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i-80 Gold Corp
Symbol IAU
Shares Issued 298,155,335
Close 2024-03-12 C$ 2.08
Market Cap C$ 620,163,097
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i-80 loses $65.19-million (U.S.) in 2023

2024-03-12 19:09 ET - News Release

Mr. Ryan Snow reports

I-80 GOLD REPORTS Q4 AND FULL YEAR 2023 OPERATING RESULTS

i-80 Gold Corp. has released its operating and financial results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2023. i-80's consolidated financial statements, as well as i-80's management's discussion and analysis of operations and financial condition for the year ended Dec. 31, 2023, 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.

Fourth quarter 2023 highlights:

  • Gold sales of 3,350 ounces at a realized gold price of $1,996 per ounce;
  • 61,223 tons of mineralized material sold (29,512 tons of sulphide mineralized material) for total revenues of $19.0-million;
  • Dec. 31, 2023, cash balance of $16.3-million and $44.5-million in restricted cash;
  • Continued drilling of polymetallic mineralization at the Ruby Hill mine (18,804 feet);
  • Continued underground core drilling delineation of the CSD Gap and Helen zones at the McCoy-Cove project (13,102 feet);
  • Continued drilling infill holes at South Pacific zone at the Granite Creek mine (6,448 feet);
  • Completed 3,965 feet of advance at the Granite Creek mine.

Full-year 2023 highlights:

  • Gold sales of 14,613 ounces at a realized gold price of $1,940 per ounce;
  • 83,933 tons of mineralized material sold (29,512 tons of sulphide mineralized material) for total revenues of $26.3-million;
  • Completed 2,644 feet of exploration ramp development at McCoy-Cove;
  • Completed 12,712 feet of development at the Granite Creek mine;
  • A total of 204,824 feet (core and RC) drilled by the end of the fourth quarter with multiple positive results to further expand mineralization at the Ruby Hill mine, the Granite Creek mine, the McCoy-Cove project and the FAD project.

Since Jan. 1, 2024, the company completed a non-brokered private placement of common shares. An aggregate of 13.0 million shares were issued by the company at a price of $1.80 (Canadian) per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of $23.4-million.

"In 2024, the company continued to see impressive drill results from Granite Creek, Ruby Hill and McCoy-Cove. In addition, we increased revenue with gold ounces sold from operations at Granite Creek and residual leaching in addition to tons of mineralized material (oxide) sold under the ore purchase and sale agreements," stated Ryan Snow, chief financial officer of i-80. "We continue to advance exploration and definition drilling at Granite Creek, McCoy-Cove and Ruby Hill and permitting activities at our projects, allowing the company to advance our projects towards the ultimate goal of building a mid-tier Nevada-focused producer."

Production and sales totalled 3,350 gold ounces for the quarter and 14,613 gold ounces year to date at a realized gold price of $1,996 and $1,940 per ounce sold, respectively. Additionally, mineralized material sales totalled 61,223 tons for the quarter and 83,933 tons YTD for proceeds of $19.0-million and $26.3-million, respectively.

Exploration, evaluation and predevelopment costs were $8.8-million for the quarter and $38.9-million YTD. This expenditure mainly reflects the exploration and predevelopment work at McCoy-Cove and Ruby Hill.

Granite Creek

During the quarter, the company entered into an ore sale agreement with a third party, and a total of 29,551 tons of sulphide mineralized material has been sold. During the quarter, the company sold 61,223 tons of mineralized material under the ore sale agreement for proceeds of $19.0-million. Delineation drilling of the South Pacific zone from surface and underground continued during fourth quarter with 6,448 feet of core drilled yielding positive results, including:

  • 26.1 grams per tonne gold over 5.7 metres in hole iGS23-01;
  • 25.6 g/t Au over 5.5 m in hole iGS23-03;
  • 15.5 g/t Au over 19.7 m in hole iGS23-05;
  • 31.1 g/t Au over 21.9 m in hole GCPU23-22;
  • 28.7 g/t Au over 16.5 m in hole GCPU23-30.

