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Eldorado Gold Reports Q3 2021 Financial and Operational Results

Oct 28, 2021

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eldorado Gold Corporation (“Eldorado” or “the Company”) today reports the Company’s financial and operational results for the third quarter of 2021.

  • Quarterly production exceeds expectations; increasing full year 2021 annual guidance: Gold production totalled 125,459 ounces in Q3 2021, a decrease of 8% from Q3 2020 production of 136,922 ounces driven by a planned shift to lower-grade ore at Kisladag. Gold production in the quarter increased 8% over Q2 2021. As a result of strong production in the first nine months of 2021, primarily due to operational improvements at Kisladag, Eldorado is increasing its 2021 annual production guidance by approximately 6% to 460,000-480,000 ounces of gold.

  • Free cash flow (4) : Free cash flow from continuing operations of $29.7 million in Q3 2021 decreased from free cash flow from continuing operations of $114.7 million in Q3 2020(2,3) primarily as a result of planned lower production, lower gold prices and planned increased growth and sustaining capital spending. An increase from negative free cash flow of $23.7 million in Q2 2021(2,3) was primarily due to free cash flow being negatively impacted in the second quarter by the timing of tax and annual royalty payments. We expect free cash flow generation to continue in Q4 2021.

  • All-in sustaining costs (4) : Q3 2021 all-in sustaining costs of $1,133 per ounce of gold sold in the quarter increased from Q3 2020 ($918 per ounce sold) as a result of planned lower production in the quarter, higher cash operating costs per ounce and increased sustaining capital expenditure. All-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold sold increased in the quarter from Q2 2021 ($1,074 per ounce sold) as a result of increased sustaining capital expenditure. We are maintaining our 2021 annual guidance with all-in-sustaining costs of $920 - $1,150 per ounce sold.

  • Net earnings and adjusted net earnings attributable to shareholders (4) : Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to shareholders of the Company in Q3 2021 were $8.5 million, or $0.05 per share (Q3 2020: net earnings of $46.0 million or $0.26 per share, Q2 2021: net earnings of $31.0 million or $0.17 per share)(1,3). Adjusted net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Company from continuing operations in Q3 2021 were $39.9 million, or $0.22 per share (Q3 2020: adjusted net earnings of $63.6 million or $0.37 earnings per share, Q2 2021: adjusted net earnings of $29.1 million or $0.16 per share)(1,3). Material adjustments in Q3 2021 included $31.1 million of finance costs relating to the Company's debt refinancing in the quarter.

  • EBITDA: Q3 2021 EBITDA from continuing operations was $106.6 million (Q3 2020: $161.0 million, Q2 2021:$106.9 million)(3) and Q3 2021 adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations(4) was $108.1 million (Q3 2020: $164.5 million, Q2 2021: $101.7 million)(3).

  • Capital spending: Capital expenditures totalled $64.4 million in Q3 2021 (Q3 2020: $50.4 million, Q2 2021: $71.6 million)(3), reflecting a planned increase and following reduced spending in the prior year due to the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic. Capital allocation is following a rigorous process to ensure discipline and control at all operations.

    • At Kisladag, $17.7 million investment in the quarter related to waste stripping, construction of the north leach pad to support the mine life extension and installation of a high-pressure grinding roll ("HPGR") circuit, which is expected to improve heap leach recovery with commissioning now in progress and expected to complete in November 2021.

    • At Lamaque, $10.1 million investment in the quarter related primarily to the decline connecting the Triangle underground mine with the Sigma mill, which is expected to reduce operating costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide access for underground drill platforms for Ormaque, Plug 4, and other exploration targets in the prospective corridor. Investment in the quarter also included raising the embankment at the Sigma tailing storage facility.
  • Financial position: As at September 30, 2021, the Company had $439.3 million of cash and cash equivalents and $250 million undrawn and available under its revolving credit facility.

  • Refinancing completed: In August 2021, the Company completed its offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 6.25% senior unsecured notes due 2029 (the "senior notes") and on October 15, 2021 entered into a $250 million amended and restated senior secured credit facility ("Fourth ARCA"). Eldorado used, in part, the net proceeds from the offering of the senior notes to redeem the outstanding $234 million 9.5% senior secured second lien notes due June 2024, and to repay all amounts outstanding under its prior term loan and revolving credit facility. The issuance of the senior notes and entering into of the Fourth ARCA provides Eldorado greater financial flexibility to pursue a broader range of financing alternatives for the development of the Kassandra assets in Greece.

  • Sale of Tocantinzinho Project: On October 27, 2021, the Company completed a sale of the Tocantinzinho Project, a non-core gold asset. Eldorado received $20 million in cash consideration and 46,926,372 common shares of G Mining Ventures Corp ('GMIN'). Deferred cash consideration of $60 million is payable on the first anniversary of commercial production of the Project, with an option to defer 50% of the consideration at a cost of $5 million. The project has been presented as a discontinued operation following the sale and a net loss of $60.8 million reflects a reduction of fair value to the amount of upfront cash and share consideration, less estimated costs of disposal.

