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Hecla Mining (HL)

Participants
Michael Westerlund VP, IR
Phillips Baker CEO, President and Director
Lindsay Hall CFO and SVP
Lawrence Radford SVP, Operations
Dean McDonald SVP, Exploration
John Bridges JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Anthony Sorrentino Sorrentino Metals
Bryce Adams Bank of Nova Scotia
John Tumazos John Tumazos Very Independent Research
Cosmos Chiu CIBC
Mark Mihaljevic RBC Capital Markets
Call transcript
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Operator

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Third Quarter 2017 Hecla Mining Company Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions].

As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Mr. Mike Westerlund, Vice President of Investor Relations. ahead. go Please

Michael Westerlund

Welcome today operator. operations thank for you conference Thank Hecla's everyone third us for and quarter joining call. you, and XXXX results financial

market Private Form on in the was Our the Reform on available could and On to cause have this and release CEO; Slide XX-K, Form results we under website. with that risks statements. call, and Baker, financial morning information presentation shown of release disclaimer Vice in at Hall, statements management Securities and news Hecla's forward-looking Such involves made in Operations; beginning and before results risks Litigation projections Phil XX-Q, include open constitute securities forward-looking today's President, Radford, Senior X. Senior Vice statements and the projected under Vice the goals are President forward-looking come as Lindsay our forward-looking Act McDonald, team the and President, in law, along These which today's those issued Canadian Senior Chief the today Any Financial earnings presentation. by Officer; from President included Larry Exploration. Dean differ detailed the

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Phillips Baker

Mike good everyone. morning, Thanks, and

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Lindsay Hall

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Lawrence Radford

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Dean McDonald

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Phillips Baker

Thanks, Okay. Dean.

So our it's exposure base exploration higher the quarter prices those advancements we've a throughput been for our higher metals, to productivity improvements. good of and in the and seen results, benefits operationally, we've seen metals excellent

and to questions now. So quarter it's happy we're been take a good

can So, operator, first on. let question if you the come

Operator

[Operator Instructions].

J.P. of Your line Bridges with John first question comes Morgan. from the

John Bridges

to I offline structure? strong these one wondered are you have have improvements, extent extent made while the cost long-term what just high numbers that what Phil, grading reported improved and to mine your so you've you which

Phillips Baker

comments terms probably Dean past, what in look Well, years the for changed let mining, plan at those were for plan then that X of the a not well. mine in me of we make look, it's I a least the as and that few grades has we're expecting. I'll X and plan mine years at dramatically XXXX, let Larry life of been But jump maybe in, life when

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high not just it, we're we're plan. anything, if the So grading following

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looking that's process for to recoveries, try those where lower attempting think can, bang for Larry? impactful. to looking cost. better Clearly, buck be throughput. difficult lower we're a So is on really there we're things have but We than that focusing more to the for higher you cost you

Lawrence Radford

brought is our and and was on purposeful just did the drilling our plan, of Casa, plan. that plan fundamentally, a grade. definition very executing on we're San isn't this working bit higher benefit we result But plan, plan, the in a get of Sebastian Creek plan, Yes, is changing Casa Greens on some is result of at our little it's

Phillips Baker

to add? Dean, anything you want

Dean McDonald

Well, comment, a just John.

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John Bridges

veins given narrow, polymetallics, I was generate on the interested following are you've demonstrated relatively could the those the deposit? I you the you sort thought tonnage was along strike just wondering in up extend of that from what so

Phillips Baker

small, a tonnage Well, per... previous mean recollection about was I study, XXXX still my did when we tons that relatively was the was

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Phillips Baker

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John Bridges

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Phillips Baker

days we it to have early new can is hoping seeing the exploration back the but in needed that it would large made of particularly signs that the what we would first we it but Look Well, as of We're decision not we're had to we and do. we're this evaluation in starting wasn't what were occur explore take it's XXXX, We depth, that west. whole the we success. only it, Hugh we're have at enough a seeing now and to Zone success. exploration the forward

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Operator

from Your comes line next Sorrentino question the of Metals. with Anthony Sorrentino

is open. now Your line

Anthony Sorrentino

what access discoveries a recent decision make of use? to below are mine's the some the At Casa infrastructure. will goal would Berardi, ore method you you When this and

