Monument's 2011 Annual Results

Gross Revenue of $57 M from 40,438 Oz Gold Sales at Cash Cost $242/Oz

VANCOUVER, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Monument Mining Limited (TSX-V: MMY and FSE: D7Q1) "Monument" or the "Company" today announces its annual financial results for the year ended June 30, 2011. All amounts are in United States dollars unless otherwise indicated (refer to www.sedar.com for full annual financial results).

Annual Highlights:

  • Gross revenue of $57 million generated from gold sales of 40,438 ounces at an average price of $1,400 per ounce;
  • Gold production of 44,438 ounces produced at average cash cost of $242 per ounce, 10% over projection;
  • A positive net working capital of $63.1 million resulted from gold sales and the $13.4 million financing (CAD13 million);
  • The Phase III gold processing plant extension commenced for a budgeted $8.1 million to more than double production capacity from 400,000 tpa to 1,000,000 tpa. All major equipment was secured.
  • A NI43-101 technical report prepared by Snowden Perth Pty and SEDAR filed on May 27, 2011, converting historical estimates to CIM compliant resources with 20% increase in gold content at Buffalo Reef Prospect.
  • During the fiscal year, following the announcement of an exploration budget of $3.4 M, a total of 3,012 meters of diamond drilling from 15 drill holes have been completed at the Selinsing property.  Drill results were released subsequent to the year end in July 2011 indicating that the high grade shoots extended below the existing pit and mineralization is still open at depth.
  • Mineral resource pipeline developed in Malaysia. Famehub properties were acquired and Memorandum of Understanding was signed to acquire 70% of interest in Mengapur Polymetalic Project during the year. Subsequent to the end of fiscal 2011, 49% of Mersing Gold Project was acquired through an earn-in-agreement.  

President and CEO Robert Baldock stated "In fiscal 2011 the Company has achieved its major milestone of commercial production with a 10% increase of gold production. Management is now focusing on its next move aimed to increase its resource pipelines and take the Company to a new era of business development towards a mid tier producer. We will continue to increase exploration activities, improve drilling programs and seek new targets in the South East Asia region."

Production Statistics

  Jun. 30, 2010 Three months,
Sep.30, 2010
Three months,
Dec. 31, 2010
Three months,
Mar. 31, 2011
Three months,
Jun. 30, 2011
Year ended,
Jun. 30, 2011
Mining            
Ore mined (tonnes) 662,330 203,150 159,681 140,736 237,342 740,909
Waste moved (tonnes) 2,326,502 615,937 649,584 741,109 700,968 2,707,598
Stripping ratio 3.51 3.03 4.07 5.27 2.95 3.65
Ore stockpiled (tonnes) 387,545 499,589 570,719 623,130 773,432 773,432
Process            
Crushed ore (tonnes) 274,786 91,106 88,552 88,325 87,038 355,021
Ore processed (tonnes) 272,120 89,834 87,845 87,780 86,540 351,999
Average mill feed grade (g/t) 3.08 4.08 4.41 4.18 4.58 4.31
Processing recovery rate 58.7% 90.0% 93.7% 93.7% 94.1% 92.9%
             
  Jun. 30, 2010 Three months,
Sep.30, 2010
Three months,
Dec. 31, 2010
Three months,
Mar. 31, 2011
Three months,
Jun. 30, 2011
Year ended,
Jun. 30, 2011
Gold produced (oz) 13,793 9,050 11,348 11,904 12,136 44,438
Gold sold (oz) 13,793 8,650 10,148 10,704 10,936 40,438
Revenue (in 000's)(1) 16,316 10,863 14,115 15,031 16,618 56,627
             
Cash cost (US$/oz)              
Mining 64 49 52 56 53 53
Processing 90 89 140 107 138 120
Royalties 62 61 68 69 76 69
Operations - - 2 5 (5) -
Total cash cost (US$/oz) 216 199 262 237 262 242
  1. Prior to achieving commercial production in September 2010, gold sales of $20,563,292 and related production costs were capitalized against the Selinsing Gold Property.

