Primero Reports First Quarter 2015 Results; San Dimas Achieves Record Quarterly Production

05/06/2015

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - May 06, 2015) -

(Please note that all dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. Refer to the Company's first quarter 2015 management discussion and analysis ("MD&A") and financial statements for more information.)

Primero Mining Corp. ("Primero" or the "Company") (TSX: P) (NYSE: PPP) today reports financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. The Company is pleased to report strong production of 61,073 gold equivalent ounces1, a 54% increase compared to the first quarter of 2014, at total cash costs2 of $699 per gold equivalent ounce. Primero also reports first quarter revenues of $73.3 million, operating cash flow before changes in working capital3 of $18.8 million ($0.12 per share), and net income of $3.6 million ($0.02 per share). 

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Production Growth: Strong first quarter performance included 61,073 gold equivalent ounces (54,365 ounces of gold and 1.93 million ounces of silver) from San Dimas and Black Fox combined, compared to 39,758 gold equivalent ounces produced in the same period of 2014.
  • Record Quarter at San Dimas: San Dimas achieved record quarterly production totaling 46,569 gold equivalent ounces (39,861 ounces of gold and 1.93 million ounces of silver), compared to 35,662 gold equivalent ounces produced in Q1 2014, representing a 31% increase. The mine achieved industry lowest quartile total cash costs of $582 per gold equivalent ounce or $659 on an all-in sustaining cost basis4.
  • 2015 Guidance Maintained: Primero remains on-track to achieve 2015 production guidance of between 250,000 and 270,000 gold equivalent ounces, at total cash costs in the range of $650 to $700 per gold equivalent ounce, or between $1,000 and $1,100 per ounce on an all-in sustaining cost basis.
  • Strong Revenue and Operating Cash Flow Generation: Primero generated strong quarterly revenues of $73.3 million and operating cash flow before working capital changes of $18.8 million ($0.12 per share). The Company reported net income of $3.6 million ($0.02 per share) and adjusted net income of $1.1 million ($0.01 per share)5.
  • Balance Sheet Remains Strong: Total liquidity position of $132.6 million as at March 31, 2015, includes the addition of $75 million of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures ($71 million net proceeds), maturing on February 28, 2020.
  • Costs Managed: First quarter total cash costs of $699 per gold equivalent ounce and all-in sustaining costs of $1,044 per ounce, remain within the Company's 2015 guidance range.
  • San Dimas Mill Operating Above Design: The San Dimas mill achieved an average daily throughput rate of 2,863 tonnes per day during the quarter, well above its nameplate capacity of 2,500 tonnes per day, and setting the stage for timely completion of the planned expansion to 3,000 tonnes per day by mid-2016.
  • Black Fox Focused on Transition to Underground: Underground development at Black Fox continues to progress on-schedule and the underground mine remains on-track to achieve production rates of 1,000 tonnes per day during the third quarter of 2015. 
  • Improved Reserve and Resource Grades: Primero's focus on delivering high quality, high margin underground ounces resulted in a 4% increase, to 5.7 grams per tonne, in the gold mineral reserve grade at its platform San Dimas mine in Mexico, as well as a 19% increase in the underground gold mineral reserve grade to 7.5 grams per tonne at its Black Fox mine, located near Timmins, Ontario.

"Primero has delivered a strong start to 2015," stated Joseph F. Conway, Chief Executive Officer. "Our platform San Dimas mine achieved record production levels and continues to exceed operational expectations, delivering significant cash flow for the Company. I am extremely proud of our operating team for the success they have achieved at this mine, as it continues to show improved grades, higher throughput, lower costs and more operational flexibility. We are employing the same optimization approach used at San Dimas at the Black Fox mine, which is on-track with underground development and is positioned to increase mined grade and improve cash flow from mid-2015 onwards. At a corporate level we successfully completed the convertible debenture financing early in the first quarter, ensuring that we have the financial capacity to invest and expand our assets in a volatile gold price environment. Our strong first quarter performance has positioned us to deliver the 20% organic growth planned in 2015, creating a period of strong cash flow and value creation for our shareholders."

