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Ariana Resources PLC Q2 2019 PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION RESULTS

17/07/2019 7:00am

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Ariana Resources PLC

17 July 2019

17 July 2019

AIM: AAU

Q2 2019 PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION RESULTS

Ariana Resources plc ("Ariana" or "the Company"), the exploration and development company with gold mining operations in Turkey, is pleased to announce its preliminary production results for the quarter ended 30 June 2019 for the Kiziltepe Mine ("Kiziltepe" or "the Project"). Kiziltepe is part of the Red Rabbit Joint Venture ("JV") with Proccea Construction Co. and is 50% owned by Ariana through its shareholding in Zenit Madencilik San. ve Tic. A.S. ("Zenit").

Second Quarter Preliminary Production Results*:

-- Gold production for the quarter was 6,438 ounces (Q1 2019: 7,296 ounces), exceeding average annualised quarterly guidance by 3%.

-- Total ore processed for the quarter was 48,132 tonnes (Q1 2019: 46,825 tonnes) at an average head grade to the plant of 4.16 g/t gold.

-- Quarterly open pit ore mined was c. 43,367 tonnes, at an average mined grade of 4.59 g/t gold, and total material movement for the quarter was 943,034 tonnes.

   --    Average metallurgical plant recovery of gold for the quarter remains high at 95.2%. 

* All figures are given gross with respect to the JV.

Dr. Kerim Sener, Managing Director, commented:

"We are very pleased to report strong second quarter 2019 operational performance at Kiziltepe, including one of the highest material movement rates in the mine's history. Gold production during the quarter was again above target, although operations continued to be constrained by the pushback underway on the southern wall of the pit. Careful stockpile management through the period enabled mill throughput to be maintained according to guidance. While a pattern of unusually wet weather has continued even into July, progress on pit development has been continuing at pace and material movements have increased further. These higher mining rates are being accommodated by an increase in fleet capacity by our mining contractor and this will be maintained as we progress with pre-stripping of the Arzu North and Derya pits later this summer."

Q2 2019 Preliminary Production Results

 
                             Unit       Q2 2019   Q1 2019   Q2 2018(#) 
 Open Pit - material 
  moved (wet)                Tonnes     943,034   771,190   758,310 
                            ---------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 Open Pit - ore mined 
  (wet)                      Tonnes     43,367    26,746    70,426 
                            ---------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 Open Pit - mined 
  grade                      g/t Au     4.59      4.04      4.18 
                            ---------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 Process plant throughput    Tonnes     48,132    46,825    49,325 
                            ---------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 Plant feed grade            g/t Au     4.16      4.83      4.69 
                            ---------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 Metallurgical recovery 
  rate                       %          95.2      93.7      96.1 
                            ---------  --------  --------  ----------- 
                             Troy 
 Gold produced                Ounces    6,438     7,296     7,171 
                            ---------  --------  --------  ----------- 
                             Troy 
 Silver produced              Ounces    82,988    84,109    49,508 
                            ---------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 

(#) Re-stated following year-end mine and mill reconciliation.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.

Contacts:

 
 Ariana Resources plc                        Tel: +44 (0) 20 7407 
                                              3616 
 Michael de Villiers, Chairman 
 Kerim Sener, Managing Director 
 
 Beaumont Cornish Limited                    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7628 
                                              3396 
 Roland Cornish / Felicity Geidt 
 
 Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited                 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7886 
                                              2500 
 James Stearns / Atholl Tweedie 
 
 Yellow Jersey PR Limited                    Tel: +44 (0) 20 3004 
                                              9512 
 Tim Thompson / Felicity Winkles / Harriet   arianaresources@yellowjerseypr.com 
  Jackson 
  / Henry Wilkinson 
 

Editors' Note:

About Ariana Resources:

Ariana is an exploration and development company with mining operations focused on epithermal gold-silver and porphyry copper-gold deposits in Turkey, the largest gold producing country in Europe. The Company is developing a portfolio of prospective licences originally selected on the basis of its in-house geological and remote-sensing database, which now contain a total of 1.6 million ounces of gold and other metals (as at end-2017). Ariana's objective is to cost-effectively add value to its projects through focused exploration and to develop its operations, primarily through well-financed joint ventures.

The Company's flagship assets are its Kiziltepe and Tavsan gold projects which form the Red Rabbit Gold Project. Both contain a series of prospects, within two prolific mineralised districts in the Western Anatolian Volcanic and Extensional (WAVE) Province in western Turkey. This Province hosts the largest operating gold mines in Turkey and remains highly prospective for new porphyry and epithermal deposits. These core projects, which are separated by a distance of 75km, form part of a 50:50 Joint Venture with Proccea Construction Co. The Kiziltepe Sector of the Red Rabbit Project is fully-permitted and is currently in production. The total resource inventory at the Red Rabbit Project and wider project area stands at c. 605,000 ounces of gold equivalent (as at end-2017). At Kiziltepe a Net Smelter Return ("NSR") royalty of up to 2.5% on production is payable to Franco-Nevada Corporation. At Tavsan an NSR royalty of up to 2% on future production is payable to Sandstorm Gold.

In north-eastern Turkey, Ariana owns 100% of the Salinbas Gold Project, comprising the Salinbas gold-silver deposit and the Ardala copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry among other prospects. The total resource inventory of the Salinbas project area is c. 1 million ounces of gold equivalent. A NSR royalty of up to 2% on future production is payable to Eldorado Gold Corporation.

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited are broker to the Company and Beaumont Cornish Limited is the Company's Nominated Adviser.

For further information on Ariana you are invited to visit the Company's website at www.arianaresources.com.

Ends.

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