Abacus Mining and Exploration Corp.
TSX VENTURE : AME

Abacus Mining and Exploration Corp.

September 22, 2011 08:00 ET

Abacus' Ajax JV and New Gold Sign Asset Exchange Agreement

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2011) - Abacus Mining & Exploration Corporation (TSX VENTURE:AME) ("Abacus") announces that its 49% owned joint venture company, KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. ("Ajax"), has signed and completed the transactions pursuant to an Asset Exchange Agreement with New Gold Inc. ("New Gold") for certain assets and property claims in the Afton-Ajax mining area and New Gold's 10% net profits interest (NPI) royalty. The 10% NPI covers certain mineral claims within the Ajax pit area.

As part of a previous Asset Purchase Agreement between Abacus, Teck Resources Limited and Afton Operating Corporation, Abacus had acquired the Afton mill building, office and maintenance shop ("Teck buildings").

New Gold has acquired from Ajax the Teck buildings and the lot on which they are located. These buildings are not currently being used by Ajax and are not required for future operations.

In exchange, Ajax has acquired from New Gold the NPI royalty (for subsequent cancellation) and mining claims which extend Ajax's claim block to the north of the proposed Ajax mining area.

Jim Excell, President & CEO of Abacus commented, "The agreement with New Gold settles certain access and ownership issues that are mutually beneficial and brings efficiencies to both our operations. It also further strengthens our ownership of the Ajax project through the cancellation of New Gold's 10% NPI. With the Feasibility Study in the final stage of completion and the environmental review and permitting process well underway, we anticipate an exciting and eventful fall."

On Behalf of the Board,

ABACUS MINING AND EXPLORATION CORPORATION

James D. Excell, President & CEO

Donna Yoshimatsu, Director, Investor Relations

About Abacus

Abacus Mining is an exploration and mine development company focused on the development of the Ajax copper-gold project located near Kamloops, B.C. through the KGHM Ajax Joint Venture with KGHM Polska Miedz SA. The project has a positive preliminary economic assessment report (June 22, 2009) that contemplates a 60,000 tonne per day operation producing an average of approximately 110 million pounds of copper (approx. 50,000 tonnes) and 100,000 ounces of gold in concentrate annually. A Feasibility Study is in the final stage of completion and is expected to be available in Autumn 2011. The environmental review and permitting process was initiated in January of this year with the submission of the Project Description, a copy of which is available on the Company's website and www.eao.gov.bc.ca.

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Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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