VMS Ventures Inc. has updated shareholders on the performance of the Reed mine to the end of June, 2015, and provided a summary of the financial report received from joint venture partner HudBay. VMS Ventures owns 30% and Hudbay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM)(NYSE:HBM) ("Hudbay") owns 70% and is the Operator.
Reed Mine Development Update
During the months of April to June 2015 the Reed mine produced 112,505 tonnes, primarily from zone 20. The table below shows production from April 2015 to June 2015 and year-to-date results.
The decline is close to the 285 metre level and ore development continues on the 260 and 265 metre levels. Three slot raises have been completed for stope production and the vent raise from 235 to 160 metre level has also been completed.
The following financial information for the Reed mine was provided to the Company by Hudbay as part of its joint venture reporting obligations and a detailed summary can be found in the VMS Ventures Management Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended May 31, 2015.
As of April 1, 2014, the Company started commercial production on the Reed mine. As per the Joint Venture Agreement with Hudbay, a contribution loan was established to record the Company's 30% share of the mine development costs incurred by Hudbay to the date of commercial production. The Company reports quarterly drawdowns on the loan based on gross profits before depletion from actual ore concentrate sales less production costs and accrued interest on the bridge loan. This incorporates the delay of approximately 100 days before the ore concentrate sales are finalized. The contribution loan is interest free. In December 2014, the quarter was negatively impacted by lower copper concentrate and head grades.
VMS Contribution Loan Continuity Schedule
|| 30 Apr 14
||30 Sep 14
||31 Dec 14
||31 Mar 15
||30 Jun 15
|Drawdown: Payment from Ore Purchase
|End Balance of Contribution Loan
VMS Ventures Interim CEO and President, John Roozendaal states: "The continuity schedule above indicates the current quarterly drawdowns since the start of production at the Reed mine. For the period April 2014 to March 2015 the Company has reported $19,197,271.13 in gross profits less production costs for the period July 2014 to June 2015 $13,991,585.72, which includes $334,629.79 of accrued interest on the bridge loan for net drawdowns on the contribution loan of $4,870,995.78. At June 30, 2015 the balance of the contribution loan is $18,870,567.52."
The bridge loan which funded production costs generated from April 2014 to June 2014 has a balance of $3,348,130.73. This loan principal will not be repaid from the gross profit of the mine until the contribution loan has been repaid in full. The accrued interest calculated at 8% per annum is repaid from the gross profits of the mine.
The reporting period for VMS Ventures does not synchronize with its Reed mine partner and operator Hudbay Minerals resulting in a delay to which information can be disseminated. The Company has initiated the steps to resolve this by amending the year end to match that of Hudbay.
In addition, the on-going production costs, related administrative and operator costs are due from VMS and Hudbay based on the percentage interest. Hudbay issues quarterly cash call reports to the Company to cover the quarterly expenses. In general, the proceeds from the ore concentrate sales should be in excess of the production, administrative and operator costs and therefore the company should not need to make any cash contributions. The quarterly drawdown on the loan is generated by finalized ore sales, which take approximately 100 days to receive, less current period costs.
All technical information in this release has been reviewed by Neil W. Richardson, P.Geo, who is the Chief Operating Officer for the Company and Qualified Person.