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Fortuna reports production of 2.2 million ounces of silver and 12,542 ounces of gold for the third quarter of 2018

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (FSM) (FVI.TO) is pleased to report production results for the third quarter of 2018 from its two operating mines in Latin America, the San Jose Mine in Mexico and the Caylloma Mine in Peru.  The Company produced 2.2 million ounces of silver and 12,542 ounces of gold, plus base metal by-products.  Silver and gold production for the first nine months totaled 7.0 million ounces and 42,140 ounces respectively; being 13 percent and 16 percent above the Company's nine month projection.  Fortuna is on schedule to produce 8.3 million ounces of silver and 48.3 thousand ounces of gold or 11.4 million Ag Eq1 ounces in 2018 in accordance with our production guidance (see Fortuna news release dated January 17, 2018).

Third Quarter Production Highlights

  • Silver production of 2,230,465 ounces; 11 percent increase over Q3 2017
  • Gold production of 12,542 ounces; 6 percent decrease over Q3 2017
  • Lead production of 7,575,541 pounds; 1 percent decrease over Q3 2017
  • Zinc production of 11,482,583 pounds; 2 percent increase over Q3 2017
  • Cash cost2 for San Jose is US$63.30/t
  • Cash cost2 for Caylloma is US$88.53/t

Consolidated Operating Highlights

  Third Quarter 2018 Third Quarter 2017
  Caylloma,
Peru
San Jose,
Mexico
Consolidated 
 
Caylloma,
Peru
San Jose,
Mexico
Consolidated

Processed Ore    
Tonnes milled 135,996 262,710   133,726 263,697  
Average tpd milled 1,511 2,985   1,486 3,038  
Silver3    
Grade (g/t) 65 258   66 229  
Recovery (%) 84.69 91.47   83.29 91.40  
Production (oz) 239,253 1,991,211 2,230,465 234,806 1,774,556 2,009,362

Notes:
1.  Silver equivalent production does not include lead or zinc and is calculated using a silver to gold ratio of 65 to 1
2.  Preliminary estimates of cash operating costs per tonne, subject to modification on final cost consolidation
3.  Metallurgical recovery for silver at the Caylloma Mine is calculated based on silver content in lead concentrate
4.  Totals may not add due to rounding

     
  Third Quarter 2018 Third Quarter 2017
  Caylloma,
Peru
San Jose,
Mexico
Consolidated Caylloma,
Peru
San Jose,
Mexico

Consolidated
Gold    
Grade (g/t) 0.17 1.61   0.20 1.71  
Recovery (%) 21.37 91.24   19.18 91.39  
Production (oz) 155 12,387 12,542 164 13,248 13,412
Lead    
Grade (%) 2.74     2.87    
Recovery (%) 92.23     90.54    
Production (lbs) 7,575,541   7,575,541 7,650,040   7,650,040
Zinc    
Grade (%) 4.24     4.26    
Recovery (%) 90.36     89.60    
Production (lbs) 11,482,583   11,482,583 11,241,371   11,241,371

San Jose Mine, Mexico

The San Jose Mine produced 1,991,211 ounces of silver and 12,387 ounces of gold in the third quarter of 2018, 11 percent and 9 percent above budget respectively. Average head grades for silver and gold were 258 g/t and 1.61 g/t, 11 percent and 9 percent above budget respectively.  Silver and gold production for the first nine months of 2018 totaled 6.3 million ounces and 41,692 ounces respectively; being 13 percent and 16 percent above the mine’s nine-month projection.

Caylloma Mine, Peru

The Caylloma Mine produced 239,253 ounces of silver in the third quarter of 2018, 19 percent above budget.  Average head grade for silver was 65 g/t, 16 percent above budget. Silver production for the first nine months of 2018 totaled 692,101 ounces; 13 percent above the mine’s nine-month projection.

Lead and zinc production for the third quarter of 2018 was 7,575,541 pounds and 11,482,583 pounds respectively, 20 percent and 1 percent above budget respectively.  Average head grades for lead and zinc were 2.74% and 4.24%, 17 percent above and in line with budget respectively. Base metals production for the first nine months totaled 21,801,786 pounds of lead and 33,947,289 pounds of zinc; being 14 percent and 1 percent above the mine’s nine-month projection.

Qualified Person

Eric N. Chapman, M.Sc., Vice President of Technical Services, is the Qualified Person for Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as defined by National Instrument 43-101.  Mr. Chapman is a Professional Geoscientist of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (Registration Number 36328) and has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release.

About Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Fortuna is a growth oriented, precious metals producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America.  Our primary assets are the Caylloma silver Mine in southern Peru, the San Jose silver-gold Mine in Mexico and the Lindero gold Project in Argentina.  The company is selectively pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas and in select other areas.  For more information, please visit our website at www.fortunasilver.com.

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

Trading symbols: NYSE: FSM | TSX: FVI

Investor Relations:

Carlos Baca
T (Peru): +51.1.616.6060, ext. 0

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Forward looking Statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the Forward looking Statements. Such uncertainties and factors include, among others, changes in general economic conditions and financial markets; changes in prices for silver and other metals; technological and operational hazards in Fortuna’s mining and mine development activities; risks inherent in mineral exploration; uncertainties inherent in the estimation of mineral reserves, mineral resources, and metal recoveries; governmental and other approvals; political unrest or instability in countries where Fortuna is active; labor relations issues; as well as those factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company's Annual Information Form. Although the Company has 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 to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended.

Forward looking Statements contained herein are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management, including but not limited to expectations regarding mine production costs; expected trends in mineral prices and currency exchange rates; the accuracy of the Company’s current mineral resource and reserve estimates; that the Company’s activities will be in accordance with the Company’s public statements and stated goals; that there will be no material adverse change affecting the Company or its properties; that all required approvals will be obtained; that there will be no significant disruptions affecting operations and such other assumptions as set out herein. Forward looking Statements are made as of the date hereof and the Company disclaims any obligation to update any Forward looking Statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by law. 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, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward looking Statements.

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