Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. (TSX:GQM; OTCQX:GQMNF) (the
“Company”) is pleased to announce its financial results for the three
months ended June 30, 2014. Management’s discussion and analysis of the
Company’s financial condition and results of operations are described
in the Form 10-Q, which will be available on the Company’s website at www.goldenqueen.com on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Amounts are shown in U.S. dollars.
In the second quarter of 2014, Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. reported the following accomplishments:
- Announced a proposed joint venture transaction with Gauss LLC;
- Completed the construction of the workshop-warehouse on budget;
- Completed site grading and site preparation of the area where the crushing-screening plant will be built; and
- Further advanced detailed engineering work
During the second quarter ended June 30, 2014, the Company reported a
net loss of $0.7 million (or $0.01 basic per share), compared to net
income of $1.2 million (or $0.01 basic per share) for the corresponding
period in 2013. This change is due in part to significantly higher
general and administrative expenses incurred in the second quarter of
The Company had $24.4 million in assets, including $5.1 million in cash,
and a working capital deficit of $7.5 million at June 30, 2014,
compared with $15.8 million in assets, including $5.0 million in cash,
and a working capital balance of $3.6 million at December 31, 2013.
The Company incurred general and administrative expenses of $2.1 million
during the three months ended June 30, 2014, compared to $0.5 million
for the same period in 2013. This increase is due to the Company’s
financing efforts and an increase in corporate activities both at the
Company’s head office and on site as the Company continues to prepare
the site for production.
The Company capitalized development costs of $5.0 million in the second
quarter of 2014, compared to development costs of $1.5 million for the
corresponding period in 2013. Construction costs included $0.9 million
towards the workshop-warehouse, $0.6 million in engineering costs, $0.5
million for the crushing-screening plant site preparation and $0.4
million in site development. The Company also spent $0.8 million to
acquire mineral property interests. The capitalized development costs
include $1.0 million in capitalized interest costs.
The results for the second quarter of 2014 are summarized in the table below:
In thousand $, except per share data
|Financial position as at:
||June 30, 2014
||Dec. 31, 2013
|Mineral property interests
|Working capital (deficit)
|Stockholders’ equity (deficiency)
|Results for the quarter ended on:
||June 30, 2014
||June 30, 2013
|Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)
|Basic income (loss) per share
|Diluted income (loss) per share
Shareholders are reminded that the Company has no revenues from mining operations as its gold and silver Project is not yet in production.
Financial results discussed in this news release for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2013 have been reviewed by the Company’s independent accountants.
Construction of the Soledad Mountain Project proceeded well during the second quarter of 2014.
The $10 million advance from Gauss LLC (see the news release of July 2,
2014) allowed the Company to commit to several pre-construction
activities on site, including:
- Confirmed an order for a high-pressure grinding roll with
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (USA), Inc. (formerly Polysius
Corporation) and made the initial deposit of ~$1 million in July;
- Construction of the assay laboratory building;
- Construction of the Phase 1 water supply;
- Detailed engineering of the conveying and stacking system;
- Site grading where the Merrill-Crowe plant will be constructed;
- Test program to determine the parameters for the clay-tailings mix
that will be used to construct the lower liner of the Phase 1, Stage 1
heap leach pad; and
- Construct the heap leach facilities pump box.
Proposed Joint Venture
The Company announced a proposed joint venture transaction with Gauss
LLC in a news release on June 9, 2014. Details of the joint venture
transaction are disclosed in a proxy statement on Schedule 14A that was
filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the
“SEC”) and certain Canadian securities regulators on July 31, 2014. A
copy of the proxy statement is available at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.goldenqueen.com.
The Company will hold an Extraordinary Meeting of Shareholders on
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Coal Harbour Room
(999 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, British Columbia) at 10:00am PDT for
the purpose of seeking disinterested shareholder approval of the joint
venture with Gauss LLC. Shareholders will be required to submit their
proxies before the proxy cut-off of 10:00am PDT on Friday, September 5,
2014. The record date of the meeting was July 31, 2014.
The Board of Directors recommends a vote in favor of the joint venture.
About Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd:
The Company is developing a gold-silver, open pit, heap leach operation
on its fully-permitted Soledad Mountain property, located just outside
the town of Mojave in Kern County in southern California. The Project
will use conventional open pit mining methods and the cyanide heap leach
and Merrill-Crowe processes to recover gold and silver from crushed,
Technical information in this news release was approved by H. Lutz
Klingmann, President, and a Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101.
For further information regarding this news release please contact:
Lutz Klingmann, President & CEO
Telephone: (604) 921-7570
Caution With Respect To Forward-looking Statements:
The information in this news release includes certain “forward-looking
statements”. All statements in this news release, other than statements
of historical fact, including, without limitation, plans for and
intentions with respect to construction and other development activities
on the Soledad Mountain Project, future mining operations on the
Project, the proposed joint venture and other statements, estimates and
plans, are forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that
such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future
events could differ materially from those anticipated in such
statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from statements in this news release regarding our intentions
include the uncertainties involving the approval of the joint venture;
risks of construction and mining such as accidents, equipment
breakdowns, non-compliance with environmental and permit requirements,
and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the section entitled
“Risk Factors” contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year
ended December 31, 2013 and in our Quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the
period ended June 30, 2014. Investors are cautioned that
forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and,
accordingly, should not to put undue reliance on forward-looking
statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this release is
based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as
of the date on which it is made.
The Company’s solicitation of proxies in connection with the
extraordinary meeting of shareholders set to approve the joint venture
transaction is detailed in the proxy statement filed with the SEC and
available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
SHAREHOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT IS
DISTRIBUTED TO SHAREHOLDERS BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT
Shareholders can obtain a free-of-charge copy of the proxy statement and
other relevant documents filed with the SEC from the SEC’s website at
www.sec.gov. The proxy statement and other relevant documents have also
been filed with certain Canadian securities regulators and available
free-of-charge at www.sedar.com.
Shareholders can also obtain a free-of-charge copy of the proxy
statement and other relevant documents by directing a request by email
to Brenda Dayton at email@example.com,
by telephone to (604) 921-7570 or by mail to Golden Queen Mining Co.
Ltd, 6411 Imperial Ave., West Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7W 2J5.
The Company and its directors and executive officers will be
participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders.
Information about the Company’s directors and executive officers,
including their shareholdings, is set forth in the proxy statement for
the Company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with
the SEC on April 30, 2014. Investors may obtain additional information
regarding the interest of such participants by reading the proxy
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