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Imperial Reports 2012 Third Quarter Financial Results

Imperial Reports 2012 Third Quarter Financial Results 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 -- Imperial
Metals Corporation (TSX:III) - Imperial reports comparative financial
results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and
September 30, 2011 which are summarized below and discussed in detail
in the Management's Discussion and Analysis. The Company's financial
results are prepared in accordance with International Financial
Reporting Standards ("IFRS").  


 
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(unaudited) in thousands of                                                 
 CDN$ except per share            THREE MONTHS ENDED       NINE MONTHS ENDED
 amounts                                     SEPT 30                 SEPT 30
                                    2012        2011        2012        2011
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Revenues                         $49,163     $69,409    $190,409    $205,994
Income from mine operations      $15,226      $8,531     $49,468     $56,614
Net Income                        $4,343     $17,617     $20,908     $45,405
Net Income Per Share               $0.06       $0.24       $0.28       $0.62
Adjusted Net Income (1)           $7,432      $4,755     $26,172     $23,104
Adjusted Net Income Per                                                     
 Share (1)                         $0.10       $0.06       $0.35       $0.31
Cash Flow (1)                    $17,172     $17,441     $59,869     $64,051
Cash Flow Per Share (1)            $0.23       $0.24       $0.81       $0.87
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(1) Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Per Share, Cash Flow and Cash  
 Flow Per Share are measures used by the Company to evaluate its            
 performance; however, they are not terms recognized under IFRS in Canada.  
 Adjusted Net Income is defined as net income adjusted for certain items of 
 a non-operational nature that pertain to future periods as described in    
 further detail in the Management's Discussion and Analysis under the       
 heading Adjusted Net Income. Cash Flow is defined as cash flow from        
 operations, excluding mining and income
 taxes and before net change in     
 working capital balances. Adjusted Net Income and Cash Flow Per Share are  
 the same measures divided by the weighted average number of common shares  
 outstanding during the period. The Company believes these measures are     
 useful to investors because they are included in the measures that are used
 by management in assessing the financial performance of the Company.       
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Revenues were $49.2 million in the September 2012 quarter compared to
$69.4 million in the 2011 quarter. The September 2012 quarter
includes one concentrate shipment from Mount Polley mine and two
concentrate shipments from Huckleberry mine, compared to two
concentrate shipments from Mount Polley mine and two concentrate
shipments from Huckleberry mine in the comparative 2011 quarter.
Variations in quarterly revenue attributed to the timing of
concentrate shipments can be expected in the normal course of
business. Mount Polley had over 9,000 tonnes of concentrate in
inventory at the end of the quarter end and a concentrate shipment
was made in October 2012. 
The Company recorded net income of $4.3 million in the September 2012
quarter compared to net income of $17.6 million in the 2011 quarter.
Adjusted net income in the quarter was $7.4 million or $0.10 per
share, versus $4.8 million or $0.06 per share in the September 2011
quarter. Adjusted net income is calculated by removing the unrealized
gains and losses, net of related income taxes, resulting from mark to
market revaluation of copper and foreign exchange derivative
instruments. Adjusted net income is not a measure recognized under
IFRS in Canada. It is intended to show the current period financial
results excluding the effect of items not settling in the current
period. 
Losses on derivative instruments were $4.3 million in the September
2012 quarter compared to gains of $16.7 million in the September 2011
quarter including unrealized net losses on copper derivatives of $4.1
million in the September 2012 quarter compared to $17.5 million of
gains in the September 2012 quarter. The Company realized losses of
$0.2 million on copper derivatives in the September 2012 quarter
compared to losses of $0.8 million in the September 2011 quarter. 
Cash flow was virtually the same as in the same quarter last year, at
$17.2 million in the three months ending September 30 compared to
$17.4 million in the comparative 2011 quarter.  
Capital expenditures increased to $62.3 million from $13.4 million in
the comparative 2011 quarter. The Company financed $8.6 million of
the capital additions in the September quarter via long term debt
compared to $0.7 million in the comparative quarter. The balance of
the expenditures were financed from cash flow from the Mount Polley
and Huckleberry mines and from short term debt. At September 30, 2012
the Company had $45.2 million in cash and short term investments.  
During the September 2012 quarter the Company did not purchase any
common shares for cancellation. 
