VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Nov. 10, 2011) – Aura Minerals Inc. (TSX:ORA) (“Aura Minerals” or the “Company”) announces adapted ability and assets estimates for the São Francisco Abundance and São Vicente Abundance (the “Brazilian Mines”) in Mato Grosso State, Brazil.
As was adumbrated in the Company’s Anniversary Advice Anatomy anachronous March 30, 2011, as able-bodied as the abstruse letters anachronous March 30, 2011 in account of anniversary of the Brazilian Mines1,2, studies accept apparent that the adaptation amid the mineral ability models and abundance assembly adapted added assay as the Brazilian Mines produced added ore tonnes at lower grades than was predicted by the mineral ability models. As a result, Rogerio Moreno, AusIMM, of MCB Serviços e Mineração Ltda. (“MCB”), the absolute Qualified Person for the above-mentioned abstruse reports, recommended that the mineral ability models be adapted and the admiration ambit adapted to advance the reconciliation.
1 National Instrument 43-101 adjustable abstruse address anachronous March 30, 2011, and advantaged “Resources and Affluence on the São Francisco Abundance in the Municipality of Vila Bela da Santissima Trindade, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil” able for Aura Minerals by Rogerio Moreno, AusIMM, of MCB Serviços e Mineração Ltda. (the “São Francisco Abstruse Report”), a archetype of which may be begin on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
2 National Instrument 43-101 adjustable abstruse address anachronous March 30, 2011, and advantaged “Resources and Affluence on the São Vicente Abundance in the Municipality of Nova Lacerda, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil” able for Aura Minerals by Rogerio Moreno, AusIMM, of MCB Serviços e Mineração Ltda. (the “São Vicente Abstruse Report”), a archetype of which may be begin on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
In afterlight the mineral ability and assets estimates for anniversary of the Brazilian Mines, the Aggregation has reinterpreted the geological models acclimated to appraisal the mineral assets and reserves. This has resulted in new geological block models that are added deeply accountable to accepted conduct abstracts and bigger reflect the alternate attributes of the mineralization at anniversary mine. Through this process, the Aggregation has developed a new abundance plan for anniversary Brazilian Abundance to advance adaptation and aplomb in the abundance plan assembly forecasts. However, the reinterpretation of the geological models and the use of adapted abundance architecture parameters, including college absolute grades absorption accepted operating experience, accept resulted in a abridgement in the mineral ability and assets estimates at the Brazilian Mines.
The Aggregation has a the Departamento Nacional de Produção Mineral in Brazil (the Ministry of Mines administering amenable for the administering of mineral resources) of the changes to the mineral ability and assets estimates and will be gluttonous approval of the new abundance plans, area required.
Updated Ability and Assets Appraisal at the São Vicente Mine
As declared above, the reinterpretation of the geological archetypal and the use of adapted abundance architecture parameters, including a college mineral ability and assets absolute brand of 0.25 g/t gold for dump bleed ore (“DLO”) and 0.40 g/t gold for ashamed force ore (“CGO”), accept resulted in a abridgement in the mineral ability and assets estimates at the São Vicente Mine.
Table 1 beneath presents the adapted mineral ability appraisal for the São Vicente Abundance at a 0.25 g/t gold absolute for DLO and 0.40 g/t gold absolute for CGO as compared to the December 31, 2010 ability estimate3 at a 0.13 g/t gold cut-off. Table 2 presents the adapted mineral assets appraisal at a 0.25 g/t gold absolute for DLO and 0.40 g/t gold for CGO as compared to the December 31, 2010 assets estimate4 at a 0.15 g/t gold cut-off.
3 The December 31, 2010 ability appraisal is set out in the São Vicente Abstruse Report.
4 The December 31, 2010 assets appraisal is set out in the São Vicente Abstruse Report.
The access in the absolute brand for mineral assets and affluence to 0.25 g/t gold is primarily based on the afterward two factors: (i) a cogent access in absolute operating costs back December 31, 2010, including added labour costs, architect ante and costs of consumables and the stronger Brazilian absolute and inflation; and, (ii) a abridgement in DLO accretion based on contempo cavalcade assay work. It is important to agenda that accretion from DLO alone represents a baby allocation of absolute gold assembly from the São Vicente Mine, as the majority of gold assembly comes from the processing of CGO, the accretion of which charcoal at 80%.
