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Silver Standard has the largest in-ground silver resource of any publicly-traded primary silver company, with a pipeline of 15 projects ranging from grassroots exploration to production in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Canada, Chile, and the United States. They are leveraging their project pipeline to generate value through exploration and development, as well as accretive acquisition and divestment opportunities.

The Pirquitas Mine in Argentina achieved commercial production in December 2009, and at full production will rank among the largest open pit primary silver mines in the world. We are advancing our development projects, the high-grade, gold-silver San Luis joint venture project in Peru and our 100%-owned Pitarrilla silver project in Mexico. Work at our exploration projects continues to expand our in-ground silver and gold resources. Silver Standard's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under (SSO) and on the Nasdaq under (SSRI).

Annual Trading Range 14.83- 34.17

Trading on 15 Nov 2011 @ 15.44

Share Structure

S/O 80,353,000

Fully Diluted 84.4M

Financials

Q2 2011

Cash and Equivalents 368M

ST debt 74M

Revenue 47M

Net Income 45M

Quarterly Gain .57

Projects

Global Resource

Proven and Probable 285.5 M Oz Ag

Measured and Indicated 993.3M Oz

Inferred 403.6M Oz

Production

 

Pirquitas

 

The Pirquitas Mine is Silver Standard's first major mining operation, and commercial production was achieved on December 1, 2009. At full production the mine will produce an average of approximately eight to ten million ounces of silver and ten to twelve million pounds of zinc annually, ranking Pirquitas among the largest primary silver mines in the world.

Pirquitas is located in northern Argentina in the province of Jujuy. The property is at an elevation of 4,100 meters and is accessible by two all-weather roads. The mine is powered primarily by natural gas, which is supplied by a 42 kilometer-long natural gas pipeline installed in 2008 from the mine to an existing Trans-Andean pipeline. The mine is operating as a conventional open pit mine utilizing 100 tonne trucks and three loading units. Ore is crushed and treated in a gravity pre-concentrator prior to the processing in a conventional mineral flotation plant. The silver and zinc concentrates produced from the plant are shipped to various smelters around the world.

Production for the full year 2011 is expected to be 8.5 million ounces of silver at an average direct mining cost of $11.00 per ounce of silver (net of by-product credits) and $20.00 per ounce total cash cost including royalties and taxes.

Development

San Luis

 

  • Technical Report for the San Luis Project Feasibility Study (June 2010)
    (4.98MB PDF)
  • Updated Mineral Resource Estimate, San Luis Project (January 2009)
    (5.95MB PDF)

 

The high-grade, gold-silver Ayelén vein system of the San Luis Project in central Peru has the potential to become Silver Standard's next development project. The San Luis Project is located approximately 25 kilometers northwest of Barrick Gold Corporation's Pierina gold mine, and can be accessed by two all-weather roads. A feasibility study on placing the project into production was completed in the second quarter of 2010.

The feasibility study estimates a net present value of $39.2 million (5% discount rate) and internal rate of return of 26.5% using base case prices of $800 per ounce gold and $12.50 per ounce silver. Capital expenditures are estimated to be $90.4 million (+/- 15%) for a 400 tonne/day underground mine with average annual production of 78,000 ounces of gold and 1.86 million ounces of silver over its 3.5 year mine life. The base case financial summary assumes recovered gold production of 270,031 ounces and silver production of 6,454,810 ounces over the life of the mine and operating cost for the mine is estimated at $160.83/tonne of ore processed.

Silver Standard obtained 100% interest in the San Luis Project in the third quarter of 2011.

Project permitting and community relations negotiations are ongoing.

Pitarrilla

 

 

The Pitarrilla Project is a grass roots discovery made by Silver Standard in 2002. Since then, close to 200,000 meters of diamond drilling plus over 20,000 meters of reverse circulation drilling have steadily increased silver resources in a small area of the largely unexplored property. Today, Pitarrilla ranks among the largest silver discoveries made in the past decade.

The Pitarrilla Project is located on the eastern flank of the Sierra Madre mountain range in the central part of Durango State, Mexico. The major city of Torreon lies approximately 150 kilometers east of the project. Road access is good, with paved highways extending to within 20 kilometers of the center of the property. We hold a 100% interest in the mineral rights to the approximately 136,192-hectare Pitarrilla claim block. We also hold significant surface rights in the area.

