CdA Mines reports record revenue despite deeper losses

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. Thursday reported record quarterly revenue from its highest silver production ever, and a tripling of gold production during the third quarter.

But net income tumbled.

Revenue vaulted to $89.8 million from $36.5 million for the 2008 quarter. The revenue gains were offset by a doubling of production costs, and sharply higher depreciation, which yielded a net loss of $17.3 million, or 23 cents per share.

In the 2008 quarter, the loss was $4 million, or 7 cents per share.

Operating cash flow multiplied to $23 million from $1.2 million in 2008.

Silver production increased 86 percent to 5.2 million ounces, and gold output to 29,000 ounces, most of both from new mines in Bolivia and Mexico.

Chairman Dennis Wheeler said the start of operations at the Kensington Mine in Alaska in the second half of 2010, and additional output from the Bolivian and Mexican mines, should allow Coeur to build on progress made this year.

A halt to work on parts of the San Bartolomé mine in Bolivia, pending an election next month, should not be a long-term impediment, Wheeler said, as the Bolivian president and mining cooperatives in the region support Coeur’s operation.

San Bartolomé is the world’s largest pure silver mine.

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