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Sierra Metals delivers 432% net income increase in 2020

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(Kitco News) - Sierra Metals (TSX:SMT) (BVL:SMT) (NYSE American:SMTS) today reported revenue of $246.9 million and an adjusted EBITDA of $97.0 million on the throughput of 2.8 million tonnes and metal production of 118.2 million copper equivalent pounds (or 16.1 million silver equivalent ounces or 321.6 million zinc equivalent pounds), for the year ended December 31, 2020.

The company said it had achieved annual throughput that was 6% higher than the 2019 annual throughput despite the various COVID-19 related operational challenges, including government-mandated shutdowns in the second quarter of the year. Annual 2020 consolidated silver, copper, zinc, and gold production increased 3%, 11%, 1%, and 18%, respectively, while lead production decreased by 7% compared to 2019.

Revenue from metals payable of $246.9 million in 2020 increased by 8% from $229.0 million in 2019. Higher revenue was primarily a result of higher copper sales from the Bolivar mine attributable to increased throughput and higher average realized prices for copper, gold and silver compared to 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA of $97.0 million for 2020 is a 49% increase from the adjusted EBITDA of $65.3 million for 2019. This increase was a combined result of the higher consolidated revenue and lower operating costs per tonne at Yauricocha and Bolivar.

Cash flow generated from operations before movements in working capital of $99.0 million for 2020 increased compared to $66.4 million in 2019. The increase in operating cash flow is mainly the result of higher revenues generated and lower operating costs, as mentioned earlier.

Net income attributable to shareholders for 2020 was $23.4 million (2019: $4.4 million) or $0.14 per share (basic and diluted) (2019: $0.03).

Sierra Metals is a diversified Canadian mining company focused on the production and development of precious and base metals from its polymetallic Yauricocha mine in Peru and Bolivar and Cusi mines in Mexico.

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