Mine Life Increased to 9.5 years at 122,000 ounces of gold per year based on Reserves
November 5, 2013
Timmins Gold Corp. (“Timmins” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the results of the recently completed NI 43-101 Technical Report for the San Francisco Gold Mine in Sonora, Mexico (the “SF Mine”) prepared by Micon International Limited of Toronto (“Micon”). The report was prepared to update the previous technical report for the SF Mine dated November 1, 2011, and to provide a base case scenario for production at the SF Mine as a result of a material increase in the estimated Mineral Reserves from the 2012-2013 drill program (43% increase in Reserve gold ounces excluding depletion). For details of the updated Reserve and Resource estimates please refer to our new release dated November 5, 2013 disseminated earlier today. All amounts are presented in United States dollars and the economic evaluation is presented on a pre-tax basis.
“We are extremely encouraged by the Reserve and Resource growth from our drill program,” states Bruce Bragagnolo, CEO of the Company. “The updated Reserve underpins a 9.5-year mine life at approximately 122,000 ozs of gold per year. Considering the size of our Measured and Indicated Resources (279 kozs excluding Reserves) and our Inferred ounces (1.78 Mozs), we expect that with future drilling the mine life can be further increased. Our updated mine plan continues to highlight the free cash flow potential and low all-in cost nature of the San Francisco Mine.”
For 2014 and 2015, all production is planned to be sourced from the San Francisco (“SF”) deposit. The average daily throughput is expected to be approximately 24k tonnes per day (“tpd”) for 2014 and 2015. Throughputs of 24k tpd have been achieved as of October 2013, therefore we plan to operate at steady-state for the next two years. Minimal development capital expenditures are planned for the next two years during which period we plan to focus on cash accumulation and strengthening the balance sheet. Starting in 2014, lower-grade ore will no longer be stockpiled and average stacked grades will approximate the Reserve grade.
Production from the La Chicharra (“LC”) deposit is planned to begin in early 2016. The average daily throughput from 2016 onwards is expected to be 30-32k tpd (24k tpd from SF and 6-8k tpd from LC). The installation of an 8k tpd crushing unit and new leach pad at LC is scheduled to begin in late 2015 and pre-stripping at LC is scheduled to begin in early 2016.
Planned capital expenditures over the mine life, including sustaining capital and capitalized deferred strip, is outlined in Table 1 below. The plan for development capital expenditures (i.e. excluding sustaining capital and deferred strip) is summarized below:
Revenue projections are based on a constant gold price of $1,350/oz in real terms. The constant silver price assumed is $20/oz. The mine plan from 2014-22 is split into three phases and is summarized in Table 1. At a gold price of $1,350/oz, the undiscounted pre-tax cash flow of the mine plan is $489M and the pre-tax 5% discounted NPV is $381M. Table 2 presents the sensitivity of the NPV to various gold prices. The recently proposed Mexican mining taxes/royalties have not been incorporated into the economic evaluation presented here, as the related legislation had not officially been enacted as of the date of this evaluation.
Table 1 – San Franciso Gold Mine: Mine Plan Summary (2014-22)
|Phase 1 (2014-15)||Phase 2 (2016-20)||Phase 3 (2021-22)|
|Approx. Avg. daily throughput||24k tpd||30k tpd||30k tpd|
|Ore Source %||SF(100%)||SF(75%)/LC(25%)||SF(30%)/LC(30%)/stockpile(40%)|
|Avg. Gold Grade||0.59 gpt||0.51 gpt||0.58 gpt, 0.26 gpt (stockpile)|
|Avg. Operating Strip Ratio||2.4||2.7||1.4|
Avg. Total Strip Ratio
(Op. + Deferred)
|Avg. Gold production||121 kozpa||135 kozpa||130 koz (2021), 53 koz (2022)|
Avg. Cash Costs per oz
|Avg. Sustaining Capex||$2M/yr||$3M/yr||$2M/yr|
Avg. AISC per oz, site-level
|Avg. Deferred Strip Capex||$2M/yr||$9M/yr||nil|
|Avg. Development Capex||$7M/yr||$4M/yr||$2M/yr|
Avg. AIC per oz, site-level
|Gold Price per oz Assumed||$1,350||$1,350||$1,350|
Avg. Annual Net Cashflow
(excl. taxes, royalties)
Notes: Assumptions - (1) Avg. total costs of $10.75/t for SF and LC; (2) Avg. life-of-mine heap leach recovery of 68% for SF ore, 70% for LC.
Table 2 – San Francisco Gold Mine: NPV(5%) Sensitivity to Gold Price
The National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") Technical Report describing the details of the updated Reserve and Resource estimates and associated mine plan will be filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) within 45 days from the date of this press release.
Technical Information and Qualified Person Notes
This press release was reviewed by Lawrence A. Dick, Ph.D., P.Geo, of Vancouver, British Columbia, who is recognized as a Qualified Person (“QP”) under the guidelines of National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”). The press release was prepared by Miguel Soto, P. Geo. Eng., a Director and Vice-President of the Company, and Taj Singh, M.Eng, P.Eng, a Vice-President of the Company, who is recognized as a QP under NI 43-101. Pursuant to NI 43-101, Mr. William Lewis, B.Sc, P.Geo, Mr. Mani Verma, M.Eng, P.Eng, Ing. Alan J. San Martin, MAusIMM(CP), from Micon are the independent QPs responsible for the Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource Estimate. Mr. Richard M. Gowans of Micon is the independent QP responsible for the metallurgy section. Each of Mr. Lewis, Mr. Verma, Mr. San Martin, Mr. Gowans, Mr. Singh and Mr. Soto have read and approved the contents of this news release.
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Cautionary Note to United States Investors
The Company is subject to the reporting requirements of the applicable Canadian securities laws, and as a result it reports its mineral reserves and resources according to Canadian standards. Canadian reporting requirements for disclosure of mineral properties are governed by NI 43-101. The definitions of NI 43-101 are adopted from those given by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. U.S. reporting requirements are governed by Industry Guide 7 (“Guide 7”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”). These reporting standards have similar goals in terms of conveying an appropriate level of confidence in the disclosures being reported, but embody different approaches and definitions.
For example, under Industry Guide 7, mineralization may not be classified as a “reserve” unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. In particular, the Company reports “resources” in accordance with NI 43-101.
While the terms “Mineral Resource”, “Measured Mineral Resource”, “Indicated Mineral Resource” and “Inferred Mineral Resource” are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, they are not defined terms under standards of the Commission and generally, U.S. companies are not permitted to report resources in documents filed with the Commission. As such, certain information contained in this MD&A concerning descriptions of mineralization and resources under Canadian standards is not comparable to similar information made public by United States companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of the Commission.
In addition, an Inferred Mineral Resource has a great amount of uncertainty as to its existence and as to its economic and legal feasibility, and it cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may not form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies.
It cannot be assumed that all or any part of Measured or Indicated Resources will ever be converted into Mineral Reserves, and it cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable. In addition, the definitions of “Proven Mineral Reserves” and “Probable Mineral Reserves” under CIM standards differ in certain respects from the standards of the Commission.
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