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Westward Gold Provides Update on Results of Nevada Hyperspectral Surveys

Vancouver, British Columbia – TheNewswire – November 9, 2021 – Westward Gold Inc. (CSE:WG) (CNSX:WG.CN) (FSE:IM50) (“Westward” or the “Company”)…

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Vancouver, British Columbia – TheNewswire – November 9, 2021 – Westward Gold Inc. (CSE:WG) (CNSX:WG.CN) (FSE:IM50) (“Westward” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the results of its previously-disclosed hyperspectral core imaging and airborne hyperspectral campaigns at its Toiyabe and Turquoise Canyon Projects located on the Battle Mountain – Eureka Trend in Lander County, Nevada (“Toiyabe” and “Turquoise Canyon”, respectively) (see press releases dated August 10, 2021 and October 5, 2021 for reference).

The initial results of the two surveys confirm a large hydrothermal footprint at Toiyabe, resulting in alteration of favourable host rocks, predominantly the Wenban and Roberts Mountains Formations. These formations are also important hosts at many nearby large-scale gold mines and deposits, including Pipeline, South Pipeline, Crossroads, Cortez Pits, and Cortez Hills. The recent hyperspectral data builds upon the legacy data and improves understanding of the relationship between gold mineralization controls, and alteration. The newly-identified and quantified alteration will aid as a pathfinder to mineralization, allowing Westward to optimize future drill targets and potentially expand upon previous significant intercepts. The Company is in the process of planning its inaugural drill campaign for the first half of 2022.

Hyperspectral Core Imaging

TerraCore Geospectral Imaging in Reno, Nevada (“TerraCore”) performed hyperspectral core imaging on approximately 3,050 meters of diamond drill core and 9,140 meters of reverse circulation chips inherited from past operators. Hyperspectral imaging is captured through measuring the reflectance and absorption of infrared energy on the surface of the core. This non-destructive measurement quickly provides information about mineralogy, mineral chemistry, and mineral texture. TerraCore’s full-range hyperspectral system was utilized, producing high-resolution true colour photographs at 0.1mm resolution, and infrared images across the Near-, Short-, and Longwave-Infrared regions at 1mm pixel resolution. The wavelengths used are necessary for Carlin-type gold deposits given their ability to detect a wide range of minerals including clay, carbonate, silica, and associated alterations. All hyperspectral imagery is converted into an objective, numerical dataset that can readily be imported into the Toiyabe database and 3D model.

Key Highlights (1)

  • – Hydrothermal alteration associated with various styles of gold mineralization was assigned to four distinct categories: (A) Fault-controlled mineralization, (B) Carbonate lithology proximal to structure, (C) Carbonate lithology distal to structure, and (D) Quartz veining with argillic alteration

    – Alteration Type A – Fault-Controlled Mineralization (see Figure 1 below) demonstrates a decreased carbonate presence, suggesting strong decalcification and silicification. Argillic alteration increases with proximity to the high-grade Courtney Zone in the southeast, as demonstrated in hole T-706 which had reported gold intervals of 5.5 g Au/t over 10.7 meters from 51.8 – 62.5m, including 11.1 g Au/t over 4.5 meters from 54.9 – 59.4m and a separate interval of 18.0 g Au/t over 4.6 meters from 71.6 – 76.2m, including 26.4 g Au/t over 3.1 meters from 71.6 – 74.7m

    – Alteration Type B – Carbonate Lithology Proximal to Structure (see Figure 2 below) demonstrates silicification with argillic alteration halos extending up to 60m away from high-grade intercepts (+2 g Au/t gold). Hole T-1601 reported 3.55 g Au/t over 7.6 meters from 253.9 – 261.5m, including 13.2 g Au/t over 1.5 meters from 258.5 – 260m, and intervals of 1.22 g Au/t over 2.5 meters from 269.1 – 271.6m, 1.34 g Au/t over 7.5 meters from 286.8 – 294.3m. All intercepts are within the alteration halo observed in the core imaging dataset

    – Alteration Type C – Carbonate Lithology Distal to Structure (see Figure 3 below) is similar to Type B but with lower-grade gold anomalies, likely caused by its distance to the mineralizing structure, yet still exhibits large alteration halos as seen with Type B

    – Alteration Type D – Quartz Veining with Argillic Alteration (see Figure 4 below), though less common, exhibits decalcification and argillic alteration centered on silicified veins containing anomalous gold values. An example from hole 901C included 1.44 g Au/t over 6.1 meters from 56.4 to 62.5m

    – Argillic alteration varies from zones of illite associated with structures and intrusive dikes/sills, to kaolinite associated with unique lower-plate carbonate rocks. Kaolinite appears to develop in specific units of the Wenban Formation, an important lower-plate gold host in the Battle Mountain – Eureka Trend

  • – In all mineralization types, the alteration appears to be centered around structures which act as fluid conduits and are generally associated with anomalous gold values. The broad zones of alteration observed in Types B and C, and the changes in mineralogy observed in Types A and D, provide key vectors to mineralization, and will guide future drill programs. The alteration present at the Toiyabe project is comparable to that observed in the nearby Pipeline and Cortez Hills deposits (source: NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Cortez Joint Venture Operations, Lander and Eureka Counties, State of Nevada U.S.A, Barrick Gold Corporation, Prepared by Hugo Miranda, Kathleen Ann Altman, Phillip Geusebroek, Wayne W. Valliant, and R. Dennis Bergen, March 22, 2019)

Dave Browning, Vice President of Exploration, noted “the large alteration halos will be crucial for exploration planning as they indicate areas of mineralization that may have been missed by previous drill campaigns. Understanding the association between anomalous gold values and alteration types will optimize our future targets and will inform our technical team during the drill campaign with regards to proximity of mineralization.”

(1) All gold intercepts referenced are historical results from previous operators; sources: NI 43-101 Technical Report, American Consolidated Minerals Corporation, prepared by Paul D. Noland, P.Geo., May 27, 2009; NI 43-101 Technical Report, Starcore International Mines Ltd., prepared by Paul D. Noland, P.Geo., May 11, 2018; NI 43-101 Technical Report, IM Exploration Inc., Prepared by Donald E. Cameron, August 5, 2021

Hyperspectral Airborne Survey

In conjunction with the core imaging, the Company also completed an airborne hyperspectral survey, carried out by SpecTIR, LLC and processed by Ethos Geological Inc. A total area of ~35 square kilometers has been processed, including both Toiyabe and Turquoise Canyon, and surrounding land. Near-, Short-, and Longwave-Infrared cameras were also used for the airborne survey to allow for direct comparison to the core imaging dataset. The airborne survey has identified alteration minerals along the surface expression of structures, indicating these structures likely acted as fluid conduits similar in nature to those observed in the Toiyabe drill core.

Key Highlights

  • – Argillic alteration as described in the core imaging at Toiyabe is observed at Turquoise Canyon in the form of muscovite and illite signatures

    – The distribution of alteration minerals seen on the surface at Turquoise Canyon confirms previously-inferred structures, and is spatially associated with anomalous gold, silver, arsenic, lead, and zinc in soil

    – Ammonium illite, an indicator mineral for fluid flow not detectable by the human eye, has been identified along near-surface structures in the core and at surface. Spatial extent of the ammonium minerals has identified hydrothermal fluid pathways leading to additional drill targets at the Toiyabe and Turquoise Canyon Projects

Mr. Browning also commented: “Having access to the drill samples from Toiyabe’s Courtney Zone (which hosts a historical 170 koz gold resource estimate (2)) is vital to understanding the alteration associated with mineralization in the district. Being able to identify that same alteration pattern via airborne hyperspectral data will lead to the identification of high-priority areas for follow-up sampling, mapping, and drilling at Turquoise Canyon. This correlation will reduce exploration risk and optimize future exploration spending across the district.”

 

(2) Source: NI 43-101 Technical Report, American Consolidated Minerals Corporation, Prepared by Paul D. Noland, P. Geo., May 27, 2009 (the “2009 Technical Report”). A qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate at Toiyabe (the “Historical Estimate”) as current mineral resources and Westward is not treating the Historical Estimate on Toiyabe as a current mineral resource, as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). The Historical Estimate was calculated using mining industry standard practices for estimating Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserves (2005) which was prior to the implementation of the current CIM standards for mineral resource estimation (as defined by the CIM Definition Standard on Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves dated May 10, 2014). The key assumptions, parameters and methods used to prepare the Historical Estimate on Toiyabe are described in the 2009 Technical Report. While Westward considers the Historical Estimate on Toiyabe disclosed in this news release to be relevant to investors, it cautions readers that it should not be unduly relied upon in drawing inferences on the mineralization on Toiyabe, as additional work is required to upgrade or verify the Historical Estimate as a current mineral resource. This additional work includes (but may not be limited to): re-sampling and re-assaying of available core and/or pulps, verification of assay certificates and digital assay data, verification of select drill hole collars, review and verification of drill hole geologic logs versus the preserved core and RC cuttings, incorporation of AuCN assays to provide a general understanding of oxide presence, review and verification of mineralization controls and modelling techniques.

Conclusions and Next Steps

 

The initial results of the surveys confirm a large hydrothermal footprint resulting in alteration of favourable host rocks, predominantly Wenban and Roberts Mountains Formations. The hyperspectral data are currently being imported into the Toiyabe 3D model to determine true lateral extent and provide spatial context to the distribution of the mineralizing fluid. The data will continue to inform Westward’s technical team during drill targeting in anticipation of the upcoming 2022 program.  

When completed, the model will provide the first 3D visualization of surface and subsurface data at the projects, with the goals of identifying and characterizing: (i) gold mineralization controls, (ii) on-strike and depth extensions to gold mineralization at the Courtney Zone, and (iii) new drill targets.  

An induced polarization survey has also recently been completed across the Toiyabe and Turquoise Canyon Projects. Results are pending and will be imported into the 3D model for comparison to the airborne and core imaging hyperspectral campaigns.

