Primero Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results; Strong Operating Results at Both Black Fox and San Dimas

08/05/2015

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 05, 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 second 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 reported operational and financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. During the second quarter the Company reported strong production of 62,490 gold equivalent ounces1, revenue of $67.4 million, adjusted net income2 of $1.1 million ($0.01 per share) and operating cash flow before changes in working capital3 of $22.6 million ($0.14 per share).

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Strong Operating Results: Total production of 62,490 gold equivalent ounces, comprised of 36,500 ounces of gold and a record 2.15 million ounces of silver from San Dimas, and 18,362 ounces of gold from Black Fox, compared to 63,414 gold equivalent ounces in the same period of 2014.
  • Solid Financial Results Despite Delayed Silver Sales: Revenue of $67.4 million, with adjusted net income2 of $1.1 million ($0.01 per share), and operating cash flow before working capital changes3 of $22.6 million ($0.14 per share).
  • San Dimas Expansion Ahead of Schedule and Lower Cost: The San Dimas mine and mill expansion to 3,000 tonnes per day ("TPD") is ahead of the original schedule and is now expected to be completed for $8.7 million less than originally anticipated.
  • Black Fox Deep Central Zone Provides Promising Future: Exploration results from the Black Fox Deep Central Zone encouraged the Company to advance the ramp to access the higher-grade, wider mineralization by the end of 2015.
  • Exploration Continues to Add Value: Exploration results from the first half of 2015 are expected to replace Primero's estimated full-year production, encouraging the Company to extend its exploration program into the second half of the year.
  • Mexican Import and Export Permits Anticipated: The Company has received verbal assurances from the Mexican authorities that its export and import permits will be reinstated at the beginning of August.

"Primero has delivered strong operating results in the second quarter," stated Joseph F. Conway, Chief Executive Officer. "Our platform San Dimas mine delivered near-record production levels and continues to exceed expectations. The mine delivered close to 3,000 tonnes per day well ahead of schedule and the mill exceeded its nameplate capacity, with an impressive 2,816 tonnes per day average throughput during the quarter. Importantly the Company also delivered a significantly improved quarter at Black Fox, with a 27% increase in production levels over the first quarter at 29% lower cash costs. We are also pleased to have received assurances that we will be reinstated to the import and export registries in Mexico shortly and upon confirmation will immediately begin selling all inventoried silver, including our delayed spot silver sales, which will result in a more profitable third quarter for the Company."

San Dimas Delivers Consistently Strong Production; Black Fox Improves Significantly

The Company produced a total of 62,490 gold equivalent ounces1 in Q2 2015, in-line with Q2 2014 production of 63,414 gold equivalent ounces, lower due to a lower realized silver price as a result of delayed spot silver sales during the quarter. Gold and silver production increased to 54,862 ounces and 2.15 million ounces respectively in Q2 2015, from 50,061 ounces and 1.49 million ounces in Q2 2014.

The Company's combined total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce4 were $654 in Q2 2015, compared to $672 in Q2 2014. On a by-product basis, total cash costs per gold ounce were negatively impacted by delayed silver sales and were $579 for Q2 2015, compared to $508 for Q2 2014. Combined all-in sustaining costs per ounce5 reduced materially to $1,036 for Q2 2015 from $1,228 in Q2 2014 largely due to less development capital spent at Black Fox and lower project capital spent at San Dimas in 2015 compared to 2014.

San Dimas produced 36,500 ounces of gold, 11% more than Q2 2014 and a record 2.15 million ounces of silver, 45% more than Q2 2014, during the second quarter of 2015. This resulted in 44,128 gold equivalent ounces produced, slightly lower than the same period in 2014 as a result of a lower realized silver price due to delayed spot silver sales. The increase in gold and silver production was mainly due to 17% higher throughput compared to the same period in 2014. The throughput increase was due to the completion in 2014 of the mill expansion to 2,500 TPD and the ongoing mill expansion to 3,000 TPD, with mill production averaging 2,816 TPD in the second quarter.

