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: 31 DECEMBER 2014 - ECR Minerals plc announces the grant of 208,940,427 share options (the “Options”) to directors, staff and consultants. The Options have been granted under the Company’s unapproved share option plan (the “Option Plan”).

Each Option is exercisable to acquire one ordinary share of the Company at a price of £0.00275 (0.275 pence) per share. The Options will remain valid, subject to the rules of the Option Plan, until the fifth anniversary of the date of grant. The Options will vest immediately.

The exercise price of the Options equates to a premium of approximately 45% to the closing mid-market price of the Company’s shares on AIM on 30 December 2014.

Options have been granted to directors of the Company as follows:

Director

Number of options held prior to this grant

Number of options granted

Total number of options held

% of current issued ordinary share capital

Stephen Clayson

58,945,872

71,055,089

130,000,961

3.71%

Paul Johnson

27,522,936

35,527,545

63,050,481

1.80%

Richard Watts

19,816,514

25,579,832

45,396,346

1.30%

 

Paul Johnson, Non-Executive Chairman of ECR, commented:

“The ECR team in the UK, Argentina and the Philippines continue to work in a smart, efficient and results oriented manner to drive the business forward and build value for our shareholders. It is crucial that this high level of commitment is maintained and that the interests of directors, staff and key consultants remain aligned with those of shareholders. Incentive share options are an important means of achieving this.”

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

 

ECR Minerals plc  Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
Paul Johnson, Non-Executive Chairman    
Stephen Clayson, Director & Chief Executive Officer    
Richard (Dick) Watts, Technical Director      
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Website: www.ecrminerals.com    
     
Cairn Financial Advisers LLP  Tel: +44 (0)207 148 7900
Nominated Adviser    
Jo Turner/Liam Murray    
     
Daniel Stewart & Company plc   Tel:  +44 (0)20 7776 6550
Broker    
Colin Rowbury