Figure 1: Alteration Type A – Fault-Controlled Mineralization


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Alteration Type A as observed in hole T-706. Images in order from left to right: True-color photo, Argillic Alteration, Silicification Intensity, Carbonate Presence. The graphs to the right display g Au/t and alteration displayed in the images to the left. A moderate carbonate response is present at the top of the hole with minimal silicification. Carbonate decreases in proximity to anomalous gold, with clay response and silicification being strongest in the high-grade zones.  

Figure 2: Alteration Type B – Carbonate Lithology Proximal to Structure


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Alteration Type B as observed in hole T-1601. Images in order from left to right: True-color photo, Argillic Alteration. The graphs to the right display g Au/t and alteration displayed in the images to the left. Argillic alteration is centered on the anomalous gold zone and extends for approximately 20 meters above and below the high-grade intercepts.  

Figure 3: Alteration Type C – Carbonate Lithology Distal to Structure


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Alteration Type C as observed in hole T-1001. Images in order from left to right: True-color photo, Silicification, Argillic Alteration. The graphs to the right display g Au/t and argillic alteration. Silicification is present with the strongest Au values, but none exceeded 0.8 g Au/t.  Argillic alteration is present for approximately 30 meters above and below the silicification.  

Figure 4: Alteration Type D – Quartz Veining with Argillic Alteration


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Alteration Type D as observed in hole T-901 from a depth of 164 to 204 feet. Images in order from left to right: True-color photo, Carbonate Presence, Argillic Alteration, Silicification. The graph to the right display g Au/t. Mineralization is coincident with silicification surrounded by strong argillic alteration.  Carbonate presence is weak indicating decalcification in the anomalous gold zone.  

Qualified Person

The technical information contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by Steven R. Koehler, Technical Advisor to the Company, who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About Westward Gold

Westward Gold is a mineral exploration company focused on developing the Toiyabe and Turquoise Canyon Projects located in the Cortez Hills area of Lander County, Nevada. The Company is also advancing the Mulloy Project in Northern Ontario. From time to time, the Company may also evaluate the acquisition of other mineral exploration assets and opportunities.

For further information contact:

Raymond D. Harari
Chief Executive Officer
Westward Gold Inc.
[email protected]
Tel: +507-6675-2221

The Canadian Securities Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release. The Canadian Securities Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, the need for additional capital by the Company through financings, and the risk that such funds may not be raised; the speculative nature of exploration and the stages of the Company’s properties; the effect of changes in commodity prices; regulatory risks that development of the Company’s material properties will not be acceptable for social, environmental or other reasons, availability of equipment (including drills) and personnel to carry out work programs, that each stage of work will be completed within expected time frames, that current geological models and interpretations prove correct, the results of ongoing work programs may lead to a change of exploration priorities, and the efforts and abilities of the senior management team. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company’s forward-looking statements or information. These and other factors may cause the Company to change its exploration and work programs, not proceed with work programs, or change the timing or order of planned work programs. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, described or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information. The Company’s forward-looking statements and information are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date of this press release, and other than as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements and information if circumstances or management’s assumptions, beliefs, expectations or opinions should change, or changes in any other events affecting such statements or information.

 

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Lundin Mining Provides Operational Outlook & Update

Lundin Mining Provides Operational Outlook & Update
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TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2021

TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2021 /CNW/ – (TSX: LUN) (Nasdaq Stockholm: LUMI) Lundin Mining Corporation (“Lundin Mining” or the “Company”) provides the following…

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TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2021 /CNW/ – (TSX: LUN) (Nasdaq Stockholm: LUMI) Lundin Mining Corporation (“Lundin Mining” or the “Company”) provides the following production guidance for the three-year period of 2022 through 2024, as well as cash cost, capital and exploration expenditure forecasts for 2022. The Company will hold a conference call and webcast on Tuesday November 23, 2021, to answer investor and analyst questions. Additionally, the Company announces renewal of its Normal Course Issuer Bid (“NCIB”), pending final approvals.

(This news release contains non-GAAP measures and forward-looking information about expected future events and financial and operating performance of the Company. We refer to the Historical Non-GAAP Measure Comparatives section and the risks and assumptions set out in our Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information section of this press release. All dollar amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.)

  • Copper production is to increase to 258,000-282,000 t on a consolidated basis in 2022.
  • Zinc production is forecast to increase to 188,000-203,000 t in 2022 as the Neves-Corvo Zinc Expansion Project (“ZEP”) ramps up and on an improved near-term production profile at Zinkgruvan.
  • Gold production is forecast to be 153,000-163,000 oz in 2022, of which approximately 85,000 oz, at the midpoint of guidance, are unencumbered and to receive full market pricing.
  • Nickel production is to moderate to 15,000-18,000 t in 2022 with priority on increasing Eagle East ore.

Production Outlook 2022 – 20241

2022

2023

2024

Copper (t)

Candelaria (100% basis)

155,000

165,000

150,000

160,000

165,000

175,000

Chapada

53,000

58,000

50,000

55,000

50,000

55,000

Eagle

15,000

18,000

12,000

15,000

9,000

12,000

Neves-Corvo

33,000

38,000

35,000

40,000

35,000

40,000

Zinkgruvan

2,000

3,000

3,000

4,000

3,000

4,000

Total Copper

258,000

282,000

250,000

274,000

262,000

286,000

Zinc (t)

Neves-Corvo

110,000

120,000

142,000

152,000

142,000

152,000

Zinkgruvan

78,000

83,000

85,000

90,000

83,000

88,000

Total Zinc

188,000

203,000

227,000

242,000

225,000

240,000

Gold (oz)

Candelaria (100% basis) 2

83,000

88,000

90,000

95,000

93,000

98,000

Chapada

70,000

75,000

65,000

70,000

60,000

65,000

Total Gold

153,000

163,000

155,000

165,000

153,000

163,000

Nickel (t)

Eagle

15,000

18,000

13,000

16,000

9,000

12,000

Total Nickel

15,000

18,000

13,000

16,000

9,000

12,000

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1 Production guidance is based on certain estimates and assumptions, including but not limited to: Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, geological formations, grade and continuity of deposits and metallurgical characteristics. 

2 68% of Candelaria’s total gold and silver production are subject to a streaming agreement. 

Production Outlook 2022 – 2024

  • Candelaria: Copper production for the next three years is forecast to increase over that of 2021, primarily on improved copper head grades and achievement of planned processing rates as initiatives to debottleneck the Candelaria plant pebble crushing circuit are realized in early 2023.

    From the Candelaria open pit, ore mining is to continue primarily from the Phase 10 pushback in 2022, with initial ore production from the Phase 11 pushback during the year. In 2023 and 2024, ore is to be mined primarily from Phase 11.

    Over the guidance period, total mill throughput is forecast to range between 27-28 million tonnes per annum (“Mtpa”). Debottlenecking initiatives of the Candelaria plant pebble crushing circuit will increase mill capacity starting in early 2023 and, based on the planned mill feed blend and the ore hardness throughput model, annual throughput is expected to exceed 28 Mtpa commencing in 2025.

    In 2022 and 2023, Candelaria open pit ore is forecast to contribute approximately 16 Mtpa to the mill feed, increasing to approximately 18 Mtpa in 2024. The underground mines are forecast to contribute approximately 8 Mtpa of ore in each year, with stockpile ore comprising the balance of the mill feed.

    Production guidance considers a mine-to-mill grade call factor of 8% in 2022, reducing to 5% in 2023 and 2024. With focus on operational practices, improvement in grade discrepancy was observed in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the prior two quarters, and to-date in the fourth quarter the positive trend has continued. Candelaria is continuing its methodical approach to identify and address sources of unplanned dilution and discrepancy across the mine-to-mill process.

    Candelaria’s copper production guidance is 155,000-165,000 t for 2022. Copper production is forecast to be modestly greater in the second half of the year than the first, primarily owing to the copper grade profile. Gold production guidance is 83,000-88,000 oz for 2022 and, similarly, modestly weighted to the second half of the year.

  • Chapada: Copper production guidance is consistent with the prior outlook3, while gold production guidance has been increased for 2022 on refinement of near-term operating plans. Production expectations are based on the current 24 Mtpa throughput capacity over the guidance period with annual changes driven primarily by the forecast grade profile.

    Chapada’s copper production is forecast to increase in 2022 to 53,000-58,000 t. Copper production is expected to be modestly greater in the second half of the year primarily due to the forecast grade profile and seasonal operating considerations. Gold production guidance is 70,000-75,000 oz for 2022 and, similarly, modestly weighted to the second half of 2022 due to the forecast grade profile and seasonal operating considerations. All of Chapada’s gold production remains unencumbered and is to receive full market pricing.

  • Eagle: Nickel production guidance is modestly lower for 2022 and consistent for 2023, compared to the prior outlook3, while copper production guidance is consistent for 2022 and for 2023.

    Eagle’s nickel production is forecast to be 15,000-18,000 t in 2022. Nickel production is expected to be greater in the second half of the year primarily due to the forecast grade profile. Copper production guidance is 15,000-18,000 t for 2022, modestly weighted to the second half of the year on the forecast grade profile.

  • Neves-Corvo: Copper production guidance has increased for 2022 and 2023 compared to the prior outlook3, on refinement of the near-term mine plan positively impacting the forecast copper head grade. Zinc production guidance is modestly lower in 2022 and 2023 compared to the prior outlook3, on the metal recovery assumption for these years. Construction of the ZEP is progressing on schedule and on budget to be substantially complete by the end of 2021.

    Neves-Corvo’s copper production is forecast to increase to 33,000-38,000 t in 2022, modestly weighted to the first half of the year owing to the forecast grade profile. Zinc production is guided to increase over 65% in 2022, to 110,000-120,000 t, as production ramp up from the ZEP is completed in the first half of the year. With the ZEP contributing a full year of production at design throughput, 2023 zinc production is forecast to be 142,000-152,000 t.

  • Zinkgruvan: Zinc production guidance has increased 14% for 2022 and 11% for 2023, at the midpoint of the ranges compared to the prior outlook3, with minor refinement of operating plans forecasting higher head grades and improved metal recoveries. Copper production guidance for 2022 and 2023 is generally consistent with the prior outlook. Zinc production is forecast to increase in 2022 to 78,000-83,000 t.

