Annual Report (foreign Private Issuer) (40-f)

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Stock : MAG Silver Corp (MAG)
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Annual Report (foreign Private Issuer) (40-f)

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C.  20549

 

FORM 40-F

   
  ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13(a) OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended  December 31, 2018 . Commission File Number  001-33574 .
 
MAG SILVER CORP.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
 
BRITISH COLUMBIA
(Province or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

1040

(Primary Standard Industrial Classification Code Number (if applicable))

 

Not Applicable

(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number (if applicable))

 

Suite 770 – 800 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2V6  Tel: 604-630-1399

(Address and telephone number of Registrant's principal executive offices)

 

Puglisi & Associates

850 Library Avenue, Suite 204

Newark, DE 19711

Tel: (302) 738-6680

(Name, address (including zip code) and telephone number (including area code)

Of agent for service in the United States)

 

Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act.

 

Title of each class   Name of each exchange on which registered

 

Common Shares, without par value

 

 

NYSE American

 

 

Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None.

 

Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act: None.

 

 

 

For annual reports, indicate by check mark the information filed with this Form:

 

 X  Annual information form   X   Audited annual consolidated financial statements

  

Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the Registrant’s classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report.

 

85,539,476 outstanding shares of the Registrant’s common stock as of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

  

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d)   of the Exchange Act during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

 

Yes   [X]                No ☐

  

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit and post such files).

 

Yes   [X]

               No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Emerging growth company ☐

 

If an emerging growth company that prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

EXPLANATORY COMMENT

 

MAG Silver Corp. (the “Company” or the “Registrant”) is a British Columbia corporation and a “foreign private issuer” as defined in Rule 3b-4 promulgated under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).  Under the SEC’s rules, the Company is eligible to prepare and file this annual report on Form 40-F, and to present the disclosures herein primarily in accordance with Canadian disclosure requirements, which differ in certain material respects from those which the SEC requires of United States companies.

 

 

 

For example, the Company has prepared its financial statements, which are included as Exhibit 99.2 to this annual report on Form 40-F, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), and such statements are not in many respects directly comparable to financial statements of United States companies.

 

Similarly, and as discussed in greater detail below in “ESTIMATES OF RESOURCES AND RESERVES,” the resource and reserve estimates included in the accompanying Annual Information Form (including the Schedules thereto), found at Exhibit 99.1 of this Form 40-F Annual Report, and management’s discussion and analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 filed as Exhibit 99.2 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F, have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”), which differ from the practices used to estimate resources and reserves in reports and other materials filed with the SEC by United States companies.

 

As a “foreign private issuer” the Company is exempt from certain proxy-related requirements found in Sections 14(a), 14(b), 14(c),  and 14(f) of the Exchange Act, and the insider reporting, “short swing profit” and short sale provisions found in Section 16 thereof are not applicable to the Company’s common shares.

 

PRINCIPAL DOCUMENTS

 

The following documents have been filed by the Company with this Annual Report on Form 40-F, and are incorporated herein by reference:

 

A. Annual Information Form

 

The Company’s Annual Information Form (“AIF”) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018: see Exhibit 99.1 of this Annual Report on Form 40-F.

 

B. Audited Annual Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying Management’s Discussion and Analysis

 

The Company’s Audited Annual Consolidated Financial Statements including the reports of the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm with respect thereto and accompanying Management’s Discussion and Analysis for fiscal year ended December 31, 2018: see Exhibit 99.2 of this Annual Report on Form 40-F. The Company’s Audited Annual Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRS.

