VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 16, 2013) - Amerigo Resources Ltd. (ARG.TO) ("Amerigo" or the "Company") is pleased to announce production results for the fourth quarter of 2012 from Minera Valle Central ("MVC"), the Company's operations located near Rancagua, Chile. MVC produced 13.56 million pounds of copper and 290,705 pounds of molybdenum during the three months ended December 31, 2012, for a total of 51.7 million pounds of copper and 1,057,717 pounds of molybdenum for the full year.
Dr. Klaus Zeitler, Amerigo's President and CEO, stated, "We are pleased to report that since start-up twenty years ago, annual copper and molybdenum production from MVC has steadily increased and is now at record levels. Total copper production of 51.7 million pounds in 2012 was 11% higher than the previous record of 46.6 million pounds set in 2010. Molybdenum production of 1,057,717 pounds was 35% higher than the previous record of 785,068 pounds set in 2011. Both copper and molybdenum production surpassed our guidance for Q4-2012 and 2012. I am now looking forward to improved financial results in 2013 due to significantly lower power costs and lower capital outlays."
Key operating and sales metrics are shown below.
|Copper Production (million lbs)||13.56||12.70||11.57||13.88||12.09|
|Molybdenum Production (lbs)||290,705||321,788||228,932||216,292||195,729|
|Ore milled (Tonnes 000's)||14,727||14,139||13,631||13,617||15,449|
|Copper Grade (%)||0.155||0.149||0.156||0.168||0.154|
|Copper Recovery (%)||27.0||27.3||24.7||27.5||23.0|
|Molybdenum Grade in copper concentrates (%)||0.73||0.88||0.76||0.68||0.69|
|Molybdenum Recovery (%)||85.9||83.8||75.5||68.8||68.4|
|Copper sales1 (Million lbs)||13.71||13.02||10.76||14.08||12.42|
|Copper price at end of period ($US/lb)||3.59||3.75||3.37||3.85||3.43|
|Prior period copper sales subject to final pricing during period (Million lbs)||N/A||N/A||N/A||4.42||0.87|
|Average final settlement price for prior period copper sales ($US/lb)||N/A||N/A||N/A||3.6485||3.3328|
|Company's Recorded Copper Price ($US/lb)2||3.49||3.52||3.74||3.55||3.40|
|Molybdenum sales (lbs)||286,075||337,818||243,263||303,547||164,059|
|Molybdenum price at end of period ($US/lb)||11.35||11.513||13.10||14.570||13.413|
|Power Costs (per kwh)||$0.1824||$0.1659||$0.1947||$0.2151||$0.1813|
|1 Copper sales per the Company's records, which may differ from copper sales per the smelter. All differences between Company and smelter records for a quarter will be recorded as settlement adjustments in subsequent quarters until settled.|
|2 Copper price recorded for the Company's financial statements for the quarter before smelter and refinery charges and settlement adjustments to prior periods' sales. The Company calculates this number by dividing quarterly dollar sales as recorded in its financial statements (calculated based on copper deliveries per the smelter) over quarterly copper sales per the Company's own records.|
The Company will announce 2013 production guidance on Thursday January 24, 2013 and will release 2012 annual financial results at market open on Wednesday February 27, 2013. An investor conference call to discuss the results will be held on Thursday February 28, 2013 at 11:00 am Pacific Standard Time/2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
To participate in the call, please dial the following number:
1-866-226-1792 (Toll-Free North America)
Please let the operator know you wish to participate in the Amerigo Resources conference call.
Media are invited to attend on a listen-only basis.
Following management's discussion of the quarterly results, the analyst and investment community will be invited to ask questions.
Amerigo Resources Ltd. produces copper and molybdenum under a long term partnership with the world's largest copper producer, Codelco, by means of processing fresh and old tailings from the world's largest underground copper mine, El Teniente near Santiago, Chile. Tel: (604) 681-2802; Fax: (604) 682-2802; Web: www.amerigoresources.com; Listing: ARG:TSX
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