Trading Symbol: TSX: SVM
NYSE AMERICAN: SVM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – April 13, 2023 – Silvercorp Metals Inc. (“Silvercorp” or the “Company”) (TSX/NYSE American: SVM) reports production and sales figures for the fiscal year 2023 ended March 31, 2023 (“Fiscal 2023”). The Company expects to release its Fiscal 2023 audited financial results on Thursday, May 25, 2023 after market close.
In Fiscal 2023, the Company produced approximately 6.6 million ounces of silver, 4,400 ounces of gold, 68.1 million pounds of lead, and 23.5 million pounds of zinc, representing increases of 8%, 29%, and 6%, respectively, in silver, gold, and lead, and a decrease of 12% in zinc compared to the prior year (“Fiscal 2022”).
The Company reiterates its Fiscal 2024 production guidance of approximately 6.8 to 7.2 million ounces of silver, 4,400 to 5,500 ounces of gold, 70.5 to 73.8 million pounds of lead, and 27.7 to 29.7 million pounds of zinc. Fiscal 2024 production guidance represents anticipated increases of 3% to 8% in silver, 0% to 25% in gold, 4% to 8% in lead, and 18% to 26% in zinc compared to Fiscal 2023 production results.
FISCAL 2023 OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS
- On a consolidated basis, 1,068,983 tonnes of ore were mined, and 1,072,654 tonnes of ore were milled, both up 7% over Fiscal 2022. Approximately 6.6 million ounces of silver, 4,400 ounces of gold, 68.1 million pounds of lead, and 23.5 million pounds of zinc were produced, representing increases of 8%, 29%, and 6%, respectively, in silver, gold, and lead, and a decrease of 12% in zinc compared to Fiscal 2022.
- On a consolidated basis, the Company sold approximately 6.6 million ounces of silver, 4,400 ounces of gold, 65.7 million pounds of lead, and 23.4 million pounds of zinc, representing increases of 6%, 29%, and 3%, respectively, in silver, gold, and lead, and a decrease of 13% in zinc compared to Fiscal 2022.
- At the Ying Mining District, 769,024 tonnes of ore were mined, and 773,057 tonnes of ore were milled, both up 13% over Fiscal 2022. Approximately 6.0 million ounces of silver, 4,400 ounces of gold, 60.3 million pounds of lead, and 7.2 million pounds of zinc were produced, representing increases of 9%, 29%, 10% and 6%, respectively, in silver, gold, lead and zinc over Fiscal 2022.
- At the GC Mine, 299,959 tonnes of ore were mined, down 5% over Fiscal 2022, and 299,597 tonnes of ore were milled, down 6% over Fiscal 2022. Approximately 593 thousand ounces of silver, 7.8 million pounds of lead, and 16.3 million pounds of zinc were produced, representing decreases of 7%, 18% and 19%, respectively, in silver, lead and zinc compared to Fiscal 2022. The decrease can be attributed mainly to the upgrades made to the ventilation and electric power facilities at the GC Mine to comply with newly-implemented safety production regulations. These improvements impacted operations during the second quarter but were completed in the third quarter.
The consolidated operational results for the past five quarters and for the years ended March 31, 2023 and 2022 are summarized as follows:
The operational results at the Ying Mining District for the past five quarters and for the years ended March 31, 2023 and 2022 are summarized as follows:
The operational results at the GC Mine for the past five quarters and for the years ended March 31, 2023 and 2022 are summarized as follows:
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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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: social and economic impacts 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; legislative and regulatory initiatives addressing global climate change or other environmental concerns; 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”. 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.
The Company’s forward-looking statements are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date of this news release, and other than as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s assumptions, beliefs, expectations or opinions should change, or changes in any other events affecting such statements. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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