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Silvercorp Metals Reports Mineral Reserves And Resources And Extends Life Of Mine To 2037 At The Ying Mining District

Trading Symbol: TSX/NYSE American: SVM

VANCOUVER, BCSept. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ - Silvercorp Metals Inc. ("Silvercorp" or the "Company") (TSX: SVM) (NYSE American: SVM) is pleased to report the results of an updated National Instrument ("NI") 43-101 Technical Report on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves for the Ying Property ("The Ying 2022 Technical Report") (Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves effective December 31, 2021), prepared by AMC Mining Consultants (Canada) Ltd. ("AMC"). The Ying 2022 Technical Report covers all the mines in the Ying Property (also referenced as the "Ying Mining District") in Henan ProvinceChina, namely the SGX, HZG, HPG, TLP, LME, LMW and DCG underground mines.

Six of the seven authors of the Ying 2022 Technical Report qualify as independent Qualified Persons ("QPs"). Three of the independent authors have visited the Ying Mining District (latest visit in July 2016), with a more recent planned visit postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The non-independent author, Mr. Guoliang Ma of Silvercorp, has visited the Ying Mining District on numerous occasions, the most recent being June 24 to July 22, 2021. The QPs have examined all aspects of the project, including drill core, underground workings, processing plant and surface infrastructure. The Ying 2022 Technical Report will be made available for review on the SEDAR system and on the Company's website at www.silvercorpmetals.com within 45 days of this news release.

Based on Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves, annual production of silver is projected to average approximately 7.0 million ounces between fiscal 2023 and 2025, 8.0 million ounces between 2026 and 2029, 7.1 million ounces between 2030 and 2032, and 4.0 million ounces between 2033 and 2037, to have a life of mine (LOM) at 15 years. There is also the potential to extend the LOM beyond 2037 via further exploration and development, particularly in areas with identified Inferred Resources.

Summary of the Ying 2022 Technical Report
  • Estimated Mineral Resources of 18.7 million tonnes (inclusive of Mineral Reserves) in the Measured and Indicated categories grading 242 grams per tonne (g/t) silver (Ag), 0.27 g/t gold (Au), 3.51% lead (Pb), and 1.03% zinc (Zn), containing 146 million ounces (oz) silver, 161 thousand oz gold, 657 thousand tonnes lead, and 193 thousand tonnes zinc.
  • In comparison with the 2020 Technical Report (Mineral Resources as of December 31, 2019), Measured and Indicated Resource tonnes have decreased by 7%, and contained metal has increased by 64% for gold and decreased by 3% for silver, 10% for lead and 16% for zinc.
  • Estimated Mineral Reserves of 12.3 million tonnes in the Proven and Probable categories grading 241 g/t silver, 0.26 g/t gold, 3.36% lead, and 1.03% zinc, containing 96 million oz silver, 105 thousand oz gold, 414 thousand tonnes lead, and 127 thousand tonnes zinc.
  • In comparison with the 2020 Technical Report (Mineral Reserves as of December 31, 2019), there has been a 3% increase in total Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves. The changes in total contained metal for silver, gold, lead, and zinc are -3%, +110%, -9% and -24% respectively. These Mineral Reserves are on top of approximately 11 million ounces of silver produced between January 2020 and December 2021.
  • In comparison with the 2020 Technical Report, Inferred Resource tonnes have decreased by 30%, and contained metal has decreased by 20% for gold, 23% for silver, 27% for lead and 20% for zinc.
  • The Ying Mining District is reporting Mineral Reserves at the DCG mine for the first time. Also for the first time, the Ying Mining District as a whole is reporting over 100,000 ounces of gold Mineral Reserves.
  • The results of the 2020-2021 underground drilling program at the Ying Mining District show that most of the major mineralized vein structures are still open at depth and laterally.
  • Based on Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves only, an annual production rate increase is planned from the current level of around 650,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) to approximately 950,000 tpa by 2026, with that level being sustained through to 2032 and a full LOM to 2037. Annual production of silver is projected to be approximately 7.0 million ounces between fiscal 2023 and 2025, 8.0 million ounces between 2026 and 2029, 7.1 million ounces between 2030 and 2032, and 4.0 million ounces between 2033 and 2037. There is also the potential to extend the LOM beyond 2037 via further exploration and development, particularly in areas with identified Inferred Resources.
Mineral Resources:

The Mineral Resource estimates for the SGX, HPG, HZG, LMW, and DCG mines were carried out by Silvercorp and reviewed by independent Qualified Person, Rod Webster, MAIG of AMC, who takes responsibility for these estimates.

