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Gryphon Gold Reports $3.5 Million in Revenue for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2013

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:15 PM


CARSON CITY, NEVADA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 -- Gryphon Gold Corporation (the "Company" or "Gryphon Gold") (TSX:GGN)(OTCQB:GYPH), a gold exploration, development and production company focused on its Borealis Oxide Heap Leach Project in Nevada (the "Borealis Property"), reported financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2013, which ended September 30, 2012.

The Company achieved revenue of $3.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 on sales of 2,262 gold equivalent ounces. There was no revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $5.9 million on sales of 3,775 gold equivalent ounces.

Approximately 261,000 tons of ore was placed on the heap leach pad in the fiscal 2013 second quarter compared with 220,000 tons in the trailing first quarter. The Company produced 2,506 gold equivalent ounces in the quarter at a recovery rate of approximately 40% with an average cash cost per ounce of approximately $1,390. The average cash cost per ounce for the first six months of fiscal 2013 was approximately $1,140. The increase in cash cost per ounce was the primarily the result of lower production during the second quarter. This is a non-GAAP measurement, see page 4 for reconciliation. At September 30, 2012, the Company had $5.6 million of inventory.

James T. O'Neil Jr., CEO and Interim CFO of Gryphon Gold, commented, "We continue to make progress, though our production levels were below expectations as a result of several construction interruptions necessitated by our expansion efforts. The additional financing we received during the second quarter has provided us the financial strength to complete many necessary upgrades to accomplish our production capacity goals and will support the bonding requirement of our incremental fluid flow, as well as the purchase of a second set of carbon columns and pumps. Our goal remains to generate sufficient cash flow to maximize the potential of the Borealis Property and develop additional resources to extend the mine life of our project."

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

Operating expenses of $0.7 million for the second quarter increased $0.1 million year-over-year primarily due to an increase in legal and audit fees associated with royalty negotiations and expansion of the senior credit facility. The Company realized a loss from operations of $1.0 million and $0.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Interest expense, net of capitalized interest, was $0.4 million for the quarter, up from $66 thousand in the prior-year period for interest payments made on promissory and convertible notes issued to reduce potential future royalty obligations and debt incurred since April 2011. The Company recognized a gain of $375 thousand in the second quarter for the change in liability warrants issued in Canadian dollars.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company had a net loss from continuing operations of $1.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $0.8 million, or negligible on a per diluted share basis, for the same period of the prior year.

Liquidity Position

At September 30, 2012, the Company had cash on hand of $4.5 million compared with $0.6 million at March 31, 2012. The increase reflected cash generated from gold sales and borrowings on its amended senior credit facility. At November 12, 2012, the Company had $2.2 million in cash.

On September 24, 2012, Gryphon Gold expanded its senior secured gold stream credit facility with Waterton Global Value, L.P. from $15 million to $20 million. The Company drew the additional $5 million for working capital requirements. Under the amended agreement, Waterton also agreed to extend the term of the facility by seven months to November 2014.

Six-Month Summary

Revenue for the six-month period ending September 30, 2012 was $9.4 million on sales of 6,037 gold equivalent ounces, compared with no revenue in the first half of fiscal 2012. The Company produced 5,780 gold equivalent ounces at a recovery rate of approximately 40%.

Operating expenses for the first half of fiscal year 2013 were $1.5 million, an increase of $0.3 million over the first half of fiscal year 2012, which reflects higher legal and audit fees associated with royalty negotiations, the senior credit facility and increased reporting associated with production.

Loss from operations in the first half of fiscal 2013 was $0.9 million compared with a loss of $1.2 million in the prior-year period.

Interest expense increased to $1.3 million from $86 thousand in the first half of fiscal 2012, due to the interest incurred on promissory and convertible notes issued to reduce the potential future obligations under the royalty liability and the credit facility. The Company also recognized a gain of $0.8 million in the six-month period ending September 30, 2012 for the change in liability warrants issued in Canadian dollars.

Improving Production Capabilities

The Company's strategy is to increase production volume and sales to create operational leverage which will reduce cash costs per ounce and improve the recovery rate, as well as generate sufficient cash to invest in further exploration and development.

Donald B. Tschabrun, Chief Operating Officer of Gryphon Gold, commented, "Our Phase 1B initiatives continued to progress well as we are making targeted investments in each stage of the production cycle to achieve our production capacity goals and increase our cash flow.

"We recently began ore stacking on the expanded heap leach pad and are targeting solution flow by the end of this month. We are also beginning the assembly and installation of our additional jaw crusher and expect it to be ready by the end of the year. Once completed, along with our two 500 foot conveyors, we will have the capability to process 12,000 tons of ore per day, a 140% increase from our current capacity rate of 5,000 tons per day. Additional pumps have also been ordered, so once our permit is received, we can double our solution flow throughput."

