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Centamin PLC - Q4 Preliminary Production Results

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Jan 9, 2013) -

TSX:CEE For immediate release 9 January 2013 Centamin plc ("Centamin" or "the Company") (LSE:CEY, TSX:CEE) Q4 Preliminary Production Results Centamin is pleased to announce its preliminary production results from its Sukari Gold Mine ("Sukari") in Egypt for the quarter ended 31 December 2012. Total gold production for the quarter was a record 85,543 ounces, a 45% increase on the corresponding quarter in 2011 and a 40% increase on Q3 2012. This brings full year production to 262,958, a 30% increase on 2011 and above guidance of 250,000 ounces. Ore tonnages mined and processed during the quarter were on budget, despite the previously-announced temporary suspension of operations in December, and both open pit and underground grades improved in line with the mine plan. Formal guidance for the current year will be provided during Q1. Quarterly throughput at the Sukari process plant was 1,250kt, a 17% increase on the corresponding quarter in 2011, and a 25% increase on Q3 2012. The nameplate annualised rate was achieved as productivity improved significantly on the previous quarter. Open pit total material movement of 6,739kt was down 3% and ore production of 1,916kt was up 16% on Q3 2012. The average grade open pit ore milled increased steadily in line with budget and previous guidance. The underground mine delivered 111kt, up 19% on Q3 2012; returning to budget productivity levels as the technical issues encountered in the previous quarter were resolved. The run of mine ore stockpile balance increased by 142kt to 721kt by the end of the quarter. Despite some on-going delays by customs officials, gold exports have continued during January and it is expected that regular gold exports will continue to take place as and when required.     Q4 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2011 (estimate) Total Material Movement - Open Pit (kt) 6,739 6,970 7,701 Open Pit Ore Production (kt) 1,916 1,653 1,988 Process Plant Throughput (kt) 1,250 1,004 1,066 Process Plant Productivity (tph) 686 624 628 Underground Ore Production (kt) 111 93 70 Gold Produced (oz) 85,543 60,922 58,965 Josef El-Raghy, Chairman of Centamin, commented:"The team at Sukari has delivered a very strong set of operating results, with a record output for the quarter bringing full year production ahead of guidance. All areas performed well and the results are particularly pleasing given the challenges faced during the year. Sukari has now delivered production growth over three consecutive years and we look forward to a further increase in 2013. Whilst 2012 presented us with a number of challenges, we exit the year as forecast with a robust financial and operating base with which to continue delivering on our growth strategy." For more information please contact: Centamin plc Buchanan Josef El-Raghy, Chairman Bobby Morse Andy Davidson, Head of Business Development Cornelia Browne and Investor Relations Gabriella Clinkard ( andy.davidson@centamin.co.uk ) + 44 (0) 20 7466 5000 +44 (0) 20 7569 1671 This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END