Sat, 25 Sep 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO / ACCESSWIRE / August 3, 2021 / Fortitude Gold Corp. (OTCQB:FTCO) (the 'Company') reported record production and financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021 of 14,579 ounces of gold produced at $628 per ounce all-in sustaining cost, $25.9 million net sales, and a $13.8 million increase to its treasury to $41.5 million from December 31, 2020. Fortitude Gold is a gold producer, developer, and explorer with operations in Nevada, U.S.A.


  • $41.5 million cash balance on June 30, 2021; an increase of 50%, or $13.8 million from December 31, 2020
  • $8.3 million net earnings or $0.35 per share
  • $25.9 million net sales
  • $16.4 million cash from year-to-date operating activities
  • 14,579 gold ounces produced
  • 6.75 grams per tonne average gold grade mined
  • $72 million working capital, an increase of 72% from December 31, 2020
  • $13.2 million mine gross profit
  • $564 per ounce cash cost after by-product credits
  • $628 per ounce total all-in sustaining cost
  • $0.24 annual cash dividend per share initiated, subsequently increased by 50% to $0.36 per share

Overview of Q2 2021 Results

Fortitude Gold sold 14,510 gold ounces at a total cash cost of $564 per ounce (after by-product credits). Realized metal prices during the quarter averaged $1,794 per ounce gold*. The Company recorded net income of $8.3 million, or $0.35 per share. Cash and cash equivalents at quarter end totaled $41.5 million. The Company produced 14,579 ounces of gold during the quarter and recently increased its 2021 Annual Outlook, now targeting 45,000 gold ounces (a range of 40,000 to 45,000 ounces).

*Average realized metal prices include final settlement adjustments for previously unsettled provisional sales. Provisional sales may remain unsettled from one quarter into the next. Realized prices will therefore vary from average spot metal market prices upon final settlement.

Mr. Jason Reid, CEO and President of Fortitude Gold, stated, 'The second quarter marked a record for production with 14,579 gold ounces, record net income of $8.3 million and a record cash balance of $41.5 million. This record-breaking quarter, on the back of an outstanding first quarter, gave us the confidence and ability to initiate our dividend business strategy. We declared a $0.24 annual dividend in April and a 50% increase in May to $0.36 annually. Subsequent to the quarter we increased the dividend again by 17% to $0.42 annually. Our Isabella Pearl mine continues to exceed expectations including the average grade mined during the quarter of 6.75 grams gold per tonne. We had excellent exploration results during the quarter on the Isabella Pearl mineralized trend, specifically at our Scarlet target, as well as on our Golden Mile and East Camp Douglas properties. Fortitude Gold is poised to make additional deposit discoveries on our exceptional property portfolio in the best region of the Walker Lane Mineral Belt of Nevada. We aim to be a long-term gold producer in Nevada as we look to build our second mine and as a dividend payer as we return substantial cash back to our shareholders.'

The following Production Statistics table summarizes certain information about our Isabella Pearl Mine for three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020:

The following Sales Statistics table summarizes certain information about our Isabella Pearl Mine for three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020:

See Accompanying Tables

The following information summarizes the results of operations for Fortitude Gold Corporation for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, its financial condition at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, and its cash flows for the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020. The summary data as of June 30, 2021 and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 is unaudited; the summary data as of December 31, 2020 is derived from our audited financial statements contained in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, but do not include the footnotes and other information that is included in the complete financial statements. Readers are urged to review the Company's Form 10-K in its entirety, which can be found on the SEC's website at

The calculation of its cash cost before by-product credits per gold ounce sold, total cash cost after by-product credits per gold ounce sold and total all-in sustaining cost per gold ounce sold contained in this press release are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see 'Management's Discussion and Analysis and Results of Operations' contained in the Company's most recent Form 10-K for a complete discussion and reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures.

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

For the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020
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About Fortitude Gold Corporation

Fortitude Gold is a U.S. based gold producer targeting projects with low operating costs, high margins, and strong returns on capital. The Company's strategy is to grow organically, remain debt-free and distribute substantial dividends. The Company's Nevada Mining Unit consists of five high-grade gold properties located in the Walker Lane Mineral Belt, with the Isabella Pearl gold mine in current production. Nevada, U.S.A. is among the world's premier mining friendly jurisdictions.

Cautionary Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. If you are risk-averse you should NOT buy shares in Fortitude Gold Corp. The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. When used in this press release, the words 'plan', 'target', 'anticipate,' 'believe,' 'estimate,' 'intend' and 'expect' and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the statements regarding the Company's strategy, future plans for production, future expenses and costs, future liquidity and capital resources, and estimates of mineralized material are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information available to the Company on the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

Forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed in this press release. In particular, the scope, duration, and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mining operations, Company employees, and supply chains as well as the scope, duration and impact of government action aimed at mitigating the pandemic may cause future actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. Also, there can be no assurance that production will continue at any specific rate.

Greg Patterson

SOURCE: Fortitude Gold Corporation

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