Five zones of mineralization have been identified to date on the Pitarrilla property. Recent project activities have focused on the Breccia Ridge Zone, which hosts 63% of Pitarrilla's total silver resource of 643.6 million ounces of measured and indicated silver resources and 82.3 million ounces of inferred silver resources.

In June 2009, we announced the results of a pre-feasibility study for the underground component of Breccia Ridge, which now contains probable silver reserves of 91.7 million ounces using a silver price of US$11.00/oz, zinc price of US$0.70/lb, lead price of US$0.50/lb and a US$50.00/tonne net smelter returns cut-off. As presented in the pre-feasibility study (see news release dated June 24, 2009), the underground project has a 12-year mine life, mining 4,000 tonnes per day and producing approximately seven million ounces of silver per year. Capital costs are projected at US$277 million with average operating costs of US$33.81/tonne. Recoveries vary by rock type with expected weighted average recoveries of 88.4% for silver, 93.2% for zinc and 89.6% for lead.

A feasibility study for the underground component of the Breccia Ridge Zone was completed in the second quarter of 2011. Silver Standard is currently examining the opportunity to stage construction of the project by mining the near surface Peña Dike, Cordon Colorado, and South Ridge oxidized silver deposits ahead of the underground development.

Diablillos

 

 

The 100%-owned Diablillos gold-silver project is located 160 kilometers southwest of Salta on the altiplano of northern Argentina. The property is road accessible and is 275 kilometers south of our Pirquitas mine.

In a news release dated June 18, 2009, Silver Standard announced an updated resource estimate for Diablillos based on recent diamond drilling which was successful in converting a significant portion of the previously reported inferred resources into the indicated category. The project now hosts indicated resources of 640,000 ounces of gold and 77.1 million ounces of silver, and inferred resources of 187,000 ounces of gold and 6.3 million ounces of silver.

Based on a locked-cycle metallurgical program using conventional milling, preliminary precious metal recoveries averaged 86.9% for gold and 87.0% for silver. The heap leaching characteristics of the mineralization were also tested on a number of composites. Recoveries from column tests using a 3/4 inch crush averaged 65.2% for gold and 43.5% for silver.

A pre-feasibility study will be undertaken that will explore various combinations of milling and heap leaching alternatives.

Exploration

Advanced

San Agustin

Pipeline

Berenguela

Challacollo

Maverick Springs

San Marcial

Candelaria

Sunrise Lake

Veta Colorada

Corporate

Management

John Smith, MBA
President and CEO, Director

Mr. Smith has over 30 years of varied experience in the resources industry. He started his career in the North Sea oil industry and has spent the last 18 years with BHP Billiton, most recently as Vice President, Resourcing and Development, based in Melbourne, Australia. He has worked in various operational, strategic, M&A, and commercial roles within BHP Billiton, including over three years as CEO of the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, which operates one of the world's largest coal operations in the Bowen Basin of Queensland, consisting of nine mines, a port, and 4,000 employees. Under his leadership, four of the mines completed significant expansion projects, one new mine was brought into operation, and a tenth mine was developed to within a year of production. He has a BA, Commerce degree from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, and an MBA with Distinction from Aberdeen University.

Joe Phillips, P.E.
Senior Vice President, Operations & Development

Mr. Phillips is an international mining executive with over 38 years of experience in development and operation of mining projects. He has lived and worked in 12 countries on four continents and has worked in the large scale development and production of gold, silver, phosphate, coal and aggregates. Most recently, as the Senior Vice President of Project Development for Pan American Silver, Mr. Phillips directed the construction, startup and operation of three mines and expansion of a fourth which currently produce 75% of Pan American's silver and 100% of their gold. Mr. Phillips graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Geological Engineering in 1973 and did graduate studies in Business Administration at the University of South Florida. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a former director of the Chamber of Mines of both Mexico and Chile.

W. John DeCooman Jr., MSc
Vice President, Business Development

Mr. DeCooman's experience prior to joining Silver Standard in 2009 includes over 15 years of mining project finance and advisory responsibilities at Deutsche Banc, Alex Brown and Standard Bank, as well as corporate positions in finance, business development and exploration. Mr. DeCooman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree from the Colorado School of Mines.

Ron Burk, M.Sc.Eng.
Chief Geologist

Mr. Burk has over 20 years of experience as a professional geologist, and has designed and supervised exploration programs in Canada, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Prior to joining Silver Standard as Chief Geoscientist in 2004, he spent 15 years working for Teck Resources as a geologist in various international projects. Mr. Burk holds a Bachelor of Geological Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Engineering from Queen's University.

