ECR Minerals plc (the “Company”) is a mineral exploration and development company incorporated in England & Wales. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in Central Victoria, Australia.

Exploration for gold in Victoria is ECR’s current focus. A map of the Victorian licences can be viewed here. For the latest updates, please see our regulatory announcements.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, 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.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, 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.

(“Mercator Gold”, “Mercator” or “the Company”)




LONDON: 5 MAY 2006 - Mercator announces a placing (the "Placing") of up to 14,285,715 new ordinary shares of 10p each ("Ordinary Shares") at a price of 70 pence per share to raise up to £10 million before expenses.

Cenkos Securities Limited and Ocean Equities Limited have agreed to use reasonable endeavours to place the new Ordinary Shares with institutional investors conditional upon, inter alia, admission of the new Ordinary Shares to trading on AIM. Application has been made for the admission of the new Ordinary Shares to trading on AIM and it is expected that admission will occur and dealings will commence in the new Ordinary Shares on 8 May 2006. The new Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing Ordinary Shares which are currently traded on AIM. Following admission there will be up to 53,523,009 Ordinary Shares in issue.

Mercator has secured control of most of the mineral field within the Meekatharra District in Western Australia, comprising approximately 2,000 square kilometres of tenement holdings which host numerous gold prospects including four highly productive, historically significant mining centres. Its assets include a centrally-located mill capable, once re-commissioned, of processing 3 Mt of ore per annum.

Mercator’s exploration focus for 2006 is to re-establish the integrity of the substantial database it has acquired by continued drilling and through the re-interpretation of the data using the SpaDis system with the intention of expanding the total resource base from 1.9 Moz to more than 5 Moz and the mineable resource base to more than 600,000 oz. In this context the Company’s directors view the preliminary drill results, announced on 20 April 2006, as representing significant progress. Mercator also intend to work towards the re-commissioning of the mill and recommencement of production early in 2007. The proceeds of the Placing will be used to fund these plans.

Patrick Harford, Managing Director of Mercator Gold, commented:

"We are very pleased with the level of support from existing and new investors. This Placing will provide us with funding to exploit the exciting opportunities available to us in the Meekatharra District."


For further information please contact:

Mercator Gold plc    
Patrick Harford, Managing Director Tel: +44 (0) 20 7929 1010
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Parkgreen Communications    
Justine Howarth / Ana Ribeiro Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7493 3713

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