were $1.1 million in the fourth quarter, compared to $0.8 million in the prior period, bringing the total for the full year to $7.2 million
  • Ongoing carrying costs in the fourth quarter were $4.7 million, compared to $3.9 million in the prior period, bringing the total for the full year to $16.4 million
  • Capital expenditures during the fourth quarter more than doubled to $4.5 million, reflecting additional work related to the potential restart and expansion of the project. Full-year capital expenditures totaled $13.1 million, compared to $17.5 million in 2019
  • Free cash flow1 for the quarter and full year totaled $(12.7) million and $(71.5) million, respectively

Exploration

  • Exploration investment increased 31% quarter-over-quarter to approximately $5.1 million (substantially all expensed), while full-year exploration investment of roughly $12.2 million (substantially all expensed) was significantly higher year-over-year
  • The Company had up to six active drill rigs during the fourth quarter, ramping down to three rigs at the end of the year. A total of approximately 61,000 feet (18,600 meters) were drilled during the quarter, largely focused on near-mine resource expansion in lower elevations. For the full-year, Coeur drilled a total of approximately 200,800 feet (61,225 meters), representing the largest and most successful exploration program in the history of the project
  • The focus throughout 2020 was on near-mine resource expansion and larger step-out drilling to test the edges of the mineralized system. Coeur executed this strategy to help support a decision to potentially pursue a mill expansion. Assay results during the year have demonstrated the potential for significant resource growth with over two miles (3.5 kilometers) of north-south strike length now delineated, more than triple the previous resource strike length
  • Results from resource expansion drilling continue to be encouraging, specifically east and south of the Discovery zone resource shapes. In addition, two new zones were discovered at Tour Ridge and Camp Creek, which are located within the south and southwest extensions of the Silvertip mine area, respectively. Intercepts in these new zones appear to be open-ended, and the manto-style massive sulfide mineralization appears to be getting thicker to the south
  • Coeur allocated approximately $1.0 million of additional capital for underground development in the fourth quarter of 2020, helping to accelerate the infill drilling program in early 2021. The Company began the year with six active rigs, one underground and five on surface. An additional underground rig was mobilized towards the end of January, with both underground rigs infill drilling in the Discovery South, 65 and Central zones from the new development drift
  • One of the surface rigs also focused on infill drilling, specifically on the Discovery North zone. The remaining four surface rigs are continuing with resource expansion drilling, initially at lower elevations near the mine camp, then migrating to higher elevations as weather conditions and access improves

Other

  • Mining continues to be considered an essential business in British Columbia. Rotational schedules remain at 14 days. The Company continues to implement and maintain rigorous health and safety protocols at Silvertip aimed at limiting the exposure and transmission of COVID-19 at the site and in the surrounding communities
  • In January 2021, Coeur announced the signing of a comprehensive Impact-Benefit Agreement with the Tahltan Nation, providing a framework for a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship and supporting the Company’s commitment to socially and environmentally responsible mining

Guidance

  • 2021 capital expenditures are expected to total $35 - $45 million

Exploration

During the fourth quarter, the Company drilled roughly 181,800 feet (55,400 meters) at a total investment of approximately $14.5 million ($11.6 million expensed and $2.9 million capitalized), compared to roughly 256,300 feet (78,125 meters) at a total investment of approximately $15.2 million ($12.8 million expensed and $2.3 million capitalized) in the prior period. The decrease in drilling activity was largely driven by the completion of drill programs at Rochester and Wharf as well as the other sites winding down exploration activities toward the end of the year.

For the full year, Coeur drilled roughly 783,200 feet (238,700 meters) at a total investment of approximately $50.6 million ($42.6 million expensed and $8.0 million capitalized), compared to roughly 524,100 feet (159,775 meters) at a total investment of approximately $30.1 million ($22.5 million expensed and $7.5 million capitalized) in 2019. Total feet drilled was nearly 50% higher year-over-year, representing a new annual record for the Company.

