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Capstone Reports 2012 Second Quarter Financial Results With Steady Cash Flow from Operations

August 14, 2012

Cash Flow from Operating Activities of $28.7 million, Net Earnings of
$12.5 million or $0.03 per share

(All amounts in US$ unless otherwise specified)

VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Capstone Mining Corp. (“Capstone”)
(TSX: CS) today announced its financial results for the three and six
months ended June 30, 2012. Net earnings for the quarter were $12.5
million and cash flow from operating activities was $28.7 million. 
Capstone ended the quarter with cash on hand of $489.3 million, and a
$200 million credit facility.  Copper production for the quarter at
Capstone’s two operating mines, Cozamin and Minto, totalled 21.9
million pounds in concentrates at a total cash cost((1) )of $1.36 per payable pound.

Capstone will hold a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, August
15, 2012 at 11:30 am Eastern time (8:30 am Pacific time) to discuss
these results; call-in details are provided at the end of this
release. 
This release should be read in conjunction with Capstone’s unaudited
condensed interim consolidated financial statements and management’s
discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the three and six months ended
June 30, 2012, which are available on Capstone’s website at: http://capstonemining.com/s/Financial_Statements.asp. An updated corporate presentation, including results to June 30, 2012,
will also be available at http://capstonemining.com/s/Presentation.asp.

Overview

     __________________________________________________________________
    |              | Three months | Three months |Six months|Six months|
    |              |    ended     |    ended     |  ended   |  ended   |
    |              |June 30, 2012 |June 30, 2011 | June 30, | June 30, |
    |              |              |              |  2012    |  2011    |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Gross sales   |          75.1|          78.9|     150.3|     189.0|
    |revenue($     |              |              |          |          |
    |millions)     |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |              |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Copper in     |          21.9|          21.2|      40.5|      37.9|
    |concentrates  |              |              |          |          |
    |produced      |              |              |          |          |
    |(million lbs) |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |              |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Payable copper|          21.1|          20.5|      39.1|      36.6|
    |produced      |              |              |          |          |
    |(million lbs) |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Total cash    |              |              |          |          |
    |cost per      |              |              |          |          |
    |payable pound |              |              |          |          |
    |of copper     |              |              |          |          |
    |produced (1)  |              |              |          |          |
    |($)           |          1.36|          1.31|      1.40|      1.44|
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |              |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Copper sold   |          20.0|          16.5|      36.2|      39.3|
    |(million lbs) |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Realized      |          3.49|          4.21|      3.58|      4.27|
    |copper price  |              |              |          |          |
    |per pound ($) |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |              |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Net earnings($|          12.5|          15.5|      28.2|      34.4|
    |millions)     |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Earnings per  |          0.03|          0.07|      0.07|      0.16|
    |common share  |              |              |          |          |
    |($)           |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |              |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Adjusted net  |              |              |          |          |
    |earnings(1)($ |              |              |          |          |
    |millions)     |          15.1|          17.7|      37.0|      34.4|
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Adjusted net  |              |              |          |          |
    |earnings(1)per|              |              |          |          |
    |common share  |              |              |          |          |
    |($)           |          0.04|          0.08|      0.10|      0.16|
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |              |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Cash flow from|          28.7|          29.7|      46.5|      36.5|
    |operating     |              |              |          |          |
    |activities($  |              |              |          |          |
    |millions)     |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Cash flow from|              |              |          |          |
    |operating     |              |              |          |          |
    |activities per|              |              |          |          |
    |common share  |              |              |          |          |
    |(1) ($)       |          0.08|          0.13|      0.12|      0.17|
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |              |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|
    |Cash and cash |              |              |     489.3|     506.6|
    |equivalents ($|              |              |          |          |
    |millions)     |              |              |          |          |
    |______________|______________|______________|__________|__________|

((1)) The items marked with a “1″ are alternative performance measures;
please see “Alternative Performance Measures” at the end of this
release.

“Despite challenging worldwide economic conditions and the softness in
copper prices, second quarter results were in line with our
expectations and are on target to meet our guidance for the year,” said
Darren Pylot, President and CEO of Capstone.  “Both operations ran
well, copper production increased and cash costs decreased compared to
the first quarter of 2012, generating cash flow from operating
activities of $28.7 million in the quarter.”

“Our operating cash flow, combined with our cash balance, credit
facility and the Korea Resources Corporation joint venture and
financing agreement for our Santo Domingo project, give us considerable
financial flexibility in these uncertain markets, allowing us to
advance our growth plans,” continued Mr. Pylot.

