Northern Vertex Mining Reports Fiscal Results for Six Months Ended December 31, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC, April 14, 2021 /CNW/ - Northern Vertex Mining Corp. (TSX: NEE) ("Northern Vertex" or the "Company") a U.S.-focused gold producer with district-scale exploration potential in the Walker Lane Trend, is pleased to announce audited financial results for its new fiscal year end to December 31st. Results for the fiscal six months ended December 31, 2020 ("Stub Year") included revenue of $52.7 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $23.3m, and a positive working capital position of $10.9m. All figures are expressed in USD unless otherwise noted, non-IFRS metrics are described later in this press release.

Northern Vertex Mining Corp. Logo (CNW Group/Northern Vertex Mining Corp.)

Highlights for the Quarter ended December 31st

  • Revenue of $25.9 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $10.5 million
  • Net income of $11.7 million
  • Earnings from mine operations of $11.8 million before depreciation and depletion
  • Gold equivalent production of 12,401 ounces1
  • Gold production of 11,124 ounces
  • Cash cost of $894/oz, and Moss Mine AISC of $1,088/oz – including $190/oz in capital expenditures
  • Cash on hand of $8.3 million

1Gold equivalent is calculated at a 75:1 ratio

Highlights for the Stub Year ended December 31st (6 months)

  • Revenue Year of $52.7 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $23.3 million
  • Gold production of 24,207 ounces
  • Transformation of the Northern Vertex capital structure
    • Repaid $8.5 million of debt
    • Eliminated 25.1 million warrants

Michael G. Allen, President of Northern Vertex stated, "The Northern Vertex team continued to exceed expectations with numerous production records during the stub year ended December 31, 2020, including the completion of key capital projects such as the powerline connection, moving to a larger crush size, installation of a heap leach solution management system, and West pit pioneering. Through an ambitious exploration program that started in 2020, we see significant opportunity to strengthen our mine plan and expand resources. Northern Vertex will be providing updates on near-mine and infill drilling results in the coming months."

CONSOLIDATED THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED December 31, 2020

Financial Results     

 US$'000 (except per share amounts)

   

Three Months Ended

December 31, 2020 

Six Months Ended

December 31, 2020

Revenue

   

25,910

52,739

Costs of sales (including depreciation and amortization)

 

(16,218)

(17,214)

Operating income (loss)

   

7,376

14,803

Net income (loss)

   

11,675

(7,108) (1)

Net income (loss) per share (basic)

   

0.05

(0.03)

(1)

Includes a non-cash accounting derivative liability revaluation loss of $16,265 - tied to the convertible debentures ($186) due to an increase in the NEE share price, warrants ($2,282) due to an increase in the NEE share price, and silver stream embedded derivative ($13,791) due to an increase in silver price.  

     

Three Months Ended

December 31, 2020 

Six Months Ended

December 31, 2020

Cash generated from operating activities

 

2,866

13,608

Average realized gold price ($/oz)

   

1,898

1,892

Total Cash Costs ($/oz)

   

894

925

Moss Mine AISC ($/oz) (2)

   

1,088

1,207

(2)

AISC for the three months ended December 31, 2020 included $190/oz in capital expenditures tied to the construction of the powerline, exploration and a heap leach pad expansion.

Operating results

   

Three Months Ended

December 31, 2020 

Six Months Ended

December 31, 2020

Ore Tonnes Mined (t)

 

571,703

1,278,332

Ore Stacked (t)

 

626,518

1,310,224

Grade (g/t Au)

   

0.55

0.62

Gold Ounces Produced

   

11,124

24,207

Gold Ounces Sold

   

11,760

24,584

Quarter ended December 31, 2020 - Operations
During the three months ended December 31, 2020 a total of 571,703 ore tonnes were mined at a strip ratio of 2.68.  The proportion of total ore being sourced from the East pit continues to increase as operations transition out of the current phase of the Center pit, while pioneering in the West pit was completed.  The elevated strip ratio was partially a result of work to remove a slough in the south wall of the East pit.

During the three months ended December 31, 2020 mining operations included 626,518 tonnes of ore crushed at an average gold grade of 0.55g/t, resulting in production of 11,124 Au ounces and 95,804 Ag ounces. 