San Dimas total cash costs on a gold equivalent and by-product basis in the second quarter 2015 were $608 and $487 per ounce respectively compared to $551 and $252 per ounce respectively in the second quarter 2014. Higher total cash costs between the periods was a result of higher labour and contractor costs and higher costs related to security as well as reduced silver credits due to a lower realized average silver price. All-in sustaining costs5 at San Dimas were $822 per ounce in the second quarter of 2015, compared with $626 per ounce in the same period of 2014, corresponding to the increased cash costs as described above.

Black Fox produced 18,362 ounces of gold during the second quarter of 2015, compared to 17,166 ounces of gold in the second quarter of 2014. This represented a 27% increase in production compared to Q1 2015 and a 7% increase compared to Q2 2014. The increase in gold production was mainly the result of 6% higher throughput and higher recovery rates compared to the same period in 2014.

According to plan, the Black Fox mine is in a transitional phase with production shifting from primarily lower grade open-pit to higher grade underground production, with the Black Fox open-pit expected to be depleted in September. In ramping up underground production, the Company reports that it achieved approximately 700 TPD average throughput in July. However, the mine is not expected to achieve its planned production rates in August due to a recent wall slough affecting the main haulage ramp. The Company expects rehabilitation of this area will be complete during the first week of August, but during this time there will be limited access to development ore. The Company continues to expect it will achieve its targeted 1,000 TPD production rate by the end of the third quarter of 2015.

Black Fox total cash costs per gold ounce dropped by 24% to $762 from $998 per ounce in the second quarter 2014. The weaker Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar impacted costs positively at Black Fox during the quarter. Improvements to the underground mining method also led to lower costs at the mine. The Black Fox mine all-in sustaining costs5 were $1,071 in Q2 2015 compared to $1,771 in Q2 2014 due to the lower cash cost and substantially less development capital spent in 2015 compared to 2014.

Solid Financial Results Despite Delayed Spot Silver Sales

Revenues reduced to $67.4 million in the second quarter of 2015 as a result of selling 52,975 ounces of gold at an average realized price of $1,171 per ounce, and 1.26 million ounces of silver at an average realized price of $4.20 per ounce, down from $79.7 million in the second quarter of 2014 principally due to lower realized gold and silver prices. As previously announced6, in May 2015 the Company's import and export licences in Mexico were suspended and as a result the Company was not able to export for delivery of its silver under its silver purchase agreement7 with Silver Wheaton Corp. ("Silver Wheaton") which requires delivery of silver outside of Mexico. As a result, approximately 630,000 ounces of silver produced in the quarter were not delivered under the silver purchase agreement and the Company did not get the benefit of spot sales on approximately 250,000 ounces produced. The Company has received verbal assurances from the Mexican authorities that its export and import permits will be reinstated at the beginning of August pending some additional filings to be submitted by the Company. The Company has now complied with all requirements of which it has been informed and expects the reinstatement will follow shortly. The Company intends to immediately sell all inventoried silver upon confirmation of the reinstatement. The proceeds from these silver sales are expected to be recorded as third quarter revenue for the Company.

Gold produced at Black Fox is subject to a gold purchase agreement8 and as a result 1,378 ounces were sold to Sandstorm Gold Ltd. ("Sandstorm") at a fixed price of $518 per ounce. Silver produced at San Dimas is subject to a silver purchase agreement7 and as a result 1.26 million ounces of silver were sold to Silver Wheaton at a fixed price of $4.20 per ounce during the quarter.

Operating cash flow before working capital changes in the second quarter of 2015 was $22.6 million ($0.14 per share), compared to $26.4 million ($0.17 per share) in the second quarter of 2014.

The Company generated a net loss of $6.7 million ($0.04 per share) in Q2 2015 compared to net income of $5.1 million ($0.03 per share) in Q2 2014. Adjusted net income, which primarily excludes the impact of foreign exchange rate, changes on deferred tax balances and the mark-to-market difference on convertible debentures, was $1.1 million ($0.01 per share) for the second quarter 2015, compared with adjusted net income of $5.3 million ($0.03 per share) for the same period in 2014. The second quarter 2015 adjusted net income includes a share-based payment expense of $2.0 million ($0.01 per share).

