Endeavour Silver Produces 1,551,851 oz Silver and 15,649 oz Gold (2.6 Million oz Silver Equivalents) in the Second Quarter, 2016; Revises 2016 Operating Plan and Raises 2016 Production Guidance
Vancouver, Canada – July 11, 2016 - Endeavour Silver Corp. (TSX: EDR, NYSE: EXK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee3odRHmIGk) reports production results for the Second Quarter, 2016 from the Company’s three operating silver mines in Mexico: the Guanaceví mine in Durango State and the Bolañitos and El Cubo mines in Guanajuato State (Please click here for an audio review of Q2 highlights).
Silver production in the Second Quarter, 2016 was 1,551,851 ounces (oz) and gold production was 15,649 oz for silver equivalent production of 2.6 million oz using a 70:1 silver gold ratio. Quarterly silver and gold production were both ahead of plan in Q2, 2016 but silver production was lower compared to Q2, 2015 as per the Company’s previous 2016 guidance. Management has revised its 2016 operating plan and raised its 2016 production guidance to reflect the higher metal prices and renewed focus on growth.
Production Highlights for Second Quarter, 2016 (Compared to Second Quarter, 2015)
· Silver production decreased 14% to 1,551,851 oz
· Gold production increased 17% to 15,649 oz
· Silver equivalent production was 2.6 million oz (at a 70:1 silver: gold ratio)
· Silver oz sold down 22% to 1,493,790 oz
· Gold oz sold up 11% to 15,364 oz
· Bullion inventory at quarter-end included 113,064 oz silver and 221 oz gold
· Concentrate inventory at quarter-end included 71,361 oz silver and 1,192 oz gold
Endeavour CEO Bradford Cooke commented, “Having successfully minimized our all-in sustaining costs and boosted our free cash flows in recent quarters, management returned its attention to optimizing near-term production and long-term growth in Q2, 2016. Our production is well ahead of plan for the year and as a result, we revised our operating plan and raised our production guidance by about 13% for 2016.
“We augmented our management team with the recent appointment of Dale Mah as Vice President, Corporate Development and closed the acquisition of Oro Silver Resources Ltd. and its small but permitted, high-quality El Compas gold-silver mine in Zacatecas, Mexico. El Compas should boost our near-term production and cash flow while we develop the larger Terronera silver-gold mining project.
“At Terronera, mapping extended the vein system to cover an area of 7 km by 7 km, and our exploration group identified an additional nine veins on the northern half of the property. Grab, selected and chip sampling confirmed that high-grade, bonanza, low-sulfidation epithermal silver-gold mineralization is present in many of the newly identified veins, with assays up to 2,880 gpt silver and up to 26.7 gpt gold.”
Operations Update, Revised Operating Plan
At Guanaceví, throughput of 1,085 tonnes per day (tpd) in Q2, 2016 lagged behind plan as the new mining contractor focused on mine development in order to provide better stope access in H2, 2016. Ore grades were lower and metal recoveries were higher compared to Q1, 2016. Management expects production to meet the low range of 2016 production guidance.
Endeavour has made a production decision to develop a new mine on the Santa Cruz Sur ore-body discovered in 2014. The Company plans to invest $2.8 million in H2, 2016, part of a three-year, $8.4 million capital investment, to commence mine development and ramp down into the Santa Cruz Sur ore-body to access an indicated resource of over 650,000 tonnes grading 250 g/t silver and 0.70 g/t gold. The currently defined ore-body is open to the south and at depth. Underground drilling is planned to continue exploring the mineralized zone once underground access is available.
At Bolañitos, throughput averaging 1,498 tpd exceeded plan as mining at LL-Asunción uncovered new extensions of the ore-body beyond the resource blocks and also in and around historic mine workings. Ore grades were lower and metal recoveries were higher compared to Q1, 2016. Management has revised 2016 production guidance higher to 900,000-1,000,000 oz silver and 24,000-26,000 oz gold, with throughput decreasing to 800 tpd in H2, 2016 as originally guided.