Gryphon Gold's objective is to have the processing capability to produce 2,000 to 2,500 gold equivalent ounces per month.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its results and progress in advancing the Borealis project on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The teleconference call can be accessed by dialling (201) 689-8560. The webcast can be found on the Company's website at www.gryphongold.com.

A telephonic replay will be available from 4:00 p.m. ET the day of the teleconference until Thursday, November 22, 2012. To listen to a replay of the call, dial (858) 384-5517 and enter replay pin number 401262. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website, along with a transcript, once available.


Gryphon Gold is an exploration, development and production company focused on precious metals and is currently producing at its Borealis property, located in Nevada's Walker Lane Gold Belt. The plan for the Borealis Property is to advance the development of the oxide heap leachable gold and silver to the production stage and to further expand and develop the significant sulphide resource through exploration, metallurgical design and sulphide project permitting and development. The Borealis Property is unpatented mining claims (including claims leased to the Company's wholly owned subsidiary) of approximately 20 acres each, totaling about 15,020 acres, which has successful past production.

Gryphon Gold routinely posts news and other important information on its website: www.gryphongold.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of United States and Canadian securities laws, which may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to operating results; expansion of production capacity, ability to increase cost efficiencies, improve recovery rates, increase cash flow from operations, pending permit application, development of oxide resources, construction of on-site laboratory facility and plans to advance the development of the Borealis Property. Such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including risks associated with mining operations, risks associated with the oxide heap, risks associated with exploration, metallurgical design and project permitting and development and the risks and uncertainties outlined under the section headings "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risks Factors and Uncertainties" in the Annual and Quarterly Reports, as filed with the SEC and Canadian securities administrators and in the Company's other reports, documents, and registration statements filed with the SEC (available at www.sec.gov) and with Canadian securities administrators (available at www.sedar.com ). Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, except as may be required by law. Full financial statements and securities filings are available on the Company's website: www.gryphongold.com and www.sec.gov or www.sedar.com.


Non-GAAP Measures

Cash costs per ounce of gold represent non-U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") measurements that the Company believes provide management and investors an indication of net cash flow. Management also uses this measurement for the comparative monitoring of performance of mining operations period-to-period from a cash flow perspective. Cash cost per ounce is a measure developed by gold companies in an effort to provide a comparable standard; however, there can be no assurance that our reporting of this non-GAAP measure is similar to that reported by other mining companies. Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization was the most comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP to total cash costs.

