Trading Symbol: TSX: SVM
NYSE AMERICAN: SVM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – October 16, 2023 – Silvercorp Metals Inc. (“Silvercorp” or the “Company”) (TSX/NYSE American: SVM) reports production and sales figures for the second quarter of fiscal year 2024 ended September 30, 2023 (“Q2 Fiscal 2024”). The Company expects to release its Q2 Fiscal 2024 unaudited financial results on Thursday, November 9, 2023 after market close.
Q2 Fiscal 2024 Operational Results
- Gold production of 2,458 ounces, an increase of 105% over Q2 Fiscal 2023;
- Silver equivalent (only silver and gold) production of approximately 1.8 million ounces; and
- Lead and zinc production of approximately 16.1 million pounds and 4.6 million pounds, an 11% and 23% decrease over Q2 Fiscal 2023, respectively.
 Silver equivalent is calculated by converting the gold metal quantity to its silver equivalent using the ratio between the net realized selling prices of gold and silver achieved, and then adding the converted amount expressed in silver ounces to the ounces of silver.
At the Ying Mining District, 220,636 tonnes of ore were mined, up 2% over Q2 Fiscal 2023, and 212,868 tonnes of ore were milled, down 2% over Q2 Fiscal 2023. Approximately 1.5 million ounces of silver, 2,458 ounces of gold (or 1.7 million ounces of silver equivalent), 15.0 million pounds of lead, and 2.2 million pounds of zinc were produced, representing increases of 105% and 11%, respectively in gold and zinc, relatively the same in silver equivalent, and decreases of 9% and 7%, respectively, in silver and lead over Q2 Fiscal 2023.
The decrease in silver and lead production was mainly due to lower head grades achieved due to mining sequences and 12,800 tonnes of gold ores were mined and processed with grades of 1.9 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold, 82 g/t silver, 0.8% lead, and 0.3% zinc to produce gravity gold concentrates, silver-gold-lead (copper) concentrate, and zinc concentrate in Q2 Fiscal 2024. The gold recovery rate for gold ores processed was 91.1%. As a result of processing gold gravity concentrate, the Company has poured its first gold and produced and sold 649 ounces of gold doré in the current quarter.
At the GC Mine, 52,829 tonnes of ore were mined, down 30% over Q2 Fiscal 2023, and 48,239 tonnes of ore were milled, down 36% over Q2 Fiscal 2023. Approximately 84 thousand ounces of silver, 1.0 million pounds of lead, and 2.4 million pounds of zinc were produced, representing decreases of 40%, 41% and 40%, respectively, in silver, lead and zinc, over Q2 Fiscal 2023. The decrease was mainly due to a production disruption of five weeks due to a series of improvement measures and a district-wide cessation of industrial activity associated with improvements made to the provincial power grid at the GC Mine in Q2 Fiscal 2024 (refer to the Company’s September 5, 2023 news release).
Six Months Ended September 30, 2023 and 2022 Consolidated Operational Results
Silvercorp is a Canadian mining company producing silver, gold, lead, and zinc with a long history of profitability and growth potential. The Company’s strategy is to create shareholder value by 1) focusing on generating free cashflow from long life mines; 2) organic growth through extensive drilling for discovery; 3) ongoing merger and acquisition efforts to unlock value; and 4) long term commitment to responsible mining and ESG. For more information, please visit our website at www.silvercorp.ca.
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Actual results may vary from forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks relating to: global economic and social impact of COVID-19; fluctuating commodity prices; calculation of resources, reserves and mineralization and precious and base metal recovery; interpretations and assumptions of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates; exploration and development programs; feasibility and engineering reports; permits and licences; title to properties; property interests; joint venture partners; acquisition of commercially mineable mineral rights; financing; recent market events and conditions; economic factors affecting the Company; timing, estimated amount, capital and operating expenditures and economic returns of future production; integration of future acquisitions into the Company’s existing operations; competition; operations and political conditions; regulatory environment in China and Canada; environmental risks; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; insurance; risks and hazards of mining operations; key personnel; conflicts of interest; dependence on management; internal control over financial reporting; and bringing actions and enforcing judgments under U.S. securities laws.
This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company’s forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements about the future and are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, without limitation, those referred to in the Company’s Annual Information Form under the heading “Risk Factors” and in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 40-F, and in the Company’s other filings with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, described or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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