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Taseko Mines Limited: 2019 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results

Fri 21st February, 2020 7:00am
Taseko Reports 2019 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results

 This release should be read with the Company's Financial Statements and Management Discussion & Analysis ("MD&A"), available at www.tasekomines.com and filed on www.sedar.com. Except where otherwise noted, all currency amounts are stated in Canadian dollars. Taseko's 75% owned Gibraltar Mine is located north of the City of Williams Lake in south-central British Columbia. Production volumes stated in this release are on a 100% basis unless otherwise indicated.  

VANCOUVER, Feb. 20, 2020 /CNW/ - Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE
American: TGB; LSE: TKO) ("Taseko" or the "Company") reports financial results
for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2019. For the fourth
quarter, Taseko recorded earnings from mining operations before depletion and
amortization* of $23.9 million, adjusted EBITDA* of $18.2 million and an
adjusted net loss of $16.2 million ($0.07 per share). For the full year,
Taseko reports earnings from mining operations before depletion and
amortization* of $70.6 million, adjusted EBITDA* of $51.1 million and an
adjusted net loss of $68.6 million ($0.28 per share).

Russell Hallbauer, Chief Executive Officer of Taseko, commented,
"Operationally, we are happy with the performance at Gibraltar in 2019. Grade
variability was low and copper production of 126 million pounds met our annual
production guidance. Additionally, molybdenum production of 2.7 million pounds
was the best ever at Gibraltar and, combined with strong molybdenum pricing,
generated an important by-product credit. For 2020, we maintain guidance of
130 million pounds (+/-5%) of copper production, on a 100% basis, consistent
with the life of mine average."

Stuart McDonald, President of Taseko, stated, "Earnings and cashflow were
lower in 2019, mainly due to a lower average copper price.  Even though the
price of copper has been impacted recently by global events, we still believe
the supply/demand fundamentals remain intact with the opportunity for a
significant positive copper price movement. With our production from Gibraltar
we continue to have significant cashflow leverage to the copper price upside,
and on the downside we have copper put options in place until the end of April
at a strike price of US$2.60 per pound, which protect our cash flow in the
event copper drops from current levels. Offsetting lower copper prices, we are
seeing reductions in off-property costs and other input costs. For 2020,
benchmark treatment and refining costs are more than 20% lower than last year,
and combined with recent fuel price declines and other supplier cost reduction
initiatives, represent approximately seven cents per pound of annualized cost
savings to begin the year."

"Our Florence Copper Project is making headway, both from a technical
perspective as well as the permitting process. After 14 months of operating
the test facility, our knowledge of the in-situ leaching operation continues
to grow. The wellfield continues to produce a commercial grade leach solution
and the SX/EW plant is producing LME Grade A copper cathode on a steady-state
basis. Detailed engineering for the commercial scale facility is progressing,
benefitting from the many months of test facility operating data. With both
the state and federal regulators (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
and US Environmental Protection Agency) actively involved, permitting is
advancing and now in the technical review phase," added Mr. McDonald.

"Going forward, our focus will be on maintaining operating cash flow at
Gibraltar, given the lower copper pricing currently being realized. While we
expect a recovery in copper price, we will operate our company in the most
cost-effective manner and manage project and other discretionary spending
appropriately in the current environment," concluded Mr. McDonald.

 *Non-GAAP performance measure. See end of news release.  

