Dundee Precious Metals - CEO, Rick Howes
CEO, Rick Howes
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  • Dundee Precious Metals have announced strong preliminary production results from Q1 2020
  • Dundee have produced 73,000 ounces of gold, well one track to meet guidance
  • Dundee also produced 9.4 million pounds of copper for the quarter
  • Smelter returns were up, with the company posting it’s second highest quarterly return ever of 65,010 tonnes of complex concentrate
  • Dundee Precious Metals (TSX:DPM) is trading up 11 per cent at C$4.17 per share and has a market cap of $764 million

Dundee Precious Metals (TSX:DPM) have posted their 2019 Q1 results, with the company posting record gold and smelter returns.

The company has announced strong preliminary production results from both its mine and smelter for the start of 2020.

Dundee have processed 779,000 tonnes of ore during Q1, yielding 73,000 ounces of gold. The company’s stated guidance for the year is between 257,000 to 299,000 ounces.

Dundee also produced 9.4 million pounds of copper for the quarter, well on track to meet guidance of 35 million to 40 million pounds for the year.

The Ada Tepe mine produced its highest quarterly production ever, with gold production and treatment exceeding planned levels.

the Chelopech mine continued its track record of solid production. Copper production fro Chelopech was slightly below planned levels as grades and recoveries were poorer than estimates expected.

The company’s net smelter returns were its second highest quarterly result ever, with 65,010 tonnes of complex concentrate going through the company’s Tsumeb smelter.

Dundee have announced they are expecting a 20 per cent reduction in concentrate treatment at their smelter from April 2, due to COVID-19 regulations.

The Government of Namibia has relatively relaxed directives, as the country closed borders early and thus has a very low infection rate.

Rick Howes, CEO of Dundee said “Dundee delivered exceptional first quarter production results at each of our three operations for a strong start to the year.”

“We continue to manage the evolving COVID-19 situation by prioritising the health and safety of our workforce and local communities as well as striving to maintain the continuity of our operations,” he said.

Dundee had announced previously they planned on paying an inaugural dividend for the quarter, something the company has confirmed will go ahead.

The dividend of US$0.02 per share will be paid on April 15.

Dundee Precious Metals (DPM) is trading up 11 per cent at $4.17 per share at 12:24 pm EST.

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