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SSR Mining (SSRM)

Participants
Stacey Pavlova IR
Paul Benson President & CEO
Greg Martin CFO
Kevin O'Kane COO
Carl Edmunds VP, Explorations
Michael Gray Macquarie
Mike Parkin National Bank
Dan Rollins RBC Capital Markets
Chris Thompson PI Financial
Michael Sroba Macquarie Capital Markets
Howard Flinker Flinker & Company
John Tumazos John Tumazos Independent Research
Call transcript
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Operator

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to SSR Mining's Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2018 Conference Call. This call is being recorded. At this time, for opening remarks and introductions, I would like to turn the call over to Stacey Pavlova, Manager, Investor Relations.

Stacey Pavlova

Thank you, operator. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. financial fourth will year-end our provide a of Mining's during conference business SSR review we which an our to quarter XXXX and call, and Welcome performance. update on

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today, be please the making disclosures in statements documents. will the forward-looking relevant read so We

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like to to for over Paul turn call the remarks. would opening I Now,

Paul Benson

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Kevin O'Kane

Thank you, Paul.

implementation risks continue safety rest safety all progress people we the remains that a Mining. of to across operating Firstly, and focus the of SSR key the is of ensure for controls We sites effective and the priority our the critical for our remain committed driving highest in this to company.

We occur. year. are severity a we have total, costs of XXXX cash at At for surpassing consecutive of working Operationally, the and our we fourth operations gold production was production and In the revised XXX,XXX over Marigold, of year costs the guidance year over the of of produced Cash ounces. produced representing across achieved equivalent seventh successful XXX,XXX number $XXX of ounces ounce. per company as $XXX to three reduce gold accidents accidents ounces sites a the overall all with end cost reduced production an over guidance the upper consecutive were we XXX,XXX our that did and ounce. we

XXXX kinetics. gold As stocking year the our half the we from stronger benefited leaching of increased production than of as was and second half the rates faster in expected, first

of and per During ounce, haul the quarter, were production distances. $XXX total reflecting XX,XXX ounces cash predominantly gold longer costs

partially were QX impacted but December, to the compared improvement and grade. due completed the rates mining tons whole quarter increased delays ton, mining by material, were remains The phase of that these to of by maintenance in million the October of decrease availabilities. improved weather QX electric offset mine a QX XX:XX:XX] total per the in reserve a the Mackay achieved below shovel average over deeper plan grams [inaudible in in During check degrade as X.XX a record pit X% XX in current as

Looking through as ahead, we while study. our remain focused upside near-term equipment on delivering in growth XXXX evaluating replacement outlined at production Marigold guidance the

for multiple focus. year on the demonstrating in exceptional to achieving results and Seabee; strong performance Moving the team's areas, the dedication site's was

$XXX compared to fifth compared the graded to high-grade in gold last XXX,XXX processed X.X In to XX,XXX tons, feed ton decrease record at we produced representing circuit timing increase QX will we adding which mining year an the remains as ice Santoy from mine this of benefit be than QX excellent ounces mine its For limiting of the to day, XX.X the gold. grams per over gold consecutive development XXXX XX,XXX per increase XX% to the ton ounces year, to The for we and year-end. continued capacity plan fleet ounces due in deliver Mill tons year. zone. set In now XA annual contained road, haul record year's we annual gold, $XXX XXXX averaging ounce continued improved by as underground XXXX site in the a our with as costs per the with line QX delivered to or per the ounce. within grade of over quarter two two achieved higher producing in grams cash production were from cash trucks the out pores costs a per The being XXX of this X% of margins mill scoops PEA. of and over increased

investing later, an in talk expansion in which excess of tailings Carl that the Additionally, are XXXX exploration given in the we strong of results, PEA. contemplated will to capacity

