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.

 

MEEKATHARRA GOLD PROJECT– Recovery of Significant Value Expected in 2010

In October 2008, instability in the wall of the Surprise pit at the Meekatharra gold project, then operated by Mercator, forced the cessation of mining activities at Meekatharra. This precipitated substantive losses associated with the Company’s forward sales of gold during a period of extreme volatility in the gold price.

Administrators of Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”) were appointed on 9 October 2008, pursuant to Section 436A of the Corporations Act, and were subsequently appointed Deed Administrators of a 180 day holding Deed of Company Arrangement (“DOCA”) on 4 December 2008. The DOCA was extended for a further 90 days by a meeting of creditors held on 10 June 2009. That extension ran its course. The meeting of creditors held on 7 September 2009 was adjourned by a resolution passed by creditors, and the reconvened meeting held on 7 October 2009 approved the variation to the DOCA.

During the course of the year, Mercator’s directors, staff and consultants cooperated closely with the administrators of MGA to arrive at a development plan for the Meekatharra project that would enable its refinancing. This plan was used in an extensive marketing campaign by the administrators and has largely been accepted by the successful bidder for the project, Meekatharra Gold Corporation.

Meekatharra Gold Corporation

The offer from Meekatharra Gold Corporation, which has been accepted by the administrators on behalf of all creditors, of which Mercator Gold is the largest, is subject to confidentiality at this time. However it can be stated that the creditors of MGA will have a 25% interest in Meekatharra Gold Corporation prior to the anticipated listing of Meekatharra Gold Corporation on the Toronto Stock Exchange. To assist with this transaction, Mercator has invested, by way of a loan convertible into shares, C$200,000 in Meekatharra Gold Corporation.

Furthermore, Mercator has agreed to contribute A$1.5 million in the form of a two year convertible instrument in the Company to a trust established to hold the creditors’ interest in Meekatharra Gold Corporation. In return, Mercator will be entitled to 50% of this interest, from which the Company, in due course, expects to realise material value. Mercator has waived any further distribution from the trust.

Mercator expects the acquisition of the Meekatharra gold project to be completed by Meekatharra Gold Corporation during the course of 2010. Once this has occurred, Mercator will assume full control of MGA and with it large operating and capital tax losses, which are of significant value which may be utilised for the benefit of its only shareholder, Mercator Gold plc.