Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (TSX: USA) (NYSE American: USAS), a growing North American precious metals producer, is pleased to provide its full year 2022 production results and progress of the Galena Hoist Project.
“I would like to thank our employees for the Company’s strong finish to the year that resulted in silver equivalent production exceeding the upper end of our guidance range. As we had indicated throughout the year, we chose to prioritize mining higher grade zinc and lead areas at the Cosalá Operations to maximize revenue given the prevailing prices for both zinc and lead versus silver,” stated Americas President and CEO Darren Blasutti. “Once shaft repair is complete and the Galena Hoist becomes fully operational, we anticipate it will add operational flexibility and support plans to significantly increase production at the Galena Complex moving forward. I am confident that the Company will continue its strong production trajectory going forward into 2023.”
Consolidated Attributable Production*
|Silver Production (ounces)||1.31 Moz||0.67 Moz||96%|
|Zinc Production (million pounds)||39.3 Mlbs||4.2 Mlbs||844%|
|Lead Production (million pounds)||24.6 Mlbs||12.9 Mlbs||91%|
|Silver Equivalent Production (ounces)||5.3 Moz||1.5 Moz||253%|
|* Silver equivalent ounces for 2022 and 2021 were calculated based on silver, zinc and lead realized prices during each respective period throughout this press release.|
The Cosalá Operations produced 196,000 ounces of silver, 3.8 million pounds of lead and 10.4 million pounds of zinc in Q4-2022 and 636,000 ounces of silver, 15.3 million pounds of lead and 39.3 million pounds of zinc in 2022. The Company continued to focus on mining the higher-grade zinc and lower-grade silver areas of the Main Zone to maximize revenue generated from the Cosalá Operations. As a result, base metal production exceeded the upper end of the 2022 guidance range while silver production was slightly below the bottom end of the range. The second half of the fourth quarter saw higher silver production as the mining rate increased in the Upper Zone.
The Galena Complex attributable production was approximately 182,000 ounces of silver and 2.2 million pounds of lead in Q4-2022 and 672,000 ounces of silver and 9.3 million pounds of lead in 2022. Lead production for the year was within guidance while silver production was slightly below the lower end of the guidance range due to the weaker than expected production in late Q3-2022 that affected the start of Q4-2022. Silver production in December 2022 was the highest of any month during the calendar year as the operation began accessing higher grade silver stopes including the new 3700 Level.
The Company is pleased to announce that the hoist for the Galena Hoist project has been successfully installed. Once it becomes fully operational, the Galena Hoist will increase hoisting capacity at the Galena Complex, support plans to increase production and improve operational flexibility.
About Americas Gold and Silver Corporation
Americas Gold and Silver Corporation is a high-growth precious metals mining company with multiple assets in North America. The Company owns and operates the Relief Canyon mine in Nevada, USA, the Cosalá Operations in Sinaloa, Mexico and manages the 60%-owned Galena Complex in Idaho, USA. The Company also owns the San Felipe development project in Sonora, Mexico.
Technical Information and Qualified Persons
The scientific and technical information relating to the operation of the Company’s material operating mining properties contained herein has been reviewed and approved by Daren Dell, P.Eng., Chief Operating Officer of the Company. The Company’s current Annual Information Form and the NI 43-101 Technical Reports for its other material mineral properties, all of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and EDGAR at www.sec.gov contain further details regarding mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates, classification and reporting parameters, key assumptions and associated risks for each of the Company’s material mineral properties, including a breakdown by category.
All mining terms used herein have the meanings set forth in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. These standards differ from the requirements of the SEC that are applicable to domestic United States reporting companies. Any mineral reserves and mineral resources reported by the Company in accordance with NI 43-101 may not qualify as such under SEC standards. Accordingly, information contained in this news release may not be comparable to similar information made public by companies subject to the SEC’s reporting and disclosure requirements.
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