  • Suspension of Mining at Stratoni: On October 15, 2021, we announced that operations at Stratoni will be suspended in Q4 2021. The mine will be placed on care and maintenance while exploration drilling continues with the goal of expanding reserves and resources. We will evaluate resuming operations subject to exploration success and positive results of further technical and economic review.

  • Measures remain in place to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: The Company's mines remain fully operational and isolated cases of COVID-19 have been successfully managed. Preventing the spread of COVID-19, ensuring safe working environments across Eldorado's global sites, and preparedness should an outbreak occur, remain priorities.
(1)  2020 and YTD 2021 amounts have been recast to correct an immaterial error related to an understatement of the net book value of certain of our property, plant and equipment as a result of errors in the amounts recorded for depreciation. See Note 2(c) of our Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.
(2) 2020 and YTD 2021 amounts have been restated for a voluntary change in accounting policy to classify cash paid for interest on the statement of cash flows as a financing, rather than an operating activity. See Note 3(c) of our Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.
(3) From Q3 2021, the Brazil Segment is presented as a discontinued operation. See Note 5 of our Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements. Amounts presented are from continuing operations only. 
(4) These financial measures or ratios are non-IFRS financial measures or ratios. See the section 'Non-IFRS Measures' for explanations and discussion of these non-IFRS financial measures or ratios in the September 30, 2021 MD&A.

“In the third quarter of 2021, the Company recorded strong, safe operational performance led by higher production at Kisladag, resulting in a solid quarter of cash flow generation,” said George Burns, President and CEO. “To reflect the strong production in the first nine months of the year, we increased our 2021 production guidance by approximately 6% to 460,000 to 480,000 ounces. Our organic growth projects at existing operations remain on track with the Kisladag HPGR and Lamaque decline projects expected to be completed in the fourth quarter, allowing us to realize the benefits of these projects early next year."

"We continue to move forward with de-risking the Skouries project. We refinanced our senior notes at 6.25% and executed a $250 million amended and restated senior secured credit facility. We have structured both the senior notes and the credit facility to provide Eldorado greater financial flexibility to pursue a broader range of funding alternatives for the development of the Kassandra assets in Greece."

"With operational results outperforming our expectation in the first three quarters of 2021, our financing position remaining solid, and numerous upcoming catalysts expected in the fourth quarter, Eldorado remains well-positioned to provide additional growth and value creation in the future."

Consolidated Financial and Operational Highlights

  3 months ended September 30,   9 months ended September 30,
Continuing operations (7) , except where noted   2021   2020     2021   2020
Revenue $ 238.4   $ 287.6     $ 696.3   $ 748.2  
Gold revenue $ 221.5   $ 264.3     $ 626.6   $ 684.7  
Gold produced (oz)   125,459     136,922       353,268     390,654  
Gold sold (oz)   125,189     137,704       352,923     388,883  
Average realized gold price ($/oz sold) (1) $ 1,769   $ 1,919     $ 1,775   $ 1,761  
Cash operating costs ($/oz sold) (1,2)   646     537       644     568  
Total cash costs ($/oz sold) (1,2)   743     664       726     651  
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2)   1,133     918       1,066     908  
Net (loss) earnings for the period (3,5)   8.5     46.0       53.9     101.2  
Net (loss) earnings per share – basic ($/share) (3,5)   0.05     0.26       0.30     0.60  
Adjusted net earnings (loss) (1,3,4,5)   39.9     63.6       94.2     127.9  
Adjusted net earnings (loss) per share ($/share) (1,3,4,5)   0.22     0.37       0.52     0.75  
Cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital (1,6)   101.0     135.1       258.1     326.3  
Free cash flow (1,6)   29.7     114.7       39.3     205.4  
Cash, cash equivalents and term deposits $ 439.3   $ 504.4     $ 439.3   $ 504.4  

 

(1) These financial measures or ratios are non-IFRS financial measures or ratios. See the section 'Non-IFRS Measures' for explanations and discussion of these non-IFRS financial measures or ratios in the September 30, 2021 MD&A.
(2) By-product revenues are off-set against cash operating costs.
(3) Attributable to shareholders of the Company.
(4) See reconciliation of net earnings (loss) to adjusted net earnings (loss), a non-IFRS financial measure, in the section 'Non-IFRS Measures' in the September 30, 2021 MD&A.
(5) 2020 and YTD 2021 amounts have been recast to correct an immaterial error related to an understatement of the net book value of certain of our property, plant and equipment as a result of errors in the amounts recorded for depreciation. See Note 2(c) of our Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.
(6) 2020 and YTD 2021 amounts have been restated for a voluntary change in accounting policy to classify cash paid for interest on the statement of cash flows as a financing, rather than an operating activity. See Note 3(c) of our Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.
(7) From Q3 2021, the Brazil Segment is presented as a discontinued operation. See Note 5 of our Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements. Amounts presented are from continuing operations only.