Tony Horton
Vice President, Safety and Risk Management

Mr. Horton has over 20 years of safety management experience in mining operations, including the development and deployment of best practice safety management systems, risk management, training and audit reviews. He has been responsible for operations safety at numerous international mining projects and in the development of comprehensive organizational risk management strategies. Prior to joining Silver Standard, Mr. Horton was Senior Vice President, Corporate Health and Safety for SNC-Lavalin, and previously Group Manager - Safety at Placer Dome Inc.

Kristen G. Riddell, LLB
Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel

Prior to joining Silver Standard, Ms. Riddell held the positions of Corporate Secretary with Skye Resources Inc. and Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary with Pan American Silver Corp. She has served as legal counsel for other public companies, including Placer Dome Inc., and most recently Westport Innovations Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Manitoba, and is a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.

David L. Smith
Vice President, Human Resources

Mr. Smith has served as our Vice President, Human Resources since December 2009. Prior to joining Silver Standard, Mr. Smith held the position of Director of Human Resources – Russia for Kinross Gold Corporation. Mr. Smith has also held management positions with Barrick Gold Corporation and Motorola Inc. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University.

Media

Corporate Presentation

Fact Sheet

http://www.silverstandard.com/_resources/ssr-583_factsheet_design_p5.pdf

News Releases

All Releases

 

Silver Standard Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results and Lowers Pirquitas Mineral Resources & Reserve Estimate
11/9/2011

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/09/11 -- Silver Standard Resources Inc. (TSX: SSO)(NASDAQ: SSRI) ("Silver Standard" or the "Company") reported unaudited financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. The Company also disclosed a reduction of its mineral resources and reserve at the Pirquitas ...

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Silver Standard Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results Release Date, Conference Call and Webcast
10/25/2011

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 10/25/11 -- Silver Standard Resources Inc. ("Silver Standard") (TSX: SSO)(NASDAQ: SSRI) announces dates for the third quarter 2011 financial results release and conference call with the investment community. Investors, media and the public are invited to listen to the conference call. ...

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Silver Standard Pirquitas Ball Mill and Sales Contract Update
10/24/2011

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 10/24/11 -- Silver Standard Resources Inc. ("Silver Standard") (TSX: SSO)(NASDAQ: SSRI) announced an update on the status of production at the Pirquitas mine in Jujuy province, Argentina. The Pirquitas ball mill was shut down September 24, 2011, due to the condition of the ball mil...

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Silver Standard: Pirquitas Mill Shutdown and Update
9/27/2011

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 09/27/11 -- Silver Standard Resources Inc. ("Silver Standard") (TSX: SSO)(NASDAQ: SSRI) advises that the Pirquitas mill was shut down due to a gearbox failure September 24, 2011. The process plant, excluding the ball mill, will resume operations this week at reduced levels processing high grade f...

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Silver Standard Completes Sale of Bowdens Project
9/26/2011

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 09/26/11 -- Silver Standard Resources Inc. ("Silver Standard") (TSX: SSO)(NASDAQ: SSRI) announces that it has completed the sale of its Bowdens project in NSW, Australia for an aggregate consideration in cash and shares of A$75 million to Kingsgate Consolidated Limited. This transaction was previ...

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Silver Standard Announces Senior Management Change
8/15/2011

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/15/11 -- Silver Standard Resources Inc. (TSX: SSO)(NASDAQ: SSRI) ("Silver Standard" or the "Company") announced today that Tom S. Q. Yip, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will resign from the Company effective August 31, 2011, and return to the United States to spend more time with h...

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Silver Standard Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results
8/10/2011

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/10/11 -- Silver Standard Resources Inc. (TSX: SSO)(NASDAQ: SSRI) ("Silver Standard" or the "Company") is pleased to report the Company's unaudited financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. The Company produced 2.0 million ounces of silver and 2.8 million pounds of zi...

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Silver Standard Resources Inc.: Revised Time for the Second Quarter Conference Call and Webcast to 1:00 P.M. ET, August 11, 2011
8/8/2011

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/08/11 -- Silver Standard Resources Inc. ("Silver Standard") (TSX: SSO)(NASDAQ: SSRI) announces a time change for the second quarter conference call to 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 11, 2011. Conference Call and Webcast: Thursday, August 11, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Toll-free...

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Silver Standard Resources Inc.: Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results Release Date, Conference Call and Webcast
8/2/2011

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