Toronto, Ontario – September 20, 2017 – Roxgold Inc. (“Roxgold” or the “Company”) (TSX: ROXG) (OTC: ROGFF) today announced an increase to its 2017 full year gold production guidance to 115,000 – 125,000 ounces compared to the previously announced range of 105,000 – 115,000 ounces. The 2017 full year guidance for Cash Operating Cost1 and All-in Sustaining Cost1 remain unchanged between US$445-US$490 per ounce and US$740-US$790 per ounce of gold respectively.
“Operations have been performing extremely well at Yaramoko’s 55 Zone where mining rates and head grades have been higher than anticipated. As a result, we are very pleased to announce an increase in our production guidance range for the year while maintaining our cost guidance. At the end of August we had produced over 81,500 ounces of gold, or over 70% of the lower end of our revised guidance range of 115,000 to 125,000 ounces for the year,” stated John Dorward, President and CEO of Roxgold.
Bagassi South Feasibility Study
The Company continues to progress the Bagassi South feasibility study which is on track and expected to be released in the fourth quarter. During the second quarter, Roxgold completed an infill and extensional drilling program at Bagassi South, located 1.8 kilometres south of the 55 Zone, which resulted in a significant grade increase of approximately 37% in the Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”). The updated MRE will be incorporated into the Bagassi South feasibility study and features an indicated mineral resource of approximately 352,000 tonnes at 16.6 g/t Au for 188,000 ounces of gold and inferred mineral resource of approximately 130,000 tonnes at 16.6 g/t Au for 69,000 ounces of gold (see press release dated July 19, 2017 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com).
Infill and extensional drilling at QV Prime, a second mineralized structure at Bagassi South currently outside the scope of the feasibility study, is ongoing with two diamond drill rigs.
1 This is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS. See the “non-IFRS financial performance measure” section of the Company’s 2017 MD&A available on www.sedar.com.
Paul Criddle, FAUSIMM, Chief Operating Officer for Roxgold Inc., a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101, has verified and approved the technical disclosure contained in this press release.
Yan Bourassa, P.Geo, VP Geology for Roxgold Inc., a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101, has verified and approved the technical disclosure contained in this press release. This includes the QA/QC, sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information. For more information on the Company’s QA/QC and sampling procedures, please refer to the Company’s AIF dated April 5, 2016 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Roxgold is a gold mining company with its key asset, the high grade Yaramoko Gold Mine, located in the Houndé greenstone region of Burkina Faso, West Africa. Roxgold trades on the TSX under the symbol ROXG and as ROGFF on OTC.
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