Capstone Mining 2016 Third Quarter Production Results

VANCOUVER, Oct. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Capstone Mining Corp. ("Capstone") (TSX: CS) today announced production results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016. Combined production totalled 32,000 and 84,700 tonnes of copper in the third quarter and year-to-date periods, respectively, with additional by-products of zinc, molybdenum, lead, silver and gold.

Q3 2016 Copper Production (tonnes)


Q1

Q2

Q3

YTD 2016

Pinto Valley

16,400

18,800

16,600

51,800

Cozamin

3,700

3,300

3,400

10,300

Minto

4,500

6,000

12,000

22,600

Total copper production (1)

24,600

28,100

32,000

84,700

Totals may not add due to rounding. (1) Total production includes copper in concentrate and cathode production.

 

"Consolidated copper production continued to be very strong in the third quarter, setting a second consecutive all-time production record for Capstone," said Darren Pylot, President and CEO of Capstone. "Pinto Valley continues to demonstrate its potential, maintaining throughput at a record pace, with the high grade ore from Minto North also contributing to record production for the quarter."

Operational Highlights

  • At Pinto Valley, throughput continued above plan, setting a fourth straight quarterly throughput record of 57,300 tonnes per day ("tpd") as well as achieving new monthly and daily throughput records of 58,000 tpd in August and 63,900 tpd in September, respectively. Grade was higher than planned, with recoveries just marginally below expectations.
  • At Cozamin, production was consistent with the guidance revised at the end of the second quarter.  Development rates have undergone a steady improvement through the third quarter and a number of improvements implemented throughout the year have development progressing in accordance with the revised forecast.
  • At Minto, production continued well above plan, reaching the levels projected in the mid-year increased Minto guidance. Copper grade averaged over 3% for the quarter, reflecting a full quarter of processing Minto North high grade ore. The mill recorded a quarterly throughput record and recoveries were strong due to the lower than expected oxide content in the Minto North ore. Open pit mining of the Minto North pit was completed at the end of September and the mill is now processing high grade stockpile combined with underground ore. Underground mining continued through the third quarter and is planned to extend to mid-2017, as additional areas of high-grade underground ore continue to be mined.

Operating Outlook

  • Capstone's 2016 production guidance for 108,000 tonnes (±5%) of copper remains unchanged, however, with strong performance three quarters of the way through the year, Capstone expects to finish the year at the high end of the consolidated guidance range.

Q3 2016 Operating Details


Pinto Valley

Cozamin

Minto


Q3

YTD 2016

Q3

YTD 2016

Q3

YTD 2016

Contained Production (1)

- Copper (tonnes)

16,658

51,799

3,358

10,306

12,010

22,625

- Zinc (tonnes)

-

-

1,352

3,092

-

-

- Molybdenum (Mo tonnes)

28

77

-

-

-

-

- Lead (tonnes)

-

-

24

93

-

-

- Silver (ounces)

89,753

282,506

235,340

735,408

152,714

255,122

- Gold (ounces) (2)

478

1,182

-

-

15,878

23,873

Payable Copper Production (1) (tonnes)

 (in concentrate and cathode)

16,092

50,058

3,229

9,888

11,620

21,890

Mine

- Ore (tonnes) – open pit

6,014,657

17,243,804

-

-

706,100

1,505,651

- Waste (tonnes)

5,194,254

14,361,398

-

-

866,274

5,584,619

- Ore (tonnes) – underground

-

-

254,686

737,596

44,379

176,445

Mill

- Tonnes processed

5,271,183

15,339,421

254,875

742,433

394,455

1,135,869

- Tonnes processed per day

57,295

55,983

2,770

2,710

4,288

4,146

- Copper grade (%)

 0.36 (3)

0.37 (3)

1.39

1.47

3.16

2.08

- Zinc grade (%)

-

-

0.75

0.67

-

-

- Molybdenum grade (%)

0.006

0.007

-

-

-

-

- Lead grade (%)

-

-

0.06

0.07

-

-

- Silver grade (g/t)

*

*

40

43

13

8

- Gold grade (g/t)

*

*

-

-

1.87

0.98

Recoveries

- Copper (%)

86.5 (3)

87.9 (3)

94.7

94.7

96.4

95.8

- Zinc (%)

-

-

70.4

62.1

-

-

- Lead (%)

-

-

14.2

17.4

-

-

- Silver (%)

*

*

71.2

71.6

90.8

86.3

- Gold (%)

*

*

-

-

67.1

66.9

Concentrates


- Copper concentrate (dmt)

55,864

175,833

12,134

39,034

25,078

52,123


Copper (%)

29.0

28.6

27.7

26.4

47.9

43.4


Silver (g/t)

*

*

592

573

189

152


Gold (g/t)

*

*

-

-

19.69

14.24

- Zinc concentrate (dmt)

-

-

2,764

6,531

-

-


Zinc (%)

-

-

48.9

47.3

-

-

- Molybdenum concentrate (dmt)

57

162

-

-

-

-

- Lead concentrate (dmt)

-

-

40

162

-

-


Lead (%)

-

-

57.6

57.1

-

-


Silver (g/t)

-

-

3,297

3,050

-

-

Payable Copper Shipped (tonnes)

17,021

50,463

3,268

10,684

10,070

19,746


(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 Q3 2016 financial results on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 after market close, followed by a conference call and webcast for investors and analysts on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 11:30 am Eastern Time (8:30 am Pacific Time).

Conference Call and Webcast Details


Date:                  

Wednesday, October 26, 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=1239352&s=1&k=8BAA23C969A4C534E3BE63477AC38ADA

Replay:

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

Replay Passcode:

651862#

 

The conference call replay will be available until Wednesday, November 2, 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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This document may contain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this document and Capstone does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required under applicable securities legislation.

Forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance and reflect our expectations or beliefs regarding future events. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the estimation of mineral resources and mineral reserves, the realization of mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production and capital expenditures, the success of our mining operations, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses and title disputes. In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "believes" or variations of such words and phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" or the negative of these terms or comparable terminology. In this document certain forward-looking statements are identified by words including "guidance" and "expected". By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, amongst others, risks related to inherent hazards associated with mining operations, assumptions related to geotechnical condition of tailings facilities, future prices of copper and other metals, compliance with financial covenants, surety bonding, our ability to raise capital, counterparty risks associated with sales of our metals, use of financial derivative instruments and associated counterparty risks, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, changes in general economic conditions, accuracy of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates, operating in foreign jurisdictions with risk of changes to governmental regulation, compliance with governmental regulations, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, reliance on approvals, licences and permits from governmental authorities, impact of climatic conditions on our Pinto Valley, Cozamin and Minto operations, aboriginal title claims and rights to consultation and accommodation, land reclamation and mine closure obligations, uncertainties and risks related to the potential development of the Santo Domingo Project, increased operating and capital costs, challenges to title to our mineral properties, dependence on key management personnel, potential conflicts of interest involving our directors and officers, corruption and bribery, limitations inherent in our insurance coverage, labour relations, increasing energy prices, competition in the mining industry, risks associated with joint venture partners, our ability to integrate new acquisitions into our operations, cybersecurity threats and other risks of the mining industry as well as those factors detailed from time to time in the Company's interim and annual financial statements and management's discussion and analysis of those statements, all of which are filed and available for review under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause our results, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that our forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements.

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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