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

 

London: 23 August 2012 - ECR Minerals plc is pleased to draw attention to the news release made yesterday by THEMAC Resources Group Ltd (“THEMAC”) stating that the recently completed prefeasibility study (PFS) for THEMAC’s 100% owned Copper Flat copper-molybdenum-gold-silver porphyry project in New Mexico, USA has been filed on the Canadian SEDAR system (www.SEDAR.com). The full text of the release made by THEMAC is provided below. Please see ECR’s announcement dated 19 July 2012 for information on the results of the PFS.

ECR owns approximately 19% of THEMAC’s issued share capital and has a fully diluted interest in THEMAC of approximately 21%. THEMAC is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange with the code MAC.

- Beginning of THEMAC release –

THEMAC Files The Copper Flat Prefeasibility Study
A 43-101 Compliant Prefeasibility was filed on SEDAR Today

Vancouver, BC, August 22, 2012 - THEMAC Resources Group Limited (“THEMAC” or “the Company”) (TSX.V: MAC), further to its press releases dated July 19, July 25 and August 12, 2012, today provided an update on its completed Prefeasibility Study Document for the Company’s Copper Flat project in New Mexico.

“We were very pleased to file our Prefeasibility Study on SEDAR today,” said Andre J Douchane, CEO. “The document is the culmination of a tremendous amount diligence, persistence and hard work by a lot of people, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. THEMAC’s internal team, outside contractors and engineering firms all worked extremely well together and produced a well written and very thorough document.”

THEMAC plans to begin the definitive feasibility mid-September 2012 and shortly thereafter begin work on detailed engineering. Both feasibility and final engineering are scheduled to be complete 3rd quarter 2013.

About the Copper Flat Project

Copper Flat is a former producing mine located in Sierra County, State of New Mexico approximately 150 miles south of Albuquerque and 20 miles southwest of the town of Truth or Consequences.

Copper Flat is a porphyry copper-molybdenum deposit containing economically recoverable gold and silver mineralization hosted by a quartz monzonite stock which intrudes an andesitic volcanic complex. The Cretaceous (75 million years ago [Ma]) Copper Flat quartz monzonite hosts mineralization dominated by pyrite and chalcopyrite with subsidiary molybdenite. The mineralization is focused along intersecting northeast and northwest-trending faults, the intersection of which is associated with the host intrusive.

An NI 43-101 prefeasibility dated August 22, 2012 has been published for Copper Flat and can be viewed on SEDAR. The press release contains the latest NI43-101 Mineral Reserve and Resource statement.

The deposit has NI 43-101 compliant Mineral reserves and resources as set forth in the following tables:

Mineral Reserves as Contained in Total Mineral Resources:

Classification Cutoff Grade NSR/TON Mineral Reserves Contained Metal
Ktons Copper
%
Moly
%
Gold
Oz/ton
Silver Oz/ton Copper
Lbs x 1000
Moly
Lbs x 1000
Gold
Ozs x 1000
Silver
Ozs x 1000
Proven $7.25 29,536 0.38 0.012 0.003 0.08 224,474 7,089 89 2,363
Probable $7.25 68,582 0.28 0.008 0.003 0.06 384,059 10,973 206 4,115
Total Prov + Prob
98,118 0.31 0.009 0.003 0.07 608,533 18,062 295 6,478

 

Total Mineral Resources:

Classification Cutoff Grade NSR/TON Tonnage and Grade Contained Metal
Ktons Copper
%
Moly
%
Gold
Oz/ton
Silver Oz/ton Copper
Lbs x 1000
Moly
Lbs x 1000
Gold
Ozs x 1000
Silver
Ozs x 1000
Measured $7.25 41,503 0.33 0.011 0.003 0.07 273,920 9,131 125 2,905
Indicated $7.25 184,049 0.23 0.006 0.002 0.05 846,625 22,086 368 9,202
Meas + Ind
225,552 0.25 0.007 0.002 0.05 1,120,545 31,217 493 12,107
Inferred $7.25 12,960 0.22 0.003 0.001 0.03 57,024 778 13 389

 

The project has an estimated $54 million benefit and financial savings from the civil infrastructure that is currently in place at Copper Flat including a tailings dam, largely pre-stripped open pit, power lines, water well field and pipeline, access roads, diversion channels and usable process building foundations. The Copper Flat land package comprises in excess of 1,200 hectares, and the deposit is located entirely on patented mining claims wholly-owned by THEMAC Resources Group.