MOUNT POLLEY MINE OPERATIONS 


 
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PRODUCTION                                   NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPT 30  
                                                   2012           2011
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Ore milled (tonnes)                           6,136,202      5,742,244
Ore milled per calendar day (tonnes)             22,395         21,034
Grade % - copper                                  0.274          0.262
Grade g/t - gold                                  0.303          0.266
Recovery % - copper                               65.70          57.16
Recovery % - gold                                 65.00          62.16
Copper (lbs)                                 24,390,575     18,939,711
Gold (oz)                                        38,917         30,496
Silver (oz)                                      85,620         67,555
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Throughput continues to exceed plan averaging 22,395 tonnes per day
for the first nine months of 2012. Throughput for the quarter
averaged 22,278 tonnes per calendar day, which was up from 22,160
achieved in the comparable period in 2011.  
Increased throughput, improved recoveries, and better grades resulted
in increased copper and gold production of 29% and 28% respectively
from the levels achieved in the first nine months of 2011. Gold
production for the third quarter was 13,869 ounces up slightly from
13,703 ounces produced in the second quarter, setting another record
quarterly gold production since the restart of Mount Polley
operations in 2005. 
MOUNT POLLEY EXPLORATION 
Surface diamond drilling continues at Mount Polley with two
exploration drill rigs onsite. The drill program is testing for
mineralization beneath and adjacent to the Springer pit, and at the
Quarry zone north of the Wight pit. During the 2012 third quarter
12,200 metres of diamond drilling were completed in 22 drill holes.
The two surface drills are still working beneath the Cariboo pit,
immediately adjacent to Springer, and at Quarry zone. Undergroun
d
drilling resumes at the Boundary zone in the first week of November,
at which time one surface rig will be shut down.  
HUCKLEBERRY MINE OPERATIONS 


 
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PRODUCTION                                        NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPT 30
(stated 100% - Imperial's allocation= 50%)              2012           2011
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Ore milled (tonnes)                                4,410,800      4,480,300
Ore milled per calendar day (tonnes)                  16,098         16,411
Grade (%) - copper                                     0.299          0.382
Recovery (%) - copper                                   89.8           90.2
Copper (lbs)                                      26,096,000     34,044,000
Gold (oz)                                              1,946          2,758
Silver (oz)                                          139,155        173,127
Molybdenum (lbs)                                       4,556          6,929
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Copper grade and recovery were both lower in the first nine months of
2012 compared to the same period in 2011. A significant portion of
the mill feed this year is from low grade stockpiles. Throughput for
the period averaged 16,098 tonnes per day, virtually the same as for
2011. With lower grade and recovery, copper production was just over
26 million pounds, down about 23% from the same nine month period in
2011. 
Work on the construction of the new tailings facility was suspended
in October after a successful first year of construction. The starter
dam at the new tailings storage facility was completed to an
elevation of approximately 927 metres, exceeding the target elevation
of 924 for the first year construction program by three metres. Over
2.1 million cubic metres of material was placed in the starter dam to
the end of September 2012.  
The financial results from Huckleberry continue to have a significant
impact on Imperial's results. Imperial's share of Huckleberry's
income from mine operations was $4.1 million in the September 2012
quarter compared to $3.9 million in the September 2011 quarter.
Although Huckleberry had two shipments in each of the September 2012
and 2011 quarters, Huckleberry's income from mine operations
increased due to positive revenue revaluations in 2012 compared to
large negative revenue revaluations in 2011.  
HUCKLEBERRY EXPLORATION 
Three main targets were the focus of the exploration drilling program
at Huckleberry: MZ Deep, Old Nag Quarry and NW MZO. Review of the
Titan-24 data collected in 2011 led to drilling two holes, totalling
1,148 metres, designed to test a moderate chargeability/resistivity
anomaly beneath the limits of known mineralization in the Main zone
deposit. Both holes returned significant mineralized intervals, shown
on the table below, confirming the extension of the deposit to depth
and to the east. These results may indicate the presence of a
continuous zone of copper mineralization at depth that connects the
Main zone and East zone deposits. Additional drill holes are planned
to further assess the potential of this target.  


