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Press Release

First Majestic Announces Financial Results for Q4 2022, FY2022 & Quarterly Dividend Payment

Bnamericas

FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP. (AG: NYSE; FR: TSX) (the "Company" or “First Majestic”) is pleased to announce the consolidated financial results for the Company’s fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022. The full version of the financial statements and the management discussion and analysis can be viewed on the Company's website at www.firstmajestic.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR at www.sec.gov. All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless stated otherwise. 2022 HIGHLIGHTS • Record production of 31.3 million silver equivalent (“AgEq”) ounces, consisting of 10.5 million silver ounces and 248,394 gold ounces, or a 16% increase compared to 2021. • Record annual revenues of $624.2 million, representing a 7% increase compared to 2021. • Operating cash flows before working capital and taxes of $109.4 million, a decrease of 38% compared to 2021 due to inflation and elevated costs at Jerritt Canyon. • Consolidated cash costs were $14.39 per AgEq ounce and All-In Sustaining Costs “AISC” (see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”, below) were $19.74 per AgEq ounce. Excluding Jerritt Canyon, cash costs and AISC for the three Mexican operations were $11.13 and $14.42 per AgEq ounce, respectively. • Adjusted net earnings of ($55.4) million, or ($0.21) per share, after excluding non-cash or unusual items. • Realized an average silver price of $22.49 per payable AgEq ounce, representing an 11% decrease compared to 2021. • The Company paid $6.9 million in dividends to shareholders in 2022. • Ended the year with cash and cash equivalents of $151.4 million, excluding $125.2 million held in restricted cash. The Company also ended the year with strong working capital of $202.9 million. Q4 2022 HIGHLIGHTS • Total production of 7.6 million AgEq ounces, a decrease of 14% compared to an all-time record Q3 2022, consisting of 2.4 million ounces of silver and 63,039 ounces of gold. • Quarterly revenues totalled $148.2 million, a decrease of 7% compared to Q3 2022. 2 • Operating cash flows before working capital and taxes of $13.4 million, a decrease of 52% compared to Q3 2022. • Consolidated cash costs were $15.36 per AgEq ounce and AISC were $20.69 per AgEq ounce. Excluding Jerritt Canyon, cash costs and AISC for the three Mexican operations were $11.93 and $15.63 per AgEq ounce, respectively. • Adjusted net earnings of ($17.4) million (adjusted EPS of ($0.07)) (See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”, below) after excluding non-cash and non-recurring items. • Realized an average silver price of $23.24 per ounce, an 18% increase compared to Q3 2022. • Declared a cash dividend payment of $0.0054 per common share for the fourth quarter of 2022 for shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 10, 2023, which will be distributed on or about March 24, 2023. CEO COMMENTS “The Company achieved record revenues of $624 million in 2022 largely due to an 81% increase in production at the Santa Elena operation,” stated Keith Neumeyer, President and CEO of First Majestic. “In its first full year of production from the Ermitaño mine, Santa Elena achieved a new production record of 9.1 million silver equivalent ounces with a low AISC of $13.97 per ounce. We also completed several key cost savings projects at Santa Elena in 2022, including the dual-circuit project with a new 3,000 tpd tailings filter press and the expansion of the LNG power plant to 24 MW. But despite our ongoing efforts, consolidated cash costs per ounce increased by 9% in 2022 due to unforeseen supply chain issues, a slightly stronger Mexican Peso and persistent inflation pressures felt across the industry.” Mr. Neumeyer continues, “At Jerritt Canyon, AISC costs decreased in the fourth quarter by 14% compared to the previous quarter but remained elevated due to lower than expected production caused by severe cold weather conditions in northern Nevada which reduced the utilization of the processing plant, limited ore transportation from the West Generator and Saval II mines, and created supply chain issues for certain consumables. Over the past few months, many of the supply chain challenges have been successfully remedied and we completed numerous plant improvements to winterize the facility to better withstand harsh winter seasons.”

2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS

The Company generated record annual revenues totaling $624.2 million in 2022, or 7% higher compared to 2021, primarily due to the first full year of production from the Ermitaño mine at Santa Elena. The Company realized a 17% increase in AgEq ounces sold due to higher production at Jerritt Canyon and Santa Elena which was slightly offset by an 11% decrease in the average realized silver price.

