Santa Fe Gold Reports 130% Increase in Revenues to $5.9 Million for September Quarter
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Santa Fe Gold Corporation (OTCQB: SFEG) is pleased to announce financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Santa Fe Gold reported record revenues of $5.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, representing a 130% increase over the same three month period of the prior year. The Company also increased earnings from mining operations to $1.4 million for the three month period, a 55% increase over the same period of the prior year. The full version of the financial statements and management's discussion and analysis can be viewed on Santa Fe's website at www.santafegoldcorp.com or on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.
"We are extremely pleased with the continued growth in revenue in the first fiscal quarter of 2013," commented Pierce Carson, President and CEO. "We expect revenues to continue to increase as we reach higher grade portions of the Summit ore body. As an established and growing producer of gold and silver, we are well on our way to another record breaking year."
Carson added, "We are equally optimistic about the Mogollon acquisition and the planned business combination with International Goldfields Limited, both of which are strategic growth drivers for the Company."
2013 FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
- 130% increase in revenue to a record $5.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012.
- 55% increase in earnings from mining operations to $1.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012.
- On October 22, 2012, Santa Feannounced it had closed an option agreement with Columbus Silver Corporation to acquire the Mogollon Project, Catron County, New Mexico, in exchange for payments aggregating $4,500,000 scheduled to be paid through the end of 2014.
- On October 11, 2012, the Company announced the signing of a Binding Heads of Agreement to pursue a merger with International Goldfields Limited (ASX: IGS). Upon completion of the proposed merger and a $5.0 million placement into IGS, existing SFEG and IGS shareholders are expected to own 61.57% and 27.11%, respectively, of the outstanding shares of the combined company's common stock. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of calendar 2013.
- On November 7, 2012, Santa Fe announced it had received $4.0 million in loan advances from IGS in fulfillment of a condition of the Binding Heads of Agreement.
About Santa Fe Gold:
Santa Fe Gold is a U.S.-based mining and exploration enterprise focused on acquiring and developing gold, silver, copper and industrial mineral properties. Santa Fe controls: (i) the Summit mine and Lordsburg mill in southwestern New Mexico, which began commercial production in 2012; (ii) a substantial land position near the Lordsburg mill, comprising the core of the Lordsburg Mining District; (iii) the Mogollon project in southwestern New Mexico; (iv) the Ortiz gold property in north-central New Mexico; (v) the Black Canyon mica deposit near Phoenix, Arizona; and (vi) a deposit of micaceous iron oxide (MIO) in western Arizona. Santa Fe Gold intends to build a portfolio of high-quality, diversified mineral assets with an emphasis on precious metals.
To learn more about Santa Fe Gold, visit www.santafegoldcorp.com.
Forward-Looking And Cautionary Statements - Safe Harbor
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including with respect to the negotiation, implementation and effects of a proposed business combination between Santa Fe Gold Corporation ("Santa Fe") and International Goldfields Limited ("IGS"). Those statements and statements made in this release that are not historical in nature, including those related to future benefits, increases in shareholder value, synergies, improved liquidity and profitability, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expects," "projects," "plans," "will," "may," "anticipates," believes," "should," "intends," "estimates," and other words of similar meaning. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and, therefore, you should not place undue reliance on them. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted or quantified, and our actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For Santa Fe, these statements are subject to the following risks and uncertainties: difficulties, delays, unexpected costs or the inability to reach definitive documents with respect to, or consummate, the proposed business combination with IGS and other transactions referred to in this press release and those described in the documents we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and risks associated with the inherent uncertainty of future financial results, and additional capital financing requirements. All forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date of this press release, and Santa Fe assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.
