Timmins Gold Corp.
TSX : TMM

Timmins Gold Corp.

August 11, 2011 06:30 ET

Timmins Gold Reports First Quarter Production Results

Gold Sales of 17,965 ounces During Quarter

Expansion to 18,000 tonnes per day Complete

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2011) - Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM) is pleased to report preliminary production results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2011. The Company sold 17,965 gold ounces during the quarter. This represents a 59% increase in gold sales over the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The Company produced 16,676 gold ounces and 9,089 silver ounces during the quarter.

Category April – June 2011 April – June 2010 % Change
Ore (Dry tonnes) 1,648,230 905,296 82 %
Average Grade (g/t Au) 0.762 0.7180 6 %
Waste Mined 4,239,138 4,077,568 4 %
Total Mined (tonnes) 5,887,368 4,982,864 18 %
Strip Ratio 2.57 4.50 - 43 %
Processed Ore 1,239,075 905,296 37 %
Average Grade Processed Ore (g/t Au) 0.859 0.718 20 %
Gold ounces Recoverable 22,138 14,145 57 %
Gold ounces Sold 17,965 11,319 59 %
Days 91 91
Average Ore Processed (t/d) 13,616 9,948 37 %
Total Mined (t/d) 64,969 54,757 19 %

The Company's production during the quarter was in line with expectations. During July, the Company tested the expansion of the crushing system to 18,000 tonnes of ore per day and since the beginning of August, the Company is quickly reaching this expected target level.

"We are very pleased with progress to date as we look forward to the benefit from the increased crushing capacity of 18,000 tonnes per day as it will allow the mine to operate at an annual production rate of 100,000 ounces of gold per year. We are also in the process of updating our NI 43-101 mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates which when completed will incorporate approximately 85,000 meters of drilling at the San Francisco mine since last July", stated Bruce Bragagnolo, CEO of Timmins Gold Corp.

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About Timmins Gold

Focused solely in Mexico, Timmins Gold Corp. is in commercial gold production at its wholly owned San Francisco gold mine in Sonora, Mexico. The mine is a past-producing open pit heap leach operation. Timmins Gold has forecast production at a rate in excess of 100,000 ounces of gold per year at a life of mine cash cost of approximately U.S. $489 per ounce. (Micon International NI 43-101F1 Technical Report dated November, 2010).

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