Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc (NYSE AMERICAN: CMCL; AIM: CMCL) ("Caledonia" or the "Company") announces its operating and financial results for the quarter and the nine months ended September 30, 2021 (the "Quarter" and "Nine Months" respectively).  Further information on the financial and operating results for the Quarter and Nine Months can be found in the management discussion and analysis ("MD&A") and the unaudited financial statements which are available on the Company's website and have been filed on SEDAR.   

 Financial Highlights for the Quarter

  • Gross revenues of $33.5 million, a 31.9 per cent increase on the $25.4 million achieved in the third quarter of 2020 ("Q3 2020").  
  • Gross profit of $15.7 million, a 25.6 per cent increase on the $12.5 million in Q3 2020, due to higher production and lower cost per ounce offset in the Quarter by a lower gold price.
  • EBITDA of $15.1 million, a 30 per cent increase on the $11.7 million in Q3 2020 at a margin of 45 per cent (Q3 2020: 46 per cent). 
  • The on-mine cost per ounce1 decreased 8% from $758 in Q3 2020 to $695 due to higher production which spread fixed costs over more production ounces.
  • The all-in sustaining cost per ounce decreased 19% from $1,119 in Q3 2020 to $909. This reflects the decrease in on-mine cost per ounce and reduced sustaining capex.
  • Basic IFRS earnings per share ("EPS") increased by 56 per cent from 36.6 cents in Q3 2020 to 57.1 cents.
  • Adjusted EPS increased by 102 per cent from 34.1 cents in Q3 2020 to 68.9 cents.
  • Net cash from operating activities of $7.1 million (Q3 2020: $5.3 million) due to higher operating profit offset by higher working capital.
  • Net cash and cash equivalents of $13.0 million (Q3 2020: $21.6 million).
  • In October 2021, the Company declared and paid a quarterly dividend of 14 cents per share. This was the seventh increase in the quarterly dividend since October 2019 and more than double the 6.875 cents declared only two years ago in October 2019

Operating Highlights

  • 18,965 ounces of gold produced in the Quarter (Q3 2020: 15,155 ounces) which is a new quarterly production record for Blanket and reflects the contribution of Central Shaft.
  • 48,872 ounces produced in the Nine Months, a 14 per cent increase on the 42,887 ounces produced in the first nine months of 2020.

Outlook

  • Production guidance for the year to December 31, 2021 has been narrowed at the top end of previous guidance at 65,000 to 67,000 ounces.
  • Due to, inter alia, historic delays in the completion of the Central Shaft arising from COVID-19, the need to remediate the poor electricity supply from the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, and an upgrade to the workers’ village to accommodate a larger workforce, capital expenditure at Blanket in 2022 is now expected to be $27million.
  • Caledonia has completed the purchase of the mining claims at Maligreen in the Zimbabwe midlands.
  • Caledonia continues to evaluate Connemara North, in respect of which it has an option to purchase.
  • The Company will consider further investment opportunities in Zimbabwe and elsewhere.

Steve Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“This has been another excellent quarter: record quarterly production of almost 19,000 ounces signifies the contribution that Central Shaft is already making. The commissioning and subsequent ramp-up of activity at Central Shaft met our best expectations and we have therefore been able to narrow our production guidance to the top end of our previous range. We remain on track to hit our 80,000 ounce target from 2022 onwards2.

“Revenue in the Quarter was 32 per cent higher than in Q3 2020 due to a 42 per cent increase in the quantity of gold produced and sold offset by a 7 per cent decrease in the average realised gold price. Net cash generated by operations in the Quarter was $7.1 million, compared to $5.3 million in Q3 2020. The increase was due to higher gross profit (due to increased production and lower costs per ounce), offset by increased working capital.

“The completion of Central Shaft and the resultant increase in production means that Caledonia can execute other areas of its growth strategy, such as the agreement to acquire Maligreen which was announced during the quarter, which has an estimated inferred resource of 940,000 ounces of gold in 15.6 million tonnes at a grade of 1.88 grammes per tonne3. This transaction was completed after the end of the Quarter.

“In October 2021, the Company declared and paid an increased dividend of 14 cents per share. This was the seventh increase in the quarterly dividend since October 2019 and an increase of 104 per cent from 6.875 cents in October 2019. These dividend increases reflect the strong financial and operating performance of the business. The board will continue to review Caledonia's future dividend distributions as appropriate. 

“In October, the advance dividend loan account due from the Gwanda Community Share Ownership Trust (“GCSOT”), a 10 per cent shareholder in Blanket, was repaid. Henceforth GCSOT will receive its full entitlement to 10 per cent of dividends paid by Blanket. Investment in our local communities and employees (who also hold a 10 per cent shareholding in the mine through an employee trust) is key to a successful business and I am therefore delighted that the loan to the GCSOT is now fully repaid and that the community will start to receive its full dividend amount.

