Torex Gold Reports Q1 2024 Results

Published

On track to deliver on full-year production and cost guidance with funding surplus in-hand to complete the Media Luna Project

(All amounts expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated)

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - May 8, 2024) - Torex Gold Resources Inc. (the "Company" or "Torex") (TSX: TXG) reports the Company's financial and operational results for the three months ended March 31, 2024. Torex will host a conference call tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM (ET) to discuss the results.

Jody Kuzenko, President & CEO of Torex, stated:

"2024 is off to a solid start with production and costs tracking to full-year guidance. Operational results were in line with expectations, with quarterly gold production of 115,494 ounces ("oz") at all-in sustaining costs1 of $1,202 per oz. Our cost performance, combined with a record quarterly average realized gold price1 of $2,023 per oz, resulted in an impressive all-in sustaining costs margin1 of 39%. With decreasing costs expected through 2024 as open pit stripping winds down, we are well-positioned to deliver even stronger margins should the gold price remain at current levels.

"The strong operational performance resulted in robust free cash flow1 of $77 million prior to expenditures on the Media Luna Project ($126 million), which includes $44 million of annual tax and royalty payments related to fiscal 2023. We exited the quarter with $405 million in available liquidity1 (including $113 million in cash), which more than covers the $257 million of upfront expenditures remaining on the Media Luna Project and our objective to maintain at least $100 million of liquidity on the balance sheet.

"Steady progress was made at Media Luna with the project close to 70% complete at quarter end. As of March 31, 95% of upfront costs had been committed including 71% incurred. Development and construction activities are tracking to plan with first concentrate production anticipated before year end and commercial production expected early next year. With this year expected to be the final year of elevated capital expenditures, we are well-positioned to return to positive free cash flow in mid-2025.

"With consistently solid operational results from ELG, Media Luna construction advancing as planned, and a funding surplus in-hand to complete Media Luna on time and on budget, our first quarter results have laid the foundation for what we expect will be a transformational year for the Company and our shareholders."