Annual mine operating earnings totaled $16.8 million compared to $101.4 million in 2021. The decrease in mine operating earnings were driven by lower than expected production at Jerritt Canyon resulting in higher production costs per ounce, the decrease in the average realized silver price during the year as well as an increase in depreciation and depletion. The Company also saw an increase in the cost of sales resulting from supply chain challenges, inflationary cost pressures and a slightly stronger Mexican Peso.

Cash flows before movements in working capital and taxes during the year was $109.4 million compared to $176.8 million in the prior year, representing a 38% decrease.

The Company reported net earnings of ($114.3) million (EPS of ($0.43)) compared to ($4.9) million (EPS of ($0.02)) in 2021. Adjusted net earnings for the year, normalized for non-cash or non-recurring items such as impairment charges, tax settlements, share-based payments, unrealized losses on marketable securities and non-recurring write-downs on mineral inventory was ($55.4) million, or ($0.21) per share, compared to $6.0 million, or $0.02 per share in 2021.

The Company ended 2022 with a strong treasury consisting of $151.4 million in cash and cash equivalents as well as restricted cash of $125.2 million for a total of $276.6 million. The Company also ended the year with strong working capital of $202.9 million.

FULL YEAR 2022 OPERATIONAL RESULTS

Silver production in 2022 reached 10.5 million ounces which was below the Company's revised guidance range of 11.2 to 11.9 million silver ounces, due to higher gold grades from the Ermitaño mine at Santa Elena and lower-than-expected silver grades at the San Dimas mine. Gold production reached a new annual record of 248,394 ounces which was slightly below the Company's guidance range of producing between 256,000 to 273,000 gold ounces, due to lower-than-expected grades and throughput at Jerritt Canyon.

Cash cost per AgEq ounce in the year was $14.39 compared to $13.23 in 2021. The increase in costs per ounce was primarily due to the lower than expected production and lower grades at Jerritt Canyon and San Dimas as well an overall increase in costs due to inflation.

AISC per AgEq ounce in 2022 was $19.74, compared to $18.85 in the previous year. The increase in AISC per ounce was due to higher cash costs.

The Company's total capital expenditures in 2022 was $229.5 million consisting of $115.9 million for underground development, $43.9 million in exploration, $49.6 million in property, plant and equipment, and $20.1 million in innovation projects. Total investments in 2022, on a mine-by-mine basis, primarily consisted of $47.4 million at San Dimas, $47.7 million at Santa Elena, $10.2 million at La Encantada, $94.8 million at Jerritt Canyon, and $29.4 million for other strategic projects.

During the year, the Company sold 11,869,145 common shares under the At-the-Market Distribution programs at an average price of $9.80 per common share for gross proceeds of $116.3 million.

Q4 2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Revenues generated in the fourth quarter of 2022 totalled $148.2 million, representing a 7% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2022, primarily due to lower production at Santa Elena and San Dimas.

The Company realized mine operating earnings of ($13.3) million during the quarter compared to mine operating earnings of $3.3 million in the third quarter of 2022. The decrease in mine operating earnings was primarily attributed to lower production, lower metal prices and an increase in the cost of sales.

Operating cash flows earnings before movements in working capital and income taxes were $13.4 million during the quarter compared to $27.7 million in the third quarter of 2022.

The Company reported net earnings of ($16.8) million (EPS of ($0.06)) compared to ($20.7) million (EPS of ($0.08)) in the third quarter of 2022. Adjusted net earnings for the quarter, normalized for non-cash or non-recurring items such as a $9.6 million impairment charge due to the pending sale of the La Parrilla mine, tax settlements, share-based payments, unrealized losses on marketable securities and non-recurring write-downs on mineral inventory for the quarter was ($17.4) million (adjusted EPS of ($0.07)) compared to ($22.6) million (adjusted EPS of ($0.09)) in the third quarter of 2022.

Q4 2022 OPERATIONAL RESULTS 

Total production in the fourth quarter of 2022 was 7.6 million AgEq ounces, consisting of 2.4 million ounces of silver and 63,039 ounces of gold. Quarterly silver and gold production decreased 12% and 6%, respectively, compared to the prior quarter, primarily due to lower production at San Dimas and Santa Elena.

Cash costs per AgEq ounce for the quarter were $15.36 compared to $13.34 in the previous quarter. The increase in cash costs per AgEq ounce was primarily due to a decrease in grades and ounces produced at San Dimas and Santa Elena. This was partially offset by lower cash costs at Jerritt Canyon, driven by higher gold production in the quarter.