“Caledonia’s immediate strategic focus following the commissioning of the Central Shaft project earlier this year is to increase production, reduce operating costs and increase the flexibility to undertake further development and exploration, thereby safeguarding and enhancing Blanket’s long-term future.”

For further information please contact:

Caledonia Mining Corporation PlcMark LearmonthCamilla Horsfall Tel: +44 1534 679 802Tel: +44 7817 841793
   
WH IrelandAdrian Hadden/ Andrew De Andrade Tel: +44 20 7220 1751
   
Blytheweigh Financial PRTim Blythe/Megan Ray Tel: +44 207 138 3204
   
3PPBPatrick ChidleyPaul Durham Tel: +1 917 991 7701Tel: +1 203 940 2538
   
Curate Public Relations (Zimbabwe)Debra Tatenda Tel: +263 77802131

Note: This announcement contains inside information which is disclosed in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 (“MAR”) as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking InformationInformation and statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities legislation that involve risks and uncertainties relating, but not limited, to Caledonia’s current expectations, intentions, plans, and beliefs. Forward-looking information can often be identified by forward-looking words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “goal”, “plan”, “target”, “intend”, “estimate”, “could”, “should”, “may” and “will” or the negative of these terms or similar words suggesting future outcomes, or other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions or statements about future events or performance. Examples of forward-looking information in this news release include: production guidance, estimates of future/targeted production rates, and our plans and timing regarding further exploration and drilling and development. This forward-looking information is based, in part, on assumptions and factors that may change or prove to be incorrect, thus causing actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by forward-looking information. Such factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to: failure to establish estimated resources and reserves, the grade and recovery of ore which is mined varying from estimates, success of future exploration and drilling programs, reliability of drilling, sampling and assay data, assumptions regarding the representativeness of mineralization being inaccurate, success of planned metallurgical test-work, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects and other factors.

Security holders, potential security holders and other prospective investors should be aware that these statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to estimates of mineral reserves and mineral resources proving to be inaccurate, fluctuations in gold price, risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, risks relating to the credit worthiness or financial condition of suppliers, refiners and other parties with whom the Company does business; inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks and hazards, employee relations; relationships with and claims by local communities and indigenous populations; political risk; risks related to natural disasters, terrorism, civil unrest, public health concerns (including health epidemics or outbreaks of communicable diseases such as the coronavirus (COVID-19)); availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining or maintaining necessary licenses and permits, diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as mining occurs; global financial condition, the actual results of current exploration activities, changes to conclusions of economic evaluations, and changes in project parameters to deal with unanticipated economic or other factors, risks of increased capital and operating costs, environmental, safety or regulatory risks, expropriation, the Company’s title to properties including ownership thereof, increased competition in the mining industry for properties, equipment, qualified personnel and their costs, risks relating to the uncertainty of timing of events including targeted production rate increase and currency fluctuations. Security holders, potential security holders and other prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and various future events will not occur. Caledonia undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors which affect this information, except as required by law.

This news release is not an offer of the shares of Caledonia for sale in the United States or elsewhere. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the shares of Caledonia, in any province, state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such province, state or jurisdiction.

 
Condensed consolidated statements of profit or loss and other comprehensive income(in thousands of United States Dollars, unless indicated otherwise)
             
Unaudited            
For the   Three months ended   Nine months ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2021   2020     2021   2020  
             
Revenue   33,496   25,359     89,193   71,874  
Less: Royalty   (1,679 ) (1,271 )   (4,471 ) (3,599 )
Production costs   (13,729 ) (10,399 )   (38,948 ) (32,537 )
Depreciation   (2,351 ) (1,143 )   (5,743 ) (3,457 )
Gross profit   15,737   12,546     40,031   32,281  
Other income   12   27     42   4,736  
Other expenses   (1,254 ) (305 )   (5,395 ) (1,827 )
Administrative expenses   (1,906 ) (2,539 )   (5,261 ) (5,361 )
Cash-settled share-based expense   (243 ) (231 )   (426 ) (1,177 )
Net foreign exchange gain   413   985     341   4,694  
Fair value gains (losses) on derivative assets     27     (107 ) (121 )
Operating profit   12,759   10,510     29,225   33,225  
Finance income   4   4     11   36  
Finance cost   (17 ) (91 )   (365 ) (390 )
Profit before tax   12,746   10,423     28,871   32,871  
Tax expense   (4,423 ) (4,993 )   (11,318 ) (11,410 )
Profit for the period   8,323   5,430     17,553   21,461  
             
Other comprehensive income            
Items that are or may be reclassified to profit or loss            
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations   (330 ) (88 )   (149 ) (1,146 )
Total comprehensive income for the period   7,993   5,342     17,404   20,315  
             