 
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                    Total  Interval  Interval  Interval    Copper Molybdenum
                   length      from        to    length                     
Drill Hole #          (m)       (m)       (m)       (m)         %          %
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MZDP12-6           526.39    273.41    465.43    192.02     0.342      0.006
including                    303.89    373.99     70.10     0.511      0.007
MZDP12-7           621.18    343.81    514.50    170.69     0.318      0.004
including                    423.06    490.12     67.06     0.421      0.003
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Eight holes totalling 2,053 metres drilled in late 2011, and a
follow-up drilling program of eight holes totalling 2,206 metres in
2012, defined the western extension of the Main zone deposit beneath
the Old Nag Quarry located directly adjacent to the planned MZO pit.
The quarry was a source of non-acid generating rock early in the mine
life. Results from this drilling indicated the presence of a
significant volume of low-grade (0.20-0.25% Cu) material near
surface.  
Five holes totalling 1,650 metres were drilled in late 2011 to the
northwest of the MZO pit, where the Titan-24 survey had defined
several targets of interest. These holes returned local intersections
of ore-grade material, and three additional holes totalling 604
metres were drilled in 2012 to determine if there was continuity
between these zones and the mineralization in the active pit.
Drilling in the area did not define any significant continuous zones
of mineralization, and no further exploration is planned for the NW
MZO.  
Follow-up exploration in 2012 will include, drilling one more hole to
further test the area between the East and Main zones at depth,
completing a further Titan geophysical survey to the south of the
previous survey, and additional drilling along the southern margin of
the MZO pit. 
RED CHRIS CONSTRUCTION UPDATE  
Mass excavation is complete in the process plant but is ongoing in
the truck shop and reclaim tunnel areas. Completion is expected by
the end of October. Concrete aggregates have been produced from a
gravel source located within the tailings impoundment area (TIA) and
are being hauled to the plant site area via the TIA access road. The
first foundation pour for the concentrate storage shed was on
September 24. Concrete pours are planned to mid-November 2012.
Concrete placement will then be suspended until Spring 2013.  
A Nordberg 54" x 80" gyratory crusher, purchased used, was completely
dismantled and trucked from Sahuarita, Arizona to Mount Polley for
refurbishing. The right of way for conveyors, light vehicle road and
heavy vehicle road has been cleared and grubbed for the first 1.4 km
between the coarse ore stockpile and the primary crusher. The main
access road has been completed to single lane access from 3.2 km to 8
km at Coyote Creek.  
Engineering is approximately 59% complete.  
The work at Red Chris is being funded by cash flow from operations
and an expanded line of credit. Discussions with BC Hydro are
underway regarding service from the Bob Quinn substation at the end
of the new Northwest Transmission Line to the Red Chris mine. Work on
the Northwest Transmission Line is underway and BC Hydro expects the
facilities to be in service by the end of May 2014. 
RED CHRIS EXPLORATION UPDATE 
Exploration results from all the Red Chris drilling are now available
on the Company's website. The most significant of the new drilling is
RC12-580 which has extended the deep mineralization discovered below
the Gully zone in late 2011. The mineralized intersection is 605.8
metres grading 0.39% copper, 0.43 g/t gold and 2.00 g/t silver. The
drill hole was collared approximately 200 metres grid north from
previously reported hole RC11-477, which intersected 807.5 metres
grading 0.31% copper, 0.29 g/t gold and 1.61 g/t silver.  
Two higher grade intervals contained within the 
mineralized
intersection in RC12-580 were 47.5 metres grading 1.00% copper, 1.06
g/t gold and 3.87 g/t silver and 95.0 metres grading 0.77% copper,
0.73 g/t gold and 2.69 g/t silver. These two intervals contain
breccia fragments displaying alteration and mineralization very
similar to the high grade feeder system observed in the deep portions
of the East zone. The presence of these breccia fragments support the
exploration model that the Gully zone mineralization is related to a
separate feeder system to the one defined below the East zone.  
Exploration drilling at Red Chris was suspended once construction
began in May 2012 and the project focus shifted to mine development. 
STERLING MINE 
Underground mining developed 948 feet of drift on the 3292, 3260, and
3220 levels. Cross cuts from the main access drifts into and through
the ore body were driven. From these cross cuts and from the main
access, longhole drilling and blasting will commence in the fourth
quarter. Underground core drilling focused on delineating the extents
of the 144 zone ore body within the stoping area, and drilling into
the hanging wall for geo-technical assessment. 
