VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eldorado Gold Corporation (“Eldorado” or “the Company”) announces third quarter 2022 preliminary gold production of 118,790 ounces, and year-to-date preliminary gold production of 325,461 ounces. Eldorado remains on track to achieve the low end of consolidated full-year guidance for 2022 of 460,000 ounces, as operating trends continue to improve, and sequential quarterly improvements in production are realized. Detailed production, by asset, is outlined in the table below.
Q3 2022 Preliminary Gold Production
|Mine||Q3 2022||Q2 2022||Q1 2022|
|Total Gold Production (oz)||118,790||113,462||93,209|
|Mine||9 months ending Sept. 30, 2022||9 months ending Sept. 30, 2021|
|Total Gold Production (oz)||325,461||353,268|
At Lamaque, third quarter production was slightly below plan due to throughput. Underground development of high-grade stopes progressed well during the quarter.
Third quarter gold production at Kisladag increased 27% and 35% over the first and second quarter, respectively. The increase in gold production quarter-over-quarter was driven by an increase in tonnes placed on the pad during the second quarter. As evidenced by the production results, the on-belt agglomeration continues to perform as expected. As part of the North heap leach pad project, larger conveyors will be installed on schedule in the fourth quarter, providing further improvement in materials handling capabilities in the belt agglomeration circuit and throughput rates. As a result, Eldorado continues to anticipate production at Kisladag to be weighted to the second half of the year.
At Efemcukuru, gold production, throughput and average gold grade were in line with plan.
The Company’s profits from mining operations in Turkiye are taxed at the enacted rate and the resulting current income tax expense can be further increased or reduced by other items. In the third quarter, the Company expects the Turkish current income tax expense on mining profits, at an enacted rate of 22%, to be further increased up to $2 million. The expected increase is primarily related to the weakening of the Lira in the quarter and the resulting generation of taxable unrealized foreign exchange gains, partly offset by reductions related to Lira deposits and the investment tax credit relating to Kisladag.
Third quarter gold production at Olympias improved 79% over the first quarter and was in line with second quarter production. In the third quarter, Olympias had steady production, and good grade control, evidence of the progressive transformation in action. Other transformation initiatives continue at pace, as the mine continues to ramp up productivity. Full-year 2022 production at Olympias is expected to be lower than plan.
Q3 2022 Financial and Operational Results Call Details
Eldorado will release its 2022 Third Quarter Financial and Operational Results after the market closes on Thursday, October 27, 2022, and will host a conference call on Friday, October 28, 2022, at 11:30 AM ET (8:30 AM PT). The call will be webcast and can be accessed at Eldorado Gold’s website: www.eldoradogold.com, or via: https://services.choruscall.ca/links/eldoradogold2022q3.html
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About Eldorado Gold
Eldorado is a gold and base metals producer with mining, development and exploration operations in Turkiye, Canada, Greece and Romania. The Company has a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, safe and responsible operations, a portfolio of high-quality assets, and long-term partnerships with local communities. Eldorado’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: ELD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EGO).
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Forward-looking statements or information contained in this release include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to: the Company’s 2022 annual production guidance, including our individual mine production; timing of and anticipated production; the expected tax expense in Turkiye; the timing of resource conversion drilling; the optimization of Greek operations; the Company’s release of its 2022 Third Quarter Financial and Operational Results and related conference call; our expectation as to our future financial and operating performance; expected metallurgical recoveries and improved concentrate grade and quality; risk factors affecting our business; and our strategy, plans and goals, including our proposed exploration, development, construction, permitting and operating plans and priorities and related timelines. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information by their nature are based on assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, market uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.
We have made certain assumptions about the forward-looking statements and information, including assumptions about: our preliminary gold production and our production guidance; the weakening of the Turkish Lira and the resulting generation of taxable unrealized foreign exchange gains in Turkiye; benefits of the completion of the decline at Lamaque, the improvements at Kisladag and the optimization of Greek operations; how the world-wide economic and social impact of COVID-19 is managed and the duration and extent of the COVID-19 pandemic; timing, cost and results of our construction and exploration; the geopolitical, economic, permitting and legal climate that we operate in; the future price of gold and other commodities; the global concentrate market; exchange rates; anticipated values, costs, expenses and working capital requirements; production and metallurgical recoveries; mineral reserves and resources; and the impact of acquisitions, dispositions, suspensions or delays on our business and the ability to achieve our goals. In addition, except where otherwise stated, we have assumed a continuation of existing business operations on substantially the same basis as exists at the time of this release.
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Furthermore, should one or more of the risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements or information. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: inability to meet production guidance; inability to assess income tax expenses in Turkiye; inability to realize the expected benefits of the decline between Sigma mill and the Triangle underground mine; poor results from drilling at Ormaque; inability to complete expansion and optimization at Kisladag or to meet the expected timing thereof or to achieve the benefits thereof; inability to assess taxes in Turkiye or depreciation expenses; inability to conduct Olympias stakeholder discussions; risks relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and any future pandemic, epidemic, endemic or similar public health threats; risks relating to our operations being located in foreign jurisdictions; community relations and social license; climate change; liquidity and financing risks; development risks at Skouries and other development projects; indebtedness, including current and future operating restrictions, implications of a change of control, ability to meet debt service obligations, the implications of defaulting on obligations and change in credit ratings; environmental matters; waste disposal; the global economic environment; government regulation; reliance on a limited number of smelters and off-takers; commodity price risk; mineral tenure; permits; risks relating to environmental sustainability and governance practices and performance; non-governmental organizations; corruption, bribery and sanctions; litigation and contracts; information technology systems; estimation of mineral reserves and mineral resources; production and processing estimates; credit risk; actions of activist shareholders; price volatility, volume fluctuations and dilution risk in respect of our shares; reliance on infrastructure, commodities and consumables; currency risk; inflation risk; interest rate risk; tax matters; dividends; financial reporting, including relating to the carrying value of our assets and changes in reporting standards; labour, including relating to employee/union relations, employee misconduct, key personnel, skilled workforce, expatriates and contractors; reclamation and long-term obligations; regulated substances; necessary equipment; co-ownership of our properties; acquisitions, including integration risks, and dispositions; the unavailability of insurance; conflicts of interest; compliance with privacy legislation; reputational issues; competition, as well as those risk factors discussed in the sections titled “Forward-looking information and risks” and “Risk factors in our business” in our most recent Annual Information Form & Form 40-F. The reader is directed to carefully review the detailed risk discussion in our most recent Annual Information Form & Form 40-F filed on SEDAR and EDGAR under our Company name, which discussion is incorporated by reference in this release, for a fuller understanding of the risks and uncertainties that affect our business and operations.
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