VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 30, 2011) - IMPACT Silver Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IPT) ("the Company" or "IMPACT") is pleased to announce the results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2011.
FIRST QUARTER 2011 HIGHLIGHTS
|Three months ended||Mar 31 2011||Mar 31 2010||Dec 31 2010|
|Total tonnes (t) produced||37,752||29,094||33,603|
|Tonnes produced per day (tpd)||419||323||365|
|Revenue per production tonne sold ($CDN)||$209.16||$112.13||$168.39|
|Direct costs per production tonne ($CDN)||$68.71||$54.98||$78.26|
|Silver production (oz)||260,970||173,877||203,259|
|Lead production (t)||193||207||174|
|Zinc production (t)||370||272||363|
|Silver sales (oz)||256,436||216,966||249,632|
|Lead sales (t)||189||275||218|
|Zinc sales (t)||317||285||367|
IMPACT completed its most successful quarter since inception. The Company achieved record revenues and silver production due to increased throughput from the Noche Buena Mine and numerous upgrades to the 500 tpd ("tonnes-per-day") Guadalupe processing plant. Higher silver prices coupled with high grade ore from the Noche Buena Mine, allowed the Company to continue to revise cut-off grades which marginally increased the cost per ounce but contributed to increased silver sales during the quarter producing $2.7 million in positive cash flow, and an exceptional $2.5 million in net earnings, compared to $0.6 million in first quarter 2010. The Company completed the installation of new and more efficient float cells and silver-lead concentrate dryer which improved throughput and recoveries and contributed to record silver production of 260,790 oz., up 50% from 173,877 oz. in the first quarter 2010, and up 28% from 203,259 oz. in the prior quarter.
IMPACT's financial position remained strong with $20.0 million in cash and cash equivalents and net working capital of $21.9 million. The Company's working capital is expected to remain very healthy throughout 2011 as cash flow from mining operations is planned to be sufficient to fund the Company's planned 2011 operating costs, exploration expenditures and equipment purchases.
In the Mamatla Mineral District, the Company focused on expediting the open pit Capire Mine Development Project scheduled for first production in late 2011. The recently-updated Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource Estimates at the Capire Deposit total 7.2 million oz silver, 30,446 oz gold, 95.6 million lbs zinc and 37.2 million lbs lead. Tonnes in the Measured Mineral Resource category increased by 18% and contained in-ground silver ounces increased by 9% over the 2009 study (see IMPACT Silver Corp. news release dated February 1, 2011). Production plans at Capire are to first install a 200-tonne-per-day pilot plant (already purchased) which will be used to optimize mining and processing parameters toward planning for a larger operation in the future. Surface rights for all mining areas, tailings dam and the processing plant have been acquired. Condemnation drilling under the plant site, tailings dam and rock waste piles was completed in February 2011 in preparation for mine and plant construction. When in production, Capire will be the Company's fourth active mining operation representing a new production district. The orientation and shallow depth from surface of the mineralization will allow for open pit mining of a portion of the zone. The project is located 16 kilometers southwest of the Company's other active mining and processing operations in the Royal Mines of Zacualpan Silver District.
IMPACT continues to execute its aggressive 20,000 meters surface and underground 2011 drill program split between the 423 sq km Zacualpan Silver District and the 200 sq km Mamatla Mineral District, while building its GIS database now with over 2,000 old mine workings catalogued.
The first surface drilling rig and exploration team have been working to extend the zones of mineralization at the Capire Deposit. The most recent drilling program focused on expanding the mineralization to the north and east; highlights include 304 g/t Silver and 4.51 g/t Gold across 5.0 meters (see IMPACT News Release dated May 24, 2011). IMPACT engineers are now studying the possibility of expanding the open pit plan to incorporate these new drill results. The deposit remains open and drilling to expand these resources is continuing. The drill will continue to test extensions in all directions.
A second surface drilling rig was mobilized to focus on targets in the Zacualpan District including the GCC Sector, highlights from the GCC Sector drill results to date include 419 g/t Silver across 2.4 m at Santa Lucia, 4,800 g/t silver across 1.25 m at Golondrinas and 402 g/t Silver across 2.14 m at Chontalpan (see IMPACT News Release dated January 20, 2011 for a full summary of 2010 GCC Sector drill results).
IMPACT also began its first phase drilling program on targets surrounding the Carlos Pacheco Gold-Copper Vein System where previous IMPACT drilling intersected 19.6 g/t Gold across 2.9 m and 11.3 g/t Gold across 2.1 m (see IMPACT News Release dated December 4, 2008). The Huatecosco project located 10 km south west of the Guadalupe Processing Plant is one of the targets where in 2010 field crews mapped old mine workings and found significant gold and silver values in rock chip samples. Initial assay results from the Huatecosco drilling are pending.
IMPACT Silver Corp. is a silver focused mining and exploration company operating in Mexico with a producing silver operation at the 423-square-kilometer Royal Mines of Zacualpan Silver District, the 200-square-kilometer advanced Mamatla Silver District, and a portfolio of projects and a 200-tpd mill in the Zacatecas Silver District.
A recorded conference call can be accessed at our website: www.IMPACTSilver.com
On behalf of the Directors of IMPACT Silver Corp.,
Frederick W. Davidson, President & CEO
This IMPACT News Release may contain certain "forward-looking" statements and information relating to IMPACT that are based on the beliefs of IMPACT management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to IMPACT management. Such statements reflect the current risks, uncertainties and assumptions related to certain factors including but not limited to, without limitations, exploration and development risks, expenditure and financing requirements, title matters, operating hazards, metal prices, political and economic factors, competitive factors, general economic conditions, relationships with vendors and strategic partners, governmental regulation and supervision, seasonality, technological change, industry practices, and one-time events. Should any one or more risks or uncertainties materialize or change, or should any underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and forward-looking statements may vary materially from those described herein. IMPACT does not assume the obligation to update any forward-looking statement.
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