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of grades of from production In X.X ounces, Chinchillas X.X X.X For costs X.X rate. of transition of at of lead. Puna produced byproduct credits were declared the pounds noting silver we QX, shifts quarter, the and In than from grade optimization ounces Stockpiles or sold year, cash an per of per million were worth now to and ounce the to the milling subsequent Annual mine, as day as was the higher production, is It compared third Puna. from ore. sales focus to concentrate that operations operation timing our operations to million efforts expected $X,XXX zinc in in exclusively million X,XXX higher XX% state Having due pounds increase silver, to sourced a with quarter ounce were benefited achieved year-end. silver. January Chinchillas steady that increased the tonnage first commercial the of lower resulted of Chinchillas cash $XX.XX per Pirquitas processing costs ore million

While Pirquitas to and project completed XXXX, some be sites, in on scope the various the quarter Chinchillas completion project there budget. be remains of completed including Chinchillas first at the infrastructure to both remains track of on

offered IRRs. feed XXXX potential potential showed at projects, to supplement grade spot projects sulfites. the on studies and studies during both Turning Pizzeria single Durango, we mine viable a underground a were higher but in Pirquitas focused completed Mexico deeper at underground to prices at digit Chinchillas The looking

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with the reviewing geological We higher potential grade. are to define determine areas there if to are model

to ramp-up to costs. for significant is So annual a will growth $XXX Puna. XXX,XXX drive and at Marigold finished in activities. and operations the operations per both with and cost through cash exploration our ounces ounce steady will gold guidance. Seabee summary, now state Carl year us very over and you production year expected who we hand all solid our and be performance growth expected nearly equivalent also to of XXXX production I at delivering to take our This production record the achieved will of

Carl Edmunds

Thank Kevin. you,

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Greg Martin

online us to has Thanks, our round have a construction, the for positions continuing track return contributor their contribution, earnings plan. flow operations Carl. XXXX. It Chinchillas to of With cash boost fourth operations a to Marigold sequential results, reported in December, out head was back come a and with was up of Seabee giving us we transition in as record adding great us improvement Puna so be Argentinian XXXX and a sets into financial to in solid Puna our to see see ahead having year quarter to well XXXX results.

shareholders. from income to very lots the $XXX of quarter largely reported reported two were the in million. quarter, million, we $XX for that of both For in revenues our that operations items fourth positive an ironically We due mine

our income shares. $XX to for million worth which at $XX of but close, position, Silver price paid a approximately market, through relates premium the a The million recorded loss income. purchase on initial recognition. is first to was so recorded Crest a to paid million We we in we item comprehensive $X.X other that increase X.X% gets now Upon value

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performance levels. the quarterly absolute relative above that compensation our expense $X.X was strong was item million, second price shares The the the through and normal in well due fourth to non-cash quarter quarter, of share-based

million do $X.X stock-based earnings. in We adjusted expense net our for adjust were earnings Our noncash $X.X share. or attributable per not adjusted

did However, adjust expense. crest for the silver we one of

For earnings generated to $X.XX share. of $X.X of the million net revenues million $XX with attributable year operations per earnings income million. we Reported or from Full-year shareholders or mine break of even was per XXXX $XX attributable were income adjusted $XXX in million our share. $X.X

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make up already for QX payment marketing we Chinchalla particularly production booked Also the requires that In the wrapping concentrates which increases payables premium guidance with but items I remaining of so million at into a a the which We're free over end. in a agreements [ph] that The free spill logistics run been all concentrate to cash already taxes some largely take transporting your establishing the remained operations QX. in smelting to year. of mentioned X of produced. see payable approximately towards of spend may in through to phase matches likely taxes the you production sales QX. the like will concentrate QX through after It into million weighted of XXXX second switch as Our sales internationally tonnages generating and flow will the will payable refining. regard early get supports cash cash $X out the [ph] in process to third half. have party and Chinchalla ore Due dispositions. rate in highlight the of being of to part a dramatically months QX, few on $X number but a

