Welcome!

News Feed Item

International Minerals Reports Production Results From Pallancata Mine for Quarter Ended December 31, 2012 and Full Calendar Year 2012

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 01/29/13 -- International Minerals Corporation (TSX: IMZ) (SWISS: IMZ) (the "Company" or "IMZ") announces production results from its 40%-owned Pallancata silver mine in Peru (Hochschild 60%-owned and operator) for its fiscal 2013 second quarter ended December 31, 2012 ("Current Quarter") and for the calendar 12-month period ended December 31, 2012 ("Calendar Year 2012").

In the Current Quarter, the Pallancata Mine produced (on a 100% basis) approximately 1.9 million ounces of silver (2011: 2.3 million ounces) and 7,402 ounces of gold (2011: 8,304 ounces). The Company's 40% share of production for the Current Quarter was approximately 0.8 million ounces of silver (2011: 0.9 million ounces) and 2,961 ounces of gold (2011: 3,322 ounces).

For Calendar Year 2012, the Pallancata Mine produced (on a 100% basis) approximately 7.4 million ounces of silver (8.8 million ounces in Calendar Year 2011) and 26,231 ounces of gold (33,881 ounces in Calendar Year 2011). The Company's 40% share of production for Calendar 2012 was approximately 3.0 million ounces of silver (3.5 million ounces in 2011) and 10,492 ounces of gold (13,553 ounces in 2011).

The decreases in gold and silver production for both the Current Quarter and Calendar Year 2012 compared to the respective previous periods are due primarily to a decrease in the grades of both silver and gold processed because (a) the mine experienced an increase in mining dilution due to the narrower veins being mined, and (b) the mine encountered production scheduling constraints which restricted mine development and backfill placement. These issues are currently being addressed by the mine operator.

IMZ anticipates that production from the Pallancata Mine for Calendar Year 2013 will be similar to 2012 at approximately 7.4 million ounces of silver and 26,000 ounces of gold, with approximately 3.0 million ounces of silver and 10,400 ounces of gold representing IMZ's 40% share of anticipated 2013 production.

Operating Statistics for the Pallancata Mine (100% basis and IMZ 40% basis).

The Table below reports key production statistics for the Pallancata Mine for the Current Quarter (ended December 31, 2012) and Calendar Year 2012 (12 months ended December 31, 2012), together with the respective previous periods.


----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                  Quarter    Quarter      Year       Year
                                    Ended      Ended      Ended      Ended
                                 12/31/2012 12/31/2011 12/31/2012 12/31/2011
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                 100 % Basis
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ore mined (tonnes)                  301,894    291,607  1,059,329  1,039,674
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ore processed (tonnes)              288,858    293,060  1,094,250  1,070,466
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head grade- Silver (grams/tonne)        255        293        256        301
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head grade- Gold (grams/tonne)          1.1        1.3        1.1        1.3
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Silver production (ounces)        1,941,821  2,288,930  7,440,604  8,767,394
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Gold production (ounces)              7,402      8,304     26,231     33,881
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                IMZ 40% Basis
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Silver production (ounces)          776,728    915,572  2,976,242  3,506,958
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Gold production (ounces)              2,961      3,322     10,492     13,553
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Note:
1. The reported head grades for silver and gold are based on the overall metallurgical balance for the process plant.

Production costs for both the Current Quarter and Calendar Year 2012 will be provided in a Company news release to be issued after the close of markets on February 14, 2013, together with disclosure of the financial results for the Current Quarter.

With respect to the financial results for the Current Quarter, as a result of lower income from Pallancata and a further write-down of approximately US$14.5 million in the carrying value of the Ecuador assets (see the Company's November 21, 2012 news release), the Company expects to report a net loss for the Current Quarter. This loss remains to be fully quantified but at this time it is anticipated to be in the US$9 million to $10 million range, compared to net income after tax of US$11.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2011. Net income after tax for the fiscal 6-month period ended December 31, 2012 is expected to be close to break-even compared to net income after tax of US$26.3 million for the fiscal 6-month period ended December 31, 2011.

Ecuador Update

IMZ has entered into preliminary agreements for the sale of the properties in Ecuador. Both IMZ and the respective buyers are working closely with the Government of Ecuador to obtain the required government approvals in order to finalize these transactions. Further details will be provided when the required approvals are obtained.

Inmaculada Project Update

At the Company's 40%-owned Inmaculada gold-silver project in Peru (Hochschild 60%-owned and operator), a loan arrangement on favorable terms with a syndicate of Peruvian banks is currently being negotiated by Minera Suyamarca S.A.C. (the company jointly owned by the Company and Hochschild) to finance part of the capital costs for Inmaculada. The amount and terms of this loan are expected to be finalized with the banks by the end of March 2013 and will be announced to the market at that time. It is anticipated that Inmaculada will commence production in the second half of 2014 (See IMZ new release dated November 26, 2012 for more details).

The technical disclosure in this news release has been reviewed by IMZ's Qualified Person, Nick Appleyard, VP Corporate Development.

