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Pan American Silver increases quarterly silver production

Thursday, Nov 08, 2012

VANCOUVER, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ: PAAS; TSX: PAA) (the "Company", or "Pan American"), produced 6.3 million ounces of silver and 28,162 ounces of gold during the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 13% and 36%, respectively, as compared to the same quarter of 2011.  Lower realized precious metal prices and rising costs, however, saw adjusted earnings dip to $37.6 million, or $0.25 per share.

This earnings release should be read in conjunction with the Company's MD&A, Financial Statements and Notes to Financial Statements for the corresponding period, which have been posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and are also available on the Company's website at www.panamericansilver.com. Revenue generated during the third quarter of 2012 rose to a record $251.8 million, an increase of $31.3 million compared to the same quarter of last year.  The increase was due to higher quantities of metals sold, which was partially offset by the sharp decline in average realized metals prices. The average realized silver and gold prices during the quarter were $29.27 and $1,639 per ounce, which was 24% and 2% lower than a year ago, respectively.  The average realized zinc, lead and copper prices during the quarter were $1,871, $1,924 and $7,181 per tonne, respectively, which were 16%, 21% and 20% lower year-on-year.

The Company generated quarterly adjusted earnings of $37.6 million, or $0.25 per share, as compared to adjusted earnings of $51.5 million or $0.48 per share in the 3rd quarter of 2011.  Increased operating costs, lower average realized metal prices and increased depreciation charges negatively impacted adjusted earnings in the current period.  Net earnings were $22.6 million, or $0.15 per share.  The current quarter's adjusted earnings were calculated by excluding a $14.0 million non-cash loss on the revaluation of derivative instruments, a $0.5 million unrealized loss on commodity and foreign currency contracts, an unrealized foreign exchange gain of $2.9 million and a $3.4 million decrease to the previously recognized gain from the sale of the Quiruvilca mine.

Mine operating earnings for the third quarter of 2012 were $68.2 million, or 36% lower year-on-year.  The decline was due to the combined effect of lower metal prices, a rise in operating costs at all the Company's mines and higher depreciation charges due to the inclusion of Dolores' mine production; these factors were partially offset by increased revenue on more quantities of metal sold compared to a year ago.

Source: Pan American Silver

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