Balance Sheet Remains Strong

A key focus of the Company is to manage financial risk by maintaining a conservative balance sheet. Liquidity at June 30, 2015 included a cash position of $39.8 million and an undrawn amount on its revolving line of credit of $75.0 million.

Capital expenditures during the second quarter of 2015 totaled $20.7 million, down from $35.7 million spent in Q2 2014. The decrease was a result of decreased spending at both San Dimas and Black Fox. Following the recent approval of the Company's exploration budget for the second half of 2015 and ramp development to the Black Fox Deep Central Zone, capital expenditures in 2015 are now expected to total approximately $103.4 million including capitalized exploration expenditures.

At June 30, 2015, the balances outstanding on the Company's convertible debentures and finance leases were $117.5 million and $8.1 million, respectively. The Company expects to be able to meet all of its commitments including repayment of its 6.5% convertible debentures (due in March 2016), and fulfill its exploration and capital program for 2015 and later years from its operating cash flows, cash balances and if needed the revolving line of credit, even at gold prices of $1,000 per ounce.

San Dimas Expansion to 3,000 TPD Ahead of Schedule at Lower Cost

The expansion of the San Dimas mine and mill from 2,500 TPD to 3,000 TPD is ahead of its originally planned completion of mid-2016 and is now expected to be completed in April 2016 following the completion of the tailings filter system.

During the second quarter, the Company completed foundation construction for the tailings pump and has taken delivery of the required equipment. Tailings pump construction is on track for expected completion by the end of September. Additionally, construction has commenced on the de-aeration tower foundations, with equipment scheduled for delivery in October. Both components are critical to sustain 3,000 TPD throughput and high recovery levels.

In addition, the Company has reduced the estimated capital investment to complete the expansion to 3,000 TPD from $26.4 million to $17.7 million, significantly improving the rate of return of the expansion project. The $8.7 million cost reduction is from 2016 planned spending. Annual production after project completion is expected to increase beyond 2015 levels and cash costs are expected to drop from 2015 levels.

Black Fox Turnaround Progressing as Planned

"The turnaround at Black Fox is progressing well." stated Ernie Mast, President and C.O.O. "We continue to increase throughput from the underground and over the last month have averaged approximately 700 tonnes per day. This combined with the opportunity to be mining the higher-grade, wider mineralization in the Deep Central Zone by the end of 2015 gives our operating team confidence that 2016 will be a very positive year at Black Fox. Furthermore, we are pleased to see continued exploration success at Grey Fox and other regional targets which give us the confidence to proceed with the advanced environmental permitting of Grey Fox and security in the longevity of the Black Fox Complex despite the difficult gold price environment."

Since the acquisition of the Black Fox Complex in March 2014, the Company has been focused on investing in underground development and definition and delineation drilling in order to transition the mine from a predominantly open-pit operation to a higher grade underground operation.

At the end of the second quarter the Company had successfully built sufficient underground stope inventory and commenced underground mining, with intentions to mine at approximately 1,000 TPD by the end of the third quarter 2015. In July 2015 the Company mined an average of 700 TPD from the underground mine, compared to an average of 330 TPD in the last twelve months.

The Company's 2015 mine plan includes mining down to the 560 metre level, with an average grade of approximately 6.0 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold. On July 20, 2015 the Company announced recent drilling results from the Black Fox Deep Central Zone, which is currently estimated to contain approximately 160,000 ounces of gold resources with an average grade of 8.5 g/t. The Company also announced that it had approved plans to advance the ramp down to the 640 metre level in order to commence mining the Deep Central Zone in 2016.

The Deep Central Zone remains open along strike and down dip and will continue to be a focus of the Company's 2015 exploration program. Additionally the ramp will provide access points for new drill pads to drill below the 800 metre level.

The Company expects to deplete the Black Fox open-pit in September 2015, after which it intends to supplement underground mining with stockpiled ore. The Black Fox stockpile currently contains an estimated 1.0 million tonnes of ore grading 1.1 g/t. Mining at a rate of 1,000 TPD from the Black Fox underground, the Company anticipates the stockpile is capable of sustaining the mill until late 2017.

