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Avino Announces Q3 2019 Production Results

VANCOUVER , Oct. 16, 2019 /CNW/ - Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX/NYSE American, GV6: FSE, "Avino" or "the Company") announces its third quarter 2019 production results from its Avino property near Durango, Mexico .

Consolidated Production Highlights for Q3, 2019 (Compared to Q3, 2018)

  • Silver equivalent production decreased by 19% to 570,220 oz*
  • Gold production decreased by 34% to 1,448 oz
  • Silver production decreased by 34% to 221,928 oz
  • Copper production increased by 39% to 1,381,924 lbs


*In Q3, 2019, AgEq was calculated using metals prices of $16.98 oz Ag, $1,472 oz Au and $2.63 lb Cu. In Q3, 2018, AgEq was calculated using metals prices of $15.00 oz Ag, $1,213 oz Au and $2.77 lb Cu. Calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.


The silver equivalent production in Q3, 2019 decreased by 19% compared to Q3, 2018. The decrease was due to the following reasons:

  • Decreasing consolidated silver and gold feed grades that were offset slightly by higher mill throughput, copper feed grades at Avino, and increased consolidated recoveries
  • Minor production interruptions as a result of delays due to heavy seasonal rain
  • Processing continued using the remaining stockpiles from past production and development activities at San Gonzalo, which is lower grade.


The expectations are for higher production in Q4 2019 as we change our feed mix to focus more on the Elena Tolosa area of the Avino Mine.

"Our Q3 2019 production results, while lower compared to the same period in 2018, were in line with our internal expectations and output remained similar to the first two quarters of 2019. This quarter's increase in throughput and recoveries are very encouraging and are attributed to the hard work and efforts by our team in Mexico ," said David Wolfin , Avino's President and CEO. "In addition, we are pleased with the progression of the Open Pit tailings storage work, specifically the installation of the geomembrane, which is almost complete. The newly commissioned tailings thickener has transitioned to full operation and has reduced the water content sent to the tailings facility while similarly increasing the amount of water recycled back to the processing plant. During the 4th quarter and into 2020, we are looking forward to advancing our processing plant optimization initiatives and transitioning to full mining production in the Elena Tolosa area of the Avino Mine."

Consolidated Production Tables

Q3 2019

Production by Mine

Tonnes
Processed

Silver
Oz

Gold
Oz

Copper
Lbs

AgEq

Avino

122,208

139,419

900

1,307,622

418,352

San Gonzalo

17,800

29,568

194

-

56,203

Historic Above Ground Stockpiles

62,656

52,941

354

74,302

95,665

Consolidated

202,664

221,928

1,448

1,381,924

570,220

YTD 2019

Production by Mine

Tonnes
Processed

Silver
Oz

Gold
Oz

Copper
Lbs

AgEq

Avino

319,837

356,626

2,797

3,269,687

1,160,595

San Gonzalo

53,271

149,265

555

-

208,184

Historic Above Ground Stockpiles

228,116

232,116

1,528

311,052

419,623

Consolidated

601,224

738,007

4,880

3,580,739

1,788,402

*During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company produced 15,784 and 19,454 AgEq oz, respectively, of zinc by-product concentrate which has been included in the "San Gonzalo" production category above.


Q3 2019

Grade & Recovery by Mine

Grade
Ag g/t

Grade
Au g/t

Grade
Cu %

Recovery
Ag %

Recovery
Au %

Recovery
Cu %

Avino

41

0.31

0.58

86%

73%

83%

San Gonzalo

56

0.41

-

80%

73%

-

Historic Above Ground Stockpiles

47

0.33

0.14

56%

54%

39%

Consolidated

44

0.33

0.33

76%

67%

68%

YTD 2019

Grade & Recovery by Mine

Grade
Ag g/t

Grade
Au g/t

Grade
Cu %

Recovery
Ag %

Recovery
Au %

Recovery
Cu %

Avino

41

0.38

0.55

84%

71%

85%

San Gonzalo

122

0.46

-

69%

65%

-

Historic Above Ground Stockpiles

57

0.40

0.17

55%

53%

36%

Consolidated

54

0.40

0.39

72%

64%

64%


Avino Mine Production Highlights


Q3

2019

Q3**

2018

Quarterly

Change

YTD

2019

Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes)

122,208

85,221

43%

319,837

Feed Grade Silver (g/t)

41

57

-28%

41

Feed Grade Gold (g/t)

0.31

0.54

-42%

0.38

Feed Grade Copper (%)

0.58

0.53

10%

0.55

Recovery Silver (%)

86%

83%

3%

84%

Recovery Gold (%)

73%

66%

10%

71%

Recovery Copper (%)

83%

88%

-6%

85%

Total Silver Produced (oz)

139,419

130,320

7%

356,626

Total Gold Produced (oz)

900

982

-8%

2,797

Total Copper Produced (Lbs)

1,307,622

879,430

49%

3,269,687

Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz)*

418,352

372,601

12%

1,160,595

*In Q3, 2019, AgEq was calculated using metals prices of $16.98 oz Ag, $1,472 oz Au and $2.63 lb Cu. In Q3, 2018, AgEq was calculated using metals prices of $15.00 oz Ag, $1,213 oz Au and $2.77 lb Cu. Calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.


**The figures for Q3 2018 include San Luis processed material that was not included in the previously released Q3 2018 production table however it was reflected in the consolidated figures.


