Dundee Precious Metals Achieves Another Record Year of Gold Production in 2021; Announces Timing of Q4/21 Financial Results
TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dundee Precious Metals Inc. (TSX: DPM) (“DPM” or “the Company”) announced preliminary production results from both of its mines in Bulgaria and the Tsumeb smelter in Namibia for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021.
“Our mining operations continued to deliver impressive performance in the fourth quarter, driven by a new record for quarterly gold production at Ada Tepe combined with strong results from Chelopech,” said David Rae, President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Overall, 2021 was another very strong year for DPM as we delivered record annual gold production for the third consecutive year and achieved the higher end of our guidance range for gold production. We also added the high-quality Loma Larga project to our portfolio and continued to deliver strong sustainability performance as demonstrated through our score in the 2021 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, which ranked in the 91st percentile among mining and metals companies.”
Preliminary Production Results
Preliminary results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2021 are provided in the table below:
|Ore processed||Metals contained in concentrate produced||Payable metals in concentrate sold||Complex concentrate smelted|
|2021 full-year guidance(1)||2,925 – 3,125||271 – 317||34 – 39||243 – 285||31 – 36||195 – 200|
Ada Tepe continued to deliver impressive operating performance, producing a record 33,800 gold ounces in the fourth quarter, which was slightly above plan due to higher grades. In 2021, Ada Tepe produced approximately 133,000 gold ounces, which was at the higher end of its annual production guidance for the year.
Chelopech also had a strong operational quarter, producing approximately 49,000 ounces of gold and 9.2 million pounds of copper in the fourth quarter. Gold production was above expectations as a result of mining in higher grade gold zones and better recoveries. In 2021, Chelopech produced approximately 177,000 ounces of gold which was above the higher end of its annual guidance. Copper production of 34.7 million pounds was in line with annual production guidance.
The Tsumeb smelter processed approximately 52,000 tonnes of complex concentrate during the fourth quarter, reflecting an 8-day maintenance shutdown to repair a water leak in the offgas system. As a result, the smelter processed approximately 189,700 tonnes of complex concentrate in 2021, slightly below the revised guidance range of 195,000 to 200,000 tonnes.
Returning Capital to Shareholders
In line with its disciplined capital allocation framework, DPM continues to return capital to shareholders through a sustainable quarterly dividend and periodic share repurchases under its Normal Course Issuer Bid.
As previously announced in November 2021, DPM will pay a quarterly dividend of US$0.03 per share on January 17, 2022 to shareholders of record as at 5:00 p.m. Toronto local time on December 31, 2021.
During the fourth quarter, DPM repurchased 152,300 common shares at an average price of Cdn$7.51 per share. In aggregate, DPM repurchased 1,723,800 common shares in 2021 at an average price of Cdn$7.64 per share, for a total value of approximately Cdn$13.2 million.
Timing of Fourth Quarter 2021 Operating and Financial Results
The Company plans to release its fourth quarter and full-year 2021 operating and financial results, detailed guidance for 2022 and updated three-year outlook after market close on Thursday, February 17, 2022. The news release, MD&A and consolidated financial statements will be posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.dundeeprecious.com.
On Friday, February 18, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Toronto local time, DPM will host a conference call and audio webcast to discuss the results, followed by a question-and-answer session. Participants are encouraged to dial into the call 15 minutes before its scheduled start time or to join via the audio webcast to reduce hold time in advance of the call.
The call-in numbers and webcast details are as follows:
|Date and Time||Friday, February 18, 2022
9:00 a.m. Toronto local time
|Telephone dial-in||Toll-free (Canada and US): 1-844-402-0878
(available for 7 days following the call)
|Toll-Free (Canada and US): 1-855-859-2056
The technical and scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Ross Overall, B.Sc. (Applied Geology), Corporate Mineral Resource Manager of DPM, who is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101, and not independent of the Company.
About Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
Dundee Precious Metals Inc. is a Canadian-based international gold mining company with operations and projects located in Bulgaria, Namibia, Serbia and Ecuador. The Company’s purpose is to unlock resources and generate value to thrive and grow together. This overall purpose is supported by a foundation of core values, which guides how the Company conducts its business and informs a set of complementary strategic pillars and objectives related to ESG, innovation, optimizing our existing portfolio, and growth. The Company’s resources are allocated in-line with its strategy to ensure that DPM delivers value for all of its stakeholders. DPM’s shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: DPM).
For further information please contact:
President and Chief Executive Officer
Tel: (416) 365-5092
Director, Investor Relations
Tel: (416) 219-6177
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