On July 20, 20159 the Company announced recent drilling results from the adjacent Grey Fox deposit that continue to infill and expand the planned Contact Zone and 147 Zone open-pits, including a near-surface mineralized intercept of 9.4 g/t gold over 12.9 metres (GF15-1019) from the Contact Zone. The focus of recent drilling has been to continue to de-risk the Grey Fox block model and to expand the known resource between the Contact, 147, and Grey Fox South Zones. During the second quarter the Company has advanced its Grey Fox internal scoping study so that it can supplement 1,000 TPD underground ore production from Black Fox with open-pit ore from the potential Grey Fox open-pit, known as the Black Fox Extension project. Based on the positive results of the study to date, the Company will proceed with finalizing the environmental permitting for open-pit mining. The Company will also advance detailed engineering and expects to release a National Instrument 43-101 compliant mineral reserve for the Grey Fox deposit in 2016.

Exploration Continues to Add Value

As announced on July 20, 2015, Primero's exploration program at the Black Fox Complex during the first half of the year was successful, with drilling already expected to replace the estimated full-year 2015 production from Black Fox. As a result, the Company has approved an additional $4.7 million of investment in the second half of 2015, including 29,300 metres of drilling and 100 metres of drifting. The total 2015 exploration program at the Black Fox mine and adjacent Grey Fox property now includes a total of $17.0 million for 134,000 metres of drilling, split into 67,300 metres at Black Fox and 66,700 metres at Grey Fox.

Primero's exploration program at San Dimas during the first half of 2015 was also successful, with drilling already expected to replace the estimated full-year 2015 production from San Dimas. Upon the reinstatement of the Company's export permit in Mexico the Company will proceed with an additional $7.8 million of investment in exploration in Mexico for the second half of 2015, including 43,200 metres of drilling and 1,950 metres of drifting. The total 2015 exploration program in Mexico then includes a total of $14.6 million for 68,350 metres of drilling and 3,850 metres of drifting.

2015 Guidance

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 remain in the range of $650 to $700 per gold equivalent ounce, however on an all-in sustaining cost basis they have increased modestly to $1,050 and $1,150 per ounce. Based on the success of its first half exploration program, the Company has increased its capital expenditure and exploration guidance by $6.1 million and $12.5 million, respectively. The result is an increase in 2015 all-in sustaining cost guidance for Black Fox to $1,150 to $1,200 per ounce and for San Dimas to $890 to $940 per ounce.

Total capital expenditures during 2015 are now expected to be approximately $72.8 million excluding capitalized exploration costs of $30.6 million and expensed exploration costs at Ventanas of $1.0 million.

Production Outlook Black Fox San Dimas Estimated 2015 Actual 2014
Attributable gold equivalent production1 75,000-85,000 175,000-185,000 250,000-270,000 225,054
(gold equivalent ounces)        
Gold Production 75,000-85,000 145,000-155,000 220,000-240,000 189,943
(ounces)        
Silver Production6   6.5-7.5 6.5-7.5 6.15
(million ounces)        
Total cash costs2 $820-$870 $590-$640 $650-$700 $687
(per gold equivalent ounce)        
All-in Sustaining Costs4 $1,150-$1,200 $890-$940 $1,050-$1,150 $1,222
(per gold ounce)        
Capital Expenditures $38 $54 $103 $113
(US$ millions)        

Material assumptions used to forecast total cash costs for 2015 were based on our budget assumptions from January 2015 and 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.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

The Company's senior management will host a conference call today, Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss the second 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 4302651.

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/6387

A recorded playback of the Q2 2015 results call will be available until November 2, 2015 by dialing 1-800- 408-3053 or 905-694-9451 and entering the call back passcode 4302651.

This release should be read in conjunction with Primero's second 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, and converted to a gold equivalent based on a ratio of the average commodity prices realized for each period. The ratio for the second quarter 2015 for San Dimas was based on realized prices of $1,187 per ounce of gold and $4.20 per ounce of silver. The ratio used for the 2015 guidance projection is based on estimated average prices of $1,200 per ounce of gold and $5.21 per ounce of silver.

(2) 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 second quarter 2015 MD&A for a reconciliation of adjusted net income (loss) to reported net income (loss).

