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Hecla Mining (HL)

Participants
Mike Westerlund Vice President-Investor Relations
Phil Baker President and Chief Executive Officer
Lindsay Hall Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Lauren Roberts Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Kurt Allen Director-Exploration
Heiko Ihle H.C. Wainwright
Matthew Fields Bank of America, New York
Trevor Turnbull Scotiabank
Call transcript
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Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Q2 2020 Hecla Mining Company Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speaker's presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to hand the conference over to Mr. Mike Westerlund. ahead. go Please

Mike Westerlund

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Phil Baker

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Lindsay Hall

and good start Phil, morning, Thanks, on X. Slide everyone. I'll

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Lauren Roberts

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Phil Baker

Thanks, Lauren.

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Operator

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Heiko Ihle

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Phil Baker

Good.

Heiko Ihle

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Phil Baker

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Heiko Ihle

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Phil Baker

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Lindsay Hall

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Heiko Ihle

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Phil Baker

Yes.

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Heiko Ihle

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Lauren Roberts

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Heiko Ihle

Very you helpful. safe. all. Thank Stay

Phil Baker

Thanks, Heiko.

Operator

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Matthew Fields

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Phil Baker

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Matthew Fields

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Phil Baker

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Lindsay Hall

there's restrictions Yes. no C$XX No, on million. the Matt,

Matthew Fields

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Lindsay Hall

Yes. Correct.

Matthew Fields

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Operator

Your with next question of Please comes with question. line the Turnbull your Trevor from Scotiabank. proceed

Trevor Turnbull

just And Westerlund, to different as guys. somebody thank become to we're thanks just else. you that say dealing mentioned, It's wanted so to used Yes, very you be part hear, to as Mike with. well to talk company the have going to to of

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Phil Baker

Yes.

generate So going look, lot a Trevor, more we're flow. free cash to

the sort of You that look margins have. at we

do more with margins, allows with do things as as So We'll exploration. cash those other us it make with to well flow, that it. investment

existing that we're position that it We close pay a where to to coming policy have policy in dividend a being the start will out.

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lots we've things yes, So of yes, of the got front answer in is us.

Trevor Turnbull

come And Is it mine there again, kind to more first? stopped anything open kind is kind of style. that San you used of of just life exploration to down Sebastian and or economically like on that dependent more pit working there back

Phil Baker

exploration it – we comment on but more don't There's that Toro Kurt, yes, area well, why do El should the could that? South. the we to that think vein, whole you

Kurt Allen

and Toro for East, the Yes, there's lot veins. additional potential a certainly from the of West the El vein to

the vertical, you reverse saw going to the identified As And the probably and some doing. in it's to drilling a there. vein short resources continue figured that there. it release, out we're press circulation build work to new all get We've take

Trevor Turnbull

guys. Okay, great. Thanks

Operator

the will Mr. closing I And turn now to call back Baker for remarks.

Phil Baker

an Okay. Well, tomorrow or Lindsay, up for have We've like if remind me. opportunity you'd with I'll thanks to calls just you set everyone. that a conversation Lauren for morning.

or Mike to You directly. us then, to our can call certainly for or find reach you calls encourage can would those you that in press release and out we I

Be day. thanks good So Have safe. a much. very

Operator

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