TORONTO, February 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Company-Wide Production Increasing by up to 25%
AuRico Gold Inc. (TSX: AUQ) (NYSE: AUQ), ("AuRico" or the "Company") announces operational and capital investment estimates for 2014 that include significant production growth from the Young-Davidson mine as the operation enters its first full year of a three-year underground ramp-up to targeted production levels. All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. The Company will host a conference call and webcast on February 7, 2014 at 8:30 am ET.
2014 Operational EstimatesIn 2014, company-wide production is expected to be in the range of 210,000 to 240,000 gold ounces, an increase of up to 25%. Production growth is primarily driven by quarter over quarter production increases from the cornerstone Young-Davidson mine. Company-wide cash costs are expected to be between $675 and $775 per ounce while all-in sustaining costs are expected to be between $1,100 and $1,200 per ounce. Capital investment requirements of $125 to $135 million have declined by up to 40% over the previous year reflecting the completion of construction activities at the Young-Davidson mine. It is anticipated that annual capital investment requirements as well as all-in sustaining costs per ounce will continue to further decline over the coming years. Link to Quarterly Production Growth Graph "Company-wide gold production is expected to significantly increase due to the steadily increasing production profile from our cornerstone Young-Davidson mine. In the first quarter, gold production from both assets is expected to increase over the prior quarter, which will represent the seventh consecutive quarter of company-wide gold production growth. This operational momentum is expected to continue throughout the year positioning the Company to deliver reliable, consistent and sustainable production growth," stated Scott Perry. He continued, "The Company is uniquely positioned with a low-cost asset base located in top jurisdictions that provide significant organic growth and a management team that is focused on quality production and a capital allocation strategy that positions the Company for long term value creation." 2014 Operational Estimates
2014 Operational Estimates Gold Production (ounces) Young-Davidson 140,000 - 160,000 El Chanate 70,000 - 80,000 Total Production 210,000 - 240,000 Cash Costs per Ounce Young-Davidson Underground Mine $650 - $750 Open Pit (incl. stockpile) $850 - $950 Young-Davidson Total $700 - $800 El Chanate $625 - $725 Total Cash Costs per Ounce $675 - $775 All-in Sustaining Costs Young-Davidson $1,100 - $1,200 El Chanate $1,000 - $1,100 Total All-in Sustaining Costs per Ounce, $1,100 - $1,200 Capital Investment Program (US$000's) Young-Davidson Non-Recurring Capital Lower Mine Vertical Development MCM Shaft Deepening $15,000 Lower Mine Ramp Advance $10,000 Fixed Assets Underground Mobile Equipment $10,000 Underground Ventilation Infrastructure $5,000 Surface Capital Projects $10,000 Sustaining Capital Underground Development - Production Ramp-up $55,000 - $60,000 Total Capital Investment - Young Davidson $105,000 - $110,000 El Chanate Capitalized Stripping $17,500 - $22,500 Surface Capital Projects $2,500 Total Capital Investment - El Chanate $20,000 - $25,000 Total Capital Investment $125,000 - $135,000 Exploration (US$000's) Company-Wide Exploration $10,000 General and Administrative (US$000's) Corporate G&A $20,0001. The following currency assumptions were used to forecast 2014 estimates: 0.95: 1 US dollar to the Canadian dollar and 13.0:1 Mexican pesos to the US dollar 2. All-in sustaining costs are defined as cash costs, sustaining capital, corporate general and administrative expense and sustaining exploration.