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From: PaperPerson5/18/2012 1:41:37 PM
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Big picture: gold is still under accumulation, at least as measured by Joe Granville's useful technical innovation called On Balance Volume. What Granville figured out was that you could take each day's volume and assign it an uptick or downtick based on wehthr the stock price rose or fell that day. same for a week. take the weekly volume and assign it based on net change for week.

Over time, the OBV trend line shows whether the stock is being accumulated or distributed by smart money.

I am applying OBV to measure accumulation and distribution in GLD, the electroniically traded fund that has become the best most measurable proxy for the metal. While the traders are focused on the daily chart, which is fairly depressing and could make somebody throw in the towel on gold, I am encouraged by the weekly chart.

on balance volume, which is an indicator of accumulation or distribution, has remained quite positive on a week-to-week basis, even while exhibiting weakness on the daily chart.

DAILY

Looking at this ETF, gold is now closing in on $160) after falling off its higihs in recent months. I see this as retrentching for a new advance, and have not changed my mind even in the last few weeks when the numbers have been pretty grim.

besides being a nice round number, $1,600 happens to be the 50 day moving average right now.

so breaking through 1600 is a strong objective for gold as it works toward reestablishing a bull market.

stockcharts.com

WEEKLY

here is gold on a weekly chart with a 50-week (nearly one year) moving average.

by this weekend the price looks like 1600.

the chart should change TONIGHT to reflect the higher friday close for the week.

picking a moving average period of time is kinda arbitrary. I am using 50 weeks because it is close to a year and it lets me leave the parameters unchanged on stockcharts.

the moving average number to hit on this chart is $1626.

stockcharts.com

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From: PaperPerson6/5/2012 11:08:46 PM
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Nice piece on how gold royalty firms are making out. Talks about Ssl and Magellan briefly.

mobile.reuters.com

Royalty firms could spur junior miner deal bonanza
Mon Jun 4, 2012 3:15am EDT

* Cash-rich royalty companies poised to strike new deals

* Equity market slump puts junior miners in a tough spot

* Developers, juniors, mid-tier miners all vying for funds

By Euan Rocha

TORONTO, June 3 (Reuters) - Royalty companies that raked in cash from strong precious metal prices in the last three years look poised to drive a wave of deal activity in the Canadian mining sector, especially among junior players hungry for financing.

These companies, which fund projects in return for a portion of future revenues, generated huge amounts of cash flow from existing deals as the price of gold and silver soared since the beginning of 2009.

Now, with the recent pullback in precious metal prices and slumping stock markets, they could be the saviors for small and mid-tier miners who are eager to grow but strapped for capital.

Etc etc etc

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To: PaperPerson who wrote (4614)6/5/2012 11:42:22 PM
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Who needs the banksters? ;^) The sector is generating enough free cash flow to finance itself...the producers and royalty companies can finance the developers...

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From: Rob J236/13/2012 6:54:11 AM
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Red Eagle Mining Intercepts 6.0 Metres at 31.85 Grams Per Tonne Gold at Santa Rosa

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2012) - Red Eagle Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:RD)(OTCQX:RDEMF), is pleased to announce the first and only assay results received to date on the in-progress, phase two drill program at the San Ramon deposit in the Santa Rosa gold project in Colombia. The first results include strong gold mineralization in both core drill holes SR-041 and SR-042, with the most significant intercept being in hole SR-042 which included 6.0 metres at 31.85 grams per tonne gold.

Phase two consists of 24 core drill holes (see Figure 1 - Drill Hole Plan: media3.marketwire.com, of which 19 holes totaling 3,995m have been completed to date with assays pending on 17 holes, numbered SR-043 to SR-059. The following table summarizes significant gold intercepts in the first two holes which were drilled from the same pad at inclinations of 45° and 70° and confirm that strong gold mineralization extends to depth (see Figure 2 - Cross Section B-B': media3.marketwire.com. True widths are estimated to be close to 90% and 70% of the intercepts and vertical depths are estimated to be close to 70% and 90% of the drilled depths for holes SR-041 and SR-042 respectively, as reported below. All assay results are uncut.

Table 1 - San Ramon Drill Intercepts
Hole ID From
(m)
To
(m)
Interval
(m)
Au g/t
SR-041 68.40 75.40 7.00 1.96
incl. 74.90 75.40 0.50 22.10
113.00 147.60 34.60 0.63
incl. 146.50 147.60 1.10 8.35
SR-042 138.70 205.60 66.90 3.06
incl. 184.00 190.00 6.00 31.85
"Our drilling at San Ramon continues to deliver high grade intercepts, with today's results of six metres at nearly an ounce per ton of gold confirming the robustness of the deposit," comments Ian Slater, Chief Executive Officer. "Both holes also significantly increased the width of the known gold mineralization and this was just the first two holes back out of sixty being drilled this summer."