Production Growth

Primero produced 61,073 gold equivalent ounces (54,365 ounces of gold and 1.93 million ounces of silver) from San Dimas and Black Fox combined during the first quarter of 2015, at total cash costs of $699 per gold equivalent ounce and all-in sustaining costs of $1,044 per ounce. This compares favourably to Q1 2014 production of 39,758 gold equivalent ounces, at total cash costs of $686 per gold equivalent ounce and all-in sustaining costs of $1,381 per ounce. During the first quarter of 2014, Primero only owned the Black Fox mine for 26 days. Quarterly production remains in-line with Q4 2014 levels of 62,209 gold equivalent ounces at total cash costs of $701 per gold equivalent ounce. The Company remains on-track to meet 2015 production and cost guidance (see below).

"We have successfully established operations at the San Dimas mine at 2,900 tonnes per day, well ahead of schedule," stated Ernest Mast, President and Chief Operating Officer. "The remaining 100 tonnes per day will require optimizations that we will complete during 2015, with the final tailings belt filter currently scheduled for completion in early 2016. At Black Fox we have continued to drill the central high-grade zone at depth, expanding the known mineralization. We now have 50 intercepts with an average of 12 grams per tonne gold over 7 metres. This is materially higher grade than the mineralization above the 550 metre level. For this reason the Company is now determining the best ramp route and planning to start the Black Fox ramp down to the 600 metre level in 2015. We expect to be in a position to access this higher grade mineralization in 2016."

San Dimas Mine and Mill Outperform - Both Achieve Record Quarterly Production

San Dimas produced 46,569 gold equivalent ounces (39,861 ounces of gold and 1.93 million ounces of silver) during the first quarter of 2015, 31% more than the same period in 2014, achieving record quarterly production. The increase in production was largely attributable to consistent mill operation above its nameplate capacity of 2,500 tonnes per day ("TPD"). During the quarter, the San Dimas mill achieved average throughput of 2,863 TPD, a 30% increase versus Q1 2014. Importantly, the San Dimas mine maintained pace with the mill, achieving record quarterly production of 2,931 TPD, 21% higher than in Q1 2014. Head grades increased as expected and consistent with recent exploration success, averaging 5.01 grams per tonne ("g/t") of gold during the quarter. Metallurgical recoveries also reverted to their historical high levels with the completion of a final leach tank, averaging 96% for gold and 93% for silver in the quarter.

San Dimas total cash costs declined in the first quarter 2015 to $582 per gold equivalent ounce, down 8% from $632 in the first quarter 2014. All-in sustaining costs at San Dimas declined to the industry's lowest quartile at $659 per ounce in the first quarter 2015, compared with $893 per ounce in the same period of 2014, due to lower sustaining capital expenditures and higher production.

The San Dimas mine and mill are on-track to complete the planned expansion to 3,000 TPD of throughput in mid-2016.

Black Fox Focused on Transition to Underground

Black Fox produced 14,504 ounces of gold during the first quarter at total cash costs of $1,077 per ounce and all-in sustaining costs of $1,552 per ounce. As previously announced, the mine is in a transitional phase as production shifts from primarily open-pit to high grade underground production. The underground mine remains on schedule to achieve the targeted 1,000 TPD production rate during the third quarter of 2015, thereafter all-in sustaining costs are expected to decrease materially. The Black Fox mill operated at 2,121 TPD in Q1 2015, despite challenging winter conditions. Approximately 94% of the ore was mined from the open-pit and the remainder from underground development, according to plan, as the Company focuses on building its underground stope inventory. The Company will continue producing predominantly from the open-pit until mid-2015 when higher grade production from the underground is expected to increase. As a result, gold production at Black Fox is expected to be weighted towards the second half of the year.

Strong Financial Results

Revenue in the first quarter of 2015 was $73.3 million, 52% higher than the $48.3 million in the first quarter 2014, as a result of the addition of the Black Fox Complex and the expansion of the San Dimas mill (see above). The Company sold 55,037 ounces of gold at an average realized price of $1,186 per ounce and 1.90 million ounces of silver at an average realized price of $4.20 per ounce in the first quarter of 2015, in accordance with the San Dimas silver purchase agreement6 and the Black Fox gold stream agreement7.

