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June 24, 2024

Aya Gold & Silver Reports Final Drawdown on Zgounder Mine Expansion Loan

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Montreal, Quebec, June 24, 2024 - Aya Gold & Silver Inc. (TSX: AYA ; OTCQX: AYASF) (“Aya” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that it has completed its fourth and final drawdown under the previously announced US$100 million project financing facility (the “Facility”) for the expansion of the Zgounder Silver Mine in the Kingdom of Morocco. The Facility is jointly provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”) and by the Climate Investment Funds through its Clean Technology Fund (“CTF”). The fourth drawdown is in the amount of US$15 million and brings the total drawn to date equal to the total of the available Facility at US$100 million.

The final drawdown followed an April technical site visit by the lenders and their technical advisor. Proceeds of this drawdown will be used to further advance the Zgounder Mine expansion project.

“This final drawdown marks another significant milestone in our team's systematic derisking of the expansion over the past year. As we finalize Zgounder’s construction work and implement our commissioning process, we are fully funded and on track to achieve commercial production as scheduled in Q4-2024,” said Benoit La Salle, President and CEO.

To see Zgounder’s progress, view its May 2024 construction video here.

 

About Aya Gold & Silver Inc.

Aya Gold & Silver Inc. is a rapidly growing, Canada-based silver producer with operations in the Kingdom of Morocco.

The only TSX-listed pure silver mining company, Aya operates the high-grade Zgounder Silver Mine and is exploring its properties along the prospective South-Atlas Fault, several of which have hosted past-producing mines and historical resources. Aya’s Moroccan mining assets are complemented by its Tijirit Gold Project in Mauritania, which is being advanced to feasibility.

Aya’s management team maximizes shareholder value by anchoring sustainability at the heart of its production, resource, governance, and financial growth plans.

For additional information, please visit Aya’s website at www.ayagoldsilver.com or contact:

 

Benoit La Salle, FCPA, MBA

President & CEO

benoit.lasalle@ayagoldsilver.com

Alex Ball

VP, Corporate Development & IR

alex.ball@ayagoldsilver.com

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”), which reflects management’s expectations regarding Aya’s future growth and business prospects (including the timing and development of new deposits and the success of exploration activities) and other opportunities. Wherever possible, words such as “on track”, “scheduled”, and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “will”, or are “likely” to be taken, occur or be achieved, have been used to identify such forward-looking information. Specific forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements and information with respect to the exploration and development potential of Zgounder, planned execution of the expansion project, the timeline for achieving specific milestones, the timing and cost of the expansion project, and the capacity to further reduce the interest rate of the CTF Tranche. Although the forward-looking information contained in this press release reflect management’s current beliefs based upon information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Aya cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions, opinions and analysis made by management in light of its experience, current conditions, and its expectations of future developments that management believe to be reasonable and relevant but that may prove to be incorrect. These assumptions include, among other things, suppliers and subcontractors performing their contractual obligations, the ability to obtain any requisite governmental approvals, obtaining regulatory permits for on site work, importing goods and machinery and employment permits, the accuracy of Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource Estimates, the price of silver, the price of gold, exchange rates, fuel and energy costs, future economic conditions, anticipated future estimates of free cash flow, and courses of action. Aya cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements.

The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others: the inherent risks involved in exploration and development of mineral properties, including government approvals and permitting, changes in economic conditions, changes in the worldwide price of silver gold and other key inputs, changes in mine plans (including, but not limited to, throughput and recoveries being affected by metallurgical characteristics) and other factors, such as project execution delays, many of which are beyond the control of Aya, as well as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in Aya’s 2023 Annual Information Form dated March 29, 2024, and in other filings of Aya with securities and regulatory authorities which are available on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca. Aya does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs, and opinions change. Nothing in this document should be construed as either an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell Aya securities. All references to Aya include its subsidiaries unless the context requires otherwise.