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Hecla Reports First Quarter 2024 Results

Cost and production guidance affirmed

For The Period Ended: March 31, 2024

Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) today announced first quarter 2024 financial and operating results.

FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

Operational

  • Produced 4.2 million silver ounces, an increase of 43% over the fourth quarter of 2023 ("prior quarter")
  • Lucky Friday completed ramp-up to full production with 1.1 million silver ounces produced.
  • Improved safety at Keno Hill - 41% improvement over the 2023 All-injury Frequency Rate ("AIFR"); increased throughput 29% over the prior quarter, produced 0.6 million ounces of silver.
  • 2024 production and cost guidance reiterated.

Financial

  • Sales of $189.5 million, 44% from silver and 34% from gold.
  • Net loss applicable to common stockholders of $5.9 million or ($0.01) per share and adjusted net income applicable to common stockholders of $6.5 million or $0.01 per share.1
  • Consolidated silver total cost of sales of $108.2 million and cash cost and all-in sustaining cost ("AISC") per silver ounce (each after by-product credits) of $4.78 and $13.10, respectively.3,4
  • Received $17.4 million in Lucky Friday fire related insurance proceeds.

Silver Nuggets*

  • Solar in 2023
    • Solar’s demand for silver reached 194 million ounces, up 64% over 2022.
    • 16% of global silver demand is for solar, up from 7% in 2019.
  • Indian Silver Demand
    • Accounts for 19% of global silver demand and is at pre-pandemic levels.
    • February 2024 silver imports set a record, while the silver price in Indian rupees set an all-time high in April.

"The first quarter reflects an inflection point with the strong performance from Greens Creek, achieving full production at the Lucky Friday, and significant improvements in safety, environment, and production from Keno Hill," said Phillips S. Baker Jr., President and CEO. "With this strong start to the year, we are well-positioned to achieve our production and cost guidance for 2024."

Baker continued, "Silver demand for solar has been growing at a remarkable 17% annual growth rate over the past five years and is projected to continue. In India, buyers long known as being price sensitive, are importing silver in record quantities despite higher silver prices. Solar and India represent more than 35% of world demand and continues to grow.”

Baker concluded, “Hecla is the largest U.S. silver producer and is on track to be Canada's largest this year. With silver production growth expected up to 20 million silver ounces by 2026, Hecla is the fastest growing established silver producer and should benefit from this strong and growing demand."

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

In the following table and throughout this release, "total cost of sales" is comprised of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization; comparisons are made to the "prior quarter" which refers to the fourth quarter of 2023. In the 'Operations Overview' section, free cash flow for operations excludes hedging adjustments.2

In Thousands unless stated otherwise

 

1Q-2024

 

 

4Q-2023

 

 

3Q-2023

 

 

2Q-2023

 

 

1Q-2023

 

 

FY 2023

 

FINANCIAL AND PRODUCTION SUMMARY

 

Sales

 

$

189,528

 

 

$

160,690

 

 

$

181,906

 

 

$

178,131

 

 

$

199,500

 

 

$

720,227

 

Total cost of sales

 

$

170,368

 

 

$

153,825

 

 

$

148,429

 

 

$

140,472

 

 

$

164,552

 

 

$

607,278

 

Gross profit

 

$

19,160

 

 

$

6,865

 

 

$

33,477

 

 

$

37,659

 

 

$

34,948

 

 

$

112,949

 

Net loss applicable to common stockholders

 

$

(5,891

)

 

$

(43,073

)

 

$

(22,553

)

 

$

(15,832

)

 

$

(3,311

)

 

$

(84,769

)

Basic income (loss) per common share (in dollars)

 

$

(0.01

)

 

$

(0.07

)

 

$

(0.04

)

 

$

(0.03

)

 

$

(0.01

)

 

$

(0.14

)

Adjusted EBITDA1

 

$

72,968

 

 

$

32,907

 

 

$

46,251

 

 

$

67,740

 

 

$

61,901

 

 

$

208,799

 

Total Debt

 

$

671,092

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

662,815

 

Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA1

 

 

2.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.7

 

Cash provided by operating activities

 

$

17,080

 

 

$

884

 

 

$

10,235

 

 

$

23,777

 

 

$

40,603

 

 

$

75,499

 

Capital Expenditures

 

$

(47,589

)

 

$

(62,622

)

 

$

(55,354

)

 

$

(51,468

)

 

$

(54,443

)

 

$

(223,887

)

Free Cash Flow2

 

$

(30,509

)

 

$

(61,738

)

 

$

(45,119

)

 

$

(27,691

)

 

$

(13,840

)

 

$

(148,388

)

Silver ounces produced

 

 

4,192,098

 

 

 

2,935,631

 

 

 

3,533,704

 

 

 

3,832,559

 

 

 

4,040,969

 

 

 

14,342,863

 

Silver payable ounces sold

 

 

3,481,884

 

 

 

2,847,591

 

 

 

3,142,227

 

 

 

3,360,694

 

 

 

3,604,494

 

 

 

12,955,006

 

Gold ounces produced

 

 

36,592

 

 

 

37,168

 

 

 

39,269

 

 

 

35,251

 

 

 

39,571

 

 

 

151,259

 

Gold payable ounces sold

 

 

32,189

 

 

 

33,230

 

 

 

36,792

 

 

 

31,961

 

 

 

39,619

 

 

 

141,602

 

Cash Costs and AISC, each after by-product credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver cash costs per ounce 3

 

$

4.78

 

 

$

4.94

 

 

$

3.31

 

 

$

3.32

 

 

$

2.14

 

 

$

3.23

 

Silver AISC per ounce 4

 

$

13.10

 

 

$

17.48

 

 

$

11.39

 

 

$

11.63

 

 

$

8.96

 

 

$

11.76

 

Gold cash costs per ounce 3

 

$

1,669

 

 

$

1,702

 

 

$

1,475

 

 

$

1,658

 

 

$

1,775

 

 

$

1,652

 

Gold AISC per ounce 4

 

$

1,899

 

 

$

1,969

 

 

$

1,695

 

 

$

2,147

 

 

$

2,392

 

 

$

2,048

 

Realized Prices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver, $/ounce

 

$

24.77

 

 

$

23.47

 

 

$

23.71

 

 

$

23.67

 

 

$

22.62

 

 

$

23.33

 

Gold, $/ounce

 

$

2,094

 

 

$

1,998

 

 

$

1,908

 

 

$

1,969

 

 

$

1,902

 

 

$

1,939

 

Lead, $/pound

 

$

0.97

 

 

$

1.09

 

 

$

1.07

 

 

$

0.99

 

 

$

1.02

 

 

$

1.03

 

Zinc, $/pound

 

$

1.10

 

 

$

1.39

 

 

$

1.52

 

 

$

1.13

 

 

$

1.39

 

 

$

1.35

 

Sales in the first quarter of 2024 increased by 18% to $189.5 million from the prior quarter due to higher sales volumes of all metals produced except gold and higher realized prices for silver and gold, partially offset by lower realized lead and zinc prices. The higher sales volumes are because of resuming production at Lucky Friday.

Gross profit increased to $19.2 million, an increase of 179%, with Lucky Friday back in operation.

Net loss applicable to common stockholders for the quarter was $5.9 million, a $37.2 million improvement, primarily due to:

  • Receipt of $17.4 million of Lucky Friday insurance proceeds included in other operating income.
  • Ramp-up and suspension costs decreased by $13.0 million to $14.5 million, with Lucky Friday’s restart.
  • A foreign exchange gain of $4.0 million, compared to a loss of $4.2 million, reflecting the impact of the U.S. dollar (“USD”) appreciation on Canadian dollar-denominated monetary assets and liabilities.

The above items were partly offset by:

  • Fair value adjustments, net, declined due to unrealized losses on both our derivative contracts not designated as accounting hedges, and marketable equity securities portfolio.
  • An income and mining tax provision compared to a benefit.

Consolidated silver total cost of sales in the first quarter increased by 19% to $108.2 million, due to the restart at Lucky Friday. Consolidated cash costs and AISC per silver ounce, each after by-product credits, were $4.78 and $13.10, respectively, and include costs of Greens Creek for the full quarter and those of Lucky Friday for February and March. The decrease in cash costs per ounce was due to higher silver production, higher by-product credits (attributable to the restart at Lucky Friday) partially offset by higher production costs. Consolidated AISC per silver ounce decreased due to lower sustaining capital spending at Greens Creek and Lucky Friday. 3,4

Consolidated gold total cost of sales was $58.3 million, and consistent with the prior quarter. Cash costs and AISC per gold ounce, each after by-product credits, were $1,669 and $1,899, respectively.3,4 The decrease in cash costs per ounce was attributable to lower labor costs partially offset by lower gold production at Casa Berardi, with AISC also impacted by lower sustaining capital spend.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased by 122% to $73.0 million primarily due to higher gross profit attributable to the production restart at Lucky Friday, and receipt of $17.4 million of Lucky Friday insurance proceeds.5 The Net Leverage Ratio, calculated as the ratio of net debt (calculated as long-term debt and finance leases less cash) to Adjusted EBITDA remained consistent at 2.7 due to higher net debt.5 Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the first quarter were $80.2 million and included $140 million drawn on the revolving credit facility. Borrowing on the revolving credit facility increased in the first quarter due to the working capital required by the Lucky Friday restart, ongoing ramp-up at Keno Hill, and the semi-annual interest payments on the Company's senior unsecured notes. The Company expects the Net Leverage Ratio to return to the Company's target of less than 2.0 in the next twelve months as Lucky Friday working capital returns to normal levels and the Company receives additional insurance proceeds.5

Cash provided by operating activities was $17.1 million and increased by $16.2 million primarily due to the resumption of full production at Lucky Friday, and the receipt of insurance proceeds, partially offset by unfavorable working capital changes.

