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Atico Reports Consolidated Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2018

(All amounts expressed in US dollars, unless otherwise stated)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atico Mining Corporation (the “Company” or “Atico”) (TSX.V: ATY | OTC: ATCMF) today announced its financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2018, posting a net income of $3.0 million.

Fernando E. Ganoza, CEO and Director, commented, "We are pleased to report very strong financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of the year. The Company’s improvements in most financial metrics have yielded good results and have put us in position to completely repay our long-term debt by year-end." Mr. Ganoza continued, "For the remainder of this year, we will continue to have a strong emphasis on cost control initiatives particularly on operating costs while in parallel advancing on our regional and underground exploration drill programs."

Third Quarter Financial Highlights       

  • Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2018 (“Q3-2018”) amounted to $3.0 million, compared with $0.9 million for the same period last year (“Q3-2017”). Net income for the period was positively affected by an increased amount of concentrate shipped and provisionally invoiced and higher average realized copper and gold prices and an income tax recovery as compared to Q3-2017.
  • Sales for the period increased by 25% to $14.9 million when compared with Q3-2017. The increase was due to increased amount of concentrate shipped and provisionally invoiced and higher average realized copper and gold prices as compared to Q3-2017. Copper (“Cu”) and gold (“Au”) accounted for 95.1% and 4.9% of the total amount provisionally invoiced during Q3-2018. The average realized price per metal on provisional invoicing was $3.10 (Q3-2017 - $2.94) per pound of copper and $1,199.48 (Q3-2017 - $1,301.69) per ounce of gold. 
  • Working capital was $6.9 million (December 31, 2017 - $4.6 million), while the Company had long-term loans payable with $0.2 million (December 31, 2017 - $2.7 million) outstanding at the reporting date.
  • Cash costs(1) were $123.64 per tonne of processed ore and $1.49 per pound of payable copper produced(2), increases of 10% and 8% over the same period last year, respectively.
  • Income from operations was $2.8 million (Q3-2017 - $1.2 million) while cash flow from operations, before changes in working capital, was $4.6 million (Q3-2017 - $4.1 million). Cash used for capital expenditures amounted to $3.5 million (Q3-2017 - $2.8 million).
  • At the end of the quarter, 9,107 (December 31, 2017 - 7,366) wet metric tonnes (“WMT”) of non-invoiced concentrate remained at the Company’s warehouses. 
  • All-in sustaining cash cost per payable pound of copper produced(1)(2) for Q3-2018 was $1.95 (Q3-2017 - $2.04).

Third Quarter Summary of Financial Results

         
    Q3
2018
Q3
2017
%
Change
Revenue

 
  $   14,900,072 $   11,955,651   25%
Cost of sales

 
      (9,953,022)     (9,023,709)   10%
Income from mining operations

 
      4,947,050     2,931,942   69%
As a % of revenue

 
      33%     25%   35%
Selling, general and administrative expenses

 
      2,035,184     1,712,339   19%
Income from operations

 
      2,807,190     1,152,169   144%
As a % of revenue

 
      19%     10%   95%
Income before income taxes

 
      1,383,145     1,120,699   23%
Net income

 
      2,972,922     872,597   241%
As a % of revenue

 
      20%     7%   173%
Operating cash flow before changes in non-cash operating working capital items(1)

 
  $   4,629,186 $   4,136,992   12%
             

Third Quarter Operations Review            

During the quarter, the Company produced 5.4 million pounds (“lbs”) of copper, 3,010 ounces (“oz”) of gold, and 10,250 oz of silver. When compared to Q3-2017, production increased 5.0% for copper and 6.3% for gold. In the case of copper, the 8% increase in processed material was partially offset by a 1.0% decrease in recovery relative to Q3-2017, while for gold a decrease of 1.3% in recovery slightly offset the increase in processed material.

Cash costs(1) for the period were $123.64 per tonne of processed ore, and $1.49 per pound of payable copper produced, increases of 10% and 8% over the same period last year, respectively. The increase in the cash cost per pound of payable copper net of by products is mainly explained by a higher cost per processed tonne, partially offset by a higher gold content value. The increase in direct mining cost of 22% for the same period, slightly offset by a 3% reduction in the milling and processing cost and 2% decrease in the indirect cost, explains most of the increase in the cost per processed tonne. All-in sustaining cash cost per payable pound of copper produced(1)(2) was $1.95.

