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Fortuna reports 2022 full year record production of 401,878 gold equivalent ounces and issues 2023 annual guidance

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM) (TSX: FVI) reports production results for the fourth quarter and full year 2022 from its four operating mines in the Americas and West Africa. For the full year 2022, the Company produced 259,427 ounces of gold and 6,907,275 ounces of silver or 401,878 gold equivalent1 ounces. All references to dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in US dollars.

2022 Consolidated Production Highlights

  • Gold production of 259,427 ounces; 25 percent increase over 2021

  • Silver production of 6,907,275 ounces; 8 percent decrease over 2021

  • Lead production of 34,588,324 pounds; 5 percent increase over 2021

  • Zinc production of 46,175,821 pounds; 3 percent decrease over 2021

All production results are in line with the mining sequence and Mineral Reserves estimates.

2023 Consolidated Production Guidance Highlights

  • Gold production of between 282 to 320 thousand ounces; a projected increase of between 9 to 23 percent over 2022

  • Silver production of between 6.3 to 6.9 million ounces; a projected decrease of up to 9 percent over 2022

  • Gold equivalent production2 of between 412 to 463 thousand ounces; a projected increase of between 3 to 15 percent over 2022

Notes:

  1. Au Eq includes gold, silver, lead and zinc and is calculated using the following metal prices: $1,802/oz Au, $21.75/oz Ag, $2,161/t Pb and $3,468/t Zn or Au:Ag = 1:82.89, Au:Pb = 1:0.83, Au:Zn = 1:0.52

  2. Au Eq includes gold, silver, lead and zinc and is calculated using the following metal prices: $1,700/oz Au, $21/oz Ag, $2,000/t Pb and $3,200/t Zn or Au:Ag = 1:81.00, Au:Pb = 1:0.85, Au:Zn = 1:0.53

2022 Consolidated Operating Highlights

 

Fourth Quarter 2022

Full Year 2022

 

 

Lindero,
Argentina

San Jose,
Mexico

Yaramoko,
Burkina Faso

Caylloma,
Peru

Consolidated

Lindero,
Argentina

San Jose,
Mexico

Yaramoko,
Burkina Faso

Caylloma,
Peru

Consolidated

OPERATIONAL FIGURES

 

Tonnes milled

 

259,500

142,694

138,491

 

 

1,029,590

546,651

546,186

 

Average tpd milled

 

2,883

1,568

1,556

 

 

2,925

1,523

1,539

 

Ore placed on pad (t)

1,334,509

 

 

 

 

5,498,064

 

 

 

 

SILVER1

 

Grade (g/t)

 

194

 

75

 

 

191

 

80

 

Recovery (%)

 

91.1

 

81.4

 

 

91.4

 

81.3

 

Production (oz)

 

1,473,627

 

273,119

1,746,746

 

5,762,562

 

1,144,713

6,907,275

GOLD2

 

Grade (g/t)

0.80

1.13

6.45

0.12

 

0.81

1.14

6.37

0.14

 

Recovery (%)

 

89.8

97.6

22.0

 

 

90.4

97.5

31.8

 

Production (oz)

29,301

8,499

26,190

122

64,112

118,418

34,124

106,108

777

259,427

LEAD

 

Grade (%)

 

 

 

3.22

 

 

 

 

3.27

 

Recovery (%)

 

 

 

88.9

 

 

 

 

87.8

 

Production (lbs)

 

 

 

8,734,715

8,734,715

 

 

 

34,588,324

34,588,324

ZINC

 

Grade (%)

 

 

 

4.63

 

 

 

 

4.32

 

Recovery (%)

 

 

 

89.0

 

 

 

 

88.8

 

Production (lbs)

 

 

 

12,575,167

12,575,167

 

 

 

46,175,821

46,175,821

Notes:

  1. Metallurgical recovery for silver at the Caylloma Mine is calculated based on silver content in lead concentrate

  2. Lindero production includes doré and gold in carbon columns; Yaramoko production includes doré only

  3. Totals may not add due to rounding

Latin America: Consistent performance results in solid production for all metals, meeting annual guidance

The fourth quarter of 2022 was Latin America's fifth consecutive quarter of over 35,000 ounces of gold production. On a full year basis, the region achieved record gold production of 153,319 ounces. Consolidated silver production was 6.9 million ounces, achieving the higher end of annual guidance. All three mines delivered production results in line with their mining plans and Mineral Reserves estimates.

