(“ECR Minerals”, “ECR” or the “Company”)








ECR Minerals plc is pleased to announce the placing (the "Placing") of 55 million new ordinary shares of 0.1p (“Ordinary Shares”) at a price of 1p per Ordinary Share to raise GBP550,000 before costs.


The net proceeds of the Placing will be applied primarily for work programmes at the Company’s Sierra de las Minas gold project area in La Rioja Province, Argentina, including drilling at the El Abra prospect, and for general corporate purposes. Drilling at El Abra is scheduled to commence during February.


Optiva Securities Ltd and Daniel Stewart & Company plc acted for the Company in the Placing, which is conditional upon admission of the new Ordinary Shares to trading on AIM.


Pursuant to this announcement application will be made for a total of 55 million Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM. Dealings are expected to commence on 26 January 2012. Following admission of these shares the Company will have a total of 694,806,081 Ordinary Shares in issue. The new Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu in all respects with the Ordinary Shares of the Company currently traded on AIM.


Patrick Harford, Managing Director of ECR Minerals plc, comments:


“We believe it is prudent to have further strengthened ECR’s financial position as we enter a very exciting phase of the Company’s development.


The funds raised will enable us to maintain the pace of activities at our Sierra de las Minas project area in Argentina, where we are working to establish the feasibility of near term gold production from one or more of the prospects at which high grade mineralisation has been identified to date.


Accordingly, we expect to be in a position to announce the results of initial metallurgical testwork on samples from Sierra de las Minas in the near future.”


About ECR Minerals


ECR is a mineral development company with interests in the USA, Argentina, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia.


For further information please contact:

ECR Minerals plc
Michael Silver, Chairman Tel: +44 (0) 20 7929 1010
Patrick Harford, Managing Director
Stephen Clayson, Director & Chief Financial Officer
Luca Tenuta, Non-Executive Director
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Daniel Stewart & Company plc
Paul Shackleton/Tessa Smith/David Hart Tel: +44 (0) 20 7776 6550
Old Park Lane Capital plc
Michael Parnes Tel: +44 (0) 20 7493 8188
Optiva Securities Ltd
Christian Dennis/Jeremy King Tel: +44 (0) 20 3137 1902
Blythe Weigh Communications
Ana Ribeiro Tel: +44 (0)20 7138 3204
Barry Kaplan Associates
Larry Kaplan Tel: +1 732 747 0702

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