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Dia Bras continues to achieve record production results in the second quarter of 2012

TSX Venture Exchange - DIB
Bolsa de Valores de Lima - DIB
# 23-2012

TORONTO, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Dia Bras Exploration Inc. (TSX-V:DIB) (BVL:DIB) ("Dia Bras" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its production results for the second quarter of 2012.


Press Release Highlights:
  • Total of 323,396 tonnes processed in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 37,408 tonnes in the same period of 2011.

  • Total silver ("Ag") production of 670,705 ounces ("oz") in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 63,942 oz for the same period of 2011.

  • Total copper ("Cu") production of 4.1 million pounds ("lb") in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 0.8 million lb for the same period of 2011.

  • Total lead ("Pb") production of 9.1 million lb in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 0.1 million lb for the same period of 2011.

  • Total zinc ("Zn") production of 15.3 million lb in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 4.4 million lb for the same period of 2011.

  • Total gold ("Au") production in the Yauricocha Mine was 2,876 ounces in the second quarter 2012.

Daniel Tellechea, President and CEO of Dia Bras, commented: "Dia Bras achieved record-breaking production in the second quarter of 2012. Consolidation of operations in Peru and Mexico has led to consistent production growth throughout 2012 establishing Dia Bras as one of the new, mid-tier precious and base metal producers in Latin America."

Mine Operations

Dia Bras achieved record-breaking production in the second quarter of 2012. The acquisition of Sociedad Minera Corona S.A. ("Corona") in May 2011, coupled with the announcement of commercial production at the Bolivar Mine were the two main drivers of the substantial year-over-year increases in metal production. The Company reached a total of 323,396 tonnes of ore processed (compared to 37,408 in 2011) from all operations, representing a 765% increase year-over-year. These substantial increases in production have resulted in record production figures in the second quarter and the first half of 2012. A summarized table of consolidated production results is presented below.

Consolidated Production Three months ended   Six months ended 
  June 30, 2012 June 30, 2011 Var. %   June 30, 2012 June 30, 2011 Var. %
Silver (oz) 670,705 63,942 949%   1,254,952 122,272 926%
Copper (000 lbs) 4,122 814 406%   8,000 1,373 483%
Lead (000 lbs) 9,084 108 8336%   17,014 244 6873%
Zinc (000 lbs) 15,282 4,392 248%   28,905 7,966 263%
Gold (oz) 2,876 - -   5,901 - N.A.

Yauricocha Mine, Peru

The Yauricocha Mine in Peru continued to be the Company's largest producing mine with a total of 217,078 tonnes processed in the second quarter of 2012. Mineralization at the Yauricocha Mine is hosted in three different zones including the Copper, Lead-Oxide ("Oxides") and Polymetallic ore bodies.

During the second quarter of 2012, aggregate production of these ore bodies was 544,707 oz of Ag, 2.2 million lb of Cu, 9.0 million lb of Pb, 11.5 million lb of Zn and 2,876 oz of Au. A comparative summary of production from the Yauricocha Mine for the first and second quarters of 2012 has been provided below.

Yauricocha Production1 Three months ended   Six months ended
  June 30, 2012 March 31, 2012 Var%   June 30, 2012
Silver (oz) 544,707 492,432 11%   1,037,138
Copper (000 lbs) 2,212 2,634 -16%   4,846
Lead (000 lbs) 8,958 7,846 14%   16,804
Zinc (000 lbs) 11,465 10,485 9%   21,950
Gold (oz) 2,876 3,025 -5%   5,901
1 For a detailed summary of production for the Yauricocha Mine, please click here.
2 Please note that 2012 will be the Company's first full year of production from the Yauricocha Mine, as such comparable data has been provided only for the first and second quarters of 2012.

Bolivar Mine, Mexico

Since the announcement of commercial production on November 29, 2011, at the Bolivar Mine, the new Piedras Verdes mill has continued to consistently increase production throughput. During the second quarter of 2012, total ore processed at the Bolivar Mine increased 203% with 86,061 tonnes processed compared to 28,415 tonnes in the same period of 2011. This substantial increase resulted in second quarter production of silver increasing 52% year-over-year for a total of 52,544 oz, compared to 34,585 oz in 2011; and copper production increasing 135% year-over-year with 1.9 million lb produced compared to 0.8 million lb in 2011. Despite this substantial increase in throughput during the second quarter of 2012, zinc production decreased 13% year-over-year to 3.8 million lb compared to 4.4 million lb in 2011. The decrease in zinc production resulted from a lower head-grade of 2.51% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 7.94% in the same period in 2011. A summary of production from the Bolivar Mine for the second quarter of 2012 has been provided below.