Gold production of 125,459 ounces decreased 8% from last year’s third quarter production of 136,922 ounces. Gold sales in Q3 2021 totalled 125,189 ounces, a decrease of 9% from 137,704 ounces sold in Q3 2020 and an increase from Q2 2021 of 114,140 ounces. The lower sales volume compared with the prior year primarily reflects decreases in production at Kisladag and Olympias.

Total revenue was $238.4 million in Q3 2021, a decrease of 17% from $287.6 million in Q3 2020 and a slight increase from Q2 2021 of $233.2 million. Total revenue was $696.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021, a decrease of 7% from total revenue of $748.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The decreases in both three and nine-month periods were primarily due to lower sales volumes.

Cash operating costs in Q3 2021 averaged $646 per ounce sold, an increase from $537 per ounce in Q3 2020, and cash operating costs per ounce sold averaged $644 in the nine months ended September 30, 2021, an increase from $568 per ounce in the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Increases in both the three and nine-month periods were primarily due to lower-grade ore mined and processed at Kisladag and Lamaque, resulting in fewer ounces produced and sold. The increase in cash operating costs per ounce sold in Q3 2021 was also due to increased refining costs associated with sales of gold slag in the quarter. These increases were partially offset by a reduction in cash operating costs per ounce sold at Olympias, and to a lesser extent Efemcukuru. The improvement in cash operating costs per ounce sold at Olympias in Q3 2021 was primarily a result of higher grades, combined with higher silver and base metal sales, which reduce cash operating costs as by-product credits.

We reported net earnings attributable to shareholders from continuing operations of $8.5 million ($0.05 per share) in Q3 2021, compared to net earnings of $46.0 million ($0.26 per share) in Q3 2020 and net earnings of $53.9 million ($0.30 per share) in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to net earnings of $101.2 million ($0.60 earnings per share) in the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The decreases in both periods reflect lower production and sales volumes and higher finance costs related to the debt refinancing in the quarter. These decreases were partially offset by lower income tax expense.

Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations were $39.9 million ($0.22 per share) in Q3 2021 compared to adjusted net earnings of $63.6 million ($0.37 per share) in Q3 2020. Adjusted net earnings in Q3 2021 removes, among other things, $31.1 million of finance costs relating to the debt refinancing in the quarter including a $21.4 million redemption premium and $9.7 million of unamortized costs related to the debt redeemed that were expensed in the quarter.

Gold Operations

  3 months ended September 30, 9 months ended September 30,
    2021   2020   2021   2020
Total        
 Ounces produced   125,459     136,922     353,268     390,654  
Ounces sold   125,189     137,704     352,923     388,883  
Cash operating costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $ 646   $ 537   $ 644   $ 568  
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $ 1,133   $ 918   $ 1,066   $ 908  
Sustaining capital expenditures (2) $ 34.7   $ 22.1   $ 79.3   $ 63.4  
Kisladag        
Ounces produced   51,040     59,593     141,229     169,659  
Ounces sold   51,038     59,571     142,593     171,088  
Cash operating costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $ 612   $ 440   $ 546   $ 452  
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $ 916   $ 708   $ 755   $ 641  
Sustaining capital expenditures (2) $ 8.2   $ 5.3   $ 14.7   $ 13.7  
Lamaque        
Ounces produced   37,369     39,525     101,847     99,973  
Ounces sold   37,381     38,587     101,136     97,279  
Cash operating costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $ 646   $ 494   $ 683   $ 530  
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $ 1,130   $ 747   $ 1,117   $ 844  
Sustaining capital expenditures (2) $ 13.7   $ 6.8   $ 34.0   $ 23.1  
Efemcukuru        
Ounces produced   23,305     23,892     70,076     74,007  
Ounces sold   23,825     24,471     70,961     73,384  
Cash operating costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $ 552   $ 561   $ 534   $ 577  
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $ 911   $ 1,012   $ 839   $ 894  
Sustaining capital expenditures (2) $ 5.3   $ 5.1   $ 11.7   $ 11.8  
Olympias        
Ounces produced   13,745     13,912     40,116     47,015  
Ounces sold   12,945     15,075     38,233     47,132  
Cash operating costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $ 952   $ 992   $ 1,110   $ 1,056  
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $ 1,728   $ 1,450   $ 1,806   $ 1,484  
Sustaining capital expenditures (2) $ 7.5   $ 4.9   $ 19.0   $ 14.8  

 

(1) By-product revenues are off-set against cash operating costs.
(2) These financial measures or ratios are non-IFRS financial measures or ratios. See the September 30, 2021 MD&A for explanations and discussion of these non-IFRS financial measures or ratios.

Kisladag

Kisladag produced 51,040 ounces of gold in Q3 2021, a 14% decrease from 59,593 ounces in Q3 2020. The decrease was the result of a planned shift to lower-grade ore through 2021 as compared to 2020. However, gold production was higher than expected in the quarter with several operational improvements implemented in the mine, crushing circuit and leach pad in the first half of 2021, resulting in increased throughput. Gold production is expected to reduce primarily in Q1 2022 as a result of the commissioning of the HPGR circuit, which will increase recoveries once in operation.