Gold produced at Black Fox is subject to a gold purchase agreement and as a result 1,858 ounces were sold to Sandstorm Gold Ltd. ("Sandstorm") at a fixed price of $518 per ounce in the first quarter of 2015. Silver produced at San Dimas is subject to a silver purchase agreement and as a result 1.90 million ounces of silver were sold to Silver Wheaton Caymans ("Silver Wheaton") at a fixed price of $4.20 per ounce during the first quarter 2015. As of March 31, 2015, the Company has delivered 4.3 million ounces of silver into the San Dimas silver purchase agreement's 6.0 million ounce annual threshold (August 5 annual threshold renewal date), after which the Company will begin selling 50% of the silver produced at San Dimas at spot market prices until the next threshold renewal date (August 5).

The Company realized net income of $3.6 million ($0.02 per share) for the first quarter of 2015 compared with a net loss of $8.3 million ($0.06 per share loss) for the first quarter of 2014, mainly as a result of increased gold and silver sales.

The adjusted net income for the first quarter was $1.1 million ($0.01 per share), compared to an adjusted net loss of $2.0 million ($0.02 per share loss) in the first quarter of 2014. Adjusted net loss/income primarily excludes the mark to market on the 5.75% convertible debentures, transaction costs, the impact of impairment charges, the impact of foreign exchange rate changes on deferred tax balances in both periods, and the gain on derivative liability. 

Operating cash flow before working capital changes in the first quarter of 2015 was $18.8 million ($0.12 per share), compared to $6.5 million ($0.05 per share) in the first quarter of 2014. 

Balance Sheet Strengthened

The Company's liquidity position at March 31, 2015 was $132.6 million, comprising of $57.6 million in cash, up from the December 31, 2014 balance of $27.4 million, plus $75 million of undrawn revolving credit facility. The notable increase in liquidity is largely attributable to the receipt of net proceeds from the $75 million convertible debenture financing completed during the quarter. 

On February 9, 2014, Primero closed a $75 million offering of 5.75% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures, maturing on February 28, 2020. As previously reported, the Company intends to use the proceeds to fund underground development and mill expansion plans at San Dimas, to fund development and capital expenditures at the Black Fox complex, and to repay the indebtedness outstanding under its $75 million revolving credit facility, with the balance to be used for general corporate purposes. In March 2015, the outstanding amount on the revolving credit facility of $40 million was repaid.

Capital expenditures during the first quarter of 2015 totaled $19.0 million, in line with the $20.3 million spent during the same period in 2014. Total capital expenditures during 2015 are expected to be approximately $66.7 million excluding capitalized exploration costs of $18.6 million.

2015 Guidance Maintained

Primero maintains its production guidance of between 250,000 and 270,000 gold equivalent ounces, up to 20% higher than 2014, due to increased production from both San Dimas and Black Fox. Total cash costs for 2015 are expected to be in the range of $650 to $700 per gold equivalent ounce, or between $1,000 and $1,100 per ounce on an all-in sustaining cost basis. 

                 
Production Outlook   Black Fox   San Dimas   Estimated 2015   Actual 2014
Attributable gold equivalent production1
(gold equivalent ounces)
  75,000-85,000   175,000-185,000   250,000-270,000   225,054
Gold Production
(ounces)
  75,000-85,000   145,000-155,000   220,000-240,000   189,943
Silver Production6
(million ounces)
      6.5-7.5   6.5-7.5   6.15
Total cash costs2
(per gold equivalent ounce)
  $820-$870   $590-$640   $650-$700   $687
All-in Sustaining Costs4
(per gold ounce)
  $1,075-$1,125   $840-$890   $1,000-$1,100   $1,222
                 

Material assumptions used to forecast total cash costs for 2015 include: an average gold price of $1,200 per ounce; an average silver price of $5.21 per ounce (calculated using the silver purchase agreement contract price of $4.20 per ounce and assuming excess silver beyond contract requirements is sold at an average silver price of $18 per ounce); and conservative foreign exchange rates of 1.10 Canadian dollars and 13 Mexican pesos to the US dollar.

Black Fox Complex Plan

The Company is currently filling the 2,200 TPD Black Fox mill with ore from the Black Fox open-pit and underground operations. During the third quarter of 2015 the Company will deplete the current open-pit and production from the underground mine will increase to approximately 1,000 TPD. The Company will then supplement underground production with the Black Fox stockpile, currently estimated to be 1.0 million tonnes of 1.1 g/t gold, which is capable of sustaining the mill until late 2017.

