|Q2 ‘17||Q1 ‘17||Q4 ‘16||Q3 ‘16||Q2 ‘16|
|Gold Eq. ounces||32,584||29,733||31,521||36,496||39,555|
Permitting continues to advance as planned, the Bureau of Land Management has incorporated the public comments from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement into the Final Environmental Impact Statement. Permitting remains on schedule, with a Record of Decision expected in Q3, 2017.
San José Mine, Argentina (49%(2)) – Improving Production
Our attributable production from San José in Q2 was 12,477 gold ounces and 774,521 silver ounces, for a total of 22,804 gold equivalent ounces. During the first half of 2017 our attributable production was 42,729 gold equivalent ounces, a slight improvement on the same period in 2016, mainly driven by better gold grades.
El Gallo Mine, Mexico – Grade to Increase in Second Half
Production in Q2 was 9,780 gold equivalent ounces, compared to 15,640 gold equivalent ounces during the same period in 2016. Production in the first half of 2017 was expected to be slower as a result of lower gold grades mined, however gold grades are projected to increase in the second half of the year.
Timmins Projects, Ontario, Canada
Evaluation work and trade-off studies are underway to determine in which order the newly acquired properties will be advanced towards development. Updated resource estimates are expected later this year.
Operating costs for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 will be released with our 10-Q Quarterly Financial Statements in early August. As at June 30, 2017 we are debt-free with liquid assets of $44 million comprised of $24 million in cash, $8 million in precious metals, and $12 million in marketable securities. Substantial investments in our Los Azules project and lower production levels from our El Gallo Mine contributed to the reduction in liquidity since Q1. We have not issued equity to finance our operations since completing a rights issue in 2013, and we have preserved our leverage to higher gold and silver prices by not encumbering our assets with royalties, metal streams or hedges.
- ‘Gold Equivalent Ounces’ are calculated based on a 75:1 gold to silver ratio.
- The San José Mine is 49% owned by McEwen Mining Inc. and 51% owned and operated by Hochschild Mining plc.
McEwen Mining has the goal to qualify for inclusion in the S&P 500 Index by creating a high growth gold and silver producer focused in the Americas. McEwen Mining’s principal assets consist of the San José Mine in Santa Cruz, Argentina (49% interest), the El Gallo Mine and El Gallo Silver project in Sinaloa, Mexico, the Gold Bar project in Nevada, USA, the Los Azules copper project in San Juan, Argentina, and the recently acquired gold projects in Timmins, Canada.
McEwen Mining has a total of 312 million shares outstanding. Rob McEwen, Chairman and Chief Owner, owns 25% of the Company.
The technical contents of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Nathan M. Stubina, Ph.D., P.Eng., FCIM, Managing Director and a Qualified Person as defined by Canadian Securities Administrators National Instrument 43-101 “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects”.
Reliability of Information Regarding San José
Minera Santa Cruz S.A., the owner of the San José Mine, is responsible for and has supplied to the Company all reported results from the San José Mine. McEwen Mining’s joint venture partner, a subsidiary of Hochschild Mining plc, and its affiliates other than MSC do not accept responsibility for the use of project data or the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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