Capstone Mining 2016 Second Quarter Production Results

VANCOUVER, July 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Capstone Mining Corp. ("Capstone") (TSX: CS) today announced production results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016. Combined production totalled 28,100 and 52,700 tonnes of copper in the second quarter and year-to-date periods, respectively, with additional by-products of zinc, molybdenum, lead, silver and gold.

Q2 2016 Copper Production (tonnes)


Q1

Q2

YTD 2016

Pinto Valley

16,400

18,800

35,200

Cozamin

3,700

3,300

7,000

Minto

4,500

6,000

10,500

Total copper production (1)

24,600

28,100

52,700

 (1) Total production includes copper in concentrate and cathode production.


"Consolidated copper production for the second quarter continued very strong, setting an all-time production record for Capstone. Pinto Valley exceeded expectations, achieving a third consecutive quarterly throughput record," said Darren Pylot, President and CEO of Capstone. "The stability and reliability of operations at Pinto Valley has provided a solid foundation for us to devote our full attention to advancing further productivity improvements."

Operational Highlights

  • At Pinto Valley, throughput continued above plan, setting a third straight quarterly throughput record of 55,700 tonnes per day and a quarterly production record. Better than planned copper grade and recovery also contributed to higher than planned production for the quarter.
  • At Cozamin, production continued to be challenged by a shortfall in development. The mine underwent a reorganization in the quarter and a number of additional process improvement and training resources were implemented. Development rates have consistently improved, however Cozamin is not expected to reach its production guidance for 2016.
  • At Minto, production was better than planned, led by strong throughput and recoveries resulting from continued lower than expected oxide content in the Minto North ore. Mining continues to advance in the Minto North pit, with copper grades above 2% reaching the mill by early June, resulting in significantly higher production planned for the second half of the year. Underground mining continued through the second quarter and is planned to extend into Q3, to take advantage of high-grade underground ore.

Operating Outlook

  • Capstone's 2016 production guidance for 108,000 tonnes (±5%) of copper remains unchanged, however the distribution by mine is expected to be different than originally guided, with outperformance at Pinto Valley and Minto expected to make up most of the anticipated shortfall at Cozamin for the year.

Q2 2016 Operating Details






Pinto Valley

Cozamin

Minto


Q2

YTD 2016

Q2

YTD 2016

Q2

YTD 2016

Contained Production (1)

- Copper (tonnes)

18,776

35,141

3,288

6,948

6,093

10,615

- Zinc (tonnes)

-

-

928

1,740

-

-

- Molybdenum (Mo tonnes)

43

49

-

-

-

-

- Lead (tonnes)

-

-

35

69

-

-

- Silver (ounces)

100,466

192,753

233,525

500,067

59,647

102,408

- Gold (ounces) (2)

264

705

-

-

4,881

7,995

Payable Copper Production (1) (tonnes)

  (in concentrate and cathode)

18,150

33,966

3,156

6,659

5,895

10,270

Mine

- Ore (tonnes) – open pit

5,714,618

11,229,147

-

-

470,650

799,551

- Waste (tonnes)

5,060,151

9,167,144

-

-

2,147,575

4,718,345

- Ore (tonnes) – underground

-

-

240,747

482,910

21,101

132,066

Mill

- Tonnes processed

5,065,665

10,068,238

243,658

487,559

378,805

741,413

- Tonnes processed per day

55,667

55,320

2,678

2,679

4,163

4,074

- Copper grade (%)

0.40 (3)

0.38 (3)

1.42

1.51

1.68

1.51

- Zinc grade (%)

-

-

0.63

0.63

-

-

- Molybdenum grade (%)

0.007

0.007

-

-

-

-

- Lead grade (%)

-

-

0.08

0.08

-

-

- Silver grade (g/t)

*

*

41

44

6

5

- Gold grade (g/t)

*

*

-

-

0.61

0.51

Recoveries

- Copper (%)

89.7 (3)

87.4 (3)

94.8

94.6

95.5

95.1

- Zinc (%)

-

-

60.3

56.8

-

-

- Lead (%)

-

-

18.9

18.9

-

-

- Silver (%)

*

*

72.8

71.8

82.6

80.4

- Gold (%)

*

*

-

-

66.1

66.4

Concentrates

- Copper concentrate (dmt)

62,528

119,969

12,368

26,900

14,884

27,045


Copper (%)

29.2

28.4

26.6

25.8

40.9

39.3


Silver (g/t)

*

*

572

565

125

118


Gold (g/t)

*

*

-

-

10.20

9.20

- Zinc concentrate (dmt)

-

-

1,959

3,767

-

-


Zinc (%)

-

-

47.4

46.2

-

-

- Molybdenum concentrate (dmt)

93

105

-

-

-

-

- Lead concentrate (dmt)

-

-

64

122

-

-


Lead (%)

-

-

55.3

56.9

-

-


Silver (g/t)

-

-

2,897

2,967

-

-

Payable Copper Shipped (tonnes)

16,694

33,442

3,236

7,416

2,620

9,676


(1) Adjustments based on final settlements will be made in future periods. (2) Pinto Valley gold production reaches payable levels from time to time. Any payable gold production will be reported in the period revenue is received. At Minto, final gold production is not available since assaying is conducted off-site, but is estimated above. (3) Grade and recoveries were estimated based on concentrate production. *Silver and gold have not been estimated in the Pinto Valley resource model. Only recovered silver and payable gold is reported for this mine.


Financial Results Timing

Capstone will report Q2 2016 financial results on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 after market close, followed by a conference call and webcast for investors and analysts on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11:30 am Eastern Time (8:30 am Pacific Time).

Conference Call and Webcast Details


Date:                  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Time:                    

11:30 am Eastern Time (8:30 am Pacific Time)

Dial in:                    

North America: 1-888-390-0546, International: +416-764-8688

Webcast:                 

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=1186432&s=1&k=A468B7DF9F7C38CB231D23E4E75DC74B 

Replay:

North America: 1-888-390-0541, International: +416-764-8677

Replay Passcode: 

301819#



The conference call replay will be available until Wednesday, August 3, 2016. The conference call audio and transcript will be available on Capstone's website within 48 hours of the call at http://capstonemining.com/investors/events-and-presentations/default.aspx.

About Capstone Mining Corp.

Capstone Mining Corp. is a Canadian base metals mining company, focused on copper. We are committed to the responsible development of our assets and the environments in which we operate. Our three producing mines are the Pinto Valley copper mine located in Arizona, US, the Cozamin copper-silver mine in Zacatecas State, Mexico and the Minto copper mine in Yukon, Canada. In addition, Capstone has two development projects; the large scale 70% owned copper-iron Santo Domingo project in Region III, Chile, in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, and the 100% owned Kutcho copper-zinc project in British Columbia, Canada, as well as exploration properties in Chile and US. Capstone's strategy is to focus on the optimization of operations and assets in politically stable, mining-friendly regions, centred in the Americas. Our headquarters are in Vancouver, Canada and we are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). Further information is available at www.capstonemining.com.

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National Instrument 43-101 Compliance

The technical information in this news release ("Technical Information") was prepared by, or under the supervision of, a qualified person (a "Qualified Person") as defined in National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators ("NI 43-101"). The disclosure of the Technical Information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Gregg Bush, P. Eng., Capstone Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.

SOURCE Capstone Mining Corp.

For further information: Cindy Burnett, VP, Investor Relations and Communications, 604-637-8157, cburnett@capstonemining.com

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