Fortuna reports production of 1.6 million ounces of silver and 9,264 ounces of gold for first quarter 2016
Vancouver, April 13, 2016-- Fortuna Silver Mines, Inc. (NYSE: FSM) (TSX: FVI) is pleased to announce first quarter 2016 production results from its two operating mines in Latin America, the San Jose Mine in Mexico and the Caylloma Mine in Peru. The company produced 1.6 million ounces of silver, 9,264 ounces of gold plus base metal by-products. Fortuna is on schedule to produce 7.0 million ounces of silver and 42.8 thousand ounces of gold or 9.6 million Ag Eq* ounces in 2016.
Jorge A. Ganoza, President and CEO, commented: "Silver and gold production exceeded guidance for the quarter. San Jose's outperformance was driven by higher head grades, increase in milled tonnes, and better metallurgical recoveries. Caylloma reached the new mill throughput rate of 1,430 tpd at the end of March." Mr. Ganoza continued, "Mill expansion from 2,000 tpd to 3,000 tpd is progressing as planned with commissioning scheduled for July 2016. At that point, the San Jose Mine will rank among the top thirteen primary silver producing mines in the world, increasing Fortuna's consolidated silver and gold annual production to approximately 9 -10 million ounces of silver and 52 - 53 thousand ounces of gold."
First Quarter Production Highlights
- Silver production of 1,617,396 ounces; 1 % decrease over Q1 2015
- Gold production of 9,264 ounces; 5 % decrease over Q1 2015
- Lead production of 9,107,296 pounds; 110 % increase over Q1 2015
- Zinc production of 10,390,386 pounds; 38 % increase over Q1 2015
- Cash cost** for San Jose is US$59.1/t; on track to meet annual guidance of US$57.4/t
- Cash cost** for Caylloma is US$73.8/t; on track to meet annual guidance of US$79.4/t
(*) Ag Eq calculated using silver to gold ratio of 60 to 1
(**) Preliminary estimates of cash operating costs per tonne, subject to modification on final cost consolidation
Consolidated Operating Highlights:
|First Quarter 2016||First Quarter 2015|
|Average tpd milled||1,317||2,059||1,301||2,053|
(*) Metallurgical recovery for silver at Caylloma Mine is calculated based on silver contents in lead concentrate
|First Quarter 2016||First Quarter 2015|
San Jose Mine, Mexico
Silver and gold productions for the quarter were 14 % and 13 % above budget respectively. Average head grades for silver and gold were 240 g/t and 1.73 g/t or 7% and 6% above budget respectively. Increase in silver and gold production over budget resulted from higher head grades; increase in milled tonnes, 4 % above budget; and better metallurgical recoveries, 2 % above budget for both gold and silver.
Mill expansion from 2,000 tpd to 3,000 tpd is progressing as planned with commissioning expected in July 2016.
Caylloma Mine, Peru
Silver production for the quarter was in-line with budget. Benefits from higher metallurgical recovery of 6 % above budget were offset by lower mill throughput in March due to plant optimization commissioning. Plant optimization work was successfully concluded on-time and under budget. Mill throughput expansion from 1,300 tpd to 1,430 tpd was achieved at the end of March.
Edwin A. Gutierrez, Technical Services Corporate Manager, is the Qualified Person for Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Gutierrez is a Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. (SME Registered Member Number 4119110RM) and is responsible for ensuring that the information contained in this news release is an accurate summary of the original reports and data provided to or developed by Fortuna Silver Mines.
About Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Fortuna is a growth oriented, silver and base metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. Our primary assets are the Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru and the San Jose silver-gold mine in Mexico. The company is selectively pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas and in select other areas. For more information, please visit our website at www.fortunasilver.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Jorge A. Ganoza
President, CEO and Director
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Trading symbols: NYSE: FSM | TSX: FVI
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