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Commodity
Gold
Ownership
90%
Burkina Faso Government holds 10%
Mill throughput
512,276
tonnes in 2020
Claim block area
23,000
hectares
Deposit type
Orogenic gold
Mining method
Longhole stoping
with cemented
rock fill

OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

  20211

2022E1,2

Tonnes milled (000)

259

516

Gold production (koz)

57.5

95 - 115

AISC2,3,4,5 (US$/oz Au)

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$1,300 - $1,650

Notes:

  •  Refer to Fortuna news releases dated January 18, 2022, "Fortuna reports 2021 full year record production of 305,859 gold equivalent ounces and issues 2022 annual guidance" | Tonnes milled and gold production for 2021 is for the second semester of 2021.
  • Cash Cost and all-in sustaining cost (AISC) are non-GAAP financial measures which are not standardized financial measures under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the financial statements of the Company and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers.  Refer to "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" in the Company’s 2021 management discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 dated November 10, 2021 (“Q3 MD&A 2021”), which is available under Fortuna's SEDAR profile, and the note regarding “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” on this website. 
  • The following table provides the cash costs and AISC for the four operating mines for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 as follows:
    • Mine Cash Cost(a) AISC(a),(b),(c)
      SILVER (US$/t) (US$/oz Ag Eq)
      San Jose, Mexico 74.22 14.13
      Caylloma, Peru 85.17 18.17
      GOLD (US$/oz Au) (US$/oz Au)
      Lindero, Argentina 635 1,182
      Yaramoko, Burkina Faso 720 1,188
    • (a) Cash Cost and AISC are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the note regarding "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" on this Website
    • (b) Presented on a cash basis
    • (c) Silver equivalent was calculated using the realized prices for gold (US$1,783 per ounce), silver (US$25.80 per ounce), lead US$0.98 per pound) and zinc (US$1.31 per pound) for the nine months ended September 30, 2021
    • (d) Further details on the cash costs and AISC for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 are disclosed on pages 21, 23 and 24 (with respect to cash costs) and pages 22, 24 and 25 (with respect to AISC) of the Q3 MD&A 2021 which is available under Fortuna's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com and is incorporated by reference into this news release, and the note regarding “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” on this website
    • (e) The estimated increase in all in sustaining costs at Yaramoko for 2022 are due to decreased estimated gold ounce production coupled with increased operating and capital costs as mining moves to the deeper regions of the underground mine
  • The most comparable financial measure to cash costs is cost of sales. Please see the condensed interim consolidated financial statements of the Company for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and pages 21, 23 and 24 of the Q3 MD&A 2021 for a reconciliation
  • AISC includes production cash cost, commercial and government royalties, mining tax, export duties (as applicable), worker’s participation (as applicable), subsidiary G&A, sustaining capital expenditures, and Brownfields exploration and is estimated at metal prices of US$1,700/oz Au, US$22/oz Ag, US$2,100/t Pb, and US$2,700/t Zn. AISC excludes government mining royalty recognized as income tax within the scope of IAS-12.
  • The most comparable financial measure to AISC is cost of sales. Please see the condensed interim consolidated financial statements of the Company for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and pages 22, 24 and 25 of the Q3 MD&A 2021 for a reconciliation.
  • Totals may not add due to rounding.

LOCATION

The Yaramoko Mine is situated in the Houndé greenstone belt region in the Province of Balé in southwestern Burkina Faso. The property is located approximately 200 kilometers southwest from the capital city of Ouagadougou (Latitude: 11° 45’ 25” N, Longitude: 3° 16’ 58” W).

Our operations add value to Burkina Faso’s formal economy by providing contracts and stable jobs for local people and by helping to expand the revenue base of our host government through income taxation, national social security system contributions and the royalties we pay every time we ship gold.