Capital expenditures, decreased by 24% to $47.6 million, compared to $62.6 million with the decrease related to timing and completion of the majority of the rehabilitation and mitigation work related to the fire at the Lucky Friday in 2023. Capital investment of $8.8 million at Greens Creek was related to development, equipment purchases and surface projects. Capital investment at the other operations was as follows: (i) $13.3 million at Casa Berardi, primarily related to tailings construction activities, (ii) $15.0 million at Lucky Friday primarily attributable to development, and (iii) $10.3 million at Keno Hill, primarily related to underground development and mobile equipment purchases.

Free cash flow for the quarter was negative $30.5 million, compared to negative $61.7 million.2 The improvement in free cash flow was attributable to the Lucky Friday resuming operations, receipt of $17.4 million of Lucky Friday insurance proceeds and lower capital spend.

Forward Sales Contracts for Base Metals and Foreign Currency

The Company uses financially settled forward sales contracts to manage exposures to zinc and lead price changes in forecasted concentrate shipments. On March 31, 2024, the Company had contracts covering approximately 50% of the forecasted payable lead production from 2024 - 2025 at an average price of $0.98 per pound.

The Company also manages Canadian dollar ("CAD") exposure through forward contracts. On March 31, 2024, the Company had hedged approximately 59% of forecasted Casa Berardi and Keno Hill CAD-denominated direct production costs through 2026 at an average CAD/USD rate of 1.32. The Company has also hedged approximately 26% of Casa Berardi and Keno Hill CAD-denominated total capital expenditures through 2026 at 1.35.

OPERATIONS OVERVIEW

Greens Creek Mine - Alaska

Dollars are in thousands except cost per ton

 

1Q-2024

 

 

4Q-2023

 

 

 

3Q-2023

 

 

 

2Q-2023

 

 

 

1Q-2023

 

 

FY 2023

 

GREENS CREEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons of ore processed

 

 

232,188

 

 

 

220,186

 

 

 

 

228,978

 

 

 

 

232,465

 

 

 

 

233,167

 

 

 

914,796

 

Total production cost per ton

 

$

212.92

 

 

$

223.98

 

 

 

$

200.30

 

 

 

$

194.94

 

 

 

$

198.60

 

 

$

204.20

 

Ore grade milled - Silver (oz./ton)

 

 

13.3

 

 

 

12.9

 

 

 

 

13.1

 

 

 

 

12.8

 

 

 

 

14.4

 

 

 

13.3

 

Ore grade milled - Gold (oz./ton)

 

 

0.09

 

 

 

0.09

 

 

 

 

0.09

 

 

 

 

0.10

 

 

 

 

0.08

 

 

 

0.09

 

Ore grade milled - Lead (%)

 

 

2.6

 

 

 

2.8

 

 

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

 

2.6

 

 

 

2.6

 

Ore grade milled - Zinc (%)

 

 

6.3

 

 

 

6.5

 

 

 

 

6.5

 

 

 

 

6.5

 

 

 

 

6.0

 

 

 

6.4

 

Silver produced (oz.)

 

 

2,478,594

 

 

 

2,260,027

 

 

 

 

2,343,192

 

 

 

 

2,355,674

 

 

 

 

2,772,859

 

 

 

9,731,752

 

Gold produced (oz.)

 

 

14,588

 

 

 

14,651

 

 

 

 

15,010

 

 

 

 

16,351

 

 

 

 

14,884

 

 

 

60,896

 

Lead produced (tons)

 

 

4,834

 

 

 

4,910

 

 

 

 

4,740

 

 

 

 

4,726

 

 

 

 

5,202

 

 

 

19,578

 

Zinc produced (tons)

 

 

13,062

 

 

 

12,535

 

 

 

 

13,224

 

 

 

 

13,255

 

 

 

 

12,482

 

 

 

51,496

 

Sales

 

$

97,310

 

 

$

93,543

 

 

 

$

96,459

 

 

 

$

95,891

 

 

 

$

98,611

 

 

$

384,504

 

Total cost of sales

 

$

(69,857

)

 

$

(70,231

)

 

 

$

(60,322

)

 

 

$

(63,054

)

 

 

$

(66,288

)

 

$

(259,895

)

Gross profit

 

$

27,453

 

 

$

23,312

 

 

 

 

$

36,137

 

 

 

 

$

32,837

 

 

 

 

$

32,323

 

 

$

124,609

 

Cash flow from operations

 

$

28,706

 

 

$

34,576

 

 

 

$

36,101

 

 

 

$

43,302

 

 

 

$

43,346

 

 

$

157,325

 

Exploration

 

$

551

 

 

$

1,324

 

 

 

$

4,283

 

 

 

$

1,760

 

 

 

$

448

 

 

$

7,815

 

Capital additions

 

$

(8,827

)

 

$

(15,996

)

 

 

$

(12,060

)

 

 

$

(8,828

)

 

 

$

(6,658

)

 

$

(43,542

)

Free cash flow 2

 

$

20,430

 

 

$

19,904

 

 

 

$

28,324

 

 

 

$

36,234

 

 

 

$

37,136

 

 

$

121,598

 

Cash cost per ounce, after by-product credits 3

 

$

3.45

 

 

$

4.94

 

 

 

$

3.04

 

 

 

$

1.33

 

 

 

$

1.16

 

 

$

2.53

 

AISC per ounce, after by-product credits 4

 

$

7.16

 

 

$

12.00

 

 

 

$

8.18

 

 

 

$

5.34

 

 

 

$

3.82

 

 

$

7.14

 

 

Greens Creek produced 2.5 million ounces of silver during the quarter, an increase of 10%, while throughput for the quarter averaged 2,552 tons per day ("tpd"). Gold and lead production were consistent with the prior quarter, while zinc production increased 4%.

Sales in the quarter were $97.3 million, a 4% increase due to higher quantities of metals sold (silver, gold, and zinc), and higher realized prices for silver and gold, partially offset by lower realized lead and zinc prices. Total cost of sales was $69.9 million, consistent with the prior quarter. Cash costs and AISC per silver ounce, each after by-product credits, were $3.45 and $7.16, respectively, and decreased due to higher by-product credits (higher zinc production and higher realized prices for gold), higher silver production, and lower treatment charges. Lower AISC per silver ounce after by-product credits was also attributable to lower sustaining capital spend of $8.4 million ($15.2 million in prior quarter) due to timing of equipment purchases and lower capital development.3,4

Cash flow from operations was $28.7 million, a decrease of $5.9 million, primarily due to unfavorable working capital changes related to higher accounts receivables. Free cash flow for the quarter was $20.4 million, a slight increase as unfavorable working capital changes were offset by lower capital spend during the quarter.

Lucky Friday Mine - Idaho

Dollars are in thousands except cost per ton

 

1Q-2024

 

 

4Q-2023

 

 

 

3Q-2023

 

 

 

2Q-2023

 

 

 

1Q-2023

 

 

 

FY 2023

 

LUCKY FRIDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons of ore processed

 

 

86,234

 

 

 

5,164

 

 

 

 

36,619

 

 

 

 

94,043

 

 

 

 

95,303

 

 

 

 

231,129

 

Total production cost per ton

 

$

233.10

 

 

$

201.42

 

 

 

$

191.81

 

 

 

$

248.65

 

 

 

$

210.72

 

 

 

$

218.45

 

Ore grade milled - Silver (oz./ton)

 

 

12.9

 

 

 

12.7

 

 

 

 

13.6

 

 

 

 

14.3

 

 

 

 

13.8

 

 

 

 

14.0

 

Ore grade milled - Lead (%)

 

 

8.2

 

 

 

8.0

 

 

 

 

8.6

 

 

 

 

9.1

 

 

 

 

8.8

 

 

 

 

8.9

 

Ore grade milled - Zinc (%)

 

 

3.9

 

 

 

3.5

 

 

 

 

3.5

 

 

 

 

4.2

 

 

 

 

4.1

 

 

 

 

4.1

 

Silver produced (oz.)