Cash operating costs per ounce sold increased to $612 in Q3 2021 from $440 in Q3 2020. The increase was primarily due to lower production and sales as a result of the decrease in average grade of ore placed on the leach pad throughout 2021 combined with increased refining costs associated with sales of gold slag in the quarter.

AISC per ounce sold increased to $916 in Q3 2021 from $708 in Q3 2020. The increase was primarily due to higher cash operating costs per ounce sold and higher sustaining capital expenditure in the quarter. Sustaining capital expenditure of $8.2 million in Q3 2021 primarily included process infrastructure upgrades and mine equipment overhauls.

Growth capital expenditures were $17.7 million in Q3 2021 and $70.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021. Growth capital included continued installation works of an HPGR circuit expected to improve heap leach recovery. Commissioning of the HPGR is progressing well and is expected to be completed in November. Growth capital also included waste stripping and construction of the North leach pad, both to support the mine life extension.

Lamaque

Lamaque produced 37,369 ounces of gold in Q3 2021, a 5% decrease from 39,525 ounces in Q3 2020 and reflecting a planned shift to lower-grade ore stopes in the quarter. Average grade was 5.99 grams per tonne in Q3 2021, an increase from 5.58 grams per tonne in the first half of 2021 but lower than 7.25 grams per tonne in Q3 2020. Tonnes processed in the quarter increased 15% from Q3 2020 as a result of increased underground development and the ability to process higher volumes resulting from ongoing successful debottlenecking of the mill.

Cash operating costs per ounce sold increased to $646 in Q3 2021 from $494 in Q3 2020, primarily reflecting the planned shift to lower-grade ore.

AISC per ounce sold increased to $1,130 in Q3 2021 from $747 in Q3 2020 as a result of higher cash operating costs per ounce sold and higher sustaining capital. Sustaining capital expenditure totalled $13.7 million in Q3 2021 and related primarily to underground development and maintenance.

Growth capital expenditure totalled $10.1 million in Q3 2021 and $26.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021, and primarily included continued development of the underground decline from the Sigma mill to the Triangle mine which commenced in Q3 2020 and remains on schedule for completion in Q4 2021. Following completion, the decline is expected to reduce operating costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide access for underground drill platforms for Ormaque, Plug 4, and other exploration targets in the prospective corridor between the Triangle underground mine and the Sigma mill.

Efemcukuru

Efemcukuru produced 23,305 ounces of gold in Q3 2021, a slight decrease from 23,892 ounces in Q3 2020 and reflect continued strong production. The flotation columns installed in late 2020 continue to operate well and have resulted in an increase in quality of gold concentrate through 2021. Production in 2021 has been adjusted to reflect a reduced effective rate for payable ounces, following a change in the structure of concentrate sales contracts. The reduced effective rate for payable ounces under the new contracts are offset by a decrease in production costs due to the elimination of treatment charges and other deductions now blended in the reduced effective rate.

Cash operating costs per ounce sold improved to $552 in Q3 2021 from $561 in Q3 2020. Cash operating costs in Q3 2021 benefited from lower selling costs due to the change in pricing structure of concentrate sales contracts and lower costs resulting from the weakening of the Turkish Lira.

AISC per ounce sold improved to $911 in Q3 2021 from $1,012 in Q3 2020. The decrease is primarily due to higher royalty expense in Q3 2020 as a result of a gold royalty rate increase announced in September 2020, for which $1.2 million of additional royalty expense was recorded in Q3 2020 associated with gold sales during the first six months of 2020. In early 2021, the retroactive portion of the gold royalty rate increase was amended to be effective from the announcement date only and no longer retroactive to January 1, 2020. Sustaining capital expenditure of $5.3 million in Q3 2021 primarily included underground development, equipment rebuilds, and process upgrades.

Olympias

Olympias produced 13,745 ounces of gold in Q3 2021, a slight decrease from 13,912 ounces in Q3 2020. Lower processing volumes in the quarter were partially offset by higher average gold grade. Lead and silver production was also lower in Q3 2021 as compared to Q3 2020, primarily a result of lower processing volumes. An increase in zinc feed grade to 4.55% in Q3 2021 from 3.53% in Q3 2020 resulted in higher zinc production in the quarter, despite lower processing volumes. Operations at Olympias continued to be negatively affected in Q3 2021 by low productivity as the Company progresses through the implementation of transformation efforts at its Kassandra mines. Discussions with stakeholders are ongoing and are expected to lead to a sustainable continuous improvement program as the year progresses. Further improvement is underway to long range mine design and planning based on updated geotechnical guidance.

Cash operating costs per ounce sold improved to $952 in Q3 2021 from $992 in Q3 2020, primarily a result of processing higher-grade ore, combined with higher silver and base metal sales, which reduce cash operating costs as by-product credits.

