Orvana Reports Production for Second Quarter 2015 and Updates Guidance

  • Production of 19,403 ounces of gold and 6.0 million pounds of copper
  • Gold equivalent production of approximately 34,436 ounces

 

TSX:ORV

TORONTO, April 12, 2015 /CNW/ - Orvana Minerals Corp. (TSX:ORV) (the "Company" or "Orvana") is providing the following production and sales results for the EVBC Mine in Spain and Don Mario Mine in Bolivia for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 and updating production guidance for fiscal 2015.  Dollar amounts are in U.S. dollars unless stated otherwise.






Q2 FY2015

(ended Mar 31/15)

Q1 FY2015

(ended Dec 31/14)

Q2 FY2014

(ended Mar 31/14)

EVBC

Don

Mario

Orvana

Total

EVBC

Don

Mario

Orvana

Total

EVBC

Don

Mario

Orvana

Total

Milled Tonnes (dmt)

139,837

200,829

340,666

140,946

221,730

362,676

186,111

199,526

385,637

Gold

Grade (g/t)

Recovery  (%)

Production (oz)

Sales

3.51

90.20

14,236

11,769

1.49

53.55

5,167

6,867

2.32

76.40

19,403

18,636

 

3.60

93.50

15,276

14,076

 

1.83

53.10

6,919

7,584

 

2.52

75.60

22,195

21,660

 

2.80

92.20

15,441

14,344

 

1.45

44.10

4,094

2,165

 

2.10

72.40

19,535

16,509

Copper

Grade (%)

Recovery  (%)

Production (000s lbs)

Sales

     

0.63

77.10

1,507

1,216

1.36

75.10

4,507

4,875

1.06

75.50

6,014

6,091

 

0.71

84.00

1,845

1,588

 

1.40

75.20

5,145

5,345

 

1.13

77.50

6,990

6,933

 

0.41

78.20

1,322

1,455

 

1.51

56.30

3,726

2,091

 

0.98

60.60

5,048

3,546

Silver

Grade (g/t)

Recovery  (%)

Production (oz)

Sales

14.17

70.70

44,930

35,148

22.90

58.56

86,605

76,416

19.32

62.20

131,355

111,564

 

12.52

77.50

43,946

37,566

 

20.39

62.60

91,359

109,573

 

17.33

67.00

135,305

147,139

 

8.15

79.60

38,846

40,592

 

64.30

57.90

238,810

126,274

 

37.20

60.20

277,656

166,866

 

Operating and Financial Performance
Orvana produced 19,403 ounces of gold in the second quarter of 2015, a decrease of 13% compared to 22,195 ounces of gold in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.  Total gold production was generally impacted by a decrease in average grade processed through the mill of 8% and a decrease of 6% in tonnes milled.  Total gold production compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2014 was at the same level.  Gold production at EVBC this quarter was negatively impacted by (i) dewatering issues experienced as a result of unusually heavy rains in Spain and excess water encountered in the current mining zones, and (ii) power and maintenance issues.  Management has been working to resolve these matters and is currently upgrading the underground water pumping and power installation systems as well as restructuring its maintenance function.  Such initiatives are expected to demonstrate results commencing in May.  Gold production at Don Mario Mine decreased by 25% compared to the first quarter primarily as a result of mining a planned higher grade zone in the previous quarter.

Orvana produced approximately 6.0 million pounds of copper in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, (i) a decrease of 14% compared to 7.0 million pounds of copper produced in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, and (ii) an increase of 19% compared to the 5.0 million pounds of copper produced in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.  Copper production at EVBC decreased by 18% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2015 primarily as a result of the operating factors set out above and increased by 14% compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2014 primarily as a result of higher grade.  Lower tonnes milled at Don Mario Mine and a slight decrease in grade resulted in a 12% decrease in copper production in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to the previous quarter.  Higher recoveries compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2014 as a result of processing more sulphides as mining progresses lower in the pit, partially off-set by lower grade at Don Mario Mine, resulted in a 21% increase in copper production compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

Fiscal 2015 Guidance
Orvana is updating its fiscal 2015 gold production guidance to between 82,000 and 88,000 ounces from 82,000 to 94,000 ounces as a result of operating performance results achieved and estimated in respect of EVBC and is increasing its copper production guidance to between 23 and 25 million pounds from 20 to 23 million pounds primarily as a result of higher copper recoveries at Don Mario Mine. 

In addition, Orvana is lowering its capital expenditures guidance for fiscal 2015 to between $13 to $15 million from $17 to $20 million as a result of actual production results for the first half of fiscal 2015, current metals prices and the more favourable Euro to USD exchange rate.  Should the metal prices remain weak or decline further, certain planned capital expenditures could be further deferred or reduced.

The updated production and capital expenditures estimated guidance for fiscal 2015 is set out below.