FIRST QUARTER 2024 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Strong safety performance continues: The Company exited the quarter with one lost-time ankle injury at the Media Luna Project and reached 14 million hours lost-time injury free at the El Limón Guajes ("ELG") Mine Complex. As at March 31, 2024, the lost-time injury frequency ("LTIF") for the Morelos Complex was 0.15 per million hours worked for both employees and contractors on a rolling 12-month basis.
  • Gold production: Delivered gold production of 115,494 oz for the quarter driven by a record average gold recovery of 90.7%, the highest level achieved to date. Throughput rates remained above 13,000 tonnes per day ("tpd") for the fifth consecutive quarter, averaging 13,118 tpd. With the solid start to the year, the Company is on track to achieve annual production guidance of 400,000 to 450,000 oz. On a gold equivalent ounce basis ("oz AuEq"), the Company produced 117,306 oz AuEq2 and is on track to achieve guidance of 410,000 to 460,000 oz AuEq2.
  • Gold sold: Sold 111,642 oz of gold at an average realized gold price1 of $2,023 per oz, contributing to revenue of $236.5 million. On a gold equivalent ounce basis, the Company sold 114,199 oz AuEq2.
  • Total cash costs1 and all-in sustaining costs1: Total cash costs of $918 per oz sold and all-in sustaining costs of $1,202 per oz sold. All-in sustaining costs margin1 of $821 per oz sold, implying an all-in sustaining costs margin1 of 39%. Cost of sales was $157.4 million or $1,410 per oz sold in the quarter, primarily impacted by the appreciation of the Mexican peso. Costs are expected to decrease through 2024 as stripping requirements continue to decline with the wind down of the open pits and as such, the Company is on track to achieve full year total cash costs guidance of $860 to $910 per oz and all-in sustaining costs guidance of $1,100 to $1,160 per oz. On a gold equivalent ounce basis, total cash costs of $943 per oz AuEq sold2 and all-in sustaining costs of $1,221 per oz AuEq sold2 relative to guidance of $900 to $950 per oz AuEq sold2 and $1,130 to $1,190 per oz AuEq sold2, respectively.
  • Net income and adjusted net earnings1: Reported net income of $43.1 million or earnings of $0.50 per share on both a basic and diluted basis. Adjusted net earnings of $35.9 million or $0.42 per share on both a basic and diluted basis. Net income includes a derivative loss of $16.2 million related to gold forward contracts and foreign exchange collar contracts entered into to mitigate downside price risk during the construction of the Media Luna Project.
  • EBITDA1 and adjusted EBITDA1: Generated EBITDA of $98.0 million and adjusted EBITDA of $113.2 million.
  • Cash flow generation: Net cash generated from operating activities totalled $79.8 million and $72.5 million before changes in non-cash operating working capital, including income taxes paid of $43.9 million including the 7.5% Mexican mining royalty for 2023 of $24.8 million. Negative free cash flow1 of $49.1 million is net of cash outlays for capital expenditures, lease payments and interest, including borrowing costs capitalized. Negative free cash flow was a direct result of $126.4 million invested in the Media Luna Project.
  • Strong financial liquidity: The quarter closed with net cash1 of $69.2 million, including $113.2 million in cash and $44.0 million of lease-related obligations, no borrowings on the credit facilities of $300.0 million as at March 31, 2024 and letters of credit outstanding of $7.9 million, providing $405.3 million in available liquidity1.
  • Media Luna Project: During the quarter, Media Luna Project expenditures totalled $126.4 million, with a remaining project spend of $257.1 million. As of March 31, 2024, physical progress on the Project was approximately 69%, with detailed engineering, procurement activities, underground development, and surface construction advancing. With 95% of upfront expenditures committed as at March 31, 2024 (including 71% incurred), expenditures to date have tracked reasonably well to the initial budget of $874.5 million, noting the strength of the Mexican peso remains a headwind to contend with. Quarterly expenditures are expected to remain above $100 million through Q3 2024 before declining in Q4 2024 as Media Luna nears completion and commercial production is subsequently declared. There has been no change to full-year guidance of $350.0 to $400.0 million on project capital expenditures.
  • Year-end Mineral Reserves & Resources3: At ELG Underground, Proven and Probable reserves increased to 654 koz AuEq, extending the reserve life out to late 2028. Measured and Indicated resources expanded by 432 koz AuEq (570 koz AuEq prior to mined depletion), while Inferred resources increased by 119 koz AuEq. The resource growth was a direct result of the successful 2023 drilling program as well as the assumption of a lower cut-off grade, reflecting higher metal price assumptions and lower costs due to steady increases in underground mining rates. At EPO, infill drilling was successful in upgrading Inferred resources, while step-out drilling expanded the overall mineralized footprint. Indicated resources increased by 481 koz AuEq. The updated resource will form the basis of an internal prefeasibility study to be completed in the second half of 2024. The positive results from the 2023 drilling program support the Company's goal to maintain annual production of more than 450,000 oz AuEq beyond 2027 and extend the overall life of the Morelos Complex well beyond 2033.
  • ESG rating improvements: The Company's MSCI ESG rating improved from 'A' to 'AA', with governance practices noted as 'leading global peers' (96th percentile). In addition, the Company's overall Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating score improved from 31.5 for 2023 (classified as High risk) to 28.5 for 2024 (now categorized as Medium risk) and the CDP Climate Change Score improved from 'C' (Awareness level) in 2022 to 'B-' (Management level) in 2023.
  1. These measures are Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures or Non-GAAP ratios (collectively, "Non-GAAP Measures"). For a detailed reconciliation of each Non-GAAP Measure to its most directly comparable IFRS financial measure see Tables 2 to 11 of this press release. For additional information on these Non-GAAP Measures, please refer to the Company's management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") for the three months ended March 31, 2024, dated May 7, 2024. The MD&A, and the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2024, are available on Torex's website (www.torexgold.com) and under the Company's SEDAR+ profile (www.sedarplus.ca).
  2. Gold equivalent ounces produced and sold includes production of silver and copper converted to a gold equivalent based on a ratio of the average realized prices for each commodity sold in the period. Refer to "Gold Equivalent Reporting" on page 6 of the Company's MD&A for the three months ended March 31, 2024, dated May 7, 2024, for the relevant average realized prices by commodity and "Guidance" on page 7 of the Company's MD&A for 2024 guidance assumptions.
  3. Mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates for the Morelos Complex can be found in tables 12 and 13, respectively, of this press release. AuEq values account for underlying metal prices and metallurgical recoveries used in reserve and resource estimates. For more information on the mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates for the Morelos Complex, please see the Company's annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2023, or the Company's news release titled "Torex Gold Reports Year-end 2023 Reserves & Resources" issued on March 26, 2024, and filed on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca and on the Company's website at www.torexgold.com.