2019 Annual Review
* Earnings from mining operations before depletion and amortization* was $70.6
million and Adjusted EBITDA* was $51.1 million;
* Cash flows from operations was $42.6 million and capital expenditures for
the year totalled $50.8 million;
* Cash balance at December 31, 2019 was $53 million, which was $8 million
higher than the end of 2018;
* Site operating costs, net of by-product credits* was US$1.75 per pound
produced, and total operating costs (C1)* was US$2.06 per pound produced;
* Net loss for the year was $53.4 million ($0.22 per share) with depreciation
$39 million greater than the prior year due to the amortization of capitalized
strip associated with ore mined from the Granite pit. Adjusted net loss* was
$68.6 million ($0.28 per share) after adjusting for the unrealized foreign
exchange gain of $15.2 million;
* The Gibraltar Mine (100% basis) produced 125.9 million pounds of copper in
2019, a slight improvement over 2018. Copper recoveries were 86.2% and copper
head grades for the year were 0.245%;
* Gibraltar produced 2.7 million pounds of molybdenum in 2019 compared to 2.4
million pounds in 2018. Molybdenum provided a by-product credit of US$0.20 per
pound of copper consistent with 2018;
* Sales of copper were 122 million pounds in 2019 with finished goods
inventory at Gibraltar (100% basis) including 5.0 million pounds of copper.
This copper concentrate inventory at December 31, 2019 had a sales value of
approximately $14 million for Taseko's share;
* Taseko continued to advance its production test facility operation at the
Florence Copper project with the wellfield performing to expectation. The
SX-EW plant continues to produce LME grade A copper cathode. Commercial permit
applications for Phase 2 were submitted to the state and federal agencies in
the middle of 2019 and permitting initiatives are underway; and
* In February 2019, the Company acquired the remaining interests in Yellowhead
Mining Inc. that it did not already own for consideration of $13 million in
the Company's common shares.  On January 16, 2020, the Company published the
results of its updated NI 43-101 Technical report on the Yellowhead project
outlining a significantly improved development plan and economics.
Fourth Quarter Review
* Fourth quarter earnings from mining operations before depletion and
amortization* was $23.9 million, and Adjusted EBITDA* was $18.2 million;
* Cash flow from operations was $9.2 million;
* Site operating costs, net of by-product credits* was US$1.69 per pound
produced, consistent with the prior two quarters;
* Net loss was $9.9 million ($0.04 per share) after depletion and amortization
of $31.4 million in the quarter. Adjusted net loss* was $16.2 million ($0.07
per share) after adjusting for the unrealized foreign exchange gain of $5.9
* Copper production in the fourth quarter was consistent with previous
quarters at 33.4 million pounds and copper sales were 33.3 million pounds
(100% basis); and
* Molybdenum production was steady at 728 thousand pounds in Q4; molybdenum
prices averaged US$9.67 per pound during the quarter down from US$11.83 per
pound in Q3.
 *Non-GAAP performance measure. See end of news release.  


 Financial Data                                                               Year ended                Three Months Ended       
                                                                             December 31,                  December 31,          
 (Cdn$ in thousands, except for per share amounts)                     2019      2018     Change     2019      2018     Change   
 Revenues                                                              329,163   343,870  (14,707)    89,932   111,121  (21,189) 
 Earnings from mining operations before depletion and amortization*     70,613   112,003  (41,390)    23,921    28,450   (4,529) 
 Adjusted EBITDA*                                                       51,057    98,217  (47,160)    18,246    26,489   (8,243) 
 Cash flows provided by operations                                      42,641    94,078  (51,437)     9,227    44,120  (34,893) 
 Earnings (loss) from mining operations                               (39,143)    41,222  (80,365)   (7,459)    10,578  (18,037) 
 Net loss                                                             (53,382)  (35,774)  (17,608)   (9,931)  (19,720)     9,789 
 Per share - basic ("EPS")                                              (0.22)    (0.16)    (0.06)    (0.04)    (0.09)      0.05 
 Adjusted net loss*                                                   (68,610)   (8,508)  (60,102)  (16,159)   (1,310)  (14,849) 
 Per share - basic ("Adjusted EPS") (*)                                 (0.28)    (0.04)    (0.24)    (0.07)    (0.01)    (0.06) 
 Operating Data (Gibraltar - 100% basis)                                      Year ended                Three Months Ended       
                                                                             December 31,                  December 31,          
                                                                       2019      2018     Change     2019      2018     Change   
 Tons mined (millions)                                                   100.4     111.6    (11.2)      25.8      28.4     (2.6) 
 Tons milled (millions)                                                   29.9      30.1     (0.2)       7.8       7.1       0.7 
 Production (million pounds Cu)                                          125.9     125.2       0.7      33.4      25.8       7.6 
 Sales (million pounds Cu)                                               122.4     126.5     (4.1)      33.3      42.7     (9.4) 


 *Non-GAAP performance measure. See end of news release.  