As a result of positive exploration results from the central zone at Black Fox, the Company is now planning to accelerate the ramp down to the 600 metre level during 2015. The Company expects to complete an updated internal resource estimate and announce any associated capital requirements for this ramp by the third quarter of 2015.

The Company has begun an internal scoping study designed to assess strategies to optimize its Timmins assets. The Black Fox Complex scoping study will assess:

  • The timing and economic returns of developing an open-pit at Grey Fox;
  • The timing and economic returns of developing an underground operation at Grey Fox;
  • The cost of installing a shaft to access mineralization below 700 metres below surface at Black Fox.

Given the exploration success at Black Fox and Grey Fox, the Company is confident that alternate economic ore sources to complement the Black Fox underground operation will be available before the end of 2017.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

The Company's senior management will host a conference call today, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the first quarter financial and operational results.

Participants may join the call by dialing North America toll free 1-888-789-9572 or 416-695-7806 for calls outside Canada and the U.S., and entering the participant passcode 7803315.

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at www.primeromining.com under the News and Events section or by clicking here:

http://www.gowebcasting.com/6388

A recorded playback of the Q1 2015 results call will be available until August 3, 2015 by dialing 1-800-408-3053 or 905-694-9451 and entering the call back passcode 7803315.

This release should be read in conjunction with Primero's first quarter 2015 financial statements and MD&A report on the Company's website, www.primeromining.com, or on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

   
(1) "Gold equivalent ounces" include silver ounces produced at San Dimas, and converted to a gold equivalent based on a ratio of the average commodity prices realized for each period. The ratio for the first quarter 2015 was 282:1 based on the average realized prices of $1,186 per ounce of gold and $4.20 per ounce of silver. The ratio used for the 2015 guidance projection is 230:1 based on estimated average prices of $1,200 per ounce of gold and $5.21 per ounce of silver.
   
(2) Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce and total cash costs per gold ounce on a by-product basis are non-GAAP measures. Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce are defined as costs of production (including refining costs) divided by the total number of gold equivalent ounces produced. Total cash costs per gold ounce on a by-product basis are calculated by deducting the by-product silver credits from operating costs and dividing by the total number of gold ounces produced. The Company reports total cash costs on a production basis. In the gold mining industry, these are common performance measures but do not have any standardized meaning. As such, they are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. In reporting total cash costs per gold equivalent and total cash costs per gold ounce on a by-product basis, the Company follows the recommendations of the Gold Institute Production Cost Standard. The Company believes that, in addition to conventional measures, prepared in accordance with GAAP, certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance and ability to generate cash flow. Accordingly, it is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Refer to the Company's first quarter 2015 MD&A for a reconciliation of cash costs per gold ounce on both a by-product and gold equivalent basis to reported operating expenses (the most directly comparable GAAP measure).
   
(3) "Operating cash flow" is operating cash flow before working capital changes. This and operating cash flows before working capital changes per share are non-GAAP measures which the Company believes provides a better indicator of the Company's ability to generate cash flow from its mining operations. See the Company's first quarter 2015 MD&A for a reconciliation of operating cash flows to GAAP.
   
(4) The Company, in conjunction with an initiative undertaken within the gold mining industry, has adopted an all-in sustaining cost non-GAAP performance measure that the Company believes more fully defines the total cost associated with producing gold; however, this performance measure has no standardized meaning. Accordingly, it is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company reports this measure on a gold ounces produced basis. Refer to the Company's first quarter 2015 MD&A for a reconciliation of all-in sustaining costs per gold ounce.
   
(5) Adjusted net income/loss and adjusted net income/loss per share are non-GAAP measures. Neither of these non-GAAP performance measures has any standardized meaning and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to other measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, the Company and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance. Accordingly, it is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Refer to the Company's first quarter 2015 MD&A for a reconciliation of adjusted net income/loss to reported net income.
   
(6) Upon the acquisition of the San Dimas mine, the Company was required to assume a silver purchase agreement with Silver Wheaton. According to the silver purchase agreement until August 6, 2014 Primero will deliver to Silver Wheaton a per annum amount equal to the first 3.5 million ounces of silver produced at San Dimas and 50% of any excess at $4.04 per ounce (increasing by 1% per year). Thereafter Primero will deliver to Silver Wheaton a per annum amount equal to the first 6.0 million ounces of silver produced at San Dimas and 50% of any excess at $4.20 per ounce (increasing by 1% per year). The Company will receive silver spot prices only after the annual threshold amount has been delivered.
   
