Capstone Reports Strong Financial Results for Year Ended December 31, 2009

By Capstone Mining Corp., PRNE
Sunday, March 21, 2010

Record Cash Flow from Operating Activities of $112.1 million, Adjusted Net Earnings of $65.2 million

VANCOUVER, Canada, March 22, 2010 - Capstone Mining Corp. (CS: TSX) today announced its financial results for
the year ended December 31, 2009. Highlights include adjusted net earnings of
$65.2 million ($0.35/share), earnings from mining operations of $81.4 million
and cash flow from operating activities of $112.1 million ($0.60/share) on
sales of 85.3 million pounds of copper. Capstone's two mines, Cozamin and
Minto produced 90 million pounds of copper contained in concentrates in 2009,
while payable copper totalled 86.6 million pounds which was produced at an
estimated total cash cost (1) of $1.03 per payable pound. Capstone ended the
year with cash on hand of $115.9 million and liquid investments of $39.1
as of December 31, 2009.

Capstone will hold a conference call Tuesday March 23, 2010 at 8:30 AM
Pacific time
(11:30 AM Eastern time) to discuss these results; call-in
details are at the end of this release. This release should be read in
conjunction with Capstone's 2009 audited consolidated financial statements
and management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") which are available on
Capstone's website at

                                 2009 Overview
                                                              Total    Total
                                                               2009   2008(2)
     Gross sales revenue ($ millions)                         250.4     122.8
     Payable copper produced (millions lbs)                    86.6      71.3
     Total cash cost per payable pound of copper(1) ($)        1.03      1.25
     Copper sold - (millions lbs)                              85.3      42.0
     Earnings (loss) for the period ($ millions)              (18.3)    131.8
     Earnings (loss) per share ($)                            (0.10)     1.47
     Adjusted net earnings(1) ($ millions)                     65.2       2.9
     Adjusted net earnings(1) per share ($)                    0.35      0.03
     Cash flow from operating activities  ($ millions)        112.1      18.7
     Cash flow from operating activities per share ($)         0.60      0.21
     Cash on hand ($ millions)                                115.9      27.3

(2) The Total 2008 information only includes results from the Cozamin
Mine from November 24, 2008 to December 31, 2008, except for the payable
copper produced and the cash cost per pounds of payable copper which are for
the full year.

"In 2009, Capstone delivered cash flow from its operating activities of
$112.1 million or $0.60 per share, increasing our cash balance to $115.9
, with an additional $39.1 million held in liquid securities," said
Darren Pylot, Vice Chairman and CEO of Capstone Mining Corp. "In the current
robust metal price environment, with our debt almost eliminated and
expansions completed at both the Cozamin and Minto Mines, we look forward to
generating significant cash flow in 2010, building our balance sheet and
positioning Capstone for both organic growth (through exploration and mine
expansions), and external transactions."

"Capstone's two operations, the Cozamin and Minto mines, benefited from
the expansions completed in prior years, delivering record production from
both operations," said Stephen Quin, President and COO of Capstone Mining
Corp. Due to the seasonal outage of the Yukon River during freeze-up,
combined with the time to accumulate a ship load of concentrates for sale,
financial results for the Minto Mine in the fourth quarter mostly reflect the
operational performance of the third quarter. The strong production
performance in the fourth quarter of 2009 will be more fully reflected in the
financial results for the first quarter of 2010.

"In addition to our operations' strong performance, successful
exploration over the past 2-3 years culminated in the mine lives for both
mines being extended to eight years, with further opportunities for increases
in mineral resources and mineral reserves apparent in immediate vicinity of
the current mining areas," said Mr. Quin. "With the extended mine lives in
hand, we are now focused on optimizing the operating parameters at both
mines, while vigorously pursuing opportunities for further growth internally
and externally."

2009 Highlights

Financial and Production Highlights for the Year Ended December 31, 2009:

    - Recorded a net loss of $18.3 million or $0.10 per common share which
      mainly included:

    - Earnings from mining operations of $81.4 million;

    - Gains on disposal of investments of $46.4 million; and

    - Loss of $142.1 million on derivative instruments which was comprised

    - A realized gain of $17.7 million on metal derivative instruments
      settled; and

    - A net unrealized loss of $159.8 million on outstanding derivative
      instruments, primarily the result of the increase in the price of
      copper. This unrealized loss mostly reflects a reversal of the net
      unrealized gain of $126.2 million in 2008 as a result of the
      significant changes in copper prices in the past 2 years.

