Aris Gold ANNOUNCES Q1 2022 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS

 

Vancouver, Canada, May 11, 2022 - InvestorsHub NewsWire -- Aris Gold Corporation (Aris Gold or the Company) (TSX: ARIS; OTCQX: ALLXF) reports financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2022. All amounts are in US dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

Aris Gold CEO Neil Woodyer stated: "During Q1 we began to see positive results from our performance optimization initiatives at the Marmato Upper Mine, where free cash flows were allocated toward Lower Mine construction activities in the quarter. Our EPCM contractor is nearing completion of the front-end loading (FEL3) design work for the Lower Mine, and following this, we expect to release a new mineral reserve estimate.

"In April, our senior management team stepped into the operator role of the Soto Norte joint venture, and we are leading the work to successfully obtain a mining license extension from ANM, the Colombian National Mining Agency, as well as the drafting and advancing of a new environmental and social impact assessment for the Soto Norte gold project. We continue to be impressed by the quality of the Soto Norte project, and the social development opportunities it offers."  

Q1 2022 Highlights

  • Q1 2022 operating results, with quarterly gold sales of 7,698 ounces at AISC of $1,466 per ounce, compare favourably to average quarterly gold sales of 6,731 ounces at AISC of $1,656 per ounce in Q1 2021 and demonstrate some of the early benefits of the optimization activities. In Q1 2022, the Upper Mine generated $3.4 million free cash flow.
  • The Company remains on track to meet full-year production guidance of 40,000 to 45,000 ounces, with gold production from the Upper Mine expected to increase in the second half of 2022 as the mine sequences into higher grade areas and processing rates increase.
  • Construction of the Marmato Lower Mine progressed in Q1 2022, including:
    • Working closely with Corpocaldas, the regional environmental authority, to finalize the Environmental Management Plan (PMA)
    • Starting construction of the El Higuerón decline and ventilation system in January 2022
    • Completing geotechnical and environmental studies
    • Advancing construction of the main camp site access road and accommodation facilities
    • Confirming all other critical path activities remain on schedule for first gold production from the Lower Mine in Q4 2023; these will be reconfirmed through the project FEL3 design works in Q2 2022
    • During 2022, the Company expects to invest $85 million in the construction of the Lower Mine, of which $6.5 million was spent in Q1 2022.

 

Financial and Operating Highlights

In Q1 2022, Aris Gold recorded earnings from mining operations of $3.2 million and net earnings of $3.1 million (Q1 2021: net loss $7.3 million). A key driver of the improved financial performance was the cost reduction program as demonstrated by AISC per ounce of $1,437, which was 17% lower than Q1 2021.

Financial and operating highlights

 

 

 

Three months ended Mar 31,

   

Operating data

 

 

2022

20212

 

Gold produced (ounces)

 

 

7,419

6,643

 

Gold sold (ounces)

 

 

7,698

7,412

 

Average realized gold price ($ per ounce sold)

 

 

1,883

1,802

 

Total cash costs ($ per ounce sold) 1

 

 

1,228

1,337

 

AISC ($ per ounce sold) 1

 

 

1,437

1,737

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial data ($000s, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

14,677

13,639

 

Earnings from mining operations

 

 

3,242

1,196

 

Net earnings (loss)

 

 

3,078

(7,332)

 

    Net earnings (loss) per share - basic and diluted

 

0.02

(0.06)

 

Adjusted (loss)/earnings 1

 

 

1,317

(556)

 

 

 

 

Balance sheet, as at ($000s)

March 31, 2022

Dec 31, 2021

 

 Cash and cash in escrow

134,785

142,003

 

 Total assets

301,389

293,666

 

 Total long-term debt

79,847

79,614

 

(1)       See "Non-IFRS Measures" on pages 11 to 13 of the Q1 2022 MD&A for full details on cash costs ($ per ounce sold), AISC ($ per ounce sold) and adjusted (loss)/earnings calculations.

(2)       In Q3 2021, management determined that the nature of the services provided by the site administrative department at the Marmato Mine were shared between the Upper and Lower Mine and accordingly, certain immaterial costs previously allocated to cost of sales, should be capitalized to the Lower Mine expansion project. Refer to Summary of quarterly results for further details.

 
               

Aris Gold's Q1 2022 financial statements and related MD&A are available on SEDAR and in the Investors section of Aris Gold's website here.

About Aris Gold

Aris Gold is a Canadian mining company listed on the TSX under the symbol ARIS and on the OTCQX under the symbol ALLXF. The Company is led by an executive team with a demonstrated track record of creating value through building globally relevant gold mining companies. In Colombia, Aris Gold operates the 100%-owned Marmato mine, where a modernization and expansion program is under way, and as of April 12, 2022, operates the Soto Norte joint venture, where environmental licensing is advancing to develop a new gold mine. Aris Gold also owns the Juby project, an advanced exploration stage gold project in the Abitibi greenstone belt of Ontario, Canada. Aris Gold plans to pursue acquisition and other growth opportunities to unlock value creation from scale and diversification.

Additional information on Aris Gold can be found at www.arisgold.com and www.sedar.com.

For further information, contact:

Meghan Brown

Vice President, Investor Relations

e info@arisgold.com

t + 778.899.0518

Forward-looking Information

This news release contains "forward-looking information" or forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. All statements included herein, other than statements of historical fact, including without limitation statements relating to construction activities and expected first gold production, expected gold production rates and free cash flow from the Upper Mine and statements made under the heading "Outlook" are forward-looking. Generally, the forward-looking information and forward looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", "will continue" or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Statements concerning mineral resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward looking information to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered. The material factors or assumptions used to develop forward looking information or statements are disclosed throughout this presentation.

Forward looking information and forward looking statements, while based on management's best estimates and assumptions, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Aris Gold to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information or forward looking statements, including but not limited to: the ability of the Aris Gold management team to successfully integrate with the current operations, risks related to international operations, risks related to general economic conditions, uncertainties relating to operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, actual results of current exploration activities, availability of quality assets that will add scale, diversification and complement Aris Gold's growth trajectory; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; fluctuations in prices of metals including gold; the ability to convert mineral resources to mineral reserves; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, increases in market prices of mining consumables, risks associated with holding derivative instruments (such as credit risks, market liquidity risk and mark-to-market risk), possible variations in mineral reserves, grade or recovery rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls, regulations, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada or Colombia, accidents and operations, labour disputes, title disputes, claims and limitations on insurance coverage and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals including obtaining required environmental and other licenses, or in the completion of development or construction activities, changes in national and local government regulation of mining operations, tax rules and regulations, and political and economic developments in countries in which the Company operates, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Aris Gold's most recent AIF available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Although Aris Gold has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information and forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information or statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information or statements. The Company has and continues to disclose in its Management's Discussion and Analysis and other publicly filed documents, changes to material factors or assumptions underlying the forward-looking information and forward-looking statements and to the validity of the information, in the period the changes occur. The forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are made as of the date hereof and Aris Gold disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect future results. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information.

This announcement does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States, nor may any securities referred to herein be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration as provided in the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 as amended (the "Securities Act") and the rules and regulations thereunder. The securities referred to herein have not been registered pursuant to the Securities Act and there is no intention to register any of the securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States.

 

Source: Aris Gold Corporation

 

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