Highlights

  • Lindero continues capturing productivity gains and demonstrating a stable production performance delivering a 14 percent increase in gold production when compared to 2021

  • Caylloma delivered higher annual silver and lead production due to higher throughput and head grades

  • San Jose delivered total silver production of 5.8 million ounces, hitting the upper range of annual guidance

Lindero Mine, Argentina: Record annual gold production

Gold production for the fourth quarter of 2022 totaled 29,301 ounces, a 19 percent decrease year-over-year. Lower gold production is attributed to an 8 percent decrease in tonnes and a 23 percent decrease in gold grade for ore placed on the pad, compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. Gold grade for the quarter was in line with the mining plan and Mineral Reserve estimate.

Mine production for the quarter was according to management’s expectations, with a total of 1.9 million tonnes of ore mined in the fourth quarter, at a strip ratio of 0.54:1.

For the full year, mine production totaled 8.6 million tonnes of ore, at a strip ratio of 0.73:1, with 5.5 million tonnes of ore placed on the pad averaging 0.81 g/t Au containing an estimated 143,203 ounces of gold, in line with the management’s mining and production plan. Throughout 2022, management implemented various high impact optimization initiatives to capture efficiencies, allowing the operation to offset some of the cost increases in primary consumables. Initiatives included improving the efficiency of the SART plant, subsequently decreasing consumption of fresh make-up cyanide and sulfuric acid; and the optimization of the mine fleet´s trucking distance, reducing diesel consumption and improving productivity. In the fourth quarter of 2022, the operation commenced a project to improve the recirculation circuit of the HPGR with the aim of reducing granulometry and improving gold recovery from ore placed on the leach pad.

Gold production for the year totaled a record 118,418 ounces, comprised of 116,191 ounces in doré and 2,227 ounces of gold-in-carbon (GIC), meeting annual guidance (refer to Fortuna news release dated January 18, 2022). In 2022, Lindero had a good reconciliation for ore sent to the leach pad with gold grades at the plant being 2 percent higher compared to the Mineral Reserve model estimate.

San Jose Mine, Mexico: Silver production achieves upper end of annual guidance

In the fourth quarter of 2022, San Jose produced 1.5 million ounces of silver and 8,499 ounces of gold, a 14 percent decrease for both metals compared to the equivalent period in 2021. The decrease is mainly due to lower head grades, albeit in line with management´s expectations based on the mining sequence and Mineral Reserve estimate.

Material mined using sublevel stopping (SLS) methods was increased in 2022, representing 35 percent of ore sent to the plant. The operation plans for the SLS contribution to reach 60 percent of total ore production in 2023. In the second quarter of 2022, a new underground shotcrete plant was commissioned which reduced mining cycles and partially offset some of the cost increases due to higher haulage distances as the mine deepens.

Silver and gold production for 2022 totaled 5.8 million ounces, the upper end of annual guidance, and 34,124 ounces, the mid-point of annual guidance, respectively. Average head grades for silver and gold for the year were 191 g/t Ag and 1.14 g/t Au, respectively.

Caylloma Mine, Peru: Strong silver, lead and zinc production exceeds upper range of annual guidance

In the fourth quarter of 2022, Caylloma produced 273,119 ounces of silver, a 4 percent increase year-over-year primarily due to higher grades mined during the period.

Silver production in 2022 totaled 1.14 million ounces, exceeding the upper end of annual guidance range.

In the fourth quarter of 2022, zinc production was 12.6 million pounds, a 10 percent increase over the comparable period in 2021. Production was mainly impacted by higher head grades and improved plant recovery. Lead production in the fourth quarter of 2022 was 8.7 million pounds, a 4 percent increase year-over-year, also attributable to higher plant recovery.

Zinc and lead production in 2022 totaled 46.2 and 34.6 million pounds, respectively; both exceeding the upper range of annual guidance. Base metal production benefitted from material mined at level 16 of the Animas vein allowing for a significant improvement in ore grade and oxide-sulfide ratios hence boosting plant recovery.

West Africa

In the fourth quarter of 2022, the West African operations continued their solid performance. Gold production at the Yaramoko Mine in Burkina Faso met the mid-point of the annual production guidance range.