Table 1: Operating and Financial Highlights

Three Months Ended
Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
In millions of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted 2024 2023 2023
Safety
Lost-time injury frequency1 /million hours 0.15 0.31 0.53
Total recordable injury frequency1 /million hours 0.97 1.23 1.87
Operating Results - Gold only basis        
Gold produced oz 115,494 137,993 122,918
Gold sold oz 111,642 138,794 118,455
Total cash costs2 $/oz 918 885 709
All-in sustaining costs2 $/oz 1,202 1,073 1,079
Average realized gold price2 $/oz 2,023 1,995 1,899
Operating Results - Gold Equivalent basis        
Gold equivalent produced3 oz AuEq 117,306 139,418 124,871
Gold equivalent sold3 oz AuEq 114,199 139,854 120,748
Total cash costs2,3 $/oz AuEq 943 893 732
All-in sustaining costs2,3 $/oz AuEq 1,221 1,080 1,095
Financial Results        
Revenue $ 236.5 282.4 228.8
Cost of sales $ 157.4 191.6 137.4
Earnings from mine operations $ 79.1 90.8 91.4
Net income $ 43.1 50.4 68.2
Per share - Basic $/share 0.50 0.59 0.79
Per share - Diluted $/share 0.50 0.58 0.79
Adjusted net earnings2 $ 35.9 49.1 50.3
Per share - Basic2 $/share 0.42 0.57 0.59
Per share - Diluted2 $/share 0.42 0.57 0.58
EBITDA2 $ 98.0 115.4 102.5
Adjusted EBITDA2 $ 113.2 142.6 132.7
Cost of sales - gold only basis $/oz 1,410 1,380 1,160
Net cash generated from operating activities 79.8 120.0 47.0
Net cash generated from operating activities before changes       in non-cash operating working capital $ 72.5 133.5 61.9
Free cash flow2 $ (49.1) (24.3) (54.0)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 113.2 172.8 321.9
Lease-related obligations $ 44.0 32.0 3.5
Net cash2 $ 69.2 140.8 318.4
Available liquidity2 $ 405.3 464.9 564.0

 

  1. On a 12-month rolling basis, per million hours worked.
  2. These measures are Non-GAAP Measures. For a detailed reconciliation of each Non-GAAP Measure to its most directly comparable measure in accordance with the IFRS as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board see Tables 2 to 11 of this press release. For additional information on these Non-GAAP Measures, please refer to the Company's MD&A for the three months ended March 31, 2024, dated May 7, 2024. The MD&A and the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2024, are available on Torex's website (www.torexgold.com) and under the Company's SEDAR+ profile (www.sedarplus.ca).
  3. Gold equivalent ounces produced and sold includes production of silver and copper converted to a gold equivalent based on a ratio of the average realized prices for each commodity sold in the period. Refer to "Gold Equivalent Reporting" on page 6 of the Company's MD&A for the relevant average realized prices by commodity.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST DETAILS

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow at 9:00 AM (ET) where senior management will discuss the first quarter operating and financial results. For expedited access to the conference call, registration is open to obtain an access code in advance, which will allow participants to join the call directly at the scheduled time. Alternatively, dial-in details are as follows:

  • Toronto local or International: 1-647-484-8814
  • Toll-Free (North America): 1-844-763-8274

A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at https://torexgold.com/investors/upcoming-events/. The webcast will be archived on the Company's website.

Table 2: Reconciliation of Total Cash Costs and All-in Sustaining Costs to Production Costs and Royalties

Three Months Ended
Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
In millions of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted 2024 2023 2023
Gold sold oz 111,642 138,794 118,455
                           
Total cash costs per oz sold
Production costs $ 100.8 116.5 81.5
Royalties $ 6.9 8.4 6.9
Less: Silver sales $ (1.5) (0.9) (1.5)
Less: Copper sales $ (3.7) (1.2) (2.9)
Total cash costs $ 102.5 122.8 84.0
Total cash costs per oz sold $/oz 918 885 709
         
All-in sustaining costs per oz sold        
Total cash costs $ 102.5 122.8 84.0
General and administrative costs1 $ 8.0 7.3 6.6
Reclamation and remediation costs $ 1.3 1.5 1.4
Sustaining capital expenditure $ 22.4 17.3 35.8
Total all-in sustaining costs $ 134.2 148.9 127.8
Total all-in sustaining costs per oz sold $/oz 1,202 1,073 1,079
         
Gold equivalent sold2 oz AuEq 114,199 139,854 120,748
         
Total cash costs per oz AuEq sold        
Production costs $ 100.8 116.5 81.5
Royalties $ 6.9 8.4 6.9
Total cash costs $ 107.7 124.9 88.4
Total cash costs per oz AuEq sold2 $/oz AuEq 943 893 732
         
All-in sustaining costs per oz AuEq sold        
Total cash costs $ 107.7 124.9 88.4
General and administrative costs1 $ 8.0 7.3 6.6
Reclamation and remediation costs $ 1.3 1.5 1.4
Sustaining capital expenditure $ 22.4 17.3 35.8
Total all-in sustaining costs $ 139.4 151.0 132.2
Total all-in sustaining costs per oz AuEq sold2 $/oz AuEq 1,221 1,080 1,095

 

  1. This amount excludes a loss of $4.2 million, gain of $0.5 million and loss of $3.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, December 31, 2023, and March 31, 2023, respectively, in relation to the remeasurement of share-based payments. This amount also excludes corporate depreciation and amortization expenses totalling $0.1 million, $nil and $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, December 31, 2023, and March 31, 2023, respectively, within general and administrative costs. Included in general and administrative costs is share-based compensation expense in the amount of $2.3 million or $21/oz for the three months ended March 31, 2024, $1.1 million or $8/oz for the three months ended December 31, 2023, $1.9 million or $16/oz for the three months ended March 31, 2023. This amount excludes other expenses totalling $1.2 million, $2.1 million and $0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, December 31, 2023, and March 31, 2023, respectively.
  2. Gold equivalent ounces produced and sold includes production of silver and copper converted to a gold equivalent based on a ratio of the average realized prices for each commodity sold in the period. Refer to "Gold Equivalent Reporting" on page 6 of the Company's MD&A for the relevant average realized prices by commodity.

