Amerigo Announces MVC Repairs Underway

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Repair work is underway to reconnect MVC to Chile’s central grid

Full production is expected to resume around July 10, 2023, two weeks earlier than initially estimated

Amerigo affirms Capital Return Strategy, quarterly dividend secure

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amerigo Resources Ltd. (TSX: ARG; OTCQX: ARREF) (“Amerigo” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update regarding operations at Minera Valle Central (“MVC”), the Company’s 100% owned operation located near Rancagua, Chile. MVC’s operations were temporarily disrupted on June 23, 2023, following a significant climatic event which affected central Chile. Repairs are underway and are expected to be completed earlier than originally estimated.

As reported in the Company’s news release of June 26, 2023, torrential rainfall on the night of Friday, June 23, 2023, brought down three high-voltage towers connecting MVC to Chile’s central power grid, causing a total power outage at the MVC plant. MVC reported no further damage to critical infrastructure, no injuries, and no accidents.

Earlier this year, MVC completed a risk-mitigation project to install protective flotation equipment around the pipes transporting water and slurry between the Cauquenes historical tailings deposit and MVC’s concentrator plant. Without this protection, there would have been material damage to these connecting pipelines.

MVC received an initial estimate that replacing the infrastructure to reconnect MVC to the power grid could take up to four weeks. A leading Chilean power infrastructure provider has begun sourcing and installing new towers, cables, aerial conductors, and ancillary equipment. It is now expected that the repair work will be completed by July 9, 2023, two weeks earlier than originally estimated, enabling MVC to reconnect to the central grid and resume normalized copper and molybdenum concentrates production on July 10, 2023.

MVC’s daily production is approximately 180,000 pounds of copper and 3,000 pounds of molybdenum. It is estimated that 2023 production will be lower by about 3 million pounds (“M lbs”) of copper and 50,000 lbs of molybdenum because of the power disruption. Before the power supply interruption, MVC’s copper and molybdenum production had been over-performing guidance. The Company now estimates that 2023 production will reach 60.5 M lbs of copper, approximately 3% lower than the Company’s original guidance of 62.3 M lbs pounds of copper. Amerigo’s annual guidance of 1.0 M lbs of molybdenum remains unchanged.

“We have begun the work required to safely resume operations at MVC. Our team in Chile moved quickly to ensure the safety of employees and minimize the impact of lost production. We now expect to resume operations considerably earlier than originally thought,” said Aurora Davidson, Amerigo’s President and CEO. She added, “Amerigo is well positioned to face this emergency, backed by our proactive risk mitigation investments and a strong balance sheet. Annual production guidance has been marginally affected, and the Company’s quarterly dividend remains safe”, Ms. Davidson added.

About Amerigo and Minera Valle Central (“MVC”)

Amerigo Resources Ltd. is an innovative copper producer with a long-term relationship with Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (“Codelco”), the world’s largest copper producer.

Amerigo produces copper concentrate, and molybdenum concentrate as a by-product at the MVC operation in Chile by processing fresh and historic tailings from Codelco’s El Teniente mine, the world’s largest underground copper mine. Tel: (604) 681-2802; Web: www.amerigoresources.com; ARG:TSX; OTCQX: ARREF

 
Contact Information    
     
Aurora Davidson   Graham Farrell
President and CEO   Investor Relations
(604)697-6207   (416)842-9003
[email protected]   [email protected]
     

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains certain forward-looking information and statements defined in applicable securities laws (collectively called “forward-looking statements”). These statements relate to future events or the Company’s future performance. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The use of any of the words “anticipate”, “plan”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “predict”, “potential”, “should”, “believe” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include but are not limited to, statements concerning:

  • the estimated time to complete repairs to the damaged power towers and to restore normal operations at MVC;
  • the extent of the impact on the Company’s operations at MVC caused by the damaged power towers;
  • forecasted production and operating costs;
  • our strategies and objectives;
  • our estimates of the availability and quantity of tailings and the quality of our mine plan estimates;
  • the sufficiency of MVC’s water reserves to maintain projected Cauquenes tonnage processing for a period of at least 18 months;
  • prices and price volatility for copper, molybdenum and other commodities and materials we use in our operations;
  • the demand for and supply of copper, molybdenum and other commodities and materials that we produce, sell and use;
  • sensitivity of our financial results and share price to changes in commodity prices;
  • our financial resources and financial condition and our expected ability to redeploy other tools of our capital return strategy;
  • interest and other expenses;
  • domestic and foreign laws affecting our operations;
  • our tax position and the tax rates applicable to us;
  • our ability to comply with our loan covenants;
  • the production capacity of our operations, our planned production levels and future production;
  • potential impact of production and transportation disruptions;
  • hazards inherent in the mining industry causing personal injury or loss of life, severe damage to or destruction of property and equipment, pollution or environmental damage, claims by third parties and suspension of operations
  • estimates of asset retirement obligations and other costs related to environmental protection;
  • our future capital and production costs, including the costs and potential impact of complying with existing and proposed environmental laws and regulations in operation and closure of our operations;
  • repudiation, nullification, modification or renegotiation of contracts;
  • our financial and operating objectives;
  • our environmental, health and safety initiatives;
  • the outcome of legal proceedings and other disputes in which we may be involved;
  • the outcome of negotiations concerning metal sales, treatment charges and royalties;
  • disruptions to the Company’s information technology systems, including those related to cybersecurity;
  • our dividend policy, including the potential deployment of performance dividends in 2023; and
  • general business and economic conditions, including, but not limited to, our assessment of strong market fundamentals supporting copper prices.

