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Q1 2024 Sees High-Grade Silver Production Surge at Juanicipio Mine

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Q1 2024 sees solid silver production at Juanicipio, with 4.4 million ounces and 9,927 gold ounces reported despite a brief shutdown for maintenance. Read more about how these results are shaping up to meet annual production forecasts.

MAG Silver Corp. (MAG:TSX; MAG:NYSE American) announced a productive first quarter for 2024 at its Juanicipio mine, showcasing a robust operational performance. The mine processed 325,684 metric tons of ore, with a notable daily milling rate of 4387 tons despite undergoing a routine maintenance shutdown.

The project also recorded an increase in the silver head grade to 476 grams per tonne, marginally higher than in previous quarters. These figures demonstrate Juanicipio's operational efficiency and rapid maintenance interruption recovery.

Additionally, the mine saw improvements in metal recovery rates and produced preliminary totals of 4.4 million silver ounces and 9,927 gold ounces. These achievements surpassed expectations and highlighted the mine's potential for sustained high-grade output. MAG Silver plans to release detailed financial and operational results on May 14, 2024, which are eagerly anticipated by investors and industry analysts alike.

Why Silver?

Silver remains a critical element in various industries, with listing its many uses in various industries, due to its unparalleled thermal and electrical conductivity.

Its dual role as an industrial and precious metal makes it uniquely positioned to benefit from both economic growth and investment demand. The enduring value of silver is evidenced by consistent industrial consumption and investment interest, particularly in areas like photovoltaics and electronics, which are essential for global transitions to greener technologies.

"We are maintaining our Buy rating as we continue to believe MAG is undervalued by the market," wrote Roth Capital Partner's Joe Reagor.

The silver market has shown resilience amidst global economic fluctuations, with increasing applications in new technologies bolstering demand.

The optimism about its future was touted in a February report by Michael DiRienzo, executive director of the Silver Institute, telling CNBC, "We think silver will have a terrific year, especially in terms of demand." DiRienzo went on to say that he expects to see silver reach US$30 per ounce, a 10-year high, according to data from LSEG.

As a result, projects like Juanicipio that maintain high-grade silver production are crucial for meeting both current and future demands. The project's ability to deliver impressive production figures enhances its strategic importance in the silver market and underscores the potential for continued investment and development in high-grade silver assets.


The exceptional performance of Juanicipio in Q1 2024 serves as a significant catalyst for MAG Silver's future growth. The demonstrated ability to maintain high operational standards and exceed production expectations provides a solid foundation for the company to attract more strategic partnerships and funding. These achievements help reinforce investor confidence and position Juanicipio as a leading player in the global silver market.

George Paspalas, MAG Silver's President and CEO, expressed confidence in the ongoing success of Juanicipio, citing the mine's strong operational metrics and strategic enhancements as key drivers for achieving their 2024 guidance.

"The solid foundation provided by our recent technical report positions us well for continued long-term success and growth," Paspalas stated, reflecting the company's optimism about its operational capabilities and market position.

Expert Opinions

Pi Financial's Chris Thompson expressed optimism in January regarding Mag Silver's latest ventures, writing, "We remain impressed by Juanicipio's operating performance, which has delivered two consecutive quarters of beating/meeting our silver equivalent (Ag eq) production expectations," Thompson wrote. "Higher than anticipated head grades across all metals (silver, gold, lead, and zinc) are comparable with our head grade expectations for this year." 

In a March 28, 2024 report, Analyst Kevin O'Halloran wrote, "With the market now having more visibility on Juanicipio's expected performance . . . we expect the increased confidence in Juanicipio to translate into strong performance for MAG shares."

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Roth Capital Partner's Joe Reagor echoed this sentiment the following day in a March 29 report, stating, "We are maintaining our Buy rating as we continue to believe MAG is undervalued by the market. Additionally, we continue to believe the market significantly undervalues the potential for new discoveries on the project."

Ownership and Share Structure

Institutions own 70% of MAG, and 30% is retail, according to the company.

Top institutional shareholders include Juanicipio project operator Fresnillo Plc. with 9%, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd. with 10.8%, Van Eck Associates Corp. with 9%, First Eagle Investment Management LLC with 6.2%, and Sprott Asset Management LP with 3%, the company said.

MAG Silver has a market cap of US$1.25 billion. It has 102.97 million shares outstanding, according to Reuters. It trades in a 52-week range of US$14.42 and US$8.20.

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