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    Coeur Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2020 Results

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    CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Coeur Mining, Inc. (“Coeur” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CDE) today reported fourth quarter 2020 financial results, including revenue of $228.3 million, cash flow from operating activities of $67.3 million and GAAP net income from continuing operations of $11.9 million, or $0.05 per share. On an adjusted basis1, the Company reported EBITDA of $84.0 million, cash flow from operating activities prior to changes in working capital of $58.5 million and net income from continuing operations of $19.1 million, or $0.08 per share.


    For the full year, Coeur reported revenue of $785.5 million, cash flow from operating activities of $148.7 million and GAAP net income from continuing operations of $25.6 million, or $0.11 per share. On an adjusted basis1, the Company reported EBITDA of $263.4 million, cash flow from operating activities prior to changes in working capital of $162.4 million and net income from continuing operations of $59.0 million, or $0.24 per share.

    Key Highlights

    • Strong second half drove solid full-year 2020 financial results – Revenue, operating cash flow and adjusted EBITDA1 increased 10%, 62% and 51%, respectively, in 2020. Additionally, the Company generated $49.4 million of free cash flow1 during the year. These notable year-over-year improvements reflect strong operational performance and the benefit of higher precious metals prices during the second half of 2020
    • Solid production in-line with full-year guidance ranges – Coeur successfully achieved its consolidated and site-level production guidance for both gold and silver. Gold production in the fourth quarter remained strong at 96,377 ounces, bringing the full-year total to 355,678 ounces. Silver production increased 11% quarter-over-quarter to approximately 2.8 million ounces, largely due to a 38% improvement at Rochester, which helped to drive full-year production to roughly 9.7 million ounces
    • Maintained cost and capital discipline – Substantially all of the Company’s site-level unit costs were below or within full-year guidance ranges, reflecting prudent cost management during 2020. Additionally, consolidated figures for capital expenditures, exploration, and general and administrative expenses were also below or within full-year guidance ranges
    • Rochester expansion project expected to reposition operation as cornerstone asset – Late in the fourth quarter, Coeur published an updated technical report for its Rochester mine in Nevada which reflects significant reserve growth and the benefits of a larger-scale expansion project. The 18-year, reserve-based mine plan has an expected after-tax net asset value of $634 million with an anticipated internal rate of return of 31%
    • Largest exploration program in Company history led to strong reserve and resource growth – The Company completed the largest exploration program in its history during 2020, increasing its investment by 68% to $50.6 million and drilling approximately 783,200 feet (238,700 meters). Proven and probable gold and silver reserves increased 22% and 42%, respectively, while measured and indicated resources were higher across all metals for the second consecutive year. Additionally, strong drilling results at Silvertip helped to significantly expand zinc and lead resources, marking the largest and most successful exploration program in the history of the project
    • Continued enhancing balance sheet and increasing financial flexibility – Coeur ended the year with $92.8 million of cash and cash equivalents, 20% and 67% higher quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, respectively. The Company also increased the aggregate capacity of its senior secured revolving credit facility (“RCF”) from $250.0 million to $300.0 million, and repaid the remaining outstanding borrowings under the facility. Total debt2 at the end of the year was $275.5 million, compared to $295.5 million at the end of 2019

    I’m extremely proud of how our team responded to the unforeseen challenges in 2020. Their tireless efforts and collaboration helped protect the health and safety of our workforce, their families and the communities where we operate, while also minimizing disruptions to our business,” said Mitchell J. Krebs, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our strong culture allowed us to effectively navigate COVID-19 while also achieving several important strategic objectives during the year.”

    Mr. Krebs continued, “We generated $49.4 million of free cash flow1 during 2020 due to a combination of higher gold and silver prices and strong operational performances at our Palmarejo, Wharf and Kensington mines. We also kicked off a major expansion of our Rochester mine in Nevada, which we expect to be largely completed by late next year and reposition the operation as a strong, consistent, and long-term source of cash flow.”

    In addition to strong financial and operational performance, we also successfully delivered on the largest exploration program in our history, which helped drive 22% and 42% increases in our gold and silver reserves, respectively. Notably, 2020 represents the largest level of total reserves in Coeur’s history. We plan to increase our exploration investment again this year with the goals of further extending our mine lives, generating more new discoveries and driving higher returns on invested capital in coming years.”

