AuRico Reports 2014 Reserve & Resource Update

Reserves Increase by 207,000 Ounces at Young-Davidson Underground
Company-Wide Reserves and M&I Resources Increase by 15% to 10.4 Million Gold Ounces

TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - AuRico Gold Inc. (TSX: AUQ) (NYSE: AUQ), ("AuRico" or the "Company") today reported its updated Reserves and Resources, as at December 31, 2014. (Detailed Mineral Reserve and Resource tables can be found at the end of this press release).

Mineral Reserves and Resources


Reserve Highlights

As at December 31, 2014, the Company is reporting:

  • Reserves at the Young-Davidson underground mine increased by 207,000 ounces, or 6%, over 2013, as the Company was successful in replacing production and increasing reserves.

  • Reserves decreased by 37% at the El Chanate mine, due to both mining depletion and a reduction in overall slope angles, while reserve grades increased by 5%. The reduction in planned slope angles came after a thorough external geotechnical review of geotechnical drilling, mapping and slope performance.

Gold Reserves by asset are summarized in the table below:

 
Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves1
  Gold ounces (000's) Gold grade (g/t)
31-Dec-14 2014 2013 Change (%) 2014 2013 Change (%)
  Young-Davidson Underground 3,763 3,556 6% 2.74 2.81 (3%)
  Young-Davidson Surface 61 140 (57%) 0.76 1.10 (31%)
Total Young-Davidson 3,823 3,696 3% 2.63 2.66 (1%)
Total El Chanate 646 1,023 (37%) 0.74 0.70 5%
Kemess Underground 1,805 1,805 0% 0.56 0.56 0%
AuRico Total 6,274 6,524 (4%) 1.13 1.07 6%
  1.   Detailed Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource tables follow at the end of this press release.

In addition to gold reserves, the Company is also reporting copper reserves of:

  • 619 million pounds at the Kemess Underground Project at a reserve grade of 0.28%, using a copper price of $3.00 per pound.

"We remain encouraged with the quality of the underground reserve base reported from our cornerstone Young-Davidson mine, which has increased over the prior year with a consistent grade profile. This robust ore body is comprised of low cost, long life, high margin ounces and this asset is positioned for a long and profitable mine life." stated Scott Perry, President and Chief Executive Officer. He continued, "Company-wide, we are also reporting a significant increase in our resource base in Canada as a result of our successful drilling program at Kemess East, as well as through our strategic joint venture on the promising Lynn Lake Project."

Resource Highlights

As at December 31, 2014 the Company is also reporting the following Mineral Resources, which are in addition to reserves:

  • Measured and Indicated gold resources of 4.1 million gold ounces at a grade of 0.84 g/t, an increase of 1.6 million ounces, or 64%, primarily related to additional resources from the Kemess East and Lynn Lake Projects; and
  • Inferred gold resources of 2.4 million gold ouncesat a grade of 0.52 g/t, an increase of 1.9 million ounces, or 409%, primarily related to additional inferred resources from the Kemess East and Lynn Lake Projects.

Gold mineral resources as at December 31, 2014 by asset are summarized in the table below:

 
Gold Resources (in thousands of gold ounces)1
  Measured & Indicated   Inferred
December 31, 2014 2014   2013   2014   2013
  Young-Davidson Underground 1,430   1,484   320   323
  Young-Davidson Surface 69   32   1   1
Young-Davidson Total 1,499   1,516   321   324
El Chanate Total 69   49   2   14
  Kemess Underground 854   854   125   125
  Kemess East 939   -   1,424   -
Kemess Property Total 1,793   854   1,549   125
Lynn Lake Total (25%) 657   -   522   -
Orion Total (50%) 65   65   10   10
AuRico Total 4,083   2,484   2,404   472

The Company is also reporting by-product mineral resources:

  • Indicated by-product resources including:

    • 346 million pounds of copper from the Kemess Underground Project at a grade of 0.24%; and

    • 504 million pounds of copper from the Kemess East Project at a grade of 0.41%.
  • Inferred by-product resources including:
    • 46 million pounds of copper from the Kemess Underground Project at a grade of 0.21%; and

    • 871 million pounds of copper from the Kemess East Project at a grade of 0.34%.

