Endeavour Silver reports Q3 production of 1.7M silver equivalents oz.
Endeavour Silver reported Q3 production results from the company's four silver-gold mines in Mexico: the Guanacevi mine in Durango state, the Bolanitos and El Cubo mines in Guanajuato state and the El Compas mine in Zacatecas state. Q3 silver production decreased 34% to 948,547 ounces and gold production decreased 25% to 9,716 oz, resulting in silver equivalent production of 1.7M oz at an 80:1 silver-gold ratio. The lower silver and gold production in Q3, 2019 compared to Q3, 2018 were due to the planned reduction of mine output at El Cubo and lower throughput and grades at Bolanitos, partly offset by higher production at Guanacevi and new production at El Compas. Endeavour CEO Bradford Cooke commented, "Our production in Q3 was down year-on-year but we are seeing positive traction from all the operational changes made in the past two quarters. We expect lower operating costs in Q3 and further improvements of Guanacevi and Bolanitos tonnes and grades in Q4, which should have a positive impact on costs and production (...) Our exploration programs continue to generate positive brownfields results and we plan to drill two greenfields projects in Chile in Q4, 2019." Silver oz sold decreased 45% to 835,045 oz and gold oz sold decreased 28% to 9,373 oz. A company-wide review of the four mines at the end of Q1 identified several deficiencies in the operating performance at each mine-site. As a result, management initiated multiple measures in Q2 and Q3 including changes of mine-site management and contractors, changes to shift and contractor supervision, renting used mining equipment and leasing new mining equipment, revising the 2019 mine plans for all four mines, particularly Guanacevi, and reducing the work force. Q3 production was slightly lower than Q2 production because the many operational changes took longer to implement than planned, dilution remains high due to narrower than planned veins and a heavy rain season negatively impacted ore tonnes processed by the plants. However, management expects Q3 operating costs should be lower than Q2, due to the cost reductions, and Bolanitos and Guanacevi Q4 silver equivalent production, tonnes and grades should increase towards plan due to the operational changes.