Titan Mining Corporation (TSX: TI) announces the results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022. (All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated)
“Titan continued to build momentum in the third quarter with key metrics achieved in safety and production. While costs were up slightly and grade below budget for the period, continued development into Q4 will ensure a record year for ESM. Also, during the quarter ESM received key permits that will allow operations to expand mining in the Sphaleros area which will begin to benefit the operations in Q2/23.” said Don Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Titan.
Q3 2022 HIGHLIGHTS:
TABLE 1 Financial and Operating Highlights
|Q3 2022||Q2 2022||Q1 2022||YTD 2022|
|Payable Zinc Produced||mlbs||11.6||16.5||10.1||38.2|
|Payable Zinc Sold||mlbs||12.6||15.0||10.4||38.0|
|Average Realized Zinc Price||$/lb||1.49||1.74||1.57||1.61|
|Earnings (loss) per share – basic||$/sh||0.00||0.04||(0.02||)||0.02|
|Cash Flow from Operating Activities before changes in non-cash working capital||$m||(1.16||)||9.42||2.10||10.36|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$m||13.57||11.02||3.24||6.04|
|Net Debt 1||$m||22.45||24.93||32.03||28.67|
1 Net Debt is a non-GAAP measure. This term is not a standardized financial measure under IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See Non-GAAP Performance Measures below for additional information.
Mining efforts in the third quarter of 2022 focused on the Mahler, New Fold and N2D zones. Waste development continued to advance on the New Fold and Mahler ramp systems to access high grade material expected to be mined in the fourth quarter of 2022 and into 2023. Lower grade feed to the mill was largely due to mining in Mahler and New Fold where ore grades were lower than anticipated.
Joel Rheault, Mine General Manager at ESM said, “With the delays in permitting throughout 2022, the team took a different view on the project and instead looked at mining the underground in the Sphaleros area. We are looking forward to implementing development in this area in the first half of 2023.”
Underground drill programs in the third quarter of 2022 were focused on exploration. Exploration drilling targeted down dip extensions of Mud Pond Main, New Fold, and Fowler with a total of 6,055 ft drilled, and six holes completed. Drilling was underway at New Fold and Fowler at the end of the quarter. One utility hole was completed in Mahler, totaling 121 ft. All underground drilling was completed with Company owned underground drills by Company employees.
Underground drilling in the fourth quarter will continue at New Fold and Fowler and commence at Mahler and N2D.
In the third quarter of 2022, surface exploration drilling focused on testing the regional Beaver Creek, Morrison Road, and North Gouverneur targets. One hole totalling 1,136 ft was drilled at Beaver Creek completing the 2022 program. Four holes were completed at Morrison Road totalling 3,845 ft. Two holes were completed at North Gouverneur, totaling 2,502 ft. Drilling was ongoing at this target at the end of the quarter. Beaver Creek and North Gouverneur have historic mining activity with drilling aimed at testing these structures and their potential for mineralization at depth. Drilling at Morrison Road was targeting anomalous surface geochemical samples, and mapped mineralization identified as stratabound.
In addition to regional drilling eleven holes were drilled to test near mine mineralization in the Sphaleros project area (West Ridge, Pump House, and Streeter). This drilling was completed with Company-owned equipment and Company Employees. A total of 2,077 ft was drilled.
Regional surface drilling in the fourth quarter is planned for North Gouverneur and Bostwick Creek. Near mine drilling will commence in December and target Streeter and Turnpike.
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Titan’s unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, are available on the Company’s website at www.titanminingcorp.com and under the Company’s profiles on SEDAR.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release and the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the scientific and technical information has been reviewed, verified and approved by Donald R. Taylor, MSc., PG, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, a qualified person for the purposes of NI 43-101. Mr. Taylor has more than 25 years of mineral exploration and mining experience and is a Registered Professional Geologist through the SME (registered member #4029597). The data was verified using data validation and quality assurance procedures under high industry standards.
Assays and Quality Assurance/Quality Control
To ensure reliable sample results, the Company has a rigorous QA/QC program in place that monitors the chain-of-custody of samples and includes the insertion of blanks and certified reference standards at statistically derived intervals within each batch of samples. Core is photographed and split in half with one-half retained in a secured facility for verification purposes. Sample preparation (crushing and pulverizing) has been performed at ALS Geochemistry, an independent ISO/IEC accredited lab located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. ALS prepares a pulp of all samples and sends the pulps to their analytical laboratory in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, for analysis. ALS analyzes the pulp sample by an aqua regia digestion (ME-ICP41 for 35 elements) with an ICP – AES finish including Cu (copper), Pb (lead), and Zn (zinc). All samples in which Cu (copper), Pb (lead), or Zn (zinc) are greater than 10,000 ppm are re-run using aqua regia digestion (Cu-OG46; Pb-OG46; and Zn-OG46) with the elements reported in percentage (%). Silver values are determined by an aqua regia digestion with an ICP-AES finish (ME-ICP41) with all samples with silver values greater than 100 ppm repeated using an aqua regia digestion overlimit method (Ag-OG46) calibrated for higher levels of silver contained. Gold values are determined by a 30 g fire assay with an ICP-AES finish (Au-ICP21).
The Company has not identified any drilling, sampling, recovery, or other factors that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the data set out in this news release.
Non-GAAP Performance Measures
This document includes non-GAAP performance measures, discussed below, that do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. The performance measures may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other issuers. The Company believes that these performance measures are commonly used by certain investors, in conjunction with conventional GAAP measures, to enhance their understanding of the Company’s performance. The Company uses these performance measures extensively in internal decision-making processes, including to assess how well the Empire State Mine is performing and to assist in the assessment of the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the mine site management team. The tables below provide a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measures as contained within the Company’s issued financial statements.
Net debt is calculated as the sum of the current and non-current portions of long-term debt, net of the cash and cash equivalent balance as at the balance sheet date. A reconciliation of net debt is provided below.
|September 30||December 31|
|Current portion of debt||$||144||$||95|
|Non-current portion of debt||35,870||34,617|
|Less: Cash and cash equivalents||(13,568||)||(6,041||)|
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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