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This Interactive Data Centre includes measures that do have a standard meaning under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) to serve as supplementary information that management believes may be useful to investors to explain Teranga’s financial results. These measures are intended to provide additional information only and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Such non-IFRS measures include, “total cash costs”, “total cash costs per ounce sold”, “all-in sustaining costs” (“AISC”), “AISC (excluding cash / (non-cash) inventory movements and amortized advanced royalty costs)”, “AISC per ounce”, “AISC (excluding cash / (non-cash) inventory movements and amortized advanced royalty costs) per ounce”, “average realized gold price”, “earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization” (“EBITDA”), “free cash flow”, “adjusted net profit attributable to shareholders” and “adjusted basic earnings per share”. The measures are not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operations as determined under IFRS. Other companies may calculate these measures differently.

Beginning in the second quarter of 2013, we adopted an “all-in sustaining costs” measure consistent with the guidance issued by the World Gold Council (“WGC”) on June 27, 2013. Teranga believes that the use of all-in sustaining costs is helpful to analysts, investors and other stakeholders of Teranga in assessing its operating performance, its ability to generate free cash flow from current operations and its overall value. This measure is helpful to governments and local communities in understanding the economics of gold mining. The “all-in sustaining costs” is an extension of existing “cash cost” metrics and incorporate costs related to sustaining production.

“Total cash costs per ounce sold” is a common financial performance measure in the gold mining industry but has no standard meaning under IFRS. Teranga reports total cash costs on a sales basis. We believe that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, certain investors use this information to evaluate Teranga’s performance and ability to generate cash flow. Accordingly, it is 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. The measure, along with sales, is considered to be a key indicator of a Company’s ability to generate operating profits and cash flow from its mining operations.

Total cash costs figures are calculated in accordance with a standard developed by The Gold Institute, which was a worldwide association of suppliers of gold and gold products and included leading North American gold producers. The Gold Institute ceased operations in 2002, but the standard is considered the accepted standard of reporting cash cost of production in North America. Adoption of the standard is voluntary and the cost measures presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measure of other companies.

The WGC definition of all-in sustaining costs seeks to extend the definition of total cash costs by adding corporate general and administrative costs, reclamation and remediation costs (including accretion and amortization), exploration and study costs (capital and expensed), capitalized stripping costs and sustaining capital expenditures and represents the total costs of producing gold from current operations. All-in sustaining costs exclude income tax payments, interest costs, costs related to business acquisitions and items needed to normalize profits. Consequently, this measure is not representative of all of Teranga’s cash expenditures. In addition, the calculation of all-in sustaining costs and all in costs does not include depreciation expense as it does not reflect the impact of expenditures incurred in prior periods. Therefore, it is not indicative of Teranga’s overall profitability.

Teranga also expands upon the WGC definition of all-in sustaining costs by presenting an additional measure of “all-in sustaining costs (excluding cash / (non-cash) inventory movements and amortized advanced royalty costs)”. This measure excludes cash and non-cash inventory movements and amortized advanced royalty costs which management does not believe to be true cash costs and are not fully indicative of performance for the period.

“Total cash costs per ounce”, “all-in sustaining costs per ounce” and “all-in sustaining costs (excluding cash / (noncash) inventory movements and amortized advanced royalty costs)” are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized definition under IFRS and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. The measures are not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operations as determined under IFRS. Other companies may calculate these measures differently. The following tables reconcile these non-IFRS measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measure.

“Average realized price” is a financial measure with no standard meaning under IFRS. Management uses this measure to better understand the price realized in each reporting period for gold and silver sales. Average realized price is calculated on revenue and ounces sold to all customers, except Franco-Nevada, as gold ounces sold to Franco-Nevada is recognized in revenue at 20 percent of the prevailing gold spot price on the date of delivery and 80 percent at $1,250 per ounce. The average realized price is intended to provide additional information only and does not have any standardized definition under IFRS; it should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Other companies may calculate this measure differently.

“Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization” (“EBITDA”) is a non-IFRS financial measure, which excludes income tax, finance costs (before accretion expense), interest income and depreciation and amortization from net profits. EBITDA is intended to provide additional information to investors and analysts and do not have any standardized definition under IFRS and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Management believes that EBITDA is a valuable indicator of our ability to generate liquidity by producing operating cash flow to: fund working capital needs, service debt obligations, and fund capital expenditures.

“Free cash flow” is a non-IFRS financial measure. Teranga calculates free cash flow as net cash flow provided by operating activities less sustaining capital expenditures. Teranga believes this to be a useful indicator of our ability generate cash for growth initiatives. Other companies may calculate this measure differently.