These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Inherent in forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties beyond our ability to predict or control, including risks that may affect our operating or capital plans; risks generally encountered in the permitting and development of mineral projects such as unusual or unexpected geological formations, negotiations with government and other third parties, unanticipated metallurgical difficulties, delays associated with permits, approvals and permit appeals, ground control problems (including, but not limited to, the condition of the land on the banks of the Cachapoal river in the vicinity of where the new power towers are to be installed), adverse weather conditions (including, but not limited to, continued extreme rainfall and unseasonal temperatures that could delay the completion of the repairs to the damaged power towers), process upsets and equipment malfunctions; risks associated with labour disturbances and availability of skilled labour and management; risks related to the potential impact of global or national health concerns, including COVID-19, and the inability of employees to access sufficient healthcare; government or regulatory actions or inactions; fluctuations in the market prices of our principal commodities, which are cyclical and subject to substantial price fluctuations; risks created through competition for mining projects and properties; risks associated with lack of access to markets; risks associated with availability of and our ability to obtain both tailings from Codelco’s Division El Teniente’s current production and historic tailings from tailings deposit; the availability of and ability of the Company to obtain adequate funding on reasonable terms for expansions and acquisitions; mine plan estimates; risks posed by fluctuations in exchange rates and interest rates, as well as general economic conditions; risks associated with environmental compliance and changes in environmental legislation and regulation; risks associated with our dependence on third parties for the provision of critical services; risks associated with non-performance by contractual counterparties; risks associated with supply chain disruptions; title risks; social and political risks associated with operations in foreign countries; risks of changes in laws affecting our operations or their interpretation, including foreign exchange controls; and risks associated with tax reassessments and legal proceedings. Many of these risks and uncertainties apply to the Company and its operations and Codelco and its operations. Codelco’s ongoing mining operations provide a significant portion of the materials the Company processes and its resulting metals production. Therefore, these risks and uncertainties may also affect their operations and have a material effect on the Company.

Actual results and developments will likely differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this news release. Such statements are based on several assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to, assumptions about:

  • general business and economic conditions;
  • interest and currency exchange rates;
  • changes in commodity and power prices;
  • acts of foreign governments and the outcome of legal proceedings;
  • the supply and demand for, deliveries of, and the level and volatility of prices of copper, molybdenum and other commodities and products used in our operations;
  • the ongoing supply of material for processing from Codelco’s current mining operations;
  • the grade and projected recoveries of tailings processed by MVC;
  • the ability of the Company to profitably extract and process material from the Cauquenes tailings deposit;
  • the timing of the receipt of and retention of permits and other regulatory and governmental approvals;
  • our costs of production and our production and productivity levels, as well as those of our competitors;
  • changes in credit market conditions and conditions in financial markets generally;
  • our ability to procure equipment and operating supplies in sufficient quantities and on a timely basis;
  • the availability of qualified employees and contractors for our operations;
  • our ability to attract and retain skilled staff;
  • the satisfactory negotiation of collective agreements with unionized employees;
  • the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates and capital repatriation on our costs and results;
  • engineering and construction timetables and capital costs for our expansion projects;
  • costs of closure of various operations;
  • market competition;
  • tax benefits and tax rates;
  • the outcome of our copper concentrate sales and treatment and refining charge negotiations;
  • the resolution of environmental and other proceedings or disputes;
  • the future supply of reasonably priced power;
  • rainfall in the vicinity of MVC continuing to trend towards normal levels;
  • average recoveries for fresh tailings and Cauquenes tailings;
  • our ability to obtain, comply with and renew permits and licenses in a timely manner; and
  • our ongoing relations with our employees and entities we do business with.

Future production levels and cost estimates assume no adverse mining or other events significantly affecting budgeted production levels.

Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond the Company’s control, the Company cannot assure that it will achieve or accomplish the expectations, beliefs or projections described in the forward-looking statements.

The preceding list of important factors and assumptions is not exhaustive. Other events or circumstances could cause our results to differ materially from those estimated, projected, and expressed in or implied by our forward-looking statements. You should also consider the matters discussed under Risk Factors in the Company`s Annual Information Form. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this news release. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements or the preceding list of factors, whether due to new information or future events.

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