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Fortitude Gold Reports Record Second Quarter Production and Net Income of $8.3m or $0.35 Per Share

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 4:30 PM
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO / ACCESSWIRE / August 3, 2021 / Fortitude Gold Corp. (OTCQB:FTCO) (the "Company") reported record production and financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021 of 14,579 ounces of gold produced at $628 per ounce all-in sustaining cost, $25.9 million net sales, and a $13.8 million increase to its treasury to $41.5 million from December 31, 2020. Fortitude Gold is a gold producer, developer, and explorer with operations in Nevada, U.S.A.

Q2 2021 FINANCIAL RESULTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • $41.5 million cash balance on June 30, 2021; an increase of 50%, or $13.8 million from December 31, 2020
  • $8.3 million net earnings or $0.35 per share
  • $25.9 million net sales
  • $16.4 million cash from year-to-date operating activities
  • 14,579 gold ounces produced
  • 6.75 grams per tonne average gold grade mined
  • $72 million working capital, an increase of 72% from December 31, 2020
  • $13.2 million mine gross profit
  • $564 per ounce cash cost after by-product credits
  • $628 per ounce total all-in sustaining cost
  • $0.24 annual cash dividend per share initiated, subsequently increased by 50% to $0.36 per share

Overview of Q2 2021 Results

Fortitude Gold sold 14,510 gold ounces at a total cash cost of $564 per ounce (after by-product credits). Realized metal prices during the quarter averaged $1,794 per ounce gold*. The Company recorded net income of $8.3 million, or $0.35 per share. Cash and cash equivalents at quarter end totaled $41.5 million. The Company produced 14,579 ounces of gold during the quarter and recently increased its 2021 Annual Outlook, now targeting 45,000 gold ounces (a range of 40,000 to 45,000 ounces).

*Average realized metal prices include final settlement adjustments for previously unsettled provisional sales. Provisional sales may remain unsettled from one quarter into the next. Realized prices will therefore vary from average spot metal market prices upon final settlement.

Mr. Jason Reid, CEO and President of Fortitude Gold, stated, "The second quarter marked a record for production with 14,579 gold ounces, record net income of $8.3 million and a record cash balance of $41.5 million. This record-breaking quarter, on the back of an outstanding first quarter, gave us the confidence and ability to initiate our dividend business strategy. We declared a $0.24 annual dividend in April and a 50% increase in May to $0.36 annually. Subsequent to the quarter we increased the dividend again by 17% to $0.42 annually. Our Isabella Pearl mine continues to exceed expectations including the average grade mined during the quarter of 6.75 grams gold per tonne. We had excellent exploration results during the quarter on the Isabella Pearl mineralized trend, specifically at our Scarlet target, as well as on our Golden Mile and East Camp Douglas properties. Fortitude Gold is poised to make additional deposit discoveries on our exceptional property portfolio in the best region of the Walker Lane Mineral Belt of Nevada. We aim to be a long-term gold producer in Nevada as we look to build our second mine and as a dividend payer as we return substantial cash back to our shareholders."

The following Production Statistics table summarizes certain information about our Isabella Pearl Mine for three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020:


 
 Three months ended June 30,  Six months ended June 30, 

 
 2021  2020  2021  2020 
Ore mined
 
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
 
Ore (tonnes)
  158,507   143,818   314,729   302,572 
Gold grade (g/t)
  6.75   1.54   5.90   1.33 
Low-grade stockpile (tonnes)
                
Ore (tonnes)
  -   -   -   18,490 
Gold grade (g/t)
  -   -   -   0.57 
Pre-strip waste
  -   -   -   1,346,316 
Waste (tonnes)
  1,681,710   1,715,609   3,056,909   2,160,341 
Metal production (before payable metal deductions)(1)
                
Gold (ozs.)
  14,579   5,208   26,115   8,900 
Silver (ozs.)
  10,043   5,902   17,176   10,985 
                 

The following Sales Statistics table summarizes certain information about our Isabella Pearl Mine for three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020:

       

 
 Three months ended June 30,  Six months ended June 30, 

 
 2021  2020  2021  2020 
Metal sold
 
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
 
Gold (ozs.)
  14,510   5,054   25,982   8,809 
Silver (ozs.)
  9,946   5,851   16,841   11,430 
Average metal prices realized (1)
                
Gold ($per oz.)
  1,794   1,708   1,799   1,651 
Silver ($per oz.)
  26.30   16.10   26.27   16.36 
Precious metal gold equivalent ounces sold
                
Gold Ounces
  14,510   5,054   25,982   8,809 
Gold Equivalent Ounces from Silver
  146   55   246   113 

 
  14,656   5,109   26,228   8,922 

 
                
Total cash cost before by-product credits per gold ounce sold
 582  1,420  568  1,391 
Total cash cost after by-product credits per gold ounce sold
 564  1,401  551  1,370 
Total all-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold
 628  1,455  605  1,402 
                 

See Accompanying Tables

The following information summarizes the results of operations for Fortitude Gold Corporation for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, its financial condition at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, and its cash flows for the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020. The summary data as of June 30, 2021 and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 is unaudited; the summary data as of December 31, 2020 is derived from our audited financial statements contained in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, but do not include the footnotes and other information that is included in the complete financial statements. Readers are urged to review the Company's Form 10-K in its entirety, which can be found on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

The calculation of its cash cost before by-product credits per gold ounce sold, total cash cost after by-product credits per gold ounce sold and total all-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold contained in this press release are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see "Management's Discussion and Analysis and Results of Operations" contained in the Company's most recent Form 10-K for a complete discussion and reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures.

