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Argonaut Gold Achieves First Gold Pour at its Magino Mine in Northern Ontario

Jun 15, 2023

Argonaut Gold achieved its first gold pour at its Magino Mine on June 14th, 2023. Process plant ramp-up remains on schedule with commercial production expected in the third quarter of 2023. Magino is Argonaut's first Canadian operation and is located in Dubreuilville, Ontario.

"We are proud of the Argonaut team for delivering Canada's newest gold mine. The Magino mine is key to achieving our vision to become a low-cost, mid-tier North America gold producer that creates significant value for all our stakeholders and proudly demonstrates responsible mining. We thank all our employees, contractors, and community partners for their hard work and dedication that has led us to this exciting project milestone," stated Richard Young, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"With the first gold pour milestone behind us, we are now focused on completing commissioning and ramping up the mill to steady state. In addition, we are looking to further grow our flagship gold mine as we commence a reserve development drilling program intending to increase reserves in combination with studies to expand and optimize mill throughput, both scheduled to begin later this summer," stated Marc Leduc, Chief Operating Officer.

Magino is expected to produce between 72,000 to 81,000 ounces of gold in 2023 at cash costs of between $850 and $950 per ounce and approximately 148,000 ounces of gold at a cash cost of $868 per ounce in 2024, its first full year of production(1).

Argonaut is also pursuing additional growth opportunities at Magino. The company is scheduled to begin a 12 to 15-month exploration and reserve development program, in the third quarter, to convert open pit resources to reserves within the current resource pit cone, test deep underground high-grade targets, and test open pit targets along strike west of the current deposit. In parallel, a review of mill optimization and expansion opportunities will commence in the third quarter, to potentially raise throughput rates and increase annual production. Metrics from Magino's NI 43-101 technical report(1) provide a static base case for analysis.

The 2024 full-year guidance for the Magino Project is based on assumptions presented in the technical report titled "Magino Gold Project, Ontario, Canada, NI 43-101 Technical Report, Mineral Resource, and Mineral Reserve Update", dated effective as of February 14, 2022, prepared by John M. Marek, P. Eng., Independent Mining Consultants, Inc.; Christo Marais, P. Geo., Argonaut; Philip Addis, P. Eng., SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.; Tommaso Roberto Raponi, P. Eng., T.R. Raponi Consulting Ltd.; and Kyle L. Stanfield, P. Eng., Argonaut Gold.

Argonaut Gold is a Canadian gold company with a portfolio of operations and multi-stage assets in North America. Focused on becoming a low-cost, mid-tier gold producer, the company is in the commissioning phase at its Magino mine, located in Ontario, Canada. Magino is expected to achieve commercial production in the third quarter of 2023 and become Argonaut's largest and lowest-cost mine. 

The ramp-up of Magino will be the first step in transforming the company as it enters a pivotal growth stage. Argonaut Gold also has three operating mines including the Florida Canyon mine in Nevada, USA, where it is pursuing potential for redevelopment and additional growth, La Colorada mine in Sonora, Mexico, and San Agustin mine in Durango, Mexico. 


For further information: Joanna Longo, Investor Relations, Phone: 416-575-6965, Email: joanna.longo@argonautgold.com

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