The Company holds an 81.8% interest in Corona. All amounts are presented in US dollars unless otherwise stated, and have not been adjusted for the 18.2% non-controlling interest.
Corona's Highlights for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2021
The Yauricocha mine processed 324,196 tonnes during the third quarter of 2021, representing a 2% increase over the third quarter of 2020, despite continuing to face various operational challenges related to COVID-19. During the third quarter of 2021, the treatment capacity in the concentrator plant was increased. The negative variances in the copper sulfide head grades were mainly due to the delay in the contribution of the Esperanza zone due to ground conditions, which have since been corrected. The negative variances in the head grades from the polymetallic zones are due to the regulatory limitations to access mineral below the 1120 level. Metal production in the third quarter of 2021 was 25%, 23%, 14% and 13% lower for lead, zinc, copper, and silver, respectively, while gold production was 9% higher compared to the third quarter of 2020.
Luis Marchese, CEO of Sierra Metals, commented, "The third quarter was difficult for the Company as we faced difficult challenges because of sequencing issues due to the COVID-19 limitations carrying over from 2020 and continuing into this year. Improved metal prices, lower treatment and refining charges, and a favourable exchange rate have helped offset increased costs while maintaining the revenue levels recorded in the same quarter last year. We continue to see improvements in revenue, cashflow and EBITDA on a 9-month basis over 2020 and expect this to continue going forward."
He continued, "Looking ahead to the fourth quarter and next year, we continue to work on the completion of a Preliminary Feasibility Study to support the planned expansion to 5,500 tonnes per day, which is expected to be released by Q2 2022. Additionally, we are also progressing on exploration plans of the near-mine opportunities at Kilcasca and Tucumachay having recently received drilling permits for these areas."
He concluded, "Minera Corona and the Yauricocha Mine continues to have a strong balance sheet to support the Company's capital expenditures and growth initiatives, and we continue to work to improve operations and production and the per share value for all shareholders."
The following table displays selected unaudited financial information for the three months and nine months (“9M 2021”) ended September 30, 2021:
1 Adjusted EBITDA includes adjustments for depletion and depreciation, interest expense and other financing costs, interest income, share-based compensation, foreign exchange (gain) loss and income taxes; see non-IFRS Performance Measures section of the Company's MD&A.
2 All-In Sustaining Cost per copper/zinc equivalent pound sold are non-IFRS performance measures and include the cost of sales, treatment and refining charges, sustaining capital expenditures, general and administrative expense, and selling expense, and exclude workers' profit sharing, depreciation, and other non-cash provisions; Cash cost per copper/zinc equivalent pound sold, net production revenue per tonne of ore milled, and cash cost per tonne of ore milled are non-IFRS performance measures; see non-IFRS Performance Measures section of the Company's MD&A.
Corona's Financial Highlights for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021
Corona's Operational Highlights for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021
The contents of this press release have been reviewed by Américo Zuzunaga, FAusIMM CP (Mining Engineer) and Vice President of Corporate Planning, who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
About Sierra Metals
Sierra Metals Inc. is a diversified Canadian mining company with Green Metal exposure including increasing copper production and base metal production with precious metals byproduct credits, focused on the production and development of it’s Yauricocha Mine in Peru, and Bolivar and Cusi Mines in Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing production volume and growing mineral resources. Sierra Metals has recently had several new key discoveries and still has many more exciting brownfield exploration opportunities at all three Mines in Peru and Mexico that are within close proximity to the existing mines. Additionally, the Company also has large land packages at all three mines with several prospective regional targets providing longer-term exploration upside and mineral resource growth potential.
The Company’s Common Shares trade on the Bolsa de Valores de Lima and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SMT” and on the NYSE American Exchange under the symbol “SMTS”.
For further information regarding Sierra Metals, please visit www.sierrametals.com.
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