Great Panther Mining Limited (TSX: GPR) (NYSE-A: GPL), a growth-oriented precious metals producer focused on the Americas, reports production results for the three months ended June 30, 2022, from its two wholly-owned operating mines, Tucano in Brazil and Topia in Mexico.
Second Quarter 2022 Production Highlights
“The second quarter was transformational for Great Panther with the announcement of the agreement to sell our Mexican assets,” stated Alan Hair, Chair and Interim CEO of Great Panther. “Divesting these assets allows us to channel our resources towards the Tucano Gold Mine where we believe the most value can be created for investors and other stakeholders. Production from Tucano during the quarter was in line with expectations as we position the mine for a return to steady-state production. Heavy stripping activity over the last number of quarters has prepared numerous pits for increased production of ore in the second half of the year, which we believe will result in improving production results in the quarters to come.”
Consolidated Operating Results
|Consolidated Operating Results||Q2 2022||Q1 2022||Change||Q2 2022||Q2 2021||Change|
|Ore processed (tonnes)||887,435||889,365||0 %||887,435||929,430||-5 %|
|Gold eq production (oz) (1)||20,187||17,913||13 %||20,187||27,722||-27 %|
|Gold production (oz)||16,889||14,319||18 %||16,889||22,804||-26 %|
|Silver production (oz)||159,529||173,698||-8 %||159,529||334,423||-52 %|
|(1)||Gold equivalent ounces for 2022 were calculated using a 1:75 Au:Ag ratio, and ratios of 1:0.0005 and 1:0.0007 for the price/ounce of gold to price/pound of lead and zinc, respectively, consistent with the Company’s guidance for the year. Gold equivalent ounces for 2021 were calculated using a 1:85 Au:Ag ratio, and ratios of 1:0.0005 and 1:0.0006 for the price/ounce of gold to price/pound of lead and zinc, respectively, consistent with the Company’s guidance for the year.|
The Company’s operations are on track to meet previously announced consolidated production guidance for 2022 of 100,000 to 119,000 Au eq oz. The mine plan for Tucano reflects more stripping in the first half of 2022 with the second half of 2022 expected to account for at least 65% of annual gold production guidance. Annual consolidated production guidance is subject to the sale of the Mexican silver assets and will be revisited once the transaction is complete.
|Tucano Operating Results||Q2 2022||Q1 2022||Change||Q2 2022||Q2 2021||Change|
|Total material mined (tonnes)||7,716,376||4,372,726||76 %||7,716,376||5,678,601||36 %|
|Total waste mined (tonnes)||7,425,215||4,004,733||85 %||7,425,215||5,466,688||36 %|
|Ore mined (tonnes)||291,160||232,213||25 %||291,160||211,913||37 %|
|Ore processed (tonnes milled)||870,199||873,133||0 %||870,199||873,433||0 %|
|Au grade (g/t)||0.69||0.57||21 %||0.69||0.81||-15 %|
|Au recovery (%)||86 %||87 %||-1 %||86 %||89 %||-3 %|
|Gold production (oz)||16,629||14,037||18 %||16,629||20,284||-18 %|
|Carbon fines gold recovery||–||–||nil%||–||412||-100 %|
|Total gold production (oz)||16,629||14,037||18 %||16,629||20,696||-20 %|
Total mined tonnage increased by 76% compared to Q1 2022 and 36% compared to Q2 2021 due to having two mining contractors, U&M and MINAX, operating in parallel throughout different pits. Mined ore tonnage and gold grades during the second quarter were higher compared to the first quarter of 2022. This improvement is related to ore lenses in the different pits being already accessed as per mine sequence.
