Anaconda Mining announces Q4 and full year 2020 production results, achieves record metal revenue of $41.5 million

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / January 14, 2021 / Anaconda Mining Inc. ("Anaconda" or the "Company") (TSX:ANX)(OTCQX:ANXGF) is pleased to announce production results and certain financial information for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020. All dollar amounts are in Canadian Dollars. The Company expects to file its full audited annual financial statements and management discussion and analysis by March 2, 2021.
2020 Highlights

  • Anaconda produced 18,268 ounces of gold in 2020 from its Point Rousse operation, achieving its annual guidance of 18,000 to 19,000 ounces, predominantly from Pine Cove Pit mine production, with the processing of ore from the Argyle Gold Mine commencing in late Q4 2020.
  • Anaconda sold 17,918 ounces of gold in 2020, generating record metal revenue of $41.5 million at an average sales price1 of C$2,316 (US$1,728) per ounce of gold. As at December 31, the Company also had over 525 ounces in gold doré inventory, which was subsequently sold in January.
  • The Pine Cove Mill achieved annual throughput of 459,085 tonnes during 2020, just short of its annual record throughput, representing a 14% increase over 2019, when the mill was impacted by unplanned maintenance.
  • Mine operations moved 512,028 tonnes of ore during the year, including 103,557 tonnes of ore from Argyle in Q4 2020, at an average grade of 1.50 grams per tonne ("g/t") and at a strip ratio of 3.8 waste tonnes per ore tonne.
  • The Pine Cove Pit has now transitioned to a fully permitted in-pit tailings facility, with over 10 years of capacity at current throughput rates.
  • The Company announced the full exercise of share purchase warrants expiring on January 10, 2021, resulting in proceeds of $3,526,895 and the issuance of 7,837,544 common shares.
  • As of December 31, 2020, the Company had a cash balance of $14.6 million and preliminary working capital1 of $13.8 million. The Company's current loan balance as of December 31, 2020 was $1.9 million and the non-current portion was $0.8 million.

2021 Guidance
Anaconda is projecting to produce between 18,000 and 19,000 ounces of gold in 2021. Mill feed in 2021 will be predominantly from mining at the Argyle Gold Mine, with supplemental ore feed from Pine Cove and marginal stockpiles, although the Company continues to investigate opportunities to defer marginal ore feed. Operating cash costs per ounce1 for the full year are expected to be between $1,425 and $1,475 per ounce of gold sold (US$1,100 - US$1,145 at an approximate exchange rate of 0.775), reflecting the relatively lower grade profile of Argyle in the earlier part of the mine plan, the impact of processing lower grade marginal ore, and increased trucking costs to the Pine Cove Mill from Argyle. Mine grade will increase significantly towards the end of 2021 and into 2022 at Argyle which, along with a decrease in the stripping ratio, will lead to a marked decrease in operating cash costs per ounce sold. Furthermore, any opportunity to displace marginal ore will positively impact operating costs on a per ounce sold basis.

The Company expects to incur $6,600,000 of sustaining capital expenditures for the mine and mill operations in 2021, which includes approximately $3,800,000 of mine development for pushbacks at the Argyle Gold Mine, which will also support ongoing mining in 2022. Looking further ahead at Point Rousse, the Company continues to infill drill the Stog'er Tight extension and advance baseline permitting activities, given its strong potential to extend the life of mine of the Point Rousse operation.
In addition, milestones and catalysts for growth in 2021 include:

  • Ongoing production and free cash flow generation from Argyle throughout 2021.
  • Infill drilling at Stog'er Tight deposit to complete an updated Mineral Resource.
  • Final drill results from the Goldboro Gold Project ("Goldboro") infill drill program in Q1 2021.
  • An updated Mineral Resource for the Goldboro Gold Project in Q1 2021.
  • Ongoing initial 10,000 metre drill program at the Tilt Cove Gold Project in Q1 and Q2 2021.
  • Drill Program at the Lower Seal Harbour Property in Nova Scotia, proximal to Goldboro.
  • Completion of the Goldboro Feasibility Study in Q4 2021.

Operating Statistics for the Three Months and Year Ended December 31, 2020
During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company processed a bulk sample for Goldboro (the "Bulk Sample") at its Pine Cove Mill (see press release dated January 16, 2020). Fourth quarter and annual 2019 mill statistics are presented both including the Bulk Sample, and on a Point Rousse stand-alone basis.

