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Aya Gold & Silver Exceeds 2023 Production Guidance

 

 

 

 

 

Aya Gold & Silver Inc. (TSX: AYA) (OTCQX: AYASF) is pleased to announce production of 1,970,646 ounces of silver at its Zgounder Silver Mine in 2023.

 

Q4-2023 Production Highlights

  • Silver production of 450,046 ounces in Q4-2023.
  • Processed 66,449 tonnes of ore at a head grade of 239 grams per tonne of silver.
  • Silver recovery of 86.7% in Q4-2023.
  • Combined mill availability of 91.3% in Q4-2023, a 2.6% increase compared to Q4-2022.
  • Mine production of 180,726t of ore in Q4-2023, 124.7% increase compared to Q4-2022 as per mine ramp up plan.

 

Safely Delivering on our Commitments and Guidance

  • 240% year-on-year increase in health and safety training hours.
  • 86% reduction in accident frequency rates compared with 2022.
  • Silver production of 1,970,646 oz in 2023, a 4.8% increase compared with 2022 and beating 2023 production guidance of between 1.7 and 1.9 million (“M”) oz.
  • Processed 281,634t of ore at 250 g/t Ag in 2023, a 10.5% increase in ore processed compared with 2022.
  • Combined silver recovery of 86.9% in 2023, a 0.3% increase compared with 2022.
  • Combined mill availability of 93.6% in 2023, a 1.8% increase compared with 2022.
  • Mine production of 505,989t of ore in 2023, a 78.7% increase compared with 2022, in line with our mine ramp up plan.

 

“I am extremely proud of our operations team who delivered another year of production outperformance at Zgounder” said Benoit La Salle, President & CEO. “Not only did we beat production guidance for the third year in a row, but 2023 was a record year, with silver production of almost 2 million ounces. This important milestone was achieved during a transitional year as we complete our Zgounder mine expansion to quadruple production and continue to drill at both Zgounder and Boumadine. We remain on time and on budget with commissioning in Q2-2024 and full ramp up by Q4-2024.”

 

Q4-2023 and 2023 Annual Production Update

 

Key production metrics Q4-2023* FY-2023*
Tonnes processed 66,449 281,634
Average grade (g/t Ag) 239 250
Silver ingots produced (oz) 173,117 740,236
Silver in concentrate for sale produced (oz) 276,929 1,230,410
Total silver produced (oz) 450,046 1,970,646
*2023 numbers are preliminary and are subject to final adjustment.

 

In 2023, operation of the Zgounder open pit began. The planned production rate of 500 tonnes per day was reached in October. Production of the underground mine accelerated to 1,300 tpd in November. In December, the combined mining rate from both underground and open pit mines exceeded 2,300 tpd. This progressive increase in mining rate is consistent with our mine ramp-up plan.

 

Higher mill throughput, especially at the flotation plant, resulted in the processing of 281kt in 2023 compared to the 245kt guided. Sustained recoveries and mill availabilities resulted in total production of 1.97M oz, exceeding the 1.7 to 1.9M oz guided. Furthermore, the flotation mill was shut down for maintenance for six days during December 2023 to ensure a solid start to 2024 operations.

 

Q4-2023 Financial and Operational Results

 

Aya will release its 2023 year-end and fourth quarter financial and operational results before market open on March 28, 2024 and will host a conference call shortly afterwards. Details of the call will be released at a later date.

 

About Aya Gold & Silver Inc.

 

Aya Gold & Silver Inc. is a rapidly growing, Canada-based silver producer with operations in the Kingdom of Morocco.

 

The only TSX-listed pure silver mining company, Aya operates the high-grade Zgounder Silver Mine and is exploring its properties along the prospective South-Atlas Fault, several of which have hosted past-producing mines and historical resources. Aya’s Moroccan mining assets are complemented by its Tijirit Gold Project in Mauritania, which is being advanced to feasibility.

 

Aya’s management team has been focused on maximising shareholder value by anchoring sustainability at the heart of its operations, governance, and financial growth plans.

 

Posted January 11, 2024

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