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TMAC Reports Operating and Financial Results for Second Quarter of 2017

08/11/2017

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TMAC Resources Inc. (TSX:TMR) (“TMAC” or the “Company”) is filing its Second Quarter 2017 Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis for the period ended June 30, 2017. The documents may be found on the Company’s website at www.tmacresources.com or, once filed, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Please read this news release in conjunction with these documents.

Dr. Catharine Farrow, Chief Executive Officer of TMAC, stated, “We are pleased with our mining operations and the integrity of the Doris deposit as it relates to grade, continuity, hardness and geometallurgy. Our ore stockpile of 104,700 tonnes has an average grade of 15.2 g/t gold with a portion of the stockpile grading more than 20 g/t gold. The characteristics of the Doris ore have been in line with expectations and are not the cause of any complications in the plant recoveries. Recently, increased throughput and improved availability of the plant have provided sufficient plant stability to focus on improving recoveries and we continue to make technical advancements. The slower than expected ramp up has resulted in fewer ounces of gold being produced than planned and we now expect to sell between 50,000 and 60,000 ounces of gold in 2017. In addition, we are in the process of adding significant talent and expertise to our executive and operational teams and are extremely pleased to welcome Gil Lawson to TMAC as our new Chief Operating Officer. As we continue our ramp up to full production at Hope Bay, Gil’s extensive start-up experience at Musselwhite and Snap Lake, plus his experience working in Canada’s Arctic will enable us to complete the ramp up and optimization at Doris, and prepare to develop our assets at Madrid and Boston."

Dr. Farrow added, “Since acquiring the Hope Bay Project in 2013 we have focused on the development of Doris and patiently waited to initiate a major exploration campaign at Boston until we had Doris in commercial production. Having achieved that effective June 1st we recommissioned the Boston camp located about 60 km south of the Doris complex and initiated our first drilling program there this summer. Initial drilling results, such as drill hole TMB0001, intersecting 15.3 g/t Au over 22.3 metres, are very encouraging and confirm Boston’s high-grade potential along-strike and down plunge.”

SECOND QUARTER 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Financial results:
    • Net profit totalled $0.5 million, or $0.01 per share on a basic and fully diluted basis
    • Realized an average price for gold of US$1,252 per ounce for June 2017
    • Cash costs and All-in Sustaining Costs (“AISC”) were US$1,054 and US$1,801, respectively, per ounce of gold sold in June
    • 11,630 ounces of gold sold
      • 7,880 ounces of gold sold prior to June 1, 2017 for $13.5 million (US$9.9 million) of proceeds credited to development costs on the Statement of Financial Position
      • 3,750 ounces of gold sold in June 2017 for $6.1 million (US$4.7 million) of sales included in revenue in the Statement of Profit or Loss
    • Cash balances at June 30, 2017 were $6.9 million of unrestricted cash and $52.0 million of restricted cash
  • Debt refinancing completed:
    • Amended the Credit Agreement to increase the total borrowings to US$160 million to provide additional liquidity during sealift and restructured the repayment terms to be over a five-year period
  • Executive team strengthened:
    • Gil Lawson will join the TMAC executive team as Chief Operating Officer effective August 31, 2017
  • Operations:
    • Achieved commercial production effective June 1, 2017
    • Plant ramp up slower than anticipated
      • 60,600 tonnes of ore were processed in the Plant, of which 39,900 tonnes of ore were prior to June 1, 2017 and 20,700 tonnes of ore were in June
      • 12,270 ounces of gold were produced, of which 5,200 were in June
      • The Plant achieved average recoveries of 67% in June
    • Underground operations continue to perform well
      • 30,400 tonnes of ore were mined at an estimated grade of 12.4 grams per tonne (“g/t”) containing 12,100 ounces of gold
      • Ore stockpiles at June 30, 2017 estimated to contain 104,700 tonnes of ore at an average grade of 15.2 g/t, or 51,000 ounces of contained gold
      • Underground mine development activities progressed as planned at Doris North
      • Development of the BTD zone to facilitate increasing tonnages from 1,000 to 2,000 tonnes per day (“tpd”) later in 2018 continued as planned
  • Production guidance lowered:
    • Previously disclosed guidance for 2017 has been revised as follows:
      • 50,000 to 60,000 ounces of gold sold
      • $15 million of sustaining capital
      • $54 million of expansion capital
      • $13 million of E&E
      • Mining of 150,000 to 180,000 tonnes of ore
      • Processing of 215,000 to 235,000 tonnes of ore
  • Boston and Doris drilling:
    • Encouraging drilling results obtained at Boston and Doris BTD
  • Corporate development:
    • Secured 100-person camp for delivery to Hope Bay on the 2017 sealift
    • Fabrication of the second Python by Gekko completed and en route to Hope Bay as part of the 2017 sealift
    • The Nunavut Water Board, in consultation with the Nunavut Impact Review Board, issued new Type B Water Licences for Madrid North and Madrid South in May 2017 and for Boston in July 2017