San Ramon trends east-west, dips 65-70° to the north, extends over 1,800m, is up to 60m in width and is exposed at surface. Wide-spaced drilling intercepts from phase one averaged approximately 1.2 g/t Au to a vertical depth of over 250m. The mineralisation extends to surface where channel sampling has also averaged approximately 1 g/t Au. The 2012 work program for San Ramon includes the phase two core drill program (24 holes totaling an estimated 5,000m), a phase three core drill program in the near surface oxides over the entire known gold mineralisation which will commence in June (36 holes totaling an estimated 5,000m), preparation of a NI 43-101 resource and a preliminary metallurgical test work program.

Phase One Results

All the remaining assays have now been received from the phase one drilling program. Results from phase one drilling at San Ramon were previously reported (see news release dated January 17, 2012 - redeaglemining.com. Core drill holes SR-024 to SR-040 were exploratory holes targeting a few of the many currently identified anomalies outside of the San Ramon deposit and, while typically containing thin gold bearing veins, did not return economically significant results. With the exception of holes SR-029 and SR-031 which targeted the Malambo prospect in the Northwest Sector (which contains a large concentration of historic workings). The following table summarizes significant gold intercepts from the two holes drilled in the Malambo prospect to date.

Table 2 - Malambo Drill Intercepts
Hole ID From
(m)
To
(m)
Interval
(m)
Au g/t
SR-029 140.00 141.00 1.00 6.12
363.00 364.00 1.00 9.66
SR-031 136.50 138.00 1.50 5.18
165.35 166.50 1.15 13.30
A Mobile Metal Ion (MMI) systematic soil sampling program has been completed over the entire Santa Rosa project with assays highlighting multiple gold and copper anomalies in both the Northwest and Central Sectors that have not yet been drill tested. In addition, over 400 historic adits have now been mapped and sampled to date. Active exploratory work continues over the entire project area.

Table 3 - Drill Hole Specifications
Hole Easting Northing Elevation
(m)
Azimuth Dip EOH
(m)
SR-024 857403 1223497 2496 0 -45 301
SR-025 854294 1223584 2480 180 -45 301
SR-026 854294 1223584 2480 150 -45 314
SR-027 857403 1223497 2496 180 -45 151
SR-028 854404 1223747 2471 180 -45 325
SR-028A 854404 1223747 2471 180 -45 636
SR-029 852389 1224776 2514 180 -45 401
SR-030 852389 1224776 2514 230 -45 401
SR-031 853006 1224396 2554 220 -45 305
SR-032 859267 1222803 2491 180 -45 129
SR-032A 859267 1222803 2491 180 -45 355
SR-033 856004 1223542 2524 230 -45 300
SR-034 860246 1222491 2490 90 -60 193
SR-035 860246 1222491 2490 180 -45 400
SR-036 856993 1222294 2515 0 -50 321
SR-037 858172 1223205 2448 180 -45 256
SR-038 858177 1223306 2448 0 -45 340
SR-039 857335 1223762 2506 65 -45 131
SR-040 857335 1223762 2506 65 -65 80
SR-041 857796 1223267 2445 180 -45 178
SR-042 857796 1223267 2455 180 -70 239
Quality Control and Assurance

All drill samples were collected with two diamond drill rigs using approximately one metre sample intervals and following standard industry practice. Acme Analytical Laboratories prepped and screened samples in Medellin, Colombia and assayed samples in Santiago, Chile. Gold values were determined by fire assay of a 30g charge with an AA finish, or if over 10 g/t Au, were re-assayed and completed with a gravimetric finish. QC/QA included the insertion and continual monitoring of standards and blanks into 10% of the sample stream batches, along with check assays conducted at alternate accredited laboratories.

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Michael Johnson, P.Geo., who is a "Qualified Person" as defined under National Instrument 43-101.

