| ||August 29, 2011|
North American Tungsten, Releases Third Quarter Financial Results
| ||VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA: Mr. Stephen Leahy, Chairman and CEO of North American Tungsten Corporation Ltd. (the "Company" or "NTC"), announces the filing of the June 30th, 2011, 3rd quarter financial results.|
THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:
- Net earnings were $1.3 million (Q2 2011 - net loss of $7.7 million)
- Concentrate production increased to 74,652 mtus WO3 (Q2 2011 - 43,727 mtus)
- Tons milled were 101,873 grading 1.03% WO3 (Q2 2011 - 76,980 grading 0.85% )
- Metallurgical recovery improved to 78.4% (Q2 2011 - 73.4%)
- The MB European mean quotation for APT (June 30, 2011) rose to US$461/mtu
- Revenues were $19.3 million (Q2 2011 - $11.4 million). The average selling price was US$272/mtu (Q2 2011 - US$228/mtu)
- Copper concentrate production was 166,397 pounds (Q2 2011 - 88,842 pounds) of contained Cu
- Operating cash flows before working capital changes were a positive $2.3 million (Q2 2011 - negative $7.1 million)
- A special committee commenced work on a project to optimize shareholder value from the Company's Mactung project
The Company reports net earnings of $1.3 million for the three month period ended June 30, 2011 ("Q2") and $2.3 million cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital.
During Q3 concentrate sales totalled $19.3 million, compared with $11.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011 ("Q2 2011"). Mine operating costs were $17.2 million including depreciation of $1.0 million which resulted in a gross margin of $2.2 million for Q3.
The third quarter financial statements and MD&A were filed on SEDAR for public access and may also be accessed from the Company's website www.natungsten.com.
- In Q3, production was 74,652 mtus compared to a forecast of 75,000 mtus as the benefits of the Company's Cantung investment program began to be realized. Tons milled increased to 101,873 grading 1.03% WO3 with metallurgical recovery of 78.4% compared to Q2 2011 production of 43,727 mtus from 76,980 tons grading 0.85% with a 73.4% recovery rate. Copper production in the quarter was 166,397 pounds compared to 88,842 pounds of contained Cu in Q2 2011.
- Cash flows from operations before working capital changes were a positive $2.3 million compared to negative $7.1 million in Q2 2011 as a result of increased production and sales volumes combined with a 19% increase in the average realized sales price of $272.30/mtu compared to $228.17/mtu in Q2 2011.
- Capital expenditures at CanTung for mining equipment, power generation and underground haulage ways were $3.3 million in Q3 compared to $6.5 million in Q2 2011. Expenditures on Mactung were $0.14 million in Q2 compared to $0.24 million in Q2 2011.
- The Special Committee formed during Q2 2011 has garnered significant interest from several industry leaders and the process continues to most effectively and responsively move forward to create greater shareholder value from it's Mactung asset.
ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN TUNGSTEN CORPORATION LTD
The Company is a publicly listed Tier 1 Junior Resource Company engaged primarily in the operation, development, and acquisition of tungsten and other related mineral properties in Canada. The Company's 100% owned Cantung mine and Mactung development project make it one of the few tungsten producers with both a producing mine and strategic development asset in the western world. Mactung is one of the world's largest known undeveloped high grade tungsten-skarn deposits.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
"Stephen M. Leahy"
Stephen M. Leahy, Chairman & CEO
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