VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 14, 2014) - Luna Gold Corp. (TSX:LGC)(LMA:LGC)(OTCQX:LGCUF), ("Luna" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its gold production at the Aurizona Gold Mine for the three month period ended March 31st, 2014 (the "First Quarter 2014").
The Aurizona Gold Mine produced 19,414 ounces of gold during the First Quarter 2014 at an average grade processed of 1.40 grams per tonne.
Geoff Chater, Luna's President and CEO, stated, "We are delighted with this start to 2014 which is a compliment to our operations team. We were able to overcome an unscheduled week-long shutdown in January as well as challenging mining conditions due to the onset of the wet season in Brazil (January-June). First Quarter 2014 gold production benefited from higher than budgeted saprolite ore grade processed, which was offset by lower ore mining rates due to the impact of seasonal rainfall."
|Processed ore (tonnes)||486,839||562,501||540,194||383,492||447,990|
|Average grade processed (g/t)||1.40||1.38||1.32||1.69||1.40|
|Average recovery rate||89%||89%||90%||92%||90%|
|Gold produced (ounces)2||19,414||22,177||20,997||18,853||17,203|
|Gold sales (ounces)3||23,002||16,755||19,812||22,819||13,017|
|1Production statistics are unaudited and may be subject to change.|
|2Gold produced represents physical gold output from the processing plant. The variance between gold produced and the theoretical gold recovered is represented as changes in estimated gold work in progress inventory.|
|3Includes gold deliveries to Sandstorm Gold Ltd.|
Luna Gold will provide a more detailed analysis in its Management's Discussion and Analysis and financial results for the First Quarter 2014, which will be released no later than May 15, 2014. Specific release dates for Management's Discussion and Analysis and financial results for the First Quarter 2014, and a conference call reviewing the Company's performance, will be announced in early May.
About Luna Gold Corp.
Luna is a gold production and exploration company engaged in the operation, discovery, and development of gold projects in Brazil.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
LUNA GOLD CORP.
Geoff Chater - President and CEO
This release contains certain "forward looking statements" and certain "forward looking information" as defined under applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "plans" or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to future gold production and/or the results of analysis on gold production. Forward-looking statements are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions that while believed by management to be reasonable, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors identified in Luna Gold Corp.'s periodic filings with Canadian Securities Regulators. These factors include the inherent risks involved in the exploration and development of mineral properties, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drill results and other exploration data, the potential for delays in exploration or development activities, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits, the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations, accidents, equipment breakdowns, title matters, labor disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in production and operations, fluctuating metal prices, unanticipated costs and expenses, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price fluctuations, currency fluctuations, regulatory restrictions, including environmental regulatory restrictions and liability, competition, loss of key employees, and other related risks and uncertainties. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information except as required by applicable law. Such forward-looking information represents management's best judgment based on information currently available. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may vary materially. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.