    We believe our strategy of safely and responsibly discovering, developing, and operating a balanced portfolio of North American-based precious metals assets will create long-term value for our stockholders. We look forward to delivering on our key objectives this year that can maximize cash flow, returns and net asset value, while also continuing to enhance our culture and peer-leading environmental, social and governance profile,” concluded Mr. Krebs.

    Financial and Operating Highlights (Unaudited)

    (Amounts in millions, except per share amounts, gold/silver ounces produced & sold, and per-ounce metrics)

    2020

     

    4Q 2020

    3Q 2020

    2Q 2020

     

    1Q 2020

     

    2019

     

    4Q 2019

    Gold Sales

    $

    584.6

    $

    162.0

    $

    167.1

    $

    127.9

     

    $

    127.6

     

    $

    493.3

     

    $

    134.3

     

    Silver Sales

    $

    200.2

    $

    66.4

    $

    62.6

    $

    26.3

     

    $

    44.9

     

    $

    191.5

     

    $

    54.8

     

    Consolidated Revenue

    $

    785.5

    $

    228.3

    $

    229.7

    $

    154.2

     

    $

    173.2

     

    $

    711.5

     

    $

    195.0

     

    Costs Applicable to Sales3

    $

    440.3

    $

    118.6

    $

    112.8

    $

    90.0

     

    $

    118.9

     

    $

    551.2

     

    $

    146.6

     

    General and Administrative Expenses

    $

    33.7

    $

    8.4

    $

    7.8

    $

    8.6

     

    $

    8.9

     

    $

    34.5

     

    $

    7.6

     

    Net Income (Loss)

    $

    25.6

    $

    11.9

    $

    26.9

    $

    (1.2

    )

    $

    (11.9

    )

    $

    (346.9

    )

    $

    (270.9

    )

    Net Income (Loss) Per Share

    $

    0.11

    $

    0.05

    $

    0.11

    $

    (0.01

    )

    $

    (0.05

    )

    $

    (1.59

    )

    $

    (1.13

    )

    Adjusted Net Income (Loss)1

    $

    59.0

    $

    19.1

    $

    38.2

    $

    2.6

     

    $

    (0.9

    )

    $

    (54.6

    )

    $

    (3.3

    )

    Adjusted Net Income (Loss)1 Per Share

    $

    0.24

    $

    0.08

    $

    0.16

    $

    0.01

     

    $

     

    $

    (0.25

    )

    $

    (0.01

    )

    Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

     

    242.5

     

    244.3

     

    243.8

     

    240.9

     

     

    240.3

     

     

    218.8

     

     

    238.7

     

    EBITDA1

    $

    214.8

    $

    76.7

    $

    77.3

    $

    35.3

     

    $

    25.5

     

    $

    (154.4

    )

    $

    (214.5

    )

    Adjusted EBITDA1

    $

    263.4

    $

    84.0

    $

    90.8

    $

    42.2

     

    $

    46.5

     

    $

    173.9

     

    $

    59.8

     

    Cash Flow from Operating Activities

    $

    148.7

    $

    67.3

    $

    79.5

    $

    9.9

     

    $

    (8.0

    )

    $

    91.9

     

    $

    39.3

     

    Capital Expenditures

    $

    99.3

    $

    37.4

    $

    23.0

    $

    16.7

     

    $

    22.2

     

    $

    99.8

     

    $

    21.0

     

    Free Cash Flow1

    $

    49.4

    $

    29.8

    $

    56.5

    $

    (6.7

    )

    $

    (30.2

    )

    $

    (7.9

    )

    $

    18.4

     

    Cash, Equivalents & Short-Term Investments

    $

    92.8

    $

    92.8

    $

    77.1

    $

    70.9

     

    $

    52.9

     

    $

    55.6

     

    $

    55.6

     

    Total Debt2

    $

    275.5

    $

    275.5

    $

    301.1

    $

    348.6

     

    $

    343.1

     

    $

    295.5

     

    $

    295.5

     

