VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 14, 2014) - SilverCrest Mines Inc. ("SilverCrest" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SVL)(NYSE MKT:SVLC) announces it has signed an option agreement (the "Agreement") with Evrim Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:EVM) ("Evrim") whereby SilverCrest can acquire a 100% interest in Evrim's Ermitaño Property in the State of Sonora, Mexico.
SilverCrest can earn a 100% interest in the Ermitaño Property by paying US$75,000 upon signing (paid) and US$50,000 each anniversary thereafter, completing a minimum of US$500,000 in exploration expenditures in the first year, and delivering a Production Notice within five years specifying mine and construction plans with accompanying permits. Upon completion of exercise, the annual payments will cease and Evrim will retain a 2% Net Smelter Royalty ("NSR").
The Ermitaño Property consists of two concessions (I and II) totalling 165 square kilometres of contiguous mineral tenure located approximately 145 kilometres from Hermosillo and contiguous with SilverCrest's Santa Elena Mine Property in Sonora, Mexico. Access to the property is by paved highway and secondary roads. Ermitaño I and II are subject to an underlying third party NSR of 2%.
The Ermitaño I and II concessions are located along the same trend of mineralization currently being exploited at the Santa Elena Mine. The concessions host the same early Tertiary andesite and rhyolite volcanic rocks with major structures that host the Santa Elena silver and gold low sulphidation epithermal mineralization.
Exploration work will be completed on the property by the Company in 2014 and reported as results are available.
SilverCrest Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SVL)(NYSE MKT:SVLC) is a Canadian precious metals producer headquartered in Vancouver, BC. SilverCrest's flagship property is the 100%‐owned Santa Elena Mine, located 150 km northeast of Hermosillo, near Banamichi in the State of Sonora, México. The mine is a high‐grade, epithermal silver and gold producer, with an estimated life of mine cash cost of US$8 per ounce of silver equivalent (55:1 Ag:Au) for the open pit heap leach. SilverCrest anticipates that the 2,500 tonnes per day open pit heap leach facility at the Santa Elena mine should recover approximately 725,000 ounces of silver and 30,000 ounces of gold in 2013. Major expansion and construction of a 3,000 tonnes per day conventional mill facility is underway to significantly increase metals production at the Santa Elena Mine (open pit and underground) by 2014. Exploration programs continue to make new discoveries at Santa Elena and also have rapidly advanced the definition of a large polymetallic deposit at the La Joya property in Durango State with stated resources nearing 200 million ounces of Ag equivalent.
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and the United States Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements concern the Company's anticipated results and developments in the Company's operations in future periods, planned exploration and development of its properties, plans related to its business and other matters that may occur in the future. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on expectations of future performance, including silver and gold production and planned work programs. Statements concerning reserves and mineral resource estimates may also constitute forward-looking statements to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed and, in the case of mineral reserves, such statements reflect the conclusion based on certain assumptions that the mineral deposit can be economically exploited.
Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: risks related to precious and base metal price fluctuations; risks related to fluctuations in the currency markets (particularly the Mexican peso, Canadian dollar and United States dollar); risks related to the inherently dangerous activity of mining, including conditions or events beyond our control, and operating or technical difficulties in mineral exploration, development and mining activities; uncertainty in the Company's ability to raise financing and fund the exploration and development of its mineral properties; uncertainty as to actual capital costs, operating costs, production and economic returns, and uncertainty that development activities will result in profitable mining operations; risks related to reserves and mineral resource figures being estimates based on interpretations and assumptions which may result in less mineral production under actual conditions than is currently estimated and to diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as properties are mined; risks related to governmental regulations and obtaining necessary licenses and permits; risks related to the business being subject to environmental laws and regulations which may increase costs of doing business and restrict our operations; risks related to mineral properties being subject to prior unregistered agreements, transfers, or claims and other defects in title; risks relating to inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance; risks related to potential litigation; risks related to the global economy; risks related to the Company's status as a foreign private issuer in the United States; risks related to all of the Company's properties being located in Mexico and El Salvador, including political, economic, social and regulatory instability; and risks related to officers and directors becoming associated with other natural resource companies which may give rise to conflicts of interests. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The Company's forward-looking statements are based on beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
The information provided in this news release is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all matters and developments concerning the Company. It should be read in conjunction with all other disclosure documents of the Company. The information contained herein is not a substitute for detailed investigation or analysis. No securities commission or regulatory authority has reviewed the accuracy or adequacy of the information presented
N. Eric Fier, President and COO
SILVERCREST MINES INC.
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