(All amounts expressed in US dollars, unless otherwise stated)
Atico Mining Corporation (TSX-V: ATY) (OTC: ATCMF) announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021, posting income from mining operations of $5.3 million and a net income of $1.2 million.
Fernando E. Ganoza, CEO and Director, commented, “This was a particularly challenging quarter given the operational setbacks resulting in loss production and an increase in cash cost, partially mitigated by higher realized metal prices leading to a cash margin of $2.38 per pound of payable copper. The Company closed the quarter showing a strong cash position of US$ 9.2 million and US$ 18 million in trade receivables, which were mostly realized in early April.” Mr. Ganoza continued,” We anticipate that we will be able to make up for the lost production throughout the remainder of this year to meet the annual guidance and take full advantage of the higher metal price environment.”
First Quarter Financial Highlights
First Quarter Summary of Financial Results
|Cost of sales||(12,356,497||)||(8,970,716||)||38%|
|Income from mining operations||6,947,406||(1,407,624||)||594%|
|As a % of revenue||36%||-19%||293%|
|General and administrative expenses||1,357,573||1,058,570||28%|
|Income from operations||5,311,749||(2,560,117||)||307%|
|As a % of revenue||28%||-34%||181%|
|Income before income taxes||2,753,712||(1,714,920||)||261%|
|Net income (loss)||1,255,782||(1,555,449||)||181%|
|As a % of revenue||7%||-21%||132%|
|Operating cash flow before changes in non-cash operating working capital items(1)||$||7,340,036||$||(1,644,521||)||546%|
First Quarter Operational Review
In Q1-2021, the Company produced 4.5 million lbs of copper, 2,134 oz of gold, and 7,870 oz of silver. When compared to Q1-2020, production decreased by 9.0% for copper and 19.7% for gold. The decrease for both copper and gold is mostly explained by 6.9% decrease in processed ore, while for gold an additional factor was a 12.8% decrease in head grade.
Cash costs(1) for the period were $125.24 per tonne of processed ore, and $1.67 per pound of payable copper produced, increases of 23% and 48% over Q1-2020, respectively. All-in sustaining cash cost per payable pound of copper produced(1)(2) was $2.85.
First Quarter Operational Details
|Production (Contained in Concentrate)(3)|
|Copper (000s lbs)||4,503||4,959||-9%|
|Tonnes of material mined||68,282||72,777||-12%|
|Tonnes processed per day||954||878||9%|
|Copper grade (%)||3.23||3.31||-2%|
|Gold grade (g/t)||1.71||1.96||-13%|
|Silver grade (g/t)||6.98||10.86||-24%|
|Copper Concentrates (DMT)||10,365||10,213||2%|
|Payable copper produced (000s lbs)||4,278||4,680||-9%|
|Cash cost per pound of payable copper ($/lbs)(1)(2)||1.67||1.14||48%|
The financial statements and MD&A are available on SEDAR and have also been posted on the company’s website at
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 1.47 million tonnes grading 3.40% copper and 1.88 g/t gold, at a cut-off grade of 1.93% copper equivalent as of June 30, 2018. 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 volcanogenic massive sulfide (“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
The 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. In total, there is drill core and logs from more than 28,300 metres of drilling.
Historic resources based on drilling by Cambior and Cornerstone were estimated at 913,977 tonnes grading 8.01 grams gold per tonne, 88.3 grams silver per tonne, 5.01% copper, 6.71% zinc and 0.78% lead per tonne in the inferred category. More recently, 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 2,300 hectares along its 4-kilometer length, which contains known mineralization in two VMS lenses and nine priority exploration targets.
The Company has a binding option agreement with a private Ecuadorean company to earn up to 75% in the La Plata project, of which the first option to acquire the initial 60% ownership has been exercised. Please refer to the Company’s MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2020 for further details.
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 operates the El Roble mine and is pursuing additional acquisition opportunities.
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