At the Séguéla Gold Project in Côte d’Ivoire, construction activities continued as planned. The mining contractor continued its mobilization and establishment activities with the establishment of key infrastructure and the arrival on site of mining equipment. All senior operational management roles were filled and commenced work on site, with recruitment now focusing on other operational roles. First gold pour is on track for mid-2023.

Yaramoko Mine, Burkina Faso: Gold production achieved the mid-point range of annual guidance

The Yaramoko Mine produced 26,190 ounces of gold in the fourth quarter of 2022 with an average head grade of 6.45 g/t Au, which is in line with the mining sequence and Mineral Reserve estimate, and an 8 percent decrease year-over-year. Compared to the comparative period in 2021, the decrease in production was due to lower head grades. However, grades for the full year were in line with planned estimates.

Gold production in 2022 totaled 106,108 ounces achieving the mid-point of the annual guidance range.

2023 Consolidated Production and Cost Guidance

Mine

Silver
(Moz)

Gold
(koz)

Lead
(Mlbs)

Zinc
(Mlbs)

Cash Cost1,3,5,6

AISC1,2,3,5,6

SILVER

 

 

 

 

($/oz Ag Eq)

($/oz Ag Eq)

San Jose, Mexico

5.3 - 5.8

34 - 37

-

-

10.2 - 11.3

14.7 - 16.2

Caylloma, Peru

1.0 - 1.1

-

29 - 32

43 - 48

10.4 - 11.5

19.0 - 21.0

GOLD

 

 

 

 

($/oz Au)

($/oz Au)

Lindero, Argentina

-

96 - 106

-

-

820 - 920

1,430 - 1,580

Yaramoko, Burkina Faso

-

92 - 102

-

-

960 - 1,060

1,550 - 1,710

Séguéla4, Côte d´Ivoire

-

60 - 75

-

-

450 - 580

880 - 1,080

CONSOLIDATED TOTAL

6.3 - 6.9

282 - 320

29 - 32

43 - 48

 

 

Notes:

  1. Cash Cost and all-in sustaining cost (AISC) are non-IFRS financial measures which are not standardized financial measures under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the financial statements of the Company and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. Refer to the note under “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” below

  2. AISC includes production cash cost, commercial and government royalties, mining tax, export duties (as applicable), worker’s participation (as applicable), subsidiary G&A, sustaining capital expenditures, and Brownfields exploration and is estimated at metal prices of $1,700/oz Au, $21/oz Ag, $2,000/t Pb, and $3,200/t Zn. AISC excludes government mining royalty recognized as income tax within the scope of IAS-12

  3. Silver equivalent is calculated at metal prices of $1,700/oz Au, $21/oz Ag, $2,000/t Pb and $3,200/t Zn

  4. Séguéla’s production and cost guidance is based on first gold pour in mid-2023. Any material changes to the construction or commissioning schedule may have a material impact on Séguéla’s production and cost guidance.

  5. Totals may not add due to rounding

  6. Historical non-IFRS measure cost comparatives: The following table provides the historical cash costs and historical AISC for the four operating mines for the year ended December 31, 2021 as follows:

Mine

Cash Costa,b,c

AISCa,b,c

SILVER

($/oz Ag Eq)

($/oz Ag Eq)

San Jose, Mexico

9.30

14.38

Caylloma, Peru

13.46

18.94

GOLD

($/oz Au)

($/oz Au)

Lindero, Argentina

617

1,116

Yaramoko, Burkina Faso

739

1,317

  1. Cash cost and AISC are non-IFRS financial measures; refer to the note under “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” below

  2. Silver equivalent was calculated at metal prices of $1,789/oz Au, $25.16/oz Ag, $2,205/t Pb and $2,998/t Zn for the year ended December 31, 2021

  3. Further details on the cash costs and AISC for the year ended December 31, 2021 are disclosed on pages 34, 35, 36, 38, and 39 (with respect to cash costs) and pages 34, 35, 37, and 40 (with respect to AISC) of the Company’s management discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the year ended December 31, 2021 dated as of March 23, 2022 (“2021 MD&A”) which is available under Fortuna's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com and is incorporated by reference into this news release, and the note under “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” below

2023 Guidance Outlook

Lindero Mine, Argentina

The Lindero Mine is expected to place 6.3 million tonnes of ore on the leach pad averaging 0.67 g/t Au, containing an estimated 136,100 ounces of gold. Capital investments are estimated at $42.7 million, including $30.3 million for sustaining capital expenditures, $12.1 million of capitalized stripping and $0.3 million for Brownfields exploration programs.

