Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

August 08, 2013 10:25 ET

Avino July Production Report

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 8, 2013) - Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ASM) (NYSE MKT:ASM) (FRANKFURT:GV6) ("Avino" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the July 2013 production results from its San Gonzalo mine and Historic Avino Mine surface stockpile operations located on the Avino property near Durango, Mexico.

July production from San Gonzalo and Avino Mine surface stockpiles are presented below:

Days of Operation Total Mill Feed (metric tonnes) Feed Grade Silver (g/t) Feed Grade Gold (g/t) Recovery Silver (%) Recovery Gold (%) Total Silver Produced (oz) Calculated Total Gold Produced (oz) Calculated Total Silver Eq. Produced (oz) Calculated YTD Silver Eq. Produced Calculated
San Gonzalo (Circuit 1) 30 6,372 285 1.31 82.32 73.35 48,131 196 60,903 432,577
Historic Above Ground Stock Piles (Circuit 2) 30 5,922 89 0.826 65.56 53.87 11,156 85 16,665 54,505
12,294 59,287 281 77,568 587,082

Silver equivalent was calculated using a 65:1 ratio for silver to gold. Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Year-to-date and calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.

July marks another consistent month of production for Avino as we continue to see our operations normalize. Our crew at the mine is to be congratulated for making some major upgrades to the mill this month that resulted in a very minimal interruption to operations while adding an important component that is necessary to bring the facility's capacity to 1,500 tonnes per day ready for the opening of the Avino Mine in 2014.

- David Wolfin, President, CEO & Director, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

San Gonzalo

Production numbers from January through July 2013 at San Gonzalo, as well as 2013 yearly totals are reported as follows:

Jan-13 Feb-13 Mar-13 Apr-13 May-13 June-13 July-13 Monthly Change % YTD SG
Total Mill Feed (dry tonnes) 6,392 6,418 6,913 6,460 6,948 6,580 6,372 (3.2 ) 46,082
Average Daily Throughput (tpd) 228 229 230 223 232 227 212 (6.6 ) 226
Days of Operation 28 28 30 29 30 29 30 3.4 204
Feed Grade Silver (g/t) 315 306 307 274 279 285 285 0 293
Feed Grade Gold (g/t) 1.27 1.19 1.40 1.36 1.13 1.17 1.31 11.8 1.26
Bulk Concentrate (dry tonnes) 197 166 206 202 209 225 207 (8.0 ) 1,412
Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t) 8.32 9.43 8.52 7.07 7.58 7.21 7.25 0.6 7.86
Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t) 29.1 30.4 34.5 31.7 27.3 25.5 29.6 16.1 29.6
Recovery Silver (%) 81 80 83 81 82 86 82 (4.7 ) 82
Recovery Gold (%) 70 66 73 73 72 75 73 (2.7 ) 72
Mill Availability (%) 91.1 99 96.7 96.1 97.2 95.8 91.8 (4.2 ) 95.3
Total Silver Produced (kg) 1,638 1,565 1,758 1,428 1,584 1,623 1,497 (7.8 ) 11,093
Total Gold Produced (g) 5,722 5,036 7,117 6,411 5,698 5,740 6,111 6.5 41,836
Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated 52,779 50,315 56,513 45,899 50,923 52,182 48,131 (7.8 ) 356,634
Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated 184 162 229 206 183 184 196 6.5 1,345
Total Silver Equivalent Produced (oz) 62,781 59,228 69,098 57,235 60,999 62,333 60,903 (2.3 ) 432,577

Silver equivalent for January through June was calculated using a 55:1 ratio for silver to gold, for the month of July a 65:1 ratio was used. (The ratio was changed to reflect more current gold and silver prices.) Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Year-to-date and calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.

July Highlights

  • Tonnage processed in July was lower than June due to the lower plant availability of 91.8%.
  • The lower plant availability was on account of maintenance for broken ball mill pinion shaft, crusher feed conveyor pulley and the installation of a new 4.25 ft. cone crusher.
  • Silver and gold recoveries were lower in July due to the maintenance issues experienced.
  • Less concentrate tonnage was produced in July due to the lower tonnage milled resulting in lower silver production as compared to June.
  • Gold production for July increased as compared to June due to the higher gold grade in the feed.