Table 1: Summary of operating and financial highlights for the periods ended June 30, 2017

                                 
Description       Units    

Two
months
ended
May 31,
2017(1)

   

One
month
ended
June 30,
2017(2)

   

Three
months
ended
June 30,
2017

   

Six
months
ended
June 30,
2017

Mining:                      
Ore mined tonnes 22,000 8,400 30,400 59,400
Waste mined tonnes 47,800     22,200     70,000     141,300
Total mined tonnes 69,800 30,600 100,400 200,700
Average grade g/t 10.7 16.7 12.4 12.6
Contained ounces ounces 7,600 4,500 12,100 24,100
Development metres 1,166 428 1,594 3,227
 
Processing:
Ore processed tonnes 39,900 20,700 60,600 79,500
Grade g/t 9.3 11.7 10.1 12.3
Contained gold ounces 11,900 7,800 19,700 31,390
Recovery % 60% 67% 62% 65%
Gold produced ounces 7,070 5,200 12,270 20,490
Gold sold ounces 7,880 3,750 11,630 15,880
 
Stockpile:
Ore on surface tonnes 113,900 104,700 104,700 104,700
Average grade g/t 14.4 15.2 15.2 15.2
Contained gold ounces 52,500 51,000 51,000 51,000
 
P&L summary:
Revenue $millions - 6.1 6.1 6.1
Cost of sales(3) $millions - 5.7 5.7 5.7
Profit from mining operations $millions - 0.4 0.4 0.4
General and administrative $millions 2.4 1.1 3.5 6.8
Financing costs, net $millions (1.5) (1.5)
Foreign exchange gain (loss) $millions 4.6 5.6
Net profit (loss) $millions 0.5 (1.9)
Per share $ 0.01 (0.02)
Cost of sales(3) $/oz - 1,520 1,520 1,520
Cash cost(4)(5) $US/oz - 1,054 1,054 1,054
AISC(4)(5) $US/oz - 1,801 1,801 1,801
 
USD results
Revenue $USmillions - 4.7 4.7 4.7
Average realized sales price(4) $US/oz - 1,252 1,252 1,252

Average spot price of gold –
London PM Fix

$US/oz - 1,260 1,260 1,260
Cost of sales(3) $USmillions - 4.3 4.3 4.3
Cost of sales(3)(6) $US/oz - 1,149 1,149 1,149
 
CAD results
Average exchange rate CAD/USD 1.35 1.33 1.34 1.33
Revenue $millions - 6.1 6.1 6.1
Average realized sales price(4) $/oz - 1,638 1,638 1,638

Average spot price of gold –
London PM Fix

$/oz - 1,676 1,676 1,676
Cost of sales(3) $millions - 5.7 5.7 5.7
Cost of sales(3) $/oz - 1,520 1,520 1,520
 
CAPEX Summary:
Sustaining $millions - 2.6 2.6 2.6
Expansion(7) $millions 12.6 3.0 15.6 43.4
Exploration and evaluation       $millions     0.8     1.3     2.1     4.6
 

(1)  Pre-commercial production
(2)  Post commercial production
(3)  Includes depreciation
(4)  Refer to non-IFRS measures below
(5)  Cash cost and AISC refers to results after achieving commercial produ
(6)  Translated using exchange rates at the time of incurring the expenditure
(7)  Expansion includes pre-commercial production costs and associated gold sale proceeds

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Senior management will host a conference call on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 10:00 am (ET).

Webcast access:
A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website at www.tmacresources.com. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website.
Telephone access:
Please call the numbers below five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.
Toronto local or international 1 (416) 915-3239
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ABOUT TMAC RESOURCES

TMAC holds a 100% interest in the Hope Bay Project located in Nunavut, Canada. TMAC is an emerging gold producer with the Doris Mine pouring first gold in the first quarter of 2017 and Madrid and Boston expected to commence production in 2020 and 2022, respectively. The Company has a board of directors with depth of experience and market credibility and an exploration and development team with an extensive track record of developing high grade, profitable underground mines. TMAC’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol TMR.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
This release contains "forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws that is intended to be covered by the safe harbours created by those laws. “Forward-looking information” includes statements that use forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “continue”, “potential” or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology. Such forward-looking information includes, without limitation, bringing the timing for bringing Madrid and Boston into production and the rate of ramp up at Doris throughout 2017.

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and management bases forward-looking statements on a number of estimates and assumptions at the date the statements are made. Furthermore, such forward-looking information involves a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual plans, intentions, activities, results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any plans, intentions, activities, results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. See “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated February 23, 2017 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com for a discussion of these risks.

