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Trevali Reports Q3-2018 Financial Results

Cash position of $93 million and working capital of $175 million
Net Loss of $31 million or $0.04 per share for 2018-Q3
Net Income of $21 million or $0.02 per share for the nine months ended September 2018
Also announces intention to launch Normal Course Issuer Bid

All financial figures are in U.S. dollars.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trevali Mining Corporation (“Trevali” or the “Company”) (TSX: TV; BVL: TV; OTCQX: TREVF; Frankfurt: 4TI) has released financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and announced its intention to launch a normal course issuer bid. Third quarter (“Q3”) net loss was $30.8 million ($0.04 per share) and EBITDA1 was a $22.4 million loss on net revenues of $30.5 million.

Summary:

  • Zinc production of 101.6 million pounds of payable zinc compared to 103.9 million pounds of payable zinc during the previous 3 months at a C1 cash cost1 of $0.72 per pound, in line with annual guidance. 
  • Net loss of $30.8 million or $0.04 per share and adjusted EBITDA1 of negative $21.1 million due to lower sales from the African business units as a result of an inventory build up, coupled with lower commodity prices impacting open sales invoicing from previous quarters. The decline in metal prices during the quarter resulted in a negative provisional pricing adjustment of $42.6 million compared to $0.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Inventory build up is expected to be reduced and reflected in fourth quarter sales. Should the sales have been made in September, Q3 earnings would have benefited by $0.01/share and EBITDA by approximately $11 million.
  • Maintained strong working capital position of $175.4 million as of September 30, 2018 ($144.4 million at December 31, 2017) and net debt1 and total debt of $61.7 million and $154.8 million, respectively ($66.4 million and $160.6 million at December 31, 2017).
  • Entered into an amended and restated credit agreement with a syndicate of lenders for a new $275.0 million Revolving Credit Facility, resulting in reduced interest payments and affording the Company the flexibility to repay debt without compromising total available liquidity.
  • On October 22, 2018, the Company announced updated 2018 guidance for the Caribou Mine, with zinc production guidance reduced to 70 to 75 million pounds (from 86 to 90 million pounds) due to localized adverse ground conditions.
  • At Perkoa, the mine’s 2018 zinc production guidance is raised to 172 to 180 million pounds payable metal, from 164 to 174 million pounds.
  • The Company continues to expect original annual production and operational costs guidance to be achieved.

This news release should be read in conjunction with Trevali’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, which is available on Trevali's website and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Certain financial information is reported herein using non-IFRS measures. Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.

“Clearly Q3 was a challenging quarter from an African logistics and commodity price volatility perspective.  Namibian shipments occurred immediately post quarter, we continue to focus on Perkoa concentrate haulage, commodity prices are currently stable and the macro zinc price environment remains constructive" stated Dr. Mark Cruise, Trevali's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Operationally, Caribou’s guidance was adjusted downwards to allow the site to focus on increasing development to provide additional mine flexibility going forward.  This was largely offset by another stellar production quarter from Perkoa, with the net result that the Company remains on track to achieve annual production guidance.”

Q3-2018 Financial Results Conference Call:
The Company will host a conference call and webcast at 10:30AM Eastern Time on Thursday, November 8, 2018 to review the Q3-2018 operating and financial results. Participants are advised to dial in 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the call.

Conference call dial-in details:
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10:30AM Eastern Time
Toll-free (North America): 1-877-291-4570
International: 1-647-788-4919
Webcast: http://www.gowebcasting.com/9675

                                                  
1
  Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.


Consolidated Financial Results

($ millions, except per-share amounts)Three months ended September 30Nine months ended September 30
 2018  2017  2018 2017 
Revenues, net $30.5  $64.4  $279.2 $141.8 
(Loss) income from mining operations ($34.2)  $28.4  $48.5 $48.2 
Net (loss) income ($30.8)  ($7.8)  $21.2 ($4.9) 
Basic (loss) income per share ($0.04)  ($0.01)  $0.02 ($0.01) 

