Vancouver, B.C., April 20, 2016 - Dynasty Metals & Mining Inc. ("Dynasty" or the "Company") (TSX: DMM, OTCQX: DMMIF) reports the sale of 2,785 ounces of gold from the Zaruma mine in the first quarter of 2016 and production of 2,221 ounces.
The average grade for gold production in the first quarter was 3.97g/t Au (representing a mix of resource grade material and lower grade material sourced outside the defined resource). Average gold recovery was 89.7% and the 2,221 ounces of gold were produced from 19,399 tonnes of material milled. During the first quarter, 2,785 ounces of gold were sold at an average price of US$1,171 per ounce.
It is important to note that quarterly gold production may not be equal to quarterly gold sales due to the timing of gold pours and delivery of payment.
Table 1 - Zaruma quarterly gold production for the three months ended:
|Mar 2016||Dec 2015||Sept 2015||June 2015||Mar 2015||Dec 2014||Sept 2014||June 2014|
|Average grade (g/t Au)||3.97||4.37||6.28||6.13||6.17||10.60||10.90||4.42|
|Average recovery (%)||89.7||91.4||92.7||93.8||92.8||94.5||94.5||90.4|
|Gold production (oz)||2,221||4,133||6,285||3,245||4,481||7,585||7,723||4,761|
|Gold sales (oz)||2,785||5,634||5,447||3,507||2,777||8,122||8,466||4,531|
a) Production statistics are unaudited and may be subject to change
Tonnage decreased in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 due to the lack of qualified underground miners available and the decreased number of hours worked by mining labour. Grade of material mined continues to be below resource grade as lower grade development material is mixed with resource grade instead of being stockpiled for future processing.
In its press release dated April 1, 2016, the Company announced an unexpected walkout by workers at its Zaruma gold mine that resulted in the temporary suspension of all activities at the mine. Some members of the workforce have since returned to work at the mine site, however mining activity is limited. Dynasty operations management continues to be in discussions with workers and government labour authorities to arrive at an equitable working arrangement for all parties.
Immediately upon resumption of work activity at Zaruma, Dynasty moved underground ore stockpiles to the Zaruma mill and began processing this ore immediately thereafter. Management confirms that the mine and sites were secure during the work delay and there has been no damage to property or equipment. Dynasty continues to focus on making an arrangement with contract miners to supplement the existing underground workforce to increase tonnage from the mine. The labour situation will impact production estimates for the second quarter of 2016, however, the Company is exploring other opportunities to increase cash flow to mitigate impact of work stoppage,
The Company continues its efforts to monetize non-core assets and pursue strategic alternatives to advance the other key projects. The Company has received and is reviewing expressions of interest from third parties regarding the development of the Dynasty Goldfields project.
While the Zaruma mine area was not affected by the recent earthquake in Ecuador, the management and board of Dynasty wish to express their support and concern for all those in affected areas.
Brian Speechly, a Fellow of AusIMM (Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), a director of the Company and a "qualified person" within the definition of that term in the National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
About Dynasty Metals & Mining
Dynasty Metals & Mining Inc. is a Canadian based mining company involved in the mining, exploration and development of mineral properties in Ecuador. The Company is currently focused on gold production and continued development at its Zaruma Gold Project. The Company also owns the Dynasty Goldfield Project and the Jerusalem Project, both exploration properties in southern Ecuador.
Naomi Nemeth, Investor Relations
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