During the 13th week of the year (March 27th to April 2nd, 2023), 18 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. Two companies informed on exploration on their properties, three companies informed on Q4 and year 2022 financial and operational results. Two companies closed partial or complete share placements. Two companies filed technical reports on their properties, two more released drilling results on their advanced properties and two more updated mineral resource estimates for their properties. Two companies announced the completion of the acquisition process on mining projects. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the Mexican president sent an initiative to change the Mining Law that is likely to strongly impact the mineral exploration industry. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Tocvan Ventures provided an update on bulk sampling at its Pilar property; Reyna Gold is to drill its La Gloria project. ON MINING, Mag Silver, Sierra Metals and Avino Silver released Q4 2022 financial reports. ON FINANCING, Silver Spruce closed a private placement for $1.13 M, Golden Tag closed the first tranche of a non-brokered private placement. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Alamos Gold and Sonoro Gold filed NI-43-101 technical reports on the Mulatos and Cerro Caliche properties respectively, both in Sonora. GoGold Resources released drilling results from Los Ricos South project in Jalisco. Oroco Resource informed on drilling at the Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. Argonaut Gold updated on mineral resources at five of its properties in Mexico. Aura Minerals reported on mineral reserves and resources at Aranzazu, in Zacatecas. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Argonaut Gold completed the sale of the Ana Paula project in Guerrero to Heliostar Metals. Sierra Metals completed the acquisition of La Guitarra project, in Estado de Mexico, from First Majestic Silver. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
The president of México, Andrés M. López Obrador sent to Congress an initiative to reform the Mining Law, National Water Law, Ecological Equilibrium Law and Environmental Protection and the General Law for Prevention and Integral Management of Residues relating to Mining and Water Concessions. The initiative displays a heavy ideological charge on the exposition of motifs, full of propaganda epithets against the “neoliberal” current state of affairs on these matters. Any good specific proposal within the initiative is overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new rules designed for the State to have a firm grip on the industry, many of which involve granting the government power to decide when to take away a concession on flimsy grounds, raising the uncertainty level for mining investment in Mexico. Some takeaway points that drastically change how the mining industry is operating in Mexico include: The government is to perform auctions for mining concessions (no more staking). Mining activities are no longer considered to have priority over other land uses. No land expropriation on mining grounds. Social impact studies to be conducted before any exploration takes place. Public consultations with “towns”, indigenous (which by the way are auto ascribed) and afro-Mexican communities. Reduction of mining concessions rights from 50 to 15 years, that could be renewed only once (more than a few operations in Mexico have been continuous for far longer periods). Mining concessions are conditioned to water “availability” (yes, the government decides, unconstrained, when there is available water, anytime). No private transmission of mining concessions without government consent (again, absolute power to the government). Added cancellation causes include lack of report in possible harm or risks to ecological equilibrium, lack of permits, concessions or authorizations from other authorities and lack of closing programs or management of residues. The only way to obtain a concession is to be by government auction (Concurso). Limits mining concessions coverage to only one element (you have to wonder on the genius that came with this proposal). The list continues, but in a first pass reading those above come as the most likely to cause an exodus of investment in mining exploration in Mexico. Mines are to continue operating, and advanced properties are likely to continue to development, but the Mexican exploration industry is about to halt when this initiative is approved, as the government has the required number of votes secured in Congress. Dialogue between industry entities and the government should take place before this initiative is voted, because better alternatives should be sought in order to achieve a better operating mining industry. Alternative options agreed upon should both improve the effect of mining operations in communities and the environment while promoting investment, thus helping Mexico’s development as a whole.
Tocvan Ventures Corp. provided a progress update on the first bulk sample at the Pilar project in Sonora. Over 1,200 tonnes of material have been stockpiled with the first shipments completed. Four head-grade samples averaged 6.2, 7.6, 1.3 and 7.6 gpt Au. “Diagnostic leach tests are ongoing and were collected from four trench areas and one select drill core coarse reject sample. Preliminary results from the study suggest free gold is present in the samples and has been confirmed visually by testing sieved…. Up to 1,000 tonnes of oxide-gold material will be extracted from select areas….. The information provided from the sample will be used for planning in coordination for permitting of full-scale mine and process facilities on-site at Pilar”.
Reyna Gold Corp. announced the mobilization to recommence a minimum of 5,500 m of diamond drilling at its 24,215 ha La Gloria property in Sonora. The program is focused on four targets: La Republicana, Western, Las Carmelitas and Main Zone. At La Republicana drilling “will test extensions to the La Republicana Main Vein, which produced 59.00m of 1.45 g/t Gold in Phase 1 drilling”, on the 1 km long vein with significant anomalies delineated by an induced polarization survey. At Western, abundant quartz veining with Au-Te high-grades are to be tested. At Las Carmelitas high Cu, Ag, Sb assays have been obtained in a large conglomerate/agglomerate system. At the Main Zone, follow-up is to test on phase-1 drilling that returned 5.5 m @ 935 gpt Ag; 7.85 m @ 3.94 gpt Au; 30.60 m @ 0.51 gpt Au.
Mag Silver Corp. announced consolidated financial results for 2022. Commissioning of the Juanicipio plant in Zacatecas commenced in early January 2023, after the entire system was connected to the national power grid in late December 2022. During the year 646.1 K tonnes were processed thorough the Fresnillo and Saucito plants, producing 8.7 M Oz Ag, 20,268 Oz Au, 4,487 tonnes Pb, 6,758 tonnes Zn, netting $132.8 M in gross profit by Juanicipio (56% Fresnillo PLC, 44% Mag Silver). At the end of 2022 Mag Silver had 29.2 M of working capital, with no long-term debt. The company closed a $42.6 M bought deal public offering on February 2023.
Sierra Metals Inc. presented Q4 and year-end 2022 consolidated financial results. The company has operations in Chihuahua and Peru, but no production details by unit were presented. Sierra Metals obtained $46.2 M in revenue during the year, with an adjusted EBITDA of $13 M, a net loss of $88.3 M. The company had cash and cash equivalents of $5.1 M and negative working capital of $84.4 M. For 2023 the production guidance at Bolivar, in Chihuahua, envisions a production of 34.5 – 39.5 M Lb CuEq at cash cost $2.99 per Lb CuEq and an AISC of $5.07 per Lb CuEq. At Cusi, in Chihuahua, an undisclosed amount of silver ounces was produced at cash cost $16.77 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $23.17 per Oz AgEq.
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. released consolidated financial results for Q4 and year-end 2022. During the year, the Avino mine in Durango milled 541.8 K tonnes to produce 985 K Oz Ag, 5,778 Oz Au, 6.5 M Lb Cu (or 2.65 M Oz AgEq), at cash cost $10.34 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $17.91 per Oz AgEq. In the year the company had revenue of $44.2 M, ending the period with a $11.2 M cash balance and $8.8 M in working capital.
Silver Spruce Resources Inc. closed a private placement for $1.13 M in proceeds (Diamante, Sonora).
Golden Tag Resources Ltd. closed the first tranche of the previously announced non-brokered private placement, aiming to raise $5.7 M in aggregate gross proceeds (Don Diego and La Parrilla, Durango).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Alamos Gold Inc. announced the filing of a NI43-101 compliant technical report for its Mulatos property in Sonora.
Sonoro Gold Corp. reported the filing of a NI-43-101 compliant technical report on the mineral resource estimate at its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora. The report includes indicated resources of 19.9 M tonnes @ 0.44 gpt Au, 3.5 gpt Ag, containing 280 K Oz Au, 2.2 M Oz Ag, and inferred resources of 10.5 M tonnes @ 0.42 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag, containing 140 K Oz Au, 1.3 M Oz Ag. The resources are amenable to a combination of open pit and heap leach extraction.
GoGold Resources Inc. announced drilling results from the Eagle and Main deposits at its Los Ricos South project in Jalisco. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 23.3 m @ 7.07 gpt Au, 86 gpt Ag (including 2.7 m @ 45.01 gpt Au, 106 gpt Ag); 39.9 m @ 1.28 gpt Au, 87 gpt Ag; 16.3 m @ 1.09 gpt Au, 28 gpt Ag; 18.2 m @ 1.72 gpt Au, 118 gpt Ag; 13.9 m @ 3.63 gpt Au, 144 gpt Ag. “The purpose of the program is to better define the very high-grade portions of the current deposit that may be amenable to bulk underground mining. The Company is carrying out a trade-off study to better define what portion of the deposit could be mined in a lower strip ratio pit and what portion would best be mined in more selective bulk underground mining”.
Oroco Resource Corp. released results from drilling at the South Zone of the Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. Highlighted core length intervals estimated to be within 10% of true width comprise 221.7 m @ 0.023 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag, 0.37% Cu; 145.0 m @ 0.008 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag, 0.25% Cu; 89.0 m @ 0.011 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag, 0.31% Cu (including 25.0 m @ 0.020 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag, 0.74% Cu); 81.0 m @ 0.011 gpt Au, 1 gpt Ag, 0.20% Cu. “Historical drilling, surface geological mapping, and the Dias Geo 3D Induced Polarization survey have defined near-surface mineralization projected to 400 m below the surface along 2,000 m of strike length in the South Zone”.
Argonaut Gold Inc. updated its mineral resources to the end of 2022, including figures from its Mexican properties. The following table shows the resources on its Mexican properties, which at the end of 2022 comprised proven and probable reserves of 2.3 M Oz Au, 51.7 M Oz Ag, 86 K tonnes Cu, 5.6 M Oz Au, 94.9 Oz Ag, 187 K tonnes Cu in measures and indicated resources and 603 K Oz Au, 17.1 M Oz Ag, 5 K tonnes Cu in inferred resources.
Aura Minerals Inc. reported updated mineral reserves and resources for its operating mines, including from its Aranzazu mine in Zacatecas, to the end of 2022. Proven and probable mineral reserves stand at 9.6 M tonnes @ 0.81 gpt Au, 17.61 gpt Ag, 1.23% Cu, containing 249 K Oz Au, 5 M Oz Ag, 259 M Lb Cu. Measured and indicated resources comprise 15.1 M tonnes @ 0.97 gpt Au, 21.15 gpt Ag, 1.44% Cu, containing 471 K Oz Au, 10.4 M Oz Ag, 477.3 M Lb Cu. Inferred resources stood at 4.3 M tonnes @ 0.55 gpt Au, 16.37 gpt Ag, 1.04% Cu, containing 76 K Oz Au, 2.3 M Oz Ag, 99 M Lb Cu.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
Argonaut Gold Inc. announced the completion of the sale of the Ana Paula project in Guerrero to Heliostar Metals Ltd. The deal involved US$10 M in cash upon closing and US$20 M in deferred cash and share considerations. The project has 1 M Oz Au @ 2.36 gpt Au in proven and probable mineral reserves, is permitted for an open pit and potential for underground mining, with 142,000 m of drilling in 333 holes.
Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. announced the completion of the acquisition of the La Guitarra property in Estado de Mexico. Sierra Madre issued to First Majestic Silver Corp. 69 M shares for it to maintain a 19.9% interest on Sierra Madre, shares that are to be released by an escrow on four equal installments between September 2023 and March 2025. The company opened a brokered private placement on September 2022, intending to raise up to $10 M. The common shares are halted from trading, and are expected to resume trading following the closing of the common share offering.
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Avino Silver & Gold Mines received for the first time in 2022 the ESR (Empresa socialmente responsible) award “granted by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (El Centro Mexicano para la Filantropia or Cemefi, and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (Alianza por la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial or (AliaRSE))”.
On the image below: Porphyritic felsic dike on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
During the 4th week of the year (January 23rd to January 29th, 2023), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and a couple of news published by the media. One company informed on project exploration work, four companies released Q4 2022 production reports, one company elaborated on its 2023 plans, one company announced a financing round, one other elaborated on its share consolidation process and one more cancelled a previously announced financing round. Seven companies reported on work at their advanced or operating properties, three organizations disclosed personnel appointments and one more on a deal about the sale of a tailings property. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Fortuna Silver provided an update on its San Jose mine environmental impact authorization. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Tocvan and its JV partner Colibri begun the preparation for an initial bulk sample at its Pilar property. ON MINING, Mag Silver, Fresnillo PLC, Santacruz Mining and Guanajuato Silver reported Q4 and full year 2022 production results. Avino provided its outlook for 2023. ON FINANCING, Heliostar announced a non-brokered private placement of up to CAD $16.28M (Ana Paula project, Guerrero), Fabled Silver is to consolidate its shares on a 5 to 1 ratio, and Tarachi Gold cancelled its previously announced financing round. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Silver Tiger released results from drilling at its El Tigre project in Sonora. GoGold presented drilling results from the Eagle and Main Deposits within its Los Ricos South project in Jalisco. Bendito Resources is to prepare a technical report on its Oposura project in Sonora. Gatos Silver updated on extension and resource definition drilling at its Cerro Los Gatos property in Chihuahua. Discovery Silver filed a PFS report on its Cordero project, in Chihuahua. Vizsla Silver updated the mineral resource estimate for its Panuco project in Sinaloa, with a significant increase. Endeavour Silver filed resource estimate updates on its Guanaceví and Bolañitos projects, in Durango and Guanajuato respectively. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Discovery Silver announced the appointment of its new CEO and the promotion of Román Solis to VP Mexico (Congratulations Román!). Altaley announced the appointment of its new CFO (Tahuehueto project, Durango). Tarachi Gold is selling its Magistral project in Durango to Compañía Minera de Atocha. Vizsla Silver appointed Charles Funk as Lead Technical Advisor, and Michael Pettingeli was promoted to Senior VP (Panuco, Sinaloa). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., provided an update on its San Jose Mine´s environmental impact authorization. It informed that the Mexican Federal Administrative Court has granted a provisional injunction to Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán, Fortuna´s Mexican subsidiary, which allows the San Jose Mine to continue to operate under the terms of the 12-year environmental impact authorization (EIA). It is expected that the Court will decide on the grant of a permanent injunction, within the coming weeks, which would continue in effect until the Court has ruled on the revocation of the EIA.
Tocvan Ventures Corp., and its JV partner Colibri Resource Corp., begun the preparation for an initial bulk sample at its Pilar property in Sonora. Over 1,000 tonnes of oxide-gold material will be extracted from select areas exposed at surface. This bulk sample will be prepared in February for processing by heap-leach method at a private mining operation less than 25km to the west of Pilar. “Data generated from the bulk sample will provide an understanding of the expected head-grades and recovery percentages of gold and will help optimize future onsite production facilities”.
Mag Silver Corp., reported Q4 and full year 2022 production results from its Juanicipio project in Zacatecas (56% / 44% Fresnillo PLC and Mag Silver Corp. respectively). The company processed 165,786 tonnes from underground and initial stopes at an average grade of 415 g/t Ag to produce 1.86M Oz Ag and 5,380 Oz Au, and 646,148 tonnes in the full year 2022 at an average grade of 520 g/t Ag to produce 9.25M Oz Ag and 22,252 Oz Au. “The associated lead and zinc production will be reported with MAG Silver’s year end filings”.