Production from Tucano during this second quarter was in line with expectations as stripping continued to advance in preparation for accessing main ore lenses and consequently better grades in the second half of 2022. Gold production in Q2 2022 was 16,629 oz compared with 14,037 Au oz in Q1 2022, an increase of 18%, and 20,696 Au oz in Q2 2021, a decrease of 20%.
|Topia Operating Results||Q2 2022||Q1 2022||Change||Q2 2022||Q2 2021||Change|
|Ore mined (tonnes)||17,022||16,258||5 %||17,022||15,533||10 %|
|Ore milled (tonnes)||17,236||16,232||6 %||17,236||15,520||11 %|
|Ag grade (g/t)||315||362||-13 %||315||432||-27 %|
|Au grade (g/t)||0.74||0.84||-12 %||0.74||1.07||-31 %|
|Ag recovery (%)||92 %||92 %||0 %||92 %||94 %||-2 %|
|Au recovery (%)||64 %||64 %||0 %||64 %||60 %||7 %|
|Silver eq production (oz) (1)||266,893||290,694||-8 %||266,893||312,259||-15 %|
|Silver production (ounces)||159,529||173,698||-8 %||159,529||201,339||-21 %|
|Gold production (ounces)||260||282||-8 %||260||321||-19 %|
|Lead production (tonnes)||336||365||-8 %||336||357||-6 %|
|Zinc production (tonnes)||480||525||-9 %||480||478||0 %|
|Gold eq production (oz) (2)||3,559||3,876||-8 %||3,559||3,674||-3 %|
|(1)||Silver equivalent ounces for 2022 were calculated using an 75:1 Ag:Au ratio, and ratios of 1:0.041 and 1:0.056 for the price/ounce of silver to price/pound of lead and zinc, respectively, consistent with the Company’s guidance for the year. Silver equivalent ounces for 2021 were calculated using an 85:1 Ag:Au ratio, and ratios of 1:0.041 and 1:0.049 for the price/ounce of silver to price/pound of lead and zinc, respectively, consistent with the Company’s guidance for the year.|
|(2)||See footnote (1) under the heading Consolidated Operating Results above for information on the calculation of gold equivalent ounces for 2022 and 2021, respectively.|
Silver equivalent production at Topia in Q2 2022 was 266,893 Ag eq oz compared with 312,259 Ag eq oz in Q2 2021, a decrease of 15%, and 290,694 Ag eq oz in Q1 2022, a decrease of 8%, primarily due to lower gold and silver grades. These factors were partly offset by higher gold recovery and the increase in production attributed to the change in metal equivalency ratios for zinc.
Guanajuato Mine Complex
The Guanajuato Mine Complex is currently on care and maintenance. Consequently, there was no production at the GMC during Q2 2022.
On June 29, 2022, the Company announced that it has entered into a Share Purchase Agreement to sell 100% of the Company’s Mexican subsidiary Minera Mexicana El Rosario S.A. de C.V. which holds the GMC, the Topia mine, and the El Horcón and Santa Rosa projects, all located in Mexico. The sale of MMR is expected to close in the third quarter of 2022.
Tucano Exploration Update
During the quarter, the resource conversion drill program for the Urucum North underground project was completed and an updated resource estimate is currently being developed. In parallel, the Company has started trade-off studies for ramp development and mining methods in parallel with engineering and metallurgical project work while planning activities are underway. The permitting process has also started with the State Environmental Agency, SEMA. Project development including the update of mineral resources and reserves is on track to be completed by the fourth quarter of this year.
Regional target definition, validation and subsequent prioritization is currently underway in consultation with GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. This project commenced in June and results are expected in early August. Portable drills have been contracted and drilling is expected to begin in August upon completion of the GoldSpot study. The Company expects to drill between 2,500 to 3,500 metres as part of the regional program.
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Fernando A. Cornejo, P. Eng., Chief Operating Officer, a non-independent Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
ABOUT GREAT PANTHER
Great Panther is a growth-oriented precious metals producer focused on the Americas. The Company owns a portfolio of assets in Brazil, Mexico and Peru that includes three gold and silver mines, an advanced development project and a large land package with district-scale potential. Great Panther is focused on creating long-term stakeholder value through safe and sustainable production, reinvesting into exploration and pursuing acquisition opportunities to complement its existing portfolio.
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