In addition to the Company’s mine sites, up to three drill rigs were active at the Crown exploration property in southern Nevada during the fourth quarter. The Company drilled approximately 13,100 feet (4,000 meters) in the quarter, compared to approximately 23,500 feet (7,150 meters) in the prior period. Two reverse circulation rigs and one core rig were active during the period.

Both reverse circulation rigs focused on the new discovery of oxide-gold mineralization at C-Horst. The drilling at C-Horst continues to look encouraging with over 45 reverse circulation holes and three core holes now completed from six permitted drill pads.

The core rig focused on drilling for metallurgical and engineering studies, specifically at the Daisy and Secret Pass resources. The Company plans to keep the core rig active during most of 2021, conducting metallurgical core drilling at the C-Horst, Secret Pass and SNA deposits.

For 2021, Coeur plans to utilize three reverse circulation rigs and one core rig to drill within its recently received 300-acre disturbance permit at Crown as well as from the newly permitted drill platforms at C-Horst. While Coeur’s primary focus is expected to target resource growth at C-Horst, the Company has identified several other expansion targets near the Daisy and SNA deposits.

2021 Production Guidance

 

 

 

Gold

 

Silver

 

 

 

(oz)

 

(K oz)

Palmarejo

 

 

100,000 - 110,000

 

6,500 - 7,750

Rochester

 

 

22,500 - 32,500

 

3,200 - 4,400

Kensington

 

 

115,000 - 130,000

 

Wharf

 

 

85,000 - 95,000

 

Total

 

 

322,500 - 367,500

 

9,700 - 12,150

2021 Costs Applicable to Sales Guidance

 

 

 

Gold

 

Silver

 

 

 

($/oz)

 

($/oz)

Palmarejo (co-product)

 

 

$710 - $810

 

$11.00 - $12.00

Rochester (co-product)

 

 

$1,180 - $1,330

 

$15.00 - $17.00

Kensington

 

 

$1,010 - $1,110

 

Wharf (by-product)

 

 

$960 - $1,060

 

2021 Capital, Exploration and G&A Guidance

 

 

 

 

 

($M)

Capital Expenditures, Sustaining

 

 

 

 

$80 - $100

Capital Expenditures, Development

 

 

 

 

$180 - $225

Exploration, Expensed

 

 

 

 

$46 - $51

Exploration, Capitalized

 

 

 

 

$17 - $21

General & Administrative Expenses

 

 

 

 

$37 - $41

Note: The Company’s guidance figures assume $1,850/oz gold and $24.00/oz silver as well as CAD of 1.27 and MXN of 19.50. Guidance figures exclude the impact of any metal sales or foreign exchange hedges.

Financial Results and Conference Call

Coeur will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full-year 2020 financial results on February 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Dial-In Numbers:

(855) 560-2581 (U.S.)

 

(855) 669-9657 (Canada)

 

(412) 542-4166 (International)

Conference ID:

Coeur Mining

Hosting the call will be Mitchell J. Krebs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coeur, who will be joined by Thomas S. Whelan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Michael “Mick” Routledge, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and other members of management. A replay of the call will be available through February 25, 2021.

Replay numbers:

(877) 344-7529 (U.S.)

(855) 669-9658 (Canada)

(412) 317-0088 (International)

Conference ID:

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About Coeur

Coeur Mining, Inc. is a U.S.-based, well-diversified, growing precious metals producer with five wholly-owned operations: the Palmarejo gold-silver complex in Mexico, the Rochester silver-gold mine in Nevada, the Kensington gold mine in Alaska, the Wharf gold mine in South Dakota, and the Silvertip silver-zinc-lead mine in British Columbia. In addition, the Company has interests in several precious metals exploration projects throughout North America.

