Capstone Third Quarter Production ResultsBy Capstone Mining Corp., PRNE
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
VANCOUVER, October 6, 2011 -
Third Quarter Production of 20.6 million pounds of Copper in Concentrates
Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX: CS) today announced its operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 from its two operating mines, Cozamin and Minto. Combined production totalled 20.6 and 58.5 million pounds of copper in concentrates in the third quarter and first nine months, respectively, with additional by-products of lead, zinc, silver and gold.
“Both of our mines achieved record throughput levels this quarter,” said Darren Pylot, President and CEO of Capstone. “With these higher throughput levels and additional throughput planned at Cozamin in the fourth quarter, we remain on target to meet our full year 2011 guidance of 80-85 million pounds of copper in concentrates,” continued Mr. Pylot.
Q3 2011 Production
Q1 2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 YTD 2011 Copper in concentrates (millions of pounds) - Cozamin 8.6 10.4 10.3 29.3 - Minto 8.1 10.8 10.3 29.2 Total 16.7 21.2 20.6 58.5
Operational Highlights for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011
The following is a summary of operational highlights for Capstone during the three and nine months, respectively, ended September 30, 2011:
- Production of 20.6 and 58.5 million pounds of copper contained in concentrates, respectively.
- By-product production of 5.5 and 14.2 million pounds of zinc, 1.0 and 2.7 million pounds of lead and 441,731 and 1,289,127 ounces of silver in concentrates, respectively. Final gold production is not available since assaying is conducted off-site, but is estimated at 5,111 and 14,548 ounces for the respective periods.
- At Cozamin, mining productivity continued to improve in the third quarter, resulting in both record ore mined for the quarter and record average mill throughput of 3,215 tonnes per day.
- Milled ore grade at Cozamin was slightly lower than the previous quarter due to the areas mined. Grade is expected to increase in the fourth quarter as full production is planned from the higher grade Avoca area.
- At Minto, mill throughput continued above expectations due to the successful implementation of pre-crushing for the SAG mill feed. Throughput exceeded the previous quarterly record, averaging 3,729 tonnes per day in the third quarter.
- Minto copper recovery was lower in the quarter due to quantities of oxide ore mixed in portions of the low-grade stockpiles. Modifications in the flotation circuit are increasing the recovery on this material and are expected to increase recovery on the partially oxidized material that will be processed in the fourth quarter.
- Milled ore grade continued to decline at Minto as remaining stockpiled high-grade sulphide ore was largely consumed. Grades will increase slightly in the fourth quarter as higher grade stockpiles of partially oxidized ore are blended into the mill feed.
Q3 Operating Details
Cozamin Minto Q3 YTD Q3 YTD 2011 2011 2011 2011 Production (1) (contained in concentrates) - Copper (000s pounds) 10,307 29,313 10,346 29,217 - Lead (000s pounds) 988 2,733 - - - Zinc (000s pounds) 5,520 14,218 - - - Silver (ounces) 394,717 1,133,778 47,014 155,349 - Gold (ounces) - - 5,111 14,548 Mine - Tonnes of ore mined 292,667 802,861 95,238 675,708 Mill - Tonnes processed 295,761 793,203 343,058 921,359 - Tonnes processed per day 3,215 2,906 3,729 3,375 - Copper grade (%) 1.71 1.81 1.56 1.61 - Lead grade (%) 0.24 0.24 - - - Zinc grade (%) 1.23 1.18 - - - Silver grade (g/t) 58.5 61.9 5.37 6.66 - Gold grade (g/t) - - 0.55 0.64 Recoveries - Copper (%) 92.5 92.6 87.4 89.1 - Lead (%) 63.3 64.4 - - - Zinc (%) 69.1 68.8 - - - Silver (%) 71.0 71.8 79.3 78.7 - Gold (%) - - 84.2 76.5 Concentrates (1) - Copper concentrates (dmt) 17,890 50,400 12,869 36,211 - Copper (%) 26.1 26.4 36.5 36.6 - Silver (g/t) 591 611 113.6 133.4 - Gold (g/t) - - 12.4 12.5 - Lead concentrates (dmt) 706 1,951 - - - Lead (%) 63.5 63.5 - - - Silver (g/t) 2,404 2,328 - - - Zinc concentrates (dmt) 5,042 13,143 - - - Zinc (%) 49.7 49.0 - -
(1) Adjustments based on final settlements will be made in future periods.
Capstone reaffirms full year 2011 production guidance. With year to date production of 58.5 million pounds of copper in concentrates and both mines presently operating on plan, the expectation is that production will reach 80 million pounds for the year. In the fourth quarter, production at Cozamin is expected to be at, or above, third quarter levels as the mine plan calls for higher grade ore. At Minto, the successful contract pre-crushing will continue until permanent improvements are implemented, and continuing high throughput is expected to offset the processing of lower grade material from stockpile.
Q3 Financial Results Timing
Capstone will report 2011 third quarter financial results on Monday, November 7, 2011 after market close, followed by a conference call for investors and analysts on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 11:30 am Eastern time (8:30 am Pacific time).
Conference Call and Webcast Details
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Time: 11:30 am Eastern Time (8:30 am Pacific Time) Dial in: North America - 1.888.231.8191, International - 1.647.427.7450 Webcast: www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/viewEvent.cgi?eventID=3688080 Replay: North America - 1.855.859.2056, International - 1.416.849.0833 Replay Passcode: 15954378
The conference call replay will be available until November 22, 2011. A transcript of the call will also be made available on Capstone’s website (capstonemining.com/s/ConferenceCalls.asp) within 24 hours of the call.
About Capstone Mining Corp.
Capstone Mining Corp. is a Canadian mining company with two producing copper mines, the Cozamin copper-silver-zinc-lead mine located in Zacatecas State, Mexico and the Minto copper-gold-silver mine in Yukon, Canada. In addition, Capstone has two development projects, the large scale 70% owned Santo Domingo copper-iron-gold project in Chile in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation and the 100% owned Kutcho copper-zinc-gold-silver project in British Columbia, as well as exploration at properties in Chile, British Columbia and Australia. Using its cash flow and strong balance sheet as a springboard, Capstone aims to grow organically through continued mineral resource and reserve expansions and through acquisitions in politically stable, mining-friendly regions. Capstone is included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index and S&P/TSX Global Mining Index. Additional information is available at www.capstonemining.com.
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John Sagman, P. Eng., Capstone’s Vice President, Technical Services, a Qualified Person, reviewed all Technical Information contained in this news release. In addition, Gregg Bush, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Capstone, reviewed all Technical Information in this news release.
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