Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
TSX VENTURE : FVI

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Continuum Resources Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : CNU

Continuum Resources Ltd.

August 14, 2008 17:12 ET

Fortuna Silver Mines to Acquire Continuum Resources and 100% of San Jose Project, Mexico

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2008) - Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FVI)(BVL:FVI) and Continuum Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:CNU) are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached whereby Fortuna will acquire (the "Acquisition") all of the issued and outstanding securities of Continuum. The shares of both companies are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.

The companies currently hold jointly the San Jose Project in Mexico (Fortuna 76%; Continuum 24%). As a result of the Acquisition, Fortuna will own 100% of the Project, thus strengthening its position in that country.

Continuum has 124,052,503 shares outstanding, and Fortuna will issue to the Continuum shareholders a total of 7.0 million shares, which is an exchange ratio of approximately 0.0564 of a share of Fortuna for every one Continuum share held. Stock options in Continuum held by non-insiders totaling 285,000 shares will be converted to options to purchase Fortuna shares, at the same ratio. No other rights to purchase Continuum shares will be outstanding at closing of the Acquisition.

The Acquisition is subject to regulatory and other approvals on behalf of both companies, and the recently announced private placement financing of Continuum has been cancelled. There will be no change of control or management of Fortuna.

Management of Fortuna and Continuum believe that the single stronger entity resulting from the Acquisition will be of significant benefit to the shareholders of both companies.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF FORTUNA SILVER MINES INC.

Simon Ridgway, Chairman

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF CONTINUUM RESOURCES LTD.

Warren MacIntyre, Director

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not take responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. - Vancouver office
    Erin Ostrom
    (604) 484-4085
    or
    Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. - Lima office
    Carlos Baca
    (511) 616-6060 ext. 300
    Website: www.fortunasilver.com
    or
    Continuum Resources Ltd.
    Vancouver office
    (604) 629-0000
    Website: www.continuumresources.com