The Mineral Resource estimates for the TLP mine were carried out by Silvercorp and reviewed by independent Qualified Person, Simeon Robinson, P.Geo., MAIG of AMC, who takes responsibility for these estimates.

The Mineral Resource estimates for the LME mine were carried out by Silvercorp and reviewed by independent Qualified Person, Dr. Genoa Vartell, P.Geo. of AMC, who takes responsibility for these estimates.

The December 2021 Mineral Resources were estimated using a block modelling approach in Micromine. All grade estimation was completed using inverse distance squared.

Resource estimates were made for a total of 356 mineralized vein structures for the seven active mines in the Ying Mining District.

Additional geological sections in the Ying 2022 Technical Report were prepared by independent Qualified Persons Dr. Genoa Vartell, P.Geo. and Simeon Robinson, P.Geo., MAIG, both of AMC, who take responsibility for those sections.

The Mineral Resources are reported above cut-offs after applying a minimum practical extraction width of 0.4 m. Diluted grades were estimated for blocks with mineralization widths less than 0.4 m by adding a waste envelope with zero grade. Cut-off grades are based on in situ values in silver equivalent (AgEq) terms in grams per tonne and incorporate mining, trucking and processing costs, with metallurgical recoveries and payable values provided by Silvercorp for each mine and reviewed by the QPs. AgEq formulas by mine are shown in the footnotes of the table below.

The estimated Mineral Resources and metal content for the Ying Mining District as of December 31, 2021 are detailed in Table 1 below.

MINE

Resource Category

Tonnes

(Mt)

Au

grade

(g/t)

Ag

grade

(g/t)

Pb

grade

(%)

Zn

grade

(%)

Au

metal

(koz)

Ag

metal

(Moz)

Pb

metal

(kt)

Zn

metal

(kt)

