- Q1 Production of 13,499 Gold Equivalent Ounces at an AISC of $1,123 per ounce of gold
- Record Q1 operating margin at Minera Don Nicolas of $9.2 million
- Record Q1 Corporate adjusted EBITDA of $9.7 million and Net Income of $3.4 million
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - May 27, 2022) - Cerrado Gold Inc. (TSXV: CERT) (OTCQX: CRDOF) ("Cerrado" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its operational and financial results for the first quarter of 2022 ("Q1 2022"). Q1 2022 represents the second quarter of mine operations post completion of operational restructuring at its Minera Don Nicolas ("MDN") Mine in Argentina. The Company's financial results are reported and available on SEDAR as well as on the Company's website (www.cerradogold.com).
Q1 2022 Minera Don Nicolas Operational Highlights (All numbers reported in US$)
Production of 13,007 ounces of gold in Q1 2022 (13,499 Gold Equivalent Ounces), a 74% improvement compared to the first quarter of 2021
Second consecutive quarter of gold production in excess of 50,000 ounces per annum production rate
The average gold head grade of 4.68 g/t represents an 81% increase as compared to the average head grade of 2.59 g/t recorded in the first quarter of 2021
Cash Cost of $850 and AISC of $1,123 per gold ounce sold
Strong operating margin of $9.2 million with operating cash flows of $8.8 million in the first quarter
Mark Brennan, CEO and Co-Chairman stated: "We are very pleased with the consistent production the team are delivering at MDN. The strong cashflows we are now generating in Argentina will support our planned expansion to a 90,000 ounce per annum production rate within the next two years. Combined with the development of the Monte do Carmo project in Brazil, Cerrado continues its quest of becoming an intermediate gold producer in the near term."
First Quarter 2022 Operational and Financial Performance
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The Company produced 13,007 ounces of gold and 27,107 ounces of silver during the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to 7,485 ounces of gold and 15,531 ounces of silver in the three months ended March 31, 2021. Production was 74% higher in the three months ended March 31, 2022 due to higher mining rates, throughput and higher grade.
The average gold head grade of 4.68 grams per tonne ("g/t") represents an 81% increase as compared to the average head grade of 2.59 g/t recorded in the first quarter of 2021. The average silver head grade of 14.8 g/t represents an 86% increase as compared to the average silver head grade of 8.0 recorded in the first quarter of 2021. Mill throughput of 98,670 tonnes of ore represents a 4% increase in throughput as compared to the first quarter of 2021.
The Company generated revenue of $27.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, from the sale of 14,622 ounces of gold and 32,866 ounces of silver at an average realized price per gold ounce sold of $1,819 and price per silver ounce sold of $24.01 For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company generated revenue of $11.2 million from the sale of 6,584 ounces of gold and 14,108 ounces of silver. Revenue from sales of gold and silver for the current period was 145% higher than the three months ended March 31, 2021, due the higher gold sales and higher realized price in the current period as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021.
Cash operating costs per ounce sold was $850 per ounce in the three months ended March 31, 2022, which represents a 38% reduction compared to the first quarter of 2021. The strip ratio of 9.85 for the three months ended March 31, 2022, was 71% lower as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021, contributing to the lower cash costs achieved.
Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2022, was $3.4 million as compared to a $5.7 million net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021, an improvement of $9.1 million. The increase in net income is primarily a result of a mine operating margin of $9.2 million (an increase of $9.1 million) a decrease in listing expenses of $1.5 million, a decrease in general and administrative expenses of $0.4 million offset by an increase of transaction costs of $0.6 million and foreign exchange expense of $0.6 million.
The Company incurred general and administrative expenses of $1.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, a $0.4 million decrease compared to the general and administrative expenses incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2021. During the three months ended March 31, 2022, general and administrative expenses decreased primarily due to a decrease in consulting and professional fees of $0.6 million, offset by a $0.2 million increase in non-cash stock based compensation expense.
Other expenses included a $1.5 million decrease in listing expense, offset by an increase of $0.6 million in transaction costs relating to the Sprott transaction and an increase of $0.6 million in foreign exchange expense during the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021.
Adjusted EBITDA was $9.7 million in the first quarter of 2022 which is a $10.6 million improvement as compared to the $0.9 million adjusted EBITDA loss recorded in the first quarter 2021. Adjusted EBITDA also represented a $1.4 million improvement as compared to the fourth quarter of 2021.
Basic and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2022, was $0.04, compared to the basic and diluted loss per share of $0.10 for the three months ended March 31, 2021, a $0.14 per share improvement as a result of the improved operating performance of the mine in 2022.
Review of Technical Information
The scientific and technical information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Sergio Gelcich, P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration for Cerrado Gold Inc., who is a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.
CEO and Co Chairman
Nicholas Campbell, CFA
Director, Corporate Development
About Cerrado Gold
Cerrado Gold is a public gold producer and exploration company with gold production derived from its 100% owned Minera Don Nicolás mine in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. It also owns 100% of the assets of Minera Mariana in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. The company is also undertaking exploration and development activities at its 100% owned Monte Do Carmo project located in Tocantins, Brazil. For more information about Cerrado Gold please visit our website at: www.cerradogold.com.
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