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i-80 Gold Reports Q3 2022 Operating Results

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i-80 Gold Corp Nov 08, 2022, 20:36 ET

RENO, NEV., Nov. 8, 2022 /CNW/ - i-80 GOLD CORP. (TSX: IAU) (NYSE: IAUX) ("i-80", or the "Company") is pleased to report its operating and financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022. i-80's Consolidated Financial Statements ("financial statements"), as well as i-80's Management's Discussion and Analysis of Operations and Financial Condition ("MD&A") for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, are available on the Company's website at www.i80gold.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

Unless otherwise stated, all amounts referred to herein are in U.S. dollars.

2022 Third Quarter Highlights:

  • Record quarterly gold sales of 9,332 ounces; all-in sustaining cost of $1,138 per ounce sold1
  • September 30 cash balance of $76 million and $33 million in restricted cash
  • Drilling at Granite Creek continued with multiple high-grade intercepts in the Ogee and South Pacific zones (10,526 core feet and 5,460 reverse circulation (RC) feet drilled)
  • First shipment of sulfide mineralized material from Granite Creek was made to NGM's Twin Creeks processing facility
  • Continued step-out and infill drilling at Ruby Hill with multiple high-grade intercepts and new discoveries made (17,025 core feet and 34,865 RC feet drilled)
  • Engineering study of Lone Tree autoclave refurbishment continued on plan



  • 2022 Year to date Highlights:

  • Gold sales of 14,328 ounces; all-in sustaining cost of $1,204 per ounce sold1
  • Commenced trading on the New York Stock Exchange on May 19, 2022 under the symbol IAUX
  • Funds received for the previously announced gold prepay and silver purchase and sale agreements totaling $75 million
  • Increased the size of the Granite Creek property package by approximately 1,280 acres (518 hectares), extending exposure along the primary fault structure by approximately 1.6 km north towards the Turquoise Ridge Mine, and 1.6 km south of Granite Creek
  • Commenced development of exploration ramp at McCoy-Cove (approximately 1,900 feet of advance now completed); drilling expected to commence in Q4
  • Entered into agreement to acquire key water rights for the development of the Cove Project
  • Completed first gold sale in Company history
  • A total of 208,329 feet (core and RC) drilled by the end of the third quarter


  • "In the third Quarter the Company achieved record gold sales, more than doubling previous quarter sales .", stated Ryan Snow, Chief Financial Officer of i-80. "The Residual leaching at both Lone Tree and Ruby Hill has gone well and increases in production and sales were recorded during the quarter. We continued to invest in exploration generating tremendous results and new discoveries at both Granite Creek and Ruby Hill. In addition, we continue to advance the engineering study at Lone Tree on plan and we completed a scoping study on restarting the oxide mill at Ruby Hill. "






    Three months
    ended

    September 30,


    Nine months
    ended

    September 30,


    (in thousands of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted)

    2022


    2022


    Revenue






    16,065


    25,311


    Cost of sales






    (9,834)


    (15,331)


    Depletion, depreciation, and amortization






    (2,126)


    (2,949)


    Mine operating income






    4,105


    7,031












    Expenses










    Exploration, evaluation, and pre-development






    10,798


    32,184


    General and administrative






    4,743


    12,581


    Property maintenance






    350


    1,139


    Share-based payments






    471


    2,460


    Operating (loss)






    (12,257)


    (41,333)






    Production and sales from residual leaching at Ruby Hill and Lone Tree totaled 9,332 ounces for the quarter and 14,328 ounces year to date at cash costs per ounce sold of $1,045 and $1,061, respectively, and all-in sustaining cost per ounce sold of $1,138 and $1,204, respectively.

    Exploration, evaluation, and pre-development costs were $10.8 million in Q3 and $32.2 million year to date (YTD). This spend reflects mainly the exploration and pre-development work at Granite Creek and Ruby Hill.

