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Mountain Province Diamonds Announces Strong First Quarter Financial Results for 2022

Press Release

TORONTO and NEW YORK, May 3, 2022  – Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. (“Mountain Province”, the “Company”) (TSX: MPVD) (OTC: MPVD) today announces strong financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 (“the Quarter” or “Q1 2022”) continuing the strong operational and financial performance achieved in 2021 from the Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine (“GK Mine”).

All figures are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

Company Highlights for First Quarter 2022

  • Record average sales value per carat of US$132/carat, 52% higher as compared to average values in Q4 2021. The increase in average values in Q1 reflected the demand growth across the rough diamond market along with upstream stock levels, now believed to reflect operating inventories only.
  • Updated NI 43-101 Technical Report featuring:
    • C$1.2Bn pre-tax/royalty NPV7.5% attributable to MPVD, a 109% increase relative to the 2019 Technical Report
    • 2.6M Carats in Reserve additions, before depletion
    • Life of Mine plan with an improved processing rate of 3.6Mtpa
  • US$50M Junior Credit Facility closed

Financial Highlights for First Quarter 2022

  • 507,000 carats sold, with total proceeds of $84.7 million (Q1 2021: $54.2 million) at an average realised value of $167 per carat (US$132 per carat, Q1 2021: US$71/carat).
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $44.6 million (Q1 2021: 19.1 million).
  • Earnings from mine operations of $42.8 million (Q1 2021: $13.7 million).
  • Cash costs of $122 per tonne treated and $73/carat recovered, including capitalized stripping costs1.
  • Net income of $24.2 million or $0.11 earnings per share as compared to net income of $7.3 million or $.03 earnings per share for Q1 2021[2].

Operational Highlights for First Quarter 2022 (all figures reported on a 100% basis unless otherwise stated)

  • 8,168,000 tonnes mined, compared to 5,605,000 mined in Q1 2021, a 46% increase
  • 1,019,000 ore mined, a 99% increase relative to 515,000 tonnes mined in Q1 2021
  • 707,553 ore tonnes treated, a 13% increase relative to 625,582 tonnes treated in Q1 2021
  • 1,185,156 carats recovered, 15% lower than the comparable quarter (Q1 2021: 1,392,128 carats)

As previously disclosed, during the first quarter Gahcho Kué experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 Omicron that caused disruption to both operations and maintenance activities, in conjunction with a major failure of the Pitman bearing in the primary crusher.  These two events have been largely resolved, but within the quarter production was below internal expectations, as the feed rate through the Primary crusher continued to be lower than planned.  Grade was impacted by unplanned external dilution from mining that was primarily due to workforce inefficiencies around shovel operations and bottom pit mining causing space constraints, in conjunction with a different ore mix than was planned.  The Company is working with its joint venture partner DeBeers, who are the operator of the mine, to address these operating issues.

Sales Highlights for First Quarter 2022

As previously released, during the first quarter only 507,000 carats were sold for total proceeds of $84.7 million (US$66.7 million) resulting in an average value of $167 per carat (US$132 per carat). This is a 52% increase relative to the average value per carat in Q4 2021 of $110 per carat (US$86 per carat) but 16% lower in terms of volume of carats sold.

Mark Wall, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“I’m extremely pleased to see the Company’s strong financial performance in Q1, with a record adjusted EBITDA of $44.6M in the first 3 months of the year. In addition to its strong financial performance, the Company closed a US$50M Junior Credit Facility with its largest shareholder, and produced an updated NI 43-101 Technical Report which demonstrated an NPV attributable to Mountain Province of over $1.2Bn. These milestones are significant steps forward as we progress through what is to be a pivotal year for the Company, and all of its stakeholders. Going forward Management time will be focussed on guiding the Operator to optimise the operation and addressing the financing requirements of the Company.”