(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 second quarter 2015 MD&A for a reconciliation of operating cash flows to GAAP.

(4) Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce and total cash costs on a by-product basis are non-GAAP measures. Total cash costs per gold equivalent ounce is defined as cost of production (including refining costs) divided by the total number of gold equivalent ounces produced. Total cash costs on a by-product basis are calculated by deducting the by-product silver credits from operating costs. 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, and are non-GAAP measures. The Company follows the recommendations of the Gold Institute 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. See the second quarter 2015 MD&A for a reconciliation of total cash costs to reported operating expenses (the nearest GAAP measure).

(5) 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. For the purposes of calculating all-in sustaining costs at individual mine sites, the Company does not include corporate general and administrative expenses. Corporate general and administrative expenses are included in the computation of all-in sustaining costs per consolidated gold ounce. Refer to the Company's second quarter 2015 financial statements and MD&A for a reconciliation of all-in sustaining costs per gold ounce.

(6) Refer to the July 13, 2015 news release dated "Primero Advises of Delay in Silver Revenue Due to Delay in Mexican Exports" as filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

(7) According to the silver purchase agreement between the Company and Silver Wheaton Corp., until August 6, 2014 Primero delivered 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 $4.12 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.

(8) Black Fox was subject to a gold purchase agreement which continues and was assumed by the Company upon its acquisition of the mine. According to the gold purchase agreement, Sandstorm is entitled to 8% of production at the Black Fox mine and 6.3% at the Black Fox Extension.

(9) Refer to the July 20, 2015 news release "Primero Provides Exploration Update; Expects to Replace Full-Year Production With Drilling From First Half of 2015" as filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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 & OPERATING RESULTS 
(in thousands of United States dollars, except per share and per ounce amounts - unaudited) 
SUMMARIZED FINANCIAL DATA 
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended  
  June 30, June 30,  
  2015  2014 2015  20141  
Key Performance Data            
Tonnes of ore milled 478,410  428,778 926,999  667,344  
Produced            
 Gold equivalent (ounces)2 62,490  63,414 123,563  103,172  
 Gold (ounces) 54,862  50,061 109,227  82,339  
 Silver (million ounces) 2.15  1.49 4.08  3.00  
Sold            
 Gold equivalent (ounces)2 57,449  62,791 119,100  100,040  
 Gold (ounces) 52,975  48,596 108,012  79,179  
 Silver (million ounces) 1.26  1.58 3.16  2.93  
Average realized prices            
 Gold ($/ounce)3 $1,171  $1,264 $1,179  $1,276  
 Silver ($/ounce)3 $4.20  $11.56 $4.20  $9.20  
Total cash costs (per gold ounce)2            
 Gold equivalent basis $654  $672 $676  $677  
 By-product basis $579  $508 $609  $522  
All-in sustaining costs (per gold ounce)2 $1,036  $1,228 $1,040  $1,288  
Financial Data (in thousands of US dollars except per share amounts)            
Revenues 67,371  79,669 140,681  127,938  
Earnings from mine operations4 11,078  24,644 22,548  34,125  
Net income (loss)4 (6,744 )5,118 (3,156 )(3,133 )
Adjusted Net Income (loss)2,4 1,146  5,312 2,285  3,266  
Basic income (loss) per share (0.04 )0.03 (0.02 )(0.02 )
Adjusted net income (loss) per share 0.01  0.03 0.01  0.02  
Operating cash flows before working capital changes2 22,556  26,431 41,336  32,344  
Operating cash flows before working capital changes per share2 0.14  0.17 0.26  0.22  
Assets            
 Mining interests 882,248  955,587 882,248  955,587  
 Total assets 1,019,657  1,207,602 1,019,657  1,207,602  
Liabilities            
 Long-term liabilities 171,990  189,743 171,990  189,743  
 Total liabilities 270,343  249,388 270,343  249,388  
Equity 749,314  958,214 749,314  958,214  
Weighted average shares outstanding (basic)(000's) 162,343  159,617 162,065  144,108  
Weighted average shares outstanding (diluted)(000's) 162,343  161,321 162,065  144,108  
(1)Includes the results for the period for which the Black Fox Complex assets, acquired March 5, 2014, were owned by Primero (March 5, 2014 to June 30, 2014).
(2)See "NON-GAAP measurements" in the Company's second quarter 2015 MD&A.
(3)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 second quarter 2015 MD&A).
(4)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 June 30, 2014. Earnings from mine operations increased by $6.2 million ($5.0 million for Q2 2014), and net income and adjusted income increased by $5.4 million ($4.5 million for Q2 2014) (see Note 1(a) to the Company's second quarter 2015 condensed consolidated interim financial statements).
  