  

CAUTIONARY COMMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND ADJACENT PROPERTY DISCLOSURES

 

Forward Looking Statements

 

Certain information contained in this Annual Report on Form 40-F, including any information relating to the Company’s future oriented financial information are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws (collectively “forward-looking statements”).  All statements in this Annual Report on Form 40-F, other than statements of historical facts are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the anticipated time and capital schedule to production;  expectations on the approval of the development of the project; estimated project economics, including but not limited to, mill recoveries, payable metals produced, production rates, payback time, capital and operating and other costs, Internal Rate of Return (“IRR”), anticipated life of mine, and mine plan; expected upside from additional exploration; expected capital requirements and adequacy of current working capital for the next year; and other future events or developments.   Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “predict”, “potential”, “targeting”, “intend”, “could”, “might”, “should”, “believe” and similar expressions.  These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from results projected in such forward-looking statements. Although MAG believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, commodities prices; changes in expected mineral production performance; unexpected increases in capital costs; exploitation and exploration results; continued availability of capital and financing; differing results and recommendations in the feasibility study commissioned by Minera Juanicipio; whether or not there is a production decision by Minera Juanicipio; risks related to holding a minority investment interest in the Juanicipio Property; and general economic, market or business conditions. In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to various risks, including but not limited to operational risk; environmental risk; political risk; currency risk; capital cost inflation risk; that data is incomplete or inaccurate; the limitations and assumptions within drilling, engineering and socio-economic studies relied upon in preparing the 2017 PEA (as defined herein); and market risks. The reader is referred to the Company’s filings with the SEC and Canadian securities regulators for disclosure regarding these and other risk factors. There is no certainty that any forward-looking statement will come to pass and investors should not place undue reliance upon forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to provide updates to any of the forward-looking statements in this Annual Report on Form 40-F, except as required by law.

 

 

 

 

Assumptions have been made including, but not limited to, the Company’s ability to carry on its various exploration and development activities including project development timelines, the timely receipt of required approvals and permits, the price of the minerals produced, the costs of operating, exploration and development expenditures, the impact on operations of the Mexican Tax Regime, and the Company’s ability to obtain adequate financing.  The Company cannot assure you that actual events, performance or results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements, and management’s assumptions may prove to be incorrect.  The forward-looking statements in this Annual Report on Form 40-F speak only as of the date hereof and we do not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s beliefs, expectations or opinions should change other than as required by applicable law.  There is no certainty that any forward-looking statement will come to pass and investors should not place undue reliance upon forward-looking statements.

 

Adjacent Property Disclosure

 

The staff of the SEC takes the position that mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, should describe only those mineral deposits that the companies themselves can economically and legally extract or produce.  The AIF filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F contains information regarding adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine, and is considered by management to be of material importance to the Company and its land holdings in the area.  Investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties are not necessarily probative of the existence, nature or extent of mineral deposits on our properties.

 

 

ESTIMATES OF RESOURCES AND RESERVES

 

The Company’s AIF filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F and management’s discussion and analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 filed as Exhibit 99.2 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the “CIM”) —   CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves , adopted by the CIM Council, as amended.  NI 43-101 is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators, which establishes standards for disclosure a Canadian public company makes of scientific and technical information concerning its mineral projects, differs from the requirements of SEC Industry Guide 7 (“SEC Industry Guide 7”) under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

 

For example, the terms “mineral reserve”, “proven mineral reserve” and “probable mineral reserve” are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with NI 43-101 and the CIM standards.  These definitions differ from the definitions in SEC Industry Guide 7. 

 

In addition, the terms “mineral resource”, “measured mineral resource”, “indicated mineral resource” and “inferred mineral resource” are defined in and required to be disclosed by NI 43-101; however, these terms are not defined under SEC Industry Guide 7 and are normally not permitted to be used in reports and registration statements filed with the SEC. It should not be assumed that any part or all of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into reserves. “Inferred mineral resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category.

 

 

 

Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare cases. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists or is economically or legally mineable. Disclosure of “contained ounces” in a resource is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute “reserves” by SEC Industry Guide 7 standards as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures.

 

Accordingly, information contained in this Annual Report and the documents incorporated by reference herein contains descriptions of mineral deposits that may not be comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements under the United States federal securities laws.