AISC per ounce sold increased to $1,728 in Q3 2021 from $1,450 in Q3 2020 due to an increase in royalties following ratification of the Amended Investment Agreement in March 2021. AISC was also negatively impacted by an increase in sustaining capital expenditure to $7.5 million in Q3 2021 from $4.9 million in Q3 2020. Sustaining capital expenditure of $7.5 million in Q3 2021 primarily included underground development, diamond drilling and tailings facility construction.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the details of the Company’s Q3 2021 results will be held by senior management on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 11:30 AM ET (8:30 AM PT). The call will be webcast and can be accessed at Eldorado Gold’s website: www.eldoradogold.com and via this link: http://services.choruscall.ca/links/eldoradogold20211029.html

Conference Call Details   Replay (available until Dec. 3, 2021)
Date: October 29, 2021   Vancouver: +1 604 638 9010
Time: 11:30 am ET (8:30 am PT)   Toll Free: 1 800 319 6413
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About Eldorado Gold

Eldorado is a gold and base metals producer with mining, development and exploration operations in Turkey, Canada, Greece and Romania. The Company has a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, safe and responsible operations, a portfolio of high-quality assets, and long-term partnerships with local communities. Eldorado's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: ELD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EGO).

Contact

Investor Relations

Lisa Wilkinson, VP Investor Relations
604.757.2237 or 1.888.353.8166 lisa.wilkinson@eldoradogold.com

Media

Louise McMahon, Director Communications & Public Affairs
604.757.5573 or 1.888.363.8166 louise.mcmahon@eldoradogold.com

Non-IFRS Measures

Certain non-IFRS measures, including cash operating costs, total cash costs,, all-in sustaining cost ("AISC"), adjusted net earnings/(loss) attributable to shareholders, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA"), sustaining and growth capital, free cash flow, working capital and cash flow from operations before changes in working capital, non-IFRS ratios, including cash operating cost per ounce sold, total cash costs per ounce sold, AISC per ounce sold, average realized gold price per ounce sold, adjusted net earnings/(loss) per share attributable to shareholders, are included in this press release. Please see the September 30, 2021 MD&A for explanations and discussion of these non-IFRS measures. The Company believes that these measures, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), provide investors an improved ability to evaluate the underlying performance of the Company. The non-IFRS measures are intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. These measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS, and therefore may not be comparable to other issuers.

Cautionary Note about Forward-looking Statements and Information

Certain of the statements made and information provided in this press release are forward-looking statements or information within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Often, these forward-looking statements and forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", “continue”, “projected”, "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or the negatives thereof or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved.

Forward-looking statements or information contained in this release include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to: the Company’s 2021 annual guidance, including at our individual mine production; construction of the decline connecting Sigma mill with the Triangle underground mine, including the timing of completion; continued drilling at the Ormaque gold resource, completion of the HPGR circuit, including the timing of completion; the optimization of Greek operations, including the benefits and risks thereof; our expectation as to our future financial and operating performance, including expectations around generating free cash flow; working capital requirements; debt repayment obligations; use of proceeds from financing activities; expected metallurgical recoveries and improved concentrate grade and quality; gold price outlook and the global concentrate market; risk factors affecting our business; our strategy, plans and goals, including our proposed exploration, development, construction, permitting and operating plans and priorities and related timelines; and schedules and results of litigation and arbitration proceedings. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information by their nature are based on assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, market uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.

We have made certain assumptions about the forward-looking statements and information, including assumptions about: our 2021 annual guidance, timing of construction of the decline between Sigma mill and the Triangle underground mine; results from drilling at Ormaque; benefits of the improvements at Kisladag; how the world-wide economic and social impact of COVID-19 is managed and the duration and extent of the COVID-19 pandemic; timing and cost of construction and exploration; the geopolitical, economic, permitting and legal climate that we operate in; the future price of gold and other commodities; the global concentrate market; exchange rates; anticipated costs, expenses and working capital requirements; production, mineral reserves and resources and metallurgical recoveries; the impact of acquisitions, dispositions, suspensions or delays on our business; and the ability to achieve our goals. In particular, except where otherwise stated, we have assumed a continuation of existing business operations on substantially the same basis as exists at the time of this release.

Even though our management believes that the assumptions made and the expectations represented by such statements or information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statement or information will prove to be accurate. Many assumptions may be difficult to predict and are beyond our control.

Furthermore, should one or more of the risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements or information. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: inability to meet production guidance, inability to complete construction of the decline between Triangle mill and the Triangle underground mine on time or to meet expected timing thereof, poor results from drilling at Ormaque; inability to complete improvements at Kisladag or to meeting expected timing thereof, or to achieve the benefits thereof; inability to assess taxes in Turkey or depreciation expenses; global outbreaks of infectious diseases, including COVID-19; timing and cost of construction, and the associated benefits; recoveries of gold and other metals; geopolitical and economic climate (global and local), risks related to mineral tenure and permits; gold and other commodity price volatility; information technology systems risks; continued softening of the global concentrate market; risks regarding potential and pending litigation and arbitration proceedings relating to our business, properties and operations; expected impact on reserves and the carrying value; the updating of the reserve and resource models and life of mine plans; mining operational and development risk; financing risks; foreign country operational risks; risks of sovereign investment; regulatory risks and liabilities including environmental regulatory restrictions and liability; discrepancies between actual and estimated production; mineral reserves and resources and metallurgical testing and recoveries; additional funding requirements; currency fluctuations; community and non-governmental organization actions; speculative nature of gold exploration; dilution; share price volatility and the price of our common shares; competition; loss of key employees; and defective title to mineral claims or properties, as well as those risk factors discussed in the sections titled “Forward-Looking Statements” and "Risk factors in our business" in the Company's most recent Annual Information Form & Form 40-F. The reader is directed to carefully review the detailed risk discussion in our most recent Annual Information Form filed on SEDAR and EDGAR under our Company name, which discussion is incorporated by reference in this release, for a fuller understanding of the risks and uncertainties that affect the Company’s business and operations.