Financial and Production Highlights for the Three Months Ended June 30,
2012

        --  Recorded net earnings of $12.5 million or $0.03 per common
            share which included:
      o Earnings from mining operations of $25.7 million,
        # Realized copper price of $3.49 per pound.
      o $8.9 million in current and deferred tax expenses.
        --  Adjusted net earnings(1) were $15.1 million or $0.04 per common
            share after making adjustments for certain non-cash and
            non-recurring items.
        --  Generated cash flow from operating activities of $28.7 million
            or $0.08 per common share.
        --  Working capital increased to $543.0 million at June 30, 2012
            (which included $489.3 million of cash and cash equivalents)
            from $533.1 million at December 31, 2011.
        --  Produced a total of 21.1 million pounds of payable copper at an
            estimated total cash cost(1) of $1.36 per pound of payable
            copper produced.
        --  Recorded gross sales revenue of $75.1 million on the sale of
            20.0 million pounds of copper, 3.0 million pounds of zinc, 0.8
            million pounds of lead, 2,353 ounces of gold and 439,209 ounces
            of silver.

Financial and Production Highlights for the Six Months Ended June 30,
2012

        --  Recorded net earnings of $28.2 million or $0.07 per common
            share which included:
      o Earnings from mining operations of $55.3 million,
        # Realized copper price of $3.58 per pound.
      o $16.5 million in current and deferred tax expenses.
        --  Adjusted net earnings(1) were $37.0 million or $0.10 per common
            share after making adjustments for certain non-cash and
            non-recurring items.
        --  Generated cash flow from operating activities of $46.5 million
            or $0.12 per common share.
        --  Produced a total of 39.1 million pounds of payable copper at an
            estimated total cash cost(1) of $1.40 per pound of payable
            copper produced.
        --  Recorded gross sales revenue of $150.3 million on the sale of
            36.2 million pounds of copper, 6.8 million pounds of zinc, 1.7
            million pounds of lead, 5,984 ounces of gold and 825,036 ounces
            of silver.

Operational Highlights for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2012

Cozamin Mine, Mexico:

        --  Achieved copper production of 12.1 million pounds.
        --  Recorded cash costs(1) of $1.03 per pound of payable copper
            produced.
        --  Continued the 32,000 metre 2012 exploration program focused on
            the Mala Noche Footwall Zone and the Mala Noche Vein, drilling
            7,386 metres and 3,077 metres respectively during the quarter,
            bringing the year-to-date totals to 14,586 metres and 5,028
            metres respectively for a total of 19,614 metres.

Minto Mine, Yukon:

        --  Achieved copper production of 9.8 million pounds.
        --  Recorded cash costs(1) of $1.76 per pound of payable copper
            produced.
        --  Completed pre-stripping of the Area 2 pit with ore release from
            Area 2 feeding the mill during the second quarter.
        --  Finished the 2012 exploration drill program on budget,
            completing 10,802 metres during the quarter, bringing the
            year-to-date total to 29,539 metres.
        --  Commenced 3-D modeling in preparation for the first mineral
            resource estimate on the Fireweed prospect, expected to be
            completed during 2012.
        --  Completed the Minto Mine Phase VI pre-feasibility study in June
            2012, which generates an after-tax net present value of $192
            million based on $3.25 per pound copper at a discount rate of
            8%.  The study extends the mine life to 2022 with average
            annual copper production of 40 million pounds at a cash cost
            per pound of payable copper produced(1) of $1.92 and a capital
            cost of $103 million.

Santo Domingo Project, Chile:

        --  Continued preparation of the bankable feasibility study and
            basic engineering; completion is scheduled for the first
            quarter of 2013.
        --  Continued preparation of the environmental impact study with
            planned submission in the fourth quarter of 2012.
        --  Started 3-D modeling in preparation for an updated mineral
            resource estimate to be included in the feasibility study.
        --  Completed a metallurgical drill program in the Iris Norte zone.

Kutcho Project, British Columbia:

        --  Advanced basic engineering and permitting activities throughout
            the quarter.

Outlook

Capstone’s 2012 guidance of 80 million pounds (± 5%) of copper contained
in concentrates at a total cash cost((1) )of $1.55 to $1.65 per pound of payable copper, net of by-product credits
and selling costs, remains unchanged.

With copper production of 40.5 million pounds for the first six months
of the year and operations at both mines running according to plan, we
are on target to meet our guidance for the year.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Capstone will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, August
15, 2012 at 11:30 am Eastern time (8:30 am Pacific time).