Table 1 – São Vicente Abundance Mineral Ability Estimate
Note: Mineral assets in Table 1 aloft are across-the-board of mineral reserves.
Table 2 – São Vicente Abundance Mineral Assets Estimate
Update Ability and Assets Appraisal at the São Francisco Mine
As declared above, the reinterpretation of the geological archetypal and the use of adapted abundance architecture parameters, including a college mineral ability absolute brand of 0.23 g/t gold, accept resulted in a abridgement in the mineral ability and assets estimates at the São Francisco Mine.
Table 3 beneath presents the adapted mineral ability appraisal for the São Francisco Abundance at a 0.23 g/t gold absolute as compared to the December 31, 2010 ability estimate5 at a 0.15 g/t gold cut-off. Table 4 presents the adapted mineral assets appraisal at a 0.25 g/t gold absolute as compared to the December 31, 2010 assets estimate6 at a 0.30 g/t gold cut-off.
5 The December 31, 2010 ability appraisal is set out in the São Francisco Abstruse Report.
6 The December 31, 2010 assets appraisal is set out in the São Francisco Abstruse Report.
The access in the absolute brand for mineral assets to 0.23 g/t gold is based on a assurance that absolute amid 0.15 g/t gold and 0.23 g/t gold no best has a reasonable anticipation of bread-and-er abstraction based on accepted operating parameters.
It should be acclaimed that the mineral ability tonnages are alone hardly beyond than the mineral assets tonnages admitting applying a college gold bulk of $1,700 per ounce for the mineral ability pit carapace against $1,500 per ounce for mineral reserves. This is due to a beyond activated pit architecture acclimated to accompany in best ounces and accommodate operational flexibility.
Table 3 – São Francisco Abundance Mineral Ability Estimate
Note: Mineral assets in Table 3 aloft are across-the-board of mineral reserves.
Table 4 – São Francisco Abundance Mineral Assets Estimate
Key Aspects of the Proposed New Abundance Plan for the São Vicente Mine:
Key Aspects of the Proposed New Abundance Plan for the São Francisco Mine:
Results of the Proposed New Abundance Plans
The beneath abundance lives and the abatement in mineral affluence and assets accept resulted in the Aggregation assessing whether the accustomed bulk of the Brazilian Mines’ abiding assets and accompanying amicableness are impaired. The Aggregation is currently finalizing this appraisal and expects to almanac an crime allegation of about $40 actor in its third division 2011 results, based on accord gold bulk forecasts and the absolute accomplishing of new Brazilian tax laws with account to PIS/COFINS, amid added assumptions.
Commenting on the new abundance plans, Mr. Jim Bannantine, President and CEO of Aura Minerals, stated, “The new abundance affairs consistent from our re-interpretation of the ability models accept produced alloyed results. While we are aghast that the bargain abundance lives and the lower grades at the São Francisco Abundance will abate absolute recoverable ounces, the new optimized pits accept been advised to lower banknote costs7 and abatement operational accident at these operations. We additionally abide to attending at added opportunities to optimize efficiencies and access gold assembly from these mines. At the São Vicente Mine, for example, we abide to acquisition baby quantities of ore that were advised decay in the ability model, and this continues to account assembly at this operation. The $12 actor slimes retreatment bulb for accretion of gold in the tailing slimes at the São Francisco Abundance is no best actuality considered. Rather, the slimes will be activated anon on the bleed pads and, with little added cost, are accepted to accomplish an added 4,000 ounces of gold annually. Lastly, it should additionally be acclaimed that we accept adapted our acclaim accessories to acquiesce for gold ambiguity and, accustomed the accepted akin of gold prices, we ahead implementing a gold barrier program, either in the anatomy of collars or assiduously to booty advantage of the college prices and defended banknote flows at these operations.”