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., provided its outlook for 2023, and presented a summary of the major milestone achieved in 2022. Avino plans to process 700K-750K tonnes in the full year from both Avino Mine and La Preciosa stockpiles to produce between 2.8M and 3.2M Oz AgEq. The company estimated a total capital budget of USD $9-$11.5M and a Corporate budget of USD $0.5M (USD $9.5-$12M consolidated), of which USD $5-$6M will be Grow Capital, USD $1-$1.5M for Exploration & Evaluation, and USD $3-$4M for Sustaining Capital & Mine Development. The company also reported that “its internal estimate for production was between 2.2-2.4M Oz AgEq and capital expenditures for 2022 were expected to total between USD$7M and USD $9M, excluding the acquisition of La Preciosa. In addition, it included a drill program targeting areas and veins on the property, including the recommended drilling on the Oxide Tailings Project, the construction of the dry-stack tailings facility, and metallurgical projects to help improve recovery rates”.
Fresnillo PLC. released Q4 2022 production results. During the period 12.5 M Oz Ag, 167,969 Oz Au, 12,756 tonnes Pb, 23,060 tonnes Zn were produced, taking the yearly total to 53.7 M Oz Ag (including Silverstream), 635,926 Oz Au, 52,950 tonnes Pb, 99,153 tonnes Zn. At the Fresnillo mine in Zacatecas, 624.1 K tonnes were processed averaging 197 gpt Ag, 0.58 gpt Au, 1.0% Pb, 2.4% Zn to produce 3.6 M Oz Ag, 8,314 Oz Au, 5,609 tonnes Pb, 11,097 tonnes Zn during the quarter. At Saucito, in Zacatecas, 508.4 K tonnes were processed @ 208 gpt Ag, 1.39 gpt Au, 0.9% Pb, 1.6% Zn, to produce 3.03 M Oz Ag, 18,076 Oz Au, 3,859 tonnes Pb, 5,868 tonnes Zn. At the Pyrites Plant in Zacatecas, 32.2 K tonnes were processed @ 145 gpt Ag, 1.19 gpt Au, to produce 111 K Oz Ag, 374 Oz Au. At Cienega, in Durango, 256.9 K tonnes were processed @ 1.20 gpt Au, 139 gpt Ag, 0.56% Pb, 0.94 % Zn, to produce 9,122 Oz Au, 0.98 M Oz Ag, 930 tonnes Pb, 1,372 tonnes Zn. At San Julián in Chihuahua, production during the quarter was 11,907 Oz Au, 3.11 M Oz Ag. At Herradura in Sonora 27.44 M tonnes were hauled, 7.08 M tonnes processed @ 0.71 gpt Au, 1.35 gpt Ag, to produce 103,826 Oz Au, 191 K Oz Ag. At Noche Buena in Sonora 7.3 M tonnes were hauled, 1.23 M tonnes processed averaging 0.51 gpt Au, 0.21 gpt Ag, to produce 13,331 Oz Au, 3 K Oz Ag. Attributable production (56% Fresnillo / 44% Mag Silver) from Juanicipio in Zacatecas was 1.04 M Oz Ag, 3,020 Oz Au during the quarter. The company aims to have a gold production ranging between 590 K and 640 K Oz Au in 2023.
Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported Q4 and full year production, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Zimapan, in Hidalgo, 215 K tonnes averaging 71 gpt Ag, 2.19% Zn, 0.63% Pb, 0.40% Cu were processed, recovering 61.5% Ag, to produce 301.2 K Oz Ag, 3,098 tonnes Zn, 1,036 tonnes Pb, 569 tonnes Cu during the quarter. For the year, 822.1 K tonnes were processed @ 73 gpt Ag, 2.13% Zn, 0.65% Pb, 0.37% Cu, recovering 67.3% Ag to produce 1.29 M Oz Ag, 12,577 tonnes Zn, 4,450 tonnes Pb, 2,165 tonnes Cu. At Zimapan “Q4 has seen the purchase and installation of a replacement secondary crusher, commissioning of a zinc flotation column, and installation of additional concentrate filtration capacity. A Metallurgical testing program is underway to address new mineralized zones being mined, and to maximize recoveries”.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. announced consolidated production results for the fourth quarter 2022. The production, not disclosed by operations, comes from the El Cubo mines complex, Valenciana mines complex and San Ignacio mine, in Guanajuato, and from the Topia mine in Durango. During the period 131.5 K tonnes were mined, 131.3 K tonnes milled, recovering 86.8% Ag, 84.2% Au, to produce 401.2 K Oz Ag, 3,907 Oz Au, 811.5 K Lb Pb, 1.26 M Lb Zn (or 836.4 K Oz AgEq). “Consolidated silver equivalent production in Q4 was 19% higher than the previous quarter. This increase reflects the continuing ramp-up of operations at all of GSilver’s mining assets. Total production for 2022 was 2.15 million AgEq”.
Heliostar Metals Limited announced a non-brokered private placement of up to 74M units at a price of CAD $0.22 per unit for gross proceeds of up to approximately CAD $16.28M or USD $12.5M. Net proceeds will be used to advance the Ana Paula development stage in Guerrero, as well as for working capital and general corporate purposes.
Fabled Silver Gold Corp.,announced that it has received Toronto Stock Exchange Venture (TSXV) approval for the 5 to 1 consolidation of the common shares of the company. There will be no name change in conjunction with the consolidation. The post-consolidation common shares will continue to trade on the TSXV under the symbol “FCO”. (Santa Maria project, Chihuahua).
Tarachi Gold Corp. cancelled its previously announced private placement (Tarachi, Sonora).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Silver Tiger Metals Inc., released results from its ongoing drilling program being conducted at its El Tigre project, Sonora. Drilling highlights include hole ET-22-432 with 0.1 g/t Au, 39 g/t Ag, 0.01% Cu, 0.02% Pb, and 0.02% Zn (48.5 g/t AgEq) over 9.4m on the HW Gold Zone, plus 0.16 g/t Au, 399 g/t Ag, 0.43% Cu, 2.8% Pb, and 5.2% Zn (691 g/t AgEq) over 10.4m on the Sooy Vein, including 0.24 g/t Au, 1,154 g/t Ag, 1.29% Cu, 9.8% Pb, and 17% Zn (2,085 g/t AgEq) over 2,1m, plus 0.13 g/t Au, 257 g/t Ag, 0.47% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 2% Zn (407 g/t AgEq) over 34.8m on the Sulphide Zone, including 0.13 g/t Au, 957 g/t Ag, 1.69% Cu, 3.6% Pb, and 7% Zn (1,556 g/t AgEq) over 8.2m, including 0.17 g/t Au, 1,663 g/t Ag, 4.32% Cu, 6.3% Pb, and 11.5% Zn (2,622 g/t AgEq) over 2.1m;M hole ET-22-434 with 0.39 g/t Au, 97 g/t Ag, 0.01% Cu, 0.08% Pb, and 0.01% Zn (130 g/t AgEq) over 8.5m on the HW Zone, including 2.04 g/t Au, 336 g/t Ag, 0.02% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.04% Zn (497 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, plus 0.16 g/t Au, 172 g/t Ag, 0.36% Cu, 2.1% Pb, and 2.6% Zn (354 g/t AgEq) over 13m on the Sooy Vein, including 0.19 g/t Au, 326 g/t Ag, 0.84% Cu, 4.9% Pb, and 6% Zn (735 g/t AgEq) over 5.2m, including 0.24 g/t Au, 496 g/t Ag, 1.76% Cu, 7.2% Pb, and 8.6% Zn (1,139 g/t AgEq) over 2.1m, plus 0.11 g/t Au, 377 g/t Ag, 0.32% Cu, 0.1% Pb, and 0.1% Zn (422 g/t AgEq) over 6.6m on the Sulphide Zone, including 0.2 g/t Au, 1,116 g/t Ag, 0.89% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.1% Zn (1,226 g/t AgEq) over 2m, including 0.25 g/t Au, 1,859 g/t Ag, 1.44% Cu, 0.3% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (2,030 g/t AgEq) over 1m, plus 0.22 g/t Au, 606 g/t Ag, 1.13% Cu, 4% Pb, and 7.4% Zn (1,073 g/t AgEq) over 19.9m, including 0.2 g/t Au, 914 g/t Ag, 1.68% Cu, 5.9% Pb, and 12.4% Zn (1,642 g/t AgEq) over 10.5m; and hole ET-22-438 with 0.16 g/t Au, 19 g/t Ag, 0.01% Pb, and 0.01% Zn (31 g/t AgEq) over 43.5m on the HW Gold Zone, including 2.26 g/t Au, 566 g/t Ag, 0.02% Cu, 0.02% Pb, and 0.,02% Zn (739 g/t AgEq) over 0.6m, plus 0.52 g/t Au, 300 g/tr Ag, 0.18% Cu, 0.7% Pb, and 0.3% Zn (385 g/t AgEq) over 3.2m on the Sooy Vein, including 1.51 g/t Au, 773 g/t Ag, 0.48% Cu, 2.1% Pb, and 0.8% Zn (1,007 g/t AgEq) over 0.9m, plus 0.27 g/t Au, 408 g/t Ag, 0.53% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 0.8% Zn (527 g/t AgEq) over 19.5m on the Sulphide Zone, including 0.24 g/t Au, 879 g/t Ag, 0.76% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 1.4% Zn (1,036 g/t AgEq) over 3.7m, including 0.62 g/t Au, 2,796 g/t Ag, 1.75% Cu, 1.8% Pb, and 4.2% Zn (3,193 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m, including 0.51 g/t Au, 564 g/t Ag, 0.9% Cu., 1.7% Pb, and 1.3% Zn (772 g/t AgEq) over 8m, including 1.47 g/t Au, 1,148 g/t Ag, 1.4% Cu, 1.5% Pb, and 0.7% Zn (1,452 g/t AgEq) over 0.7m.
GoGold Resources Inc., presented additional results from its ongoing drilling program at Eagle and Main Deposits within its Los Ricos South project in Jalisco. Drilling highlights include hole LRGAG-22-218, the best hole drilled to date in the Los Ricos District, with 7.8 g/t Au and 2,153 g/t Ag (36.51 g/t AuEq or 2,738 g/t AgEq) over 55m, including 16.07 g/t Au and 4,664 g/t Ag (78.26 g/t AuEq or 5,869 g/t AgEq) over 25m, including 26,74 g/t Au and 7,756 g/t Ag (130.15 g/t AuEq or 9,761 g/t AgEq) over 15m, including 55.87 g/t Au and 16,525 g/t Ag (276.19 g/t Au or 20,714 g/t AgEq) over 7m, including 121.97 g/t Au and 36,953 g/t Ag (614.67 g/t AuEq or 46,100 g/t AgEq) over 3m, including 145.25 g/t Au and 52,764 g/t Ag (848 g/t AuEq or 63,658 g/t AgEq) over 2m; hole LRGAG-22-221 with 0.85 g/t Au and 138 g/t Ag (2.69 g/t AuEq or 202 g/t AgEq) over 29.4m, including 4.98 g/t Au and 749 g/t Ag (14.97 g/t AuEq or 1,122 g/t AgEq) over 4.4m, including 12.70 g/t Au and 2,370 g/t Ag (44.3 g/t Au Eq or 3,322 g/t AgEq) over 0.9m; and hole LRGAG-22-222 with 0.94 g/t Au and 105 g/t Ag (2.34 g/t AuEq or 176 g/t AgEq) over 8.7m, including 7.6 g/t Au and 592 g/t Ag (15.49 g/t AuEq or 1,162 g/t AgEq) over 0.6m. “Drilling at the Eagle Deposit has returned the highest grade intercepts to date in the district. These wide high grade intercepts are consistent with geophysical targets on the new Eagle concession”.
Bendito Resources Inc., announced the preparation of a NI 43-101 Technical Report for its Oposura project in Sonora. Highlights of this technical report include the potential to support Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) at Oposura, once appropriate data verification and modelling has been completed; Mineralization at Oposura consists of base and precious metal, massive sulphide manto-style of Zn, Pb-Ag; Additional drilling is needed to extend MRE and connect it to other already known zones; presence of undrilled targets with upside potential demonstrated by geophysics and surface mapping and sampling, including the Mina Blanca Target which consists of polymetallic veins; and potential for discovery of the porphyry source, the same that has been partially intercepted in some holes underneath the MRE.
Gatos Silver Inc. updated on extension and resource definition drilling results on its Cerro Los Gatos property in Chihuahua. Highlighted true-width intercepts from the South-East Deeps zone comprise 5.7 m @ 0.13 gpt Au, 47 gpt Ag, 0.42% Cu, 1.8% Zn, 5.3% Zn; 11.3 m @ 0.43 gpt Au, 118 gpt Ag, 0.12% Cu, 1.9% Pb, 2.5% Zn; 2.0 m @ 771 gpt Ag, 0.16% Cu, 0.1% Pb, 0.7% Zn, while those from the definition drilling comprise 3.2 m @ 0.26 gpt Au, 52 gpt Ag, 0.58% Cu, 2.8% Pb, 9.5% Zn; 4.5 m @ 0.52 gpt Au, 88 gpt Ag, 4.3% Pb, 10.0% Zn; 5.3 m @ 0.15 gpt Au, 99 gpt Ag, 0.40% Cu, 3.4% Pb, 5.9% Zn; 9.60 m @ 0.14 gpt Au, 90 gpt Ag, 0.29% Cu, 2.6% Pb, 1.7% Zn. Drilling on the South-East Deeps has defined a zone of more than 950 m along strike, and extended the zone 85 m downdip, remaining open laterally and at depth. “Resource conversion and extension drilling at CLG in the North-West, Central and South-East zones has returned strong results with particularly high base metal values”. Over 45 targets have been identified on the 103,000 hectares land package.
Discovery Silver Corp.reported a preliminary feasibility study (PFS) on its Cordero project in Chihuahua. The base case scenario involves an after tax NPV5% of US$1.2 Billion and an IRR of 28%, an 18-year mine life (to mine only 42% of the mineral reserves) with an average of 33 Moz AgEq production per year, with an average AISC of $12.80 per Oz AgEq in the first 12 years as well as an initial development capex of $455 M with a NPV-to-capex ratio of 2.5x. Measured and indicated mineral resources comprise 716 M tonnes averaging 20 gpt Ag, 0.06 gpt Au, 0.29% Pb, 0.38% Zn (or 49 gpt AgEq), containing 467 M Oz Ag, 1.26 M Oz Au, 4,544 M Lb Pb, 8,484 M Lb Zn. Inferred resources comprise 145 M tonnes @ 14 gpt Ag, 0.02 gpt Au, 0.23% Pb, 0.38% Zn (or 35 gpt AgEq), containing 67 M Oz Ag, 122 K Oz Au, 726 M Lb Pb, 1,215 M Lb Zn.
Vizsla Silver Corp. updated the mineral resource estimate at it Panuco project in Sinaloa. The report reveals 71% and 150% increments in indicated and inferred mineral resources, and an increase on the grade of 14% and 42% respectively. Indicated minerals resources stand at 7.5 M tonnes @ 243 gpt Ag, 2.12 gpt Au, 0.23% Pb, 0.71% Zn (or 437 gpt AgEq) containing 58.3 M Oz Ag, 508 K Oz Au, 17 K tonnes Pb, 53.3 K tonnes Zn. Inferred mineral resources host 7.2 M tonnes @ 304 gpt Ag, 2.14 gpt Au, 0.19% Pb, 0.54% Zn, hosting 70.7 M Oz Ag, 496 K Oz Au, 13.6 K tonnes Pb, 39.3 K tonnes Zn. The estimate encompasses 8 km of the 86 km of cumulative vein length in the district, including results from 202,709 m of drilling in 644 holes.
