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Press Release: Silvercorp Reports Net Income of $8.4 Million, $0.05 Per Share, and Cash Flow from Operations of $23.9 Million for Q3 Fiscal 2021

· 02/04/2021 17:11
-- Mined 279,445 tonnes of ore, up 6% compared to the prior year quarter, with ore milled of 260,648 tonnes, a decrease of 2% compared to the prior year quarter; -- Sold approximately 1.6 million ounces of silver, 800 ounces of gold, 16.8 million pounds of lead, and 9.0 million pounds of zinc, representing increases of 14% and 7% in gold and zinc sold and decreases of 4% and 11% in silver and lead sold compared to the prior year quarter; -- Revenue of $53.3 million, up 20% or $8.8 million compared to $44.5 million in the prior year quarter; -- Net income attributable to equity shareholders of $8.4 million or $0.05 per share, up 33% compared to $6.3 million or $0.04 per share in the prior year quarter; -- Cash cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, of negative $2.76, compared to negative $1.21 in the prior year quarter; -- All-in sustaining cost per ounce of silver, net of by-product credits, of $6.92, compared to $7.21 in the prior year quarter; -- Gain on equity investments of $0.6 million; -- Cash flow from operations of $23.9 million compared to $24.9 million in the prior year quarter; -- Paid dividends of $2.2 million, or $0.0125 per share, to equity shareholders; -- Acquired a 26.99% interest in Whitehorse Gold Corp. ("WHG") at total cost of $1.3 million, having a fair market value of $35.5 million as at December 31, 2020, as result of (a) receiving 5,740,286 WHG common shares under a spin-out transaction completed by New Pacific Metals Corp. ("NUAG"), and (b) subscribing for 5,774,000 WHG common shares under a private placement; -- Won an online auction to acquire the exploration rights to the Zhonghe Silver Project from the Henan provincial government of China, with the mineral rights transfer contract pending the clearance of the project area as not being in a military area by the related authorities; -- Acquired a 45% interest in the La Yesca Silver Project in Mexico for approximately $7.6 million as announced on February 2, 2021; -- Investment in NUAG with a carrying value of $50.8 million and market value of $277.0 million and other investments of $18.8 million as at December 31,2020; and -- Strong balance sheet with $204.1 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments, an increase of $4.0 million or 2% compared to $200.1 million as at September 30, 2020. This does not include the investments in associates and equity investments in other companies having a total market value of $331.3 million as at December 31, 2020.

Silvercorp Reports Net Income of $8.4 Million, $0.05 Per Share, and Cash Flow from Operations of $23.9 Million for Q3 Fiscal 2021

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silvercorp Metals Inc. ("Silvercorp" or the "Company") (TSX/NYSE American: SVM) reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2020 ("Q3 Fiscal 2021"). All amounts are expressed in US Dollars.

Q3 FISCAL YEAR 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

FINANCIALS

Net income attributable to equity shareholders of the Company in Q3 Fiscal 2021 was $8.4 million, or $0.05 per share, up 33% compared to $6.3 million, or $0.04 per share in Q3 Fiscal 2020.

Compared to Q3 Fiscal 2020, the Company's financial results in Q3 Fiscal 2021 were mainly impacted by the following: i) an increase of 33%, 20%, 1% and 47% in the net realized selling prices for silver, gold, lead and zinc; ii) an increase of 14% and 7% in the amount of gold and zinc sold, offset by i) a decrease of 4% and 11% in the amount of silver and lead sold; ii) a $3.0 million in foreign exchange loss, and iii) a $1.4 million finance costs.

Revenue in Q3 Fiscal 2021 was $53.3 million, up 20% or $8.8 million compared to $44.5 million in Q3 Fiscal 2020. The increase was mainly due to i) an increase of $10.5 million arising from the increase in the net realized selling prices for silver, gold, lead and zinc; ii) an increase of $0.7 million arising from the increase in the amount of gold and zinc sold; offset by iii) a decrease of $2.6 million arising from the decrease in the amount of silver and lead sold. Silver, gold and base metal sales represented $30.7 million, $1.2 million, and $21.4 million, respectively, compared to silver, gold and base metals sales of $24.0 million, $0.9 million, and $19.6 million, respectively, in Q3 Fiscal 2020. Revenue from the Ying Mining District in Q3 Fiscal 2021 was $42.5 million, up 19% compared to $35.7 million in Q3 Fiscal 2020. Revenue from the GC Mine in Q3 Fiscal 2021 was $10.8 million, up 22% compared to $8.8 million in Q3 Fiscal 2020.

Production costs expensed in Q3 Fiscal 2021 were $18.0 million, a decrease of $0.4 million, compared to $18.4 million in Q3 Fiscal 2020. The production costs expensed represent approximately 247,000 tonnes of ore processed and expensed at a cost of $73.04 per tonne, compared to approximately 255,000 tonnes at $72.16 per tonne in Q3 Fiscal 2020.