AISC per ounce in the fourth quarter increased 16% to $20.69 per ounce when compared to the previous quarter. The increase in AISC was primarily attributed to an increase in cash costs per AgEq ounce.

The Company's total capital expenditures in the fourth quarter were $54.4 million, consisting of $31.0 million for underground development, $4.9 million in exploration, $17.1 million in property, plant and equipment, and $1.4 million in innovation projects. Total investments in the fourth quarter of 2022, on a mine-by-mine basis, primarily consisted of $8.5 million at San Dimas, $11.6 million at Santa Elena, $3.0 million at La Encantada, $23.3 million at Jerritt Canyon, and $8.0 million for other strategic projects.

Q4 2022 DIVIDEND ANNOUNCEMENT

The Company is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend payment in the amount of $0.0054 per common share for the fourth quarter of 2022. The fourth quarter cash dividend will be paid to holders of record of First Majestic's common shares as of the close of business on March 10, 2023 and will be distributed on or about March 24, 2023.

Under the Company's dividend policy, the quarterly dividend per common share is targeted to equal approximately 1% of the Company's net quarterly revenues divided by the Company's then outstanding common shares on the record date.

The amount and distribution dates of future dividends remain at the discretion of the Board of Directors. This dividend qualifies as an 'eligible dividend' for Canadian income tax purposes. Dividends paid to shareholders outside Canada (non-resident investors) may be subject to Canadian non-resident withholding taxes.

RENEWS ATM PROGRAM

The Company announces that it has renewed its equity distribution agreement (the "Sales Agreement") with BMO Capital Markets and TD Securities (the "Agents") pursuant to which the Company may, at its discretion and from time-to-time until June 18, 2023, sell, through the Agents, such number of common shares of the Company ("Common Shares") as would result in aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of up to US$100.0 million (the "Offering"). The Sales Agreement replaces the previous equity distribution agreement entered into between the Company and the Agents dated July 20, 2022, under which all sales have been completed. Sales of Common Shares will be made through "at-the-market distributions" as defined in the Canadian Securities Administrators' National Instrument 44-102-Shelf Distributions, including sales made directly on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE"), or any other recognized marketplace upon which the Common Shares are listed or quoted or where the Common Shares are traded in the United States. The sales, if any, of Common Shares made under the Sales Agreement will be made by means of ordinary brokers' transactions on the NYSE at market prices, or as otherwise agreed upon by the Company and the Agents. No offers or sales of Common Shares will be made in Canada on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") or other trading markets in Canada.

The Offering will be made by way of a prospectus supplement to the base prospectus included in the Company's existing US registration statement on Form F-10 (the "Registration Statement") and Canadian short form base shelf prospectus (the "Base Shelf Prospectus") dated May 18, 2021. The prospectus supplement relating to the Offering has been filed with the securities commissions in each of the provinces of Canada (other than Québec) and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The US prospectus supplement (together with the related base prospectus) will be available on the SEC's website (www.sec.gov) and the Canadian prospectus supplement (together with the related Base Shelf Prospectus) will be available on the SEDAR website maintained by the Canadian Securities Administrators at www.sedar.com. Alternatively, the Agents will provide copies of the US prospectus and US prospectus supplement upon request by contacting BMO Capital Markets (c/o BMO Capital Markets Corp., Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, 151 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, or by telephone at (800) 414-3627, or by email: bmoprospectus@bmo.com) or TD Securities (USA) LLC, 1 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017, telephone: 1-855-495-9846.

The Company expects to use the net proceeds of the Offering, if any, together with the Company's current cash resources, to develop and/or improve the Company's existing mines and to add to the Company's working capital.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor will there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

First Majestic is a publicly traded mining company focused on silver and gold production in Mexico and the United States. The Company presently owns and operates the San Dimas Silver/Gold Mine, the Santa Elena Silver/Gold Mine, the La Encantada Silver Mine, and the Jerritt Canyon Gold Mine.

First Majestic is proud to offer a portion of its silver production for sale to the public. Bars, ingots, coins and medallions are available for purchase online at its Bullion Store at some of the lowest premiums available.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION contact info@firstmajestic.com, visit our website at www.firstmajestic.com or call our toll-free number 1.866.529.2807.

FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP.

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