Endeavour Silver Corp. filed technical reports on the Guanaceví and the Bolañitos projects, disclosing updated mineral resources estimates. At Guanaceví, in Durango, mineral reserves comprise 1.26 M tonnes @ 476 gpt Ag, 1.14 gpt Au, containing 19.3 M Oz Ag, 46 K Oz Au (or 23 M Oz AgEq); measured and indicated mineral resources (exclusive of mineral reserves) are 714.4 K tonnes @ 467 gpt Ag, 1.2 gpt Au, containing 10.7 M Oz Ag, 27 K Oz Au (or 12.8 M Oz AgEq); inferred resources comprise 838.7 K tonnes @ 416 gpt Ag, 0.9 gpt Au, containing 11.2 M Oz Ag, 25 K Oz Au (or 13.1 M Oz AgEq). At Bolañitos, in Guanajuato, mineral reserves comprise 534 K tonnes @ 101 gpt Ag, 2.8 gpt Au, containing 1.2 M Oz Ag, 42.6 K Oz Au; (or 4.6 M Oz AgEq); measured and indicated mineral resources (exclusive of mineral reserves) are 453.5 K tonnes @ 110 gpt Ag, 2.3 gpt Au, containing 1.6 M Oz Ag, 34 K Oz Au (or 4.1 M Oz AgEq); inferred resources comprise 1.66 M tonnes @ 141 gpt Ag, 2.5 gpt Au, containing 7.5 M Oz Ag, 132.2 K Oz Au (or 17.6 M Oz AgEq).
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Discovery Silver Corp., announced the appointment of its new CEO, effective immediately, and the promotion of Román Solis to VP Mexico (Cordero property, Chihuahua).
Altaley Mining Corporation announced the appointment of its new CFO, effective on February 1st, 2023 (Tahuehueto project, Durango).
Tarachi Gold Corp. signed a binding letter agreement with Compañía Minera de Atocha S.A. de C.V. for the sale of the Magistral project in Durango. At closing of the transaction Atocha will make a cash payment of US$4.05 M; further US$500 K when 50% of the tailings have been mined/sold or processed, or after the second calendar year of operation at the project; US$500 K when 100% of the tailings have been mined/sold or processed, or after the second calendar year of operation at the project, and the amount of value added tax (IVA) owed to the company by the government, estimated at US$650 K. “Tarachi will seek to settle all outstanding obligations owing to Manto Resources S.A. de C.V. (“Manto”) in relation the Company’s original acquisition of the Magistral Project from Manto in 2021 ….. Tarachi will pay to Manto 15% of all payments received from Atocha in the Transaction as those payments are received”. Tarachi expects to receive from the transaction, net of payments made to Manto, a total of US$4.84 M.
Vizsla Silver Corp. appointed Charles Funk as Lead Technical Advisor, and Michael Pettingeli was promoted to Senior Vice President, business development and strategy. (Panuco, Sinaloa).
During the 3rd week of the year (January 16th to January 22nd, 2023), 20 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. Two companies posted on exploration of non-advanced properties, six companies posted on Q4 2022 production figures, one released its 2023 production guidance and one announced the re-start of operations at a processing plant in Guanajuato. One company extended the maturity date of convertible debentures. Five companies informed on work at its advanced properties, including three that released drilling results and two that updated on mineral resources. One company restricted the NSR agreement on an advanced property, one informed on the acquisition of a past-producing mine and one other informed on the leasing of its processing plant for part of the profits. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Reyna Gold released sample results from its La Gloria project. In Jalisco, Almadex Minerals updated on exploration plans at San Pedro. ON MINING, Orla Mining, Avino Silver, Fortuna Silver, Gold Resource, Pan American Silver and First Majestic Silver presented production reports for Q4 2022. Torex Gold released its 2023 production guidance and Guanajuato Silver is to start processing at the Cata mill in Guanajuato. Capitan Mining released drill results from the Jesús María system at its Cruz de Piedra project in Durango. ON FINANCING, Excellon Resources is to convert C$4.5 M of debentures into equity and extend the maturity of remaining principal. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, GR Silver released drilling results from the SE zone of the San Marcial project in Sinaloa. Regency Silver updated the resource estimate at Dios Padre in Sonora. GoGold Resources posted drilling results from El Favor deposit at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Excellon Resources filed a PEA on La Negra deposit in Hidalgo. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Defiance Silver restructured an option agreement to acquire the NSR at the Tepal project in Michoacan. Excellon Resources announced last week the acquisition agreement on the past-producing La Negra mine in Hidalgo. Xali Gold signed a lease for part of the profits obtained in the processing of minerals by a private company at its San Dieguito de Arriba mill in Nayarit. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, First Majestic Silver received the “Silver Helmet Award” for underground mining with more than 500 workers for its health and safety performance.
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No Relevant News.
Reyna Gold Corp. released sample results from district-scale exploration at its 24,215 hectare La Goloria property in Sonora. At Las Carmelitas 43 samples average 2.25% Cu, 89 gpt Ag, 0.21 gpt Au and 0.48% Sb defining a supergene enrichment zone on conglomerate, agglomerate and sandstone with a 2.5 Km by 1.7 km footprint continuing undercover in several directions. At the Western target new parallel structures have been discovered on a 1,500 by 450 m zone with eight samples returning 2.89 to 11.35 gpt Au, up to 27 gpt Ag and 22 to 135 gpt Tellurium. At La Republicana the northwest-southeast trend has now been extended with discontinuous veins and veinlets for 2.8 km, and a width of 625 m with grades of up to 103.5 gpt Au, 283 gpt Ag, 2.4% Cu, 5.33% Pb, 0.12% Zn. “At least 3 hydrothermal events have occurred in the zone: 1) veins and veinlets of white quartz (occasionally greyish) with the presence of galena, chalcopyrite, and covellite, 2) veins and veinlets of quartz-tourmaline (cutting first event structures) coarse pyrite is observed, traces of chalcopyrite and secondary minerals such as hematite, jarosite, malachite and chrysocolla, 3) filling of calcite and iron carbonates within second event structures”. Drilling is programmed for March 2023.
Almadex Minerals Ltd. updated on exploration plans for its San Pedro project in Jalisco. The breccias intercepted in 2022 drilling appear to have a sub horizontal distribution. “Further surface mapping is planned to confirm and refine this interpretation in order to optimise the next drilling program. The elevated base metals and copper seen in the breccia, along with acid sulphate altered fragments suggests that the breccia and related mineralisation may be a late feature in the lithocap environment”. It is interpreted that the acid sulphate lithocap present has potential for gold mineralization, and deep copper potential beneath.
Orla Mining Ltd. provided an operational update for the fourth quarter 2022. The Camino Rojo Oxide mine produced 32,017 Oz Au during the period, and 109,596 Oz Au throughout the full year. All-in sustaining costs (AISC) has been maintained at $600 to $700 per Oz Au for the year. Production for 2023 is expected to be between 100,000 to 110,000 Oz Au. “Income taxes accrued during 2022, including Mexican Special Mining Duty, totalling approximately $35 million, will be paid in a lump sum in March 2023. Thereafter, Orla expects to pay income tax instalments monthly, beginning in May 2023”. Orla ended the year with a cash position of $96.6 M.
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. reported fourth quarter 2022 production results at the Avino mine in Durango. During the period 150.3 K tonnes were milled at an average grade of 70 gpt Ag, 0.62 gpt Au, 0.53% Cu, recovering 92% Ag, 81% Au, 88% Cu to produce 309.8 K Oz Ag, 2,426 Oz Au, 1.54 M Lb Cu (770 .1 K Oz AgEq). For the year 541.8 K tonnes were milled @ 62 gpt Ag, 0.42 gpt Au, 0.61% Cu, recovering 92% Ag, 78% Au, 89% Cu, to produce 985.2 K Oz Ag, 5,778 Oz Au, 6.50 M Lb Cu (2.65 M Oz AgEq). The dry-stack tailing facility was commissioned and is now fully operational.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. announced that the Cata mill has commenced precious metals processing at the Valenciana Mines Complex (VMC) in Guanajuato. The company is to start processing material at a rate of 8 K tonnes per month and to increase it later in the year to 20 K tonnes per month. The mill has a nameplate capacity of 36 K tonnes per month. “The Company plans to operate the Cata mill with production from both VMC and the San Ignacio mine …… intends to backfill tailings underground using a hydraulic fill system that will make use of select voids and open stopes that have been created at VMC over the past 450 years of underground mining”.
Torex Gold Resources Inc. provided operational guidance for 2023 and 5-year production outlook for the Morelos Complex in Guerrero, which comprises the El Limón Guajes (ELG) Complex and the Media Luna project. For 2023 at ELG the expected gold production is between 440 K and 470 K Oz Au at total cash costs $740 to $780 per OZ Au and all-in sustaining costs of $1,080 to $1,130. “The strip ratio for 2023 is expected to average 10.7:1 compared to 8.9:1 in 2022 given additional laybacks within the El Limón and El Limón Sur open pits. Based on the current mine plan, a higher portion of waste is expected to be mined in the second and third quarters compared with the first and fourth quarters”. Approximately $39 M are budgeted for exploration and drilling in 2023, including $20 M for Media Luna, $6 M for ELG underground, $8 M for exploration in near mine on early exploration targets and $5 M in definition and grade control drilling. For the next five years production is expected to be in the 400 K to 500 K Oz Au per year.
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported production results for the fourth quarter 2022, including figures from its Mexican operations. During the fourth quarter 259.5 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 2,883 tonnes per day (tpd), averaging 194 gpt Ag, 1.13 gpt Au, recovering 91.1% Ag, 89.8% Au to produce 1.47 M Oz Ag, 8,499 Oz Au. For the year, 1.03 M tonnes were milled at a rate of 2,925 tpd, averaging 191 got Ag, 1.14 gpt Au, to produce 5.76 M Oz Ag, 34,124 K Oz Au. For 2023 the company plans to process 1.03 M tonnes @ 186 gpt Ag, 1.19 gpt Au, reflecting the declining grade profile of mineral reserves.
Gold Resource Corp. released fourth quarter 2022 production for the Arista mine in Oaxaca. During the period 97.8 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 1,353 tonnes per day, averaging 2.68 gpt Au, 91 gpt Ag, 0.37% Cu, 2.29% Pb, 4.79% Zn to produce 6,933 Oz Au, 265.8 K Oz Ag, 284 tonnes Cu, 1,808 tonnes Pb, 3,920 tonnes Zn.
Pan American Silver Corp. announced preliminary production results for the Q4 2022, including figures from its Mexican operations. At La Colorada, in Zacatecas, 1.34 M Oz Ag, 700 Oz Au were produced during the period, for a yearly total of 5.93 M Oz Ag, 3,300 Oz Au. At Dolores, in Chihuahua, 0.59 M Oz Ag, 34,600 Oz Au were produced during the quarter, for a yearly production of 2.24 M Oz Ag, 136,900 Oz Au.
First Majestic Silver Corp. released total production results for the fourth quarter of 2022. The company’s consolidated production from its three operating mines in Mexico (San Dimas in Durango, Santa Elena in Sonora, La Encantada in Coahuila) was 2.39 M Oz Ag, 46,194 Oz Au (or 6.17 M Oz AgEq). The liquid natural gas powerplant at Santa Elena was expanded from 12 MW to 24 MW “to supply low‐cost, clean power to the Ermitaño mine and the recently completed dual‐circuit plant”. In exploration, four drilling rigs are operating at Dan Dimas, in Durango, three at Santa Elena in Sonora and one at La Encantada, in Coahuila.
Excellon Resources Inc. entered into a binding term sheet with holders representing approximately 66.67% of the principal “amount of outstanding convertible debentures to convert 25% of the debentures (C$4.5 M) into equity and reprice and extend maturity of remaining principal outstanding upon closing the acquisition of La Negra property in Queretaro, providing greater flexibility to the Company. Furthermore, reprice the conversion price of the remaining principal to C$0.535 per share, 6.5% interest rate or 10.0% payable in shares at the company’s election” (La Negra, Hidalgo).
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GR Silver Mining Ltd. released surface drilling results from six holes in the Southeast Area of the San Marcial project in Sinaloa. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 5.6 m @ 1,223 gpt Ag, 1.4% Pb, 1.2% Zn (including 0.3 m @ 25,150 gpt Ag, 30% Pb, 18.6% Zn); 82.7 m @ 121 gpt Ag (including 0.4 m @ 3,386 gpt Ag and 1.1 m @ 1,391 gpt Ag); 112.6 m @ 61 gpt Ag (including 0.9 m @ 1,055 gpt Ag); 0.6 m @ 14.3 gpt Au. “The six holes represent extensions along strike or down dip, creating the potential to expand silver mineralization boundaries”.
Capitan Mining Inc. released drill assays for five holes on the Jesus Maria zone at the Cruz de Piedra project in Durango. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 16.8 m @ 0.35 gpt Au, 187 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn (including 1.5 m @ 1.36 gpt Au, 1,381 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb, 0.5% Zn); 4.6 m @ 0.63 gpt Au, 183 gpt Ag (including 1.5 m @ 1.45 gpt Au, 504 gpt Ag); 15.2 m @ 0.44 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag, 0.5% Pb, 0.8% Zn (including 1.5 m @ 1.82 gpt Au, 81 gpt Ag, 3.2% Pb, 4.2% Zn). The Jesus Maria zone has been traced by trenching and drilling for 750 m of strike length to a depth of up to 150 m “On Dec 6 th, 2022, Capitan announced that it had entered into a transaction with a third party to consolidate the 2.5km high grade Jesus Maria trend”.
Regency Silver Corp. announced an updated resource estimate for its Dios Padre project in Sonora. The updated resource estimate incorporates 1,056 m of drilling in 8 holes drilled in 2022 and 10,425 m of historic drilling in 66 holes, to define inferred resources of 1.384 M tonnes @ 228 gpt Ag, 0.32 gpt Au (255.6 gpt AgEq) containing 10.14 M Oz Ag, 14,000 Oz Au. “The resource estimate contains information from the historic Dios Padre silver mine only and does not include any information from the recent discovery hole REG 22-01 which contained an intercept of 35.8 metres of 6.84 g/t gold, 0.88% copper and 21.82 g/t silver”.
GoGold Resources Inc. released the results of eight holes from El Favor East deposit within Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 84.5 m @ 0.24 gpt Au, 79 gpt Ag; 44.8 m @ 0.30 gpt Au, 111 gpt Ag (including 17.3 m @ 0.71 gpt Au, 225 gpt Ag); 7.8 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 190 gpt Ag; 19.9 m @ 0.59 gpt Au, 392 gpt Ag (including 5.0 m @ 1.97 gpt Au, 1,300 gpt Ag, which includes 1.2 m @ 6.48 gpt Au, 3,722 gpt Ag); 18.3 m @ 0.21 gpt Au, 97.4 gpt Ag; 35.2 m @ 0.18 gpt Au, 130 gpt Ag. “El Favor is located approximately 800 meters along strike to the east of the El Orito deposit. The combined systems cover approximately 2.9km in mineralized strike length over a 3.7km distance”.