SGX

Measured

3.51

0.05

290

5.56

2.75

5.48

32.81

195.38

96.62

SGX

Indicated

3.13

0.01

247

4.67

2.17

0.57

24.86

146.14

68.04

SGX

Measured + Indicated

6.64

0.03

270

5.14

2.48

6.05

57.66

341.52

164.66

SGX

Inferred

3.98

0.01

232

4.63

1.93

0.70

29.75

184.30

76.79

HZG

Measured

0.51

-

372

1.20

-

-

6.15

6.18

-

HZG

Indicated

0.51

-

358

0.91

-

-

5.91

4.68

-

HZG

Measured + Indicated

1.03

-

365

1.06

-

-

12.06

10.86

-

HZG

Inferred

0.55

-

326

0.83

-

-

5.75

4.55

-

HPG

Measured

0.77

1.37

94

3.87

1.40

33.91

2.31

29.73

10.72

HPG

Indicated

0.92

1.60

68

3.17

1.22

47.36

2.01

29.22

11.26

HPG

Measured + Indicated

1.69

1.50

80

3.49

1.30

81.27

4.32

58.95

21.98

HPG

Inferred

1.45

2.61

91

3.43

1.20

121.87

4.26

49.78

17.43

TLP

Measured

2.45

-

221

3.43

-

-

17.41

83.93

-

TLP

Indicated

2.01

-

189

3.08

-

-

12.16

61.84

-

TLP

Measured + Indicated

4.46

-

206

3.27

-

-

29.58

145.77

-

TLP

Inferred

3.76

-

180

2.86

-

-

21.78

107.46

-

LME

Measured

0.45

0.10

357

1.73

0.35

1.45

5.11

7.71

1.54

LME

Indicated

1.02

0.22

315

1.67

0.42

7.17

10.35

17.06

4.30

LME

Measured + Indicated

1.47

0.18

327

1.69

0.40

8.62

15.46

24.77

5.85

LME

Inferred

1.49

0.65

221

1.45

0.41

30.86

10.55

21.58

6.03

LMW

Measured

0.94

0.21

325

2.63

-

6.45

9.78

24.65

-

LMW

Indicated

2.16

0.36

232

2.04

-

24.84

16.12

43.91

-

LMW

Measured + Indicated

3.09

0.31

260

2.22

-

31.28

25.90

68.56

-

LMW

Inferred

1.51

0.07

235

2.36

-

3.63

11.39

35.52

-

DCG

Measured

0.15

2.57

75

1.19

0.30

12.67

0.37

1.82

0.46

DCG

Indicated

0.20

3.33

101

2.26

0.20

21.50

0.65

4.54

0.39

DCG

Measured + Indicated

0.35

3.00

90

1.80

0.24

34.17

1.02

6.36

0.85

DCG

Inferred

0.32

1.44

98

2.70

0.21

14.77

1.00

8.58

0.67

All Mines

Measured

8.78

0.21

262

3.98

1.25

59.96

73.94

349.40

109.34

All Mines

Indicated

9.95

0.32

225

3.09

0.84

101.44

72.06

307.39

83.99

All Mines

Measured + Indicated

18.73

0.27

242

3.51

1.03

161.40

146.01

656.79

193.34

All Mines

Inferred

13.05

0.41

201

3.15

0.77

171.83

84.46

411.77

100.92

Table 1. Ying Mining District – Mineral Resources and metal content for silver, lead, zinc, and gold as of December 31, 2021 (Inclusive of Mineral Reserves)

Notes:

Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources are inclusive of Mineral Resources from which Mineral Reserves are estimated.

Metal prices: gold US$1450/troy oz, silver US$18.60/troy oz, lead US$0.95/lb, zinc US$1.10/lb.

Exchange rate: RMB 6.50 : US$1.00.

Mineral Resource reported 5 m below surface.

Veins factored to minimum extraction width of 0.4 m after estimation.

Cut-off grades: SGX 170 g/t AgEq; HZG 170 g/t AgEq; HPG 180 g/t AgEq; TLP 155 g/t AgEq; LME 180 g/t AgEq; LMW 160 g/t AgEq; DCG 155 g/t AgEq.

AgEq equivalent formulas by mine:


-

SGX = Ag g/t+37.79*Pb%+20.76*Zn%


-

HZG = Ag g/t+36.31*Pb%


-

HPG = Ag g/t+69.41*Au g/t+36.84*Pb%+24.73*Zn%


-

TLP = Ag g/t+36.65*Pb%


-

LME = Ag g/t+35.84*Pb%+10.44*Zn%


-

LMW = Ag g/t+36.88*Pb%


-

DCG = Ag g/t+36.84*Pb%+24.73*Zn%

AgEq formulas used for significant gold bearing veins:


-

SGX (Veins S16W_Au, S18E and S74) = Ag g/t+66.25*Au g/t+37.79*Pb%+20.76*Zn%


-

LME (Vein LM4E2) = Ag g/t+66.70*Au g/t+35.84*Pb%+10.44*Zn%


-

LMW (Veins LM22, LM26, LM50 and LM51) = Ag g/t+65.78*Au g/t+36.88*Pb%


-

DCG (Veins C9, C76) = Ag g/t+69.41*Au g/t+36.84*Pb%+24.73*Zn%

Exclusive of mine production to December 31, 2021.

Rounding of some figures may lead to minor discrepancies in totals.

The previous Mineral Resource estimates for the Ying Mining District only reported gold values for the HPG mine. Recently, Silvercorp has identified and targeted gold rich veins at SGX, LME, LMW and DCG. Table 2 is a Mineral Resource subset for the silver lead zinc veins and exclusive of HPG. Table 3 is a Mineral Resource subset for the significant gold-bearing veins, and inclusive of HPG.

