New Pacific Metals Corp.
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New Pacific Metals Corp.

February 28, 2012 19:00 ET

New Pacific Metals Corp. Enters Into a Memorandum of Understanding to Acquire a 75% Interest in the Longmenchang Silver-Gold-Lead-Zinc Property in Youxi County, Fujian Province, China

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2012) - New Pacific Metals Corp. (TSX:NUX) (the "Company") is pleased to announce it has entered into an arm's length non-binding Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Fujian Henyuan Mining Co., Ltd. ("Fujian Henyuan" ) to acquire a 75% interest in the LMC silver-gold-lead-zinc Property, Fujian Province, China (the "Property"). The Property is located approximately 100 kilometres to the west of Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian Province, China, and consists of an exploration permit for an area of 1.54 square kilometres and a 300 ton-per-day flotation mill plant. An area of 1.03 square kilometres has been approved for mining by the local government within the current exploration permit. The applicable mining license for the Property is expected in the near future.

Terms of the MOU

Pursuant to the terms of the MOU, the Company will pay, upon signing of a definitive agreement, a total of RMB210 million to acquire a 75% interest of the Property. The RMB210 million payment consists of an upfront cash payment by the Company of RMB80 million and the issuance of Company shares (the "Shares") equivalent of RMB100 million to Fujian Henyuan. The issue price of the Shares will be based on the date the definitive agreement is executed between the parties, but will not exceed $1.20/Share. In addition, the first RMB30 million in profits from commercial operations at the Property will be paid to Fujian Henyuan. For reference as of February 27, 2012 one RMB = 0.158 Canadian dollars.

Any definitive agreement between the parties (and any payment of cash or issuance of Shares) is subject to the Company completing a confirmation drill program to verify historical drill data and the geological model of the Property mineralization. Also, the definitive agreement is further subject to Fujian Henyuan completing a consolidation for 100% ownership of the Property and obtaining the applicable mining license. The issuance of any Shares and the definitive agreement may be subject to TSX and other regulatory approvals.

To note, the owners of the Fujian Henyuan also operate several other silver polymetallic properties in Fujian Province which the Company is currently reviewing. The parties have orally agreed that the Company be granted a right to acquire any of these properties at the Company's discretion.

Property information

The Property is situated at the southeast margin of the Wuyi mineralization belt, which is one of the 16 prominent metallogeny belts in China. Silver-gold-lead-zinc mineralization is hosted in a sequence of Permian marine clastic sediments and limestone which are overlain by a Jurassic terrestrial sedimentary sequence and underlain by Proterozoic metasedimentary rocks. Numerous porphyritic rhyolite dykes intrude into these sequences. Based on historical Property exploration reports, economic mineralization of the Property is the oxidized silver-gold-lead-zinc mineralization associated with multiple prominent gossanous zones developed in the upper clastic sediments of the Permian sequence close to the unconformity surface with the overlying Jurassic sediments. The oxidized mineralization zones are near surface, sub-horizontal, and stratiform. Exploration of the Property began in the 1980's, and included geological mapping, trenching, diamond drilling, and aditing. 39 holes totalling 6,880 meters were drilled and 379 meters of underground adits were completed.

Disclosure of historical estimates

All resource estimates for the Property as set out in this news release are historical. A historical resource estimate was made in 2010 (Table 1) by a local Chinese exploration group, which shows a resource of 483 million tonnes of mineralized material with an average grade of 133g/t silver and 0.23g/t gold (Chinese category 332+333). No National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) compliant technical report has ever been completed for the Property, (or any other technical report, for the matter, has been completed for the Property). No party should rely on any of the historical estimates set out herein as the assumptions, parameters, and methods used to prepare the historical estimates herein are not known to the Company. The historical estimates do not use categories, and do not comply with sections 1.2 and 1.3 of NI 43-101, but rather use the Chinese Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves Reporting Standard which are significantly different. There are no more recent estimates or data available to the Company. A NI 43-101 technical report is needed to verify the historical estimates set out herein. A Qualified Person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimates as current mineral resources or mineral reserves; and the Company is not treating the historical estimates as current mineral resources or mineral reserves.

