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Ownership
100%

Primary Metal
Gold, Silver

Type of Mining
Underground, Open Pit

Proven and Probable Reserves 
529,000 ounces of gold(1)
30,461,000 ounces of silver(2)

2019 Production 
121,000 ounces of gold
6.32 million ounces of silver
210,000 GEO

2020 Production Guidance*
96,000 ounces of gold
6.25 million ounces of silver
160,000 GEO

(1) 1,530,000 tonnes with an average grade of 10.75 grams per tonne of gold.
(2) 1,530,000 tonnes with an average grade of 619.2 grams per tonne of silver.

Overview

Cerro Moro is a gold-silver operation located in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina approximately 70 kilometres south of the port city of Puerto Deseado. The Company acquired the operation in 2012 when it completed the acquisition of Extorre Gold Mines. Cerro Moro entered production in 2018, making it Yamana’s newest mine.

The life of mine, based only on mineral reserves, consists of an integrated operation from open pits and underground stopes, and indicates mining for a total period of five years, with a throughput of 1,000 tonnes per day. Exploration and engineering studies are ongoing with an objective to extend the life of the operation, with a strategic mine life objective of 10 years.

The Cerro Moro mine offers significant opportunities for the conversion of mineral resources* into mineral reserves and for further discoveries on the property. Yamana is targeting the addition of 1.0 million gold equivalent mineral resources to the mineral inventory over the coming years.

*Cerro Moro temporarily suspended operations in late March 2020 due to government-ordered restrictions on mining related to COVID-19. The Argentine government declared mining an essential service in April 2020, and operations gradually ramped up over the second quarter. As a result of the suspension and subsequent ramp-up period, 2020 production guidance was revised from the original estimates of 117,000 ounces of gold and 7.5 million ounces of silver to 96,000 ounces of gold and 6.3 million ounces of silver. GEO guidance was revised from 204,000 to 160,000. GEO assumes gold ounces plus the equivalent of silver ounces using a ratio of 86.02 for 2019, a ratio of 86.10 for the original 2020 guidance, and a ratio of 98.85 for the revised 2020 guidance.

Exploration

Exploration activities at Cerro Moro are focused on increasing mineral reserves and mineral resources, and extending mine life. Activities have focused both on the infill drilling of delineated mineralized structures as well as expansive programs exploring the large, prospective land package outside the main mine area. These activities consist of geological mapping, systematic rock and soil sampling, trenching and both RC and diamond drilling. Spectrometry for alteration patterns, remote sensing imagery and both magnetic and CSAMT geophysical surveys have proven to be powerful additional exploration tools for defining new targets. Aggressive exploration budgets for the last three years have allowed the Yamana to collect a large amount of quality data at Cerro Moro and the Company is now collaborating with Goldspot Discoveries, an industry leader in machine learning, to leverage this new, property scale set of data to define new drill targets with machine learning algorithms. While the exploration program at Cerro Moro was initially delayed this year due to certain COVID-19 related restrictions, drilling is currently ramping up to complete the planned mineral reserve and mineral resource delineation program and the Company expects to release updated drilling results for Cerro Moro by year end.

Please refer to Mineral Reserves & Resources for complete information relating to mineral reserves and mineral resources indicating tonnage and grade for the various mines and projects.

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NON-GAAP INFORMATION

Yamana discloses certain non-GAAP measures including Cash costs per ounce of gold, Cash costs per ounce of silver, Co-product cash costs per ounce of gold, Co-product cash costs per ounce of silver, Co-product cash costs per pound of copper, All-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold, All-in sustaining costs per ounce of silver, All-in sustaining co-product costs per ounce of gold, and All-in sustaining co-product costs per ounce of silver to supplement its Consolidated Financial Statements, which are presented in accordance with IFRS. The term IFRS and generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) are used interchangeably. The Company believes that these measures, together with measures determined in accordance with IFRS, provide investors with an improved ability to evaluate the underlying performance of the Company. Non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS, and therefore they may not be comparable to similar measures employed by other companies. The data is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

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