Refocusing in Times of Lower Metal Prices
On January 2, 2013, the first day of trading for the year, the London Fix silver price was US$30.87. On June 30, 2013 the silver price was US$18.86, a 39% decrease, and has since rebounded slightly to average US$20 per ounce. In response to this significant drop in silver price, the Company is refocusing its mining and exploration work. Mining is now targeting the higher grade silver zones at the operating San Ramon, Noche Buena and Cuchara-Oscar Mines. At the Capire Mine, higher grade material from the open pit is currently being processed while lower grade material is stockpiled for future processing. At the Mirasol Prospect, engineering studies for potential development of the project toward production have been accelerated.
IMPACT is fortunate that its producing mines contain higher grade zones capable of generating positive cash flow in these times of lower metal prices. Exploration for the second half of 2013 will be largely focused on drilling high grade targets that can be quickly put into production through proximal, low cost and rapid expansion of the current producing mines. These initiatives began during the first half of 2013 to achieve positive cash flow in response to lower metal prices while keeping lower grade zones accessible for when metal prices recover. IMPACT's ability to react quickly to changing economics while maintaining a healthy treasury ensures that the Company will weather the downturn in the markets and lower metal prices, and will be ready to benefit from and grow in the coming recovery.
IMPACT Silver operates two silver production centres within its 100%-owned 623 km2 land package in south-central Mexico: the Guadalupe Production Centre and the new Capire Production Centre. At Guadalupe, three underground silver mines feed the central 500-tpd processing plant located within the historic Royal Mines of Zacualpan Silver District. At Capire, the Company's first open-pit silver mine commenced initial production in early 2013. IMPACT also holds a 19.9% shareholding in Defiance Silver Corp., who plans to advance IMPACT's processing plant and mineral concessions into production in the Zacatecas Silver District in Mexico. The full version of the financial statements and the management discussion and analysis can be viewed on the Company's website at www.IMPACTSilver.com or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. A recorded conference call reviewing the second quarter and half year 2013 results will be available on the Company's website on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at www.IMPACTsilver.com/s/ConferenceCalls.asp.
On behalf of the Directors of IMPACT Silver Corp.
Frederick W. Davidson, President & CEO
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This IMPACT News Release may contain certain "forward-looking" statements and information relating to IMPACT that is 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.
IMPACT Silver Corp.
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