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3 Prior production outlook for 2022 & 2023 as announced by news release entitled “Lundin Mining Provides Operational Outlook & Shareholder Returns Update” dated November 30, 2020.

2022 Cash Cost Guidance4,5

Cash Cost4

20225

Copper

Candelaria

$1.55/lb6

Chapada

$1.60/lb

Neves-Corvo

$1.80/lb

Zinc

Zinkgruvan

$0.55/lb

Nickel

Eagle

$(0.25)/lb

  • Candelaria’s cash costs are expected to approximate $1.55/lb6 copper in 2022, similar to 2021 levels, after by-product credits. By-product credits have been adjusted for the terms of the streaming agreement.
  • At Chapada, cash costs are expected to approximate $1.60/lb copper in 2022, after unencumbered gold by-product credits. The forecast increase in Chapada’s cash costs reflects higher consumable costs and lower stockpile values. Effects of copper stream agreements are reflected in the realized copper revenue.
  • Eagle is expected to maintain the first quartile cash costs of negative $0.25/lb nickel in 2022, considering significant by-product copper credits. The forecast increase in Eagle’s cash costs is primarily a reflection of lower volumes.
  • At Neves-Corvo, cash costs for 2022 are expected to improve year-on-year to approximately $1.80/lb copper, after zinc and lead by-product credits. The forecast decrease in cash costs is primarily due to increased zinc production volumes.
  • Zinkgruvan’s cash costs for 2022 are expected to approximate $0.55/lb zinc after copper and lead by-product credits.

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4 This is a non-GAAP measure. For historical comparatives see the Historical Non-GAAP Measure Comparatives section of this press release. Please also see the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2020, for discussion of non-GAAP measures.

5 2022 cash costs are based on various assumptions and estimates, including, but not limited to: production volumes, commodity prices (2022 – Cu: $3.90/lb, Zn: $1.15/lb, Pb: $0.90/lb, Au: $1,800/oz: Ag: $25.00/oz) foreign currency exchange rates (2022- €/USD:1.20, USD/SEK:8.20, CLP/USD:700, USD/BRL:5.10) and operating costs.

6 68% of Candelaria’s total gold and silver production are subject to a streaming agreement and as such cash costs are calculated based on receipt of $420/oz and $4.20/oz, respectively, on gold and silver sales in the year.

2022 Capital Expenditure Guidance

  • Capital expenditures in 2022 are forecast to be $630 million on a 100% basis, including deferrals from 2021. The majority of sustaining capital expenditures are for open pit waste stripping, underground mine development, and tailings storage facility (“TSF”) and water management works. The scope of these activities is generally consistent with prior plans, with expenditure guidance reflecting inflationary cost pressures on key inputs, in particular, fuel, electricity, freight, logistics and labour costs in some markets.

Capital Expenditures ($ millions)

20227

Sustaining Capital8

Candelaria (100% basis)

370

Chapada

65

Eagle

10

Neves-Corvo

95

Zinkgruvan

60

Total Sustaining Capital

600

Zinc Expansion Project (Neves-Corvo)8

30

Total Capital Expenditures

630

  • Candelaria: Capital expenditures at Candelaria in 2022 are forecast to total $370 million. Of this total, capitalized waste stripping expenditures are estimated to be $180 million, and underground mine development, including infill drilling and ramp works, is estimated to be approximately $90 million. Capital expenditures for mobile and mine equipment are estimated to be $25 million and $55 million for the continued build of the Los Diques TSF. Pebble crushing debottlenecking initiatives are estimated to be $15 million and forecast to be completed in 2022.
  • Chapada: Capital expenditures at Chapada in 2022 are estimated to total $65 million. This includes approximately $20 million for capitalized waste stripping, $20 million for TSF and water management systems and $10 million for mine and mobile equipment.
  • Eagle: Capital expenditures are estimated to total $10 million in 2022 composed of underground mine development, mobile equipment and mill water treatment plant sustaining initiatives.
  • Neves-Corvo: Capital expenditures are estimated to total $125 million in 2022 of which $30 million is expansionary capital to complete pre-production works on the ZEP and $95 million is forecast sustaining capital. Of the forecast sustaining capital expenditures, approximately $50 million is for underground mine development, including infill drilling, $30 million for TSF works and water initiatives and $15 million for mine and mobile equipment. Total ZEP pre-production capital cost estimate of $430M (€360M) remains unchanged.
  • Zinkgruvan: Sustaining capital expenditures are estimated to total $60 million in 2022, including approximately $35 million for underground development, including the Dalby orebody, and the remainder primarily for mine and mobile equipment, TSF works and other improvement initiatives.

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7 Capital expenditures are based on various assumptions and estimates, including, but not limited to foreign currency exchange rates (2022- €/USD:1.20, USD/SEK:8.20, CLP/USD:700, USD/BRL:5.10).

8 This is a non-GAAP measure. For historical comparatives see the Historical Non-GAAP Measure Comparatives section of this press release. Please also see the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2020, for discussion of non-GAAP measures. Capital expenditures have been reported on a cash basis. Discrepancies may exist with other external reports which have been reported on an accrual basis.

2022 Exploration Investment Guidance

Exploration expenditures are planned to be $45 million in 2022. Approximately $40 million is to be spent supporting significant in-mine and near-mine targets at our operations ($15 million at Candelaria, $10 million at Chapada, $8 million at Neves-Corvo, $5 million at Zinkgruvan and $2 million at Eagle). The remaining $5 million is planned to advance activities on exploration stage and new business development projects.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a telephone conference call and webcast at 08:00am ET, 14:00 CET on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, to answer analyst and investor questions. Conference call details are provided below. Please dial in 15 minutes prior to the call start to ensure placement into the conference on time.

Call-in number for the conference call (North America): +1 647 788 4922
Call-in number for the conference call (North America Toll Free): +1 877 223 4471
Call-in number for the conference call (Sweden): 020 012 3522

To view the live webcast presentation, please log on using this direct link:
https://onlinexperiences.com/Launch/QReg/ShowUUID=33E372D6-219B-4957-98C2-4285AEF61753.

The presentation slideshow will also be available in PDF format on the Lundin Mining website www.lundinmining.com before the conference call.

A replay of the telephone conference will be available after the completion of the call through December 23, 2021.

Call-in numbers for the replay are (North America): +1 800 585 8367 or (internationally) +1 416 621 4642.

The passcode for the replay is: 2127909

A replay of the webcast will be available by clicking on the direct link above.

Normal Course Issuer Bid Renewal

Lundin Mining intends to renew its NCIB to purchase up to 63,761,024 common shares of the Company (“Common Shares”) on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”). The Company intends to continue to utilize the NCIB from time to time to make opportunistic purchases to create shareholder value and actively manage the number of outstanding Common Shares.

In connection with the NCIB renewal, Lundin Mining intends to enter into an automatic repurchase plan with its designated broker to allow for the repurchase of Common Shares at times when the Company ordinarily would not be active in the market due to its own internal trading blackout periods, insider trading rules or otherwise. Any such plan entered into with the Company’s broker will be adopted in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws. The Company will determine parameters for such a plan based on market conditions, share price, best use of available cash, and other factors.

The NCIB renewal has been approved by the Company’s Board of Directors; however, it is subject to acceptance by the TSX and, if accepted, will be made in accordance with the applicable rules and policies of the TSX and applicable Canadian securities laws. Under the NCIB, Common Shares may be repurchased in open market transactions on the TSX and/or other Canadian exchanges, or by such other means as may be permitted by the TSX and applicable Canadian securities laws. The price that Lundin Mining will pay for Common Shares in open market transactions will be the market price at the time of purchase.

Pursuant to the NCIB renewal, which will commence following expiry of the current NCIB, it is expected that the Company will be able to purchase up to 63,761,024 Common Shares, representing 10% of the total outstanding Common Shares as of November 22, 2021, minus those Common Shares beneficially owned, or over which control or direction is exercised by the Company, the senior officers and directors of the Company and every shareholder who owns or exercises control or direction over more than 10% of the outstanding Common Shares, over a period of twelve months commencing after TSX approval. In accordance with TSX rules, any daily purchases, other than pursuant to a block purchase exception, on the TSX under the NCIB will be limited to a maximum 25% of the average daily trading volume on the TSX for the six months ended November 30, 2021. Any Common Shares that are purchased under the NCIB will be cancelled.

The actual number of Common Shares that may be purchased and the timing of such purchases will be determined by the Company.

Under the Company’s current NCIB that commenced on December 9, 2020 and which expires on December 8, 2021, the Company previously sought and received approval from the TSX to purchase up to 63,682,170 Common Shares. As of November 22, 2021, the Company has purchased 4,323,100 Common Shares under its current NCIB through open market transactions at a weighted average price of approximately C$11.25 per Common Share.

About Lundin Mining

Lundin Mining is a diversified Canadian base metals mining company with operations in Brazil, Chile, Portugal, Sweden and the United States of America, primarily producing copper, zinc, gold and nickel.

The information in this release is subject to the disclosure requirements of Lundin Mining under the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out below on November 22, 2021 at 18:00 Eastern Time.

Other Information

The Technical Information in this press release has been prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 and has been reviewed and approved by Jeremy Weyland, P.Eng., Acting Vice President, Technical Services of the Company, a “Qualified Person” under NI 43-101. Mr. Weyland has verified the data disclosed in this release and no limitations were imposed on his verification process.

Historical Non-GAAP Measure Comparatives

Cash Cost – Year Ended December 31, 2020

Operations

Candelaria

Chapada

Eagle

Neves-Corvo

Zinkgruvan

($ thousands, unless otherwise noted)

(Cu)

(Cu)

(Ni)

(Cu)

(Zn)

Total

Sales volumes (Contained metal in concentrate):

Tonnes

104,796

33,495

11,622

25,950

46,051

Pounds (000s)

231,035

73,844

25,622

57,210

101,525

Production costs

996,246

Less: Royalties and other

(42,695)

953,551

Deduct: By-product credits

(466,556)

Add: Treatment and refining charges

86,367

Cash cost

368,583

76,527

(39,260)

116,351

51,161

573,362

Cash cost per pound ($/lb)

1.60

1.04

(1.53)

2.03

0.50

Cash cost is non-GAAP measure. See the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2020, for discussion of non-GAAP measures.