    Average Realized Price Per Ounce – Gold

    $

    1,641

    $

    1,663

    $

    1,754

    $

    1,641

     

    $

    1,490

     

    $

    1,342

     

    $

    1,407

     

    Average Realized Price Per Ounce – Silver

    $

    20.79

    $

    24.21

    $

    24.15

    $

    16.25

     

    $

    16.63

     

    $

    16.07

     

    $

    16.99

     

    Gold Ounces Produced

     

    355,678

     

    96,377

     

    95,995

     

    78,229

     

     

    85,077

     

     

    359,418

     

     

    94,716

     

    Silver Ounces Produced

     

    9.7

     

    2.8

     

    2.6

     

    1.6

     

     

    2.7

     

     

    11.7

     

     

    3.1

     

    Gold Ounces Sold

     

    356,251

     

    97,400

     

    95,283

     

    77,933

     

     

    85,635

     

     

    367,650

     

     

    95,532

     

    Silver Ounces Sold

     

    9.6

     

    2.7

     

    2.6

     

    1.6

     

     

    2.7

     

     

    11.9

     

     

    3.3

     

    Financial Results

    Fourth quarter 2020 revenue totaled $228.3 million compared to $229.7 million in the prior period and $195.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The Company’s gold production remained consistent quarter-over-quarter at 96,377 ounces, while silver production increased 11% to approximately 2.8 million ounces. Gold and silver sales during the quarter totaled 97,400 and 2.7 million ounces, respectively, slightly higher than the prior period.

    The Company generated $785.5 million in revenue during 2020, representing a 10% increase year-over-year. Full-year gold and silver production totaled 355,678 and approximately 9.7 million ounces, respectively, compared to 359,418 ounces of gold and approximately 11.7 million ounces of silver in 2019. Metal sales in 2020 included 356,251 and 9.6 million ounces of gold and silver, respectively.

    Average realized gold and silver prices for the quarter were $1,663 and $24.21 per ounce, respectively, compared to $1,754 and $24.15 per ounce in the prior period. Gold and silver sales accounted for 71% and 29% of fourth quarter revenue, respectively. The Company’s U.S. operations accounted for approximately 59% of fourth quarter revenue, down from approximately 64% in the prior period.

    For the full year, average realized gold and silver prices increased 22% and 29%, respectively, to $1,641 and $20.79 per ounce. Gold and silver sales contributed to 74% and 25% of revenue in 2020, respectively. Approximately 63% of metal sales came from Coeur’s U.S. operations in 2020, up from approximately 58% in 2019.

    Costs applicable to sales3 totaled $118.6 million and $440.3 million for the fourth quarter and full year, respectively, compared to $112.8 million and $551.2 million in the prior periods. Relatively higher costs during the fourth quarter were largely attributable to increased production at Rochester. The year-over-year decrease in costs was primarily driven by the temporary suspension of mining and processing activities at Silvertip.

    General and administrative expenses increased 8% quarter-over-quarter to $8.4 million and decreased slightly year-over-year to $33.7 million, remaining within Coeur’s 2020 guidance range of $32.0 – $36.0 million. Higher general and administrative expense in the fourth quarter reflects increased employee-related costs and outside service fees, while the lower full-year expense was driven by decreased employee-related costs and legal fees.

    Exploration expense for the fourth quarter and full year totaled $11.6 million and $42.6 million, respectively, compared to $12.8 million in the third quarter and $22.5 million in 2019. The significant increase in exploration expense during 2020 was driven by Coeur executing its largest and most successful drilling campaign in Company history. See the “Operations” and “Exploration” sections for additional detail on the Company’s exploration activities.

    Operating costs related to COVID-19 mitigation and response efforts totaled $5.1 million during the fourth quarter, compared to $4.0 million in the prior period, bringing the full-year expense to approximately $15.6 million. These costs were primarily driven by employee-related expenses at Palmarejo and Kensington, and are included in “Pre-development, reclamation, and other expenses” on the Company’s income statement.

