ECU Silver Mining Inc.
TSX : ECU

ECU Silver Mining Inc.

March 26, 2009 17:13 ET

ECU Silver Announces Conversion of Debt

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) -

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ECU Silver Mining Inc. ("ECU Silver" or the "Company") (TSX:ECU) is pleased to announce that it has reached agreements with the holders of its outstanding 12% convertible debentures maturing on July 31, 2013 (the "Debentures") to convert the aggregate principal amount of the Debentures, being $6,000,000, as well as the accrued and unpaid interest thereon and all associated prepayment premiums, amounting to $7,348,048 in total, into common shares ("Common Shares") and warrants to purchase Common Shares ("Warrants"). ECU Silver has reached a similar agreement with the holder of a demand promissory note (the "Note") to convert $362,357 in principal and accrued and unpaid interest into Common Shares and Warrants.

Under the terms of such debt conversions, ECU Silver has issued today an aggregate of 11,014,867 Common Shares and Warrants in full repayment of the Debentures and the Note. The Common Shares and Warrants were issued on the basis of one Common Share and one Warrant for each $0.70 of indebtedness, being the identical price at which the Company recently issued Common Shares and Warrants pursuant to its short form prospectus offering which closed on February 20, 2009. Each Warrant entitles its holder to acquire one Common Share at a price of $0.95 at any time on or before February 20, 2014.

ABOUT ECU SILVER

ECU Silver is focused on the exploration, development and mining of precious and base metals at its Velardena District Properties in Durango, Mexico. The area is comprised of three properties, the Main Velardena Property, the Chicago Property and the San Diego Joint Venture Property. The properties contain a measured and indicated mineral resource of 40,000,000 silver equivalent ounces and an inferred mineral resource of 391,000,000 silver equivalent ounces. ECU Silver's mission is to become a pre-eminent silver and gold producer through the development of existing and additional potential resources in the Velardena district.

Cautionary Statements

Certain information contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking information" with respect to the Company, which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of the Company and its projects, exploration expenditures, costs and timing of future exploration, requirements for additional capital and regulatory matters. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; the actual results of current exploration activities; conclusions of economic evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; the future price of silver and other metals; possible variations of mineralization grades or recovery rates; failure of the Company's recently acquired gold and silver recovery plant to operate in an economically viable manner; or at all; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, equipment breakdowns, labour disputes and other risks which may arise in the mining industry; changes in planned work resulting from weather, logistical, technical or other factors; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities.

Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this press release. 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. Accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

The Toronto Stock Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

Contact Information

  • ECU Silver Mining Inc.
    Stephen Altmann
    President
    (416) 366-2428
    (416) 366-8131 (FAX)
    Website: www.ecu.ca