About Red Eagle Mining

Red Eagle Mining Corporation is a well-financed Colombian gold exploration and development company with an experienced exploration and management team. Red Eagle Mining is currently exploring two properties in Colombia, Santa Rosa and Pavo Real. Santa Rosa is an intrusive hosted structurally-controlled quartz stockwork system within the prolific Cretaceous Antioquia Batholith. Gold mining within the Santa Rosa project pre-dates the 16th century when an estimated 30 million tonnes were mined. Santa Rosa is located 70km north of Medellin near the town of Santa Rosa de Osos in a region characterized by gently rolling hills and excellent infrastructure. Santa Rosa is also located 50km west of AngloGold Ashanti's Gramalote gold deposit (2.5 million ounce M&I resource grading 0.8 g/t Au) and 60km east of Continental Gold's Buritica gold deposit (630,000 ounce M&I resource grading 17.8 g/t Au). Pavo Real is an extensive project within the Mid-Cauca gold belt containing both a sedimentary hosted gold system and a 15km long copper/gold/silver skarn formation hosting significant high grade brownfield mines. For further information on Red Eagle Mining please refer to our website www.redeaglemining.com, or contact Ian Slater, Chief Executive Officer

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To: Rob J23 who wrote (4616)6/21/2012 6:39:25 PM
From: PaperPerson
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got some RD. Thanks for letting us know about it!
kinda of a cool drill play and it seems to be moving.
low outstanding shares and cashed up.
do you know anything about the management?

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To: PaperPerson who wrote (4617)6/21/2012 9:54:30 PM
From: PaperPerson
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RD breakout

theglobeandmail.com

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From: Rob J236/26/2012 7:46:33 AM
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Red Eagle Mining Intercepts 35.5 Metres at 2.28 Grams Gold Per Tonne at Santa Rosa

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2012) -Red Eagle Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:RD)(OTCQX:RDEMF) is pleased to announce additional assay results received from the recently completed 24 hole, 5,400m phase two core drill program at the San Ramon gold system located within the Santa Rosa gold project in Colombia. Assays have now been received for 10 holes with assays pending on 14 holes (SR-052 to SR-065). The additional results show strong gold mineralisation over significant intervals in core drill holes SR-044, SR-045A, SR-047 and SR-048, with the most significant intercept being in hole SR-045A of 35.5 metres at 2.28 grams gold per tonne. This follows an intercept of 66.9 metres at 3.06 grams gold per tonne in hole SR-042 reported in the news release dated June 13, 2012 (http://redeaglemining.com/news/?pg=1&nyy=2012&nid=35), covering assays on the first two holes of phase two.

Table 1 summarizes significant (+0.20 g/t) uncut gold intercepts from phase two core drill holes SR-041 to SR-051 [see Figure 1 (http://redeaglemining.com/siteFiles/89/files/maps-lg/Stage1_San_Ramon_Drill_Map_June_2012Large.jpg) Drill Hole Plan and Figure 2 (http://redeaglemining.com/siteFiles/89/files/maps-lg/SR_SE_Sector_Long_Section_Schematic_22June12-Large.jpg) Long Section] of which the latest assays are for holes SR-043 to SR-051. Internal dilution within intercepts is limited to the inclusion of runs of no more than 6m below cut-off.

Table 1 - San Ramon Drill Intercepts (*previously reported)

Hole ID From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Au (g/t)
SR-041* 68.40 75.40 7.00 1.96
incl. 74.90 75.40 0.50 22.10
113.00 147.60 34.60 0.63
incl. 146.50 147.60 1.10 8.35
SR-042* 138.70 205.60 66.90 3.06
incl. 184.00 190.00 6.00 31.85
SR-044 213.90 247.90 34.00 0.71
SR-045A 115.60 117.60 2.00 6.87
147.00 182.50 35.50 2.28
incl. 149.90 151.40 1.50 28.26
incl. 173.90 175.80 1.90 14.36
SR-047 147.00 149.00 2.00 0.52
162.00 168.00 6.00 0.44
174.00 223.00 49.00 1.08
incl. 180.00 181.00 1.00 11.70
incl. 220.00 223.00 3.00 6.10
SR-048 114.80 125.90 11.10 1.77
incl. 116.80 117.80 1.00 14.40
SR-049 127.00 131.80 4.80 6.14
SR-050 88.20 89.20 1.00 1.31
95.20 98.60 3.40 1.21
Holes SR-043, SR-046, SR-049 and SR-051 were drilled to test the western extent of the structure and as expected did not return economically significant results. The exception was hole SR-049, which returned an intercept of 4.8m at 6.14 g/t Au, indicating that the structure may extend along strike to the west, possibly pinching to narrower widths in places but with higher grades, which is encouraging for underground mining evaluation below and outside the potential open pit.

