Mountain Province Diamonds Announces Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2023 Results

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TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2023 – Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. (“Mountain Province”, the “Company”) (TSX: MPVD) (OTC: MPVDF) announces its financial and operating results for the third quarter (“Q3 2023”) and nine months ended September 30, 2023. All figures are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

Q3 2023 Key Highlights

  • 478,653 carats were sold for total proceeds of $60.3 million (US$45.3 million) at an average price of $126 per carat (US$95).
  • Quarterly Adjusted EBITDA of $25.1 million1
  • Earnings from mine operations of $2.7 million.
  • Net loss of $13.4 million or $0.06 basic and diluted loss per share.
  • Included in the determination of the net loss at September 30, 2023 is a non-cash adjustment to net realizable value from carrying cost, of $9.7 million in respect of total rough diamond inventories held by the Company.
  • At September 30th, 2023 the Company held $214 million in current assets, and $153 million in net working capital.
  • Capital expenditures in the nine months ended September 30, 2023 were $62.8 million, $57.0 million of which were deferred stripping costs, with the remaining $5.8 million sustaining capital expenditures related to mine operations1
  • Repurchase for cancellation of approximately US$6 million aggregate principal amount of the 9.000% Senior Secured Second Lien Notes during the fiscal quarter.

1Cash costs of production, including capitalized stripping costs, and adjusted EBITDA are non-IFRS measures with no standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS.  See “Reconciliation of non-IFRS measures” at the end of the news release for explanation and reconciliation.

Company to pause all discretionary spending and focus on cash generation

Given the challenging state of the current rough diamond market, the Company agreed with its joint venture partner, De Beers (the “Joint Venture Partner”), to pause all discretionary spending and cut costs where appropriate to focus on maximizing cash generation. Growth related expenditure at the Gahcho Kué mine will be suspended, with the option to resume when the Company and its JV Partner deem appropriate. This includes pausing spending and further work on the Gahcho Kué underground expansion. As a part of this spending reduction Dr. Tom McCandless, Vice President of Exploration will transition from a full time role to continuing to provide support on an as needs basis via a consulting arrangement.

Mark Wall, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“For most of 2023 the diamond market has been under pressure as a result of various factors which include: a slowing market in the US; low Chinese demand; and the uncertainty in the diamond supply chain related to Lab Grown diamonds and continued supply of Russian diamonds following the invasion of Ukraine. Despite this, MPD performed reasonably well through H1 compared to our peers; largely as a result of our sales strategy and mix of goods outperforming the general market. In Q3 the market deteriorated further. The major diamond producers have reacted by significantly cutting their sales and the Indian diamond industry announced a two month import moratorium to run from October 15th to December 15th. The hope being that this pause in selling rough diamonds, together with December being the busiest time for diamond purchases, will reduce the excess supply in the sector and stabilise prices.

For our part, the Company took the decision to withhold some of our lower value goods during Quarter 3 and took the unprecedented step in October to sell some of our production directly to our joint venture partner, De Beers. In addition, and as stated in our October 6 press release, we have also agreed with De Beers to pause all discretionary spend and reduce costs wherever prudent. We continue to monitor the market closely, while focusing on the controllables, which are costs, production and operating efficiencies. We aim to maintain the optionality of growth opportunities for an improved price environment.

On the production front, Q3 saw continued strong performance from the process plant, with Overall Plant Utilization of 84%, above the design range of 80 – 82%. Continued strong performance from the plant, combined with a planned improved grade profile coming out of the 5034 and Hearne pits will be required to hit our carat production guidance for the year.”

Operational Highlights for Q3 2023

  • 1,326,610 carats recovered in Q3 2023 at an average grade of 1.51 carats per tonne, 9% decrease relative to Q3 2022 (Q3 2022: 1,451,455 carats recovered).
  • 877,617 ore tonnes treated in Q3 2023, an 8% increase relative to Q3 2022 (Q3 2022, 816,201 ore tonnes treated).
  • 887,695 ore tonnes mined in Q3 2023, a 34% decrease relative to 1,345,654 tonnes mined in Q3 2022.
  • 9,145,849 total tonnes mined, an 18% increase relative to Q3 2022.

