(All amounts in US dollars, unless otherwise indicated)
VANCOUVER, Jan. 8, 2020 /CNW/ - Leagold Mining Corporation (TSX:LMC; OTCQX:LMCNF) ("Leagold" or the "Company") reports 2019 gold production of 375,445 ounces (oz) and sales of 379,776 oz from its four wholly owned gold mines: the Los Filos mine complex in Mexico, and the Fazenda, RDM and Pilar mines in Brazil. Leagold ended 2019 with an estimated cash balance of $78 million.
Leagold CEO Neil Woodyer commented: "Our Los Filos mine delivered a strong Q4 and achieved its full-year production guidance of over 200,000 oz. In addition, Fazenda outperformed the top end of its guidance range of 63,000 to 70,000 oz, and continues to be a consistent, steady operation. Both Pilar and RDM fell short of guidance, although RDM showed improvement in Q4 following the resumption of normal operations in Q3. Overall, we achieved gold sales of approximately 380,000 oz in 2019.
"2019 was a year of significant achievements and looking ahead, 2020 will be transformative as we work to complete the announced merger with Equinox Gold, creating one of the world's top gold mining companies operating entirely in the Americas."
- Total gold production and sales of approximately 375,000 and 380,000 oz, respectively
- Completed Los Filos Expansion Feasibility Study, which is expected to double its production during 2021
- Los Filos expansion commenced in Q3 with access road to Guadalupe completed and initial stripping under way
- Completed $400 million long-term debt refinancing
- Announced at-market merger with Equinox Gold (TSX:EQX; NYSE-A:EQX) to create a premier Americas gold producer
Table 1: 2019 Gold Production and Sales by Quarter (oz)
Full year 2019
Santa Luz (1)
(1) Santa Luz gold ounces resulted from routine maintenance operations
About Leagold Mining Corporation
Leagold is a mid-tier gold producer with a focus on opportunities in Latin America. Leagold is based in Vancouver, Canada and owns four operating gold mines in Mexico and Brazil, along with a near-term gold mine restart project in Brazil and an expansion project at the Los Filos mine complex in Mexico. Leagold is listed on the TSX under the trading symbol "LMC" and trades on the OTCQX market as "LMCNF".
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