Excellon Resources Inc. filed a preliminary economical assessment on La Negra project in Queretaro. The report summarizes the mineral resource estimate with 2.46 M tonnes @ 64 gpt Ag, 1.95% Zn, 0.50% Cu, 0.27% Pb, containing 5.1 M Oz Ag, 105.8 M Lb Zn, 27.1 M Lb Cu, 14.6 M Lb Pb in indicated resources and 6.42 M tonnes @ 80 gpt Ag, 1.80% Zn, 0.40% Cu, 0.65% Pb, containing 16.5 M Oz Ag, 254.8 M Lb Zn, 56.6 M Lb Cu, 92.0 M Lb Pb as inferred resources. The PEA envisages 7.4 years of mine life processing 6.22 M tonnes averaging 63 gpt Ag, 1.5% Zn, 0.4% Cu, 0.4% Pb at a daily rate of 2,500 tonnes.
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Defiance Silver Corp. restructured the option agreement to acquire the 2.5% NSR at the Tepal project in Michoacan with Minera Tepal S.A. de C.V. “The company is making a payment of US $100,000 to defer all payments until June 30, 2024, at which time the remaining payment schedule will resume”.
Excellon Resources Inc. announced on January 9, 2023 a definitive acquisition agreement with Orion Resource Partners on the acquisition of the permitted, past-producing mine of La Negra, in Queretaro. The deal involves the payment on US$50 M paid through an upfront payment in shares of Excellon totaling US$20 M upon closing of the acquisition and a further US$30 M of deferred, “contingent consideration payable in common shares of the Company or in cash at the Company’s option, following the restart of commercial production”. La Negra property counts with 2.46 M tonnes @ 64 gpt Ag, 1.95% Zn, 0.50% Cu, 0.27% Pb, containing 5.1 M Oz Ag, 105.8 M Lb Zn, 27.1 M Lb Cu, 14.6 M Lb Pb in indicated resources and 6.42 M tonnes @ 80 gpt Ag, 1.80% Zn, 0.40% Cu, 0.65% Pb, containing 16.5 M Oz Ag, 254.8 M Lb Zn, 56.6 M Lb Cu, 92.0 M Lb Pb. The current PEA envisages 7.4 years of mine life processing 6.22 M tonnes averaging 63 gpt Ag, 1.5% Zn, 0.4% Cu, 0.4% at a daily rate of 2,500 tonnes.
Xali Gold Corp. signed a binding letter of intent with Minera Cinco Reales S.A. de C.V. on the San Dieguito de Arriba plant in Nayarit. Xali will have the right to receive 15% of the net profits from any mineral that is processed at the plant, or minimum payments of US$10 K in the fourth month from the signing, US$20 K on the fifth month, US$30 K on the sixth month, US$40 k on the seventh to tenth months, US$50 K from month eleven on. Before the fourth month, Xali should receive US$6.5 K on January 30th, US$6.5 K on February 27th, US$6.5 K on March 22nd. “Upon the execution of this Agreement, MCR will act as the only operator of the plant and will have the exclusive option to obtain permits and refurbish the plant and equipment to operational status and to manage and operate the SDA plant for their benefit for an initial period of 14 months …… Minera Cinco Reales operates several mines and processing plants (150 to 300 tonnes per day) in Northern and Central Mexico producing gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc”.
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First Majestic Silverwas awarded the prestigious “Silver Helmet Award” in the category of “Underground Mining of More Than 500 Workers” by the Mining Chamber of Mexico for its outstanding performance in occupational safety and health on its Santa Elena operations in Sonora.
On the image below: Tectonic breccia in granitic rock sealed by fine grained darker intrusive on a copper project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Abraham López.
During the 51st week of the year (December 19th to December 25th, 2022), 10 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. One company posted an exploration update on its property, one on financial results for the end of its fiscal year, one informed on a rolling stock plan and another one on the repurchase share plan. One company informed on work at its advanced property. December proved to be a busy month for deals, with four more companies announcing this week the purchase of properties, strategic investments or royalty purchases. ON MEXICO ISSUES, CAMIMEX presented its third 2022 sustainability report. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Colibri Resource announced plans for a bulk sample program at the Pilar project. ON MINING, GoGold Resources released financial results for the end of its fiscal year. ON FINANCING, Oroco Resource approved a rolling stock plan. Alamos Gold announced its share repurchase plan. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Guanajuato Silver Company provided drilling results from its Topia mine in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Prismo Metals and Vizsla Silver entered into a binding strategic investment agreement. Southern Empire Resources announced the staking of a large property in Durango, and the staking of additional ground adjacent to one other project, also in Durango. Silver Viper Minerals and Canasil Resources extended the date for the definitive agreement on their merger/acquisition. Metalla Royalty & Streaming announced a royalty purchase agreement concerning the silver stream from the Esperanza project in Morelos. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, The Esperanza project in Morelos incorporates the sustainable development concept, promoted on the UN’s 2030 agenda.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
CAMIMEX (Cámara Minera de Mexico) presented its third report on sustainability 2022, expanding on actions and results by its affiliates on social, environment and economic matters, as part of its compromise to further the sustainable development of México.
Colibri Resource Corp. reported that its option partner on the Pilar project in Sonora, Tocvan Ventures Corp. is to complete a bulk sample test at the property. Up to 1,000 tonnes of material will be processed in a neighboring mining company heap leach facilities 25 km west from Pilar. “Total duration of the processing and analysis of the bulk sample is expected to span three to four months. The information provided from the sample will be used for planning in coordination for permitting of full-scale mine and process facilities on-site at Pilar“.
GoGold Resources Inc. announced the financial results for the year ending on September 30, 2022. During the period $36.1 M in revenue were generated on the sale of 1.7 M Oz AgEq from its Parral tailings project in Chihuahua; the metal was produced at cash cost $13.35 per Oz AgEq, and an AISC of $18.36. Also, USD$12.3 M of tax recoverable relating to VAT receivable were recovered from the Mexican Federal Government, including $5.1 M in interest. At the end of the period GoGold balance was $73.3 M in cash and no debt.
Oroco Resource Corp. shareholders approved a maximum of 10% rolling stock option plan for the company (Santo Tomás, Sinaloa).
Alamos Gold Inc. filed and received acceptance from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) for a notice of intention to make a normal course issuer bid, permitting Alamos to purchase for cancellation up to 10% of the company’s public float of the common shares as of December 2022 (Mulatos, Sonora).
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Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. provided recent drill results from the Topia mine in Durango. The company is focusing on delineating resources and increasing mine life on the La Prieta, Rosario and Dos Amigos structures. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 0.43 m @ 1.22 gpt Au, 455 gpt Ag, 1.4% Pb, 2.1% Zn; 0.81 m @ 1.38 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag, 4.0% Pb, 2.0% Zn; 1.09 m @ 373 gpt Ag, 1.3% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 0.50 m @ 1.73 gpt Au, 394 gpt Ag, 0.9% Pb, 0.3% Zn; 0.60 m @ 944 gpt Ag, 9.2% Pb, 4.2% Zn; 1.55 m @ 206 gpt Ag, 1.2% Pb, 2.8% Zn; 0.20 m @ 9.74 gpt Au, 404 gpt Ag, 7.2% Pb, 1.9% Zn; 0.50 m @ 3.98 gpt Au, 808 gpt Ag, 8.1% Pb 4.4% Zn; 1.12 m @ 1.74 gpt Au, 39 gpt Ag, 3.4% Pb, 0.7% Zn; 0.98 m @ 4.48 gpt Au, 107 gpt Ag, 8.0% Pb, 13.7% Zn; 1.15 m @ 3.38 gpt Au, 2,173 gpt Ag, 6.7% Pb, 12.9% Zn. “Epithermal mineralization at Topia exists as a system of narrow, high-grade veins measuring up to 1.50m in thickness and occurring within an undulating band of mineralized material that ranges vertically from 100m to 200m, within a lateral extension continuing for several kilometers”.
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Prismo Metals Inc. entered into a binding strategic investment agreement with Vizsla Silver Corp. Pursuant to the agreement Vizsla is to acquire C$2 M in shares of Prismo, and will have the right of first refusal to purchase the Palos Verdes project from Prismo. Once the investment is complete, Vizsla will own 10.1% of Prismo on a basic basis and 14.4% on a partially diluted basis.
Southern Empire Resources Corp. announced the staking of the 23,750 hectare La Loma property in Durango, located 50 km SE from its San Pedro project. The property covers Mesozoic sedimentary rocks with Au-As-Sb-Mo-Pb anomalies in stream sediment samples by the Servicio Geológico Mexicano (SGM). Planned exploration work for the spring of 2023 includes stream sediment sampling, prospecting and geological mapping. The company also expanded the optioned 600 ha Centauro property in Durango by staking two claims totaling 3,832 ha. The new claims cover areas of silica and kaolinite alteration, as identified with hyperspectral satellite images. “These suites of probable alteration mineralization are often spatially associated with “Carlin-style” and/or low sulphidation epithermal gold mineralization observed at Centauro to date”.
Silver Viper Minerals Corp. entered into an agreement to amend the non-binding letter of intent with Canasil Resources Inc. with respect to the proposed acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Canasil, in exchange for common shares of Silver Viper, extending the date to enter into a definitive agreement from December 20, 2022 until January 31, 2023 (La Virginia, Sonora; Esperanza, Zacatecas).
Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd. announced a royalty purchase agreement with Alamos Gold Corp., pursuant to which Metalla will acquire from Alamos Gold one silver stream and three royalties for $5 M of common shares of Metalla. The portfolio adds a silver stream on the Esperanza Gold project in Morelos, which is being advanced by Zacatecas Silver Corp. The project envisions the mining by open pit of an oxidized Au-Ag skarn to produce 111 K Oz Au and 225 K Oz Ag per year. “Metalla will acquire the 20% silver stream on Esperanza subject to ongoing payments of 20% of silver spot price. The stream is subject to a maximum of 500 K Oz silver delivery if commercial production occurs prior to 2029. Metalla will also acquire the right of first refusal on future royalty and stream financing for the Esperanza project”.
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Camimex informed that the Esperanza mining project in Morelos, on the grounds of the San Agustín Tetlama community incorporates the sustainable development concept, promoted on the UN’s 2030 agenda, with social, environmental, cultural and economic procurement plans.
On the image below: Underground historic workings scanning by geologist Abraham López with an iPhone on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
According to IMSS (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social) there are 421,833 mining industry direct employees in Mexico, same that in 2021 generated 2.5% of the GDP, or 34,782 million pesos (US$16.5 billion dollars). The country is within the ten top producers of fluorite, sodium sulfate, wollastonite, celestite, lead, molybdenum, barite, diatomite, magnesium sulfate, zinc, salt, gypsum, cadmium, gold, feldspar and copper, and the top silver producer during the last 13 years. Workers in the industry earn an average of 23,366 pesos per month.
Camimex (Cámara Minera de México) expects Mexico’s investment in mining to surpass US$5 billion (5,000 million pesos). Jaime Gutiérrez, president, pointed that it occurs under the contrast of high metal prices and national policy regulatory hurdles. Karen Flores, director, expressed that the risk in mining is major in exploration, diminishing as the project advances to the mining stage. Another obstacle is the discretionary granting of permits, highlighting the need of a clear and objective decision-making process. Stressed also was the need to have public policies that favor the investments in clean energies, as these are crucial for the competitiveness of the country.
Raquel Buenrostro, head of the Economy Secretariat (Secretaría de Economía or SE) indulged herself in a barrage of accusations to the mining industry, pointing that it pays nearly zero taxes in proportion to its earnings, and is one of the industries with more corruption related to the Secretaría de Economía. She indicated that this is one of the reasons why the government has not granted mining concessions for the last four years, further adding that mining companies are no innocent entities, having problems the World around. “After hydrocarbons, the strongest smuggling is that of mining” she stressed, “more than textiles, shoes and clothing”. According to her numbers, mining companies pay 0.002% of its total earnings, compared to 2.4% of major contributors or between 30 and 35% for employees. She also commented on the case of a foreign company that using a twisted argument decided not pay taxes for ten years, while the case if reviewed by the Supreme Court. “Concessions, concessions and concessions were granted, some without complying with the law, some granted more than once, and those who have concessions do not comply with the obligations that should be covered…. the problem of corruption is strong, and I believe that this is one of the areas with biggest corruption problems in the Secretaría de Economía (Note of editor. The points of view of Raquel Buenrostro mimic those of the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which is strongly critical of all private industries, including mining. More than a decade ago, while bidding for the presidency, he had expressed that no mining concessions were to be issued under his term. He’s true to his word, at least in this respect).
Camimex (Cámara Minera de México) replied to Raquel Buenrostro, Secretary of Economy (See above) that the companies affiliated to the entity comply in time with its fiscal obligations, including special taxes that only miners pay. The mining industry conveys more resources for the federal coffers than other productive sectors, according to information from the Secretaría de Hacienda y Credito Público. Camimex argues that its enterprises generate more than 400 K direct jobs, and 2.6 M indirect jobs, with an average salary that is 37% higher than the national one. Also, studies by UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de México) show that the municipalities and localities with mining activity have greater levels of economic and human development than the national average. The letter ended “We miners are proud of our activities, the responsible and committed companies in Camimex will continue contributing to the economic development and social wellbeing in the country. We reiterate our commitment and absolute will and interest to establish the dialogue and collaboration with the authorities that are conducive to the strengthening of the sector and the country”.
Colibri Resource Corp. re-commenced phase-2 reverse circulation drilling at the Evelyn property in Sonora. Five holes are planned with 2,000 m of drilling to test induced polarization targets from the 2021 geophysical survey, a second objective is to explore under extensive alluvial cover drilling a number of short holes and sample the top of the bedrock. A soil sampling program has been recently completed, and samples sent for “Gas Soil Hydrocarbon” testing.
Almadex Minerals Ltd. released drilling results from its first hole at the San Pedro project in Jalisco. The highlighted core length interval is 4.51 m @ 657 gpt Ag, 0.03 gpt Au (including 2.0 m @ 1,090 gpt Ag, 0.07 gpt Au). Almadex describes a breccia with silicified fragments in sericitic alteration, with galena and sphalerite occurring in the matrix and in fragments. These characteristics point to an intermediate sulfidation epithermal system, although other options have not been ruled out at this stage. “The San Pedro project covers a large area of acid sulphate alteration, including zones previous described as vuggy silica. Recent Terraspec analysis indicates sericitisation superposed on propylitic alteration in the mineralised zones with acid sulphate alteration occurring at the north”.
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Prismo Metals Inc. announced that the private placement for up to $3 M has been fully allocated. (Palos Verdes, Sinaloa).
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. signed a new concentrate and pre-payment facility with Ocean Partners Ltd., to provide a US$5 M revolving credit facility for operating and working capital purposes. GSilver also completed its previously announced shares-for-debt transaction to settle C$1.13 M (El Cubo, Guanajuato).