Capital Expenditures – Year Ended December 31, 2020

($ thousands)

Sustaining

Expansionary

Capitalized
Interest

Total

Candelaria

216,018

216,018

Chapada

38,646

38,646

Eagle

11,259

11,259

Neves-Corvo

63,360

63,440

1,294

128,094

Zinkgruvan

36,946

36,946

Other

272

272

366,501

63,440

1,294

431,235

Capital expenditures are reported on a cash basis, as presented in the consolidated statement of cash flows. Sustaining and expansionary capital expenditures are non-GAAP measures. See the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2020, for discussion of non-GAAP measures.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

Certain of the statements made and information contained herein is “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this document constitute forward-looking information, including but not limited to statements regarding the Company’s plans, prospects and business strategies; the Company’s guidance on the timing and amount of future production and its expectations regarding the results of operations; expected costs; permitting requirements and timelines; timing and possible outcome of pending litigation; the results of any Preliminary Economic Assessment, Feasibility Study, or Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimations, life of mine estimates, and mine and mine closure plans; anticipated market prices of metals, currency exchange rates, and interest rates; the development and implementation of the Company’s Responsible Mining Management System; the Company’s ability to comply with contractual and permitting or other regulatory requirements; anticipated exploration and development activities at the Company’s projects; and the Company’s integration of acquisitions and any anticipated benefits thereof. Words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “contemplate”, “target”, “plan”, “goal”, “aim”, “intend”, “continue”, “budget”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “can”, “could”, “should”, “schedule” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon various estimates and assumptions including, without limitation, the expectations and beliefs of management, including that the Company can access financing, appropriate equipment and sufficient labor; assumed and future price of copper, nickel, zinc, gold and other metals; anticipated costs; ability to achieve goals; the prompt and effective integration of acquisitions; that the political environment in which the Company operates will continue to support the development and operation of mining projects; and assumptions related to the factors set forth below. While these factors and assumptions are considered reasonable by Lundin Mining as at the date of this document in light of management’s experience and perception of current conditions and expected developments, these statements are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements and information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks inherent in mining including but not limited to risks to the environment, industrial accidents, catastrophic equipment failures, unusual or unexpected geological formations or unstable ground conditions, and natural phenomena such as earthquakes, flooding or unusually severe weather; uninsurable risks; global financial conditions and inflation; changes in the Company’s share price, and volatility in the equity markets in general; volatility and fluctuations in metal and commodity prices; the threat associated with outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the COVID-19 virus; changing taxation regimes; reliance on a single asset; delays or the inability to obtain, retain or comply with permits; risks related to negative publicity with respect to the Company or the mining industry in general; health and safety risks; exploration, development or mining results not being consistent with the Company’s expectations; unavailable or inaccessible infrastructure and risks related to ageing infrastructure; actual ore mined and/or metal recoveries varying from Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimates, estimates of grade, tonnage, dilution, mine plans and metallurgical and other characteristics; risks associated with the estimation of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves and the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits including but not limited to models relating thereto; ore processing efficiency; community and stakeholder opposition; information technology and cybersecurity risks; potential for the allegation of fraud and corruption involving the Company, its customers, suppliers or employees, or the allegation of improper or discriminatory employment practices, or human rights violations; regulatory investigations, enforcement, sanctions and/or related or other litigation; uncertain political and economic environments, including in Brazil and Chile; risks associated with the structural stability of waste rock dumps or tailings storage facilities; estimates of future production and operations; estimates of operating, cash and all-in sustaining cost estimates; civil disruption in Chile; the potential for and effects of labor disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or shortages of labor or interruptions in production; risks related to the environmental regulation and environmental impact of the Company’s operations and products and management thereof; exchange rate fluctuations; reliance on third parties and consultants in foreign jurisdictions; climate change; risks relating to attracting and retaining of highly skilled employees; compliance with environmental, health and safety laws; counterparty and credit risks and customer concentration; litigation; risks inherent in and/or associated with operating in foreign countries and emerging markets; risks related to mine closure activities and closed and historical sites; changes in laws, regulations or policies including but not limited to those related to mining regimes, permitting and approvals, environmental and tailings management, labor, trade relations, and transportation; internal controls; challenges or defects in title; the estimation of asset carrying values; historical environmental liabilities and ongoing reclamation obligations; the price and availability of key operating supplies or services; competition; indebtedness; compliance with foreign laws; existence of significant shareholders; liquidity risks and limited financial resources; funding requirements and availability of financing; enforcing legal rights in foreign jurisdictions; dilution; risks relating to dividends; risks associated with acquisitions and related integration efforts, including the ability to achieve anticipated benefits, unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to integration and diversion of management time on integration; activist shareholders and proxy solicitation matters; and other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those described in the “Risk and Uncertainties” section of the Annual Information Form and the “Managing Risks” section of the Company’s MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2020, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com under the Company’s profile. All of the forward-looking statements made in this document are qualified by these cautionary statements. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, forecast or intended and readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which may have been used. 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 information. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate and forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance. Readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained herein speaks only as of the date of this document. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forwardlooking information or to explain any material difference between such and subsequent actual events, except as required by applicable law.

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George Weston Limited Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results(2)

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TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2021 /CNW/ – George Weston Limited (TSX: WN) (“GWL” or the “Company”) today announced its consolidated unaudited results for the 16…

George Weston Limited Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results(2)

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TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2021 /CNW/ – George Weston Limited (TSX: WN) (“GWL” or the “Company”) today announced its consolidated unaudited results for the 16 weeks ended October 9, 2021.

GWL’s 2021 Third Quarter Report has been filed on SEDAR and is available at sedar.com and in the Investor Centre section of the Company’s website at weston.ca.

George Weston’s third quarter results reflect the strength of its underlying operating businesses. Loblaw’s focus on core retail execution and an enthusiastic consumer response drove another quarter of strong financial results, while Choice Properties’ results were stable and reflect its resilient necessity-based portfolio,” said Galen G. Weston, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, George Weston Limited. “With the recently announced agreements to sell Weston Foods, George Weston will continue to focus on its market-leading Retail and Real Estate businesses. The Company is pleased that the proud legacy of the bakery business is well-positioned to continue into the future with two high-quality buyers.”

Loblaw Companies Limited (“Loblaw”) delivered another quarter of positive financial results. Loblaw experienced strong demand in stores and online, as economies re-opened and eat-at-home trends remained elevated. Seasonal shopping for back-to-school and Thanksgiving was robust. In Loblaw’s pharmacy business, beauty sales climbed with gradual return to social and work activities while drug sales grew, supported by demand for pharmacy services. Loblaw maintained its focus on delivering service and value where consumers and their families need it most.

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (“Choice Properties”) delivered strong financial and operational results in the third quarter of 2021. Contractual rent collections remained high at 99%, reflecting Choice Properties’ necessity-based portfolio. During the quarter, Choice Properties continued to advance its long-term pipeline of mixed-use development, submitting zoning applications for two additional projects. To date, Choice Properties has approximately 10 million square feet of potential density submitted for zoning approval. Choice Properties’ balance sheet is strong, and the business is well positioned to execute on its pipeline of compelling development opportunities.

As at the end of the third quarter of 2021, the Company’s interest in Weston Foods is presented under Discontinued Operations. Unless otherwise indicated, all financial information in this News Release represents the results from Continuing Operations.

2021 THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

George Weston Limited’s net earnings available to common shareholders of the Company from continuing operations were $238 million ($1.58 per common share) a decrease of $51 million ($0.29 per common share) compared to the same period in 2020. The decrease was due to the unfavourable year-over-year net impact of adjusting items totaling $73 million ($0.50 per common share), which were primarily comprised of the unfavourable year-over-year impact of the fair value adjustment of the Trust Unit liability of $64 million ($0.43 per common share) as a result of the increase of Choice Properties’ unit price in the quarter, partially offset by an improvement of $22 million ($0.21 per common share) in the Company’s consolidated underlying operating performance.

Adjusted net earnings available to common shareholders of the Company(1) from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2021 were $365 million ($2.43 per common share). Compared to the same period in 2020, this represented an increase of $22 million ($0.21 per common share), or 6.4%, primarily due to the improvement in the underlying operating performance of Loblaw. The increase in adjusted diluted net earnings per common share(1) from continuing operations of $0.21, or 9.5%, was due to the improvement in adjusted net earnings available to common shareholders of the Company(1) from continuing operations and the favourable impact of share repurchases.

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The Company’s results reflect the impact of COVID-19 and the year-over-year impact of the fair value adjustment of the Trust Unit liability as a result of the significant changes in Choice Properties’ unit price, recorded in net interest expense and other financing charges. The Company’s results are impacted by market price fluctuations of Choice Properties’ Trust Units on the basis that the Trust Units held by unitholders, other than the Company, are redeemable for cash at the option of the holder and are presented as a liability on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet. The Company’s financial results are negatively impacted when the Trust Unit price rises and positively impacted when the Trust Unit price declines.

The Company’s interest in Weston Foods is presented separately as Discontinued Operations in the Company’s current and comparative results.

Unless otherwise indicated, all financial information represents the Company’s results from Continuing Operations.