FORTITUDE GOLD CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)


 
 June 30,  December 31, 

 
 2021  2020 

 
 (Unaudited)    
ASSETS
      
Current assets:
      
Cash and cash equivalents
 41,529  27,774 
Accounts receivable
  3,257   145 
Inventories
  31,588   23,051 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
  2,591   1,962 
Total current assets
  78,965   52,932 
Property, plant and mine development, net
  38,337   50,990 
Operating lease assets, net
  2,624   6,198 
Deferred tax assets
  114   959 
Other non-current assets
  1,950   1,946 
Total assets
 121,990  113,025 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
        
Current liabilities:
        
Accounts payable
 2,433  1,715 
Loans payable, current
  255   665 
Finance lease liabilities, current
  176   398 
Operating lease liabilities, current
  2,624   6,198 
Income taxes payable
  121   - 
Mining taxes payable
  423   1,001 
Other current liabilities
  934   1,092 
Total current liabilities
  6,966   11,069 
Asset retirement obligations
  4,326   3,844 
Loans payable, long-term
  73   117 
Finance lease liabilities, long-term
  22   27 
Total liabilities
  11,387   15,057 
Shareholders' equity:
        
Preferred stock - $0.01 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized and nil outstanding at June 30, 2021 and nil shares authorized and outstanding at December 31, 2020
  -   - 
Common stock - $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized and 23,961,208 shares outstanding at June 30, 2021 and 21,211,208 shares outstanding at December 31, 2020
  240   212 
Additional paid-in capital
  103,471   99,682 
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)
  6,892   (1,926)
Total shareholders' equity
  110,603   97,968 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
 121,990  113,025 
         

FORTITUDE GOLD CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
For the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

       

 
 Three months ended  Six months ended 

 
 June 30,  June 30, 

 
 2021  2020  2021  2020 
Sales, net
 25,903  8,576  46,557  14,433 
Mine cost of sales:
                
Production costs
  8,059   7,030   14,144   11,957 
Depreciation and amortization
  4,638   1,823   8,285   3,208 
Reclamation and remediation
  47   4   76   (7)
Total mine cost of sales
  12,744   8,857   22,505   15,158 
Mine gross profit (loss)
  13,159   (281)  24,052   (725)
Costs and expenses:
                
General and administrative expenses
  1,186   594   7,345   1,188 
Exploration expenses
  1,039   416   2,357   593 
Other expense, net
  47   62   84   110 
Total costs and expenses
  2,272   1,072   9,786   1,891 
Income (loss) before income and mining taxes
  10,887   (1,353)  14,266   (2,616)
Mining and income tax expense
  2,553   325   3,531   450 
Net income (loss)
 8,334  (1,678) 10,735  (3,066)
Net income (loss) per common share:
                
Basic
 0.35  (168) 0.45  (307)
Diluted
 0.34  (168) 0.45  (307)
Weighted average shares outstanding:
                
Basic
  23,958,319   10,000   23,788,152   10,000 
Diluted
  24,189,989   10,000   24,007,557   10,000 
                 

FORTITUDE GOLD CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
For the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020
(U.S. dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

    

 
 Six months ended 

 
 June 30, 

 
 2021  2020 
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
  
 
 
Net income (loss)
 10,735  (3,066)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash from operating activities:
        
Depreciation and amortization
  8,344   3,282 
Stock-based compensation
  3,317   - 
Deferred taxes
  845   - 
Other operating adjustments
  31   (6)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
        
Accounts receivable
  (3,112)  (99)
Inventories
  (2,922)  (2,816)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
  (629)  (11)
Other non-current assets
  (4)  (256)
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities
  301   (946)
Income and mining taxes payable
  (457)  450 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
  16,449   (3,468)

 
        
Cash flows from investing activities:
        
Capital expenditures
  (596)  (6,195)
Net cash used in investing activities
  (596)  (6,195)

 
        
Cash flows from financing activities:
        
Contributions from GRC
  -   9,680 
Dividends paid
  (1,917)  - 
Issuance of common stock
  500   - 
Repayment of loans payable
  (454)  (435)
Repayment of capital leases
  (227)  (217)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
  (2,098)  9,028 

 
        
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
  13,755   (635)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
  27,774   866 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
 41,529  231 

 
        
Supplemental Cash Flow Information
        
Interest expense paid
 20  50 
Income and mining taxes paid
 3,143  - 
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
        
Change in capital expenditures in accounts payable
 561  (1,517)
Change in estimate for asset retirement costs
 372  1,097 
Stock contributed from Parent
 -  100 
         

About Fortitude Gold Corporation

Fortitude Gold is a U.S. based gold producer targeting projects with low operating costs, high margins, and strong returns on capital. The Company's strategy is to grow organically, remain debt-free and distribute substantial dividends. The Company's Nevada Mining Unit consists of five high-grade gold properties located in the Walker Lane Mineral Belt, with the Isabella Pearl gold mine in current production. Nevada, U.S.A. is among the world's premier mining friendly jurisdictions.

Cautionary Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. If you are risk-averse you should NOT buy shares in Fortitude Gold Corp. The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. When used in this press release, the words "plan", "target", "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend" and "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the statements regarding the Company's strategy, future plans for production, future expenses and costs, future liquidity and capital resources, and estimates of mineralized material are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information available to the Company on the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

Forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed in this press release. In particular, the scope, duration, and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mining operations, Company employees, and supply chains as well as the scope, duration and impact of government action aimed at mitigating the pandemic may cause future actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. Also, there can be no assurance that production will continue at any specific rate.

Contact: 
Greg Patterson
719-717-9825
[email protected]
www.Fortitudegold.com

SOURCE: Fortitude Gold Corporation

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