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2021-10-26

Atico Produces 4.43 Million Pounds of Cu and 2,952 Ounces of Au in Q3 2021

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atico Mining Corporation (the “Company” or “Atico”) (TSX.V: ATY | OTCQX: ATCMF) announces its operating results for the three months ended September 30, 2021 from its El Roble mine. Production for the quarter totaled 4.43 million pounds of copper and 2,952 ounces of gold in concentrates, a decrease of 20% for copper and an increase of 19% for gold over the same period in 2020.

“The production results for the quarter, particularly for copper were slightly below our 2021 objectives while the mined and processed tonnes are back on track after a challenging first half of the year. The decrease in copper is mainly driven by a lower head grade, partially expected in the mine plan for the period although expected to improve in the last quarter of the year,” said Fernando E. Ganoza, CEO. “We will continue looking for opportunities to improve metal production in the fourth quarter, with the primary goal of delivering our 2021 production guidance while operations still remain on track for record revenues in the second half of the year.”

Third Quarter Operational Highlights

  • Production of 4.43 million pounds of copper contained in concentrates; a decrease of 20% over Q3 2020.
  • Production of 2,952 ounces of gold contained in concentrates; an increase of 19% over Q3 2020.
  • Average processed tonnes per day of 919, an increase of 7% over Q3 2020.
  • Copper head grade of 2.77%, a decrease of 26% over Q3 2020.
  • Gold head grade of 1.98 grams per tonne; an increase of 2% over Q3 2020.
  • Copper and gold recovery of 93.2% and 59.7%; an increase of 2% and 6% for copper and gold, respectively over Q3 2020.

Third Quarter Operational Review

Overall production was in line with Company budget for the third quarter. The decrease in copper production is mainly explained by the decrease in head grade, partially offset by improved recoveries and an increase in processed tonnes over the same period last year. The gold output slightly improved due to an improvement in gold head grade, recovery and an increase in processed tonnes relative to Q3-2020. The inverse relationship between copper and gold head grades production during this period is explained by the current mining sequence of the orebody. During this period last year, we were mining higher grade base metal areas which typically have lower precious metal content, while during this period we mined lower base metal grade areas with higher precious metal content.

The Company continues to closely monitor developments around the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to maintain strict preventative measures at the El Roble mine site, La Plata project, as well as our corporate offices to safeguard the health of its employees, while continuing to operate effectively and responsibly in its communities.

Third Quarter Operational Details

 Q3 2021 Q3 2020 % Change
Production (Contained in Concentrates)   
Copper (000s pounds)4,4355,550-20%
Gold (ounces)2,9522,48719%
Mine   
Tonnes of ore mined76,27671,9936%
Mill   
Tonnes processed77,81673,6036%
Tonnes processed per day9198607%
Copper grade (%)2.773.74-26%
Gold grade (g/t)1.98
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