Three months ended December 31, 2020
Three months ended December 31, 2019
Year ended December 31, 2020
Year ended December 31, 2019
Mine Statistics
Ore production (tonnes)
Waste production (tonnes)
Total material moved (tonnes)
Waste: Ore ratio
Mill Statistics (including Bulk Sample in 2019)
Availability (%)
Dry tonnes processed
Tonnes per day ("tpd")
Grade (grams per tonne)
Recovery (%)
Gold Ounces Recovered
Gold Ounces Sold
Excluding the operating results from the Bulk Sample, the Pine Cove Mill Statistics specifically for production from the Point Rousse operation are as follows:
Dry tonnes processed
Tonnes per day ("tpd")
Grade (grams per tonne)
Recovery (%)
Gold Ounces Produced
Gold Ounces Sold
Operations Overview for the Year Ended December 31, 2020
Anaconda sold 17,918 ounces of gold in 2020 to generate record metal revenue of $41.5 million at an average realized gold price1 of C$2,316 (US$1,728) per ounce, representing a 41% increase in metal revenue compared to 2019 due to a combination of significantly higher gold prices and higher gold production. During the fourth quarter, the Company sold 3,970 ounces of gold from production from its Point Rousse operations, generating metal revenue of $10.0 million at an average realized gold price1 of C$2,503 per ounce (US$1,921).

The Point Rousse operation produced 18,268 ounces of gold during 2020, achieving annual guidance of 18,000 to 19,000 ounces, and representing a 13% increase over 2019 as a result of higher throughput and stronger recoveries. Production was predominantly from the Pine Cove Pit, where mining ceased in early Q4 2020 and mill production was maintained from the established stockpile of 100,000 tonnes. In 2021, production will be focused exclusively at Argyle, with mill throughput supplemented with marginal ore from the Pine Cove Pit.
Point Rousse Mine Operations - During the fourth quarter, the mine operation produced 110,455 tonnes of ore (of which 103,557 tonnes were from Argyle), a 10% decrease from Q4 2019 when mining was focused exclusively in the Pine Cove Pit. For 2020, the mine operation produced 512,028 tonnes of ore, a significant increase over 2019 when the first half of the year was focused on the lower tonnage profile Stog'er Tight Mine. The strip ratio for 2020 was 3.8 waste tonnes to ore tonnes, a decrease from 4.3 in 2019, as the mine operation completed mining in the Pine Cove Pit throughout 2020 and the tonnes of waste moved decreased accordingly. The strip ratio of 4.1 waste tonnes to ore tonnes in Q4 2020 reflects the impact of the commencement of development at Argyle.
As at December 31, 2020, the mine operation had stockpiled over 102,300 tonnes of ore, which included approximately 72,000 tonnes from Argyle at an average grade of 1.79 g/t. Going forward into 2021, the mine operations will be exclusively focused on production from Argyle, which together with existing stockpiles will contribute approximately 70% of mill throughput in the upcoming year, with Pine Cove and marginal stockpiles providing the balance.
Point Rousse Mill Operations - The Pine Cove Mill processing facility milled 107,257 tonnes during the fourth quarter of 2020, a 3% decrease compared to Q4 2019, the result of lower mill availability due to a planned shutdown for a mill liner change. For the 2020 year, the mill processed 459,085 tonnes of ore, an increase of 14% compared to 2019 due to strong mill availability of 96.3% in the most recent year compared to only 89.6% in 2019. The Pine Cove Mill has returned to consistent and sustainable operations since the challenges encountered in the early half of 2019, when unplanned maintenance of the regrind mill impacted mill availability, which in turn impacted throughput and recovery. Anaconda took the opportunity to accelerate other planned maintenance programs, invest in critical spares, and bolster preventative maintenance programs, the result of which can be seen with the strong performance of the mill in 2020.
Average grade during the fourth quarter was 1.39 g/t, a 7% decrease compared to Q4 2019 due to the impact of the Goldboro Bulk Sample in the comparative period, however a 9% increase when compared to ore milled only from the Point Rousse operation. The fourth quarter of 2020 reflected the impact of processing of 30,324 tonnes of ore from the relatively higher-grade Argyle deposit. Average grade for 2020 was 1.42 g/t, down slightly from 1.46 g/t in 2019 when comparing only to Point Rousse results, as ore feed in the first half of the prior year was mainly from the higher grade Stog'er Tight Mine. The mill achieved an average recovery rate of 86.8% in Q4 2020 and 87.4% for the 2020 year, both representing strong increases over the comparative periods of 2019, further reflecting the strong improvements that have been implemented at the mill operation.
Qualified Person
Kevin Bullock, P. Eng., President and CEO, Anaconda Mining Inc., is a "qualified person" as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical information and data included in this press release.

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