Toronto, Canada, December 21, 2015 - Jaguar Mining Inc. ("Jaguar" or the "Company") (JAG:TSX-V) today announced that on December 4, 2015 Mill #2 at the Turmalina mine was shutdown due to excessive vibration for unscheduled repairs, while Mill #1 and mining activities continue to operate normally. Mill #2 is expected to be repaired and fully operational on or about January 2, 2016.
As a result of the unscheduled repairs at Mill #2, a now longer than expected timeframe to make repairs and the previous deferral of required repairs at Turmalina's Mill #3, Turmalina will realize a shortfall in tonnes processed and consequently gold production during the fourth quarter 2015. While Mill #2 is repaired, the Company has been stockpiling ore that would have been otherwise processed and anticipates processing that ore in January 2016. The Company does not anticipate that this delay will impact projected production volumes over the coming months.
On a consolidated basis, the Company now expects full year gold production of approximately 89,500 ounces in 2015, while previous guidance indicated consolidated production of 92,000 ounces for 2015.
Rodney Lamond, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar commented, "It is unfortunate that we had to interrupt the strong performance at Turmalina mine to complete the unscheduled repairs to Mill # 2. It is also unfortunate that there will be a negative impact on the full year gold production guidance due to the repairs and due to the closing of the year, as stockpiled mine production will be processed in the proceeding month."
The Company's consolidated year to date gold production reported September 30, 2015, was 67,253 ounces respectively, compared to 69,600 ounces in 2014. Turmalina increased production by 23% in the third quarter and produced 13,994 ounces of gold compared to 11,336 ounces while the average head grade at Turmalina was 4.77 grams per tonne compared to 3.69 grams per tonne reported tin he same quarter during 2014.
About Jaguar Mining Inc.
Jaguar is a gold producer with mining operations in a prolific greenstone belt in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Additionally, Jaguar wholly owns the large-scale Gurupi Development Project in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. In total, the Company owns mineral claims covering an area of approximate 197,000-hectares. Additional information is available on the Company's website at www.jaguarmining.com.
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These Forward-Looking Statements represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause the Company's views to change. Factors, which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations, include, among other things, actions taken against the Company by governmental agencies and securities and other regulators and other factors not currently viewed as material that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the Forward-Looking Statements. The Company does not undertake to update any Forward-Looking Statements, either written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company subsequent to the date of this discussion except as required by law.
This press release provides certain financial measures that do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. Readers are cautioned to review the above stated footnotes where the Company expanded on its use of non-IFRS measures.
- Cash operating costs and cash operating cost per ounce are Non-IFRS measures. In the gold mining industry, cash operating costs and cash operating costs per ounce are common performance measures but do not have any standardized meaning. Cash operating costs are derived from amounts included in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) and include mine site operating costs such as mining, processing and administration as well as royalty expenses, but exclude depreciation, depletion share-based payment expenses and reclamation costs. Cash operating costs per ounce are based on ounces produced and are calculated by dividing cash operating costs by commercial gold ounces produced; US$ cash operating costs per ounce produced are derived from the cash operating costs per ounce produced translated using the average Brazilian Central Bank R$/US$ exchange rate. The Company discloses cash operating costs and cash operating costs per ounce as it believes those measures provide valuable assistance to investors and analysts in evaluating the Company's operational performance and ability to generate cash flow. The most directly comparable measure prepared in accordance with IFRS is total production costs. A reconciliation of cash operating costs per ounce to total production costs for the most recent reporting period, the three months ended September 30, 2015 is set out in the Company's third quarter 2015 MD&A filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
- All-in sustaining cost is a non-IFRS measure. This measure is intended to assist readers in evaluating the total costs of producing gold from current operations. While there is no standardized meaning across the industry for this measure, except for non-cash items the Company's definition conforms to the all-in sustaining cost definition as set out by the World Gold Council in its guidance note dated June 27, 2013. The Company defines all-in sustaining cost as the sum of production costs, sustaining capital (capital required to maintain current operations at existing levels), corporate general and administrative expenses, and in-mine exploration expenses. All-in sustaining cost excludes growth capital, reclamation cost accretion related to current operations, interest and other financing costs and taxes. A reconciliation of all-in sustaining cost to total production costs for the most recent reporting period, the three months ended September 30, 2015 is set out in the Company's third quarter 2015 MD&A filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.