Mine

Resource Category

Tonnes

(Mt)

Au

grade

(g/t)

Ag

grade

(g/t)

Pb

grade

(%)

Zn

grade

(%)

Au

metal

(koz)

Ag

metal

(Moz)

Pb

metal

(kt)

Zn

metal

(kt)

SGX

Measured

3.40

-

297

5.69

2.80

-

32.41

193.40

94.95

SGX

Indicated

3.10

-

249

4.69

2.17

-

24.80

145.48

67.32

SGX

Measured + Indicated

6.50

-

274

5.22

2.50

-

57.21

338.89

162.28

SGX

Inferred

3.97

-

233

4.64

1.93

-

29.72

184.22

76.69

HZG

Measured

0.51

-

372

1.20

-

-

6.15

6.18

-

HZG

Indicated

0.51

-

358

0.91

-

-

5.91

4.68

-

HZG

Measured + Indicated

1.03

-

365

1.06

-

-

12.06

10.86

-

HZG

Inferred

0.55

-

326

0.83

-

-

5.75

4.55

-

TLP

Measured

2.45

-

221

3.43

-

-

17.41

83.93

-

TLP

Indicated

2.01

-

189

3.08

-

-

12.16

61.84

-

TLP

Measured + Indicated

4.46

-

206

3.27

-

-

29.58

145.77

-

TLP

Inferred

3.76

-

180

2.86

-

-

21.78

107.46

-

LME

Measured

0.43

-

360

1.75

0.35

-

4.98

7.52

1.48

LME

Indicated

0.93

-

327

1.73

0.43

-

9.77

16.09

3.98

LME

Measured + Indicated

1.36

-

337

1.74

0.40

-

14.75

23.61

5.47

LME

Inferred

1.10

-

275

1.79

0.41

-

9.73

19.70

4.54

LMW

Measured

0.90

-

335

2.72

-

-

9.70

24.55

-

LMW

Indicated

1.95

-

247

2.19

-

-

15.49

42.80

-

LMW

Measured + Indicated

2.85

-

275

2.36

-

-

25.20

67.34

-

LMW

Inferred

1.49

-

237

2.38

-

-

11.32

35.41

-

DCG

Measured

0.02

-

50

6.56

0.19

-

0.03

1.28

0.04

DCG

Indicated

0.07

-

76

5.14

0.15

-

0.18

3.82

0.11

DCG

Measured + Indicated

0.09

-

71

5.44

0.16

-

0.21

5.09

0.15

DCG

Inferred

0.21

-

87

3.74

0.18

-

0.59

7.91

0.38

ALL MINES

Measured

7.71

-

285

4.11

1.25

-

70.69

316.86

96.47

ALL MINES

Indicated

8.57

-

248

3.20

0.83

-

68.32

274.71

71.41

ALL MINES

Measured + Indicated

16.29

-

265

3.63

1.03

-

139.01

591.57

167.89

ALL MINES

Inferred

11.08

-

222

3.24

0.74

-

78.89

359.25

81.61

Table 2. Ying Mining District – Mineral Resources subset - silver, lead, zinc veins

Notes:

Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources are inclusive of Mineral Resources from which Mineral Reserves are estimated.

Metal prices: silver US$18.60/troy oz, lead US$0.95/lb, zinc US$1.10/lb.

Exchange rate: RMB 6.50 : US$1.00.

Mineral Resource reported 5 m below surface.

Veins factored to minimum extraction width of 0.4 m after estimation.

Cut-off grades: SGX 170 g/t AgEq; HZG 170 g/t AgEq; TLP 155 g/t AgEq; LME 180 g/t AgEq; LMW 160 g/t AgEq; DCG 155 g/t AgEq.

