Toronto, April 7, 2014 (ABN Newswire) - At December 31, 2013, McEwen Mining (TSE:MUX) (NYSE:MUX) had cash and liquid assets of $25.6 million, comprised of cash totaling $24.3 million and gold and silver of $1.3 million. The Company remains debt free. In addition, McEwen Mining is owed $11.6 million from the Mexican government in the form of a tax refund. The Company believed the refund would have been received by year-end. Due to delays by the Mexican government, the Company now expects to receive all or part of the refund in Q2. Subsequent to year-end McEwen Mining received $4.0 million in dividends from the San José mine with the majority having been repatriated back to the Company's head office in Canada.
Major expenditures in Q4 included $0.7 million for the El Gallo 1 mine expansion, $2.8 million in exploration costs, $0.5 million in annual land payments and $3.1 million in general and administrative expenses.
The goal of McEwen Mining is to qualify for inclusion in the S&P 500 by 2015 by creating a high growth gold producer focused in the Americas. McEwen Mining's principal assets consist of the San Jose mine in Santa Cruz, Argentina (49% interest); the El Gallo complex in Sinaloa, Mexico; the Gold Bar project in Nevada, US; the Los Azules project in San Juan, Argentina and a large portfolio of exploration properties in Argentina, Mexico and Nevada.
McEwen Mining has 296,024,859 shares issued and outstanding. Rob McEwen, Chairman, President and Chief Owner, owns 25% of the shares of the Company (assuming all outstanding Exchangeable Shares are exchanged for an equivalent amount of Common Shares). As of December 31, 2012, McEwen Mining had cash and liquid assets of approximately US$79 million and is debt free.