Chris Bostwick, Senior Vice President, Technical Services for AuRico Gold Inc. has reviewed the scientific and technical information contained within this press release and serves as the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Reserves and Resources (as of December 31, 2014)

 
Mineral Reserve Estimates - Gold
      Tonnes Grade Ounces
    Category (000's) (g/t) (000's)
Young-Davidson Surface Proven 2,501 0.76 61
  Probable - - -
  P&P 2,501 0.76 61
Underground Proven 12,499 2.83 1,137
  Probable 30,274 2.70 2,626
  P&P 42,773 2.74 3,763
Total Young-Davidson P&P 45,273 2.63 3,823
El Chanate   Proven 18,255 0.80 472
  Probable 8,958 0.60 174
Total El Chanate P&P 27,213 0.74 646
Kemess Underground   Proven - - -
  Probable 100,373 0.56 1,805
Total Kemess P&P 100,373 0.56 1,805
AuRico Total P&P 172,860 1.13 6,274
 
 
 
Mineral Resource Estimates - Gold
  Category Tonnes Grade Ounces
  (000's) (g/t) (000's)
Young-Davidson Surface Measured 496 1.13 18
Indicated 1,242 1.28 51
M&I 1,739 1.24 69
Underground Measured 7,855 3.28 829
Indicated 6,090 3.07 601
M&I 13,946 3.19 1,430
Total Young-Davidson M&I 15,684 2.97 1,499
Surface Inferred 31 0.99 1
Underground Inferred 3,608 2.76 320
Total Young-Davidson Inferred 3,639 2.75 321
El Chanate   Measured 923 0.58 17
  Indicated 1,842 0.87 52
Total El Chanate M&I 2,764 0.77 69
Inferred 184 0.38 2
Kemess Underground   Measured - - -
  Indicated 65,432 0.41 854
Total Kemess Underground M&I 65,432 0.41 854
Inferred 9,969 0.39 125
Kemess East   Measured - - -
  Indicated 55,864 0.52 939
Total Kemess East M&I 55,864 0.52 939
Inferred 117,152 0.38 1,424
Lynn Lake (25%) MacLellan Measured 3,753 1.99 240
Indicated 4,344 1.75 244
M&I 8,096 1.86 484
Inferred 475 2.01 31
Farley Lake Measured - - -
Indicated 1,479 3.21 153
M&I 1,479 3.21 153
Inferred 1,091 2.87 101
Burnt Timber Measured - - -
Indicated 255 1.40 11
M&I 255 1.40 11
Inferred 5,860 1.04 195
Linkwood Measured - - -
Indicated 246 1.16 9
M&I 246 1.16 9
Inferred 5,251 1.16 196
Total Lynn Lake M&I 10,076 2.03 657
Inferred 12,676 1.28 522
Orion (50%)   Measured - - -
  Indicated 554 3.66 65
Total Orion M&I 554 3.65 65
Inferred 91 3.33 10
AuRico Total   M&I 150,373 0.84 4,083
  Inferred 143,711 0.52 2,404

 
Mineral Reserve and Resource Estimates - Copper and Silver
    Grade Contained Metal
    Tonnes Cu Ag Cu Ag
  Category (000's) (%) (g/t) (000's) lbs (000's) oz
Kemess Underground Probable Reserves 100,373 0.28 2.0 619,151 6,608
Indicated Resources 65,432 0.24 1.8 346,546 3,811
Inferred Resources 9,969 0.21 1.6 46,101 503
Kemess East Indicated Resources 55,864 0.41 2.0 503,663 3,601
Inferred Resources 117,152 0.34 1.8 871,407 6,739
Orion (50%) Indicated Resources 554 - 309 - 5,503
Inferred Resources 91 - 95 - 275

Notes to Mineral Reserve and Resource tables:

