TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sierra Metals Inc. (TSX: SMT) (BVL: SMT) (NYSE AMERICAN: SMTS) (“Sierra Metals” or the “Company”) reports that on March 31, 2020 the Mexican Federal Government announced a suspension of all non-essential activities in Mexico for 30 days to contain the advancement of COVID-19 virus. This suspension includes all mining activities from March 30th to April 30th, 2020. As a result of this declaration, the Company will only maintain an essential services crew at the Bolivar Mine site until April 30, 2020, and the Cusi Mine site will be placed into care and maintenance during this period. The Company anticipates resuming normal production levels at the Mines after this period.
Igor Gonzales, President, and CEO of Sierra Metals, commented, “A smaller workforce will be maintained at Bolivar to oversee critical aspects of the operation, with the primary goal of facilitating a quick and efficient ramp up back to normal levels once the suspension of non essential activities is lifted. Our Cusi Mine is being placed on care and maintenance and employees will remain at home. Our team continues to be focused on the Health and Safety of our workforce.”
Production can recommence to normal levels very quickly after April 30th, and the Company has some operating flexibility at Bolivar to run the ore processing mill at higher levels, which should help recover lost ore tonnages from this suspension.
Due to uncertainty of the effect that the COVID-19 Pandemic could have on the Company’s operations and financial condition and, rapidly changing developments, the Company is currently implementing proactive and reactive mitigation measures to minimize any potential impacts COVID-19 may have on our people, communities, operations, supply chain, and finances. This also includes preserving capital and deferring capital programs where appropriate, to improve liquidity. The Company has operating flexibility at Yauricocha in Peru and has been running at Normal levels in Mexico up until the suspension. We continue to evaluate every option at all three operations and are suspending guidance until a complete review of operations is completed. Furthermore, the Company expects to provide a more comprehensive update with more data points on metal prices and operating developments as part of the Q1 2020 reporting process.
About Sierra Metals
Sierra Metals is a Canadian based growing polymetallic mining company with production from its Yauricocha Mine in Peru, and it's Bolivar and Cusi Mines in Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing production volume and growing mineral resources. Sierra Metals has recently had several new discoveries and still has additional brownfield exploration opportunities at all three Mines in Peru and Mexico that are within or close proximity to the existing Mines. Additionally, the Company has large land packages at all three Mines with several prospective regional targets providing longer term exploration upside and mineral resource growth potential.
The Common Shares trade on the Bolsa de Valores de Lima and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SMT” and on the NYSE American Exchange under the symbol “SMTS”.
For further information regarding Sierra Metals, please visit www.sierrametals.com.
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