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Hummingbird Resources PLC
11 October 2016

Ticker: HUM / Index: AIM / Sector: Mining


Hummingbird Resources plc ("Hummingbird Resources" or "the Company")


Commences Construction at Yanfolila Gold Project


Hummingbird Resources (AIM: HUM), the West African gold company, is pleased to announce that following the recent appointment of IMAGRI-SARL, civil works have now commenced at the Company's Yanfolila Gold Project in Mali ("Yanfolila").


To view recent photographs of the Yanfolila site, please see the associated PDF.



·     IMAGRI-SARL commenced civil works at Yanfolila

·     Surveying, setting out and trenching have started on site in preparation for concrete pouring later this month

·     On schedule and budget for first gold pour by end of 2017


Dan Betts, CEO of Hummingbird Resources, said: "We are now laying the ground work for our first gold mine in Mali with civil works having started.  This is an important milestone for Hummingbird Resources as full scale mine construction has now commenced, and we are on schedule for our first gold pour by the end of 2017 targeting 132,000oz in the first year."


About Yanfolila

Yanfolila is the Company's most advanced asset, which boasts impressive economics and production fundamentals.  132,000oz gold is targeted for its first full year of production, which would deliver around US$70 million of free cash flow in that year at a US$1,250/oz gold price.  On its initial eight year mine life, Yanfolila has an IRR of 60% and an NPV of US$162 million at US$1,250 gold price, making it one of the highest margin undeveloped gold projects in Africa.  All in sustaining cash costs of US$695 per ounce places it in the lowest quartile of African producers. 



IMAGRI is an established specialist in the construction of world class mines in Mali.  It was instrumental in the construction and expansion of Randgold Resources' flagship Loulo underground mine powerplant and the associated Gounkoto open pit mine. 


IMAGRI experience also includes work at Robex Resources' Nampala Gold Mine (as general contractor), Toguna Agro-Industries' phosphate mine, the Elephant Vert's fertiliser plant as well as a portion of ASX-listed Resolute Mining's Syama Mine.


Pictures - See PDF


This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.




For further information please visit or contact: 


Daniel Betts

Thomas Hill

Robert Monro

Hummingbird Resources plc

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3416 3560




Charlie Cryer

Oliver Morse



RFC Ambrian Ltd

Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3440 6800 / +61 (0) 8 9480 2500





Jon Belliss

Beaufort Securities Limited

Joint Broker

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7382 8300




Lottie Brocklehurst

Susie Geliher


St Brides Partners Ltd

Financial PR/IR

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7236 1177


About Hummingbird Resources Plc


Notes to Editors

Hummingbird Resources (AIM: HUM) is building a leading gold production, development and exploration company.  The Company has two core gold projects, the near-term production Yanfolila Gold Project in Mali and the Dugbe Gold Project in Liberia.  It is currently building Yanfolila targeting first production by end of 2017, which has a Probable Reserve of 709,800oz @ 3.14g/t and total Resources of 1.8Moz of gold and an additional 390,700oz of non-compliant exploration potential.  The high grade gold project has low operating costs of US$695/oz AISC with 132,000ozs of first full year's production. 


The 4.2Moz Dugbe Gold Project in Liberia provides Hummingbird with excellent development upside.  An optimisation of the DFS is on-going whilst Yanfolila is brought to production in the near-term.  Additionally, the Company has 4,000km2 highly prospective exploration ground in Mali and Liberia and is constantly evaluating new quality assets.



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