Minera IRL Limited
TSX : IRL
AIM : MIRL
LMA : MIRL

Minera IRL Limited

March 05, 2012 08:46 ET

Minera IRL Announces Closing of Approximately C$33.1 Million Offering

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 5, 2012) -

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Minera IRL Limited ("Minera IRL" or the "Company"), (TSX:IRL)(AIM:MIRL)(BVLAC:MIRL) the Latin America gold mining company, is pleased to report that it has closed the previously announced best efforts offering of ordinary shares ("Shares") of the Company (the "Offering") at a price of C$1.13 per Share (72p per ordinary share, converted at the Bank of Canada daily noon rate on 23 February, 2012 and rounded to the nearest penny). The Company filed a final short form prospectus ("Final Prospectus") with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces of Canada, except Québec, in connection with the Offering on 28 February 2012. Concurrent with the closing of the Offering, the Agents exercised in full their over-allotment option of 2,660,000 Shares. Including the Shares issued as a result of the exercise of the over-allotment, a total of 29,260,000 Shares were issued, raising gross proceeds of C$33.1 million.

"The closing of this Offering, which was well supported by existing and new shareholders, allows Minera IRL to consolidate and build upon the progress we have made toward becoming a mid-tier gold producer by 2015", said Courtney Chamberlain, Executive Chairman. "In 2011 we added significant new gold resources, completed a successful pre-feasibility study on our flagship Ollachea Gold Project and, most recently, completed a successful feasibility study on our Don Nicolas Project in Patagonia, Argentina. During 2012 we expect to complete the full feasibility study at Ollachea, permit and commit Don Nicolas to development and continue with our exploration programs in Peru and Argentina."

The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering, together with its existing cash resources to complete the exploration and development tunnel, feasibility study and further exploration programmes at Ollachea, to undertake brownfield exploration, permitting and detail engineering at Don Nicolas and conduct exploration programmes in the wider Patagonia region with the remainder for working capital and general corporate purposes.

The Offering was completed by a syndicate of investment dealers led by RBC Capital Markets as sole global bookrunner and Jennings Capital Inc. and Haywood Securities Inc. with Collins Stewart Europe Limited and FinnCap Limited as special selling agents in the United Kingdom only (collectively, the "Agents").

These securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any state, and may not be offered or sold in the United States unless an exemption from registration is available. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy these securities in the United States.

Minera IRL Limited is the AIM traded, TSX and BVL listed holding company of precious metals mining and exploration companies focused in Latin America. Minera IRL is led by an experienced senior management team with extensive industry experience, particularly operating in South America. The Group operates the Corihuarmi Gold Mine and the advanced gold projects Ollachea in Peru and Don Nicolas in Argentina. For more information, please visit www.minera-irl.com.

Some of the statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements, such as estimates and statements that describe the Company's future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that the Company or management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.

While these forward-looking statements, and any assumptions upon which they are based, are made in good faith and reflect our current judgment regarding the direction of our business, actual results will almost always vary, sometimes materially, from any estimates, predictions, projections, assumptions or other future performance suggestions herein. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, Minera IRL Limited does not intend to update any forward-looking statements to conform these statements to actual results.

The Toronto Stock Exchange neither approves nor disapproves the information contained in this News Release.

Contact Information

  • Minera IRL
    Trish Kent
    Vice President, Corporate Relations
    +511 4181230
    www.minera-irl.com

    RBC Capital Markets (Sole Global Bookrunner
    and Co-broker, London)
    Stephen Foss
    +44 (0)20 7653 4000

    RBC Capital Markets (Sole Global Bookrunner
    and Co-broker, London)
    Martin Eales
    +44 (0)20 7653 4000

    Collins Stewart (Nominated Adviser & Broker, London)
    John Prior
    +44 (0)20 7523 8350

    Collins Stewart (Nominated Adviser & Broker, London)
    Adam Miller
    +44 (0)20 7523 8350

    finnCap (Co-broker, London)
    Geoff Nash
    Corporate Finance
    +44 (0)20 7600 1658

    finnCap (Co-broker, London)
    Matthew Robinson
    Corporate Finance
    +44 (0)20 7600 1658

    finnCap (Co-broker, London)
    Joanna Weaving
    Corporate Broking
    +44 (0)20 7600 1658

    Buchanan (Financial PR, London)
    Bobby Morse
    +44 (0)20 7466 5000

    Buchanan (Financial PR, London)
    James Strong
    +44 (0)20 7466 5000

    Jennings Capital Inc. (Canada)
    Daryl Hodges
    +1 416 304 2174

    Haywood (Canada)
    Kevin Campbell
    +1 604 697 7103