FY2015

Guidance

FY2015

Updated Guidance

EVBC Production




Gold (oz)

63,000 - 72,000

63,000 - 66,000


Copper (million lbs)

6.0 - 7.0

6.0 - 7.0


Silver (oz)

150,000 - 180,000

150,000 - 180,000

Don Mario Mine Production




Gold (oz)

19,000 - 22,000

                19,000 - 22,000


Copper (million lbs)

14.0 - 16.0

16.5 - 18.0


Silver (oz)

400,000 - 500,000

                400,000 - 500,000

Total Production




Gold (oz)

82,000 - 94,000

82,000 - 88,000


Copper (million lbs)

20.0 - 23.0

23.0 - 25.0


Silver (oz)

550,000 - 680,000

550,000 - 680,000

Capital Expenditures (000s)

$17,000 - $20,000

$13,000 - $15,000

 

Orvana has previously issued fiscal 2015 guidance in respect of cash operating costs (net of copper and silver by-products) ("COC") between $700 and $770 per ounce of gold sold and all-in sustaining costs (by-products) ("AISC") guidance between $1,000 and $1,100 per ounce of gold sold.  Orvana will be releasing COC and AISC information with its second quarter fiscal 2015 results.

Balance Sheet Update
Orvana had $22.9 million in cash and $4.0 million in debt associated with Don Mario Mine as at March 27, 2015.

Second Quarter Filing Date and Conference Call Information
Orvana plans to SEDAR file its unaudited interim financial statements and management, discussion and analysis report for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 as well as release highlights of its second quarter results after market on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. A conference call to discuss these results will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EST by Ms. Daniella Dimitrov, President and CEO, Mr. Neil Ringdahl, COO, and Mr. Jeff Hillis, CFO.  Information relating to the call will be set out on Orvana's website at www.orvana.com.

About Orvana
Orvana Minerals is a multi-mine gold and copper producer. Orvana's operating assets consist of the EVBC gold-copper mines in northern Spain and the copper-gold-silver Don Mario Mine in Bolivia. Additional information is available at Orvana's website (www.orvana.com).

Forward Looking Disclaimer
Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"). Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, potentials, future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "believes", "expects" "plans", "estimates" or "intends" or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might", "will" or "are projected to" be taken or achieved) are not statements of historical fact, but are forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements herein relate to, among other things, Orvana's ability to achieve improvement in free cash flow; the potential to extend EVBC's mine life beyond the disclosed estimated life of mine; Orvana's ability to optimize its assets to deliver shareholder value; Orvana's ability to optimize production at the EVBC Boinás Mine in Spain; the expected costs associated with the suspension of mining activities at EVBC Carlés Mine in Spain; the Company's ability to emerge stronger from the turnaround work executed at EVBC in 2014; estimates of future production, operating costs and capital expenditures; mineral resource and reserve estimates; statements and information regarding future feasibility studies and their results; future transactions; future metal prices; the ability to achieve additional growth and geographic diversification; future financial performance, including the ability to increase cash flow and profits; future financing requirements; and mine development plans.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Orvana as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The estimates and assumptions of Orvana contained or incorporated by reference in this news release, which may prove to be incorrect, include, but are not limited to, the various assumptions and risks set forth herein and in the Company's most recently filed Management's Discussion & Analysis and Annual Information Form in respect of the Company's most recently completed fiscal year (the "Company Disclosures"), or as otherwise expressly incorporated herein by reference as well as: there being no significant disruptions affecting operations, whether due to labour disruptions, supply disruptions, power disruptions, damage to equipment or otherwise; permitting, development, operations, expansion and acquisitions at the EVBC and Don Mario Mines being consistent with the Company's current expectations; political developments in any jurisdiction in which the Company operates being consistent with its current expectations; certain price assumptions for gold, copper and silver; prices for key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; production and cost of sales forecasts meeting expectations; the accuracy of the Company's current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates; and labour and materials costs increasing on a basis consistent with Orvana's current expectations.

A variety of inherent risks, uncertainties and factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Company and its business, and could cause actual events or results to differ materially from estimated or anticipated events or results expressed or implied by forward looking statements. Some of these risks, uncertainties and factors include fluctuations in the price of gold, silver and copper; the need to recalculate estimates of resources based on actual production experience; the failure to achieve production estimates; variations in the grade of ore mined; variations in the cost of operations; variations in the costs associated with the suspension of mining at Carlés; the availability of qualified personnel; the Company's ability to obtain and maintain all necessary regulatory approvals and licenses; the Company's ability to use cyanide in its mining operations; risks generally associated with mineral exploration and development, including the Company's ability to continue to operate the EVBC Mines and/or the Don Mario Mine; the Company's ability to acquire and develop mineral properties and to successfully integrate such acquisitions; the Company's ability to obtain financing when required on terms that are acceptable to the Company; the Company's ability to execute on its strategy; challenges to the Company's interests in its property and mineral rights; current, pending and proposed legislative or regulatory developments or changes in political, social or economic conditions in the countries in which the Company operates; general economic conditions worldwide; and the risks identified in the Company Disclosures under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties". This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company's forward-looking statements and reference should also be made to the Company Disclosures for a description of additional risk factors.

Forward-looking statements are based on management's current plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions and, except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions change. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Orvana Minerals Corp.

For further information: Daniella Dimitrov, President & CEO, Email: ddimitrov@orvana.com; Joanne Jobin, Investor Relations Officer, (416) 369-6275, Email: jjobin@orvana.com

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