It added that silver-equivalent production totalled 9.7million ounces at a 75:1 silver-to-gold ratio, in line with guidance.
Although in year-on-year terms output was lower in 2016 than the previous year, the company said this was in part because in January the company opted to curtail exploration and development spend.
Silver production in the fourth quarter of 2016 was 1,088,845 ounces and gold production was 11,402 ounces, for silver-equivalent production of 1.9mln ounces. Endeavour owns and operates three silver mines in Mexico: the Guanacevi mine in Durango state and the Bolanitos and El Cubo mines in Guanajuato state.
Production highlights for fiscal 2016 (compared with fiscal 2015)
Production highlights for fourth quarter 2016 (compared with fourth quarter 2015)
“Last year, Endeavour’s silver and gold production were significantly higher than our initial production guidance thanks to the turnaround in precious metal prices which allowed management to revise our production guidance upwards in July. I am pleased to say our operations team responded well and in general met the upward revised production targets in 2016,” said Bradford Cooke, chief executive officer.
“However, production was down year on year due to our decisions in January to significantly reduce spending on exploration and development in 2016 at low metal prices, which reduced our mine access and therefore metal production. We reversed those decisions at the end of the second quarter and restarted our exploration and development programs to once again expand resources and access reserves.
“We also acquired two high-grade silver-gold development projects in the historic silver mining districts of Zacatecas and Parral, Mexico, and advanced our exciting new discovery on the Terronera property. The company is now in a position to potentially build three new mines over the next three years to fuel Endeavour’s next phase of organic growth.”
Endeavour Silver shares were up 1.9% at $4.10 on Wall Street on Tuesday.
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