Coeur Announces Initial Reserve Estimate and Reserve-Based Mine Plan for Silvertip Mine
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 27, 2018--Coeur Mining, Inc. (“Coeur” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CDE) today announced initial reserve and updated resource estimates, based on drilling results received through October, for its Silvertip silver-zinc-lead mine (“Silvertip”) located in northern British Columbia. The Company also provided a reserve-based mine plan and economic analysis underpinned by these estimates. A technical report in support of the information described herein and prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com within 45 days of this release.
“We are pleased with the successful conversion of a large portion of the resource to an initial reserve and related mine plan at Silvertip,” said Mitchell J. Krebs, Coeur’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to continuing our exploration efforts to expand the size of this prospective, high-grade deposit and further extend the mine life. In the near-term, we remain focused on optimizing the processing plant as well as achieving a sustainable level of mining and processing activities, which is reflected in this initial mine plan. We have made substantial progress over the past fourteen months since acquiring Silvertip and will carry that momentum into 2019. Silvertip has enhanced our geographic and political risk profile and is expected to be a long-term source of high-margin cash flow. We remain excited about its potential and its evolution into one of the Company’s cornerstone assets.”
Summary HighlightsInitial proven and probable reserve of 1.6 million tonnes (1.8 million tons), including 48.2 million silver equivalent (“AgEq”) 1 contained ounces at an average AgEq 1 grade of 930 grams per tonne (“g/t”) (27.13 ounces per ton (“oz/t”)) Approximately 15.0 million ounces of silver, 292.7 million pounds of zinc and 198.7 million pounds of lead14% increase in companywide AgEq 1 reserves 2 and 13% increase in companywide AgEq 1 reserve grade 2Approximately 58% of resource tonnage converted to reserves 3 Additional 1.2 million tonnes (1.3 million tons) of measured and indicated resources and 0.5 million tonnes (0.6 million tons) of inferred resources, conveying potential for further resource growth and mine life extensions Approximately 18% increase in total resource 4 since Coeur acquired the asset in October 2017Measured and indicated resource of approximately 28.4 million AgEqOz 1 at an average grade of 752 g/t (21.94 oz/t)Inferred resource of approximately 14.7 million AgEqOz 1 at an average grade of 867 g/t (25.28 oz/t) Initial mine life of 4.5 years based on proven and probable reserves, representing approximately 49% of the total estimated resource 4Production rate of approximately 1,000 mtpd (1,100 tpd)Approximately 24% of reserve-based mine plan utilizes long hole stope miningExpected average annual production of approximately 8.2 million AgEqOz 1, including 2.9 million ounces of silver, 45 million pounds of zinc and 37 million pounds of lead Total capital costs of $44 million to support the continued acceleration of underground development activity and mill upgrades Initial pre-tax cash flow of $164 million Initial pre-tax NAV 5% of $147 million
Life of Mine Economic Analysis and Assumptions
Background and Recent Developments
The Company acquired Silvertip in October 2017 for initial consideration of $200 million. Additional consideration up to $50 million is payable contingent upon achieving specific future permitting and exploration milestones at Silvertip.
The first milestone payment of $25 million is contingent upon the receipt of a permit expansion allowing for a sustained mining and milling rate of 1,000 mtpd (1,100 tpd) on a year-round basis. The Company has been working closely with regulators and remains on track to receive approval of the permit amendment application in early 2019. The Company will make the $25 million payment (75% cash / 25% stock) within fifteen business days of receiving approval. The second milestone payment of up to $25 million is contingent upon the amount of resource tonnes added as of December 31, 2019, with $5 million payable for a total resource of at least 2.5 million tonnes and $5 million for each additional increment of 0.3 million tonnes up to 3.7 million tonnes.
Coeur commenced mining and processing activities at Silvertip in March 2018 and declared commercial production on September 1, 2018. The Company completed its initial drilling program in July 2018 and commenced a second phase drilling program focused on resource conversion and expansion drilling. Year-to-date 6, the Company has invested approximately $11 million in exploration at Silvertip, including $8 million on capitalized infill drilling and $3 million on expensed resource growth and greenfields drilling.
The Company remains focused on improving process plant performance, underground rehabilitation and development as well as completing several key surface infrastructure projects, including the 220-person camp facility. Construction of the camp facility is on schedule and budget, with completion expected at the end of January 2019. Coeur also recently completed the scheduled upgrades to Silvertip’s water treatment plant and is currently treating water at its permitted capacity. The Company continues to target mill projects that address safety, production and efficiency improvements.
Mineral Reserve and Resource Estimates
Coeur Mining, Inc. is a well-diversified, growing precious metals producer with five mines in North America. Coeur produces from its wholly-owned operations: the Palmarejo silver-gold complex in Mexico, the Silvertip silver-zinc-lead mine in British Columbia, the Rochester silver-gold mine in Nevada, the Wharf gold mine in South Dakota, and the Kensington gold mine in Alaska. In addition, the Company has interests in several precious metals exploration projects throughout North America.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation in the United States and Canada, including statements regarding long-term growth, processing, throughput, margin, mine life, asset value, capital expenditures, exploration efforts, potential quantity and/or grade of minerals, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, anticipated operating results such as production, cost and cash flow levels, underground rehabilitation and development, infrastructure projects, and contingent payments. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Coeur’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others. the risks and hazards inherent in the mining business (including risks inherent in developing large-scale mining projects, environmental hazards, industrial accidents, weather or geologically related conditions), changes in the market prices of gold, silver, lead and zinc and a sustained lower price environment, the uncertainties inherent in Coeur’s production, exploratory and developmental activities, including risks relating to permitting and regulatory delays, ground conditions, grade variability, any future labor disputes or work stoppages, the uncertainties inherent in the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, changes that could result from Coeur’s future acquisition of new mining properties or businesses, the loss of any third-party smelter to which Coeur markets its material, the effects of environmental and other governmental regulations, the risks inherent in the ownership or operation of or investment in mining properties or businesses in foreign countries, Coeur’s ability to raise additional financing necessary to conduct its business, make payments or refinance its debt, as well as other uncertainties and risk factors set out in filings made from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Canadian securities regulators, including, without limitation, Coeur’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Actual results, developments and timetables could vary significantly from the estimates presented. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Coeur disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, Coeur undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Coeur, its financial or operating results or its securities.
Christopher Pascoe, Coeur’s Director, Technical Services and a qualified person under NI 43‐101, reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information concerning Coeur’s mineral projects in this news release. Mineral resources are in addition to mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. Inferred mineral resources are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be considered for estimation of mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the inferred mineral resources will be realized. A description of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate mineral reserves and resources, as well as data verification procedures and a general discussion of the extent to which the estimates may be affected by any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio‐political, marketing or other relevant factors, will be included in the technical report for Silvertip that will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com within 45 days of this release and is consistent with technical reports for each of Coeur’s properties as filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors ‐ The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We may use certain terms in public disclosures, such as “measured,” “indicated,” “inferred” and “resources,” that are recognized by Canadian regulations, but that SEC guidelines generally prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 10‐K which may be secured from us, or from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.
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