    Lone Tree Processing Facilities

    Lone Tree is expected to become the hub of i-80's Nevada operations and the central processing facility for mineralization from the first four planned mining projects. Importantly, Lone Tree is host to infrastructure that, following successful refurbishment efforts, will position i-80 as one of only three companies in the United States capable of processing both oxide and refractory mineralization.

    During the quarter, the Company continued to advance the detailed engineering study for the restart of the autoclave. The study is progressing on plan and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022. Permitting work on Buffalo Mountain continued during the quarter and a drill program was started.

    Residual leaching activities at Lone Tree produced 3,513 ounces gold during Q3 and 5,298 YTD at a cash cost per ounce sold of $9981 and $9581, respectively, and all-in sustaining cost per ounce sold of $1,1711 and $1,2291, respectively.

    Granite Creek

    In the third quarter, 2022, drilling continued for resource expansion on the Ogee and South Pacific Zones with multiple high-grade intercepts. Completed 10,526 feet of core drilling and 5,460 feet of RC drilling during the quarter. The amount of drilling completed as of September 30, 2022 totaling 83,887 feet was in line with the Company's drilling plan. Drilling targets were expansion and delineation of the newly discovered South Pacific Zone as well as delineation drilling that targeted the Otto, Adam Peak, Range Front and Ogee fault zones with underground drilling.

    McCoy-Cove

    Total development through the end of the third quarter was 1,938 feet including 1,735 feet for construction of the exploration ramp which continued on plan. Additional work on metallurgical and hydrology studies, engineering of de-watering and mining options, and reclamation activities associated with the inactive tailings storage facility is also being advanced. It is expected that the underground drill campaign will commence in Q4 2022.

    Ruby Hill

    In the third quarter, infill and step-out drilling of the Ruby Deeps, 426 and Hilltop zones continued with multiple high-grade intercepts and multiple brownfield exploration targets tested.17,025 feet of core drilling and 34,865 feet of RC drilling was completed during the quarter, with a combined total of 120,692 feet completed in the first nine months, in line with the Company's drilling plan. Owing to the substantial success of the 2022 exploration campaign at Ruby Hill, the program has been expanded.

    The Company continued to advance permitting for the construction of a decline to access the high-grade Ruby Deeps deposit and the Blackjack Zone with the intent of trucking refractory mineralization for processing at Lone Tree. The Company also completed a scoping study during the quarter for the restart of the existing oxide mill

    Residual leaching activities at Ruby Hill produced 5,819 ounces gold during Q3 and 9,030 YTD at a cash cost per ounce sold of $1,0731 and $1,1221, respectively, and all-in sustaining cost per ounce sold of $1,1181 and $1,1891, respectively.




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    The scientific and technical information contained in this press release was reviewed by Tim George, PE, Mining Operations Manager, and a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.

    About i-80 Gold Corp.

    i-80 Gold Corp. is a well-financed, Nevada-focused, mining company with a goal of achieving mid-tier gold producer status through the development of multiple deposits within the Company's advanced-stage property portfolio anticipated to be processed at the centrally located Lone Tree processing facility and autoclave.

    www.i80gold.com

    Forward-looking information
    Certain statements in this release constitute "forward-looking statements" or "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including but not limited to, actual production results and costs, results of operation outcomes and timing of updated technical studies at the Company's mineral projects, timing to advance mineral projects to production and advance permitting and feasibility work on the on its mineral projects and future production, development and exploration results. Such statements and information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company, its projects, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information. Such statements can be identified by the use of words such as "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "expect", "believe", "plan", "anticipate", "estimate", "scheduled", "forecast", "predict" and other similar terminology, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. These statements reflect the Company's current expectations regarding future events, performance and results and speak only as of the date of this release.

