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Fortuna Reports Second Quarter 2016 Silver and Gold Production

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
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Tuesday, July 12th

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jul 12, 2016) - Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (FSM) (FVI.TO) is pleased to announce second quarter production figures from its two operating mines in Latin America, the San Jose Mine in Mexico and the Caylloma Mine in Peru. The company produced 1.6 million ounces of silver and 9,365 ounces of gold plus base metal by-products. Silver and gold production for the first six months of the year totaled 3.2 million and 18,629 ounces respectively; being 7 percent and 10 percent above the company's mid-year projection. Fortuna's production guidance for 2016 is 7.0 million ounces of silver and 42.8 thousand ounces of gold or 9.6 million ounces of Ag Eq* (see Fortuna news release dated January 14, 2016).

Second Quarter Production Highlights:

  • Silver production of 1,553,217 ounces; 7 % decrease over Q2 2015
  • Gold production of 9,365 ounces; 4 % increase over Q2 2015
  • Lead production of 8,825,104 pounds; 85 % increase over Q2 2015
  • Zinc production of 11,201,688 pounds; 31 % increase over Q2 2015
  • Cash cost** for the San Jose Mine is US$59.5 /t; on track to meet annual guidance of US$57.4/t
  • Cash cost** for the Caylloma Mine is US$71.3 /t; on track to meet annual guidance of US$79.4/t

* Ag Eq is calculated using silver to gold ratio of 60 to 1

** Preliminary estimates of cash operating costs per tonne, subject to modification on final cost consolidation

Consolidated Operating Highlights:

 Second Quarter 2016Second Quarter 2015
 Caylloma, PeruSan Jose, Mexico
Consolidated
Caylloma, PeruSan Jose, Mexico
Consolidated
Processed Ore  
Tonnes milled129,958185,080 115,973183,001 
Average tpd milled1,4602,152 1,3032,080 
Silver***  
Grade (g/t)89226 144228 
Recovery (%)85.5591.99 82.3391.57 
Production (oz)318,2291,234,9881,553,217443,5531,227,7561,671,309
       

*** Metallurgical recovery for silver at the Caylloma Mine is calculated based on silver content in lead concentrate

 Second Quarter 2016Second Quarter 2015
 Caylloma, PeruSan Jose, Mexico
Consolidated
Caylloma, PeruSan Jose, Mexico
Consolidated
Gold  
Grade (g/t)0.191.70 0.271.62 
Recovery (%)14.9491.65 32.8491.06 
Production (oz)1199,2469,3653268,7069,032
Lead  
Grade (%)3.28  2.01  
Recovery (%)93.77  92.67  
Production (lbs)8,825,104 8,825,1044,770,470 4,770,470
Zinc  
Grade (%)4.41  3.68  
Recovery (%)88.56  91.18  
Production (lbs)11,201,688 11,201,6888,574,831 8,574,831
       

San Jose Mine, Mexico

Silver and gold production for the second quarter were 2 % and 10 % above budget, respectively. Average head grades for silver and gold were 226 g/t and 1.70 g/t or 3 % below and 5 % above budget, respectively. Metallurgical recoveries for silver and gold were 91.99 % and 91.65 % or 2 % and 1 % above budget, respectively.

Caylloma Mine, Peru

Silver production for the second quarter was 7 % above budget with an average silver head grade of 89 g/t, in line with budget. Metallurgical recovery for silver was 85.55 % or 5 % above budget. Differences in lead and zinc produced compared to the second quarter of 2015 are due to an increase in production from levels 12 and 13 of the Animas Vein. Lead and zinc production was 22 % below and 2 % above the company's mid-year projection, respectively, due to higher than expected grade variability.

Qualified Person

Edwin A. Gutierrez, Technical Services Corporate Manager, is the Qualified Person for Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Gutierrez is a Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. (SME Registered Member Number 4119110RM) and is responsible for ensuring that the information contained in this news release is an accurate summary of the original reports and data provided to or developed by Fortuna Silver Mines.

About Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Fortuna is a growth oriented, silver and base metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. Our primary assets are the Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru and the San Jose silver-gold mine in Mexico. The company is selectively pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas and in other select areas. For more information, please visit our website at www.fortunasilver.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Jorge A. Ganoza, President, CEO and Director

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Trading symbols: NYSE: FSM / TSX: FVI

Forward looking Statements

This news release contains forward looking statements which constitute "forward looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, "Forward looking Statements"). All statements included herein, other than statements of historical fact, are Forward looking Statements and are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the Forward looking Statements. The Forward looking Statements in this news release include, without limitation, statements about the Company's plans for its mines and mineral properties during 2016; the Company's business strategy, plans and outlook; the merit of the Company's mines and mineral properties; the future financial or operating performance of the Company; and proposed expenditures. Often, but not always, these Forward looking Statements can be identified by the use of words such as "estimated", "potential", "open", "future", "assumed", "projected", "used", "detailed", "has been", "gain", "planned", "reflecting", "will", "containing", "remaining", "to be", or statements that events, "could" or "should" occur or be achieved and similar expressions, including negative variations.

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