Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

Excellon produces 2.1 million silver equivalent ounces in 2013

TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Excellon Resources Inc. (TSX:EXN) (OTC:EXLLF) ("Excellon" or the "Company"), Mexico's highest grade silver producer, is pleased to announce fourth quarter and annual 2013 production results from the La Platosa Mine in Durango, Mexico.

Q4 and 2013 Production Highlights

  • 2.1 million silver equivalent ounces ("Ag Eq Oz") produced during 2013 (Q4 - 545,000 Ag Eq Oz), including:
    • 1.4 million oz Ag (Q4 - 411,000 oz Ag)
    • 7.3 million lb Pb (Q4 - 1.7 million lb Pb)
    • 9.9 million lb Zn (Q4 - 1.9 million lb Zn)
  • Record annual produced and milled tonnage of ~70,000 tonnes, including record quarterly produced tonnes of ~20,000 tonnes in Q4

"During the latter half of 2013 we began to see the results of our continuing efforts to improve and optimize La Platosa production," stated Brendan Cahill, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Of particular note, during the last two quarters of the year we milled almost 38,000 tonnes of ore grading 812 g/t silver for 866,000 silver ounces, demonstrating the potential to increase tonnage while maintaining an industry leading grade and cost profile."

"Our teams at La Platosa and Miguel Auza deserve great credit for the significant improvements in production that were realized in the second half of the year.  We aim to continue increasing our production profile and reducing costs into 2014, while further enhancing the foundation of our business - the health and safety of our workers."

Q4 and 2013 Production Results

  Q4 2013 Q4 2012 2013 2012
Tonnes Mined 20,481 11,139 70,490 46,495
Tonnes Milled 21,186 11,452 69,862 48,199
Silver (g/t) 684 751 718 846
Silver (oz/T) 19.96 21.89 20.94 24.67
Lead (%) 5.27 6.59 6.14 6.75
Zinc (%) 5.08 11.21 8.00 11.81
Silver (%) 89.9 94.4 92.6 93.4
Lead (%) 71.2 85.7 79.4 82.1
Zinc (%) 75.8 83.7 80.2 84.8
Metal Production:        
Silver (oz) 411,277 251,065 1,409,852 1,081,165
Lead (lb) 1,720,303 1,393,067 7,342,108 5,731,160
Zinc (lb) 1,857,066 2,387,785 9,876,955 10,450,813
Ag Eq (oz) 545,428 360,831 2,055,567 1,550,964

Subject to adjustment following settlement with concentrate purchaser.
Silver equivalent ounces established using prices of US$24 per oz Ag, US$0.90 per lb Pb, and US$0.90 per lb Zn
applied to the recovered metal content of the concentrates. 

Production of over 1.4 million ounces of silver was the Company's highest annual production at La Platosa since 2009.  The Company realized a significant improvement in tonnes per day ("tpd") of production during the latter half of the year from ~175 tpd during Q1/Q2 to ~210 tpd in Q3/Q4 (including 223 tpd in Q4) as the benefits of underground development work during the first half of the year were realized and the Company began identifying further operational efficiencies and improving water management.  Production of 2.1 million Aq Eq Oz during the year was in line with the Company's revised target (announced September 17, 2013) and silver grades were generally in line with budget (718 g/t Ag versus 728 g/t Ag budgeted).

Ore production during the fourth quarter was primarily from the 5A, 6A and Guadalupe North mantos. Tonnes milled represented a 27% increase on the previous quarter for a total of 21,186 tonnes. Grades were in line with estimates for the La Platosa resources mined during the period. As in the third quarter, recoveries were slightly lower due to (i) significant remnant grouting from historical water management measures in certain areas mined, (ii) oxide mineralization in the 5A manto, and (iii) similar lead and zinc grades affecting the mill's differential separation of each metal.  Silver recoveries improved in the latter part of the quarter to approximately 92%.


The Platosa operation is working to incrementally increase daily production throughout 2014, with an initial target of 210 tpd, a 9% increase over 2013.  This target will be assessed and adjusted by management on an ongoing basis as the Company continues to focus on improving and strengthening operational efficiencies at the mine site, including further enhancing grouting techniques and water management. The Miguel Auza mill had approximately 55% spare capacity during 2013, leaving significant availability for increased tonnage.

The Company is currently targeting production of approximately 1.5 million ounces of silver or 2.2 million Ag Eq oz (at US$24 per oz Ag, US$0.90 per lb Pb, and US$0.90 per lb Zn).  Net cash costs and all-in costs per Ag Eq Oz for 2013 and forecast for 2014 will be provided in the Company's 2013 annual financial results, scheduled for release prior to market open on March 26, 2014.

In light of the tragic accident that occurred on January 9, 2014, the Company continues to review and enhance safety protocols and training at the La Platosa mine, with a particular focus on improved safety awareness amongst all of its employees and management.

