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May 6, 2015

Endeavour Silver Reports First Quarter, 2015 Financial Results; Conference Call at 9am PDT (12pm EDT) on May 6, 2015

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VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - May 06, 2015) - Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK) (TSX: EDR) released today its financial results for the period ended March 31, 2015. Endeavour owns and operates three underground silver-gold mines in Mexico: the Guanaceví mine in Durango state, and the Bolañitos and El Cubo mines in Guanajuato state.

The Company's financial performance in the First Quarter 2015 improved compared to the Fourth Quarter 2014, as a result of slightly higher precious metal prices and sharply lower operating costs quarter-on-quarter but was lower compared to the First Quarter 2014 due to slightly lower production and lower precious metal prices year-on-year.

Highlights of First Quarter 2015 (Compared to First Quarter 2014)


  • Net earnings of $1.4 million ($0.01 per share) compared to $4.0 million ($0.04 per share)
  • EBITDA1 decreased 15% to $16.4 million
  • Cash flow from operations before working capital changes decreased 25% to $13.8 million
  • Mine operating cash flow before taxes1 decreased 23% to $19.6 million
  • Revenue decreased 4% to $51.1 million
  • Realized silver price fell 17% to $17.11 per ounce (oz) sold (2% above average spot price)
  • Realized gold price fell 7% to $1,221 per oz sold (consistent with average spot price)
  • Cash costs1 rose 47% to $7.17 per oz silver payable (net of gold credits)
  • All-in sustaining costs1 rose 10% to $13.32 per oz silver payable (net of gold credits)
  • Working capital rose 22% to $25.8 million compared to $21.2 million at year end.
  • Cash and cash equivalents of $26.3 million


  • Silver production decreased 4% to 1,820,050 oz
  • Gold production decreased 15% to 15,808 oz
  • Silver equivalent production decreased 8% to 2.9 million oz (at a 70:1 silver:gold ratio)
  • Silver oz sold up 21% to 1,861,975 oz
  • Gold oz sold down 4% to 15,799 oz
  • Bullion inventory at quarter-end included 349,277 oz silver and 1,073 oz gold
  • Concentrate inventory at quarter-end included 65,677 oz silver and 933 oz gold

1 EBITDA, mine operating cash flow, cash costs and all-in sustaining costs are non-IFRS measures. Please refer to the definitions in the
Company's Management Discussion & Analysis.

Endeavour CEO Bradford Cooke commented: "We returned to positive earnings in Q1, 2015 thanks to improved operating cash flow and EBITDA driven by reduced cash operating costs and all-in sustaining costs compared to Q4, 2014. Each of our three mining operations performed better than plan in the first quarter to give us a good head start on the year.

"With the mine expansion to 2,200 tonnes per day now well under way at El Cubo, cash costs assuming the current gold price should decline in Q2 and Q3, 2015. We recently commenced our 2015 exploration programs with six drills turning, so our all-in sustaining costs are scheduled to increase over the next two quarters. Management anticipates releasing shortly a preliminary economic assessment to build a high grade underground mine at our Terronera property in Jalisco state, Mexico, in the context of a pre-feasibility study to be completed later this year.

"I would like to congratulate our Mexico Country Manager and Vice President of Operations, Dave Howe, who recently received the prestigious Ostotakani lifetime award for his contributions to the mining industry in Mexico. Mr. Howe has been a valued member of senior management at Endeavour since 2007 and his dedication to excellence has benefitted both the Company and the mining industry in Mexico."

Financial Results

For the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, the Company generated revenue totalling $51.1 million (2014 - $53.0 million). During the quarter, the Company sold 1,861,975 silver ounces and 15,799 gold ounces at realized prices of $17.11 and $1,221 per ounce respectively, compared to sales of 1,537,665 silver ounces and 16,445 gold ounces at realized prices of $20.50 and $1,306 per ounce respectively in Q1 2014.

After cost of sales of $42.0 million (2014 - $41.7 million), mine operating earnings amounted to $9.1 million (2014 - $11.3 million) from mining and milling operations in Mexico. Excluding depreciation and depletion of $10.5 million (2014 - $14.1 million) and stock-based compensation of $0.1 million (2014 - $0.1 million), mine operating cash flow before taxes was $19.6 million (2014 - $25.4 million) in the first quarter of 2015. Net earnings were $1.4 million (2014 - $4.0 million).