  
SUMMARIZED OPERATING DATA  
  
San Dimas  
     Three months ended     
  30-Jun-15  31-Mar-15  31-Dec-14  30-Sep-14  30-Jun-14  
Key Performance Data                
Tonnes of ore mined 263,868  263,747  253,531  229,589  196,025  
Tonnes of ore milled 256,235  257,670  261,859  219,656  218,830  
Tonnes of ore milled per day 2,816  2,863  2,846  2,388  2,405  
Average mill head grade (grams/tonne)                
 Gold 4.60  5.01  4.49  4.34  4.97  
 Silver 275  250  224  216  230  
Average gold recovery rate (%)                
 Gold 96 %96 %95 %95 %94 %
 Silver 95 %93 %92 %92 %92 %
Produced                
 Gold equivalent (ounces) 44,128  46,569  41,875  37,385  46,248  
 Gold (ounces) 36,500  39,861  35,806  29,176  32,895  
 Silver (million ounces) 2.15  1.93  1.74  1.41  1.49  
Sold                
 Gold equivalent (ounces) 38,747  45,256  39,178  40,221  45,737  
 Gold (ounces) 34,273  38,642  33,767  31,713  31,542  
 Silver at fixed price (million ounces) 1.26  1.90  1.56  1.17  0.82  
 Silver at spot (million ounces) -  -  -  0.29  0.76  
Average realized price (per ounce)                
 Gold $1,187  $1,207  $1,207  $1,275  $1,286  
 Silver1 $4.20  $4.20  $4.20  $7.43  $11.56  
Total cash costs (per gold ounce)2                
 Gold equivalent basis $608  $582  $654  $690  $551  
 By-product basis $487  $479  $576  $526  $252  
All in sustaining costs (per ounce)3 $822  $659  $897  $919  $626  
Revenue ($000's) $45,979  $54,640  $47,289  $51,273  $58,803  
Earnings from mine operations ($000's) $9,515  $14,615  $6,478  $10,599  $20,350  
(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 second quarter 2015 MD&A).
(2)See "NON-GAAP measurements" in the Company's second quarter 2015 MD&A.
(3)For the purposes of calculating all-in sustaining costs at individual mine sites, the Company does not include corporate general and administrative expenses. See "NON-GAAP measurements" in the Company's second quarter 2015 MD&A.
  
  
Black Fox                
     Three months ended     
  30-Jun-15  31-Mar-15  31-Dec-14  30-Sep-14  30-Jun-14  
Key Performance Data                
Open pit mining                
Tonnes of ore mined 372,319  275,865  228,798  232,985  247,029  
Strip ratio 4.02  5.87  10.00  6.78  8.10  
Average gold grade (grams/tonne) 2.02  1.99  1.91  2.61  1.85  
Underground mining                
Tonnes of ore mined 36,265  11,525  51,719  20,880  41,739  
Average gold grade (grams/tonne) 4.00  4.84  5.92  5.78  4.33  
Open pit and underground                
Tonnes of ore milled 222,175  190,919  221,063  223,083  209,948  
Tonnes of ore milled per day 2,441  2,121  2,403  2,425  2,307  
Average mill head grade (grams/tonne) 2.65  2.49  3.00  3.24  2.69  
Average gold recovery rate (%) 97 %95 %96 %96 %95 %
Produced                
 Gold (ounces) 18,362  14,504  20,334  22,288  17,166  
Sold                
 Gold at spot price (ounces) 17,324  14,537  19,491  18,432  15,720  
 Gold at fixed price (ounces) 1,378  1,858  1,148  1,556  1,334  
Average realized gold price (per ounce)1 $1,143  $1,137  $1,157  $1,212  $1,224  
Total cash costs (per gold ounce)2 $762  $1,077  $799  $688  $998  
All-in sustaining costs (per ounce)3 $1,071  $1,552  $1,374  $1,202  $1,771  
Revenue ($000's) $21,392  $18,670  $23,882  $24,230  $20,866  
Earnings (loss) from mine operations ($000's)4 $1,563  ($3,145 )($1,143 )$2,604  $4,294  
(1)Average realized gold prices reflect the impact of the gold purchase agreement with Sandstorm (see "Other liquidity considerations" in the Company's second quarter 2015 MD&A).
(2)See "NON-GAAP measurements" in the Company's second quarter 2015 MD&A.
(3)For the purposes of calculating all-in sustaining costs at individual mine sites, the Company does not include corporate general and administrative expenses. See "NON- GAAP measurements" in the Company's second quarter 2015 MD&A.
(4)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 $5.0 million in Q2 2014 and $6.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. (see Note 1(a) to the Company's second quarter 2015 condensed consolidated interim financial statements).
  
