Andean American Gold Corp.
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Andean American Gold Corp.

February 13, 2012 09:59 ET

Andean American Appoints SRK Consulting to Update Invicta Resource Estimate

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 13, 2012) - Andean American Gold Corp. ("Andean American" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AAG)(FRANKFURT:AQN) announces that it has appointed SRK Consulting (US) Inc. to update the Invicta Project resource estimate.

Following the independent review of the July 2010 Feasibility Study, which the Company commissioned SRK Consulting (US) Inc. to conduct in September 2010, and the subsequent work they undertook towards updating that study, management and the Board of Directors of the Company have concluded that the July 2010 Feasibility Study can no longer be relied upon.

In its October 28, 2011 press release, the Company announced that, although the updated Feasibility Study was not yet complete, early indications were that the initial capital cost to build an underground mine at Invicta would be considerably higher than was forecast in the July 2010 Feasibility Study, and may exceed US$150 million, partly due to increases in the estimates for infrastructure, such as roads and water supply. Indications, based on the work done up to that stage, were that the mine plan would only support an ore production rate of 4,000 tonnes per day and not 5,000 tonnes per day as per the July 2010 Feasibility Study, and management estimated that project operating costs could be between US$30 to US$40 per ore tonne (not finalized by SRK and other Feasibility Study consultants), compared to the US$28 per ore tonne indicated in the July 2010 Feasibility Study. Under National Instrument 43-101, the Company was required to file, within 45 days of the October 28, 2011 news release, a new technical report setting forth the revisions to the resource estimate on the Invicta Project. The Company has not yet filed the required technical report and is in default of its filing requirements. The contents of the Company's October 28, 2011 press release constituted a material change for the Company for which it did not file a material change report as required under applicable securities laws.

The issue with the prior technical report was brought to the Company's attention by the Ontario Securities Commission as part of its review of the Company's disclosure record which review was being conducted in connection with the Company's application to become a reporting issuer in Ontario.

In view of the fact that the Company believes that the July 2010 Feasibility Study can no longer be relied upon, and that the work to update the Feasibility Study is on hold, shareholders are advised that the Invicta Project can no longer be considered to host mineral reserves and it necessary to re-classify the Invicta Project Probable Reserves as mineral resources. It is anticipated that the revised resource estimate will be completed by mid-April. Until the revised resource estimate is filed, shareholders are referred to the mineral resource estimates included in the Invicta Property Updated Technical Report dated November 20, 2009 which are summarised in the tables below:

MEASURED AND INDICATED RESOURCE SUMMARY - ALL STRUCTURES - NOVEMBER 20, 2009
GOLD SILVER COPPER LEAD ZINC GOLD
STRUCTURE TONNES DENSITY g/t g/t % % % OUNCES
Atenea (M) 868 000 2.77 2.71 31.26 0.69 0.73 0.61 76 000
Atenea (In) 4 747 000 2.81 1.96 16.52 0.40 0.40 0.38 300 000
Pucamina 2 028 000 2.54 1.70 5.71 0.11 0.18 0.25 111 000
Dany 1 063 000 2.74 0.75 10.39 0.41 0.10 0.11 26 000
Ydalia 1 592 000 2.69 1.63 28.85 1.00 0.22 0.16 31 000
Ydalia 2 396 000 2.72 2.92 13.83 0.27 0.22 0.09 37 000
Zona 4 1 041 000 2.72 3.83 20.96 0.70 0.15 0.12 128 000
TOTAL 10 735 000 2.73 2.05 16.08 0.43 0.32 0.30 709 000
INFERRED RESOURCE SUMMARY - ALL STRUCTURES - NOVEMBER 20, 2009
GOLD SILVER COPPER LEAD ZINC GOLD
STRUCTURE TONNES DENSITY g/t g/t % % % OUNCES
Atenea 9 700 000 2.77 0.74 9.16 0.32 0.17 0.17 2 32 000
Pucamina 704 000 2.54 0.80 8.10 0.13 0.13 0.15 18 000
Dany 1 654 000 2.74 0.17 12.42 0.46 0.80 0.13 9 000
Ydalia 1 597 000 2.72 0.25 16.02 0.54 0.09 0.27 5 000
Ydalia 2 590 000 2.72 0.76 10.53 0.44 0.36 0.07 15 000
Zona 4 981 000 2.69 0.91 29.05 0.59 0.07 0.05 29 000
TOTAL 14 226 000 2.75 0.67 11.20 0.36 0.24 0.15 308 000

The November 20, 2009 updated resource estimate, comprised of sulphide mineralization only, is based on 12,400 metres of diamond drilling completed by Pangea Peru SA during 1997 and 1998, as well as 16,401 metres of diamond drilling and approximately 1,200 metres of underground development completed by Andean American during 2007 and 2008. The full Invicta Property Updated Technical Report is available on the Company's website at www.aaggold.com or at www.sedar.com.

"In the interests of clarity and transparency we have engaged SRK to update our mineral resource estimate to reflect the current stage of the Invicta Project. We continue to believe in the mineral potential at Invicta and are actively reviewing a number of opportunities to unlock the value of this project," said David Rae, President and CEO of Andean American.

Qualified Person:

Victor A. Jaramillo, M Sc. A., P.Geo, a geologist with Discover Geological Consultants Inc., and a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 prepared the Invicta Project Updated Technical Report dated November 20, 2009 and has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this release. For detailed information on the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate the mineral resources, along with other information about the properties, please refer to the Technical Report which is filed on SEDAR and is available on the Company's website at www.aaggold.com.

About Andean American

Andean American is an international mining and exploration company focused on value growth through the development of gold and copper projects in Peru and currently has two key assets: the 31,600 hectare Invicta gold-silver-copper advanced exploration stage project and 64.95% of Sinchao Metals Corp., owner of the Sinchao gold-silver-copper exploration project.

For further information about Andean American, please visit the Company's website at www.AAGgold.com or call 416 368 9500.

On behalf of Andean American Gold Corp.,

David Rae, President and Chief Executive Officer

Forward Looking Information

This news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of the Securities Act (Ontario) ("forward-looking statements"). Such forward-looking statements may include the Company's plans for its mineral projects, the overall economic potential of its properties, the availability of adequate financing and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements to be materially different. Such factors include, among others, risks and uncertainties relating to potential political risks involving the Company's operations in a foreign jurisdiction, uncertainty of production and costs estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, physical risks inherent in mining operations, currency fluctuations, fluctuations in the price of gold and other metals, completion of economic evaluations, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, the inability or failure to obtain adequate financing on a timely basis, and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company's Financial Statements, Management Discussion and Analysis and Material Change Reports filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and available at www.sedar.com.

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