Consolidated Production Results

 Three months ended September 30Nine months ended September 30
 20182017(1) 20182017(1)
Tonnes mined 652,904 552,385 2,250,284 1,295,140
Tonnes milled 753,122 567,552 2,317,271 1,431,774
Payable production:
    Zinc (pounds)
    Zinc (tonnes)
    Lead (pounds)
    Lead (tonnes)
    Silver (ounces)
 101,593,542
46,082
9,158,996
4,154
306,678
 58,425,056
26,501
12,474,379
5,658
433,442
 304,224,094
137,994
31,986,971
14,509
976,056
 120,320,433
54,576
32,370,137
14,683
1,164,608
Cash Cost per tonne Milled (2) $67 $54 $66 $51
C1 Cash Cost per pound (2) $0.72 $0.53 $0.73 $0.61
All-In Sustaining Cost per pound (2) $0.87 $0.75 $0.88 $0.80

Consolidated Sales Results

 Three months ended September 30Nine months ended September 30
 20182017(1) 20182017(1)
Zinc concentrate (dry metric tonnes) 84,264 49,346 306,853 119,869
Lead concentrate (dry metric tonnes) 9,079 13,835 35,447 38,816
Payable sales:
    Zinc (pounds)
    Zinc (tonnes)
    Lead (pounds)
    Lead (tonnes)
    Silver (ounces)
 75,512,580
34,252
8,089,924
3,670
281,196
 43,892,815
19,909
12,068,528
5,474
434,418
 279,223,613
126,654
29,206,857
13,248
932,399
 105,115,820
47,680
31,605,312
14,336
1,142,631
Revenues, net (millions) (3) $30.5 $64.4 $279.2 $141.8

(1)  Q3-2017 and nine months September 30, 2017 consolidated production and sales include only September for Rosh Pinah and Perkoa. Trevali acquired the Perkoa and Rosh Pinah mines on August 31, 2017.
(2)  Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.
(3)  Revenues include effects of settlement adjustments on sales from prior quarters and is calculated on a 100% basis.

Perkoa Mine, Burkina Faso:

Q3 production was 44.4 million pounds (20,132 tonnes) of payable zinc. Metal sales for the quarter was 38.4 million pounds (17,418 tonnes) of zinc for net revenue of $15.5 million, resulting in an EBITDA1 loss of $6.8 million for the three months. The lower revenues were driven primarily by a decline in zinc prices and lower sales volumes.

Mine output and mill throughput for the quarter were 171,739 tonnes and 183,367 tonnes of ore, respectively. Given the strong performance over the first nine months of 2018, Perkoa’s zinc production guidance has been raised to 172 to 180 million pounds payable metal (78,000 to 81,650 tonnes), up from prior 2018 guidance of 164 to 174 million payable pounds of zinc (74,400 to 78,950 tonnes).

Perkoa Production Results

 Three months ended September 30Nine months ended September 30
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Tonnes mined 171,739 67,274 546,448 67,274
Tonnes milled 183,367 57,810 539,333 57,810
Payable production:
    Zinc (pounds)
    Zinc (tonnes)
 44,383,330
20,132
 15,109,423
6,854
 136,409,951
61,875
 15,109,423
6,854
Cash Cost per tonne milled (1) $103 $94 $101 $94
C1 Cash Cost per pound (1) $0.79 $0.49 $0.77 $0.49
All-In Sustaining Cost per pound (1) $0.84 $0.82 $0.84 $0.82

Perkoa Sales Results

 Three months ended September 30Nine months ended September 30
  20182017 20182017
Zinc concentrate (dry metric tonnes) 41,849 137,001
Payable sales:
    Zinc (pounds)
    Zinc (tonnes)
 38,399,626
17,418

 129,817,463
58,884

Revenues, net (millions) (2) $15.5 $114.4

(1)  Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.
(2)  Revenues include effects of settlement adjustments on sales from prior quarters and is calculated on a 100% basis.

Rosh Pinah Mine, Namibia:

Q3 production was 25.1 million pounds (11,368 tonnes) of payable zinc, 1.0 million pounds (439 tonnes) of payable lead and 16,524 ounces of payable silver. Metal sales for the quarter were 6.7 million pounds (3,056 tonnes) of zinc (lead concentrate sales are scheduled for November 2018). The Q3 EBITDA1 loss was $0.7 million primarily due to limited sales as a result of inventory build-up due to moisture issues impacting concentrate drying time. The inventory build-up is expected to be reduced in the fourth quarter, with 25,472 dry metric tonnes of zinc concentrate already shipped in October, representing 87% of the concentrate volume produced in the third quarter.