"Our drilling at San Ramon continues to deliver confirmation of a robust mineralised system containing numerous high grade gold intercepts and long intervals," comments Ian Slater, Chief Executive Officer. "Assays are pending on another 14 holes from phase two and phase three drilling is continuing through the summer."

The San Ramon structure trends east-west, dips 60°-70° to the north, extends over 1,800m, is up to 60m in width and is exposed at surface. Wide-spaced drilling intercepts from phase one averaged approximately 1.2 g/t Au to a vertical depth of over 250m. The mineralisation extends to surface where channel sampling has also averaged approximately 1 g/t Au. The 2012 work program for San Ramon includes the phase two core drill program (24 holes totaling 5,400m), a phase three core drill program in the near surface oxides over the entire known gold mineralisation which has just commenced (36 holes totaling an estimated 5,000m), preparation of a NI 43-101 resource and a preliminary metallurgical test work programme.

Table 3 - Drill Hole Specifications

Hole Easting Northing Elevation (m) Azimuth Dip EOH (m)
SR-041 857796 1223267 2445 180 -45 178
SR-042 857796 1223267 2455 180 -70 239
SR-043 856191 1223330 2462 na -90 194
SR-044 857907 1223294 2470 180 -65 290
SR-045A 857694 1223258 2454 180 -75 199
SR-046 856191 1223330 2462 180 -80 162
SR-047 857604 1223297 2450 180 -70 264
SR-048 857918 1223229 2467 180 -45 151
SR-049 856204 1223390 2478 180 -45 148
SR-050 857605 1223231 2464 175 -45 169
SR-051 856204 1223390 2478 180 -75 227
Quality Control and Assurance

All drill samples were collected with two diamond drill rigs using approximately one metre sample intervals and following standard industry practice. Acme Analytical Laboratories prepped and screened samples in Medellin, Colombia and assayed samples in Santiago, Chile. Gold values were determined by fire assay of a 30g charge with an AA finish, or if over 10 g/t Au, were re-assayed and completed with a gravimetric finish. QC/QA included the insertion and continual monitoring of standards and blanks into 10% of the sample stream batches, along with check assays conducted at alternate accredited laboratories.

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been

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From: PaperPerson6/26/2012 10:41:56 PM
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Cool speculative news about gold as a global asset:
I first noticed this on the 'zero hedge' site. But it looks like John Butler of Amphora Capital originated the article.

Gold Could be Classified as Risk Free Asset by Bank Regulators
Jun 25th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

valuewalk.com

By John Butler

REGULATORS TO CLASSIFY GOLD AS ZERO-RISK ASSET

In what might be the most underreported financial story of the year, US banking regulators recently circulated a memorandum for comment, including proposed adjustments to current regulatory capital risk-weightings for various assets. For the first time, unencumbered gold bullion is to be classified as zero risk, in line with dollar cash, US Treasuries and other explicitly government-guaranteed assets. If implemented, this will be an important step in the re-monetisation of gold and, other factors equal, should be strongly supportive of the gold price, both outright and relative to that for government bonds, the primary beneficiaries of the most recent flight to safety. Stay tuned.

DID ANYONE NOTICE?

In an Amphora Report last month, The Canary in the Gold Mine, I made the case that a key reason why gold has not been acting like a safe-haven asset in recent months is because banks are so capital impaired that they are scrambling to reduce their holdings of risky assets in favour of so-called ‘zero-risk-weighted’ assets, against which they needn’t set aside any regulatory capital. As it stands, gold has a 50% risk-weighting. But some government bonds, including US Treasuries, German Bunds and British gilts, are zero-risk-weighted.

However, in the report, I speculated that perhaps that would change in future, and that:

“…if it happens, it will be an important step toward the re-monetisation of gold. Gold would be able to compete on a level playing field with government bonds. While the playing field could be levelled in this way, there would be a gross mismatch on the pitch. On the one hand, you have unbacked government bonds, issued by overindebted governments, yielding less than zero in inflation-adjusted terms. On the other, you have gold, the historical preserver of purchasing power par excellence.” 1

Well, on 4th June the Federal Reserve, OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) and FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) collectively circulated a memo asking for comment on their proposed changes to the regulatory capital risk-weighting framework. Section 11, ‘Other Assets’, specifies that a “zero risk weight” is to be applied to “gold bullion held in the banking organization’s own vaults, or held in another depository institution’s vaults on an allocated basis…”

Whoa. There you have it. As it stands now it would appear that, in the near future, banks will not have their regulatory capital ratios penalised for holding gold instead of government bonds as a safe-haven, zero-risk asset.