Financial Highlights for Q3 2023

  • Revenue from 478,653 carats sold in Q3 2023 at $60.3 million (US$45.3 million) at an average realised price of $126 per carat (US$95) compared to $110.1 million (US$83.3 million) from 805,000 carats sold in Q3 2022 at an average realized price of $137 per carat (US$104).
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $25.1 million in Q3 2023 compared to $54.1 million in Q3 2022.
  • Earnings from mine operations $2.7 million in Q3 2023 compared to $44.7 million in Q3 2022.
  • Cash costs of production, including capitalized stripping costs1 of $118 per tonne treated (2022: $128 per tonne) and $78 per carat recovered (2022: $72 per carat).
  • Net loss in Q3 2023 was $13.4 million or $0.06 loss per share (2022: Net loss of $7.2 million or $0.03 loss per share). Included in the determination of the Net loss for Q3 2023 are foreign exchange losses of $5.7 million, the majority of which is an unrealized loss arising on the translation of the Company’s US Dollar denominated long term debt, as a result of the weakening of the Canadian Dollar versus US Dollar.

1Cash costs of production, including capitalized stripping costs, and Adjusted EBITDA are non-IFRS measures with no standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS.  See the Non-IFRS Measures section of the Company’s September 30, 2023 MD&A for explanation and reconciliation.

Operational Highlights for the nine months ended September 30, 2023

  • 3,985,000 carats recovered in the nine months ended September 30, 2023 at an average grade of 1.66 carats per tonne, 2% higher than the 3,898,000 carats, 1.71 carats per tonne, recovered for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.
  • 2,395,000 tonnes of ore treated in the nine months ended September 30, 2023; compared to the 2,274,000 tonnes treated for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.
  • 27.3 million total tonnes mined for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, a 15% increase from the 23.8 million total tonnes mined for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.

Financial Highlights for the nine months ended September 30, 2023

  • Total sales revenue of $248.9 million (US$184.9 million) for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 at an average realised price of $138 per carat (US$103) compared to $292.5 million in 2022 (US$226 million) at an average realized price of $154 per carat (US$119).
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 of $123.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to $153.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.
  • Earnings from mine operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 of $76.8 million (for the nine months ended September 30, 2022: $138.9 million).
  • Cash costs of production, including capitalized stripping costs2, of $142 per tonne treated (2022: $133 per tonne) and $85 per carat recovered (2022: $78 per carat).
  • Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 was $32.1 million or $0.15 earnings per share (for the nine months ended September 30, 2022: net income $39.8 million or $0.19 earnings per share).
  • Capital expenditures in the nine months ended September 30, 2023 were $62.8 million, $57.0 million of which were deferred stripping costs, with the remaining $5.8 million accounting for sustaining capital expenditures related to mine operations.

2Cash costs of production, including capitalized stripping costs, and Adjusted EBITDA are non-IFRS measures with no standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS.  See the Non-IFRS Measures section of the Company’s September 30, 2023 MD&A for explanation and reconciliation.

Market comment for Q3 2023 & nine months ended September 30, 2023

As previously reported, during Q3 2023, 478,653 carats were sold for total proceeds of $60.3 million (US$45.3 million), resulting in an average price of $126 per carat (US$95 per carat). These results compare to Q3 2022 where 805,227 carats were sold for total proceeds of $110.6 million (US$83.3 million), resulting in an average value of $137 per carat (US$103 per carat).

The relative reduction in volume sold in Q3 2023 reflects the Company’s decision to strategically stock certain categories of the lower valued goods in order to defend its prices in the rough diamond market. In addition, recognising the overall lack of confidence in the rough diamond market, and a direct result of the Indian import ban, the Company took the unprecedented decision, subsequent to the quarter end, to sell a portion of its production to the Company’s JV Partner De Beers, thereby removing it temporarily from the diamond market. The Company intends to recommence its tender sales in mid-December following the end of the Indian import moratorium.