(7) Upon the acquisition of the Black Fox mine the Company was required to assume a gold purchase agreement with Sandstorm. According to the gold purchase agreement, Sandstorm is entitled to acquire 8% of production at the Black Fox mine and 6.3% at the Black Fox Extension for a fixed price of $518 per ounce in 2015 (subject to an inflationary adjustment, not to exceed 2% per year).
   

About Primero

Primero Mining Corp. is a Canadian-based precious metals producer that owns 100% of the San Dimas gold-silver mine and the Cerro del Gallo gold-silver-copper development project in Mexico and 100% of the Black Fox mine and adjoining properties in the Township of Black River‐Matheson near Timmins, Ontario, Canada. Primero offers immediate exposure to un-hedged, below average cash cost gold production with a substantial resource base in politically stable jurisdictions. The Company is focused on becoming a leading intermediate gold producer by building a portfolio of high quality, low cost precious metals assets in the Americas. 

Primero's website is www.primeromining.com

CAUTIONARY NOTE ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
This news release contains "forward-looking statements", within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business and operations of Primero Mining Corp. and its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively, "Primero" or the "Company"). All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Generally, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "are anticipated", "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will require", "occur" or "be achieved" or the negative connotation thereof. Forward-looking information is also identifiable in statements of currently occurring matters which will continue in future or other statements that may be stated in the present tense and are not historical facts.

Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the level of gold equivalent production at San Dimas and Black Fox; the realization of silver sales at spot prices; the amount of gold equivalent ounces produced in 2015, the cash costs and all-in sustaining costs for 2015; the capital expenditures in 2015; the underground development in 2015; the amount of ore from the Company's operations in 2015; the probability of encountering high grade mineralization in, and the exploration potential of, the Company's exploration targets; optimization and expansion initiatives; and the Company's intentions to become an intermediate gold producer. 

The assumptions made by the Company in preparing the forward-looking information contained in this news release, which may prove to be incorrect, include, but are not limited to: the expectations and beliefs of management; the specific assumptions set forth above in this news release; the expectations regarding the ability to decrease costs; that there are no significant disruptions affecting operations; that development and expansion projects proceed on a basis consistent with current expectations and the Company does not change its development and exploration plans; that the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar, Mexican peso and the United States dollar remain consistent with current levels or as set out in this news release; that prices for gold and silver remain consistent with the Company's expectations; that production meets expectations; that the Company will sell some of its silver production at spot prices in 2015; that the Company identifies higher grade veins in sufficient quantities of minable ore at its operations; that there are no material variations in the current tax and regulatory environment; that the Company will receive required permits and access to surface rights; that the Company can access financing, appropriate equipment and sufficient labour; that the political environment within Mexico will continue to support the development of environmentally safe mining projects. 

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Primero to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including: the Company may not be able to achieve planned production levels, or generate significant free cash flow, or may not realize cost reductions or material cost reductions; the Company may not be able to expand production, or realize anticipated production levels; the Company may not be able to complete development projects or realize anticipated production levels, the Company may be required to change its development and exploration plans with a negative impact on production; the Company may not discover mineralization in minable quantities; the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar, the Mexican peso and the United States dollar may change with an adverse impact on the Company's financial results; the optimization and expansion initiatives may not provide the benefits anticipated; the Company may not be able to become an intermediate gold producer by building a portfolio of high quality, low cost precious metals assets in the Americas. Certain of these factors are discussed in greater detail in Primero's registration statement on Form 40-F on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and its most recent Annual Information Form on file with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities and available at www.sedar.com

Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements. In addition, although Primero has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and accordingly are subject to change after such date. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of our operating environment. Primero does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are included in this document, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

SUMMARIZED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOLLOW

 
SUMMARIZED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS
 
(in thousands of United States dollars, except per share and per ounce amounts - unaudited)
 
