Capstone Mining Corp. ("Capstone" or the "Company") (TSX:CS) announces it has been taking steps to safely and systematically reduce mining and processing activities at its Cozamin operation in Zacatecas, Mexico, to comply with a government-mandated suspension of all non-essential activities. On March 31, 2020, the Mexican Federal Government declared a national health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and suspended all non-essential activities in private and public sectors until April 30, 2020.
Since March 31, 2020, Capstone has been working with government, surrounding communities, industry peers and its employees and contractors to understand and comply with the government mandate. The Company is taking all steps necessary to be able to quickly and safely ramp production back up once the temporary suspension has been lifted. A reduced workforce will remain onsite to maintain key infrastructure, manage environmental compliance and provide requisite security.
At this time, Capstone’s Pinto Valley operation in Arizona remains at full capacity. Each of the Company’s operations has developed site-specific screening, education and modifications to work procedures to limit COVID-19 exposure and transmission. Capstone’s priority is to ensure the health and safety of our people and the communities in which we operate, and is following the requirements and advice of local government authorities and the World Health Organization. Refer to the news release of March 25, 2020 for some of the rigorous control and prevention measures implemented by the Company.
In light of the temporary suspension at Cozamin and the ongoing uncertainty regarding COVID-19, Capstone has decided to withdraw its full-year 2020 production guidance. The Company will continue to target safe execution of its operation plans and will re-evaluate its full-year 2020 guidance as the pandemic evolves.
ABOUT CAPSTONE MINING CORP.
Capstone Mining Corp. is a Canadian base metals mining company, focused on copper. Our two producing mines are the Pinto Valley copper mine located in Arizona, US and the Cozamin copper-silver mine in Zacatecas State, Mexico. In addition, Capstone has the large scale 70% owned copper-iron Santo Domingo development project in Region III, Chile, in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, as well as a portfolio of exploration properties. Capstone's strategy is to focus on the optimization of operations and assets in politically stable, mining-friendly regions, centred in the Americas. We are committed to the responsible development of our assets and the environments in which we operate. Our headquarters are in Vancouver, Canada and we are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). Further information is available at www.capstonemining.com.
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Such factors include, amongst others, risks related to inherent hazards associated with mining operations and closure of mining projects, the inherent uncertainty of mineral exploration and estimations of exploration targets, future prices of copper and other metals, compliance with financial covenants, surety bonding, our ability to raise capital, Capstone’s ability to acquire properties for growth, counterparty risks associated with sales of our metals, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, changes in general economic conditions, accuracy of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates, operating in foreign jurisdictions with risk of changes to governmental regulation, compliance with governmental regulations, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, reliance on approvals, licences and permits from governmental authorities, impact of climatic conditions on our operations, aboriginal title claims and rights to consultation and accommodation, land reclamation and mine closure obligations, risks relating to widespread epidemics or pandemic outbreak including the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of COVID-19 on our workforce, suppliers and other essential resources and what effect those impacts, if they occur, would have on our business; uncertainties and risks related to the potential development of the Cozamin project, increased operating and capital costs, challenges to title to our mineral properties, maintaining ongoing social license to operate, dependence on key management personnel, potential conflicts of interest involving our directors and officers, corruption and bribery, limitations inherent in our insurance coverage, labour relations, increasing energy prices, competition in the mining industry, risks associated with joint venture partners, our ability to integrate new acquisitions into our operations, cybersecurity threats, legal proceedings, and other risks of the mining industry as well as those factors detailed from time to time in the Company’s interim and annual financial statements and MD&A of those statements, all of which are filed and available for review under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. 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Jerrold Annett, VP, Strategy & Capital Markets
Virginia Morgan, Manager, IR & Communications