Compared to Q1, 2014, the Mexican peso has depreciated 11% against the U.S. dollar, helping offset the weakness in precious metal prices. Approximately 65% of our operating costs are in Mexican pesos. The falling peso and continued focus on cost reductions lowered the consolidated operating cost 11% to $82.67 per tonne in Q1, 2015. Lower gold grades resulted in rising cash costs per ounce net of by-product credits, a non-IFRS measure and a standard of the Silver Institute, which increased 47% to $7.17 per ounce of payable silver compared to $4.87 in Q1, 2014. Similarly the lower gold grades offset by lower exploration and development expenditures resulted in all-in-sustaining costs per ounce, also a non-IFRS measure, to increase 10% to $13.32.

The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and Management's Discussion & Analysis can be viewed on the Company's website at www.edrsilver.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR at www.sec.gov. All amounts are reported in US$.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the results will be held on Wednesday, May 6. The call will be held at 9am PDT (12pm EDT). To participate in the conference call, please dial the following:

Toll-free in Canada and the US: 1-800-319-4610
Local Vancouver: 604-638-5340
Outside of Canada and the US: 1-604-638-5340

No pass-code is necessary to participate in the conference call.

A replay of the conference call will be available by dialing 1-800-319-6413 in Canada and the US (toll-free) or 1-604-638-9010 outside of Canada and the US. The required pass-code is 4890 followed by the # sign. The replay will also be available on the Company's website at www.edrsilver.com.

About Endeavour -- Endeavour Silver is a mid-tier silver mining company focused on growing production, reserves and resources in Mexico. Since start-up in 2004, Endeavour has posted 10 consecutive years of accretive growth of its silver mining operations. Endeavour's three silver-gold mines in Mexico combined with its strategic acquisition and exploration programs should facilitate Endeavour's goal to become a premier senior silver producer.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "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 securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements and information herein include but are not limited to statements regarding Endeavour's anticipated performance in 2015 and the timing and results of exploration drill programs. The Company does not intend to, and does not assume any obligation to update such forward-looking statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.

Forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Endeavour and its operations to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include, among others, changes in national and local governments, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada and Mexico; operating or technical difficulties in mineral exploration, development and mining activities; risks and hazards of mineral exploration, development and mining; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, risks in obtaining necessary licenses and permits, and challenges to the Company's title to properties; fluctuations in the prices of commodities and their impact on reserves and resources as well as those factors described in the section "risk factors" contained in the Company's most recent form 40F/Annual Information Form filed with the S.E.C. and Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to: the continued operation of the Company's mining operations, no material adverse change in the market price of commodities, mining operations will operate and the mining products will be completed in accordance with management's expectations and achieve their stated production outcomes, and such other assumptions and factors as set out herein. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements or information, there may be other factors that cause results to be materially different from those anticipated, described, estimated, assessed or intended. There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements or information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements or information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

 Three Months Ended March 31
Q1 2015 Highlights20152014% Change
Silver ounces produced1,820,0501,898,999(4%)
Gold ounces produced15,80818,519(15%)
Payable silver ounces produced1,769,9241,844,165(4%)
Payable gold ounces produced15,42917,796(13%)
Silver equivalent ounces produced2,926,6103,195,329(8%)
Cash costs per silver ounce7.174.8747%
Total production costs per ounce12.9713.07(1%)
All -in sustaining costs per ounce13.3212.1510%
Processed tonnes380,792346,52510%
Direct production costs per tonne82.6792.93(11%)
Silver co-product cash costs10.6810.462%
Gold co-product cash costs76266614%
Revenue ($ millions)51.153.0(4%)
Silver ounces sold1,861,9751,537,66521%
Gold ounces sold15,79916,445(4%)
Realized silver price per ounce17.1120.50(17%)
Realized gold price per ounce1,2211,306(7%)
Net earnings (loss) ($ millions)1.44.0(66%)
Adjusted net earnings ($ millions)1.45.5(75%)
Mine operating earnings ($ millions)9.111.3(20%)
Mine operating cash flow ($ millions)19.625.4(23%)
Operating cash flow before working capital changes13.718.3(25%)
Earnings before ITDA16.419.3(15%)
Working capital ($ millions)25.846.4(44%)
Earnings per share - basic0.010.04(75%)
Adjusted earnings per share - basic0.010.05(76%)
Operating cash flow before working capital changes per share0.130.18(26%)
Weighted average shares outstanding101,976,901100,494,1571%

EBITDA, mine operating cash flow, cash costs and all-in sustaining costs are non-IFRS measures. Please refer to the definitions in the Company's Management Discussion & Analysis.

