All Amounts in US Dollars Unless Otherwise Stated
Fiscal 2019 Consolidated Highlights:
•Production of 110,063 gold equivalent ounces (97,259 gold ounces, 5.0 million copper pounds and 194,693 silver ounces);
•Cash Operating Costs ("COC") and All in Sustaining Costs ("AISC") of $1,094 and $1,253;
•Revenue of $136 million;
•EBITDA of $18.1 million;
•Capital expenditures of $10.9 million;
•Cash balance of $12.4 million as of September 30, 2019.
TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2019 /CNW/ - Orvana Minerals Corp. (TSX:ORV) (the "Company" or "Orvana") announced today financial and operational results for the fourth quarter ("Q4 2019") and for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019 ("Fiscal 2019). The Company is also providing financial and operational updates for its El Valle and Carlés Mines operations in northern Spain (managed by the Spanish subsidiary "OroValle") and for its Don Mario Mine operations in Bolivia (managed by the Bolivian subsidiary "EMIPA").
The audited consolidated financial statements for Fiscal 2019 ("2019 Financials") and Management's Discussion and Analysis related thereto ("2019 MD&A") are available on SEDAR and on the Company's website at www.orvana.com.
Fiscal 2019 Highlights:
?Production increased by 10% to 64,327 ounces gold compared to 58,259 ounces in fiscal 2018;
?Production increase was due to a combination of 6% higher throughput at the mill and 4% higher head grade.
?Gold head grade increased to 3.26 g/t, compared to 3.13 g/t reported last year.
?Copper production decreased to 5.0 million pounds, compared to 5.1 million pounds in fiscal 2018; production exceeded guidance.
?The Company progressed with the engineering and metallurgical studies to process an oxidized stockpile ("Oxide Stockpile Project"), and anticipates moving forward with the development of a new sulphidization plant circuit to treat the mineral resource (Measured) of 2.18 million tonnes with an average gold grade of 1.85 g/t; and approximately 386,950 oz of gold equivalent1. It is expected that the Oxide Stockpile Project will be in operation by FY2021.
?Production of 32,932 ounces gold was 27% lower compared to the previous year.
?Gold head grade of 1.51 g/t, compared to 2.16 g/t reported last year, with the decrease due mainly to lower ore grades on the last benches of Cerro Felix open pit.
?During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, mining activities transitioned from Cerro Félix to the open pit operations at Las Tojas. On November 8th the Company announced that it would suspend mining operations at Las Tojas effective on or before December 31, 2019, due to higher than expected ore-grade operational mining dilution, resulting in uneconomic unitary costs.
?In light of the suspension of operations, the Company has completed an impairment test in respect of carrying values at the end of fiscal 2019, concluding that the net recoverable amounts are greater than the carrying values of the assets. As such, there was no impairment of such carrying values as at September 30, 2019.
Note 1: Cautionary Statement – Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The mineral resource for the oxides stockpile was prepared in compliance with National Instrument 43-101 and CIM guidelines, as set out in the Don Mario Mine Operation 2016 Technical Report dated January 27, 2017 and effective as of September 30, 2016 (the "2016 Report"). The 2016 Report was prepared on the assumption that the stockpile would be processed by floatation and would not be included in the carbon-in-leach circuit. However, during FY2018 and FY2019, the Company has been evaluating metallurgical alternatives to process the oxides stockpile, concluding that a sulphidzation circuit would maximize the value of the stockpile. A copy of the 2016 Report is posted under the Company's profile on www.sedar.com. These mineral resources were estimated using a gold price of US$1,300 per ounce, copper price of US$3.00 per pound and silver price of US$18 per ounce, prices of which were used in the 2016 Report.
?The Company closed a new credit facility (the "Credit Facility") with a syndicate of local banks, through its wholly-owned subsidiary OroValle, for a total amount of €8 million (€6 million in January and €2 million in May) at an attractive interest rate of 2.55%.
?Concurrent with the closing of the Credit Facility, Orvana repaid the Samsung C&T Prepayment Facility, originally established in August 2016 (see news release dated February 6, 2019).
Fiscal 2020 Primary Objectives:
?Increase the reliability of the underground mining fleet by enhancing current preventive maintenance programs.
?Continue reducing unitary costs, based on current cost reduction programs.
?Conversion of current mineral resources into mineral reserves as well as the definition and addition of new resources to the existing ore bodies to extend the current mine life.
?Continue with the execution of greenfield exploration programs mainly focused on Ortosa-Godán and Lidia permits which will target additional mineral resources to the current mine life.
?New sulphidization plant circuit development to allow for the processing of the Oxide Stockpile Project (2.18 million tonnes); the Company anticipates that, subject to the favourable completion of technical, economic and funding analysis, the sulphidization circuit and ancillary facilities may be in full production by FY2021.
?Continue development of studies for the reprocessing of tailings for a potential treatment of 8 million tonnes.
?Regional exploration program mainly focused on the Company's land package of 58,000 hectares in the Don Mario Complex.
?Orderly suspension of mining and milling operations, labour restructuring, and expedient implementation of temporary care and maintenance program.
?The Taguas Mine Development project is located in San Juan Province in Argentina. The Company expects to close the acquisition (including the rights transfer registration and the TSX final acceptance) during Q1 2020. Subject to closing the transaction and securing the required financing, the Company is preparing a drilling program in order to expand the current resources (see news release dated May 14, 2019) and to support the potential upgrade in Mineral Resource estimates.
Juan Gavidia, CEO of Orvana Minerals stated: "We are very pleased to report that OroValle has reached sustainable levels of operation with a trend of lowering unitary costs year over year. We are also excited with our current exploration targets in and around the El Valle and Carlés Mines, as well as regional targets at the Lidia and Ortosa-Godan permits, which are anticipated to add mineral reserves and resources to OroValle's current mine life". Mr Gavidia continued, "As for the EMIPA operations, we are diligently working to develop final engineering and financing for the Oxides Stockpile Project, and we would expect that processing operations will resume in FY2021. In addition, we are also conducting studies on the reprocessing of the tailings to extend the mine-life at Don Mario."
The Company is pleased to provide fiscal 2019 results and 2020 guidance:
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