MAJESTIC GOLD CORP. REPORTS 2014 ANNUAL RESULTS
Vancouver, British Columbia – January 29, 2015 - Majestic Gold Corp. (“Majestic” or the “Company”) (TSX.V: MJS, FSE: A0BK1D) announces its financial and operational results for the year ended September 30, 2014. The following financial results are expressed in US dollars unless otherwise stated.
This release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements for the years ended September 30, 2014, and 2013 and associated Management Discussion and Analysis which are available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
ï‚· Gold production from the Songjiagou Gold Mine was 19,630 ounces in 2014, compared to 19,611 ounces produced in the comparative year;
ï‚· Tonnes of ore milled was 1.6 million tonnes in 2014, with an average head grade of 0.42 g/t, compared to 1.9 million tonnes milled, with an average head grade of 0.37 g/t, in the comparative year;
ï‚· Gold sales revenue was $23.5 million in 2014, from the sale of 18,165 ounces, at an average realized gold price of $1,291 per ounce, compared to gold sales revenue of $25.4 million from the sale of 16,894 ounces, at an average realized gold price of $1,503 per ounce, for the comparative year. The average realized gold price in 2014 was down by 14%, over the comparative year, reflecting the continued decline in the gold price during the year;
ï‚· Total cash costs were $1,165 per ounce and total production costs were $1,302 per ounce in 2014, compared to cash costs of $1,101 per ounce and productions costs of $1,186 per ounce in 2013. The increase of cash costs in 2014, over the comparative year, was due primarily to increased waste removal costs as the Company implements a strict grade control program. The Company expects the grade control program will allow for continued improvement in the average head grade during 2015, thereby lowering the average cash cost per ounce.
ï‚· G&A expenses were $5.7 million in 2014, a decrease of 30%, compared to $8.2 million of G&A expenses for the prior year. The decrease reflects the positive impact of the Company’s continued efforts of spending reductions implemented in fiscal 2014. In 2015, the Company will benefit from the impact of a full year of the 2014 cost reductions;
ï‚· The Company obtained approval for a 42% expansion in the area available for open pit mining operations.
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(1) “Total cash costs” are presented on a per ounce sold basis. See “Additional Financial Measures”.
(2) “Gross profit” represents total revenues, net of cost of goods sold.
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Majestic continues working towards executing a development scenario at the Songjiagou Gold Mine (“Songjiagou” or the “Project”) from the August 2013 SRK Consulting (China) Ltd. (“SRK”) Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) that envisioned production of up to 7,400 tpd utilizing existing infrastructure. It has been determined that the other scenarios outlined in the SRK PEA are not attainable without significant capital investment and will therefore not be considered for the foreseeable future.
The Company also completed its operational review at Songjiagou during the third quarter of 2014 and is currently working on the implementation of a grade control program as well as other necessary changes identified during the operational review.
Stephen Kenwood, President and CEO of Majestic Gold Corp., is the Company’s Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43â€101 and is the non-independent Qualified Person responsible for the preparation of this news release.
About Majestic Gold
Currently focused solely in China, Majestic Gold Corp. is a British Columbia based company engaged in commercial gold production at the Songjiagou Gold Mine in eastern Shandong Province, China. Additional information on the Company and its projects is available at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.majesticgold.com.
For further information, please contact:
Stephen Kenwood, P.Geo., President and CEO
Telephone: (604) 560-9060
306 - 1688 152nd Street
Surrey, British Columbia
Canada, V4A 4N2
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