Toronto, Ontario – July 31, 2017 – Excellon Resources Inc. (TSX:EXN and EXN.WT; OTC:EXLLF) (“Excellon” or the “Company”) is pleased to report financial results for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2017.
Q2 2017 Operational Highlights
- Dry mining conditions achieved with completion of Optimization Plan
- Immediate benefits realized with materially improved development rates, maintenance and electrical efficiency gains
- Mine production materially increased to 215 tonnes per day (“tpd”) in July-to-date, an increase of 47% relative to 2016, with access to high-grade ore within the Platosa resource
- Continued success of ongoing drilling program with multiple intersections of high grade mineralization potentially expanding existing mantos including, 886 g/t Ag, 8.8% Pb and 20.5% Zn or 2,318 g/t silver equivalent (“AgEq”) over 6.76 metres in EX17UG323
- Miguel Auza Mill awarded Certification of Clean Industry, Level 1 from Mexican environmental regulator
Vancouver, July 31, 2017 – Leagold Mining Corporation (TSX: LMC) (“Leagold” or the “Company”) received the environmental permit for development of the portal and ramp for the Bermejal Underground deposit, an attractive expansion project with potential to increase gold production and extend mine life at Los Filos. The permit was received on June 14, 2017 and required submission of an additional economic/technical document which was completed on July 28, 2017 such that the permit is now in effect. A portal and ramp design has been completed and is being used for tendering, and a total of six underground tunneling contractors have completed site visits. Contractor selection will be completed in August.
Neil Woodyer, CEO stated “Development of the exploration ramp is an important step in advancing Bermejal Underground towards production. The ramp will provide access to the eastern and central portions of the deposit. The mineralization is similar to the Los Filos Underground deposits where we are currently mining, and this development provides an opportunity to carry out additional exploration from underground as well as demonstrate the minability of Bermejal Underground. Access to the ore body will also provide a larger sample for confirmatory metallurgical testwork for heap leaching. These steps will advance the deposit towards declaration of reserves and incorporation into the mine plan.”
Vancouver, British Columbia, July 31, 2017 – Telson Resources Inc. (“Telson” or the “Company”) (TSX Venture – TSN.V) is pleased to announce that processing of Tahuehueto ore for mineral recovery at the Atocha toll mill is underway. It is planned to process the ore at 300 tonnes or more per day. To date approximately 4,600 tonnes of ore has been delivered to the Atocha mill site and approximately 1,500 tonnes of this ore has been processed through the sulfide flotation mill circuit to recover metal concentrates. A further 900 tonnes have been mined and are stockpiled at the Tahuehueto mine site pending delivery to the Atocha mill. Mining is continuing underground from the Level 10 ore shoot estimated to contain at least 50,000 tonnes.
Telson intends to continue mining on a continuous basis to generate cash proceeds during the Tahuehueto mine construction phase.
Vancouver, British Columbia – Capstone Mining Corp. (“Capstone”) (TSX: CS) today announced its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017. Cash flow from operating activities for the quarter was $4.1 million or $0.01 per share and cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital for the quarter was $26.0 million or $0.07 per share. The net income for the quarter was $12.8 million or $0.03 per share and adjusted net income was $0.7 million or break-even on a per share basis after adjusting for certain non-cash and non-recurring charges. Copper production for the quarter totalled 24,002 tonnes (23,176 tonnes of payable copper) at a C1 cash cost1 of $1.75 per payable pound produced with copper sales for the quarter of 20,771 tonnes at a C1 cash cost1 of $1.74 per payable pound sold.
“Operational performance in the second quarter was on plan, with costs trending down from the first quarter,” said Darren Pylot, President and CEO of Capstone. “Most importantly, Pinto Valley returned to full production, setting quarterly and monthly throughput records.”
“For the second half of the year, approximately half of our production is unhedged and completely unhedged in 2018 and beyond,” continued Mr. Pylot.
