Click Here for more Caledonia Mining Corp. (QX) Charts. Caledonia Mining Corporation: Q1 2014 Production Update TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Apr 7, 2014) - Caledonia Mining Corporation (TSX:CAL)(OTCQX:CALVF)(AIM:CMCL) ("Caledonia") announces gold production from its 49 per cent owned subsidiary, the Blanket Mine ("Blanket") in Zimbabwe, for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. All production numbers are expressed on a 100 per cent basis and are based on mine production data and are therefore subject to change following final assay at the refiner.
10,607 ounces of gold were produced during Q1 2014 (10,472 ounces in Q1 2013), representing a 7.2 per cent decrease on the gold produced in Q4 2013 (11,429 ounces).
As advised in the 2013 results which were released on March 31, 2014 gold production in the first quarter of 2014 was affected by the achieved grade being lower than the targeted grade of 3.83 g/t Au. This was due to a sub-horizontal fault which was encountered at the AR South ore body between 680 and 695 meters below surface and which had displaced the ore zone to the west and south. Production on these panels was stopped and re-development was required to establish other panels at the required grade. Management believes that the above measures have been successful and that an average head grade of between 3.60 to 3.83 g/t Au is expected to be maintained, and closer attention will be paid to grade control in future. Production in February 2014 was also adversely affected by an unstable mains power supply and by the unscheduled requirement to replace the winding rope on No. 4 Shaft.
Targeted gold production for 2014 is maintained at 48,000 ounces Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Information
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Caledonia Mining maintains 2014 production target after first quarter numbers - UPDATE -
April 07 2014, 1:53pm
Caledonia Mining Corporation - (TSX:CAL)(OTCQX:CALVF)(AIM:CMCL) - maintained its production guidance of 48,000 ounces of gold for 2014 -
Updating on the first three months, the firm said 10,607 ounces of gold were produced - that's a an increase on the 10,472 ounces seen in the first quarter of 2013.
Final results statement, production in the first quarter was affected by the achieved grade being lower grade of 3.83 grammes per tonne (g/t) due to a fault encountered on the ore body. "Production on these panels was stopped and re-development was required to establish other panels at the required grade," Caledonia said. Management believes these measures have been successful and that an average head grade of between 3.60 to 3.83 g/t Au will be maintained, while closer attention will be paid to grade control in future. It also noted that production in February was adversely affected by unstable power supply and having to replace a winding rope on the No 4 shaft.
In full year results last week, Caledonia said it will continue to invest in the mine to boost production, which, for 2014, it has forecast as 48,000 ounces, and for 2015, 52,000 ounces.
In the 12 months to December 31 last year, gold production came in 45,527 ounces, compared to 45,465 in 2012, while the average realised gold price for the year was US$1,402 per ounce compared to US$1,666 in 2012.
All in sustaining costs for the year were US$973 per ounce (2012: US$852 per ounce).
Research house Edison said in a note today: "The Blanket gold mine continues to prove itself as a consistent gold producing mine, with eight of the last nine quarters achieving above the budgeted 10koz.
"Further, during our recent site visit we were impressed by the level of contingency engineered into Blanket’s infrastructure - (notably generators and a well-stocked spares store) and the capital investment being made to achieve 76kozpa production by 2016."
It forecasts the company will sell 49,150oz of gold in 2014 at an all-in total cost of production of US$1,063 per ounce.