    Forward-looking statements and information involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indicators of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements or information, including, but not limited to: material adverse changes, unexpected changes in laws, rules or regulations, or their enforcement by applicable authorities; the failure of parties to contracts with the company to perform as agreed; social or labor unrest; changes in commodity prices; and the failure of exploration programs or studies to deliver anticipated results or results that would justify and support continued exploration, studies, development or operations. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, refer to i-80's filings with Canadian securities regulators, including the most recent Annual Information Form, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

    NON-IFRS FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE MEASURES
    The Company has included certain terms or performance measures commonly used in the mining industry that are not defined under IFRS in this document. These include: by-product cash cost per ounce sold, by-product all-in sustaining cost ("AISC") per ounce sold, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, capital expenditures (expansionary), capital expenditures (sustaining), adjusted net earnings and average realized price per ounce. Non-IFRS financial performance measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS, and therefore, they may not be comparable to similar measures employed by other companies. The data presented is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with IFRS and should be read in conjunction with the Company's Financial Statements.


    Definitions
    Adjusted earnings / (loss) and adjusted earnings / (loss) per share excludes significant write-down adjustments and the gain / (loss) from financing instruments.

    All-in sustaining costs on a by-product basis per ounce include total production cash costs on a by-product basis and costs related to sustaining production.

    Average realized gold price represents the sales price of gold per ounce before deducting mining royalties, treatment and refining charges and gains or losses derived from the offtake agreement with Orion.

    By-product credits include revenues from the sale of by-products from operating mines.

    Capital expenditure (expansionary) is a capital expenditure intended to expand the business or operations by increasing production capacity beyond current levels of performance and includes capitalized exploration.

    Capital expenditure (sustaining) is a capital expenditure necessary to maintain existing levels of production. The sustaining capital expenditures maintain the existing mine fleet, mill and other facilities so that they function at levels consistent from year to year.

    Cost of sales per ounce sold is calculated by dividing the attributable cost of sales by the attributable ounces sold.

    Exploration and evaluation (sustaining) expense is presented as mine site sustaining if it supports current mine operations.

    Rehabilitation – accretion and amortization include depreciation on the assets related to the rehabilitation provision of gold operations and accretion on the rehabilitation provision of gold operations.

    Average realized gold price per ounce of gold sold

    Average realized gold price per ounce of gold sold is a non-IFRS measure and does not constitute a measure recognized by IFRS and does not have a standardized meaning defined by IFRS. It may not be comparable to information in other gold producers' reports and filings.






    Three months ended

    September 30,

    Nine months ended

    September 30,

    (in thousands of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted)(i,ii)

    2022

    2022

    Nevada production




    Revenue per financial statements

    $

    16,065

    25,311

    Silver revenue from mining operations

    $

    (83)

    (123)

    Gold revenue from mining operations

    $

    15,982

    25,188

    Ounces of gold sold

    ounce

    9,332

    14,328

    Average realized gold price

    $/ounce

    1,712

    1,758





    Lone Tree




    Revenue per financial statements

    $

    6,189

    9,647

    Silver revenue from mining operations

    $

    (10)

    (27)

    Gold revenue from mining operations

    $

    6,179

    9,620

    Ounces of gold sold

    ounce

    3,513

    5,298

    Average realized gold price

    $/ounce

    1,759

    1,816





    Ruby Hill




    Revenue per financial statements

    $

    9,876

    15,664

    Silver revenue from mining operations

    $

    (74)

    (96)

    Gold revenue from mining operations

    $

    9,802

    15,568

    Ounces of gold sold

    ounce

    5,819

    9,030

    Average realized gold price

    $/ounce

    1,685

    1,724






    (i)

    May not add due to rounding.

    (ii)

    Revenue from 2021 was related to the Company's 40% interest in the South Arturo mine. On October 14, 2021, the Company completed the asset exchange with NGM and South Arturo was classified as a discontinued operation. Revenue from 2022 relates to the residual heap leaching operations continuing at Lone Tree and Ruby Hill.