Gibraltar Mine (75% Owned)

 Operating data (100% basis)                              Q4      Q3      Q2      Q1      Q4      YE      YE    
                                                         2019    2019    2019    2019    2018    2019    2018   
 Tons mined (millions)                                     25.8    24.7    26.6    23.3    28.4   100.4   111.6 
 Tons milled (millions)                                     7.8     7.5     7.7     6.8     7.1    29.9    30.1 
 Strip ratio                                                2.1     3.0     2.3     3.2     5.1     2.6     2.7 
 Site operating cost per ton milled (CAD$)*              $10.46  $10.83  $11.51  $10.88   $9.16  $10.92   $9.71 
 Copper concentrate                                                                                             
 Head grade (%)                                           0.253   0.249   0.256   0.216   0.222   0.245   0.251 
 Copper recovery (%)                                       84.5    87.7    87.7    84.6    81.3    86.2    82.7 
 Production (million pounds Cu)                            33.4    33.0    34.7    24.9    25.8   125.9   125.2 
 Sales (million pounds Cu)                                 33.3    33.5    32.3    23.3    42.7   122.4   126.5 
 Inventory (million pounds Cu)                              5.0     5.0     5.5     3.1     1.6     5.0     1.6 
 Molybdenum concentrate                                                                                         
 Production (thousand pounds Mo)                            728     620     653     738     727   2,739   2,366 
 Sales (thousand pounds Mo)                                 791     518     708     770     738   2,787   2,304 
 Per unit data (US$ per pound produced) (*)                                                                     
 Site operating costs (*)                                 $1.85   $1.88   $1.92   $2.23   $1.92   $1.95   $1.80 
 By-product credits (*)                                  (0.16)  (0.16)  (0.21)  (0.32)  (0.30)  (0.20)  (0.20) 
 Site operating costs, net of by-product credits (*)      $1.69   $1.72   $1.71   $1.91   $1.62   $1.75   $1.60 
 Off-property costs                                        0.32    0.33    0.30    0.30    0.49    0.31    0.33 
 Total operating costs (C1) (*)                           $2.01   $2.05   $2.01   $2.21   $2.11   $2.06   $1.93 


Full-year results

In 2019, Gibraltar produced 125.9 million pounds of copper compared to 125.2
million in 2018. Copper grade for the year averaged 0.245% copper, slightly
below the life of mine average grade. Copper recovery for 2019 was 86.2%, an
improvement over 2018 as a result of processing improvements and processing
less oxidized ore.

A total of 100.4 million tons were mined in 2019, a 10% decrease over the
prior year due to the mining deeper within Granite pit resulting in longer
haul distances.  Waste stripping costs of $22.9 million (75% basis) were
capitalized in 2019 compared to $48.8 million in 2018 as more waste stripping
was performed in the Granite pit in the prior year.

Site operating costs* for the year were US$1.95 per pound of copper produced,
an increase from 2018, due primarily to the greater capitalization of
stripping costs in the prior year.  There was also higher mining costs per
ton mined in 2019 arising from greater haulage distances. 

Molybdenum production for 2019 was 2.7 million pounds compared to 2.4 million
pounds in 2018.  This additional production was offset by a decrease in the
average molybdenum price, which was US$11.36 per pound in 2019 compared to
US$12.20 per pound in 2018. The resulting by-product credits per pound of
copper produced* of US$0.20 remained consistent with the prior year.

Off property costs* were US$0.31 per pound of copper produced, consistent with
US$0.33 per pound produced in 2018. The decrease was attributed to improved
TCRCs on spot tenders in 2019 compared to 2018.

Total operating costs (C1)* were US$2.06 per pound of copper produced for the
year compared to $1.93 per pound in 2018 due to the difference in site
operating costs as noted above.

Fourth quarter results

Copper production in the fourth quarter was 33.4 million pounds.  Copper
grade for the quarter averaged 0.253%, which was in line with the life of mine
average grade.  Copper recovery in the mill was 84.5% during the quarter
which was lower than the first three quarters as a higher percentage of oxide
ore was processed.  The decrease in recovery was offset by an increase in
mill throughput during the quarter.

A total of 25.8 million tons were mined during the period, an increase of 1.1
million tons over the previous quarter and the ore stockpile increased by 0.5
million tons.  The strip ratio for the fourth quarter was 2.1 to 1 as more
mining took place in Granite.  This resulted in less overall waste stripping
of Pollyanna in the quarter. 

Capitalized stripping costs totaled $4.3 million (75% basis) compared to $8.6
million in the prior quarter and $18.9 million in Q4 2018. The capitalized
stripping costs are substantially attributable to advancement into the
Pollyanna pit and associated waste stripping costs while no ore from Pollyanna
has been mined yet. Total site spending (including capitalized stripping
costs) was slightly lower than the previous quarter. The remaining decrease in
site operating cost per ton milled*, which was $10.46 for the quarter, was due
to greater throughput.