While the fundamental backdrop for gold is highly favourable and has been for some years, as the supply of money, credit and government bonds has grown dramatically, this technical aspect of the gold market is also clearly bullish. Indeed, as I wrote in The Canary in the Gold Mine, if gold is re-classified as a zero-risk-weighted asset, “the price is likely to soar to a new, all-time high.” I stand by that statement. In about six months we will know whether I am right, or whether I have misread this one.

Given the potential importance for gold, I’m surprised that this announcement has not been widely reported in the financial press, alternative or even mainstream. Perhaps this is due to the fact that, at this point, the re-classification of gold has only been proposed, not implemented. The change is not due to take effect until 1st January 2013.

With interest rates near zero, however, the opportunity cost of sitting on a non-interest-bearing gold position for six months is close to zero. Yes, gold may appear to be in a downtrend and, yes, it might have been unusually volatile of late, but unless the regulators backtrack, I see this as clearly bullish for gold, enabling much catch-up to Treasuries.

It remains to say something about why, perhaps, US regulators are poised to change bank regulatory risk weightings in favour of gold in this way. I do have some ideas about that. However, those will have to wait for a future Amphora Report.

$$$

John Butler has 18 years’ experience in the global financial industry, having worked for European and US investment banks in London, New York and Germany. Prior to founding Amphora Capital he was Managing Director and Head of the Index Strategies Group at Deutsche Bank in London, where he was responsible for the development and marketing of proprietary, quantitative strategies. Prior to joining DB in 2007, John was Managing Director and Head of Interest Rate Strategy at Lehman Brothers in London.

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From: Rob J236/29/2012 1:00:30 PM
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Brookemont Significantly Increases Acreage in the Gaspe Bay Aluminous Clay/Rare Earth Prospect

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 29, 2012) - Brookemont Capital Inc. ("Brookemont" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:BKT)(PINKSHEETS:BKTPF) wishes to announce that it has increased the acreage on its Gaspe Bay Aluminous Clay/ Rare Earth prospect. We have gone from 2234 contiguous hectares (5520 acres) to now having approximately 7600 contiguous hectares (approximately 16,500 acres). Management anticipates starting operations on this new prospect in July. The new acreage was acquired via Gestim.

Conrad Clemiss, president of the company stated, "Management is focused on building value for the shareholders of Brookemont. We have now acquired a significant land package in the Gaspe Bay region of Quebec, and we plan to become active on this new prospect as soon as possible. We have also just made arrangements to push all other cash payments on our other prospects out a year to enable the company flexibility going forward during these challenging junior market conditions. Management is optimistic about the short and long term future of Brookemont and looks forward to an active summer."

Brookemont currently has the following projects: (a) quartz mineral claims in the Yukon bordering Underworld, which was recently taken over by Kinross Gold Corporation and directly above the Coffee Discovery from Kaminak; (b) land in North Eastern Quebec prospective for REE's in close proximity to the Eldor REE prospect of Commerce Resources; (c) 63 square kilometres of land in Tanzania bordering Canaco Resources; and (d) approximately 16,500 contiguous acres prospective for aluminous clay/ rare earths in the Gaspe Bay Region of Quebec bordering Orbite Aluminae Inc.'s Grand-Vallée Deposit.

If you would like to be added to Brookemont's news distribution list, please send your email address to info@brookemontcapital.com

Conrad Clemiss, President, Director

Brookemont Capital Inc.

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From: PaperPerson7/1/2012 4:30:36 PM
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U. S. Silver pending merger. When does this go thru???

