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 June 01, 2009
Rusoro Mining reports net income of $0.5 million for Q1 2009 and record production of 39,503 ounces of gold

 Rusoro Mining Ltd. ("Rusoro" or the "Company"), is pleased to report its financial results for the three- month period ended March 31, 2009 ("Q1 2009"). The Company's Q1 2009 consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis (MD&A) have been filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

All amounts set out in this news release are unaudited and in United States Dollars unless otherwise stated.

Q1 2009 Highlights
  • 40,632 ounces of gold sold at a realized price of $742 and with a cash cost per ounce of $378.

  • Record production of 39,503 ounces of gold.

  • Net income of $0.5 million and net income before income taxes and non-controlling interest of $2.0 million.

  • Positive cash flow from operating activities of $6.8 million.

  • Advancement of Alvarez underground ramp is on track towards the goal of intercepting the main mineralized zone of San Rafael and El Placer contiguous concessions in Q1 2010.

  • Completed an equity financing by way of short-form prospectus for net proceeds of $60.2 million.

  • Ended the quarter with $65.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and a convertible loan of $79.3 million (including its equity component) that is due on June 10, 2010.


Key Operating Statistics for Q1 2009 are as follows:

The data below is for 100% of the Choco Mine (open-pit mining operation) and 50% of the Isidora Mine (underground mining operation).

 

3 months ended March 31,

3 months ended March 31,

 

2009

2008

 

Choco

Isidora

Total

Choco

Isidora

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ore tonnes mined (‘000 t)

645

9

654

476

n/a

476

Ore tonnes milled (‘000 t)

573

7

580

617

n/a

617

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average grade (g/t)

1.9

23.2

2.2

1.4

n/a

1.4

Average recovery rate (%)

87%

90%

87%

87%

n/a

87%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold produced (ounces)

33,729

5,774

39,503

25,040

n/a

     25,040

Gold sold (ounces)

34,274

6,358

40,632

16,659

n/a

16,659

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total mining operating expenses  $(000)

13,133

5,236

18,369 

7,932

n/a

7,932

 Minus:

  1. stock based compensation $(000)

 

10

 

-

 

10

 

18

 

n/a

 

18

  1. asset retirement obligation accretion $(000)

 

125

 

54

 

179

 

-

 

n/a

 

-

  1. fair value differential of inventory acquired $(000)(1)


-


2,813


2,813


-


n/a


-

Total cash costs $(000)(2)

12,998

2,369

15,367

7,914

-

 7,914

Total cash costs per ounce sold(3)

$379

$373

$378

$475

-

        475

 

Average spot gold price

 

n/a

 

n/a

 

908

 

n/a

 

n/a

 

925

Average realized gold price(4)

n/a

n/a

742

n/a

n/a

702

Discount to spot gold price

n/a

n/a

18%

n/a

n/a

       24%



    1)In calculating cash costs per ounce sold the Company has excluded the difference between the book value and fair value of inventory acquired at the date of acquisition of the 50% interest in the Isidora Mine

    2)Total cash costs used in the calculation of cash costs per ounce is calculated as mining operating expenses from the consolidated statement of operations excluding stock-based compensation, accretion expense related to the asset retirement obligation and expense of the fair value differential between the book value and fair value of inventory acquired at the date of acquisition of the 50% interest in the Isidora MIne

    3)Cash costs per ounce sold is a non-GAAP measure. Total cash costs per ounce sold as shown above is calculated by dividing the total cash costs by the gold ounces sold during the period. Cash costs per ounce sold includes all expenditures incurred at the mine site such as mining, processing, administration, royalties and production taxes but excludes reclamation, capital and exploration expenditures and the fair value differential between the book value and fair value of inventory acquired at the date of acquisition of the 50% interest in the Isidora Mine.

    4)Average realized gold price is impacted by a discount to spot price of gold as indicated under the heading "Venezuelan Exchange Controls and Revenue" in the MD&A and by the timing of gold sales.


Choco Mine
During Q1 2009, the Company's 95%-owned Choco Mine produced 33,729 oz and had a cash cost per ounce sold of $379. Cash costs were less than forecasted due mainly to lower processing costs and higher-grade (g/t) ore processed. Gold production is on track. The Company's guidance for 2009 of 135,000 ounces of gold production at Choco Mine at $420 cost per ounce remains unchanged.

Isidora Mine

During Q1 2009, the Company's 50% owned Isidora Mine produced 11,548 oz (5,774 net to the Company) and had a cash cost per ounce sold of $373. Cash costs were higher than expected due mainly to production falling behind guidance for 2009. The Company continues to forecast 70,000 ounces of gold production at Isidora Mine for 2009 (35,000 net to the Company) at $290 cost per ounce.

The Company is on schedule with its exploration program at Isidora Mine designed to expand existing resources to support future gold production with 5,981 meters of drilling (13 holes) completed during Q1 2009.

Correction of Previously Reported Q4 2008 Production Figures

Correction of Previously Reported Q4 2008 Production Figures The Company reported in a news release dated January 14, 2009 that the Company's production at the Choco Mine Mill for Q4 2008 was 38,868 ounces of gold at a total cash cost per ounce of $358. This included 11,903 ounces of gold production representing 100% of the ore produced from the Isidora Mine. However the Company later determined as part of the closing of the 2008 audited financial statements that proportionate consolidation of a 50% interest and only 9 days of operations of the Isidora Mine during Q4 2008 was appropriate. The Company reached this conclusion after making a comprehensive assessment as part of the audit of the financial statements of the various facts and circumstances derived from the Hecla-Venezuela Acquisition and Mixed Enterprise Agreement. Therefore the MD&A for the year 2008 does not report production data and cash cost per ounce for a 100% interest in the Isidora Mine and for the production for the entire fourth quarter of 2008 as did the news release. The above resulted in a corrected production figure of 27,464 ounces of gold for Q4 2008 and a corrected cash cost per ounce figure of $502 for Q4 2008. For further details in regards to these corrected figures please refer to the MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2008.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

"George Salamis"

George Salamis, President

Forward-looking statements: This document contains statements about expected or anticipated future events and financial results that are forward-looking in nature and as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as general economic, market and business conditions, the regulatory process and actions, technical issues, new legislation, competitive and general economic factors and conditions, the uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans, the occurrence of unexpected events, and the Company's capability to execute and implement its future plans. Actual results may differ materially from those projected by management. For such statements, we claim the safe harbour for forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Legislation Reform Act of 1995.

"The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not take responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release."
 
 

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