The Company plans a $1.7 million capital investment in H2, 2016 to develop the Plateros orebody located only 50 metres from the existing LL-Ascunción mine workings. The development will access an indicated resource of over 130,000 tonnes grading 116 g/t silver and 1.61 g/t gold, still open at depth. Underground drilling is planned to continue exploring the mineralized zone once underground access is available.
At El Cubo, throughput was above plan at 1,562 tpd as management elected to continue mine development sufficient to sustain 1,500 tpd in Q2, 2016 and 1,000 tpd in H2, 2016 given the rising precious metal prices. Endeavour has also made a decision not to ramp down production to care and maintenance by year-end as previously guided, and various operating plans are under evaluation for production to return to 1,500 tpd with additional mine development. Management has revised the 2016 production guidance higher to 1,700,000-1,900,000 silver ounces and 19,000-21,000 gold ounces.
The Company will invest $1.6 million in H2, 2016 to extend the V-Asunción ramp an additional 1.6 km in order to access an indicated resource of more than 300,000 tonnes grading 141 g/t silver and 1.55 g/t gold. The V-Asunción ore-body extends well south of the current mine plan, but further evaluation work is needed before Endeavour can commit to any additional development. A pilot test using optical scanning technology on two tonnes of El Cubo run-of-mine ore successfully separated up to 80% of the ore into a higher grade ore fraction. Additional tests are being conducted to improve ore recovery into the ore fraction and reduce the ore losses into the waste fraction. Results are expected in Q3, 2016.
Revised Production Guidance
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Au (K oz)
Ag Eq (M oz)
Revised Capital Plan
In January, the Company guided capital expenditures totaling $11.3 million in 2016, primarily for mine development at Guanaceví, in order to access reserves for mining and replace reserves by converting measured and indicated resources. A contingent budget was also prepared to invest $4.5 million on additional mine development at Guanaceví, subject to financing, plus small capital investments at Bolañitos and El Cubo, subject to higher metal prices. Endeavour has therefore revised its 2016 capital investment guidance as follows:
Revised Exploration Plan
In January, the Company guided exploration expenditures totaling $2.5 million on exploration drilling at Guanaceví and property holding costs in Mexico, with a contingent budget to invest an additional $7.0 million on additional exploration, engineering and land acquisition, primarily at Terronera, subject to financing. Endeavour’s cash and working capital positions grew substantially during H1, 2016 thanks to higher metal prices, stronger cash flows, and two At-the-Market equity offerings.
As a result, management recently approved the contingent budget, as well as additional expenditures for the newly acquired El Compas project. The Company now expects to spend $10.8 million on exploration this year, of which $8.0 million is budgeted for H2, 2016. This includes 23,400 metres of drilling, primarily at Terronera and secondarily at Guanaceví, El Cubo, El Compas and Guadalupe y Calvo. In addition to exploration work focused on growing the Company’s silver and gold resources, the budget includes acquisitions, engineering and permitting work for the pre-feasibility study at Terronera and the preliminary economic assessment at El Compas.
H2 2016 Activity
PFS, Drilling, Permitting
PEA, Drilling, Infrastructure
Release of Second Quarter, 2016 Financial Results and Conference Call
The Second Quarter, 2016 financial results will be released before market on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 and a telephone conference call will be held the same day at 10:00 am PDT (1:00 pm EDT).
About Endeavour – Endeavour Silver Corp. is a mid-tier precious metals mining company with three high grade, underground, silver‑gold mines in Mexico. Since start‑up in 2004, we have expanded our mining operations organically to produce 11.4 million ounces of silver equivalents in 2015. Endeavour’s growing discovery of high-grade silver-gold mineralization on the Terronera property in Jalisco state, combined with the recent acquisition of the permitted El Compas mine and plant in Zacatecas state, should facilitate the Company’s goal to become a premier senior producer in the silver mining sector.
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