Pro forma has combined stock 60 mm shs at 3.16 per share. I see it eventually being worth much more. But this summer, it could be a two buck chuck.
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TORONTO , June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - U.S. Silver Corporation (USA.TO) (USSIF) ("U.S. Silver") and RX Gold & Silver Inc. (RXE.V) (RXEXF) ("RX Gold") are pleased to announce the signing of a definitive agreement to combine the two companies (the "Transaction") by way of a plan of arrangement. The resulting company, to be called U.S. Silver & Gold Inc. ("U.S. Silver & Gold"), will be a well-funded, growth-oriented precious metals producer with U.S. Silver's producing Galena mine in Idaho, RX Gold's producing Drumlummon mine in Montana and U.S. Silver's Coeur re-development projects in Idaho.
Highlights of the Transaction
U.S. Silver shareholders to receive 0.670 U.S. Silver & Gold shares per U.S. Silver share, resulting in their effective ownership of approximately 70% of the combined company.
RX Gold shareholders to receive 0.109 U.S. Silver & Gold shares per RX Gold share, resulting in their effective ownership of approximately 30% of the combined company.
Two - 100% owned U.S. based precious metal operations that deliver immediate cash and one silver re-development asset:
Combined production base of 2.7 million1 ounces of silver and 26,5001 ounces of gold
Opportunities for significant resource growth, brownfield development and operational and head office synergies
Meaningful organic exploration potential at Drumlummon and Silver Valley areas
Geographic concentration of assets that allows for near term focus on improving mine planning and execution of cost reduction strategies.
Proven board of directors and management team with significant executive experience in senior precious metals companies and the capability to deliver results in tough market conditions.
Improved liquidity and capital markets profile, US$25 million in cash and capital markets relationships that position the larger, combined company for further growth through opportunistic and accretive acquisitions.
Unanimous recommendations from the boards of both companies that shareholders vote for the Transaction. The board and senior management of each company have agreed to vote in favour of the Transaction. In addition, Sprott Asset Management LP ("Sprott") has signed a lock-up agreement supporting the Transaction. Sprott is the largest shareholder of both companies and currently holds approximately 14% of U.S. Silver shares and 8% of RX Gold shares.
A key objective of the combined company will be to exceed 5.0 million ounces of silver production at significantly lower cash costs by 2014.
Upon completion of the Transaction, the combined company will have approximately 60 million basic common shares issued and outstanding, and there will be options and warrants outstanding to acquire an additional 6.3 million shares. The warrants of both companies will become exercisable for common shares of U.S. Silver & Gold based on the applicable exchange ratio and the options of both companies will be exchanged for options of U.S. Silver & Gold based on the applicable exchange ratio.
Leadership Team
Upon completion of the Transaction, the board of directors of U.S. Silver & Gold will be comprised of four current U.S. Silver board members and four current RX Gold board members (see appendix for full U.S. Silver & Gold board of directors) and the management team will be comprised of the combined best talent from U.S. Silver and RX Gold.
Gordon Pridham , Executive Chairman and Interim CEO of U.S. Silver will serve as Chairman of the board of the combined company. Mr. Pridham has over 30 years of experience as a global finance executive and serves on a number of public boards of directors and has been a director of U.S. Silver since November 2008 .
Darren Blasutti, currently President and CEO of RX Gold, will assume the same role for the combined company. A chartered accountant, Mr. Blasutti was previously Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Barrick Gold, where he reported to the CEO, led strategic development, and executed more than 25 M&A transactions over his 13 year tenure.
Robert Taylor , RX Gold's current Chief Operating Officer will assume the role of COO of the combined company and with Steve Long , Senior Vice President of Operations, will lead an impressive group of operating professionals in Idaho and Montana. Mr. Taylor has close to 40 years of mining experience and was previously with Kinross Gold, where he served as Vice President of North American Operations until 2009.
Gord Pridham, U.S. Silver Interim CEO and Executive Chairman, commented, "The combination of U.S. Silver and RX Gold will create a strong North American-focused precious metals producer with a solid portfolio of production and development assets. The proposed management team and board have proven capability to optimize existing operations, drive significant cost savings through synergies and pursue aggressive growth thereby, creating meaningful value for shareholders."
Darren Blasutti, President & CEO RX Gold, stated, "The Galena mine and Coeur re-development project will enhance RX Gold shareholders' exposure to precious metals production and cash flow. With a rapid production ramp-up and aggressive consolidation strategy, underpinned by a much larger and well-funded company, the RX Gold board and management—all of whom are significant shareholders—believe the strategic and financial rationale of this transaction will benefit all shareholders, employees and other stakeholders. I am confident we will have the financial, human and capital markets wherewithal to achieve our goal of exceeding 5 million ounces of silver production by 2014."