Mine output and mill throughput for the quarter were 136,810 tonnes and 141,860 tonnes, respectively. Milled tonnage was reduced quarter-over-quarter to better manage float cell capacity as higher zinc feed grades were processed, ultimately resulting in a 20% increase in zinc production over the second quarter. As a result, cost per tonne milled were impacted, however, on a metal unit basis, the C1 cash cost and AISC remain largely unchanged from the previous quarter. Business improvement programs are focusing on reducing the bottleneck in the mill and long-term mill infrastructure improvements to more efficiently process Western Ore field mineralization, which comprises the bulk of the current reserve base.

Rosh Pinah Production Results

 Three months ended September 30Nine months ended September 30
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Tonnes mined 136,810 60,045 468,941 60,045
Tonnes milled 141,860 56,630 492,779 56,630
Payable production:
    Zinc (pounds)
    Zinc (tonnes)
    Lead (pounds)
    Lead (tonnes)
    Silver (ounces)
 25,062,758
11,368
968,376
439
16,524
 7,974,594
3,617
1,295,787
588
19,217
 68,719,665
31,171
7,040,064
3,193
90,355
 7,974,594
3,617
1,295,787
588
19,217
Cash Cost per tonne milled (1) $66 $50 $55 $50
C1 Cash Cost per pound (1) $0.48 $0.66 $0.62 $0.66
All-In Sustaining Cost per pound (1) $0.71 $0.94 $0.82 $0.94

Rosh Pinah Sales Results

 Three months ended September 30Nine months ended September 30
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Zinc concentrate (dry metric tonnes) 7,789 9,723 57,785 9,723
Lead concentrate (dry metric tonnes)   5,388 
Payable sales:
    Zinc (pounds)
    Zinc (tonnes)
    Lead (pounds)
    Lead (tonnes)
    Silver (ounces)
6,736,822
3,056


9,035,108
4,098


 52,326,072
23,735
4,421,369
2,006
54,050
9,035,108
4,098


Revenues, net (millions) (2)  $0.3 $8.3 $55.0 $8.3

(1)  Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.
(2)  Revenues include effects of settlement adjustments on sales from prior quarters and is calculated on a 100% basis.

Caribou Mine, Canada:

Q3 production was 18.6 million pounds (8,458 tonnes) of payable zinc, 6.1 million pounds (2,769 tonnes) of payable lead and 167,114 ounces of payable silver. Metal sales for the quarter were 18.3 million pounds (8,306 tonnes) of zinc, 6.0 million pounds (2,743 tonnes) of lead and 163,970 ounces silver. The Q3 EBITDA1 loss was $8.6 million due to lower commodity prices.

Mine production for the quarter was 197,356 tonnes and mill throughput was 227,596 tonnes. During October 2018 the Company lowered its 2018 production estimate for the Caribou Mine due to challenging hanging wall rock mass conditions. Specifically, changes to the geotechnical control management were required, primarily the move to increased use of cemented rock fill in place of unconsolidated fill implemented during the quarter, in addition to increased development to ensure sufficient flexibility in the mine plan from 2019 onwards.

Caribou Production Results

 Three months ended September 30Nine months ended September 30
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Tonnes mined 197,356 241,866 702,506 687,234
Tonnes milled 227,596 234,007 710,349 692,579
Payable production:
    Zinc (pounds)
    Zinc (tonnes)
    Lead (pounds)
    Lead (tonnes)
    Silver (ounces)
 18,646,824
8,458
6,104,356
2,769
167,114
 20,770,649
9,421
7,256,219
3,291
220,012
 58,256,341
26,425
19,778,446
8,971
561,954
 58,269,147
26,430
22,226,362
10,082
640,653
Cash Cost per tonne milled (1) $62 $59 $62 $60
C1 Cash Cost per pound (1) $0.89 $0.53 $0.75 $0.65
All-In Sustaining Cost per pound (1) $1.11 $0.60 $0.94 $0.74

Caribou Sales Results

 Three months ended September 30Nine months ended September30
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Zinc concentrate (dry metric tonnes) 20,814 22,992 66,918 65,449
Lead concentrate (dry metric tonnes) 7,099 9,777 25,116 28,838
Payable sales:
    Zinc (pounds)
    Zinc (tonnes)
    Lead (pounds)
    Lead (tonnes)
    Silver (ounces)
 18,311,544
8,306
6,047,806
2,743
163,970
 20,566,129
9,329
7,791,202
3,534
231,438
 57,859,845
26,245
19,733,619
8,951
567,921
 57,843,285
26,237
22,752,489
10,320
642,888
Revenues, net (millions) (2) $7.4 $33.5 $65.2 $81.4

(1)  Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.
(2)  Revenues include effects of settlement adjustments on sales from prior quarters.