Silver equivalent formulas by mine:



-

SGX = Ag g/t+37.79*Pb%+20.76*Zn%



-

HZG = Ag g/t+36.31*Pb%



-

TLP = Ag g/t+36.65*Pb%



-

LME = Ag g/t+35.84*Pb%+10.44*Zn%



-

LMW = Ag g/t+36.88*Pb%



-

DCG = Ag g/t+36.84*Pb%+24.73*Zn%

Exclusive of mine production to December 31, 2021.

Rounding of some figures may lead to minor discrepancies in totals.





Mine

Resource Category

Tonnes

(Mt)

Au

grade

(g/t)

Ag

grade

(g/t)

Pb

grade

(%)

Zn

grade

(%)

Au

metal

(koz)

Ag

metal

(Moz)

Pb

metal

(kt)

Zn

metal

(kt)

SGX

Measured

0.12

1.47

106

1.70

1.43

5.48

0.40

1.98

1.67

SGX

Indicated

0.03

0.57

61

2.13

2.32

0.57

0.06

0.66

0.71

SGX

Measured + Indicated

0.15

1.28

97

1.79

1.62

6.05

0.46

2.63

2.38

SGX

Inferred

0.01

1.94

73

0.70

0.89

0.70

0.03

0.08

0.10

HPG

Measured

0.77

1.37

94

3.87

1.40

33.91

2.31

29.73

10.72

HPG

Indicated

0.92

1.60

68

3.17

1.22

47.36

2.01

29.22

11.26

HPG

Measured + Indicated

1.69

1.50

80

3.49

1.30

81.27

4.32

58.95

21.98

HPG

Inferred

1.45

2.61

91

3.43

1.20

121.87

4.26

49.78

17.43

LME

Measured

0.02

2.97

255

1.26

0.39

1.45

0.12

0.19

0.06

LME

Indicated

0.09

2.38

195

1.03

0.34

7.17

0.59

0.97

0.32

LME

Measured + Indicated

0.11

2.47

204

1.06

0.35

8.62

0.71

1.16

0.38

LME

Inferred

0.39

2.47

65

0.48

0.38

30.86

0.81

1.87

1.49

LMW

Measured

0.04

5.48

69

0.29

-

6.45

0.08

0.11

-

LMW

Indicated

0.21

3.74

94

0.54

-

24.84

0.62

1.11

-

LMW

Measured + Indicated

0.24

4.00

90

0.50

-

31.28

0.70

1.22

-

LMW

Inferred

0.02

5.77

108

0.56

-

3.63

0.07

0.11

-

DCG

Measured

0.13

2.95

79

0.41

0.31

12.67

0.34

0.54

0.42

DCG

Indicated

0.13

5.29

115

0.57

0.23

21.50

0.47

0.72

0.28

DCG

Measured + Indicated

0.26

4.09

97

0.49

0.27

34.17

0.81

1.26

0.70

DCG

Inferred

0.11

4.31

120

0.63

0.27

14.77

0.41

0.67

0.29

ALL MINES

Measured

1.07

1.74

95

3.04

1.20

59.96

3.25

32.54

12.87

ALL MINES

Indicated

1.38

2.29

84

2.37

0.91

101.44

3.75

32.68

12.58

ALL MINES

Measured + Indicated

2.45

2.05

89

2.66

1.04

161.40

7.00

65.22

25.45

ALL MINES

Inferred

1.98

2.70

88

2.65

0.98

171.83

5.57

52.52

19.31

Table 3. Ying Mining District – Mineral Resources subset - significant gold-bearing veins

Notes:

Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources are inclusive of Mineral Resources from which Mineral Reserves are estimated.

Metal prices: gold US$1450/troy oz, silver US$18.60/troy oz, lead US$0.95/lb, zinc US$1.10/lb.

Exchange rate: RMB 6.50 : US$1.00.

Mineral Resource reported 5 m below surface.

Veins factored to minimum extraction width of 0.4 m after estimation.

Cut-off grades: SGX 170 g/t AgEq; HPG 180 g/t AgEq; LME 180 g/t AgEq; LMW 160 g/t AgEq; DCG 155 g/t AgEq.

