Aurcana Corporation
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Aurcana Corporation

December 03, 2010 10:00 ET

Aurcana Achieves Record Production, Revenues, Silver Sales and Earnings From Mining Operations in 3rd Quarter

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - Aurcana Corporation (TSX VENTURE:AUN) ("Aurcana" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the three months ended September 30, 2010. The following summary of selected financial information should be read in conjunction with the unaudited consolidated Financial Statements for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and the related Management Discussion and Analysis dated November 29, 2010. (www.sedar.com). All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.

Third Quarter Highlights:

  • 72% increase in production to 125,050 tonnes in Q3, 2010 from 72,716 tonnes in Q3, 2009;

  • 43% increase in net revenues to $7,476,157 in Q3, 2010 from $5,228,565 in Q3, 2009;

  • 47% increase in ounces of silver sold to 238,722 in Q3, 2010 from 162,086 in Q3, 2009;

  • 72% increase in earnings from mining operations to $3,007,888 in Q3, 2010 from $1,750,338 in Q3, 2009;

  • 68% increase in copper concentrate sold to 3,658 tonnes in Q3, 2010 from 2,183 tonnes in Q3, 2009;

  • 123% increase in zinc concentrate sold to 2,065 tonnes in Q3, 2010 from 925 tonnes in Q3, 2009;

FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

  Q1 Q2 Q3 TOTAL
         
Net Revenue (in millions) $4.7 $4.9 $7.5 $17.1
Earnings from Mining Operations (in millions) 1.4* $1.3 $3.0 $5.7
Net earnings (loss) (in millions) $0.7 ($3.1) $1.5 ($0.9)
Earnings (loss) per share $0.01 ($0.03) $0.01 ($0.01)
         
Silver ounces sold 153,790 172,356 238,722 564,868
Copper content sold (dry metric tonnes) 2,065 2,788 3,658 8,511
Zinc content sold (dry metric tonnes) 874 1,085 2,065 4,024
         
 
* Restated to exclude amortization and depletion and re-allocate to expenses.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2010, the Company posted net revenues of $7,476,157 (2009: $5,228,565), earnings from mining operations of $3,007,888 (2009: $1,750,338) and consolidated net earnings of $1,508,131 (2009: $2,625,481).

Included in net earnings was the effect of an unrealized foreign exchange gain of $1,030,350 (2009: $1,930,564) resulting from the weakening of the US dollar against the Canadian dollar during the quarter.

Another significant item of the Q3, 2010 results was a loss from trading activity of $1,045,470 (Q2, 2009: $Nil), the amount of which pertains to the contract the Company has with Silver Wheaton (Caymans) Ltd. ("Silver Wheaton") whereby the Company is contracted to sell to Silver Wheaton the equivalent of 50% of the silver metal produced from ore extracted during the mine-life at La Negra at a price of $3.90 per ounce.

LA NEGRA MINE - PRODUCTION AND SALES

La Negra Mine (100%) Q3, 2010 Q3, 2009 Q2, 2010
       
Tonnes of ore mined 111,066 84,204 113,711
Tonnes of ore milled 125,050 72,716 94,201
       
Tonnes of payable zinc metal sold 730 358 394
  Pounds of zinc 1,609,375 789,255 868,621
Average sales price per pound $0.91 $0.80 $0.95
       
Tonnes of payable copper metal sold 351 313 318
  Pounds of copper 773,823 690,047 701,070
Average sales price per pound $3.29 $2.65 $3.15
       
Ounces of payable silver sold 238,722 162,086 172,356
Average sales price per ounce $18.98 $14.74 $17.94
       

Mining operations and exploration drilling at La Negra continue to delineate additional mineralized zones, either between or as extensions of existing ore zones which add to the mine life of La Negra. La Negra drill crews have completed 10,000 metres of diamond drilling year-to-date.

During the quarter ended September 30, 2010, 44% of the tonnes milled were mined from outside the existing reserve and historic resource base (55,000 of the 125,050 tonnes milled). Exploration drilling and underground development during the third quarter resulted in the definition of 157,000 tonnes in two zones (Bicentenario, Nuestra Senora), with excellent silver and copper grades. A total of 5,800 tonnes were mined from these zones in the quarter.

With the installation of additional mill equipment, the ramp-up of the mill expansion to 1,500 TPD was achieved, resulting in a 50% increase in throughput and an increase in concentrate production under a rising price scenario. Mine operational efficiency is under constant review to identify cost cutting opportunities. A new tailings disposal area has been defined and initial studies are in progress to fulfill requirements for permitting in order to facilitate the long term operation of the La Negra mine.

About Aurcana Corporation:

Aurcana is committed to become a mid-tier silver producer. Annualized silver production is scheduled to exceed 5 million ounces pure silver (6.5 million ounces silver equivalent) by year 2012.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AURCANA CORPORATION

Lenic Rodriguez, President

For further information, visit the website at www.aurcana.com.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements – This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the business and anticipated financial performance of the Company. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from results contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include unsuccessful exploration results, changes in metal prices, changes in the availability of funding for mineral exploration and development, unanticipated changes in key management personnel and general economic conditions. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, oral or written, made by itself or on its behalf.

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