Major sustaining capital investment projects include:

  • Leach pad Phase II expansion

$17.5 million

  • Heavy equipment replacement and overhaul

$7.6 million

  • Plant spare parts

$1.2 million

Cash cost and AISC:

  • Cash cost per ounce of gold at Lindero is expected to increase approximately 25 percent over 2022 at the upper range of guidance and 12 percent at the lower range. The increase is explained mainly due to lower production related to changes in the grade profile as per the life of mine plan, and the impact of higher projected operational expenditures reflecting incremental inflation pressures throughout 2022.

  • AISC per ounce of gold at Lindero is expected to increase 41 percent over 2022 at the upper range of guidance and 28 percent at the lower range. The increase is explained by higher capital expenditures related to the leach pad Phase II expansion and higher capitalized stripping costs and higher cash cost per ounce.

San Jose Mine, Mexico

At the San Jose Mine, the Company plans to process 1.03 million tonnes of ore averaging 186 g/t Ag and 1.19 g/t Au. Silver and gold production reflect the declining grade profile of Mineral Reserves. Capital investment is estimated at $18.4 million, including $15.1 million for sustaining capital expenditures and $3.3 million for Brownfields exploration programs.

Major sustaining capital investment projects include:

  • Mine development

$8.4 million

  • Underground mine equipment spare parts and overhauling

$1.7 million

Cash cost and AISC are expected to remain in line with 2022.

Yaramoko Mine, Burkina Faso

At the Yaramoko Mine, the Company plans to process 526,088 tonnes of ore averaging 5.9 g/t Au. Capital investments are estimated at $40.8 million, including $37.4 million for sustaining capital expenditures and $3.3 million for Brownfields exploration programs.

Major sustaining capital investment projects include:

  • Mine development 

$30.8 million

  • Ventilation infrastructure extension   

$2.5 million

  • 109 open pit preparation

$1.3 million

  • QV prime equipment 

$0.5 million

Cash cost and AISC:

  • Cash cost per ounce of gold at Yaramoko is expected to increase approximately 20 percent over 2022 at the upper range of guidance and 8 percent at the lower range. The increase is explained due to lower production and the impact of higher projected operational expenditures reflecting incremental inflation pressures throughout 2022 as well as higher mining costs at QV Prime and 109 Zone open pit.

  • AISC per ounce of gold at Yaramoko is expected to increase 12 percent over 2022 at the upper range of guidance and remain in line with respect to the lower range. The increase is explained by higher cash cost per ounce.

Caylloma Mine, Peru

At the Caylloma Mine, the Company plans to process 542,000 tonnes of ore averaging 73 g/t Ag, 2.86% Pb, and 4.28% Zn. Capital investments are estimated at $23.6 million, including $21.0 million for sustaining capital expenditures and $2.6 million for Brownfields exploration programs.

Major sustaining capital investment projects include:

  • Mine development

$7.1 million

  • Underground water pumping system

$3.9 million

  • Caylloma Mine substation power grid enhancement

$2.7 million

  • Plant power sub-station, Phase II

$1.4 million

  • New paste backfill system, Phase I

$1.1 million

Cash cost and AISC are expected to remain in line with 2022.

Séguéla Gold Project, Côte d’Ivoire

The main construction goals/milestones to be achieved towards first gold pour include:

Q1 2023:

  • Mining activities commence

  • Energize processing plant

Q2 2023:

  • Construction practical completion

  • First ore to the crusher / dry circuit

  • First ore to the SAG mill / wet plant

  • First gold pour

Q3 2023:

  • Ramp-up to design capacity

Once production commences in mid-2023, Séguéla is expected to process 739,466 tonnes of ore averaging 3.3 g/t Au, with capital investments estimated at $22.7 million, including $18.8 million for sustaining capital expenditures and $3.9 million for Brownfields exploration programs.

