WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Hecla Mining Company (HL) reported first quarter silver production of 3.5 million ounces, an increase of 7% year-on-year. Gold production was 52,004 ounces, a decrease of 12%. Zinc and lead production increased 25% and 82%, respectively. The company's quarter-end cash position exceeded $135 million.
'Greens Creek, Lucky Friday and Casa Berardi all had strong operating performance which combined with current silver prices enabled us to close the quarter with more than $135 million in cash,' said Hecla's President and CEO, Phillips S. Baker, Jr.
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