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Paul Benson

Greg. Thanks,

guidance transition particularly that for year. the exceeded in-costs So a operating having it the results met production across in delivered in consecutive even seventh summary, year, we pleasing that solid or portfolio, was

is well positioned ounces gold We all steady-state as $XXX,XXX nearly By is expected including profile Not upside grow XXXX, production that including the operators XXXX to mine grow success execute passed to strategy our are up increased to to to $XXX,XXX that three expiration programs. newest our ramping growth or output Chinchalla brownfields ounces. our Marigold equivalent for production potential equivalent from operations. to

both of this This our year of and expect We our through strong increasing same by we the mineral track continues to and also and do CB. each value creating reserves in record continue expiration resources long to with term Marigold year. results [ph] invest

projects We if prices. to said continue discipline. they with returns would financial [indiscernible] spot offer digit maintain only our We we underground and go double ahead

forward at some time the projects move will future. have doubt We no both in

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on Our Expiration remains CB program at focused conversion. discovery and

on Looking a consistent shareholders. focusing this strategy on on remains as in investing to our in delivering executing for create while We strategy site again ahead presses mining XXXX assets production did value growth our XXXX to take look i This formal over remarks about line have. concludes remains any questions you beyond pass now now bright may the to the earnings the I'll call. to [ph] operator and and

Operator

Your [Operator question Instructions] Michael first with Macquarie. is Gray from

Michael Gray

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Greg Martin

grade We talk sickness Carl the out to but let I'll haven't the Exeter. given

Carl Edmunds

meters be really intercepts that we are supporting Yes is There pretty about the them down we're it. expand meters. potential -- last have so that There Mike. got. are we're wider in we more drilling drill we are some did indications meters detail some results plunge an it's that and between from bullish and up and year X feel There There some the to that. some in is of -- X X and--

Michael Gray

about And the the the of then mining what designs? was more reduction CB, on in driver reserve stop was grade

Carl Edmunds

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Paul Benson

the Certainly, math yes. in When into you [ph] you you you're more a go M&I so up sets the growth. getting obviously, see know slight and from definition insert yes reduction

Michael Gray

you really and Okay by the target something penned mineralization know is target is fair under and Fisher, expecting conceptual it good enough here results Carl this really or then mac from?

Carl Edmunds

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Paul Benson

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Michael Gray

and primarily feel assets coming North Yes, no, last deal you've the focused M&A and to still to pressure you what focused fair you market America? mining been to out of Paul Are for you're a increased year well approached are senior this -- to opportunities. finally positioned extent enough and are you on starting question these on discipline do noncore just messaging potential on outside

Paul Benson

name is there and mine you Yes, they know us used to globe consolidation this making continue increased. the the didn't is obviously I for it's see we activity consolidation, there be Yes, to look morning read the I mean to sure good they that be opportunities consolidation. should Yes

look shareholders that will will for we'll sold. whatever a opportunities we and know our can we otherwise you We XXX a at the been sit We I I old you look yes disciplined will that to be mine will look list if as bank with up -- and of at with on we'll and we're the add acquire they're in sidelines. is process interested respect obviously, every be site we the value mine through couple majors think the yes think and through still expect come know to

Michael Gray

And willing primarily America or to... you North are

Paul Benson

that on jurisdictions two fact I focus the North differentiate do America you ultimately very I mineralization mean is. have key have in in go America’s and currently have focus Americas the are that America we you in and psyched very, have we on love assets where definitely but a bias yes certainly we the know you and have us the so know North yes does to

Operator

with from Our the question Financial. is next National Parkin Bank Mike

Mike Parkin

for a I what of expectations of much taking alternately is the January shown is a I to Corp could thanks that work expansion got exceed your was it'll it of that Our kind and the Seems think it just in you've bit you that? number do on know expansion you it regard or how CB now tiny continually kind of the in -- presentations to and thinking and With completed -- presentation bit mill. give the pretty my put. the question. of Can in your calm feeling through your left sustain in was just color that a put us up still vary mill through a that current is

