Amerigo Resources Ltd.

Amerigo Resources Ltd.

April 18, 2012 07:30 ET

Amerigo Announces Record Q1-2012 Copper Production Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 18, 2012) - Amerigo Resources Ltd. (TSX:ARG) "Amerigo" or the "Company") is pleased to announce production results for the first quarter of 2012 from Minera Valle Central ("MVC"), the Company's operations located near Rancagua, Chile. MVC produced 13.88 million pounds of copper and 216,292 pounds of molybdenum during the three months ended March 31, 2012.

Dr. Klaus Zeitler, Amerigo's President and CEO, stated, "We are pleased to report that MVC's Q1-2012 copper production was the highest in the Company's history, exceeding the previous first quarter copper production record of 11.15 million pounds set in Q1-2011 by close to 19% and higher than the Q3-2010 quarterly production record of 13.39 million pounds. Both fresh and old tailings processed during the quarter generally contained higher sulphide grades, and MVC resolved the issue involving the pilot oxide plant that had adversely affected production during Q4-2011. Molybdenum production of 216,292 pounds was on budget for the quarter. As a result, we continue to believe 2012 production will meet or exceed the Company's targets of 50 million pounds of copper and close to one million pounds of molybdenum."

Dr. Zeitler added, "Due to ongoing drought conditions in Chile power costs remain very high and continue to adversely affect our financial results. I am looking forward to January 2013 when our power contract changes from a variable to a fixed rate which will result in significantly lower power costs for the remaining five years of the contract."

Key operating and sales metrics are shown below.

Production Metrics: Q1-2012 Q4-2011 Q3-2011 Q2-2011 Q1-2011
Copper Production (million lbs) 13.88 12.09 11.01 9.45 11.15
Molybdenum Production (lbs) 216,292 195,729 186,297 190,917 212,125
Ore milled (Tonnes 000's) 13,657 15,485 13,390 11,363 14,168
Copper Grade (%) 0.169 0.154 0.148 0.148 0.146
Copper Recovery (%) 27.34 22.92 25.26 25.43 24.36
Molybdenum Grade in copper concentrates (%) 0.68 0.69 0.69 0.78 0.72
Molybdenum Recovery (%) 68.8 68.4 71.2 76.0 77.5
Sales Metrics: Q1-2012 Q4-2011 Q3-2011 Q2-2011 Q1-2011
Copper sales1 (Million lbs) 14.08 12.42 10.80 9.32 10.88
Copper price at end of period ($US/lb) 3.85 3.43 3.23 4.22 4.18
Prior period copper sales subject to final pricing during period (Million lbs) 4.42 0.87 1.33 3.57 0.45
Average final settlement price for prior period copper sales ($US/lb) 3.6485 3.3328 4.362 4.2897 4.4759
Company's Recorded Copper Price ($US/lb)2 3.55 3.40 3.93 3.97 4.24
Molybdenum sales (lbs) 303,547 164,059 148,940 195,006 185,404
Molybdenum price at end of period ($US/lb) 14.570 13.413 14.340 15.880 16.900
Power Costs (per kwh) $0.2151 $0.1813 $0.1790 $0.2067 $0.1982
1 Copper sales per the Company's records, which may differ from copper sales per the smelter. All differences between Company and smelter records for a quarter will be recorded as settlement adjustments in subsequent quarters until settled.
2 Copper price recorded for the Company's financial statements for the quarter before smelter and refinery charges and settlement adjustments to prior periods' sales and after hedging. The Company calculates this number by dividing quarterly dollar sales as recorded in its financial statements (calculated based on copper deliveries per the smelter) over quarterly copper sales per the Company's own records.

The Company will also release Q1-2012 financial results at market open on Monday May 7, 2012 and will hold an investor conference call to discuss the results on Tuesday May 8, 2012 at 11:00 am Pacific Standard Time/2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

To participate in the call, please dial the following number:

1-800-355-4959 (Toll-Free North America)

Please let the operator know you wish to participate in the Amerigo Resources conference call.

Media are invited to attend on a listen-only basis.

Following management's discussion of the quarterly results, the analyst and investment community will be invited to ask questions.

Amerigo Resources Ltd. produces copper and molybdenum under a long term partnership with the world's largest copper producer, Codelco, by means of processing fresh and old tailings from the world's largest underground copper mine, El Teniente near Santiago, Chile.

Certain of the information and statements contained herein that are not historical facts, constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the Securities Act (British Columbia), Securities Act (Ontario) and the Securities Act (Alberta) ("Forward-Looking Information"). Forward-Looking Information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect" and "intend"; statements that an event or result is "due" on or "may", "will", "should", "could", or might" occur or be achieved; and, other similar expressions. More specifically, Forward-Looking Information contained herein includes, without limitation, information concerning future tailings production volumes and the Company's copper and molybdenum production, all of which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such Forward-Looking Information; including, without limitation, material factors and assumptions relating to, and risks and uncertainties associated with, the supply of tailings from El Teniente and extraction of tailings from the Colihues tailings impoundment, the achievement and maintenance of planned production rates, the evolving legal and political policies of Chile, the volatility in the Chilean economy, military unrest or terrorist actions, metal price fluctuations, favourable governmental relations, the availability of financing for activities when required and on acceptable terms, the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, current and future environmental and regulatory requirements, the availability and timely receipt of permits, approvals and licenses, industrial or environmental accidents, equipment breakdowns, availability of and competition for future mineral acquisition opportunities, availability and cost of insurance, labour disputes, land claims, the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates, currency fluctuations, expectations and beliefs of management and other risks and uncertainties, including those described under Risk Factors in the Company's Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2008, and in each subsequent Management's Discussion and Analysis. Such Forward-Looking Information is based upon the Company's assumptions regarding global and Chilean economic, political and market conditions and the price of metals, including copper and molybdenum, and future tailings production volumes and the Company's copper and molybdenum production. Among the factors that have a direct bearing on the Company's future results of operations and financial conditions are changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, interruptions in the supply of fresh tailings from El Teniente, further delays in the extraction of tailings from the Colihues tailings impoundment, a change in government policies, competition, currency fluctuations and restrictions and technological changes, among other things. Should one or more of any of the aforementioned risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from any conclusions, forecasts or projections described in the Forward-Looking Information. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on Forward-Looking Information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information

  • Amerigo Resources Ltd.
    Dr. Klaus Zeitler
    (604) 218-7013

    Amerigo Resources Ltd.
    (604) 697-6201
    (604) 682-2802 (FAX)