During the 30th week of the year (July 24th to July 30th, 2017), with the presentation of second quarter reports, at least 26 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, gold production decreased 1.7% in 2016 to 4.26 M Oz, but US$2,846 M is to be invested in gold projects between 2017 and 2020. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora Riverside released first phase exploration results at Cecilia; Aztec released historical drilling results on its Cervantes property. In Durango Southern Silver released drilling results from its Cerro Las Minitas project. In Zacatecas Arian Silver commenced an auger drilling program on its lithium projects; Goldcorp updated exploration efforts in the Altiplano; Zenith completed drilling for lithium in the San Juan salt pan, results pending. In Veracruz Almadex released high grade gold-copper results from continuing drilling at El Cobre. ON MINING, Avino Silver, Americas Silver, Coeur, Goldcorp and Agnico Eagle presented production results for the second quarter of 2017. Great Panther applied for a permit on its tailings facility at Topia, in Durango. ON FINANCING, Torex Gold signed an amended agreement on a credit facility for US$400 M; Santacruz closed the first tranche of a non-brokered private placement for $935 K ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Candelaria submitted a MIA (environmental application) on its Caballo Blanco property in Veracruz. Excellon reported high-grade drilling results from its Platosa mine in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Goldcorp and Evrim reached an agreement on La Pinta 6 concession in Zacatecas.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
- Camimex (Cámara Minera de México) informed 12 companies are to invest US$2,846 M in gold projects between 2017 and 2020 in Mexico, with Torex Gold, Goldcorp and Fresnillo PLC leading the list. Present and coming projects include the expansion of Pan American’s Dolores mine expansion (Durango, 112 M), Argonaut’s San Agustin (Durango, 43 M), Alamos Gold’s La Yaqui (Sonora, 12 M), Torex’s Media Luna (Guerrero, 482 M), Goldcorp’s sulfide leach plant at Peñasquito (Zacatecas, 420 M), Fresnillo’s Orisyvo (Chihuahua, 350 M) and the Fresnillo and Mag Silver’s JV on Juanicipio (Zacatecas, 305 M). In 2016, Mexico produced 4.26 M Oz, a 1.7% reduction on the previous year.
- Arian Silver Corp. commenced an auger drill program on its lithium projects in Zacatecas. The properties to be auger drilled down to a vertical depth of 20 m are Pozo Hondo, Columpio and Abundancia, to test lithium grades and volumes.
- Almadex Minerals Ltd. released results from its more recent drill hole at the Norte zone of its El Cobre property in Veracruz. From 204.1 m an interval of 431.9 m @ 0.86 g/t Au, 0.27% Cu was intercepted, including 40.45 m @ 1.38 g/t Au, 0.43% Cu; 46.2 m @ 1.04 g/t Au, 0.29% Cu; 70.45 m @ 2.32 g/t Au, 0.59% Cu.
- Aztec Minerals Corp. pretends to drill test its Cervantes property in Sonora by September or October. Results of past drilling by Peñoles on the California target in 1996 include 22.1 m @ 0.21 g/t Au; 23.0 m @ 0.40 g/t Au; 99.4 m @ 0.40 g/t Au (including 29.5 m @ 0.74 g/t Au; 88.1 m @ 0.42 g/t Au (including 16.8 m @ 1.16 g/t Au; 141.1 m @ 0.41 g/t Au (including 40.9 m @ 0.96 g/t Au); 42.6 m @ 0.47 g/t Au. A 50 x 50 m soil survey was completed the previous week on the Jasper copper target, where the IP anomaly of the California target continues. A total of 60 rock chip samples were recently collected at two additional copper oxide locations, and a channel sampling program across the gold soil anomaly will commence shortly on the California target.