 

 

1,061,065

 

 

 

61,575

 

 

 

 

475,414

 

 

 

 

1,286,666

 

 

 

 

1,262,464

 

 

 

 

3,086,119

 

Lead produced (tons)

 

 

6,689

 

 

 

372

 

 

 

 

2,957

 

 

 

 

8,180

 

 

 

 

8,034

 

 

 

 

19,543

 

Zinc produced (tons)

 

 

2,851

 

 

 

134

 

 

 

 

1,159

 

 

 

 

3,338

 

 

 

 

3,313

 

 

 

 

7,944

 

Sales

 

$

35,340

 

 

$

3,117

 

 

 

$

21,409

 

 

 

$

42,648

 

 

 

$

49,110

 

 

 

$

116,284

 

Total cost of sales

 

$

(27,519

)

 

$

(3,117

)

 

 

$

(14,344

)

 

 

$

(32,190

)

 

 

$

(34,534

)

 

 

$

(84,185

)

Gross profit

 

$

7,821

 

 

$

 

 

 

 

$

7,065

 

 

 

 

$

10,458

 

 

 

 

$

14,576

 

 

 

 

$

32,099

 

Cash flow from operations

 

$

27,112

 

 

$

(7,982

)

 

 

$

515

 

 

 

$

18,893

 

 

 

$

46,132

 

 

 

$

57,558

 

Capital additions

 

$

(14,988

)

 

$

(18,819

)

 

 

$

(15,494

)

 

 

$

(16,317

)

 

 

$

(14,707

)

 

 

$

(65,337

)

Free cash flow 2

 

$

12,124

 

 

$

(26,801

)

 

 

$

(14,979

)

 

 

$

2,576

 

 

 

$

31,425

 

 

 

$

(7,779

)

Cash cost per ounce, after by-product credits 3

 

$

8.85

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

$

4.74

 

 

 

$

6.96

 

 

 

$

4.30

 

 

 

$

5.51

 

AISC per ounce, after by-product credits 4

 

$

17.36

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

$

10.63

 

 

 

$

14.24

 

 

 

$

10.69

 

 

 

$

12.21

 

 

Lucky Friday produced 1.1 million ounces of silver during the quarter following restart of production on January 9, 2024. The mine ramped-up to full production during the quarter.

Sales in the first quarter were $35.3 million, and total cost of sales was $27.5 million. Costs of $2.2 million were incurred prior to the restart of production and are included in ramp-up and suspension costs on the consolidated statement of operations. Cash costs and AISC per silver ounce, each after by-product credits, were $8.85 and $17.36 respectively, and were higher than the 2024 cost guidance for the mine due to the ramp-up to full production during the quarter.

Cash flow from operations was $27.1 million and includes the $17.4 million in insurance proceeds received during the quarter. The quarter was also impacted by unfavorable working capital changes related to increases in concentrate inventory and accounts receivable as the mine ramped-up operations to full production. The Company's applicable underground sublimit coverage is $50 million, and it expects to receive the additional insurance proceeds throughout the year.

Capital expenditures for the quarter were $15.0 million and included capital development, mobile equipment purchases, and completion of the rehabilitation work related to the secondary egress and #2 shaft. Free cash flow for the quarter was $12.1 million, an increase of $38.9 million as the mine resumed operations and collected $17.4 million of insurance proceeds.2

Keno Hill - Yukon Territory

Dollars are in thousands except cost per ton

 

1Q-2024

 

 

4Q-2023

 

 

3Q-2023

 

 

2Q-2023

 

 

1Q-2023

 

 

FY-2023

 

KENO HILL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons of ore processed

 

 

25,165

 

 

 

19,651

 

 

 

24,616

 

 

 

12,064

 

 

 

 

 

 

56,331

 

Total production cost per ton

 

$

132.42

 

 

$

145.36

 

 

$

88.97

 

 

$

202.66

 

 

$

 

 

$

153.64

 

Ore grade milled - Silver (oz./ton)

 

 

26.3

 

 

 

31.7

 

 

 

33.0

 

 

 

20.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.7

 

Ore grade milled - Lead (%)

 

 

2.4

 

 

 

2.6

 

 

 

2.4

 

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.3

 

Ore grade milled - Zinc (%)

 

 

1.3

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

4.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5

 

Silver produced (oz.)

 

 

646,312

 

 

 

608,301

 

 

 

710,012

 

 

 

184,264

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,502,577

 

Lead produced (tons)

 

 

576

 

 

 

481

 

 

 

327

 

 

 

417

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,225

 

Zinc produced (tons)

 

 

298

 

 

 

396

 

 

 

252

 

 

 

691

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,339

 

Sales

 

$

10,847

 

 

$

17,936

 

 

$

16,001

 

 

$

1,581

 

 

 

 

 

$

35,518

 

Total cost of sales

 

$

(10,847

)

 

$

(17,936

)

 

$

(16,001

)

 

$

(1,581

)

 

 

 

 

$

(35,518

)

Gross profit

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

Cash flow from operations

 

$

(13,334

)

 

$

1,181

 

 

$

(6,200

)

 

$

(12,900

)

 

$

(6,324

)

 

$

(24,243

)

Exploration

 

$

498

 

 

$

1,548

 

 

$

1,653

 

 

$

1,039

 

 

$

437

 

 

$

4,677

 

Capital additions

 

$

(10,346

)

 

$

(12,549

)

 

$

(11,498

)

 

$

(3,505

)

 

$

(17,120

)

 

$

(44,672

)

Free cash flow 2

 

$

(23,182

)

 

$

(9,820

)

 

$

(16,045

)

 

$

(15,366

)

 

$

(23,007

)

 

$

(64,238

)

At Keno Hill, ramp-up to production continued and the mine produced 646,312 ounces of silver in the first quarter. Throughput in the quarter averaged 277 tpd, an increase of 29%, partially offset by lower silver grades, which were 26.3 ounces per ton.

The Keno Hill operation continues to ramp-up production by focusing on safety and environmental improvements by standardizing operating procedures, installing infrastructure, upgrading equipment, and executing our safety and environmental action plans. Keno Hill's AIFR, one of several improving measures, declined 41% over 2023. While the Company's safety and environmental programs focus on continuous performance improvement, the current action plans with the exception of some long-term infrastructure, are expected to be substantially completed before the end of the year.

Sales during the quarter were $10.8 million and decreased due to lower silver ounces sold due to timing. Ramp-up costs during the quarter were $8.7 million and are included in ramp-up and suspension costs on the consolidated statement of operations. Cash expenditures on production costs, including ramp-up costs, totaled $15.0 million for the quarter. Capital investments during the quarter were $10.3 million for underground and surface infrastructure, mine development, and mobile equipment purchases. The company is advancing the cemented tails batch plant, a critical infrastructure project, which will facilitate a change in the mining method at the Bermingham mine to underhand mining, which should improve safety and productivity. Construction of the project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter with full conversion to underhand mining expected by the end of 2025.

Casa Berardi - Quebec

Dollars are in thousands except cost per ton

 

1Q-2024

 

 

4Q-2023

 

 

3Q-2023

 

 

2Q-2023

 

 

1Q-2023

 

 

FY-2023

 

CASA BERARDI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons of ore processed - underground

 

 

123,123

 

 

 

104,002

 

 

 

112,544

 

 

 

94,124

 

 

 

110,245

 

 

 

420,915

 

Tons of ore processed - surface pit

 

 

258,503

 

 

 

251,009

 

 

 

231,075

 

 

 

224,580

 

 

 

318,909

 

 

 

1,025,573

 

Tons of ore processed - total

 

 

381,626

 

 

 

355,011

 

 

 

343,619

 

 

 

318,704

 

 

 

429,154

 

 

 

1,446,488

 

Surface tons mined - ore and waste

 

 

3,639,297

 

 

 

4,639,770

 

 

 

3,574,391

 

 

 

2,461,196

 

 

 

2,136,993

 

 

 

12,812,350

 

Total production cost per ton

 

$

96.53

 

 

$

108.20

 

 

$

103.75

 

 

$

97.69

 

 

$

107.95

 

 

$

104.75

 

Ore grade milled - Gold (oz./ton) - underground

 

 

0.137

 

 

 

0.124

 

 

 

0.133

 

 

 

0.137

 

 

 

0.127

 

 

 

0.129

 

Ore grade milled - Gold (oz./ton) - surface pit

 

 

0.039

 

 

 

0.056

 

 

 

0.058

 

 

 

0.045

 

 

 

0.046

 

 

 

0.050

 

Ore grade milled - Gold (oz./ton) - combined

 

 

0.070

 

 

 

0.065

 

 

 

0.072

 

 

 

0.063

 

 

 

0.058

 

 

 

0.050

 

Gold produced (oz.) - underground

 

 

13,707

 

 

 

11,206

 

 

 

12,416

 

 

 

10,226

 

 

 

11,788

 

 

 

45,636

 

Gold produced (oz.) - surface pit

 

 

8,297

 

 

 

11,311

 

 

 

11,843

 

 

 

8,675

 

 

 

12,898

 

 

 

44,727

 

Gold produced (oz.) - total

 

 

22,004

 

 

 

22,517

 

 

 

24,259

 

 

 

18,901

 

 

 

24,686

 

 

 

90,363

 

Silver produced (oz.) - total

 

 

6,127

 

 

 

5,730

 

 

 

5,084

 

 

 

5,956

 

 

 

5,645

 

 

 

22,415

 

Sales

 

$

41,584

 

 

$

42,822

 

 

$

46,912

 

 

$

36,946

 

 

$

50,998

 

 

$

177,678

 

Total cost of sales

 

$

(58,260

)

 

$

(58,945

)

 

$

(56,822

)

 

$

(42,576

)

 

$

(62,998

)

 

$

(221,341

)

Gross loss

 

$

(16,676

)

 

$

(16,123

)

 

$

(9,910

)

 

$

(5,630

)

 

$

(12,000

)

 

$

(43,663

)

Cash flow from operations

 

$

3,186

 

 

$

3,136

 

 

$

7,877

 

 

$

(8,148

)

 

$

(684

)

 

$

2,181

 

Exploration

 

$

685

 

 

$

635

 

 

$

1,482

 

 

$

1,107

 

 

$

1,054

 

 

$

4,278

 

Capital additions

 

$

(13,316

)

 

$

(15,929

)

 

$

(16,225

)

 

$

(20,816

)

 

$

(17,086

)

 

$

(70,056

)

Free cash flow 2

 

$

(9,445

)

 

$

(12,158

)

 

$

(6,866

)

 

$

(27,857

)

 

$

(16,716

)

 

$

(63,597

)

Cash cost per ounce, after by-product credits 3

 

$

1,669

 

 

$

1,702

 

 

$

1,475

 

 

$

1,658

 

 

$

1,775

 

 

$

1,652

 

AISC per ounce, after by-product credits 4

 

$

1,899

 

 

$

1,969

 

 

$

1,695

 

 

$

2,147

 

 

$

2,392

 

 

$

2,048

 

Casa Berardi produced 22,004 ounces of gold in the quarter, in line with the prior quarter as a 7% increase in throughput and recoveries were offset by lower grades from the 160 pit. The mill operated at an average of 4,194 tpd during the quarter.