SUMMARIZED FINANCIAL DATA
     
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2015   20141
    Key Performance Data        
Tonnes of ore milled   448,589   238,566
Produced        
  Gold equivalent (ounces)   61,073   39,758
  Gold (ounces)   54,365   32,278
  Silver (million ounces)   1.93   1.51
Sold        
  Gold equivalent (ounces)   61,651   37,249
  Gold (ounces)   55,037   30,583
  Silver (million ounces)   1.90   1.34
Average realized prices        
  Gold ($/ounce)2   $1,186   $1,295
  Silver ($/ounce)2   $4.20   $6.44
Total cash costs (per gold ounce)        
  Gold equivalent basis   $699   $686
  By-product basis   $639   $543
All-in sustaining costs (per gold ounce)   $1,044   $1,381
         
    Financial Data        
(in thousands of US dollars except per share amounts)        
Revenues   73,310   48,269
Earnings from mine operations3   11,470   9,481
Net income (loss)3   3,584   (8,253)
Adjusted net income (loss)3   1,139   (2,048)
Basic income (loss) per share   0.02   (0.06)
Diluted income (loss) per share   0.02   (0.06)
Adjusted net income (loss) per share   0.01   (0.02)
Operating cash flows before working capital changes   18,777   6,509
Assets        
  Mining interests   881,408   1,068,865
  Total assets   1,026,559   1,258,647
Liabilities        
  Long-term liabilities   169,080   134,286
  Total liabilities   272,329   303,539
Equity   754,230   955,108
Weighted average shares outstanding (basic)(000's)   161,783   128,112
Weighted average shares outstanding (diluted)(000's)   161,873   128,112
         
  1. Includes the results for the period for which the Black Fox Complex assets, acquired on March 5, 2014, were owned by Primero (March 5, 2014 to March 31, 2014). 
  2. Average realized gold and silver prices reflect the impact of the gold purchase agreement with Sandstorm at the Black Fox mine and the silver purchase agreement with Silver Wheaton Caymans at the San Dimas mine (see "Other liquidity considerations" in the Company's first quarter 2015 MD&A").
  3. Adjustment to 2014 figures - as a result of the finalization of the Black Fox purchase price allocation the depletion at Black Fox was adjusted relating to the period March 5, 2014 to March 31, 2014. Earnings from mine operation increased by $1.2 million, net loss and adjusted loss decreased by $834,000. (see Note 1(i) to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements).
 
SUMMARIZED OPERATING DATA
 
SAN DIMAS
         
        Three months ended
    31-Mar-15   31-Dec-14   30-Sep-14   30-Jun-14   31-Mar-14
Key Performance Data                    
Tonnes of ore mined   263,747   253,531   229,589   196,025   218,032
Tonnes of ore milled   257,670   261,859   219,656   218,830   198,570
Average mill head grade (grams/tonne)                    
  Gold   5.01   4.49   4.34   4.97   4.76
  Silver   250   224   216   230   260
Average recovery rate (%)                    
  Gold   96%   95%   95%   94%   93%
  Silver   93%   92%   92%   92%   91%
Produced                    
  Gold equivalent (ounces)   46,569   41,875   37,385   46,248   35,662
  Gold (ounces)   39,861   35,806   29,176   32,895   28,182
  Silver (million ounces)   1.93   1.74   1.41   1.49   1.51
Sold                    
  Gold equivalent (ounces)   45,256   39,178   40,221   45,737   31,926
  Gold (ounces)   38,642   33,767   31,713   31,542   25,260
  Silver at fixed price (million ounces)   1.90   1.56   1.17   0.82   1.15
  Silver at spot (million ounces)   -   -   0.29   0.76   0.19
Average realized price (per ounce)                    
  Gold   $1,207   $1,207   $1,275   $1,286   $1,300
  Silver1   $4.20   $4.20   $7.43   $11.56   $6.44
Total cash costs (per gold ounce)                    
  Gold equivalent basis   $582   $654   $690   $551   $632
  By-product basis   $479   $576   $526   $252   $455
All-in sustaining costs (per ounce)2   $659   $897   $919   $626   $893
Revenue ($000's)   $54,640   $47,289   $51,273   $58,803   $41,499
Earnings from mine operations ($000's)   $14,615   $6,478   $10,599   $20,350   $11,768
                     

  1. Average realized silver prices reflect the impact of the silver purchase agreement with Silver Wheaton Caymans (see "Other liquidity considerations in the Company's first quarter 2015 MD&A").
  2. Total cash costs per gold ounce on a gold equivalent and by-product basis and all-in sustaining costs are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the Company's first quarter 2015 MD&A for a reconciliation to operating expenses.
 
