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  Jul 28, 2010 - 09:30 ET
Lundin Mining Releases 2010 Second Quarter Results

 
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2010) - Lundin Mining Corporation ("Lundin Mining" or the "Company") (TSX:LUN)(OMX:LUMI) today reported an unaudited net income of $75.6 million ($0.13 per share) for the second quarter of 2010, up from $43.5 million ($0.08 per share) in the second quarter of 2009.

Mr. Phil Wright, President and CEO commented, "Net income this quarter includes a few non-recurring, partially offsetting, items and is well up on last year.

"Second quarter production was close to our expectations. Zinc and lead production was well ahead of plan; Neves-Corvo, which continued to be affected by industrial action in April, was back above plan in June; Aguablanca was only marginally below plan but is dealing with continuing challenges with rain and its effect on pit operation. Copper production at Tenke was in-line with nameplate capacity of 115,000 tonnes per annum of copper cathode," Mr. Wright said.

At quarter-end, cash on hand was $149.6 million and net cash(1), after deducting all outstanding debt, was $107.8 million.



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Three Months Six months
Ended June 30 ended June 30
US $ millions (except per share amounts) 2010 2009 2010 2009
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Sales 183.1 194.8 324.8 318.2
Operating earnings 80.8 91.0 145.4 129.2
Net income from continuing operations 75.6 43.5 113.5 29.3
Net income 75.6 43.5 113.5 34.9
Basic & diluted income per share:
From continuing operations 0.13 0.08 0.20 0.06
From discontinued operations - - - 0.01
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Total: 0.13 0.08 0.20 0.07
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Cash provided by operations 78.8 63.7 163.7 0.4
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Highlights



Production Summary (tonnes)
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Wholly-owned YTD Q2 Q1 FY Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1
operations 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009
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Copper 34,618 21,774 12,844 93,451 23,868 21,351 23,992 24,240
Zinc 44,076 24,458 19,618 101,401 20,011 15,151 31,962 34,277
Lead 19,196 10,953 8,243 43,852 10,393 8,111 12,478 12,870
Nickel 3,871 1,715 2,156 8,029 2,324 1,784 1,960 1,961
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Tenke
attributable
(24.75%)
Copper 14,158 7,038 7,120 17,325 7,227 6,019 4,079 -
Cobalt 961 409 552 638 477 159 2 -
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(1) Net cash is a Non-GAAP measure defined as available unrestricted cash less financial debt, including capital leases and other debt-related obligations.




-- Net income of $75.6 million (Q2-2009: $43.5 million) or $0.13 per
diluted share (Q2-2009: $0.08) includes $32.4 million ($27.9 million
after tax) related to the sale of shares in Chariot Resources, which
were classified as Available For Sale ("AFS") securities.

The higher tax charge includes a charge of $14.5 million (current taxes
payable $0.9, future income tax assets and liabilities of $13.6 million)
to cover the 2.5% increase in the Portuguese corporate income tax rate
and also reflects the effect of reduced loss carry-forwards and
accelerated depreciation. The increase in the Portuguese tax rate was
initially announced to apply for a two year period only. However, the
legislation does not provide a limit and the increase has been provided
for in respect of all future taxes.


Normalized earnings are shown below:
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Q2 2010 Q2 2009 Q1 2010
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Reported Net Income 75.6 43.5 38.0
Derivative (gains) losses pre-tax (11.2) 9.2 0.5
AFS securities (gains) losses pre-tax (32.4) - (0.6)
Tax on above 7.7 (2.4) (0.1)
Other non-recurring tax adjustments 13.6(1) (6.2)(2) -
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Adjusted Net Income 53.3 44.1 37.8
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Basic and diluted income per share $0.09 $0.08 $0.07
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(1) increase in future tax liability related to the 2.5% tax rate increase
in Portugal
(2) partial recovery of valuation allowance on loss carry-forwards in Spain

-- Operating earnings(1) decreased by $10.2 million from $91.0 million
in the second quarter of 2009 to $80.8 million in 2010. Discounting
the closure of Galmoy ($8.8 million effect), like-for-like operations
decreased operating earnings by $1.4 million.