Santander Mine, Peru:

Q3 production was 13.5 million pounds (6,124 tonnes) of payable zinc, 2.1 million pounds (946 tonnes) of payable lead and 123,040 ounces of payable silver. Metal sales for the quarter were 12.1 million pounds (5,472 tonnes) of zinc, 2.0 million pounds (926 tonnes) of lead and 117,226 ounces silver. The Q3 EBITDA1 loss was $1.5 million due to lower sales and lower commodity prices.

Mine production for the quarter was 146,999 tonnes and mill throughput was 200,299 tonnes. After completing the scheduled major mill maintenance program in March 2018, the mill achieved throughput of 223,884 tonnes (an operational record) and mine output of 198,318 tonnes during the second quarter. During Q3, the Santander Mine’s main access road was periodically blocked by a small group of community members and other persons not affiliated with the mine. This blockade was lifted late September 2018 and full production resumed within the week. Due to the blockade, mine and mill production for the third quarter was down by 26% and 11%, respectively, from the previous quarter (the mill operations processed its ore stockpiles and continued to re-process its tailings). The Company remains on track to achieve 2018 zinc production guidance at Santander.

Santander Production Results

 Three months ended
September 30
Nine months ended September 30
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Tonnes mined 146,999 183,200 532,390 480,587
Tonnes milled 200,299 219,105 574,810 624,755
Payable production:
    Zinc (pounds)
    Zinc (tonnes)
    Lead (pounds)
    Lead (tonnes)
    Silver (ounces)
 13,500,630
6,124
2,086,264
946
123,040
 14,570,391
6,609
3,922,373
1,779
194,214
 40,838,137
18,524
5,168,461
2,344
323,746
 38,967,271
17,675
8,847,988
4,013
504,739
Cash Cost per tonne milled (1) $41 $40 $47 $38
C1 Cash Cost per pound (1) $0.69 $0.50 $0.77 $0.59
All-In Sustaining Cost per pound (1) $0.89 $0.77 $1.03 $0.85

Santander Sales Results

 Three months ended
September 30
Nine months ended September 30
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Zinc concentrate (dry metric tonnes) 13,811 16,631 45,148 44,314
Lead concentrate (dry metric tonnes) 1,980 4,058 4,943 9,113
Payable sales:
    Zinc (pounds)
    Zinc (tonnes)
    Lead (pounds)
    Lead (tonnes)
    Silver (ounces)
 12,064,588
5,472
2,042,118
926
117,226
 14,291,578
6,483
4,277,326
1,940
202,980
 39,220,233
17,790
5,051,869
2,291
310,428
 38,237,426
17,344
8,852,823
4,016
499,743
Revenues, net (millions) (2) $7.3 $22.6 $44.6 $52.1

(1)  Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.
(2)  Revenues include effects of settlement adjustments on sales from prior quarters.

Q3-2018 OPERATING COSTS AND ANNUAL COST GUIDANCE 1, 2, 3
Cost guidance has been updated to reflect Caribou’s revised cost forecast.

Q3-2018 Operating Costs and Annual Cost Guidance (US$ per tonne)

Mine2018 Annual Operating Cost GuidanceQ1-2018 Operating CostsQ2-2018 Operating CostsQ3-2018 Operating CostsYTD-2018 Operating Costs
Perkoa (100%)$103 – $113 $112 $87 $103 $101
Rosh Pinah (100%)$49 – $54 $54 $47 $66 $55
Caribou4$63 – $69 $64 $60 $62 $62
Santander$38 – $42 $65 $40 $41 $47
Total$65 – $68 $73 $58 $67 $66

1   Constitutes forward-looking information; see “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements”.
2   Trevali’s ownership interest is 90% of Perkoa and 90% of Rosh Pinah.
3    Costs are preliminary and subject to adjustment.
4   Caribou Operating Cost Guidance was increased from $55 – $61 to $63 – $69 per tonne milled (see October 22, 2018 news release).

