Eldorado Gold Announces Third Quarter 2021 Preliminary Production Results and Conference Call Details
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eldorado Gold Corporation(“Eldorado” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce third quarter 2021 preliminary gold production of 125,459 ounces, an 8% increase from 116,066 ounces produced in the second quarter 2021. Based on strong production performance in the first nine months of 2021, the Company is reviewing the full year 2021 production guidance ranges and will provide an update with the release of its financial and operational results on October 28, 2021. Detailed production, by asset, is outlined in the table below.
Q3 2021 and Year-to-Date 2021 Preliminary Gold Production
|Mine||Q3 2021||Q3 2020||Q2 2021|
|Total Gold Production (oz)||125,459||136,922||116,066|
|Mine||YTD 2021||YTD 2020|
|Total Gold Production (oz)||353,268||390,654|
Third quarter gold production at Lamaque remained on track with both throughput and grade in-line with 2021 plans. The decline connecting the Sigma mill with the Triangle underground mine is progressing on schedule and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter. Infill and expansion drilling at Ormaque continued during the third quarter. Refer to the September 27, 2021 news release that summarizes recent infill drilling results at Ormaque, titled “Eldorado Gold Identifies New Mineralized Lenses at Ormaque; Multiple Styles of High-Grade Mineralization at Bonnefond; Kokarpinar Vein Extension Drilled at Efemcukuru”.
Kisladag performed well in the third quarter with gold production higher than previously forecast. Several operational improvements implemented in the mine, crushing circuit, and leach pad earlier this year are resulting in increased throughput. The commissioning of the high-pressure grinding roll (HPGR) circuit remains on track.
At Efemcukuru, gold production, throughput, and average gold grade were in-line with expectations.
The Company’s profits from mining operations in Turkey are taxed at the effective rate and the resulting current income tax expense can be further increased or reduced by other items. In the third quarter, the Company expects the Turkish current income tax expense on mining profits, at an effective rate of 25%, to be further reduced by $8-11 million. The expected reduction is primarily related to the investment tax credit relating to Kisladag heap leach improvements.
Third quarter production at Olympias reflects some initiatives that were implemented in relation to the transformation efforts at the Kassandra assets in Greece. As previously disclosed, the Company is implementing a wide-ranging, sustained effort to optimize the Greek operations that touches every part of the business in Greece, from employee education and training, to physical plant and business systems upgrades. The Company continues to target efficiency and productivity improvements at Olympias. The long-term benefits in safety, culture, and productivity will result in a stronger operation with greatly enhanced economic opportunities.
Q3 2021 Financial and Operational Results Call Details
Eldorado will release its third quarter 2021 Financial and Operational Results after the market closes on Thursday, October 28, 2021 and will host a conference call on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 11:30 AM ET (8:30 AM PT). The call will be webcast and can be accessed at Eldorado Gold’s website: www.eldoradogold.com, or via: http://services.choruscall.ca/links/eldoradogold20211029.html
|Conference Call Details ||Replay (available until December 3, 2021)|
|Date:||October 29, 2021||Vancouver:||+1 604 638 9010|
|Time:||11:30 AM ET (8:30 AM PT)||Toll Free:||1 800 319 6413|
|Dial in:||+1 604 638 5340||Access code:||7602|
|Toll free:||1 800 319 4610|
About Eldorado Gold
Eldorado is a gold and base metals producer with mining, development and exploration operations in Turkey, Canada, Greece, Romania, and Brazil. The Company has a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, safe and responsible operations, a portfolio of high-quality assets, and long-term partnerships with local communities. Eldorado's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: ELD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EGO).
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Forward-looking statements or information contained in this release include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to: our preliminary third quarter 2021 gold production, the Company’s 2021 annual guidance, including at our individual mine production; construction of the decline connecting Sigma mill with the Triangle underground mine, including the timing of completion; continued drilling at the Ormaque gold resource, completion of the HPGR circuit, including the timing of completion; expected tax expense in Turkey; the optimization of Greek operations, including the benefits and risks thereof; our expectation as to our future financial and operating performance, including expectations around generating free cash flow; working capital requirements; debt repayment obligations; use of proceeds from financing activities; expected metallurgical recoveries and improved concentrate grade and quality; gold price outlook and the global concentrate market; risk factors affecting our business; our strategy, plans and goals, including our proposed exploration, development, construction, permitting and operating plans and priorities and related timelines; and schedules and results of litigation and arbitration proceedings. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information by their nature are based on assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, market uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.
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