Geovic Mining Corp.
OTC Bulletin Board : GVCM

Geovic Mining Corp.

June 24, 2009 16:09 ET

Geovic Cameroon Update

DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2009) - Geovic Mining Corp. ("Geovic" or "the Company") (TSX:GMC)(OTCBB:GVCM) announces that Geovic Cameroon, Plc. ("GeoCam"), its 60.5%-owned subsidiary, and Deloitte & Touche Afrique Centrale Sarl, ("Deloitte"), GeoCam's independent statutory auditor, were served with summonses in Yaounde, Cameroon on June 18, 2009, in a proceeding brought by Societe Nationale D'Investissement du Cameroon ("SNI"), which owns or controls the remaining 39.5% of GeoCam's shares.

In the proceeding, SNI seeks to have Deloitte removed by the Court as GeoCam's auditors, as well as an award of attorney fees incurred. Deloitte was selected as GeoCam's statutory auditor in 2008 by agreement of all GeoCam shareholders.

Geovic and SNI disagree on the matter of application of foreign currency exchange rates to approximately US$23 million of GeoCam expenses incurred by Geovic during the eleven years between 1995 and 2006. It is Geovic's position that the proper application is that any gain or loss resulting from the exchange rates in effect at the end of each year during which the advances were made should be for the benefit or detriment of Geovic, the shareholder that made the advance, rather than all GeoCam shareholders, as apparently proposed by SNI. Deloitte agreed with Geovic's position when it completed its GeoCam audit for the year ended December 31, 2008. However, SNI disagrees with this interpretation, and subsequently GeoCam's 2008 financial statements which reflect this position.

On June 23, 2009, two additional summonses filed by SNI were received by GeoCam. One requests the Court to invalidate the existing 2008 audit and appoint an independent expert to review the 2008 financial statements, while the second seeks to prevent the scheduled June 26, 2009 annual meeting of GeoCam shareholders at which the 2008 financial statements would be approved, pending resolution of these disputes.

Through the course of these proceedings, it is hoped the disagreement between shareholders will be resolved. Geovic has stated its intention to support the continued retention of Deloitte as GeoCam's statutory auditor, and has joined the proceedings as a party for that purpose. However, the Company is actively seeking an amicable solution via methods other than the aforementioned legal proceedings.

Geovic has not realized any financial benefit related to the application of foreign exchange rates to its 1995-2006 GeoCam expenditures. Thus, if Deloitte's conclusions are upheld, Geovic may receive a positive adjustment to its capital account. Moreover, neither day-to-day business operations, the present ownership interests of Geovic and SNI in GeoCam, nor the development of the Nkamouna cobalt-nickel-manganese mine are anticipated to be affected by the outcome of these proceedings.

Geovic CEO John E. ("Jack") Sherborne states, "Despite disappointment in the initiation of these proceedings, Geovic is committed to amicably resolving these issues promptly. Moreover, we remain committed to the development of the flagship Nkamouna cobalt project, and do not expect these proceedings to impact its viability or schedule."

Geovic Background

Geovic is a U.S.-based corporation whose principal asset is a 60.5% interest in a significant cobalt-nickel-manganese deposit in the Republic of Cameroon. Additionally, the company controls a diverse portfolio of energy, precious metals, base metals, and uranium projects in the United States, operated through its wholly-owned subsidiary Geovic Energy (

Additional Company and project information may be found on the websites and

On behalf of the Board

John E. Sherborne, CEO and Director

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