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Golden Minerals Co : Golden Minerals Announces Third Quarter Results and $2.0 Million in Exploration Property Sales

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11/08/2012 | 05:10pm EDT

GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Golden Minerals Company ("Golden Minerals" or the "Company") (NYSE MKT: AUMN) (TSX: AUM) announces results for the quarter ending September 30, 2012 and $2.0 million in fourth quarter exploration property sales.

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Financial Results

For the third quarter 2012, Golden Minerals recorded a 45 percent increase in revenue to $7.1 million from the sale of metals at its Velardena Operations in Mexico, as compared to revenue of $4.9 million in the second quarter 2012. Also during the third quarter, the Company recorded a $57.2 million non-cash reduction in goodwill related to its September 2011 transaction with ECU Silver Mining Inc. The goodwill was initially established primarily as a result of recognizing, for accounting purposes, a deferred tax liability for the difference between the fair value of the Velardena property acquired in the ECU transaction and the Mexican tax basis of the property. Since September 2011, an approximate 20% decrease in forecasted future gold and silver prices and certain changes to assumptions related to the long term operating plan for the Velardena Operations has resulted in the reduction of goodwill. There was no reduction in the carrying value of the long-lived Velardena property.

The Company's cash and short term investments balance increased by $30.9 million during the quarter to $54.0 million as of September 30, 2012. The increase is due to $36.9 million in net proceeds received from a registered offering and private placement of our securities during the quarter, offset by the expenditures described above plus capital expenditures of $2.0 million and an increase in net working capital of $2.2 million, both related primarily to the Velardena Operations.

Activities

The Company is continuing plans for a two-phased expansion of the Velardena Operations. Phase One is underway and the Company expects production to achieve a rate of 850 tonnes throughput per day during the third quarter 2013. The Company is continuing work on its plans for a subsequent Phase Two expansion to 1,150 tonnes per day throughput.

During the third quarter 2012 we began to open access to new stopes for mining. Due to the acquisition of additional equipment and the arrival of equipment from Argentina, we are increasing mine development activity. We accessed non-exploited ore zones in the Santa Juana mining area in the third quarter 2012 and expect to increase ore extraction in non-exploited vein areas during the fourth quarter 2012.

We have completed the installation and commissioning of a new flotation circuit at the end of the oxide plant leach circuit. The new flotation circuit is intended to recover gold and silver from material that has been leached in the oxide plant, and it is currently producing a lead/silver concentrate that will be sold with the lead/silver concentrate produced at the sulfide plant. The Company is performing additional test work to determine whether the remaining gold bearing pyrites in the tailings are best recovered using flotation or gravity concentration methods. During the third quarter 2012 we continued to advance the San Mateo ramp, which is expected to connect with the lower Santa Juana workings in the fourth quarter 2013. This connection will provide new access to facilitate ore removal from the lower Santa Juana workings and other veins that are accessed by the San Mateo ramp unit. We also have continued to improve ventilation and ore control procedures in the mine and to optimize the oxide and sulfide plants. We expect to complete a significant expansion of the laboratory at about year-end 2012, which will permit improved plant response to changing metallurgical conditions.

In early November 2012 the Company began a 2,000-meter, 10-hole drilling program at the Quevar Norte and Sur areas at El Quevar in northwestern Argentina, focused on outlining new mineralized zones. Also, the Company has identified two prospects with potential to host economic precious metal mineralization on currently held ground in Mexico, unrelated to Velardena or our holdings in Zacatecas. The Company plans to drill one of these prospects in 2012.

Exploration Property Sales

In October 2012, the Company closed on the sale of 100 percent of its interest in two of its exploration subsidiaries, Silex Bolivia S.A. and Minera Memisa S.A., to a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation for $250,000.

In early November 2012, the Company completed the sale of four claims in Mexico to Exploraciones Mineras Parreña, a subsidiary of Fresnillo PLC. The claims total over 16,000 hectares and are located approximately 40 kilometers southwest of the city of Fresnillo. The sales price of the transaction was approximately $1.7 million.

These asset sales will be included in the Company's fourth quarter 2012 results.

Additional information regarding third quarter financial results may be found in the Company's 10-Q Quarterly Report which is available on the Golden Minerals website at www.goldenminerals.com.

