Avino Third Quarter 2015 Production Up 148 % Compared to the Third Quarter 2014

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Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX-V, ASM: NYSE-MKT, GV6: FSE, “Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to report its third quarter 2015 production results from its Avino property near Durango, Mexico.

Consolidated Production Highlights for Third Quarter 2015 (Compared to Third Quarter 2014)

  • Silver equivalent production increased by 148% to 770,004 oz*
  • Silver production increased by 84% to 399,836 oz
  • Gold production increased by 49% to 1,644 oz
  • Copper production continued and 1,344,174 Lbs were produced

* For comparison purposes, the silver equivalent ratio has been calculated using metal prices of $16 oz Ag, $1,150 oz Au and $3.00 Lb Cu. Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.

Avino’s excellent third quarter results underscore the growing strength and quality of our mining operation. We delivered strong operating results and are well positioned to meet management’s production expectations going forward. Refinements in the mill are underway to reduce deleterious minerals and improve payables, exploration drilling has commenced at the San Gonzalo mine and deliveries to Samsung are underway. We have positioned the Company for great success for the remainder of the year and years to come.

- David Wolfin, President, CEO & Director, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.


Consolidated Third Quarter 2015 Production Highlights

Comparative production results from the third quarter 2015 and the third quarter 2014 are presented below:

% Change
Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated 399,836 217,024 84%
Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated 1,644 1,105 49%
Total Copper Produced (Lbs) calculated 1,344,174 76,983 1,646%
Total Silver Eq. Produced (oz) calculated* 770,004 310,880 148%

* For comparison purposes, the silver equivalent ratio has been calculated using metal prices of $16 oz Ag, $1,150 oz Au and $3.00 Lb Cu. Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.

Although Avino is relatively small, it is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best performing mining operations in Mexico. Our success has come as a result of teamwork; I would like to thank our field workers, miners, office staff, and contractors for their dedication and our families for their support. We are also very thankful for the vision and passion of our leadership in Vancouver whose enthusiasm inspires our entire organization.

- Carlos Rodriguez, COO, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.


Avino Mine Third Quarter 2015 Production Highlights

On January 1, 2015, Avino began processing new material from the Avino Mine using primarily Mill Circuit 3. The comparison below is for all production from the Avino Mine between the third quarter 2015 and the second quarter 2015 since no comparative data exists from the third quarter of 2014 when Circuit 3 was not yet operational.

Change %
YTD Totals
Tonnes Mined 105,674 94,323 12% 269,796 1
Underground Advancement (m) 1,477 1,161 27% 3,617 1
Mill Availability (%) 97 97 0% 97  
Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes) 106,589 95,494 12% 278,989 2,3
Feed Grade Silver (g/t) 65 61 6% 63 4
Feed Grade Gold (g/t) 0.23 0.27 -15% 0.28 4
Feed Grade Copper (%) 0.65 0.67 -3% 0.64 4
Recovery Silver (%) 88% 87% 1% 88% 5
Recovery Gold (%) 81% 76% 6% 80% 5
Recovery Copper (%) 87% 88% -1% 88% 5
Copper Concentrate (dry tonnes) 2,408 2,219 9% 6,402 3
Copper Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t) 2.53 2.27 11% 2.42 6
Copper Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t) 8.19 8.74 -6% 9.61 6
Copper Concentrate Grade Copper (%) 25.3 25 1% 24.5 6
Total Silver Produced (kg) 6,092 5,044 21% 15,506 3
Total Gold Produced (g) 19,718 19,388 2% 61,495 3
Total Copper Produced (Kg) 609,708 560,923 9% 1,566,564 3
Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated 195,862 162,159 21% 498,538 3
Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated 634 623 2% 1,977 3
Total Copper Produced (Lbs) calculated 1,344,174 1,236,622 9% 3,453,678 3
Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz) calculated 493,455 438,823 12% 1,288,203  

*For Comparison purposes, the silver equivalent ratio was calculated using metal prices of $16 oz Ag, $1,150 oz Au and $3.00 Lb Cu. Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.