    Coeur recorded an income tax expense of $25.0 million and $37.0 million during the fourth quarter and for the full year, respectively. Cash income and mining taxes paid during the quarter totaled approximately $15.4 million, bringing the full-year figure to $35.5 million. Cash taxes paid in 2020 primarily reflect higher income and mining tax payments in Mexico. Additionally, the Company expects to pay approximately $30.0 – $35.0 million in cash taxes during the first quarter of 2021 primarily as a result of its annual tax filings in Mexico.

    Quarterly operating cash flow totaled $67.3 million compared to $79.5 million in the prior period, largely driven by lower operating cash flow from Wharf quarter-over-quarter. The Company satisfied the remaining $9.9 million obligation under its prepayment agreement at Kensington and exercised an option to receive an additional $15.0 million prepayment, resulting in a net cash inflow of approximately $5.1 million in the fourth quarter. Changes in working capital during the quarter were $8.8 million, compared to $22.1 million in the prior period, largely driven by the timing of payments. For the full year, operating cash flow increased 62% to $148.7 million. The significant improvement in operating cash flow year-over-year was largely driven by increased profitability at Palmarejo, Kensington and Wharf.

    Capital expenditures during the fourth quarter were $37.4 million (63% higher quarter-over-quarter) bringing the full-year total to $99.3 million (consistent year-over-year), slightly below the low end of Coeur’s 2020 guidance range of $100.0 – $115.0 million. Higher quarterly capital expenditures were driven by increased investment across the Company’s portfolio, including $14.8 million related to the expansion of Rochester ($28.6 million for the full year). Sustaining and development capital expenditures accounted for approximately 60% and 40%, respectively, of the Company’s total capital investment in 2020.

    Liquidity Update

    Coeur continued to prudently manage its balance sheet during the fourth quarter of 2020 by repaying $25.6 million of total debt2, including the remaining outstanding borrowings ($20.0 million) under its RCF. Late in the quarter, Coeur increased the aggregate size of its RCF from $250.0 million to $300.0 million in preparation for major construction on the Plan of Operations Amendment 11 (“POA 11”) expansion project at Rochester.

    The Company also opportunistically monetized certain equity investments during the fourth quarter of 2020, including substantially all of its holdings in Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd., resulting in net proceeds of approximately $11.0 million.

    Coeur ended the year with total debt2 of $275.5 million (9% and 7% lower quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, respectively) and cash and cash equivalents of $92.8 million (20% and 67% higher quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, respectively).

    Hedging Update

    The Company did not execute any additional zero-cost collar (“ZCC”) hedges during the fourth quarter. Coeur’s hedging strategy remains focused on supporting cash flow generation during the POA 11 expansion project at Rochester, which the Company expects to fund with a combination of cash on hand, internally generated cash flow and debt capacity.

    Coeur completed its gold hedging program for 2021 last year and will proactively monitor market conditions to potentially layer in additional ZCC hedges on up to 50% of expected gold production in 2022. The Company’s silver price exposure remains unhedged. An overview of the hedges currently implemented is outlined below:

     

    2021

    2022

    Gold Ounces Hedged

    158,700

     

    126,000

    Avg. Ceiling ($/oz)

    $1,875

     

    $2,030

    Avg. Floor ($/oz)

    $1,600

     

    $1,626

    Rochester Expansion

    Coeur announced the details of the expansion of Rochester in an updated technical report in mid-December 2020, reflecting significant reserve growth and the benefits of a larger-scale project. Notably, the 18-year, reserve-based mine life extends Rochester’s production profile through 2038 with opportunities for extension with continued drilling. The expansion project includes the construction of a new leach pad, a crushing facility equipped with two high-pressure grinding roll (“HPGR”) units, a Merrill-Crowe process plant, and related infrastructure to support the extension of Rochester’s mine life.

    A planned increase in annual crusher throughput, from approximately 14 million tons to over 28 million tons, is expected to drive annual silver and gold production to more than 8 million and approximately 80,000 ounces, respectively, for the initial ten years following the expansion. Together with lower expected operating costs, these improvements are projected to lead to significantly higher cash flow post-expansion.

    Coeur continued to advance the POA 11 expansion project on schedule during the fourth quarter of 2020 by completing early-stage earthworks (e.g., site preparation, clearing and grubbing for the new leach pad) and installing project-specific infrastructure (e.g., offices, power, communications). In January 2021, Coeur began work on excavating areas for the Merrill-Crowe process plant and crusher corridor, and expects to begin crushing over-liner material for the Stage VI leach pad during the second half of the year.