The inclusion of forward-looking statements and information is designed to help you understand management’s current views of our near- and longer-term prospects, and it may not be appropriate for other purposes.

There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements or information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements or information contained herein. Except as required by law, we do not expect to update forward-looking statements and information continually as conditions change.

Financial Information and condensed statements contained herein or attached hereto may not be suitable for readers that are unfamiliar with the Company and is not a substitute for reading the Company’s financial statements and related MD&A available on our website and on SEDAR and EDGAR under our Company name. The reader is directed to carefully review such document for a full understanding of the financial information summarized herein.

Except as otherwise noted, scientific and technical information contained in this press release was reviewed and approved by Simon Hille, FAusIMM and VP Technical Services for the Company, and a "qualified person" under NI 43-101.


Eldorado Gold Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position
As at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020
(Unaudited – in thousands of U.S. dollars)

As at Note   September 30, 2021   December 31, 2020
ASSETS          
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 439,316       $ 451,962    
Term deposits           59,034    
Marketable securities     21,882       194    
Accounts receivable and other 7   97,783       73,022    
Inventories 2(c),8   170,687       164,135    
Current portion of employee benefit plan assets 15         5,749    
Assets held for sale 5   48,386          
      778,054       754,096    
Restricted cash     2,633       2,097    
Other assets     28,883       39,562    
Property, plant and equipment 2(c)   3,970,909       4,042,199    
Goodwill     92,591       92,591    
      $ 4,873,070       $ 4,930,545    
LIABILITIES & EQUITY          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     $ 167,784       $ 179,372    
Current portion of lease liabilities     8,994       11,297    
Current portion of debt 9         66,667    
Current portion of asset retirement obligations     4,701       4,701    
Liabilities associated with assets held for sale 5   386          
      181,865       262,037    
Debt 9   493,621       434,465    
Lease liabilities     15,581       14,659    
Employee benefit plan obligations     21,893       21,974    
Asset retirement obligations     109,416       106,677    
Deferred income tax liabilities 2(c)   379,775       412,162    
      1,202,151       1,251,974    
Equity          
Share capital 13   3,225,173       3,144,644    
Treasury stock     (10,289 )     (11,452 )  
Contributed surplus     2,641,587       2,638,008    
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (27,526 )     (30,297 )  
Deficit 2(c)   (2,199,224 )     (2,103,205 )  
Total equity attributable to shareholders of the Company     3,629,721       3,637,698    
Attributable to non-controlling interests     41,198       40,873    
      3,670,919       3,678,571    
      $ 4,873,070       $ 4,930,545    

Approved on behalf of the Board of Directors             

        (signed)         John Webster Director                 (signed)        George Burns               Director

Date of approval: October 28, 2021   

 

Eldorado Gold Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020
(Unaudited – in thousands of U.S. dollars)

      Three months ended   Nine months ended
      September 30,   September 30,
  Note   2021        2020        2021        2020       
Revenue                  
Metal sales 10   $ 238,441       $ 287,595       $ 696,283       $ 748,167      
                   
Cost of sales                  
Production costs     110,180       117,386       331,540       328,225      
Depreciation and amortization 2(c)   50,720       57,012       154,229       159,490      
      160,900       174,398       485,769       487,715      
                   
Earnings from mine operations     77,541       113,197       210,514       260,452      
                   
Exploration and evaluation expenses     4,663       4,035       16,552       9,488      
Mine standby costs 11   9,139       2,497       12,842       10,382      
General and administrative expenses     7,676       6,632       27,543       21,054      
Employee benefit plan expense     839       496       2,204       1,953      
Share-based payments expense 14   1,716       2,586       5,419       7,244      
Write-down (recovery) of assets     38       29       (392 )     (63 )    
Foreign exchange gain     (605 )     (4,317 )     (6,827 )     (7,436 )    
Earnings from operations     54,075       101,239       153,173       217,830      
                   
Other income 12   1,732       2,658       12,666       2,833      
Finance costs 12   (41,019 )     (19,873 )     (66,851 )     (42,516 )    
Earnings from continuing operations before income tax     14,788       84,024       98,988       178,147      
                   
