Filo Mining Reports Q3 2021 Results; Ramps up to Five Rigs at Filo del Sol
Vancouver, November 12, 2021 /CNW/: Filo Mining Corp. (TSX: FIL) (Nasdaq First North Growth Market: FIL) (OTCQX: FLMMF) ("Filo Mining" or the "Company") announces its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021.
HIGHLIGHTS AND OUTLOOK
Filo Mining Launches Most Ambitious Drill Campaign to Date Following Successful 2020/2021 Exploration Program
Jamie Beck, President & CEO, commented, “We are now into our next phase of drilling at Filo del Sol, and with the addition of two drill rigs next week, we will have a total of five rigs turning on site. The initial three holes are planned 50m step-outs from hole FSDH041 and are intended to follow up on the high-grade mineralization intersected in our last program. The deepest of these holes is currently at 953m; depending on final hole depth, drill productivity, and assay turnaround time, initial results could be available prior to year-end. We plan to ramp up to seven rigs early in the new year, and anticipate continuous, year-round operations throughout 2022.
Our last program successfully showcased the Filo del Sol project as one of the most important copper-gold-silver discoveries in recent years, and we are convinced it has potential to grow even bigger and better. Amidst a backdrop of strong commodity prices and a lack of new copper discoveries, it will be an exciting program for Filo Mining’s stakeholders as we continue to explore this remarkable deposit.”
In August 2021, following the completion of camp winterization efforts to prepare the project and its facilities for year-round operation, the Company successfully commenced its 2021/2022 drill campaign at the Filo del Sol project (“Filo del Sol” or the “Filo del Sol Project”), marking the earliest launch to a drill campaign in the project’s history.
This drill program will be a combination of resource definition drilling and step-out holes, with hole locations to be guided by drill results, surface mapping, and geophysical interpretations. Initial drilling will target the area between FSDH025 in the south and FSDH037 in the north, with priority set on following up on the high-grade intersections drilled in FSDH041. Step-out drilling will continue to try to find the edges of the deposit, which remains open to the north, south, east and at depth. With seven rigs active on the project throughout 2022, this will be the Company’s most ambitious drill campaign ever, enabling it to rapidly define the deposit as it advances key exploration efforts.
The current drill program follows the exceptional exploration successes achieved by the Company last season, which featured the discovery of a significant new zone of high-grade copper, gold and silver mineralization along with the substantial extension of the known mineralization. During the third quarter of 2021, the Company received and reported on final assays from the 2020/2021 drill campaign, highlights of which included:
- Hole FSDH046, which confirmed strong mineralization to over 1,400m below surface and returned the longest mineralized intersection at the project to date being 1,378m at 0.71% CuEq (0.45% Cu; 0.29g/t Au; 6.1g/t Ag) from a depth of 77.7m, including 676m at 0.92% CuEq (0.57% Cu; 0.34g/t Au; 11.3g/t Ag) from a depth of 380m;
- Hole FSDH049, which returned 425.3m at 1.55% CuEq (0.42% Cu; 0.44g/t Au; 91.5g/t Ag) and intersected the highest-grade silver intersection on the project to date, with 4m at 5,045.0 g/t Ag from a depth of 236m contained within a broader silver interval of 56m at 629.1 g/t Ag from a depth of 228m; and
- Hole FSDH051, which was the most northerly hole drilled into the deposit to date, returned 344.0m at 0.50% CuEq (0.26% Cu; 0.21g/t Au; 9.4g/t Ag) from 246m, extending the mineralized zone by 750m to the north, bringing the north-south strike of continuous mineralization to 4,500m.
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
|Three months ended||Nine months ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Exploration and project investigation||8,696||969||30,573||14,841|
|General and administration (“G&A”)||3,102||1,696||4,436||3,394|
|Basic and diluted loss per share||0.08||0.02||0.22||0.17|
The financial information in this table were selected from the Company’s condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 (the “Financial Statements”), which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the Company’s website www.filo-mining.com.
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
|September 30,||December 31,|
The financial information in this table were selected from the Financial Statements, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the Company’s website www.filo-mining.com.
The Company incurred a net loss of $9.1 million during the three months ended September 30, 2021, comprised primarily of $8.7 million in exploration and project investigation costs and $3.1 million in G&A costs, which were partially offset by a gain of approximately $2.5 million resulting from the use of marketable securities for the purposes of facilitating intragroup funding transfers (a “Funding Gain”). For the 2020 comparative period, the Company reported a net loss of $2.5 million, consisting mainly of $1.0 million in exploration and project investigation costs and $1.7 million in G&A costs, which were partially offset by a Funding Gain of $0.2 million.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
As at September 30, 2021, the Company had cash of $22.9 million and net working capital of $18.7 million, compared to cash of $36.3 million and net working capital of $33.0 million as at December 31, 2020. The decrease in the Company’s cash and net working capital is due primarily to funds used to advance exploration at the Filo del Sol Project, and to a lesser extent, funds spent for general corporate purposes. These decreases have been partially offset primarily by $6.9 million in gross proceeds received by the Company in relation to the exercise of stock options during the nine months ended September 30, 2021.