  

DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

After evaluating the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as required by paragraph (b) of Exchange Act Rule 13a-15, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company have concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report on Form 40-F, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective to ensure that material information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

  

MANAGEMENT’S ANNUAL REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

 

Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f).

 

Management recognizes that effective internal control over financial reporting may nonetheless not prevent or detect all possible misstatements or frauds. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

Management has evaluated the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of the end of the Company’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 using the framework Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).  Based on this evaluation, management concluded that, as of December 31, 2018, the Company maintained effective internal control over financial reporting.

 

 

 

ATTESTATION REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

The Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2018 has been audited by Deloitte LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, who also audited the Registrant’s Consolidated Financial Statements for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017. Deloitte LLP expressed an unqualified opinion on the effectiveness of the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting. The reports of Deloitte LLP are found under the heading “Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm” in the Registrant’s Audited Annual Consolidated Financial Statements for fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, included as Exhibit 99.2 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F.

 

CHANGES IN INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

 

During the period covered by this Annual Report on Form 40-F, no changes occurred in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that were identified in connection with the evaluation required by paragraph (e) of Exchange Act Rule 13a-15 that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

NOTICES PURSUANT TO REGULATION BTR

 

Not applicable.

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE FINANCIAL EXPERT

 

The Company’s Board of Directors has determined that each of Peter Barnes, Richard Clark and Jill Leversage is an “audit committee financial expert” as that term is defined in paragraph (8) of General Instruction B of Form 40-F, and each is an “independent director” as that term is defined under the listing standards applicable to the Company contained in Section 803A of the NYSE American Company Guide. A description of the relevant experience of each of such director can be found in the AIF.  The SEC has indicated that the designation of a director as an audit committee financial expert does not make that director an “expert” for any purpose, impose any duties, obligations or liability on him or her that are greater than those imposed on members of the Audit Committee and Board of Directors who do not carry this designation, or affect the duties, obligations or liability of any other member of the Audit Committee or Board of Directors.

 

CODE OF ETHICS FOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER,

AND OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

 

The Company has adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code”) for its Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, directors and officers. The Company previously furnished the latest version of the Code with the SEC on March 30, 2017 as Exhibit 99.1 to its Form 6-K. Individuals may obtain a copy upon request, addressed to The Secretary, MAG Silver Corp., #770-800 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 2V6.  The Company has also posted the Code on its internet website at www.magsilver.com. The Code is reviewed annually, most recently on March 25, 2019. No waivers were granted from the Code during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

 

 

 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

The aggregate fees billed by the Company’s current external auditor, Deloitte LLP, in each of the last two fiscal years are as follows:

 

Presented in Canadian$     Year ended
December 31, 2018
      Year ended
December 31, 2017
 
Audit Fees     298,000       284,800  
Audit-Related Fees     23,043       19,600  
Tax Fees     152,517       63,065  
All Other Fees     0       0  
Total   $ 473,560     $ 367,465  

 

The nature of the services provided by Deloitte LLP under each of the categories indicated in the table is described below.

 

Audit Fees

 

Audit fees are those incurred for professional services rendered by Deloitte LLP for the audit of the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements, for the quarterly interim reviews of the Company’s unaudited consolidated financial statements, and for professional services in relation to the short form prospectus.

 

Audit-Related Fees

 

Audit-related fees are those incurred for professional fees related to the Mexican statutory audits of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries.

 

Tax Fees

 

Tax fees are those incurred for professional services rendered by Deloitte LLP for  tax compliance, including the review of tax returns, tax planning and advisory services relating to common forms of domestic and international taxation, continued tax planning and advisory services on potential restructuring and spin-out projects, and services related to the Company’s transfer pricing report.

 

All Other Fees

 

There are no other fees to report under this category for professional services rendered by Deloitte LLP for the Company.

