i-80 GOLD CORP. (TSX: IAU) (OTC: IAUCF) is pleased to report its unaudited operating and financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021. i-80’s unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements, as well as i-80’s management discussion and analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, are available on the Company’s website at www.i80gold.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com
2021 Third Quarter Highlights
“With the announcement of the Lone Tree and Ruby Hill transactions, we have leveraged our non-operating interest in South Arturo to provide the company with a foundation to become a mid-tier, stand alone, producer in the state of Nevada”, stated Ewan Downie, Chief Executive Officer of i-80. “The recently acquired properties will provide near-term production to replace South Arturo”.
Three months ended September 30, 2021
South Arturo was included in the Q3 results as a discontinued operation and held for sale and was disposed of in the fourth quarter. The Company is in the progress of valuing the asset swap and completing the corresponding accounting.
A total of 3,254 ounces of gold were produced during Q3 2021 from South Arturo.
The Company reported total revenue of $8.2 million and a mine operating income of $3.3 million during the third quarter compared to revenue of $9.3 million and mine operating income of $3.8 million during Q3 2020.
Total mine operating income of $3.3 million for Q3 2021 compared to income of $3.8 in Q3 2020 illustrates the consistent nature South Arturo. A total of $3.7 million in exploration and pre-development expenses were incurred during the quarter.
Nine months ended September 30, 2021
A total of 14,330 ounces of gold were produced for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 18,589 ounces of gold for the prior year period.
The Company reported total revenue of $32.0 million and mine operating income of $13.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to revenue of $28.6 million and mine operating income of $8.8 million for the prior year period. The reduction in production when compared to the prior year period is the result of stope sequencing within the mine, resulting in increased waste tonnes, and disruptions at the Carlin mill operations.
A total of $7.0 million in exploration and pre-development expenses were incurred during the nine months ended September 30, 2021.
The Company closed the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $51.6 million from continuing operations.
The South Arturo Mine in Nevada is a joint venture, operated by Nevada Gold Mines LLC, with Barrick Gold Corporation. Subsequent to the end of the period this property was included in an asset exchange with NGM whereby the Company’s 40% was swapped for the Lone Tree Complex.
Table 1 – South Arturo Selected Financial and Operating Results
|Three months ended Sep 30||Nine months ended Sep 30|
|(in millions of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise stated) (iv)||2021||2020||2021||2020|
|Ore & Metals|
|Average gold grade||grams/t||6.90||8.83||7.21||8.86|
|Average gold recovery rate||%||86.7||85.0||87.5||87.6|
|Average realized gold price (i,ii)||$/ounce||1,785||1,879||1,792||1,742|
|Non-IFRS Performance Measures|
|By-product cash costs per ounce of gold sold (i,ii,iii)||$/ounce||952||987||1,084||984|
|By-product all- in sustaining costs per ounce of gold sold (i,ii,iii)||$/ounce||1,355||1,148||1,169||1,065|
|Gold revenue||m $||8.2||9.3||32.0||28.6|
|Mine operating income / (loss)||m $||3.3||3.8||13.1||8.8|
|Exploration, evaluation & pre-development expense||m $||0.6||0.3||1.0||0.3|
|Total capital expenditures||m $||1.1||0.2||2.2||0.2|
|Capital expenditures – sustaining (i,ii)||m $||1.1||0.0||1.9||0.0|
|Capital expenditures – expansionary (i,ii)||m $||(0.1)||0.2||0.3||0.2|
|(i) A cautionary note regarding Non-IFRS financial metrics is included in the “Non-IFRS Measures” section of this Management’s Discussion and Analysis.|
|(ii) Cash costs, all-in sustaining costs, sustaining and expansionary capital expenditures as well as average realized gold\silver price per ounce are Non-IFRS metrics and discussed in the section “Non-IFRS Measures” of this Management’s Discussion and Analysis.|
|(iii) Given the small nature and timing of South Arturo silver output, no silver by-product credits are reported.|
|(iv) May not add due to rounding.|
There has been little to no impact on the operations at South Arturo due to COVID-19 pandemic. Measures were successfully implemented by the operator to control the risk to the employees and communities.
During the quarter, the Company performed 7,795 meters (m) of surface and underground drilling bringing the nine-month total to 9,841 m. Drilling has successfully intersected mineralization in every target area both inside and outside of the current resource areas and initial assay results were released on October 28, 2021. Additional results are expected to be released in the near future.
The primary goal of the 2021 drill program is to advance the underground deposit to production, and advance permitting and feasibility work on the open pit opportunity. Underground drilling is focused on delineating sufficient resources for developing a near–term development and mining plan. Ongoing surface drilling also tested near-surface mineralization for metallurgical and geotechnical purposes, open pit and underground definition and expansion, and to advance permitting for open pit mining including on-site heap leach processing.
Orion/Equinox Financing Update
The Company continues to work with Orion Mine Finance to complete the previously disclosed (See Press Release dated October 8, 2021, titled “i–80 Gold Corp. Announces Additional Details on Financing Package”) financing package of up to $140 million. The Orion financing is contemplated to include a mix of equity, convertible securities, warrants as well as secured instruments, and has a target size of $140 million and, at the election of i-80, an accordion feature of up to an additional $100 million.
Equinox has committed to a partial exercise of its Anti-Dilution Right and has executed a subscription agreement to subscribe for $10 million of Common Shares at a price of CAD $2.62 per Common Share, which subscription remains conditional and subject to change in connection with the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.
Both the Orion and Equinox financing are expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2021.
The scientific and technical information contained in this press release was reviewed by Tim George, PE, Manager of Engineering Services, and a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43–101.
About i-80 Gold Corp.
i-80 Gold Corp. is a well-financed Nevada-focused mining company with a goal of achieving mid-tier gold producer status. The Company is one of the largest holders of gold and silver resources in the State of Nevada with plans to advance multiple projects to production.
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