The Company will continue to deploy the majority of its treasury to fund ongoing advancement of the Filo del Sol Project.
Copper Equivalent is calculated based on US$ 3.00/lb Cu, US$ 1,500/oz Au and US$ 18/oz Ag, with 80% metallurgical recoveries assumed for all metals. The formula is: CuEq % = Cu % + (0.7292 * Au g/t) + (0.0088 * Ag g/t).
Details on assay procedures and the drill intersections provided above can be found in the Company’s news releases dated July 19, 2021 and August 4, 2021.
The scientific and technical disclosure for the Filo del Sol Project included in this news release have been reviewed and approved by Bob Carmichael, P.Eng. and Jamie Beck, P. Eng. Mr. Carmichael is Filo Mining’s Vice President of Exploration and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure of Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). Mr. Beck is Filo Mining’s President and CEO and is also a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.
The Company's condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and related management's discussion and analysis are available on the Company's website at www.filo-mining.com or under its profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
The Company's certified advisor on Nasdaq First North Growth Market is Pareto Securities AB, +46 8 402 50 00, email@example.com.
The information contained in this news release was accurate at the time of dissemination, but may be superseded by subsequent news release(s). The Company is under no obligation nor does it intend to update or revise the forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
This information was submitted by Filo Mining Corp. for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, on November 12, 2021 at 20:00 EST.
On behalf of the board of directors of Filo Mining,
Jamie Beck, President and CEO
Filo Mining Corp.
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The Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information included in this press release are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking information should not be unduly relied upon. Information contained in this press release is as of the date of this press release. In particular, this press release contains forward-looking information pertaining to the assumptions used in the PFS for the Filo del Sol project, the assumptions used in the Mineral Reserves and Resources estimates for the Filo del Sol project, including, but not limited to, geological interpretation, grades, metal price assumptions, metallurgical and mining recovery rates, geotechnical and hydrogeological conditions, as applicable; ability to develop infrastructure; assumptions made in the interpretation of drill results, geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits; expectations regarding access and demand for equipment, skilled labour and services needed for exploration and development of mineral properties; and that activities will not be adversely disrupted or impeded by exploration, development, operating, regulatory, political, community, economic and/or environmental risks. In addition, this press release may contain forward-looking statements or information pertaining to: potential exploration results or anticipated outcomes of infill or step-out drilling planned at Filo del Sol; exploration and development plans and expenditures, including, but not limited to, its plans to add rigs to the 2021/2022 drill campaign, the sequencing or prioritization of drill targets, and a transition to year-round operations; the ability of the Company’s COVID-19 operating protocol to continue to meet government mandated health and safety guidelines enabling it to conduct its field programs as planned; the ultimate size and scope of its field programs and the Company’s ability to achieve the objectives thereof; the impact of the Company’s winterization efforts at Filo del Sol, and whether such efforts will enable year-round operations and have adequately anticipated the challenges of winter operation, including, but not limited to, weather and potential supply chain disruptions; the timing or results of an upgrade to the Mineral Resources estimate at Filo del Sol, including the inputs used therein; opportunities to improve project economics; the success of future exploration activities; potential for resource expansion; potential for the discovery of new mineral deposits; ability to build shareholder value; expectations with regard to adding to its Mineral Reserves or Resources through exploration; expectations with respect to the conversion of inferred resources to an indicated resources classification; ability to execute planned work programs; estimation of commodity prices, Mineral Reserves and Resources, estimations of costs, and permitting time lines; ability to obtain surface rights and property interests; currency exchange rate fluctuations; requirements for additional capital; government regulation of mining activities; environmental risks; unanticipated reclamation expenses; title disputes or claims; limitations on insurance coverage; and other risks and uncertainties.
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About Filo Mining
Filo Mining is a Canadian exploration and development company focused on advancing its 100% owned Filo del Sol copper-gold-silver deposit located in Chile's Region III and adjacent San Juan Province, Argentina. The Company’s shares are listed on the TSX and Nasdaq First North Growth Market under the trading symbol "FIL", and on the OTCQX under the symbol “FLMMF”. Filo Mining is a member of the Lundin Group of Companies.