Mineral Reserves and Resources

Mineral Reserves - Proven and Probable Contained Metal
Property Classification Tonnes
(000)
Au
(g/t)
Au
(koz)
Yaramoko, Burkina Faso        
55 Zone Underground Proven 85 5.81
16
  Probable 857 7.51
207
  Proven + Probable 942 7.35
223
55 Zone Open Pit Probable 824 7.17
190
  Proven + Probable 824 7.17
190
Bagassi South Probable 145 6.47
30
  Proven + Probable 145 6.47
30
Stockpiles Proven 214 2.98
21
  Proven + Probable 214 2.98
21
Combined Proven 300 3.78
36
  Probable 1,826 7.27
427
  Proven + Probable 2,126 6.78
464

 

Mineral Resources - Measured and Indicated Contained Metal
Property Classification Tonnes
(000)
Au
(g/t)
Au
(koz)
Yaramoko, Burkina Faso        
Z55 Underground Measured 48 5.83
9
  Indicated 212 5.58
38
  Measured + Indicated 260 5.62
47
Z55 Open Pit Measured 0 0.00
0
  Indicated 107 5.23
18
  Measured + Indicated 107 5.23
18
Bagassi South Measured 0 0.00
0
  Indicated 137 6.58
29
  Measured + Indicated 137 6.58
29
Combined Measured 48 5.83
9
  Indicated 456 5.80
85
  Measured + Indicated 504 5.80
94

 

Mineral Resources - Inferred Contained Metal
Property Classification Tonnes
(000)
Au
(g/t)
Au
(koz)
Yaramoko, Burkina Faso        
Z55 Underground Inferred 74 7.99
19
Z55 Open Pit Inferred 100 0.62
2
Bagassi South Inferred 73 5.97
14
Combined Inferred 247 4.41
35
  • Notes:
    • Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources are as defined by the 2014 CIM Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves
    • Mineral Resources are exclusive of Mineral Reserves
    • Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability
    • Factors that could materially affect the reported Mineral Resources or Mineral Reserves include; changes in metal price and exchange rate assumptions; changes in local interpretations of mineralization; changes to assumed metallurgical recoveries, mining dilution and recovery; and assumptions as to the continued ability to access the site, retain mineral and surface rights titles, maintain environmental and other regulatory permits, and maintain the social license to operate
    • Mineral Resources and Reserves for the Yaramoko Gold Mine are estimated as of June 30, 2021 for underground and as of February 2, 2021 for open pit, and reported as of December 31, 2021 taking into account production-related depletion for the period through December 31, 2021
    • Mineral Reserves for Yaramoko are reported at a cut-off grade of 0.9 g/t Au for the 55 Zone open pit based on an assumed gold price of US$1,500/oz, 3.4 g/t Au for 55 Zone underground and 3.0 g/t Au for Bagassi South underground, based on an assumed gold price of US$1,600/oz, metallurgical recovery rates of 98.0%, surface mining costs of US$3.26/t, G&A costs of US$14.5/t, and processing cost of US$22.85/t, underground mining costs of US$101.9/t, G&A costs of US$24.1/t, and processing cost of US$27.7/t. Underground mining recovery is estimated at 85% and 91% for Bagassi South and 55 Zone stopes respectively and 100% for sill drifts. A mining dilution factor of 10% has been applied for sill drifts, 0.7m and 1.0m dilution skin has been applied for 55 Zone and Bagassi South stopes respectively. Surface Mineral Reserves are reported in situ with modifying factors of 10% mining dilution and 85% mining recovery applied within an optimized pit shell and only Proven and Probable categories reported within the final pit designs. Yaramoko Mineral Resources are reported in situ at a gold grade cut-off grade of 0.5 g/t Au for the 55 Zone open pit and 2.7 g/t Au for underground, based on an assumed gold price of US$1,700/oz and the same costs, metallurgical recovery and constrained within an optimized pit shell. The Yaramoko Mine is subject to a 10% carried interest held by the government of Burkina Faso.
    • Matthew Cobb, (MAIG #5486) is the Qualified Person responsible for Mineral Resources being an employee of Roxgold Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fortuna), Craig Richards, P.Eng. (APEGA #41653) is the Qualified Person responsible for the underground and open pit Mineral Reserves, being an employee of Fortuna
    • Totals may not add due to rounding procedures
       

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