ECR is a mineral exploration and development company, incorporated in the UK.

ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia (MGA) has agreed to acquire 100% ownership of the Avoca and Bailieston gold projects in Victoria, Australia. Mercator Gold Australia is estimated to have tax losses of approximately AUD 66M as at 30 June 2015, which may be available, subject to certain conditions (as described in ECR’s announcement dated 4 December 2014), to reduce MGA’s future taxable profits.

ECR has the right to earn a 50% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project in the Philippines. Danglay is an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015, and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned subsidiary Ochre Mining has a 100% interest in the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near term production.

 

ECR shares are listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange with the symbol ECR.

MERCATOR GOLD plc
(“Mercator Gold”, “Mercator” or “the Company”)

AIM: MCR

US OTC: MTGDY

 

LONDON: 8 OCTOBER 2009 - Mercator is pleased to report on progress of its North American and Western Australian activities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Company has appointed Deutsche Bank as its depositary bank to issue American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) representing the Company’s shares in order to facilitate access to, and trading in, the US market.
  • The Company has commissioned SRK Consulting (US) Inc to carry out an NI 43-101 compliant Preliminary Assessment of the Copper Flat Project.

Managing Director, Patrick Harford, said: "The Copper Flat Project, located in New Mexico, represents an attractive option on the copper price for North American Investors so our corporate push into that market is logical. The ADR mechanism will give investors there an opportunity to share in the additional value we hope to add through the technical work to be carried out by SRK.”

American Depositary Receipts

As part of the development of the Company’s North American interests Deutsche Bank, one of the leading depositary banks, has been appointed to assist the Company to establish a market for its shares. ADRs in the Company’s ordinary shares will be traded on the Pink OTC Markets Inc. Each ADR represents 200 ordinary shares in Mercator and under current registration Mercator can issue up to 250,000 ADRs representing up to 50,000,000 ordinary shares.

Through this process Mercator will be introduced to US investors and thus increase the Company’s profile and liquidity.

Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private clients’ franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With 78,896 employees in 72 countries, Deutsche Bank offers unparalleled financial services throughout the world. The bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.

Deutsche Bank’s Trust & Securities Services business, part of the Global Transaction Banking division, is one of the leading providers of trustee, agent, depositary, registrar, SPV management and related services for a wide range of financial structures and transactions. It is a leading depositary for American and Global Depositary Receipts, providing valueadded services to companies raising capital in international markets or listing on the New York, Nasdaq, London, Luxembourg, Singapore or Nasdaq-Dubai stock exchanges by means of depositary receipts. It also offers fund and hedge fund administration and, through a fully integrated network of specialist offices worldwide, provides domestic custody services in more than 30 securities markets. Additional details are available on www.adr.db.com or www.tss.db.com

There is no cost to the Company for this process.

Appointment of SRK Consulting

The Company is also pleased to report the appointment of SRK Consulting (US) Inc to provide NI 43-101 compliant preliminary assessment of the Copper Flat Project. The project has historical reserves of 50Mst of ore.

These historical reserves were generated over many years by highly respected engineering firms such as Behre Dolbear Group and Pincock Allen & Holt. However Mercator intends SRK to carry out an independent reassessment of the reserves using up-to-date resource/reserve estimation techniques to ensure they meet the highest contemporary standards.

SRK Consulting, whose head office is in Denver, is one of the world’s leading resource engineering firms.

The estimated cost of the assessment is US$170,000 with completion expected in the first quarter of 2010.

An updated NI 43-101 compliant resource will assist the Company in its development of the project and elucidate the various options for the project’s financing.

Meekatharra

The Company expects to be in a position to update shareholders on the status of the negotiations concerning the status of the Meekatharra asset in Western Australia during the month of October 2009. The Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA) has been extended to allow negotiations between the Administrator, the Company, and various interested parties to continue.

 

For further information please contact:

Mercator Gold plc    
Michael Silver, Chairman Tel: +44 (0) 20 7929 1010
Patrick Harford, Managing Director    
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Bankside Consultants Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 20 7367 8888
Simon Rothschild    
Oliver Winters    
   
   
   
Cenkos Securities plc    
Adrian Hargrave Tel: +44 (0) 20 7397 8900
Beth McKiernan    
     
     
     
     
Old Park Lane Capital PLC    
Forbes Cutler Tel: +44 (0) 20 7518 2603
Director of Corporate Broking    
     
     
     
AIM: MCR    

 

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