(unaudited - prepared by management) 
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars) 
  Three Months Ended 
  March 31,  March 31, 
  2015  2014 
Operating activities      
Net earnings (loss) for the period$1,357 $4,037 
Items not affecting cash:      
 Share-based compensation 480  459 
 Depreciation and depletion 10,518  14,155 
 Deferred income tax provision (recovery) 1,003  (2,274)
 Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain) 140  (3)
 Mark-to-market loss (gain) on derivative liability -  1,434 
 Mark-to-market loss (gain) on contingent liability -  41 
 Finance costs 306  436 
Net changes in non-cash working capital (9,519) (1,178)
Cash from (used in) operating activities 4,285  17,107 
Investing activites      
 Property, plant and equipment expenditures (8,665) (9,234)
Cash used in investing activities (8,665) (9,234)
Financing activities      
 Repayment of revolving credit facility -  (1,000)
 Interest paid (225) (311)
 Exercise of options and warrants -  2,727 
Cash from (used in) financing activites (225) 1,416 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (4,605) 9,289 
Effect of exchange rate change on cash and cash equivalents (140) 2 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 31,045  35,004 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$26,300 $44,295 

This statement should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the period ended March 31, 2015 and the related notes contained therein.

(unaudited - prepared by management) 
(expressed in thousands of US dollars, except for shares and per share amounts) 
  Three Months Ended 
  March 31,  March 31, 
  2015  2014 
Revenue$51,109 $53,000 
Cost of sales:      
 Direct production costs 31,269  27,220 
 Royalties 248  334 
 Share-based compensation 73  68 
 Depreciation and depletion 10,454  14,073 
  42,044  41,695 
Mine operating earnings 9,065  11,305 
 Exploration 1,074  2,168 
 General and administrative 1,829  2,438 
  2,903  4,606 
Operating earnings (loss) 6,162  6,699 
Mark-to-market loss on derivative liabilities -  1,434 
Mark-to-market loss on contingent liability -  41 
Finance costs 313  446 
Other income (expense):      
 Foreign exchange (667) (257)
 Investment and other 354  184 
  (313) (73)
Earnings (loss) before income taxes 5,536  4,705 
Income tax expense (recovery):      
 Current income tax expense 3,176  2,942 
 Deferred income tax expense (recovery) 1,003  (2,274)
  4,179  668 
Net earnings (loss) for the period 1,357  4,037 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax      
 Net change in fair value of available for sale investments 404  8 
Comprehensive income (loss) for the period$1,761 $4,045 
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share based on net earnings$0.01 $0.04 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share based on net earnings$0.01 $0.04 
Basic and diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding 101,976,901  100,494,157 
Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding 101,976,901  101,435,506 

This statement should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the period ended March 31, 2015 and the related notes contained therein.

(unaudited - prepared by management)
(expressed in thousands of US dollars)
  March 31,  December 31, 
  2015  2014 
Current assets      
 Cash and cash equivalents$26,300 $31,045 
 Investments 1,190  786 
 Accounts receivable 23,062  19,715 
 Inventories 19,297  21,604 
 Prepaid expenses 2,496  2,656 
Total current assets 72,345  75,806 
Non-current deposits 993  1,048 
Deferred income tax asset 6,697  6,253 
Mineral properties, plant and equipment 181,470  182,730 
Total assets$261,505 $265,837 
Current liabilities      
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$15,658 $17,408 
 Income taxes payable 1,884  8,181 
 Revolving credit facility 29,000  29,000 
Total current liabilities 46,542  54,589 
Provision for reclamation and rehabilitation 6,522  6,496 
Deferred income tax liability 13,927  12,479 
Total liabilities 66,991  73,564 
Shareholders' equity      
Common shares, unlimited shares authorized, no par value, issued      
and outstanding 101,976,901 shares (Dec 31, 2014 - 101,976,901 shares) 367,853  367,853 
Contributed surplus 8,900  8,430 
Accumulated comprehensive income (loss) (4,354) (4,758)
Retained earnings (deficit) (177,885) (179,252)
Total shareholders' equity 194,514  192,273 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$261,505 $265,837 

This statement should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the period ended March 31, 2015 and the related notes contained therein.

Contact Information - For more information, please contact:
Meghan Brown
Director Investor Relations
Toll free: 1-877-685-9775
Tel: 604-640-4804
Fax: 604-685-9744
Website: www.edrsilver.com