Molybdenum production was 728 thousand pounds in the fourth quarter. 
Molybdenum prices averaged US$9.67 per pound over the fourth quarter compared
to US$11.83 per pound in the prior quarter and US$12.04 per pound in Q4
2018.  By-product credits per pound of copper produced* was US$0.16 in the
fourth quarter.  

Off-property costs per pound produced* were US$0.32 for the fourth quarter of
2019 and consist of concentrate treatment, refining and transportation costs.
These costs are in line with recent quarters relative to pounds of copper

Health, Safety, and Environment

Health and safety have always been a high-level commitment for Taseko,
Gibraltar, and Florence management. Taseko is committed to operational
practices that result in improved efficiencies, safety performance and
occupational health. Nothing is more important to the Company than the safety,
health and well-being of our workers and their families.

Taseko places a high priority on the continuous improvement of performance in
the areas of employee health and safety at the workplace and protection of the
environment.  In 2019, Gibraltar had five loss time incidents and a loss time
frequency of 0.68 (per 200,000 hours worked). This is lower than the British
Columbia industry average loss time frequency of 0.78 (per 200,000 hours
worked). The Company remains committed to a culture of safety-first, ensuring
safety is the first consideration in all actions taken.

The same priority on health, safety, and environmental performance, as well as
the methods and culture at Gibraltar are being imported and implemented at
Florence Copper.

 *Non-GAAP performance measure. See end of news release.  


Gibraltar is expected to produce approximately 130 million pounds (+/-5%) on a
100% basis in 2020.

The fundamentals for copper remain strong and despite short-term volatility
caused by global events including the coronavirus, most industry analysts are
projecting a continued supply constraint and higher copper prices than current
levels in the coming years. Expansion of overseas copper smelting capacity and
tighter supply conditions resulted in a reduced benchmark for 2020 for
concentrate treatment and refining charges ("TCRC") which were set 23% below
2019 benchmark levels.

On November 6, 2019, the Company published an updated NI 43-101 Technical
report on the Gibraltar Mine.  Based on this updated technical report,
sufficient Mineral Reserves exist to support an approximate 19-year production
plan out to 2038 with annual average copper production of 130 million
pounds.  Mineral Resource potential exists to potentially further extend the
mine life beyond the known reserves.


Taseko's strategy has been to grow the Company from the operating cash flow
and credit quality of the Gibraltar Mine to assemble and develop a pipeline of
projects.  We continue to believe this will generate long-term returns for
shareholders. Our development projects are focused primarily on copper and are
located in stable mining jurisdictions in British Columbia and Arizona.  Our
current focus is on the near term development of the Florence Copper Project.

Florence Copper Project

The Production Test Facility ("PTF") operated as planned during 2019. Steady
state operation was achieved and the focus turned to testing different
wellfield operating strategies, including adjusting pumping rates, solution
strength, flow direction, and the use of packers in recovery and injection
wells to isolate different zones of the ore body. The Florence Copper
technical team is using physical and operating control mechanisms to adjust
solution chemistry and flow rates and is successfully achieving targeted
copper concentration in solution. The PTF wellfield is performing to its
design and the SX-EW plant continues to produce LME grade A copper cathode.

The main focus of the PTF phase is to demonstrate to regulators and key
stakeholders that hydraulic control of underground leach solutions can be
maintained and provide valuable data to validate the Company's leach model as
well as optimize well design and performance and hydraulic control parameters.
 Successful operation of the in-situ leaching process will allow permits to
be amended for the full-scale commercial operation, which is expected to
produce 85 million pounds of copper cathode annually for 20 years.

Two permits are required to commence construction of the commercial scale
wellfield at Florence Copper. These are the Aquifer Protection Permit ("APP")
from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality ("ADEQ") and the
Underground Injection Control ("UIC") Permit from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency ("EPA"). In June 2019, the Company submitted the APP
application for the Phase 2 commercial facility to the ADEQ. The UIC permit
application for the Phase 2 commercial facility was submitted to the EPA in
August 2019. Both permits are advancing through the technical review process.
The Company is in active dialogue with the regulators and targeting to have
permitting for the commercial facility completed in 2020.

The Company has continued to advance various project financing options from
debt providers, royalty companies, and potential joint venture partners for
the Phase 2 commercial development of the Florence Copper Project. 
Management is targeting to have the project finance funding committed in
advance of both the APP and UIC permit amendments being issued by the ADEQ and
EPA, respectively.