AgEq formulas used for significant gold bearing veins:


-

SGX (Veins S16W_Au, S18E and S74) = Ag g/t+66.25*Au g/t+37.79*Pb%+20.76*Zn%


-

HPG = Ag g/t+69.41*Au g/t+36.84*Pb%+24.73*Zn%


-

LME (Vein LM4E2) = Ag g/t+66.70*Au g/t+35.84*Pb%+10.44*Zn%


-

LMW (Veins LM22, LM26, LM50 and LM51) = Ag g/t+65.78*Au g/t+36.88*Pb%


-

DCG (Veins C9, C76) = Ag g/t+69.41*Au g/t+36.84*Pb%+24.73*Zn%

Exclusive of mine production to December 31, 2021.

Rounding of some figures may lead to minor discrepancies in totals.



A comparison of Mineral Resource estimates between December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2021 for payable metals indicates the following:

  • Measured and Indicated tonnes have decreased by 7% overall. The Inferred tonnes have decreased by 30%.
  • Measured and Indicated grades have increased for gold and silver by 79% and 4% respectively. Measured and Indicated grades have decreased for lead by 4% and zinc by 10%.
  • Inferred grades increased for all metals: gold by 14%, silver by 9%, lead by 4% and zinc by 13%.
  • The net result in the Measured and Indicated categories has been an increase in the contained gold of 64% and decreases in the contained silver, lead and zinc of 3%, 10% and 16% respectively.
  • The net result in the Inferred category has been a decrease in the contained gold, silver, lead and zinc of 20%, 23%, 27% and 20% respectively.

Reasons for the differences in grade, tonnes, and contained metal include conversion to higher categories arising from drilling and level development, generally higher cut-off grades due to inflation, and depletion due to mining.

Mineral Reserves

The Mineral Reserve estimation is based on the assumption that current stoping practices will continue to be predominant at the Ying Mining District, namely cut and fill resuing and shrinkage stoping, using hand-held drills and hand-mucking within stopes, and loading to mine cars by rocker-shovel or by hand. The largely sub-vertical veins, generally competent ground, reasonably regular vein width, and hand-mining techniques using short rounds, allows a significant degree of selectivity and control in the stoping process. Minimum mining widths of 0.5 m for resuing and 1.0 m for shrinkage are assumed. The QP has observed the mining methods at the Ying Mining District and considers the minimum extraction and mining width assumptions to be reasonable. Minimum dilution assumptions are 0.10 m of total overbreak for a resuing cut and 0.2 m of total overbreak for a shrinkage stope.

Mining dilution and recovery factors vary somewhat from mine to mine and with mining method. Average dilution factors have been estimated as 15.5% for resuing and 19.5% for shrinkage, while assumed mining recovery factors are 95% for resuing stopes and 92% for shrinkage stopes.

For the total tonnage estimated as Ying Mineral Reserves and included in the life of mine plan, approximately 62% is associated with resuing-type methods and approximately 38% with shrinkage.

The estimated Mineral Reserves and metal content for the Ying Mining District as of December 31, 2021 are detailed in Table 4 below.

Mine

Category

Mt

Au (g/t)

Ag (g/t)

Pb (%)

Zn (%)

Metal Contained in Mineral Reserves

Au (koz)

Ag (Moz)

Pb (kt)

Zn (kt)

