Second Quarter 2014 Operating Details
Production (1) Q2 2014 YTD 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Copper in concentrate (million lbs) 8.2 14.9 Cathode copper (million lbs) 0.6 1.1 Total copper (million lbs) 8.8 16.0 Molybdenum in concentrate (million lbs) 2.6 4.7 Silver (000 oz) 116.0 205.1 Copper equivalent(i) (million lbs) 19.4 35.6 Mine (millions) Total tons mined 7.7 13.4 Ore tons mined 3.8 6.8 Leach tons mined 0.6 1.5 Low grade tons mined 0.1 0.3 Waste tons mined 3.2 4.8 Mill Tons processed (millions) 3.8 7.0 Tons processed per day (tpd) 41,601 38,808 Ore grind index (kwh/t) 13.6 13.6 Copper grade (%) 0.135 0.132 Molybdenum grade (%) 0.045 0.043 Silver grade (oz/t) 0.044 0.044 Recoveries (%) Copper 80.4 80.1 Molybdenum 75.2 78.4 Silver 70.4 67.1 Concentrates (1) Copper concentrates (dry tons) 21,495 37,426 Copper (%) 19.1 19.9 Silver (oz/t) 5.4 5.5 Molybdenum concentrates (dry million lbs) 5.1 9.7 Molybdenum (%) 49.8 48.7 1. Adjustments based on final settlements will be made in future periods.
Second Quarter 2014 Operating Highlights
-- Total tons mined of 7.7 million in Q2 2014 were 35% higher than in Q1 2014 and 7% higher than in Q2 2013.
June 2014tons mined were 2.4 million tons or 40% higher than in January 2014, when the initial proceeds of the bridge loan from Daselina Investments Ltd.were deployed (see December 23, 2013press release). The higher mining rate is primarily attributed to improved equipment availability, improved spare parts inventory levels and several productivity initiatives underway (including continued blasting optimizations). -- Recoveries of 80.4% and 75.2%, for copper and molybdenum, respectively, continue to be above mill design rates. -- Average mill throughput in the quarter was 41,601 tons per day ("tpd"), with June 2014mill throughput rates of 43,217 tpd (despite both SAG mills having taken downtime to be re-lined during the month), or 38% higher than in January 2014. The increased throughput was achieved despite the harder than expected ore mined, which had an average ore grind index of 13.6 kilowatt hour per ton ("kwh/t"), or 15% harder when compared to Q2 2013. Initiatives underway that have increased throughput rates include grinding circuit optimizations and an on-site contract pebble crusher. -- Total copper production in Q2 2014 was 8.8 million pounds and was 23% higher than in Q1 2014, with June 2014total copper production of 3.6 million pounds (an improvement of 87% over January 2014production). Molybdenum production in Q2 2014 was 2.6 million pounds and was 18% higher than in Q1 2014, with June 2014molybdenum production of 0.9 million pounds (an improvement of 30% over January 2014production).
Q2-2014 Financial Results
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(i)Copper equivalent production
All references to copper equivalent production is calculated using a molybdenum/copper ratio of 4.15, based on the Company's estimated 2014 beginning of year metals prices (includes adjustments for copper forward sales program).
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Gary Simmerman, BSc Mining Eng, FAusIMM, a consultant to the Company and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of and verified the technical information contained in this news release.
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