2018 CONSOLIDATED PRODUCTION GUIDANCE

Production guidance for the year has been updated to reflect revised forecasts for Caribou and Perkoa. The Company remains on target to achieve the lower end of its initial 2018 production guidance of 400 to 427 million pounds zinc, as announced on January 15, 2018.

2018 Consolidated Production Guidance (1, 2)

MineZinc ProductionLead ProductionSilver Production
Perkoa (100%)172 – 180 million lbs
78,000 – 81,650 tonnes
N/AN/A
Rosh Pinah (100%)95 – 105 million lbs
43,100 – 47,640 tonnes
5.7 – 6.0 million lbs
2,600 – 2,700 tonnes
123 – 129 k ozs
Caribou70 – 75 million lbs
31,750 – 34,000 tonnes
23.0 – 25.0 million lbs
10,400 – 11,330 tonnes
627 – 658 k ozs
Santander55 – 58 million lbs
24,950 – 26,320 tonnes
11.0 – 11.6 million lbs
5,000 – 5,300 tonnes
654 – 687 k ozs
Total392 – 418 million lbs
177,800 – 189,610 tonnes
39.7 – 42.6 million lbs
18,000 – 19,330 tonnes
1,404 – 1,474 k ozs

(1)  Constitutes forward-looking information; see “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements”.
(2)  Trevali’s ownership interest is 90% of Perkoa and 90% of Rosh Pinah.

Exploration Update – Third Quarter:

Trevali’s 2018 exploration program is part of a medium to long-range exploration strategy focused on brownfield and near-mine exploration targets. The primary aim is to expand and discover new mineral resources adjacent to existing mine infrastructure, replace mined inventory, grow sustainable production, extend expected mine life and ultimately, contingent on success, provide production growth optionality to the operations.

The 2018 exploration program includes approximately 60,000 metres of diamond drilling for surface and underground targeting in-to-near mine resource growth. In the third quarter, Trevali’s exploration drilling totaled approximately 25,000 metres.

Perkoa, Burkina Faso
During the quarter underground resource expansion drilling continued to return high-grade zinc results up to 320 metres below the current modelled mining level. Highlights include 18.3 metres at 13.2% zinc, including 6.75 metres at 18.78% zinc.

Regionally, the exploration team continues to advance high priority targets along the Perkoa Mine Horizon. At the Byrhado prospect, located approximately 10 kilometres to the NE of the Perkoa mill, gossan horizons are hosted within a folded package of siliceous felsic volcanics, tuffs and sediments that are cross cut by a quartz stockwork. All samples collected to date are geochemically anomalous. Drill testing has commenced following the end of the prolonged 2018 wet season. A third surface drill rig is currently being mobilized in order to test the multiple high priority targets within the exploration lease during the remainder of the year.

Rosh Pinah, Namibia
Ongoing underground exploration continues to extend and define the emerging NW extension in the Western Orefield. Highlights during the quarter include:

  • 9.11 metres grading 15.56% Zn, 0.13% Pb, 3.61 g/t Ag;
  • 19.41 metres grading 13.82% Zn, 1.88% Pb, 16.44 g/t Ag; and
  • 35.50 metres grading 6.10% Zn, 1.54% Pb, 9.42 g/t Ag.

The exploration team also re-targeted the Rosh Pinah deposit from first principals with a focus on the historically mined Eastern and Southern Orefield. The exploration initiative identified numerous priority targets in an area previously or largely considered geologically closed. An initial approximately 10,000-metre in-mine and regional discovery drill program has commenced.

Caribou Mine, Canada
A 10,000-metre exploration and definition drill program is in progress and is targeting the down-dip extensions of the East Limb, Hinge Zone, and the newly discovered CX Zone, all of which remain open for extension. Drilling results with resources update are expected in 2019-Q1.

Murray Brook, Canada
The Murray Brook deposit is located 10 kilometres west of the Caribou Mill and 10 kilometres east of the Restigouche Deposit along the Caribou ore horizon.

Trevali has an option to acquire up to a 75% interest in the Murray Brook Project by providing approximately $5.8 million (CAD$7.5 million) in financing for Puma Exploration Inc. (“Puma”) to enable Puma to close its acquisition of the project (see new released dated March 2, 2018 for additional details).