The positive effect of higher metal prices was largely offset by the
difference in price adjustments when comparing this quarter to the prior
corresponding quarter (net $16.5 million favourable effect after
negative price adjustments of $74.7 million) with the largest effect
coming from nickel. The net favourable price effect and more favourable
exchange rates ($6.3 million effect) were partially offset by lower
sales volumes ($5.1 million effect) and higher unit costs ($19.1
million).

Higher unit costs, included in cost of sales, relate to higher costs
brought forward from the first quarter in inventory and the costs
associated with recovery from the disruptions in the first quarter.

Operating earnings for Aguablanca do not reflect the high nickel prices
experienced during the March, April, May period. In accordance with the
flexibility granted the offtaker, under the now expired concentrate
sales contract (in place when Rio Narcea was acquired), none of
Aguablanca's concentrate sales this year have been settled. The first
quarter reflected a positive price adjustment of $12.4 million and this
unrealized mark-up has been reversed in the current quarter. This has
reduced the quarter's earnings.

-- Sales for the quarter were $183.1 million compared to sales of $194.8
million in the second quarter of 2009. Lower volume from continuing
operations ($8.9 million) and the closure of Galmoy ($19.3 million) were
largely offset by net effect of metal price improvements and price
adjustments related to previous quarters' sales ($16.5 million).

Average metal prices in the second quarter of 2010 were 30% to 70%
higher than the same quarter in 2009. Closing inventory levels are
considered 'normal'.

 


(1) Operating earnings is a Non-GAAP measure defined as sales, less operating costs, accretion of ARO and other provisions, selling, general and administration costs and stock-based compensation.



-- On May 14, 2010, agreement was reached to end industrial action at
Neves-Corvo based on a new productivity arrangement. This provides for
additional payment to employees for actual increases in productivity,
based on a measure of tonnes-per-employee compared to a 2009 baseline.

-- Cash inflow from operations was $78.8 million for the quarter, compared
to $63.7 million for the corresponding period in 2009.

-- Net cash(1) as at June 30, 2009 of $107.8 million was up from $10.2
million at the end of the previous quarter and compared to net debt(1)
of $49.3 million at December 31, 2009. The change in net cash is after:
$32.4 million of capital expenditure; $6.8 million advanced in respect
of Tenke; and includes $59.9 million from the sale of investments and
AFS securities. The revolving credit facility was undrawn at quarter-
end.

-- The Tenke Fungurume mine produced approximately 28,438 tonnes of copper,
and approximately 24,997 tonnes were sold at an average realized price
of $2.96 per pound.

 


Financial Position and Financing



-- The increase in liquidity during the quarter was attributable to:

-- net cash flow from operations, after allowing for investment in
mineral properties, plant and equipment of $32.4 million and a
contribution to Tenke of $6.8 million to cover 2010 exploration,
expansion studies and sustaining capital investment; and

-- $59.9 million of proceeds from sale of investments and available for
sale securities

-- Cash on hand at June 30, 2010 was $149.6 million.

 


(1) Net cash/debt is a Non-GAAP measure defined as available unrestricted cash less financial debt, including capital leases and other debt- related obligations.

Outlook

As previously reported, measures have been taken to reduce the annual effect of below trend production in the first quarter and recovery during the second quarter was largely in accordance with expectations.

Aguablanca is largely in accordance with planned nickel production however the effects of the heavy rain in the first quarter, and continued rain in the second quarter, have contributed to the appearance of zones of slope instability in the pit. In addition, Aguablanca has been notified of possible rolling industrial action commencing July 31, 2010 and running for five consecutive Saturdays and Mondays. Contingency plans are being considered.

As a precaution of the two issues affecting Aguablanca, nickel guidance has been reduced to accord with the original guidance of 7,500 tonnes of nickel for the year and copper guidance has been reduced to 6,500 tonnes, both plus or minus 5%.

The revised guidance for 2010, as given at the end of the first quarter, is maintained for all operations, except Aguablanca, as follows:



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2010 Guidance
(contained tonnes) Tonnes C1 Cost(1),(2)
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Neves-Corvo Cu 77,000 $ 1.25
Zn 6,000
Zinkgruvan Zn 75,000 $ 0.30
Pb 36,000
Cu 1,000
Aguablanca Ni 7,500 $ 6.25
Cu 6,500
Galmoy Zn 14,000
(in ore) Pb 4,000
Total: Wholly-owned operations Cu 84,500
Zn 95,000
Pb 40,000
Ni 7,500
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Tenke: 24.75% attributable share Cu 28,500
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(1) Cash costs are dependent upon exchange rates, assumed as follows:
EUR/US$: 1.40. The TC/RC included in the cash cost of nickel assumes
$7.75/lb of nickel.