Table 1. Historical Estimates
Resource Cat. Tonnage ('000t) Contained Metal Average Grade
Ag (tonne) Au (kilogram) Ag (g/t) Au (g/t) TFe (%)
Silver 332 1,587 204.73 373.46 129 0.24
333 3,245 440.17 708.08 135.64 0.23
332+333 4,832 644.9 1081.54 133.46 0.23
Iron 333 3,115 (i) 36.17 (i)
333 6,724 35.51
333 9,839 35.72
Note Cutoff of 40g/t silver is used.
(i) means iron is associated with silver mineralization
332-indicated intrinsic economic resource
333-inferred intrinsic economic resource

Company geologists reviewed all available geological information and historical exploration data, and made two site visits to the Property in December 2011 and January 2012. During these visits, the geologists examined the historical drill cores and noticed that some intervals of silver-lead-zinc sulphide mineralization were included in the oxidized mineralized zones. To verify the assay data, the cores of sulphide intervals were quartered using a diamond saw. The assay results of verification samples were deemed consistent with historical grades. No verification samples were taken from the oxidized portions as the oxidized cores were mixed and no individual sample intervals could be identified. However, Company geologists took chip samples at the outcrops and artisanal open cuts of the oxidized zones and silver mineralization was confirmed in the gossanous zones. Historical drill intercepts and the results of verification sampling are summarized in Table 2 and Table 3. Assay results of surface chip samples of oxidized zones are summarized in Table 4.

The Company infers that the primary sulphide mineralization may represent multiple subvertical silver-lead-zinc sulphide veins. This interpretation is supported by observations of silver-lead-zinc sulphide veins exposed by underground drift workings adjacent to the Property. To better evaluate the economic potential of the Property, the Company will initiate a confirmation drill program in February and March 2012 to verify the historical drill results of the oxidized zones and the geometry of the primary silver-lead-zinc sulphide veins.