Silver Viper Minerals Corp. closed the first tranche of its $2 M private placement announced in November, for aggregate gross proceeds of $334.6 K (La Virginia, Sonora).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported assays results from step-out and infill drilling at El Limón Sur, targeting underground mineralization as well as open pit mill feed at its El Limón Guajes mine complex in Guerrero. Highlighted core length results comprise 15.96 m @ 87.60 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag; 0.15% Cu (including 4.46 m @ 163.51 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag and 3.82 m @ 166.94 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag, 0.20% Cu); 22.81 m @ 25.31 gpt Au, 122 gpt Ag, 3.45% Cu (including 3.00 m @107.63 gpt Au, 259 gpt Ag, 6.18% Cu); 20.52 m @ 9.49 gpt Au, 63 gpt Ag, 0.21% Cu; 18.72 m @8.10 gpt Au, 24 gpt Ag, 0.95% Cu; 9.90 m @ 15.19 gpt Au, 43 gpt Ag, 0.56% Cu; 17.85 m @ 13.39 gpt Au (including 2.25 m @ 90.05 gpt Au); 7.70 m @ 22.99 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag, 0.18% Cu; 3.99 m @ 43.24 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag. These strong results add the El Limón Sur Deep to the previously identified potential mining front at Sub-Sill South. “The style of mineralization at El Limón Sur Deep is like Sub-Sill and ELD, and is characterized by gold, with locally high silver and copper grades. Gold occurs in variably sulfidized, pyrrhotite-rich skarn, while silver and copper mineralization is controlled primarily by the degree of sulfidation of the host skarn. Mineralization is mainly associated with retrograde alteration characterized by the occurrence of phlogopite, amphibole, chlorite, calcite and lesser amounts of quartz and epidote, and local magnetite”.
Endeavour Silver Corp. filed a NI-43-101 technical report with a resource estimate for the recently acquired (July 2022) La Pitarrilla project in Durango. Total indicated resources, open pit and underground, oxide and sulfide, stand at 158.6 M tonnes @ 96.4 gpt Ag, 0.31% Pb, 0.74% Zn, containing 491.6 M Oz Ag, 1.1 billion Lb Pb, 2.6 billion Lb Zn or 693.9 M Oz AgEq. Inferred resources, open pit and underground, oxide and sulfide, comprise 35.4 M tonnes @ 87.2 gpt Ag, 0.36% Pb, 0.85% Zn, containing 99.4 M Oz Ag, 281 M Lb Pb, 662 M Lb Zn or 151.2 M Oz AgEq.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
Argonaut Gold Inc. entered into a binding purchase agreement with Heliostar Metals Ltd. for the sale of the Ana Paula project in Guerrero. The deal involves a cash payment of US$10 M at closing, US$5 M in Heliostar shares when either an extension to the current mining permit or a new underground mining permit is granted, US$2 M on the completion of a feasibility study (FS), US$3 M in cash and US$2 M in shares on construction announcement and US$5 M in cash and US$3 M in Heliostar shares on announcement of commercial production.
Argonaut Gold Inc. entered into an option agreement with Heliostar Metals Ltd. for the sale of the San Antonio project in Baja California Sur. Heliostar is to pay Argonaut US$80 M if the gold price is below $1,800 per ounce for the six months preceding the exercise of the option, US$120 M if the price is in the US$1,800 to US$2,000 per ounce range in the same period, or US$150 M if the gold price is above US$2,000 per ounce in the said period. A 2.0% NSR is to be paid to Argonaut if the option is exercised. The term of the option is for three years, that can be extended for 18 months if Heliostar is able to acquire an environmental permit from SEMARNAT, the environmental regulator (Note of editor. – which is unlikely to occur on this presidential term, ending in 2024).
Prime Meridian Resources Corp. executed two letters of intent for the option to purchase up to 100% interest in the 3,792-hectare El Chuin copper project in Sonora. The project encompasses an interpreted porphyry copper target, with small scale mine workings developed in veins, disseminations and replacement style mineralization. The main target areas are Samaniego, La Gloria and Nogales. The option envisages the payment of US$30 K on year one, US$50 K and 250 K shares on year two, US$50 K and 500 K shares on year three, US$50 K and 1 M shares on year four and US$50 K and 1.5 M shares on year five, for a total of US230 K and 3.25 M shares, plus US$2.22 M of investment on the property. The current property owner retains a 1% NSR that can be bought for US$1.5 M. A second purchase option requires the payment prior to the 5th year anniversary of US$250 K for the La Gloria concession, US$250 K for La Gloria II concession and US$1 M for the Nino Luis concessions. “The El Chuin concessions are currently not in good standing and PMR will be obliged to bring the concessions to good standing. No payments to the vendors will be made prior to obtaining good standing for the concessions”.
Capitan Mining Inc. executed an option agreement with Fresnillo PLC to acquire 100% interest in mineral rights to a key property at the Cruz de Plata project in Durango. The high-grade silver trend owned by Capitan is now 2.5 km in length, including extensions and targets on the Jesus Maria, San Rafael, El Tubo, El Refugio and Teresa veins. The optioned land holds 2,000 m of historic drilling in five holes with highlighted core length intervals of 1.0 m @ 233 gpt Ag, 0.1%Pb; 5.2 m @ 185 gpt Ag, 0.29 gpt Au, 0.90% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 29.0 m @ 55 gpt Ag, 0.14 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.6% Zn (including 1.3 m @ 284 gpt Ag, 0.43 gpt Au, 1.6% Pb, 5.5% Zn); 6.3 m @ 94 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 4.7 m @ 54 gpt Ag, 0.7% Pb, 1.2% Zn; 1.2 m @ 157 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au, 1.1% Pb, 3.3% Zn. The deal involves a 3-year exploration agreement for the “Casco U” mining concessions, for a total of US$1.0 M over the period and 1% NSR which can be bought for US$1 M.
Golden Tag Resources Ltd. entered into a definitive agreement with First Majestic Silver Corp. to acquire 100% interest on La Parrilla project in Durango. The property covers 69,478 hectares, with five underground mines, an open pit and a processing plant comprising parallel 1,000 tpd flotation and 1,000 tpd cyanidation leach circuits where oxide and sulfide ores can be processed. There are 9.5 M Oz AgEq in measured and indicated historical resources and 12.5 M Oz AgEq in inferred resources. In consideration for the purchase Golden Tag will issue First Majestic US$20 M in Golden Tag shares, and US$2.7 M in the first 18 months, US$5.75 M (cash or shares) when either 5 M Oz AgEq of reserves or 22 M Oz AgEq of measured and indicated resources are declared. And US$5.05 M (cash or shares) when a new zone with a NI-43-101 report holding more than 12.5 M Oz AgEq is announced. After closing First Majestic will have the right to maintain its pro-rata interest in Golden Tag, up to 19.9% of shares.
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Hecla Mining Co. received the 2022 Environmental and Sustainability Excellence Award for its San Sebatian mine in Durango. The award by the American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) is in recognition by the company’s strong commitment to the highest environmental and sustainability standards.
On the image below puzzling boudin like siliceous bands in limestone on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
Andrés Robles Osollo, Vicepresident of government relations of the AIMMGM (Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México) pointed that México is a mining country, but that the industry has neglected the promotion of the craft and the importance of México on the World production of minerals. México is the leader in silver production, and is within the first ten producers of gold, copper, lead and zinc.
Arcelor Mittal announced the investment of 3,000 million pesos at Las Truchas mine in Michoacan, to increase the production rate from 1 M tonnes/year to 2.3 M tonnes/year. The company complained on the illegal blockage of the railroad line for three months in 2021 by a teachers Union, and said that they are working closely with the Michoacan government to keep the rails free of blockades.
Radius Gold Inc. provided an update on the company’s exploration activities at the 10,250 ha Amalia project, in Chihuahua. The JV with Pan American Silver Corp. has completed 23,059 m of drilling in 67 holes on the California, Amalia and El Cuervo vein systems. Recent mapping and sampling extended the target for 1.5 km at California, and several parallel structures were identified. Pan American “has completed its right to earn an initial 65% interest in the Amalia Project by making cash payments to Radius totalling US$1.5 million (paid) and expending US$2 million on exploration over four years (completed). Pan American may earn an additional 10% by advancing the property to preliminary feasibility”.
Radius Gold Inc. informed on work at the Plata Verde project in Chihuahua. Fresnillo PLC has an agreement since mid-2022 to negotiate an option agreement to earn 70% interest in the project. Since then, Fresnillo has funded US$100 K on the signature of the agreement, paid US$65 in underlying property option payments, paid US$103 K in back taxes and invested US$35 K in the project. Fresnillo has to spend over a four-year period US$5 M in exploration and make option payments to Radius of US$3.1 M which includes US$1.1 M to cover underlying property payments. “Should either Party’s interest fall below 10% interest in NewCo that interest would convert to a 2% NSR”.
Radius Gold Inc. notified on exploration at its Maricela project in Sonora. The project is 20 km south from the Cananea copper mine, and only a few kilometers from the Loma de Plata silver deposit discovered a few years ago by Azure Minerals. Radius has “mapped and sampled an epithermal silver and gold mineralized vein system extending approximately 1.5km long by 300m wide, within which occurs multiple veins, stockworks and breccias. Vein intersections have exposed widths of up to 25 metres”. Highlighted chip sampling results comprise 3 m @ 4.46 gpt Au, 1,335 gpt Ag; 6 m @ 1.03 gpt Au, 418 gpt Ag; 25.3 m @ 0.31 gpt Au, 62 gpt Ag. Radius is awaiting final registration of the option agreement, as already counts with the drilling permit.
Discovery Silver Corp. released financial results for the third quarter 2022. Results from the PFS metallurgical testwork program at Cordero in Chihuahua highlighted recoveries in the 90-95% range for Ag, Pb and Zn. The phase II drilling program of close to 80,000 m of drilling in over 250 holes was completed during the quarter. Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments stood at $55.5 M at the end of the period.
Impact Silver Corp. announced its financing and operating results for the Q3 2022. During the quarter 39.8 K tonnes were processed at the mill at an average grade of 165 gpt. In response to higher operational costs and lower metal prices, Impact initiated a first round of lay-offs and reduced its exploration spending. “The cash position remains strong at $16.5 million with working capital of $17.6 million”.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. provided consolidated production results for the Q3 2022. The consolidated production from the El Cubo Mines Complex in Guanajuato, San Ignacio in Guanajuato and Topia in Durango during the quarter comprised 107.4 K tonnes mined, 107 K tonnes milled at a rate of 1,274 tonnes per day, recovering 88.5% Ag, 86.3% Au, to produce 329.3 K Oz Ag, 3,226 Oz Au, 537.6 K Lb Pb, 677.1 K Lb Zn (700.3 K Oz AgEq).
Alamos Gold Inc. declared a quarterly dividend of US$0.025 per common share. “The Company has paid dividends for 13 consecutive years during which time $285 million has been returned to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks, including $48 million thus far in 2022” (Mulatos, Sonora).
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. announced the partial repayment of the two loan/pre-payment facilities with Swiss-based precious metal trading firm OICM Precious Metals S A. “Guanajuato Silver has delivered an aggregate of 96,518 ounces of silver and 846 ounces of gold representing five months’ deliveries of silver and gold ounces to OCIM thereby reducing the total number of monthly delivery payments remaining to OCIM under both facilities to ten” (El Cubo, Guanajuato).
Defiance Silver Corp. intends to settle $41.9 K of debt through the issuance of common shares of the company (San Acacio, Zacatecas).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Discovery Silver Corp. announced results from 15 drill holes of upgrade and expansion drilling of the proposed open pit, subsequent to the cut-off date for the pre-feasibility study (PFS) on its Cordero project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 77 m @ 46 gpt Ag, 0.08 gpt Au, 0.7% Pb, 1.4% Zn; 22 m @ 83 gpt Ag, 0.10 gpt Au, 1.8% Pb, 3.2% Zn; 96 m @ 33 gpt Ag, 0.03 gpt Au, 0.7% Pb, 1.8% Zn (including 36 m @ 44 gpt Ag, 0.04 gpt Au, 0.9% Pb, 3.1% Zn); 43 m @ 62 gpt Ag, 0.11 gpt Au, 1.4% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 52 m @49 gpt Ag, 0.07 gpt Au, 0.8% Pb, 1.7% Zn. “The Company has now completed approximately 17,000 m (52 holes) as part of its Feasibility Study drill program”. Total meters drilled in the project now is over 293,000 m in 735 holes.
GR Silver Mining Ltd. released surface drilling results from four holes on the Southeast Area of the San Marcial project in Sinaloa. Highlighted core length results comprise 14.1 m @ 186 gpt Ag (including 0.2 m @ 6,405 gpt Ag, 10.1% Pb, 17.9% Zn); 73.5 m @ 72 gpt Ag (including 1.1 m @ 905 gpt Ag and 0.8 m @ 1,039 gpt Ag); 185.5 m @ 111 gpt Ag (including 83.2 m @ 215 gpt Ag); 1.0 m @ 31.3 gpt Au. “The Company expects to complete three more drill holes in the SE Area prior to the December cut-off date for data to be incorporated into the 3D geological model, with the updated resource estimation expected to be released in Q1|2023”.
Defiance Silver Corp. resumed drilling at the Veta Grande vein system at the Zacatecas project in Zacatecas. “The approximate 4000m program is an extension of the previous phases of drilling, all of which returned high grades down plunge and outside of the current resource estimate”. Drilling is to focus on the recently discovered deep historic working to the East, down plunge of high-grade results below the current resource estimate, the footwall vein north of the main Veta Grande structure and the cross structures and vein splays with mineralization potential.
Azucar Minerals Ltd. received and compiled results from two holes completed at the Lithocap target at its El Cobre project in Veracruz. “Large intervals of brecciated rock were intersected possibly reflecting a diatreme like body that may have disrupted any earlier porphyry alteration zonation in this area”. No significant intervals of porphyry mineralization were intersected, with the most relevant result being a late sulfide vein which returned 0.7 m @ 0.95% Cu, 0.42 gpt Au.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
Vizsla Silver Corp. entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) with Prismo Metals Inc. to make a strategic investment with right for first refusal to Purchase the Palos Verdes property, adjacent to Vizsla’s Panuco project in Sinaloa, and 4 M shares of Prismo for C$2 M. “The consideration for the Strategic Investment will consist of a cash payment of C$500,000 at closing and 1,000,000 common shares of Vizsla”. After completion of the deal VIZSLA will own 12% of Prismo shares on a basic basis and 17% on a partially diluted basis.
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Vizsla Silver Corp. exceeded one million consecutive work hours without a lost time incident at its Panuco project in Sinaloa.
Discovery Silver Corp. released its environmental, social and governance report (ESG) “and subsequent to quarter end received its official ESR Distinction, which is issued by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy to organizations that have demonstrated they operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, and its Great Place to Work Certification, which recognizes companies that create an outstanding employee experience through building a workplace culture of trust, credibility, respect, pride and collaboration” (Cordero project, Chihuahua).
Torex Gold Resources Inc. released its inaugural Climate Change Report with emphasis in carbon emission reduction, and confirmed having received the permitting from SEMARNAT (Environmental regulator) for construction of an 8.7 megawatt solar plant on its mining concessions and the awarding of a contract for battery electric vehicle scoop fleet at its Media Luna project in Guerrero.