Year to date 2023, 1,799,985 carats have been sold at an average price of $138 per carat (US$103 per carat) for total proceeds of $248.9 million (US$184.9 million) in comparison to 1,898,557 carats sold at an average price of $154 per carat (US$119 per carat) for total proceeds of $292.9 million (US$226.0 million) during the same period in 2022.

The diamond market is experiencing low levels of demand since returning from the August holiday period. Macro-economic concerns and delays to post-covid restocking of diamond jewellery in China coupled with continued erosion to polished prices downstream have motivated diamond polishers to temporarily halt rough diamond buying and reduce polished inventories. This includes a temporary measure tabled by the Indian cutting and jewellery trade to voluntarily reduce rough diamond imports into the country.

Gahcho Kué Mine Operations

The following table summarizes key operating statistics for the Gahcho Kué Mine in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022.

GK operating data

Mining

*Ore tonnes mined 

 kilo tonnes 

888

1,346

1,912

3,408

*Waste tonnes mined 

 kilo tonnes 

8,258

6,407

25,404

20,394

*Total tonnes mined

 kilo tonnes 

9,146

7,753

27,316

23,802

*Ore in stockpile

 kilo tonnes 

1,276

1,882

1,276

1,882

Processing

*Ore tonnes processed

 kilo tonnes 

878

817

2,395

2,274

*Average plant throughput

 tonnes per day 

9,756

8,978

8,773

8,360

*Average diamond recovery

 carats per tonne 

1.51

1.78

1.66

1.71

*Diamonds recovered 

 000’s carats 

1,326

1,452

3,985

3,898

Approximate diamonds recovered – Mountain Province

000’s carats

650

711

1,953

1,910

Cash costs of production per tonne of ore, net of capitalized stripping **

$

81

109

93

110

Cash costs of production per tonne of ore, including capitalized stripping**

$

118

128

142

133

Cash costs of production per carat recovered, net of capitalized stripping**

$

54

61

56

64

Cash costs of production per carat recovered, including capitalized stripping**

$

78

72

85

78

Sales

Approximate diamonds sold – Mountain Province***

000’s carats

479

805

1,800

1,899

Average diamond sales price per carat

US

$                               95

$                              104

$                            103

$                            119

 * at 100% interest in the Gahcho Kué Mine

**See Non-IFRS Measures section of the Company’s September 30, 2023 MD&A for explanation and reconciliation

***Includes the sales directly to De Beers for fancies and specials acquired by De Beers through the production split bidding process

Financial Performance

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(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where otherwise noted)

September 30, 2023

September 30, 2022

September 30, 2023

September 30, 2022

Sales

$

60,277

97,761

248,852

182,414

Carats sold

 000’s carats 

479

587

1,800

1,094

Average price per carat sold

 $/carat 

126

167

138

167

Cost of sales per carat*

 $/carat 

120

79

96

81

Earnings from mine operations per carat

$

6

88

42

86

Earnings from mine operations

%

5 %

53 %

31 %

51 %

Selling, general and administrative expenses

$

3,250

3,803

10,480

7,797

Operating (loss) income

$

(1,125)

43,047

60,317

78,065

Net (loss) income for the period

$

(13,421)

22,634

32,121

46,961

Basic (loss) earnings per share

$

(0.06)

0.11

0.15

0.22

Diluted (loss) earnings per share

$

(0.06)

0.11

0.15

0.22

* This cost of sales per carat includes the cost of acquiring 51% of the fancies and specials which have been sold, after having been won in a tendering process with De Beers Canada.

Conference Call

The Company will host its quarterly conference call on Friday, November 10th, 2023 at 11:00am EST.

Title: Mountain Province Diamonds Inc Q3 2023 Earnings Conference Call

Conference ID: 47510442
Date of call: 11/10/2023
Time of call: 11:00 Eastern Time
Expected Duration: 60 minutes

Webcast Link:
https://app.webinar.net/K9ARjDR2YOp
Participant Toll-Free Dial-In Number:             (+1) 888-390-0546
Participant International Dial-In Number:       (+1) 416-764-8688

A replay of the webcast and audio call will be available on the Company’s website.

