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Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.

April 19, 2016 11:51 ET

Turquoise Hill Announces First Quarter 2016 Production

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - April 19, 2016) - Turquoise Hill Resources today announced first quarter 2016 production for Oyu Tolgoi.

Jeff Tygesen, Turquoise Hill Chief Executive Officer, said, "Oyu Tolgoi delivered strong first quarter production results with concentrator throughput reaching a quarterly high as well as better-than-expected gold production. We are increasing 2016 gold production guidance to reflect the mine accessing more of the final, high-gold benches in phase 2 of the open pit. Also during the quarter, Oyu Tolgoi surpassed 2.0 million tonnes of concentrate shipped."

In Q1'16, concentrator throughput increased 3.1% over Q4'15 resulting in average throughput of approximately 106,000 tonnes per day for the quarter. Concentrate production in Q1'16 remained high resulting from increased throughput and strong copper grades. Copper production in Q1'16 reached a quarterly high increasing 0.5% over Q4'15. As expected, gold production in Q1'16 declined approximately 30% over Q4'15 due to lower grades and the near-completion of mining in phase 2 of the open pit.

Given stronger-than-expected Q1'16 gold production, the Company is increasing 2016 gold in concentrates guidance to 255,000 to 285,000 ounces from 210,000 to 260,000 ounces. Mining of the phase 2 gold core is expected to be complete in Q2'16. The Company continues to expect Oyu Tolgoi to produce 175,000 to 195,000 tonnes of copper in concentrates for 2016.

Oyu Tolgoi Production Data

All data represents full production and sales on a 100% basis

    1Q 2015 2Q 2015 3Q 2015 4Q 2015   1Q 2016 Full Year 2015
Open pit material mined ('000 tonnes)   21,999 22,094 23,969 23,708   22,867 91,771
Ore treated ('000 tonnes)   7,512 9,025 8,632 9,369   9,662 34,537
Average mill head grades:                
  Copper (%)   0.52 0.69 0.75 0.69   0.70 0.67
  Gold (g/t)   0.48 1.09 0.56 0.92   0.63 0.78
  Silver (g/t)   1.16 1.46 1.90 1.67   1.92 1.56
Concentrates produced ('000 tonnes)   130.9 215.5 210.3 231.8   229.5 788.5
  Average concentrate grade (% Cu)   25.7 25.6 26.6 24.7   25.1 25.6
Production of metals in concentrates:                
  Copper ('000 tonnes)   33.6 55.3 56.0 57.3   57.6 202.2
  Gold ('000 ounces)   86 238 123 207   144 653
  Silver ('000 ounces)   184 297 388 355   395 1,223
Concentrate sold ('000 tonnes)   167.7 189.8 226.0 236.2   213.1 819.8
Sales of metals in concentrates:                
  Copper ('000 tonnes)   42.1 46.3 58.2 54.7   51.2 201.3
  Gold ('000 ounces)   200 177 200 160   175 737
  Silver ('000 ounces)   219 245 334 360   305 1,158
Metal recovery (%)                
  Copper   86.8 88.6 86.4 88.4   85.6 87.6
  Gold   71.6 75.6 76.4 74.2   72.2 74.4
  Silver   65.4 70.6 73.0 70.8   66.4 69.9

About Turquoise Hill Resources

Turquoise Hill Resources (NYSE: TRQ)(NASDAQ: TRQ)(TSX: TRQ) is an international mining company whose primary operation is its 66% interest in the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold-silver mine in southern Mongolia.

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