Table 2. Historical Drill Intercepts (Lead and Zinc were not assayed)
Hole_ID Zone # Depth (meter) Interval True Width Ag Au TFe Remarks
From To (meter) (meter) g/t g/t %
ZK407 DAg1 23.56 24.56 1 0.97 41 0.03 oxidized
ZK401 Ag4 4.4 6.22 1.82 1.82 147.58 0.11 9.11 oxidized
ZK401 DAg1 15.36 16.9 1.54 1.52 45 0.04 9.7 oxidized
ZK404 Ag4 26.86 29.19 2.33 2.33 125.28 0.05 oxidized
ZK406 Ag3 22.7 30.27 7.57 7.52 104.82 0.2 oxidized
DAg2 38.41 43.11 4.7 4.63 61.23 0.17 oxidized
Ag4 47.88 49.09 1.21 1.21 125.1 0.37 oxidized
DAg3 57.8 59.51 1.71 1.7 68.12 0.15 oxidized
Ag5 61.97 63.57 1.6 1.6 124.83 0.26 oxidized
Ag6 77.28 79.64 2.36 2.36 118.28 0.15 oxidized
Ag7 81.66 84.93 3.27 3.27 114.4 0.25 oxidized
Ag8 96.79 98.63 1.84 1.84 81.72 0.08 oxidized
DAg4 108.4 109.37 0.97 0.97 48 0.14 oxidized
DAg5 111.45 112.55 1.1 1.1 59.2 0.74 oxidized
Ag9 160.71 163.07 2.36 2.31 89.14 0.02 oxidized
DAg6 163.07 163.97 0.9 0.88 43.2 0.03 oxidized
DAg7 171.92 173.53 1.61 1.61 64.57 0.01 oxidized
Ag10 173.53 174.36 0.83 0.83 80.8 0.01 oxidized
ZK801 Ag4/Fe1 2.8 12.45 9.65 9.26 130.31 0.09 41.62 oxidized
ZK808 Ag3 5.6 24.48 18.88 15.85 101.22 0.07 oxidized
ZK814 DAg10 10.72 13 2.28 1.99 60.03 0.34 oxidized
DAg11 24.02 27.23 3.21 2.79 52.59 0.51 oxidized
DAg12 37.14 38.57 1.43 1.14 43.2 0.27 oxidized
Ag3 40.32 44.22 3.9 3.29 92.49 0.01 oxidized
DAg8 44.22 46.97 2.75 2.38 75.77 0.03 oxidized
Ag3-1 46.97 50.52 3.55 3.08 89.36 0.05 oxidized
DAg13 84.93 86.68 1.75 1.63 62.05 0.06 oxidized
ZK818 Ag3 23.74 30.23 6.49 6.18 98.27 0.2 oxidized
Ag3-1 35.09 36.09 1 0.95 93.3 0.04 oxidized
DAg 39.29 48.69 9.4 8.71 54.9 0.2 oxidized
ZK1601 Fe2 80 94.37 14.37 12.65 46.86 oxidized
ZK1616 Dag 7.45 11.96 4.51 3.9 63.63 0.05 oxidized
Ag2 11.96 14.7 2.74 2.37 104.33 0.04 oxidized
Dag 23.45 25.9 2.45 2.33 41.9 0.04 oxidized
Dag 36.4 56.18 19.78 18.6 51.6 0.07 oxidized
Ag3 60.38 65.9 5.52 5.27 143.96 0.09 oxidized
Ag4 85.35 97.65 12.3 11.48 129.46 0.04 oxidized
Dag 97.65 100.54 2.89 2.7 68.42 0.02 oxidized
ZK2408 Ag4 31.25 41.5 10.25 10.14 200.22 0.21 18.67 oxidized
ZK2420 DAg17 39.47 42.47 3 2.88 53.68 0.02 oxidized
Ag4 56.96 64.01 7.05 6.7 99.97 0.03 oxidized
DAg18 86.84 88.64 1.8 1.75 62.9 0.12 oxidized
ZK2801 Ag2 52.24 55.29 3.05 2.96 118.75 0.14 23.42 oxidized
ZK2802 Ag3 27.9 33.5 5.6 5.04 213.17 0.91 21.75 oxidized
Ag4 78.6 87.6 9 8.4 208.07 0.77 19.1 oxidized
ZK803 Ag1 30.4 36.7 6.3 6.13 177.52 0.69 21.72 oxidized
Ag2 70.8 74 3.2 3.18 183.25 0.64 18.75 oxidized
ZK3203 Fe4 8.86 10.81 1.95 1.74 32.7 oxidized
Ag3 18.74 27.75 9.01 8.02 118 0.43 35.5 oxidized
DAg20 27.75 30.91 3.16 2.81 48.81 0.15 30.44 oxidized
Ag3 30.91 46.16 15.25 13.59 173.79 0.07 10.86 oxidized
Ag4 60.48 65 4.52 3.99 97.77 0.04 1.26 oxidized
Ag4-2 68 69.61 1.61 1.42 111 0.02 4.42 oxidized
ZK3218 Ag2 44.79 48.4 3.61 3.03 118.2 0.1 oxidized
DAg21 88.7 94.6 5.9 5.21 75.02 0.14 oxidized
Ag3 117.07 118.49 1.42 1.34 103.2 0.26 oxidized
ZK3219 Dag22 43.58 55.6 12.02 9.6 56.01 0.42 17.88 oxidized
Ag1 55.6 103.78 48.18 38.51 139.87 0.2 16.81 oxidized
Ag1 103.78 106.15 2.37 2.37 145.67 0.08 20.73 Primary
ZK4020 DAg24 0 2.7 2.7 2.65 50.56 0.2 22.8 oxidized, Fe7: 33.82% from 9.59 to 35.87m
Ag2 15.59 40.19 24.6 18.68 122.53 0.12 31.34 oxidized
DAg27 40.19 42.59 2.4 2.35 64.08 0.02 4.39 oxidized
Ag2-1 46.84 47.84 1 0.98 248.8 0.01 5 oxidized
DAag28 49.34 51.49 2.15 2.1 51.25 0.1 7.87 oxidized, Fe6 34.36% from 65.65 to 70.53m
ZK4028 Ag1/Fe6 65.65 73.53 7.88 7.62 92.51 0.52 32.49 oxidized
DAg24 78.28 79.48 1.2 1.18 41.7 0.48 36 oxidized, Fe6 37.62% from 100.72 to 111.09m
Ag2/Fe6 100.72 104.25 3.53 3.5 132.13 0.15 36.19 oxidized
ZK4402 Ag1 32.81 40.76 7.95 7.91 130.11 0.14 14.7 oxidized
Ag2 86.65 89.59 2.94 2.94 71.03 0.17 14.42 Primary
Ag2 89.59 92.22 2.63 2.63 142.71 0.35 13.04 oxidized
ZK4401 Ag1 39.5 48.7 9.2 8.92 120.53 0.12 13.24 oxidized
