Itronics Reports 2021 First Quarter Sales; Updates Current Operations And Growth Projects

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RENO, Nev., June 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Itronics Inc. (OTC:ITRO), an emerging “Cleantech Materials” growth Company that manufactures GOLD’n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilizers and produces silver, gold, zinc, critical minerals, and battery minerals recovered from industrial and mining waste, today reported its first quarter 2021 sales and updated its operations and growth projects.

Total Revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2021, were $410,988 compared to $670,822 in the same period in 2020, a 39 percent decrease. The decline is primarily due to effects of Covid-19 continuing from the fourth quarter 2020.

During the second quarter of 2021 the Company has had a backlog of fertilizer orders, but raw material shortages and raw material supplier inability to timely deliver raw materials has been a challenging issue and has limited our sales due to inability to fill orders on a “just in time” basis.  Fertilizer delivery trucking has not been affected.

Covid-19 has had a significant negative impact on Itronics fertilizer sales. In the first quarter 2020 the Company was on a path to double sales in 2020. That growth was ended by the Covid-19 shut down starting in April 2020.  Late in the second quarter of 2021 demand is picking up. It appears that sales are getting back on the growth path similar to the first quarter 2020. 

The 2021 outlook for full year silver sales is uncertain due to limitations on operating supplies needed to support the refining operations created by Covid-19 supply chain disruptions. One bullion shipment was settled late in the second quarter with very positive results. Silver content of the bullion significantly increased due to on-going recovery optimization. Value was also increased by sharply higher silver and gold prices compared to 2020.

The Company’s research project to produce metallic zinc is successfully using the Company’s experimental electro-winning cell. Smooth zinc plate is being obtained and the process is ready for expansion of a larger zinc electro-winning cell which is being assembled and is nearly ready for operational testing.

The Company has continued to move forward in planning to expand the Rock Kleen technology to a pilot scale operation, including evaluating the technical feasibility of processing the mine tailings located on Auric Fulstone claims adjacent to the former Minnesota Iron mine located in the northwestern part of the Yerington Mining District at Yerington, Nevada. 

2021 First Quarter Sales Results  

Unaudited Revenues for the first quarter ending March 31, 2021, together with comparative figures for 2020 are presented below:

ITRONICS INC.


For the Quarter


Ended March 31


2021

2020

REVENUE



Fertilizer 

$  407,175

$  594,129

Silver 

$  26

$    68,445

Photo Services 

$  1,951

$  4,461

Mining Technical Services   

$  1,836

$  3,787


$  410,988

$  670,822

Operations and Expansion Updates

GOLD’n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilizers:   Core sales are being maintained, but growth is being restrained by continuing Covid-19 related supply chain issues. During the first quarter the Company’s distributor continued its Covid-19 retail branch access restrictions, as well as restrictions on application development activities. These restrictions were continued through the second quarter, and our expectation is that they may be continued through most of the third quarter. Company expectations are that these issues will be resolved in a positive way in the August-September time frame. This is based on information being provided to us by our suppliers.

Silver Bullion and Other Metal Production:  The pilot scale computer circuit board refining operation is now able to operate reliably.  Metal recovery optimization is underway and is increasing bullion silver and gold content while at the same time improving furnace efficiency and reducing the unit cost of metals being recovered. During the second quarter supplies needed to continue the pilot refining operation became unavailable due to Covid-19 related supply chain issues, so the refining operation is temporarily on hold.  The Company is expecting to resume the refining operation late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter, but this is dependent on being able to obtain the required operating supplies. 

The experimental work to produce zinc metal using electro-winning technology was started in early January 2021 using a laboratory scale electro-winning cell developed by the Company. Small amounts of zinc metal have been produced while the operating parameters were being developed.  The Company plans to expand zinc output in stages starting at laboratory scale and expanding to pilot scale at the Company’s 35,000 square foot Reno, Nevada manufacturing and R&D facility. The Company already owns most of the equipment needed to do this.  The equipment is on site and can be put into operation with only minor modifications.  This work was put on hold in the second quarter to free our research lab to start work on the Auric Fulstone tailings evaluation for suitability for Rock Kleen processing.  The Company plans to restart this research later in the year.

Processing zinc bearing flue dust is one of the technologies in the Company’s portfolio of “Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies” that are being prepared for expansion to commercial scale. Activating this technology development starts the process of establishing the ability to produce pure metals using electrochemistry and opens the door to processing alkaline battery paste which contains zinc, manganese, and potassium. Some of the new EV battery technologies use manganese, one of the four most important battery metals, and this technology development may enable the company to process Electric Vehicle (EV) battery pastes in the future.  In addition, the Company’s Rock Kleen technology has shown the ability to recover the battery metals nickel, manganese, and zinc from mine tailings, all of which will need to be separated and recovered using electrochemistry. 

Rock Kleen Technology and Business Plan Development:  During the first quarter 2020 the Company announced completion of a detailed three-year growth plan for Reno manufacturing operations. A 10-year growth plan for consolidated operations that include expansion to the new “Itronics Cleantech Materials Campus” was completed in the second quarter. This plan was updated in the third quarter to factor in the 2020 impacts of Covid-19 on the growth plan. The expected impacts of expanded materials recoveries using the Rock Kleen technology were also incorporated into the plan. Itronics is anticipating rapid growth over the next several years, to be driven by GOLD’n GRO fertilizer sales and to be supported by development of the new Rock Kleen technology which was selected from the Company’s portfolio of “Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies” for commercial development as a major new line of business. 

A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company’s breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. Additionally, Itronics is also strategically positioned with its portfolio of “Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies” to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites.  

Auric Fulstone Polymetallic Gold Project: Early in the first half 2021 the Company began developing a modified business plan for Auric Gold & Minerals that envisions that Auric would become a tailings supplier for the Itronics Rock Kleen pilot plant that is being planned. This update of the business plan is expected to be completed in the third quarter.

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About Itronics

Headquartered in Reno, Nevada, Itronics Inc. is a “Zero Waste Energy Saving Technology” Company which produces GOLD’n GRO specialty liquid fertilizers, silver bullion, and silver-bearing glass. The Company is an emerging “critical mineral” and “battery materials” producer.  The Company’s goal is to achieve profitable cleantech materials technology driven organic growth in specialty GOLD’n GRO fertilizers, silver, gold, zinc, critical minerals, and battery minerals.  The Company’s technologies maximize the recovery and uses of metals and minerals and by doing this maximize sustainability.

The Company’s growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $100 million in 2025.

The Company’s environmentally friendly award winning GOLD’n GRO liquid fertilizers, which are extensively used in agriculture,  can be used for lawns and houseplants, and are available at the Company’s “e-store” on Amazon.Com at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_lawn-garden?ie+UTF8&field-brandtextbin=GOLD%27n+GRO&node+2972638011. Due to expanded retail customer interest, GOLD’n GRO fertilizer may now be purchased in Reno, Nevada at “Buy Nevada First Gift Shop”, 4001 S. Virginia St.

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