    Key elements of the project timeline are highlighted below:

     

    Expected Start Date

    Target Completion Date

    Leach Pad (Incl. Ancillary Facilities)

    2H 2020 ✓

    Mid-2022

    Merrill-Crowe Process Plant

    1H 2021 ✓

    YE 2022

    Crushing Circuit

    1H 2021 ✓

    YE 2022

    Supporting Infrastructure

    2H 2020 ✓

    Mid-2022

    Operations

    Fourth quarter and full-year 2020 highlights for each of the Company’s operations are provided below.

    Palmarejo, Mexico

    (Dollars in millions, except per ounce amounts)

    2020

    4Q 2020

    3Q 2020

    2Q 2020

    1Q 2020

    2019

    4Q 2019

    Tons milled

    1,751,525

    509,848

    492,474

    269,641

    479,562

    1,755,957

    486,779

    Average gold grade (oz/t)

    0.07

    0.08

    0.07

    0.07

    0.07

    0.08

    0.07

    Average silver grade (oz/t)

    4.45

    4.30

    4.37

    4.46

    4.69

    4.85

    5.11

    Average recovery rate – Au

    89.9%

    88.9%

    91.3%

    86.0%

    91.6%

    84.3%

    84.9%

    Average recovery rate – Ag

    80.4%

    81.3%

    82.8%

    72.2%

    81.5%

    79.3%

    81.7%

    Gold ounces produced

    110,608

    34,511

    29,296

    15,223

    31,578

    111,932

    28,702

    Silver ounces produced (000’s)

    6,269

    1,783

    1,784

    867

    1,835

    6,762

    2,029

    Gold ounces sold

    110,822

    35,359

    27,252

    16,924

    31,287

    116,104

    27,952

    Silver ounces sold (000’s)

    6,302

    1,767

    1,765

    875

    1,895

    6,841

    1,980

    Average realized price per gold ounce

    $1,390

    $1,395

    $1,446

    $1,399

    $1,331

    $1,220

    $1,238

    Average realized price per silver ounce

    $21.03

    $24.45

    $23.98

    $16.35

    $17.25

    $16.23

    $17.28

    Metal sales

    $286.6

    $92.5

    $81.8

    $38.0

    $74.3

    $252.7

    $68.9

    Costs applicable to sales3

    $125.2

    $36.1

    $34.3

    $18.8

    $36.0

    $141.9

    $34.8

    Adjusted CASper AuOz1

    $609

    $542

    $602

    $686

    $645

    $683

    $622

    Adjusted CASper AgOz1

    $9.13

    $9.61

    $10.06

    $8.13

    $8.37

    $9.11

    $8.79

    Exploration expense

    $7.0

    $2.6

    $2.0

    $0.9

    $1.5

    $5.7

    $2.0

    Cash flow from operating activities

    $118.3

    $43.2

    $49.7

    $(3.5)

    $28.9

    $99.2

    $41.4

    Sustaining capital expenditures (excludes capital lease payments)

    $25.5

    $9.0

    $4.9

    $4.5

    $7.1

    $21.9

    $6.2

    Development capital expenditures

    $—

    $(0.1)

    $0.1

    $—

    $—

    $10.8

    $2.4

    Total capital expenditures

    $25.5

    $8.9

    $5.0

    $4.5

    $7.1

    $32.7

    $8.6

    Free cash flow1

    $92.8

    $34.3

    $44.7

    $(8.0)

    $21.8

    $66.5

    $32.8

    Operational

    • Fourth quarter gold production increased 18% quarter-over-quarter to 34,511 ounces, while silver production remained consistent at 1.8 million ounces compared to the prior period. Full-year gold and silver production totaled 110,608 and 6.3 million ounces, respectively
    • Quarterly gold and silver production benefited from higher mill throughput, which increased modestly quarter-over-quarter. Higher average gold grade led to improved gold production during the quarter, while consistent silver production was driven by slightly lower average silver grade. Lower recoveries during the quarter reflect the impact of in-circuit inventory and finalized slag shipments
    • Full-year production results were above or within 2020 guidance ranges of 100,000 – 110,00 ounces of gold and 6.0 – 7.0 million ounces of silver, despite active mining and processing activities being temporarily suspended for approximately 45 days in the second quarter due to a COVID-19-related government decree