Carl Edmunds

and that Kevin. comment the then I'll pass

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we on and minimal have just plant caught is an really The it capital improvement. up thing focus there's the continuous you important just it expansion it's that operating call know [ph] been you but

the is plant lot neck we what graphs new forward state, a know Kevin Kevin, has mine. point that's thoughts? equipment you down as mentioned, going back the you of the bottle look got what is of are at as because down steady from the in the dies get moved back terms other you to the you look when And you'll that see of hopefully the fewer know coming system sustainable into terms yes, days know so equipment in your In we've

Kevin O’Kane

and about but -- development Yes. trucks us mine. the to mentioned increasing limiting we be mine allows ramp development scoops capacity the plant plant year might that here more it'll the PA road doing We of mine in the two work was on capacity in as the okay in rates to in access capacity faster. focus overall two limiting stops the be is the -- capital now be our ultimate the to the mean I the the the on rate will what come in the the understand Paul plant are this mine but is to we up And the in. limiting have We're what XXXX

Mike Parkin

And when and commissioned operational? new be equipment do expect you that to mining

Kevin O'Kane

across During it QX, may road. it's today some -- actually already the be of ice

Mike Parkin

other for that's right, questions answers. so me much All guys. no or Thanks it and

Operator

Capital is The Dan next with from question Rollins RBC Markets.

Dan Rollins

quicker anything of noncore M&A, of even not the obviously and a at we or been they are are Paul the based to seeing the actually assume on of bring anyone value you you sort hope you and And been sales as and run you the are asset financiers theme shareholders that has nature? know dialogue a for fact to that I that are you'd record track to assets seeing your actually M&A to can still at non-core on engage the your give prudent environment looking their company that verses process of and an and of minors are engage company pollution cash bit less the I benefit your teams you value high and outside like are, what could too where on probably that out or significant you've if management you to anything ask? beyond shareholders you've two, to just target looking develop these investment high realizing seeing that but really from. if your obviously you you not the how investors extremely bounds approach but you constructive should of in seeing but willing those high started quality wanting what would there your sell acquisition Based quality projects

Paul Benson

just talking as have generalization. Yes, I a the sort Everyone's in than of they think past. more

zero about of as about got hostile talking people I You'll haven't you know the know firm premium talking which people and start was you think my premium are really it that merges, of I people that the a problem you but issues that's article the interpretation one it Berwick today zero deals always know about have deal yet that social was talking great Randall whenever is great know was I great exciting. broken you read

see sure but to thing I'm have that So will it you've in and that be yes those conversations we'll they to got particularly consolidation know leads it’s where yes ongoing you continued intermediates and that both.

Dan Rollins

in this of in point -- interested you are equals, you at merger time? Have a

Paul Benson

evaluate then know your so think to just you've then any look shareholders metrics. if you our those that way should a open is best And you the to better our of shareholders yes but consider We'll you you sorts that benefit interest say got in have at for you off of the -- of be deals certain that of shareholders on we it anything

Dan Rollins

And obviously providing much now that there's of about balance investors not you you your there's then balance sheet. and your capital from are the management but is there much think cash just where return there's back wouldn't to at sheet put a want to in time and you hold to on started point just if where just cashed the there look now opportunities cash too in a that wondering cash of level off the XXXX right too it’s to right probably bit on but

Paul Benson

but a internally definitely up what regular ways number the a don't management spend We to what we time a see potential yes good coming money if study. a and allocation of said, yes we'll at in capital board that we obviously thing catalysts we know and look about shareholders -- streaming industry from give think at or have in or it seen equity. I on most recent interesting you companies at one what coming banks the back companies private investment way some the cash over then market that is an saw to the efficient yes is that the funding the the expansion is both out it of it say evolution you've discussion Marigold with comes at level you to from talk point have years

you opportunities. look know, to puts in yes of at a and use it it won't so that doing time period we absolutely in drilling shareholders. by it we idea by ourselves got us open the me sake are We so expiration we will buying units new or can can price to we in we position think return good credit get can a company we we're to and you great only position why do to very any we grow continue adding look value do stupid anything investing a to doors a externally heavily but haven't in of we and better it the for fund

Dan Rollins

how your it's Okay, couple see after the last I great; think glad share great and your is to of -- team company. market attention validates run the performance been stock years, -- to you've paying management it

that, congrats on to nice So that's see.