Financial Results and Discussion

For the year ended June 30, 2011, the Company recorded gold sales of $52,379,851, produced 44,438 ounces of gold and sold 40,438 ounces of gold at an average realized price of $1,400 from its Selinsing Gold Mine. Gold sales for July and August of $4,247,500 and related production costs were capitalized against the Selinsing Gold Property. The operation generated an income of $35,374,349 net of operating and corporate expenses, or $0.21 per share. This was reduced to a net income of $31,252,160, or $0.19 per share after other losses and taxes compared to a net loss of $3,034,838, or ($0.02) per share reported for the corresponding period in fiscal 2010. The other losses were mainly due to $5,905,306 caused by changes in fair value on derivative liabilities and accretion expense related to convertible debt, offset partially by interest income.

Financing Activities

On August 11, 2010, a financing totaling CAD 13 million was closed and comprised of the private placement of $7,653,600 (CAD 8,000,000) in convertible notes (the "Notes") and a $4,753,500 (CAD 5,000,000) forward sale of gold (the "Forward Sale").

The funds are for the planned exploration programs; closing the acquisition of a prospective exploration property adjacent to the Selinsing gold project where the Company's gold treatment plant is located; and for the gold treatment plant extension with a second mill.  With the additional funding, the Company expects to be able to increase gold resources and enhance gold production through increased plant throughput.

About Monument Mining Limited 

Canadian based Monument Mining Limited has two wholly-owned principal properties: Selinsing Gold Mine Project ("Selinsing"); and Damar Buffalo Reef Prospect ("Buffalo Reef"); which are located in Pahang State in the Central Gold Belt District of Malaysia. In addition, the Company recently acquired the Famehub properties comprising 32,000 acres of prospective exploration land adjacent and nearby the Selinsing and Buffalo Reef properties; and 49% interest in the Mersing Gold Project, approximately 300 km from the Selinsing gold mine.

In conjunction with extensive exploration programs at Selinsing, Buffalo Reef and the Famehub properties, the Company recently announced it exceeded its 2011 financial gold production target of 40,000 ounces by 10%. The Selinsing Gold Mine is scheduled to increase its annual production rate to approximately 55,000 ounces of gold inside its first full year of commercial production with an estimated average operating cash cost of approximately $317 per ounce. The phase III capacity expansion of the 400,000 tpa gold treatment plant to 1,000,000 tpa through the addition of an additional milling circuit is targeting completion in May 2012. The Company has recently announced that construction has commenced on the processing plant expansion and the expansion of the tailings storage facility to enable throughput of approximately 1,000,000 tpa for 10 years.

The Company has also signed a binding MOU to acquire a 70% interest in the Mengapur Polymetalic Project in Malaysia subject to due diligence, and a variety of conditions including regulatory approval.  Details of the project are available on the website.

Please visit our website at www.monumentmining.com for more information.

Robert F. Baldock, President and CEO
Monument Mining Limited
Suite 490- 688 West Hastings Street
Vancouver B.C. Canada V6B 1P1

"Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release."

Forward-Looking Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements about Monument Mining Limited ("Monument"), its business and future plans. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and include the timing of the proposed programs and events.  The forward-looking statements in this news release are subject to various risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results or achievements to different materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  These risks and certain other factors include, without limitation, the estimated cash cost per ounce of gold production and the estimated cash flows which may be generated from the operations, general economic factors and other factors that may be beyond the control of Monument, statements regarding the future price of gold; the estimation of mineral resources; conclusions of economic evaluation (including scoping studies); the realization of mineral resource estimates; the timing and amount of estimated future production, development and exploration; costs of future activities; capital and operating expenditures; success of exploration activities; mining or processing issues; currency exchange rates; government regulation of mining operations; and environmental risks. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward- looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to: general business, economic, competitive, geopolitical and social uncertainties; the actual results of current exploration activities; foreign operations risks; other risks inherent in the mining industry and other risks described in the annual information form of the Company, which is available under the profile of the Company on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

 

SOURCE Monument Mining Limited

For further information:

Monument Mining Limited:   

Richard Cushing, Investor Relations
T: + 1 604 638 1661 x 102
E: rcushing@monumentmining.com
CHF Investor Relations:   

Robin Cook, Senior Account Manager
T: + 1 416 868 1079 x 228
E: robin@chfir.com
Axino AG - Europe:   

Wolfgang Seybold, President and CEO
T: + 49 711 25 35 92 40
E: wolfgang.seybold@axino.de

 

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