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.

 

ECR MINERALS plc
(“ECR Minerals”, “ECR” or the “Company”)

 

AIM: ECR
US OTC: MTGDY

THEMAC RESOURCES ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT INCREASE
IN COPPER FLAT PROJECT DESIGN MILLING RATE

 

ECR Minerals plc is pleased to draw attention to the news release made yesterday by THEMAC Resources Group Ltd (“THEMAC”) in which THEMAC provided an update in relation to its Copper Flat copper-molybdenum-gold-silver project in New Mexico, USA. THEMAC is currently preparing a preliminary feasibility study (PFS) for the Copper Flat project.

Highlights

  • Planned increase in milling rate to 25,000 short tons per day (tpd) from 17,500 tpd whilst retaining the same mill footprint and utilizing existing foundations
  • The results of ongoing metallurgical testwork suggest that mill recoveries for copper and silver can be increased above historical levels, which exceed 90%, and that gold and molybdenum recoveries can also be improved
  • Testwork scheduled to be completed during the second quarter of 2012 for inclusion in the Copper Flat PFS

The full release made by THEMAC can be viewed on SEDAR. The highlights above have been derived from the release made by THEMAC and should be read and interpreted in conjunction with it.

THEMAC holds a 100% ownership interest in the Copper Flat project having purchased an exclusive option over the project from ECR in March 2011 and completed the exercise of this option in May 2011.

 

Patrick Harford, Managing Director of ECR Minerals plc, comments:

“This increase in mill throughput represents a substantial increase in the scale of the Copper Flat project, and should noticeably improve the economics of the project as set out in the finished PFS.

The potential to achieve a higher rate of gold recovery is particularly exciting in view of ongoing work intended to generate additional NI43-101 compliant gold and silver resources at Copper Flat, building on the figures of approximately 400,000 ounces of gold and 9 million ounces of silver announced by THEMAC in January of this year.”

 

ECR’s Interest in THEMAC

ECR currently has a holding of 14.35 million shares and 14.35 million warrants of THEMAC, which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (code: MAC). ECR’s holding is equivalent to approximately 19% of THEMAC’s issued shares (21% fully diluted). All the warrants held by ECR are exercisable at C$0.28 per share; 3.85 million warrants are valid until 3 May 2013 and the remaining 10.5 million warrants are valid until 4 March 2016. The closing price of THEMAC shares on 19 March 2012 was C$0.82.

 

For further information please contact:

ECR Minerals plc
Michael Silver, Chairman Tel: +44 (0) 20 7929 1010
Patrick Harford, Managing Director
Stephen Clayson, Director
Luca Tenuta, Non-Executive Director
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Daniel Stewart & Company plc
Paul Shackleton/Tessa Smith/David Hart Tel: +44 (0) 20 7776 6550
Old Park Lane Capital plc
Michael Parnes Tel: +44 (0) 20 7493 8188
Blythe Weigh Communications
Matthew Neal/Tim Blythe/Paul Weigh Tel: +44 (0)20 7138 3204
Barry Kaplan Associates
Larry Kaplan Tel: +1 732 747 0702