On the image below puzzling boudin like siliceous bands in limestone on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
During the 45th week of the year (November 7th to November 13th, 2022), 20 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. One company declared commercial production, thirteen companies released Q3 2022 results and one company closed the final tranche of a private placement. Three companies presented drilling results or updated work at their advanced properties. Two companies signed a LOI on an acquisition proposal. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, no relevant news. ON MINING, SilverCrest Metals declared commercial production at Las Chispas, in Sonora. McEwen Mining, First Majestic Silver, Coeur Mining, Avino Silver & Gold Mines, Gatos Silver, Torex Gold, Fortuna Silver Mines, Pan American Silver, Golden Minerals, Endeavour Silver, Excellon Resources, Orla Mining and Americas Gold and Silver released Q3 2022 production results. ON FINANCING, Silver Viper Minerals closed an additional tranche of financing for $200 K. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Guanajuato Silver Company released drill results from a new vein at El Cubo, in Guanajuato. Oroco Resource provided drill results from the South Zone at its Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. Orla Mining updated on work at its Camino Rojo Sulphide deposit in Zacatecas aiming to evaluate its underground development options. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Silver Viper Minerals and Canasil Resources signed a LOI on the proposed acquisition of the latter by Silver Viper. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Discovery Silver informed on awards received by its social responsibility work and achievements at the corporate and community levels.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
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SilverCrest Metals Inc. declared commercial production on November 1, 2022 at Las Chispas mine in Sonora. During the commissioning period in September and October 62.1 K tonnes were processed at a rate of 1,019 tonnes per day (name plate design: 1,250 tpd), recovering 96.7% Au, 96.8% Ag. “Moving Las Chispas from discovery to production in less than seven years is a monumental achievement”.
McEwen Mining Inc. reported Q3 2022 results, with some information on its Mexican operations. A complete process plant was acquired for the Fenix project in Sinaloa, “This acquisition has made Fenix more attractive to build and could provide a new long life mine for McEwen Mining”.
First Majestic Silver Corp. released financial results for the third quarter 2022. During the period the company produced 2.7 M Oz Ag, 67,022 Oz Au (8.8 M Oz AgEq) at cash cost $13.34 per Oz AgEq and AISC of $17.83 per Oz AgEq. At the end of the quarter the company held cash and cash equivalents of $148.8 M and restricted cash of $101.2 M. The Table below shows the production in San Dimas (Durango), Santa Elena (Sonora) and La Encantada (Coahuila), which account for 83% of the company’s production.
Silver Viper Minerals Corp. closed an additional tranche of its non-brokered private placement announced in June 6 2022, for aggregate gross proceeds of $200 K (La Virginia, Sonora).
Coeur Mining Inc. reported third quarter 2022 financial results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Palmarejo, in Chihuahua, 538.7 K tonnes were milled @ 1.52 gpt Au, 110 gpt Ag, recovering 93.3% Au, 84.9% Ag to produce 24,807 Oz Au, 1.61 M Oz Ag at a cash cost of $948 per Oz Au and $12.67 per Oz Ag. Approximately 38% of Palmarejo’s gold sales were sold under its gold stream agreement at a price of $800 per Oz Au. “Full-year 2022 production is expected to be 100,000 – 110,000 ounces of gold and 6.0 – 7.0 million ounces of silver”.
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. released financial results for the third quarter 2022. At the Avino mine in Durango, 162.2 K tonnes were milled to produce 285.4 K Oz Ag, 1,202 Oz Au, 2.1 M Lb Cu, at cash cost $10.29 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $17.32 per Oz Ag. The company has budgeted 15,000 m of drilling in 2022, focusing on the area at depth below the current Elena Tolosa mining area.
Gatos Silver Inc. reported operating financial results for Q3 2022. At Cerro Los Gatos mine, in Chihuahua, 263.3 K tonnes were milled @ 356 gpt Ag, 0.34 gpt Au, 2.38% Pb, 4.70% Zn, containing 2.70 M Oz Ag, 1,400 Oz Au, 12.2 M Lb Pb, 17.8 M Lb Zn and recoveries of 89.6% Ag, 48.9% Au, 88.5% Pb, 65.4% Zn. By the period’s end, the company had a cash balance of $15 M and debt outstanding of $13 M.
Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported financial and operational results for Q3 2022. At El Limón-Guajes, in Guerrero, 122,208 Oz Au were produced at cash cost $760 and an AISC of $1,059 per Oz Au. “Cash flow from operations totalled $102.4 million and $91.3 million prior to changes in non-cash operating working capital. Cash flow from operations includes $19.2 million of income taxes paid”. Expenditures at the adjacent Media Luna project totaled $32.5 M in the quarter, with a remaining project spend of $812.4 M. The needed Media Luna environmental permit (MIA) was approved by SEMARNAT.
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2022, including figures from its Mexican operations. At the San José mine in Oaxaca, 267.2 K tonnes were milled at an average rate of 3,071 tonnes per day (tpd), grading 196 gpt Ag, 1.16 gpt Au, recovering 92% Ag, 91% Au to produce 1.54 M OZ Ag, 9,091 Oz Au at cash cost $9.70 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $14.23. The net cash was affected by the “$12.6 million payment including taxes for the settlement of the disputed royalty claim with the Mexican Geological Survey”.
Pan American Silver Corp. reported results for the third quarter 2022, without expanding on figures by region.
Golden Minerals Co. provided financial results for Q3 2022. The Rodeo mine in Durango produced 2,972 Oz Au, 11.9 K Oz Ag with cash cost of $1,391 per Oz AuEq. At Velardeña, in Durango, evaluation of modified mine plans, including ore sorting technology. At Yoquivo, in Chihuahua, a 5,693 m drill program in 24 holes was completed and is currently conducting a 3,000 m drill program, planning on the completion of a maiden resource estimate for Q1 2023. Golden ended the quarter with a cash balance of $6.5 M.
Endeavour Silver Corp. announced financial and operating results for Q3 2022. The company has the Guanaceví mine in Durango and the Bolañitos mine in Guanajuato. Consolidated production (no details provided) was 1.46 M Oz Ag, 9,194 Oz Au (2.2M Oz AgEq) at cash cost $10.32 per Oz Ag, and an AISC of $20.27 per Oz Ag. The company has a cash position of $69.2 M and $101.6 M in working capital. Work at the Terronera project in Jalisco includes “detailed engineering, critical contracts, procurement of long-lead items and road and camp construction…. Budgeted development expenditures for 2022 are estimated to be $41.0 million”. Also, during the period was completed the acquisition of the La Pitarrilla project in Durango and the sale of El Compas mine in Zacatecas.
Excellon Resources Inc. reported financial results for the Q3 2022. At Platosa, in Durango, 23.8 K tonnes were mined, 22.7 K tonnes milled @ 442 gpt Ag, 3.69% Pb, 3.14% Zn, recovering 92.5% Ag, 76.9% Pb, 78.9% Zn, to produce 298.1 K Oz Ag, 1.2 M Lb Pb, 1.24 M Lb Zn (459.8 K Oz AgEq), at cash cost $9.78 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $14.31 per Oz AgEq. “Mine activity in Q3 2022 focused on remnant development and extraction, pillar recovery and minimal mining of fresh mineral. Wind down activities continued in Q3 to minimize the work associated with care and maintenance required in Q4 2022”.
Orla Mining Ltd. announced its results for the third quarter 2022. During the period the Camino Rojo Oxide project produced 28,876 Oz Au at cash cost $452 and all-in sustaining costs of $594 per Oz Au. The plant’s throughput averaged 19,200 tpd, or 107% of nameplate capacity. By the end of the period the company held $89.1 M in cash and a net debt of $77.5 M.
Americas Gold and Silver Corp. reported financial and operational results, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Cosalá, in Sinaloa, 186 K Oz Ag, 9.4 M Lb Zn, 3.8 M Pb were produced. “Cash costs per silver ounce and all‐in sustaining costs per silver ounce were negative $4.43 and positive $4.35, respectively”.
Silver Viper Minerals Corp. closed an additional tranche of its non-brokered private placement announced in June 6 2022, for aggregate gross proceeds of $200 K (La Virginia, Sonora).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. provided drill results that confirm a new transverse vein at El Cubo mine in Guanajuato. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 0.85 m @ 3.54 gpt Au, 398 gpt Ag; 1.29 m @ 0.79 gpt Au, 102 gpt Ag; 0.90 m @ 0.82 gpt Au, 112 gpt Ag; 0.92 m @2.15 gpt Au, 278 gpt Ag; 1.28 m @1.70 gpt Au, 205 gpt Ag. “The San Luis vein runs perpendicular to the primary regional north-west Villalpando and Dolores mineralized vein structures, and like other transverse veins at El Cubo, the San Luis vein is anticipated to often carry proportionally higher gold content”.
Oroco Resource Corp. released assay results for three holes testing the South zone at its Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. The total strike length of mineralization extends now for 3.2 Km, with 0.5 km more open for extension to the south. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 271 m @ 0.33% Cu, 0.029 gpt Au, 2.6 gpt Ag; 34 m @ 0.26% Cu, 0.9 gpt Ag; 140 m @ 0.23% Cu, 1.8 gpt Ag; 277.4 m @ 0.36% Cu, 0.026 gpt Au, 2.6 gpt Ag. Twelve holes have been completed to date on the South zone and 41 holes (27,004 m) in the North zone.
Orla Mining Ltd. updated on work at its Camino Rojo Sulphide project in Zacatecas (below its Camino Rojo Oxide project currently in production). Previous operators envisioned a large open pit mining scenario for disseminated low-grade sulfides, with high capital costs for a large processing facilities and extensive material handling. Orla has been assessing the existence of higher-grade smaller ore shoots with the potential to sustain a more targeted underground development. Drilling has intercepted mineralization grading more than 2 gpt Au over more than 30 m in the five holes with results so far.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
Silver Viper Minerals Corp. and Canasil Resources Inc. entered into a non-binding letter of intent in November 6, 2022, with respect of the proposed acquisition by Silver Viper of all outstanding shares of Canasil, in exchange for common shares of Silver Viper. Canasil shareholders will receive one (1) common share of Silver Viper by for every four (4) Canasil shares held. At the closing of the proposed transaction Canasil will have the right to nominate one member of the board of directors of Silver Viper. Furthermore, Silver Viper will be required to complete a financing for at least C$1 M and Canasil a financing for at least C$260 K. Silver Viper holds La Virginia project in Sonora, whereas Canasil owns the Sandra, Nora, Vizcaino, Salamandra and Colibri projects in Durango, and the La Esperanza project in Zacatecas.
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Discovery Silver Corp. received its official ESR Distinction, issued by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy “to organizations that have demonstrated they operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner”. The company also received the Great Place to Work Certification, the Clean Industry Certification emitted by PROFEPA (Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection) and the Safe Industry Certification Level 1 issued by the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Labor.
On the image below Quartz veinlet stockwork in limestone on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
During the 43rd week of the year (October 24th to October 30th, 2022), 17 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. Three companies posted exploration advances on their projects, three companies released Q3 2022 results, one company closed the first tranche of a private placement, one is newly trading at another Stock Exchange and one more expanded on the deferment of payment on the acquisition of a mine. Three companies presented Q3 2022 results. Six companies presented drilling results on their advanced properties. One Company is acquiring a large adjoining land package adjacent to its project and one more expanded on a legal suit regarding the illegal transfer of several of its mining concessions. ON MEXICO ISSUES, mining companies at the BMV are taking a pounding due to reduced production, inflation and lower metal prices. The AIMMGM is asking the government for increase security and raised the danger of explosives theft. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Aztec Minerals released drilling results from its Cervantes project; Colibri Resource resumed exploration at Evelyn. In Nayarit, Angel Wing Metals updated on exploration at El Grande. ON MINING, Mag Silver, Agnico Eagle Mines and Alamos Gold released Q3 2022 production results. ON FINANCING, Capitan Mining closed the first tranche of its non-brokered private placement for $2.6 M gross proceeds. Guanajuato Silver Company is now on the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange. Bear Creek Mining reached an agreement to defer the payment of the Mercedes mine in Sonora for two years. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Prime Mining released drilling results from Los Reyes in Sinaloa. Oroco Resources presented assays from drilling at Sant Tomás, in Sinaloa. Silver Tiger presented results from drilling El Tigre and Sooy veins at El Tigre, in Sonora. Vizsla Silver reported results from 12 holes on La Luisa vein at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Defiance Silver updated on the drill program at the Veta Grande vein system of the Zacatecas Silver project in Zacatecas. Silver Dollar reported the last assays from drilling of La Noria zone at La Joya project in Durango . ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Angel Wing Metals entered into a binding agreement to acquire a large land package adjacent to its El Grande project in Nayarit. Defiance Silver initiated a case “against the illegally and fraudulently transferred mineral concessions concerning its Tepal Project” in Michoacan. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Agnico Eagle and Alamos Gold presented information on their social responsibility work and achievements at the corporate and community levels.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
Mining companies in the BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores) had a negative Q3 2022 due to inflation and lower metal prices. Grupo México reported a 34.7% year to year fall in Q3 2022 of EBITDA and a 24.4% decline in share price to a 6.6% reduction in copper production and a 18.6% drop in the red metal price. Total copper production was 256.3 K tonnes in the period. Industrias Peñoles EBITDA is 18.5% lower in the same period, as well as a 10.9% drop in the share price.
The AIMMGM (Asociación de Mineros, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México) asked for government intervention to increase security on their operations. States with the strongest mining tradition like Chihuahua, Estado de México, Guerrero, Guanajuato, Sonora and Zacatecas are among those with greater insecurity perception ratings. Companies in some states spend up to 2% of their total budget in security, and some companies have reported to the government their compliance with racketeering schemes to be able to operate. The risk posed by the increase in the theft of explosives was also raised.
Aztec Minerals Corp. completed the phase 3 core drilling program at the Cervantes project in Sonora. Eleven core hole totaled 2,515.5 m of drilling at the California, California North and Jasper targets. Highlighted core length results comprise 9.0 m @ 1.72 gpt Au; 16.5 m @ 0.34 gpt Au; 26.7 m @ 0.54 gpt Au, 7.5 m @0.43 gpt Au; 46.5 m @ 0.44 gpt Au; 5.65 m @0.25 gpt Au. “… the gold mineralization appears to be widely distributed in disseminations, fractures and veinlets at high levels within in a Quartz-feldspar porphyry intrusive complex and related hydrothermal breccias”.
Angel Wing Metals Inc. updated on the exploration program at El Grande project after the acquisition of the adjoining La Reyna land package in Nayarit (See Deals and Corporate Issues below). “The first phase of greenfield exploration has focused on the near surface low sulphidation exploration potential, starting with regional geological mapping and prospecting, structural and alteration mapping, outcrop chip and channel sampling rock sampling, and environmental baseline studies. Detailed mapping and sampling of selected targets are prioritised for grid soil and outcrop sampling programs and drilling…. An airborne geophysical survey is proposed with follow-up ground geophysics on selected targets pending receipt of permits. The results from this work will be used to design a Phase One 3,000 metre diamond drill program to commence in late Q4 2022 or Q1 2023, once updated drill permits including the newly acquired claims are received.