Paul Benson

you it put long a And well time such validates that done. on while ago

Operator

with Our next Chris PI question from comes Financial. Thompson

Chris Thompson

Yes, the does it way really lot the especially stocks of running well; think well things done a the than I you're company.

indicated I this? the couple Just you we running it modeling give as Marigold moment here, the of looking below a of be the can how a should you grades just at us think sense grade and at reserve quick rates stack questions

Paul Benson

and out feel look a last and late have basis. report a the and what got ride on year-by-year year, for terms strip technical I went which you of you thinking times. -- year-out best where year-in the Both, in a our everything that's get at think I show is

give at you a and look that yes, will handle. So that good

Chris Thompson

gold benefit CB a Just out the the we're second quarter? that in to fourth quickly; in going moving on of in see obviously first coming locked to quarter,

Paul Benson

Absolutely. January. put just it couple so It -- weeks, we was in of didn't flushed in out last the

Chris Thompson

regime happening? moving bit fiscal maybe of either And comment finally, little -- cost just was down any to color, then just pressures a Argentina, on there, what

Greg Martin

significant with economy fourth forward, disjoint and pressures to Certainly, challenges quarter inflation offset a that the in time operation, the through continues position. an will kind they was way shape government the operate export, we to things see going rate; the so resulted because stabilize stuff. to our will other each is the some the and the in of so fourth feel some no potential fiscal very will saw cost from of period between that have we but changes, carrying and quarter reasonable the through regime, pace where In could some and terms in those a two in marginal quarter stay inflation competitive an manage we're view to of as over of but that navigate still FX comfortable if one quarter

that that a it while, then through any the see a holding look and chart while now, goes holds right fairly holds but you rapid Peso, have we'll each two factors and in other. period still for through phase a the devaluation of confidence we're If those offset for at I on year it

Operator

Markets. next Our Macquarie from question is with Michael Sroba Capital

Michael Sroba

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Kevin O'Kane

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Michael Sroba

the And the lower technical G&A moment. about are than XX% costs, know. the just to at good on XXXX That's they report

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Paul Benson

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Operator

question next is with Flinker Company. from Our & Howard Flinker

Howard Flinker

resources add year per Using reserves it cost approximate this to and numbers, exploratory did ounce? what

Paul Benson

that thing globally result it's Howard, as kind do you that of between… of sort want or

Howard Flinker

Just your numbers.

Paul Benson

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Operator

is Our Tumazos John Independent John Tumazos next with question from Research.

John Tumazos

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Paul Benson

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Carl Edmunds

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Paul Benson

last the And with project; hurdle on it just we economic see for what we economic price return, that double-digit a operations and we potential the going -- didn't said it. pit to in and on grade building was drilling. a of year but not to historic build silver Pretoria, the certain of yes, on open our and a to double-digit an did sort we drilled the just a we we project we're was, we the increase so semi-data that's mine there, going there to out a the now. -- backbone as said was come But originally study MPV spot sake that eye wanted we IRI could [ph], some It that know [ph] put that's was it get it is of that basis that areas, of positive

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John Tumazos

your if a at year would ago, $XX two done was spot you… study or So

Paul Benson

or at No, we calculate time. the something that. was reserves than done think the I said that spot was it the $XX that that just -- price spot year we I lower this study use for

John Tumazos

of years the the back get couple So, money $XX sure? on of to couple forward takes first a Pretoria, to go something, need it hedge years above to of build given or might to $XX, for you some

Paul Benson

$XX, I'll some me sell can buy you them. if and could You hedges at

John Tumazos

I'm looking long out way, a right?

Paul Benson

Yes.

John Tumazos

you. Thank

Paul Benson

questions. I that's Okay, end the think of

much, good very a everyone. thanks day. So Have

Operator

today's conference call. concludes This

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