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: 27 FEBRUARY 2015 - ECR Minerals plc is pleased to provide the following update on its activities.

SLM Gold Project, Argentina

Following completion of the detailed geological mapping exercise carried out in the latter part of 2014, it is planned that bulk sampling will commence at the Maestro Agüero prospect in March 2015. The directors of ECR consider Maestro Agüero to be the most promising prospect at SLM on the basis of exploration results to date. The SLM project is 100% held by ECR’s wholly owned subsidiary Ochre Mining SA (“Ochre”).

The results of all channel sampling by Ochre at Maestro Agüero to date, including additional sampling completed during December 2014, are presented on a map viewable at the following link: www.ecrminerals.com/maestro-aguero-feb2015

Ochre’s channel sampling at Maestro Agüero has demonstrated the presence of moderate to high gold grades in narrow mesothermal quartz veins over a strike length of up to approximately 300m. However, it is apparent that gold grades change abruptly along strike, which is indicative of a nugget gold effect.

In order to obtain a more representative indication of grade, it is planned that a bulk sample will be taken at Maestro Agüero in March 2015. Collection of the bulk sample will also provide additional information on the morphology of the veins, and the sample itself will provide material which may be used for metallurgical testwork. A decision will be made as to whether to proceed with metallurgical testwork following completion of the bulk sampling.

Potential Further Exploration at JV Prospect

The JV-14 zone, where sampling in and around historical exploration trenches was carried out by Ochre in 2014, comprises part of a larger prospect area, the JV prospect, containing several other zones in which sampling, both historical and by Ochre, has returned high grades. The JV prospect is located approximately six kilometres south of Maestro Agüero.

Subject to positive results from bulk sampling at Maestro Agüero, further geological mapping and channel sampling will be considered for the JV prospect. This work would be expected to enable a better understanding of vein continuity and grade distribution, and identify any priority zones for bulk sampling at the JV prospect.

Itogon Gold Project, Philippines

Further to ECR’s announcement dated 22 January 2015, diamond drilling is proceeding satisfactorily at the Itogon project, which is presently the Company’s main operational focus. Two of the seven holes planned have been completed to date, and the third hole is underway.

Difficult ground was encountered by the first hole, but ground conditions for the second were significantly better, and this enabled an improved rate of drilling. Material drilling results will be reported when available.

Stephen Clayson, Chief Executive Officer of ECR, commented:

“The appeal of the SLM project has always lain in the idea of relatively near term production from small deposits, and Maestro Agüero appears to be shaping up as the most likely starting point, although there is no certainty at present that the prospect is a viable mining target. However, the planned bulk sampling is expected to significantly improve our understanding of its potential. As with all our activities, ECR’s approach to the SLM project remains one of staged investment intended to ensure that value for money is obtained from expenditure.”

The contents of this announcement have been reviewed by Richard Watts B.Eng. Mining, Technical Director of ECR. Richard Watts is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy with more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry.

ABOUT ECR

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company with, among other interests, the right to earn a 50% interest in the Itogon gold project in the Philippines. Itogon is an advanced exploration project located in a gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines.

ECR has a 100% interest in the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina, the exploration strategy for which is to delineate multiple medium to high grade, low tonnage deposits suitable for advancement to production on a relatively low capital, near term basis.

ECR continues to review potential new investments on a highly selective basis, with a concentration on precious, base and strategic metals projects in Asia and South America.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Richard (Dick) Watts, Technical Director  

ECR Minerals plc  Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
Paul Johnson, Non-Executive Chairman    
Stephen Clayson, Director & Chief Executive Officer    
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Website: www.ecrminerals.com    
     
     
Cairn Financial Advisers LLP  Tel:  +44 (0)20 7148 7900
Nominated Adviser    
Jo Turner/Emma Earl    
     
Daniel Stewart & Company plc  Tel:  +44 (0)20 7776 6550
Broker    
Colin Rowbury    

 

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This announcement may include forward looking statements. Such statements may be subject to a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and therefore actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements. Any forward looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date hereof (unless stated otherwise) and, except as may be required by applicable laws or regulations (including the AIM Rules for Companies), the Company disclaims any obligation to update or modify such forward looking statements as a result of new information, future events or for any other reason.