Table 3: Reconciliation of Sustaining and Non-Sustaining Costs to Capital Expenditures

Three Months Ended
Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
In millions of U.S. dollars 2024 2023 2023
Sustaining $ 21.6 17.3 14.6
Capitalized Stripping (Sustaining) $ 0.8 - 21.2
Non-sustaining $ - 0.3 0.7
Total ELG $ 22.4 17.6 36.5
Media Luna Project1 $ 126.4 124.0 66.4
Media Luna Cluster Drilling/Other $ 1.3 3.8 3.1
Working Capital Changes & Other $ (24.0) (4.0) (6.3)
Capital expenditures2 $ 126.1 141.4 99.7

 

  1. This amount includes a realized gain (or a reduction in the capitalized expenditures) of $0.8 million, $0.3 million and $nil for the three months ended March 31, 2024, December 31, 2023, and March 31, 2023, respectively, in relation to the settlement of foreign exchange zero cost collars that were entered into to manage the capital expenditure risk related to a further strengthening of the Mexican peso.
  2. The amount of cash expended on additions to property, plant and equipment in the period as reported in the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows.

Table 4: Reconciliation of Average Realized Gold Price and Total Cash Costs Margin to Revenue

Three Months Ended
Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
In millions of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted 2024 2023 2023
Gold sold oz 111,642 138,794 118,455
                           
Revenue $ 236.5 282.4 228.8
Less: Silver sales $ (1.5) (0.9) (1.5)
Less: Copper sales $ (3.7) (1.2) (2.9)
Less: Realized (loss) gain on gold contracts $ (5.4) (3.4) 0.5
Total proceeds $ 225.9 276.9 224.9
Total average realized gold price $/oz 2,023 1,995 1,899
         
Less: Total cash costs $/oz 918 885 709
Total cash costs margin $/oz 1,105 1,110 1,190
Total cash costs margin % 55 56 63
         
Gold equivalent sold1 oz AuEq 114,199 139,854 120,748
         
Revenue $ 236.5 282.4 228.8
Less: Realized (loss) gain on gold contracts $ (5.4) (3.4) 0.5
Total proceeds $ 231.1 279.0 229.3
Total average realized gold price $/oz 2,023 1,995 1,899
         
Less: Total cash costs1 $/oz AuEq 943 893 732
Total cash costs margin1 $/oz AuEq 1,080 1,102 1,167
Total cash costs margin % 53 55 61

 

  1. Gold equivalent ounces produced and sold includes production of silver and copper converted to a gold equivalent based on a ratio of the average realized prices for each commodity sold in the period. Refer to "Gold Equivalent Reporting" on page 6 of the Company's MD&A for the relevant average realized prices by commodity.

Table 5: Reconciliation of All-in Sustaining Costs Margin to Revenue

Three Months Ended
Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
In millions of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted 2024 2023 2023
Gold sold oz 111,642 138,794 118,455
                           
Revenue $ 236.5 282.4 228.8
Less: Silver sales $ (1.5) (0.9) (1.5)
Less: Copper sales $ (3.7) (1.2) (2.9)
Less: Realized (loss) gain on gold contracts $ (5.4) (3.4) 0.5
Less: All-in sustaining costs $ (134.2) (148.9) (127.8)
All-in sustaining costs margin $ 91.7 128.0 97.1
Total all-in sustaining costs margin $/oz 821 922 820
Total all-in sustaining costs margin % 39 45 42
         
Gold equivalent sold1 oz AuEq 114,199 139,854 120,748
         
Revenue $ 236.5 282.4 228.8
Less: Realized (loss) gain on gold contracts $ (5.4) (3.4) 0.5
Less: All-in sustaining costs $ (139.4) (151.0) (132.2)
All-in sustaining costs margin $ 91.7 128.0 97.1
Total all-in sustaining costs margin1 $/oz AuEq 802 915 804
Total all-in sustaining costs margin % 39 45 42

 

  1. Gold equivalent ounces produced and sold includes production of silver and copper converted to a gold equivalent based on a ratio of the average realized prices for each commodity sold in the period. Refer to "Gold Equivalent Reporting" on page 6 of the Company's MD&A for the relevant average realized prices by commodity.

