VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - January 12, 2015) - Endeavour Silver Corp. (
As a result, the Company delivered its 10th consecutive year of higher silver production in 2014, totaling 7,212,074 oz silver (up 6% compared to 2013) and 62,895 oz gold (down 17% compared to 2013). Silver equivalent production totaled 11.6 million oz at a 70:1 silver: gold ratio.
Production Highlights for Fiscal 2014 (Compared to Fiscal 2013)
Production Highlights for Fourth Quarter, 2014 (Compared to Fourth Quarter, 2013)
Bradford Cooke, CEO and Director, commented, "Endeavour delivered new records for quarterly and annual silver production from our mining operations in 2014, led by record performance of the Guanaceví mine. We beat the high end of our silver production guidance by 5%, although our gold production fell short of guidance by 3%. Our operations group is to be commended for their stellar effort last year.
"The excellent performance of our El Cubo mine in the fourth quarter should also be noted as it allowed us to meet our 2014 guidance of ramping up throughput by 36% to fill the El Cubo plant to capacity by year-end. The Bolanitos mine operated steadily at capacity throughout the year and readily met its operating guidance.
"Lower precious metal prices continued to beset the mining industry in 2014 and I am proud of our management team for their ongoing efforts to reduce our all-in sustaining costs in this difficult environment. We remain focused on optimizing our mining operations further in order to ensure that each mine generates positive operating cash flow through this current metal price downturn."
Operating Highlights for 2014
|Three Months Ended Dec. 31||2014 Highlights||Year Ended Dec. 31|
|2014||2013||% Change||2014||2013||% Change|
|2,009,172||1,931,717||4%||Silver ounces produced||7,212,074||6,813,069||6%|
|15,127||17,686||(14%)||Gold ounces produced||62,895||75,578||(17%)|
|1,950,037||1,855,108||5%||Payable silver ounces produced||6,996,916||6,593,805||6%|
|14,557||16,612||(12%)||Payable gold ounces produced||60,518||72,562||(17%)|
|2,000,253||2,155,326||(7%)||Silver ounces sold||6,539,686||7,151,963||(9%)|
|13,635||18,960||(28%)||Gold ounces sold||58,323||81,119||(28%)|
2014 Production by Mine
|by mine||Produced||per day||Ag gpt(1)||Au gpt(1)||Ag %||Au %||Oz||Oz|
1) gpt = grams per tonnes
Fourth Quarter Production by Mine
|Ag %||Au %||Oz||Oz|
At Guanaceví, higher recoveries and higher grades, mainly from the Porvenir Cuatro orebody, helped the mine achieve record quarterly and annual production. Exploration drilling successfully delineated new zones of high grade silver-gold mineralization in the Porvenir Centro area between the Porvenir Norte and Santa Cruz mines and the Santa Cruz Sur area south of the Santa Cruz mine.
Drilling highlights include 296 gpt silver and 1.85 gpt gold (426 gpt silver equivalent (AgEq)) over 11.1 m true width (12.4 ounces per ton (opT) AgEq over 36.4 feet (ft)), in hole SCS3S-1, and 1,360 gpt silver and 38.3 gpt gold (3,987 gpt AgEq) over 0.57 m true width (116.2 opT AgEq over 1.9 ft) in hole UNP4-3. Silver equivalents are calculated at a ratio of 70: 1 silver: gold. Drill highlights are summarized in the following table:
At Bolañitos, mine output and mill throughput reverted to the plant capacity in 2014 after benefiting from extra mine production to fill available capacity at the Las Torres plant in 2013. The decline in gold grades was anticipated due to the metal distribution in the orebodies. Exploration drilling successfully delineated the LL-Asuncion orebody (drill results previously released). A new mine access ramp was collared in October, intersected a new blind vein up to 2.5 m wide in December (calcite-dominant vein with spotty gold values up to 4.5 gpt suggesting the "bonanza" horizon lies deeper) and is scheduled to reach the LL-Asuncion vein within the next three months.
El Cubo Mine
At El Cubo, the operational changes implemented over the past two years now appear to be sustainable. Throughput increased substantially in Q4 thanks to our "Yes We Can" program, allowing mine personnel to achieve our 2014 goal of ramping up throughput to fill the El Cubo plant to capacity by year-end (see monthly table below). Exploration drilling successfully delineated the V-Asuncion orebody (drill results previously released). Management continues to focus on accelerating mine development of the V-Asuncion discovery to increase throughput and grades and drive unit costs down.
|Ag %||Au %||Oz||Oz|
|Ag %||Au %||Oz||Oz|
San Sebastián Project
San Sebastián is an emerging new high grade silver-gold discovery in Jalisco state, Mexico that may represent Endeavour's fourth mine, subject to economic studies now under way. Exploration drilling successfully delineated the Terronera mineralized zone (drill results previously released). Management is now working on the individual change of soil use permits, an updated resource estimate, initial mine plan, project engineering and independent economic evaluation.
Endeavour plans to release its updated reserve and resource estimate and 2015 outlook with production guidance within the next two weeks.
About Endeavour Silver - Endeavour Silver is a mid-tier silver mining company focused on growing production, reserves and resources in Mexico. Since start-up in 2004, Endeavour has posted ten consecutive years of accretive growth of its silver mining operations. Endeavour's three silver-gold mines in Mexico combined with its strategic acquisition and exploration programs should facilitate Endeavour's goal to become a premier senior silver producer.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States private securities litigation reform act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements and information herein include but are not limited to statements regarding Endeavour's anticipated performance in 2015 and the timing and results of various activities. The Company does not intend to, and does not assume any obligation to update such forward-looking statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.
Forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Endeavour and its operations to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include, among others, changes in national and local governments, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada and Mexico; operating or technical difficulties in mineral exploration, development and mining activities; risks and hazards of mineral exploration, development and mining; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, risks in obtaining necessary licenses and permits, and challenges to the Company's title to properties; as well as those factors described in the section "risk factors" contained in the Company's most recent form 40F/Annual Information Form filed with the S.E.C. and Canadian securities regulatory authorities.
Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to: the continued operation of the Company's mining operations, no material adverse change in the market price of commodities, mining operations will operate and the mining products will be completed in accordance with management's expectations and achieve their stated production outcomes, and such other assumptions and factors as set out herein. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements or information, there may be other factors that cause results to be materially different from those anticipated, described, estimated, assessed or intended. There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements or information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements or information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.