Colibri Resource Corp. has resumed exploration at its Evelyn property in Sonora. Soil samples are currently being collected by geologists on site, and an application for drilling and trenching was submitted to SEMARNAT. One program of reverse circulation (RC) drilling comprises 2,000 m in five holes to test a chargeability and resistivity anomalies and a second program is to explore under alluvial cover, comprising several short, closely spaced holes to penetrate the alluvium and sample the top of the bedrock
Mag Silver Corp. reported third quarter 2022 production from the Juanicipio project (56% Fresnillo PLC, 44% Mag Silver) in Zacatecas. On a 100% basis, 180.8 K tonnes of underground development and initial stopes were processed during the period, to produce 2.62 M Oz Ag, 5,422 Oz Au (Mag’s attributable 44% interest: 1.15 M OZ Ag, 2,386 Oz Au). “Mineralized material from Juanicipio continues to be processed through the nearby Saucito (70%) and Fresnillo beneficiation plants (30%) which are owned by Fresnillo PLC.
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. released third quarter results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Pinos altos, in Chihuahua, 378 K tonnes were processed at a rate of 4,109 tonnes per day (TPD), grading 1.98 gpt Au to produce 23,041 Oz Au at a production cost of $1,498 per OZ Au and total cash cost of $1,295 per Oz Au. Exploration drilling confirmed the existence of a high-grade block 100 m below the lowest production level at Pinos Altos, with a reported drill intercept of 11.6 m @ 3.1 gpt Au, 122 gpt Ag. At the Cubiro deposit under development, 9.2 m @ 3.3 gpt Au were intercepted in the western limits of the main Cubiro Corridor. At La India, in Sonora, 1.04 M tonnes were processed at a rate of 11,359 TPD, grading 0.72 gpt Au at a production cost of $1,246 per Oz Au and a total cash cost of $1,196 per Oz Au. “In the third quarter of 2022, the Main Zone pit was depleted and ore production transitioned to the La India and El Realito pits, resulting in higher gold grades and a higher stripping ratio”.
Alamos Gold Inc. reported its financial results for the Q3 2022, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Mulatos, in Sonora, 42,700 Oz Au were produced at total cash cost $1,781 per Oz Au and mine site AISC of $1,137 per Oz Au, with a capital expenditure of $6.9 M. At the Mulatos mine 759.3 K tonnes were mined and 1.57 M tonnes of waste moved (2.07 waste to ore ratio), with 1.27 M tonnes stacked @ 0.75 gpt Au (30,916 Oz Au stacked, 56% Au recovery rate) and 14 K tonnes crushed per day. At La Yaqui Grande 739 K tonnes were mined, 5.3 M tonnes of waste moved, 794 .1 K tonnes @ 1.23 gpt Au were stacked (31,362 Oz Au stacked, 81% Au recovery) and 8.7 K tonnes crushed per day. “La Yaqui Grande is an open pit mine with an independent leach pad located approximately seven kilometres from the existing Mulatos operation…. La Yaqui Grande performed well in its first full quarter of operation, producing 25,300 ounces of gold”.
Capitan Mining Inc. closed the first tranche of the previously announced $3.2 M non-brokered private placement for total proceeds of $2.6 M. The second tranche for total proceeds of $600 K is expected to close on or before the end of October (Cruz de Plata, Durango).
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. completed its admission to the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange, whilst continuing to trade on the TSX Venture Exchange (El Cubo and Valenciana, Guanajuato).
Bear Creek Mining Corp. reached a “heads of agreement” with Equinox Gold Corp. to amortize over a two-year period the payment of the final $25 M purchase price installment for the Mercedes mine in Sonora. The payment that was to be made on October 2022 has been converted in a promissory note maturing on October 2024, with monthly principal and interest payments commencing in February 2023, with an interest rate of 12.5% plus the greater of 2.5% or the 90-day average SOFR and monthly payments of US$500 K or 50% of free cash flow (Mercedes, Sonora).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Prime Mining Corp. announced further phase 2 drill results from the Guadalupe area of the Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width (TW) intercepts comprise 11.8m @ 2.7 gpt Au, 88 gpt Ag (including 2.2 m @ 27.9 gpt Au, 509 gpt Ag); 17.0 m @ 1.7 gpt Au, 59 gpt Ag (including 5.8 m @ 4.9 gpt Au, 176 gpt Ag); 12.2 m @ 1.7 gpt Au, 140 gpt Ag; 3.5 m @ 4.9 gpt Au, 614 gpt Ag (including 0.6 m @ 23.2 gpt Au, 2,550 gpt Ag); 1.9 m @ 6.08 gpt Au, 913 gpt Ag. “Reported intercepts are up to 100 m to the west, 240 m to the east, and 100 m below the 2020 pit-constrained resource”.
Oroco Resource Corp. released assay results from an additional 2,668 m of drilling in the North zone and 1,456 m in the Brasiles zone of its Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 195.2 m @ 0.41% Cu; 117.8 m @ 0.22% Cu; 132.0 m @0.40% Cu; 36.0 m @ 0.20% Cu; 106.1 m @ 0.31% Cu; 211.6 m @ 0.41% Cu; 133.0 m q 0.17% Cu; 159.6 m @ 0.32% Cu; 228.0 m @ 0.31% Cu. “The 2021-2022 North Zone drill program is continuing to confirm and expand the 2009 Gradeshell model of Cu >0.30%” in the 2019 technical report, with a total of 38 holes now completed on the North zone spanning 1,400 of strike length.
Silver Tiger Metals Inc. presented results from drilling the El Tigre and Sooy veins at El Tigre project in Sonora. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 0.5 m @ 1.46 gpt Au, 1,320 gpt Ag; 5.4 m @ 220 gpt Ag; 10.7 m @ 120 gpt Ag (including 1.1 m @550 gpt Ag); 20.5 m @42 gpt Ag; 1.6 m @ 0.28 gpt Au, 528 gpt Ag; 0.5 m @ 991 gpt Ag; 5.9 m @ 0.10 gpt Au, 678 gpt Ag (including 1.0 m @0.37 gpt Au, 2,754 gpt Ag; 36.4 m @ 0.13 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag; 3.1 m @211 gpt Ag; 9.4 m @ 0.19 gpt Au, 641 gpt Ag; “These next three wide consistently mineralized high grade holes confirm the new discovery in the El Tigre Vein we first reported in September 2022. Drilling continues on this exploration target under the unmined portion of the Historic El Tigre Mine as we follow this wide high grade along strike to the North.”
Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results from 12 holes targeting the La Luisa vein, close to the Napoleon vein, at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 6.13 m @ 133 gpt Ag, 3.68 gpt Aum 0.2% Pb, 0.3% ZN (including 0.68 m @ 595 gpt Ag, 27.50 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 0.6% Zn); 2.59 m @ 197 gpt Ag, 4.60 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn (including 0.57 m @ 596 gpt Ag, 18.50 gpt Au, 0.6% Pb, 0.9% Zn); 1.00 m @ 49 gpt Ag, 2.90 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.7% Zn; 3.44 m @ 77 gpt Ag, 1.11 gpt Au; La Luisa vein structure has been mapped for almost 1 Km hosted in rhyolite tuffs and “bears vein-textures indicative of being at higher-levels in the epithermal profile …… there exists the potential for increased grades and widths along strike and down plunge to the south”.
Defiance Silver Corp. updated on the drill program at the Veta Grande vein system of the Zacatecas Silver project in Zacatecas. Highlighted core length results comprise 10.16 m @ 0.70 gpt Au, 121 gpt Ag, 0.7% Pb, 2.9% Zn (or 339 gpt AgEq, including 3.38 m @ 1.96 gpt Au, 345 gpt Ag, 2.2% Pb, 8.0% Zn, which includes 0.9 m @ 4.18 gpt Au, 868 gpt Ag, 4.6% Pb, 17.0% Zn); 2.0 m @ 0.51 gpt Au, 121 gpt Ag, 1.4% Pb, 4.8% Zn; 1.94 m @ 0.62 gpt Au, 29 gpt Ag, 0.4% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 2.19 m @ 0.29 gpt Au, 79 gpt Ag, 0.2% Zn. These results confirm the continuity of mineralization below the 2014 mineral resource. “The highest-grade silver mineralization at the San Acacio project is typically associated with honey-coloured sphalerite, argentiferous galena, variable silver sulfides and sulfosalts, and spatially correlated with amethyst”.
Silver Dollar Resources Inc. reported final assays from phase II drilling at the Noria portion of the La Joya project in Durango. Highlighted core length results comprise 25.44 m @ 21 gpt Ag, 0.08 gpt Au, 0.17% Cu, 0.2% Zn; 3.86 m @ 72 gpt Ag, 0.11 gpt Au, 0.09% Cu, 0.5% Zn; 1.29 m @ 304 gpt Ag, 0.68 gpt Au, 1.8% Pb, 5.3% Zn; 2.88 m @ 52 gpt Ag, 0.14% Cu, 0.1% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 3.0 m @ 2.3% Zn; 1.50 m @ 20.60% Zn; 0.66 m @ 43 gpt Ag, 2.1% Pb, 5.8% Zn; 6.67 m @ 63 gpt Ag, 0.10 gpt Au, 0.18% Cu, 0.3% Pb, 1.0% Zn.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
Angel Wing Metals Inc. entered into a binding agreement with a private entity to acquire 100% interest in the 102.87 square Km La Reyna property land package in six titled concessions adjoining the El Grande project, and cover the Aguila de Oro (Golden Eagle) mining district in Nayarit. Angel Wing Metals Is to make a total payment of US$700 K, of which US$150 K have been paid upon signing, US$150 K have been paid upon filing of the agreement at the Public Registry of Mining in Mexico (Registro Público de Minería), and US$400 K to be paid upon positive resolution on the agreement by the Public Registry of Mining. A further payment of US$50 K will be due upon the identification of each 1.0 M OZ Au in the measured and indicated categories of a mineral resource on a NI43-101 technical report, and a 1.5% net smelter return (NSR) royalty with Angel Wing Metals retaining the right of first refusal to purchase the royalty for US$2.0 M.
Defiance Silver Corp. announced “that the case initiated against the illegally and fraudulently transferred mineral concessions concerning its Tepal Project” in Michoacán, has been admitted for trial by a District Court in Michoacán. The mineral concessions have to “stay” until the trial concludes and a final judgement is rendered. The Mexican Mining Public Registry has been informed. “Defiance has a substantial likelihood of success on the merits. Mexican Law, Mexican Precedents, and Mexican Courts are consistent in declaring null and void illegal transfers made fraudulently”.
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Agnico Eagle Mexico was awarded 17th place among the Top 100 of the best companies to work for in Mexico by Great Place to Work®. La India mine in Sonora received the “Distinction of Socially Responsible Company” distinction “granted by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía) and the Foundation for Sustainability and Equity (Alianza por la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial en México) to recognize companies for their commitment to ensuring the well-being of employees, operating with superior business ethics, community outreach and environmental care and preservation”.
Alamos Gold Inc. held information sessions on the company’s cyanide management practices with the communities of Yécora, El Trigo and Matarachi, Sonora, within the framework of the International Cyanide Management Code. An ambulance was donated to the Sahuaripa municipality, an online high school was established at Matarachi through an agreement with the Tec de Monterrey. Two freshwater pumping stations were set at Matarachi. New scholarship committees established in Matarachi, Sahuaripa and Yécora as part of the Company’s continued support for local students.
On the image below Late milky white quartz veinlets cross cutting previous quartz-specularite veining in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
During the 35th week of the year (August 29th to September 4th, 2022), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. Five companies posted exploration advances on their properties and three presented production results for the second quarter, while one more provided an operational update. One company sold a portfolio of royalties in Mexican properties, one declared a dividend and closed a $5 M concentrate pre-payment facility. On advanced properties, one company reported metallurgical results, one updated its resource base, one released PEA numbers and one more released drilling results. One company is looking for partners for its projects and one more informed on the completion of the bought of their flagship property. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the lithium government company is to be run by the son of one federal government executive in Sonora. The rescue effort on ten coal miners in Coahuila is changing to a recovery mission. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Tocvan Ventures released drilling results from Pilar; Prismo Metals received the Lidar survey processed data on Los Pavitos. In Chihuahua, Radius Gold presented drilling results from Amalia. Kootenay Silver released drilling results from Columba. In Zacatecas, Zacatecas Silver reported drill results from El Cristo vein. ON MINING, Impact Silver, Santacruz Silver and Magna Gold financial/operational results for the second quarter 2022. Guanajuato Silver Company provided and operational update on Topia, San Ignacio and El Cubo and Valenciana complexes. ON FINANCING, Millrock Resources sold a portfolio of royalties in Mexican properties to Osisko Gold Royalties. Alamos Gold declared a quarterly dividen, Guanajuato Silver Company closed on a $5 M concentrate pre-payment facility. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Discovery Silver reported metallurgical results from its Cordero project in Chihuahua. Starcore International Mines updated on NI 43-101 complaint resources at its San Martin mine in Queretaro. Southern Silver Exploration released numbers on the recently completed PEA at its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. Capitan Mining reported drilling results from the Jesus Maria target at its Cruz de Plata project in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Mexus Gold US is seeking a partner for its Santa Elena property in Sonora. Minaurum Gold completed the acquisition of its Alamos Silver property in Sonora, with a final payment in cash and shares. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Vizsla Silver released its environmental social and governance (ESG) initiative.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
LitioMx. The federal government operation of its newly created Lithium Mining Company (LitioMx) is still hazy, but the possibility has been raised that private companies might participate, also that the current Sonora governor might be involved, and a director has been named, which happens to be a relative of the presidency representative in the State (Although eager to advertise its different way of doing things, this government is making a great effort to replicate the worst practices of past governments).
Trapped Coal Miners. Blame put aside, the fate of the 10 trapped miners in Coahuila after the flooding of the coal mine on August 3 is almost defined, and the effort is now changing from rescue to body recovery, which might take months.
Prismo Metals Inc. received results from the Lidar survey carried out at its 5,289 ha Los Pavitos project in Sonora. “Mineralization at Los Pavitos consists of quartz veins and stockworks hosted in metasediments, in shear zones and parallel to foliation and crossing foliation”.
Tocvan Ventures Corp. released results from the four final holes drilled at its Pilar project in Sonora. Highlighted drill length intervals comprise 16.78 m @ 0.11 gpt Au; 18.30 m @ 0.24 gpt Au; 50.33 m @ 0.14 gpt Au, 10 gpt Ag (including 10.68 m @ 0.59 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag); 21.35 m @ 0.13 gpt Au. “All four drill holes were drilled in new areas and intersected alteration and structures known to host gold-silver mineralization at Pilar”.
Zacatecas Silver Corp. reported results from the completed phase one diamond drilling at El Cristo vein system in the Zacatecas Silver project in Zacatecas. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 2.1 m @ 204 gpt Ag; 9.0 m @ 149 gpt Ag; 0.53 m @ 200 gpt Ag, 0.34 gpt Au, 0.8% Pb, 0.8% Zn; 0.82 m @ 84 gpt Ag, 0.14 gpt Au, 11.8% Pb, 3.7% Zn; 0.85 m @ 45 gpt Ag, 0.82 gpt Au, 1.9% Pb, 2.4% Zn; 3.0 m @ 250 gpt Ag; 0.55 m @ 198 gpt Ag, 1.6 m @ 175 gpt Ag. “Drill holes targeted the near surface depth extension of the larger surface workings and/or the depth extension of veins around the deeper historical shaft. The 28 holes drilled to date by the Company have been scout holes also designed to test select veins over at least 2 km of strike extension”.