(unaudited)

($ millions except where otherwise
   indicated)
For the periods ended as indicated

16 Weeks Ended

40 Weeks Ended

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020(3,4)

$ Change

% Change

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct 3, 2020(3,4)

$ Change

% Change

Revenue

$

16,192

$

15,806

$

386

2.4 %

$

40,846

$

39,840

$

1,006

2.5 %

Operating income

$

1,125

$

964

$

161

16.7 %

$

3,018

$

2,006

$

1,012

50.4 %

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

1,780

$

1,644

$

136

8.3 %

$

4,542

$

3,960

$

582

14.7 %

Adjusted EBITDA margin(1)

11.0 %

10.4 %

11.1 %

9.9 %

Net earnings attributable to
   shareholders of the Company
   from Continuing Operations

$

252

$

303

$

(51)

(16.8)%

$

325

$

683

$

(358)

(52.4)%

Net earnings available to
   common shareholders
   of the Company

$

124

$

303

$

(179)

(59.1)%

$

170

$

630

$

(460)

(73.0)%

Continuing Operations

$

238

$

289

$

(51)

(17.6)%

$

291

$

649

$

(358)

(55.2)%

Discontinued Operations

$

(114)

$

14

$

(128)

(914.3)%

$

(121)

$

(19)

$

(102)

(536.8)%

Adjusted net earnings 
   available to common
   shareholders of the Company(1)

$

359

$

358

$

1

0.3 %

$

874

$

736

$

138

18.8 %

Continuing Operations

$

365

$

343

$

22

6.4 %

$

885

$

725

$

160

22.1 %

Discontinued Operations

$

(6)

$

15

$

(21)

(140.0)%

$

(11)

$

11

$

(22)

(200.0)%

Diluted net earnings 
   per common share 
($)

$

0.82

$

1.96

$

(1.14)

(58.2)%

$

1.10

$

4.08

$

(2.98)

(73.0)%

Continuing Operations

$

1.58

$

1.87

$

(0.29)

(15.5)%

$

1.90

$

4.21

$

(2.31)

(54.9)%

Discontinued Operations

$

(0.76)

$

0.09

$

(0.85)

(944.4)%

$

(0.80)

$

(0.13)

$

(0.67)

(515.4)%

Adjusted diluted net earnings
   per common share(1) ($)

$

2.39

$

2.32

$

0.07

3.0 %

$

5.76

$

4.77

$

0.99

20.8 %

Continuing operations

$

2.43

$

2.22

$

0.21

9.5 %

$

5.83

$

4.70

$

1.13

24.0 %

Discontinued operations

$

(0.04)

$

0.10

$

(0.14)

(140.0)%

$

(0.07)

$

0.07

$

(0.14)

(200.0)%

In the third quarter of 2021, the Company recorded net earnings available to common shareholders of the Company from continuing operations of $238 million ($1.58 per common share), a decrease of $51 million ($0.29 per common share) compared to the same period in 2020. The decrease was due to the unfavourable year-over-year net impact of adjusting items totaling $73 million ($0.50 per common share), partially offset by an improvement of $22 million ($0.21 per common share) in the consolidated underlying operating performance of the Company described below.

  • The unfavourable year-over-year net impact of adjusting items totaling $73 million ($0.50 per common share) was primarily due to:
    • the unfavourable year-over-year impact of the fair value adjustment of the Trust Unit liability of $64 million ($0.43 per common share) as a result of the increase in Choice Properties’ unit price in the third quarter of 2021; and
    • the unfavourable year-over-year impact of the fair value adjustment of the forward sale agreement of Loblaw common shares of $41 million ($0.28 per common share); 

               partially offset by,

    • the favourable year-over-year impact of the fair value adjustment on investment properties of $30 million ($0.21 per common share) primarily driven by Choice Properties, net of consolidation adjustments in Other and Intersegment.
  • The improvement in the Company’s consolidated underlying operating performance of $22 million ($0.21 per common share) was due to:
    • the favourable underlying operating performance of Loblaw; and
    • a decrease in adjusted net interest expense and other financing charges(1);

               partially offset by,

    • the unfavourable year-over-year impact of certain one-time gains in the prior year recorded on consolidation in Other and Intersegment related to Choice Properties’ transactions.
  • Diluted net earnings per common share from continuing operations also included the favourable impact of shares purchased for cancellation over the last 12 months ($0.06 per common share).

Adjusted net earnings available to common shareholders of the Company(1) from continuing operations were $365 million, an increase of $22 million, or 6.4%, compared to the same period in 2020 due to the improvement in the Company’s consolidated underlying operating performance described above. Adjusted diluted net earnings per common share(1) from continuing operations were $2.43 per common share in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $0.21 per common share, or 9.5%, compared to the same period in 2020. The increase was due to the favourable performance in adjusted net earnings available to common shareholders of the Company(1) from continuing operations and the favourable impact of share repurchases.

SALE OF WESTON FOODS AND DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS  On March 23, 2021, the Company announced its intention to launch a process to sell the Weston Foods business, comprised of the fresh, frozen and ambient bakery businesses. As at October 9, 2021, Weston Foods was classified as assets held for sale and discontinued operations. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2021, the Company announced on October 26, 2021, an agreement to sell the fresh and frozen bakery businesses, for aggregate cash consideration of $1.2 billion and on November 15, 2021, an agreement to sell the ambient business for aggregate cash consideration of $370 million. The transactions are subject to compliance with applicable competition law and regulatory reviews and other closing conditions customary for transactions of this nature. Subject to the receipt of all regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the Company expects to close each of the transactions before the end of the first quarter of 2022. Upon closing of each respective transaction, the respective purchaser will enter into a supply agreement with Loblaw.

Discontinued operations represents results of Weston Foods, net of intersegment eliminations.

Weston Foods sales were $584 million in the third quarter of 2021, a decrease of 1.4% compared to the same period of 2020, and included the unfavourable impact of foreign currency translation of approximately 3.1%. Excluding the unfavourable impact of foreign currency translation, Weston Foods sales increased by 1.7% compared to the same period of 2020.

Net loss available to common shareholders of the Company from discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2021 was $114 million ($0.76 per common share) compared to net earnings available to common shareholders of the Company from discontinued operations of $14 million ($0.09 per common share) in the same period of 2020, a decrease of $128 million ($0.85 per common share). The decrease was due to the unfavourable year-over-year net impact of adjusting items totaling $107 million ($0.71 per common share) and the unfavourable underlying operating performance of Weston Foods of $21 million ($0.14 per common share). The unfavourable year-over-year net impact of adjusting items were primarily due to:

    • a non-cash goodwill impairment net of deferred tax recovery of $79 million ($0.53 per common share). Upon classifying Weston Foods as held for sale, the net assets of fresh and frozen, and ambient businesses were separately measured at the lower of their carrying value or fair value less costs to sell. Fair value less costs to sell represents expected aggregate proceeds from the sale less estimated closing costs and estimated adjustments customary of transactions of this nature;
    • deferred tax expense on outside basis difference of Weston Foods of $17 million ($0.11 per common share). The deferred tax expense pertains to temporary differences in respect of GWL’s investment in Weston Foods that are expected to reverse in the foreseeable future; and
    • transaction and other related costs in connection with the sale of the Weston Foods business of $13 million ($0.09 per common share).

Adjusted net loss available to common shareholders of the Company(1) from discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2021 was $6 million ($0.04 per common share), a decrease of $21 million ($0.14 per common share) compared to the same period in 2020, driven by a decline in the underlying operating performance of Weston Foods.

CONSOLIDATED OTHER BUSINESS MATTERS

COVID-19 RELATED COSTS  The Company incurred COVID-19 related costs of approximately $20 million and $141 million in the third quarter of 2021 and year-to-date, respectively (2020 – $89 million and $418 million), primarily related to safety and security measures to protect colleagues, customers, tenants and other stakeholders. The estimated COVID-19 related costs incurred by each of the Company’s reportable operating segments were as follows:

(unaudited)

($ millions)

16 Weeks Ended

40 Weeks Ended

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020

Loblaw(i)

$

19

$

85

$

137

$

399

Choice Properties(ii)

1

4

4

19

Consolidated

$

20

$

89

$

141

$

418

(i)

Loblaw’s COVID-19 related costs included $25 million and $180 million related to one-time bonuses and benefits for store and distribution centre colleagues in the second quarters of 2021 and 2020, respectively.     

(ii)

Choice Properties recorded a provision of $1 million (2020 – $4 million) and $4 million (2020 – $19 million) in the third quarter of 2021 and year-to-date, respectively, for certain past due amounts, reflecting increased collectability risk and negotiated rent abatements.

Refer to “Outlook” of this News Release for more information.

GWL CORPORATE(5) FINANCING ACTIVITIES  The Company completed the following financing activities during the third quarters of 2021 and 2020. The cash impacts of these activities are set out below:

(unaudited)

($ millions)

16 Weeks Ended

40 Weeks Ended

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020

Net Debt Associated with Equity Forward Sale
   Agreement

$

(462)

$

$

(515)

$

GWL Normal Course Issuer Bid (“NCIB”) – Purchased
   and cancelled(i)(ii)

(411)

(577)

GWL’s Participation in Loblaw’s NCIB

136

169

474

261

Net Cash Flow (Used) From Above Activities

$

(737)

$

169

$

(618)

$

261

(i)

$26 million of cash consideration related to common shares repurchased under the NCIB for cancellation in the second quarter of 2021 was paid in the third quarter of 2021.

(ii)

$31 million of cash consideration related to common shares repurchased under the NCIB for cancellation in the third quarter of 2021 was paid in the fourth quarter of 2021.

NET DEBT ASSOCIATED WITH EQUITY FORWARD SALE AGREEMENT  In the second quarter of 2021, the Company began to settle the net debt associated with the equity forward sale agreement. In the third quarter of 2021, the Company paid $462 million, net of the $298 million gain on the settlement of 5.83 million of the 9.6 million shares under the agreement, to redeem $283 million of the Series A Debentures and $475 million of the Series B Debentures, plus accrued interest.

Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2021, the Company paid $275 million to settle the remaining balance, resulting in the extinguishment of the Series A Debentures, Series B Debentures and the settlement of the equity forward sale agreement. In aggregate, $790 million was paid to extinguish the net debt associated with the equity forward sale agreement.

The 9.6 million Loblaw shares securing the net debt have been released and the Company’s economic interest in Loblaw is now equal to its voting interest in Loblaw.

Refer to Section 3.3, “Components of Total Debt” of the Company’s 2021 Third Quarter MD&A for more information.

GWL CREDIT FACILITY  In the third quarter of 2021, GWL entered into a $350 million revolving committed credit facility provided by a syndicate of lenders with a maturity date of September 13, 2024. The credit facility contains certain financial covenants. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2021, the Company drew $275 million on its credit facility to fund the settlement of the net debt associated with the equity forward sale agreement.

Refer to Section 3.3, “Components of Total Debt” of the Company’s 2021 Third Quarter MD&A for more information.