Benefits to Shareholders of U.S. Silver
U.S. Silver shareholders will own approximately 70% of a combined growth-oriented, larger, producing precious metals company.
In addition to key U.S. Silver board and management, the combined company gains solid and proven expertise among RX Gold's management, particularly as it pertains to acquiring, exploring, developing and operating mining projects, as well as significant capital markets expertise.
Participation in the 100% owned high grade gold and silver Drumlummon mine, which has historically produced more than 1 million ounces of gold and 12 million ounces of silver:
The mine produced 6,625 ounces of gold and 117,635 ounces of silver in Q1 2012
Excellent exploration potential for future resource expansion at Drumlummon and the recently acquired Belmont mine.
As a result of the effective ownership split, U.S. Silver shareholders will receive an implied premium of approximately 45% based on the closing price of C$1.46 on June 6, 2012 .
Participation in the potential re-rating of U.S. Silver & Gold resulting from the increased size, synergies, liquidity, research analyst coverage and market visibility of the combined company.
Benefits to Shareholders of RX Gold
Participation in the Galena mine, which provides high grade, narrow vein copper-silver and lead-silver with over 200 million ounces of silver produced historically and no historic environmental liabilities:
The mine produced 559,027 ounces of silver in Q1 2012
NI-43-101 compliant silver reserves of 23.2 million2 ounces and M& I silver resources of 35.1 million3 ounces (inclusive of reserves).
Participation in the Coeur mine, which is fully funded and under re-development with expected production by year-end:
Historical production of 39 million ounces of silver and targeted production rate of 500,000 ounces of silver per year by end of 2013
NI-43-101 compliant M& I resources of 3.3 million ounces of silver (included in Galena resources noted above).
Increased cash flow and excellent exploration potential with a dominant land position in the Silver Valley.
Strong balance sheet with roughly US$25 million in cash.
Further Transaction Details
Sprott, the largest shareholder of both RX Gold and U.S. Silver, has entered into a lock-up agreement in support of the Transaction in respect of its approximate 14% ownership of U.S. Silver and its approximate 8% ownership of RX Gold. This represents approximately 12% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the combined company.
Eric Sprott , CEO & CIO of Sprott, "As a major shareholder of both U.S. Silver and RX Gold, we are very supportive of this transaction. We believe it will unlock significant value for shareholders as the newly formed company will have the production base, management team, balance sheet and capital markets profile to pursue its growth strategy."
The board of directors of each of U.S. Silver and RX Gold has received a fairness opinion with respect to the Transaction consideration. Both boards have unanimously approved the Transaction and are recommending approval by their respective shareholders. All management and board members have agreed to vote their respective shares in favour of the Transaction.
U.S. Silver and RX Gold have agreed to not solicit alternative transactions to the proposed Transaction, subject to the right to respond to superior proposals. In the event that a party enters into an agreement to effect a superior proposal, then such party is obligated to pay to the other party a termination payment that is outlined in the definitive agreement.
The Transaction is conditional upon the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, the absence of material adverse changes, and holders of at least 66 2/3% of the total votes cast by shareholders of each of U.S. Silver and RX Gold, as applicable, approving the Transaction at a meeting of each of U.S. Silver and RX Gold shareholders.
Full details of the Transaction will be included in the information circulars of U.S. Silver and RX Gold, which are expected to be filed with securities regulatory authorities and mailed to U.S. Silver and RX Gold shareholders in early July. It is anticipated that the shareholders meeting of both U.S. Silver and RX Gold to approve the Transaction will occur by early August. Closing of the Transaction is anticipated shortly after the shareholders meetings.
Advisors and Counsel
U.S. Silver's financial advisor is Cormark Securities Inc. and its legal counsel is Stikeman Elliott LLP. Cormark has provided an opinion to the board of directors of U.S. Silver that, as of the date thereof, the consideration to be paid under the Transaction is fair, from a financial point of view, to the shareholders of U.S. Silver.
RX Gold has engaged Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP as its legal counsel. Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. has provided an opinion to the board of directors of RX Gold that, as of the date thereof, the consideration to be paid under the Transaction is fair, from a financial point of view, to the shareholders of RX Gold.
Conference Call Information
A conference call for the investment community will take place to discuss the Transaction on Friday, June 8, 2012 , at 11am Eastern time ( 8am Pacific time ). Investors, analysts, media and other interested parties are invited to attend.
Webcast/Conference Call
Live Dial-In Information:
Toronto and International: 647-427-7450
North America (Toll Free): 1-888-231-8191
Participant Audio Webcast: newswire.ca
