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IAMGOLD appoints interim President and updates Coté Gold

May 5, 2022

IAMGOLD Corporation (NYSE: IAG) (TSX: IMG) ("IAMGOLD" or the "Company") today reported its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, the appointment of current Chair of the Board, Maryse Bélanger, as Interim President and CEO and an update to the Côté Gold Project. 

Maryse Belanger, Chair of the Board and incoming Interim President and CEO, said: "The Company delivered good results in the first quarter of 2022, resulting primarily from solid operating performance at Essakane. However, preliminary cost estimates from the ongoing risk analysis at our Côté development project, coupled with the need for additional liquidity represent significant near- and mid-term challenges. 

"Given the complexity of the business from both an operational and project development standpoint, in addition to the need to actively investigate financing measures, further management capacity is needed to bridge the gap until a search for a permanent CEO is concluded. As a result, I have agreed to step in as Interim President and CEO. On behalf of the entire Board, I thank Daniella for effectively leading the Company through a difficult period. I am looking forward to working closely with Daniella and the rest of the management team to complete the Côté risk analysis and advance project development, to continue operational and efficiency improvements at our mines, and to address the Company's liquidity. I am confident we will address these near-term challenges and we remain fully focused on our goal of becoming a leading high-margin gold producer."

Daniella Dimitrov, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, said: "I am delighted to welcome Maryse as Interim President and CEO. She has been actively engaged in the business since being appointed Chair and I look forward to working more closely with her under her leadership as Interim President and CEO. Her proven strengths and experience in operational and efficiency improvements and in project development bring important capacity and capability to the management team as we actively address the challenges before us."

Côté Gold Project (IAMGOLD interest - 64.75%)

As of March 31, 2022, detailed engineering reached approximately 96.6% with plant civil and concrete deliverables principally completed and mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation continuing. Overall the Project was approximately 49% complete. The following provides an update on project activities for the first quarter 2022:

Project ActivityUpdate

Health and safetyThe project surpassed 4.7 million hours with no lost time injuries. Our COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy and monitoring programs remained in place. 

Earthworks activitiesMajor earthworks continued with the main focus on ensuring key infrastructure is in place ahead of the spring thaw. Water realignment channel work continued. Foundation excavation and construction work progressed at the New Lake North Dam and Diversion Channel, the TMF East Starter Dam and the North Sedimentation Pond Dam, and excavation of the New Lake. The Haul Road 5 overpass arch construction was completed. Earthworks productivity improved over the quarter; however continued to lag due to COVID-19 absenteeism in January and February, lower productivity rates compared to plan as well as reduced equipment due to spare parts availability and other maintenance challenges.

Mining activitiesOverburden pre-stripping and bulk rock excavation in the pit advanced and remained the primary focus during the period. Mine facilities construction has started with the truck wash and assay lab foundation preparation.

Processing plantThe concrete foundation work in the grinding area is nearing completion and should be completed in the second quarter, allowing for preparation of the commencement of structural and mechanical installation in this area. Structural steel erection in the high-bay grinding section of the building was completed. Installation of the pre-leach thickener has commenced. Leach tanks concrete foundation has been initiated and will be completed during the next period. Wall panel cladding installation has progressed with over 90% completed for the high bay building section including the roof of the plant.

Other activities and supply chainPole installation work on the 42 kilometre 115kV power line is ongoing focused on framing and setting structures. The camp has been switched to grid power. Fabrication activities continued to progress with shipping and deliveries of various elements to site. Major fabrication items such as the ball mill, cone crusher, gravity concentrator and thickeners, have been completed with shipments starting to arrive at site. The Company continues to closely monitor global logistics risks. Challenges in the global supply chain persist, which may be amplified by new waves of COVID-19, impacts from sanctions on trade with Russia and heavy rains recently impacting port operations in South Africa.

Permitting and sustainabilityFollowing the receipt of the key provincial Environmental Compliance Authorization for operations permit in the fourth quarter 2021, remaining non-critical path permitting activities continue to progress and further permits are expected to be received during the remainder of the project. Community consultations and ongoing implementation of the impact benefit agreements signed with indigenous partners continue.

Operational readinessOperational readiness continued to advance mainly focused on the recruitment and training processes, including for equipment operators, autonomous controllers and operations supervisors. Other key activities included the ongoing work related to the identification of spare parts requirements for critical equipment and procurement strategies for long lead-time items and key consumables.


COVID-19 Impact on Q1 2022

The rapid rise in cases in Ontario and other provinces had a negative impact on construction activities in the first quarter 2022. COVID-19 outbreaks during the holidays and in January forced a slower re-mobilization of the site workforce. Site staffing was approximately 60% of plan in the first part of January with a large number of infections including in the steel construction workforce. Site staffing continued to ramp up since then and by mid-February reached the project plan of approximately 750 to 850 personnel. A mandatory vaccination policy was introduced in January and, by February 1, 100% of the site personnel had at least one dose and 100% had two doses of a vaccine by April 1. 

Batch Plant Update

As previously announced, a fire occurred in the concrete batch plant on February 24, 2022. The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported. As a result of the fire, the plant was rendered inoperable and a mitigation plan was implemented. Initially, small concrete pours were sourced from local suppliers in Timmins and Sudbury. As of mid-March, small-to-medium sized pours were completed with a sourced mobile batch plant. The sequence of concrete pours during this period was optimized to partition or defer larger pours and to focus on minimizing the impact to the schedule's critical path items. A replacement batch plant has been operational since mid-April 2022. The impact to the project schedule as a result of the batch plant fire is being incorporated into the ongoing schedule and project costs re-estimation work discussed below.

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