GWL’S NCIB – PURCHASED AND CANCELLED SHARES  In the third quarter of 2021, the Company purchased and cancelled 3.2 million shares under its NCIB program. At the end of the quarter, the Company had 147.5 million shares outstanding.

In the second quarter of 2021, the Company entered into an automatic share purchase plan (“ASPP”) with a broker in order to facilitate the repurchase of the Company’s common shares under its NCIB. During the effective period of the ASPP, the Company’s broker may purchase common shares at times when the Company would not be active in the market. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2021, the Company purchased and cancelled approximately $70 million of its common shares under its ASPP.

Refer to Section 3.6, “Share Capital” of the Company’s 2021 Third Quarter MD&A for more information.

GWL’S PARTICIPATION IN LOBLAW’S NCIB  Commencing in the first quarter of 2020, the Company began participating in Loblaw’s NCIB program in order to maintain its proportionate percentage ownership. During the third quarter of 2021, GWL received proceeds of $136 million from the sale of Loblaw shares.

REPORTABLE OPERATING SEGMENTS

The Company operates through its two reportable operating segments: Loblaw and Choice Properties. Other and Intersegment includes eliminations, intersegment adjustments related to the consolidation and cash and short-term investments held by the Company. All other company level activities that are not allocated to the reportable operating segments, such as interest expense, corporate activities and administrative costs are included in Other and Intersegment.

Loblaw has two reportable operating segments, retail and financial services. Loblaw’s retail segment consists primarily of food retail and drug retail. Loblaw provides Canadians with grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, apparel, general merchandise and financial services.

Choice Properties owns, manages and develops a high-quality portfolio of commercial retail, industrial, office and residential properties across Canada.

Loblaw Operating Results 

(unaudited)
($ millions except where otherwise
    indicated)
For the periods ended as indicated

16 Weeks Ended

40 Weeks Ended

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020(3)

$ Change

% Change

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020(3)

$ Change

% Change

Revenue

$

16,050

$

15,671

$

379

2.4 %

$

40,413

$

39,428

$

985

2.5 %

Operating income

$

861

$

716

$

145

20.3 %

$

2,226

$

1,657

$

569

34.3 %

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

1,672

$

1,516

$

156

10.3 %

$

4,257

$

3,685

$

572

15.5 %

Adjusted EBITDA margin(1)

    ­    10.4 %

9.7 %

    ­    10.5 %

9.3 %

Depreciation and
  amortization(i)

$

817

$

795

$

22

2.8 %

$

2,041

$

1,987

$

54

2.7 %

(i)

Depreciation and amortization in the third quarter of 2021 includes $155 million (2020 – $155 million) of amortization of intangible assets acquired with Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation (“Shoppers Drug Mart”).

Revenue  Loblaw revenue in the third quarter of 2021 was $16,050 million, an increase of $379 million, or 2.4%, compared to the same period in 2020, driven by an increase in retail sales and an improvement in financial services revenue.

Retail sales increased by $367 million, or 2.4%, compared to the same period in 2020 and included food retail sales of $11,382 million (2020 – $11,215 million) and drug retail sales of $4,449 million (2020 – $4,249 million). The increase was primarily driven by the following factors:

  • food retail same-store sales grew by 0.2% for the quarter. Sales were impacted by lower eat-at-home trends after strong growth last year, offset by higher industry inflation levels. The two year food retail sales Compound Annual Growth Rate (“CAGR”)(6) was 4.5%. Food retail basket size decreased and traffic increased in the quarter, as compared to the third quarter of 2020;
  • Loblaw’s internal measures of inflation were slightly higher than the average quarterly national food price inflation of 2.6% (2020 – 1.8%), as measured by The Consumer Price Index for Food Purchased from Stores; and
  • drug retail same-store sales grew by 4.4% (2020 – 6.1%). Pharmacy same-store sales growth benefited from strong sales in fee related services. Front store same-store sales growth benefited from the economic re-opening in the third quarter of 2021. Pharmacy same-store sales growth was 4.8% and front store same-store sales increased by 4.1%. The two year drug retail sales CAGR(6) was 5.5%.

In the last 12 months, 15 food and drug stores were opened and fourteen food and drug stores were closed, resulting in a net increase in retail square footage of 0.3 million square feet, or 0.4%. 

Financial services revenue in the third quarter of 2021 increased by $19 million compared to the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily driven by higher interchange income from an increase in customer spending.

Operating income  Loblaw operating income in the third quarter of 2021 was $861 million, an increase of $145 million, or 20.3%, compared to the same period in 2020. The increase included the improvement in underlying operating performance of $134 million and the favourable year-over-year net impact of adjusting items totaling $11 million, as described below:

  • the improvement in underlying operating performance of $134 million was primarily due to the following:
    • an improvement in the underlying operating performance of retail due to an increase in retail gross profit, partially offset by an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) and depreciation and amortization; and
    • the improvement in the underlying operating performance of financial services.
  • the favourable year-over-year net impact of adjusting items totaling $11 million was primarily due to:
    • the favourable year-over-year impact of fair value adjustments on fuel and foreign currency contracts of $8 million; and
    • the favourable year-over-year impact of a net gain on sale of non-operating properties of $6 million;

               partially offset by,

    • the unfavourable year-over-year impact of restructuring and other related costs of $3 million.

Adjusted EBITDA(1)  Loblaw adjusted EBITDA(1) in the third quarter of 2021 was $1,672 million, an increase of $156 million, or 10.3%, compared to the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily due to an increase in retail of $149 million and an increase in financial services of $7 million.

Retail adjusted EBITDA(1) in the third quarter of 2021 increased by $149 million driven by an increase in retail gross profit partially offset by an increase in SG&A of $173 million.

  • Retail gross profit percentage of 30.7% increased by 140 basis points compared to the same period in 2020, from a favourable change in sales mix in both food retail and drug retail and underlying improvements in business initiatives.
  • Retail SG&A as a percentage of sales was 20.5%, an increase of 70 basis points compared to the same period of 2020. The increase was primarily due to the normalization of post-lockdown operating conditions and higher costs incurred in drug retail from providing fee related services, partially offset by a reduction in COVID-19 costs.

Financial services adjusted EBITDA(1) increased by $7 million compared to the same period in 2020, primarily driven by higher revenue as described above, lower contractual charge-off and lower funding costs. This was partially offset by higher loyalty program costs and operating costs.

Depreciation and Amortization  Loblaw depreciation and amortization in the third quarter of 2021 was $817 million, an increase of $22 million compared to the same period in 2020, primarily driven by an increase in depreciation of information technology (“IT”) and leased assets and an increase in depreciation in the financial services due to the launch of the PC Money Account. Included in depreciation and amortization is the amortization of intangible assets acquired with Shoppers Drug Mart of $155 million (2020 – $155 million).

Consolidation of Franchises  Loblaw has more than 500 franchise food retail stores in its network. Non-controlling interests at Loblaw represent the franchise’s earnings in food. Loblaw’s net earnings attributable to non-controlling interests were $54 million in the third quarter of 2021. When compared to the third quarter of 2020, this represented an increase of $39 million or 260%. The increases in non-controlling interests at Loblaw were primarily driven by higher franchise earnings in comparison to the same period in 2020.

Network Optimization  Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2021, Loblaw finalized network optimization plans that will result in banner conversions, closures and right-sizing of approximately 20 unprofitable retail locations across a range of banners and formats, the majority of which will be banner conversions and 3 will be closures within food retail. Loblaw expects to record charges of approximately $25 million to $35 million resulting from this network optimization. These charges will be recorded as incurred and are expected to include equipment, severance, lease related and other costs. Loblaw expects to realize approximately $25 million in annualized EBITDA run-rate savings related to these plans. This store optimization project will be substantially complete by the end of 2022. As Loblaw places emphasis on optimizing its store and office network, there may be additional charges of this nature in the fourth quarter of 2021 and into 2022. 

Choice Properties Operating Results

(unaudited)

($ millions except where otherwise
   indicated)

For the periods ended as indicated

16 Weeks Ended

40 Weeks Ended

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020

$ Change

% Change

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020

$ Change

% Change

Revenue

$

316

$

309

$

7

2.3 %

$

967

$

949

$

18

1.9 %

Net interest expense (income)
   and other financing charges(i)

$

113

$

145

$

(32)

(22.1)%

$

878

$

(44)

$

922

2,095.5 %

Net income

$

163

$

97

$

66

68.0%

$

186

$

334

$

(148)

(44.3)%

Funds from Operations(1)

$

173

$

169

$

4

2.4 %

$

515

$

480

$

35

7.3 %

(i)

Net interest expense (income) and other financing charges includes a fair value adjustment on Exchangeable Units.

Revenue  Revenue in the third quarter of 2021 was $316 million, an increase of $7 million, or 2.3%, compared to the same period in 2020, and included $176 million (2020 – $176 million) generated from tenants within Loblaw.

The increase in revenue was primarily driven by:

  • the contribution from acquisitions and development transfers completed in 2020 and 2021;

      partially offset by,

  • declines due to foregone revenue from dispositions in 2020; and
  • vacancies in select retail and office assets.

Net Interest Expense and Other Financing Charges  Net interest expense and other financing charges in the third quarter of 2021 were $113 million compared to $145 million in the same period in 2020. The decrease of $32 million was primarily driven by the favourable year-over-year impact of the fair value adjustment of Exchangeable Units of $31 million.

Net Income  Net income in the third quarter of 2021 was $163 million, compared to $97 million in the same period in 2020. The increase of $66 million was primarily driven by:

  • lower net interest expense and other financing charges as described above;
  • the favourable change in the adjustment to fair value of investment properties, including those held within equity accounted joint ventures;
  • a decline in expected credit loss provisions; and
  • an increase in rental revenue as described above.

Funds from Operations(1)  Funds from Operations(1) in the third quarter of 2021 was $173 million, an increase of $4 million compared to the same period in 2020, primarily due to a decline in expected credit loss provisions, and the contribution from acquisitions and development transfers completed in 2020 and 2021.