Income from mine operations in Q3 Fiscal 2021 was $24.8 million or 47% of revenue, compared to $15.8 million or 35% of revenue in Q3 Fiscal 2020. Income from mine operations at the Ying Mining District was $21.7 million or 51% of revenue, compared to $14.5 million or 41% of revenue in Q3 Fiscal 2020. Income from mine operations at the GC Mine was $3.3 million or 31% of revenue, compared to $1.4 million or 16% of revenue in Q3 Fiscal 2020.

General and administrative expenses in Q3 Fiscal 2021 were $6.3 million, an increase of $1.4 million compared to $4.9 million in Q3 Fiscal 2020. General and administrative expenses included corporate administrative expenses of $3.5 million (Q3 Fiscal 2020 - $2.6 million) and mine administrative expenses of $2.8 million (Q2 Fiscal 2020 - $2.3 million). The increase was mainly due to an increase of $0.7 million in salaries and benefits and $0.3 million in share-based compensation.

Foreign exchange loss in Q3 Fiscal 2021 was $3.0 million, an increase of $1.7 million compared to $1.3 million in Q3 Fiscal 2020. The foreign exchange loss is mainly driven by the appreciation of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar.

Share of loss in associates in Q3 Fiscal 2021 was $0.6 million (Q3 Fiscal 2020 -- $0.3 million), representing the Company's equity share of the loss in NUAG and WHG.

Gain on equity investments recorded in profit in Q3 Fiscal 2021 was $0.6 million, compared to $nil in Q3 Fiscal 2020.

Income tax expenses in Q3 Fiscal 2021 was $6.0 million, compared to $3.7 million in Q3 Fiscal 2020. The income tax expenses comprised of current income tax expenses of $4.5 million (Q3 Fiscal 2020 - $2.8 million) and deferred income tax expenses of $1.5 million (Q3 Fiscal 2020 - $0.9 million). The increase was mainly due to an increase of $9.0 million in income from mine operations.

Cash flow provided by operating activities in Q3 Fiscal 2021 was $23.9 million, a decrease of $1.0 million, compared to $24.9 million in Q3 Fiscal 2020. The decrease was mainly due to i) higher income taxes paid; ii) a negative impact from the change in non-cash working capital, offset by iii) higher operating income.

For the nine months ended December 31, 2020, net income attributable to equity shareholders of the Company was $39.4 million or $0.23 per share, an increase of $8.2 million, compared to $31.1 million or $0.18 per share in the same prior year period; revenue was $156.4 million, up 12% or $16.4 million, compared to $140.0 million in the same prior year period; income from mine operations was $70.8 million or 45% of revenue, compared to $56.2 million or 40% of revenue in the same prior year period; gain on equity investments recorded in profit was $8.8 million compared to $nil in the same prior year period; foreign exchange loss was $7.0 million compared to $1.3 million in the same prior year period; and cash flow from operating activities was $83.7 million, up 18% from $71.0 million in the same prior year period.

The Company ended the period with $204.1 million in cash and short-term investments, an increase of $4.0 million or 2% compared to $200.1 million as at September 30, 2020; and an increase of $61.6 million or 43% compared to $142.5 million as at March 31, 2020.

Working capital as at December 31, 2020 was $168.7 million, an increase of $38.4 million or 29%, compared to $130.4 million as at March 31, 2020.

OPERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

(i) Q3 Fiscal 2021 vs. Q3 Fiscal 2020

In Q3 Fiscal 2021, on a consolidated basis, the Company mined 279,445 tonnes of ore, up 6% or 16,859 tonnes compared to 262,586 tonnes in the three months ended December 31, 2019 ("Q3 Fiscal 2020"). Ore milled was 260,648 tonnes, a decrease of 2% or 4,212 tonnes, compared to 264,860 tonnes in Q3 Fiscal 2020. The decrease was mainly due to a 7% decrease in the ore milled at the Ying Mining District caused by power rationing in December 2020, as the local government is subject to an annual environmental emissions KPI assessment.

In Q3 Fiscal 2021, the Company sold approximately 1.6 million ounces of silver, 800 ounces of gold, 16.8 million pounds of lead, and 9.0 million pounds of zinc, an increase of 14% and 7% in gold and zinc sold, and a decrease of 4% and 11% in silver and lead sold, compared to 1.7 million ounces of silver, 700 ounces of gold, 18.8 million pounds of lead, and 8.4 million pounds of zinc in Q3 Fiscal 2020.

In Q3 Fiscal 2021, the consolidated total mining and cash mining costs were $78.90 and $58.79 per tonne, up 0% and 2% compared to $78.65 and $57.54 per tonne, respectively, in Q3 Fiscal 2020. The increase in per tonne cash mining cost was mainly due to an increase of $0.4 million in labour costs and $0.9 million in mining contractor costs.

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