Sales were $41.6 million, a 3% decrease due to fewer ounces sold, largely offset by higher realized prices. Total cost of sales was $58.3 million, a 1% decline, primarily attributable to lower labor costs. Cash costs and AISC per gold ounce, each after by-product credits, were $1,669 and $1,899 respectively and decreased primarily due to lower production costs. AISC was further favorably impacted by planned lower sustaining capital spend. 3,4

Cash flow from operations was $3.2 million, consistent with the prior quarter. Capital investments for the quarter totaled $13.3 million ($4.9 million in sustaining and $8.4 million in non-sustaining) and were primarily related to construction costs for tailings facilities. Free cash flow for the quarter was negative $9.4 million and improved by $2.7 million due to lower capital spending.2

The mine continues to transition to a surface only operation. With the increase in gold prices, a stope-by-stope analysis is currently under review for the underground operations to evaluate the extension of underground mine-life. The Company will update the production and cost guidance if deemed necessary.

EXPLORATION AND PRE-DEVELOPMENT

Exploration and pre-development expenses totaled $4.3 million for the quarter. Exploration activities during the quarter primarily focused on underground definition and exploration drilling at Greens Creek, Keno Hill, and Casa Berardi.

At Keno Hill, underground definition drilling in the Bermingham Bear Zone continues to intersect high-grade silver mineralization over significant widths and highlights the potential for high-grade silver mineralization in the district. Intercepts within and in the hanging wall of the Footwall Vein have been particularly good, exceeding model expectations.

Assay highlights include (reported widths are estimates of true width):

  • Footwall Vein: 55.4 oz/ton silver, 5.5% lead, and 3.2% zinc over 40.7 feet
    • Includes: 62.0 oz/ton silver, 6.1% lead, and 3.6% zinc over 36.1 feet
  • Footwall Vein: 51.2 oz/ton silver, 7.3% lead, and 3.6% zinc over 39.7 feet
    • Includes: 184.1 oz/ton silver, 31.9% lead, and 2.1% zinc over 5.4 feet; and
    • Includes: 92.1 oz/ton silver, 9.9% lead, and 9.2% zinc over 10.1 feet

At Greens Creek, three underground definition and exploration drills are focusing on resource conversion and extending mineralization in five zones, including the 200 South, 9A, Southwest Bench, NWW, and Upper Plate ore zones.

At Casa Berardi, ongoing efforts continue to evaluate remaining underground stopes and extensions.

DIVIDENDS

Common Stock

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.00625 per share of common stock, consisting of $0.00375 per share for the minimum dividend component and $0.0025 per share for the silver-linked component. The common stock dividend is payable on or about June 11, 2024, to stockholders of record on May 24, 2024. The quarter realized silver price was $24.77, satisfying the criterion for the Company’s common stock silver-linked dividend policy component.

Preferred Stock

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.875 per share of preferred stock, payable on or about July 1, 2024, to stockholders of record on June 14, 2024.

2024 GUIDANCE 6

The Company is reiterating its three-year production outlook and 2024 cost and capital guidance. For further details, please refer to the Company's press release dated February 14, 2024.

2024 and Three-Year Production Outlook

 

 

Silver Production

(Moz)

 

Gold Production

(Koz)

 

Silver Equivalent

(Moz)

 

Gold Equivalent

(Koz)

2024 Greens Creek *

 

8.8 - 9.2

 

46.0 - 51.0

 

21.0 - 21.5

 

235 - 245

2024 Lucky Friday *

 

5.0 - 5.3

 

N/A

 

9.5 - 10.0

 

110 - 115

2024 Casa Berardi

 

N/A

 

75.0 - 82.0

 

6.5 - 7.2

 

75 - 82

2024 Keno Hill*

 

2.7 - 3.0

 

N/A

 

3.0 - 3.5

 

36 - 40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2024 Total

 

16.5 - 17.5

 

121.0 - 133.0

 

40.0 - 42.2

 

455 - 482

2025 Total

 

17.0 - 18.5

 

110.0 - 125.0

 

39.0 - 42.0

 

445 - 485

2026 Total

 

18.0 - 20.0

 

110.0 - 120.0

 

40.0 - 43.0

 

465 - 495

* Equivalent ounces include Lead and Zinc production

2024 Cost Guidance

 

 

Total costs of Sales

(million)

 

Cash cost, after by-product

credits, per silver/gold ounce3

 

AISC, after by-product

credits, per produced

silver/gold ounce4

Greens Creek

 

252

 

$3.50 - $4.00

 

$9.50 - $10.25

Lucky Friday

 

130

 

$2.50 - $3.25

 

$10.50 - 12.25

Total Silver

 

382

 

$3.00 - $3.75

 

$13.00 - $14.50

Casa Berardi

 

200

 

$1,500 - $1,700

 

$1,750 - $1,975

2024 Capital and Exploration Guidance

(millions)

 

Total

Sustaining

Growth

2024 Total Capital expenditures

 

$190 - $210

$122 - $132

$68 - $78

Greens Creek

 

$59 - $63

$56 - $58

$3 - $5

Lucky Friday

 

$45 - $50

$42 - $45

$3 - $5

Casa Berardi

 

$56 - $63

$14 - $17

$42 - $46

Keno Hill

 

$30 - $34

$10 - $12

$20 - $22

2024 Exploration

 

$25

 

 

2024 Pre-Development

 

$6.5

 

 

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

A conference call and webcast will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results. The Company recommends that the participants dial in at least 10 minutes before the call commencement. You may join the conference call by dialing toll-free 1-888-330-2391 or for international dialing 1-240-789-2702. The Conference ID is 4812168 and must be provided when dialing in. Hecla's live and archived webcast can be accessed at https://events.q4inc.com/attendee/966615833 or www.hecla.com under Investors.

VIRTUAL INVESTOR EVENT

Hecla will be holding a Virtual Investor Event on Thursday, May 9, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Hecla invites shareholders, investors, and other interested parties to schedule a personal, 30-minute virtual meeting (video or telephone) with a member of senior management to discuss Financial, Exploration, Operations, ESG or general matters. Click on the link below to schedule a call (or copy and paste the link into your web browser). You can select a topic once you have entered the meeting calendar. If you are unable to book a time, either due to high demand or for other reasons, please reach out to Anvita M. Patil, Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer at hmc-info@hecla.com or 208-769-4100.

One-on-One meeting URL: https://calendly.com/2024-may-vie

ABOUT HECLA

Founded in 1891, Hecla Mining Company (NYSE: HL) is the largest silver producer in the United States. In addition to operating mines in Alaska, Idaho, and Quebec, Canada, the Company is developing a mine in the Yukon, Canada, and owns a number of exploration and pre-development projects in world-class silver and gold mining districts throughout North America.

NOTES

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP financial measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meaning prescribed by United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures cited in this release and listed below are reconciled to their most comparable GAAP measure at the end of this release.

(1) Adjusted net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders, the most comparable GAAP measure, can be found at the end of the release. Adjusted net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders is a measure used by management to evaluate the Company's operating performance but should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders as defined by GAAP. They exclude certain impacts which are of a nature which we believe are not reflective of our underlying performance. Management believes that adjusted net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders per common share provides investors with the ability to better evaluate our underlying operating performance.

(2) Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure calculated as cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. Cash provided by operating activities for the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday, and Casa Berardi operating segments excludes exploration and pre-development expense, as it is a discretionary expenditure and not a component of the mines’ operating performance. Capital expenditures refers to Additions to properties, plants and equipment from the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, net of finance leases.

(3) Cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver and gold ounce is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of total cost of sales, can be found at the end of the release. It is an important operating statistic that management utilizes to measure each mine's operating performance. It also allows the benchmarking of performance of each mine versus those of our competitors. As a primary silver mining company, management also uses the statistic on an aggregate basis - aggregating the Greens Creek and Lucky Friday mines to compare performance with that of other silver mining companies. Similarly, the statistic is useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as it provides a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program.

(4) All-in sustaining cost (“AISC”), after by-product credits, is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to total cost of sales, the closest GAAP measurement, can be found in the end of the release. AISC, after by-product credits, includes total cost of sales and other direct production costs, expenses for reclamation at the mine sites and all site sustaining capital costs. AISC, after by-product credits, is calculated net of depreciation, depletion, and amortization and by-product credits. Prior year presentation has been adjusted to conform with current year presentation.

(5) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to net loss, the most comparable GAAP measure, can be found at the end of the release. Adjusted EBITDA is a measure used by management to evaluate the Company's operating performance but should not be considered an alternative to net loss, or cash provided by operating activities as those terms are defined by GAAP, and does not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program. Net debt to adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to debt and net income (loss), the most comparable GAAP measurements, can be found at the end of the release. It is an important measure for management to measure relative indebtedness and the ability to service the debt relative to its peers. It is calculated as total debt outstanding less total cash on hand divided by adjusted EBITDA.

