Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: ASM) (NYSE: ASM) (FSE: GV6) is pleased to report full year 2022 production results of 2,655,502 silver equivalent ounces. Fourth quarter production totaled 770,127 silver equivalent ounces which outperformed expectations.
Production Highlights – Q4 2022 (Compared to Q4 2021)
Avino Mine Production – Three Months and Full Year Ended December 31, 2022 compared to Q4 2021 & 2021
|150,292||103,513||45 %||Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes)||541,823||165,304||228 %|
|70||56||26 %||Feed Grade Silver (g/t)||62||53||16 %|
|0.62||0.86||-28 %||Feed Grade Gold (g/t)||0.42||0.84||-50 %|
|0.53||0.55||-4 %||Feed Grade Copper (%)||0.61||0.57||7 %|
|92 %||89 %||3 %||Recovery Silver (%)||92 %||87 %||6 %|
|81 %||75 %||8 %||Recovery Gold (%)||78 %||75 %||4 %|
|88 %||90 %||-2 %||Recovery Copper (%)||89 %||88 %||1 %|
|309,856||163,933||89 %||Total Silver Produced (oz)||985,195||245,372||302 %|
|2,426||2,158||12 %||Total Gold Produced (oz)||5,778||3,386||71 %|
|1,540,851||1,128,728||37 %||Total Copper Produced (Lbs)||6,504,177||1,869,306||248 %|
|770,127||541,432||42 %||Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz)2||2,655,502||842,373||215 %|
“The Avino Mine continued to outperform in the final quarter of 2022, building on our record third quarter production results,” said David Wolfin, President and CEO of Avino. “We had an internal production estimate between 2.2 and 2.4 million silver equivalent ounces, and we beat the high end of that by over 250,000 silver equivalent ounces. This steady production reflects the quality of the Avino Mine asset as well as the mine site team’s ability to continually improve operations. We continue optimizing underground mining processes, growing and training a local workforce, and practicing sound financial responsibility at the mine site and at the corporate level. The dry-stack tailings facility has been completed along with the start-up testing and we are pleased to report that it is now fully operational. We have a 5-year goal to achieve intermediate producer status and the strategy in place to accomplish strong production growth over the next 5 years. We look forward to continuing improvement on our operational successes in 2023.”
2022 Fourth Quarter Highlights
Further drilling near the end of Q4 2022 resulted in assays received and reported on January 5, 2023 showing the Avino Vein now extending 315 metres below the deepest Level 17 mining area, as well as demonstrating the Avino vein is getting richer in copper at depth with a grade of 1.63% copper over 16.66 metres in Hole #ET 22-12.
La Preciosa Update
The Company is conducting community engagement in the nearby towns adjacent to the property and will provide further updates as plans develop. Avino is fully committed to moving this project forward as it factors prominently in the Company’s 5-year growth strategy.
Non-Core Asset Update
During the fourth quarter, Avino finalized the option agreement with Endurance Gold on the Olympic Claims located in the Bridge River Valley in British Columbia, Canada (see news release here). Further, Avino has received the 2nd milestone payment in cash and shares that was due on or before on December 31, 2022, confirming that the option agreement remains in effect.
2023 Outlook & 2022 Year in Review
The Company will release its plans for 2023 and a review of accomplishments and milestones achieved in 2022 in the coming weeks.
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Mill assays are performed at the Avino property’s on-site lab. Check samples were submitted to SGS Labs in Durango, Mexico for verification. Gold and silver assays are performed by the fire assay method with a gravimetric finish for concentrates and AAS (Atomic Absorption Spectrometry) methods for copper, lead, zinc and silver for feed and tail grade samples. All concentrate shipments are assayed by one of the following independent third-party labs: Inspectorate in the UK, and LSI in the Netherlands and AHK.
Peter Latta, P. Eng, MBA, Avino’s VP Technical Services, is a qualified person within the context of National Instrument 43-101 who has reviewed and approved the technical data in this news release.
Avino is a silver producer from its wholly owned Avino Mine near Durango, Mexico. The Company’s silver, gold and copper production remains unhedged. The Company’s mission and strategy is to create shareholder value through its focus on profitable organic growth at the historic Avino Property and the strategic acquisition of the La Preciosa property. Avino currently controls mineral resources, as per NI 43-101, that total 290 million silver equivalent ounces, within our district scaled land package. We are committed to managing all business activities in a safe, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.
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