Orvana Minerals Corp.
TSX : ORV

Orvana Minerals Corp.

August 15, 2005 08:30 ET

Orvana Earns US$0.3 Million In Third Quarter 2005

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 15, 2005) - Orvana Minerals Corp. (TSX:ORV) announced today that it earned net income of US$0.3 million ($0.00 per share) during the third quarter ended June 30, 2005. Net income for the nine months ended June 30, 2005 amounted to US$4.4 million or $0.04 per share.

Dollar amounts in this news release are in United States dollars unless stated otherwise, and fine troy ounces of gold produced at the Corporation's Don Mario mine located in eastern Bolivia are referred to as "ounces".

The Company produced 17,404 ounces of gold, and sold 13,820 ounces in the three months ended June 30, 2005, generating total revenues of $5.9 million. Cash flow from operations (before changes in non-cash working capital items) amounted to $2.8 million in the third quarter 2005.

The record production level of 17,345 ounces achieved in the second quarter was repeated in the third quarter ended June 30, 2005 with production of 17,404 ounces.

Don Mario Mine Operations

During the third quarter 2005, the Don Mario mill treated 58,117 tonnes of ore and produced 17,404 ounces of gold compared to 59,626 tonnes treated and 14,643 ounces produced in the third quarter 2004. The following table indicates the improvement in average head grades in the third quarter 2005 compared to the third quarter 2004:



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3 months 3 months
ended ended
June 30, June May April June 30,
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004
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Underground mine tonnes 36,437 12,989 14,436 9,012 30,760
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g/t 12.23 14.18 9.69 13.48 8.60
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Mini-pit &
stockpile tonnes 21,680 6,579 5,921 9,180 28,866
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g/t 7.47 2.94 8.89 9.81 8.46
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Total tonnes 58,117 19,568 20,357 18,192 59,626
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g/t 10.46 10.40 9.46 11.63 8.54
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Recovery rate 89.1% 86.1% 89.0% 92.1% 89.5%
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Gold produced - ounces 17,404 5,631 5,510 6,263 14,643
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Financial Highlights

Orvana sold 13,820 ounces of gold in the third quarter ended June 30, 2005 at an average price of $426 per ounce.

The 13,820 ounces sold in the third quarter 2005 do not include a shipment of 5,631 ounces with an invoice value of $2.4 million made on the last day of the quarter but for which title did not pass until early July. This gold shipment is included in gold and ore inventories at a cost of $1.1 million at June 30, 2005.

Net income for the third quarter 2005 was reduced by a one-time non-cash charge of $0.9 million for stock-based compensation on stock options granted during the quarter. In addition, the Company continues to incur certain expenses ($0.5 million in the third quarter 2005) in connection with the assumption of certain management functions currently performed by Compania Minera del Sur S.A. pursuant to a services agreement which is expected to terminate on September 30, 2005.

The following table shows cash costs and other production costs for the third quarter 2005 compared to the third quarter 2004. These calculations represent non-GAAP measures (see "Non-GAAP Measures" below):



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Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
June 30, 2005 June 30, 2004
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Costs Cost/oz. Costs Cost/oz.
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Direct mine operating
costs $1,892,150 $108.72 $1,379,589 $94.21
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Third-party smelting,
refining and
transportation costs 31,209 1.79 27,367 1.87
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Cash operating costs 1,923,359 110.51 1,406,956 96.08
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Royalties and mining rights 303,861 17.46 189,292 12.93
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Total cash costs 2,227,220 127.97 1,596,248 109.01
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Depreciation and
amortization 1,193,737 68.59 1,106,392 75.56
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Total production costs $3,420,397 $196.56 $2,702,640 $184.57
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Orvana's operating results and financial position are summarized below:



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Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30 June 30
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2005 2004 2005 2004
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Revenue $5,892,124 $5,522,965 $18,913,688 $13,325,035
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Expenses 4,611,272 3,152,669 11,546,518 9,216,537
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Net income for the
period 321,389 2,140,472 4,436,671 3,568,219
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Net income per share -
basic and diluted $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.03
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Cash and cash equivalents $7,380,301 $3,397,876
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Total assets 36,659,383 32,512,233
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Long-term debt, including
current portion 8,087,930 15,032,487
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Unaudited consolidated financial statements and Management's Discussion & Analysis for the third quarter ended June 30, 2005 are available on SEDAR and at www.orvana.com.

About Orvana

Orvana Minerals Corp. is a Canadian gold mining and exploration company based in Toronto, Ontario, involved in the evaluation, development and mining of precious metal deposits in the Americas. The Company owns the Don Mario mine in eastern Bolivia. Orvana's long-term goal is to become a low cost, long-life, multi-mine producer in the Americas. Orvana's shares have been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange since 1992 under the trading symbol ORV.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements that are based on the Company's expectations, estimates and projections regarding its business and the precious metals market and economic environment in which it operates. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to control or predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update them publicly to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances.

Non-GAAP Measures

The production and unit costs contained in the table above are based on the industry-recognized Gold Institute Production Cost Standard that has been widely adopted throughout the global gold industry. The purpose of providing this information standard is to give management and the financial community a tool to make meaningful comparisons of gold mining companies with production cost information in a uniform format. These calculations represent non-GAAP information, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP, should not be construed as an alternative to GAAP reporting of operating expenses, and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. For a reconciliation of the non-GAAP costs and unit costs provided above with the Company's GAAP-based statement of operations, please see the Company's Management Discussion & Analysis for the third quarter ended June 30, 2005.

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