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Preliminary Economic Assessment Highlights:
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Integra Resources Corp. (TSXV:ITR ; OTCQX:IRRZF) (the “Company” or “Integra”) is pleased to announce that it has filed on SEDAR the independent NI 43-101 Technical Report (the “Report”) for the maiden Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) for the DeLamar Gold-Silver Project located in southwest Idaho, USA.
The Report filed today contemplates a production scenario that outlines surface oxide and transitional mineralization at the Florida Mountain and DeLamar Deposits within an overall resource that can be processed by heap leaching. A further component of milling is anticipated to process mineralization from the unoxidized mineralization at Florida Mountain. The PEA was completed by Mine Development Associates (“MDA”) of Reno, NV, conducted under the direction of Timothy Arnold, Integra’s Vice President of Project Development, and includes contributions from the consulting teams at McClelland Laboratories (Reno) (“McClelland”), Woods Process Services (Denver) (“Woods”), Welsh Hagen (Reno) (“WH”) and EM Strategies (Reno) (“EMS”). The PEA Report is available on SEDAR under the Company’s profile, and on the Company’s website at:
The 2019 PEA, which includes resources from the Company’s Updated Resource Estimate (please click the following link: https://integraresources.com/site/assets/files/2663/2019-06-17_nr_itr_t7hg7g9s.pdf), demonstrates the robust economics of the project. Assuming a gold price of US$1,350 per ounce, and a discount rate of 5%, the DeLamar Project’s estimated after-tax NPV is C$472.0 M and after-tax IRR is 43%. The payback period for DeLamar is 2.4 years after-tax. As is common, Project economics are sensitive to metal price assumptions, though remain very viable in the downside case and extremely robust in the upside case, as seen in Table 2 below and in the sensitivity analysis in the Report.
Economic and Operational Highlights
Table 1. Overview of PEA Technical Inputs and Financial Assumptions
|DELAMAR PEA: Technical Inputs and Financial Assumptions|
|Exchange Rate (C$/US$)||1.32|
|Contained Gold ounces||1,243,820|
|Contained Silver ounces||46,129,538|
|Contained AuEq ounces||1,821,293|
|Mine Life||10 years|
|Open Pit Mining Rate: min/waste tpd||53,751|
|Strip Ratio (Waste: Mineralization)||1.09|
|Total Tonnage Mined (t)||196,190,238|
|Total Mineralized Material Mined (t)||93,749,888|
|Processing Throughput: Heap-leaching /Milling||27,000 tpd / 2,000 tpd|
|Average Diluted Gold Grade (g/t) - HL||0.39 g/t|
|Average Diluted Silver Grade (g/t) - HL||15.21 g/t|
|Average Diluted AuEq Grade (g/t) - HL||0.58 g/t|
|Average Diluted Gold Grade (g/t) - Milling||0.80 g/t|
|Average Diluted Silver Grade (g/t) - Milling||17.18 g/t|
|Average Diluted AuEq Grade (g/t) - Milling||1.02 g/t|
|Gold Recovery: Heap-leaching/Milling||83% / 90%|
|Silver Recovery: Heap-leaching/Milling||34% / 80%|
|LOM Payable Gold ounces||1,031,179|
|LOM Payable Silver ounces||16,602,692|
|LOM Payable AuEq ounces||1,239,020|
|Years 1-10 Avg Annual Production - Gold||103,118|
|Years 1-10 Avg Annual Production - Silver||1,660,269|
|Years 1-10 Avg Annual Production - AuEq||123,902|
|Years 2-6 Avg. Annual Production - Gold||125,989|
|Years 2-6 Avg. Annual Production - Silver||1,795,845|
|Years 2-6 Avg. Annual Production -AuEq||148,471|
|Operating Costs per Tonne|
|Mining Costs ($/t mined)||US$2.00|
|Mining Costs ($/t processed)||US$4.18|
|Processing Costs ($/t processed) – Heap Leach||US$2.79|
|Processing Costs ($/t processed) – Milling||US$9.07|
|Processing Costs ($/t processed) – Combined||US$3.08|
|G&A Costs ($/t processed)||US$0.55|
|Total Site Operating Cost ($/t processed)||US$7.82|
|Cash Costs and All-in Sustaining Costs|
|LOM Cash Cost ($/oz) Au, net-of-silver by-product||US$469/oz|
|LOM Cash Cost ($/oz) AuEq, co-product||US$617/oz|
