- Griffin Mining posts a pre-tax loss of $940,000 for the year to the end of December against a profit of $1,021,000 in 2014.

With increased throughput and production, more metal in concentrate was sold in 2015 compared with 2014, however, metal in concentrate prices were significantly lower in 2015 than in 2014 with zinc metal in concentrate prices received averaging $1,191 per tonne, down 11.5% from that received in 2014 of $1,345, silver $11.90 per oz down 30% from that received in 2014 of $17.10, and gold $1,043 per ounce down 17% on that received in 2014 of $1,251.

Cost of sales of $42,948,000 increased from that incurred in 2014 of $25,345,000, which had been impacted by the suspension in production from August to November 2014 due to the upgrade of the processing facilities. 267,313 (47%) more tonnes of ore were processed in 2015 than in 2014. With processing costs increasing by 35%, costs per tonne of ore processed fell by 8%.

Mining and haulage costs were down on that incurred in 2014 as a result of the suspension in mining for three months following the two fatal incidents in 2015. However, mine servicing costs continued to be incurred during the suspensions. Net operating costs fell 7% from $13,487,000 in 2014 to $12,530,000 in 2015. This reduction in costs has been achieved despite higher share based option charges of $1,047,000 (2014 $316,000), inflationary pressures; and fines and penalties incurred following the mine fatalities. With lower metal prices and increased cost of sales, profits from operations fell from $6,732,000 in 2014 to $4,301,000 in 2015.

At 9:48am: [LON:GFM] Griffin Mining share price was -0.13p at 23.75p

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