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 is pleased to draw attention to the announcement made today by Silver Swan Group Limited (ASX: SWN) (“Silver Swan”) regarding the results of drilling at Silver Swan’s Austin copper-zinc-gold-silver deposit in Western Australia. Austin is a volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposit located within the package of exploration tenements sold to Silver Swan by Mercator in 2008.

Drilling highlights:

  • High grade copper and zinc mineralisation in hole 10ATD001:

    58m at 2% Cu from 148m including: 5m at 10% Cu
    2m at 17% Cu
    38m at 14% Zn from 105m including: 2m at 46% Zn
    6m at 33% Zn
    2m at 25% Zn
    2m at 24% Zn
    24m at 5% Zn from 427m including: 3m at 10% Zn
    3m at 8% Zn
    2m at 7% Zn
  • High grade gold and silver mineralisation in hole 10ATD001

    58m at 8.6g/t Ag and 0.4g/t Au from 148m including:

    5m at 36g/t Ag and 2g/t Au
    2m at 62g/t Ag and 3g/t Au

  • High grade copper and zinc mineralisation in hole ATD002:

    10m at 11% Zn from 296m including:

    4m at 22%, 2m at 30% Zn
    2m at 3% Cu, 11g/t Ag, 0.6g/t Au
    2m at 1.25% Cu, 6g/t Ag, 0.4g/t Au

  • Zinc mineralisation intersected at 450m depth; 150m below current JORC resource

 

Mercator holds four million performance shares in Silver Swan, which convert to ordinary shares subject to certain conditions, the most significant of which is the identification by Silver Swan of a minimum 350,000oz gold equivalent in the JORC Indicated Mineral Resource category (or higher) on the tenements sold to it by Mercator.

On 6 April 2010 Silver Swan announced the completion of a maiden JORC resource statement for the Austin deposit. A total gold equivalent figure of 134,805oz was calculated by Mercator based on metal prices at that date.

Silver Swan’s full 21 June 2010 announcement can be viewed here.

The closing price of Silver Swan ordinary shares on the ASX today was A$0.40 per share.

 

Patrick Harford, Managing Director of Mercator Gold plc, comments:

“These are highly encouraging drilling results which provide more evidence of the outstanding potential of the Austin deposit.

Zinc mineralisation has been intersected at 450m, below the level of the current JORC resource, and Silver Swan has stated that future drilling will seek to identify further mineralisation at depth.

Silver Swan has noted its cash position at A$8 million, putting it in a strong position to fund continued exploration.”

 

About Mercator

Mercator is a diversified mineral development company dedicated to creating value for its shareholders through a process of finding value, adding value and realising value. Mercator has an experienced management team with expertise in the structuring and execution of value accretive transactions.

 

For further information please contact:

Mercator Gold plc
Michael Silver, Chairman Tel: +44 (0) 20 7929 1010
Patrick Harford, Managing Director +1 646 239 9087
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Daniel Stewart & Company plc
Oliver Rigby Tel: +44 (0) 20 7776 6550
Old Park Lane Capital plc
Forbes Cutler Tel: +44 (0) 20 7518 2603
Director of Corporate Broking
Bankside Consultants Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 20 7367 8888
Simon Rothschild
Oliver Winters
Barry Kaplan Associates
Larry Kaplan Tel: +1 732 747 0702

 

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