Financial Performance

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Three months ended

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where otherwise noted)

March 31, 2022

March 31, 2021

Sales

$

84,653

54,224

Carats sold

 000’s carats 

507

603

Average price per carat sold

 $/carat 

167

90

Cost of sales per carat*

 $/carat 

83

80

Earnings from mine operations per carat

$

84

10

Earnings from mine operations

%

50%

11%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

$

3,994

2,609

Operating income

$

35,018

10,532

Net income for the period

$

24,196

7,312

Basic and diluted income per share

$

0.11

0.03

Gahcho Kué Mine Operations

The following table summarizes key operating statistics for the Gahcho Kué Mine in the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021.

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March 31, 2022

March 31, 2021

GK operating data

Mining

*Ore tonnes mined 

 kilo tonnes 

1,019

515

*Waste tonnes mined 

 kilo tonnes 

7,149

5,090

*Total tonnes mined

 kilo tonnes 

8,168

5,605

*Ore in stockpile

 kilo tonnes 

1,059

158

Processing

*Ore tonnes processed

 kilo tonnes 

708

626

*Average plant throughput

 tonnes per day 

7,867

6,731

*Average diamond recovery

 carats per tonne 

1.67

2.22

*Diamonds recovered 

 000’s carats 

1,185

1,392

Approximate diamonds recovered – Mountain Province

000’s carats

581

682

Cash costs of production per tonne of ore, net of capitalized stripping **

$

93

119

Cash costs of production per tonne of ore, including capitalized stripping**

$

122

139

Cash costs of production per carat recovered, net of capitalized stripping**

$

56

53

Cash costs of production per carat recovered, including capitalized stripping**

$

73

62

Sales

Approximate diamonds sold – Mountain Province***

000’s carats

507

603

Average diamond sales price per carat

US

$                                   132

$                              71

 * at 100% interest in the Gahcho Kué Mine

**See Non-IFRS Measures section of the Company’s March 31, 2022 MD&A for explanation and reconciliation

***Includes the sales directly to De Beers for fancies and specials acquired by De Beers through the production split bidding process

Conference Call

The Company will host its quarterly conference call on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 at 11:00am ET.

Title: Mountain Province Diamonds Inc Q1 2022 Earnings Conference Call

Conference ID: 29875964

Date of call: 05/04/2022

Time of call: 11:00 Eastern Time

Expected Duration: 60 minutes

Webcast Link:
https://produceredition.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1545143&tp_key=bd339f39e9

Participant Toll-Free Dial-In Number:             (+1) 888-390-0546
Participant International Dial-In Number:       (+1) 416-764-8688

A replay of the webcast and audio call will be available on the Company’s website.

****

About the Company

Mountain Province Diamonds is a 49% participant with De Beers Canada in the Gahcho Kué diamond mine located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The Gahcho Kué Joint Venture property consists of several kimberlites that are actively being mined, developed, and explored for future development. The Company also controls 106,202 hectares of highly prospective mineral claims and leases that surround the Gahcho Kué Joint Venture property that include an indicated mineral resource for the Kelvin kimberlite and inferred mineral resources for the Faraday kimberlites.

For further information on Mountain Province Diamonds and to receive news releases by email, visit the Company’s website at www.mountainprovince.com.

Qualified Person

The disclosure in this news release of scientific and technical information regarding Mountain Province’s mineral properties has been reviewed and approved by Matthew MacPhail, P.Eng., MBA, and Tom E. McCandless, Ph.D., P.Geo., both employees of Mountain Province Diamonds and Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

For further information: Investor Contact: Rich Matthews, Partner, Integrous Communications, [email protected], (604) 757 7179, www.integcom.us; Mark Wall, President and CEO, 161 Bay Street, Suite 1410, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1, Phone: (416) 361-3562, E-mail: [email protected]; Matthew MacPhail, Chief Technical Officer, 161 Bay Street, Suite 1410, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1, Phone: (416) 361-3562, E-mail: [email protected]

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