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MAG Announces Fourth Quarter and 2023 Production From Juanicipio

 

 

 

 

 

MAG Silver Corp. (TSX:MAG) (NYSE American: MAG) reports production from Juanicipio (56% / 44% Fresnillo plc and MAG, respectively) for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2023.

 

Q4 Highlights

  • Solid processing performance: Juanicipio processed 346,766 tonnes of mineralized material in Q4, up from 322,249 tonnes in Q3 reflecting ongoing efforts to ramp up production and optimize operations.
  • Robust production: Juanicipio produced 4.5 million silver ounces and 10,591 gold ounces in Q4.
  • Strong grades: The average silver head grade for the quarter was 467 grams per tonne (“g/t”), marginally lower than the previous quarter but offset by higher gold and base metal grades. This continues to demonstrate the high-grade nature of the Juanicipio deposit.
  • Optionality maintained: Juanicipio continued to capitalise on available milling capacity at the Saucito plant (100% Fresnillo owned) to maintain processing rates during periods of maintenance. Approximately 5% of the material processed during Q4 was processed through the Saucito plant.

 

2023 Full Year Highlights

  • Processing growth: Juanicipio processed a total of 1,268,756 tonnes of mineralized material in 2023, exceeding expectations and achieving guidance of reaching nameplate during Q3 2023. Consistent processing growth quarter-on-quarter reflecting the commitment to scaling up operations.
  • Record output: Juanicipio produced 16.8 million silver ounces and 36,732 gold ounces in 2023, a solid performance in its inaugural and ramp up year.
  • Consistency: The average silver head grade for the year was 472 g/t, demonstrating the notable consistency of the Juanicipio deposit and solidifying its position as one of the highest grade silver mines in the world.

 

As reported to MAG by the project operator Fresnillo, mining rates continued to ramp up during the quarter supporting the increased processing rate of 346,766 tonnes of mineralized material across the Juanicipio and Saucito plants. The average silver head grade for the quarter was 467 g/t, marginally below the previous quarter as mining sequenced through lower grade. This was mitigated by higher throughput delivering preliminary production estimates for the quarter, before any adjustments from offtake agreements, of 4.5 million silver ounces and 10,591 gold ounces. Juanicipio produced 16.8 million silver ounces and 36,732 gold ounces for the year. MAG expects to release its comprehensive financial and operational results on March 19, 2023.

 

Comparative production highlights (100% basis):

 

    Q4 2023* Q3 2023* % Chg Q4 2022^ % Chg FY 2023** FY 2022^ % Chg
Tonnes processed t 346,766 322,249 7.6% 165,786 109.2% 1,268,756 646,148 96.4%
                   
Head grades                  
Silver g/t 467 523 -10.7% 415 12.5% 472 520 -9.2%
Gold g/t 1.37 1.32 3.8% 1.31 4.6% 1.27 1.39 -8.6%
Lead % 1.3 1.3 0.0% 0.8 62.5% 1.1 0.9 22.2%
Zinc % 2.4 2.3 4.3% 1.6 50.0% 2.1 1.7 23.5%
                   
Production                  
Silver koz 4,505 4,782 -5.8% 1,861 142.1% 16,813 9,250 81.8%
Gold oz 10,591 9,444 12.1% 5,393 96.4% 36,732 22,252 65.1%
Lead1 klb 9,189 8,467 8.5% 2,547 260.8% 28,353 10,846 161.4%
Zinc2 klb 15,086 12,704 18.8% 4,405 242.5% 44,754 17,798 151.4%

* Includes material processed at the Saucito and Juanicipio beneficiation plants.
** Includes material processed at the Fresnillo, Saucito and Juanicipio beneficiation plants.
^ Material processed exclusively at the Fresnillo and Saucito beneficiation plants.
1 Lead recovered to lead concentrate.
2 Zinc recovered to zinc concentrate.

 

“Q4 represents the fourth successive quarter of operational advancements and step changes in performance at Juanicipio with a continuous and consistent uptrend in quarterly mining and milling rates,” said George Paspalas, MAG Silver’s President and CEO. “Our focus remains on ongoing optimization as we continue to execute on our strategy of delivering low-cost silver production, generating robust attributable free cash flow and diligent exploration to expand the metal inventory of this very prospective property.”

 

Qualified Person: All scientific or technical information in this press release is based upon information prepared by or under the supervision of, or has been approved by Gary Methven, P.Eng., who is a “Qualified Person” for purposes of National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“National Instrument 43-101” or “NI 43-101”). Mr. Methven is not independent as he is Vice President, Technical Services of MAG.

 

About MAG Silver Corp.

 

MAG Silver Corp. is a growth-oriented Canadian exploration company focused on advancing high-grade, district scale precious metals projects in the Americas. MAG Silver is emerging as a top-tier primary silver mining company through its (44%) joint venture interest in the 4,000 tonnes per day (tpd) Juanicipio mine, operated by Fresnillo plc (56%). The mine is located in the Fresnillo Silver Trend in Mexico, the world’s premier silver mining camp, where in addition to underground mine production and processing of high-grade mineralized material, an expanded exploration program is in place targeting multiple highly prospective targets. MAG Silver is also executing multi-phase exploration programs at the Deer Trail 100% earn-in Project in Utah and the 100% owned Larder project, located in the historically prolific Abitibi region of Canada.

 

Posted January 24, 2024

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