TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YAMANA GOLD INC. (TSX:YRI; NYSE:AUY; LSE:AUY) (“Yamana” or “the Company”) herein announces fourth quarter and full year 2022 preliminary operating results. Production during the fourth quarter totaled 264,891 gold equivalent ounces (“GEO”)(1) with full year production of 1,005,770 GEO(1) exceeding annual guidance of 1,000,000 GEO(1). Full year all-in sustaining costs (“AISC”)(2) are expected to be below $1,125 per GEO(1), generally in line with guidance when adjusted for the impact of the higher gold-to-silver ratio. The standout production results, which were realized despite the gold-to-silver ratio being near an all-time high and significantly above what was anticipated in guidance, are a testament to the Company’s focus on operational excellence and track record of execution despite inflationary conditions.
"As the Executive Chairman and founder of Yamana Gold, I have always advocated for critical mass and scale to drive success in the mining industry. With that said, I am incredibly proud to see this philosophy being fully realized and demonstrated through our proposed transaction with Pan American and Agnico Eagle. I also find it greatly encouraging that this proposal has received positive voting recommendations from both ISS and Glass Lewis, the leading proxy advisory firms," commented Peter Marrone. "Our strong fourth quarter and 2022 operational results are a testament to our track record of operational excellence and demonstrate how our portfolio and management punch well above their weight. Despite the challenging macroeconomic backdrop and ongoing corporate transactions, we have remained focused on consistently delivering impressive results that will translate into strong cash flows and financial strength for the combined companies. We have achieved all of this whilst demonstrating an unwavering commitment to ESG, which will continue to be critical to the success of the combined companies and the wider industry. Together with the integration of managements across both our and Pan American’s organizations, our proposed transaction will be truly transformational. As the shareholder vote rapidly approaches, I am mindful that this could well be our last operational update, and at this time would personally like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the exceptional employees and management of Yamana who have, with their dedication and commitment, once again proven to be what drives value. Our greatest assets are the dedication, support, efforts and results of our management and employees. I am proud of all of you and delighted to have been associated with you."
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2022 RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS
- Fourth quarter production of 264,891 GEO(1), comprised of 235,072 ounces of gold and 2.43 million ounces of silver. As expected and previously guided, production in the second half of the year was comparable to that in the first half, with the sequential increase in the fourth quarter over the third quarter mirroring that realized in the second quarter over the first quarter.
- Full year production of 1,005,770 GEO(1), including 894,820 ounces of gold, exceeded guidance of 1,000,000 GEO(1) and 870,000 ounces of gold.
- Full year AISC(2) is expected to be below $1,125 per GEO(1), generally in line with guidance when adjusted for the impact of the higher gold-to-silver ratio. The effect of a higher gold-to-silver ratio based on comparatively lower silver-to-gold prices is to reduce GEO(1) produced, although the production of underlying metals remain the same.
- Exploration in 2022 focused on further defining new discoveries to underpin the Company’s pipeline for growth and longevity and on replacing mining depletion at the operations. Preliminary results are encouraging and suggest another year of replacing mineral reserves and mineral resources at the wholly owned operations. Notable results from the year include: significant progress in converting inferred mineral resources to indicated mineral resources at East Gouldie and Odyssey South, with significant expansion potential and high levels of mineralization continuity and consistency; an updated mineral resource model at Wasamac leading to a 14% increase in gold mineral reserves; and at Jacobina, strong growth in mineral resources in the new and expanding João Belo Sul zone and the pending announcement of a maiden inferred mineral resource for part of the Morro do Vento Leste zone.
|Fourth Quarter 2022 |
|Full Year 2022 |
|2022 Full Year |
|Gold Production (oz.)||235,072||894,820||870,000|
|Silver Production (oz.)||2,433,413||9,201,700||9,500,000|
- Gold production at Jacobina continued to be strong, with 48,528 ounces of gold produced in the fourth quarter and a record 195,427 ounces produced in the full year, exceeding guidance of 195,000 ounces. The record production results were driven by tonnes mined, which also reached all-time highs, providing additional flexibility through the development of stockpiles supporting the higher throughput expected from the ongoing phased expansion. Production in 2022 increased for the ninth consecutive year, a trend that is expected to continue in the coming years, as a result of the phased expansion strategy and the exploration programs aimed at generating significant value from the remarkable geological upside of the property.
