Further to the information provided in Fresnillo plc’s (the “Company”) production report on 28 January, the Company is pleased to announce that the district court has ruled that, following the hearing on 24 January, it has denied the request by the Ejido El Bajío to prevent the lifting of the explosives permit covering Herradura and Soledad.
The Company will present this decision before the Mexican Ministry of Defense (MOD) as additional support for the lifting of the suspension of explosives and will continue to engage with the MOD. The Company confirms its view that there are no legal grounds why the suspension should not be lifted by the MOD. With regard to the district court ruling, the Ejido has the right to a final and definitive appeal before a higher court.
For further information, please visit our website www.fresnilloplc.com or contact:
Gabriela Mayor, Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +44 (0)20 7399 2470
Mexico City Office
Ana Belem Zárate García
Tel: +52 55 52 79 3206
Tel: +44 (0)20 7404 5959
About Fresnillo plc
Fresnillo plc is the world’s largest primary silver producer and Mexico’s second largest gold producer, listed on the London and Mexican Stock Exchanges under the symbol FRES.
Fresnillo plc has six operating mines, all of them in Mexico – Fresnillo, Saucito, Ciénega (including the San Ramón satellite mine), Herradura, Soledad and Noche Buena; three development projects – a dynamic leaching plant to treat high grade gold ore from the Herradura and Soledad mines; San Julián and Saucito II and four advanced exploration prospects – Centauro Deep, Juanicipio, Orisyvo and Las Casas Rosario as well as a number of other long term exploration prospects. In total, Fresnillo plc has mining concessions covering approximately 2.1 million hectares in Mexico.
Fresnillo plc has a strong and long tradition of mining, a proven track record of mine development, reserve replacement, and production costs in the lowest quartile of the cost curve for both silver and gold.
Fresnillo plc’s goal is to maintain the group’s position as the world’s largest primary silver company, producing 65 million ounces of silver and 500,000 ounces of gold by 2018.
Forward Looking Statements
Information contained in this announcement may include ‘forward-looking
statements’. All statements other than statements of historical facts included
herein, including, without limitation, those regarding Fresnillo plc’s
intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, amongst other things,
Fresnillo plc’s results of operations, financial position, liquidity,
prospects, growth, strategies and the silver and gold industries are
forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve risk and
uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances.
Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and the
actual results of Fresnillo plc’s operations, financial position and
liquidity, and the development of the markets and the industry in which
Fresnillo plc operates, may differ materially from those described in, or
suggested by, the forward-looking statements contained in this document. In
addition, even if the results of operations, financial position and liquidity,
and the development of the markets and the industry in which Fresnillo plc
operates are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this
document, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or
developments in subsequent periods. A number of factors could cause results and
developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statements including, without limitation, general economic and
business conditions, industry trends, competition, commodity prices, changes in
regulation, currency fluctuations (including the US dollar and Mexican Peso
exchanges rates), Fresnillo plc’s ability to recover its reserves or
develop new reserves, including its ability to convert its resources into
reserves and its mineral potential into resources or reserves, changes in its
business strategy and political and economic uncertainty.