VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – November 17, 2017: New Pacific Metals Corp. (“New Pacific” or the “Company”) today announced its unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2017.
This earnings release should be read in conjunction with the Company's Management Discussion & Analysis, Financial Statements and Notes to Financial Statements for the corresponding period, which have been posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and are also available on the Company's website at www.newpacificmetals.com. All figures are expressed in Canadian Dollars (CAD) unless otherwise stated.
Q1 FISCAL 2018 HIGHLIGHTS
- Successfully completed the Alcira acquisition to acquire the Silver Sand Property in Bolivia for a total cash consideration of US$45,000,000, the transaction closed on July 20, 2017; and
- Raised US$35,817,000 through two private placements which closed on July 17 and July 28, 2017, respectively to partially fund the Alcira acquisition.
For the three months ended September 30, 2017, net loss attributable to equity holders was $1,551,099 or $0.01 per share compared to net income of $3,528,268 or $0.05 per share for the three months ended September 30, 2016.
Major items impacting financial performance in Q1 Fiscal 2018 are as follow:
Loss from investments for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was $576,944 (three months ended September 30, 2017 – income of $ 3,682,428). Within the loss from investments, $768,457 was from loss on the Company’s equity investments offset by gain of $182,644 from fair value change and interest earned on bonds.
Operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2017 were $507,450 (three months ended September 30, 2016 - $253,360). The increase in operating expenses was a result of the Company’s increased activities in refocusing on mining, acquiring and operating mining properties in Bolivia. Items included in operating expenses are as follow:
- Consulting fees for the three months ended September 30, 2017 were $2,925 (three months ended September 30, 2016 - $nil).
- Filing and listing fees for the three months ended September 30, 2017 were $39,408 (three months ended September 30, 2016 - $8,841). The filling fees include the base fee and variable fee based on the market capitalization paid to TSX Venture. The increase of filing fees in the current period was related to TSX Venture’s approval of the Company’s private placement financing and change of business.
- Investor relations expense for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was $35,781 (three months ended September 30, 2016 - $4,618). The Company engaged in more mining conferences and roadshows in the current period since it changed its business back to mining.
- Professional fees for the three months ended September 30, 2017 were $52,713 (three months ended September 30, 2016 - $19,834). The increase in professional fees was a result of additional legal and accounting services related to the Alcira acquisition.
- Salaries and benefits expense for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was $205,206 (three months ended September 30, 2016 - $112,291). The increase in salaries in the current period was due to increased operating activities resulted in more chargeable hours for existing employees and the creation of a few new positions.
- Office and administration expense for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was $98,797 (three months ended September 30, 2016 - $75,048). The increase in office and administration expenses was a result of the overall increased activity levels of the Company.
- Share-based compensation for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was $65,795 (three months ended September 30, 2016 - $22,912).
Foreign exchange loss for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was $469,304 (three months ended September 30, 2016 - foreign exchange gain of $149,066). The Company holds a large portion of cash and cash equivalents and bonds in US dollars while the Company’s functional currency is Canadian dollar, the fluctuation in exchange rates between the US dollar and Canadian dollar will impact the financial results of the Company. During the three months ended September 30, 2017, the US dollar depreciated by 3.8% against Canadian dollar (from 1.2977 to 1.2480) while in the prior year the US dollar appreciated by 0.8% against Canadian dollar (from 1.3009 to 1.3117).
On July 20, 2017, the Company has closed its previously announced acquisition of 100% interest in Empresa Minera Alcira S.A. (“Alcira”), a private Bolivian incorporated mining company from its three shareholders (the “Vendors”) pursuant to the terms of a share purchase agreement (the “Agreement”) dated March 28, 2017. Alcira has seven silver-polymetallic mineral properties or ATEs (Temporary Special Authorization) in Bolivia. The most significant property is the Silver Sand Property (the “Property”), located in the Potosi Department, which has been subjected to some small-scale, historic mining and was drilled during the period 2012 through 2015 by Alcira. The other six are early-stage exploration projects, which have either been subject to limited small-scale mining or historical drilling.
The Company acquired Alcira for total cash consideration of US$45,000,000. During the three months ended September 30, 2017, total payments of US$36,250,000 were paid to the Vendors. Combined with the previous payment of US$3,750,000 made on April 6, 2017, total payments made to the Vendors as of September 30, 2017 were US$40,000,000. According to the agreement, the remaining balance of US$5,000,000 is to be paid to the Vendors once the Company has received certain specified permits and licenses from the authorities of Bolivia necessary for mining and milling operations, or once Alcira has commenced commercial production. This amount was accrued under contingent payment of property acquisition as at September 30, 2017.
The transaction is entered into based on normal market conditions at the amount agreed on by the parties. The transaction did not meet the criterial of a business combination since Alcira lacks the necessary inputs, process, and outputs of being a business; therefore it has been accounted for as an acquisition of assets by the Company. The purchase consideration was allocated to the assets acquired based on their fair values at the date of the acquisition net of any associated liabilities. The only material asset acquired was the mineral property interest of the Silver Sand Property.
To facilitate the funding of its acquisition of Alcira, the Company successfully completed two private placements during the period.
On July 17, 2017, the Company closed a private placement to issue a total of 43,521,250 common shares at a price of US$0.80 per share for gross proceeds of US$34,817,000.
On July 28, 2017, the Company closed another private placement to issue a total of 1,250,000 common shares at a price of US$0.80 per share for gross proceeds of US$1,000,000.
SILVER SAND PROPERTY
The Company started the preparation works for the planned exploration program immediately after the acquisition of the Silver Sand Property. For the three months ended September 30, 2017, total expenditures of $387,748 were capitalized under the property. These expenditures were mainly related to the site and camp preparation, maintaining a regional office in La Paz, and building a competent management team and workforce for the property.
Subsequent to the period end in October 2017, the Company successfully received necessary permits from the relevant Bolivian government authorities and immediately started commencing a 30,000 metres exploration drilling program on the property.
ABOUT NEW PACIFIC
New Pacific Metals Corp. is a Canadian exploration and development company which owns the Silver Sand Project, in the Potosi Department of Bolivia, the Tagish Lake Gold Project in Yukon, Canada and the RZY Project in Qinghai Province, China. Silvercorp Metals Inc. (TSX/NYSE American: SVM), the largest primary silver producer in China, is the major shareholder.
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