Total net expenditures at the Florence Project for the year ended December 31,
2019 were $16.0 million including the PTF operation and other project
development costs.

Yellowhead Copper Project

On February 15, 2019, the Company acquired all of the outstanding common
shares of Yellowhead Mining Inc. ("Yellowhead") that it did not already own,
in exchange for 17.3 million Taseko common shares. Yellowhead holds a 100%
interest in a copper-gold-silver development project located in south-central
British Columbia.

In January 2020, the Company announced the results of its technical studies on
Yellowhead which resulted in a 22% increase in recoverable copper reserves and
significantly improved project economics. The Company filed a new NI 43-101
technical report ("Technical Report on the Mineral Reserve Update at the
Yellowhead Copper Project" dated January 16, 2020) (the "Technical Report") on

The updated Technical Report outlines a new development plan for the project,
which includes an 817 million tonne reserve and a 25-year mine life with a
pre-tax NPV of $1.3 billion at an 8% discount rate using a US$3.10 per pound
copper price.  This represents a $500 million increase over the 2014
Feasibility Study completed by the previous owner. Capital costs of the
project are estimated at $1.3 billion over a 2-year construction period. 
Over the first 5 years of operation, the copper equivalent grade will average
0.35% producing an average of 200 million pounds of copper per year at an
average C1 cost, net of by-product credit, of US$1.67 per pound of copper. The
Yellowhead Copper Project contains valuable precious metal by-products with
440,000 ounces of gold and 19 million ounces of silver with a life of mine
value of over $1 billion at current prices. 

The Company is focusing its efforts in 2020 on ongoing engagement with local
communities including First Nations, environmental assessment work, additional
engineering and joint venture partnering discussions with strategic industry
offtake groups.

New Prosperity Gold- Copper Project

On December 5, 2019, the Company announced that the T?ilhqot'in Nation as
represented by T?ilhqot'in National Government and Taseko have entered into a
dialogue, facilitated by the Province of British Columbia, to try to obtain a
long-term solution to the conflict regarding Taseko's proposed gold-copper
mine currently known as New Prosperity, acknowledging Taseko's commercial
interests and the opposition of the T?ilhqot'in Nation to the Project. While
the details of this process are confidential, in order to facilitate a
dialogue, the parties have agreed to a standstill on certain outstanding
litigation and regulatory matters which relate to Taseko's tenures and the
area in the vicinity of Teztan Biny (Fish Lake).

Aley Niobium Project

Environmental monitoring and product marketing initiatives on the Aley Niobium
project continue. A pilot plant scale program commenced in the second quarter
on the niobium flotation and converter processes. The pilot plant will also
provide final product samples for marketing purposes. Aley project
expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2019 were $0.8 million.

 The Company will host a telephone conference call and live webcast on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. PST, 4:00 p.m. GMT) to discuss these results. After opening remarks by management, there will be a question and answer session open to analysts and investors. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (888) 390-0546 within North America, or (416) 764-8688 for international callers. The conference call will be archived for later playback until March 6, 2020 and can be    
 accessed by dialing (888) 390-0541 within North America or (416) 764-8677 internationally and using the passcode 966107#.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Russell Hallbauer
Chief Executive Officer & Director

No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information in this
news release.


This document includes certain non-GAAP performance measures that do not have
a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. These measures may differ from
those used by, and may not be comparable to such measures as reported by,
other issuers. The Company believes that these measures are commonly used by
certain investors, in conjunction with conventional IFRS measures, to enhance
their understanding of the Company's performance. These measures have been
derived from the Company's financial statements and applied on a consistent
basis. The following tables below provide a reconciliation of these non-GAAP
measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measure.

Total operating costs and site operating costs, net of by-product credits

Total costs of sales include all costs absorbed into inventory, as well as
transportation costs and insurance recoverable. Site operating costs are
calculated by removing net changes in inventory, depletion and amortization,
insurance recoverable, and transportation costs from cost of sales. Site
operating costs, net of by-product credits is calculated by subtracting
by-product credits from the site operating costs. Site operating costs, net of
by-product credits per pound are calculated by dividing the aggregate of the
applicable costs by copper pounds produced. Total operating costs per pound is
the sum of site operating costs, net of by-product credits and off-property
costs divided by the copper pounds produced. By-product credits are calculated
based on actual sales of molybdenum (net of treatment costs) and silver during
the period divided by the total pounds of copper produced during the
period. These measures are calculated on a consistent basis for the periods