    Date:           Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Time:           11:30 am Eastern Time (8:30 am Pacific Time)

    Dial in:        North America: 1-888-231-8191, International: 1-647-427-7450

    Webcast:        http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/detail/991685/1070053

    Replay:         North America: 1-855-859-2056, International: 1-416-849-0833

    Replay          91451752
    Passcode:

The conference call replay will be available until August 29, 2012. The
conference call audio and transcript will be available on Capstone’s
website within approximately 24 hours of the call at http://capstonemining.com/s/Conference_Calls.asp.

About Capstone Mining Corp.

Capstone Mining Corp. is a Canadian base metals mining company with two
producing copper mines, the Cozamin copper-silver-zinc-lead mine
located in Zacatecas State, Mexico and the Minto copper-gold-silver
mine in Yukon, Canada. In addition, Capstone has two development
projects, the large scale 70% owned Santo Domingo copper-iron-gold
project in Chile in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation and
the 100% owned Kutcho copper-zinc-gold-silver project in British
Columbia, as well as exploration at properties in Australia, Canada,
Chile and Mexico. Using its cash flow and strong balance sheet as a
springboard, Capstone aims to grow organically through continued
mineral resource and reserve expansions and through acquisitions in
politically stable, mining-friendly regions. Additional information is
available at www.capstonemining.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This document may contain “forward-looking information” within the
meaning of Canadian securities legislation and “forward-looking
statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, “forward-looking
statements”). These forward-looking statements are made as of the date
of this document and Capstone Mining Corp. (the “Company”) does not
intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these
forward-looking statements, except as required under applicable
securities legislation.

Forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance
and reflect Company management’s expectations or beliefs regarding
future events and include, but are not limited to, statements with
respect to the estimation of mineral reserves and mineral resources,
the realization of mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of
estimated future production, costs of production, capital expenditures,
success of mining operations, environmental risks, unanticipated
reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims and limitations on
insurance coverage. In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be
identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not
expect”, “is expected”, “outlook”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”,
“forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or
“believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that
certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or
“will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved” or the negative of these
terms or comparable terminology. In this document certain
forward-looking statements are identified by words including
“scheduled”, “guidance”, “plan”, “planned”, “estimated”, “projections”,
“projected” and “expected”. By their very nature forward-looking
statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other
factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements
of the Company to be materially different from any future results,
performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking
statements. Such factors include, among others, risks related to actual
results of current exploration activities; changes in project
parameters as plans continue to be refined; future prices of mineral
resources; possible variations in ore reserves, grade or recovery
rates; accidents, dependence on key personnel, labour pool constraints,
labour disputes; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or
financing or in the completion of development or construction
activities; and other risks of the mining industry as well as those
factors detailed from time to time in the Company’s interim and annual
financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis of those
statements, all of which are filed and available for review on SEDAR at
www.sedar.com. Although the Company has attempted to identify important
factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ
materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there
may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as
anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that
forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results
and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in
such statements.  Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance
on forward looking statements.

National Instrument 43-101 Compliance

Unless otherwise indicated, Capstone has prepared the technical
information in this news release (“Technical Information”) based on
information contained in the technical reports, news releases and
MD&A’s (collectively the “Disclosure Documents”) available under
Capstone Mining Corp.’s company profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Each Disclosure Document was prepared by or under the supervision of a
qualified person (a “Qualified Person”) as defined in National
Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities
Administrators
(“NI 43-101″).  Readers are encouraged to review the full text of the
Disclosure Documents which qualifies the Technical Information. 
Readers are advised that mineral resources that are not mineral
reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.  The Disclosure
Documents are each intended to be read as a whole, and sections should
not be read or relied upon out of context.  The Technical Information
is subject to the assumptions and qualifications contained in the
Disclosure Documents.

The disclosure of the Technical Information contained in this news
release has been reviewed and approved by John Sagman, P. Eng.,
Capstone’s Vice President, Technical Services (Technical Information
related to mining and production) and Brad Mercer, P. Geol., Capstone’s
Vice president, Exploration (Technical Information related to mineral
exploration activities), both Qualified Persons under NI 43-101. In
addition, Gregg Bush, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
for Capstone reviewed all Technical Information in this news release.

Alternative Performance Measures

The items marked with a “((1))” are alternative performance measures and readers should refer to
Alternative Performance Measures in the Company’s Interim Management’s
Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months ended June 30,
2012 as filed on SEDAR and as available on the Company’s website for
further details.
 

SOURCE Capstone Mining Corp.


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