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Hecla Reports Strong Production and Cash Generation

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Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) today announced preliminary production results, anticipated cash position at the end of the third quarter, repayment of the revolving credit facility and increased production estimates for the year.¹

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Estimated silver production between 3.2 million and 3.4 million ounces
  • Estimated gold production between 41,000 and 43,000 ounces.
  • Revolving credit facility repaid in full during the quarter.
  • Cash and Cash Equivalent position anticipated to exceed $90 million.

We are very pleased with third quarter operational performance particularly as the mines continue safe practices to manage COVID-19, said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., President and CEO. Lucky Fridays ramp up is as planned so this years production should double last year and is set up to potentially double again next year. The higher-than-expected silver grades at Greens Creek have driven silver production higher for the quarter and the annual estimate. Gold production was lower at Casa during the quarter where continued major planned maintenance activities in the mill reduced the processing days.

Baker continued, Our strong production for the quarter is expected to translate into robust cash flows in excess of $20 million even after repaying our revolver in full and the interest payments on the bonds. We are close to realizing our financial goal of having in excess of $100 million of cash and cash equivalents on the balance sheet. Finally, if our realized silver price is above $25 for September, we expect the silver-linked dividend to be paid pursuant to our enhanced dividend policy.

Performance Comparison and Updated Outlook

 

Silver (Moz)

Gold (Koz)

Greens Creek

Lucky Friday

San Sebastian

Total

Greens Creek

Casa Berardi

Nevada

San Sebastian

Total

Estimated First 9 months 2020

8.0

1.1

0.8

9.9

 

37

86

32

6

161

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Outlook

8.9-9.3

1.4-1.8

0.6-0.8

10.9-1198

 

46-48

119-124

24-29

6-7

195-208

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Updated Outlook

10-10.3

1.6-1.8

0.8-0.9

12.4-13.0

 

47-48

114-124

32

6

199-210

(1) See cautionary statement regarding estimated results and forward-looking statements at the end of this release.

Greens Creeks estimated nine months production has increased due to higher silver grades. The fourth quarter assumes planned grades. Lucky Friday is ramping up as expected so the lower end of the production range has been raised. San Sebastian mining is expected to be completed in the third quarter with processing concluding in the fourth quarter. Casa Berardis nine-month estimated production is low because of major planned mill maintenance activities but production in the fourth quarter should increase due to expected high-grade underground production from the East Mine. Nevada exceeded expectations as the developed stopes were mined out. For the remainder of the year, ore is being stockpiled for third-party processing expected in the fourth quarter. Gold production might not be realized until first quarter of 2021. Heclas per ounce cost estimates are unchanged at this time.

In September, the Company repaid $50 million on its revolving credit facility and has no remaining balance outstanding. During the third quarter, the Company received three of the four installments of C$12.5 million (US$9.2 million) each of Investissement Quebecs C$50 million (US$36.8 million) senior secured note proceeds. The fourth installment is expected to be received in the fourth quarter. The Companys cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2020, are estimated to exceed $90 million with the increase in cash for the third quarter expected to exceed $60 million.

ABOUT HECLA

Founded in 1891, Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with operating mines in Alaska, Idaho and Mexico, and is a growing gold producer with operating mines in Quebec and Nevada. The Company also has exploration and pre-development properties in eight world-class silver and gold mining districts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Estimated Results

