Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc: Results for the Year ended December 31, 2020 and Notice of a Management Conference Call

ST HELIER, Jersey, March 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc (NYSE AMERICAN: CMCL; AIM: CMCL) (“Caledonia” or the “Company”) announces its operating and financial results for the year ended December 31, 2020 (the “Year”). Further information on the financial and operating results for the Year and the quarter ended December 31, 2020 (the “Quarter” or “Q4”) can be found in the Management Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) and the audited financial statements which are available on the Company’s website and which are filed on SEDAR.

 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Gross revenues of $100 million (2019: $75.8 million).
  • Gross profit of $46.6 million (2019: $31.1 million) at a gross margin of 47 per cent (2019: 41 per cent).
  • EBITDA of $43.3 million (2019: $29.9 million) at a margin of 43 per cent (2019: 39 per cent).
  • On-mine cost1 of $744 per ounce (2019: $651 per ounce).
  • Normalised all-in sustaining cost1 (i.e. excluding the effect of the export credit incentive and its successor scheme) of $946 per ounce (2019: $820 per ounce).
  • Adjusted earnings per share1 of 204 cents (2019: 145 cents).
  • Net cash from operating activities of $30.9 million (2019: $18.1 million).
  • Net cash and cash equivalents of $19.1 million (2019: $8.9 million). Cash position increased due to a $13 million (gross) equity issue in the third quarter of 2020.
  • Total dividend paid of 33.5 cents per share, a 21.8 per cent increase from 2019.

Operating Highlights

  • 57,899 ounces of gold produced in the Year (2019: 55,182 ounces); record annual production at Blanket Mine.
  • Gold recoveries have improved following the completion of the upgrade to the oxygen plant in the Year: gold recovery in the Year was 93.8 per cent (2019: 93.4 per cent).
  • Equipping the Central Shaft was completed in November 2020 and commissioning expected in first quarter 2021.
  • Increased awareness in safety procedures has led to a 60 per cent reduction in total accidents from 2017 to 2020.
  • Entered into option agreements on two properties, Glen Hume and Connemara North, in the Gweru mining district in the Zimbabwe Midlands for the right to explore each property for periods of 15 and 18 months respectively.

Post Year-End Highlights and Outlook

  • Quarterly dividend increased by 10 per cent to 11 cents per share in January 2021, a 60 per cent cumulative increase from the level of 6.875 cents since October 2019. This is due to Caledonia’s improved financial and operating performance and the enhanced outlook as the Company approaches the end of the Central Shaft project.
  • 2021 gold production guidance of between 61,000 – 67,000 ounces.
  • Central Shaft commissioning is expected in the first quarter of 2021 after which production is expected to begin to ramp up to approximately 80,000 ounces in 2022.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on 25th March to discuss the results for 2020 and the outlook for the Company. The details for this call are set out towards the end of this announcement.

There will also be a Results presentation video with Management that will be available on the Caledonia website at https://www.caledoniamining.com/media/#corpvideos

Steve Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“Operationally, the last 12 months have been transformational for the business. Central Shaft has been a five-year project costing approximately $67 million, all funded through internal cash flow and I am delighted that equipping was completed in the period and commissioning is on track to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.

“Production in the Year was 57,899 ounces, which was at the top end of the guidance range and was a new record for annual production. The robust operating performance was supported by a rising gold price and gross profit for the Year was $46.6 million – almost 50 per cent higher than 2019. Gross profit for the Quarter was $14.4 million – almost 27 per cent higher than the comparable quarter. Once Central Shaft is commissioned, we can start to expect further increases in production: guidance for 2021 is a range of 61,000 to 67,000 ounces while from 2022 onwards it is 80,000 ounces – 38 per cent higher than in 2020.

“We also increased the dividend for the fourth time at the start of January to 11 cents a share. This is a 60 per cent cumulative increase from the level of 6.875 cents since October 2019, creating genuine value and returns for our shareholders.

“In trying to minimise the impacts of our operations on the natural environment and in a general drive towards a more sustainable future for our business, Caledonia has entered into a contract to construct a 12MW solar plant at the Blanket Mine. To fund the project, in the third quarter of 2020, the Company issued approximately 600,000 shares to raise $13 million before expenses. The number of shares issued was lower than the 800,000 new shares that the Company had expected to issue, thereby improving the anticipated returns to shareholders from the project. Around 27 per cent of the Mine’s daily electricity demand is expected to be provided by the new solar plant, thereby significantly decreasing our reliance on non-renewable energy sources; it is also expected to yield a modest return to shareholders.

To further our commitment towards social responsibility, in February 2021, we announced the appointment of Mrs Geralda Wildschutt to serve as a non-executive director with a specific focus on sustainability. Mrs Wildschutt has over 25 years’ experience working in social development and stakeholder management in the fields of social performance, community relations in mining operations, financial services and industry bodies focused on responsible mining. 

