i-80 GOLD CORP. (TSX: IAU) (NYSE: IAUX) reports its operating and financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023. i-80’s Consolidated Interim Financial Statements, as well as i-80’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Operations and Financial Condition for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, are available on the Company’s website at www.i80gold.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.
Unless otherwise stated, all amounts referred to herein are in U.S. dollars.
Year to Date
“In the second quarter we continued to develop and completed “proof of concept” mining on multiple zones at the Granite Creek mine, completed the acquisition of Paycore Minerals to further consolidate the Eureka District, negotiated an Ore Sale and Purchase agreement for oxide mineralization and recently completed an equity raise to bolster the Company’s balance sheet,” stated Ryan Snow, Chief Financial Officer of i-80. “We continue to generate revenue from the Lone Tree and Ruby Hill residual leach programs as we advance exploration and definition drilling at Granite Creek, McCoy-Cove and Ruby Hill. With the additional capital raise, we will continue to advance i-80’s projects towards our ultimate goal of building a mid-tier Nevada focused producer.”
|Three months ended
|Six months ended
|(in thousands of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted)||2023||2022||2023||2022|
|Cost of sales(1)||(12,188)||(3,966)||(18,731)||(5,498)|
|Depletion, depreciation and amortization(1)||(2,724)||(655)||(4,145)||(823)|
|Mine operating income (loss)||(3,602)||1,762||(7,017)||2,926|
|Exploration, evaluation, and pre-development||11,095||12,132||20,074||21,386|
|General and administrative||4,397||4,565||9,588||7,838|
|(1) For the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, includes an inventory impairment of 4.5 million and 8.5 million, respectively.|
Production and sales totaled 4,329 gold ounces for the quarter and 6,678 gold ounces year to date at a realized gold price of $1,952 and $1,943 per ounce sold1, respectively, additionally, during the second quarter the Company sold 6,651 tons of mineralized material for proceeds of $2.8 million.
Exploration, evaluation, and pre-development costs were $11.1 million and $20.1 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023. This expenditure mainly reflects the exploration and pre-development work at McCoy-Cove and Ruby Hill.
Lone Tree is expected to become the hub of i-80’s Nevada operations and the central processing facility for gold mineralization from the Granite Creek, McCoy-Cove and Ruby Hill underground gold deposits. Importantly, Lone Tree is host to infrastructure that, following successful refurbishment efforts, will position i-80 as one of only three companies in the United States capable of processing both oxide and refractory mineralization.
During the first half of 2023, the Company continued leaching the residual material on the pads as planned and shipped approximately 3,459 ounces of gold on loaded carbon from site for further processing. Additionally, the Company continued to advance the engineering study and cost estimate for the restart of the autoclave.
Lone Tree produced and sold from its residual leaching activities 2,700 ounces of gold during the quarter and 3,363 ounces of gold YTD at a realized gold price of $1,983 and $1,979 per ounce sold1, respectively.
Refractory material has been shipped to the Twin Creeks facility for processing under the toll milling agreement that is in place with Nevada Gold Mines LLC. Processing of refractory material delivered to NGM will commence once the contractual initial tonnage of refractory mineralized material is delivered. Mining to date has encountered significantly more oxide (non-refractory) mineralized material than expected leading to less refractory tons delivered to NGM. Starting in Q2 2023, the oxide mineralized material from Granite Creek has been stockpiled and subsequently shipped to a third party as part of the Ore Sale Agreement. During the quarter the Company sold 6,651 tons of mineralized material under the Ore Sale Agreement for proceeds of $2.8 million.
|1 Specified financial measure which is not a standardized measure under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar specified financial measures used by other entities. Please see “Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” for the composition of such specified financial measure, an explanation of how such specified financial measure provides useful information to a reader and the purposes for which management of i-80 uses the specified financial measure, and where required, a reconciliation of the specified financial measure to the most directly comparable IFRS measure.|
The Cove deposit and the McCoy-Cove Property is expected to be the core asset in the Company’s “hub and spoke” business plan and likely the highest-grade gold deposit in i-80’s portfolio. Underground delineation drilling continued during Q2 with 13,350 feet of core drilled yielding extremely positive results including the previously released assay results for hole iCHU23-11 which indicated 15.7 g/t Au over 22.5 meters and 18.9 g/t Au over 29.3 meters.
Expenditures continued during the quarter on the exploration ramp and hydrology studies, and engineering of de-watering and mining options. During the three and six month periods of 2023, development footage completed was 1,193 feet and 2,501 feet, respectively. As of the second quarter, the remaining footage development to complete the exploration ramp at McCoy-Cove was 143 feet.
During the second quarter of 2023, drilling at Ruby Hill was focused on advancing exploration and delineation of multiple CRD mineralized discoveries. Including the previously released assay results of hole iRH23-10 which indicated 0.6 g/t Au, 165.6 g/t Ag, 6.7% Zn, and 6.6% Pb, over 13.4 meters (East Hilltop CRD discovery). Definition and expansion drilling of high-grade polymetallic mineralization along the Hilltop fault structure remains a priority. 13,439 feet of core drilling and 13,275 feet of RC drilling was completed during the quarter. In addition to drilling at Hilltop, multiple holes are being drilled for infill of the Blackjack Zone. A workplan was approved late in Q2 that will allow for additional exploration drill pads and roads to be built south of the current Hilltop drilling.
Residual leaching activities at Ruby Hill produced and sold 1,629 ounces of gold during the quarter and 2,871 ounces of gold YTD at a realized gold price of $1,899 and $1,901 per ounce sold1, respectively.
Tyler Hill, CPG-12146, Chief Geologist, and Tim George, PE, Mining Operations Manager, at i-80 have reviewed this press release and are the Qualified Persons for the information contained herein and are a “Qualified Person” within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.
About i-80 Gold Corp.
i-80 Gold Corp. is a Nevada-focused mining company with a goal of achieving mid-tier gold producer status through the development of multiple deposits within the Company’s advanced-stage property portfolio with processing at i-80’s centralized milling facilities. i-80 Gold’s common shares are listed on the TSX and the NYSE American.
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