Mr. Rodrigo Barbosa reports
AURA ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2023 PRODUCTION RESULTS
Aura Minerals Inc. has released preliminary production results from the company's three operating mines: the San Andres mine, Ernesto/Pau-a-Pique mine (EPP) and Aranzazu mine, for the first quarter of 2023. Total production reached 53,265 gold equivalent ounces (GEO) during Q1 2023.
Total production in GEO decreased by 9 per cent in Q1 2023 compared with Q1 2022, when calculated based on constant prices, mainly due to mining in slight lower-grade areas in accordance with the mine sequencing at Aranzazu and progressive production recoveries at the San Andres mine.
At Aranzazu, the operation was very stable and in line with the production guidance. Based on constant prices, production in GEO decreased by 5 per cent compared with Q1 2022 and by 9 per cent compared with Q4 2022 as a result of mining in slight lower gold and copper grades areas, according to Aura's expectations.
- At EPP, production in GEO increased by 4 per cent compared with Q1 2022. The company expects production from EPP to increase during the second half of the year, on track to meet production guidance for the year.
- At San Andres, production is gradually increasing. In Q1 2023, production was 16 per cent higher than Q4 2022. Comparing with same period of 2022, production was 23 per cent lower. Production is slowly improving and Aura expects it should increase over the next quarters during the year due to several initiatives being implemented.
Rodrigo Barbosa, Aura's president and chief executive officer, commented: "We have important milestones to reach in 2023 that will enable us to hit our 450,000 GEO annualized production guidance in 2025. This year we expect the Aranzazu mine to continue to operate at its high pace, EPP mines to reach higher grades in the second half of the year and the San Andres mine to gradually improve its production level. Additionally, during the second half of the year, we expect the Almas mine to reach commercial production, construction to commence at the Borborema project and exploration efforts to continue at the Matupa project. We look forward to delivering these milestones under our Aura 360 culture, including growing while paying dividends."
Preliminary GEO production volume for the three months ended March 31, 2023, when compared with the previous quarter and the same period of 2022 is shown herein.
Production for the last 12 months (LTM) exceeded 234,748 GEO at the end of Q1 2023. When measured at constant prices, LTM production was 235,418 GEO. Aura expects LTM production to increase after Almas enters production by Q2 2023.
The attached table shows production by each type of metal at Aranzazu.
The scientific and technical information contained within this news release has been reviewed and approved by Tiaozito V. Cardoso, FAusIMM, technical services director for the company. Mr. Cardoso is a qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 -- Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
About Aura Minerals Inc.
Aura is focused on mining in complete terms -- thinking holistically about how its business impacts and benefits every one of its stakeholders: the company, its shareholders, its employees, and the countries and communities it serves. Aura calls this 360-degree mining.
Aura is a mid-tier gold and copper production company focused on the development and operation of gold and base metal projects in the Americas. The company's producing assets include the San Andres gold mine in Honduras, the EPP gold mine in Brazil and the Aranzazu copper-gold-silver mine in Mexico. In addition, the company has the Tolda Fria gold project in Colombia and five projects in Brazil, of which four are gold projects: Almas, which is under final phase of construction; Borborema and Matupa, which are in development; and Sao Francisco, which is on care and maintenance. The company also owns the Serra da Estrela copper project in Brazil, Carajas region, under exploration stage.
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