The presentation referenced on the conference call will be made available for download on the U.S. Silver website at www.us-silver.com and the RX Gold website at www.rxgold.com. A replay of the call will be available by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and entering reference number 89952475 or by accessing the link to the recording that will be posted to the U.S. Silver and RX Gold websites shortly after the conference call.
About U.S. Silver
U.S. Silver, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates the Galena, Coeur, Caladay and Dayrock silver-lead-copper mines in Shoshone County, Idaho, with the Galena mine being the second most prolific silver mine in U.S. history. Total silver production from U.S. Silver's mining complex has exceeded 217 million ounces of silver production since 1953. U.S. Silver controls a land package now totalling approximately 14,000 acres in the heart of the Coeur d'Alene Mining District. U.S. Silver is focused on expanding the production from existing operations as well as exploring and developing its extensive Silver Valley holdings in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District. www.us-silver.com
About RX Gold
RX Gold is a gold and silver mining company focused on growth in North America . Currently RX Gold is concentrating on continuing test mining and expanding development at its 100% owned Drumlummon Mine. The Drumlummon Mine is a bonanza style low sulphidation epithermal gold and silver deposit with historic production of approximately one million ounces of gold equivalent. The mine has never been fully exploited or explored and material that was once considered waste is now potentially economic. In addition, RX Gold has discovered a series of entirely new high-grade gold and silver veins that remain open for expansion in three directions. www.rxgold.com
Certain information in this press release may contain forward-looking statements. This information is based on current expectations that are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and the risk that regulatory approvals may not be obtained or that conditions of closing will not be satisfied or waved within the timeframe contemplated. Additional potential risks include: that U.S. Silver & Gold may not achieve anticipated synergies; loss of key personnel; reduction in the anticipated cash levels; and, not achieving production goals stated. Actual results might differ materially from results suggested in any forward-looking statements. U.S. Silver and RX Gold assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward looking-statements unless and until required by securities laws applicable to the U.S. Silver and RX Gold. Additional information identifying risks and uncertainties is contained in filings by the U.S. Silver and RX Gold with the Canadian securities regulators, which filings are available at www.sedar.com.
Appendix: Proposed U.S. Silver & Gold Board of Directors
Gordon Pridham
Chairman • Over 30 years of experience as a global finance executive
• Extensive special committee and public board experience with a track record of creating value for shareholders
• Serves on the public company boards of Newalta Corporation, NorRock Realty Finance Corporation and Titanium Corporation, where he is Chairman of the Board
Darren Blasutti
President and CEO, Director • Former SVP Corporate Development and Investor Relations for Barrick Gold, reported to President and CEO
• Led Barrick's strategic development for over 13 years executing over 25 gold mining transactions - Sutton Resources, Homestake Mining, Placer Dome, consolidation of the Cortez property from Rio Tinto and responsible for creation of Barrick Energy to hedge exposure to energy prices
Hugh Agro
Director • Former EVP Strategic Development at Kinross Gold, where he oversaw corporate development and exploration until his retirement in 2009
• Held senior positions with Placer Dome Canada and Deustche Bank
John Brock
Director • Geologist with over 40 years experience as an executive for 20 public, junior exploration companies
• Participated in 12 major mineral deposit discoveries in north and western Canada , Nevada, Mexico , and Ecuador
• Currently CEO of Pacific Ridge Exploration and an advisor to the Manex Resources Group
Alex Davidson
Director • Retired in 2009 as EVP Exploration and Corporate Development at Barrick Gold
• 2005 AO Dufresue Award to recognize exceptional achievement and distinguished contribution to mining exploration in Canada
• In 2003 was named Prospector of the Year by PDAC for discovery of Alto Chicama in Peru
Louis Dionne
Director • Former Senior Vice President Underground Operations at Barrick Gold
• Currently a director of Detour Gold Corporation and Aurizon Mining Ltd.
Alan Edwards
Director • Board of directors for AuRico Gold Inc., Entrée Gold Inc., Copper One Inc., Oracle Mining Corp. and AQM Copper Inc., where he is Chairman of the Board
• Senior management positions with Frontera Copper, Apex Silver Mines, Kinross, Cyprus Amax and Phelps Dodge
Tom Ryley
Director • Board of directors for Newalta Corporation, Tribute Resources and Benefuel Inc., where he is Chairman of the Board
• Former Executive Vice President of Suncor Energy, where he worked for 25 years in a variety of roles
Lorie Waisberg
Director • Former Senior Partner at Goodmans LLP, and EVP of Finance and Administration of Co-Steel Inc.
• Accredited with Institute of Corporate Directors and sits on Boards of Tembec and Chemtrade Logistics Inc.
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1 Q1, 2012 production results, annualized.

2 1.47 million tonnes at 490.3 g/t Ag from the Technical Report Shoshone County, Idaho prepared for U.S. Silver (dated March 19, 2012 ) (the "U.S. Silver Report")

3 2.26 million tonnes at 571.6 g/t Ag from the U.S. Silver Report



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