Third Quarter Operational Details

         
    Q3
2018
Q3
2017
%
Change
Production (Contained in Concentrate)(3)        
Copper (000s lbs)   5,358 5,099 5%
Gold (oz)   3,010 2,831 6%
Silver (oz)   10,250 10,840 -5%
Mine        
Tonnes of material mined   70,652 74,919 -6%
Mill        
Tonnes processed   71,760 66,443 8%
Tonnes processed per day   837 794 5%
Copper grade (%)   3.63 3.68 -1%
Gold grade (g/t)   2.17 2.16 0%
Silver grade (g/t)   11.28 10.31 0%
Recoveries        
Copper (%)   93.4 94.3 -1%
Gold (%)   60.3 61.1 -1%
Silver (%)   40.3 49.5 -19%
Concentrates        
Copper Concentrates (DMT)   10,877 10,551 3%
Copper (%)   22.3 21.9 2%
Gold (g/t)   8.6 7.5 15%
Silver (g/t)   29.3 29.0 1%
         
Payable copper produced (000s lbs)   5,105 4,844 5%
Cash cost per pound of payable copper ($/lbs)(1)(2)   1.49 1.37 8%
         

The financial statements and MD&A are available on SEDAR and have also been posted on the company's website at http://www.aticomining.com/s/FinancialStatements.asp

El Roble Mine

The El Roble mine is a high grade, underground copper and gold mine with nominal processing plant capacity of 800 tonnes per day, located in the Department of Choco in Colombia. Its commercial product is a copper-gold concentrate.

Since obtaining control of the mine on November 22, 2013, Atico has upgraded the operation from a historical nominal capacity of 400 tonnes per day.

El Roble has a measured and indicated resource of 1.87 million tonnes grading 3.46% copper and 2.27 g/t gold, at a cut-off grade of 0.93% copper equivalent. Mineralization is open at depth and along strike and the Company plans to further test the limits of the resource.

On the larger land package, the Company has identified a prospective stratigraphic contact between volcanic rocks and black and grey pelagic sediments and cherts that has been traced by Atico geologists for ten kilometers. This contact has been determined to be an important control on VMS mineralization on which Atico has identified numerous target areas prospective for VMS type mineralization occurrence, which is the focus of the current surface drill program at El Roble.

Qualified Person

Mr. Thomas Kelly (SME Registered Member 1696580), advisor to the Company and a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 standards, is responsible for ensuring that the technical information contained in this news release is an accurate summary of the original reports and data provided to or developed by Atico.

About Atico Mining Corporation

Atico is a growth-oriented Company, focused on exploring, developing and mining copper and gold projects in Latin America. The Company operates the El Roble mine and is pursuing additional acquisition opportunities. For more information, please visit www.aticomining.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Fernando E. Ganoza
CEO
Atico Mining Corporation

Trading symbols: TSX.V: ATY | OTC: ATCMF

Investor Relations
Igor Dutina
Tel: +1.604.633.9022

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This announcement includes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, without limitation the use of net proceeds, are forward-looking statements. Forward- looking statements involve various risks and uncertainties and are based on certain factors and assumptions. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations include uncertainties relating to interpretation of drill results and the geology, continuity and grade of mineral deposits; uncertainty of estimates of capital and operating costs; the need to obtain additional financing to maintain its interest in and/or explore and develop the Company’s mineral projects; uncertainty of meeting anticipated program milestones for the Company’s mineral projects; and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the prospectus of the Company dated March 2, 2012 filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com

The Company has not based its production decisions and ongoing mine production on mineral reserve estimates, preliminary economic assessments or feasibility studies, and historically such projects have increased uncertainty and risk of failure. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The items marked with a "(1)" are alternative performance measures and readers should refer to Non-GAAP Financial Measures in the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 as filed on SEDAR and as available on the Company's website for further details.

(1) Alternative performance measures; please refer to “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this release.
(2) Net of by-product credits
(3) Subject to adjustments on final settlement