|LOM AISC ($/oz) Au, net-of-silver by-product||US$619/oz|
|LOM AISC ($/oz) AuEq, co-product||US$742/oz|
|Pre-Production Capital Expenditures ($ million) (1)||US$142.0|
|Working Capital / Cash for Reclamation Bond ($ million)||US$19.0|
|Florida Mill (Plant & Tailings in Yr 2) ($ million)||US$41.3|
|Other Production Capex / Sustaining Capital Expenditures ($ million)||US$93.4|
|Reclamation Cost ($ million)||US$20.0|
|After-Tax NPV (5%) (US$ million)||US$357.6|
|After-Tax NPV (5%) (C$ million)||C$472.0|
|After-Tax NPV (8%) (US$ million)||US$284.4|
|After-Tax NPV (8%) (C$ million)||C$375.5|
|Pre-Tax NPV (5%) (US$ million)||US$437.3|
|Pre-Tax NPV (5%) (C$ million)||C$577.2|
|Pre-Tax NPV (8%) (US$ million)||US$351.2|
|Pre-Tax NPV (8%) (C$ million)||C$463.6|
|After-Tax Payback period (years)||2.4|
|Average Annual after-tax net free cash flow (Year 1 to year 10) ($ million)||C$81.1|
|LOM net after-tax free cash flow ($ million)||C$697.2|
|1) Mobile equipment financing could reduce the pre-production capex by up to ~C$34.8 million (US$26.4 million), assuming a 20% cash down.
Table 2. After-Tax NPV and IRR Sensitivities Assuming No Mobile Equipment Financing (PEA Case)
|Gold Price (US$/oz)||$1,350||$1,200||$1,500|
|Silver Price (US$/oz)||$16.90||$15.00||$19.00|
|After-Tax NPV(5%) (Million)||C$ 472.0 / US$ 357.6||C$ 330.5 / US$ 250.4||C$ 615.0 / US$ 465.9|
|After-Tax IRR (%)||43%||32%||54%|
|Average Annual Free Cash Flow (Million)||C$81.1||C$64.1||C$98.4|
Qualified Persons & Technical Report
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been verified and approved by Tim Arnold, Integra’s Vice President of Project Development, of Reno, Nevada, a professional engineer and "Qualified Person" within the meaning of NI 43-101, Thomas Dyer, a PE within the state of Nevada, a Registered Member of the SME with expertise in mining and economic analysis and a “Qualified Person” within the meaning of NI 43-101, Jack McPartland, a member of MMSA, with special expertise in metallurgy/processing and a “Qualified Person” within the meaning of NI 43-101, Jeffrey Woods, Principle Consulting Metallurgist at Woods Process Services of Denver, Colorado, a registered member of the SME and MMSA and “Qualified Person” within the meaning of NI 43-101, John D. Welsh, Senior Principal of Welsh Hagan Associates and independent of the Company, a registered professional engineer and “Qualified Person” within the meaning of NI 43-101.
The DeLamar and Florida Mountain mineral resource estimates were prepared by Mine Development Associates of Reno, Nevada under the supervision of Michael Gustin. Mr. Gustin is a Qualified Person and is independent of the Company as defined by NI 43-101.
Further information about the PEA referenced in this news release, including information in respect of data verification, key assumptions, parameters, risks and other factors, can be found in the NI 43-101 technical report for the DeLamar Project that will be filed on SEDAR under Integra’s profile at www.sedar.com.
About Integra Resources
Integra Resources is a development-stage company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties in the Americas. The primary focus of the Company is advancement of its DeLamar Project, consisting of the neighbouring DeLamar and Florida Mountain Gold and Silver Deposits in the heart of the historic Owyhee County mining district in south western Idaho. The first exploration program in over 25 years began on the DeLamar Project in 2018, with more than 30,000 meters drilled to date. The management team comprises the former executive team from Integra Gold Corp. For additional information, see “Technical Report and Updated Resource Estimates for the DeLamar and Florida Mountain Gold – Silver Project, Owyhee County, Idaho, USA”, dated July 30, 2019.
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President, CEO, and Director
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