Ermitaño

PROPERTY:
Ermitaño
Operator:
First Majestic Silver Corp.
Location:
Sonora, Mexico
AOI (km2):
165.3
Commodity:
Gold, Silver
Royalty:
2.0% NSR
Status:
Production
Ermitaño location map

Overview

  • NI 43‐101 Technical Report on Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Estimates‐ Pre‐Feasibility Study, June 30, 2021 filed by First Majestic Silver Corp. on November 24, 2021.
  • Ramp up to commercial production in 2022; initial royalty payment of US$480,000 received
  • P&P Reserves: 337,000 ounces gold and 4.9 million ounces silver.
  • M&I Resources: 406,000 ounces gold and 5.8 million ounces silver (M&I Resources are reported inclusive of Mineral Reserves).
  • Inferred Resources: 440,000 ounces gold and 10.6million ounces silver.
  • Expected royalty total revenue to Orogen: US$12.25 million from 2021 to 2027 excluding upside on conversion of Inferred Resources into Measured and Indicated Resources and ultimately into Proven and Probably Reserves.
  • Mineralization remains open to the least along strike of the Ermitaño deposit.
  • Subsequent to filing of the June 30, 2021 Pre-Feasibility Study, First Majestic filed an updated mineral reserve and resource estimates for the Ermitaño mine based on the Santa Elena Mineral Reserve and Resource Estimates with an effective date of December 31, 2021 as announced by First Majestic on March 31, 2022 and as disclosed in their December 31, 2021 AIF and filed under First Majestic’s SEDAR profile on March 31, 2022.

Latest Project Updates [1]

  • For the six-month period ended June 30, 2022, $1.68M in royalty revenue generated from the Ermitaño mine. This represents 688 GEOs based on an average price of US$1,874 per ounce. A total of 242,328 mt were produced with a weighted average head grades of 4.66 g/t gold and 51.94 g/t silver from the Ermitaño mine. Average recoveries were 91.2% and 53.6% for gold and silver, respectively. Recoverable gold and silver were 33,133 Oz and 218,017 Oz, respectively.
  • As disclosed in First Majestic’s 2022 Second Quarter Management Discussion and Analysis that was SEDAR filed on August 4, 2022, the completion of Santa Elena’s dual-circuit project to improve metallurgical recoveries of Ermitaño ores and to allow higher plant throughput capacity, strong ore production, and improved grade from the Ermitaño mine enabled Santa Elena to set an all-time new quarterly production record of 2.2 million silver equivalent ounces. First Majestic is planning for higher production rates from Ermitaño in H2 2022 which is expected to result in a 28% increase in fiscal year 2022 guidance for Santa Elena production.
  • As guidance, an estimated 800 attributable GEOs for H2-2022 and 1,490 attributable GEOs for fiscal year 2022 from Ermitaño. Expected royalty revenue over the same period is $1.8M for H2-2022 and $3.48M for fiscal year 2022 based on an average gold price of US$1,750 and US$1,832 per ounce for H2-2022 and 2022 fiscal year, respectively.
  • New discovery made at Ermitaño in 2016 and multiple prospective veins within a 5km radius of the processing plant were identified. Planning to drill test is scheduled for Q3-2022. This includes drilling at Luna which indicates potential for a second Ermitaño-type deposit with the following results: EW-21-237 grading 10.1 g/t gold and 108 g/t silver over 2.0 metres, EW-21-193 grading 8.3 g/t gold and 63 g/t silver over 1.8 metres, and EW-21-192 grading 0.3 g/t gold and 2,455 g/t silver over 3.0 metres (all holes are true width)[3]
  1. Project updates are taken from Orogen’s Management Discussion and Analysis for the six month period ended June 30, 2022 filed on SEDAR on August 22, 2022.
  2. https://www.firstmajestic.com/_resources/reports/Santa-Elena-Technical-Report-Final-2021-11-23.pdf
  3. https://www.firstmajestic.com/investors/presentation/

Technical Report

A copy of the Ermitaño NI 43‐101 Technical Report can be found here.

Source of Measured and Indicated resource table: https://www.firstmajestic.com/projects/exploration-development/ermitano/

History

First Majestic Silver Corp. (“First Majestic”) completed its earn‐in in and paid US$1.5 million to acquire 100% interest in both the Ermitaño and Cumobabi projects in September 2018. Orogen retains a 2.0% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty for Ermitaño and 1.5% NSR royalty on Cumobabi.  To complete its earn‐in, First Majestic paid US$75,000 on agreement date and US$50,000 each anniversary thereafter in addition to completing over US$500,000 in exploration expenditures in the first year. 

The Ermitaño Property consists of 165 square kilometres of contiguous mineral tenure located approximately 145 kilometres from Hermosillo and only 3.5 kilometres southeast of First Majestic’s Santa Elena gold‐silver mine in Sonora, Mexico. 

Royalty Generation Timeline

  • Ermitaño was acquired by Orogen in 2011 
  • Partnered to Inmet/FQM 2011‐2014 
  • Partnered to Silvercrest Mines Inc. (“Silvercrest”) in 2014
  • First Majestic acquired Silvercrest in 2015 
  • Orogen invested a total estimate of $100,000 into Ermitaño from acquisition to completion of earn‐in with First Majestic 
  • Silvercrest and First Majestic together have spent an estimated $80M on the project
  • NI 43‐101 Pre‐Feasibility Study Technical Report, June 30, 2021 was filed by First Majestic on November 24, 2021 
  • Initial production commenced in November 2021 and commercial production ramp up in Q1 2022