BLACK FOX
             
        Three months ended   For the period
    31-Mar-15   31-Dec-14   30-Sep-14   30-Jun-14   March 5, 2014 -
March 31, 2014
Key Performance Data                    
Open pit mining                    
Tonnes of ore mined   275,865   228,798   232,985   247,029   55,422
Strip ratio   5.87   10.00   6.78   8.10   12.66
Average gold grade (grams/tonne)   1.99   1.91   2.61   1.85   2.17
Underground mining                    
Tonnes of ore mined   11,525   51,719   20,880   41,739   8,096
Average gold grade (grams/tonne)   4.84   5.92   5.78   4.33   5.65
Open pit and underground                    
Tonnes of ore milled   190,919   221,063   223,083   209,948   39,996
Average mill head grade (grams/tonne)   2.49   3.00   3.24   2.69   3.36
Average gold recovery rate (%)   95%   96%   96%   95%   95%
Produced                    
  Gold (ounces)   14,504   20,334   22,288   17,166   4,096
Sold                    
  Gold at spot price (ounces)   14,537   19,491   18,432   15,720   5,008
  Gold at fixed price (ounces)   1,858   1,148   1,556   1,334   315
Average realized gold price (per ounce)2   $1,137   $1,157   $1,212   $1,224   $1,272
Total cash costs (per gold ounce)1   $1,077   $799   $688   $998   $1,154
All-in sustaining costs (per ounce)   $1,552   $1,374   $1,202   $1,771   $1,480
Revenue ($000's)   $18,670   $23,882   $24,230   $20,866   $6,770
Earnings (loss) from mine operations ($000's)3   $(3,145)   $(1,143)   $2,604   $4,294   $(2,287)
                     

  1. The Company reports total cash costs on a production basis, where the prior owner of Black Fox reported total cash costs on a sales basis, consequently the reported total cash costs, cash costs per gold ounce, and all-in sustaining costs per ounce for Black Fox for historical periods will differ from those reported by the prior owner.
  2. Total cash costs per gold ounce on a gold equivalent and by-product basis and all-in sustaining costs are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the Company's first quarter 2015 MD&A for a reconciliation to operating expenses. 
  3. Adjustment to 2014 figures - as a result of the finalization of the Black Fox purchase price allocation the depletion at Black Fox was adjusted. Earnings from mine operations increased by $1.2 million in Q1 2014, $5.0 million in Q2 2014, $7.0 million in Q3 2014 and decreased by $13.2 million in Q4 2014. (see Note 1(i) to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements). 
 
PRIMERO MINING CORP. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS 
THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2015 AND 2014 
(In thousands of United States dollars, except for share and per share amounts) 
    Unaudited  
    Three months ended March 31,  
          2014  
    2015     (As restated)  
    $     $  
Revenue   73,310     48,269  
             
Operating expenses   (42,767 )   (27,683 )
Depreciation and depletion   (19,073 )   (11,105 )
Total cost of sales   (61,840 )   (38,788 )
             
Earnings from mine operations   11,470     9,481  
Exploration expenses   (121 )   (17 )
General and administrative expenses   (8,013 )   (13,335 )
             
Earnings (loss) from operations   3,336     (3,871 )
Transaction costs and other expenses   (3,906 )   (7,267 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss)   2,418     (358 )
Finance income   167     118  
Finance expense   (2,870 )   (524 )
Gain on derivative liability   1,329     -  
Mark-to-market gain on convertible debentures   8,205     -  
Impairment in value of investment in Fortune Bay   (534 )   -  
Share in results of Santana Minerals   (79 )   (602 )
             
Earnings (loss) before income taxes   8,066     (12,504 )
             
Income tax (expense) recovery   (4,482 )   4,251  
             
Net income (loss) for the period   3,584     (8,253 )
             
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax            
Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss:            
  Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations, net of tax of $nil (2014 - $nil)   (514 )   204
 
  Reclassification of unrealized loss on investment in Fortune Bay to impairment, net of tax of $nil   456     -  
Total comprehensive income (loss) for the period   3,526     (8,049 )
             
Basic income (loss) per share   0.02     (0.06 )
Diluted income (loss) per share   0.02     (0.06 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding            
  Basic   161,783,009
    128,112,079  
  Diluted   161,872,810     128,112,079  
             