Starting in 2018, Teranga adopted “adjusted net profit attributable to shareholders” and “adjusted basic earnings per share” as new non-IFRS financial measures. These non-IFRS financial measures are used by management and investors to measure the underlying operating performance of Teranga. Presenting these measures from period to period is expected to help management and investors evaluate earnings trends more readily in comparison with results from prior periods.

Teranga calculates “adjusted net profit attributable to shareholders” as net profit attributable to shareholders adjusted to exclude specific items that are significant, but not reflective of the underlying operations of Teranga, including: the impact of unrealized and realized foreign exchange gains and losses, gains and losses on derivative instruments, accretion expense on long-term obligations, impairment provisions and reversals thereof, and other unusual or non-recurring items. During the second quarter of 2018, Teranga also excluded the impact of foreign exchange movements on deferred taxes and other non-cash fair value changes from adjusted net profit attributable to shareholders as management does not believe these factors to be reflective of the underlying performance of Teranga.

“Adjusted basic earnings per share” is calculated using the weighted average number of shares outstanding under the basic method of earnings per share as determined under IFRS.

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Teranga Gold Starts Production at Wahgnion Gold Operations Ahead of Original Schedule

September 4, 2019

West Africa’s newest mine expected to produce 30,000-40,000 ounces in 2019
and contribute to total consolidated production of 300,000-350,000 ounces in 2020

First Gold Pour - Wahgnion Gold Operations
Wahgnion's first gold bar


(All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated)

TORONTO, Sept. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Teranga Gold Corporation ("Teranga" or the "Company") (TSX:TGZ; OTCQX:TGCDF) is pleased to announce that its second mine, Wahgnion Gold Operations (“Wahgnion”), began processing ore during August. Wahgnion, which is located in the southwest portion of Burkina Faso, West Africa, is expected to produce 30,000 to 40,000 ounces of gold in 2019.

Commissioning: August Plant Physicals

  • 117,712 tonnes of low-grade ore processed during commissioning
  • Average grade: 1.04 grams of gold per tonne
  • Average recovery rate: 94.7%
  • Gold production: 3,720 ounces
  • Gold poured: 1,743 ounces

“During August, we successfully commissioned the Wahgnion plant and are pleased to report that all aspects of the plant are now operational. Fine tuning will continue during September with throughput and grade expected to ramp up during the fourth quarter, in line with our guidance. Typical with commissioning, low grade ore was used to ensure the extraction process is working well before putting higher grade material into the circuit,” said Paul Chawrun, Chief Operating Officer. “We were able to start production ahead of schedule due to the dedication of our owner’s team led by Metifex, as well as our EPCM partner Lycopodium.”

Mr. Chawrun added, “With safety front and centre, the commissioning phase was completed without a single lost time injury, encompassing over 5.3 million hours worked. This accomplishment reflects the hard work and dedication of all of our employees and contractors, and is aligned with our commitment to responsible mining.”

Wahgnion Highlights

  • 13-year mine life
  • Proven & probable mineral reserves: 1.61 million ounces of gold (31.07 million ore tonnes grading 1.61 grams per tonne)
  • First five years of operation (2020-2024):
    ○ Average annual gold production of 132,000 ounces
    ○ Average mill grade of 1.83 grams per tonne
    ○ Average all-in sustaining costs of $761 per ounce(1)
  • First gold pour achieved two months ahead of original schedule
  • Construction costs expected to be under budget
  • Consolidated annual gold production expected to increase by 50% to 300,000-350,000 ounces in 2020(2)(3)

“We are very excited to report that construction is complete and that we have achieved first gold pour at Wahgnion, two months ahead of schedule. This moves us a step closer to reaching our goal of becoming a mid-tier gold producer in West Africa,” said Richard Young, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We want to thank the government of Burkina Faso for their support since we purchased Wahgnion in October 2016, and to commend our entire team for taking this project from exploration to production in less than three years, ahead of the original schedule and expected to be under budget,” added Mr. Young.

During construction, Teranga recruited and trained more than 650 skilled workers to work at Wahgnion. Recently, the Company transitioned 70 of these employees from construction into operational roles. In addition to a smooth ramp up to commercial production, Teranga is focusing on its local social responsibility efforts, such as building new housing and providing livelihood restoration programs to some near-mine communities, including the development of irrigated agriculture, increased crop production, animal husbandry, training and support to launch small businesses, and sustainable income-generating activities for local women.

Increasing Production and Achieving Multi-jurisdictional Status at a Time of Strong Gold Prices

With Wahgnion now producing gold and Sabodala, the Company’s flagship mine in Senegal, Teranga now operates two mines in two jurisdictions. Teranga anticipates its 2020 consolidated annual production to increase to between 300,000 and 350,000 ounces(2)(3). Free cash flow is expected to be used to fund Teranga’s growth plans at Wahgnion, Sabodala, and Golden Hill, the Company’s most advanced exploration property.