Other Matters  Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2021, Choice Properties announced that on December 10, 2021, it will redeem in full, at par, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon, the $300 million aggregate principal amount of series I senior unsecured debentures outstanding bearing interest at 3.01% with an original maturity date of March 21, 2022.

Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2021, Choice Properties agreed to issue, on a private placement basis, $350 million aggregate principal amount of series Q senior unsecured debentures, bearing interest at a rate of 2.456% per annum and maturing on November 30, 2026.

Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2021, Choice Properties announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) accepted its intention to make a NCIB to purchase on the TSX or through alternative trading systems up to 27,558,665 of its Trust Units during a 12-month period commencing November 19, 2021 and terminating November 18, 2022.

OUTLOOK(2)

For 2021, the Company expects adjusted net earnings(1) from continuing operations to increase due to the results from its operating segments, including the continued improved performance of Loblaw, and to use excess cash to repurchase shares.

Loblaw  Loblaw’s businesses continues to be impacted by the pandemic in 2021, including the challenge of lapping elevated 2020 sales.

On a full year basis, Loblaw expects:

  • its core retail business to grow earnings faster than sales;
  • growth in financial services profitability;
  • to invest approximately $1.2 billion in capital expenditures, net of proceeds from property disposals; and
  • to return capital to shareholders by allocating a significant portion of free cash flow to share repurchases.

Based on its year to date operating and financial performance and momentum exiting the third quarter, Loblaw expects year-over-year adjusted diluted net earnings per common share(1) growth in the low-to-mid thirty percent range, excluding the impact of the 53rd week in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020 and the charges associated with Loblaw’s network optimization as described in Loblaw Operating Results of this News Release.

In the third quarter, Loblaw’s COVID-19 related costs were approximately $19 million. Loblaw incurred COVID-19 costs in the four weeks after the end of the third quarter of 2021 of approximately $4 million.

Choice Properties  Choice Properties’ goal is to provide net asset value appreciation, stable net operating income growth and capital preservation, all with a long-term focus. 

Although there remains uncertainty on the longer-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Choice Properties remains confident that its business model, stable tenant base, and disciplined approach to financial management will continue to position it well. At the end of the third quarter of 2021, Choice Properties’ diversified portfolio of retail, industrial and office properties was 97% occupied and leased to high-quality tenants across Canada. Choice Properties’ retail portfolio is primarily leased to grocery stores, pharmacies or other necessity-based tenants, and logistics providers, who continue to perform well in this environment and provide stability to Choice Properties’ overall portfolio. The stability is evident in Choice Properties’ financial results and rent collections, which exceeded 99% for the third quarter.

Choice Properties continues to advance its development program, which provides Choice Properties with the best opportunity to add high-quality real estate to its portfolio at a reasonable cost and drive net asset value appreciation over time. Choice Properties has a mix of active development projects ranging in size, scale, and complexity, including retail intensification projects, industrial greenfield development and rental residential projects located in urban markets with a focus on transit accessibility.

Underpinning all aspects of Choice Properties’ business model is a strong balance sheet and a disciplined approach to financial management. Choice Properties takes a conservative approach to leverage and financing risk by maintaining strong leverage ratios and a staggered debt maturity profile.

DECLARATION OF QUARTERLY DIVIDENDS

Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2021, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend on GWL Common Shares, Preferred Shares, Series I, Preferred Shares, Series III, Preferred Shares, Series IV and Preferred Shares, Series V payable as follows:

Common Shares

$0.600 per share payable January 1, 2022, to shareholders of record December 15, 2021;

Preferred Shares, Series I

$0.3625 per share payable December 15, 2021, to shareholders of record November 30, 2021;

Preferred Shares, Series III

$0.3250 per share payable January 1, 2022, to shareholders of record December 15, 2021;

Preferred Shares, Series IV

$0.3250 per share payable January 1, 2022, to shareholders of record December 15, 2021;

Preferred Shares, Series V

$0.296875 per share payable January 1, 2022, to shareholders of record December 15, 2021.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

The Company uses non-GAAP financial measures as it believes these measures provide useful information to both management and investors with regard to accurately assessing the Company’s financial performance and financial condition.

Management uses these and other non-GAAP financial measures to exclude the impact of certain expenses and income that must be recognized under GAAP when analyzing underlying consolidated and segment operating performance, as the excluded items are not necessarily reflective of the Company’s underlying operating performance and make comparisons of underlying financial performance between periods difficult. The Company excludes additional items if it believes doing so would result in a more effective analysis of underlying operating performance. The exclusion of certain items does not imply that they are non-recurring.

These measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies, and should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP.

For reconciliation to, and description of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures and financial metrics, see Section 9, “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”, of the MD&A in the Company’s 2021 Third Quarter Report.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures Policy Change Effective First Quarter of 2021  In 2020, management undertook a review of historical adjusting items as part of an effort to reduce the number of non-GAAP items it adjusts for in its financial reporting. Management concluded that, in order to present adjusting items in a manner more consistent with that of its Canadian and U.S. peers, the Company will no longer adjust for fixed asset and other related impairments (net of recoveries), certain restructuring and other related costs, pension settlement costs, statutory income tax rate changes or other items. For further details please refer to Section 9.1 “Non-GAAP Financial Measures Policy Change Effective First Quarter of 2021” of the MD&A in the Company’s 2021 Third Quarter Report.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This News Release contains forward-looking statements about the Company’s objectives, plans, goals, aspirations, strategies, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, performance, prospects, opportunities and legal and regulatory matters. Specific forward-looking statements in this News Release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the Company’s anticipated future results, events and plans, strategic initiatives and restructuring, regulatory changes including further healthcare reform, future liquidity, planned capital investments, and the status and impact of IT systems implementations. Additionally, there can be no assurance regarding (a) the ability of the Company to successfully complete the sale of the Weston Foods fresh, frozen or ambient businesses, (b) the proceeds to be derived from the transactions referenced in this News Release, and (c) the timing of closing of any such sale. These specific forward-looking statements are contained throughout this News Release including, without limitation, in the “Outlook” section of this News Release. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “foresee”, “could”, “estimate”, “goal”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “strive”, “will”, “may”, “should” and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company and its management.

Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s estimates, beliefs and assumptions, which are based on management’s perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. The Company’s expectation of operating and financial performance in 2021 is based on certain assumptions, including assumptions about the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare reform impacts, anticipated cost savings and operating efficiencies and anticipated benefits from strategic initiatives. The Company’s estimates, beliefs and assumptions are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and other uncertainties and contingencies regarding future events, including the COVID-19 pandemic and as such, are subject to change. The Company can give no assurance that such estimates, beliefs and assumptions will prove to be correct.

Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed, implied or projected in the forward-looking statements, including those described in “Enterprise Risks and Risk Management” section, of the MD&A in the Company’s 2020 Annual Report and the Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company’s expectations only as of the date of this News Release. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SEGMENT INFORMATION

The Company has two reportable operating segments: Loblaw and Choice Properties. Other and Intersegment includes eliminations, intersegment adjustments related to the consolidation, cash and short-term investments held by the Company and all other company level activities that are not allocated to the reportable operating segments, as further illustrated below.

The accounting policies of the reportable operating segments are the same as those described in the Company’s 2020 audited annual consolidated financial statements. The Company measures each reportable operating segment’s performance based on adjusted EBITDA(1) and adjusted operating income(1). No reportable operating segment is reliant on any single external customer.

16 Weeks Ended

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020(3,4)

($ millions)

Loblaw

Choice

Properties

Other and

Intersegment

Total

Loblaw

Choice

Properties

Other and

Intersegment

Total

Revenue

$

16,050

$

316

$

(174)

$

16,192

$

15,671

$

309

$

(174)

$

15,806

Operating income

$

861

$

276

$

(12)

$

1,125

$

716

$

242

$

6

$

964

Net interest expense (income) and other
   financing charges

203

113

96

412

228

145

(50)

323

Earnings before income taxes

$

658

$

163

$

(108)

$

713

$

488

$

97

$

56

$

641

Operating income

$

861

$

276

$

(12)

$

1,125

$

716

$

242

$

6

$

964

Depreciation and amortization

817

1

(114)

704

795

1

(114)

682

Adjusting items(i)

(6)

(51)

8

(49)

5

(18)

11

(2)

Adjusted EBITDA(i)

$

1,672

$

226

$

(118)

$

1,780

$

1,516

$

225

$

(97)

$

1,644

Depreciation and amortization(ii)

662

1

(114)

549

640

1

(114)

527

Adjusted operating income(i)

$

1,010

$

225

$

(4)

$

1,231

$

876

$

224

$

17

$

1,117

(i)

Certain items are excluded from operating income to derive adjusted EBITDA(1). Adjusted EBITDA(1) is used internally by management when analyzing segment underlying operating performance.

(ii)

Excludes $155 million (2020 – $155 million) of amortization of intangible assets acquired with Shoppers Drug Mart, recorded by Loblaw.

 

40 Weeks Ended

Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 3, 2020(3,4)

($ millions)

Loblaw

Choice

Properties

Other and

Intersegment

Total

Loblaw

Choice

Properties

Other and

Intersegment

Total

Revenue

$

40,413

$

967

$

(534)

$

40,846

$

39,428

$

949

$

(537)

$

39,840

Operating income

$

2,226

$

1,064

$

(272)

$

3,018

$

1,657

$

290

$

59

$

2,006

Net interest expense (income) and other
   financing charges

524

878

58

1,460

576

(44)

53

585

Earnings before income taxes

$

1,702

$

186

$

(330)

$

1,558

$

1,081

$

334

$

6

$

1,421

Operating income

$

2,226

$

1,064

$

(272)

$

3,018

$

1,657

$

290

$

59

$

2,006

Depreciation and amortization

2,041

3

(274)

1,770

1,987

2

(267)

1,722

Adjusting items(i)

(10)

(393)

157

(246)

41

361

(170)

232

Adjusted EBITDA(i)

$

4,257

$

674

$

(389)

$

4,542

$

3,685

$

653

$

(378)

$

3,960

Depreciation and amortization(ii)

1,652

3

(274)

1,381

1,595

2

(267)

1,330

Adjusted operating income(i)

$

2,605

$

671

$

(115)

$

3,161

$

2,090

$

651

$

(111)

$

2,630

(i)

Certain items are excluded from operating income to derive adjusted EBITDA(1). Adjusted EBITDA(1) is used internally by management when analyzing segment underlying operating performance.

