K92 Mining surpasses Covid-19 challenges to fulfill 2021 gold manufacturing aim

K92 Mining (TSX:KNT) met its diminished 2021 gold manufacturing goal due to a powerful fourth quarter and first manufacturing from the Judd vein at its Kainantu gold mine in Papua New Guinea, the corporate mentioned.  

The corporate produced  36,145 oz. gold-equivalent within the fourth quarter— the highest quarterly output in 2021— which pushed its annual manufacturing to 104,196 gold-equivalent ounces.  

The firm had diminished its annual steering in November to between 96,000 and 102,000 gold-equivalent oz., down from its earlier steering of 115,000 to 135,000 oz. gold-equivalent resulting from employees shortages from quarantine necessities and absenteeism resulting from Covid-19.   

“The fourth quarter delivered our strongest quarter up to now on the Kainantu gold mine with file manufacturing,” John Lewins, the corporate’s CEO, mentioned in a information launch, including that K92 Mining additionally acquired off to an “glorious begin” in stoping at Judd, the corporate’s “new mining frontier.”  

“Covid-19 was actually a think about This fall, with a file surge of instances throughout the first two months pushed by the Delta variant in Papua New Guinea,” Lewins acknowledged. “Our Covid-19 management measures on web site held up very properly, though there have been impacts from absenteeism.” 

Up to now K92 says over 65% of its workforce has been vaccinated with a minimum of one dose. 

The corporate noticed restoration charges of 92.8% and 92.9% for gold and copper, respectively, within the fourth quarter, the very best recoveries recorded final 12 months. 

Whereas the corporate was centered on infill drilling at its Kora deposit to improve its inferred sources to measured and indicated in 2021 for its upcoming feasibility research and up to date preliminary financial evaluation, in 2022, it goals to work on extra exploration actions and broaden its sources. 

The useful resource progress vein drilling is concentrated on Kora, Judd, Judd South, and Kora South. Of those targets, the best focus in on Judd, with a majority of the underground drill rigs already focusing on it. The main focus is on increasing the present recognized mineralized space up-dip, down-dip, and alongside strike to the north and south,” David Medilek, the corporate’s Vice President, Growth and Investor Relations, informed The Northern Miner. 

“These targets symbolize roughly 1 km strike extension of Judd and Kora… importantly, that is the primary time that these targets have ever been drilled and there presently is one drill rig working with plans so as to add a second drill rig shortly.” 

Medilek additional mentioned that K92 is focusing on the Blue Lake porphyry, the positioning’s “highest precedence copper-gold porphyry.”

“Over the previous two years an in depth shallow floor vector drilling program was accomplished and we are actually endeavor deeper focused drilling, focusing on the doubtless higher-grade potassic core,” mentioned Medilek.  

BMO analyst Andrew Mikitchook, who follows K92, mentioned that the corporate’s fourth quarter manufacturing outcomes “beat our expectations of 29,000 oz. gold-equivalent.”  

“This fall’s outcomes indicated sturdy outcomes at Judd the place mining started within the quarter, in addition to file mining tonnage and processing throughput,” he wrote in a analysis observe to purchasers. “KNT can also be advancing its Stage 2A growth that can improve manufacturing 25% by year-end.”  

Mikitchook added that the corporate had the “profit of getting a number of mining areas.”  

“Judd opens up a brand new mining space at Kainantu along with mining on the Kora deposit, and provides operational flexibility and the chance to extend mining manufacturing because it ramps up,” Mikitchook famous. 

The BMO analyst expects the corporate’s Stage 2A growth to extend throughput by 25% to 1,370 tonnes per day by the tip of 2022. He additionally expects Kainantu to supply 149,000 oz. gold-equivalent this 12 months, a 43% improve from 2021.  

“Throughout This fall the primary stope of [the] Judd #1 vein was mined, contributing to file throughput of 99,700 tonnes on the plant (versus 89.7kt est), greater grades of 11.2 grams gold per tonne (versus 10.5 grams gold per tonne est), and robust recoveries of 92.8% (versus 90.5% est),” Ovais Habib, an analyst who covers the corporate for Scotiabank acknowledged in a analysis observe.  

Positioned within the Jap Highlands province, K92 purchased the 86,000-hectare Kainantu mine from Barrick Gold (TSX: ABX; NYSE: GOLD) in 2014. In keeping with K92, the property hosts many extremely potential vein discipline and porphyry targets, and the corporate is testing a number of targets on the identical time. 

At presstime, K2 Mining was buying and selling at $7.32 per share inside a 52-week buying and selling vary of $5.75 and $9.36.  The corporate has 221.9 million frequent shares excellent for a market cap of $1.63 billion.   

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