Installation of a refurbished main ventilation fan near the bottom of
the ventilation raise was completed during the third quarter. The
ventilation system was modified utilizing the new main fan to draw
fresh air down the main haulage ramp and out the vent raise. The new
system provides sufficient airflow to allow for the use of a larger
more efficient haulage vehicle. 


 
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                                                NINE MONTHS ENDED
PRODUCTION                                                SEPT 30
                                                             2012
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Ore Stacked (tons)                                         64,505
Grade (oz/t) - gold                                         0.083
Gold (oz) - in-heap                                         5,354
Gold (oz) - in-process & poured                             2,799
Gold shipped (oz)                                           2,077
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Loading of the leach pad continued, and in the quarter an additional
14,000 tons containing approximately 1,250 ounces were loaded onto
the leach pad. A total of 2,077 ounces of gold was poured and shipped
to the refinery.  
RUDDOCK CREEK 
The 2012 exploration program commenced in early July and was
completed the last week of October. The program included surface
diamond drilling on the V and Creek zones, underground diamond
drilling of the Lower E zone and an additional 69 metres of
underground development of the Lower E zone for the collection of a
metallurgical bulk sample. In total 18 holes were completed in the V
zone, 7 holes in the Creek zone and 26 holes from underground for a
total of 10,081 metres of surface drilling and 5,843 metres of
underground drilling.  
Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd. and Itochu Corporation have an
option to earn a 50% interest in the Ruddock Creek Property. Mitsui
and Itochu spent $14 million by March 31, 2012 to earn a 35% working
interest. They elected to spend a further $6 million by March 31,
2013 to earn an additional 15% working interest, at which point
Ruddock Creek Joint Venture will be owned 50% Imperial, 30% Mitsui
and 20% Itochu.  
OUTLOOK 
Production from Mount Polley and Imperial's 50% share of Huckleberry
for the nine months of 2012 totalled 37,438,357 pounds copper, 39,890
ounces gold and 155,197 ounces silver, which is respectively 99%,
111% and 129% of the planned production. We expect to be very close
to our production target of 50.5 million pounds of copper by year
end, and exceed our target of 48,000 ounces of gold, with Mount
Polley exceeding budget. 
Construction at Red Chris is well underway. Mass excavation is
complete in the process plant area, and is ongoing in the truck shop
and reclaim tunnel areas. The access road from the plant area to the
tailings impoundment area (TIA) is also complete, enabling haulage to
the process plant of concrete aggregates produced from a gravel
source located in the TIA. September 24 marked the first concrete
pour of the project, in the foundation of the concentrate storage
shed. Red Chris is on schedule for plant start-up in 2014. 
The first construction of the new tailing storage facility at
Huckleberry is ahead of schedule and should be ready to receive
tailings when required next summer.  
Work at Red Chris is currently being financed through cash flow from
existing operations and an existing $75 million credit facility from
the Company's bankers. To provide Imperial with additional working
capital, the Company's bankers have agreed to increase Imperial's
credit facility from $75 million to $150 million, and to extend the
maturity date of the entire credit facility to September 30, 2013.
The Company's forecast cash flow and the increased credit facility
will support Red Chris construction until mid-2013 and will enable
the Company to substantially reduce the risk related to the
development prior to completing additional financing, as more than
50% of development costs are projected to be spent or committed by
that date. This will also enable the Company to finalize arrangements
for power supply with BC Hydro prior to completing additional
financing. 
DETAILED FINANCIAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED IN THE COMPANY'S
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS CONTAINED IN THE THIRD QUARTER
REPORT AVAILABLE ON WWW.SEDAR.COM AND WWW.IMPERIALMETALS.COM.  
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING "FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION": 
THIS INFORMATION IS A REVIEW OF THE COMPANY'S OPERATIONS AND
FINANCIAL POSITION AS AT AND FOR THE PERIOD ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2012,
AND PLANS FOR THE FUTURE BASED ON FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES AS OF
NOVEMBER 5, 2012. EXCEPT FOR STATEMENTS OF HISTORICAL FACT RELATING
TO THE COMPANY, INCLUDING OUR 50% INTEREST IN HUCKLEBERRY, CERTAIN
INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN CONSTITUTES FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS.  