  
PRIMERO MINING CORP. 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME 
(In thousands of United States dollars, except for share and per share amounts) 
(Unaudited) 
  Three months ended
June 30
 Six months ended
June 30
 
     2014     2014  
     (As restated,     (As restated,  
  2015  Note 1(a))  2015  Note 1(a))  
   
Revenue $67,371  $79,669  $140,681  $127,938  
         
Operating expenses (36,412 )(40,387 )(79,179 )(68,070 )
Depreciation and depletion (19,881 )(14,638 )(38,954 )(25,743 )
Total cost of sales (56,293 )(55,025 )(118,133 )(93,813 )
         
Earnings from mine operations 11,078  24,644  22,548  34,125  
Exploration expenses (739 )-  (860 )-  
General and administrative expenses (7,151 )(10,524 )(15,164 )(23,877 )
         
Earnings (loss) from operations 3,188  14,120  6,524  10,248  
Transaction costs and other expenses -  (498 )(3,906 )(7,765 )
Finance income 30  65  198  184  
Finance expense (1,933 )(1,785 )(4,803 )(2,308 )
Mark-to-market gain on convertible debentures (3,705 )-  4,500  -  
Impairment in value of investment in Fortune Bay (243 )(2,041 )2,894  (3,001 )
         
Earnings (loss) before income taxes (2,663 )9,861  5,407  (2,642 )
         
Income tax (expense) recovery (4,081 )(4,743 )(8,563 )(491 )
   
Net income (loss) for the period ($6,744 )$5,118  ($3,156 )($3,133 )
         
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 for all periods (219 )1,035  (733 )1,239  
 Unrealized gain on investment in Fortune Bay, net of tax of $nil 60  -  60  -  
Reclassification of unrealized loss on investment in Fortune Bay to impairment, net of tax of $nil -  -  456  -  
Total comprehensive income (loss) for the period ($6,903 )$6,153  ($3,373 )($1,894 )
   
Basic income (loss) per share ($0.04 )$0.03  ($0.02 )($0.02 )
Diluted income (loss) per share ($0.04 )$0.03  $0.02  ($0.02 )
   
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding             
Basic 162,343,034  159,616,775  162,064,569  144,107,966  
Diluted 162,343,034  161,320,681  162,064,569  144,107,966  
         