Third Quarter 2015 Highlights

  1. There was a 12% increase in tonnes mined during the quarter, as well as a 27% increase in underground development metres. The improvements can be attributed to additional mining equipment acquired during 2015, including 3 new jumbos and 12 new contractor-owned 20 tonne capacity haulage trucks.
  2. Tonnage processed during the quarter increased by 12%. The increase resulted from the use of Circuit 2 to process Avino material in addition to Circuit 3 during July and August.
  3. The increased throughput resulted in 9% more concentrate produced, and accounted for an additional 21% silver, 9% copper and 2% gold being produced.
  4. Silver feed grade increased by 6% whereas the copper and gold grades decreased by 2% and 15%, respectively, as a result of variability in the deposit.
  5. Copper and silver recoveries were stable with little or no change, whereas there was a 6% improvement in the gold recovery due to variability in the feed material.
  6. Silver grade in the concentrate increased by 11% due to the higher silver feed grade, while gold in the concentrate decreased by 6% on account of the lower feed grade. Copper in the concentrate was consistent with the previous quarter.

San Gonzalo Mine Third Quarter 2015 Production Highlights

Comparative figures for the third quarter 2015 and the third quarter 2014 for the San Gonzalo mine are as follows; production figures for the third quarter 2015 include production from Mill Circuit 2 from September:

Change %
YTD Totals
Tonnes Mined 23,882 19,841 20% 75,019 1
Underground Advancement (m) 1,164 1,146 2% 3,450  
Mill Availability (%) 84 97 -13% 92% 7
Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes) 23,901 19,726 21% 95,157 2,3,4
Feed Grade Silver (g/t) 323 330 -2% 278 5
Feed Grade Gold (g/t) 1.81 1.78 2% 1.42 5
Recovery Silver (%) 82% 84% -2% 83% 6
Recovery Gold (%) 73% 79% -8% 74% 6
Bulk Concentrate (dry tonnes) 899 685 31% 3,494 3
Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t) 7.06 7.96 -11% 6.26 3
Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t) 34.95 40.54 -14% 28.59 3
Total Silver Produced (kg) 6,344 5,450 16% 21,878 4
Total Gold Produced (g) 31,407 27,768 13% 99,889 4
Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated 203,974 175,211 16% 703,392 4
Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated 1,010 893 13% 3,212 4
Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz) calculated* 276,549 239,395 16% 934,219  

* For comparison purposes, the silver equivalent ratio has been calculated using metal prices of $16 oz Ag and $1,150 oz Au. Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.

Second Quarter 2015 Highlights

  1. Tonnes mined increased by 20% due to the availability of more open faces for mining. The additional faces are the current working faces of levels 4, 5 and 6 to the East and 5 and 6 to the West.
  2. Tonnage processed increased by 21%, due to Circuit 2 to process San Gonzalo material in addition to Circuit 1 during September.
  3. The higher tonnage throughput resulted in 31% more concentrate produced. However, the grade of the concentrate in silver and gold decreased by 11 and 14% respectively. The lower grade concentrate was due to circuit #2 having one fewer cleaning stages and was used to process advancement material.
  4. The higher tonnage throughput also resulted in 16% more silver and 13% more gold produced during the quarter.
  5. Silver and gold feed grades were consistent with management expectations.
  6. Gold recovery decreased from 79% to 73%. The lower recovery can be attributed to the composition of the material from the new blocks to the East where more lead and zinc have been encountered; testing is now underway to improve the gold recovery.
  7. Plant availability for Circuit 1 was down 13% during the quarter as there were issues with the cone crusher in July; this problem has now been resolved.

Mill Circuit 2 

Based on improved mining production results from Avino and San Gonzalo, and the consideration of feed grades, recovery rates, and smelter returns of the historic surface stockpile materials, during the three months ended September 30, 2015, Mill Circuit 2 was used to process mill feed from both the Avino and San Gonzalo Mines. The material from Avino was processed during July and August, and material from San Gonzalo was processed in September with the corresponding production reflected in the above tables for each mine.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Mill assays are performed at the Avino property’s on-site lab. Check samples are sent to Inspectorate Labs in Reno, Nevada for verification. All concentrate shipments are assayed by one of the following independent third party labs: AHK, LSI, Alex Stewart and SGS.

Qualified Person(s)

Avino’s Mexican projects are under the supervision of Chris Sampson, P.Eng, Avino consultant and 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.

About Avino

Avino’s mission is to create shareholder value through profitable organic growth at the historic Avino property near Durango, Mexico, and the Bralorne property in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.


“David Wolfin”

David Wolfin
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

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