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i-80 Gold Reports Q4 and Full Year 2023 Operating Results

 

 

 

 

 

i-80 GOLD CORP. (TSX: IAU) (NYSE: IAUX) reports its operating and financial results for the year ended December 31, 2023. i-80’s Consolidated Financial Statements, as well as i-80’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Operations and Financial Condition for the year ended December 31, 2023, are available on the Company’s website at www.i80gold.com, on SEDAR at www.sedarplus.ca, and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

 

Unless otherwise stated, all amounts referred to herein are in U.S. dollars (C$ represents Canadian dollars).

 

2023 Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Gold sales of 3,350 ounces at a realized gold price of $1,996 per ounce.
  • 61,223 tons of mineralized material sold (29,512 tons of sulfide mineralized material) for total revenues of $19.0 million.
  • December 31, 2023 cash balance of $16.3 million and $44.5 million in restricted cash.
  • Continued drilling of polymetallic mineralization at the Ruby Hill mine (18,804 feet).
  • Continued underground core drilling delineation of the CSD Gap and Helen zones at the McCoy-Cove project (13,102 feet).
  • Continued drilling infill holes at South Pacific Zone at the Granite Creek mine (6,448 feet).
  • Completed 3,965 feet of advance at the Granite Creek mine.

 

2023 Full Year Highlights

  • Gold sales of 14,613 ounces at a realized gold price of $1,940 per ounce.
  • 83,933 tons of mineralized material sold (29,512 tons of sulfide mineralized material) for total revenues of $26.3 million.
  • Completed 2,644 feet of exploration ramp development at McCoy-Cove.
  • Completed 12,712 feet of development at the Granite Creek mine.
  • A total of 204,824 feet (core and RC) drilled by the end of the fourth quarter with multiple positive results to expand mineralization further at the Ruby Hill mine, the Granite Creek mine, the McCoy-Cove project and the FAD project.

 

Since January 1, 2024, the Company completed a non-brokered private placement of common shares. An aggregate of 13.0 million shares were issued by the Company at a price of C$1.80 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of C$23.4 million.

 

“In 2024 the Company continued to see impressive drill results from Granite Creek, Ruby Hill and McCoy-Cove. In addition, we increased revenue with gold ounces sold from operations at Granite Creek and residual leaching in addition to tons of mineralized material (oxide) sold under the Ore Purchase and Sale Agreements.”, stated Ryan Snow, Chief Financial Officer of i-80. “We continue to advance exploration and definition drilling at Granite Creek, McCoy-Cove and Ruby Hill and permitting activities at our projects allowing the Company to advance our projects towards the ultimate goal of building a mid-tier Nevada focused producer.”

 

Three months ended
December 31,
Year ended
December 31,
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted) 2023 2022 2023 2022
Revenue 25,837 11,647 54,910 36,958
Cost of sales(1) (21,878) (13,530) (52,852) (28,861)
Depletion, depreciation and amortization(1) (1,613) (1,579) (7,202) (4,528)
Mine operating income (loss) 2,346 (3,462) (5,144) 3,569
Expenses
Exploration, evaluation, and pre-development 8,825 6,625 38,913 38,809
General and administrative 4,788 4,509 18,512 17,090
Property maintenance 2,321 2,111 10,313 3,249
Share-based payments 667 820 3,122 3,280
Operating loss (14,255) (17,527) (76,004) (58,859)
(1)       For the three months and year ended December 31, 2023, includes an inventory impairment of 1.5 million and $10.0 million, respectively.

 

Production and sales totaled 3,350 gold ounces for the quarter and 14,613 gold ounces year to date at a realized gold price of $1,996 and $1,940 per ounce sold1, respectively. Additionally, mineralized material sales totaled 61,223 tons for the quarter and 83,933 tons YTD for proceeds of $19.0 million and $26.3 million, respectively.

 

Exploration, evaluation, and pre-development costs were $8.8 million for the quarter and $38.9 million YTD. This expenditure mainly reflects the exploration and pre-development work at McCoy-Cove and Ruby Hill.

 

Granite Creek

 

During the quarter the Company entered into an ore sale agreement with a third party, a total of 29,551 tons of sulfide mineralized material has been sold. During the quarter the Company sold 61,223 tons of mineralized material under the Ore Sale Agreement for proceeds of $19.0 million. Delineation drilling of the South Pacific Zone from surface and underground continued during Q4 with 6,448 feet of core drilled yielding positive results including:

  • 26.1 g/t Au over 5.7 m in hole iGS23-01
  • 25.6 g/t Au over 5.5 m in hole iGS23-03
  • 15.5 g/t Au over 19.7 m in hole iGS23-05
  • 31.1 g/t Au over 21.9 m in hole GCPU23-22
  • 28.7 g/t Au over 16.5 m in hole GCPU23-30

 

Gold production and sales of leached ounces totaling 401 ounces of gold during the quarter and 1,745 ounces of gold YTD at a realized gold price of $2,010 and $1,940 per ounce sold1, respectively.

 

McCoy-Cove

 

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. Highlight 2023 results from drilling at McCoy-Cove include:

  • 9.6 g/t Au over 22.8 m in hole iCHU23-09
  • 14.9 g/t Au over 32.7 m in hole iCHU23-10
  • 15.7 g/t Au over 22.5 m and 18.9 g/t Au over 29.3 m in hole iCHU23-11
  • 10.6 g/t Au & 5.2 g/t Ag over 38.8 m and 11.1 g/t Au & 3.4 g/t Ag over 20.6 m in hole iCHU23-14

 

Underground delineation drilling continued during Q4 with 13,102 feet of core drilled yielding positive results including:

  • 21.8 g/t Au & 4.8 g/t Ag over 10.3 m in hole iCHU23-22
  • 28.0 g/t Au & 5.1 g/t Ag over 10.4 m And 21.0 g/t Au & 7.4 g/t Ag over 10.8 m in hole iCHU23-23
  • 25.4 g/t Au & 5.1 g/t Ag over 20.1 m in hole iCHU23-28

 

Ruby Hill

 

During the quarter drilling at Ruby Hill was focused on advancing exploration and delineation of multiple CRD mineralized discoveries. Definition and expansion drilling of high-grade polymetallic mineralization along the Hilltop fault structure remains a priority. 7,941 feet of core drilling and 10,890 feet of RC drilling was completed during the quarter and 42,791 feet of core drilling and 50,695 feet of RC drilling was completed YTD. Drilling highlights for the fourth quarter include:

  • 8.3 % Zn, 0.6 % Pb, 50.1 g/t Ag & 0.6 g/t Au over 20.1 m in hole iRH23-42
  • 10.1 % Zn, 0.6 % Pb, 37.0 g/t Ag & 0.3 g/t Au over 116.3 m in hole iRH23-42A
  • 16.1 % Zn, 0.1 % Pb, 12.4 g/t Ag & 0.5 g/t Au over 16.1 m in hole iRH23-43B

 

Residual leaching activities at Ruby Hill produced and sold 1,862 ounces of gold during the quarter and 6,643 ounces of gold YTD at a realized gold price of $1,976 and $1,910 per ounce sold1, respectively.

 

Lone Tree

 

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.

 

The Company advanced the autoclave engineering study to a level three estimate (FS level). Value engineering will continue to better optimize the cost, engineering, and project management aspects of the study.

 

Lone Tree produced and sold from its residual leaching activities 1,087 ounces of gold during the quarter and 6,225 ounces of gold YTD at a realized gold price of $2,024 and $1,972 per ounce sold1, respectively.

 

Qualified Persons

 

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.

 

Posted March 13, 2024

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