Ag2 51.72 53.22 1.5 1.46 92.3 0.01 12.75 oxidized
Ag2 86 92.19 6.19 5.99 127 0.17 16.8 oxidized
Ag2 95.19 96.73 1.54 1.49 88.6 0.13 8.88 oxidized
ZK5201 Ag11 80.08 81.37 1.29 1.09 165 0.09 15.69 oxidized
ZK5601 Ag11 37.1 38.5 1.4 1.36 93.8 0.26 20.41 Primary
ZK6001 Ag 163.55 167.76 4.21 4.21 89.26 0 8.04 Primary
ZK1603 Ag4 67.71 75.05 7.34 7.34 111.85 0.18 13.71 oxidized
ZK2410 Ag3 10.93 16.69 5.76 4.07 125.82 0.25 17.48 oxidized
Ag4 31.39 40.7 9.31 8.99 113.41 0.22 16.17 oxidized
ZK2804 Ag4 51.92 61.45 9.53 8.24 131.32 0.25 22.21 oxidized
ZK3220 DAg22 105.55 110.46 4.91 2.56 52.82 0.23 18.66 oxidized
Ag1 110.46 131.48 21.02 12.06 106.3 0.15 19.59 oxidized
ZK3601 Ag3 52.34 62.88 10.54 9.55 108.97 0.27 17.89 oxidized
ZK3602 Ag2 39.37 44.78 5.41 5.02 105.19 0.16 14.75 oxidized
ZK4030 Ag 72.9 81.13 8.23 6.05 114.28 0.1 23.38 oxidized
ZK4403 Ag3 38.58 46.96 8.38 7.84 96.05 0.19 13.17 oxidized
ZK4404 Ag2 41.55 51.38 9.83 9.51 114.92 0.23 13.88 oxidized
Ag2 138.14 144.7 6.56 6.56 106.31 0.15 11.52 Primary
Table 3. Assay Results of Primary Sulphide Intervals
Historical Assay Confirmation Assay
Hole ID Depth (meter) Interval Au Ag Cu Pb Zn Au Ag Cu Pb Zn
From To (meter) (g/t) (g/t) (%) (%) (%) (g/t) (g/t) (%) (%) (%)
ZK2801 216.55 218.12 1.57 0.12 63 0.38 9.04 9.15 0.17 68 0.36 7.97 8.21
ZK3219 103.78 107.14 3.36 0.06 113.36 0.31 0.35 8.72
including 103.78 106.15 2.37 0.08 145.24 0.43 0.49 11.25 0.26 153 0.41 0.43 10.96
ZK4402 88.52 92.22 3.7 0.38 114.58 0.13 2.93 12.02
including 89.59 92.22 2.63 0.35 142.78 0.17 3.74 16.31 0.67 178 0.2 2.97 12.55
ZK5601 37.1 38.5 1.4 0.26 93.8 0.22 4.43 1.06
ZK6001 163.55 167.76 4.21 0 89.3 0.03 10.51 19.97
including 163.55 164.65 1.1 0 106 0.04 24.14 31.44 0.03 125 0.07 >20 >30
165.84 167.76 1.92 0 135 0.03 9.21 25.76
Table 4. Assay Results of Surface Rock Sampling from Open Pit and Surface Outcrop
Location Sample ID Interval (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Cu (%) Pb (%) Zn (%)
D01 LM01 5 0.19 172 0.3 0.15 0.53
LM02 5 0.46 95 0.39 0.43 0.77
LM03 5 0.35 18 0.19 0.17 0.41
LM04 5 0.17 19 0.19 0.06 0.59
LM05 5 0.23 130 0.32 0.09 0.29
LM06 5 0.45 16 0.09 0.36 0.16
D02 LM08 grab 0.25 98 0.3 0.18 0.35
D03 LM07 5 0.11 39 0.23 0.26 0.46
D05 LM09 4 0.17 13 0.3 0.48 0.52
LM10 5 1.5 290 0.27 0.25 0.41
LM11 3.5 0.23 6 0.09 0.2 0.22

Quality Control

Company geologists, during their visits to the Property carried out the verification sampling on site. Samples were quartered from the remaining half cores using a diamond saw, sealed and shipped directly to the ALS lab at Guangzhou City, China (ALS). At ALS, samples were dried, crushed and pulverized to -200 mesh. Analysis for gold is standard fire assay plus AAS finish with overlimits going to gravimetric method. Silver, copper, lead, and zinc are assayed using four acid digestion by conventional ICP-AES analysis.

Alex Zhang, P.Geo., VP Exploration of the Company, is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101, has reviewed and given consent to the technical information in this press release.

Correction of news release dated February 27, 2012

The Company would like to correct the disclosure set out in a previous news release; the exploration permit is valid from February 23, 2012 to February 22, 2017 (instead of February 27, 2017).

About New Pacific Metals Corp.

New Pacific Metals Corp. is a Canadian near-term gold and silver production mining company engaged in the exploration and development of gold poly-metallic properties in the Yukon, Canada. The Company's current material project is the Tagish Lake Gold Property in Yukon Territory. With experienced management and sufficient technical and financial resources, the Company is well positioned to build shareholder value through discovery, exploration and resource development.

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