In December we announced that we had entered into option agreements on two properties, Glen Hume and Connemara North, in the Gweru mining district in the Zimbabwe Midlands which has historically produced significant quantities of gold. These options give the Company the right to explore each property for periods of 15 and 18 months respectively and acquire the mining claims over them. If our exploration is successful these properties will add further impetus to our growth. 

Despite our operational success, 2020 has been a complicated year globally with the Covid-19 pandemic wreaking havoc throughout the world and disrupting many people’s lives and livelihoods. The Blanket Mine continued to operate throughout the whole period with strict restrictions of movement put in place in and out of the Mine and local community. The measures to combat the coronavirus are constantly reviewed and monitored in line with WHO and government guidelines, and with our priority always being the safety of our people. 

Caledonia’s immediate strategic focus is to complete the Central Shaft project, which is expected to increase production, reduce operating costs and increase the flexibility to undertake further exploration and development, thereby safeguarding and enhancing Blanket’s long-term future. We will also conduct exploration activities at Glen Hume and Connemara North while evaluating further investment opportunities in the gold and precious metals sector in Zimbabwe and in other jurisdictions, with our long-term vision of becoming a mid-tier, multi-asset gold producer.”

Conference Call Details

A presentation of the 2020 results and outlook for Caledonia is available on Caledonia’s website (www.caledoniamining.com). Management will host a conference call at 3pm GMT on 25th March 2021.

Details for the call are as follows:
Number: +44 (0) 33 0551 0200
Password to quote to the operator: Caledonia Mining

Mr Dana Roets (B Eng (Min.), MBA, Pr.Eng., FSAIMM, AMMSA), Chief Operating Officer, is the Company’s qualified person as defined by Canada’s National Instrument 43-101 and has approved any scientific or technical information contained in this news release.

For further information please contact:

Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc  
Mark Learmonth Tel: +44 1534 679 800
Camilla Horsfall Tel: +44 7817 841 793
WH Ireland (Nomad & Broker)  
Adrian Hadden/James Sinclair-Ford Tel: +44 20 7220 1751
Blytheweigh  
Tim Blythe/Megan Ray Tel: +44 207 138 3204
3PPB  
Patrick Chidley Tel: +1 917 991 7701
Paul Durham Tel: +1 203 940 2538

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Information

Information and statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities legislation that involve risks and uncertainties relating, but not limited to Caledonia’s current expectations, intentions, plans, and beliefs.  Forward-looking information can often be identified by forward-looking words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “goal”, “plan”, “target”, “intend”, “estimate”, “could”, “should”, “may” and “will” or the negative of these terms or similar words suggesting future outcomes, or other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions or statements about future events or performance.  Examples of forward-looking information in this news release include: production guidance, estimates of future/targeted production rates, and our plans and timing regarding further exploration and drilling and development.  This forward-looking information is based, in part, on assumptions and factors that may change or prove to be incorrect, thus causing actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by forward-looking information.  Such factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to: failure to establish estimated resources and reserves, the grade and recovery of ore which is mined varying from estimates, success of future exploration and drilling programs, reliability of drilling, sampling and assay data, assumptions regarding the representativeness of mineralization being inaccurate, success of planned metallurgical test-work, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects and other factors.

Security holders, potential security holders and other prospective investors should be aware that these statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements.  Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to estimates of mineral reserves and mineral resources proving to be inaccurate, fluctuations in gold price, risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, risks relating to the credit worthiness or financial condition of suppliers, refiners and other parties with whom the Company does business; inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks and hazards, employee relations; relationships with and claims by local communities and indigenous populations; political risk; risks related to natural disasters, terrorism, civil unrest, public health concerns (including health epidemics or outbreaks of communicable diseases such as the coronavirus (COVID-19)); availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining or maintaining necessary licenses and permits, diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as mining occurs; global financial condition, the actual results of current exploration activities, changes to conclusions of economic evaluations, and changes in project parameters to deal with unanticipated economic or other factors, risks of increased capital and operating costs, environmental, safety or regulatory risks, expropriation, the Company’s title to properties including ownership thereof, increased competition in the mining industry for properties, equipment, qualified personnel and their costs, risks relating to the uncertainty of timing of events including targeted production rate increase and currency fluctuations.  Security holders, potential security holders and other prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.  By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and various future events will not occur.  Caledonia undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors which affect this information, except as required by law.

This news release is not an offer of the common shares of Caledonia for sale in the United States or elsewhere.  This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the common shares of Caledonia, in any province, state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such province, state or jurisdiction.