    Financial

    • Fourth quarter adjusted CAS1 for gold and silver on a co-product basis decreased 10% and 4% to $542 and $9.61 per ounce, respectively, compared to the prior quarter. Continued strong cost performance during the quarter reflects higher throughput rates, increased gold sales and effective cost management, including favorable impacts from foreign exchange hedges
    • For the full year, adjusted CAS1 for gold on a co-product basis decreased 11% to $609 per ounce, while co-product adjusted CAS1 for silver remained mostly unchanged at $9.13 per ounce. Notably, both cost metrics finished the year below their 2020 guidance ranges of $650 – $750 and $9.50 – $10.50 per ounce of gold and silver, respectively
    • Capital expenditures increased 78% quarter-over-quarter to $8.9 million, reflecting the acceleration of business improvement projects and underground development that were impacted by the government-mandated temporary suspension in the second quarter. Similarly, full-year capital expenditures decreased 22% year-over-year to $25.5 million primarily as a result of the temporary suspension
    • Free cash flow1 in the fourth quarter and full year totaled $34.3 million and $92.8 million, respectively, compared to $44.7 million and $66.5 million in the prior periods. Lower free cash flow1 in the fourth quarter resulted from decreased operating cash flow and higher capital expenditures, while positive full-year results benefited from increased metal sales as well as lower costs and capital expenditures

    Exploration

    • Exploration investment increased 16% and 8% quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year to approximately $3.7 million ($2.6 million expensed and $1.1 million capitalized) and approximately $11.0 million ($7.0 million expensed and $4.0 million capitalized), respectively
    • Up to seven surface and underground core rigs were active during the fourth quarter, winding down to five rigs by the end of the year. A total of approximately 60,600 feet (18,450 meters) were drilled during the period, including 49,200 feet (15,000 meters) targeting resource expansion and 11,400 feet (3,450 meters) focused on infill drilling. A total of approximately 226,000 feet (68,850 meters) were drilled during the year, representing the largest component of Coeur’s exploration program during 2020
    • Infill drilling during the quarter focused on specific zones within the Independencia and Guadalupe deposits. Surface drill rigs targeted areas of the Hidalgo and Independencia zones, while underground drill rigs focused on the southern portion of the Independencia zone. Surface infill drilling was also completed on the La Bavisa zone, located within the Independencia deposit
    • Additionally, infill drilling at the Guadalupe deposit was primarily focused on the southern Las Animas zone, the northern Zapata zone and the La Patria zone (located in the southwestern most portion of the deposit)
    • Resource expansion drilling focused mainly on the Hidalgo zone in the Independencia deposit. The potential of this area is particularly encouraging given its proximity to the mill at Palmarejo. Assays and thickness of mineralization at the Hidalgo zone represent the best expansion drilling results at Palmarejo over the past three years. Expansion drilling was also completed at the La Bavisa zone as well as the north Independencia zone, which is an extension of the Independencia deposit
    • Coeur plans for Palmarejo to receive one of the largest allocations of exploration investment in 2021. The Company began 2021 with six active rigs on site, and expects to ramp up to ten rigs over the course of the year

    Other

    • Precious metals mining is considered an essential business activity in Mexico. The Company continues to implement and maintain rigorous health and safety protocols at Palmarejo and in the surrounding communities aimed at limiting the exposure and transmission of COVID-19
    • Approximately 44% (15,669 ounces) and 39% (43,001 ounces) of Palmarejo’s gold sales in the fourth quarter and full year, respectively, were sold under its gold stream agreement at a price of $800 per ounce

    Guidance

    Contacts

    For Additional Information
    Coeur Mining, Inc.

    104 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 900

    Chicago, IL 60603

    Attention: Paul DePartout, Director, Investor Relations

    Phone: (312) 489-5800

    www.coeur.com

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