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Fortuna reports production of 2.4 million ounces of silver and 13,497 ounces of gold for the second quarter of 2019

VANCOUVER, British Columbia , July 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (FSM) (FVI.TO) is pleased to report production results for the second quarter of 2019 from its two operating mines in Latin America, the San Jose Mine in Mexico and the Caylloma Mine in Peru.  The Company produced 2.4 million ounces of silver and 13,497 ounces of gold plus base metal by-products.  Silver and gold production for the first six months totaled 4.6 million ounces and 26,811 ounces respectively; being 5 percent above and 1 percent below the Company’s mid-year projection respectively.  Fortuna is on schedule to produce 8.2 - 9.0 million ounces of silver and 49 - 54 thousand ounces of gold or 11.7 - 12.9 million Ag Eq1 ounces in 2019 in accordance with our annual production guidance (refer to Fortuna news release dated January 17, 2019).

Second Quarter Production Highlights

  • Silver production of 2,387,225 ounces; 3 percent increase over Q2 2018
  • Gold production of  13,497 ounces; 7 percent decrease over Q2 2018
  • Lead production of 6,975,426 pounds; 3 percent decrease over Q2 2018
  • Zinc production of 11,173,027 pounds; 2 percent decrease over Q2 2018
  • Cash cost2 for San Jose is US$68.6/t, within 2019 annual cost guidance of between $63.5 - $70.1/t
  • Cash cost2 for Caylloma is US$86.7/t, within 2019 annual cost guidance of between $80.0 - $88.4/t

Consolidated Operating Highlights

  Second Quarter 2019 Second Quarter 2018
  Caylloma,
Peru
San Jose,
Mexico
Consolidated 

 
Caylloma,
Peru
San Jose,
Mexico
Consolidated

 
Processed Ore    
Tonnes milled 133,548 271,016   134,123 263,383  
Average tpd milled 1,501 3,045   1,507 2,987  
Silver3    
Grade (g/t) 64 273   65 268  
Recovery (%) 83.86 90.76   84.84 91.67  
Production (oz) 230,000 2,157,225 2,387,225 237,303 2,084,013 2,321,315


  Second Quarter 2019 Second Quarter 2018
  Caylloma,
Peru
San Jose,
Mexico
 

Consolidated
Caylloma,
Peru
San Jose,
Mexico
 

Consolidated
Gold    
Grade (g/t) 0.20 1.68   0.17 1.86  
Recovery (%) 34.33 90.23   17.91 91.54  
Production (oz) 293 13,204 13,497 134 14,422 14,557
Lead    
Grade (%) 2.61     2.65    
Recovery (%) 90.88     91.63    
Production (lbs) 6,975,426   6,975,426 7,186,541   7,186,541
Zinc    
Grade (%) 4.22     4.27    
Recovery (%) 89.89     90.57    
Production (lbs) 11,173,027   11,173,027 11,436,243   11,436,243

Notes:
1.  Silver equivalent production does not include lead or zinc and is calculated using a silver to gold ratio of 72 to 1
2.  Preliminary estimates of cash operating costs per tonne are 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

San Jose Mine, Mexico

The San Jose Mine produced 2,157,225 ounces of silver and 13,204 ounces of gold in the second quarter of 2019, 7 percent above and 4 percent below budget respectively.  Average head grades for silver and gold were 273 g/t and 1.68 g/t, 7 percent above and 3 percent below budget respectively.  Silver and gold production for the first six months of 2019 totaled 4.2 million ounces and 25,945 ounces respectively; being 5 percent above and 4 percent below the mine’s mid-year projection.

Caylloma Mine, Peru

The Caylloma Mine produced 230,000 ounces of silver in the second quarter of 2019, 1 percent above budget.  Average silver head grade of 64 g/t, 1 percent above budget.  Silver production for the first six months of 2019 totaled 463,836 ounces; 1 percent above the mine’s mid-year projection.

Lead and zinc production for the second quarter of 2019 was 6,975,426 pounds and 11,173,027 pounds respectively, in line with budget and 6 percent above budget respectively.  Average head grades for lead and zinc were 2.61% and 4.22%, in line with budget and 7 percent above budget respectively.  Base metals production for the first six months of 2019 totaled 14,147,628 pounds of lead and 22,468,271 pounds of zinc; being 1 percent below and 8 percent above the mine’s mid-year projection.

Qualified Person

Amri Sinuhaji, Technical Services Director – Mine Planning, is the Qualified Person for Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as defined by National Instrument 43-101.  Mr. Sinuhaji is a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (#48305) 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, currently under construction, 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 contained herein are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management, including but not limited to expectations regarding the Company's plans for its mines and mineral properties; 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.

This news release also refers to non-GAAP financial measures, such as cash cost per tonne of processed ore; cash cost per payable ounce of silver; total production cost per tonne; all-in sustaining cash cost; all-in cash cost; adjusted net (loss) income; operating cash flow per share before changes in working capital, income taxes, and interest income; and adjusted EBITDA. These measures do not have a standardized meaning or method of calculation, even though the descriptions of such measures may be similar. These performance measures have no meaning under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and therefore, amounts presented may not be comparable to similar data presented by other mining companies.