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Timmins Gold Reports Earnings from Mine Operations of $6.3 million for Q1 2016

May 12, 2016

Vancouver, BC - Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX: TMM, NYSE MKT: TGD) (“Timmins Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to report its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 (“Q1 2016”). The comparative period is the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 (“Q1 2015”).  All results are presented in United States dollars (“US Dollars”) unless otherwise stated. Readers should refer to the Q1 2016 management discussion and analysis and condensed interim consolidated financial statements for complete information.

“Q1 was a solid start to the year in terms of operations” stated Interim CEO Mark Backens. “We are seeing the benefits of the mine plan adopted in Q4 2015. Our cash costs for the quarter ($761/oz) and all-in sustaining cash costs ($848/oz) were particularly strong and were respectively 18% and 12% lower compared to Q1 2015.  We were able to generate significant cash from operations and this allowed us to materially reduce our mine-level payables during the quarter.  Based on this strong start to the year we remain on track to achieve our 2016 guidance of 75,000 to 85,000 gold ounces with cash costs of approximately $750 to $850 per gold ounce sold.”


Operating performance

Key developments


The cash proceeds from this sale will be used to settle secured debt.


US dollars (thousands) except where noted First Quarter Ended
March 31, 2016
First Quarter Ended
March 31, 2015
Gold ounces sold 24,667 24,155
Silver ounces sold 14,671 15,309
Metal revenues $28,609 $29,492
Production costs, excluding depreciation and depletion $18,993   $22,599
Loss from operations $(8,585) $(222)
Loss  $(10,720) $(710)
Loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.03) $(0.00)
Cash flows from operating activities $2,373 $7,500
Total cash and cash equivalents, end of period (including restricted cash) $10,668 $24,994
Total assets, end of period $138,741 $312,411
Total cash costs per gold ounce on a by-product basis $761 $925
All-in sustaining cash cost per ounce gold $848 $1,055
Average realized gold price per gold ounce $1,160 $1,221

Management Change:

On May 12, 2016, Mr. Darren Prins, CFO, announced his resignation to pursue a career in the financial services industry. Although we are disappointed by this, we wish Darren continued success and congratulate him on this new opportunity.

Reminder of Q1 2016 results conference call:

The Company’s senior management will host a conference call Friday May 13, 2016 at 11am (ET) to discuss fiscal 2015.  Participants may join the call by dialing 416-340-2216 or 866-225-0198 (Canada and U.S. toll-free number) or via webcast on link: http://www.gowebcasting.com/7516.

A replay of the call will be available until May 18, 2016, by dialing 905-694-9451 or 800-408-3053 (Canada and U.S.). The passcode is 8924192.  A live and archived audio webcast will also be available at www.timminsgold.com.

Technical information contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by Taj Singh, P.Eng., a Vice President of the Company who is recognized as a QP under NI 43-101.

About Timmins Gold

The Company owns and operates the San Francisco open pit, heap leach gold mine in Sonora, which provides a base of operations, allowing the Company to develop the Ana Paula gold project.

Timmins Gold Corp.
Mark Backens
Interim CEO and Director


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