WINNEMUCCA, Nev., Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: HYMC) (“Hycroft” or the “Company”), a gold and silver exploration and development company which owns the Hycroft Mine in the prolific mining region of Northern Nevada, is pleased to announce recent corporate activities.
“We are very pleased to provide an update on some recent activities as we work towards positively positioning the Company for the next phase of operations,” said Diane Garrett, President and CEO. Diane further commented, “We are making good progress towards finalizing the technical studies – determining ultimate grind size and the type of grinding mills and capacity that will be required to optimally process our ore. This work also includes extensive laboratory testing to make sure the final process recovers the economic maximum amount gold and silver from our ore. While these studies can be a long and tedious process of various trade-off studies it is critically important to do this work upfront to mitigate any potential start-up risks for our shareholder and to approach the project in a way that delivers the best value at the Hycroft Mine. Each mine is different, and right-sizing equipment – both fixed and mobile – is very important to the economics of the project. To our recent investors Eric Sprott and AMC Entertainment and all subsequent shareholders, we thank you for supporting us and through that support, making it possible to advance this world class asset.”
Exploration – To date, the Hycroft Mine has completed approximately 21,600 meters of its 38,000-meter 2022-2023 exploration drill program. The initial holes were drilled in the Brimstone area to confirm higher grade zones and establish continuity between those zones. The results received to date demonstrate there is continuity between the higher-grade areas and the drill results returned grades higher than the resource grade modeled at Hycroft Mine to date. The Company’s near-term drilling is targeting higher-grade opportunities in the Vortex and Camel deposits as well as other targets within the Plan of Operation (“POO”) and permitted resource areas. The Company has drill permits pending for those target areas that are outside our currently permitted boundary. These targets include Chance, Wild Rose, and other targets within our 60,000+ acres of unexplored land position. We anticipate drilling these targets in the first quarter of 2023.
As reported in July 2022, the Company partnered with National EWP, a well-established exploration drilling contractor operating throughout the US, and First Drilling LLC, a specialized drilling contractor servicing the mining and exploration industry, to begin drilling under the Company’s 2022-23 exploration program. On November 1, 2022, National announced it had acquired First Drilling. As a result, Hycroft executed an Assignment and Assumption Agreement under which National assumed all of First Drilling’s contractual obligations.
Technical studies – The Company is continuing to advance its technical studies for the next phase of commercial operations utilizing a milling process for the sulfide resource and sulfide dominant transition resource. Included in this technical work are trade-off studies to optimize locations for the mill and tailings management facilities, equipment selection to achieve the optimum grind size, validation of flotation operating parameters to maximize gold and silver recovery, maximize mining efficiencies to minimize costs through better mine plans, and define key critical equipment characteristics for equipment selection to be utilized in the Hycroft Mine flow sheet. A multitude of tests and analyses of our ore has been slower than anticipated due to the backlog in the certified third-party labs completing this work for us. This is a common challenge for our industry as many other companies are experiencing the same delays in receiving their testing results. While we are excited to receive these results, it is also very important to the project that we continue our exploration program and include the new drill information in our block model before completing an updated technical report. Changes in mineral resource grades or identifying potential new deposits could be meaningful to the economics of the mine plan and where and when we begin mining.
Resource model update – The Company plans to initiate an update to its current technical report and expects it to be completed in the first quarter of 2023. The update will include additional 2021 and 2022 exploration drilling, as well as some recently located historical silver fire assay data not previously reflected in the model. At this time, we expect the mining, milling, processing, and recovery assumptions used in the February 22, 2022, resource update to remain substantially the same for the new technical report.
Appointment of new auditor – The Company has selected Moss Adams LLP (“Moss Adams”) as its independent registered accounting firm effective November 10, 2022. The Company conducted a request for proposal process and after careful consideration and evaluation, the Company’s Audit Committee approved the selection of Moss Adams. Moss Adams is a fully integrated professional services firm with a strong public company practice and extensive mining expertise currently serving more than 30 mining clients. The Company and its Board of Directors are committed to strong corporate governance, and as Hycroft advances exploration and development, it is important to have the depth of mining expertise that Moss Adams brings. The selection of a new independent registered accounting firm was not the result of any accounting or auditing disagreements with Plante & Moran, PLLC.
About Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation
Hycroft is a US-based gold and silver company exploring and developing the Hycroft Mine located in the world-class mining region of Northern Nevada.
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