THOMPSON FALLS, Mont.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United States Antimony Corporation (“USAC”, NYSE MKT “UAMY”) reported that it has started production from its own Mexican antimony and gold and silver properties. January production could be approximately 50,000 pounds of antimony, and the production will be ramped up from internally generated cash flow.
The Company will produce metallic antimony in Mexico in 2017 for direct shipment to customers in the United States and other countries. This will provide a large savings in freight and processing costs compared to final processing in Montana. Additionally, USAC will enjoy the full amount of antimony price increases rather than the small percentage it receives by smelting custom raw materials. The plans for the Mexican properties are as follows:
WADLEY, SAN LUIS POTOSI. During 2016, the property produced 277,867 pounds of DSO (“direct shipping ore”) with a grade of 35.9% antimony. Production of the high-grade will be augmented with the installation of a compressor and pneumatic hammers. The lower grade will be milled at Wadley to make concentrates that contain 25.1 to 41.2% antimony.
SOYATAL, QUERETARO. During 2016, Soyatal produced 155,282 pounds of antimony from mill concentrates produced at the Puerto Blanco mill with an average grade of 24.6% antimony. The milling of dumps will continue, and underground mining will begin to produce DSO.
GUADALUPE, ZACETECAS. Guadalupe was idle during 2016. The Santa Monica drift will be reopened and DSO will be mined and the lower grade will be shipped to the mill at Puerto Blanco to make a high-grade sulfide concentrate for Madero.
LOS JUAREZ, QUERETARO. The alkaline leach plant in Mexico is being run to process concentrates from previous milling. SEMARNAT (the Mexican counterpart of the EPA) is reviewing the USAC application for a cyanide leach plant for the Puerto Blanco mill tailings. The flotation mill will be started during Q1 2017 to begin processing a 19,000 ton stockpile of Los Juarez rock without the cyanide circuit to verify previously disclosed estimates of recovered values.
USAC does not claim any reserves in these properties in accordance with SEC. definitions or per Canadian National Institute 43-101.
Following are the sales estimates for Q4 2016:
|BRZ zeolite tons||2,779|
|Precious metals $||73,363.97|
CEO John Lawrence said, “The three factors that will increase antimony profitability are (1) lower raw material costs from Mexico, (2) increasing Mexican production and (3) increased prices. Historically Wadley and Soyatal produced more than 6,000,000 pounds per year, and our costs per pound will go down with increasing Mexican production.
About U.S. Antimony
U.S. Antimony is a growing, vertically-integrated natural resource company that has production and diversified operations in precious metals, zeolite and antimony.
Forward Looking Statements:
This Press Release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are based upon current expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events, including matters related to the Company's operations, pending contracts and future revenues, ability to execute on its increased production and installation schedules for planned capital expenditures and the size of forecasted deposits. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements and the assumptions upon which they are based are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations and assumptions will prove to have been correct. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as these statements are subject to numerous factors and uncertainties. In addition, other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are discussed in the Company's most recent filings, including Form 10-KSB with the Securities and Exchange Commission.