SOURCE: Sherritt International Corporation

Sherritt International Corporation

November 09, 2015 07:00 ET

Sherritt Announces Ambatovy October Monthly Production Update

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 09, 2015) -

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Sherritt International Corporation ("Sherritt" or the "Corporation") (TSX: S) announced today the October 2015 production and pressure acid leach (PAL) throughput results for the Ambatovy Joint Venture.

Operating results attributable to Sherritt at a 40% ownership basis are summarized in the following table:

             
   YTD  YTD     Oct  Sep  Aug
   2015  2014  Change  2015  2015  2015
Production volumes (tonnes - 40% basis)                  
Finished nickel  15,569  12,414  25%  1,546  1,622  1,893
Finished cobalt  1,117  1,024  9%  118  130  134
             

For the month of October, finished nickel production was 1,546 tonnes (3,865 tonnes, 100% basis), or approximately 76% of nameplate capacity. Finished cobalt production was 118 tonnes (294 tonnes, 100% basis). Ore throughput in the pressure acid leach (PAL) circuit was 343,169 tonnes (100% basis), or approximately 69% of nameplate capacity. Forecast full year production on a 100% basis remains at 45,000 - 48,000 tonnes nickel and 3,300 - 3,500 tonnes cobalt.

Sherritt also advises that the 45 day period allowing the Ambatovy project lenders to initiate a challenge to financial completion has expired, with no challenge notice received.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, future production forecasts for the Ambatovy Joint Venture. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking words like "plans", "targets", "expects", or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "does not anticipate", or "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might", or "will be taken", "occur", or "be achieved". There can be no assurance that such forward-looking information will prove to be accurate. Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management of Sherritt as of the date such information is provided and is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Key factors that may result in material differences between actual results and developments and those contemplated by this press release include business, economic and political conditions in Madagascar. Other such factors include, but are not limited to, uncertainties in the ramp-up of large mining, processing and refining projects; potential interruptions in transportation; political, economic and other risks of foreign operations; the Corporation's reliance on key personnel and skilled workers; the possibility of equipment and other unexpected failures; the potential for shortages of equipment and supplies; risks associated with mining, processing and refining activities; and other factors listed from time to time in the Corporation's continuous disclosure documents. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof and the Corporation undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. The forward-looking information contained herein is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement.

About Sherritt

Sherritt is a world leader in the mining and refining of nickel from lateritic ores with projects and operations in Canada, Cuba, and Madagascar. The Corporation is the largest independent energy producer in Cuba, with extensive oil and power operations across the island. Sherritt licenses its proprietary technologies and provides metallurgical services to mining and refining operations worldwide. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "S".

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:
    Investor Relations
    Flora Wood
    Director Investor Relations
    Telephone: 416-935-2451
    Toll-Free: 1-800-704-6698
    Email: investor@sherritt.com
    www.sherritt.com