GBS Gold International Inc.
TSX : GBS

GBS Gold International Inc.

January 25, 2008 09:29 ET

GBS Gold Fourth Quarter Production Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2008) - GBS Gold International Inc. (TSX:GBS) ("GBS Gold" or the "Company") reports steady production and significantly improved cost performance for the fourth quarter of 2007 (the "Quarter") at its Union Reefs Operations Centre in the Northern Territory of Australia (C$ refers to Canadian dollars; A$ refers to Australian dollars, and US$ refers to United States dollars):



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December 2007 September 2007 June 2007
Quarter (Q4) Quarter (Q3) Quarter (Q2)
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Ore milled (tonnes) 316,300 317,400 450,200
Head grade (g/t Au) 2.63 g/t 2.66 g/t 2.13 g/t
Metallurgical recovery 95.8% 93.8% 94.4%
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Gold produced 25,590 oz 25,444 oz 29,058 oz
Gold sold 26,021 oz 23,787 oz 25,764 oz

Cash operating cost(1):
- A$/oz A$650/oz A$783/oz A$828/oz
- US$/oz US$578/oz(i) US$663/oz US$688/oz

Sales price:
- A$/oz A$887/oz A$795/oz A$774/oz
- US$/oz US$790/oz(i) US$673/oz US$673/oz
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(i) Calculated at the average daily exchange rate for the quarter of
A$1.00:US$ 0.8898.


Monthly production was consistent throughout the Quarter with the operational focus on the achievement of continued reductions in unit operating costs. The second ball mill in the Union Reefs plant was successfully commissioned in late December, now providing further processing flexibility. In addition to the 25,590 ounces produced, at the end of the Quarter approximately 3,700 ounces of gold were contained in ore stockpiles at the Union Reefs plant ready for processing.

Cash operating costs were A$650/ounce (US$578/ounce), a 17% reduction from the previous quarter. During the Quarter, the Company sold 26,021 ounces of gold into the spot market for an average price of A$887/ounce (US$790/ounce).

Cash on hand (including security deposits) at the end of the Quarter totaled approximately C$19 million and, following receipt of the balance of the proceeds from the recently completed private placement, currently totals approximately C$24 million.

Development work is now progressing at the Tom's Gully mine site with production expected to commence in the middle of the year and to increase over the balance of 2008 to an annualized rate of 35,000-40,000 ounces, adding to existing production levels.

GBS Gold plans to release its full-year 2007 audited financial statements and MD&A in mid-March.

About GBS Gold International Inc.

GBS Gold is an emerging gold producer with 2.6Moz of Indicated Resources and 1.6Moz of Inferred Resources of gold at its Union Reefs Operations Centre located in historically productive goldfields in the Northern Territory of Australia. GBS Gold produces gold through its modern dual-mill 2.5Mtpa Union Reefs processing plant. The Company expects to commence production at its Tom's Gully and Cosmo Deeps free-milling projects in 2008-09 and then construct a flotation plant and bio-oxidation heap leach facility using the GEOCOAT® technology at the Union Reefs plant to process refractory ores and increase gold production from all sources to a targeted annualized rate of 300,000 ounces in 2009-2010. The Union Reefs plant is adjacent to the main Stuart Highway and the trans-continental Adelaide-Darwin railway line, and is on the Northern Territory power grid. Within 125km trucking distance of the Union Reefs plant, GBS Gold has consolidated over 3,500km2 of prospective tenements and gold deposits and also holds gold exploration properties in Western Australia and Canada. GBS Gold trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "GBS".

(1) Cash Operating Cost is a non-GAAP measure. See Non-GAAP Measures in the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended September 30, 2007 and, once released, for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2007.

For more information about GBS Gold, please visit our website at www.gbsgold.com or email us at gbs@gbsgold.ca.

The Company's mineral resources comprise measured resources of 84,800 tonnes at 20.6g/t for 56,100 ounces of contained gold, indicated resources of 24.5 million tonnes at 3.2g/t for 2.6 million ounces of contained gold and inferred resources of 21.2 million tonnes at 2.4g/t for 1.6 million ounces of contained gold. The resource estimates are reported at a range of cut-off grades as set out in the technical report entitled "Independent Technical Review of the Burnside, Union Reefs, Pine Creek and Maud Creek Gold Projects, Northern Territory, Australia", dated effective October, 2005 and filed on January 5, 2006, an addendum technical report entitled "Addendum to the Technical Review of the Burnside Gold Project, Union Reefs Gold Project, Pine Creek Gold Project and Maud Creek Gold Project, Northern Territory, Australia - Resource Update, Maud Creek Gold Project" dated February 2006 and filed on February 8, 2006, the technical report entitled "Form 43-101 Technical Report on the Tom's Gully Project" dated and filed on January 14, 2008, and news releases filed on January 20, July 10, September 14, October 26, November 27 and December 13, 2006 and January 9, May 10 and December 18, 2007, all of which may be viewed on the SEDAR website, www.sedar.com . The Company has completed a feasibility study on the Tom's Gully Project and declared a probable mineral reserve estimate of 740,000 tonnes at 7.1g/t for 170,000 ounces of contained gold (refer the news release dated December 18, 2007). Other than the feasibility study completed on the Tom's Gully Project, the Company has not completed a feasibility study and there is no certainty that its projects will be economically successful. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Any potential updates to GBS Gold's mineral resources discussed in this news release are conceptual in nature and subject to further drilling, analytical and test work and/or data verification. All estimates of updates to mineral resources are based on the drilling results and resource modeling described herein.

The technical disclosures regarding the Tom's Gully resource estimate were approved by Paul Payne of Resource Evaluations Pty Ltd and regarding the Tom's Gully feasibility study and reserve estimate were approved by Heath Gerritsen of HG Mine Design Pty Ltd. Technical disclosures regarding GBS Gold's other properties and resources were approved by Peter Harris, a consultant to GBS Gold. Each of Messrs Payne, Gerritsen and Harris is a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101.

Certain disclosures in this release, including management's assessment of GBS Gold's plans and projects, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to GBS Gold's operation as a mineral development company that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. The following are important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements: fluctuations in gold prices and currency exchange rates; uncertainties relating to interpretation of drill results and the geology, continuity and grade of mineral deposits; uncertainty of estimates of capital and operating costs, recovery rates, production estimates and estimated economic return; general market conditions; the uncertainty of future profitability; and the uncertainty of access to additional capital. Full descriptions of these risks can be found in the Company's Annual Information Form available on the SEDAR website, www.sedar.com . Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. GBS Gold expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The TSX does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the information contained herein.

Contact Information

  • In Toronto, Canada:
    GBS Gold International Inc.
    Marie Inkster, Vice President Finance
    (416) 777-1508
    or
    In Perth, Australia:
    GBS Gold International Inc.
    Peter Kerr, Chief Financial Officer
    +61 (0)8 9492 2500
    Email: gbs@gbsgold.ca
    Website: www.gbsgold.com