Ascendant Resources (TSXV:ASND) (“Ascendant” or the “Company“) (“Ascendant” or the “Company”) announces zinc equivalent metal production of 6,944 tonnes during the second quarter; 15% higher than the first quarter and up 4% from guidance of 6,664 tonnes at its El Mochito mine in Honduras.
Milled production for the month was 50,795 tonnes, an average of 1,693 tonnes per day. The second quarter milling production rate increased 15% against Q1 but was 7% lower than the provided guidance of 1,850 tpd. This was offset by 7% higher than planned metal grades mined on a zinc-equivalent basis and higher processing recoveries. The Company is not making any revisions to the guidance issued on April 18, 2017 and remains confident of achieving its guidance for the year.
The mine hoisted 51,283 tonnes of ore in the month of June, an average of 1,709 tonnes per day. Mining in June continued to be impacted by reduced availability of the underground mining equipment, once again underscoring the expected benefits from the Company’s program to upgrade the existing aging mining fleet of ten trucks and six loaders.
Of the three trucks and two loaders ordered in March, four pieces are now underground with the second truck and the second loader expected to be in operation by July 25th once fully commissioned. The addition of the new equipment, with high availability, and continued progress in various other productivity improvement initiatives already underway are expected to support higher sustained production rates going forward (see press releases on June 12, April 18, 2017 and the corporate presentation).
Operational performance over the past three months and Q2 2017 is displayed in the table below:
|Mill Head Grade|
|Average Zn grade||%||3.43%||3.30%||3.34%||3.43%||3.36%||3.30%|
|Average Pb grade||%||1.42%||1.32%||1.28%||1.33%||1.34%||1.50%|
|Average Silver grade||g/t||52.0||56.0||38.0||50.0||48.7||42.0|
|Average ZnEq grade*||%||5.82%||5.52%||5.17%||5.56%||5.50%||5.42%|
|Contained metal Production|
|*Calculated by monthly realized metal prices; weighted average during Q2 was US$2,598.35/t zinc, US$2,164.98 lead, and US$17.25/oz.|
President and CEO Chris Buncic commented: “We are certainly pleased to be making steady improvements in our quarterly production performance since closing our acquisition of the mine in December last year. In June, we recovered from the water and equipment issues of May and we are focusing our efforts on maintenance to manage the ageing fleet’s performance as we commission the newly acquired trucks and loaders. We remain confident that operational performance is set to continue ramping up within the coming months, driving El Mochito to be free cash- flow positive in the near term.”
About Ascendant Resources
Ascendant Resources Inc. is a mining company focused on its producing El Mochito zinc, silver and lead mine in west-central Honduras in which the Company has a 100% interest. El Mochito has been in production since 1948. The Company evaluates producing and advanced development stage mineral resource acquisition opportunities in North, South and Central America, on an ongoing basis. The Company’s common shares are principally listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “ASND”. For more information on Ascendant Resources, please visit our website at www.ascendantresources.com.
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