Almonty Announces Positive $28,472,000 Annual EBITDA from Mining Operations before Non-Cash Impairment Charge (1) and the Filing of Its Audited Annual Financial Statements and MD&A for the Year Ended September 30, 2018

Almonty Industries Inc. (Almonty or the Corporation) (TSX: AII / OTCQX: ALMTF / Frankfurt: 1MR) today announced the filing of its audited annual consolidated financial statements, managements discussion & analysis and AIF for the year ended September 30, 2018. Unless otherwise indicated, all currency amounts contained in this news release are expressed in Canadian dollars.

The following financial information is for the three months and year ended September 30, 2018 and 2017:

  Three Months   Three Months   Year   Year
Ended Ended Ended Ended
30-Sep-18 30-Sep-17 30-Sep-18 30-Sep-17
    $’000   $’000   $’000   $’000
Gross Revenue 14,629 10,809 65,171 39,018
Mine production costs 9,416 7,990 36,699 32,349
Impairment loss 15,604 15,604
Depreciation and amortization 4,681   1,875   11,155   6,400
Earnings (loss) from mining operations (15,072) 944 1,713 269
 
General and administrative costs 2,494 3,273 8,426 9,864
Non-cash compensation costs   472   897   472
Earnings (loss) before the under noted items (17,566) (2,801) (7,610) (10,067)
 
Interest expense 467 497 2,459 2,436
(Gain) Loss on debt settlement (3,015) (3,015)
Foreign exchange (gain) loss (1,268) (1,124) (95) (1,368)
Tax provision   2,065   122   715   122
Net income (loss) for the period   (18,830)   719   (10,689)   (8,242)
Income (loss) per share basic   ($0.10)   $0.00   ($0.06)   ($0.07)
Income (loss) per share diluted   ($0.10)   $0.00   ($0.06)   ($0.07)
Dividends        
 
Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities 4,243 (3,411) 10,940 (2,888)
Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities (31) (1,140) (6,023) (10,680)
Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities   (2,757)   7,706   (540)   13,934
 

The following financial information is as at September 30, 2018, and September 30, 2017:

  30-Sep-18   30-Sep-17
    $’000   $’000
Cash 8,721 4,473
Restricted cash 1,245 1,300
Total assets 147,302 160,151
Bank indebtedness 9,447
Current portion of long-term debt 25,876 11,497
Long-term debt 24,455 33,162
Shareholders equity 40,863 45,625
 

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Outstanding shares (˜000) 181,442 169,752
Weighted average outstanding shares (˜000)
Basic 178,587 121,553
Fully diluted 178,587 121,553
Closing share price   0.81   0.63
 

Lewis Black, Chief Executive Officer of Almonty commented, These results are continuing to reflect the go-forward cost structure and production profile of Almonty. To highlight this, the Company has seen an increase of 427% in EBITDA from mining operations (before impairment charges) when compared to 2017. The positive impact of the recent improvement in the commodity price, which hit a 3 year high in mid-calendar 2018 at approximately US$350 per MTU, continues to positively impact revenue and earnings as prices have continually increased since July 2017. My personal investment of $6.5 million into Almontys common shares during mid-2017 is a testament to my confidence in Almontys future and the continued improvement of its performance. The Companys focus continues to be to strengthen its balance sheet and to continue moving forward with the development of the Sangdong mine. The recent conversion of large tranches of debt into equity, at significant premiums to the underlying market price, has reduced the Companys overall debt levels and we are continuing to focus on maintaining the Companys gearing ratio to more normalized levels. The Company is pleased with its overall stock performance of 129% growth in the 2018 year and fully expects this trend to continue as the build out of Sangdong continues. Mine development at Sangdong commenced in November 2018 – Q1 2019 and continues on schedule with plant equipment orders anticipated to be placed at the end of January 2019. We remain on track for our previously stated timeframe. With our improved performance and stronger balance sheet, combined with the expected financing and construction of our Sangdong property, Almonty is well placed to remain the dominant Western supplier of tungsten concentrate.

About Almonty

The principal business of Toronto, Canada-based Almonty Industries Inc. is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos Mine in western Spain and its Panasqueira mine in Portugal as well as the development of its Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon Province, South Korea and the development of the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in north western Spain. The Los Santos Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, is located approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate. The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few long-life, high-grade tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 through the acquisition of a 100% interest in Woulfe Mining Corp. Almonty owns 100% of the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in north-western Spain. Further information about Almontys activities may be found at www.almonty.com and under Almontys profile at www.sedar.com.

