Avion Gold Corporation

Avion Gold Corporation

June 16, 2011 07:00 ET

Avion Closes Acquisition of Additional 12.5% Interest in the Kofi Gold Project Increasing Its Interest from 81.25% to 93.75%

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2011) - Avion Gold Corporation (TSX:AVR)(OTCQX:AVGCF) ("Avion" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced acquisition from African Goldfields Corporation ("AGC") of a further 12.5% interest in the Kofi Nord and Netekoto-Kenieti concessions forming part of the Kofi Gold Project ("Kofi") in Mali for total consideration of CAD $65,000 in cash and 200,000 common shares of Avion. As a result of this acquisition, Avion's interest in the Kofi Nord and Netekoto-Kenieti concessions has increased from 81.25% and 87.5% to 93.75% and 100% with the remaining 6.25% of Kofi Nord held by Société Financière d'Exploration d'Or au Mali.

The Kofi property is a large, 472km², property package situated, at its nearest point, within approximately five kilometres to the northwest of Avion's Tabakoto Project. The Kofi property wraps around the north side of Randgold's Loulo Mine (Measured and Indicated resources of 62.69 million tonnes grading 4.55 g/t Au) concessions. Four of the nine known mineralized zones on the Kofi property are located within an approximately five kilometre wide structural corridor, as defined by the alignment of deposits within the adjacent Randgold Property and a recently completed, airborne conductivity survey. This high potential corridor extends onto the Kofi property for approximately nineteen kilometres.

This transaction adds attributable Measured and Indicated mineral resources of 405,000 tonnes grading 2.55 g/t Au for 36,300 ounces and Inferred mineral resource of 657,000 tonnes grading 2.18 g/t Au for 47,500 ounces. Total estimated Indicated Mineral Resources are approximately 3.24 million tonnes grading 2.55 g/t Au totaling 293,000 ounces Au (Roberts, 2008, National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101" compliant report). In addition, the Kofi property hosts total Inferred Mineral Resources of approximately 5.26 million tonnes grading 2.18 g/t Au totaling 368,000 ounces gold (Dec. 11, 2007 AXMIN news release, Roberts, 2008 NI 43-101 compliant report). Most of the zones are open along strike and to depth with zones only tested from 60 to 200 metres below surface. All of the zones are within 15 to 38 kilometers of Tabakoto's mine infrastructure, potentially placing these zones, including the estimated mineral resources, within trucking distance to the Tabakoto mill.

Closing of the acquisition remains subject to the receipt of final approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The common shares issued upon closing are subject to a regulatory hold period until October 16, 2011.

Don Dudek, P.Geo., the Senior Vice President, Exploration of the Company and a qualified person under NI 43-101 has reviewed the scientific and technical information in this press release.

About Avion Gold Corporation

Avion is a Canadian-based gold mining company focused in West Africa that holds 80% of the Tabakoto and Ségala gold projects in Mali. Gold production commenced at these projects in 2009 with approximately 51,290 ounces produced. 2010 production was 87,630 ounces of gold. Production sustainability will continue to be supported and enhanced by an aggressive 2011 drill program over an approximately 600 km2 exploration package that both surrounds and is near to the Company's existing mine infrastructure. The current mineral resources estimate for the Tabakoto project demonstrates several sources of excellent grade open pit and good grade underground mineral resources thus providing significant flexibility for Avion's future mining plans. Additionally, the 1,670 km2 Houndé exploration property in Burkina Faso continues to return promising results. These properties are subject to a US$ 13 million dollar, approximate 70,000 metre, drill-focused, exploration program in 2011. Avion continues to progress towards its medium term goal of 200,000 ounces of gold per year and a longer term goal of organic growth through development of its exploration properties. The Company is developing an underground mine at the Tabakoto deposit, and is preparing to mine underground at the Ségala deposit. Avion has a highly skilled management team, with a focus on growth and consolidation within West Africa.

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Cautionary Notes

The ability of Avion to increase production to 200,000 ounces of gold per year has not been the subject of a feasibility study and there is no certainty that the proposed expansion will be economically viable.

Certain information set forth in this press release contains "forward-looking statements", and "forward-looking information under applicable securities laws. Except for statements of historical fact, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements which include the terms and impact of the acquisition on the Company and the receipt of all regulatory approvals, management's assessment of Avion's targeted production, future plans, operations and mineral resource estimates and are based on Avion's current internal expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and beliefs, which may prove to be incorrect. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "expects" "anticipates", "believes", "projects", "plans", and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Avion's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those risks described in the annual information form of the Company. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Avion undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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