7 See cautionary agenda apropos non-GAAP measures.
Mineral Ability and Assets Admiration Procedures for the Brazilian Mines
The ability and assets admiration for the Brazilian Mines has been able for Aura Minerals, beneath the administering of Ivan C. Machado, M.Sc., P.E., P.Eng., Principal of TechnoMine Services, LLC, an absolute Qualified Person for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101. A address beneath National Instrument 43-101, advice the adapted ability and assets estimates for anniversary of the Brazilian Mines, is actuality able by MCB, beneath the administering of Mr. Machado and will be filed by Aura Minerals on SEDAR aural 45 days. Mr. Machado has additionally advised and accustomed the capacity of this account absolution as applicable.
The mineral assets and affluence for the São Vicente Abundance were estimated by application accustomed kriging accountable by bristles 3D mineralization solids. These debris were authentic via structural ability and a aggregate of quartz veining, sericite alteration, and about a 0.30 ppm gold cut-off. Block ambit were 10 x 10 x 10 m. The drop has been activated by 61,157 m of drilling, comprised of 396 apparent and underground holes accomplished amid 1990 and January, 2011. Brand admiration was based on analyses of 13,069 (12,713 accurate and 356 missing/not sampled) five-metre fixed-length composites. Statistical assay articular high-grade outliers and a absolute of 39 gold composites were capped aural the mineralized zones, with a added six composites capped alfresco those zones. The boilerplate metal accident beyond the absolute drop was about 11%; however, gold metal agreeable aural the Main Area was bargain by alone 4.7%.
The mineral assets and affluence for the São Francisco Abundance were estimated by application accustomed kriging accountable by three 3D debris that were authentic by alteration, sulphide content, the attendance of arresting gold and breach gold grade. An indicator block archetypal was acclimated to added bisect these zones into college and lower brand domains based on the anticipation of a block accepting a brand greater than a 0.15 ppm gold cut-off; which was begin to best archetypal the potentially bread-and-er mineralization. Block ambit were 10 x 10 x 10 m. The drop has been activated by 93,667 m of drilling, comprised of 524 bulk holes accomplished amid 1990 and November, 2010. Brand admiration was based on analyses of 19,492 five-metre fixed-length composites. Statistical assay articular high-grade outliers and a absolute of 20 gold composites were capped aural the aerial brand domains, apery an boilerplate metal accident aural this area of 5.8%. Aural the low brand domains, 101 composites were capped, apery an boilerplate metal accident of 15%. An added nine composites were capped aural the waste.
This account absolution includes a non-GAAP achievement measures, in particular, the absolute banknote costs of gold per ounce produced. This non-GAAP admeasurement does not accept any connected acceptation aural International Banking Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and accordingly may not be commensurable to agnate measures presented by added companies. The Aggregation believes that this advice is advantageous to administering and assertive investors in evaluating the Company’s performance. The abstracts presented is advised to accommodate added advice and should not be advised in a or as a acting for measures of achievement able in accordance with IFRS. Banknote costs are presented as they represent an industry accepted adjustment of comparing assertive costs on a per assemblage basis. Absolute banknote costs accommodate on-site mining, processing and, administering costs, off-site adorning and ability charges, bargain by by-product credits, but exclude amortization, reclamation, and assay costs, as able-bodied as basic expenditures. Absolute banknote costs are disconnected by ounces produced to access at per ounce banknote costs.
About Aura Minerals Inc.
Aura Minerals is a Canadian mid-tier gold and nut assembly aggregation focused on the exploration, development and operation of gold and abject metal projects in the Americas. The Company’s bearing assets accommodate the San Andres gold abundance in Honduras, the São Francisco and São Vicente gold mines in Brazil and the copper-gold-silver Aranzazu Abundance in Mexico. Added cogent assets accommodate the feasibility-stage Serrote Drop at the copper-gold-iron ore Arapiraca Activity in Brazil.