Profit attributable to:            
Owners of the Company   6,939   4,433     14,183   17,807  
Non-controlling interests   1,384   997     3,370   3,654  
Profit for the period   8,323   5,430     17,553   21,461  
             
Total comprehensive income attributable to:            
Owners of the Company   6,609   4,345     14,034   16,661  
Non-controlling interests   1,384   997     3,370   3,654  
Total comprehensive income for the period   7,993   5,342     17,404   20,315  
             
Earnings per share            
Basic earnings per share ($)   0.57   0.37     1.15   1.50  
Diluted earnings per share ($)   0.57   0.37     1.15   1.50  
                     
                     
Condensed consolidated statements of financial position(Unaudited) (in thousands of United States Dollars, unless indicated otherwise)
As at   September 30,   December 31,  
    2021   2020  
       
Assets      
Property, plant and equipment   142,965   126,479  
Exploration and evaluation asset   4,354   6,768  
Deferred tax asset   102   87  
Total non-current assets   147,421   133,334  
       
Inventories   18,134   16,798  
Prepayments   7,110   1,974  
Trade and other receivables   11,828   4,962  
Income tax receivable   27   76  
Derivative financial assets     1,184  
Cash and cash equivalents   13,213   19,092  
Assets held for sale     500  
Total current assets   50,312   44,586  
Total assets   197,733   177,920  
       
Equity and liabilities      
Share capital   74,696   74,696  
Reserves   138,161   138,310  
Retained loss   (61,673 ) (71,487 )
Equity attributable to shareholders   151,184   141,519  
Non-controlling interests   18,649   16,524  
Total equity   169,833   158,043  
       
Liabilities      
Provisions   3,427   3,567  
Deferred tax liabilities   8,699   4,234  
Cash-settled share-based payment - long term portion   931   1,934  
Lease liabilities - long term portion   260   178  
Total non-current liabilities   13,317   9,913  
       
Loans and borrowings   70   408  
Cash-settled share-based payment - short term portion   1,768   336  
Lease liabilities - short term portion   103   61  
Income taxes payable   1,919   495  
Trade and other payables   10,520   8,664  
Overdraft   203    
Total current liabilities   14,583   9,964  
Total liabilities   27,900   19,877  
Total equity and liabilities   197,733   177,920  
   
Condensed consolidated statements of cash flows (in thousands of United States Dollars, unless indicated otherwise)  
Unaudited   
For the   Three months ended   Nine months ended  
    September 30,   September 30,  
    2021   2020     2021   2020  
               
Cash generated from operations   9,338   7,393     26,875   23,764  
Interest received     4     7   36  
Interest paid   (50 ) (78 )   (304 ) (373
Tax paid   (2,176 ) (2,048 )   (4,774 ) (4,082
Net cash from operating activities   7,112   5,271     21,804   19,345  
                 
Cash flows used in investing activities                
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment   (8,564 ) (8,007 )   (22,332 ) (15,928
Acquisition and expenditure on exploration and evaluation assets   (449 )     (1,423 )  
Proceeds on disposal of assets held for sale   500       500    
Realisation (purchase) of derivative financial asset         1,082   (1,058
Proceeds from disposal of subsidiary         340   900  
Net cash used in investing activities   (8,513 ) (8,007 )   (21,833 ) (16,086
               
Cash flows from financing activities              
Dividends paid   (2,108 ) (1,129 )   (5,614 ) (3,110
Term loan repayments   (100 )     (306 )  
Payment of lease liabilities   (31 ) (30 )   (96 ) (87
Shares issued - equity raise (net of transaction cost)     12,538       12,538  
Share options exercised           30  
Net cash (used in) from financing activities   (2,239 ) 11,379     (6,016 ) 9,371  
                 
Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents   (3,640 ) 8,643     (6,045 ) 12,630  
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held   (19 ) 1,280     (37 ) 39  
Net cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period   16,669   11,639     19,092   8,893  
Net cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period   13,010   21,562     13,010   21,562  
                 

______________________________________1 Non-IFRS measures such as “on-mine cost per ounce”, “all-in sustaining cost per ounce” and “adjusted EPS” are used throughout this announcement. Refer to section 10 of the MD&A for a discussion of non-IFRS measures.2 Refer to the technical report entitled “Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Blanket Gold Mine, Zimbabwe” dated May 17, 2021 prepared by Minxcon (Pty) Ltd and filed by the Company on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) on May 26, 2021. Mr Dana Roets (B Eng (Min.), MBA, Pr.Eng., FSAIMM, AMMSA), Chief Operating Officer, is the Company's qualified person as defined by Canada's National Instrument 43-101 and has approved any scientific or technical information contained in this news release.3 Refer to technical report entitled “Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Report on the Maligreen Gold Project, Zimbabwe” by Minxcon (Pty) Ltd dated November 2, 2021 and filed on SEDAR on November 5, 2021.

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