Vancouver, B.C. (May 1, 2013) Monument Mining Limited (TSX-V: MMY and FSE: D7Q1) (“Monument” or the “Company”) today announced its third quarter operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Full financial and operating results for the quarter will be released by the end of May 2013. All amounts are in United States dollars unless otherwise indicated.
Third Quarter 2013 Operating Results
|Three months ended March 31||Nine months ended March 31|
|Ore mined (tonnes)||281,827||140,168||567,678||393,461|
|Ore stockpiled (tonnes)||858,998||915,347||858,998||915,347|
|Ore processed (tonnes)||236,184||83,447||670,453||253,972|
|Average mill feed grade (g/t)||1.72||3.37||2.17||4.40|
|Processing recovery rate||87.0%||93.3%||87.4%||94.7%|
|Calculated gold recovery (oz)||11,354||8,435||40,883||33,938|
|Gold poured (recovered) (oz)||12,162||9,406||40,679||34,671|
|Gold production(1) (oz)||13,255||10,676||40,063||34,258|
|Gold sold (oz)||12,500||7,301||36,405||28,438|
|Average realized gold price/ounce sold||$1,626||$1,698||$1,669||$1,685|
(1) Defined as good delivery gold bullion according to London Bullion Market Association (“LBMA”), net of gold doŕe in transit and refinery adjustment
During the quarter Monument sold 12,500 ounces of gold (an increase of 71% compared to Q3 F2012 sales of 7,301 ounces) at an average realized price of $1,626 per ounce (a decrease of $72 per ounce or 4% compared to $1,698 per ounce realized in the third quarter of the 2012 fiscal year).
Ore mined for the three months ending March 31, 2013 was 281,827 tonnes which is a 101% increase compared to the same fiscal period in 2012. Ore processed was 236,184 tonnes which is a 183% increase compared to the same fiscal period in 2012. These large increases in ore mined and processed are due to the increase in mill capacity as a result of the 2012 plant expansion.
During the third quarter mining began at Buffalo Reef South with oxide materials being trucked to the Selinsing plant starting in January. Processing of Buffalo Reef South ore commenced in March 2013.
Calculated gold recovery for the third quarter ended March 31, 2013 was 11,354 ounces, a 35% increase compared to 8,435 ounces for the same period of fiscal 2012. Actual gold poured (recovered) for the quarter was 12,162 ounces, a 29% increase compared to 9,406 ounces for the same period of the 2012 fiscal year. The increases are a direct result of the significant increase in tonnes processed, offset by lower feed grade and processing recovery rate which are expected in the mine plan and are driven by the transition from oxide to sulphide ore.
Gold production for the quarter was 13,255 ounces of gold, an increase of 24% compared to 10,676 ounces of Gold production for the same period of fiscal 2012. This increase is a result of increased gold poured during the quarter, net of gold dore in transit and refinery adjustment.
Monument Mining Limited (TSX-V:MMY, FSE:D7Q1) is an established Canadian gold producer that owns and operates the Selinsing Gold Mine in Malaysia, with production cash costs among the lowest in the world. Its experienced management team is committed to growth and is advancing several exploration and development projects in Malaysia, including the development stage, Mengapur Polymetalic Project. The Company employs 320 people in Malaysia and is committed to the highest standards of environmental management, social responsibility, and health and safety for its employees and neighboring communities.
Robert F. Baldock, President and CEO
Monument Mining Limited
Suite 910- 688 West Hastings Street
Vancouver B.C. Canada V6B 1P1
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