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All advanced statements are based on the Company’s or its consultants’ accepted behavior as able-bodied as assorted assumptions fabricated by and advice currently accessible to them. These assumptions include, after limitation: (i) the attendance of and chain of metals at the Brazilian Mines at modeled grades; (ii) the capacities of assorted accouterment and equipment; (iii) the availability of personnel, accouterment and accessories at estimated prices; (iv) barter rates; (v) metals and minerals sales prices; (vi) adapted abatement rates; (vii) tax ante and ability ante applicative to the mining operations; (viii) banknote costs; (ix) advancing mining losses and dilution; (x) metals accretion rates, (xi) reasonable accident requirements; and (xiii) cancellation of authoritative approvals on adequate terms. Although administering considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on advice currently accessible to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Many advanced statements are fabricated d the definiteness of added advanced attractive statements, such as statements of net present bulk and centralized amount of return, which are based on best of the added advanced statements and assumptions herein. The bulk advice is additionally able application accepted values, but the time for incurring the costs will be in the approaching and it is affected costs will abide abiding over the accordant period.
By their absolute nature, advanced statements absorb inherent risks and uncertainties, both accepted and specific, and risks abide that estimates, forecasts, projections and added advanced statements will not be accomplished or that assumptions do not reflect approaching experience. We attention readers not to abode disproportionate assurance on these advanced statements as a cardinal of important factors could account the absolute outcomes to alter materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations, anticipations, estimates assumptions and intentions bidding in such advanced statements. These accident factors may be about declared as the accident that the assumptions and estimates bidding aloft do not occur, but accurately include, after limitation, risks apropos to variations in the mineral agreeable aural the absolute articular as mineral affluence and mineral assets from that predicted, changes in development or mining affairs due to changes in logistical, abstruse or added factors, the appulse of accepted business and bread-and-er conditions, all-around clamminess and acclaim availability on the timing of banknote flows and the ethics of assets and liabilities based on projected approaching conditions, clashing metal prices (such as gold, copper, silver, nickel and adamant ore), bill barter ante (such as the Canadian dollar, Brazilian Real, Mexican Peso and the Honduran Lempira against the United States dollar), accessible variations in ore brand or accretion rates, changes in accounting policies, changes in the Company’s accumulated resources, changes in activity ambit as affairs abide to be refined, changes in activity development and assembly time frames, the achievability of activity bulk overruns or hasty costs and expenses, college prices for fuel, steel, power, labour and added consumables accidental to college costs and accepted risks of the mining industry, abortion of plant, accessories or processes to accomplish as anticipated, abrupt changes in abundance life, final appraisement for apply sales, hasty after-effects of approaching studies, seasonality and hasty acclimate changes, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of assay activities, acknowledged achievement of proposed acquisitions, allowing time lines, government adjustment of mining operations, ecology risks, hasty affirmation expenses, appellation disputes or claims, limitations on allowance advantage and timing and accessible aftereffect of awaiting action and labour disputes, as able-bodied as those accident factors discussed or referred to in the Company’s Anniversary Advice Form, anachronous March 30, 2011, beneath the branch “Item 4.2 – Accident Factors”, in the anniversary banking statements and management’s altercation and assay of the Aggregation for the year concluded December 31, 2010, in the São Francisco Abstruse Report, in the São Vicente Abstruse Address and in the abstruse letters apropos to anniversary of the Brazilian Mines accepted to be filed by the Aggregation aural 45 days. The above account of factors that may affect approaching after-effects is not exhaustive.
When relying on our advanced statements, investors and others should anxiously accede the above factors and added uncertainties and abeyant events. The Aggregation does not undertake to amend any advanced statement, whether accounting or oral, that may be fabricated from time to time by the Aggregation or on account of the Company, except as adapted by law.
The advanced statements independent herein is presented for the purpose of acceptable investors in compassionate the Company’s accepted banking and operational achievement and after-effects as at and for the periods concluded on the dates presented in the Company’s affairs and objectives and may not be adapted for added purposes. The clairvoyant is additionally cautioned that mineral assets that are not mineral affluence do not accept approved bread-and-er viability.
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