In this news release we include certain estimated preliminary third quarter 2020 operating and financial results, including metals production and cash position. Each of these amounts is preliminary and reflects only the Companys estimated third quarter 2020 results as of the date of this news release, based on information available as of September 20, 2020, and should not be regarded as a representation by the Company as to its actual results for such quarter. Actual reported third quarter 2020 results are subject to the Companys financial closing procedures, completion of the financial statements, and managements final review as well as review by the Companys independent registered public accounting firm and may vary significantly from the preliminary estimates due to a number of factors, including, without limitation, additional or revised information, changes in accounting standards or policies or in how those standards are applied, and certain risks the Company faces, including, but not limited to those described under the heading Risk Factors in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and in the Companys Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these preliminary estimates of our third quarter 2020 operating and financial results.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Statements made or information provided in this news release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Words such as may, will, should, expects, intends, projects, believes, estimates, targets, anticipates and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release may include, without limitations, (i) estimates of silver production for the third quarter of 2020 on a consolidated basis and at each of the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday, San Sebastian, and Nevada Operations mines; (ii) estimates of gold production for the third quarter of 2020 on a consolidated basis and at each of Casa Berardi, Greens Creek and Nevada operations; (iii) estimates of lead and zinc production for the third quarter of 2020; (iv) quarter-end cash and cash-equivalent position which is dependent on the Company receiving cash receipts from sales of metals at its operations prior to September 30, which is expected, and zero balance on the revolving credit facility; (v) Lucky Friday expected to increase production and 2020s total production expected to be twice that of 2019, and 2020 could also significantly increase; (vi) production from bulk sample in Nevada expected in fourth quarter; (vii) expected increased production at Casa Berardi due to expected high-grade production; (viii) cash flow generation for the quarter is expected to be in excess of $30 million which is dependent on the Company receiving cash receipts from sales of metals at its operations prior to September 30, which is expected; and (ix) expected payment of the silver-linked dividend in the event the Companys realized silver price per ounce for the third quarter is above $25. The material factors or assumptions used to develop such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information include that the Companys plans for development and production will proceed as expected and will not require revision as a result of risks or uncertainties, whether known, unknown or unanticipated, to which the Companys operations are subject.

Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated, expected, or implied. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, metals price volatility, volatility of metals production and costs, litigation, regulatory and environmental risks, operating risks, project development risks, political risks, labor issues, ability to raise financing and exploration risks and results. Refer to the Company’s Form 10-K and 10-Q reports for a more detailed discussion of factors that may impact expected future results. The Company undertakes no obligation and has no intention of updating forward-looking statements other than as may be required by law.

Russell Lawlar

Treasurer

Jeanne DuPont

Corporate Communications Coordinator

800-HECLA91 (800-432-5291)

Investor Relations

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.hecla-mining.com

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Boston Omaha Announces Closing of Yellowstone Acquisition Company $125 Million Initial Public Offering

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Boston Omaha Corporation (NASDAQ:BOMN) (Boston Omaha) announced today that Yellowstone Acquisition Company (Yellowstone) closed its initial public offering (the IPO) of 12,500,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit, resulting in gross proceeds of $125,000,000. The units began trading on the NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC (NASDAQ) under the ticker symbol YSACU on October 22, 2020. BOC Yellowstone LLC, a subsidiary of Boston Omaha, served as the sponsor (the Sponsor) for Yellowstones IPO.

Each unit issued in the IPO consists of one share of Yellowstones Class A common stock and one-half of one warrant, each whole warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one share of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share. After the securities comprising the units begin separate trading, the shares of Class A common stock and warrants are expected to be listed on NASDAQ under the symbols YSAC and YSACW, respectively. No fractional warrants will be issued upon separation of the units and only whole warrants will trade.

The Sponsor has purchased an aggregate of 7,500,000 warrants (which can increase to 7,875,000 warrants if the over-allotment option is exercised in full) at a price of $1.00 per whole warrant ($7,500,000 in the aggregate, or $7,875,000 if the over-allotment option is exercised in full) in a private placement that closed simultaneously with the closing of the IPO (the “private placement warrants). Each whole private placement warrant is exercisable to purchase one whole share of Yellowstone’s Class A common stock at $11.50 per share. In addition, the Sponsor acquired 3,593,750 shares of Yellowstone’s Class B common stock (up to 468,750 shares of which are subject to forfeiture depending on the extent to which the underwriters over-allotment option is exercised) for a purchase price of $25,000. The shares of Class B common stock will automatically convert into shares of Class A common stock at the time, if any, when Yellowstone completes an initial business combination, on a one-for-one basis, subject to certain adjustments. In the event a business combination is not consummated within 15 months following the IPO, then $127,500,000 of the proceeds raised in the IPO and through the sale of the private placement warrants will be paid to redeem the shares of Class A common stock sold to the public.