         
PRIMERO MINING CORP. 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION 
(In thousands of United States dollars) 
(Unaudited) 
  June 30,  December 31,  
  2015  2014  
Assets       
Current assets       
 Cash and cash equivalents $39,830  $27,389  
 Trade and other receivables 674  59  
 Taxes receivable 33,810  33,272  
 Prepaid expenses 9,571  6,633  
 Inventories 25,630  20,366  
Total current assets 109,515  87,719  
Non-current assets       
 Restricted cash 6,560  17,646  
 Mining interests 882,248  881,480  
 Deferred tax asset -  611  
 Long-term stockpile 19,693  14,309  
 Long-term prepayments 809  -  
 Investment in Santana Minerals 208  384  
 Investment in Fortune Bay 624  671  
Total assets $1,019,657  $1,002,820  
Liabilities       
 Current liabilities       
 Trade and other payables $37,263  $50,743  
 Income tax payable 2,689  1,670  
 Other taxes payable 6,211  6,593  
 Derivative liability 208  -  
 Current portion of long-term debt 51,982  5,616  
Total current liabilities 98,353  64,622  
Non-current liabilities       
 Other taxes payable 12,453  11,295  
 Deferred tax liability 49,980  50,374  
 Decommissioning liability 31,484  32,566  
 Long-term debt 73,644  89,771  
 Derivative liability -  1,405  
 Other long-term liabilities 4,429  4,802  
Total liabilities $270,343  $254,835  
Equity       
Share capital $862,756  $858,761  
Warrant reserve 34,782  34,782  
Contributed surplus 22,233  21,526  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (5,378 )(5,161 )
Deficit (165,079 )(161,923 )
Total equity $749,314  $747,985  
Total liabilities and equity $1,019,657  $1,002,820  
     
     

PRIMERO MINING CORP.  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
THREE MONTHS ENDED March 31, 2014 AND 2013  
(In thousands of United States dollars)  
(Unaudited)  
  Three months ended June 30    Six months ended June 30  
     2014     2014  
     (As restated,     (As restated,  
  2015  Note 1)  2015  Note 1)  
Operating activities             
Earnings (loss) before income taxes ($2,663 )$9,861  $5,407  ($2,642 )
Adjustments for:             
 Depreciation and depletion 19,881  14,638  38,954  25,743  
 Share-based compensation expense 2,448  3,488  5,075  11,679  
 Payments made under the Phantom Share Unit plan (2,104 )(6,443 )(3,617 )(9,131 )
 Mark-to-market loss/(gain) on convertible debentures 3,705  -  (4,500 )-  
 Loss on disposal of assets -  1,195  -  1,215  
 Impairment of inventory    -     1,225  
 Unrealized foreign exchange loss/(gain) (348 )2,690  (1,518 )2,328  
 Taxes paid -  (506 )(5,847 )(939 )
 Other (278 )(212 )(994 )742  
Other adjustments             
 Transaction costs (disclosed in financing activities) 12  -  3,651  -  
 Finance income (disclosed in investing activities) (30 )(65 )(78 )(184 )
 Finance expense 1,933  1,785  4,803  2,308  
Operating cash flow before working capital changes 22,556  26,431  41,336  32,344  
Changes in non-cash working capital (20,421 )(13,363 )(25,922 )(27,916 )
Cash provided by (used in) operating activities $2,135  $13,068  $15,414  $4,428  
Investing activities             
Expenditures on mining interests ($19,854 )($31,159 )($39,761 )($51,159 )
Acquisition of Brigus Gold Corp (net) -  -  -  (7,773 )
Interest received 30  65  78  184  
Cash used in investing activities ($19,824 )($31,094 )($39,683 )($58,748 )
Financing activities             
Repayment of debt -  ($53,258 )($40,000 )($56,361 )
Proceeds on exercise of options -  1,678  826  9,363  
Issuance of $75 million convertible debt -  -  75,000  -  
Transaction costs on issuance of convertible debt (12 )-  (3,651 )-  
Payments on capital leases (1,432 )-  (3,299 )-  
Funds released from reclamation bond 1,302  -  9,846  -  
Proceeds on issuance of flow-through shares -  -  -  8,037  
Drawdown on line of credit, net of transaction costs    28,192     28,192  
Interest paid (105 )(1,135 )(3,076 )(1,578 )
Cash provided by (used in) financing activites ($247 )($24,523 )$35,646  ($12,347 )
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash $147  $345  $1,064  $124  
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents ($17,789 )($42,204 )$12,441  ($66,543 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 57,619  86,372  27,389  110,711  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $39,830  $44,168  $39,830  $44,168  

 

For further information, please contact:
Tamara Brown
VP, Investor Relations
Tel: (416) 814 3168
tbrown@primeromining.com




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