Radius Gold Inc. reported results from three drill holes on El Cuervo target at the Amalia project in Chihuahua (Radius 35%, Pan American Silver 65%). Highlighted core length drill results comprise 17.00 m @ 438 gpt Ag, 0.80 gpt Au (including 2.0 m @ 3,182 gpt Ag, 4.49 gpt Au); 13.55 m @ 841 gpt Ag, 10.25 gpt Au (including 5.65 m @ 1,560 gpt Ag, 19.6 gpt Au). “Drilling at El Cuervo has defined mineralization similar to the Amalia structure, consisting of epithermal quartz veins, breccias and veinlets stockworks hosted within rhyolite volcanics along a major fault system. El Cuervo remains open to expansion along strike and to depth”.
Kootenay Silver Inc. released another batch of results from its phase 4 drilling program at Columba, Chihuahua. Highlighted core length results comprise 3.90 m @ 574 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.7% Zn (including 0.90 m @ 949 gpt Ag, 0.4% Pb, 1.1% Zn) in the D vein, and 17.00 m @ 95 gpt Ag, 0.1% Zn (including 2.05 m @ 221 gpt Ag, 0.2% Zn); 0.4 m @ 325 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.6% Zn; 1.58 m @ 425 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.3% Zn; 2.97 m @ 91 gpt Ag, 0.2% Zn; 1.63 m @ 2,330 gpt Ag, 0.8% Zn; 6.5 m @ 156 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn (including 1.05 m @ 769 gpt Ag, 0.5% Zn); 1.00 m @ 305 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 1.00 m @ 194 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn.
Impact Silver Corp. announced financial and operating results for the second quarter 2022. At its Real de Zacualpan project in Estado de Mexico, 37.2 K tonnes averaging 159 gpt Ag were milled during the period, to sell 151.3 K Oz Ag. Impact has no long term debt and cash on hand stands at $18.4 M. Two underground and two surface rigs continue with the 20,000 meters drilling program for the year.
Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter 2022. At Zimapan, in Hidalgo, 200 K tonnes were milled to produce 914.5 K Oz AgEq at $16.71 cash cost per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $20.64 per Oz AgEq.
Magna Gold Corp. announced operating and financial results for the second quarter of 2022. At the San Francisco mine in Sonora 5.9 M tonnes were mined, of which 1.4 M tonnes averaging 0.39 gpt Au were placed on the heaps to produce 10,795 Oz Au. Cash at the end of the period was $1.4 M, while working capital was negative $35.4 M. “management believes it is prudent to preserve capital by reducing mining rates and secondary activities across the Company’s portfolio of assets……… the Company’s board and management determined that previously stated guidance for FY 2022 will be retracted and revised at a later date when a more accurate estimate of production impacts is known”.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. provided an operational update detailing the integration of El Cubo mine and milling complex with the recently acquired Topia (Durango) and San Ignacio (Guanajuato) mines from Great Panther Mining Ltd. and the San Ignacio mine and Valenciana mines complex (both in Guanajuato). At El Cubo, the development of a 150 m tunnel and ramp reduced the total haulage distance from 7.2 km to 2.5 km with a strong impact on the project economics. Mineral from the San Ignacio mine is being transported to El Cubo mill for processing, and is expected to provide 5 to 6 K tonnes of material per month to the end of the year. At the Valenciana Mines Complex opportunities are being reviewed to restart mining and to process the material at the Cata mill in 2023. At Topia, the sale of 99.2 dry tonnes of Pb-Zn-Au concentrate 97.7 dry tonnes of Zn-Ag concentrate has been reported since the completion of the acquisition.
Millrock Resources Inc. sold a portfolio of royalties to Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. with gross proceeds of $1.2 M. The Mexican properties involved include Santa Rosalía (Sonora), El Valle, El Pima (Sonora), Violeta and Guadalcazar (San Luis Potosi).
Alamos Gold Inc. informed the company’s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of US$0.025 per common share (Mulatos, Sonora).
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. reported that in conjunction with the acquisition of the Topia mine in Durango and the Mine Complex in Guanajuato from Great Panther Mining Ltd., has closed a US$5 M concentrate pre-payment facility with Ocean Partners UK Ltd. “Interest on the loan will be calculated at 12-month LIBOR + 7.5%” (Guanajuato Mine Complex, Guanajuato).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Discovery Silver Corp. reported results from the metallurgical test program on the pre-feasibility study (PFS) from its Cordero project in Chihuahua. Recoveries of 94-98% Ag, 89-97% Pb, 92-96% Zn were achieved on high grade samples of all major rock types, and recoveries of 83-92% Ag, 85-92% Pb, 81-89% Zn on medium grade samples of blended rock types. “Oxide-sulphide blend testwork establish oxide-specific recoveries of ~60% for silver, ~40% for lead and ~85% for zinc via flotation; co-processing oxide mineralized material via flotation eliminates the need for heap leach processing”.
Starcore International Mines Ltd. released its updated NI 43-101 reserve and resource estimates for its San Martin mine in Querétaro. Proven and probable reserves stand at 1.35 M tonnes @ 1.74 gpt Au, 13 gpt Ag containing 75,353 Oz Au, 573 K Oz Ag, and indicated and inferred resources of 1.48 M tonnes @ 1.78 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag, containing 160,352 Oz Au, 1.22 M Oz Ag. The exploration program for 2022 envisages 10,000 meters of diamond drilling near the current operations.
Southern Silver Exploration Corp. reported results from its preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. The study’s base case envisages an after-tax NPV5% of $349 M, an IRR of 17.9% with Ag at $21.95 per Oz, Cu at $3.78 per Lb, Pb at $0.94 per Lb, Zn at $1.33 per Lb. The indicated mineral resources included on the study comprise 12.3 M tonnes @ 106 gpt Ag, 0.16% Cu, 1.3% Pb, 3.3% Zn containing 42.1 M Oz Ag, 44 M Lb Cu, 358 M Lb Pb, 895 M Lb Zn, while inferred resources comprise 19.6 M tonnes @ 117 gpt Ag, 0.23% Cu, 1.2% Pb, 2,3% Zn, totaling 73.6 M Oz Ag, 98 M Lb Cu, 500 M Lb Pb, 1,009 M Lb Zn. Only sulfide mineralization was included in the study to produce Cu, Pb and zinc concentrates with the recoveries estimated at 91.6% Ag, 60% Cu, 88% Pb, 93% Zn.
Capitan Mining Inc. reported exploration results from five reverse circulation holes at its Cruz de Plata project in Durango. “All drillholes were successful in intersecting Jesus Maria style mineralization, expanding the zone between 43m and 114m down-dip along section”. Highlighted drill length intervals comprise 3.0 m @ 52 gpt Ag, 0.10 gpt Au, 1.3% Pb, 3.4% Zn; 19.8 m @ 29 gpt Ag, 0.08 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 0.6% Zn; 13.7 m @ 69 gpt Ag, 0.17 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 1.0% Zn; 21.3 m @ 84 gpt Ag, 0.05 gpt Au, 0.6% Pb, 0.7% Zn (including 1.5 m @ 189 gpt Ag, 0.02 gpt Au; 2.3% Pb, 2.3% Zn.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
Mexus Gold US. continues to seek the right partner for production and/or exploration of its Santa Elena property in Sonora (not to mistake for First Majestic’s Santa Elena mine, also in Sonora).
Minaurum Gold Inc. announced the completion of the acquisition of 100% interest in the Alamos Silver project in Sonora. The 37,928-hectare property encompasses the historical 200 M Oz Ag Alamos district including 26 epithermal veins. Minaurum completed all work commitments and option payments and made a final compensation of C$300 K in cash and 443.6 K shares.
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Vizsla Silver Corp. announced the continued progression on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives through safety, sustainability and commitment to communities.
On the image below: Banded Specularite-quartz-calcite vein in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
During the 31st week of the year (August 1st to August 7th, 2022), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, six companies posted exploration advances on their properties and four presented production results for the second quarter. Only one company reported on the closing of a private placement, one on the granting of incentive options to officers, directors and consultants, one on a $5 M loan facility and one in a share consolidation plan. One company filed an amended report. One company closed the sale of its Mexican properties and one more amended the option agreement of a property. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Silver Spruce completed an RC drilling program at Diamante; Tocvan Ventures informed on drilling at Pilar. In Chihuahua, Kootenay Silver informed on drilling at Columba; Mammoth Resources presented drilling results from Tenoriba. In Zacatecas, Alien Metals updated on work at Donovan 2 and San Celso. In Oaxaca, Vortex Metals updated on exploration at Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects. ON MINING, Coeur Mining, Torex Gold, Equinox Gold and First Majestic Silver presented financial and operational results for the second quarter 2022. ON FINANCING, Heliostat closed a private placement for $3 M. Bear Creek Mining entered into a US$5 M loan facility. Tocvan is granting incentive stock options and Ridgestone Mining is proposing consolidation of its shares. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Discovery Silver is filing an amended technical report for the Cordero project in Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Great Panther Mining closed the sale of its Mexican properties to Guanajuato Silver Company. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo Mexico’s metallurgical complex at Nacozari, in Sonora, was granted the “Great Place to Work” certification.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
No Relevant News.
Silver Spruce Resources Inc. along with Colibri Resource Corp. completed its phase 1 drilling program at the 1,057 ha Diamante project in Sonora. The 2,005 m reverse-circulation program in 19 holes, up to 135 m in depth, covered the La Prieta, and Pillado targets. “Mineralization is reported visually as pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, argentiferous galena, argentite, hematite and probable metal oxides, carbonates and sulphates, including copper carbonate (malachite), copper sulphates and plumbojarosite”.
Vortex Metals Inc. provided an update in exploration of its Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects in Oaxaca. The late David Jones identified this area in the early 2000’s …”Copper-gold mineralization within both the Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects is associated with geologic processes operative in the Late Jurassic to Middle Cretaceous within a back-arc sequence of bi-modal volcanics and volcaniclastics deposited on the sea floor. Early exploration conducted by Dave Jones identified several copper and gold anomalies over a broad area but clearly associated with specific rocks, i.e. exhalite, rhyolite debris aprons or breccia. These associations prompted the identification of a geologic environment which incorporated these features. The Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide (VMS) model incorporates the geologic and geochemical features observed to date”.
Kootenay Silver Inc. informed significant progress has been made on the 15,000 m drilling campaign at Columba, in Chihuahua. The current program will test extensions of the F, D, B and JZ veins and exploratory step-outs on other prospective veins. The V vein has been traced for over 700 m of strike and 200 m of depth with an average of 2 m in width, the D vein has been hit along 430 m of strike and 340 m of depth with an average of 6.9 m in width.
Tocvan Ventures Corp. informed that seven reverse circulation drill holes for a total of 1,382 m have been completed on the phase III drill program at Pilar, in Sonora.
Alien Metals Ltd. updated on exploration work at its San Celso and Donovan 2 projects in Zacatecas. Three holes totaling 201 m were drilled at San Celso and four holes at Donovan 2 for 410 m. No significant intersections were returned for San Celso. At Donovan 2, a 1.87 m interval returned 0.33% Cu, although the recovery was in the 15-20% range. A weak Zn anomaly correlates with a similar zone in a previous hole.
Mammoth Resources Corp. provided results from four holes at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. The four holes totaled 388.95 m brining the total to 2,623.55 m in 21 holes. Highlighted intercepts comprise 81.0 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag (including 12.0 m @ 1.03 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag); 10.6 m @ 1.14 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag; 30.0 m @ 0.32 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag; 48.0 m @ 1.11 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag (including 4.5 m @ 2.88 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag).
Coeur Mining Inc. reported second quarter 2022 financial results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Palmarejo, in Chihuahua, 539.6 K tonnes were milled @ 1.68 gpt Au, 125 gpt Ag, recovering 92.4% Au, 84.2% Ag, to produce 27,109 Oz Au, 1.79 M Oz Ag. Four drill rigs are to be active in the third quarter 2022 on infill drilling of the Hidalgo and Nacion zones and expansion drilling on the NW Hidalgo and La Carmela zones.
Torex Gold Resources Inc. released financial and operating results for the second quarter 2022. During the period, 123,363 Oz Au were produced at its El Limon-Guajes project in Guerrero, at total cash cost $703 per Oz Au and AISC of $911. Construction at Media Luna (close to El Limon-Guajes), is well underway, with a physical progress of 5%, including the development of 2,100 m at the Guajes tunnel and 700 m at South Portal. At the end of the period the company had net cash of $306.3 M with no debt and an undrawn $150.0 M credit facility.
Equinox Gold Corp. announced its second quarter 2022 financial and operating results. The report includes the sale of the Mercedes mine in Sonora to Bear Creek Mining Corp., but does not elaborate on production numbers for Mercedes or Los Filos in Guerrero, other than a guidance of 155-170 K Oz Au production from Los Filos in 2022.
First Majestic Silver Corp. presented financial results for the second quarter 2022. During the quarter the company negotiated and signed a conclusive agreement with the Mexican tax authority (SAT) though the office of the taxpayer ombudsman (PRODECON) to settle an uncertain tax position relating to intercompany debt financing in Mexico, with a one-time payment of $21.3 M. Consolidated production in Mexico was 6.16 M Oz AgEq, as shown in the table below.
Bear Creek Mining Corp. entered into a US$5.0 M loan facility with Auramet International LLC..Bear Creek will sell Auramet 100% of the outrun from the Mercedes mine in Sonora until the note is paid in full and 50 K Oz thereafter (Mercedes, Sonora).
Heliostar Metals Ltd. closed its non-brokered private placement offering for gross proceeds of $3 M (Oso Negro and El Picacho, Sonora).
Tocvan Ventures Corp. announced the approval of the grant of 1.3 M incentive stock options to officers, directors and consultants of the company (Pilar, Sonora).
Ridgestone Mining Inc. intends to seek shareholder approval at its upcoming annual general meeting to consolidate its commons shares in a 20 to 1 ratio. “The proposed Consolidation remains subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary shareholder and regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange”.
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Discovery Silver Corp. is filing an amended technical report on the Cordero project in Chihuahua. The phrase “the Cordero project is technically and economically viable” was removed, as “the economic analysis is a preliminary economic assessment and cannot demonstrate economic viability”. Discovery is well advanced on a pre-feasibility study (PFS) to be completed on Q4 2022, which is to outline the technical and economic viability of the project.
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Great Panther Mining Ltd. closed the previously announced sale of the Guanajuato Mine Complex (Guanajuato), the Topia mine (Durango) and the El Horcón and Santa Rosa projects (Guanajuato) to Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd.. The deal comprised US$8 M in cash, plus additional cash of US$1.35 M, US$6.7 M in GSilver shares, US$500 K when Topia produces an aggregate of 2.5 M Oz Ag and US$750 K if the silver price rises above US$27.50 per Oz for a month within two years of closing, and US$750 K if the silver price closes above US$30.00 per Oz for a month within three years of closing.
Ridgestone Mining Inc. announced the amendment of the property agreement on the Guadalupe y Calvo project in Chihuahua. The revised option agreement with Endeavour Silver extends the cash, share and work commitments of year 2 from February 2023 to March 2024, that of year 3 from February 2024 to March 2025 and that of year 4 from February 2025 to March 2026.
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Grupo Mexico’s metallurgical complex in Nacozari, Sonora, obtained the certificate “Great Place to Work”. The certification is recognized in more than 60 countries.
On the image below: Quartz-specularite veining on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.