SGX

Proven

2.62

0.05

267

5.12

2.46

4.0

22.53

134.1

64.5

Probable

2.61

0.00

230

4.41

1.90

0.3

19.33

115.2

49.7

Total Proven & Probable

5.23

0.03

249

4.76

2.18

4.2

41.86

249.3

114.2

HZG

Proven

0.37


350

1.08



4.17

4.0


Probable

0.36


347

0.77



4.06

2.8


Total Proven & Probable

0.73


348

0.93



8.23

6.8


HPG

Proven

0.35

1.41

89

3.38

1.39

15.8

1.00

11.7

4.8

Probable

0.44

1.80

59

2.76

1.04

25.7

0.85

12.2

4.6

Total Proven & Probable

0.79

1.63

73

3.03

1.19

41.5

1.85

24.0

9.4

TLP

Proven

1.55


219

3.15



10.94

49.0


Probable

1.02


204

2.91



6.70

29.7


Total Proven & Probable

2.58


213

3.05



17.64

78.7


LME

Proven

0.23

0.16

349

1.59

0.32

1.2

2.62

3.7

0.7

Probable

0.68

0.30

316

1.62

0.40

6.6

6.91

11.0

2.7

Total Proven & Probable

0.91

0.27

325

1.61

0.38

7.9

9.53

14.7

3.4

LMW

Proven

0.57

0.33

321

2.27


6.0

5.86

12.9


Probable

1.29

0.55

242

1.87


23.0

10.06

24.1


Total Proven & Probable

1.86

0.48

266

1.99


28.9

15.92

37.0


DCG

Proven

0.09

2.41

73

1.38

0.28

6.8

0.20

1.2

0.2

Probable

0.13

3.84

104

1.87

0.15

15.4

0.42

2.3

0.2

Total Proven & Probable

0.21

3.25

91

1.67

0.20

22.2

0.62

3.5

0.4

Ying Mines

Proven

5.78

0.18

255

3.75

1.22

33.8

47.32

216.6

70.3

Probable

6.54

0.34

230

3.02

0.87

70.9

48.32

197.5

57.2

Total Proven & Probable

12.32

0.26

241

3.36

1.03

104.7

95.65

414.1

127.5

Table 4. Ying Mining District Mineral Reserve estimates and metal content at December 31, 2021

Notes to Mineral Reserve Statement:

Cut-off grades (AgEq g/t): SGX – 235 Resuing, 195 Shrinkage; HZG – 245 Resuing, 195 Shrinkage; HPG – 260 Resuing, 200 Shrinkage; TLP – 225 Resuing, 190 Shrinkage; LME – 265 Resuing, 225 Shrinkage; LMW – 245 Resuing, 200 Shrinkage; DCG – 225 Resuing, 190 Shrinkage.

Stope Marginal cut-off grades (AgEq g/t): SGX – 210 Resuing, 170 Shrinkage; HZG – 210 Resuing, 160 Shrinkage; HPG – 235 Resuing, 175 Shrinkage; TLP – 205 Resuing, 170 Shrinkage; LME – 210 Resuing, 170 Shrinkage; LMW – 205 Resuing, 160 Shrinkage; DCG – 205 Resuing, 170 Shrinkage.

Development Ore cut-off grades (AgEq g/t): SGX – 130; HZG – 125; HPG – 150; TLP – 125; LME – 125; LMW – 125; DCG – 125.

Unplanned dilution (zero grade) assumed as 0.05m on each wall of a resuing stope and 0.10m on each wall of a shrinkage stope.

Mining recovery factors assumed as 95% for resuing and 92% for shrinkage.

Metal prices: gold US$1,450/troy oz, silver US$18.60/troy oz, lead US$0.95/lb, zinc US$1.10/lb.

Processing recovery factors: SGX – 91.5% Au, 95.9% Ag, 97.6% Pb, 60.0% Zn; HZG – 96.8% Ag, 94.7% Pb; HPG – 91.5% Au, 91.5% Ag, 90.8% Pb, 68.3% Zn; TLP – 92.9% Ag, 91.7% Pb; LME – 91.5% Au, 95.2% Ag, 92.0% Pb, 30.0% Zn; LMW – 91.5% Au, 96.5% Ag, 95.9% Pb; DCG – 91.5% Au, 91.5% Ag, 90.8% Pb, 68.3% Zn.

Payables: Au – 81%; Ag – 91.0%; Pb – 96.4%; Zn – 74.4%.

Exclusive of mine production to December 31, 2021.

Exchange rate assumed is RMB 6.50 : US$1.00.

Rounding of some figures may lead to minor discrepancies in totals.