WHEN WE DISCUSS MINE PLANS; COSTS AND TIMING OF CURRENT AND PROPOSED
EXPLORATION; DEVELOPMENT; PRODUCTION AND MARKETING; CAPITAL
EXPENDITURES; THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NORTHWEST TRANSMISSION LINE;
CASH FLOW; WORKING CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS; AND THE REQUIREMENT FOR
ADDITIONAL CAPITAL; OPERATIONS; REVENUE; MARGINS AND EARNINGS; FUTURE
PRICES OF COPPER AND GOLD; FUTURE FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES;
FUTURE ACCOUNTING CHANGES; FUTURE PRICES FOR MARKETABLE SECURITIES;
FUTURE RESOLUTION OF CONTINGENT LIABILITIES; RECEIPT OF PERMITS; OR
OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE NOT YET HAPPENED IN THIS REVIEW WE ARE MAKING
STATEMENTS CONSIDERED TO BE FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION OR
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS UNDER CANADIAN AND UNITED STATES
SECURITIES LAWS. WE REFER TO THEM IN THIS NEWS RELEASE AS
FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION. 
THE FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION IN THIS NEW RELEASE TYPICALLY
INCLUDES WORDS AND PHRASES ABOUT THE FUTURE, SUCH AS: PLAN, EXPECT,
FORECAST, INTEND, ANTICIPATE, ESTIMATE, BUDGET, SCHEDULED, BELIEVE,
MAY, COULD, WOULD, MIGHT, WILL. WE CAN GIVE NO ASSURANCE THAT THE
FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION WILL PROVE TO BE ACCURATE. IT IS BASED ON
A NUMBER OF ASSUMPTIONS MANAGEMENT BELIEVES TO BE REASONABLE,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: THE CONTINUED OPERATION OF THE
COMPANY'S MINING OPERATIONS, NO MATERIAL ADVERSE CHANGE IN THE MARKET
PRICE OF COMMODITIES AND EXCHANGE RATES, THAT THE MINING OPERATIONS
WILL OPERATE AND THE MINING PROJECTS WILL BE COMPLETED IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THEIR ESTIMATES AND ACHIEVE STATED PRODUCTION OUTCOMES,
VOLATILITY IN THE COMPANY'S SHARE PRICE AND SUCH OTHER ASSUMPTIONS
AND FACTORS AS SET OUT HEREIN. 
IT IS ALSO SUBJECT TO RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR BUSINESS, INCLUDING
BUT NOT LIMITED TO: RISKS INHERENT IN THE MINING AND METALS BUSINESS;
COMMODITY PRICE FLUCTUATIONS AND HEDGING; COMPETITION FOR MINING
PROPERTIES; SALE OF PRODUCTS AND FUTURE MARKET ACCESS; MINERAL
RESERVES AND REC
OVERY ESTIMATES; CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS; INTEREST RATE
RISK; FINANCING RISK; ENVIRONMENTAL RISK; FOREIGN ACTIVITIES; LEGAL
PROCEEDINGS; AND OTHER RISKS THAT ARE SET OUT IN OUR ANNUAL
INFORMATION FORM AND BELOW. 
IF OUR ASSUMPTIONS PROVE TO BE INCORRECT OR RISKS MATERIALIZE, OUR
ACTUAL RESULTS AND EVENTS MAY VARY MATERIALLY FROM WHAT WE CURRENTLY
EXPECT AS SET OUT IN THIS REVIEW. WE RECOMMEND YOU REVIEW THE
COMPANY'S MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS IN THE QUARTERLY
FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE PERIOD ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 AND THE ANNUAL
REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011, WHICH INCLUDES A
DISCUSSION OF MATERIAL RISKS THAT COULD CAUSE ACTUAL RESULTS TO
DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM OUR CURRENT EXPECTATIONS. FORWARD-LOOKING
INFORMATION IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND MANAGEMENT'S CURRENT
VIEWS OF OUR NEAR AND LONGER TERM PROSPECTS, AND IT MAY NOT BE
APPROPRIATE FOR OTHER PURPOSES. WE WILL NOT NECESSARILY UPDATE THIS
INFORMATION UNLESS WE ARE REQUIRED TO BY SECURITIES LAWS. 
Contacts:
Imperial Metals Corporation
Brian Kynoch
President
604.669.8959 
Imperial Metals Corporation
Andre Deepwell
Chief Financial Officer
604.488.2666 
Imperial Metals Corporation
Sabine Goetz
Investor Relations
604.488.2657
info@imperialmetals.com
www.imperialmetals.com
 
 
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