Toronto, January 16, 2014 - Scorpio Mining Corporation (TSX: SPM) ("Scorpio" or the "Company") reports that production from the Nuestra Señora Operations totalled 492,832 silver equivalent ounces in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013 ("Q4"), and 1,959,113 silver equivalent ounces for all of 2013.
Q4 2013 silver production was the highest for all of 2013; lead and zinc production declined in Q4 2013 compared to Q3 2013; and copper production increased in Q4 2013 compared to Q3 2013.
On a year-to-year basis, 2013 experienced the highest annual plant throughput at 534,043 tons. Lead production increased in 2013 compared to 2012 whereas all other metals experienced a relative decline. Silver recovery increased from 78.8% to 81.0%, despite pressure on plant efficiency coming from the decrease in silver head grade from 90 g/t to 70 g/t.
Key Operating Statistics
| ||Q4 2013||Q3 2013||% Change|
|Total plant throughput (tonnes)||134,437||136,610||-1.6%|
|Head grade silver (g/t)||75||67||11.9%|
|Head grade zinc (%)||1.51||2.09||-27.8%|
|Head grade copper (%)||0.23||0.16||43.8%|
|Head grade lead (%)||0.71||0.95||-25.3%|
|Recovery silver (%)||80.5||81.9||-1.7%|
|Recovery zinc (%)||76.1||75.1||1.3%|
|Recovery copper (%)||48.6||41.0||18.5%|
|Recovery lead (%)||68.4||71.4||-4.2%|
|Total silver ounces produced||262,380||240,499||9.1%|
|Total pounds zinc produced||3,406,341||4,737,785||-28.1%|
|Total pounds copper produced||333,023||200,633||66.0%|
|Total pounds lead produced||1,443,955||2,036,142||-29.1%|
|Total silver equivalent ounces* produced||492,832||523,780||-5.9%|
| ||2013||2012||% Change|
|Total plant throughput (tonnes)||534,043||521,557||2.4%|
|Head grade silver (g/t)||70||90||-22.2%|
|Head grade zinc (%)||1.65||1.85||-10.8%|
|Head grade copper (%)||0.23||0.28||-17.9%|
|Head grade lead (%)||0.82||0.87||-5.7%|
|Recovery silver (%)||81.0||78.8||1.3%|
|Recovery zinc (%)||74.7||77.1||-3.5%|
|Recovery copper (%)||47.3||48.1||0.4%|
|Recovery lead (%)||70.2||65.6||7.2%|
|Total silver ounces produced||969,025||1,184,964||-18.2%|
|Total pounds zinc produced||14,535,952||16,463,133||-11.7%|
|Total pounds copper produced||1,312,472||1,608,275||-18.4%|
|Total pounds lead produced||6,762,344||6,550,418||3.2%|
|Total silver equivalent ounces* produced||1,959,113||2,282,512||-14.2%|
* For comparative purposes the metal prices used to calculate silver equivalent ounces recovered are based upon the following: silver at US$24 per oz.; zinc at US$0.90 per lb.; copper at US$3.50 per lb. and lead at US$0.90 per lb.
Scorpio Mining Corporation is a silver producer operating in Mexico with significant base metal by-product credits. The 100% owned Nuestra Señora Mine in the Cosalá District of Sinaloa State, Mexico, has flexible mining methods and diversified metal production. It has a fully mechanized underground operation and a processing facility with permitted capacity for expansion to 4,000 tonnes per day. The plant produces zinc, copper and lead concentrates, with a significant payable silver component in the copper and lead concentrates.
In addition, the Company has numerous exploration targets in the vicinity of its current operations as well as the advanced El Cajón and San Rafael development projects. The Company's strategy for near-term growth is currently focused on mine development of the El Cajón deposit starting in Q1 2014.
Scorpio Mining's President and CEO, Mr. Pierre Lacombe, Eng., is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the content of this release.
ON BEHALF OF SCORPIO MINING CORPORATION
President & CEO
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Victoria Vargas, Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Communications +1 416-585-2200
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