    - Adjusted net earnings(1) were $65.2 million or $0.35 per common share
      after making adjustments for certain non-cash and one-time items.

    - Generated cash flow from operating activities of $112.1 million or
      $0.60 per common share.

    - Working capital was $86.0 million at December 31, 2009 compared with
      $35.4 million at December 31, 2008. The major components of the working
      capital at December 31, 2009 included $115.9 million of cash and $44.4
      million of inventories offset by $19.8 million in accounts payables and
      accrued liabilities, $16.7 million of advances on concentrate
      inventories and $33.6 million of unrealized derivative liabilities for

    - Produced 90 million pounds of copper contained in concentrates, along
      with significant by-products of gold, silver, lead and zinc.

    - Produced a total of 86.6 million pounds of payable copper at an
      estimated total cash cost(1) of $1.03 per pound of payable copper.

    - Recorded gross sales revenue of $250.4 million on the sale of 85.3
      million pounds of copper, 15.0 million pounds of zinc, 9.3 million
      pounds of lead, 31,571 ounces of gold and 1,719,548 ounces of silver.

    - Due to the seasonal nature of concentrate transport in the Yukon, Minto
      ended the year with significant copper in inventory at the Minto Mine
      that will be delivered and sold in the first quarter of 2010.

    Additional Highlights Cozamin

    - Completed an updated eight year life-of-mine plan for the Cozamin Mine,
      incorporating results to December 31, 2008.

    - Purchased three mineral claims that are within the immediate vicinity
      of the Cozamin Mine mineral resources and mineral reserves, opening up
      potential for mineral resource additions on the newly acquired claims.

    - Subsequent to year end, updated mineral resource and mineral reserve
      estimates were completed incorporating activities to December 31, 2009.


    - Completed the Minto Mine Phase IV Prefeasibility Study (the "Phase IV
      PFS") that includes:

    - An updated eight year life-of-mine plan for the Minto Mine,
      incorporating results to May 2009.

    - A planned increase in mill throughput to 1.37 million tonnes per year;

    - Opportunities identified that could further increase production and
      mineral reserves from underground sources.

    - Exploration at Minto led to the discovery of the high grade Minto North
      deposit in early 2009, which was drilled to mineral reserve standards
      and included in the Phase IV PFS, and a second discovery of high grade
      copper-gold mineralization at Minto East towards the end of 2009.

    - Experienced an unusually high freshet in spring 2009, which
      necessitated diversion of run-off water into the open pit and affected
      access to higher grade ore. Permission was received from regulators to
      discharge this excess run-off water and access to the pit was
      re-established at the end of the third quarter 2009. Milling continued
      during this period by drawing from lower grade stock piles but did
      result in lower production in 2009 than originally planned.


    - Issued a Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Kutcho Project that
      defined a higher grade, lower risk underground development scenario
      with a significantly reduced environmental footprint. Recommendations
      for going forward included focusing on opportunities for enhanced
      returns from improved metallurgical performance and reduced energy


    - Arranged and drew $40.0 million on a corporate revolving term credit
      facility with the Bank of Nova Scotia (the "RTF"). $31.1 million
      (C$39.3 million) of these funds were used for the partial repurchase
      of the Debentures (as defined below), leaving an outstanding
      Debentures balance at December 31, 2009 of $3.7 million (C$4.7

    - Exchanged 24,042,340 shares and 2,747,428 special warrants of
      Silverstone Resources Corp. ("Silverstone") held by the Company for
      4,956,106 shares of Silver Wheaton Corp. ("Silver Wheaton") as per the
      plan of arrangement between Silverstone and Silver Wheaton.
      Subsequently sold 3,500,000 of the Silver Wheaton shares and recorded
      a gain on the exchange and share sale of $46.3 million.

    - Fully repaid the $29.9 million balance of the Macquarie project loan
      facility (the "PLF").