Overall, silver equivalent production at Avino increased by 12% compared to Q3, 2018, as a result of increased copper and silver production during the quarter. Mill feed at Avino increased by 43%, which offset lower silver and gold grades of 28% and 42%, respectively. Copper grades increased by 10% compared to Q3, 2018. Silver and gold recoveries increased by 3% and 10% respectively.

San Gonzalo Production Highlights


Q3

2019

Q3

2018

Quarterly

Change

YTD

2019

Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes)

17,800

19,691

-10%

53,271

Feed Grade Silver (g/t)

56

226

-75%

122

Feed Grade Gold (g/t)

0.41

1.15

-65%

0.46

Recovery Silver (%)

80%

78%

2%

69%

Recovery Gold (%)

73%

75%

-3%

65%

Total Silver Produced (oz)

29,568

111,287

-73%

149,265

Total Gold Produced (oz)

194

549

-65%

555

Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz)*

56,203

155,990

-64%

208,184

*In Q3, 2019, AgEq was calculated using metals prices of $16.98 oz Ag, $1,472 oz Au and $2.63 lb Cu. In Q3, 2018, AgEq was calculated using metals prices of $15.00 oz Ag, $1,213 oz Au and $2.77 lb Cu. Calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.


*During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company produced 15,784 and 19,454 AgEq oz, respectively, of zinc by-product concentrate which has been included above.


At San Gonzalo, the Company continues to process stockpiles, which have exceeded our expectations, albeit with declining silver and gold grades, which is inline with internal expectations.

Historic Above Ground Stockpiles Production Highlights


Q3

2019

Q3

2018

Quarterly

Change

YTD

2019

Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes)

62,656

88,733

-29%

228,116

Feed Grade Silver (g/t)

47

62

-25%

57

Feed Grade Gold (g/t)

0.33

0.45

-28%

0.40

Feed Grade Copper (%)

0.14

0.15

-9%

0.17

Recovery Silver (%)

56%

57%

-1%

55%

Recovery Gold (%)

54%

52%

3%

53%

Recovery Copper (%)

39%

37%

5%

36%

Total Silver Produced (oz)

52,941

100,544

-47%

232,116

Total Gold Produced (oz)

354

673

-47%

1,528

Total Copper Produced (Lbs)

74,302

112,841

-34%

311,052

Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz) calculated*

95,665

175,837

-46%

419,623

*In Q3, 2019, AgEq was calculated using metals prices of $16.98 oz Ag, $1,472 oz Au and $2.63 lb Cu. In Q3, 2018, AgEq was calculated using metals prices of $15.00 oz Ag, $1,213 oz Au and $2.77 lb Cu. Calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.


Due to the negligible cost of mining, the profit margin on this material is quite positive. We will continue to evaluate our feed and product mix to maximize profitability.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Mill assays are performed at the Avino property's on-site lab. Check samples are sent to SGS Labs in Durango, Mexico for verification. Gold and silver assays are performed by the fire assay method with the gravimetric finish for the concentrates and the AAS methods for copper, lead, zinc and silver for the feed grade samples. All concentrate shipments are assayed by one of the following independent third party labs: AHK, and Inspectorate in the UK and LSI in the Netherlands .

Qualified Person(s)

Peter Latta , P.Eng, MBA, Senior Technical Advisor, Avino and Jasman Yee P.Eng , Avino director, both of whom are qualified persons within the context of National Instrument 43-101 have reviewed and approved the technical data in this news release.

About Avino

Avino is a silver and gold producer with a diversified pipeline of gold, silver and base metals properties in Mexico and Canada employing close to 350 people. Avino produces from its wholly owned Avino and San Gonzalo Mines near Durango, Mexico , and is currently planning for future production at the Bralorne Gold Mine in British Columbia, Canada . The Company's gold and silver production remains unhedged. The Company's mission and strategy is to create shareholder value through its focus on profitable organic growth at the historic Avino Property near Durango, Mexico , and the strategic acquisition of mineral exploration and mining properties. Avino is committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

"David Wolfin"
David Wolfin
President & Chief Executive Officer

Safe Harbor Statement - This news release contains "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" (together, the "forward looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities laws and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the updated mineral resource estimate for the Company's Avino Property located near Durango in west-central Mexico (the "Property") with an effective date of February 21, 2018 , and amended on December 19, 2018 , prepared for the Company, and reference to Measured, Indicated, Inferred Resources referred to in this press release. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and the dates of technical reports, as applicable. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the future circumstances, outcomes or results anticipated in or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur or that plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. While we have based these forward-looking statements on our expectations about future events as at the date that such statements were prepared, the statements are not a guarantee that such future events will occur and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which could cause events or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that the Company's Property does not have the amount of the mineral resources indicated in the updated report or that such mineral resources may be economically extracted.

Such factors and assumptions include, among others, the effects of general economic conditions, the price of gold, silver and copper, changing foreign exchange rates and actions by government authorities, uncertainties associated with legal proceedings and negotiations and misjudgments in the course of preparing forward-looking information. In addition, there are known and unknown risk factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Known risk factors include risks associated with project development; the need for additional financing; operational risks associated with mining and mineral processing; fluctuations in metal prices; title matters; uncertainties and risks related to carrying on business in foreign countries; environmental liability claims and insurance; reliance on key personnel; the potential for conflicts of interest among certain of our officers, directors or promoters with certain other projects; the absence of dividends; currency fluctuations; competition; dilution; the volatility of our common share price and volume; tax consequences to U.S. investors; and other risks and uncertainties. Although we have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We are under no obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements except as required under applicable securities laws.

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