ECU Silver Mining Inc.
TSX : ECU

ECU Silver Mining Inc.

January 31, 2011 11:20 ET

ECU Silver to Amend Terms of its Debt Facility

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 31, 2011) - ECU Silver Mining Inc. ("ECU Silver") (TSX:ECU) is pleased to report that it has entered into an agreement with its lender, IIG Capital LLC, to amend the terms and conditions of its debt facility.

The current agreement, which was executed on November 1, 2009, is scheduled to mature on October 31, 2011. This facility will be extended by an additional twenty six months and the new maturity of the facility will be December 31, 2013.

Principal repayments of the amended facility will be paid on a consecutive monthly basis and will commence on July 31, 2011 and end on December 31, 2013. The basic interest rate applied to the daily outstanding loan balance will be 6 percent above 3-Month LIBOR and will be subject to a minimum annual interest rate of 12%. Interest will be payable on a quarterly basis.

Michel Roy, CEO and Chairman, commented that, "The recent results from our underground development work has been very encouraging and so we are currently evaluating a new exploration program to further delineate these recent findings. Consequently, the amendment to the debt facility will provide us with more flexibility in the use of our operating cash flows and help us focus on funding a more aggressive exploration plan". 

Stephen Altmann, President further added, "The amendment of the facility will help allow us to return to our "exploration roots" for 2011. The recent discoveries from our development work has indicated that there is much more exciting exploration upside to the ECU story than we originally thought. So our focus this year will be twofold: 1) to significantly increase the size of the mineral resource and 2) to enhance the categorization of the resource by converting a significant amount of inferred into the "measured and indicated" category. Independent of commodity price increases, success in these two areas of focus will translate in to higher value for our shareholders".

About ECU Silver

ECU Silver Mining Inc. is focused on the exploration, development and mining of gold, silver and base metals at its Velardeña District Properties in Durango, Mexico. The Company holds a NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource of 40 million silver equivalent (0.6 million gold equivalent) ounces in the measured and indicated category and 391 million silver equivalent (6.0 million gold equivalent) ounces in the inferred category. The Company also owns two mills with a combined capacity of 820 tonnes per day. ECU's mission is to become a pre-eminent silver and gold producer through the development of its existing and potential mineral resources at Velardeña.

Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 27E of the Exchange Act. Such statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the future results of operations, performance and achievements of the Company, including potential property acquisitions, the timing, content, cost and results of proposed work programs, the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits/resources/reserves, geological interpretations, proposed production rates, potential mineral recovery processes and rates, the proposed construction of a mill, business and financing plans, business trends and future operating revenues. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, significant downward variations in the market price of any minerals produced, the Company's inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for their activities, to produce minerals from their properties successfully or profitably, to continue their projected growth, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement their business strategies. All of the Company's public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sedar.com and readers are urged to review these materials, including the technical reports filed with respect to the Company's mineral properties.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this Press Release.

Contact Information

  • ECU Silver Mining Inc.
    Michel Roy
    Chairman and CEO
    Torreon, Mexico
    011 52 871 747 5750
    or
    ECU Silver Mining Inc.
    Stephen Altmann
    President
    Toronto, Canada
    (416) 366-2428
    or
    ECU Silver Mining Inc.
    Mark Butler
    Investor Relations
    Toronto, Canada
    1 888 513 3444