    - Sold, by way of a bought deal equity financing, 31,165,000 common
      shares at a price of C$1.85 per common share for gross proceeds of
      C $57.7 million ($49.5 million). A portion of net proceeds were used
      to fully repay the RTF.

    - Purchased 4.5 million units in Nevada Copper Corp. ("Nevada Copper") by
      way of a private placement, each unit consisting of one common share
      and one-half of a common share purchase warrant. The investment gives
      Capstone exposure to a large tonnage, relatively higher grade copper
      deposit located in a mining friendly jurisdiction.

    Results of Operations

    - Minto Mine: - Benefited from the Phase III mine expansion to a nominal
      3,200 tpd of mill throughput (completed at the end of the first
      quarter), supported by increased mine production, with higher
      throughput somewhat offsetting lower stockpile grades while access to
      the pit was limited;

    - Processed 1,031,190 tonnes (2,825 tpd) of ore averaging 2.55% copper,
      1.14g/t gold and 11.0g/t silver;

    - Produced 53.7 million pounds of contained copper in concentrates, and
      28,579 ounces of gold and 299,767 ounces of silver as by-products;

    - Produced 59,863 dmt of copper concentrate averaging 40.7% copper; and

    - Produced 51.9 million pounds of payable copper at a total cash cost(1)
      of US$1.12 per pound.

    - Cozamin Mine:

    - Access to some of the wider, higher copper grade ore zones was delayed,
      resulting in mine output being limited to less than mill capacity. In
      the interim, while access was being developed, additional production
      came from areas with higher lead and zinc grades;

    - Processed 975,728 tonnes (2,673tpd) of ore averaging 1.84% copper,
      1.17% zinc, 0.69% lead and 66 grams per tonne ("g/t") silver, with mill
      throughput constrained by ore availability from underground;

    - Produced 36.1 million pounds of contained copper in concentrates, along
      with by-product 15.5 million pounds of zinc, 10.1 million pounds of
      lead and 1.5 million ounces of silver;

    - Produced 66,977 dmt of copper concentrate averaging 24.5% copper; and

    - Produced 34.6 million pounds of payable copper at a total cash cost(1)
      of US$0.90 per pound.

    - Kutcho

    - Published a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") in September 2009
      that defined the potential for the development of a higher grade,
      lower cost, underground mine with a significantly reduced environmental
      footprint as compared to the lower grade open pit operation. Two of the
      principal recommendations contained in the PEA were to focus on
      enhanced project returns by (a) improving metallurgical performance and
      (b) reducing power costs.

    - Only minimal exploration work was carried out 2009, and was primarily
      focused on regional targets, with encouraging results.


    2010 Production Forecast

                           (All numbers approximate)
                                                  Cozamin     Minto     Total
     Tonnes milled (millions)                         1.1       1.2       2.3
     Copper grade (%)                                2.0%      2.2%      2.1%
     Copper recovery (%)                              92%       92%       92%
     Contained copper (millions of pounds)       40 to 45  50 to 55 90 to 100
     Total cash cost per pound of payable copper    $0.80     $1.30     $1.10
                                                 to $0.90  to $1.40  to $1.20

    - The Company has approximately 35% of the 2010 copper production sold
      forward at an average price of $2.38 per pound and approximately 12%
      or 66.6 million of the total pounds in the life of mine plans, at an
      average price of $2.51 per pound.

    - As a result of ongoing expansions and operations optimization including
      implementation of Phase IV expansion at the Minto Mine, production
      rates will ramp up throughout 2010.

    Cozamin Mine 

    - The Company provided guidance that the Cozamin Mine production in 2010
      is expected to total 40 to 45 million pounds of copper in
      concentrates, with by-product lead, zinc and silver, at a cash cost of
      approximately $0.80 to $0.90 per pound of payable copper.

    - Capital expenditures for 2010 are forecast to total $5.7 million and
      are primarily focused on completing items related to the Phase III
      expansion, such as connecting to grid power, installation and
      commissioning of the in-mine crusher and shaft deepening.

    - Additionally, a total of $3.0 million is expected to be spent on
      exploration at the Cozamin Mine, primarily focused on exploring for
      extensions to high grade mineral reserves immediately adjacent to the
      current workings, but also exploring additional targets along strike
      for possible new deposits.