The sensitivity of the Ying Mineral Reserves to variation in cut-off grade (COG) has been tested by applying a 20% increase in COG to Mineral Reserves at each of the Ying mines. The lowest sensitivities are seen at SGX and DCG with, for the entire Ying Mining District, an approximate 10% reduction in AgEq ounces for a 20% COG increase, demonstrating relatively low overall COG sensitivity.

Total Ying Mineral Reserve tonnes are approximately 66% of Mineral Resource (Measured plus Indicated) tonnes. Gold, silver, lead, and zinc Mineral Reserve grades are 99%, 100%, 96% and 100% respectively of the corresponding Measured plus Indicated Mineral Resource grades. Metal conversion percentages for gold, silver, lead, and zinc are 65%, 66%, 63%, and 66% respectively.

Some significant aspects of a comparison of Mineral Reserve estimates between December 31, 2019 (previous Technical Report) and December 31, 2021 (Ying 2022 Technical Report) are the following:

  • 3% increase in total (Proven + Probable) Ying Mineral Reserve tonnes.
  • Increase in total Ying Mineral Reserve gold grade of 104% and decrease in silver, lead, and zinc grades of 6%, 12% and 26% respectively.
  • Increase in total Ying Mineral Reserve metal content for gold of 110%, and decrease in silver, lead, and zinc metals of 3%, 9%, and 24% respectively.
  • SGX continues to be the leading contributor to the total Ying Mineral Reserves, accounting for 42% of tonnes, 44% of silver, 60% of lead, and 90% of zinc, compared to respective values of 43%, 47%, 62%, and 79% in the previous Technical Report.
  • Increases in Mineral Reserve tonnes at SGX, HZG, TLP, and LMW of 1%, 19%, 10% and 38% respectively, with DCG also reporting Mineral Reserves for the first time.
  • Decreases in Mineral Reserve tonnes at HPG and LME of 36% and 27% respectively.

The projected production profile for the Ying mines using current Mineral Reserves is shown in Table 5.

Table 5. Ying Mining District LOM production profile

Ying Mines

FY2022

FY2023

FY2024

FY2025

FY2026

FY2027

FY2028

FY2029

FY2030

FY2031

FY2032

FY2033

FY2034

FY2035

FY2036

FY2037

LOM

Production
(kt)

178

785

806

832

938

965

976

957

959

941

954

886

731

573

499

343

12,322

Au (g/t)

0.08

0.27

0.40

0.46

0.31

0.25

0.25

0.19

0.22

0.23

0.27

0.13

0.18

0.35

0.28

0.22

0.26

Ag (g/t)

270

276

268

262

268

267

263

245

239

230

227

217

208

199

186

186

241

Pb (%)

3.58

3.72

3.57

3.44

3.30

3.12

3.20

3.47

3.31

3.23

3.03

3.46

3.32

3.25

3.48

4.00

3.36

Zn (%)

0.72

0.97

0.89

0.90

1.05

0.92

1.04

0.94

1.05

0.96

0.88

1.02

1.07

1.53

1.5

1.50

1.03

AgEq (g/t)

424

454

447

441

434

420

421

406

399

385

375

375

365

375

368

379

406




Notes:


Rounding of some figures may lead to minor discrepancies in totals.


FY2022 Production shown is only for final three months of financial year (January through March, 2022).



The Ying Property continues to be a strongly viable operation based on current Mineral Reserves, with potential to extend its Mineral Resources via further exploration and development, particularly in areas with identified Inferred material. 

Qualified Persons

H. Smith, P.Eng., G. Vartell, P.Geo. and S. Robinson, P.Geo., MAIG of AMC Mining Consultants (Canada) Ltd.; R. Webster, MAIG and R. Chesher, FAusIMM of AMC Consultants Pty Ltd.; A. Riles, MAIG of Riles Integrated Resource Management Pty Ltd., and Guoliang Ma, P.Geo. of Silvercorp Metals Inc. are Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The Qualified Persons have reviewed and consented to this press release and believe it fairly and accurately represents the information in the Technical Report that supports the disclosure.

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