  Condensed Consolidated Statement of Profit of Loss and Other Comprehensive Income
    3 months ended   12 months ended
  ($’000’s) December 31   December 31
    2019   2020     2018   2019   2020  
  Revenue 23,433   28,128     68,399   75,826   100,002  
  Royalty (1,172 ) (1,408 )   (3,426 ) (3,854 ) (5,007 )
  Production costs (9,650 ) (11,174 )   (39,315 ) (36,400 ) (43,711 )
  Depreciation (1,275 ) (1,171 )   (4,071 ) (4,434 ) (4,628 )
  Gross profit 11,336   14,375     21,587   31,138   46,656  
  Other income 231   29     7,101   2,274   4,765  
  Other expenses (184 ) (3,488 )   (336 ) (666 ) (5,315 )
  Administrative expenses (1,686 ) (2,636 )   (6,465 ) (5,637 ) (7,997 )
  Net foreign exchange gain/(loss) 1,391   (389 )   223   29,661   4,305  
  Cash-settled share-based payment (283 ) (236 )   (315 ) (689 ) (1,413 )
  Equity-settled share-based payment       (14 )    
  Profit on sale of subsidiary         5,409    
  Fair value losses on derivative assets (277 ) (145 )   (360 ) (601 ) (266 )
  Operating profit 10,528   7,510     21,421   60,889   40,735  
  Net finance costs (162 ) 49     (220 ) (198 ) (305 )
  Profit before tax 10,366   7,559     21,201   60,691   40,430  
  Tax expense (7,136 ) (3,763 )   (7,445 ) (10,290 ) (15,173 )
  Profit for the period 3,230   3,796     13,756   50,401   25,257  
               
  Other comprehensive income            
  Items that are or may be reclassified to profit or loss            
  Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations 402   973     (676 ) 49   (173 )
  Reclassification of accumulated exchange differences on the sale of subsidiary            
  Reversal of foreign exchange currency translation differences on disposal of subsidiary         (2,109 )  
  Total comprehensive income for the period 3,632   4,769     13,080   48,341   25,084  
               
  Profit attributable to:            
  Shareholders of the Company 2,390   2,973     10,766   42,018   20,780  
  Non-controlling interest 840   823     2,990   8,383   4,477  
  Profit for the period 3,230   3,796     13,756   50,401   25,257  
               
  Total comprehensive income attributable to:            
  Shareholders of the Company 2,792   3,946     10,090   39,958   20,607  
  Non-controlling interest 840   823     2,990   8,383   4,477  
  Total comprehensive income for the period 3,632   4,769     13,080   48,341   25,084  
               
  Earnings per share (cents)            
  Basic 21.5   24.0     98.9   382.0   173.4  
  Diluted 21.3   23.9     98.9   381.5   173.2  
  Adjusted earnings per share (cents)3            
  Basic 11.7   74.9     132   145.1   204.2  

3“Adjusted EPS” is a non-IFRS measure. Refer to section 10 of this MD&A for a reconciliation to IFRS EPS.

Summarised Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
($’000’s)
As at Dec 31   Dec 31   Dec 31  
  2018   2019   2020  
Total non-current assets   97,525   113,714   133,334  
Inventories   9,427   11,092   16,798  
Prepayments   866   2,350   1,974  
Trade and other receivables   6,392   6,912   4,962  
Income tax receivable       76  
Cash and cash equivalents   11,187   9,383   19,092  
Derivative financial assets     102   1,184  
Assets held for sale   296     500  
Total assets   125,693   143,553   177,920  
Total non-current liabilities   34,687   9,486   9,913  
Term loan facility – short term portion     529   408  
Lease liabilities – short term portion     112   61  
Trade and other payables   10,051   8,348   8,664  
Income taxes payable   1,538   163   495  
Overdraft     490    
Liabilities associated with assets held for sale   609      
Cash-settled share-based payments – short term portion       336  
Total liabilities   46,885   18,836   19,877  
Total equity   78,808   124,717   158,043  
Total equity and liabilities   125,693   143,553   177,920  
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
($’000’s)
   
    12 months ended December 31
    2018   2019   2020  
Cash flows from operating activities        
Cash generated from operations   21,119   23,885   37,967  
Net interest paid   (108 ) (308 ) (349 )
Tax paid   (3,344 ) (5,517 ) (6,656 )
Net cash from operating activities   17,667   18,060   30,962  
         
Cash flows used in investing activities        
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment   (20,192 ) (20,024 ) (25,081 )
Acquisition of exploration and evaluation assets       (2,759 )
Purchase of derivative financial asset       (1,058 )
Proceeds from disposal of subsidiary     1,000   900  
Net cash used in investing activities   (20,192 ) (19,024 ) (27,998 )
         
Cash flows from financing activities        
Dividends paid   (3,497 ) (3,395 ) (4,542 )
Repayment of term loan facility   (1,500 )   (574 )
Term loan proceeds   6,000   2,340    
Term loan – transaction cost   (60 ) (46 )  
Shares issued – equity raise       12,538  
Payment of lease liabilities     (124 ) (118 )
Share options exercised       30  
Net cash from/(used in) financing activities   943   (1,225 ) 7,334  
         
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents   (1,582 ) (2,189 ) 10,298  
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held   13   (105 ) (99 )
Net cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period   12,756   11,187   8,893  
Net cash and cash equivalents at end of the period   11,187   8,893   19,092  

1Non-IFRS measures such as “On-mine cost per ounce”, “All-in sustaining cost per ounce” and “adjusted EPS” are used throughout this document. Refer to section 10 of the MD&A for a discussion of non-IFRS measures.

 


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