Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
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Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

July 15, 2015 07:00 ET

Fortuna Reports Production of 1.7 Million Ounces of Silver and 9,032 Ounces of Gold for the Second Quarter 2015

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 15, 2015) - Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE:FSM)(TSX:FVI) is pleased to announce second quarter production figures from its two operating mines in Latin America, the San Jose Mine in Mexico and the Caylloma Mine in Peru. The company produced 1.7 million ounces of silver, 9,032 ounces of gold and significant base metal by-products. Silver and gold production for the first six months of the year totaled 3.3 million and 18,771 ounces respectively; reflecting 51 percent and 53 percent of the company's annual guidance (see Fortuna news release dated January 15, 2015). Fortuna is on schedule to produce 6.5 million ounces of silver and 35.3 thousand ounces of gold or 8.6 million ounces of Ag Eq* in 2015.

"Consolidated production results for the first semester are in line with budget," commented Jorge A. Ganoza, President and CEO. "At Caylloma, operational issues at level 6 of Animas caused lower silver production in the second quarter. For the remainder of the year, flexibility in the mine plan allows mining to focus on higher base metal-rich levels of the mine resulting in an increase in base metal production. Outperformance at San Jose, due to excess processing capacity and better head grades, will account for the drop in silver production at Caylloma." Mr. Ganoza continued, "We are on track to meet our annual production guidance."

Second Quarter Production Highlights:

  • Silver production of 1,671,309 ounces; 3 % increase over Q2 2014
  • Gold production of 9,032 ounces; 6 % increase over Q2 2014
  • Lead production of 4,770,470 pounds; 20 % increase over Q2 2014
  • Zinc production of 8,574,831 pounds; 28 % increase over Q2 2014
  • Cash cost** for the San Jose Mine is US$58.0 /t; on track to meet annual guidance of US$62.7/t
  • Cash cost** for the Caylloma Mine is US$88.6 /t; on track to meet annual guidance of US$90.3/t

* Ag Eq is calculated using silver to gold ratio of 60 to 1

** Preliminary estimates of cash operating costs per tonne, subject to modification on final cost consolidation

Consolidated Operating Highlights:

Second Quarter 2015 Second Quarter 2014
Caylloma, Peru San Jose, Mexico
Consolidated
Caylloma, Peru San Jose, Mexico
Consolidated
Processed Ore
Tonnes milled 115,973 183,001 115,920 167,437
Average tpd milled 1,303 2,080 1,302 1,925
Silver***
Grade (g/t) 144 228 170 229
Recovery (%) 82.33 91.57 83.50 89.50
Production (oz) 443,553 1,227,756 1,671,309 529,011 1,101,411 1,630,422

*** Metallurgical recovery for silver at the Caylloma Mine is calculated based on silver content in lead concentrate

Second Quarter 2015 Second Quarter 2014
Caylloma, Peru San Jose, Mexico
Consolidated
Caylloma, Peru San Jose, Mexico
Consolidated
Gold
Grade (g/t) 0.27 1.62 0.35 1.65
Recovery (%) 32.84 91.06 43.13 89.32
Production (oz) 326 8,706 9,032 562 7,957 8,519
Lead
Grade (%) 2.01 1.68
Recovery (%) 92.67 92.02
Production (lbs) 4,770,470 3,962,049
Zinc
Grade (%) 3.68 2.92
Recovery (%) 91.18 89.76
Production (lbs) 8,574,831 6,697,341

San Jose Mine, Mexico

Silver and gold production for the second quarter were 10 % and 3 % above budget, respectively. Average head grades for silver and gold were 228 g/t and 1.62 g/t or 4 % above and 2 % below budget, respectively. Metallurgical recoveries for silver and gold were 91.57 % and 91.06 % or 2.9 % and 2.3 % above budget, respectively.

Annual silver production is projected to be above budget reflecting a 3 to 5 % increase in throughput and an increase in head grade relative to the annual mine plan.

Caylloma Mine, Peru

Silver production for the second quarter was 25 % below budget with an average silver head grade of 144 g/t, 24 % below plan. Metallurgical recovery for silver was 82.33 % or 2.3 % below budget.

Silver production for the semester was 14 % below budget due to higher than expected internal dilution as well as adverse geotechnical conditions which limited achieving programmed tonnage in Level 6 of the Animas Vein. To offset the Level 6 production issues, mining was shifted to more base metal-rich levels within the Animas Vein resulting in higher than budgeted grades for lead and zinc. This strategy will continue to be implemented throughout the balance of the year projecting a decrease in production of 14 % in silver ounces and an increase of 12 % in zinc production.

Caylloma´s revised production guidance for 2015 is 1.9 million ounces of silver, 19.5 million pounds of lead and 32.1 million pounds of zinc.

The company reiterates its annual silver and gold production guidance of 6.5 million ounces of silver and 35.3 thousand ounces of gold. For the second half of 2015, an increase in silver production of 0.3 million ounces, has been budgeted at San Jose to account for the change in strategy at Caylloma.

Qualified Person

Boris G. Caro is a technical consultant and a Qualified Person for Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Caro is a Member of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (Membership Number 305462) and a Registered Member of the Chilean Mining Commission (Comisión Calificadora de Competencias en Recursos y Reservas Mineras, Registered Member Number 0229) and is responsible for ensuring that the information contained in this news release is an accurate summary of the original reports and data provided to or developed by Fortuna Silver Mines.

About Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Fortuna is a growth oriented, silver and base metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. Our primary assets are the Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru and the San Jose silver-gold mine in Mexico. The company is selectively pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas. For more information, please visit our website at www.fortunasilver.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Jorge A. Ganoza, President, CEO and Director

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Forward looking Statements

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Forward looking Statements contained herein are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management, including but not limited to expectations regarding mine production costs; expected trends in mineral prices and currency exchange rates; the accuracy of the Company's current mineral resource and reserve estimates; that the Company's activities will be in accordance with the Company's public statements and stated goals; that there will be no material adverse change affecting the Company or its properties; that all required approvals will be obtained; that there will be no significant disruptions affecting operations and such other assumptions as set out herein. Forward looking Statements are made as of the date hereof and the Company disclaims any obligation to update any Forward looking Statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by law. 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, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward looking Statements.

Contact Information

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
    Investor Relations:
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