Bolivar Production1 Three months ended   Six months ended
    June 30, 2012 June 30, 2011 % Var.    June 30, 2012 June 30, 2011 % Var. 
Silver (oz) 52,544 34,585 52%   96,903 56,708 71%
Copper (000 lbs) 1,910 814 135%   3,154 1,373 130%
Zinc (000 lbs) 3,817 4,392 -13%   6,954 7,966 -13%
1 For a detailed summary of production for the Bolivar Mine please click here.

The Company continues to realize operating efficiencies at the Bolivar Mine and has successfully increased throughput each month in 2012. The new Piedras Verdes mill achieved its highest production rate in June 2012 with 30,005 tonnes processed per month.

Cusi, Mexico

Total production at Cusi increased 125% in the second quarter of 2012 with 20,257 tonnes processed compared to 8,993 tonnes in the same period in 2011. During the second quarter of 2012 head grades for silver and lead were 160 g/t Ag and 0.45% Pb, compared to 131 g/t Ag and 0.94% in the same period of 2011. A summary of production from the Cusi operation for the second quarter of 2012 has been provided below.

Cusi Production1 Three months ended   Six months ended 
    June 30, 2012 June 30, 2011 % Var.    June 30, 2012 June 30, 2011 % Var. 
Silver (oz) 73,454 29,357 150%   120,911 65,564 84%
  Silver Flotation  72,059 23,647 205%   116,728 54,868 113%
  Silver Lixiviation 1,395 5,709 -76%   4,183 10,696 -61%
Lead (000 lbs) 126 108 17%   210 244 -14%
1 For a detailed summary of production for the Cusi Project please click here.

AGM Highlights

At the Annual Meeting of Dia Bras Shareholders held on June 29, 2012, all of the resolutions tabled at the meeting were overwhelmingly approved by shareholders, including the re-election of Alberto Arias, Douglas F. Cater, Steven G. Dean, John S. Donnelly, Guillermo Kaelin, Philip Renaud and Daniel Tellechea as Directors.

Included in the resolutions approved at the meeting was the adoption of the Dia Bras restricted share unit plan ("RSUP") for the benefit of the employees, consultants, officers and directors of the Corporation and its subsidiaries. The RSUP provides for a maximum number of 5,000,000 restricted share units to be reserved for issuance under the RSUP.  A reduction of the number of shares reserved under the current stock option plan of the Corporation from 8,300,000 to 3,300,000 was also approved by the shareholders.

Quality Assurance

The technical content of this news release has been approved by Thomas L. Robyn, Ph.D., CPG, RPG, a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101 and Head of Exploration for Dia Bras Exploration, Inc.

About Dia Bras

Dia Bras Exploration is a Canadian mining company focused on precious and base metals in Chihuahua State, other areas of northern Mexico, and most recently at its Yauricocha silver-lead-zinc-copper-gold mine in Peru. The Company is accelerating exploration at the Yauricocha property as well as pursuing the development and exploration of its most advanced Mexican assets - the Bolivar Property (copper-zinc-silver) and the Cusi Property (silver-lead) and is exploring in Mexico several precious metal targets such as La Sidra gold project at the Bolivar Property, Las Coloradas silver project at Melchor Ocampo (Zacatecas State), the Bacerac silver project (Sonora State), and the La Verde gold project at the Batopilas Property (Chihuahua State).  Dia Bras is also exploring base metal projects in Mexico such as the Corralitos intrusion-hosted molybdenum deposit (Chihuahua State). Dia Bras is also exploring base metal projects in Mexico such as the Corralitos intrusion-hosted molyebdenum deposit.

The Company's shares trade on the Bolsa de Valores de Lima and TSXV under the symbol "DIB".

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

Forward-looking Statements

Except for statements of historical fact, all statements in this news release without limitation regarding new projects, acquisitions, future plans and objectives are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. 

SOURCE Dia Bras Exploration Inc.

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