Scorpio Mining Reports Third Quarter Results - Cost reduction programs are ongoing and meeting with success

Scorpio Mining Reports Third Quarter Results - Cost reduction programs are 
ongoing and meeting with success 
TSX:SPM 
(Please note that all dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in 
Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated. Refer to the third quarter 2012 
Management Discussion and Analysis (''MD&A'') and unaudited financial 
statements for more information which are available on the Company's website 
at www.scorpiomining.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com ) 
TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Scorpio Mining Corporation (TSX: SPM) ("Scorpio 
Mining" or the "Company") reported operating and financial results for its 
third quarter (Q3) ended September 30, 2012. The Company produced a total 
534,075 silver equivalent ounces in Q3 2012 compared to production of 606,786 
during Q2 2012. Net earnings for Q3 2012 were $1.1 million or $0.01 per share 
(basic) compared to net earnings of $0.6 million or $0.00 per share (basic) in 
Q2 2012. 
Third Quarter 2012 Highlights: 


    --  Mine operating earnings of $3.4 million an increase of 79% from
        $1.9 million in Q2 2012;
    --  Recovered 534,075 silver equivalent ounces((1));
    --  Cash cost per silver payable ounce, net of by-product credits,
        decreased to $14.74 due to decreased costs resulting from the
        Company's focus on the rationalization and reduction of mining
        costs, and higher silver ounces payable;
    --  Cash flow from operating activities of $2.8 million before
        movements in working capital in Q3 2012 increased 40% from $2.0
        million in Q2 2012 as a result of the increase in revenues and
        reduction of costs;
    --  Adjusted EBITDA((2)) of $2.7 million in Q3 2012 increased 35%
        from $2.0 million in Q2 2012
    --  Commissioned a flash flotation cell in the process plant, which
        is currently under evaluation and expected to improve
        efficiency as head grades to the plant are stabilized;
    --  Strengthened Scorpio Mining's operations team with the addition
        of a Chief Mine Geologist, Mine Maintenance Superintendent and
        a new Mine Manager;
    --  Reported Mineral Resource Update at the El Cajón Development
        Project (Press release September 24, 2012);
    --  Received archaeological clearance for the first phase of the
        Cosalá Norte project which encompasses the underground mining
        areas at San Rafael and El Cajón; and
    --  Achieved significant progress in advancing the Environmental
        Impact Statement (the acronym in Spanish "MIA") for
        exploitation of the El Cajón deposit which is anticipated to be
        filed with Mexico's Secretary of Environment and Natural
        Resources ("SEMARNAT") in Q4 2012.

((1))Silver equivalent ounces were calculated using the following: 
silver US$24/oz.; zinc US$0.90/lb.; copper US$3.50/lb.; and lead US$0.90/lb.

((2))This is a non-IFRS performance measure; please see Non-IFRS 
Performance Measures section of the Company's Q3 2012 Management's Discussion 
and Analysis.

Peter J. Hawley, President and Interim CEO stated: "Despite slightly lower 
silver equivalent production as a result of lower by-product credits at 
Nuestra Señora, we were able to cut our quarterly costs by reducing mine and 
administration costs and increasing silver production. With a stronger 
operations team in place, and a newly commissioned flash flotation cell in the 
processing plant, we will continue to grow production at Nuestra Señora. We 
also advanced our development projects in the Cosalá Norte area (San Rafael 
and El Cajón) during the quarter by updating the mineral resource and 
defining underground development and power requirements at El Cajón, and 
receiving archaeological clearance for the first phase of underground 
development of both projects. We are pleased with these recent advances and 
are on track to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") and file 
the Environmental Impact Statement for El Cajón and San Rafael by the end of 
the fourth quarter."

Subsequent to Third Quarter
    --  Reported Mineral Resource Update at the San Rafael Development
        Project (Press release October 1, 2012); and
    --  Reported additional results from the recently completed drill
        program at El Cajón. The extension of hole EC-109 at the La
        Emma Zone cut two new mineralized horizons: 14.4 meters of 94
        g/t silver and 0.024% copper and 2.8 meters of 120 g/t silver
        and 0.327% copper.

Outlook

The Nuestra Señora operations continue on their path to improvement with the 
processing plant operating at full capacity during the quarter, and the mine 
returning to more normal production parameters. Cost reduction programs are 
ongoing and meeting with success. During Q3 2012, the Company took delivery 
of a new production drilling machine (Cubex Aries BB) and, subsequent to 
quarter end, a new scoop tram (Atlas Copco ST-1030). Both pieces of 
equipment are vital additions to mine operations and central to our 
forthcoming new mine plan.

Several long-hole stopes of relatively high in-situ metal grades are currently 
in the process of becoming operational: the Company expects these stopes will 
sustain higher grade feed to the processing plant for the remainder of this 
year. From mid-August, 2012, average head grade of approximately 100 g/t 
silver was attained and the Company expects to maintain this level for the 
remainder of 2012. In addition, the Company plans to maintain an inventory of 
drilled and blasted ore equivalent to three months of production to enable 
blending of materials with various other stopes being developed.