         

CONDENSED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(Unaudited)

(Expressed in Canadian dollars)

             
       

As at
June
30, 2017
$millions

   

As at
December
31, 2016
$millions

Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 6.9 62.5
Amounts receivable 1.2 7.3
Inventories 78.1 77.7
Prepaid expenses       12.9     0.8
        99.1     148.3
 
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment 869.8 801.4
Goodwill 80.6 80.6
Restricted cash 52.0 44.5
Other assets       0.4     15.0
        1,002.8     941.5
Total assets       1,101.9     1,089.8
 
Liabilities
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 26.1 26.8
Debt Facility 93.0 46.1
Gold Call Options 3.4 2.9
Other liabilities       4.5     0.8
        127.0     76.6
 
Non-current liabilities
Debt Facility 71.8 115.3
Provision for environmental rehabilitation 24.9 24.9
Deferred tax liabilities 66.8 67.9
Other liabilities       4.0     -
        167.5     208.1
Total liabilities       294.5     284.7
 
Equity
Share capital 833.7 830.2
Warrants 0.6 1.2
Contributed surplus 10.2 8.9
Accumulated deficit       (37.1)     (35.2)
        807.4     805.1
Total equity and liabilities       1,101.9     1,089.8
 
                 

CONDENSED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS

(Unaudited)

(Expressed in Canadian dollars)

     

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

       

Three months
ended June 30,
2017
$millions

   

Three months
ended June 30,
2016
$millions

   

Six months
ended June
30, 2017
$millions

   

Six months
ended June
30, 2016
$millions

Revenue
Metal sales       6.1     -     6.1     -
Cost of sales
Production costs 5.1 - 5.1 -
Royalties & selling expenses 0.3 - 0.3 -
Depreciation       0.3     -     0.3     -
        5.7     -     5.7     -
Profit from mining operations       0.4     -     0.4     -
General and administrative
Salaries and wages 1.9 1.3 3.6 2.9
Share-based payments 0.9 0.8 1.6 1.4
Other corporate       0.7     0.6     1.6     1.3
Profit (loss) before the following       (3.1)     (2.7)     (6.4)     (5.6)
Finance income 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.3
Finance expense (1.7) (0.2) (1.9) (0.4)
Foreign exchange (loss) gain 4.6 (0.2) 5.6 3.4
Fair value adjustments 0.3 (0.8) (0.5) (2.3)
Other (expenses) income       -     -     -     (0.1)
Profit (loss) before income taxes       0.3     (3.7)     (2.8)     (4.7)
Current income tax (expense) recovery (0.4) - (0.5) -
Deferred income tax (expense) recovery       0.6     0.7     1.4     1.5

Profit (loss) and comprehensive profit
(loss) for the period

      0.5     (3.0)     (1.9)     (3.2)
 
Profit (loss) per share
Basic and diluted $0.01 ($0.04) ($0.02) ($0.04)
 
Weighted average

number of shares (millions)

Basic 84.0 78.6 83.9 78.2
Diluted 86.5 78.6 83.9 78.2
 
                 

CONDENSED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(Expressed in Canadian dollars)

     

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

       

Three months
ended June
30, 2017
$millions

   

Three months
ended June
30, 2016
$millions

   

Six months
ended June
30, 2017
$millions

   

Six months
ended June
30, 2016
$millions

Profit (loss) for the period 0.5 (3.0) (1.9) (3.2)
 

Operating activities

Adjusted for:
Share-based payments 0.9 0.8 1.6 1.4
Depreciation 0.3 - 0.3 -
Finance income (0.2) (0.2) (0.4) (0.3)
Finance expense 1.7 0.2 1.9 0.4
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain) (4.6) 0.2 (5.6) (3.3)
Fair value loss (gain) (0.3) 0.8 0.5 2.3
Current income tax expense (recovery) 0.4 - 0.5 -
Deferred income tax expense (recovery) (0.6) (0.7) (1.4) (1.5)

Increase (decrease) in non-cash
operating working capital:

Amounts receivable 0.5 (1.3) 6.4 1.6
Inventory 4.9 - (3.3) -
Prepaid expenses (12.3) (7.2) (12.3) (7.2)
Accounts payable       2.3     -     2.2     -
Operating cash flows before interest and tax (6.5) (10.4) (11.5) (9.8)
Cash tax paid (0.2) - (0.2) -
Cash interest paid       -     (0.1)     -     (0.1)
Cash flows from (used in) operating activities       (6.7)     (10.5)     (11.7)     (9.9)
 

Investing activities

Additions to property, plant and equipment (15.3) (40.1) (39.1) (67.7)
Interest received 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3
Restricted cash       -     -     (7.5)     (10.5)
Cash flows from (used in) investing activities       (15.2)     (39.9)     (46.4)     (77.9)
 

Financing activities

Debt Facility drawdowns - - - 69.5

Flow-through financing, net of issue costs

- - - 8.9
Warrants exercised       -     3.9     2.6     3.9
Cash flows from (used in) financing activities       -     3.9     2.6     82.3

Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and
cash equivalents

      (0.1)     -     (0.1)     (1.4)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
equivalents for the period

(22.0) (46.5) (55.6) (6.9)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of
the period

      28.9     83.7     62.5     44.1

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the
period

      6.9     37.2     6.9     37.2
 

Source: TMAC Resources Inc.

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