Hochschild Mining plc does not accept any responsibility for the adequacy or inadequacy of the disclosure made in this news release and any such responsibility is hereby disclaimed in all respects.

Cautionary Statement:

Forward-looking statements in this release include statements regarding risks related to: mine production expectations; timing of construction and production of projects; financing of capital projects; estimates of financial results; and completion of the sale of the Rio Blanco and Gaby properties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results include risks and uncertainties such as: mining, production and processing risks; risks relating to obtaining construction and mining permits; risks related to financing capital projects; risks associated with estimating financial results; for the Rio Blanco and Gaby properties in Ecuador - risks of obtaining government approvals and the uncertainty in estimating and then receiving their fair market value; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended June 30, 2012, which is available at www.sedar.com under the Company's name. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For additional information, contact:

In North America:
Paul Durham
VP Corporate Relations
Tel: +1 480 483 9932

In Europe:
Oliver Holzer
Marketing Consultant
+41 44 853 00 47

Renmark Financial Communications:
Christine Stewart
+1-416-644-2020
or
Robert Thaemitz
Tel +1-514-939-3989

Or send an email to: Email Contact
Internet Site: http://www.intlminerals.com

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Regardless of what business you’re in, it’s increasingly a software-driven business. Consumers’ rising expectations for connected digital and physical experiences are driving what some are calling the "Customer Experience Challenge.” In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Marco Morales, Director of Global Solutions at CollabNet, will discuss how organizations are increasingly adopting a discipline of Value Stream Mapping to ensure that the software they are producing is poised to o...
This talk centers around how to automate best practices in a multi-/hybrid-cloud world based on our work with customers like GE, Discovery Communications and Fannie Mae. Today’s enterprises are reaping the benefits of cloud computing, but also discovering many risks and challenges. In the age of DevOps and the decentralization of IT, it’s easy to over-provision resources, forget that instances are running, or unintentionally expose vulnerabilities.
In order to meet the rapidly changing demands of today’s customers, companies are continually forced to redefine their business strategies in order to meet these needs, stay relevant and continue to see profitable growth. IoT deployment and development is integral in this transformation, and today businesses are increasingly seeing the value of investing their resources into IoT deployments. These technologies are able increase ROI through projects such as connecting supply chains or enabling sm...
Interested in leveling up on your Cloud Foundry skills? Join IBM for Cloud Foundry Days on June 7 at Cloud Expo New York at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Foundry Days is a free half day educational conference and networking event. Come find out why Cloud Foundry is the industry's fastest-growing and most adopted cloud application platform.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value...
Multiple data types are pouring into IoT deployments. Data is coming in small packages as well as enormous files and data streams of many sizes. Widespread use of mobile devices adds to the total. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the tools and environments that are being put to use in IoT deployments, as well as the team skills a modern enterprise IT shop needs to keep things running, get a handle on all this data, and deli...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
In his opening keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Michael Maximilien, Research Scientist, Architect, and Engineer at IBM, will motivate why realizing the full potential of the cloud and social data requires artificial intelligence. By mixing Cloud Foundry and the rich set of Watson services, IBM's Bluemix is the best cloud operating system for enterprises today, providing rapid development and deployment of applications that can take advantage of the rich catalog of Watson services to help drive insigh...
Cloud applications are seeing a deluge of requests to support the exploding advanced analytics market. “Open analytics” is the emerging strategy to deliver that data through an open data access layer, in the cloud, to be directly consumed by external analytics tools and popular programming languages. An increasing number of data engineers and data scientists use a variety of platforms and advanced analytics languages such as SAS, R, Python and Java, as well as frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark...
Cloud promises the agility required by today’s digital businesses. As organizations adopt cloud based infrastructures and services, their IT resources become increasingly dynamic and hybrid in nature. Managing these require modern IT operations and tools. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Raj Sundaram, Senior Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies, will discuss how to modernize your IT operations in order to proactively manage your hybrid cloud and IT environments. He will be sharing bes...
IBM helps FinTechs and financial services companies build and monetize cognitive-enabled financial services apps quickly and at scale. Hosted on IBM Bluemix, IBM’s platform builds in customer insights, regulatory compliance analytics and security to help reduce development time and testing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Tom Eck, Industry Platforms CTO at IBM Cloud, will discuss how these tools simplify the time-consuming tasks of selection, mapping and data integration, allowing developers ...
Existing Big Data solutions are mainly focused on the discovery and analysis of data. The solutions are scalable and highly available but tedious when swapping in and swapping out occurs in disarray and thrashing takes place. The resolution for thrashing through machine learning algorithms and support nomenclature is through simple techniques. Organizations that have been collecting large customer data are increasingly seeing the need to use the data for swapping in and out and thrashing occurs ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @CloudExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
For financial firms, the cloud is going to increasingly become a crucial part of dealing with customers over the next five years and beyond, particularly with the growing use and acceptance of virtual currencies. There are new data storage paradigms on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive financial data around the world without touching terrestrial networks. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Cliff Beek, President of Cloud Constellation Corporation, w...