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Mandalay Resources Corporation reports production and sales for the second quarter of 2013 and improves 2013 full-year guidance

TORONTO, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Mandalay Resources Corporation ("Mandalay" or the "Company") (TSX: MND) announced today its production and sales results for the second quarter of 2013.

Brad Mills, Chief Executive Officer of Mandalay, commented, "Mandalay delivered strong operating performance in the second quarter of 2013. Both Costerfield and Cerro Bayo produced and sold record amounts of gold during the period, and Cerro Bayo produced record amounts of silver. Costerfield generated its third highest antimony production quarter ever. As expected, Cerro Bayo's record second quarter performance made up for lower production in the first quarter, which was related to the planned curtailment of plant operations during installation and commissioning of flotation automation equipment."

Mr. Mills continued, "Our performance in the first two quarters of 2013 and operating commitments for the balance of the year allow us confidence that full-year production will be at the upper end of our previously announced production guidance ranges of 16,000 - 21,000 ounces gold and 2.8 - 3.1 million ounces silver from Cerro Bayo and 2,800 - 3,000 tonnes antimony from Costerfield.  At this time, we are pleased to raise our guidance for gold production from Costerfield from the previous 18,000 - 21,000 ounces to 20,000 - 25,000 ounces for the full year 2013. This is based on our experience with higher than planned mill feed gold grade and our growing confidence at being able to extract and sell a significant amount of coarse gold in gravity concentrate while maintaining high gold grades in our flotation concentrate. We expect to complete a Preliminary Economic Analysis on a new Life of Mine Plan for Costerfield, including the Cuffley lode, in the third quarter of 2013 and will make a development decision regarding Cuffley based on that analysis. We also anticipate releasing exploration updates from Costerfield and Cerro Bayo during the third quarter of 2013."

Saleable production for the three months ended June 30, 2013:

  • The Company's saleable production totaled 13,046 ounces ("oz") gold ("Au"), 738 tonnes ("t") antimony ("Sb"), and 921,895 oz silver ("Ag"), representing a total of 33,558 oz gold equivalent ("Au Eq.") production. Au, Ag, and Au Eq. production amounts set new quarterly records for Mandalay.
  • Saleable production at Costerfield (Australia) was 6,879 oz Au and 738 t Sb.
  • Saleable production at Cerro Bayo (Chile) was 6,167 oz Au and 921,895 oz Ag.

Saleable production for the six months ended June 30, 2013:

  • The Company's saleable production totaled 23,681 oz Au, 1,504 t Sb, and 1,533,336 oz Ag, representing a total of 60,686 oz Au Eq.
  • Saleable production at Costerfield was 13,082 oz Au and 1,504 t Sb.
  • Saleable production at Cerro Bayo was 10,599 oz Au and 1,533,336 oz Ag.

Table 1. Second Quarter and Six Month Saleable Production for 2013 and 2012

                               
Metal     Source     3 months to
30 June
2013
    3 months to
30 June
2012
    6 months to
30 June
2013
    6 months to
30 June
2012
Gold (oz)     Costerfield     6,879     4,122     13,082     7,812
      Cerro Bayo     6,167     5,093     10,599     7,283
      Total     13,046     9,215     23,681     15,095
Antimony (t)     Costerfield     738     612     1,504     1,101
Silver (oz)     Cerro Bayo     921,895     814,970     1,533,336     1,211,594
Average quarterly prices:                              
Gold US$/oz           1,415     1,614            
Antimony US$/tonne           10,365     13,574            
Silver US$/oz           23.19     29.39            
Au Eq. (oz)1     Costerfield     12,283     9,273     23,715     16,629
      Cerro Bayo     21,275     19,936     36,971     29,567
      Total     33,558     29,209     60,686     46,196

Au Eq. oz produced is calculated by multiplying the saleable quantities of Au, Ag, and Sb in the period by the respective average market prices of the commodities in the period, adding the three amounts to get a "total contained value based on market price", and then dividing that total contained value by the average market price of Au in the period.  Average Au price in the period is calculated as the average of the daily LME PM fixes in the period, with price on weekend days and holidays taken of the last business day; average Sb price in the period is calculated as the average of the daily average of the high and low Rotterdam warehouse prices for all days in the period, with price on weekend days and holidays taken from the last business day; average Ag price in the period is calculated as the average of the daily London Broker's silver spot price for all days in the period, with price on weekend days and holidays taken from the last business day. The source for all prices is www.metalbulletin.com

Table 2. Second Quarter and Six Month Sales for 2013 and 2012

                               
Metal     Source     3 months to
30 June
2013
    3 months to
30 June
2012
    6 months to
30 June
2013
    6 months to
30 June
2012
Gold (oz)     Costerfield     6,850     4,063     12,731     7,447
      Cerro Bayo     5,449     4,960     9,564     6,244
      Total     12,299     9,023     22,295     13,691
Antimony (t)     Costerfield     763     608     1,518     1,058
Silver (oz)     Cerro Bayo     774,923     853,364     1,406,659     1,071,424
Average quarterly prices:                              
Gold US$/oz           1,415     1,614            
Antimony US$/tonne           10,365     13,574            
Silver US$/oz           23.19     29.39            
Au Eq. (oz)2     Costerfield     12,441     9,173     23,474     15,927
      Cerro Bayo     18,149     20,503     33,902     25,877
      Total     30,590     29,676     57,376     41,804

2Au Eq. oz sold is calculated by multiplying the saleable quantities of Au, Ag, and Sb in the period by the respective average market prices of the commodities in the period, adding the three amounts to get a "total contained value based on market price", and then dividing that total contained value by the average market price of Au for the period.  Au Eq values for 2012 have been recalculated according to the above reporting policy. The source for all prices is www.metalbulletin.com with price on weekend days and holidays taken of the last business day.

About Mandalay Resources Corporation:

Mandalay Resources is a Canadian-based natural resource company with producing assets in Australia and producing and exploration projects in Chile. The Company is focused on executing a roll-up strategy, creating critical mass by aggregating advanced or in-production gold, copper, silver and antimony projects in Australia and the Americas to generate near-term cash flow and shareholder value.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the Company's production of gold, silver and antimony for the 2013 fiscal year, the anticipated completion of a new Preliminary Economic Analysis for its Costerfield mine and the release of exploration updates for Costerfield and Cerro Bayo. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements depending on, among other things, changes in commodity prices and general market and economic conditions. The factors identified above are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect Mandalay. A description of additional risks that could result in actual results and developments differing from those contemplated by forward-looking statements in this news release can be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in Mandalay's annual information form dated March 27, 2013, a copy of which is available under Mandalay's profile at www.sedar.com. In addition, there can be no assurance that any inferred resources that are discovered as a result of additional drilling will ever be upgraded to proven or probable reserves. Although Mandalay has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Mandalay Resources Corporation



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