Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. (“Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the August 2013 production results from its San Gonzalo mine and Historic Avino Mine surface stockpile operations located on the Avino property near Durango, Mexico.
August production from the San Gonzalo Mine and Avino Mine surface stockpiles are presented below along with a comparison with July output from both areas:
|Days of Operation||Total Mill Feed (metric tonnes)||Feed Grade Silver (g/t)||Feed Grade Gold (g/t)||Recovery Silver (%)||Recovery Gold (%)||Total Silver Produced (oz) Calculated||Total Gold Produced (oz) Calculated||Total August Silver Eq. Produced (oz) Calculated||Total
Silver Eq. Produced (oz) Calculated
|% Change||YTD Silver Eq. Produced Calculated|
|San Gonzalo (Circuit 1)||30||6,678||283||1.51||85||75||51,505||242||67,208||60,903||10.3||499,785|
|Historic Above Ground Stock Piles (Circuit 2)||28||5,774||78||0.63||63||51||9,151||59||13,016||16,665||(21)||67,520|
Silver equivalent was calculated using a 65:1 ratio for silver to gold. Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Year-to-date and calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.
We are pleased to see another month of consistent production with grades and recoveries as anticipated. In August, we saw output increase significantly at San Gonzalo as we begin to process higher grade material from level 5. These recent production numbers coupled with our very encouraging Q2 financial data present a promising picture for Q3 as metal markets continue to rebound from their lows in June.
Production numbers from July and August 2013 at San Gonzalo, as well as 2013 yearly totals are reported as follows:
|July-13||Aug-13||Monthly Change %||YTD SG|
|Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes)||6,372||6,678||4.8||52,760|
|Average Daily Throughput (tpd)||212||223||5.2||225|
|Days of Operation||30||30||0||234|
|Feed Grade Silver (g/t)||285||283||(0.7)||292|
|Feed Grade Gold (g/t)||1.31||1.51||15.3||1.29|
|Bulk Concentrate (dry tonnes)||207||200||(3.4)||1,612|
|Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t)||7.25||7.99||10.2||7.88|
|Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t)||29.6||37.5||26.7||30.6|
|Recovery Silver (%)||82||85||3.7||82|
|Recovery Gold (%)||73||75||2.7||72|
|Mill Availability (%)||91.8||96.0||4.6||95.4|
|Total Silver Produced (kg)||1,497||1,602||7.0||12,695|
|Total Gold Produced (g)||6,111||7,514||23.0||49,350|
|Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated||48,131||51,505||7.0||408,139|
|Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated||196||242||23.0||1,587|
|Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz)||60,903||67,208||10.4||499,785|
Silver equivalent for January through June was calculated using a 55:1 ratio for silver to gold, for the months of July and August a 65:1 ratio was used. (The ratio was changed to reflect more current gold and silver prices.) Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Year-to-date and calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.
- Tonnage processed in August improved over July due to the better plant availability of 96%.
- Silver and gold recoveries were slightly better than those of July as some feed from the higher grade 5th level was processed along with material from level 4 during the month.
- Gold feed grade was also higher due to material from the 5th level.
- The higher gold feed grade and recovery resulted in an increase of 23% over July gold production.
- There was also a 7% increase in silver production due to the same factors.
Circuit 2 - Avino Mine Stock Piles
Production numbers from Circuit 2 during April through August are presented below as well as yearly totals:
|April 2013||May 2013||June 2013||July
|% Change||YTD 2013|
|Total mill feed - (dry tonnes)||4,040||5,917||6,324||5,922||5,774||(2.5)||27,976|
|Days of Operation||19||30||29||30||28||(6.7)||136|
|Feed grade Silver - g/t||73||84||78||89||78||(12.4)||81|
|Feed grade Gold - g/t||0.79||0.70||0.84||0.83||0.63||(24.1)||0.76|
|Bulk concentrate - (dry tonnes)||49.84||66.05||84.42||80.52||48.53||(39.7)||329|
|Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t)||3.977||4.833||3.509||4.310||5.865||36.1||4.388|
|Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t)||35.30||32.19||32.20||32.74||38.11||16.4||33.67|
|Recovery Silver (%)||67||64||60||66||63||(4.5)||64|
|Recovery Gold (%)||55||51||51||54||51||(5.6)||52|
|Mill availability (%)||63||83||96||87||84||(3.4)||88|
|Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated||6,373||10,264||9,525||11,156||9,151||(18.0)||46,470|
|Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated||57||68||87||85||59||(30.6)||356|
|Total Silver Eq. Produced (oz) calculated||9,484||14,023||14,332||16,665||13,016||(21.9)||67,520|
Silver equivalent for April through June was calculated using a 55:1 ratio for silver to gold, for the months of July and August a 65:1 ratio was used. (The ratio was changed to reflect more current gold and silver prices.) Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Year-to-date and calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.
- Two operating days were lost due to problems caused by the fuel pump within the diesel generator servicing circuit 2.
- As a result of the down days, tonnage processed was lower than in July.
- In addition the feed grades of silver and gold were also lower than those of July.
- The lower tonnage combined with the lower grades resulted in lower silver and gold production for August.
- Better grade control on the stockpiled material is required for improvement.
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Mill assays are performed at the lab onsite at the mine. Check samples are verified by SGS laboratory Services in Durango, Mexico and more recently at Inspectorate Labs in Reno, Nevada. San Gonzalo concentrate shipments are assayed at AH Knight in Manzanillo, Mexico; Avino stockpile concentrate shipments are assayed at LSI in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Stock Option Grant
Avino has granted an aggregate of 400,000 incentive stock options under its stock option plan to its directors, officers, employees and consultants. The Options are exercisable for up to five years at a price of $1.62 per share, which is the last closing price of the Company’s shares prior to the date of grant.
The stock options are not transferrable and will be subject to a four-month hold period from the date of grant and any applicable regulatory acceptance.
Avino’s projects are under the supervision of Chris Sampson, P.Eng, BSc, ARSM Avino Consultant and Mr. Jasman Yee P.Eng, Avino director, who are both qualified persons within the context of National Instrument 43-101. Both have reviewed and approved the technical data in this news release.
Due to mathematical error, the overall year to date silver equivalent production reported in our August 8, 2013 news release should instead have been listed as 487,082 ounces of silver equivalent.
Avino’s mission is to create shareholder value through profitable organic growth at the Avino property. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner while contributing to the well-being of the community in which we operate.
Management remains focused on the following key objectives:
- Maintain profitable mining operations at San Gonzalo while decreasing operating costs and improving efficiency;
- Increase mill throughput using the new circuit (“Circuit 2”) that went online in April 2013;
- Develop the Avino mine for commercial production commencing in 2014;
- Continue to review and develop plans to process the oxide tailings resource from previous milling operations (PEA issued in 2012);
- Continue to explore regional targets on the property and consider acquisition opportunities.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
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