- El Peñón produced 59,288 GEO(1) comprised of 47,461 ounces of gold and 960,009 ounces of silver during the quarter with a particularly strong month of December delivering 21,784 GEO(1). As planned, operations entered higher-grade silver zones such as Fortuna, Providencia, Pampa Campamento and Martillo Flats, which contributed to the higher production results in the quarter. For the full year, production of 216,450 GEO(1) was largely in line with guidance.
- Canadian Malartic produced 86,439 ounces of gold (50% basis) during the fourth quarter. Canadian Malartic recovery rates have continued to trend higher than comparative periods, as anticipated from the processing of softer Barnat ore. Full year production of 329,396 ounces of gold (50% basis) exceeded guidance of 320,000 ounces.
- Minera Florida produced 25,475 ounces of gold during the quarter and 82,427 ounces of gold for the year, in line with the previously provided guidance range.
- Cerro Moro delivered a strong quarter, producing 45,161 GEO(1) comprised of 27,168 ounces of gold and 1,473,404 ounces of silver. Full year production of 182,069 GEO(1) exceeded guidance of 169,000 GEO(1), with gold production of 108,240 ounces and silver production of 6.1 million ounces exceeding guidance of 95,000 ounces and 5.3 million ounces, respectively. Production continued to benefit from access to additional mining faces, which supported the increase in mill feed coming from higher-grade underground ore and stable throughput.
|Fourth Quarter 2022 |
|Full Year 2022 |
|Canadian Malartic (50%)||86,439||329,396|
Special Meeting of Shareholders
Yamana would like to remind shareholders of the upcoming special meeting of shareholders (the "Yamana Meeting") scheduled to take place on January 31, 2023. The purpose of the Yamana Meeting is to seek approval for the previously announced arrangement involving the acquisition by Pan American Silver Corp. (“Pan American”) of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company following the sale by Yamana of its Canadian assets, including certain subsidiaries and partnerships which hold Yamana’s interests in the Canadian Malartic mine, to Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (“Agnico Eagle”), all by way of a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “Proposed Transaction”).
For additional details please review the Company’s management information circular and other meeting materials which have been publicly filed and which are available under Yamana’s issuer profile on www.sedar.com and are also available on the Company’s website at www.yamana.com.
The board of directors of Yamana unanimously recommends that Yamana shareholders vote IN FAVOUR of the Proposed Transaction.
Shareholders of record on December 14, 2022 will be eligible to vote at the Yamana Meeting. The Yamana Meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on January 31, 2023 at the Design Exchange Toronto-Dominion Centre, 234 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario and online at:
Password: yamana2023 (case sensitive)
A special meeting of the shareholders of Pan American to consider the arrangement is scheduled to be held concurrently on January 31, 2023.
Shareholder Questions and Voting Assistance
If you have questions about Yamana Meeting matters, the voting instructions or require assistance completing your proxy form, please contact the Company’s strategic advisor and proxy solicitation agent, Laurel Hill, toll-free in North America at 1-877-452-7184, outside North America at 1-416-304-0211, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrangement Agreement with Pan American - Pro Forma Guidance Assuming Completion of the Transaction
Following the shareholders meetings to consider the transaction, Pan American and Yamana plan to issue 2023 guidance for the combined entity, assuming the transaction is approved. A date for the closing of the transaction has not been determined at this time although it is expected to occur in the first quarter.
Scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Sébastien Bernier (P. Geo and Senior Director, Reserves and Resources). Sébastien Bernier is an employee of Yamana Gold Inc. and a "Qualified Person" as defined by Canadian Securities Administrators' National Instrument 43 101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Yamana Gold Inc. is a Canadian-based precious metals producer with significant gold and silver production, development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions throughout the Americas, including Canada, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Yamana plans to continue to build on this base through expansion and optimization initiatives at existing operating mines, development of new mines, the advancement of its exploration properties and, at times, by targeting other consolidation opportunities with a primary focus in the Americas.
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|(1)||GEO assumes gold ounces plus the gold equivalent of silver ounces. GEO calculations for actuals are based on an average market gold to silver price ratio for the relevant period of 81.61 for the three months ended December 31, 2022, 82.94 for the year ended December 31, 2022 and a ratio of 72.00 for guidance periods.|
|(2)||A cautionary note regarding non-GAAP performance measures and their respective reconciliations, as well as additional line items or subtotals in financial statements is included in Section 11: Non-GAAP Performance Measures and Additional Subtotals in Financial Statements in the Company's MD&A for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and in the 'Non-GAAP Performance Measures' of the associated press release dated October 27, 2022.|
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