                                                                  Three months ended  December 31,      Year ended  December 31,    
 (Cdn$ in thousands, unless otherwise indicated) – 75% basis                  2019               2018           2019           2018 
 Cost of sales                                                              97,391            100,543        368,306        302,648 
 Depletion and amortization                                               (31,380)           (17,872)      (109,756)       (70,781) 
 Insurance recovered                                                             -                 38              -          7,913 
 Net change in inventories of finished goods                               (1,193)           (20,028)          5,570        (2,435) 
 Net change in inventories of ore stockpiles                                 1,426            (8,905)        (1,677)        (1,078) 
 Transportation costs                                                      (5,025)            (4,656)       (17,832)       (17,163) 
 Site operating costs                                                       61,219             49,120        244,611        219,104 
 Less by-product credits:                                                                                                           
 Molybdenum, net of treatment costs                                        (5,205)            (7,643)       (25,223)       (23,419) 
 Silver, excluding amortization of deferred revenue                             30              (118)          (557)          (327) 
 Site operating costs, net of by-product credits                            56,044             41,359        218,831        195,358 
 Total copper produced (thousand pounds)                                    25,047             19,372         94,428         93,888 
 Total costs per pound produced                                               2.24               2.13           2.32           2.08 
 Average exchange rate for the period (CAD/USD)                               1.32               1.32           1.33           1.30 
 Site operating costs, net of by-product credits (US$ per                     1.70               1.62           1.75           1.60 
 Site operating costs, net of by-product credits                            56,044             41,359        218,831        195,358 
 Add off-property costs:                                                                                                            
 Treatment and refining costs                                                5,520              7,764         21,417         22,381 
 Transportation costs                                                        5,025              4,656         17,832         17,163 
 Total operating costs                                                      66,589             53,779        258,080        234,902 
 Total operating costs (C1) (US$ per pound)                                   2.01               2.11           2.06           1.93 

Adjusted net income (loss)

Adjusted net income (loss) remove the effect of the following transactions
from net income as reported under IFRS:
* Unrealized foreign currency gains/losses; and
* Unrealized gain/loss on copper put options.
Management believes these transactions do not reflect the underlying operating
performance of our core mining business and are not necessarily indicative of
future operating results. Furthermore, unrealized gains/losses on derivative
instruments, changes in the fair value of financial instruments, and
unrealized foreign currency gains/losses are not necessarily reflective of the
underlying operating results for the reporting periods presented.

                                                 Three months ended  December 31,      Year ended  December 31,    
 ($ in thousands, except per share amounts)                  2019               2018           2019           2018 
 Net loss                                                 (9,931)           (19,720)       (53,382)       (35,774) 
 Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss                  (5,850)             17,887       (15,228)         28,704 
 Unrealized (gain) loss on copper put options               (518)                716              -        (1,970) 
 Estimated tax effect of adjustments                          140              (193)              -            532 
 Adjusted net loss                                       (16,159)            (1,310)       (68,610)        (8,508) 
 Adjusted EPS                                              (0.07)             (0.01)         (0.28)         (0.04) 

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is presented as a supplemental measure of the Company's
performance and ability to service debt. Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by
securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation
of companies in the industry, many of which present Adjusted EBITDA when
reporting their results.  Issuers of "high yield" securities also present
Adjusted EBITDA because investors, analysts and rating agencies consider it
useful in measuring the ability of those issuers to meet debt service

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest, income taxes, and
depreciation and also eliminates the impact of a number of items that are not
considered indicative of ongoing operating performance. Certain items of
expense are added and certain items of income are deducted from net income
that are not likely to recur or are not indicative of the Company's underlying
operating results for the reporting periods presented or for future operating
performance and consist of:
* Unrealized foreign exchange gains/losses;
* Unrealized gain/loss on copper put options; and
* Amortization of share-based compensation.
                                                                Three months ended  December 31,      Year ended  December 31,    
 ($ in thousands)                                                           2019               2018           2019           2018 
 Net loss                                                                (9,931)           (19,720)       (53,382)       (35,774) 
 Depletion and amortization                                               31,380             17,872        109,756         70,781 
 Finance expense                                                          10,109              9,691         40,324         38,564 
 Finance income                                                            (113)              (314)        (1,202)        (1,254) 
 Income tax expense (recovery)                                           (7,543)                645       (32,337)            448 
 Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss                                 (5,850)             17,887       (15,228)         28,704 
 Unrealized (gain) loss on copper put options                              (518)                716              -        (1,970) 
 Amortization of share-based compensation expense (recovery)                 712              (288)          3,126        (1,282) 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                                          18,246             26,489         51,057         98,217 