 
PRIMERO MINING CORP. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION 
(In thousands of United States dollars)
    Unaudited        
    March 31,     December 31,  
    2015     2014  
    $     $  
Assets            
Current assets            
  Cash and cash equivalents   57,619     27,389  
  Trade and other receivables   1,472     59  
  Taxes receivable   32,397     33,272  
  Prepaid expenses   7,457     6,633  
  Inventories   19,947     20,366  
Total current assets   118,892     87,719  
             
Non-current assets            
  Restricted cash   6,469     17,646  
  Mining interests   881,408     881,480  
  Deferred tax asset   1,718     611  
  Long-term stockpile   16,297     14,309  
  Long-term prepayments   879     -  
  Investment in Santana Minerals   302     384  
  Investment in Fortune Bay   594     671  
Total assets   1,026,559     1,002,820  
             
Liabilities            
Current liabilities            
  Trade and other payables   43,779     50,743  
  Income tax payable   4,218     1,670  
  Other taxes payable   3,179     6,593  
  Derivative liability   154     -  
  Current portion of long-term debt   51,919     5,616  
  Total current liabilities   103,249     64,622  
             
Non-current liabilities            
  Other taxes payable   11,874     11,295  
  Deferred tax liability   49,767     50,374  
  Decommissioning liability   31,409     32,566  
  Long-term debt   71,068     89,771  
  Derivative liability   -     1,405  
  Other long-term liabilities   4,962     4,802  
Total liabilities   272,329     254,835  
             
Equity            
Share capital   861,795     858,761  
Warrant reserve   34,782     34,782  
Contributed surplus   21,211     21,526  
Accumulated other comprehensive income   (5,219 )   (5,161 )
Deficit   (158,339 )   (161,923 )
Total equity   754,230     747,985  
Total liabilities and equity   1,026,559     1,002,820  
             
 
PRIMERO MINING CORP. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2015 AND 2014 
(In thousands of United States dollars) 
    Unaudited  
    Three months ended March 31,  
          2014  
    2015     (As restated)  
    $     $  
Operating activities            
Earnings (loss) before income taxes   8,066     (12,504 )
Adjustments for:            
  Depreciation and depletion   19,073     11,105  
  Share-based payments - Stock Option plan   352     153  
  Share-based payments - Phantom Share Unit plan   2,275     7,989  
  Payments made under the Phantom Share Unit Plan   (1,513 )   (2,626 )
  Unrealized loss on investment in Santana Minerals   79     602  
  Unrealized gain on derivative liabilities   (1,329 )   -  
  Mark-to-market gain on convertible debentures   (8,205 )   -  
  Loss on write-down of inventory   -     1,225  
  Unrealized foreign exchange gain   (1,169 )   220  
  Other   534     372  
  Taxes paid   (5,847 )   (433 )
  Other adjustments            
Transaction costs (disclosed in financing activities)   3,639     -  
Finance income (disclosed in investing activities)   (48 )   (118 )
Finance expense   2,870     524  
Operating cash flow before working capital changes   18,777     6,509  
Changes in non-cash working capital   (3,513 )   (13,943 )
Cash provided by (used in) operating activities   15,264     (7,434 )
             
Investing activities            
Expenditures on mining interests   (19,907 )   (20,285 )
Acquisition of Brigus Gold Corp (net)   -     (7,773 )
Interest received   48     118  
Increase in long-term stockpile   (1,988 )   -  
Cash used in investing activities   (21,847 )   (27,940 )
             
Financing activities            
Repayment of debt   (40,000 )   (2,611 )
Proceeds on exercise of options   826     7,686  
Issuance of $75 million convertible debt   75,000     -  
Transaction costs on issuance of convertible debt   (3,639 )   -  
Payments on capital leases   (1,867 )   -  
Change in deferred tax liability   -     -  
Funds released from reclamation bond   8,544     -  
Proceeds on issuance of flow-through shares   -     8,037  
Interest paid   (2,971 )   (1,837 )
Cash provided by financing activites   35,893     11,275  
             
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash   920     (240 )
             
Increase (decrease) in cash   30,230     (24,339 )
Cash, beginning of period   27,389     110,711  
Cash, end of period   57,619     86,372  
             

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