(6) Expectations for 2024 include silver, gold, lead, and zinc production from Greens creek, Lucky Friday, Keno Hill, and Casa Berardi converted using gold $1,950/oz, silver $22.50/oz, zinc $1.20/lb, and lead $0.95/lb. Numbers are rounded.

Current GAAP measures used in the mining industry, such as total cost of goods sold, do not capture all the expenditures incurred to discover, develop and sustain silver and gold production. Management believes that AISC is a non-GAAP measure that provides additional information to management, investors and analysts to help (i) in the understanding of the economics of our operations and performance compared to other producers and (ii) in the transparency by better defining the total costs associated with production. Similarly, the statistic is useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as it provides a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements, Including 2024 Outlook

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections and other applicable laws, including Canadian securities laws. Words such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expects”, “intends”, “projects”, “believes”, “estimates”, “targets”, “anticipates” and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements may include, without limitation: (i) the Company will achieve cost and production guidance; (ii) the Company will increase production up to 20 million ounces by 2026; (iii) the Company will be the largest silver producer in Canada in 2024; (iii) Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio is expected to return to less than 2 in the next twelve months; (iv) $50 million in proceeds from the Company's property insurance policy will be collected in 2024; (v) Casa Berardi's guidance for production and costs might be affected by the surface or underground operations; (vi) Construction of cemented tails batch plant project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2024, which should improve safety and productivity at the Bermigham mine, and will facilitate the change of mining method to underhand mining by the end of 2025; (vii) silver's solar demand will increase; (viii) total cost of sales, as well as cash cost and AISC per ounce (in each case after by-product credits) for Greens creek, Lucky Friday, and Casa Berardi; (ix) Company-wide estimated spending on capital, exploration and predevelopment for 2024; and (x) Mine specific production outlook for 2024 and Company-wide production outlook for 2024, 2025 and 2026. The material factors or assumptions used to develop such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information include that the Company’s plans for development and production will proceed as expected and will not require revision as a result of risks or uncertainties, whether known, unknown or unanticipated, to which the Company’s operations are subject.

Estimates or expectations of future events or results are based upon certain assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect, which could cause actual results to differ from forward-looking statements. Such assumptions, include, but are not limited to: (i) there being no significant change to current geotechnical, metallurgical, hydrological and other physical conditions; (ii) permitting, development, operations and expansion of the Company’s projects being consistent with current expectations and mine plans; (iii) political/regulatory developments in any jurisdiction in which the Company operates being consistent with its current expectations; (iv) the exchange rate for the USD/CAD being approximately consistent with current levels; (v) certain price assumptions for gold, silver, lead and zinc; (vi) prices for key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (vii) the accuracy of our current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates; (viii) there being no significant changes to the availability of employees, vendors and equipment; (ix) the Company’s plans for development and production will proceed as expected and will not require revision as a result of risks or uncertainties, whether known, unknown or unanticipated; (x) counterparties performing their obligations under hedging instruments and put option contracts; (xi) sufficient workforce is available and trained to perform assigned tasks; (xii) weather patterns and rain/snowfall within normal seasonal ranges so as not to impact operations; (xiii) relations with interested parties, including First Nations and Native Americans, remain productive; (xiv) maintaining availability of water rights; (xv) factors do not arise that reduce available cash balances; and (xvi) there being no material increases in our current requirements to post or maintain reclamation and performance bonds or collateral related thereto.

In addition, material risks that could cause actual results to differ from forward-looking statements include but are not limited to: (i) gold, silver and other metals price volatility; (ii) operating risks; (iii) currency fluctuations; (iv) increased production costs and variances in ore grade or recovery rates from those assumed in mining plans; (v) community relations; and (vi) litigation, political, regulatory, labor and environmental risks. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, see the Company's 2023 Form 10-K filed on February 15, 2024 for a more detailed discussion of factors that may impact expected future results. The Company undertakes no obligation and has no intention of updating forward-looking statements other than as may be required by law.

Qualified Person (QP)

Kurt D. Allen, MSc., CPG, VP - Exploration of Hecla Mining Company and Keith Blair, MSc., CPG, Chief Geologist of Hecla Limited, who serve as a Qualified Person under S-K 1300 and NI 43-101, supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information concerning Hecla’s mineral projects in this news release. Technical Report Summaries for each of the Company’s Greens Creek and Lucky Friday properties are filed as exhibits 96.1 and 96.2 respectively, to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and are available at www.sec.gov. A Technical Report Summary for each of the Company’s Casa Berardi and Keno Hill properties were filed as exhibits 96.3 and 96.4, respectively, to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023 to be filed on February 15, 2024 and will then be available at www.sec.gov. Information regarding data verification, surveys and investigations, quality assurance program and quality control measures and a summary of analytical or testing procedures for (i) the Greens Creek Mine are contained in its Technical Report Summary and in a NI 43-101 technical report titled “Technical Report for the Greens Creek Mine” effective date December 31, 2018, (ii) the Lucky Friday Mine are contained in its Technical Report Summary and in its technical report titled “Technical Report for the Lucky Friday Mine Shoshone County, Idaho, USA” effective date April 2, 2014, (iii) Casa Berardi is contained in its Technical Report Summary titled “Technical Report Summary on the Casa Berardi Mine, Northwestern Quebec, Canada” effective date December 31, 2023 and are contained in its NI 43-101 technical report titled “Technical Report on the mineral resource and mineral reserve estimate for Casa Berardi Mine, Northwestern Quebec, Canada” effective date December 31, 2023, (iv) Keno Hill is contained in its Technical Report Summary titled “S-K 1300 Technical Report Summary on the Keno Hill Mine, Yukon, Canada” and are contained its NI 43-101 technical report titled “Technical Report on Updated Mineral Resource and Reserve Estimate of the Keno Hill Silver District” effective date December 31, 2023, and (v) the San Sebastian Mine, Mexico, are contained in a technical report prepared for Hecla titled “Technical Report for the San Sebastian Ag-Au Property, Durango, Mexico” effective date September 8, 2015. Also included or to be included in each technical reports is a description of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate mineral reserves and resources 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. Information regarding data verification, surveys and investigations, quality assurance program and quality control measures and a summary of sample, analytical or testing procedures are contained in technical reports prepared for Klondex Mines Ltd. for (i) the Fire Creek Mine (technical report dated March 31, 2018), (ii) the Hollister Mine (technical report dated May 31, 2017, amended August 9, 2017), and (iii) the Midas Mine (technical report dated August 31, 2014, amended April 2, 2015). Information regarding data verification, surveys and investigations, quality assurance program and quality control measures and a summary of sample, analytical or testing procedures are contained in technical reports prepared for ATAC Resources Ltd. for (i) the Osiris Project (technical report dated July 28, 2022) and (ii) the Tiger Project (technical report dated February 27, 2020). Copies of these technical reports are available under the SEDAR profiles of Klondex Mines Unlimited Liability Company and ATAC Resources Ltd., respectively, at www.sedar.com (the Fire Creek technical report is also available under Hecla’s profile on SEDAR). Mr. Allen and Mr. Blair reviewed and verified information regarding drill sampling, data verification of all digitally collected data, drill surveys and specific gravity determinations relating to all the mines. The review encompassed quality assurance programs and quality control measures including analytical or testing practice, chain-of-custody procedures, sample storage procedures and included independent sample collection and analysis. This review found the information and procedures meet industry standards and are adequate for Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimation and mine planning purposes.

HECLA MINING COMPANY

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Loss

(dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts - unaudited)

 

 

 

First Quarter Ended

 

 

Fourth Quarter Ended

 

 

 

March 31, 2024

 

 

December 31, 2023

 

Sales of products

 

$

189,528

 

 

$

160,690

 

Cost of sales and other direct production costs

 

 

121,461

 

 

 

112,988

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

48,907

 

 

 

40,837

 

Total cost of sales

 

 

170,368

 

 

 

153,825

 

Gross profit

 

 

19,160

 

 

 

6,865

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

General and administrative

 

 

11,216

 

 

 

12,273

 

Exploration and pre-development

 

 

4,342

 

 

 

6,966

 

Ramp-up and suspension costs

 

 

14,523

 

 

 

27,568

 

Provision for closed operations and environmental matters

 

 

986

 

 

 

1,164

 

Other operating (income) expense, net

 

 

(16,971

)

 

 

1,291

 

 

 

 

14,096

 

 

 

49,262

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

 

5,064

 

 

 

(42,397

)

Other (expense) income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

(12,644

)

 

 

(12,133

)

Fair value adjustments, net

 

 

(1,852

)

 

 

8,699

 

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

 

 

3,982

 

 

 

(4,244

)

Other income

 

 

1,512

 

 

 

1,458

 

 

 

 

(9,002

)

 

 

(6,220

)

Loss before income and mining taxes

 

 

(3,938

)

 

 

(48,617

)

Income and mining tax provision

 

 

(1,815

)

 

 

5,682

 

Net loss

 

 

(5,753

)

 

 

(42,935

)

Preferred stock dividends

 

 

(138

)

 

 

(138

)

Net loss applicable to common stockholders

 

$

(5,891

)

 

$

(43,073

)

Basic and diluted loss per common share after preferred dividends (in cents)

 

$

(0.01

)

 

$

(0.07

)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding basic

 