Income tax expense 2(c)   5,627       40,730       45,170       82,195      
Net earnings from continuing operations     $ 9,161       $ 43,294       $ 53,818       $ 95,952      
Net (loss) earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax 5   (60,761 )     1,089       (149,920 )     (7,895 )    
Net (loss) earnings for the period     $ (51,600 )     $ 44,383       $ (96,102 )     $ 88,057      
                   
Attributable to:                  
Shareholders of the Company 2(c)   (52,220 )     47,088       (96,018 )     93,271      
Non-controlling interests     620       (2,705 )     (84 )     (5,214 )    
Net (loss) earnings for the period     $ (51,600 )     $ 44,383       $ (96,102 )     $ 88,057      
                   
Earnings (loss) attributable to shareholders of the Company:                  
Continuing operations     8,541       45,999       53,902       101,166      
Discontinued operations 5   (60,761 )     1,089       (149,920 )     (7,895 )    
      $ (52,220 )     $ 47,088       $ (96,018 )     $ 93,271      
                   
Weighted average number of shares outstanding (thousands)                  
Basic     182,447       173,822       179,556       169,676      
Diluted     183,948       178,131       181,674       173,732      
                   
Net (loss) earnings per share attributable to shareholders of the Company:                  
Basic (loss) earnings per share 2(c)   $ (0.29 )     $ 0.27       $ (0.53 )     $ 0.55      
Diluted (loss) earnings per share 2(c)   $ (0.29 )     $ 0.26       $ (0.53 )     $ 0.54      
                   
Net earnings per share attributable to shareholders of the Company - continuing operations:                  
Basic earnings per share 2(c)   $ 0.05       $ 0.26       $ 0.30       $ 0.60      
Diluted earnings per share 2(c)   $ 0.05       $ 0.26       $ 0.30       $ 0.58      

 

 

Eldorado Gold Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020
(Unaudited – in thousands of U.S. dollars)

      Three months ended   Nine months ended
      September 30,   September 30,
  Note   2021        2020        2021        2020     
                   
Net (loss) earnings for the period 2(c)   $ (51,600 )     $ 44,383       $ (96,102 )     $ 88,057    
Other comprehensive (loss) income:                  
Items that will not be reclassified to earnings or loss:                  
Change in fair value of investments in marketable securities, net of tax     3,048       669       3,018       1,567    
Actuarial losses on employee benefit plans, net of tax     (277 )     (227 )     (247 )     (425 )  
Total other comprehensive income for the period     2,771       442       2,771       1,142    
Total comprehensive (loss) income for the period     $ (48,829 )     $ 44,825       $ (93,331 )     $ 89,199    
                   
Attributable to:                  
Shareholders of the Company 2(c)   (49,449 )     47,530       (93,247 )     94,413    
Non-controlling interests     620       (2,705 )     (84 )     (5,214 )  
      $ (48,829 )     $ 44,825       $ (93,331 )     $ 89,199    

 

 

Eldorado Gold Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020
(Unaudited – in thousands of U.S. dollars)

      Three months ended   Nine months ended
      September 30,   September 30,
Cash flows generated from (used in): Note   2021       2020 1   2021       2020 1
Operating activities                  
Net earnings for the period from continuing operations 2(c)   $ 9,161       $ 43,294       $ 53,818       $ 95,952    
Items not affecting cash:                  
Depreciation and amortization 2(c)   51,178       57,552       155,714       161,149    
Finance costs     41,019       19,873       66,851       42,516    
Interest income     (413 )     (429 )     (1,888 )     (1,712 )  
Unrealized foreign exchange gain     (945 )     (4,582 )     (2,634 )     (7,632 )  
Income tax expense 2(c)   5,627       40,730       45,170       82,195    
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets     (180 )     (89 )     46       2,322    
Gain on disposal of mining licenses 12               (7,046 )        
Write-down (recovery) of assets     38       29       (392 )     (63 )  
Share-based payments expense 14   1,716       2,586       5,419       7,244    
Employee benefit plan expense     839       496       2,204       1,953    
      108,040       159,460       317,262       383,924    
Property reclamation payments     (515 )     (618 )     (1,622 )     (1,618 )  
Employee benefit plan receipt (payments)     5,639       (1,284 )     5,118       (1,955 )  
Income taxes paid     (12,561 )     (22,899 )     (64,574 )     (55,746 )  
Interest received     413       429       1,888       1,712    
Changes in non-cash working capital 16   4,094       42,658       (4,819 )     23,720    
Net cash generated from operating activities of continuing operations     105,110       177,746       253,253       350,037    
Net cash generated from (used in) operating activities of discontinued operations     692       (2,975 )     (4,048 )     (2,012 )  
                   
