Third quarter production of 26,200 tonnes of copper
VANCOUVER, Oct. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Capstone Mining Corp. ("Capstone") (TSX: CS) today announced operating results for the three and nine months ending September 30, 2014 of its three operating mines: Pinto Valley, Cozamin and Minto. Combined production totalled 26,200 and 81,500 tonnes of copper (in concentrates and cathode) in the third quarter and year-to-date periods, respectively, with additional by-products of zinc, molybdenum, lead, silver and gold.
Q3 2014 Production (tonnes)
|Copper in concentrates||16,700||16,900||15,800||49,400|
|Pinto Valley Total||17,300||17,400||16,500||51,200|
|Copper in concentrates||5,100||5,200||4,900||15,200|
|Copper in concentrates||5,200||5,100||4,800||15,100|
|Total Copper production(1)||27,600||27,700||26,200||81,500|
Totals may not add due to rounding. (1) Total production includes copper in concentrate and cathode production.
"All of our mines are operating according to plan and copper production remains on target to meet our guidance for the year," said Darren Pylot, President and CEO of Capstone. "Pinto Valley continues to produce on plan and our focus remains on a number of cost improvement and mill reliability initiatives."
- Payable copper shipped for the quarter from all three mines was 29,031 tonnes.
- Pinto Valley recoveries continued strong in the third quarter, more than offsetting marginally lower throughput than planned. Grade was as expected for the quarter. The mill posted its highest average quarterly throughput to date and has continued to demonstrate consistent improvement, averaging just under expected rates for the third quarter. Heavy rains in September caused some wet ore to slow the crushing circuit. The main focus in the quarter was the re-build and commissioning of the molybdenum circuit and the implementation of the PV2 mine plan, receiving the first of two new hydraulic shovels, which was operational by the end of quarter.
- At Cozamin, throughput and recoveries were good, partially offsetting lower copper grade than planned. The copper grade improved in September, slightly later than called for in the 2014 mine plan as the installation of additional ground support impacted the release of some new mining areas.
- At Minto, throughput and recoveries continued as planned. Grade was slightly lower than planned as more stockpile was milled than originally planned to maximize throughput. The Area 118 open pit mining was completed in September and the M-Zone underground is expected to be completed in October. Processing in the fourth quarter will be from stockpile, supplemented with ore from the M-Zone along with Area 118 underground which has been brought forward in the mine plan.
Q3 2014 Operating Details
|Q3||YTD 2014||Q3||YTD 2014||Q3||YTD 2014|
|Contained Copper Production(1) (contained in concentrates and cathode)|
|- Copper in concentrate (tonnes)||15,819||49,412||4,948||15,240||4,761||15,112|
|- Copper cathode (tonnes)||650||1,796||-||-||-||-|
|- Zinc (tonnes)||-||-||1,517||4,877||-||-|
|- Molybdenum (Mo tonnes)||15||64||-||-||-||-|
|- Lead (tonnes)||-||-||190||935||-||-|
|- Silver (ounces)||85,272||231,307||392,864||1,267,142||38,916||147,319|
|- Gold (ounces)(2)||-||-||-||-||6,198||16,512|
| Payable Copper Production(1) (tonnes)
(in concentrate and cathode)
|- Ore (tonnes) - open pit||5,499,995||15,968,559||-||-||89,009||477,457|
|- Waste (tonnes)||246,934||802,308||-||-||873,062||2,770,232|
|- Ore (tonnes) - underground||-||-||301,636||914,669||135,210||232,660|
|- Tonnes processed||4,498,364||12,871,778||301,673||923,155||360,296||1,088,267|
|- Tonnes processed per day||48,895||47,149||3,279||3,382||3,916||3,986|
|- Copper grade (%)||0.39 (3)||0.43 (3)||1.76||1.78||1.41||1.48|
|- Zinc grade (%)||-||-||0.78||0.86||-||-|
|- Molybdenum grade (%)||0.012||0.012||-||-||-||-|
|- Lead grade (%)||-||-||0.13||0.19||-||-|
|- Silver grade (g/t)||*||*||57.7||60.1||4.4||5.2|
|- Gold grade (g/t)||-||-||-||-||0.65||0.60|
|- Copper (%)||90.3 (3)||89.0 (3)||93.0||92.7||93.8||93.9|
|- Zinc (%)||-||-||64.7||61.1||-||-|
|- Lead (%)||-||-||48.5||53.2||-||-|
|- Silver (%)||*||*||70.2||71.0||77.1||80.4|
|- Gold (%)||-||-||-||-||82.3||78.7|
|- Copper concentrate (dmt)||51,280||162,622||19,160||59,960||12,470||39,330|
|- Zinc concentrate (dmt)||-||-||3,364||10,519||-||-|
|- Molybdenum concentrate (dmt)||29||128||-||-||-||-|
|- Lead concentrate (dmt)||-||-||343||1,554||-||-|
| Payable Copper Shipped (tonnes)
(in concentrate and cathode)
(1) Adjustments based on final settlements will be made in future periods. (2) 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 has not been estimated in the Pinto Valley resource model. Only recovered silver is reported for this mine.
Capstone's 2014 guidance for 102,000 tonnes ±5% of copper in concentrates, at a C1 cash cost(1) of US$1.90 to US$2.00 per pound of payable copper, net of by-product credits and selling costs, remains unchanged.
Financial Results Timing
Capstone will report Q3 2014 financial results on Wednesday October 29, 2014 after market close, followed by a conference call and webcast for investors and analysts on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:30 am Eastern Time (8:30 am Pacific Time).
|Conference Call and Webcast Details|
|Date:||Thursday, October 30, 2014|
|Time:||11:30 am Eastern Time (8:30 am Pacific Time)|
|Dial in:||North America: 1-888-390-0546, International: +416-764-8688|
|Replay:||North America: 1-888-390-0541, International: +416-764-8677|
The conference call replay will be available until Thursday, November 13, 2014. The conference call audio and transcript will be available on Capstone's website within approximately 24 hours of the call at http://capstonemining.com/s/conference-calls.asp.
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 copper 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 copper-zinc Kutcho project in British Columbia, Canada, as well as exploration properties in Chile. Using our cash flow and strong balance sheet as a platform, Capstone's strategy is to continue to grow with mineral resource and reserve expansions and exploration, and through acquisitions in politically stable, mining-friendly regions. We will pace our growth with our financial capacity, ensuring we retain, as a priority, sufficient financial flexibility to meet the requirements of our existing operations and our committed development projects, while maintaining an adequate cushion to deal with market volatility and operating risks inherent in the mining industry. 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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Alternative Performance Measures
The item marked with (1) "C1 Cash Cost per Pound of Payable Copper Produced" is an Alternative Performance Measure. This performance measure is included because this statistic is a key performance measure that management uses to monitor performance. Management uses this statistic to assess how the Company is performing to plan and to assess the overall effectiveness and efficiency of mining operations. This performance measure does not have a meaning within IFRS and, therefore, amounts presented may not be comparable to similar data presented by other mining companies. This performance measure should not be considered in isolation as a substitute for measures of performance in accordance with IFRS.
SOURCE: Capstone Mining Corp.
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