    Cash Costs


    Cash costs per ounce sold represents all direct and indirect operating costs related to the physical activities of producing gold, including on-site mining costs, processing, third-party smelting, refining and transportation costs, on-site general and administrative costs, community site relations, royalties and royalty taxes. State of Nevada net proceeds taxes are excluded. Cash costs incorporate the Company's share of production costs but exclude, among other items, the impact of depletion, depreciation and amortization ("DD&A"), reclamation costs, financing costs, capital development and exploration and income taxes. In order to arrive at consolidated cash costs, the Company includes its attributable share of total cash costs from operations where less than 100% interest in the economic share of production is held.

    Cash cost: by-product - When deriving the cash costs associated with an ounce of gold, the Company includes by-product credits, as the Company considers that the cost to produce the gold is reduced as a result of the by-product sales incidental to the gold production process. Accordingly, total production costs are reduced for revenues earned from silver sales.

    Cash costs per ounce is a common financial performance measure in the mining industry, but the term does not have any standardized meaning. In determining its cash cost and cash cost per ounce, the Company has considered the guidelines provided by the World Gold Council, a non-regulatory, non-profit market development organization for the gold industry. A Company's adoption of the standard is voluntary and other companies may quantify these measures differently as a result of different underlying principles and policies applied.

    All-in Sustaining Costs ("AISC")

    AISC include total production cash costs incurred at the Company's mining operations, which forms the basis of the Company's by-product cash costs. Additionally, the Company includes sustaining capital expenditures which are expended to maintain existing levels of production (to which costs do not contribute to a material increase in annual gold ounce production over the next 12 months), rehabilitation accretion and amortization, and exploration and evaluation expenses. The Company does not allocate corporate general and administrative expenses. The measure seeks to reflect the full cost of production from current operations, therefore expansionary capital is excluded. Certain other cash expenditures, including tax payments (including the State of Nevada net proceeds tax), dividends and financing costs are also excluded. The Company reports AISC on a per ounce sold basis.

    This financial performance measure was adopted as a result of an initiative undertaken within the gold mining industry; however, this performance measure has no standardized meaning and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. In determining AISC, the Company has considered the guidelines provided by the World Gold Council, a non-regulatory, non-profit market development organization for the gold industry. A Company's adoption of the standard is voluntary and other companies may quantify these measures differently as a result of different underlying principles and policies applied.

    The following table provides a reconciliation on a by-product basis for gold cash cost and AISC for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022:




    For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022





    (in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per ounce information in dollars) (i)

    Nevada Production


    Three months ended

    September 30, 2022

    Nine months ended

    September 30, 2022

    By-Product

    000$

    Per gold ounce
    sold


    000$

    Per gold ounce
    sold


    Cost of sales excluding depletion, depreciation and amortization

    9,544

    1,023

    14,826

    1,035

    Depletion, depreciation and amortization

    2,126

    228

    2,949

    206

    Total cost of sales

    11,670

    1,251

    17,775

    1,241






    Depletion, depreciation and amortization

    (2,126)

    (228)

    (2,949)

    (206)

    By-product credits

    (83)

    (9)

    (123)

    (9)

    Cash cost : by-product

    9,749

    1,045

    15,208

    1,061

    Rehabilitation - accretion and amortization

    873

    93

    2,036

    143

    All-in sustaining cost : by-product

    10,622

    1,138

    17,244

    1,204






    Total gold ounces produced


    9,332


    14,328

    Total ounces sold


    9,332


    14,328






    (1)

    May not add due to rounding.






    For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022





    (in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per ounce information in dollars) (i)

    Lone Tree


    Three months ended

    September 30, 2022

    Nine months ended

    September 30, 2022

    By-Product

    000$

    Per gold ounce
    sold


    000$

    Per gold ounce
    sold


    Cost of sales excluding depletion, depreciation and amortization

    3,516

    1,001

    5,102

    963

    Depletion, depreciation and amortization

    338

    96

    460

    87

    Total cost of sales

    3,854

    1,097

    5,562

    1,050






    Depletion, depreciation and amortization

    (338)

    (96)

    (460)

    (87)

    By-product credits

    (11)

    (3)

    (27)

    (5)

    Cash cost : by-product

    3,505

    998

    5,075

    958

    Rehabilitation - accretion and amortization

    611

    173

    1,437

    271

    All-in sustaining cost : by-product

    4,116

    1,171

    6,512

    1,229






    Total gold ounces produced


    3,513


    5,298

    Total ounces sold


    3,513


    5,298






    (1)

    May not add due to rounding.