Permitting for the return of the project to production is at an advanced stage, and a prefeasibility study is completed.

About THEMAC Resources Group Limited

THEMAC is a mining development company with a strong management team and as of May 18, 2011, acquired a 100% ownership interest in the Copper Flat copper-molybdenum-gold-silver project in New Mexico, USA. We are committed to bringing the closed copper mine, Copper Flat, in Sierra County, New Mexico back into production with innovation and a sustainable approach to mining development and production, local economic opportunities and the best reclamation practices for our unique environment.

The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (ticker: MAC) and has issued share capital of 74,117,622 common shares (fully diluted share capital 136,423,241).

For more information please visit www.themacresourcesgroup.com or review the Company’s filings on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

 

Forward Looking Statements

Certain information contained or incorporated by reference in this MD&A, including any information as to THEMAC’s future financial or operating performance, constitutes “forward-looking statements”. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “contemplate”, “target”, “plan”, “intends”, “continue”, “budget”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “schedule” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in the currency markets; fluctuations in the spot and forward price of copper, molybdenum, gold, and silver; volatility in the price of fuel and electricity; changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada and the USA; business opportunities that may be pursued by the Company; the anticipated impact of converting to International Financial Reporting Standards, operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; employee relations; litigation; the speculative nature of exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits; and contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and the risk of inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks. Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can affect the Company`s actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, THEMAC. These factors are discussed in greater detail in the Company’s most recent Form 20-F/Annual Information Form on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. All of the forward-looking statements made in this MD&A are qualified by these cautionary statements.

The Company disclaims 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 laws.

 

For further information contact:

THEMAC Resources Group Limited
Andre J. Douchane, CEO
(+1) 416 671 8089 or (+1) 520 850 7529

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”) nor it’s Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) has reviewed, nor do they accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of, this release.

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ECR’s Interest in THEMAC

ECR holds 14.35 million common shares and 14.35 million common share purchase warrants of THEMAC. 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.

About ECR Minerals plc

ECR is a mineral development company with the following main projects and interests.

  • 100% ownership of the Sierra de las Minas gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina, where the Company’s strategy is to work up small, high grade gold targets that may be suitable for early advancement to production. ECR has completed an initial drill programme at the El Abra gold prospect with promising results (best intersection 3.9m downhole at 11.6 g/t gold including 0.2m at 109.1 g/t gold) and is moving to follow up these results with a programme of underground sampling within historical workings.
  • A 21% fully diluted stake in THEMAC Resources Group Ltd (TSX-V: MAC), which is focused on the development of the Copper Flat copper-molybdenum-gold-silver porphyry deposit in New Mexico, USA to production. THEMAC has completed a prefeasibility study (PFS) for Copper Flat that indicates a pre-tax IRR for the project of 36.2% and a pre-tax NPV of USD 388.5 million at an 8% discount rate, based on July 10 2012 metal prices and initial capital costs of USD 297.7 million.
  • Shareholdings in West Wits Mining Ltd (ASX: WWI) and Paniai Gold Ltd (unquoted), both of which have interests in the Derewo River gold project in Papua, Indonesia, the objective of which is to establish a modern alluvial gold mining operation on a 40 hectare mining licence and to explore a number of exploration licences for new deposits.

 

For further information please contact:

ECR Minerals plc
Patrick Harford, Managing Director Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
Stephen Clayson, Director & Chief Financial Officer
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Daniel Stewart & Company plc
Paul Shackleton/Tessa Smith/David Hart Tel: +44 (0)20 7776 6550