About Excellon

Excellon's 100%-owned La Platosa Mine in Durango is Mexico's highest grade silver mine, with lead and zinc by-products making it one of the lowest cash cost silver mines in the country.  The Company is positioning itself to capitalize on undervalued projects by focusing on increasing La Platosa's profitable silver production and near-term mineable resources.

Additional details on the La Platosa Mine and the rest of Excellon's exploration properties are available at

Forward-Looking Statements

The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this Press Release, which has been prepared by management. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 27E of the Exchange Act. Such statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the future results of operations, performance and achievements of the Company, including potential property acquisitions, the timing, content, cost and results of proposed work programs, the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits/resources/reserves, geological interpretations, proposed production rates, potential mineral recovery processes and rates, business and financing plans, business trends and future operating revenues. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, significant downward variations in the market price of any minerals produced [particularly silver], the Company's inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities, to produce minerals from its properties successfully or profitably, to continue its projected growth, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies. All of the Company's public disclosure filings may be accessed via and readers are urged to review these materials, including the technical reports filed with respect to the Company's mineral properties, and particularly the November 22, 2011 NI 43-101-compliant technical report prepared by Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. with respect to the Platosa Property. This press release is not, and is not to be construed in any way as, an offer to buy or sell securities in the United States. 


SOURCE Excellon Resources Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The cloud has reached mainstream IT. Those 18.7 million data centers out there (server closets to corporate data centers to colocation deployments) are moving to the cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Achim Weiss, CEO & co-founder of ProfitBricks, will share how two companies – one in the U.S. and one in Germany – are achieving their goals with cloud infrastructure. More than a case study, he will share the details of how they prioritized their cloud computing infrastructure deployments ...
There are so many tools and techniques for data analytics that even for a data scientist the choices, possible systems, and even the types of data can be daunting. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Harrold, Global CTO for Big Data Solutions for EMC Corporation, will show how to perform a simple, but meaningful analysis of social sentiment data using freely available tools that take only minutes to download and install. Participants will get the download information, scripts, and complete en...
Data loss happens, even in the cloud. In fact, if your company has adopted a cloud application in the past three years, data loss has probably happened, whether you know it or not. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bryan Forrester, Senior Vice President of Sales at eFolder, will present how common and costly cloud application data loss is and what measures you can take to protect your organization from data loss.
WebRTC: together these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at WebRTC Summit, Cary Bran, VP of Innovation and New Ventures at Plantronics and PLT Labs, will provide an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it may enable, complement or entirely transform.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dyn, the worldwide leader in Internet Performance, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Dyn is a cloud-based Internet Performance company. Dyn helps companies monitor, control, and optimize online infrastructure for an exceptional end-user experience. Through a world-class network and unrivaled, objective intelligence into Internet condit...
Between the compelling mockups and specs produced by analysts, and resulting applications built by developers, there exists a gulf where projects fail, costs spiral, and applications disappoint. Methodologies like Agile attempt to address this with intensified communication, with partial success but many limitations. In his session at DevOps Summit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, will present a revolutionary model enabled by new technologies. Learn how busine...
Interested in leveraging automation technologies and a cloud architecture to make developers more productive? Learn how PaaS can benefit your organization to help you streamline your application development, allow you to use existing infrastructure and improve operational efficiencies. Begin charting your path to PaaS with OpenShift Enterprise.
WebRTC services have already permeated corporate communications in the form of videoconferencing solutions. However, WebRTC has the potential of going beyond and catalyzing a new class of services providing more than calls with capabilities such as mass-scale real-time media broadcasting, enriched and augmented video, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Luis Lopez, CEO of Kurento, will introduce the technologies required for implementing thes...
Achim Weiss is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of ProfitBricks. In 1995, he broke off his studies to co-found the web hosting company "Schlund+Partner." The company "Schlund+Partner" later became the 1&1 web hosting product line. From 1995 to 2008, he was the technical director for several important projects: the largest web hosting platform in the world, the second largest DSL platform, a video on-demand delivery network, the largest eMail backend in Europe, and a universal billing syste...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Spirent Communications, the leader in testing navigation and positioning systems, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Spirent Communications enables innovations in communications technologies that help connect people. Whether it is service provider, data centers, enterprise IT networks, mobile communications, connected vehicles or the Inte...
Containers are revolutionizing the way we deploy and maintain our infrastructures, but monitoring and troubleshooting in a containerized environment can still be painful and impractical. Understanding even basic resource usage is difficult - let alone tracking network connections or malicious activity. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gianluca Borello, Sr. Software Engineer at Sysdig, will cover the current state of the art for container monitoring and visibility, including pros / cons and li...
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively.
As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ability. Many are unable to effectively engage and inspire, creating forward momentum in the direction of desired change. Renowned for its approach to leadership and emphasis on their people, organizations increasingly look to our military for insight into these challenges.
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi's VP Business Development and Engineering, will explore the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driv...