Vancouver, B.C., November 14, 2017 – Entrée Resources Ltd. (TSX:ETG; NYSE American:EGI – the "Company" or "Entrée") is pleased to report its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017. Details of the Company’s third quarter 2017 financial results are contained in the unaudited consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis, which are available on the Company’s website at www.EntreeResourcesLtd.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. All figures are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.
THIRD QUARTER 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property
Entrée has engaged its consultants, Amec Foster Wheeler Americas Limited ("Amec Foster Wheeler") to commence work on an updated National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report (the "Technical Report") on Entrée’s 20% participating interest in the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi joint venture ("Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV") in Mongolia. Completion of the Technical Report will be a significant milestone for the Company as it will enable management to discuss preliminary economics for potential future phases of the Oyu Tolgoi mine, where a significant amount of the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV’s mineralization occurs, thereby helping investors to understand the underlying value of Entrée’s flagship asset. The updated Technical Report will include:
an updated reserve case for the first lift ("Lift 1") of the Hugo North Extension block cave on the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV property. The reserve will be based on information contained within the 2016 Oyu Tolgoi Feasibility Study finalized in May 2016 by Entrée’s joint venture partner Oyu Tolgoi LLC ("OTLLC"). First development production from Lift 1 on the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV property is expected in approximately 2021; and
a Preliminary Economic Assessment of Entrée’s interest in both Lift 2 of the Hugo North Extension copper-gold deposit ("Lift 2") and the Heruga copper-gold-molybdenum deposit ("Heruga").
Entrée management visited the Oyu Tolgoi mine in early September and had an opportunity to tour some of the main surface infrastructure, including the concentrator and tailings facilities and to also go underground to observe some of the development work completed to date. This visit included a review of plans with OTLLC for the immediate and medium-term future. Entrée is pleased to report that project development, including both direct production and supporting infrastructure, appears to be on track and is being completed to the highest safety and operating standards.
The development of Shaft 4, which is the first physical development work on the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV property, is expected to commence in 2018. Shaft 4 will provide the necessary ventilation required to support mining of the northern part of the Hugo North deposit (including Hugo North Extension on the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV property), which is reported to contain some of the highest-grade copper-gold mineralization in the entire Oyu Tolgoi project. Completion of Shaft 4 is expected in 2021.
As reported by Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. ("Turquoise Hill") on November 2, 2017, production from the Lift 1 underground mine, which starts on OTLLC’s Oyu Tolgoi mining license, remains on track for first draw bell in mid-2020 and sustainable first production in 2021. Activities reported in Q3 2017 include:
Underground lateral development made good progress with approximately 1.4 equivalent kilometres completed. Since the re-start of development in 2016, a total of 5.4 equivalent kilometres of lateral development has been completed.
The third development crew was deployed. Crews four and five were in training during the quarter and are expected to be deployed during Q4 2017. Also during Q3 2017, commissioning of the new 3,500 tonne per day development crusher was completed. With the deployment of crews four and five, a step up in lateral development rates is expected to begin in Q4 2017.
At the end of Q3 2017, Shaft 2 sinking was at 1,249 metres and work had commenced on the service-level excavation that has a floor at 1,256 metres. Shaft 2 sinking is expected to be complete in 2017 at a final depth of 1,284 metres with fit out occurring over 2018. Shaft 2 is key to future increases in lateral development activity.
Shaft 5 sinking progressed approximately 214 metres during Q3 2017. During September, the underground team achieved the best sinking rate for Shaft 5 since project re-start averaging 2.6 metres per day. Sinking of Shaft 5 began slower than expected due to an extended construction re-start period and lower productivity with completion now likely in early 2018. When completed, Shaft 5 will be dedicated to ventilation thereby increasing the capacity for underground activities; however, with good early progress and continued on-plan lateral development, the completion of Shaft 5 sinking in early 2018 is not expected to materially impact the lateral development plan.
Development of the convey-to-surface decline continued to progress with month-on-month improvement resulting from the use of project-wide process optimization techniques. The convey-to-surface system is the eventual route of the full 95,000 tonne per day underground ore delivery system to the concentrator; however, it is not a critical path item for first draw bell planned in mid-2020. Expected completion of the convey-to-surface system is 2022, which will facilitate the ramp up to full production by 2027.
Q3 2017 net loss from continuing operations, was $0.3 million as compared to Q3 2016 ($1.0 million), a reduction of 70% from the comparative period of 2016.
As at September 30, 2017, cash on hand was $7.7 million with a working capital balance of $7.8 million.
OUTLOOK AND STRATEGY
Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property
Amec Foster Wheeler has completed its initial data review, and has commenced work on an updated Technical Report relating to Entrée’s 20% participating interest in the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV in Mongolia. As previously noted, the updated Technical Report will include an updated reserve case for Lift 1 of the Hugo North Extension block cave on the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV property and a Preliminary Economic Assessment of Entrée’s interest in both Lift 2 and Heruga. The updated reserve case will be based on information contained within the 2016 Oyu Tolgoi Feasibility Study finalized in May 2016 by Entrée’s joint venture partner OTLLC. First development production from Lift 1 on the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV property is expected in approximately 2021. The Company estimates the cost to be approximately $0.5 million to complete and publish the report. The Technical Report is expected to be completed by January 2018.
With the completion of the restructuring done early in the year and the commencement of the Technical Report, the Company’s focus will be to maximize investor awareness of the impending Technical Report and what the results of this report mean to the Company and all stakeholders, both current and potential. Corporate costs going forward are estimated at $0.3 million per quarter, which include marketing and compliance costs, and the Company continues to estimate total corporate costs of between $1.6 million and $1.8 million for the 2017 year.
Robert Cinits, P.Geo., Entrée's Vice President, Corporate Development, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has approved the technical information in this release.
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