Titan Mining Corporation (TSX:TI) is pleased to release preliminary fourth quarter and full year 2021 production results and provide 2022 operating, capital and exploration expenditure guidance (all dollar figures are in US dollars, unless otherwise indicated).
Don Taylor, Titan’s President and CEO, commented, “Our ESM operations made marked improvements in 2021 by significantly improving safety performance and producing a record number of payable zinc pounds which, combined with a strengthened zinc market, allowed Titan to finish 2021 in a substantially improved financial position. Titan’s strengthened balance sheet and anticipated incremental production from the #2 mine open pits scheduled to come on-line mid-2022 make Titan well-positioned to take advantage of the positive momentum in the zinc market throughout the upcoming year.”
Q4 and Full Year 2021 Preliminary Production Results & 2022 Production Guidance
Total payable zinc production from ESM was 12.2 million pounds in Q4 2021 for total annual payable production of 47.5 million pounds. 2021 production is preliminary and subject to change when the Company releases its Q4 2021 and audited full-year 2021 financial and operating results in March 2022.
Production guidance for 2022 is estimated between 64-68 million pounds of payable zinc representing a 35-43% increase from 2021. C1 Cash Cost¹ for 2022 is estimated between $0.94 and $0.98 per payable pound and AISC¹ is estimated between $0.98 and $1.03 per payable pound. Both C1 Cash Cost and AISC are highly dependent on treatment charges which won’t be known with certainty until the end of H1 2022. Titan estimates that for every $10 per tonne change to the treatment charge, C1 Cash Cost¹ and AISC¹ are impacted by approximately $0.01 per pound of payable zinc. C1 Cash Cost and AISC guidance for 2022 reflect an estimated annual treatment charge of $175 per tonne. Zinc production at ESM is expected to increase moderately in the second half of the year as mining activity is expected to ramp up at the #2 mine open pits.
The financial success at ESM’s operations will allow for more discretionary expenditure to be focused on exploration activities in 2022.
The increased exploration expenditures will be focused on district targets where ESM controls more than 80,000 acres of private mineral rights. The timing and extent of the exploration program is contingent on positive exploration results. The Company may allocate additional funds beyond guidance as merited.
ESM Production and Cost Guidance
|Zinc||Mlbs||64 – 68|
|C1 cash cost¹||$/lb||0.94 – 0.98|
|AISC¹||$/lb||0.98 – 1.03|
|Expansionary||$ millions||2 – 3|
|ESM||$ millions||2.5 – 3|
1 – C1 Cash Cost and AISC are non-GAAP measures. See the Company’s Q3 2021 MD&A for a discussion of non-GAAP measures.
About Titan Mining Corporation
Titan is an Augusta Group company which produces zinc concentrate at its 100%-owned Empire State Mine located in New York state. Titan is built for growth, focused on value and committed to excellence.
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