  • No officer or director of Boston Omaha shall receive any equity issued to the Sponsor.
  • Yellowstone has not selected any potential business combination target.

The purpose of the IPO is to pursue a business combination in an industry other than the three industries in which Boston Omaha currently owns and operates businesses: outdoor advertising, surety insurance and broadband services businesses. For further information regarding the terms of the IPO and the rights and obligations of the Sponsor, please refer to the Yellowstone Prospectus on file with the SEC at www.sec.gov.

Boston Omaha elected to proceed with a SPAC public offering for the following reasons:

  • Boston Omaha intends to use its existing capital for the three business lines in which it currently operates: outdoor advertising, surety insurance and fiber-to-the-home broadband services as well as investing in other future potential acquisitions and making other investments. By teaming with other public investors in the IPO, Yellowstone has the ability to pursue business combinations with larger companies than Boston Omaha could pursue currently on a stand-alone basis.
  • There are many owner-operated businesses interested in minority owners for growth capital. Boston Omaha has invested in a number of these types of businesses. However, Boston Omaha’s ability to acquire a significant equity stake in a larger business through a business combination is limited by the Investment Company Act of 1940 (as amended), which requires a company which holds more than 40% of its assets in minority investments in other businesses to register under the Investment Company Act. This requirement prevents Boston Omaha on a stand-alone basis from consummating larger deals in which it would own a minority interest in a business, thus currently preventing or otherwise significantly limiting its ability to engage in larger business combinations.
  • Acquiring a large percentage of equity in certain businesses, such as regulated financial institutions, would require Boston Omaha to comply with very burdensome and expensive regulations which would both limit its overall business operations due to capital and other financial testing covenants and adversely impact its ability to acquire other businesses which would not otherwise be subject to these regulations.

Wells Fargo Securities served as the sole book runner for the IPO. Yellowstone has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,875,000 units at the initial public offering price to cover over-allotments, if any.

The offering was made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the prospectus may be obtained, when available, from Wells Fargo Securities, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, 500 West 33rd Street, New York, New York, 10001, at (800) 326-5897 or email a request to [email protected]. A registration statement relating to the securities offered by Yellowstone was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and became effective on October 21, 2020. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

ABOUT YELLOWSTONE

Yellowstone, led by Adam Peterson and Alex Rozek, is a blank check company formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses with an intention to initially focus on potential combinations in the homebuilding, manufacturing serving the homebuilding market, financial services and commercial real estate industries. To contact Yellowstone, please visit www.yellowstoneac.com or email Yellowstone at [email protected].

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of Boston Omaha or Yellowstone, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of Yellowstones registration statement and prospectus for the offering filed with the SEC. Copies are available on the SECs website at www.sec.gov. Boston Omaha and Yellowstone undertake no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law.

Investor Contact:

Catherine Vaughan

[email protected]

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Community Health Systems Completes Divestiture of Two Texas Hospitals

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Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) announced today that subsidiaries of the Company have completed the sale of two Texas hospitals “ 231-bed Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene and 188-bed Brownwood Regional Medical Center in Brownwood and their associated assets “ to subsidiaries of Hendrick Health System. The effective date of the transactions is October 27, 2020. With the divestitures completed, Community Health Systems affiliates continue to operate seven hospitals in Texas.

As part of the transaction, Hendrick has secured assignment of the long-term lease and operations of Brownwood Regional Medical Center from the Brownwood County Hospital Authority.

The hospitals in this transaction are among the planned divestitures discussed on the Companys second quarter 2020 earnings call.

About Community Health Systems, Inc.

Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in communities across the country. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns, leases or operates 89 affiliated hospitals in 16 states with an aggregate of approximately 15,000 licensed beds. The Companys headquarters are located in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb south of Nashville. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CYH. More information about the Company can be found on its website at www.chs.net.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this news release regarding potential transactions, operating results, and other events are forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. Actual future events or results may differ materially from these statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Community Health Systems, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Companys annual report on Form 10-K, current reports on Form 8-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These filings identify important risk factors and other uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Contacts:

Kevin Hammons, 615-465-7000

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

or

Ross W. Comeaux, 615-465-7012

Vice President – Investor Relations

Media Contact:

Tomi Galin, 615-628-6607

Senior Vice President, Corporate

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Commercial Telematics Market Growth will Accelerate at a CAGR of 10% during 2020-2024 | Technavio

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Technavio has been monitoring the commercial telematics market, operating under the information technology industry. The latest report on the commercial telematics market, 2020-2024 estimates it to register an incremental growth of USD 23.15 bn, at a CAGR of almost 10% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, the latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Competitors have to focus on differentiating their product offerings with unique value propositions to strengthen their foothold in the market. Market vendors also have to leverage on the existing growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments. Bridgestone Corp., Continental AG, General Motors Co., Geotab Inc., Omnitracs LLC, Trimble Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Visteon Corp., Volkswagen Group, and Volvo Group are among some of the major market participants.

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The increasing adoption of driver assistance systems has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market. Vendors are focusing on the development of usage-based insurance (UBI) in connected cars and smart apps, which will also contribute to the growth of the commercial telematics market. However, the complexity of telematics software and hardware design might hamper market growth.

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Commercial Telematics Market 2020-2024: Segmentation

Commercial Telematics Market is segmented as below:

  • Product
    • Solutions
    • Services
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    • Embedded Systems
    • Tethered Systems
    • Smartphone Integration Systems
  • Geographic Landscape
    • APAC
    • Europe
    • MEA

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Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by the way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The commercial telematics market report covers the following areas:

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  • Commercial Telematics Market Trends
  • Commercial Telematics Market Industry Analysis

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Commercial Telematics Market 2020-2024: Key Highlights

  • CAGR of the market during the forecast period 2020-2024
  • Detailed information on factors that will assist commercial telematics market growth during the next five years
  • Estimation of the commercial telematics market size and its contribution to the parent market
  • Predictions on upcoming trends and changes in consumer behavior
  • The growth of the commercial telematics market
  • Analysis of the markets competitive landscape and detailed information on vendors
  • Comprehensive details of factors that will challenge the growth of commercial telematics market vendors

Table of Contents:

Executive Summary

  • Market Overview

Market Landscape

  • Market ecosystem
  • Value chain analysis

Market Sizing

  • Market definition
  • Market segment analysis
  • Market size 2019
  • Market outlook: Forecast for 2019 – 2024

Five Forces Analysis

  • Bargaining power of buyers
  • Bargaining power of suppliers
  • Threat of new entrants
  • Threat of substitutes
  • Threat of rivalry
  • Market condition

Market Segmentation by Product

  • Market segments
  • Comparison by Product placement
  • Solutions – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Services – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Market opportunity by Product

Market Segmentation by Platform

  • Market segments
  • Comparison by Platform placement
  • Embedded systems – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Tethered systems – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Smartphone integration systems – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Market opportunity by Platform

Customer landscape

  • Overview

Geographic Landscape

  • Geographic segmentation
  • Geographic comparison
  • North America – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Europe – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • APAC – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • South America – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • MEA – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Key leading countries
  • Market opportunity by geography

Drivers, Challenges, and Trends

  • Market drivers
  • Volume driver – Demand led growth
  • Volume driver – Supply led growth
  • Volume driver – External factors
  • Volume driver – Demand shift in adjacent markets
  • Price driver – Inflation
  • Price driver – Shift from lower to higher-priced units
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends

Vendor Landscape

  • Overview
  • Landscape disruption
  • Vendor Analysis

Vendors covered

  • Market positioning of vendors
  • Bridgestone Corp.
  • Continental AG
  • General Motors Co.
  • Geotab Inc.
  • Omnitracs LLC
  • Trimble Inc.
  • Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Visteon Corp.
  • Volkswagen Group
  • Volvo Group

Appendix

  • Scope of the report
  • Currency conversion rates for US$
  • Research methodology
  • List of abbreviations

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