Great Panther Moves to Positive Cash Flow and $6.49 cost per ounce of silver
Those of you who have followed my blogs for some time will recall that I've posted developments from this small, off-the-radar-screen junior silver producer with the monster reserves: Great Panther. Check out some of those ore grades... they're perhaps the strongest silver ore grades I've seen.
Disclosure: I am long Great Panther and have been for several years. My cost basis is $1.50, but was much higher before I purchased additional shares on the way down through the precious metal correction. This post is not intended as investment advice of any kind, and please do your own due diligence.
If you're familiar with Great Panther or a fellow investor, please share your thoughts. :) Anyone wish to discuss valuation of reserve assets? :P
Here's the latest:
Great Panther Achieves Positive Corporate Cash Flow VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2009) - GREAT PANTHER RESOURCES LIMITED (TSX:GPR) (the "Company") will report its revenues and earnings results for its quarter ended March 31, 2009 on Tuesday 12 May, 2009.
"For the first time in the Company's history, an overall net positive cash flow from operations was achieved," said Kaare Foy, Great Panther's Executive Chairman.
FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
- 75% increase in earnings from mining operations (before amortization and depletion) to $2.6 million in the first quarter 2009 from $1.5 million for the fourth quarter 2008.
- Net cash provided by operating activities of $0.7 million in the first quarter 2009 compared to $0.3 million used in operating activities in the first quarter 2008.
- 11% increase in total quarterly production to 480,267 silver equivalent ounces (Ag eq oz) in the first quarter 2009 from 431,639 Ag eq oz in the first quarter 2008.
- 6% and 14% increase in revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2009 to $6.3 million compared to $5.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008 and $5.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2008, respectively.
- 29% decrease in overall cash operating cost per silver ounce (net of by-product credits) to US$6.49 for the first quarter 2009 from US$9.20 for the first quarter 2008.
- Positive adjusted EBITDA(1) of $1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009 compared with adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008.
- Re-opened eight mines at Topia in late January 2009 which had been closed during the fourth quarter 2008.
- Successfully negotiated more favourable terms for spot sales of Topia's lead concentrate to Asian smelters.
- Underground drilling and mine development at Topia and Guanajuato proved the continuity of high grade mineralization.
(1) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest expense, taxes, depletion and amortization, and stock-based compensation.
"These financial results mark a significant milestone in Great Panther's development," stated Robert Archer, Great Panther's President and CEO. "It is extremely rewarding to achieve cash profitability for the first time in the face of such adverse market conditions."
The Company's March 31, 2009 quarterly financial statements and management discussion & analysis will be available on the Company's website www.greatpanther.com