    For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022





    (in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per ounce information in dollars) (i)

    Ruby Hill


    Three months ended

    September 30, 2022

    Nine months ended

    September 30, 2022

    By-Product

    000$

    Per gold ounce
    sold


    000$

    Per gold ounce
    sold


    Cost of sales excluding depletion, depreciation and amortization

    6,029

    1,036

    9,724

    1,077

    Depletion, depreciation and amortization

    1,788

    307

    2,489

    276

    Total cost of sales

    7,817

    1,343

    12,213

    1,353






    Depletion, depreciation and amortization

    (1,788)

    (307)

    (2,489)

    (276)

    Royalty tax

    289

    50

    505

    56

    By-product credits

    (74)

    (13)

    (96)

    (11)

    Cash cost : by-product

    6,244

    1,073

    10,133

    1,122

    Rehabilitation - accretion and amortization

    262

    45

    599

    67

    All-in sustaining cost : by-product

    6,506

    1,118

    10,732

    1,189






    Total gold ounces produced


    5,819


    9,030

    Total ounces sold


    5,819


    9,030






    (1)

    May not add due to rounding.





    Adjusted Earnings / (Loss)


    Adjusted earnings / (loss) and adjusted earnings / (loss) per share are non-IFRS measures that the Company considers to better reflect normalized earnings because it eliminates non-recurring items. Certain items that become applicable in a period may be adjusted for, with the Company retroactively presenting comparable periods with an adjustment for such items and conversely, items no longer applicable may be removed from the calculation. Neither adjusted earnings / (loss) nor adjusted earnings / (loss) per share have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

    The following table shows a reconciliation of adjusted earnings / (loss) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, to the net earnings / (loss) for each period.






    Three months ended
    September 30,


    Nine months ended
    September 30,

    (in thousands of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted)


    2022


    2021


    2022


    2021










    Net income / (loss) for the period - Continuing operations

    $

    (11,272)

    $

    (11,938)

    $

    (15,260)

    $

    (25,106)

    Adjust for:









    Restructuring costs











    (4,444)

    Gain / (loss) on warrants


    849


    (3,633)


    9,749


    (3,098)

    Gain / (loss) on convertible loans


    (1,112)





    9,101




    Loss on deferred consideration


    (806)





    (2,441)




    Gain on fair value measurement of Gold Prepayment Agreement


    3,036





    7,120




    Gain on fair value measurement of Silver Purchase Agreement


    2,297





    11,421




    Total Adjustments

    $

    4,264

    $

    (3,633)

    $

    34,950

    $

    (7,542)

    Adjusted loss for the period

    $

    (15,536)

    $

    (8,305)

    $

    (50,210)

    $

    (17,564)

    Weighted average shares for the period


    240,368,617


    190,764,885


    239,992,077


    121,292,230

    Adjusted loss per share for the period

    $

    (0.06)

    $

    (0.04)

    $

    (0.21)

    $

    (0.14)






    1 Specified financial measure which is not a standardized measure under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar specified financial measures used by other entities. Please see "Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures" for the composition of such specified financial measure, an explanation of how such specified financial measure provides useful information to a reader and the purposes for which management of i-80 uses the specified financial measure, and where required, a reconciliation of the specified financial measure to the most directly comparable IFRS measure.




    SOURCE i-80 Gold Corp

    For further information: Ewan Downie - CEO, Ryan Snow - CFO; Matthew Gollat - EVP Business & Corporate Development, info@i80gold.com


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