Table 6: Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Earnings to Net Income

Three Months Ended
In millions of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
2024 2023 2023
Basic weighted average shares outstanding shares 85,949,559 85,885,453 85,869,276
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding shares 86,499,360 86,410,111 86,398,732
         
Net income $ 43.1 50.4 68.2
         
Adjustments:        
Unrealized foreign exchange gain $ (0.6) (0.7) (0.5)
Unrealized loss on derivative contracts $ 11.6 28.4 27.1
Remeasurement of share-based payments $ 4.2 (0.5) 3.6
Derecognition of provisions for uncertain tax positions $ (12.1) - (15.2)
Tax effect of above adjustments $ (3.3) (8.3) (9.0)
Tax effect of currency translation on tax base $ (7.0) (20.2) (23.9)
Adjusted net earnings $ 35.9 49.1 50.3
Per share - Basic $/share 0.42 0.57 0.59
Per share - Diluted $/share 0.42 0.57 0.58

 

Table 7: Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income

  Three Months Ended
  Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
  In millions of U.S. dollars 2024 2023 2023
  Net income $ 43.1 50.4 68.2
       
  Finance income, net $ (1.7) (2.0) (3.0)
  Depreciation and amortization1 $ 49.8 66.8 49.1
  Current income tax expense $ 26.2 50.5 16.8
  Deferred income tax recovery $ (19.4) (50.3) (28.6)
  EBITDA $ 98.0 115.4 102.5
       
  Adjustments:      
  Unrealized loss on derivative contracts $ 11.6 28.4 27.1
  Unrealized foreign exchange gain $ (0.6) (0.7) (0.5)
  Remeasurement of share-based payments $ 4.2 (0.5) 3.6
  Adjusted EBITDA $ 113.2 142.6 132.7

 

  1. Includes depreciation and amortization included in cost of sales, general and administrative expenses and exploration and evaluation expenses.

Table 8: Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Net Cash Generated from Operating Activities

Three Months Ended
Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
In millions of U.S. dollars 2024 2023 2023
Net cash generated from operating activities $ 79.8 120.0 47.0
Less:      
Additions to property, plant and equipment1 $ (126.1) (141.4) (99.7)
Lease payments $ (1.4) (1.6) (0.8)
Interest paid2 $ (1.4) (1.3) (0.5)
Free cash flow $ (49.1) (24.3) (54.0)

 

  1. The amount of cash expended on additions to property, plant and equipment in the period as reported on the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows.
  2. Including borrowing costs capitalized to property, plant and equipment.

Table 9: Reconciliation of Net Cash to Cash and Cash Equivalents

Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
In millions of U.S. dollars 2024 2023 2023
Cash and cash equivalents $ 113.2 172.8 321.9
Less: Lease-related obligations $ (44.0) (32.0) (3.5)
Net cash $ 69.2 140.8 318.4

 

Table 10: Reconciliation of Available Liquidity to Cash and Cash Equivalents

Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
In millions of U.S. dollars 2024 2023 2023
Cash and cash equivalents $ 113.2 172.8 321.9
Add: Available credit of the Debt Facility $ 292.1 292.1 242.1
Available liquidity $ 405.3 464.9 564.0

 

Table 11: Reconciliation of Unit Cost Measures to Production Costs

  Three Months Ended
  In millions of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted Mar 31, 2024 Dec 31, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
  Gold sold (oz) 111,642 138,794 118,455
  Tonnes mined - open pit (kt) 8,981 9,626 9,354
  Tonnes mined - underground (kt) 168 212 156
  Tonnes processed (kt) 1,194 1,218   1,177  
  Total cash costs:        
  Total cash costs ($) 102.5 122.8   84.0  
  Total cash costs per oz sold ($) 918 885   709  
  Breakdown of production costs $ $/t $ $/t $ $/t
  Mining - open pit 31.6 3.52 33.8 3.51 28.4 3.03
  Mining - underground 13.8 82.34 16.3 77.02 12.6 80.42
  Processing 42.5 35.64 45.5 37.36 39.7 33.72
  Site support 14.3 12.00 14.1 11.58 12.1 10.25
  Mexican profit sharing (PTU) 3.0 2.50 6.4 5.26 5.5 4.64
  Capitalized stripping (0.8) -   (21.2)  
  Inventory movement (4.3) -   3.5  
  Other 0.7 0.4   0.9  
  Production costs 100.8 116.5   81.5  

 

Table 12: Mineral Reserve Estimate - Morelos Complex (December 31, 2023)