About Golden Minerals

Golden Minerals is a Delaware corporation based in Golden, Colorado, primarily engaged in the ramp-up and expansion of existing production at the Velardena operations in Mexico and advancement of the evaluation stage El Quevar project in Argentina.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act, and applicable Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding of the timing of anticipated production ramp-up at the Velardena Operations to 850 tonnes per day and 1,150 tonnes per day throughput rates; the timing of anticipated opening of new stopes for mining, plant optimization efforts, the sufficiency of mobile mining and other equipment on site for mine development activities, the potential expansion of Velardena Operations throughput rates to 1,150 tonnes per day using autoclave processing and the possible timing and processing components of such an expansion; and planned exploration drilling. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including timing and availability of external funding to complete the planned expansion to 1,150 tonnes per day throughput; unexpected events at the Velardena Operations, including further delays or problems in mine development and plant optimization; operational changes or problems; variations in ore grade and relative amounts, grades and metallurgical characteristics of oxide and sulfide ores; delays or failure in receiving required board or government approvals or permits; technical, permitting, mining, metallurgical or processing issues; failure to achieve anticipated production and improvements in head grades, recoveries and concentrate production and quality at the Velardena Operations; delays in or failure to realize anticipated benefits of plant optimization efforts; failure to realize anticipated metal production increases from the addition of the bulk flotation process at the oxide plant; failure to realize anticipated production or increases in production from the anticipated increase in mine development and the commencement of mining in new stopes; loss of and inability to adequately replace skilled mining and management personnel; possible disputes with customers or joint venture partners; failure of undeveloped ore or veins to meet expectations; interpretations and changes in interpretations of geologic information; volatility or other changes in the U.S. and Canadian securities markets; availability and cost of materials, supplies and electrical power required for mining operations and exploration; fluctuations in silver, gold, zinc and lead prices, costs and general economic conditions; changes in political conditions, tax, environmental and other laws; and diminution of physical safety of employees in Mexico, and other conditions in the countries in which the Company operates. Additional risks relating to Golden Minerals Company may be found in the periodic and current reports filed with the Securities Exchange Commission by Golden Minerals Company, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Golden Minerals Company
Jerry W. Danni
(303) 839-5060
Executive Vice President
Investor.relations@goldenminerals.com

                                                                        GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY
                                                                      CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                                  (Expressed in United States dollars)
                                                                               (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                 September 30,                                        December 31,
                                                                                                        2012                                                 2011
                                                                                                        ----                                                 ----
                                                                       (in thousands, except share data)
    Assets
    Current assets
                      Cash and cash
                      equivalents                                                                    $53,561                                              $48,649
                     Investments                                                                         417                                                    -
                      Trade
                      receivables                                                                      1,199                                                    -
                     Inventories                                                                       5,170                                                5,312
                      Value added tax
                      receivable                                                                       3,033                                                1,317
                      Prepaid expenses
                      and other
                      assets                                                                           1,177                                                3,119
                                                                                                                       
                     Total current assets                                                             64,557                                               58,397
    Property, plant and equipment, net                                                               282,031                                              284,199
    Goodwill                                                                                          12,942                                               70,155
    Prepaid expenses and other assets                                                                    197                                                  264
                     Total assets                                                                   $359,727                                             $413,015
                                                                                                    ========                                             ========
    Liabilities and Equity
    Current liabilities
                      Accounts payable and
                      other accrued
                      liabilities                         $6,034                                               $8,070
                      Other current
                      liabilities                                                                      7,512                                                7,505
                                                                                                                       
                     Total current liabilities                                                        13,546                                               15,575
                      Asset retirement
                      obligation                                                                       2,226                                                3,781
                      Deferred tax
                      liability                                                                       49,226                                               55,603
    Other long term liabilities                                                                          217                                                  288
                                                                                                         ---
                     Total liabilities                                                                65,215                                               75,247
                                                                                                      ------                                               ------
                                                                                                                                                                   