-- Zinc production at Neves-Corvo is expected to resume in 2011 at the
rate of 50,000 tonnes per annum ("tpa") of contained zinc. The
estimated cost of the project is EUR43 million and is approximately
50% complete.

The expansion of shaft capacity at Neves-Corvo allows consideration
of an earlier restart of zinc production, albeit at the level of
25,000 tpa. However, based on the present zinc prices, this
additional capacity is more likely to be directed towards copper
production.

-- A pre-feasibility study has concluded that Lombador can be
economically developed.

In accordance with the study, the first phase of Lombador is
expected to lift zinc production at Neves-Corvo from a nominal
50,000 tpa to 140,000 tpa of contained zinc at a capital cost of
approximately EUR140 million.

 


(2) Cash cost per pound is a non-GAAP measure.



A start-up date of 2013 is considered likely and cash costs are expected
to be in the third-quartile for zinc producers on a normal costing
basis. A feasibility study is now underway with expected completion
during the first quarter of 2011.

-- Studies are underway at Zinkgruvan to allow the recently completed
copper plant to treat zinc ores in addition to copper thereby
significantly increasing the flexibility of the Zinkgruvan operation.

-- Capital expenditure outlook for the year is expected to be around $190
million. This includes:

-- Sustaining capital in European operations of $90 million.

-- New investment in European operations of $60 million.

-- Investment in Tenke is now expected to be around $40 million, at the
bottom of the range previously given of between $40 million and $100
million depending on development plans. We note that final decisions
on capital investment levels are made by Freeport-McMoran, as
operator.

-- Expenditure on exploration and resource acquisition is expected to be
around $24 million, up from previous guidance of $20 million, owing to
the decision to increase near-mine exploration at Neves-Corvo and to
the commencement of a new exploration program to be carried out in the
Ossa Morena Belt of southern Spain designed to quickly define and drill-
test several known copper-gold-iron targets.

-- Inherent risks in the world economy remain large and unpredictable. In
our view, volatility is likely to remain high in 2010 with an improving
outlook thereafter.

 


Selected Quarterly Financial Information



Three months Six months
ended June 30 ended June 30
(USD millions, except ----------------------- -----------------------
per share amounts) 2010 2009 2010 2009
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Sales 183.1 194.8 324.8 318.2
Operating earnings(1) 80.8 91.0 145.4 129.2
Depletion, depreciation
& amortization (32.6) (38.5) (68.8) (82.0)
General exploration and
project investigation (5.6) (4.1) (10.3) (9.4)
Other income and expenses 12.4 9.7 19.3 0.6
Gain (loss) on derivative
contracts 11.2 (9.2) 10.7 (9.2)
Gain on sale of AFS
securities 32.4 - 33.0 -
Income (loss) from equity
investment in Tenke 8.3 (3.4) 25.5 (4.3)
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Income from continuing
operations before income
taxes 106.9 45.5 154.8 24.9
Income tax (expense)
recovery (31.3) (2.0) (41.3) 4.4
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Income from continuing
operations 75.6 43.5 113.5 29.3
Gain from discontinued
operations - - - 5.6
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Net income 75.6 43.5 113.5 34.9
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Shareholders' Equity 2,839.7 2,845.0 2,839.7 2,845.0
Cash flow from operations 78.8 63.7 163.7 0.4
Capital expenditures
(incl. Tenke) 39.1 57.8 77.2 91.4
Total assets 3,443.2 3,691.2 3,443.2 3,691.2
Net cash(debt)(2) 107.8 (110.7) 107.8 (110.7)
Key Financial Data:
Shareholders' equity
per share(3) 4.90 4.91 4.90 4.91
Basic and diluted income
per share 0.13 0.08 0.20 0.07
Dividends - - - -
Equity ratio(4) 82% 77% 82% 77%
Shares outstanding:
Basic weighted average 579,864,628 552,137,068 579,771,573 519,964,158
Diluted weighted average 580,261,614 552,170,964 580,203,254 519,971,178
End of period 579,899,803 579,433,771 579,899,803 579,433,771


