Press Release: Silvercorp Reports Net Income of -5-
In Fiscal 2022, the Ying Mining District plans to i) complete 6,100 metres of ramp development tunneling at estimated capital expenditures of $5.2 million, representing a 9% decrease in meterage and 5% decrease in total cost compared to its Fiscal 2021 guidance; ii) complete 52,200 metres of exploration and other development tunneling at estimated capital expenditures of $18.8 million, representing a 36% decrease in meterage and 30% decrease in total cost compared to its Fiscal 2021 guidance; and iii) spend $6.3 million on equipment and facilities, an increase of 37% compared to its Fiscal 2021 guidance. In addition, the Company plans to complete 50,000 metres of surface diamond drilling at estimated capitalized expenditures of $3.5 million. The total capital expenditures at the Ying Mining District are budgeted at $33.8 million, a decrease of 9% compared to its Fiscal 2021 guidance. The Ying Mining District also plans to complete and expense 23,400 metres of mining preparation tunneling and 148,400 metres of diamond drilling, representing an increase of 11% and 87%, respectively, compared to Fiscal 2021 guidance.
(b) GC Mine
In Fiscal 2022, the Company plans to mine and process 290,000 to 310,000 tonnes of ore at the GC Mine averaging 86 g/t silver, 1.5% lead, and 3.6% zinc with expected metal production of 0.6 million to 0.7 million ounces of silver, 8.5 million to 9.1 million pounds of lead and 19.1 million to 20.4 million pounds of zinc. Fiscal 2022 production guidance at the GC Mine represents similar ore production and silver production, an increase of approximately 9% in zinc production, but a 10% to 13% decrease in lead production due to lower head grade compared to its Fiscal 2021 annual guidance.
The cash production costs are expected to be $55.7 to $59.6 per tonne of ore, and the all-in sustaining costs are estimated at $81.3 to $85.6 per tonne of ore processed.
In Fiscal 2022, the GC Mine plans to i) complete 500 metres of ramp development tunneling at estimated capital expenditures of $0.4 million, representing a 69% decrease in meterage and a decrease of 71% in total cost compared to its Fiscal 2021 guidance; ii) complete 10,300 metres of exploration and development tunneling at estimated capital expenditures of $3.0 million, a 6% decrease in meterage and total cost; and iii) spend $1.0 million on equipment and facilities, an increase of 70% compared to its Fiscal 2021 guidance. The total capital expenditures at the GC Mine are budgeted at $4.4 million, a decrease of 19% compared to its Fiscal 2021 guidance. The GC Mine also plans to complete and expense 10,200 metres of mining preparation tunneling and 58,500 metres of underground diamond drilling.
(c) Other Development Plans
In Fiscal 2022, the Company plans to commence a Phase I 10,000 metre drilling program at the La Yesca Silver Project in Mexico, which drill program is pending receipt of the necessary drilling permits from the respective Mexican government agencies. As a result, the budget for the drill program has not yet been finalized.
The Company plans to initiate an extensive drilling campaign at the Zhonghe Silver Project, located approximately 75 km northeast of the Ying Mining District. The Company will formalize the plan and provide an update on the cost estimates with respect to the Zhonghe Silver Project once the mineral rights transfer contract is executed.
The Company is in the process of applying for permits to build a third tailings facility near the existing tailings facilities at the Ying Mining District. The Company is also considering plans to expand the current milling capacity or build a new mill for future production expansion at the Ying Mining District. There is potential to consolidate mineral properties near the Ying Mining District, or to process ore from the Zhonghe Silver Project during its development stage. The Company will provide further updates when plans and cost estimates are formalized.
Scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Guoliang Ma, P.Geo., Manager of Exploration and Resources of the Company and a Qualified Person as such the term is defined in National Instrument 43-101 -- Standards of Disclosure of Mineral Projects.
This earnings release should be read in conjunction with the Company's MD&A, Financial Statements and Notes to Financial Statements for the corresponding period, which have been posted on SEDAR under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com and are also available on the Company's website at www.silvercorp.ca.
Silvercorp is a profitable Canadian mining company producing silver, lead and zinc metals in concentrates from mines in China. The Company's goal is to continuously create healthy returns to shareholders through efficient management, organic growth and the acquisition of profitable projects. Silvercorp balances profitability, social and environmental relationships, employees' wellbeing, and sustainable development. For more information, please visit our website at www.silvercorp.ca.
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