Phillips Baker

to shaft, we'll plans decide to it's got mean, are this doing a for that's to infrastructure the that place, point. buying doing down X.XX have build There the But drilling economic, and end discovering to access levels? what look -- just is to mineralization development and to it. how the the that its certainly we'll drilling then at infill no you've decide the Well, development in and you up plans extend I we're of new we're how this relative

Phillips Baker

It's level that and extent and XX.XX, in rather to meant we XXX what I'm sufficient to then have mineralization. presumably that say, Larry? is the low the there would that's ramp XX.XX below that we

Lawrence Radford

don't Yes. year in to been find, we're covered and new mine. Casa there lowest that, high what then establish mine, is drilling have discovered resource certainly resource a a the the quite being of as A been we level down open feed lot substantial is well that of of of a some that lot some Internal in but underground last of we'll ramp pit on below below now We what's in some the high the the bit. from level. nice that's XXX, the really should

Anthony Sorrentino

at similar discovered? still Sebastian, question to sufficient be recently reach targets would the the deeper ramp And San

Phillips Baker

material tells and function the of really we existing is of is. ramp-off end shallow that Zone Well, where the bulk Larry, Hugh its a Hugh Zone. there as we'll day, what approach taking what the at else? what we drilling or shaft, us, we're of discovered be and we're to to way sample Zone, that's the the certainly contemplating, do we doing now is -- contemplating have. the contemplated going originally still than we anything whether the evaluate that's ore sort right from have And whether going because a the in to infrastructure recently we Hugh were the are When where it between

Lawrence Radford

gets known kind is vertically Hugh two here. putting Zone. which halfway to mentioned, for us Hugh development we're stories in One Phil the XX Zone, of is the There that years, and has the been about now Sure.

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Operator

Instructions]. [Operator

Adams Nova question with comes the next of Bryce from Your Bank line of Scotia.

Bryce Adams

a on San questions for Sebastian, probably Larry. Just couple

the open to in mining do expect XXXX? how Firstly, you pit long continue

Lawrence Radford

into underground. production next quarter, bit maybe the of first quarter beginning but the the end Well, year, from the year, we of of underground the in first continue the come open mine the will end pit all come from of little will the by will through year, a will the

Bryce Adams

What will production impact on underground--? the be the changed silver with there

Lawrence Radford

few But will for high year, ounces. some XXXX. probably but million things, where as of higher be they guidance, million it given not haven't as a certainly ounces, We a yet are this couple than certainly

Bryce Adams

will stay is crazy in cut that? throughput be anything like So to going half or but same not the production

Lawrence Radford

Yes.

Operator

question next the from Brett [indiscernible]. Levy of Your with comes line

now open. is line Your

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Phillips Baker

conservative we'll want guess of is, thing I we vagaries the commodities to the of first balance say have Look, because a sheet prices. the

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Operator

the John from next Research. of line with Tumazos question John Tumazos, comes Your Independent

John Tumazos

ounces Casa When wind second-- or Pillar up? at East will First and stop the Crown Berardi

Lawrence Radford

you Crown go that from Let total life me about Mine Dan. East It's on. a these mine one X-year at answer beginning, before pillar,

John Tumazos

Berardi when you or the--? say of from So Casa even million if develop you more some X/X ounces

Phillips Baker

of a we quarter, and the ounces? X,XXX produced open it's from ounces to from pit the we'll pit X,XXX, No, combination coming how open ounces, in underground. from underground. have From the the So what additive the many

of it think X,XXX XXX,XXX was you when out being how of unless ounces it mine, for So ounce we about in producer, this terms XXX,XXX think the figure to quarter.

the XXX,XXX over in is XXX we really better of of what required volumes than that mineralization being of this have is grade underground So sort to XXX, the discovery zone. ounces going larger idea

Lawrence Radford

answer want you to me that? Sorry,

Phillips Baker

Sure.

Lawrence Radford

pit the Principal the it XXXX, pillars would is mine these that's open been So crown and it's at then follow. runs pit production. would concept through uninterrupted Pit an -- There always be Casa

pit, before pit, potential online finds those potential XXX Principal. will XXX pits new come with likely Now the some the the one than in more of

options. So we've got a lot of

Phillips Baker

the this long, life. mine what is -- long means that all got a life long very potential for Casa at But John, you've Berardi, really mine

John Tumazos

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Phillips Baker

But X to contemplate could of Well, come exploration years X have the the still is next evaluation all get the there completed, and in of to that together this sort then phase. permits we and construction.

