TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: WDO)
announces fourth quarter operating results and gold sales. Production
figures are subject to final refining balances.
Fourth Quarter, 2011 Production and Sales
During the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011, the Eagle River and
Kiena mines produced a total of 12,700 ounces of gold or about 27% of
our annual production. Gold sales of 10,000 ounces at an average price
of $1,721 per ounce generated bullion revenue of $17.2 million. During
the fourth quarter the Company's bullion inventory increased from 5,931
ounces to approximately 8,630 ounces at year end.
The Eagle River Mine produced 8,100 ounces of gold from 47,800 tonnes
milled at a recovered grade of 5.27 gAu/tonne. At Eagle River both
grade and throughput increased. The Kiena Mine produced 4,600 ounces
of gold from 56,400 tonnes milled at an average recovered grade of 2.54
gAu/tonne. At Kiena work focused on the development of new stopes. In
addition, the Mishi Mine stockpiled approximately 21,000 tonnes at 2.0
g/t which we expect to process in Q1, 2012.
In the fourth quarter we realized our highest gold prices of the year.
2011 Production and Sales
For the full year, production totalled over 47,800 ounces and 52,000
ounces were sold generating bullion revenue of $79.5 million at an
average sales price of $1,529 per ounce.
The Eagle River Mine produced 28,200 ounces of gold from 181,600 tonnes
milled at an average recovered grade of 4.83 gAu/tonne. The Kiena Mine
produced 19,500 ounces of gold from 255,300 tonnes milled at an average
recovered grade of 2.38 gAu/tonne.
At year end, 2011 the Company held approximately 8,630 ounces of gold in
inventory. Final refining receipts for the last shipment are expected
In 2012 we expect higher output levels from each mine and a full year's
contribution from the Mishi Mine. Overall production should exceed
60,000 ounces in 2012. We expect the Eagle River Mine to produce about
28,000 ounces from 160,000 tonnes at a recovered grade of 5.4
gAu/tonne, the Kiena Mine to produce about 23,000 ounces from 300,000
tonnes at a recovered grade of 2.4 gAu/tonne and the Mishi Mine to
produce about 9,000 ounces from 150,000 tonnes at a recovered grade of
1.9 gAu/tonne. We believe these estimates are conservative with upside
potential as progressive improvements in grade are realized.
2011 Year End Financial Results
Wesdome Gold Mines expects to release the Q4 and 2011 year-end financial
results during the week of March 15, 2012.
2011 Year End Reserves and Resources
Wesdome Gold Mines expects to release updated Reserves and Resources for
the Eagle River and Kiena mines for the year ended December 31, 2011 in
mid February 2012.
2012 Annual General Meeting
Wesdome Gold Mines will host its 2012 Annual General Meeting at 4pm on
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the TSX Gallery, 130 King Street West,
The technical information in this release has been reviewed by George
Mannard, P.Geo., Vice President of Exploration and "Qualified Person"
within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.
Wesdome is an established Canadian gold producer with wholly-owned
mining and milling complexes located in Wawa, Ontario and Val-d'Or,
Québec. Wesdome has been producing gold continually for 25 years on an
unhedged basis and to date has produced in excess of 1.2 million
ounces. The Company has 101.9 million shares issued and outstanding
and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WDO".
This news release contains "forward-looking information" which may
include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future
financial or operating performance of the Company and its projects.
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from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or
implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements
contained herein are made as of the date of this press release and the
Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
results or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking
statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future
events could differ materially from those anticipated in such
statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update
forward-looking statements if circumstances, management's estimates or
opinions should change, except as required by securities legislation.
Accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on
SOURCE Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.
For further information:
| Donovan Pollitt, P.Eng., CFA || or || George Mannard, P.Geo. |
| President & CEO || || Vice President, Exploration |
| 416-360-3743 ext 25 || || 416-360-3743 ext 22 |
| 8 King St. East, Suite 1305 || || |
| Toronto, ON, M5C 1B5 || || |
| Toll Free: 1-866-4-WDO-TSX || || |
| Phone: 416-360-3743, Fax: 416-360-7620 || || |
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