    Minto Mine 

    - The Company has provided guidance that production from the
      Minto Mine in 2010 of approximately 50 to 55 million pounds of copper
      in concentrate at a total cash cost of approximately US$1.30 to $1.40
      per pound of payable copper.

    - Additionally, a total of $5.3 million is expected to be spent on
      exploration during 2010, focused on (a) evaluating the potential of the
      Minto East discovery, (b) on testing for expansions of the
      mineralization in the Area 2/118 area that may be amenable to
      underground mining and (c) continuing the exploration on the balance
      of the prospective Minto Mine property.

    - Capital expenditures at the Minto Mine are forecast to total $12.7
      million and include completion of the installation and commissioning
      water conveyance network and water treatment plant, community
      infrastructure development and permitting and regulatory costs related
      to implementation of the Phase IV expansion.


    - Work is underway to follow up on both of the principal recommendations
      in the PEA. Metallurgical testing on core collected in the 2008 drill
      program is being conducted at SGS Lakefield and at the Company's
      Cozamin Mine metallurgical facilities. Expenditures in 2010 are
      expected to be approximately $1.4 million

Conference Call Details

Capstone will host a conference call on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 to
discuss these results. The conference call and webcast details are as

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Time: 8:30 AM Pacific Time (11:30 AM Eastern Time)

Dial in: North America - 1-888-231-8191

International - 1-647-427-7450


Replay: North America - 1-800-642-1687

International - 1-416-849-0833

Replay Pass code: 51468567

The conference call replay will be available until April 6, 2010. A
transcript of the call will also be made available on Capstone's website
( within 24 hours of the

(1) These are non-GAAP performance measures and readers should refer to
Non-GAAP Performance Measures in the Company's Annual Management's Discussion
and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2009 as filed on SEDAR and as
available on the Company's website for further details.

The TSX does not accept any responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy
of this press release.

Forward-Looking Information

This document may contain "forward-looking information" within the
meaning of Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements"
within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995 (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). These
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Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these
forward-looking statements, except as required under applicable securities

Forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance
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estimation of mineral reserves and mineral resources, the realization of
mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future
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cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be
materially different from any future results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include,
among others, risks related to actual results of current exploration
activities; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined;
future prices of resources; possible variations in ore reserves, grade or
recovery rates; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining
industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the
completion of development or construction activities; as well as those
factors detailed from time to time in the Company's interim and annual
financial statements and management's discussion and analysis of those
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Company's profile on SEDAR at Although the Company has
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events or results to differ materially from those described in
forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions,
events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. The
Company provides 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, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking

43-101 Compliance

Unless otherwise indicated, Capstone has prepared the technical
information in this MD&A ("Technical Information") based on information
contained in the technical reports and news releases (collectively the
"Disclosure Documents") available under Capstone Mining Corp.'s company
profile on SEDAR at Each Disclosure Document was
prepared by or under the supervision of a qualified person (a "Qualified
Person") as defined in National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure
for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators ("NI 43-101").
Readers are encouraged to review the full text of the Disclosure Documents
which qualifies the Technical Information. Readers are advised that mineral
resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic
viability. The Disclosure Documents are each intended to be read as a whole,
and sections should not be read or relied upon out of context. The Technical
Information is subject to the assumptions and qualifications contained in the
Disclosure Documents.

The disclosure in this MD&A of all technical information has been
prepared under the supervision of Stephen Quin, Professional Geologist,
President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company, Robert Barnes, P.Eng.,
Vice President Operations of the Company, and Brad Mercer, P.Geo., Vice
President Exploration of the Company, all Qualified Persons under NI 43-101.

For further information: about Capstone, please contact: Darren Pylot,
Vice Chairman & CEO or Stephen Quin, President & COO or Investor Relations'
Zobeida Slogan at +1-604-684-8894 or +1-866-684-8894,

For further information: about Capstone, please contact: Darren Pylot,
Vice Chairman & CEO or Stephen Quin, President & COO or Investor Relations'
Zobeida Slogan at +1-604-684-8894 or +1-866-684-8894,
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