In conjunction with joint venture partner Puma, a geotechnical and metallurgical drill program was completed to provide material for ongoing mine design and planning purposes. Metallurgical recovery testing is in process at RPC in Fredericton, New Brunswick with results anticipated in Q4 2018.

Santander Exploration, Peru
Exploration drilling continues to test the Magistral deposit extensions approximately 350 vertical metres below current development, in addition to continuing to extend the emerging high-grade zinc Pipe target at depth. Highlights during the quarter include:

  • Magistrals – 3.8 metres grading 9.7% Zn, 12% Pb and 72 g/t Ag and 10.7 metres grading 6.4% Zn and 21 g/t Ag
  • Pipe Target – 16.4 metres grading 15.6% Zn and 1.1% Cu, including 6.2 metres grading 20% Zn and 0.8% Cu; and 7.9 metres grading 14.4% Zn, 1.2% Cu and 43 g/t Ag

The approximately 45-square-kilometre Santander exploration block remains under-explored and recent geophysical and geochemical surveys have defined several high priority targets which require follow up work programs.

Intention to Launch Normal Course Issuer Bid

Subject to the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”), Trevali intends to launch a normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”) permitting the purchase for cancellation, at its discretion during the 12 months following acceptance by the TSX, of up to 6.5% of the “public float” (calculated in accordance with the rules of the TSX) of the Company’s common shares. Purchases under the NCIB, if approved, will be made through the facilities of the TSX or alternative trading systems, by means of open market transactions or by such other means as may be permitted by the TSX and under applicable securities laws. The price that the Company will pay for common shares in open market transactions will be the market price at the time of purchase.

Trevali believes that initiating a NCIB at the current time represents an attractive use of cash with now an opportune time to return cash to shareholders. The actual number of common shares that will be repurchased, and the timing of any such purchases, will be determined by Trevali, subject to market conditions, Trevali’s share price, alternative uses of cash, other factors, and the limits imposed by the TSX.

Qualified Person and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
EurGeol Dr. Mark D. Cruise, Trevali's President and CEO, and Paul Keller, P.Eng, Trevali’s Senior Vice President - Major Projects & Technical Support, are qualified persons as defined by NI 43-101, and have supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release. Dr. Cruise is not independent of the Company as he is an officer, director and shareholder. Mr. Keller is not independent of the Company as he is an officer and shareholder.

ABOUT TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
Trevali is a zinc-focused, base metals company with four mines: the 90% owned Perkoa mine in Burkina Faso. the 90% owned Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia, the wholly-owned Caribou mine in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northern New Brunswick, and the wholly-owned Santander mine in Peru.

The shares of Trevali are listed on the TSX (symbol TV), the OTCQX (symbol TREVF), the Lima Stock Exchange (symbol TV), and the Frankfurt Exchange (symbol 4TI). For further details on Trevali, readers are referred to the Company’s website (www.trevali.com) and to Canadian regulatory filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
“Mark D. Cruise” (signed)
Mark D. Cruise, President

Contact Information:
Steve Stakiw, Vice President - Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (604) 488-1661 / Direct: (604) 638-5623

Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures
In this news release we refer to the following non-IFRS financial performance measures: Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”), Cash operating cost per tonne milled, C1 Cash Cost per pound and All-In Sustaining Costs (“AISC”) per pound. These measures are not recognized under IFRS as they do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Management uses these measures internally to evaluate the underlying operating performance of the Company for the reporting periods presented. The use of these measures enables management to assess performance trends and to evaluate the results of the underlying business of the Company. Management understands that certain investors, and others who follow the Company’s performance, also assess performance in this way.

Management believes that these measures reflect the Company’s performance and are useful indicators of its expected performance in future periods. This data is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

EBITDA and EBIT:
EBITDA provides insight into Trevali’s overall business performance (a combination of cost management and growth) and is the corresponding flow drivers towards the objective of achieving industry-leading returns. This measure assists readers in understanding the ongoing cash generating potential of the business including liquidity to fund working capital, servicing debt, and funding capital expenditures and investments opportunities. EBITDA is profit attributable to shareholders before net finance expense, income and resource taxes and depreciation, depletion, and amortization. EBIT is EBITDA after depreciation, depletion, and amortization. Other companies may calculate EBITDA and EBIT differently.