  Tonnes Au Ag Cu Au Ag Cu AuEq AuEq
  (kt) (gpt) (gpt) (%) (koz) (koz) (Mlb) (gpt) (koz)
Media Luna Underground                   
 Proven 2,001 4.28 33.1 1.09 276 2,129 48 6.48 417
 Probable 21,568 2.56 24.2 0.84 1,775 16,749 401 4.24 2,943
 Proven & Probable 23,569 2.71 24.9 0.86 2,050 18,877 448 4.43 3,360
 ELG Underground
 Proven 1,497 5.77 8.0 0.30 277 385 10 6.28 302
 Probable 2,007 4.91 7.5 0.29 317 482 13 5.46 352
 Proven & Probable 3,504 5.28 7.7 0.30 594 867 23 5.81 654
 ELG Open Pit
 Proven 1,813 4.30 5.4 0.16 251 313 6 4.36 254
 Probable 3,741 2.51 4.5 0.20 302 538 16 2.58 310
 Proven & Probable 5,553 3.09 4.8 0.18 552 851 23 3.16 565
 Surface Stockpiles
 Proven 4,972 1.17 2.8 0.07 187 443 8 1.20 192
 Probable - - - - - - - - -
 Proven & Probable 4,972 1.17 2.8 0.07 187 443 8 1.20 192
 Total Morelos Complex
 Proven 10,283 3.00 9.9 0.32 991 3,269 72 3.52 1,165
 Probable 27,316 2.73 20.2 0.71 2,393 17,769 430 4.11 3,606
 Proven & Probable 37,598 2.80 17.4 0.61 3,384 21,038 502 3.95 4,771

 

Notes to accompany the mineral reserve table:

  1. Mineral reserves were developed in accordance with CIM (2014) guidelines.
  2. Rounding may result in apparent summation differences between tonnes, grade, and contained metal content. Surface stockpile mineral reserves are estimated using production and survey data and apply the same gold equivalent ("AuEq") formula as ELG Open Pits.
  3. AuEq of total reserves is established from combined contributions of the various deposits.
  4. The qualified person for the mineral reserve estimate is Johannes (Gertjan) Bekkers, P. Eng., VP of Mines Technical Services.
  5. The qualified person is not aware of mining, metallurgical, infrastructure, permitting, or other factors that materially affect the mineral reserve estimates.

Notes to accompany the Media Luna Underground mineral reserves:

  1. Mineral reserves are based on Media Luna Measured & Indicated mineral resources with an effective date of December 31, 2023.
  2. Media Luna Underground mineral reserves are reported above an in-situ ore cut-off grade of 2.4 g/t AuEq.
  3. Media Luna Underground cut-off grades and mining shapes are considered appropriate for a metal price of $1,500/oz gold ("Au"), $19/oz silver ("Ag") and $3.50/lb copper ("Cu") and metal recoveries of 90% Au, 86% Ag, and 93% Cu.
  4. Mineral reserves within designed mine shapes assume long-hole open stoping, supplemented with mechanized cut-and-fill mining and includes estimates for dilution and mining losses.
  5. Media Luna Underground AuEq = Au (g/t) + Ag (g/t) * (0.0121) + Cu (%) * (1.6533), accounting for metal prices and metallurgical recoveries.

Notes to accompany the ELG Underground mineral reserves:

  1. Mineral reserves are founded on Measured and Indicated mineral resources, with an effective date of December 31, 2023, for ELG Underground (including Sub-Sill, El Limón Deep and El Limón Sur Trend deposits).
  2. ELG Underground mineral reserves are reported above an in-situ ore cut-off grade of 2.8 g/t AuEq and an in-situ incremental cut-off grade of 1.6 g/t AuEq.
  3. Cut-off grades and mining shapes are considered appropriate for a metal price of $1,500/oz gold ("Au"), $19/oz silver ("Ag") and $3.50/lb copper ("Cu") and metal recoveries of 90% Au, 86% Ag, and 93% Cu, accounting for the planned copper concentrator.
  4. Mineral reserves within designed mine shapes assume mechanized cut and fill mining method and include estimates for dilution and mining losses.
  5. Mineral reserves are reported using an Au price of US$1,500/oz, Ag price of US$19/oz, and Cu price of US$3.50/lb.
  6. ELG Underground AuEq = Au (g/t) + Ag (g/t) * (0.0121) + Cu (%) * (1.6533), accounting for metal prices and metallurgical recoveries.

Notes to accompany the ELG Open Pit mineral reserves and Surface Stockpiles:

  1. Mineral reserves are founded on Measured and Indicated mineral resources, with an effective date of December 31, 2023, for El Limón and El Limón Sur deposits.
  2. ELG Open Pit mineral reserves are reported above an in-situ cut-off grade of 1.2 g/t Au.
  3. ELG Low Grade mineral reserves are reported above an in-situ cut-off grade of 0.88 g/t Au.
  4. It is planned that ELG Low Grade mineral reserves within the designed pits will be stockpiled during pit operation and processed during pit closure.
  5. Mineral reserves within the designed pits include assumed estimates for dilution and ore losses.
  6. Cut-off grades and designed pits are considered appropriate for a metal price of $1,500/oz Au and metal recovery of 89% Au.
  7. Mineral reserves are reported using an Au price of US$1,500/oz, Ag price of US$19/oz, and Cu price of US$3.50/lb.
  8. Average metallurgical recoveries of 89% for Au, 30% for Ag, and 15% for Cu.
  9. ELG Open Pit (including surface stockpiles) AuEq = Au (g/t) + Ag (g/t) * (0.0043) + Cu (%) * (0.2697), accounting for metal prices and metallurgical recoveries.

