Toronto, October 11, 2022 – Jaguar Mining Inc. ("Jaguar" or the "Company") (TSX: JAG) today announced interim gold production results for the Third quarter of 2022 (“Q3 2022”). Financial results for Q3 2022 will be reported and filed on SEDAR on or before November 15, 2022. All figures are in US Dollars, unless otherwise expressed.
Q3 2022 Operating Highlights
- Consolidated gold production for the quarter was 21,161 ounces, 6% lower than Q3 2021 production of 22,603 ounces. Tonnes of ore milled increased to 216,000 for the quarter compared to 214,000 in Q3 2021.
- Pilar gold production was lower by 9% with 11,195 ounces for the quarter compared to 12,338 ounces produced in Q3 2021;
- Turmalina gold production was lower by 3% with 9,966 ounces for the quarter, compared to 10,265 ounces produced in Q3 2021;
- Total development of 3,000 metres for Q3 2022, represented an increase of 15% compared to 2,615 metres for the same period in 2021.
- Total definition, infill and exploration drilling of 21,359 metres for the quarter represented an increase of 13% compared to 18,852 metres for the same period in 2021.
- Treasury position as of September 30, 2022, with cash of $30 million compared to cash of $30.5 million on June 30, 2022. During the quarter, the Company paid a dividend of $2.2 million.
Q3 2022 Operating Results
Vern Baker, President and CEO of Jaguar Mining stated: “In terms of production, Turmalina actually had one of its best quarters since 2021; the mine showed good consistency in both stoping and development, and we expect that to strengthen over the next quarter. At Pilar, production was slightly lower due to cycling issues related to backfilling limited higher-grade stoping blocks. Pilar expects to be back on track with consistent performance in the next quarter.”
Jaguar’s third quarter continues to be defined by our internal development projects and exploration success. At Turmalina, Project NorthWest (“PNW”) continues to advance at planned rates and development has successfully accessed new mineralized structures providing several new stoping blocks. This mineralization has been further defined and extended by drilling several hundred metres to depth down plunge. As expected, PNW is providing mineable ounces and adding opportunity to expand our mineral resources. Furthermore, PNW will provide access to the Faina resource area. Work on the Faina Project continued with the completion of the logging and sampling of the 15,000 metres that was completed at the end of July. Over 90% of assay results from this drill program have been received and are currently informing the ongoing resource modelling and metallurgical test work programmes required to progress the PNW through the PEA and PFS process in 2023. At Pilar, Project SouthWest (“PSW”) continues to extend the resource we already have and developing the platform to exploit those resources beginning in 2023. Deep drilling on the main orebody at Pilar has confirmed the structure and grades that make the potential to extend to depth look strong. The next drill program to extend resources well beyond current levels is currently being planned.
Scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Jonathan Victor Hill, BSc (Hons) (Economic Geology - UCT), FAUSIMM, Vice President Geology and Exploration, who is also an employee of Jaguar Mining Inc., and is a "qualified person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101").
The Iron Quadrangle
The Iron Quadrangle has been an area of mineral exploration dating back to the 16th century. The discovery in 1699–1701 of gold contaminated with iron and platinum-group metals in the southeastern corner of the Iron Quadrangle gave rise to the name of the town Ouro Preto (Black Gold). The Iron Quadrangle contains world-class multi-million-ounce gold deposits such as Morro Velho, Cuiabá, and São Bento. Jaguar holds the third largest gold land position in the Iron Quadrangle with over 50,000 hectares.
About Jaguar Mining Inc.
Jaguar Mining Inc. is a Canadian-listed junior gold mining, development, and exploration company operating in Brazil with three gold mining complexes and a large land package with significant upside exploration potential from mineral claims. The Company's principal operating assets are located in the Iron Quadrangle, a prolific greenstone belt in the state of Minas Gerais and include the Turmalina Gold Mine Complex and Caeté Mining Complex (Pilar and Roça Grande Mines, and Caeté Plant). The Company also owns the Paciência Gold Mine Complex, which has been on care and maintenance since 2012. The Roça Grande Mine has been on temporary care and maintenance since April 2019. Additional information is available on the Company's website at www.jaguarmining.com.
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