 

616,199

 

 

 

610,547

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding diluted

 

 

616,199

 

 

 

610,547

 

HECLA MINING COMPANY

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(dollars in thousands - unaudited)

 

 

 

First Quarter Ended

 

 

Fourth Quarter Ended

 

 

 

March 31, 2024

 

 

December 31, 2023

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(5,753

)

 

$

(42,935

)

Non-cash elements included in net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

51,226

 

 

 

51,967

 

Inventory adjustments

 

 

7,671

 

 

 

4,487

 

Fair value adjustments, net

 

 

1,852

 

 

 

(8,699

)

Provision for reclamation and closure costs

 

 

1,846

 

 

 

1,853

 

Stock compensation

 

 

1,164

 

 

 

1,476

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

(416

)

 

 

(6,910

)

Foreign exchange (gain) loss

 

 

(3,982

)

 

 

4,244

 

Other non-cash items, net

 

 

519

 

 

 

1,470

 

Change in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

(17,864

)

 

 

113

 

Inventories

 

 

(18,746

)

 

 

304

 

Other current and non-current assets

 

 

5,238

 

 

 

(17,411

)

Accounts payable, accrued and other current liabilities

 

 

(8,819

)

 

 

2,987

 

Accrued payroll and related benefits

 

 

5,498

 

 

 

6,262

 

Accrued taxes

 

 

2,085

 

 

 

437

 

Accrued reclamation and closure costs and other non-current liabilities

 

 

(4,439

)

 

 

1,239

 

Cash provided by operating activities

 

 

17,080

 

 

 

884

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additions to properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests

 

 

(47,589

)

 

 

(62,622

)

Proceeds from disposition of properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests

 

 

47

 

 

 

1,169

 

Purchases of investments

 

 

 

 

 

(7,209

)

Acquisition, net

 

 

 

 

 

228

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(47,542

)

 

 

(68,434

)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from sale of common stock, net

 

 

1,103

 

 

 

30,796

 

Acquisition of treasury stock

 

 

(1,197

)

 

 

 

Borrowing of debt

 

 

27,000

 

 

 

120,000

 

Repayment of debt

 

 

(15,000

)

 

 

(72,000

)

Dividends paid to common and preferred stockholders

 

 

(3,994

)

 

 

(3,958

)

Repayments of finance leases

 

 

(3,033

)

 

 

(2,615

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

4,879

 

 

 

72,223

 

Effect of exchange rates on cash

 

 

(624

)

 

 

1,018

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(26,207

)

 

 

5,691

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

 

107,539

 

 

 

101,848

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

 

$

81,332

 

 

$

107,539

 

HECLA MINING COMPANY

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars and shares in thousands - unaudited)

 

 

 

March 31, 2024

 

 

December 31, 2023

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

80,169

 

 

$

106,374

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

50,275

 

 

 

33,116

 

Inventories

 

 

102,132

 

 

 

93,647

 

Other current assets

 

 

22,674

 

 

 

27,125

 

Total current assets

 

 

255,250

 

 

 

260,262

 

Investments

 

 

32,873

 

 

 

33,724

 

Restricted cash

 

 

1,163

 

 

 

1,165

 

Properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests, net

 

 

2,663,155

 

 

 

2,666,250

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

9,187

 

 

 

8,349

 

Other non-current assets

 

 

32,630

 

 

 

41,354

 

Total assets

 

$

2,994,258

 

 

$

3,011,104

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and other current accrued liabilities

 

$

129,177

 

 

$

123,643

 

Finance leases

 

 

8,610

 

 

 

9,752

 

Accrued reclamation and closure costs

 

 

9,660

 

 

 

9,660

 

Accrued interest

 

 

5,190

 

 

 

14,405

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

152,637

 

 

 

157,460

 

Accrued reclamation and closure costs

 

 

111,668

 

 

 

110,797

 

Long-term debt including finance leases

 

 

662,482

 

 

 

653,063

 

Deferred tax liability

 

 

98,011

 

 

 

104,835

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

 

10,830

 

 

 

16,845

 

Total liabilities

 

 

1,035,628

 

 

 

1,043,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock

 

 

39

 

 

 

39

 

Common stock

 

 

156,447

 

 

 

156,076

 

Capital surplus

 

 

2,350,249

 

 

 

2,343,747

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(513,608

)

 

 

(503,861

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net

 

 

434

 

 

 

5,837

 

Treasury stock

 

 

(34,931

)

 

 

(33,734

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

1,958,630

 

 

 

1,968,104

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

2,994,258

 

 

$

3,011,104

 

Non-GAAP Measures

(Unaudited)

Reconciliation of Total Cost of Sales to Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits and Cash Cost, After By-product Credits (non-GAAP) and All-In Sustaining Cost, Before By-product Credits and All-In Sustaining Cost, After By-product Credits (non-GAAP)

The tables below present reconciliations between the most comparable GAAP measure of total cost of sales to the non-GAAP measures of (i) Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, (ii) Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, (iii) AISC, Before By-product Credits and (iv) AISC, After By-product Credits for our operations and for the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2024, September 30, 2023, June 30, 2023 March 31, 2023 and the three months and year ended December 31, 2023.

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce are measures developed by precious metals companies (including the Silver Institute and the World Gold Council) in an effort to provide a uniform standard for comparison purposes. There can be no assurance, however, that these non-GAAP measures as we report them are the same as those reported by other mining companies.

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce is an important operating statistic that we utilize to measure each mine's operating performance. We use AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce as a measure of our mines' net cash flow after costs for reclamation and sustaining capital. This is similar to the Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce non-GAAP measure we report, but also includes reclamation and sustaining capital costs. Current GAAP measures used in the mining industry, such as cost of goods sold, do not capture all the expenditures incurred to discover, develop and sustain silver and gold production. Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce also allow us to benchmark the performance of each of our mines versus those of our competitors. As a silver and gold mining company, we also use these statistics on an aggregate basis - aggregating the Greens Creek and Lucky Friday mines to compare our performance with that of other silver mining companies. Similarly, these statistics are useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as they provide a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics.

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits and AISC, Before By-product Credits include all direct and indirect operating cash costs related directly to the physical activities of producing metals, including mining, processing and other plant costs, third-party refining expense, on-site general and administrative costs, royalties and mining production taxes. AISC, Before By-product Credits for each mine also includes reclamation and sustaining capital costs. AISC, Before By-product Credits for our consolidated silver properties also includes corporate costs for general and administrative expense and sustaining capital costs. By-product credits include revenues earned from all metals other than the primary metal produced at each unit. As depicted in the tables below, by-product credits comprise an essential element of our silver unit cost structure, distinguishing our silver operations due to the polymetallic nature of their orebodies.

In addition to the uses described above, Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce provide management and investors an indication of operating cash flow, after consideration of the average price, received from production. We also use these measurements for the comparative monitoring of performance of our mining operations period-to-period from a cash flow perspective.

The Casa Berardi information below reports Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce for the production of gold, their primary product, and by-product revenues earned from silver, which is a by-product at Casa Berardi. Only costs and ounces produced relating to units with the same primary product are combined to represent Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce. Thus, the gold produced at our Casa Berardi unit is not included as a by-product credit when calculating Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Silver Ounce and AISC, After By-product Credits, per Silver Ounce for the total of Greens Creek and Lucky Friday, our combined silver properties. Similarly, the silver produced at our other two units is not included as a by-product credit when calculating the gold metrics for Casa Berardi.

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2024

 

Three Months Ended December 31, 2023

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2023

 

 

Greens Creek

 

Lucky Friday

 

Keno Hill (4)

 

Corporate

and other(2)

 

Total Silver

 

Greens Creek

 

Lucky Friday

 

Keno Hill (4)

 

Corporate

and other(2)

 

Total Silver

 

Greens

Creek

 

Lucky

Friday(2)

 

Keno Hill (4)

 

Corporate

and other(2)

 

Total Silver

Total cost of sales

 

$69,857

 

$27,519

 

$10,847

 

$—

 

$108,223

 

$70,231

 

$3,117

 

$17,936

 

$—

 

$91,284

 

$259,895

 

$84,185

 

$35,518

 

$—

 

$379,598

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

(14,443)

 

(7,911)

 

(3,602)

 

 

(25,956)

 

(15,438)

 

(584)

 

(2,068)

 

 

(18,090)

 

(53,995)

 

(24,325)

 

(4,277)

 

 

(82,597)

Treatment costs

 

9,724

 

3,223

 

-

 

 

12,947

 

9,873

 

149

 

(76)

 

 

9,946

 

40,987

 

10,981

 

1,070

 

 

53,038

Change in product inventory

 

(2,196)

 

611

 

 

 

(1,585)

 

(1,787)

 

(1,851)

 

 

 

(3,638)

 

(4,266)

 

(5,164)

 

 

 

(9,430)

Reclamation and other costs

 

(655)

 

(102)

 

 

 

(757)

 

(534)

 

 

 

 

(534)

 

(748)

 

(826)

 

 

 

(1,574)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday cash costs (5)

 

 

(3,634)

 

 

 

(3,634)

 

 

(831)

 

 

 

(831)

 

-

 

(851)

 

 

 

(851)

Exclusion of Keno Hill cash costs (4)

 

 

 

(7,245)

 

 

(7,245)

 

 

 

(15,792)

 

 

(15,792)

 

-

 

-

 

(32,311)

 

 

(32,311)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

 