                      Gryphon Gold Corporation                      
                 Cash Cost Per Ounce Reconciliation                 
                      (Stated in U.S. dollars)                      
                            Three months ended      Six months ended
                                           September 30, 2012     
Cost of sales                      $ 3,740,902           $ 8,786,717
 Impairment on inventory             (263,039)             (323,570)
 Royalties                           (213,403)             (493,698)
 Inventory change                      541,773             (730,192)
  amortization                       (323,243)             (648,253)
Production cash costs              $ 3,482,990           $ 6,591,004
Gold equivalent ounces                                              
 produced                                2,506                 5,780
Cash cost per ounce                    $ 1,390               $ 1,140
                          Gryphon Gold Corporation                          
                         Consolidated Balance Sheets                        
                          (Stated in U.S. dollars)                          
ASSETS                           September 30, 2012           March 31, 2012
Current assets:                                                             
 Cash                                   $ 4,534,941                $ 602,343
 Accounts receivable                         28,724                  358,005
 Prepaid expenses                           782,129                  171,515
 Inventories                              5,610,841                6,363,016
 Deferred debt issue costs                  540,441                  312,549
                                         11,497,076                7,807,428
 Property, plant and                                                        
  equipment, net                         24,116,139               19,565,395
 Reclamation bonds and                                                      
  deposits                                3,841,603                2,839,559
                                       $ 39,454,818             $ 30,212,382
LIABILITIES AND                                                             
 STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                                       
Current liabilities:                                                        
 Current portion of long-                                                   
  term debt                             $ 7,769,836                $ 583,458
 Accounts payable and                                                       
  accrued liabilities                     4,152,679                5,004,298
 Note payable                               315,637                1,376,479
                                         12,238,152                6,964,235
 Long-term debt, net of                                                     
  discount and current                                                      
  portion                                13,138,919               10,198,611
 Asset retirement                                                           
  obligation                              3,732,910                1,675,877
 Warrant derivative                                                         
  liabilities                               384,502                  137,291
                                         29,494,483               18,976,014
Stockholders' equity:                                                       
 Common stock                               194,644                  194,103
 Additional paid in                                                         
  capital                                54,281,591               54,114,438
 Accumulated deficit                   (44,515,900)             (43,072,173)
                                          9,960,335               11,236,368
                                       $ 39,454,818             $ 30,212,382
                          Gryphon Gold Corporation                          
                    Consolidated Statement of Operations                    
                          (Stated in U.S. dollars)                          
                                         Three                     Six
                                     months ended              months ended
                                     September 30,             September 30,
                                  2012        2011         2012         2011
Net Sales                  $ 3,504,293         $ -   $9,393,656          $ -
Cost of sales and other                                                     
 direct production costs     3,740,903           -    8,786,717            -
Gross (loss) profit          (236,610)           -      606,939            -
Operating expenses:                                                         
 Exploration                     2,984       4,358       28,202       95,254
 Salaries and consulting                                                    
  fees                         204,944     238,761      525,878      472,168
 General and                                                                
  administrative               218,132     234,577      371,557      374,610
 Legal and audit               162,834      66,853      375,010      141,000
 Travel and accommodation       39,174      42,788       65,564       93,261
 Depreciation                    6,841      13,953       13,473       17,462
 Write down of mining                                                       
  property                      11,003           -       11,003            -
 (Gain) on disposal of                                                      
  equipment                          -           -        (430)            -
 Asset retirement                                                           
  obligation accretion          81,095      16,996      108,722       16,996
                               727,007     618,286    1,498,979    1,210,751
Loss from operations         (963,617)   (618,286)    (892,040)  (1,210,751)
Other (income) expense:                                                     
 Loss on foreign exchange       70,264     123,545       50,864       94,796
 (Gain) on warrant                                                          
  derivative liability       (374,579)           -    (792,355)            -
 Interest income               (2,153)     (3,161)      (3,651)      (3,227)
 Interest expense, net of                                                   
  capitalized interest         407,427      65,791    1,296,829       85,602
Net loss                  $(1,064,576)  $(804,461) $(1,443,727) $(1,387,922)
Basic and diluted net                                                       
 income (loss) per share      $ (0.01)         Nil     $ (0.01)     $ (0.01)
Weighted shares used in                                                     
 calculating basic and                                                      
 diluted net income (loss)                                                  
 per share                 194,168,032 193,769,882  194,136,062  168,299,718
                          Gryphon Gold Corporation                          
                    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows                   
                          (Stated in U.S. dollars)                          
                                                             Six months 
                                                           September 30,
                                                         2012           2011
 Operating activities:                                                      
 Net cash used in operating activities           $(2,504,057)   $(1,654,472)
 Investing activities:                                                      
  Reclamation bonds purchased                     (1,002,044)    (2,033,500)
  Purchase of property, plant and equipment       (1,551,491)    (6,783,785)
  Proceeds from sale of equipment                       1,000              -
  Mineral property expenditures                             -       (79,512)
  Option payment to amend and reduce royalty                -      (175,000)
  Proceeds from note receivable                             -          2,975
 Net cash used in investing activities            (2,552,535)    (9,068,822)
 Financing activities:                                                      
  Repayment of borrowings                         (1,198,887)              -
  Proceeds from borrowings                         10,290,035      3,169,514
  Shares and warrants issued for cash                       -     11,068,362
  Public offering costs                                     -    (1,185,444)
  Debt and share issue costs                         (98,356)      (418,697)
 Cash provided in financing activities              8,992,792     12,633,735
 Effect of foreign exchange on cash                   (3,602)       (31,099)
 Net increase in cash                               3,932,598      1,879,342
 Cash, beginning of year                              602,343        837,457
 Cash, end of period                              $ 4,534,941    $ 2,716,799
Reconciliation of net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
 Net loss                                       $ (1,443,727)   $(1,387,922)
 Adjustment to reconcile net loss to net cash                               
  provided by operating activities:                                         
  Interest expense paid with debt                     149,229              -
  Depreciation                                        771,508         17,642
  Asset retirement obligation accretion               108,722         16,996
  Gain on disposal of equipment                         (430)              -
  Stock compensation expense, net of tax              156,443         98,651
  Common stock issued for services provided            11,250              -
  Amortization of debt offering costs                 450,463         65,409
  Amortization of notes payable discount              364,001         69,376
  Unrealized gain on foreign exchange                   3,602         31,099
  Impairment of inventory                             323,570              -
  Write down of mining property                        11,003              -
  Change in gain on warrant derivative                                      
   liability                                        (792,355)              -
 Other changes in operating assets and                                      
  Accounts receivable                                   5,715       (26,998)
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities        (2,654,675)        363,297
  Inventories                                         642,238      (638,184)
  Prepaid expenses                                  (610,614)      (263,838)
                                                $ (2,504,057)   $(1,654,472)

Gryphon Gold Corporation
James T. O'Neil Jr.
CEO and Interim CFO

Kei Advisors LLC
Deborah K. Pawlowski

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