Circuit 2 - Avino Mine Stock Piles

Production numbers from Circuit 2 during April through July are presented below as well as yearly totals:

April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July
% Change YTD 2013
Total mill feed - (dry tonnes) 4,040 5,917 6,324 5,922 (6.4 ) 22,203
Days of Operation 19 30 29 30 3.4 108
Feed grade Silver - g/t 73 84 78 89 14.1 82
Feed grade Gold - g/t 0.79 0.70 0.84 0.83 (1.2 ) 0.79
Bulk concentrate - (dry tonnes) 49.84 66.05 84.42 80.52 (4.6 ) 280.83
Bulk Concentrate Grade Silver (kg/t) 3.977 4.833 3.509 4.310 22.8 4.133
Bulk Concentrate Grade Gold (g/t) 35.30 32.19 32.20 32.74 1.7 32.90
Recovery Silver (%) 67 64 60 66 10 64
Recovery Gold (%) 55 51 51 54 5.9 53
Mill availability (%) 63 83 96 87 (9.4 ) 89
Total Silver Produced (oz) calculated 6,373 10,264 9,525 11,156 17.1 37,319
Total Gold Produced (oz) calculated 57 68 87 85 (2.3 ) 297
Total Silver Eq. Produced (oz) calculated 9,484 14,023 14,332 16,665 16.3 54,505

Silver equivalent for April through June was calculated using a 55:1 ratio for silver to gold, for the month of July a 65:1 ratio was used. (The ratio was changed to reflect more current gold and silver prices.) Mill production figures have not been reconciled and are subject to adjustment with concentrate sales. Year-to-date and calculated figures may not add up due to rounding.

July Highlights

  • The maintenance issues experienced in the crushing plant resulted in lower tonnage processed and plant availability in July as compared to June.
  • Silver feed grade was higher in July resulting in better recoveries and greater production compared to June.
  • Gold production was slightly lower in July despite the slightly higher recovery due to lower tonnage processed.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Mill assays are performed at the lab onsite at the mine. Check samples are verified by SGS laboratory Services in Durango, Mexico and more recently at Inspectorate Labs in Reno, Nevada. San Gonzalo concentrate shipments are assayed at AH Knight in Manzanillo, Mexico; Avino stockpile concentrate shipments are assayed at LSI in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Qualified Person(s)

Avino's projects are under the supervision of Chris Sampson, P.Eng, BSc, ARSM Avino Consultant and Mr. Jasman Yee P.Eng, Avino director, who are both qualified persons within the context of National Instrument 43-101. Both have reviewed and approved the technical data in this news release.

About Avino

Founded in 1968, Avino's mission is to create shareholder value through profitable organic growth at the historic Avino property near Durango, Mexico. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner while contributing to the well-being of the community in which we operate.


David Wolfin, President & CEO

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

Safe Harbor Statement - This news release contains "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" (together, the "forward looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities laws and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including our belief as to the extent and timing of various studies including the PEA, and exploration results, the potential tonnage, grades and content of deposits, timing and establishment and extent of resources estimates. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and the dates of technical reports, as applicable. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the future circumstances, outcomes or results anticipated in or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur or that plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. While we have based these forward-looking statements on our expectations about future events as at the date that such statements were prepared, the statements are not a guarantee that such future events will occur and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which could cause events or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Such factors and assumptions include, among others, the effects of general economic conditions, the price of gold, silver and copper, changing foreign exchange rates and actions by government authorities, uncertainties associated with legal proceedings and negotiations and misjudgments in the course of preparing forward-looking information. In addition, there are known and unknown risk factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Known risk factors include risks associated with project development; the need for additional financing; operational risks associated with mining and mineral processing; fluctuations in metal prices; title matters; uncertainties and risks related to carrying on business in foreign countries; environmental liability claims and insurance; reliance on key personnel; the potential for conflicts of interest among certain of our officers, directors or promoters of with certain other projects; the absence of dividends; currency fluctuations; competition; dilution; the volatility of the our common share price and volume; tax consequences to U.S. investors; and other risks and uncertainties. Although we have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We are under no obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements except as required under applicable securities laws.

Cautionary Note to United States Investors - The information contained herein and incorporated by reference herein has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of Canadian securities laws, which differ from the requirements of United States securities laws. In particular, the term "resource" does not equate to the term "reserve". The Securities Exchange Commission's (the "SEC") disclosure standards normally do not permit the inclusion of information concerning "measured mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" or "inferred mineral resources" or other descriptions of the amount of mineralization in mineral deposits that do not constitute "reserves" by SEC standards, unless such information is required to be disclosed by the law of the Company's jurisdiction of incorporation or of a jurisdiction in which its securities are traded. U.S. investors should also understand that "inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. Disclosure of "contained ounces" is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute "reserves" by SEC standards as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures.

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