Gammon Reports First Quarter 2010 Consolidated Production Results

HALIFAX, April 12 /CNW/ - Gammon Gold Inc. ("Gammon") (TSX:GAM and NYSE: GRS): Gammon is pleased to provide preliminary first quarter results. All figures reported are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

    
    First Quarter Key Operational Highlights
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    - For the first quarter the Company reports gold production of 28,431
      ounces and silver production of 1,284,071 ounces. Using the Company's
      long-term gold-to-silver ratio of 55:1, gold equivalent production was
      51,778 ounces.

    - Using the Company's long-term gold-to-silver ratio of 55:1, total cash
      costs per gold equivalent ounce in the first quarter are expected to be
      between $488 and $498. Alternatively, utilizing our operation's silver
      revenues as a by-product cost credit, first quarter cash costs per gold
      ounce are expected to be between $122 and $140.

    - As previously disclosed, the Company's metal production and cash cost
      structure in the quarter were impacted by two Ocampo specific
      challenges, namely:

     -  During the first quarter, while mining the Ocampo Picacho open pit,
        larger than anticipated voids were encountered from historical mining
        activities in the area. This resulted in reduced ore tonnages and
        reduced grades being directed to the mill and heap leach facilities
        for processing. After reviewing historical records and infill
        drilling results to date, the Company is confident that no further
        material voids will be encountered.

     -  Two of the five replacement cyclones for the Phase III mill expansion
        at Ocampo were installed by the end of December with the remaining
        three installed at the end of March. In late March and into early
        April, the operations team began to see milling tonnage improvements
        as daily tonnages were ramped up towards the targeted levels of
        between 3,300-3,400 tonnes per day. Prior to the installation of the
        final three cyclones, the maximum daily capacity of the mill was
        restricted to approximately 3,000 tonnes per day with silver
        recoveries reduced by approximately 5%.
    

"As we previously disclosed, we encountered some operational challenges specific to the first quarter that our operating team has largely addressed. This positions our operations for consistent production growth in the coming quarters", stated René Marion, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gammon Gold. He continued, "The Company begins the year in a strong financial position and we continue to realize strong cash flow margins that together with our expanded $26 to $30 million exploration program, will best position the Company's assets to deliver on their long-term potential".

    
    First Quarter 2010 Production Highlights
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    (all amounts are in U.S. dollars)

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                Ocampo              El Cubo                Consolidated
    Three
    Months      March     March      March      March       March       March
    Ended       31/10     31/09      31/10      31/09       31/10       31/09
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    Gold ounces
     produced  21,855    28,356      6,576      8,473      28,431      36,829
    Silver
     ounces
     produced 960,817   989,038    323,254    362,262   1,284,071   1,351,300
    Gold
     equivalent
     ounces
     produced
     (Reali-
      zed)     36,546    41,997     11,515     13,483      48,061      55,480
    Gold
     ounces
     sold      22,406    25,826      6,650      8,609      29,056      34,435
    Silver
     ounces
     sold   1,020,204   902,058    319,454    369,696   1,339,658   1,271,754
    Gold
     equivalent
     ounces
     sold
     (Reali-
      zed)     37,861    38,285     11,531     13,720      49,392      52,005
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    Total
     cash costs
     per gold
     equivalent
     ounce
     *    $453-$463      $427  $772-$782       $525   $528-$538        $455
    Total
     cash
     costs
     per
     gold
     ounce
     *       $2-$19      $196  $525-$542       $295   $122-$140        $221
    Gold to
     Silver
     Ratio         66        72         65         71          66          72
    Realized
     Gold
     Price     $1,107      $909     $1,109       $894      $1,107        $903
    Realized
     Silver
     Price     $16.77    $12.58     $16.94     $12.57      $16.81      $12.63
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    Gold
     equivalent
     ounces
     produced
     (55:1)
     (xx)      39,325    46,338     12,453     15,060     51,778       61,398
    Total
     cash
     costs
     per
     gold
     equivalent
     ounce
     (55:1)
     (xx)   $419-$428      $390  $715-$724       $470  $488-$498         $411
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    *  Cash costs for the three-month period of 2010 have not been
         finalized and are subject to adjustment
    (xx) Comparative performance metrics using the Company's long term gold
         equivalency guidance ratio (55:1)
    

About Gammon Gold

Gammon Gold Inc. is a mid-tier gold and silver producer with properties in Mexico. The Company's flagship Ocampo Project in Chihuahua State achieved commercial production in January 2007. Gammon Gold also operates its El Cubo operation in Guanajuato State and has the promising Guadalupe y Calvo development property in Chihuahua State. The Company recently completed a purchase option agreement to acquire the Mezquite Project in Zacatecas State, Mexico. The Company is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia with an Executive Office in Toronto, Ontario.

    
                             Cautionary Statement
    

Cautionary Note to US Investors - The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits US mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. This press release uses certain terms, such as "measured," "indicated," and "inferred" "resources," that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit US registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. US Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in Gammon Gold's Annual Report on Form 40-F, which may be secured from Gammon Gold, or from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

Certain statements included herein, including information as to the future financial or operating performance of the Company, its subsidiaries and its projects, constitute forward-looking statements. The words "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "contemplate", "target", "plan", "intends", "continue", "budget", "estimate", "forecast", "may", "will", "schedule" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding targets, estimates and assumptions in respect of gold and silver production and prices, operating costs, results and capital expenditures, mineral reserves and mineral resources and anticipated grades, recovery rates, future financial or operating performance, margins, operating and exploration expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, costs and timing of construction, costs and timing of future exploration and reclamation expenses including, anticipated 2009 and 2010 results, operating performance projections for 2009 and 2010, our ability to fully fund our business model internally, 2009 and 2010 gold and silver production and the cash and operating costs associated therewith, the ability to achieve productivity and operational efficiencies, further reduction in the open pit stripping ratio and the timing of each thereof. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company. Such factors include, among others, known and unknown uncertainties and risks relating to additional funding requirements, reserve and resource estimates, commodity prices, hedging activities, exploration, development and operating risks, illegal miners, political and foreign risk, uninsurable risks, competition, limited mining operations, production risks, environmental regulation and liability, government regulation, currency fluctuations, recent losses and write-downs, restrictions in the Company's loan facility, dependence on key employees, possible variations of ore grade or recovery rates, failure of plant, equipment or process to operate as anticipated, accidents and labour disputes. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

SOURCE GAMMON GOLD INC.

For further information: For further information: please visit the Gammon Gold website at www.gammongold.com or contact: René Marion, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gammon Gold Inc., (416) 646-3825; Anne Day, Director of Investor Relations, Gammon Gold Inc., (902) 468-0614

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