- Goldcorp Inc. released an exploration update on the Altiplano around its Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas. Exploration was focused on ground validation of 13 targets identified on the first quarter, as well as regional rock chip and selective leach soil sampling at a 1 km grid spacing near the mine. Biogeochemical sampling of creosote plants is also to be used. A 15,000 m program of reverse circulation (RC) holes to the top of bedrock is to evaluate targets overlain by Tertiary cover in several valleys. Detailed mapping and re-logging of core from the Noche Buena and Santa Rosa projects was carried out.
- Riverside Resources Corp. released results from the first phase of exploration at its Cecilia project in Sonora. The second batch of samples include 8.0 and 9.7 m wide zones at the North Breccia zone averaging 3.90 g/t Au and 1.2 g/t Au respectively. About 400 m SW from the North Breccia zone a fault zone assayed 5.4 g/t Au over 3.0 m. Several priority drill targets have been selected and the process for drill permitting has started. The target is a low sulfidation epithermal mineralization system within and beneath a felsic volcanic flow-dome complex which has been defined in an area of 1,200 x 400 m, and over 400 m of vertical span.
- Southern Silver Exploration Corp. released recent results from its current drilling campaign at Cerro Las Minitas, Durango. The last hole intersected 12.5 m true width (TW) @ 154 g/t Ag, 2.0 g/t Au, 3.2% Pb, 3.9% Zn (including 3.0 m TW @ 329 g/t Ag, 4.6 g/t Au, 7.4% Pb, 7.3% Zn); 9.2 m @ 220 g/t Ag, 0.3% Cu, 3.6% Pb, 5.4% Zn.
- Zenith Minerals Ltd. completed a shallow drilling program at the Zacatecas Lithium project. The 11 auger holes reached a maximum of 27 m of depth at the San Juan salt pans, recovering sediment and brine samples. The brines were within 5 to 15 m of the surface. Drilling results are expected within four weeks.
- Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. reported second quarter 2017 production results from its Avino property in Durango. At the Avino mine 115.5 K tonnes were mined, 117.4 K tonnes milled @ 76 g/t Ag, 0.53 g/t Au, 0.49% Cu, recovering 84% Ag, 69% Au, 89% Cu to produce 241.7 K Oz Ag, 1,384 Oz Au, 1.13 M Lb Cu. At the San Gonzalo mine 21.2 K tonnes were mined, 20.1 K tonne milled @ 277 g/t Ag, 1.19 g/t Au, recovering 81% Ag, 74% Au to produce 144.3 K Oz Ag, 570 Oz Au.
- Americas Silver Corp. provided second quarter 2017 production results, including figures from its Cosalá operations in Sinaloa. At Cosalá 134.8 K tonnes of ore were milled @ 66 g/t Ag to produce 242.5 K Oz Ag, 273.5 K Lb Cu, 1.35 M Lb Pb, 2.9 M Lb Zn, or 564.1 K Oz AgEq at cash cost ($2.43) and AISC ($2.43).
- Coeur Mining Inc. reported second quarter 2017 financial results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Palmarejo in Chihuahua 335.8 K tons were mined @ 155 g/t Ag, 2.49 g/t Au, with 335.4 K tons milled and a recovery rate of 87.3% Ag, 91.1% Au to produce 1.45 M Oz Ag, 24,292 Oz Au. Mining rates were 2,600 tons per day (tpd) at Guadalupe and 1,000 tpd at Independencia. Exploration expenses during the quarter were $3.1 M, to accelerate resource expansion and new target definition efforts.
- Goldcorp Inc. released its second quarter 2017 results, without detail on figures from its various operations in several countries, including Mexico. The by-product cash cost per gold ounce was $510 and all-in sustaining cost (AISC) $800 per gold ounce.
- Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. reported second quarter 2017 results, including information on its Mexican operations. At Pinos Altos in Chihuahua 620 K tonnes were processed (6,811 tpd) @ 2.65 g/t Au, to produce 48,196 Oz Au at cash cost $595 per Oz Au and total cash cost of $373 per Oz Au. In late June a new silver flotation circuit was commissioned, and a 10-12% increase in silver recovery is expected. At Creston Mascota, which operates as a satellite operation to Pinos Altos, 596 K tonnes were processed (6,554 tpd) @ 1.17 g/t Au, to produce 12,074 Oz Au at cash cost $610 per Oz Au and total cash cost $550 per Oz Au. Recent drilling of the Bravo and Madrono zones at Creston Mascota has intersected 18.2 m (TW) @ 1.6 g/t Au; 5.4 m @ 10.9 g/t Au; 12.3 m @ 1.7 g/t Au; 10 m @ 1.4 g/t Au; 13.6 m @ 1.4 g/t Au; 13.6 m @ 1.9 g/t Au; 3.5 m @ 4.2 g/t Au; 8.2 m @ 2.5 g/t Au; 5.4 m @ 3.3 g/t Au. At La India in Sonora, 1.33 M tonnes were processed (14,605 tpd) @ 0.65 g/t Au, to produce 24,211 Oz Au at cash cost $617 per Oz Au and total cash cost $552 per Oz Au. The company is evaluating location options to construct additional pad capacity. At the El Barqueño project in Jalisco, 18,200 m of drilling were completed in 55 holes, focusing on the extension of the Azteca-Zapoteca zone, as well as at the Tecolote, San Diego and Olmeca prospects.
- Great Panther Silver Ltd. has resubmitted the permit application in connection with the Phase II Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) at Topia, Durango, and expects a response with 60 days from SEMARNAT. Normal operations will continue using the existing Phase I TSF, although the deposition of dry tailings cannot continue indefinitely and avoidance of disruption cannot be assured.
- Torex Gold Resources Inc. signed an amended and restated credit agreement with BNP Paribas, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ING Capital LLC and SG Americas Securities, in connection with the previously announced secured US$400 M debt facility (Los Guajes-El Limon).
- Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. closed the first tranche of the previously announced non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $935 K (Rosario, Cinco Estrellas in San Luis Potosi).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
- Candelaria Mining Corp. submitted the environmental Impact assessment report (MIA) to SEMARNAT (Mexican environmental authority). The company has already received an exploration permit for a 2,000 m program at the La Paila zone, which holds the current resource. Exploration permits for 7,500 m of drilling on several other areas are under preparation. Additional metallurgical test work, re-design of the conceptual pit, resource update, water supply studies and ore and waste rock characteristic studies are to be advanced.
- Excellon Resources Inc. reported high-grade drilling results from the current program at the Platosa mine in Durango, of which 15,000 m have been completed on 120 drill holes from surface and underground. Relevant intersections include 2.19 m @ 104 g/t Ag, 2.6% Pb, 1.2% Zn; 3.45 m @ 124 g/t Ag, 5.2% Pb, 5.2% Zn; 6.76 m @ 886 g/t Ag, 8.8% Pb, 20.5% Zn; 1.45 m @ 2,995 g/t Ag, 16.4% Pb, 0.9% Zn; 1.06 m @ 1,171 g/t Ag, 9.3% Pb, 2.9% Zn; 3.70 m @ 1,600 g/t Ag, 6.4% Pb, 8.7% Zn; 1.80 m @ 316 g/t Ag, 3.2% Pb, 0.9% Zn; 1.30 m @ 287 g/t Ag, 6.3% Pb, 0.6% Zn; 1.27 m @ 3,574 g/t Ag, 28.2% Pb, 18.7% Zn; 2,10 m @ 1,238 g/t Ag, 5.3% Pb, 2.9% Zn.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
- Goldcorp Inc. reached an agreement with San Marco Resources Inc. to acquire the La Pinta 6 concession, adding 80 Km2 contiguous to Noche Buena, providing early stage targets.
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On the picture below, kaolin mine in argillitized tuffs in eastern Chihuahua. Photo by Jorge Cirett.
