INCA ONE GOLD CORP. (TSX-V: IO) (OTC Pink: INCAF) (FSE: SU92), Peru’s largest public trading, gold ore processor by permitted capacity, operating two fully integrated mineral processing facilities, reports on consolidated gold production and deliveries for the three month period of July, August and September 2020 from its Chala One Plant and Koricancha Plant. All comparative year-over-year production numbers represent consolidated operations from both facilities.
Q3 2020 Highlights
“The highlights for Inca One during the third quarter were the improvements in deliveries and processing over the previous quarter, which allowed us to restart processing operations at Chala One,” stated Inca One President and CEO, Edward Kelly. “And despite the near total economic shutdown of the country, Inca One was able to continue operations at reduced levels by utilizing strict state approved COVID-19 quarantine and sanitation protocols. This allowed the Company to scale up operations rapidly as mineral supplies increased. With three months remaining in the year, we are pushing hard to match and surpass pre-COVID-19 production levels.”
Q3 2020 Results
|Q3 2020||Q3 2019||YoY
|Gold Produced (oz)||3,472||6,532||-47%||1,920||81%|
Gold production picked up in calendar Q3 2020 over Q2 2020 as Inca One sales teams worked diligently to build up supplies, resulting in substantially increased deliveries and processing. Additionally, the transport of mineral flowed freely throughout Peru again in August and September with the lifting of transport restrictions. The increase in mineral supply boosted production as the Company processed at its highest levels over the prior seven months at Kori One. Significantly, this allowed for a restart of processing operations at Chala One as the first day shift was added on September 24, 2020. Other than accepting deliveries of gold bearing material all other processing operations had been scaled back at Chala One since mid-March this year.
The Company’s priorities over the near term are to prepare for higher processing levels, in anticipation of the first deliveries from PPX Mining Corp under the supply agreement signed in July 2020, which are expected to arrive in the coming months. Based on the agreement with PPX and a strong gold market, material for processing should continue to improve in the final calendar quarter of 2020 and into 2021.
The Company also announces that it has retained Integral Wealth Securities Ltd. (“Integral”) to act as Corporate Advisor with respect to Inca One’s capital market activities. Integral’s primary objective will be to maintain orderly trading and to contribute to the market liquidity of the common shares of the Company in accordance with TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV“) policies.
Under the terms of the agreement between the Company and Integral dated October 21, 2020 Integral will receive a fee of $7,000 CAD per month plus applicable taxes but will not receive shares or options as compensation. The Agreement is for an initial term of 30 days commencing October 21, 2020 renewing on a month to month basis as determined by the Company. Integral and Inca One are unaffiliated entities; however, Integral and its clients may have or may acquire a direct interest in the securities of the Company.
About Inca One
Inca One Gold Corp is a TSXV listed, gold producer operating two, fully permitted, gold mineral processing facilities in Peru. The Company produced nearly 25,000 ounces of gold from its operations in 2019 and has generated over US$100 million in revenue over the last five years. Inca One, now in its sixth year of commercial production, is led by an experienced and capable management team that has established the Company as a trusted leader in servicing government permitted, small scale miners in Peru. Peru is the world’s sixth-largest producer of gold and its small-scale mining sector is estimated by government officials to be valued in the billions of dollars annually. Inca One possesses a combined 450 tonnes per day permitted operating capacity at its two fully integrated plants, Chala One and Kori One, and is targeting a fourth consecutive year of increased production and sales growth.
Figure 1: Inca One’s gold processing facilities in Peru (left: Chala One facility; right: Kori One facility)
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