Atico Mining Corporation (TSX-V: ATY) (OTCQX: ATCMF) announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2023, posting a net loss of $0.5 million. Production for the period at Atico’s El Roble mine totaled 2.3 million pounds of copper and 2,553 ounces of gold in concentrate at a cash cost(1) of $2.20 per payable pound of copper(2).
Fernando E. Ganoza, CEO and Director, commented, “Lower grade and throughput than planned for this period impacted our financials for the quarter. The mechanical failures experienced during the fourth quarter of last year which carried through to this quarter have been resolved and we have now moved back into higher grade zones. These should be reflected in the El Roble production results for the second quarter as we anticipate we will be able to make up for the slow start of the year throughout the remaining quarters” said Fernando E. Ganoza, CEO. “In parallel we will focus on the on-going drill program at El Roble mine vicinity aimed at replacing ore and extending the life of mine.”
First Quarter Financial Highlights
First Quarter Summary of Financial Results
|Cost of sales||(10,702,409||)||(11,551,647||)||-7||%|
|Income from mining operations||2,080,831||9,093,354||-77||%|
|As a % of revenue||16||%||44||%||-63||%|
|General and administrative expenses||1,466,716||1,277,676||15||%|
|Income from operations||573,062||7,623,353||-92||%|
|As a % of revenue||4||%||37||%||-88||%|
|Income before income taxes||197,191||7,919,534||-98||%|
|As a % of revenue||-4||%||19||%||-121||%|
|Operating cash flow before changes in non-cash operating working capital items(1)||$||2,039,380||$||11,156,820||-82||%|
First Quarter Operational Review
In Q1-2023, the Company produced 2.3 million lbs of copper, 2,553 oz of gold, and 8,335 oz of silver. The decrease in copper production is mainly due to the decrease in grade.
Cash costs(1) were $127.33 per tonne of processed ore and $2.20 per pound of payable copper produced, which were an increase of 2% and a decrease of 71% over Q1-2022, respectively. The increase in cash cost per pound of payable copper produced compared to the comparative period is due to lower copper grade partially offset by higher gold (by-product) credits.
First Quarter Operational Details
|Production (Contained metals)(3)|
|Copper (000s lbs)||2,310||4,731||-51||%|
|Tonnes of material mined||60,568||66,594||-9||%|
|Tonnes processed per day||747||826||-10||%|
|Copper grade (%)||1.87||3.55||-47||%|
|Gold grade (g/t)||2.23||2.08||7||%|
|Silver grade (g/t)||23.07||7.69||200||%|
|Copper Concentrates (DMT)||5,815||10,719||-46||%|
|Payable copper produced (000s lbs)||2,174||4,576||-53||%|
|Cash cost per pound of payable copper ($/lbs)(1)(2)||2.20||1.29||71||%|
The financial statements and MD&A are available on SEDAR and have also been posted on the Company’s website at http://www.aticomining.com/s/FinancialStatements.asp.
El Roble Mine
The El Roble mine is a high grade, underground copper and gold mine with nominal processing plant capacity of 1,000 tonnes per day, located in the Department of Choco in Colombia. Its commercial product is a copper-gold concentrate.
Since obtaining control of the mine on November 22, 2013, Atico has upgraded the operation from a historical nominal capacity of 400 tonnes per day.
El Roble has Proven and Probable reserves of 1.00 million tonnes grading 3.02% copper and 1.76 g/t gold, at a cut-off grade of 1.3% copper equivalent with an effective date of September 30, 2020. Mineralization is open at depth and along strike and the Company plans to further test the limits of the deposit. On the larger land package, the Company has identified a prospective stratigraphic contact between volcanic rocks and black and grey pelagic sediments and cherts that has been traced by Atico geologists for ten kilometers. This contact has been determined to be an important control on VMS mineralization on which Atico has identified numerous target areas prospective for VMS type mineralization occurrence, which is the focus of the current surface drill program at El Roble.
La Plata Overview
Atico’s wholly-owned La Plata project is a gold rich volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit that was the subject of small-scale mining from 1975-1981 by Outokumpu Finland. The project benefits from a modern drill and exploration database which was completed by Cambior Inc. from 1996-1999, Cornerstone Capital from 2006-2009 and Toachi from 2016-2019.
Toachi Mining completed a PEA estimating an inferred resource of 1.85 million tonnes grading 4.10 grams gold per tonne, 50.0 grams silver per tonne, 3.30% copper, 4.60% zinc and 0.60% lead per tonne.
The La Plata project consists two concessions covering a total area of 2,235 hectares along its 4-kilometer length, which contains known mineralization in two VMS lenses and nine priority exploration targets.
Mr. Thomas Kelly (SME Registered Member 1696580), advisor to the Company and a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 standards, is responsible for ensuring that the technical information contained in this news release is an accurate summary of the original reports and data provided to or developed by Atico.
About Atico Mining Corporation
Atico is a growth-oriented Company, focused on exploring, developing and mining copper and gold projects in Latin America. The Company generates significant cash flow through the operation of the El Roble mine and is developing it’s high-grade La Plata VMS project in Ecuador. The Company is also pursuing additional acquisition of advanced stage opportunities.
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