COLORADO SPRINGS – March 8, 2018 – Gold Resource Corporation (NYSE American: GORO) (the “Company”) today announced as of December 31, 2017, it increased proven and probable reserve tonnes by 32%, extending its Oaxaca Mining Unit’s mine-life. Gold Resource Corporation is a gold and silver producer, developer and explorer with operations in Oaxaca, Mexico and Nevada, USA. The Company has returned $110 million to shareholders in monthly dividends since commercial production commenced July 1, 2010 and offers shareholders the option to convert their cash dividends into physical gold and silver and take delivery.
Proven and probable reserves at the Oaxaca Mining Unit totaled 2,501,100 tonnes grading 1.77 grams per tonne (g/t) gold and 136 g/t silver, equating to 142,400 gold ounces and 10,927,900 silver ounces. Proven and probable reserve tonnes included in the December 31, 2017 reserve report increased year-over-year by 32%, gold ounces decreased by 15% and silver ounces increased by 9%. The reserve report also includes significant base metals from the Arista Mine consisting of 7,263 tonnes (16.0 million pounds) of copper grading 0.3%, 33,894 tonnes (74.7 million pounds) of lead grading 1.4% and 111,366 tonnes (245.5 million pounds) of zinc grading 4.6%. Proven and probable tonnes of copper increased year-over-year by 31%, lead increased by 41%, while zinc tonnes increased by 67%.
The Company reported 2.42 million proven and probable tonnes from the Arista Mine. Proven and probable tonnes at the Arista Mine increased 31% year-over-year, as a significant portion of the Switchback vein system’s mineralized material was upgraded to the proven and probable category by mine development during 2017. The Company also reported proven and probable reserves at its Alta Gracia Project’s Mirador Mine totaling 80,100 tonnes grading 0.69 g/t gold and 348 g/t silver, equating to 1,800 gold ounces and 897,500 silver ounces. Proven and probable reserve tonnes at the Mirador Mine increased 83% year-over-year.
In addition to, and separate from, the Oaxaca Mining Unit’s proven and probable reserves, 1,790,900 tonnes of measured and indicated mineralized material was reported from three separate mineralized zones. The Arista Mine reported mineralized material of 1,685,800 tonnes grading 1.51 g/t gold, 104 g/t silver, 0.3% copper, 1.2% lead and 3.7% zinc. The Company also reported mineralized material at the Alta Gracia Project of 47,200 tonnes grading 0.66 g/t gold and 258 g/t silver. Finally, the Margaritas property reported mineralized material of 57,900 tonnes grading 0.72 g/t gold and 276 g/t silver.
“We are very pleased to release the December 31, 2017 reserve report showing significant increases to reserve tonnes,” stated Mr. Barry Devlin, Vice President of Exploration for Gold Resource Corporation. “Much of the 2017 reserve ore tonnage and base metal increases came from deep in the Switchback vein system in the same areas as the deepest mine development levels to date. We estimate this area to have lower precious metal grades and higher base metal grades relative to higher elevations in this epithermal vein system. This belief is in line with geologic models and mineral zonation relative to elevation in epithermal vein systems. Our drill results in higher elevations at Switchback so far demonstrate higher precious metal grades are possible. Exploration goals for 2018 include step-up drilling the Switchback vein system at higher elevations, which we believe may contain higher grades of precious metals as we have witnessed historically mining the upper portions of the Arista vein system.”
“This is the strongest Oaxaca Mining Unit reserve report our Company has recorded to date from a tonnage perspective, significantly increasing the proven and probable mine-life of our Mexican operations,” stated Mr. Jason Reid, President and CEO of Gold Resource Corporation. “We now have an estimated proven and probable mine-life of over 4.5 years, an increase of a full year from the year-end 2016 reserve report. This is the fifth annual reserve report that Company has published for its Oaxaca Mining Unit, where it has successfully increased the proven and probable reserve tonnes in each consecutive year. In 2017, we successfully converted mineralized material into proven and probable reserves while still holding 1.8 million tonnes of mineralized material in which we target future reserve conversion. 2017 also saw over 325 meters of Switchback strike length expansion, much of which is not included in current reserve estimates, and exploration efforts announced in 2018 are off to a strong start, as the Company recently reported a 300-meter step-out strike expansion to the Switchback vein system, also not included in the 2017 reserve. We took the last 15 months entering and developing the known bottom of this exciting vein system. We now have five levels of mine development from the twenty-seventh level up to the twenty-third level. If history is our guide, we look for future additions in both tonnage and grade as we explore and mine upwards on this large epithermal vein system within the expanding Arista Mine.”
The full reserve report will be available in the near future from the Company’s website using the following link: http://goldresourcecorp.com/reserve-reports.php
Gold Resource Corporation is a gold and silver producer, developer and explorer with operations in Oaxaca, Mexico and Nevada, USA. The Company targets low capital expenditure projects with potential for generating high returns on capital. The Company has 57,107,884 shares outstanding, zero warrants and has returned $110 million back to shareholders since commercial production commenced July 1, 2010. Gold Resource Corporation offers shareholders the option to convert their cash dividends into physical gold and silver and take delivery. For more information, please visit GRC’s website, located at www.goldresourcecorp.com and read the Company’s 10-K for an understanding of the risk factors involved.
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