Cash operating cost per tonne milled:
Cash operating cost per tonne milled measures the mine site cash operating cost per tonne milled. This measure includes mine operating production expenses such as mining, processing, administration, indirect charges such as surface maintenance and camp expenses, and inventory stock movement divided by tonnes milled. Cash operating cost per tonne milled does not include smelting and refining, distribution (freight), royalties, by-product revenues, depreciation, depletion, amortization, reclamation, and capital sustaining and exploration expenses.

C1 Cash Cost per pound:
C1 Cash Cost per pound measures the cash costs to produce a pound of payable zinc. This measure includes mine operating production expenses such as mining, processing, administration, indirect charges (including surface maintenance and camp), and inventory stock movement, smelting, refining and freight, distribution, royalties, and by-product metal revenues divided by pounds of payable zinc produced. C1 Cash Cost per Pound does not include depreciation, depletion, and amortization, reclamation expenses, capital sustaining and exploration expenses.

AISC per pound:
All-In Sustaining Cost per pound measures the cash costs to produce a pound of payable zinc plus the capital sustaining costs to maintain the mine and mill. This measure includes the C1 Cash Cost per Pound and capital sustaining costs divided by pounds of payable zinc produced. All-In Sustaining Cost per Pound does not include depreciation, depletion, and amortization, reclamation and exploration expenses.

See “Cautionary Notes Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” below as well as “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” in our Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the Canadian securities legislation and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the United States Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, or in releases made by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, all as may be amended from time. Statements containing forward-looking information express, as at the date of this news release, the Company’s plans, estimates, forecasts, projections, expectations, or beliefs as to future events or results. Such forward-looking statements and information include, but are not limited to statements as to: the timing and amount of estimated future production; the estimation of mineral resources and mineral reserves; costs and timing of development; operating efficiencies, including the ability to manage water while reducing power consumption, costs and expenditures; expectations regarding milling operations and metal production shortfalls; metal output and throughput rates; cost guidance and anticipated annual results; anticipated results of future exploration; forecast future metal prices; the Company’s intentions regarding the normal course issuer bid; whether the Company will receive the requisite acceptance of the TSX for the normal course issuer bid; and the number of common shares that might be purchased by the Company under the normal course issuer bid and the terms and conditions of any such purchases.

These statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and are necessarily based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. If any assumptions are untrue, it could cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Assumptions have been made regarding, among other things, present and future business strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future, including commodity prices, anticipated costs and ability to achieve goals.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: risks related to joint venture operations; fluctuations in spot and forward markets for silver, zinc, base metals and certain other commodities (such as natural gas, fuel oil and electricity); fluctuations in currency markets; risks related to the technological and operational nature of the Company’s business; changes in national and local government, legislation, taxation, controls or regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States, Peru, Namibia, Burkina Faso, or other countries where the Company may carry on business in the future; risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining (including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected geological or structural formations, pressures, cave-ins and flooding); 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; availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits and the presence of laws and regulations that may impose restrictions on mining; diminishing quantities or grades of Mineral Resources as properties are mined; global financial conditions; business opportunities that may be presented to, or pursued by, the Company; the Company’s ability to complete and successfully integrate acquisitions and to mitigate other business combination risks; challenges to, or difficulty in maintaining, the Company’s title to properties and continued ownership thereof; the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, and changes in project parameters to deal with unanticipated economic or other factors; increased competition in the mining industry for properties, equipment, qualified personnel, and their costs, as well as other risks as more fully described in the Company’s annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2017, which is available on the Company’s website (www.trevali.com) and filed under our profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty or reliance on forward-looking statements. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, described or intended. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements or information to reflect changes in assumptions or changes in circumstances or any other events affecting such statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.

Note to United States Investors
In accordance with applicable Canadian securities regulatory requirements, all mineral resource estimates of the Company disclosed or incorporated by reference in this news release have been prepared in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, classified in accordance with Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Petroleum's “CIM Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves Definitions and Guidelines”.

The Company uses the terms "measured mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" and "inferred mineral resources". While these terms are recognized by Canadian securities regulatory authorities, they are not recognized by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. US investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the material in these categories will ever be converted into reserves.

 

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Source: GlobeNewswire (November 7, 2018 - 5:01 PM EST)

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