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Phillips Baker

one for than course over Look, less timeframe. of sort of a X-year $XX of the the probably million each these you're X over years, looking

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Phillips Baker

plans Look shaking an yes. be. assumption It haven't unreasonable their don't put colleagues could and I think the we but that's head together, are my

Dean McDonald

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Phillips Baker

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in the Xth of the Some in rulings projects. Circuit favor of made the

in these So confidence going for have good having forward. projects we legal basis

Operator

line with question Your of CIBC. Chiu Cosmos from the next comes

Cosmos Chiu

at few any forefront questions off, the from Just first here, maybe mining of is clearly Hecla technology. a underground

autogenous underground, might any Going savings cost expecting tangible what cost LHDs safety, or to addition will realize to that any you in have realized your be tangible be? savings to you and

Phillips Baker

early add utilization in fact and long-haul focus they're been change develop trying and in to still utilize start, from we're of these a ways at shift them set it's because that's at to technology. benefits trying the autonomous I other to we're you use on working use like mine. companies Well, think this trying up to with to Sandvik with the to team autonomous of to look, have it is an not few put to to and the the just but us we're to things, of of at the in again, the one time same on the that will, going I stops and operating to these and not mean, machines would that mine's best these time. during take a the try doing people units have the has stages vehicles altogether, same how the that? what position and realize Larry, And looking has to we're them we level in

Lawrence Radford

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Cosmos Chiu

is And right? this Casa, at

Lawrence Radford

Creek. Greens at is This

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Phillips Baker

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Cosmos Chiu

with the done some automation the there drift still being you're at XXX I mentioned, autogenous going Casa as believe Larry is LHDs? right. well, But

Phillips Baker

the just trucks autonomous. are No, that it's

Cosmos Chiu

at Oh, the Casa? trucks, okay,

Phillips Baker

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Cosmos Chiu

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Phillips Baker

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the out, stuff impression a figured Larry, million site starts you're Casa that are the at everything they've we've in anything you from the testing and they're to how You got But step both and that very, is sides, if in any and of get And have doing this talented add? people one you a its autonomous at for team mine every advancing. both the to reevaluate there fits Creek to very it's in story. and Greens automate. and got more industry

Lawrence Radford

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Cosmos Chiu

all luck, been for it one good and resultant figure cost I'm you We have sure but day. Phil, out, savings the waiting to

Phillips Baker

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and that's And where first focus primarily. is our so

Operator

question of comes Mihaljevic RBC Markets. Mark the next Your Capital with from line

Mark Mihaljevic

quick been from Lot a things have of me. addressed already. ones Just couple

now, constrained, so because wanted able it just that's obviously stands limitation? clarify been constrained capacity any permit there you Just now previously mill-list any it to Casa within mill permit or if or you is had there the is is as more additional capacity or mill were

Phillips Baker

crushing The so tested mill crusher we've we've done were put and in and that constrained that. in-pit what is, we in

we're see We that's higher with that the yet conclusion the with we've we the throughput do did haven't on had come impact is got that what to crusher that constraint But the as recovery. really and been to a what also to going there. we've

in a work it's So progress. still

remarkable. been that pretty assured, though, rest look at Just it's the had if you performance to-date, we've

than Greens were When XXXX. tons at back looking able at it had and we a was mill site, more at tons I never to Creek, to up. on If quarter. started back the to day, a had actually quarter continue we been came numbers, drive X,XX,XXX in you we're the XXX,XXX X,XXX That tons X,XX,XXX the a that we've go for so

things, at Casa once in do could it we'll that further. even So well the as and we'll we see obvious how we push go do

Mark Mihaljevic

of I consideration. here, guess switching obviously mention gears a being is M&A kind you did again,

I one wondering seems kind just think are how be of whether that end highlight environment And if the there you'd to shaping you opportunities. spectrum could of some now looking the was up So and you be at?

Phillips Baker

you what mean? the you When of end say spectrum,

Mark Mihaljevic

small a of--? terms that -- development in stage something in be would type for production, for of tuck-in, just larger, something be Well, looking would you something looking in

Phillips Baker

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of Mike that free continued any forward we we proud proud more, strong call to the I. have we're the had, and year fourth quarter. We're do you If we've quite quarter that of feel look or had quite to please

us. So thanks very joining for much

Operator

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