Earnings (loss) from mining operations before depletion and amortization

Earnings from mining operations before depletion and amortization is earnings
from mining operations with depletion and amortization added back. The Company
discloses this measure, which has been derived from our financial statements
and applied on a consistent basis, to provide assistance in understanding the
results of the Company's operations and financial position and it is meant to
provide further information about the financial results to investors.

                                                            Three months ended         Year ended  
                                                                   December 31,       December 31, 
 (Cdn$ in thousands)                                           2019        2018      2019     2018 
 Earnings (loss) from mining operations                     (7,459)      10,578  (39,143)   41,222 
 Depletion and amortization                                  31,380      17,872   109,756   70,781 
 Earnings from mining operations before depletion and        23,921      28,450    70,613  112,003 

Site operating costs per ton milled

                                                         Three months ended        Year ended  
                                                                December 31,      December 31, 
 (Cdn$ in thousands, except per ton milled amounts)         2019        2018     2019     2018 
 Site operating costs (included in cost of sales)         61,219      49,120  244,611  219,104 
 Tons milled (thousands) (75% basis)                       5,855       5,361   22,405   22,569 
 Site operating costs per ton milled                      $10.46       $9.16   $10.92    $9.71 


This document contains "forward-looking statements" that were based on
Taseko's expectations, estimates and projections as of the dates as of which
those statements were made. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be
identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "outlook",
"anticipate", "project", "target", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend",
"should" and similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results,
level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from
those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These include
but are not limited to:
* uncertainties and costs related to the Company's exploration and development
activities, such as those associated with continuity of mineralization or
determining whether mineral resources or reserves exist on a property;
* uncertainties related to the accuracy of our estimates of mineral reserves,
mineral resources, production rates and timing of production, future
production and future cash and total costs of production and milling;
* uncertainties related to feasibility studies that provide estimates of
expected or anticipated costs, expenditures and economic returns from a mining
* uncertainties related to our ability to complete the mill upgrade on time
estimated and at the scheduled cost;
* uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary licenses permits
for development projects and project delays due to third party opposition;
* uncertainties related to unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings;
* changes in, and the effects of, the laws, regulations and government
policies affecting our exploration and development activities and mining
operations, particularly laws, regulations and policies;
* changes in general economic conditions, the financial markets and in the
demand and market price for copper, gold and other minerals and commodities,
such as diesel fuel, steel, concrete, electricity and other forms of energy,
mining equipment, and fluctuations in exchange rates, particularly with
respect to the value of the U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar, and the continued
availability of capital and financing;
* the effects of forward selling instruments to protect against fluctuations
in copper prices and exchange rate movements and the risks of counterparty
defaults, and mark to market risk;
* the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover
mining risks;
* the risk of loss of key employees; the risk of changes in accounting
policies and methods we use to report our financial condition, including
uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates;
* environmental issues and liabilities associated with mining including
processing and stock piling ore; and
* labour strikes, work stoppages, or other interruptions to, or difficulties
in, the employment of labour in markets in which we operate mines, or
environmental hazards, industrial accidents or other events or occurrences,
including third party interference that interrupt the production of minerals
in our mines.
For further information on Taseko, investors should review the Company's
annual Form 40-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission www.sec.gov and home jurisdiction filings that are available at

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

This discussion includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements".  All statements in this discussion, other than
statements of historical facts, that address future production, reserve
potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities, and events or
developments that the Company expects are forward-looking statements. 
Although we believe the expectations expressed in such forward-looking
statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not
guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking
statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes,
continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market
or business conditions.  Investors are cautioned that any such statements are
not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may
differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. 
All of the forward-looking statements made in this MD&A are qualified by these
cautionary statements.  We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or
revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable law. 
Further information concerning risks and uncertainties associated with these
forward-looking statements and our business may be found in our most recent
Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the SEC and Canadian provincial
securities regulatory authorities.

For further information: on Taseko, please see the Company's website
www.tasekomines.com or contact: Brian Bergot, Vice President, Investor
Relations - 778-373-4533 or toll free 1-877-441-4533

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