  • Mineral Reserves and Resources have been stated as at December 31, 2014.
  • Mineral Resources are exclusive of Mineral Reserves. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
  • El Chanate and Young-Davidson assumed a gold price of $1,250 per ounce for reserves and $1,450 per ounce for resources.
  • Kemess Underground assumed a gold price of $1,300 per ounce, a silver price of $23.00 per ounce, and a copper price of $3.00 per pound for reserves. Kemess Underground assumed a $13.00 NSR cutoff for resources. Kemess East assumed a $15.00 NSR cutoff for resources.
  • Lynn Lake assumed a gold price of $1,555 per ounce for resources.
  • Orion assumed a gold price of $850 per ounce and a silver price of $13.00 per ounce for resources.
  • Mineral Reserves assume the following cutoff grades and process recoveries:
    • Young-Davidson - Surface: 0.50 gpt cutoff, 91% mill recovery
    • Young-Davidson - Underground: 1.90 gpt cutoff, 91% mill recovery
    • El Chanate: 0.15 gpt cutoff, 30%-65% leach recovery
    • Kemess Underground: $15 NSR cutoff, mill recovery of 72% for gold and 91% for copper
  • Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves have been classified in accordance with Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum ("CIM") "CIM Definition Standards - For Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves" adopted by the CIM Council in accordance with the requirements of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"), as is required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. In addition, while the terms "Measured", "Indicated and "Inferred" Mineral Resources are required pursuant to NI 43-101, the SEC does not recognize such terms. Canadian standards differ significantly from the requirements of the SEC, and mineral resource information contained herein is not comparable to similar information regarding mineral reserves disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the SEC. Investors should understand that "Inferred" Mineral Resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. In addition, investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of AuRico's Mineral Resources constitute or will be converted into Reserves.
  • Orion Mineral Resources are reflected on a 50% basis.  Following the completion of a joint venture agreement, Minera Frisco, S.A.B. de C.V. has a 50% interest in the Orion project.
  • Lynn Lake Mineral Resources are reflected on a 25% basis. AuRico acquired a 25% interest in the Lynn Lake properties in November 2014.
  • Mineral Reserve and Resource tonnage and contained metal have been rounded to reflect the accuracy of the estimate, and numbers may not add due to rounding.
  • The Company's normal data verification procedures have been used in collecting, compiling, interpreting and processing the data used to estimate mineral reserves and mineral resources and data underlying the information, opinion and outlook contained herein. Independent data verification has not been performed.
  • Mineral Resources were prepared under the supervision and review of Jeffrey Volk, CPG, FAusIMM, the Director of Reserves and Resources, for AuRico Gold Inc. Mineral Reserves were prepared under the supervision and review of Chris Bostwick, FAusIMM, the Senior Vice President Technical Services, for AuRico Gold Inc. Both Messrs Volk and Bostwick are "Qualified Persons" as defined by National Instrument 43-101. 

About AuRico Gold
AuRico Gold is a leading Canadian gold producer with mines and projects in North America that have significant production growth and exploration potential.  The Company is focused on its core operations including the cornerstone Young-Davidson gold mine in northern Ontario, and the El Chanate mine in Sonora State, Mexico. AuRico's project pipeline also includes the advanced development Kemess Property in northern British Columbia and the Lynn Lake Gold Camp in northern Manitoba. The Company also has other exploration opportunities in Canada and Mexico. AuRico's head office is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Cautionary Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information as defined under Canadian and U.S. securities laws.  All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The words "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "will", "intend", "estimate", "forecast", "budget" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include information as to strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance, such as the Company's expansion plans, project timelines, production plans, projected cash flows or capital expenditures, cost estimates, projected exploration results, reserve and resource estimates and other statements that express management's expectations or estimates of future performance.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, including: uncertainty of production and cost estimates; fluctuations in the price of gold and foreign exchange rates; the uncertainty of replacing depleted reserves; the risk that mining operations do not meet expectations; the risk that projects will not be developed accordingly to budgets or timelines, changes in laws in Canada, Mexico and other jurisdictions in which the Company may carry on business; risks of obtaining necessary licenses, permits or approvals for operations or projects; disputes over title to properties; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development; risks related to aboriginal title claims; compliance risks with respect to current and future environmental regulations; disruptions affecting operations; opportunities that may be pursued by the Company; employee relations; availability and costs of mining inputs and labor; the ability to secure capital to execute business plans; volatility of the Company's share price; continuation of the dividend and dividend reinvestment plan; the effect of future financings; litigation; risk of loss due to sabotage and civil disturbances; the values of assets and liabilities based on projected future cash flows; risks arising from derivative instruments or the absence of hedging; adequacy of internal control over financial reporting; changes in credit rating; and the impact of inflation. Actual results and developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. Such statements are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including assumptions about: business and economic conditions; commodity prices and the price of key inputs such as labour, fuel and electricity; credit market conditions and conditions in financial markets generally; revenue and cash flow estimates, production levels, development schedules and the associated costs; ability to procure equipment and supplies and on a timely basis; the timing of the receipt of permits and other approvals for projects and operations; the ability to attract and retain skilled employees and contractors for the operations; the accuracy of reserve and resource estimates; the impact of changes in currency exchange rates on costs and results; interest rates; taxation; and ongoing relations with employees and business partners. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Concerning Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources
This press release uses the terms "measured," "indicated" and "inferred" resources.  We advise investors that while those terms are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize them.  "Inferred" resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category.  Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. United States investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of measured or indicated mineral resources will ever be converted into mineral reserves. United States investors are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

 

 

SOURCE AuRico Gold Inc.

For further information:

please visit the AuRico Gold website at www.auricogold.com or contact:

Scott Perry
President and Chief Executive Officer
AuRico Gold Inc.
1-647-260-8880 

Anne Day
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications
AuRico Gold Inc.
1-647-260-8880

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