VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – FEBRUARY 4, 2022: New Pacific Metals Corp. (“New Pacific” or the “Company”)(TSX:NUAG)(NYSE:NEWP) reports its unaudited consolidated financial results for the three and six months ended December 31, 2021, the second quarter of fiscal 2022. All figures are expressed in US dollars unless otherwise stated.
Metallurgical test results for the Silver Sand Project from 2020 and 2021 identified heap leach process as the preferred processing method, which achieves 80% silver recovery and significantly de-risks the project;
Completed the initial discovery drill program at the Carangas Project with two phases for a total of 13,209 metres (“m”) drilled in 35 holes, defining a mineralized area approximately 1,000 m by 700 m and up to 400 m in depth;
Strengthened the board of directors (the “Board”) with the election of two additional directors, Mr. Terry Salman and Ms. Maria Tang. Mr. Salman has subsequently been appointed as the Chair of the Board; an
Maintained working capital of $38.1 million, sufficient to advance the Silver Sand Project, the Carangas Project and other regional exploration initiatives.
Subsequent to end of the reporting period, on January 24, 2022, the Company announced the resignation of Dr. Mark Cruise as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and director of the Board and appointed Dr. Rui Feng as the CEO. Dr. Rui Feng is the founder of the Company and served as CEO until April 27, 2020.
Net loss attributable to equity holders of the Company for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was $1,295,940 or $0.01 per share (three months ended December 31, 2020 – net loss of $1,774,420 or $0.01 per share). The Company’s financial results were mainly impacted by the following: (i) operating expenses of $1,364,790 compared to $1,251,752 in the prior year quarter; (ii) income from investments of $131,471 compared to loss from investments of $98,800 in the prior year quarter; and (iii) foreign exchange loss of $63,527 compared to loss of $425,437 in the prior year quarter.
For the six months ended December 31, 2021, net loss attributable to equity holders of the Company was $2,674,167 or 0.02 per share compared to net loss of $2,904,667 or 0.02 per share for the six months ended December 31, 2020.
Operating expenses for the three and six months ended December 31, 2021 were $1,364,790 and $2,961,321, respectively (three and six months ended December 31, 2020 – $1,251,752 and $2,773,711, respectively).
Income from investments for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was $131,471 (three months ended December 31, 2020 – loss of $98,800) and is comprised of a $74,762 gain on the Company’s equity investments (three months ended December 31, 2020 – gain of $110,009), a $31,735 gain on bonds (three months ended December 31, 2020 – loss of $306,048), $nil income from dividends (three months ended December 31, 2020 – income of $54,026), and $24,974 interest earned from cash accounts (three months ended December 31, 2020 – $43,213).
For the six months ended December 31, 2021, income from investments was $83,552 (six months ended December 31, 2020 – income of $534,657).
Foreign exchange loss for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was $63,527 (three months ended December 31, 2020 – loss of $425,437). The Company holds a large portion of cash and short-term investments in US dollars (“USD”) to support its operations in Bolivia. Revaluation of these USD-denominated financial assets to their Canadian dollar (“CAD”) functional currency equivalents resulted in unrealized foreign exchange gain or loss for the relevant reporting periods. During the three months ended December 31, 2021, the USD depreciated by 0.5% against the CAD (from 1.2741 to 1.2678) while in the prior year quarter the USD depreciated by 4.6% against the CAD (from 1.3339 to 1.2732).
For the six months ended December 31, 2021, foreign exchange gain was $200,844 (six months ended December 31, 2020 – loss of $666,956).
Working Capital: As of December 31, 2021, the Company had working capital of $38.1 million.
SILVER SAND PROJECT
On October 19, 2021, the Company reported results of the metallurgical test program for the Silver Sand Project. Highlights of the test work include:
Identified heap leach process as the preferred processing method;
80% silver recovery achieved through heap leach column testing;
Approximately 80% of the resource is amenable to heap leaching and is located near the top of the deposit;
Lower capital and operating costs compared to alternative process methods;
Silver doré production on site further improves project economics;
Significantly de-risks the project due to low technical complexity; and
Increased project efficiency as the heap leach process may allow for lower cut-off grade, leading to an increased minable resource.
For the three and six months ended December 31, 2021, total expenditures of $1,216,427 and $3,421,960, respectively (three and six months ended December 31, 2020 – $669,717 and $1,352,412, respectively) were capitalized under the project.
On June 29, 2021, the Company announced the commencement of an initial discovery drill program at the Carangas Project to test near-surface bulk-tonnage and high-grade vein-hosted silver-rich polymetallic targets centered on and adjacent to the historically exploited West and East Dome areas. As of the date of this news release, total drilling of 13,209 m was completed in 35 holes, defining a mineralized area of approximately 1,000 m long by 700 m wide and up to 400 m in depth. Assays for the first 11 drill holes include a 143 m interval from surface grading 130 g/t silver. Following the success of the discovery drill program in 2021, a new resource definition drill program is planned for 2022.
