TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- McEwen Mining Inc. (MUX.TO) (MUX.TO) reports consolidated production for the full year of 2019 was 134,316 gold ounces and 3,365,846 silver ounces, or 174,420 gold equivalent ounces(1)(“GEOs”), within our revised 2019 guidance range of 169,000 to 176,000 GEOs (see Table 1).
|Table 1 - Consolidated 2019 Production Summary|
|Q4||Full Year||Full Year 2019 |
Rob McEwen, Chairman and Chief Owner commented: “2019 was a year of exploration highs overshadowed by production lows. After issuing two disappointing reductions in production guidance we finally achieved our guidance. The problems that plagued us in 2019 were largely unique events that will not be reoccurring. Exploration will continue to be a key focus at Stock West, Grey Fox, Black Fox and Gold Bar, where we see the potential to create the greatest near-term value.”
San José Mine, Santa Cruz, Argentina (49%(2))
San José exceeded the full year guidance for 2019 of 49,000 gold ounces and 3,225,000 silver ounces. Our attributable production from San José in 2019 was 51,684 gold ounces and 3,354,487 silver ounces, for a total of 91,654 GEOs.
El Gallo Project, Sinaloa, Mexico (100%)
El Gallo delivered on guidance by producing 16,333 GEOs in 2019 from residual leaching of the heap leach pad.
Gold Bar Mine, Nevada (100%)
Gold Bar produced 30,712 GEOs in 2019, within our revised full year production guidance of 30,000 to 33,000 GEOs. In Q4, production was 9,713 GEOs. Throughput at the crushing plant slowed in Q4 with the onset of winter, and we expect that to persist through Q1 2020.
Black Fox Mine, Timmins, Canada (100%)
Black Fox produced 35,721 GEOs in 2019, close to our revised full year production guidance of 36,000 to 40,000 GEOs. In Q4, production was 9,887 GEOs.
Operating costs for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 will be released with our 10-K Annual Financial Statements in late February 2020.
|(1)||'Gold Equivalent Ounces' are calculated based on a 75:1 gold to silver price ratio for Q1 2019, 88:1 for Q2 2019, 87:1 for Q3 2019, and 85:1 for Q4 2019. 2019 GEO Guidance assumed a 85:1 ratio.|
|(2)||The San José Mine is 49% owned by McEwen Mining Inc. and 51% owned and operated by Hochschild Mining plc.|
ABOUT MCEWEN MINING
McEwen Mining is a diversified gold and silver producer and explorer with operating mines in Nevada, Canada, Mexico and Argentina. It also owns a large copper deposit in Argentina. McEwen’s goal is to create a profitable gold and silver producer focused in the Americas.
McEwen has approximately 400 million shares outstanding. Rob McEwen, Chairman and Chief Owner, owns 20% of the shares.
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.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Chris Stewart, P.Eng., President & COO of McEwen Mining and a Qualified Person as defined by Canadian Securities Administrators National Instrument 43-101 "Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects."
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