The updated reserve estimate for the Nuestra Señora Mine undertaken by Mine 
Development Associates of Reno, Nevada ("MDA") is expected to be available in 
late Q4 2012. The reserve estimate will be based upon a mine design, 
production schedule and other criteria in compliance with NI 43-101 and 
incorporate the resource estimate as disclosed on June 29, 2012,

Land agreements for the Cosalá Norte area, which includes the San Rafael and 
El Cajón deposits, have been reached and registered with the Mexican national 
regulatory body. Environmental studies for the El Cajón exploitation permit 
have been completed with the formal documentation, which includes the latest 
mine design details, expected to be submitted in Q4 2012 to SEMARNAT, the 
Mexican federal government agency responsible for the permitting process. The 
Company expects to receive the first written response from SEMARNAT in 
connection with its submission within 60 working days of the submission.

In anticipation of receiving the exploitation permit for El Cajón, the 
Company has defined underground development and power requirements and 
commenced work to improve the haulage road to its Nuestra Señora processing 
plant. Following the permitting process, the Company's goal is to commence 
production at El Cajón and feed the ore to its processing plant.

The Company expects to complete the filing of Technical Reports on SEDAR as 
follows:
    --  Nuestra Señora Mineral Reserve estimate in Q4 2012; and
    --  A PEA incorporating the exploitation of the El Cajón project by
        the end of Q4 2012.

The decision to proceed with the final Phase II of the plant expansion to 
increase plant capacity by 80% from 1,500 tonnes per day ("tpd") to 2,750 tpd 
is still on hold pending the reserve estimate and permitting of the El Cajon 
project.

On the exploration front, the Company has drilled more than 38,000 meters as 
part of its 2012 drill program for Nuestra Señora and its properties in the 
Cosalá and Parral districts. Underground drilling is continuing at Nuestra 
Señora at a rate of approximately 1,000 meters per month.

The discovery of the new La Emma trend, at El Cajón, and the significant 
increase in resources recently announced demonstrate the exploration and 
development potential of the Cosalá district.

Given the Company's focus on exploration programs during 2012, the Company's 
attention at this time has turned to eliminating all backlogs of sampling and 
logging, while awaiting new exploration permits and planning future drill 
targets. Currently, the Company is also compiling baseline work including: 
geochemical studies, mapping, geophysical studies, and review of all 
historical assay results data in order to prioritize the targets for future 
exploration work.

As at September 30, 2012 the Company had $21.1 million in its treasury and is 
well positioned to continue exploration and development of its projects within 
the Cosalá and Parral districts

About Us

Scorpio Mining Corporation is asilver producer operating in Mexico with 
significant base metal by-product credits. The 100% owned Nuestra Señora Mine 
and processing plant located in the Cosalá District of Sinaloa State, Mexico, 
has proven to be a low-cost operation with the benefit of flexible mining 
methods and diversified metal production. It has a fully mechanized 
underground operation and a processing facility built for expansion to 4,000 
tpd. The plant produces zinc, copper and lead concentrates; with a significant 
silver component in the copper and lead concentrates. In addition, the company 
has over 40 exploration targets mostly in the vicinity of its current 
operations and has recently updated its resource calculations for the San 
Rafael and El Cajón Projects. Scorpio Mining also holds a 100% interest in 
the advanced, high-grade La Revancha silver and Tepozán silver-gold projects, 
both located in the productive Parral District within the respective states of 
Chihuahua and Durango, Mexico.The Company's strategy focuses on developing the 
San Rafael and the El Cajón Cajon projects.

Scorpio Mining's President and Interim CEO, Mr. Peter J. Hawley P. Geo, is a 
Qualified Person for the Company's Mexico projects and has reviewed the 
content of this release.

ON BEHALF OF SCORPIO MINING CORPORATION

Peter J. Hawley
President & Interim CEO

This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed 
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private 
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities 
legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, 
statements with respect to the Company's operations, exploration and 
development plans, expansion plans, estimates, expectations, forecasts, 
objectives, predictions and projections of the future. Generally, these 
forward-looking statements can be identified by the forward-looking 
terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", 
"budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "projects", "intends", "anticipates", or 
"does not anticipate", or "believes", or "variations of such words and phrases 
or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "can", "could", 
"would", "might", or "will" be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". 
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, 
uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of 
activity, performance or achievements of Scorpio Mining Corporation to be 
materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking 
statements, including but not limited to: risks related to the exploration and 
development and operation of the Company's projects in Mexico, risks related 
to international operations, construction delays and cost overruns, the actual 
results of current exploration, development and construction activities, 
conclusions of economic evaluations, changes in project parameters as plans 
continue to be refined, future prices of silver, zinc, copper, lead and gold, 
risks relating to completing acquisition transactions as well as those factors 
discussed in the sections relating to risk factors of our business filed in 
Scorpio Mining Corporation's required securities filings on SEDAR, including 
its Annual Information Form dated March 26, 2012. Although Scorpio Mining 
Corporation has attempted to identify important factors that could cause 
results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking 
statements, there may be other factors that cause results to be materially 
different from those anticipated, described, estimated, assessed or intended.

There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements will prove 
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. Scorpio Mining Corporation does 
not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are incorporated 
by reference herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Victoria Vargas, Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate  
Communications +1 416-585-2200 Email:vvargas@scorpiomining.com Rich Kaiser, 
YES International: 1-800-631-8127; 001-757-306-6090  (outside North America) 
Email:rkaiser@scorpiomining.com

Website:www.scorpiomining.com

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