Oremex Gold Inc.
TSX VENTURE : OAU
FRANKFURT : OM8

Oremex Gold Inc.

February 23, 2012 11:18 ET

Oremex Gold Acquires Cerro del Oro Gold Project

- Cerro del Oro Project comprises two concessions totaling 78.9 hectares in northern Zacatecas state, Mexico

- Concessions cover the core of the historical Melchor Ocampo gold mining district

- Widespread gold mineralization

- Assay highlights include: 1.7 meters at 6.77 g/t Au, 48.2 g/t Ag, 1.21% Cu and 11.4% Zn and a 2 x 2 meter panel sample at 2.16 g/t Au and 7.0 g/t Ag

- Oremex Gold is conducting a detailed surface sampling and geological mapping program and is planning a ground geophysical program in the near future to refine drill targets for a Phase I drilling program.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2012) - Oremex Gold Inc. ("Oremex Gold" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:OAU)(FRANKFURT:OM8) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned Mexican Subsidiary, Minera Tres Diamantes, S. de R.L. de C.V., has acquired the Cerro del Oro (Gold Hill) project which comprises two concessions totaling 78.9 hectares in the Melchor Ocampo gold mining district, Zacatecas state, Mexico (Map 1). Terms of the acquisition are provided below. The acquisition remains subject to approval by the TSX Venture Exchange.

Cerro del Oro is characterized by widespread gold-dominant polymetallic mineralization related to intrusive rocks in a variety of settings. The Company is conducting a detailed surface sampling and geological mapping program and is planning a ground geophysical program in the near future to refine drill targets for a Phase I drilling program. Additional analytical results from the ongoing work are expected shortly.

Melchor Ocampo District:

For over twenty years, gold, silver and base metal mineralization has been recognized in skarns, veins, chimneys, mantos, disseminations and irregular bodies within the Melchor Ocampo district. There are over 50 historical mines within the 40 square kilometer district.

Cerro del Oro is located 22 km north of Goldcorp Inc.'s world-class Peñasquito, gold-silver-lead- zinc mine (P&P Reserves greater than 18 million oz. gold and 1 billion oz. silver)1 at the northern end of the Zacatecas "Zona Dorada" (Golden Zone). It also includes Goldcorp Inc.'s, Camino Rojo project (M&I Resources of 3.44 million oz. gold)1, the producing Tayahua mine of Minera Frisco, S.A.B. de C.V., which has a significant expansion program underway, and the Concepcion del Oro mining district where significant exploration and development continues (Map 1).

Cerro del Oro Project:

The Cerro del Oro property hosts numerous historical pits, trenches, underground workings; no information exists on specific developments or metal production (Map 2). Small miners, drawn by very high-grade mineralization, have been working the property in recent decades. The Cerro del Oro concessions are underlain primarily by a mixed intrusive/skarn domain and an area of Mesozoic sediments along the western margin of a large intrusive complex. The mixed intrusive/skarn domain is significantly mineralized with gold-silver, +/-base metals. Preliminary results suggest that marbleized limestone within the sedimentary sequence are favorable hosts for gold mineralization.

A total of 147 samples rock samples have been collected on the property to date by the Company, including surface rock chip and panel samples and historical mine dump grab samples. Most samples reported herein are from a 450m by 300m area underlain by the intrusive/skarn domain in the central portion of the property. From this sample set, 48 contained > 0.5 g/t gold and 30 contained > 1 g/t gold. Gold ranged from 0.01 to 6.77 g/t averaging 0.70 g/t, silver ranged from 2 to 74.8 g/t averaging 8.1 g/t, copper ranged from detection to 1.74% averaging 0.17% and zinc ranged from detection to 11.4% averaging 0.37%. A table of results highlights is provided below:

Rock Sample Highlights from Cerro del Oro
Sample No. Width (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Cu (%) Zn (%) Pb (%) Area/Zone Description
CG 014 0.70 1.57 10.0 0.02 0.00 0.01 South Skarn w/garnets, minor silica vlts. mod. oxidation(feox)
CG 021 7.00 X 1.00 1.57 2.0 0.02 0.02 0.00 South Skarn w/wollastonite + abundant Py cast
CG 026 2.00 X 2.00 2.16 7.0 0.14 0.52 0.02 South Skarn w/garnets + qtz vtls <0.10 m.
CG 031 0.40 X 0.40 2.13 3.0 0.14 0.02 0.00 Central Diorite, partly bleach with qsp alteration
CG 033 0.50 X 0.40 2.07 9.0 0.19 0.03 0.00 Central Shear zone at skarn zone with mod. oxidation
CG 038 0.03 1.43 2.0 0.24 0.01 0.00 South Hornfels with granular silica vein
CG 042 0.25 4.74 3.0 0.02 0.03 0.03 South Shear zone at skarn zone with mod. oxidation
CG 051 0.60 1.69 2.0 0.03 0.01 0.00 North Diorite, partly bleach with sheeted milky-drusy qtz. vlts.
MTDCO-001 1.70 6.77 48.2 1.21 11.40 0.00 Central Shear zone at skarn, w/mod. silicification-oxidation
MTDCO-002 1.90 3.91 47.4 1.21 2.90 0.00 Central Garnet belt w/py cast infill by hem. Overprinted by sacaroid silica
MTDCO-003 1.80 1.33 8.0 0.29 0.92 0.00 Central Same as above
MTDCO-004 1.80 1.81 12.3 0.44 2.74 0.00 Central Intercalation silica/garnet belts w/sulph. boxworks part. filled by Feox
MTDCO-006 1.60 6.06 40.3 1.37 6.50 0.01 Central Skarn with crackle bx feox+malaq at voids,mod. silicification
MTDCO-007 1.40 1.41 18.5 0.29 4.53 0.01 Central Skarn zone(red garnets), incip. crackle bx., feox staining at garnets crystals
MTDCO-009 1.60 1.65 9.0 0.02 0.10 0.06 Central Intercalation of garnets + siderite, w/abundant sulph boxworks w/hem.
MTDCO-010 1.40 3.40 31.3 0.03 0.10 0.28 Central Bx zone, asembled by flat frag. welded by hematite + siderite + jarosite
MTDCO-011 1.30 2.59 26.3 0.04 0.03 0.59 Central Same as above
MTDCO-012 1.80 2.14 36.4 0.04 0.07 0.17 Central Crackle bx, abundant gypsum vlts, overprinted by iron oxides
MTDCO-016 1.70 4.70 48.2 1.74 1.16 0.01 Central Garnet at sediments, w/sulphides boxworks infilled by hematite
MTDCO-020 1.40 2.84 11.0 0.76 0.02 0.00 Central Intercalation of garnets+silica belts + sulph. boxworks & malaquite patches
MTDCO-022 1.00 1.45 8.0 0.30 0.03 0.00 Central Intercalation of garnet & lt green silica belts with malaquite staining

The analyses reported herein was performed by SGS Mexico SA de CV, in Durango, Mexico, an internationally recognized analytical services provider. The Company followed industry standard procedures for the work carried out on the Cerro del Oro project. Internal laboratory QA/QC procedures were followed for the samples reported herein. Oremex Gold detected no significant QA/QC issues during review of the data. The technical information contained in this release has been prepared by Bill Feyerabend, CPG, a Qualified Person, and has been reviewed by Dr. David A. Terry, P.Geo., President and C.E.O of the Company and a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.

Agreement Terms:

The Company's wholly-owned Mexican subsidiary, Minera Tres Diamantes, S. de R.L. de C.V., acquired a 100% interest in the Cerro del Oro concessions through an assignment agreement with Minera Mantos, S. de R.L. de C.V. ("Minera Mantos"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oremex Silver Inc. ("Oremex Silver"), in exchange for the cash payment of US $108,100 and a 1.5 % NSR in favour of Minera Mantos on future production from the project.

Relationship between Oremex Gold Inc. and Oremex Silver Inc.

Approximately 40% of the issued and outstanding share capital of Oremex Gold is currently held by Oremex Silver, which was acquired during the spin-out of gold assets owned by Oremex Silver to Oremex Gold in 2011. In addition, certain directors and officers of Oremex Gold are also directors and officers of Oremex Silver. Due to the relationship between Oremex Gold and Oremex Silver, the transaction is a related party transaction within the meaning of applicable securities laws and a non-arm's length transaction within the meaning of the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange.

About Oremex Gold Inc.

Oremex Gold Inc. (TSX VENTURE:OAU)(FRANKFURT:OM8) is a Canadian gold exploration and development company holding a portfolio of gold projects in the prolific mining regions of Mexico with its main projects of focus being Santa Catarina in the prolific Sierra Rosario gold belt, San Lucas in the Durango State and now Cerro del Oro in Zacatecas State.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Dr. David A. Terry, P.Geo., President & CEO

To view "Map 1: Location of Cerro del Oro Project," please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/oremex_gold_feb23_map01.pdf

To view "Map 2: Cerro Del Oro Concessions," please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/oremex_gold_feb23_map02.pdf

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1 Source: Goldcorp Inc.'s website, www.goldcorp.com, as of January 4, 2012.

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