 

 

 

PRE-APPROVAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 

It is within the mandate of the Company’s Audit Committee to pre-approve all audit and non-audit related fees. The Audit Committee is informed routinely as to the non-audit services actually provided by the auditor pursuant to this pre-approval process.  The auditors also present the estimate for the annual audit related services to the Audit Committee for approval prior to undertaking the annual audit of the financial statements. No audit-related services or other services were approved by the Audit Committee pursuant to the de minimis exception provided by Section (c)(7)(i)(C) of Rule 2-01 or Regulation S-X.

 

OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

 

None.


TABULAR DISCLOSURE OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS

FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2018

Presented in thousands of US$ (unless noted otherwise)

 

        Less than
1 year
    1-3 Years     3-5 Years     More than
5 years
 
    Total     2019     2020 - 2021     2022-2023     2024 and over  
Committed Exploration Expenditures     1,250       1,250       -       -          
                                         
Minera Juanicipio (1) (2)     -       -       -       -       -  
                                         
Office and other commitments     353       217       136       -       -  
Total Obligations     1,603       1,467       136       -       -  

 

1)   Although the Company makes cash advances to Minera Juanicipio as cash called by the operator Fresnillo (based on approved Minera Juanicipio budgets), they are not contractual obligations. The Company intends, however, to continue to fund its share of cash calls and avoid dilution of its ownership interest in Minera Juanicipio.

2) According to the operator, Fresnillo, contractual commitments for processing equipment of $23.1 million and for development contractors of $69.5 million with respect to the Juanicipio Project have been committed to as at December 31, 2018.  

The Company also has optional commitments for property option payments and exploration expenditures as outlined in Exploration and Evaluation Assets, Note 7 of the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018: see Exhibit 99.2 of this Annual Report on Form 40-F. There is no obligation to make any of those payments or to conduct any work on its optioned properties. As the Company advances them, it evaluates exploration results and determines at its own discretion which option payments to make and which additional exploration work to undertake in order to comply with the funding requirements.

 

IDENTIFICATION OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

 

The Company has a separately designated standing Audit Committee established in accordance with section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Exchange Act. The members of the Audit Committee are:

 

  Chair: Peter Barnes
  Members: Richard Clark
    Jill Leversage

 

 

 

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURE

 

Not applicable.

 

UNDERTAKING

 

The Registrant undertakes to make available, in person or by telephone, representatives to respond to inquiries made by the SEC staff, and to furnish promptly, when requested to do so by the SEC staff, information relating to: the securities registered pursuant to Form 40-F; the securities in relation to which the obligation to file an annual report on Form 40-F arises; or transactions in said securities.

 

CONSENT TO SERVICE OF PROCESS

 

The Company has filed an Appointment of Agent for Service of Process and Undertaking on Form F-X with respect to the class of securities in relation to which the obligation to file this Form 40-F arises.

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Exchange Act, the Registrant certifies that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form 40-F and has duly caused this Annual Report on Form 40-F to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereto duly authorized.

 

 

Registrant:               MAG SILVER CORP.

 

By:    /s/ “ George Paspalas”

Name:  George Paspalas

Title:   President and Chief Executive Officer

Dated:  March 29, 2019

 

 

 

 

EXHIBITS

 

 


 

23.1 Consent of Deloitte LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

23.2 Consent of Adrienne Ross, Ph.D., P.Geo., P.Geol.
   
23.3 Consent of Gary Methven, P.Eng.
   
23.4 Consent of Harald Muller, FAusIMM
   
23.5 Consent of Carl Kottmeier, P.Eng.
   
23.6 Consent of Dr. Peter Megaw, Ph.D., C.P.G.
   
31.1 Certification by the Chief Executive Officer of the Registrant pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) of the Exchange Act, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

31.2 Certification by the Chief Financial Officer of the Registrant pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) of the Exchange Act, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

32.1 Certification by the Chief Executive Officer of the Registrant pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

32.2 Certification by the Chief Financial Officer of the Registrant pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

99.1 Registrant’s Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

 

99.2 Registrant’s Audited Annual Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.
   
101 Interactive Data File.

 

 

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