Investing activities                  
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (64,441 )     (50,438 )     (200,035 )     (127,152 )  
Acquisition of subsidiary, net of $4,311 cash received 4               (19,336 )        
Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment     966       147       2,277       773    
Value added taxes related to mineral property expenditures, net     (11,971 )     (12,801 )     (16,170 )     (18,283 )  
Proceeds from the sale of mining licenses 12               5,000          
Purchase of marketable securities and investment in debt securities     (27,060 )           (27,060 )        
Proceeds from the sale of marketable securities           5,237             5,237    
Decrease (increase) in term deposits     1,000       (48,528 )     59,034       (50,089 )  
(Increase) decrease in restricted cash     (432 )     (21 )     (536 )     1,077    
Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations     (101,938 )     (106,404 )     (196,826 )     (188,437 )  
Net cash generated from (used in) investing activities of discontinued operations     (911 )     9,683       (2,348 )     8,867    
                   
Financing activities                  
Issuance of common shares, net of issuance costs     240       7,820       14,374       94,899    
Acquisition of non-controlling interest                       (7,500 )  
Contributions from non-controlling interests                 409       301    
Proceeds from borrowings 9   500,000             500,000       150,000    
Repayment of borrowings 9   (433,953 )     (58,574 )     (517,286 )     (91,907 )  
Debt redemption premium paid 9(c)   (21,400 )           (21,400 )        
Loan financing costs     (7,535 )           (7,535 )        
Interest paid     (7,634 )     (9,370 )     (23,117 )     (29,728 )  
Principal portion of lease liabilities     (2,802 )     (2,531 )     (7,813 )     (7,524 )  
Purchase of treasury stock                       (3,679 )  
Net cash generated from (used in) financing activities of continuing operations     26,916       (62,655 )     (62,368 )     104,862    
Net cash used in financing activities of discontinued operations     (12 )     (20 )     (36 )     (60 )  
                   
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     29,857       15,375       (12,373 )     273,257    
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period     409,732       435,624       451,962       177,742    
Cash in disposal group held for sale     (273 )           (273 )        
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period     $ 439,316       $ 450,999       $ 439,316       $ 450,999    

Restated, see Note 3(c).

 

Eldorado Gold Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Changes in Equity
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020
(Unaudited – in thousands of U.S. dollars)

    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2021        2020        2021        2020     
Share capital                
Balance beginning of period   $ 3,224,830       $ 3,135,955       $ 3,144,644       $ 3,054,563    
Shares issued upon exercise of share options, for cash   219       185       1,617       2,001    
Shares issued upon exercise of performance share units   30             1,202          
Transfer of contributed surplus on exercise of options   87       71       635       801    
Shares issued upon acquisition of subsidiary (Note 4)               65,647          
Shares issued to the public, net of share issuance costs   7       6,396       11,428       85,242    
Balance end of period   $ 3,225,173       $ 3,142,607       $ 3,225,173       $ 3,142,607    
                 
Treasury stock                
Balance beginning of period   $ (10,295 )     $ (11,587 )     $ (11,452 )     $ (8,662 )  
Purchase of treasury stock                     (3,679 )  
Shares redeemed upon exercise of restricted share units   6       6       1,163       760    
Balance end of period   $ (10,289 )     $ (11,581 )     $ (10,289 )     $ (11,581 )  
                 
Contributed surplus                
Balance beginning of period   $ 2,639,288       $ 2,634,246       $ 2,638,008       $ 2,627,441    
Share-based payment arrangements   2,422       2,338       6,579       6,456    
Acquisition of non-controlling interest, without change in control                     4,171    
Shares redeemed upon exercise of restricted share units   (6 )     (6 )     (1,163 )     (760 )  
Shares redeemed upon exercise of performance share units   (30 )           (1,202 )        
Transfer to share capital on exercise of options   (87 )     (71 )     (635 )     (801 )  
Balance end of period   $ 2,641,587       $ 2,636,507       $ 2,641,587       $ 2,636,507    
                 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss                
Balance beginning of period   $ (30,297 )     $ (28,266 )     $ (30,297 )     $ (28,966 )  
Other comprehensive income for the period   2,771       442       2,771       1,142    
Balance end of period   $ (27,526 )     $ (27,824 )     $ (27,526 )     $ (27,824 )  
                 
Deficit                
Balance beginning of period   $ (2,147,004 )     $ (2,181,815 )     $ (2,103,206 )     $ (2,227,998 )  
Net (loss) earnings attributable to shareholders of the Company (Note 2(c))   (52,220 )     47,088       (96,018 )     93,271    
Balance end of period   $ (2,199,224 )     $ (2,134,727 )     $ (2,199,224 )     $ (2,134,727 )  
Total equity attributable to shareholders of the Company   $ 3,629,721       $ 3,604,982       $ 3,629,721       $ 3,604,982    
                 
Non-controlling interests                
Balance beginning of period   $ 40,578       $ 45,424       $ 40,873       $ 59,304    
Earnings (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests   620       (2,705 )     (84 )     (5,214 )  
Acquisition of non-controlling interest                     (11,672 )  
Contributions from non-controlling interests               409       301    
Balance end of period   $ 41,198       $ 42,719       $ 41,198       $ 42,719    
Total equity   $ 3,670,919       $ 3,647,701       $ 3,670,919       $ 3,647,701    

Please see the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements dated September 30, 2021 for notes to the accounts.

 


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