Wahgnion Drill Program Aimed at Future Growth

Commencing in 2020-2021, the Company plans to embark on a multi-year exploration and drilling program, which will focus on highly prospective exploration targets within trucking distance of the plant, to further optimize the mine plan and extend Wahgnion’s mine life. The current reserve estimate and mine plan include only the four initial deposits on the mine license.

     
Endnotes
     
(1)   The Wahgnion NI 43-101 technical report was amended and restated following comments from the OSC as part of its review of the Company’s application to file a preliminary shelf prospectus. The amendments related only to an updated cash flow model using various discount rates. For further details, please refer to the Amended and Restated Wahgnion Gold Operations technical report dated July 31, 2019, filed on the Company’s website www.terangagold.com or www.sedar.com.
     
(2)   This production target is based on proven and probable ore reserves only for Teranga’s Wahgnion Gold Operations as at May 31, 2018. For more information regarding the Wahgnion’s Mineral Reserves and Resources and related notes, please refer to the NI 43-101 compliant technical report for the Amended and Restated Wahgnion Gold Operations dated July 31, 2019 available on the Company’s website at www.terangagold.com and SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
     
(3)   This production target is based on proven and probable reserves only from Teranga’s Sabodala Gold Operations as of December 31, 2018. For more information regarding Teranga Gold’s Mineral Reserves and Resources and related notes, please refer to the Company’s Amended Annual Information Form, which is available on the Company’s website at www.terangagold.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
     

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"), which reflects management's expectations regarding Teranga’s future growth opportunities, results of operations, performance (both operational and financial) and business prospects (including the timing and development of new deposits and the success of exploration activities) and other opportunities. Wherever possible, words such as "plans", "expects", "does not expect", "scheduled", "trends", "indications", "potential", "estimates", "predicts", "anticipate" “to establish” or "does not anticipate", "believe", "intend", "ability to" and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might", "will", or are "likely" to be taken, occur or be achieved, have been used to identify such forward looking information. Specific forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, forecasting gold production of between 215,000 and 230,000 ounces of gold at Sabodala and between 30,000 and 40,000 ounces at Wahgnion in 2019, and consolidated gold production of between 300,000 and 350,000 ounces in 2020. Although the forward-looking information contained in this press release reflect management's current beliefs based upon information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Teranga cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions, opinions and analysis made by management in light of its experience, current conditions and its expectations of future developments that management believe to be reasonable and relevant but that may prove to be incorrect.

These assumptions include, among other things, the closing and timing of financing, the ability to obtain any requisite governmental approvals, the accuracy of mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates, gold price, exchange rates, fuel and energy costs, future economic conditions, anticipated future estimates of free cash flow, and courses of action. Teranga cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements.

The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others: the inherent risks involved in exploration and development of mineral properties, including government approvals and permitting, changes in economic conditions, changes in the worldwide price of gold and other key inputs, changes in mine plans and other factors, such as project execution delays, many of which are beyond the control of Teranga, as well as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in Teranga's Annual Information Form, and in other filings of Teranga with securities and regulatory authorities which are available at www.sedar.com. Teranga does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions change. Nothing in this document should be construed as either an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell Teranga securities. All references to Teranga include its subsidiaries unless the context requires otherwise.

About Teranga

Teranga is a multi-jurisdictional West African gold company focused on production and development as well as the exploration of approximately 6,400 km2 of land located on prospective gold belts. Since its initial public offering in 2010, Teranga has produced more than 1.8 million ounces of gold at its Sabodala operation in Senegal. Focused on diversification and growth, the Company is preparing for the first gold pour at its second gold mine, Wahgnion, which is located in Burkina Faso, as well as carrying out exploration programs in three West African countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. The Company had more than 4.1 million ounces of mineral gold reserves as of December 31, 2018. Teranga applies a rigorous capital allocation framework for its investment decisions and is focused on funding future organic growth plans responsibly.

Steadfast in its commitment to set the benchmark for responsible mining, Teranga operates in accordance with the highest international standards and aims to act as a catalyst for sustainable economic, environmental, and community development as it strives to create value for all of its stakeholders. Teranga is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact and a leading member of the multi-stakeholder group responsible for the submission of the first Senegalese Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative revenue report.

     
Contact Information    
Richard Young   Trish Moran
President & CEO   VP, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
T: +1 416-594-0000 | E: ryoung@terangagold.com
  T: +1 416-607-4507 | E: tmoran@terangagold.com
     

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/0f98b524-1006-46a7-84da-51a1d2dd6507

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Source: Teranga Gold Corporation

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