Gold production and sales of leached ounces totalling 401 ounces of gold during the quarter and 1,745 ounces of gold YTD at a realized gold price of $2,010 and $1,940 per ounce sold, respectively.

McCoy-Cove

The Cove deposit and the McCoy-Cove property are expected to be the core asset in the company's hub and spoke business plan and likely the highest-grade gold deposit in i-80's portfolio. Highlight 2023 results from drilling at McCoy-Cove include:

  • 9.6 g/t Au over 22.8 m in hole iCHU23-09;
  • 14.9 g/t Au over 32.7 m in hole iCHU23-10;
  • 15.7 g/t Au over 22.5 m and 18.9 g/t Au over 29.3 m in hole iCHU23-11;
  • 10.6 g/t gold and 5.2 g/t silver over 38.8 m and 11.1 g/t Au and 3.4 g/t Ag over 20.6 m in hole iCHU23-14.

Underground delineation drilling continued during Q4 with 13,102 feet of core drilled yielding positive results, including:

  • 21.8 g/t Au and 4.8 g/t Ag over 10.3 m in hole iCHU23-22;
  • 28.0 g/t Au and 5.1 g/t Ag over 10.4 m and 21.0 g/t Au and 7.4 g/t Ag over 10.8 m in hole iCHU23-23;
  • 25.4 g/t Au and 5.1 g/t Ag over 20.1 m in hole iCHU23-28.

Ruby Hill

During the quarter, drilling at Ruby Hill was focused on advancing exploration and delineation of multiple carbonate replacement deposit mineralized discoveries. Definition and expansion drilling of high-grade polymetallic mineralization along the Hilltop fault structure remains a priority. A total of 7,941 feet of core drilling and a total of 10,890 feet of reverse circulation drilling were completed during the quarter, and a total of 42,791 feet of core drilling and a total of 50,695 feet of RC drilling were completed YTD. Drilling highlights for the fourth quarter include:

  • 8.3 per cent zinc, 0.6 per cent lead, 50.1 g/t Ag and 0.6 g/t Au over 20.1 m in hole iRH23-42;
  • 10.1 per cent Zn, 0.6 per cent Pb, 37.0 g/t Ag and 0.3 g/t Au over 116.3 m in hole iRH23-42A;
  • 16.1 per cent Zn, 0.1 per cent Pb, 12.4 g/t Ag and 0.5 g/t Au over 16.1 m in hole iRH23-43B.

Residual leaching activities at Ruby Hill produced and sold 1,862 ounces of gold during the quarter and 6,643 ounces of gold YTD at a realized gold price of $1,976 and $1,910 per ounce sold, respectively.

Lone Tree

Lone Tree is expected to become the hub of i-80's Nevada operations and the central processing facility for gold mineralization from the Granite Creek, McCoy-Cove and Ruby Hill underground gold deposits. 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.

The company advanced the autoclave engineering study to a Level 3 estimate (feasibility study level). Value engineering will continue to better optimize the cost, engineering and project management aspects of the study.

Lone Tree produced and sold from its residual leaching activities 1,087 ounces of gold during the quarter and 6,225 ounces of gold YTD at a realized gold price of $2,024 and $1,972 per ounce sold, respectively.

The company will hold a conference call and webcast on March 13, 2024, commencing at 10 a.m. ET, to discuss its fourth quarter and full-year 2023 results and answer questions from participants.

Conference call participant details

A webcast of the conference call will be available.

Phone number information

North American toll-free:  1-888-664-6383

Local Toronto:  1-416-764-8650

Qualified persons

Tyler Hill, CPG-12146, chief geologist, and Tim George, PE, mining operations manager, at i-80, have reviewed this press release, are the qualified persons for the information contained herein and are each a qualified person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.

About i-80 Gold Corp.

i-80 is a 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 with processing at i-80's centralized milling facilities. i-80's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE American under the trading symbols IAU and IAUX, respectively.

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