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($ millions,
except per
share data) Q2-10 Q1-10 Q4-09 Q3-09 Q2-09 Q1-09 Q4-08 Q3-08
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Sales 183.1 141.7 256.7 171.1 194.8 123.4 43.5 191.9
Operating
earnings 80.8 64.6 152.2 91.8 91.0 38.2 (65.8) 68.9
Impairment
charges
(after
tax)(5) - - (37.1) - - - (651.5) (201.1)
Income (loss)
from
continuing
operations 75.6 38.0 35.1 3.7 43.5 (14.1) (707.7) (190.2)
Net income (loss) 75.6 38.0 35.1 3.7 43.5 (8.6) (728.5) (199.0)
Income (loss)
per share
from
continuing
operations,
basic and
diluted 0.13 0.07 0.06 0.01 0.08 (0.03) (1.72) (0.49)
Income (loss)
per share,
basic(6) and
diluted(6) 0.13 0.07 0.06 0.01 0.08 (0.02) (1.77) (0.51)
Cash flow
from (used in)
operations 78.8 84.9 97.0 40.0 63.7 (63.3) 46.5 46.8
Capital
expenditure
(incl. Tenke) 39.1 38.1 39.0 54.7 57.8 33.6 105.7 146.8
Net cash
(debt)(2) 107.8 10.2 (49.3) (132.2) (110.7) (259.5) (145.5) (194.8)
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(1) Operating earnings is a Non-GAAP measure defined as sales, less
operating costs, accretion of asset retirement obligation ("ARO") and
other provisions, selling, general and administration costs and
stock-based compensation.
(2) Net cash/debt is a Non-GAAP measure defined as available unrestricted
cash less financial debt, including capital leases and other
debt-related obligations.
(3) Shareholders' equity per share is a Non-GAAP measure defined as
shareholders' equity divided by total number of shares outstanding
at end of period.
(4) Equity ratio is a Non-GAAP measure defined as shareholders' equity
divided by total assets at the end of period.
(5) Includes impairment from discontinued operations.
(6) Income (loss) per share is determined for each quarter. As a result
of using different weighted average number of shares outstanding, the
sum of the quarterly amounts may differ from the year-to-date amount.

 


The 2010 second quarter consolidated interim financial statements and management's discussion and analysis are available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or the Company's website (www.lundinmining.com).

About Lundin Mining

Lundin Mining Corporation is a diversified base metals mining company with operations in Portugal, Sweden, Spain and Ireland, producing copper, zinc, lead and nickel. In addition, Lundin Mining holds a development project pipeline which includes expansion projects at its Zinkgruvan and Neves-Corvo mines along with its equity stake in the world class Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On Behalf of the Board,

Phil Wright, President and CEO

Forward Looking Statements

Certain of the statements made and information contained herein is "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the Ontario Securities Act. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to foreign currency fluctuations; risks inherent in mining including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected geological formations, ground control problems and flooding; risks associated with the estimation of mineral resources and reserves and the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations; the potential for and effects of labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or shortages of labour or interruptions in production; actual ore mined varying from estimates of grade, tonnage, dilution and metallurgical and other characteristics; the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price fluctuations; uncertain political and economic environments; changes in laws or policies, foreign taxation, delays or the inability to obtain necessary governmental permits; and other risks and uncertainties, including those described under Risk Factors Relating to the Company's Business in the Company's Annual Information Form and in each management discussion and analysis. Forward-looking information is in addition based on various assumptions including, without limitation, the expectations and beliefs of management, the assumed long term price of copper, nickel, lead and zinc; that the Company can access financing, appropriate equipment and sufficient labour and that the political environment where the Company operates will continue to support the development and operation of mining projects. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. 


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Lundin Mining Corporation
Sophia Shane
Investor Relations, North America
+1 604 689 7842

or

Lundin Mining Corporation
John Miniotis
Senior Business Analyst
+1-416-342-5565

or

Lundin Mining Corporation
Robert Eriksson
Investor Relations, Sweden
+46 8 545 015 50
www.lundinmining.com