VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/19/17 --
Q3 2017 Highlights:
•Quarterly gold production of 49,293 ounces and gold sales of 50,241 ounces, on track to meet 2017 revised production guidance of 205 – 225,000 ounces
• US$63.6 million in gold revenue at an average realized price of US$1,265 per ounce
•Nkran reconciliation confirming the Mineral Resource and Reserve Estimates
•Industry-leading safety record maintained with a rolling 12 month LTIFR of 0.19
•Stable balance sheet with unaudited cash and immediately convertible working capital balances of approximately US$64.3 million ( September 30, 2017)
Asanko Gold Inc. ("Asanko" or the "Company") (TSX:AKG)(NYSE American:AKG)(NYSE MKT:AKG) announces production results for the third quarter of 2017 ("Q3") from the Asanko Gold Mine ("AGM"), located in Ghana, West Africa. Q3 operating and financial results will be published on November 3, 2017, conference call and webcast details below.
Commenting on the quarter Peter Breese, President and CEO, said "Overall, our quarterly production performance for Q3 was very encouraging, with positive results in a number of key areas: reconciliations confirming the Nkran resource model, management of ore losses and dilution and the plant achieving milling rates in excess of 13,500 tonnes on a per day campaign basis.
Although July and August production was impacted by the three mill motor outages, which equated to in excess of 5,000 ounces of lost gold production, the quarter still produced a very respectable 49,293 ounces. Looking ahead to the final quarter of the year, we maintain our revised guidance of 205,000 - 225,000 ounces."
Health and Safety
There were no lost time injuries ("LTI") reported during the quarter and the 12-month rolling lost time injury frequency rate ("LTIFR") per million man hours worked is 0.19.
At Nkran, the deployment of blast monitoring technology to minimize ore losses and dilution has been yielding positive results. During Q3 mining operations extracted ore from multiple zones of mineralization with an average mining grade of 1.8 g/t.
At the Akwasiso satellite deposit, mining operations delivered approximately 20,000tpm of oxide ore.
At Dynamite Hill, the second satellite pit to be bought into production, site establishment commenced during the quarter in preparation of ore mining operations in Q4 2017.
The processing plant's performance during Q3 was impacted by three mill motor outages during July and August that resulted in a total of 11 days of lost milling time, which equates to in excess of 5,000 ounces of gold production. Metallurgical recoveries continued to exceed design levels at 94% with higher than design gravity recovery performance.
AGM Key Production Statistics Units Q1 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 2017
Total Tonnes Mined 000 t 6,637 7,506 8,519
Waste Tonnes Mined 000 t 5,620 6,458 7,339
Ore Tonnes Mined 000 t 1,017 1,048 1,180
Strip Ratio W:O 5.5:1 6.2:1 6.2:1
Average Gold Grade Mined g/t 1.8 1.5 1.8
Ore Treated 000 t 908 887 862
Gold Feed Grade g/t 2.0 1.7 1.9
Gold Recovery % 95 94 94
Gold Produced oz 58,187 46,017 49,293
Nkran Resource & Reserve Reconciliation
The reconciliation process to measure the entire value chain from gold in the ground through to mill feed and eventual gold production against the mineral resource estimate continued during the quarter. The grade control versus the resource model reconciliation continues to be positive and the reserve to mill feed reconciliation is within 1% for the quarter.
Sales and Liquidity
Gold production for the quarter was 49,293 ounces with gold sales of 50,241 ounces at an average realized price of US$1,265 per ounce, generating gold sales revenue of US$63.6 million. At September 30, 2017 the Company's balance sheet had approximately US$60.7 million in unaudited cash, US$1.4 million in gold receivables and US$2.2 million in dore (with a market value of US$3.7 million).
Under the current debt financing agreement with RK Mine Finance ("Red Kite"), the Company's first principal repayment on its US$150 million debt facility is due on July 1, 2018. However, as previously disclosed, Asanko has the option until March 31, 2018 to extend the first principal repayment of the facility by an additional year to July 1, 2019. Asanko is currently in discussions with Red Kite regarding the possible refinancing of the debt facility to support its Project 5 Million growth plan, which includes the construction of an overland conveyor and bringing the large Esaase deposit into production.
Qualified Person Statement
Frederik Fourie, Asanko Senior Mining Engineer (Pr.Eng) is the Asanko Qualified Person, as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (Standards of Mineral Disclosure), who has approved the preparation of the technical contents of this news release.
Q3 2017 Operating and Financial Results Conference Call & Webcast Details
Management will host a conference call and webcast at 9am EST on Friday, November 3, 2017 to discuss the Q3 2017 operating and financial results, which will be published on the same day.
For further information please visit: www.asanko.com, email: email@example.com
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