For the three and six months ended December 31, 2021, total expenditures of $1,425,166 and $1,971,108, respectively (three and six months ended December 31, 2020 – $nil and $nil, respectively) were capitalized under the project.
During 2020, the Company’s exploration team completed reconnaissance and detailed mapping and sampling programs on the northern portion of the project. The results to date indicate good to excellent exploration potential for hosting narrow, high-grade, near-surface broad-zones of silver mineralization. The Company is planning a discovery drill program in 2022 to test the northern and central areas of the project.
For the three and six months ended December 31, 2021, total expenditures of $9,057 and $10,805, respectively (three and six months ended December 31, 2020 – $559,482 and $972,736, respectively) were capitalized under the project.
MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
This news release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) and the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements and notes thereto for the corresponding period, which have been filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and are available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.newpacificmetals.com.
The Company announces the following update to its senior management team. Steve Stakiw has joined New Pacific as Senior Vice President. Mr. Stakiw is a resource sector capital markets executive and geologist with over 25 years of experience encompassing mineral exploration, corporate development, and investor relations. He has a strong track record with the financial community, mining analysts and investors.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Alex Zhang, P. Geo., Vice President of Exploration, who is a Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Resources (“NI 43-101”). The Qualified Person has verified the information disclosed herein and are not aware of any significant risks and uncertainties that could be expected to affect the reliability or confidence in the information discussed herein
ABOUT NEW PACIFIC
New Pacific is a Canadian exploration and development company with precious metal projects, including the flagship Silver Sand Project, the Silverstrike Project and the Carangas Project, all of which are located in Bolivia. The Company is focused on progressing the development of the Silver Sand Project, while growing its Mineral Resources through the exploration and acquisition of properties in the Americas.
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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
Certain of the statements and information in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian provincial securities laws. Any statements or information that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects”, “is expected”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “plans”, “projects”, “estimates”, “assumes”, “intends”, “strategies”, “targets”, “goals”, “forecasts”, “objectives”, “budgets”, “schedules”, “potential” or variations thereof or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative of any of these terms and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements or information. Such statements include, but are not limited to: statements regarding anticipated exploration, drilling, development, construction, and other activities or achievements of the Company; timing of receipt of permits and regulatory approvals; timing and content of the PEA, and estimates of the Company’s revenues and capital expenditures.
Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, risks relating to: global economic and social impact of COVID-19; fluctuating equity prices, bond prices, commodity prices; calculation of resources, reserves and mineralization, general economic conditions, foreign exchange risks, interest rate risk, foreign investment risk; loss of key personnel; conflicts of interest; dependence on management, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, environmental risks, operations and political conditions, the regulatory environment in Bolivia and Canada, risks associated with community relations and corporate social responsibility, and other factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended June 30, 2021 and its other public filings.
This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company’s forward-looking statements or information.
The forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates, assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date of this news release that, while considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. These estimates, assumptions, beliefs, expectations and options include, but are not limited to, those related to the Company’s ability to carry on current and future operations, including: the duration and effects of COVID-19 on our operations and workforce; development and exploration activities; the timing, extent, duration and economic viability of such operations; the accuracy and reliability of estimates, projections, forecasts, studies and assessments; the Company’s ability to meet or achieve estimates, projections and forecasts; the stabilization of the political climate in Bolivia; the Company’s ability to obtain and maintain social license at its mineral properties; the availability and cost of inputs; the price and market for outputs; foreign exchange rates; taxation levels; the timely receipt of necessary approvals or permits, including the ratification and approval of the Mining Production Contract with COMIBOL by the Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia; the ability of the Company’s Bolivian partner to convert the exploration licenses at the Carangas Project to AMC; the ability to meet current and future obligations; the ability to obtain timely financing on reasonable terms when required; the current and future social, economic and political conditions; and other assumptions and factors generally associated with the mining industry.
Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Other than specifically required by applicable laws, the Company is under no obligation and expressly disclaims any such obligation to update or alter the forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as may be required by law. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release.
CAUTIONARY NOTE TO US INVESTORS
This news release, including the documents incorporated by reference herein, has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the securities laws in effect in Canada which differ from the requirements of United States securities laws. All mining terms used herein but not otherwise defined have the meanings set forth in NI 43-101.
Accordingly, information contained in this news release and the documents incorporated by reference herein containing descriptions of the Company’s mineral deposits may not be comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of United States federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder.