TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sierra Metals Inc.:
PRELIMINARY ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT FILED WOULD INCREASE THROUGHPUT AT YAURICOCHA MINE TO 5,500 TONNES PER DAY FROM CURRENTLY PERMITTED 3,150 TONNES PER DAY
Sierra Metals Inc. (TSX: SMT) (BVL: SMT) (NYSE AMERICAN: SMTS) (“Sierra Metals” or “the Company”) has filed a technical report prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) on the Yauricocha Mine (the “Report“). The Report supports the disclosure made by the Company in its news release dated November 18, 2020 entitled “Sierra Metals Announces Large Increase in Mineral Resource Tonnage at its Yauricocha Mine in Peru and Positive Preliminary Economic Assessment for Increase in throughput to 5,500 Tonnes Per Day from Today’s permitted 3,150 Tonnes Per Day.”
This Mineral Resource Update and Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) report was prepared as a National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report for Sierra Metals Inc. (“Sierra Metals”) by SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. (“SRK”) and Sierra Metals. There are several important differences in the PEA results contained in the Report from those disclosed in the November 18, 2020 news release as a result of adjustments and refinements in underlying calculations and estimates that feed into the model on which the PEA is based. These are included in the summary highlights below.
Highlights of the PEA filed today, versus previously reported include:
- After-tax Net Present Value (NPV): US$359 Million (previously US$333 Million) at an 8% discount rate
- Plant Processing Rate after expansion: 5,500 tonnes per day (TPD)
- Incremental benefit of increasing the production to 5,500 TPD from 3,780(1) TPD is estimated to have an after-tax NPV (@8%) of US$28.4 Million (previously US$27.1 Million), and an IRR of 35.7% (previously 29.5%)
- Net After-tax Cash Flow: US$527 Million (previously US$495 Million)
- Life of Mine & Sustaining Capital Cost: US$234.9 Million (previously US$268.5 Million)
- Total Operating Unit Cost: US$42.25/tonne (previously US$48.89/tonne) and US$1.19/lb (previously US$1.28/lb) copper equivalent
- Average LOM Grades of Silver 34.2 g/t (1.1 oz/t), Copper 1.28%, Gold 0.42 g/t (0.01 oz/t), Zinc 1.71% and Lead 0.48%
- Copper Price Assumption US$3.05/lb
- MineLife: 12 years based on updated Mineral Resource Estimate which includes a 26% increase in the Measured and Indicated Resource category and a 79% increase in the Inferred Resource category
Life of Mine Payable Production: Copper 424 million pounds (previously 419 million pounds), Silver 13.1 million troy ounces (previously 13.7 million troy ounces), Gold 41.6 thousand troy ounces (previously 43 thousand troy ounces), Zinc 549 million pounds (previously 541 million pounds), Lead 169 million pounds (previously 167 million pounds).
(1) 3,780 tonnes per day represents the expected upcoming expansion to 3,600 tonnes per day plus a 5% overallotment allowance. Sierra is awaiting this permit from the government and expects to receive it in Q1 2021.
The Report dated November 19, 2020 with an effective date of June 30, 2020 is entitled “Preliminary Economic Assessment, Yauricocha Mine, Yauyos Province, Peru” and was prepared by SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. and Sierra Metals Inc.
Signed by Qualified Persons:
Américo Zuzunaga Cardich, Sierra Metals Inc., Vice President Corporate Planning
Andre Deiss, BSc. (Hons), Pr. Sci. Nat., SRK Principal Consultant (Resource Geology)
Carl Kottmeier, B.A.Sc., P. Eng., MBA, SRK Principal Consultant (Mining)
Daniel H. Sepulveda, BSc., SME-RM, SRK Associate Consultant (Metallurgy)
The information in this announcement regarding the PEA results included in the Report is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Report. The Report is available for review on SEDAR (sedar.com), EDGAR (SEC.gov) and the Company’s website (sierrametals.com).
All technical data contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by:
Americo Zuzunaga, FAusIMM CP (Mining Engineer) and Vice President of Corporate Planning is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Augusto Chung, FAusIMM CP (Metallurgist) and Vice President of Metallurgy and Projects to Sierra Metals is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
About Sierra Metals
Sierra Metals Inc. is a diversified Canadian mining company focused on the production and development of precious and base metals from its polymetallic Yauricocha Mine in Peru, and Bolivar and Cusi Mines in Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing production volume and growing mineral resources. Sierra Metals has recently had several new key discoveries and still has many more exciting brownfield exploration opportunities at all three Mines in Peru and Mexico that are within close proximity to the existing mines. Additionally, the Company also has large land packages at all three mines with several prospective regional targets providing longer-term exploration upside and mineral resource growth potential.
The Company’s Common Shares trade on the Bolsa de Valores de Lima and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SMT” and on the NYSE American Exchange under the symbol “SMTS”.
For further information regarding Sierra Metals, please visit sierrametals.com.
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