Statement Regarding Additional Information That May Become Available
If a transaction is to be proposed to the stockholders of Santa Fe and IGS, Santa Fe and IGS would file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and distribute a Registration Statement on Form F-4 covering securities to be issued in the transaction. Santa Fe shareholders would receive a prospectus and proxy/consent solicitation statement in connection with such transaction. The final terms of the prospective merger of Santa Fe and IGS remain subject to change and would only be reflected in a binding definitive agreement that remains to be negotiated between the companies. A copy of the definitive merger agreement would be filed along with the prospectus. Santa Fe stockholders would be urged to read these and any other related documents the corporation may issue. If and when these documents are filed, they can be obtained for free at the SEC's website, www.sec.gov. Additional information on how to obtain these documents from Santa Fe would be made available to stockholders if and when a transaction is to occur. IGS would provide disclosure and arrange for solicitation of the votes of its shareholders in accordance with Australian regulations following execution of a binding agreement. Such documents are not currently available.
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Santa Fe, its directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies or consents from Santa Fe's stockholders in connection with any transaction that might be proposed to such stockholders. Information about the directors and executive officers of Santa Fe and their ownership of IGS and Santa Fe stock will be included in the prospectuses and proxy/consent solicitation statements if and when they become available.
See Accompanying Tables
The following information summarizes the financial condition of Santa Fe Gold Corporation at September 30, 2012, including its balance sheets for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and twelve months ended June 30, 2012, respectively, its results of operations for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and its cash flows for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. The summary data for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, are unaudited; the summary data for the financial year ended June 30, 2012 are taken from our audited financial statements contained in our annual report on Form 10-K for the financial year ended June 30, 2012, but do not include the footnotes and other information that is included in the complete financial statements. Readers are urged to review the Company's Form 10-K in its entirety, which can be found on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov .
|SANTA FE GOLD CORPORATION|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|September 30,||June 30,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||261,566||$||614,385|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||380,768||329,466|
|Total Current Assets||6,845,509||4,386,484|
|PROPERTY, EQUIPMENT, AND MINE DEVELOPMENT, net||23,310,054||24,139,166|
|Idle equipment, net||1,223,528||1,223,528|
|Deferred financing costs, net||1,064,489||1,102,070|
|Total Other Assets||2,519,733||2,557,314|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Derivative instrument liabilities||2,922,997||1,026,765|
|Current portion, notes payable||9,686,747||9,931,468|
Current portion, senior subordinated convertible notes payable, net of discount of $1,703 and $5,564, respectively
Current portion, capital leases
|Completion guarantee payable||3,359,873||3,359,873|
|Total Current Liabilities||22,919,811||19,508,840|
|LONG TERM LIABILITIES:|
|Notes payable, net of current portion||450,566||936,996|
|Capital leases, net of current portion||-||3,545|
|Asset retirement obligation||161,779||159,048|
Common stock, $.002 par value, 300,000,000 shares authorized; 117,537,970 and 111,143,684 shares issued and outstanding, respectively
|Additional paid in capital||75,923,010||74,846,754|
|Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)||(47,237||)||(49,282||)|
|Total Stockholders' Equity||9,722,140||11,053,535|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$||33,254,296||$||31,661,964|
|SANTA FE GOLD CORPORATION|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|AND COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME|
|Three Months Ended|
|OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES:|
|Costs applicable to sales||4,435,856||1,620,490|
|General and administrative||774,042||963,124|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,085,344||658,407|
|Accretion of asset retirement obligation||2,731||2,127|
|Total Operating Costs and Expenses||6,893,790||3,773,102|
|LOSS FROM OPERATIONS||(1,013,493||)||(1,222,378||)|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):|
|(Loss) gain on derivative instrument liabilities||(852,132||)||2,887,760|
|Accretion of discounts on notes payable||(3,861||)||(553,846||)|
|Total Other (Expense) Income||(1,408,992||)||1,925,240|
|(LOSS) INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES||(2,422,485||)||702,862|
|PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES||-||-|
|NET (LOSS) INCOME||(2,422,485||)||702,862|
|OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME|
|Unrealized gain on marketable securities||2,045||31,181|
|NET COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME||$||(2,420,440||)||$||734,043|
|Basic and Diluted Per Share data|
|Net (Loss) Income - basic and diluted||$||(0.02||)||$||0.01|
|Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:|
|Basic and diluted||114,294,150||94,556,912|