Zacatecas Lithium Brine Project – Mexico
Shallow auger drill program completed testing for lithium in near surface sediments and brines;
Drilling successfully intersects brine in all holes at shallow depths;
Assay results anticipated late-August.
Zenith Minerals Limited (“Zenith” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide an update on its USA and Mexican lithium exploration projects. Shallow auger drilling has recently been completed at the Zacatecas lithium brine project, metallurgical testwork is ongoing on Burro Creek samples whilst the permitting process to allow resource drilling to commence at Burro Creek is progressing well. In addition, new geophysical results from the Wilson Salt Flat project provide a robust lithium brine drill target. All work was fully funded by Bradda Head Ltd under the American Lithium Joint Venture.
Vancouver, B.C. — Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. (TSX.V:SCZ) (the “Company” or “Santacruz”) reports that further to its news release dated June 28, 2017, it has closed, for gross proceeds of $935,000, the first tranche of the previously announced non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $1,500,000 (the “Private Placement”).
The Company sold 4,675,000 units (the “Units”) pursuant to the Offering at price of $0.20 per Unit. Each unit consisted of one common share of the Company and one common share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”). Each Warrant entitles the holder to acquire one common share of the Company at a price of $0.28 per share for a period of 30 months expiring on January 27, 2020. Robert McMorran, the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Company, purchased 625,000 Units and Roland Löhner, a director of the Company, purchased 1,000,000 Units for aggregate proceeds of $325,000. Their participation is considered to be a “related party transaction” within the meaning of TSXV Policy 5.9 and Multilateral Instrument 61-101 (“MI 61-101”). The Company is relying on the exemptions from the valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in Sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101 in respect of such participation as neither the fair market value of the shares issued to, nor the consideration paid by, such persons exceeds 25% of the Company’s market capitalization.
VANCOUVER, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED (TSX: GPR; NYSE MKT: GPL) (“Great Panther”, the “Company”) announces that, to the best of its knowledge, it has fulfilled the outstanding condition required by SEMARNAT (the Mexican environmental permitting agency) in connection with the Phase II Tailings Storage Facility (“TSF”) at its Topia Mine. The Company has resubmitted the permit application and expects a response within 60 business days. This form of federal regulatory response is standard procedure in the environmental permitting process.
“We are pleased with the progress on the permitting process at Topia and we will continue working closely with the Mexican authorities to obtain this permit in a timely manner”, stated Robert Archer, President & CEO. “During the response period, we plan to continue normal operations at Topia using the existing Phase I TSF.”
July 27, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia – Candelaria Mining Corp. (“Candelaria” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide the following update on the Company’s Caballo Blanco gold project located 65 kilometers northwest of the city of Veracruz, Mexico. The project is district scale consisting of fourteen contiguous mining claims and covering 19,815 hectares (198 sq. km), with easy access to infrastructure, labour and supplies.
- Closed C$9.7 million strategic financing with Agnico Eagle
- Environmental Application redrafted and submitted to SERMARNAT
- Drill mobilized for 2,000 meter infill drill program at La Paila zone
- 7,500 meter phase 1 drill program of several high priority targets identified outside of La Paila resource area to commence 4Q17
Toronto (July 26, 2017) – Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM, TSX:AEM)
(“Agnico Eagle” or the “Company”) today reported quarterly net income of $61.9 million, or $0.27 per share, for the second quarter of 2017. This result includes non-cash foreign currency translation gains on deferred tax liabilities of $12.1 million ($0.05 per share), various mark-to-market and other adjustment losses of $10.3 million ($0.04 per share), unrealized gains on financial instruments of $7.9 million ($0.03 per share) and non-cash foreign currency translation losses of $2.7 million ($0.01 per share). Excluding these items would result in adjusted net income1 of $54.9 million or $0.24 per share for the second quarter of 2017. In the second quarter of 2016, the Company reported net income of $19.0 million or $0.09 per share.