62,287

 

19,706

 

 

 

81,993

 

62,345

 

 

 

 

62,345

 

241,873

 

64,000

 

 

 

305,873

Reclamation and other costs

 

785

 

222

 

 

 

1,007

 

723

 

 

 

 

723

 

2,889

 

671

 

 

 

3,560

Sustaining capital

 

8,416

 

12,051

 

 

66

 

20,533

 

15,249

 

14,768

 

 

97

 

30,114

 

41,935

 

39,019

 

 

928

 

81,882

Exclusion of Lucky Friday sustaining costs (5)

 

 

(5,396)

 

 

 

(5,396)

 

 

(14,768)

 

 

 

(14,768)

 

 

(19,702)

 

 

 

(19,702)

General and administrative

 

 

 

 

11,216

 

11,216

 

 

 

 

12,273

 

12,273

 

 

 

 

42,722

 

42,722

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

 

71,488

 

26,583

 

 

11,282

 

109,353

 

78,317

 

 

 

12,370

 

90,687

 

286,697

 

83,988

 

 

43,650

 

414,335

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

 

(20,206)

 

(4,785)

 

 

 

(24,991)

 

(18,499)

 

(223)

 

 

 

(18,722)

 

(83,454)

 

(14,507)

 

 

 

(97,961)

Gold

 

(26,551)

 

 

 

 

(26,551)

 

(25,418)

 

 

 

 

(25,418)

 

(104,507)

 

-

 

 

 

(104,507)

Lead

 

(6,980)

 

(11,720)

 

 

 

(18,700)

 

(7,282)

 

(667)

 

 

 

(7,949)

 

(29,284)

 

(34,620)

 

 

 

(63,904)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday by-product credits (5)

 

 

3,943

 

 

 

3,943

 

 

890

 

 

 

890

 

 

1,566

 

 

 

1,566

Total By-product credits

 

(53,737)

 

(12,562)

 

 

 

(66,299)

 

(51,199)

 

 

 

 

(51,199)

 

(217,245)

 

(47,561)

 

 

 

(264,806)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

 

$8,550

 

$7,144

 

$—

 

$—

 

$15,694

 

$11,146

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

$11,146

 

$24,628

 

$16,439

 

$—

 

$—

 

$41,067

AISC, After By-product Credits

 

$17,751

 

$14,021

 

$—

 

$11,282

 

$43,054

 

$27,118

 

$—

 

$—

 

$12,370

 

$39,488

 

$69,452

 

$36,427

 

$—

 

$43,650

 

$149,529

Ounces produced

 

2,479

 

1,061

 

 

 

 

 

3,540

 

2,260

 

62

 

 

 

 

 

2,322

 

9,732

 

3,086

 

 

 

 

 

12,818

Exclusion of Lucky Friday ounces produced (8)

 

 

(253)

 

 

 

 

 

(253)

 

 

(62)

 

 

 

 

 

(62)

 

 

(103)

 

 

 

 

 

(103)

Divided by ounces produced

 

2,479

 

808

 

 

 

 

 

3,287

 

2,260

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,260

 

9,732

 

2,983

 

 

 

 

 

12,715

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Silver Ounce

 

$25.13

 

$24.41

 

 

 

 

 

$24.95

 

$27.59

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

$27.59

 

$24.85

 

$21.45

 

 

 

 

 

$24.06

By-product credits per ounce

 

(21.68)

 

(15.56)

 

 

 

 

 

(20.17)

 

(22.65)

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

(22.65)

 

(22.32)

 

(15.94)

 

 

 

 

 

(20.83)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Silver Ounce

 

$3.45

 

$8.85

 

 

 

 

 

$4.78

 

$4.94

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

$4.94

 

$2.53

 

$5.51

 

 

 

 

 

$3.23

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Silver Ounce

 

$28.84

 

$32.92

 

 

 

 

 

$33.27

 

$34.65

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

$40.13

 

$29.46

 

$28.15

 

 

 

 

 

$32.59

By-product credits per ounce

 

(21.68)

 

(15.56)

 

 

 

 

 

(20.17)

 

(22.65)

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

(22.65)

 

(22.32)

 

(15.94)

 

 

 

 

 

(20.83)

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Silver Ounce

 

$7.16

 

$17.36

 

 

 

 

 

$13.10

 

$12.00

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

$17.48

 

$7.14

 

$12.21

 

 

 

 

 

$11.76

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2024

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31, 2023

 

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2023

 

 

 

Gold - Casa Berardi

 

 

Other(3)

 

 

Total Gold and Other

 

 

Gold - Casa Berardi

 

 

Other(3)

 

 

Total Gold and Other

 

 

Gold - Casa Berardi

 

 

Other(3)

 

 

Total Gold and Other

 

Total cost of sales

 

$

58,260

 

 

$

3,885

 

 

$

62,145

 

 

$

58,945

 

 

$

3,596

 

 

$

62,541

 

 

$

221,341

 

 

$

6,339

 

 

$

227,680

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

(22,951

)

 

 

 

 

 

(22,951

)

 

 

(22,749

)

 

 

2

 

 

 

(22,747

)

 

 

(66,037

)

 

 

(140

)

 

 

(66,177

)

Treatment costs

 

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

 

 

 

37

 

 

 

 

 

 

37

 

 

 

1,109

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

1,109

 

Change in product inventory

 

 

1,739

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,739

 

 

 

2,432

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,432

 

 

 

(2,913

)

 

 

 

 

 

(2,913

)

Reclamation and other costs

 

 

(209

)

 

 

 

 

 

(209

)

 

 

(216

)

 

 

 

 

 

(216

)

 

 

(871

)

 

 

 

 

 

(871

)

Exclusion of Casa Berardi cash costs (6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2,851

)

 

 

 

 

 

(2,851

)

Exclusion of Other Costs

 

 

 

 

 

(3,885

)

 

 

(3,885

)

 

 

 

 

 

(3,598

)

 

 

(3,598

)

 

 

 

 

 

(6,199

)

 

 

(6,199

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

 

 

36,863

 

 

 

 

 

 

36,863

 

 

 

38,449

 

 

 

 

 

 

38,449

 

 

 

149,778

 

 

 

 

 

 

149,778

 

Reclamation and other costs

 

 

209

 

 

 

 

 

 

209

 

 

 

216

 

 

 

 

 

 

216

 

 

 

871

 

 

 

 

 

 

871

 

Sustaining capital

 

 

4,861

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,861

 

 

 

5,796

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,796

 

 

 

34,971

 

 

 

 

 

 

34,971

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

 

 

41,933

 

 

 

 

 

 

41,933

 

 

 

44,461

 

 

 

 

 

 

44,461

 

 

 

185,620

 

 

 

 

 

 

185,620

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver

 

 

(143

)

 

 

 

 

 

(143

)

 

 

(132

)

 

 

 

 

 

(132

)

 

 

(522

)

 

 

 

 

 

(522

)

Total By-product credits

 

 

(143

)

 

 

 

 

 

(143

)

 

 

(132

)

 

 

 

 

 

(132

)

 

 

(522

)

 

 

 

 

 

(522

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

 

$

36,720

 

 

$

 

 

$

36,720

 

 

$

38,317

 

 

$

 

 

$

38,317

 

 

$

149,256

 

 

$

 

 

$

149,256

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

 

$

41,790

 

 

$

 

 

$

41,790

 

 

$

44,329

 

 

$

 

 

$

44,329

 

 

$

185,098

 

 

$

 

 

$

185,098

 

Divided by gold ounces produced

 

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

 

 

 

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

 

 

 

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

90

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce

 

$

1,675

 

 

$

 

 

$

1,675

 

 

$

1,708

 

 

 

 

 

$

1,708

 

 

$

1,658

 

 

$

 

 

$

1,658

 

By-product credits per ounce

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(6

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(6

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(6

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce

 

$

1,669

 

 

$

 

 

$

1,669

 

 

$

1,702

 

 

 

 

 

$

1,702

 

 

$

1,652

 

 

$

 

 

$

1,652

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce

 

$

1,905

 

 

$

 

 

$

1,905

 

 

$

1,975

 

 

 

 

 

$

1,975

 

 

$

2,054

 

 

$

 

 

$

2,054

 

By-product credits per ounce

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(6

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(6

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(6

)

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Gold Ounce

 

$

1,899

 

 

$

 

 

$

1,899

 

 

$

1,969

 

 

 

 

 

$

1,969

 

 

$

2,048

 

 

$

 

 

$

2,048

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2024

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31, 2023

 

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2023

 

 

 

Total Silver

 

 

Total Gold and Other

 

 

Total

 

 

Total Silver

 

 

Total Gold and Other

 

 

Total

 

 

Total Silver

 

 

Total Gold and Other

 

 

Total

 

Total cost of sales

 

$

108,223

 

 

$

62,145

 

 

$

170,368

 

 

$

91,284

 

 

$

62,541

 

 

$

153,825

 

 

$

379,598

 

 

$

227,680

 

 

$

607,278

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

(25,956

)

 

 

(22,951

)

 

 

(48,907

)

 

 

(18,090

)

 

 

(22,747

)

 

 

(40,837

)

 

 

(82,597

)

 

 

(66,177

)

 

 

(148,774

)

Treatment costs

 

 

12,947

 

 

 

24

 

 

 

12,971

 

 

 

9,946

 

 

 

37

 

 

 

9,983

 

 

 

53,038

 

 

 

1,109

 

 

 

54,147

 

Change in product inventory

 

 

(1,585

)

 

 

1,739

 

 

 

154

 

 

 

(3,638

)

 

 

2,432

 

 

 

(1,206

)

 

 

(9,430

)

 

 

(2,913

)

 

 

(12,343

)

Reclamation and other costs

 

 

(757

)

 

 

(209

)

 

 

(966

)

 

 

(534

)

 

 

(216

)

 

 

(750

)

 

 

(1,574

)

 

 

(871

)

 

 

(2,445

)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday cash costs (5)

 

 

(3,634

)

 

 

 

 

 

(3,634

)

 

 

(831

)

 

 

 

 

 

(831

)

 

 

(851

)

 

 

 

 

 

(851

)

Exclusion of Keno Hill cash costs (4)

 

 

(7,245

)

 

 

 

 

 

(7,245

)

 

 

(15,792

)

 

 

 

 

 

(15,792

)

 

 

(32,311

)

 

 

 

 

 

(32,311

)

Exclusion of Casa Berardi cash costs (6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2,851

)

 

 

(2,851

)

Exclusion of Other Costs

 

 

 

 

 

(3,885

)

 

 

(3,885

)

 

 

 

 

 

(3,598

)

 

 

(3,598

)

 

 

 

 

 

(6,199

)

 

 

(6,199

)

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

 

 

81,993

 

 

 

36,863

 

 

 

118,856

 

 

 

62,345

 

 

 

38,449

 

 

 

100,794

 

 

 

305,873

 

 

 

149,778

 

 

 

455,651

 

Reclamation and other costs

 

 

1,007

 

 

 

209

 

 

 

1,216

 

 

 

723

 

 

 

216

 

 

 

939

 

 

 

3,560

 

 

 

871

 

 

 

4,431

 

Sustaining capital

 

 

20,533

 

 

 

4,861

 

 

 

25,394

 

 

 

30,114

 

 

 

5,796

 

 

 

35,910

 

 

 

81,882

 

 

 

34,971

 

 

 

116,853

 

Exclusion of Lucky Friday sustaining costs (5)

 

 

(5,396

)

 

 

 

 

 

(5,396

)

 

 

(14,768

)

 

 

 

 

 

(14,768

)

 

 

(19,702

)

 

 

 

 

 

(19,702

)

General and administrative

 

 

11,216

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,216

 

 

 

12,273

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,273

 

 

 

42,722

 

 

 

 

 

 

42,722

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

 

 

109,353

 

 

 

41,933

 

 

 

151,286

 

 

 

90,687

 

 

 

44,461

 

 

 

135,148

 

 

 

414,335

 

 

 

185,620

 

 

 

599,955

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

 

 

(24,991

)

 

 

 

 

 

(24,991

)

 

 

(18,722

)

 

 

 

 

 

(18,722

)

 

 

(97,961

)

 

 

 

 

 

(97,961

)

Gold

 

 

(26,551

)

 

 

 

 

 

(26,551

)

 

 

(25,418

)

 

 

 

 

 

(25,418

)

 

 

(104,507

)

 

 

 

 

 

(104,507

)

Lead

 

 

(18,700

)

 

 

 

 

 

(18,700

)

 

 

(7,949

)

 

 

 

 

 

(7,949

)

 

 

(63,904

)

 

 

 

 

 

(63,904

)

Silver

 

 

 

 

 

(143

)

 

 

(143

)

 

 

 

 

 

(132

)

 

 

(132

)

 

 

 

 

 

(522

)

 

 

(522

)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday by-product credits (5)

 

 

3,943

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,943

 

 

 

890

 

 

 

 

 

 

890

 

 

 

1,566

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,566

 

Total By-product credits

 

 

(66,299

)

 

 

(143

)

 

 

(66,442

)

 

 

(51,199

)

 

 

(132

)

 

 

(51,331

)

 

 

(264,806

)

 

 

(522

)

 

 

(265,328

)

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits

 

$

15,694

 

 

$

36,720

 

 

$

52,414

 

 

$

11,146

 

 

$

38,317

 

 

$

49,463

 

 

$

41,067

 

 

$

149,256

 

 

$

190,323

 

AISC, After By-product Credits

 

$

43,054

 

 

$

41,790

 

 

$

84,844

 

 

$

39,488

 

 

$

44,329

 

 

$

83,817

 

 

$

149,529

 

 

$

185,098

 

 

$

334,627

 

Ounces produced

 

 

3,540

 

 

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,322

 

 

 

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,818

 

 

 

90

 

 

 

 

Exclusion of Lucky Friday ounces produced (5)

 

 

(253

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(62

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(103

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divided by ounces produced

 

 

3,287

 

 

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,260

 

 

 

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,715

 

 

 

90

 

 

 

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

 

$

24.95

 

 

$

1,675

 

 

 

 

 

$

27.59

 

 

$

1,708

 

 

 

 

 

$

24.06

 

 

$

1,658

 

 

 

 

By-product credits per ounce

 

 

(20.17

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(22.65

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(20.83

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

 

$

4.78

 

 

$

1,669

 

 

 

 

 

$

4.94

 

 

$

1,702

 

 

 

 

 

$

3.23

 

 

$

1,652

 

 

 

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce

 

$

33.27

 

 

$

1,905

 

 

 

 

 

$

40.13

 

 

$

1,975

 

 

 

 

 

$

32.59

 

 

$

2,054

 

 

 

 

By-product credits per ounce

 

 

(20.17

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(22.65

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(20.83

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

 

AISC, After By-product Credits, per Ounce

 

$

13.10

 

 

 

1,899

 

 

 

 

 

$

17.48

 

 

 

1,969

 

 

 

 

 

$

11.76

 

 

 

2,048

 

 

 

 

In thousands (except per ounce amounts)

Three Months Ended September 30, 2023

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2023

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2023

 

 

Greens Creek

 

Lucky Friday

 

Keno Hill (4)

 

Corporate(2)

 

Total Silver

 

Greens Creek

 

Lucky Friday

 

Keno Hill (4)

 

Corporate(2)

 

Total Silver

 

Greens Creek

 

Lucky Friday

 

Corporate and other(2)

 

Total Silver

 

Total cost of sales

$

60,322

 

$

14,344

 

$

16,001

 

$

 

$

90,667

 

$

63,054

 

$

32,190

 

$

1,581

 

$

 

$

96,825

 

$

66,288

 

$

34,534

 

$

 

$

100,822

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

(11,015

)

 

(4,306

)

 

(1,948

)

 

 

 

(17,269

)

 

(13,078

)

 

(8,979

)

 

(261

)

 

 

 

(22,318

)

 

(14,464

)

 

(10,455

)

 

 

 

(24,919

)

Treatment costs

 

10,369

 

 

1,368

 

 

1,033

 

 

 

 

12,770

 

 

10,376

 

 

4,187

 

 

113

 

 

 

 

14,676

 

 

10,368

 

 

5,277

 

 

 

 

15,645

 

Change in product inventory

 

377

 

 

(2,450

)

 

 

 

 

 

(2,073

)

 

(1,242

)

 

1,546

 

 

 

 

 

 

304

 

 

(1,615

)

 

(2,409

)

 

 

 

(4,024

)

Reclamation and other costs

 

(348

)

 

(168

)

 

 

 

 

 

(516

)

 

263

 

 

(250

)

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

(129

)

 

(409

)

 

 

 

(538

)

Exclusion of Lucky Friday cash costs (5)

 

 

 

(20

)

 

 

 

 

 

(20

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusion of Keno Hill cash costs (4)

 

 

 

 

 

(15,086

)

 

 

 

(15,086

)

 

 

 

 

 

(1,433

)

 

 

 

(1,433

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits (1)

 

59,705

 

 

8,768

 

 

 

 

 

 

68,473

 

 

59,373

 

 

28,694

 

 

 

 

 

 

88,067

 

 

60,448

 

 

26,538

 

 

 

 

86,986

 

Reclamation and other costs

 

722

 

 

101

 

 

 

 

 

 

823

 

 

722

 

 

285

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,007

 

 

722

 

 

285

 

 

 

 

1,007

 

Sustaining capital

 

11,330

 

 

7,386

 

 

 

 

237

 

 

18,953

 

 

8,714

 

 

9,081

 

 

 

 

688

 

 

18,483

 

 

6,641

 

 

7,784

 

 

 

 

14,425

 

Exclusion of Lucky Friday sustaining costs (5)

 

 

 

(4,934

)

 

 

 

 

 

(4,934

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General and administrative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,596

 

 

7,596

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,783

 

 

10,783

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,070

 

 

12,070

 

AISC, Before By-product Credits (1)

 

71,757

 

 

11,321

 

 

 

 

7,833

 

 

90,911

 

 

68,809

 

 

38,060

 

 

 

 

11,471

 

 

118,340

 

 

67,811

 

 

34,607

 

 

12,070

 

 

114,488

 

By-product credits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

 

(20,027

)

 

(2,019

)

 

 

 

 

 

(22,046

)

 

(20,923

)

 

(5,448

)

 

 

 

 

 

(26,371

)

 

(24,005

)

 

(6,816

)

 

 

 

(30,821

)

Gold

 

(25,344

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(25,344

)

 

(28,458

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(28,458

)

 

(25,286

)

 

 

 

 

 

(25,286

)

Lead

 

(7,201

)

 

(5,368

)

 

 

 

 

 

(12,569

)

 

(6,860

)

 

(14,287

)