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It is now estimated that nameplate capacity production should be achieved at this polymetallic project in Mexico sometime in mid- to late 2023, noted a Canaccord Genuity report.

Q4/22 production at MAG Silver Corp. (MAG:TSX; MAG:NYSE American) and joint venture partner Fresnillo's Juanicipio project was soft, but "the key driver for MAG remains the Juanicipio plant's ramp," reported Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Fairbairn in a Jan. 25 research note. MAG owns 56% of the project.

"We reiterate our focus on the bigger picture for MAG," Fairbairn wrote.

Slight Ramp-Up Delay

The estimated time at which Juanicipio will reach nameplate capacity of 4,000 tons per day (4 Ktpd) has been pushed back slightly to mid-to-late 2023 from Q2/23, Fairbairn noted. Accordingly, Canaccord Genuity forecasts Q3/23 production to be 3.8 Ktpd with the 4 Ktpd target achieved in Q4/23.

In the meantime, additional ore material will continue to be processed at Fresnillo's nearby plant, Fairbairn wrote.

Q4/22 Production a Miss

The analyst presented Juanicipio's Q4/22 and full-year 2022 (FY22) production numbers.

Fairbairn pointed out that Q4 was the project's weakest quarter in 2022 in terms of production, which fell short of Canaccord Genuity's estimate. This underperformance in Q4/22 came after "a record Q3/22 for the project in terms of throughput and silver production."  

Total Q4/22 silver production was about 1,860,000 ounces (1.86 Moz). This compares to Canaccord Genuity's estimate of about 2.74 Moz and Q3/22 production of 2.62 Moz.

Canaccord Genuity has a Speculative Buy rating and a CA$27 per share price target on MAG Silver, the current share price of which is about CA$18.25.

Q4/22 gold production was 5,400 (5.4 Koz), also below Canaccord Genuity's projection, of 6.6 Koz projection.

Two factors drove the miss, Fairbairn wrote, lower-than-expected throughput and processed silver grades. Q4/22 throughput was about 165,800 tons (1.658 Kt). It was lower than the Q3/22 throughput of 180.8 Kt but higher than that of Q1/22 and Q2/22.

The grade of silver processed in Q4/22 was a miss and the lowest of the year, at 415 grams per ton (415 g/t). This compares to the Q3/22 grade of 513 g/t, the Q1/22 grade of 600 g/t, and Canaccord Genuity's estimate for Q4/22 of 515 g/t.

As for FY22 figures, Juanicipio produced, in total, 9.25 Moz silver and 22.3 Koz gold.

Canaccord Genuity has a Speculative Buy rating and a CA$27 per share price target on MAG Silver, the current share price of which is about CA$18.25.

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