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: 17 APRIL 2015 - ECR Minerals plc is pleased to provide the following update on activities at the Itogon gold project in the Philippines and the SLM gold project in Argentina.

ITOGON GOLD PROJECT, PHILIPPINES

Further to the Company’s news release dated 12 March 2015, the final hole in the current diamond drilling programme at Itogon, designated EDD006, is underway and is expected to be completed during the next week. The results of the drilling will be announced when assay results for all six holes have been received and processed. This is expected to be during May 2015.

EDD006 has been collared NE of ERC005 and is intended to follow up intercepts in ERC005 including 10m at 2.15g/t gold from surface and 7m at 5.33 g/t gold from 138m. EDD006 has a target depth of 80m.

The preceding hole in the current programme, designated EDD005, was collared NE of ERC002 and was intended to follow up intercepts in ERC002 including 15m at 3.29g/t gold from 82m and 17m at 1.57g/t gold from 101m. EDD005 was drilled to 100m.

Attempts to extend ERC002 as part of the current drilling programme were not successful due to deterioration downhole which has occurred since the hole was originally drilled. In view of this, no attempt was made to re-enter ERC001. ERC001, ERC002 and ERC005 are reverse circulation (RC) holes drilled in April 2014 as part of ECR’s first drilling programme at Itogon. Drilling results for RC holes contained in this announcement are extracted from the Company’s announcement dated 29 May 2014 and should be read in conjunction therewith. All widths given in this announcement are apparent width.

SLM GOLD PROJECT, ARGENTINA

Further to the Company’s announcement dated 27 February 2015, bulk sampling was completed at the Maestro Agüero prospect during March 2015. A total of 595kg of material was collected. Sub-samples will be submitted for cyanide bottle roll tests at an independent laboratory. The grade of gold that does not present to cyanide but remains in the pulp residue will be determined by fire assay. This process is intended to allow cyanide soluble grade, residual grade and head grade to be determined, and represents a basic form of metallurgical testwork. The results of this analysis are expected to be available during May 2015 and will be announced.

This announcement has been reviewed by Richard Watts B.Eng. Mining, Fellow of the South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, a director of the Company 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:

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)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.