The Century tailings reprocessing operation had its first month of positive cashflow in September, with all-in sustaining costs of US$1.02 per pound versus a three-year low zinc price of $1.05/lb and despite treatment charges being at 10-year highs.
September yielded 10,000t of the 26,000t produced in the quarter, with 27,000-33,000t forecast for the December period at C1 costs of 87-98c/lb - with C1 costs in September of 90c/lb.
Walta noted 70% of the company's production costs are fixed, meaning additional output has a significant impact on costs.
With A$53 million in cash and receivables and $27 million left in capital spend, "we feel that we are in a good position", Walta said on a conference call.
The company is also finalising its debt situation to ensure a "working capital backstop".
Once the Century operation reaches a full production rate of 12 million tonnes per annum in 2020, production costs are flagged to be sub-US70c/lb.
Walta claimed that two-thirds of the world's zinc production would be underwater at that price.
Shares in New Century were up 7% to A37c in midday trade, capitalising the company at $236 million.
The stock is up 50% from levels early this month.