Major sustaining capital investment projects include:

  • Mine development

$10.0 million

  • Tailings storage facility lift

$2.8 million

  • Sunbird Deposit infill drilling

$1.7 million

2023 Exploration Outlook

Fortuna continues to advance its robust pipeline of Brownfields and Greenfields exploration projects in West Africa and the Americas, building on the success of the exploration programs carried out in 2022.

Brownfields Exploration

Fortuna´s consolidated Brownfields exploration budget for 2023 for its four mines and Séguéla totals $21.8 million, which includes 128,000 meters of reverse circulation, diamond core and air core exploration drilling.

Séguéla Project, Côte d’Ivoire

The Brownfields exploration program budget for 2023 at the Séguéla Project is $12.2 million, which includes 87,200 meters of drilling to upgrade resource confidence and further extend the Sunbird Deposit along strike and at depth; test for further depth extensions at the Koula, Ancien and Antenna deposits; further drilling to test and infill the recent Kestral, Barana and Badior prospects (refer to Fortuna news release dated December 5, 2022) and continued generation and testing of near-mine targets.

San Jose Mine, Mexico

The Brownfields exploration program budget for 2023 at the San Jose Mine is $3.3 million, which includes 5,500 meters of diamond drilling, focused on extensions to the Magdalena, Trinidad and Victoria systems, as well as work along the Taviche corridor.

Yaramoko Mine, Burkina Faso

The Brownfields exploration program budget for 2023 at the Yaramoko Mine is $3.3 million, which includes 29,200 meters of exploration drilling, testing of several surface geochemistry anomalies generated in 2022, in addition to testing strike and depth projections of the 55 Zone.

Caylloma Mine, Peru

The Brownfields exploration program budget for 2023 at the Caylloma Mine is $2.6 million, which includes 6,560 meters of drilling to test down-dip extensions of ore shoots 1 and 3 at the Animas silver-polymetallic vein, as well as regional exploration work and target generation at the Antacollo, Santa Rosa and San Cristobal silver veins.

Lindero Mine, Argentina

The Brownfields exploration program for 2023 at the Lindero Mine of $0.3 million will be focused on reviewing the Arizaro project, located 3.5 kilometers to the southeast of the mine. Exploration at Lindero will also extend to regional prospect evaluation and portfolio reviews.

Greenfields Exploration

Reconnaissance exploration and evaluation of potential new projects will continue to be actively pursued during 2023, with a focus on new project generation and corporate growth in our active operating regions, supported by a budget of $3.9 million.

Qualified Person

Raul Espinoza, Director of Technical Services for the Company, is a Fellow member and Chartered Professional of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (FAusIMM CP) and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Espinoza has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information relating to the Company´s operating mines contained in this news release and has verified the underlying data.

Paul Weedon, Senior Vice President of Exploration for Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 being a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (Membership #6001). Mr. Weedon has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information relating to exploration contained in this news release.

About Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. is a Canadian precious metals mining company with four operating mines in Argentina, Burkina Faso, Mexico and Peru, and a fifth mine under construction in Côte d'Ivoire. Sustainability is integral to all our operations and relationships. We produce gold and silver and generate shared value over the long-term for our stakeholders through efficient production, environmental protection, and social responsibility. For more information, please visit our website.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Jorge A. Ganoza
President, CEO, and Director
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

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Cautionary Note to United States Investors Concerning Estimates of Reserves and Resources

Reserve and resource estimates included in this news release have been prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves. NI 43-101 is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators that establishes standards for public disclosure by a Canadian company of scientific and technical information concerning mineral projects. Unless otherwise indicated, all mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates contained in the technical disclosure have been prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves.

Canadian standards, including NI 43-101, differ significantly from the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and mineral reserve and resource information included in this news release may not be comparable to similar information disclosed by U.S. companies.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This news release also refers to non-IFRS financial measures, including cash costs and all-in sustaining costs. These measures are not standardized financial measures under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the financial reporting framework used to prepare the financial statements of the Company, and therefore may not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other mining companies. These Non-IFRS Measures include cash costs and all-in sustaining cash costs.

Readers should refer to the “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” section in the Company’s 2021 MD&A, which section is incorporated herein by reference, for an explanation of these measures and reconciliations to the Company’s reported financial results in accordance with IFRS. The MD&A 2021 is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.