Reconciliation of Non-IFRS measures

This news release refers to the terms “Cash costs of production per tonne of ore processed” and “Cash costs of production per carat recovered”, both including and net of capitalized stripping costs and “Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA)” and “Adjusted EBITDA Margin”. Each of these is a non-IFRS performance measure and is referenced in order to provide investors with information about the measures used by management to monitor performance. These measures are 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. They do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

Cash costs of production per tonne of ore processed and cash costs of production per carat recovered are used by management to analyze the actual cash costs associated with processing the ore, and for each recovered carat. Differences from production costs reported within cost of sales are attributed to the amount of production cost included in ore stockpile and rough diamond inventories.

Adjusted EBITDA is used by management to analyze the operational cash flows of the Company, as compared to the net income for accounting purposes. It is also a measure which is defined in the Notes documents. Adjusted EBITDA margin is used by management to analyze the operational margin % on cash flows of the Company.

The following table provides a reconciliation of the Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin with the net income on the condensed consolidated interim statements of comprehensive (loss) income:

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September 30, 2023

September 30, 2022

September 30, 2023

September 30, 2022

Net (loss) income for the period

$                     (13,421)

$                         (7,187)

$                       32,121

$                        39,774

Add/deduct:

Non-cash depreciation and depletion

15,826

18,028

51,784

39,354

Net realizable value adjustment included in production costs

9,706

9,706

Share-based payment expense

429

503

1,135

1,427

Fair value gain  of warrants

(2,265)

(54)

(2,974)

(5,851)

Net finance expenses

8,990

9,167

27,292

27,373

Derivative losses

1,094

3,702

223

5,140

Deferred income taxes

(1,310)

5,760

2,590

15,680

Current income taxes

150

1,050

Unrealized foreign exchange losses 

5,910

24,185

401

30,931

Adjusted earnings before  interest, taxes, depreciation and depletion (Adjusted EBITDA)

$                       25,108

$                         54,104

$                     123,327

$                      153,828

Sales

60,277

110,124

248,852

292,538

Adjusted EBITDA margin

42 %

49 %

50 %

53 %

The following table provides a reconciliation of the cash costs of production per tonne of ore processed and per carat recovered and the production costs reported within cost of sales on the condensed consolidated interim statements of comprehensive (loss) income:

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Nine months ended 

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where otherwise noted)

September 30, 2023

September 30, 2022

September 30, 2023

September 30, 2022

Cost of sales production costs

$

37,233

39,367

104,968

93,147

Timing differences due to inventory and other non-cash adjustments

$

(2,224)

4,266

4,224

28,981

Cash cost of production of ore processed, net of capitalized stripping

$

35,009

43,633

109,192

122,128

Cash costs of production of ore processed, including capitalized stripping

$

50,743

51,155

166,206

148,061

Tonnes processed

 kilo tonnes 

431

400

1,174

1,114

Carats recovered

 000’s carats 

650

711

1,953

1,910

Cash costs of production per tonne of ore, net of capitalized stripping

$

81

109

93

110

Cash costs of production per tonne of ore, including capitalized stripping

$

118

128

142

133

Cash costs of production per carat recovered, net of capitalized stripping

$

54

61

56

64

Cash costs of production per carat recovered, including capitalized stripping

$

78

72

85

78

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About the Company

Mountain Province Diamonds is a 49% participant with De Beers Canada in the Gahcho Kué diamond mine located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The Gahcho Kué Joint Venture property consists of several kimberlites that are actively being mined, developed, and explored for future development. The Company also controls more than 113,000 hectares of highly prospective mineral claims and leases that surround the Gahcho Kué Joint Venture property that include an indicated mineral resource for the Kelvin kimberlite and inferred mineral resources for the Faraday kimberlites.

For further information on Mountain Province Diamonds and to receive news releases by email, visit the Company’s website at www.mountainprovince.com.

For further information: Mark Wall, President and CEO, 161 Bay Street, Suite 1410, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1, Phone: (416) 361-3562, E-mail: info@mountainprovince.com; Matthew MacPhail, Chief Technical and Sustainability Officer, 161 Bay Street, Suite 1410, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1, Phone: (416) 361-3562, E-mail: info@mountainprovince.com

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