Numerous important capital projects were completed during the Stub Year:

  1. Commissioned a 6.9 mile power line, resulting in the mine being switched over to grid power and costs dropping from 31 cents per kilowatt hour to 8 cents per kilowatt hour,
  2. Commissioned an Intermediate Leach System to accelerate gold recoveries from the heap leach pad,
  3. Completed the transition to a larger ore crush size,
  4. Completed 57,345 feet of infill and exploration drilling from May to December 31, 2020.

Qualified Person 
The foregoing technical information contained in this news release has also been reviewed and verified by Mr. Joseph Bardswich, P.Eng., a Qualified Person ("QP") for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101 (Disclosure Standards for Mineral Projects).

Full Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and the Management Discussion & Analysis can be found at www.sedar.com and the Company's website at northernvertex.com.

Non-IFRS Performance Measures

The following tables represent the calculation of certain Non-IFRS Financial Measures as referenced in this news release.

Reconciliation to Cash Costs

     

Three Months Ended December

31, 2020 

Six Months Ended December

31, 2020

Gold ounces sold

   

11,760

24,584

         

Cash costs reconciliation

       

Cost of sales

   

$          17,214

$         35,821

Less: Depreciation and depletion

   

(3,109)

(6,844)

Add: Refining and transportation

   

37

240

Less: Silver revenue

   

(3,627)

(6,466)

Cash costs

   

10,515

22,751

Cash costs per ounce of gold sold

   

$              894

$            925

Reconciliation to All-In Sustaining Costs

     

Three Months Ended

December 31, 2020 

Six Months Ended

December 31, 2020

Gold ounces sold

   

11,760

24,584

         

AISC reconciliation

       

  Cash costs

   

$           10,515

$         22,751

  Sustaining capital expenditures

   

2,231

6,767

  Accretion

   

46

162

     

12,792

29,680

Moss Mine AISC per ounce sold

   

$           1,088

$           1,207

           

Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA

     

Three Months Ended

December 31, 2020 

Six Months Ended

December 31, 2020

Net profit (loss)

   

11,675

(7,108)

Depreciation and depletion

   

3,110

6,844

Finance costs (income)

   

5,334

6,725

Loss (gain) on derivative liabilities

   

(10,014)

16,215

Share-based compensation

   

46

159

Foreign exchange (gain) loss

   

381

509

Adjusted EBITDA

   

10,532

23,344

About Northern Vertex Mining Corp.
Northern Vertex offers investors a rare combination of cash flow, production, top-tier management and exceptional exploration potential within two projects on the Walker Lane Gold Trend of western Nevada and Arizona. Management is executing a clear strategy that expands production and resources at the Moss Mine in Arizona while aggressively exploring the Hercules Project in Nevada.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF NORTHERN VERTEX
"Michael G. Allen"
President

TSXV: NEE | US: NHVCF | NEE.WT | Frankfurt: 54N | ISIN: CA6660061012 | WKN: A1JUA0

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
This news release contains statements about our future business and planned activities. These are "forward-looking" because we have used what we know and expect today to make a statement about the future. Forward-looking statements including but are not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work and analyses. Forward-looking statements usually include words such as scheduled, may, intend, plan, expect, anticipate, believe or other similar words. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies.  Many factors, known and unknown, could cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  We believe the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable. However, actual events and results could be substantially different because of the risks and uncertainties associated with our business or events that happen after the date of this news release. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. As a general policy, we do not update forward-looking statements except as required by securities laws and regulations. US investors should be aware that mining terminology used for Canadian mineral project reporting purposes differs significantly from US terminology.

ABOUT NORTHERN VERTEX MINING


For more information visit www.northernvertex.com

Northern Vertex Mining

Last Trade: C$0.39
Daily Change: 0.005 1.30
Daily Volume: 364,400
Market Cap: C$148.650M

NORTHERN VERTEX MINING

Northern Vertex Mining

Northern Vertex Mining owns and operates the Moss Mine, currently the largest pure gold and silver mine in Arizona. Focused on low-cost gold and silver production, the company has... LEARN MORE