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i-80 Gold earns $19.27M (U.S.) from Q2 continuing ops

2022-08-09 20:58 ET - News Release

Mr. Ryan Snow reports

I-80 GOLD REPORTS Q2 2022 OPERATING RESULTS

i-80 Gold Corp. has released its operating and financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022. i-80's consolidated financial statements, as well as i-80's management's discussion and analysis of operations and financial condition (MD&A), for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, are available on the company's website, on SEDAR and on EDGAR.

Unless otherwise stated, all amounts referred to herein are in U.S. dollars.

2022 second quarter highlights:

  • Commenced trading on the New York Stock Exchange on May 19, 2022, under the symbol IAUX;
  • Q2 2022 gold sales of $3,507 ounces at an all-in sustaining cost of $1,356 per ounce sold;
  • Funds received for the previously announced gold prepay and silver purchase and sale agreements totalling $75-million;
  • June 30 cash balance of $101-million, in addition to $31-million in restricted cash;
  • Drilling at Granite Creek continued with multiple high-grade intercepts in the Ogee and South Pacific zones (23,944 core feet and 8,157 reverse circulation (RC) feet drilled);
  • Increased the size of the Granite Creek property package by approximately 1,280 acres (518 hectares), extending exposure along the primary fault structure by approximately 1.6 kilometres north toward the Turquoise Ridge mine and 1.6 kilometres south of Granite Creek;
  • Continued stepout and infill drilling at Ruby Hill, with multiple high-grade intercepts (21,595 core feet and 25,150 reverse circulation (RC) feet drilled);
  • Engineering study of Lone Tree autoclave refurbishment continued on plan;
  • Entered into agreement to acquire key water rights for the development of the Cove project.

2022 year-to-date (YTD) highlights:

  • Gold sales of 4,996 ounces; all-in sustaining cost of $1,326 per ounce sold;
  • Commenced development of exploration decline at McCoy-Cove (approximately 1,300 feet of advance now completed); drilling expected to commence in Q4;
  • Completed first gold sale in company history;
  • Shipment of sulphide ore from Granite Creek for processing started in June;
  • A total of 145,887 feet (core and RC) drilled by the end of the second quarter.

"The company continues to aggressively pursue our peer-best production growth strategy," stated Ryan Snow, chief financial officer of i-80. "Several key development milestones have been achieved in the first half of the year, along with continued exploration success, demonstrating the potential to extend known mineralization. In addition, the gold prepay and silver purchase and sale agreements funded during the quarter and gold sales continued from the residual leaching at Ruby Hill and Lone Tree, resulting in a cash balance of $101-million."

Production and sales from residual leaching at Ruby Hill and Lone Tree totalled 3,507 ounces for the quarter and 4,996 ounces year to date at cash costs per ounce sold of $1,122 and $1,093, respectively, and all-in sustaining cost per ounce sold of $1,356 and $1,326, respectively.

Exploration, evaluation and predevelopment costs were $12.1-million in Q2 and $21.4-million YTD. This spend reflects mainly the exploration and predevelopment work at Granite Creek and Ruby Hill.

Lone Tree processing facilities

Lone Tree is expected to become the hub of i-80's Nevada operations and the central processing facility for mineralization from the first four planned mining projects. Importantly, Lone Tree is host to infrastructure that, following successful refurbishment efforts, will position i-80 as one of only three companies in the United States capable of processing both oxide and refractory mineralization.

During the quarter, the company advanced a detailed engineering study for the restart of the autoclave. The study is progressing on plan and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022. The company also continued permitting for the development of the Buffalo Mountain open pit, where gold mineralization is expected to be processed at the Lone Tree leach pad facility.

Residual leaching activities at Lone Tree produced 942 ounces gold during Q2 and 1,785 YTD at a cash cost per ounce sold of $926 and $879, respectively, and all-in sustaining cost per ounce sold of $1,560 and $1,343, respectively.

Granite Creek

In the second quarter of 2022, drilling continued for resource expansion on the Ogee and South Pacific zones with multiple high-grade intercepts. The company completed 23,944 feet of core drilling and 8,157 feet of RC drilling. The amount of drilling completed as of June 30, 2022, totalling 71,952 feet, was in line with the company's drilling plan. Drilling targets were the expansion and delineation of the newly discovered South Pacific zone, as well as the delineation drilling that targeted the Otto, Adam Peak and Ogee fault zones with underground drilling.

McCoy-Cove

Construction of the exploration decline continued on plan and has been advanced approximately 1,300 feet. Additional work on metallurgical and hydrology studies, engineering of dewatering and mining options, and reclamation activities associated with the inactive tailings storage facility is also being advanced.

Ruby Hill

A major, multidrill, exploration campaign is under way that will see a minimum of 20,000 metres drilled in 2022, followed by a resource update. Multiple gold and polymetallic deposits and exploration targets exist on the property with mineralization open along strike and at depth.

The company has commenced permitting for the construction of a decline to access the high-grade Ruby Deeps deposit and the Blackjack zone with the intent of trucking refractory mineralization for processing at Lone Tree.

In the second quarter, infill and stepout drilling of the Ruby Deeps zone continued with multiple high-grade intercepts and multiple brownfield exploration targets were tested. The company completed 21,595 feet of core drilling and 25,150 feet of RC drilling during the quarter, with a combined total of 73,935 feet completed in the first half, in line with the company's drilling plan. Owing to the substantial success of the 2022 exploration campaign at Ruby Hill, the program has been expanded.

Residual leaching activities at Ruby Hill produced 2,565 ounces gold during Q2 and 3,211 YTD at a cash cost per ounce sold of $1,194 and $1,211, respectively, and all-in sustaining cost per ounce sold of $1,282 and $1,316, respectively.

Qualified person

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release was reviewed by Tim George, PE, mining operations manager and a qualified person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.

About i-80 Gold Corp.

i-80 is a well-financed, Nevada-focused, mining company with a goal of achieving mid-tier gold producer status through the development of multiple deposits within the company's advanced-stage property portfolio anticipated to be processed at the centrally located Lone Tree processing facility and autoclave.

The attached table shows a reconciliation of adjusted earnings for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, and June 30, 2021, to the net earnings for each period.

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