SOURCE: MGM Mineral Resources

May 03, 2006 09:15 ET

MGM Mineral Resources Acquires Exceptional Property in Colombia's High Yielding Gold Zone

Gold Company to Modernize Operations and Maximize Production of Newly Acquired Mine

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 3, 2006 -- Metro Gold Mines Mineral Resources Inc. (OTC: MGMX), a growing gold mining company engaged in the acquisition and development of production properties in South and Central America, announced that it has completed the acquisition of La Esperanza gold mine. La Esperanza is located in Segovia, the richest, most gold-bearing municipality in Colombia.

There are proven multi-million ounce deposits of rich gold under Colombian soil. Colombia is the highest-yielding nation in South America, having produced more than 125 million ounces of gold. But it is also the most under-explored and under-developed. With the notable exception of neighboring Frontino Gold Mines LTD -- which has produced over 5 million ounces of gold in the Segovia area -- the majority of local miners have not had the resources or technology to sustain maximum production.

MGM Mineral Resources is working to modernize operations and maximize profitability of La Esperanza mine, which is located within the province of Antioquia where between 60 and 80 percent of the nation's gold is produced. Through partnerships with local and federal government authorities and the surrounding communities, the company is ramping up the mine to achieve full production capacity. MGM Mineral Resources believes it can significantly accelerate the extraction process, increase overall productivity and lower production costs.

"MGM Mineral Resources has been working to acquire La Esperanza since its inception and it is extremely gratifying to see this exceptional property become part of our portfolio," said Ken Lamb, President of MGM Mineral Resources. "The Company is very excited about La Esperanza's prospects and would like to thank Mr. Jairo Giraldo, our CEO, for orchestrating this acquisition. Mr. Giraldo is a highly respected figure in the Colombian mining community with more than 40 years of proven experience in the industry. Due in large part to his hard work, close relationships with government and industry officials and excellent reputation we are able to embrace this opportunity."

"We are working on releasing the results of our geology reports, which will outline just how extensive a project this mine will become," said Chairman and CEO Jairo Giraldo. "La Esperanza is located within our country's richest gold zone. We are highly pleased with what we have seen so far. We believe this acquisition has the potential to significantly improve our bottom line and increase shareholder value."

About MGM Mineral Resources (OTC: MGMX)

Metro Gold Mines Mineral Resources Inc. is a growing, expertly managed gold mining company focused on acquiring and producing an impressive portfolio of exploration and production properties in South and Central America. MGM Mineral Resources is working to establish itself as a world-class gold company, capitalizing on smart acquisitions, leading edge technology, modernized operations, deep industry expertise and a strong gold market to cost-effectively produce high quality gold. The company has identified a significant opportunity to exploit proven but under-developed mineral resources in Colombia and is in the later stages of negotiations with several high grade gold and silver properties. MGM Mineral Resources is initially targeting the richest gold zone in Colombia, where between 60 and 80 percent of the nation's gold is produced.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this news release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning and pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things: volatility and sensitivity to market prices for gold; replacement of reserves; procurement of required capital equipment and operating parts and supplies; equipment failure; unexpected geological or hydrological conditions; political risks arising from operating in certain developing countries; imprecision in reserve estimates; success of future exploration and development initiatives; competition; operating performance of the facilities; environmental and safety risks including increased regulatory burdens; seismic activity, weather and other natural phenomena; failure to obtain necessary permits and approvals from government authorities; changes in government regulations and policies including tax and trade laws and policies; ability to maintain and further improve positive labor relations; and other development and operating risks. Although MGM Mineral Resources believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this report. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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