    Commitments and contingencies
    Equity
                      Common stock,
                      $.01 par value,
                      100,000,000 shares authorized;
                      42,578,333 and 35,690,035 shares
                      issued and outstanding,
                      respectively                                                                       424                                                  355
                      Additional paid
                      in capital                                                                     491,411                                              453,756
                      Accumulated
                      deficit                                                                       (197,308)                                            (116,221)
                      Accumulated
                      other
                      comprehensive
                      loss                                                                               (15)                                                (122)
                                                                                                                       
                      Parent company's shareholder's
                      equity                                                                         294,512                                              337,768
                                                                                                     -------                                              -------
                     Total liabilities and equity                                                   $359,727                                             $413,015
                                                                                                    --------                                             --------

                                                                                                         GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY
                                                                                  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
                                                                                             (Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                       Three Months Ended                           Nine Months Ended
                                                                         September 30,                                September 30,
                                                                         -------------                                -------------
                                                                                            2012                                         2011                                         2012                                         2011
                                                                                            ----                                         ----                                         ----                                         ----
                                                                     (in thousands, except share data)
    Revenue:
                     Sale of metals                                                       $7,063                            $               -                                      $18,384                            $               -
    Costs and expenses:
                                                       (8,573)                                        (965)                                    (23,103)                                         (965)
                      Costs
                      applicable to
                      sale of metals
                      (exclusive of
                      depreciation
                      shown below)
                      Exploration
                      expense                                                             (1,207)                                      (4,639)                                      (5,419)                                     (12,645)
                      El Quevar
                      project
                      expense                                                               (985)                                      (5,520)                                      (3,574)                                     (23,276)
                      Velardena
                      project
                      expense                                                               (767)                                           -                                       (6,291)                                           -
                      Administrative
                      expense                                                             (1,934)                                      (1,836)                                      (5,787)                                      (6,242)
                      Severence and
                      acquisition
                      related cost                          -                                       (5,353)                                           -                                       (7,050)
                      Stock based
                      compensation                                                          (308)                                      (3,260)                                        (831)                                      (5,328)
                      Reclamation and
                      accretion
                      expense                                                                (40)                                         (31)                                        (185)                                        (126)
                      Goodwill
                      Impairment                                                         (57,213)                                           -                                      (57,213)                                           -
                      Other operating
                      income &
                      (expenses), net                     264                                          (76)                                         479                                          340
                      Depreciation,
                      depletion and
                      amortization                     (2,774)                                        (717)                                      (6,617)                                      (1,580)
                     -------------
                     Total costs and expenses                                            (73,537)                                     (22,397)                                    (108,541)                                     (56,872)
                                                                                         -------                                      -------                                     --------                                      -------
                      Loss from
                      operations                                                         (66,474)                                     (22,397)                                     (90,157)                                     (56,872)
    Other income and expenses:
                      Interest and
                      other income                                                           162                                       11,099                                        2,323                                       11,240
                     Royalty income                                                           14                                          155                                          371                                          285
                      Interest
                      expense                                                                  -                                         (337)                                           -                                         (337)
                      Gain (loss) on
                      foreign
                      currency                                                               368                                       (1,432)                                         802                                       (1,646)
                      Total other
                      income and
                      expenses                            544                                        9,485                                        3,496                                        9,542
                                                          ---                                        -----                                        -----                                        -----
                      Loss from
                      operations before
                      income taxes                   (65,930)                                     (12,912)                                     (86,661)                                     (47,330)
                      Income taxes
                      benefit                                                              2,614                                        1,168                                        5,574                                        1,070
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                     Net loss                                                           $(63,316)                                    $(11,744)                                    $(81,087)                                    $(46,260)
    Comprehensive loss:
                      Unrealized gain
                      (loss) on
                      securities                                                             166                                          251                                          107                                         (309)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                      Comprehensive
                      loss                                                              $(63,150)                                    $(11,493)                                    $(80,980)                                    $(46,569)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    Net loss per common share - basic and diluted
                     Loss                                                                 $(1.74)                                      $(0.59)                                      $(2.27)                                      $(2.79)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    Weighted average common stock outstanding -
     basic and diluted (1)                                                            36,318,747                                   19,989,334                                   35,762,251                                   16,605,896
                                                                                      ----------                                   ----------                                   ----------                                   ----------

             (1)        Potentially dilutive
                        shares have not been
                   included because to do so
                     would be anti-dilutive.

SOURCE Golden Minerals Company


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