Cautionary Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation in the United States and Canada, including statements regarding strategy, value, cash flow, returns, net asset values, environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives, culture, exploration and development efforts and plans, expectations regarding the potential expansion and restart at Silvertip, the impact of the new crushing circuit, POA 11 expansion project and technical report results at Rochester, hedging strategies, anticipated production, costs and expenses, COVID-19 mitigation efforts, and operations at Palmarejo, Rochester, Wharf, Kensington and Silvertip. 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 anticipated production, cost and expense levels are not attained, the risks and hazards inherent in the mining business (including risks inherent in developing large-scale mining projects, environmental hazards, industrial accidents, weather or geologically-related conditions), changes in the market prices of gold, silver, zinc and lead and a sustained lower price or higher treatment and refining charge environment, the uncertainties inherent in Coeur’s production, exploratory and developmental activities, including risks relating to permitting and regulatory delays (including the impact of government shutdowns), ground conditions and, grade variability, any future labor disputes or work stoppages (involving the Company and its subsidiaries or third parties), the uncertainties inherent in the estimation of mineral reserves, changes that could result from Coeur’s future acquisition of new mining properties or businesses, the loss of access or insolvency of any third-party refiner or smelter to which Coeur markets its production, the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including impacts to the availability of our workforce, continued access to financing sources, government orders that may require temporary suspension of operations at one or more of our sites and effects on our suppliers or the refiners and smelters to whom the Company markets its production and on the communities where we operate, the effects of environmental and other governmental regulations and government shut-downs, 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 report on Form 10-K. 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. 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. This does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.

Christopher Pascoe, Coeur’s Director, Technical Services and a qualified person under Canadian National Instrument 43-101, approved 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, Canadian investors should refer to the Technical Reports for each of Coeur’s properties, including the recently-filed Technical Report for Rochester, as filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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 EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, adjusted net income (loss), operating cash flow excluding changes in working capital and adjusted costs applicable to sales per ounce (gold and silver) or pound (zinc or lead). 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 EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted costs applicable to sales per ounce (gold and silver) and pound (zinc and lead) are important measures in assessing the Company’s overall financial performance. For additional explanation regarding our use of non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, please refer to our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Notes

  1. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, adjusted net income (loss), operating cash flow excluding changes in working capital and adjusted costs applicable to sales per ounce (gold and silver) or pound (lead and zinc) are non-GAAP measures. Please see tables in the Appendix for the reconciliation to U.S. GAAP. Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures and gold production royalty payments. Please see table in Appendix for the calculation of consolidated free cash flow.
  2. Includes capital leases. Net of debt issuance costs and premium received.
  3. Excludes amortization.

Average Spot Prices

 

2020

 

 

4Q 2020

 

3Q 2020

 

2Q 2020

 

1Q 2020

 

2019

 

4Q 2019

Average Gold Spot Price Per Ounce

$

1,770

 

$

1,874

 

$

1,908

 

$

1,711

 

$

1,583

 

$

1,393

 

$

1,481

 

Average Silver Spot Price Per Ounce

$

20.55

 

$

24.39

 

$

24.26

 

$

16.38

 

$

16.90

 

$

16.21

 

$

17.32

 

Average Zinc Spot Price Per Pound

$

1.03

 

$

1.19

 

$

1.06

 

$

0.89

 

$

0.96

 

$

1.16

 

$

1.08

 

Average Lead Spot Price Per Pound

$

0.83

 

$

0.86

 

$

0.85

 

$

0.76

 

$

0.84

 

$

0.91

 

$

0.93

 

COEUR MINING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

December 31, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

ASSETS

In thousands, except share data

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

92,794

 

 

$

55,645

 

Receivables

23,484

 

 

18,666

 

Inventory

51,210

 

 

55,886

 

Ore on leach pads

74,866

 

 

66,192

 

Prepaid expenses and other

27,254

 

 

14,047

 

 

269,608

 

 

210,436

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

230,139

 

 

248,789

 

Mining properties, net

716,790

 

 

711,955

 

Ore on leach pads

81,963

 

 

71,539

 

Restricted assets

9,492

 

 

8,752

 

Equity securities

12,943

 

 

35,646

 

Receivables

26,447

 

 

28,709

 

Other

56,595

 

 

62,810

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$