HECLA REPORTS 2.5 MILLION OUNCES OF SILVER AND 57,808 OUNCES OF GOLD PRODUCTION IN FIRST QUARTER 2018

hecla reports Q1 2018 results

COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO — Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) today announced preliminary silver and gold production results¹ for the first quarter of 2018. HIGHLIGHTS  Silver production of 2.5 million ounces, and gold production of 57,808 ounces.  Silver equivalent production of 10.7 million ounces and gold equivalent production of 134,903 ounces.2  Lead production of 5,627 tons; zinc production of 15,211 tons.  Throughput at Casa Berardi continues at a record pace.  Entered into agreement to acquire Klondex Mines Ltd, with 3 high-grade Nevada gold mines, potentially adding 162,000 ounces of annual gold equivalent production.  Received $31.6 million investment (C$40 million) from Ressources Quebec, a wholly owned subsidiary of Investissement Québec.  Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of approximately $245 million at March 31, 2018, an increase of about $32 million over March 31, 2017.

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