Legal Notice

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in such jurisdictions into which this announcement is released, published or distributed should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions.

Neither the TSX nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information

When used in this press release, the words estimate, project, belief, anticipate, intend, expect, plan, predict, may or should and the negative of these words or such variations thereon or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. These statements and information are based on managements beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date that statements are made and reflect Almontys current expectations.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Almonty to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: any specific risks relating to fluctuations in the price of ammonium para tungstate (APT) from which the sale price of Almontys tungsten concentrate is derived, actual results of mining and exploration activities, environmental, economic and political risks of the jurisdictions in which Almontys operations are located and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, forecasts and assessments relating to Almontys business, credit and liquidity risks, hedging risk, competition in the mining industry, risks related to the market price of Almontys shares, the ability of Almonty to retain key management employees or procure the services of skilled and experienced personnel, risks related to claims and legal proceedings against Almonty and any of its operating mines, risks relating to unknown defects and impairments, risks related to the adequacy of internal control over financial reporting, risks related to governmental regulations, including environmental regulations, risks related to international operations of Almonty, risks relating to exploration, development and operations at Almontys tungsten mines, the ability of Almonty to obtain and maintain necessary permits, the ability of Almonty to comply with applicable laws, regulations and permitting requirements, lack of suitable infrastructure and employees to support Almontys mining operations, uncertainty in the accuracy of mineral reserves and mineral resources estimates, production estimates from Almontys mining operations, inability to replace and expand mineral reserves, uncertainties related to title and indigenous rights with respect to mineral properties owned directly or indirectly by Almonty, the ability of Almonty to obtain adequate financing, the ability of Almonty to complete permitting, construction, development and expansion, challenges related to global financial conditions, risks related to future sales or issuance of equity securities, differences in the interpretation or application of tax laws and regulations or accounting policies and rules and acceptance of the TSX of the listing of Almonty shares on the TSX.

Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to, no material adverse change in the market price of ammonium para tungstate (APT), the continuing ability to fund or obtain funding for outstanding commitments, expectations regarding the resolution of legal and tax matters, no negative change to applicable laws, the ability to secure local contractors, employees and assistance as and when required and on reasonable terms, and such other assumptions and factors as are set out herein. Although Almonty has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results, level of activity, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and even if events or results described in the forward-looking statements are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Almonty. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are cautioned that actual outcomes may vary.

Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements. Almonty cautions that the foregoing list of material factors is not exhaustive. When relying on Almontys forward-looking statements and information to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events.

Almonty has also assumed that material factors will not cause any forward-looking statements and information to differ materially from actual results or events. However, the list of these factors is not exhaustive and is subject to change and there can be no assurance that such assumptions will reflect the actual outcome of such items or factors.

THE FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS PRESS RELEASE REPRESENTS THE EXPECTATIONS OF ALMONTY AS OF THE DATE OF THIS PRESS RELEASE AND, ACCORDINGLY, IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AFTER SUCH DATE. READERS SHOULD NOT PLACE UNDUE IMPORTANCE ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND SHOULD NOT RELY UPON THIS INFORMATION AS OF ANY OTHER DATE. WHILE ALMONTY MAY ELECT TO, IT DOES NOT UNDERTAKE TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME EXCEPT AS REQUIRED IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS.

(1) Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release makes reference to certain non-GAAP financial measures. These measures are not recognized measures under IFRS, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as additional information to complement IFRS financial measures by providing further understanding of Almontys results of operations from managements perspective. Almontys definitions of non-GAAP measures used in this press release may not be the same as the definitions for such measures used by other companies in their reporting. Non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of Almontys financial information reported under IFRS. Almonty uses non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, to provide investors with supplemental measures of its operating performance and to eliminate items that have less bearing on operating performance or operating conditions, and thus highlight trends in its core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS financial measures. Almonty defines EBITDA from mining operations as gross revenue less mine production costs.

Almonty believes that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-GAAP financial measures in the evaluation of issuers. Almontys management also uses non-GAAP financial measures in order to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period.

For further information:
Lewis Black
Chairman,
President and CEO
Telephone: +1 647 438-9766
Email: [email protected]