(ii)

Excludes $389 million (2020 – $392 million) of amortization of intangible assets acquired with Shoppers Drug Mart, recorded by Loblaw.

2021 THIRD QUARTER REPORT

The Company’s 2020 Annual Report and 2021 Third Quarter Report are available in the Investor Centre section of the Company’s website at www.weston.ca and have been filed on SEDAR and are available at www.sedar.com.

INVESTOR RELATIONS

Shareholders, security analysts and investment professionals should direct their requests to Roy MacDonald, Vice President, Investor Relations, at the Company’s Executive Office or by e-mail at [email protected].

Additional financial information has been filed electronically with various securities regulators in Canada through SEDAR. This News Release includes selected information on Loblaw, a public company with shares trading on the TSX. For information regarding Loblaw, readers should refer to the materials filed by Loblaw on SEDAR from time to time. These filings are also maintained on Loblaw’s corporate website at www.loblaw.ca.

This News Release also includes selected information on Choice Properties, a public real estate investment trust with units trading on the TSX. For information regarding Choice Properties, readers should refer to the materials filed by Choice Properties on SEDAR from time to time. These filings are also maintained on Choice Properties’ website at www.choicereit.ca.

THIRD QUARTER CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

George Weston Limited will host a conference call as well as an audio webcast on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. (ET). To access via tele-conference, please dial 416-764-8688 or 1-888-390-0546. The playback will be available two hours after the event at 416-764-8677 or 1-888-390-0541, passcode: 153670#. To access via audio webcast, please visit the Investor Centre section of www.weston.ca. Pre-registration will be available.

Ce rapport est disponible en français.

Endnotes

(1)

See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of the Company’s 2021 Third Quarter Results, which includes the reconciliation of such non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

(2)

This News Release contains forward-looking information. See “Forward-Looking Statements” section of this News Release and the Company’s 2021 Third Quarter Report for a discussion of material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forecasts and projections herein and of the material factors and assumptions that were used when making these statements. This News Release should be read in conjunction with GWL’s filings with securities regulators made from time to time, all of which can be found at www.weston.ca and www.sedar.com.

(3)

Certain figures have been restated due to the non-GAAP financial measures policy change. See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures Policy Change Effective First Quarter of 2021” section of the Company’s 2021 Third Quarter Management Discussion & Analysis.

(4)

Comparative figures have been restated to conform with current year presentation.

(5)

GWL Corporate refers to the non-consolidated financial results and metrics of GWL. GWL Corporate is a subset of Other and Intersegment.

(6)

Compound Average Growth Rate (“CAGR”) is the measure of annualized growth over a period longer than one year. CAGR is the mean annual growth rate over a two year period, 2019 to 2021.

 

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Nevada Sunrise Reports Geophysical Surveys Continue to Identify New Drill Targets at Kinsley Mountain Gold Project, Nevada

Nevada Sunrise Reports Geophysical Surveys Continue to Identify New Drill Targets at Kinsley Mountain Gold Project, Nevada
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Nevada Sunrise Reports Geophysical Surveys Continue to Identify New Drill Targets at Kinsley Mountain Gold Project, Nevada

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VANCOUVER, BC, Nov. 23, 2021 /CNW/ – Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp. (“Nevada Sunrise”, or the “Company“) (TSXV: NEV) is pleased to announce that its joint venture partner, New Placer Dome Gold Corp. (“New Placer Dome”) (TSXV: NGLD) has completed the first half of the 2021 induced polarization (IP)/resistivity geophysical surveys currently underway at the Kinsley Mountain Gold Project (“Kinsley Mountain”) in Nevada.Nevada Sunrise holds a 20.01% interest in the Kinsley Mountain joint venture, with New Placer Dome, as operator, holding a 79.99% interest.

The first phase of the 2021 IP/resistivity geophysical surveys infilled the area between the Western Flank Zone (“WFZ”) and Shale Saddle 2020 survey grids. There is a correlation between enhanced chargeability and drill-confirmed high-grade gold sulphide mineralization at the WFZ. At Shale Saddle, anomalous gold values were discovered on the periphery of a 500 by 250 metre untested chargeability anomaly.

Seven lines, totaling 30 line-kilometres, were completed during the first phase of surveying, extending the existing 2020 Shale Saddle grid north to connect and overlap with the south end of the WFZ grid (see Figure 1). Chargeability anomalies were detected on all lines, coincident with modelled Secret Canyon shale rocks, the main host of high-grade sulphide gold mineralization at the WFZ and Secret Spot. Drilling in 2020 by the Kinsley Mountain joint venture yielded high-grade gold sulphide intercepts from the Secret Canyon shale including: 10.2 g/t gold (Au) over 6.1 metres within a broader zone averaging 2.63 g/t Au over 38.1 metres in KMR20-017 at the WFZ; and 11.3 g/t Au over 2.9 metres within a broader zone grading 3.81 g/t Au over 11.6 metres in KMD20-006 at Secret Spot (see Nevada Sunrise news releases dated January 1, 2021 and April 28, 2021). Significantly, the two holes are separated by a 1.5 kilometer expanse of largely untested Secret Canyon stratigraphy.

The new chargeability anomalies occur within areas untested by previous drilling, with each line producing one or more potential drill targets. Several anomalies are spatially associated with major fault structures including the Kinsley NW Fault and the Transverse Fault, which correlate to WFZ and Secret Spot gold mineralization, respectively. Together with anomalies identified by the 2020 Shale Saddle survey, a broad north-south trending zone of elevated chargeability has been delineated over a strike length of 1.5 kilometres.

New Placer Dome reports that the next phase of surveying currently underway extends the 2020 WFZ grid to the east, covering the Upper Kinsley Ridge pits and Notch Peak breccias. Two lines, totaling 5 line-kilometres, are planned for the WFZ grid extension. An additional 45 line-kilometres are planned for the underexplored Kinsley North Range, covering a total area of 25 square kilometres of undrilled target host rocks.

Methodology and QA/QC

Seven IP/resistivity lines have been completed to date during 2021 infilling the area between the WFZ and Shale Saddle target. The lines are spaced 150 metres apart, with line lengths ranging from 3.6 to 4.0 kilometres. Data were collected using the Direct Current Resistivity, Induced Polarization (“DCIP”) method, on a 16-channel pole-dipole array with a dipole size (a-spacing) of 100 metres. A GDD GRx16 receiver and GDD 5000W-2400V-20A IP Tx model Tx4 transmitter was used. Raw data were loaded into GDD IP Post-Process software and Geosoft Oasis Montaj software for quality control and review. The reviewed data were used to produce pseudo section plots of apparent resistivity and apparent chargeability and were the input for the inversion. Inversions were completed using the UBC-GIF DCIP2D inversion codes. Each line of data was inverted independently. The resistivity and IP inversion is a two-step process. The resistivity inversion is run first, and this model is used in the chargeability inversion. Multiple inversions were completed for quality control.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Robert M. Allender, Jr., CPG, RG, SME and a Qualified Person for Nevada Sunrise as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Allender has examined the information provided by New Placer Dome, which includes the data disclosed underlying the information and opinions contained herein.

About Nevada Sunrise

Nevada Sunrise is a junior mineral exploration company with a strong technical team based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, that holds interests in gold, copper, cobalt and lithium exploration projects located in the State of Nevada, USA.

The Company’s key gold asset is a 20.01% interest in a joint venture with New Placer Dome Gold Corp. (TSXV: NGLD) at the Kinsley Mountain Gold Project near Wendover, NV. Kinsley Mountain is a Carlin-style gold project hosting a National Instrument 43-101 compliant gold resource consisting of 418,000 indicated ounces of gold grading 2.63 g/t Au (4.95 million tonnes), and 117,000 inferred ounces of gold averaging 1.51 g/t Au (2.44 million tonnes), at cut-off grades ranging from 0.2 to 2.0 g/t Au 1.

1Technical Report on the Kinsley Project, Elko County, Nevada, U.S.A., dated June 21, 2021 with an effective date of May 5, 2021 and prepared by Michael M. Gustin, Ph.D., and Gary L. Simmons, MMSA and filed under New Placer Dome Gold Corp.‘s Issuer Profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

Nevada Sunrise has right to earn a 100% interest in the Coronado VMS Project, located approximately 48 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Winnemucca, NV. The Company owns a 15% interest in the historic Lovelock Cobalt Mine and the Treasure Box copper properties, each located approximately 150 kilometers (100 miles) east of Reno, NV, with Global Energy Metals Corp. (TSXV: GEMC) holding an 85% participating interest. 

Nevada Sunrise owns 100% interests in the Jackson Wash and Gemini lithium projects, both of which are located in Esmeralda County, NV. The Company owns Nevada water right Permit 44411, located within the Clayton Valley basin near Silver Peak, NV, which is currently subject to a purchase and sale agreement with Cypress Development Corp., and water permit 86863, located in the Lida Valley basin, near Lida, NV.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This release may contain forwardlooking statements. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “projects”, “potential” and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur and include disclosure of anticipated exploration activities. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forwardlooking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements. Forwardlooking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company’s management on the date such statements were made. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forwardlooking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Such factors include, among others, risks related to the interpretation and actual results of historical production at Kinsley Mountain, reliance on technical information provided by third parties on any of our exploration properties, including access to historical information on the Kinsley Mountain property as well as specific historical data associated with drill results from the property, technical information received from New Placer Dome Gold Corp., current exploration and development activities; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; current economic conditions; future prices of commodities; possible variations in grade or recovery rates; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; the failure of contracted parties to perform; failure of New Placer Dome Gold Corp. to complete anticipated work programs; labor disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays due to pandemic; delays in obtaining governmental approvals, financing or in the completion of exploration, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis for the Nine Months ended June 30, 2021,  which is available under Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Although Nevada Sunrise has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Nevada Sunrise disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The securities of Nevada Sunrise Gold Corporation have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to the account or benefit of any U.S. person.

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