Table 13: Mineral Resource Estimate - Morelos Complex (December 31, 2023)

  Tonnes Au Ag Cu Au Ag Cu AuEq AuEq
  (kt) (gpt) (gpt) (%) (koz) (koz) (Mlb) (gpt) (koz)
 Media Luna Underground                 
 Measured 1,835 5.26 41.7 1.37 310 2,463 55 8.00 472
 Indicated 25,616 2.99 29.5 1.04 2,463 24,328 585 5.03 4,146
 Measured & Indicated 27,451 3.14 30.4 1.06 2,774 26,791 640 5.23 4,618
 Inferred 7,330 2.54 23.0 0.88 598 5,408 142 4.25 1,001
 ELG Underground
 Measured 3,451 5.48 7.9 0.32 608 876 24 6.10 677
 Indicated 4,725 4.46 7.4 0.30 677 1,126 31 5.03 765
 Measured & Indicated 8,176 4.89 7.6 0.31 1,285 2,002 55 5.48 1,441
 Inferred 2,396 4.60 8.0 0.35 355 620 19 5.28 407
 EPO Underground
 Measured - - - - - - - - -
 Indicated 6,979 2.66 30.0 1.27 597 6,728 195 5.14 1,153
 Measured & Indicated 6,979 2.66 30.0 1.27 597 6,728 195 5.14 1,153
 Inferred 4,960 2.00 37.0 1.24 318 5,908 136 4.52 721
 ELG Open Pit
 Measured 1,812 4.41 5.5 0.16 257 323 6 4.47 261
 Indicated 4,299 2.50 4.4 0.18 346 606 17 2.57 355
 Measured & Indicated 6,110 3.07 4.7 0.17 602 929 23 3.13 615
 Inferred 399 2.06 1.5 0.05 26 19 0 2.08 27
 Total Morelos Complex
 Measured 7,098 5.15 16.0 0.55 1,175 3,662 86 6.18 1,409
 Indicated 41,619 3.05 24.5 0.90 4,083 32,787 827 4.80 6,418
 Measured & Indicated 48,717 3.36 23.3 0.85 5,258 36,449 913 5.00 7,828
 Inferred 15,085 2.67 24.7 0.89 1,297 11,955 297 4.45 2,156

 

Notes to accompany the mineral resource table:

  1. CIM (2014) definitions were followed for mineral resources.
  2. Mineral resources are depleted above a mining surface or to the as-mined solids as of December 31, 2023.
  3. Gold equivalent ("AuEq") of total mineral resources is established from combined contributions of the various deposits.
  4. Mineral resources for all deposits are based on an underlying gold ("Au") price of US$1,650/oz, silver ("Ag") price of US$22/oz, and copper ("Cu") price of US$3.75/lb.
  5. Mineral resources are inclusive of mineral reserves.
  6. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
  7. Numbers may not add due to rounding.
  8. The estimate was prepared by Ms. Carolina Milla, P.Eng. (Alberta), Principal, Mineral Resources

Notes to accompany Media Luna Underground mineral resources:

  1. The effective date of the estimate is December 31, 2023.
  2. Mineral resources for Media Luna Underground are reported above a 2.0 g/t AuEq cut-off grade.
  3. Metallurgical recoveries at Media Luna Underground average 90% Au, 86% Ag, and 93% Cu.
  4. The assumed mining method is from underground methods, using a combination of long-hole open stoping and mechanized cut-and-fill.
  5. Media Luna Underground AuEq = Au (g/t) + (Ag (g/t) * 0.0127) + (Cu (%) * 1.6104), accounting for underlying metal prices and metallurgical recoveries for Media Luna Underground.

Notes to accompany ELG Underground mineral resources:

  1. The effective date of the estimate is December 31, 2023.
  2. Mineral resources for ELG Underground are reported above a cut-off grade of 2.2 g/t AuEq.
  3. Average metallurgical recoveries are 90% Au, 86% Ag, and 93% Cu, accounting for recoveries with planned copper concentrator.
  4. The assumed mining method is underground cut and fill.
  5. ELG Underground AuEq = Au (g/t) + (Ag (g/t) * 0.0127) + (Cu (%) * 1.6104), accounting for underlying metal prices and metallurgical recoveries for ELG Underground.

Notes to accompany EPO Underground mineral resources:

  1. The effective date of the estimate is December 31, 2023.
  2. Mineral resources for EPO Underground are reported above a 2.0 g/t AuEq cut-off grade.
  3. Metallurgical recoveries at EPO average 87% Au, 85% Ag, and 92% Cu.
  4. The assumed mining method is from underground methods, using long-hole open stoping.
  5. EPO Underground AuEq = Au (g/t) + (Ag (g/t) * 0.0130) + (Cu (%) * 1.6480), accounting for underlying metal prices and metallurgical recoveries for EPO Underground.

Notes to accompany the ELG Open Pit mineral resources:

  1. The effective date of the estimate is December 31, 2023.
  2. Mineral resources for ELG Open Pit are reported above an in-situ cut-off grade of 0.78 g/t Au.
  3. Average metallurgical recoveries are 89% Au, 30% Ag, and 15% Cu.
  4. Mineral resources are reported inside an optimized pit shell, underground mineral reserves at ELD within the El Limón pit shell have been excluded from the open pit mineral resources.
  5. ELG Open Pit AuEq = Au (g/t) + (Ag (g/t) * 0.0045) + (Cu (%) * 0.2627), accounting for underlying metal prices and metallurgical recoveries for ELG Open Pit.

ABOUT TOREX GOLD RESOURCES INC.

Torex is an intermediate gold producer based in Canada, engaged in the exploration, development, and operation of its 100% owned Morelos Property, an area of 29,000 hectares in the highly prospective Guerrero Gold Belt located 180 kilometres southwest of Mexico City. The Company's principal asset is the Morelos Complex, which includes the El Limón Guajes ("ELG") Mine Complex, the Media Luna Project, a processing plant, and related infrastructure. Commercial production from the Morelos Complex commenced on April 1, 2016 and an updated Technical Report for the Morelos Complex was released in March 2022. Torex's key strategic objectives are: integrate and optimize the Morelos Property; deliver Media Luna to full production; grow reserves and resources; disciplined growth and capital allocation; retain and attract best industry talent; and build on ESG excellence.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

TOREX GOLD RESOURCES INC. Jody KuzenkoPresident and CEO Direct: (647) 725-9982 jody.kuzenko@torexgold.com

Dan RollinsSenior Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations Direct: (647) 260-1503 dan.rollins@torexgold.com

QUALIFIED PERSONSThe scientific and technical information contained in this press release pertaining to mineral reserves and mineral resources has been reviewed and approved by Johannes (Gertjan) Bekkers, P.Eng., Vice President, Mine Technical Services of Torex Gold Resources Inc. and a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.

CAUTIONARY NOTES ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATIONThis press release contains "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information also includes, but is not limited to, statements that: the Company is on track to deliver on full-year production and cost guidance with funding surplus in-hand to complete the Media Luna Project; with decreasing costs expected through 2024 as open pit stripping winds down, we are well-positioned to deliver even stronger margins should the gold price remain at current levels; development and construction activities are tracking to plan with first concentrate production anticipated before year end and commercial production expected early next year; we are well-positioned to return to positive free cash flow in mid-2025; our first quarter results have laid the foundation for what we expect will be a transformational year for the Company and our shareholders; the Company is on track to achieve annual production guidance of 400,000 to 450,000 oz; the Company is on track to achieve guidance of 410,000 to 460,000 oz AuEq; costs are expected to decrease through 2024 as stripping requirements continue to decline with the wind down of the open pits and as such, the Company is on track to achieve full year total cash costs guidance of $860 to $910 per oz and all-in sustaining costs guidance of $1,100 to $1,160 per oz; quarterly expenditures are expected to remain above $100 million through 2024 before declining in Q4 2024 as the Media Luna Project nears completion and commercial production is subsequently declared; there has been no change in full year guidance of $350.0 to $400.0 million on project capital expenditures; and the positive results from the 2023 drilling program support the Company’s goal to maintain annual production of more than 450,000 oz AuEq beyond 2027 and extend the overall life of the Morelos Complex well beyond 2033; and key strategic objectives are: integrate and optimize the Morelos Property; deliver Media Luna to full production; grow reserves and resources; disciplined growth and capital allocation; retain and attract best industry talent; and build on ESG excellence. Generally, forward-looking information and statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “forecast,” “plans,” “expects,” or “does not expect,” “is expected,” “strategic” or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “will”, “may,” “could,” “would,” “might,” or “on track,”, or “well positioned to” occur. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties identified in the technical report (the “Technical Report”) released on March 31, 2022, entitled “NI 43-101 Technical Report ELG Mine Complex Life Of Mine Plan and Media Luna Feasibility Study”, which has an effective date of March 16, 2022, and the Company’s annual information form (“AIF”) and management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) or other unknown but potentially significant impacts. Forward-looking information and statements are based on the assumptions discussed in the Technical Report, AIF and MD&A and such other reasonable assumptions, estimates, analysis and opinions of management made in light of its experience and perception of trends, current conditions and expected developments, and other factors that management believes are relevant and reasonable in the circumstances at the date such statements are made. Although the company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information or future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws. The Technical Report, MD&A and AIF are filed on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca and available on the Company’s website at www.torexgold.com.

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