|October 18, 2010|
Aura Silver Closes $2.2 Million First Tranche of Private Placement Financing to Fund Greyhound and Taviche
|Aura Silver Resources Inc. (TSX-V:AUU) ("Aura Silver" or the "Company") announces that it has closed a brokered private placement financing issuing 5,555,388 flow-through units for gross proceeds of $999,970 as well as the first tranche of a brokered private placement of 7,485,355 non-flow-through units (collectively the "Units") for gross proceeds of $1,197,657. Union Securities Ltd. ("Union") and Dundee Securities Corp. ("Dundee") acted as agents for this financing. The Company expects to close the second and final tranche of the non-flow-through private placement within the next several days.|
Each Unit consists of either one regular common share or one flow-through common share and one non-flow-through common share purchase warrant ("Warrant") exercisable at a price of $0.25 (US$0.24) per share for a 24 month period from the closing. Additionally, Warrants are callable during the 24 month period, at the option of the Company, should the Company's common shares close above $0.50 for twenty consecutive trading days on the TSX Venture Exchange. Subscribers will be notified of the call provision being triggered and will have a 30 day period to exercise the Warrants.
In consideration for their services with respect to the offering, the agents were paid an 8% commission of $175,810 plus a total of 1,304,073 non-transferrable agent compensation options to acquire non-flow-through units. The agents' compensation options are exercisable for a period of 24 months from the closings at a price of $0.16 per unit. Union has also been reimbursed for legal costs of the offering.
The Company's President and CEO purchased 133,855 non-flow-through units in this private placement. All securities issued in the offering are subject to a four month hold period from the closings expiring on February 16, 2011. This private placement is subject to final acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange.
Aura Silver intends to use the proceeds of the flow-through offering to fund an extended drilling and prospecting program and related exploration costs for its 100% owned Greyhound, Nunavut project. The Company is currently undertaking a geophysics program at Greyhound which is designed to determine drill targets on a previously discovered gold and silver zone. As previously reported, this zone contains gold and silver-enriched rock samples, including seven samples that contain an average grade of 14.8 g/t Au (range from 0.3 to 28.8 g/t) and in the same area an average grade of 1,472 g/t Ag (range from 21-5,380 g/t). The flow-through share proceeds will be used to incur these Canadian exploration expenses prior to December 31, 2011 at the latest. The Company intends to renounce the qualifying expenditures to subscribers for the year ended December 31, 2010.
The non-flow-through proceeds will be used to conduct additional drilling programs at the Company's highly prospective Higo Blanco project in Oaxaca, Mexico. This project has yielded prolific mineralization with silver equivalent grades up to 303.9 g/t over 36.6 meters and gold grades of up to 0.93 g/t over 23.2 meters and 2.05 g/t over 8.4 meters (see "Aura Silver Gold and Silver Zones at Taviche" on the Company's web site at Investors/Presentations). Further, Aura Silver will undertake further reconnaissance of its West Taviche property which surrounds and land-locks the Fortuna Silver's San Jose mine. Company geologists believe that the vein system currently being developed for production by San Jose runs both north and south onto Aura Silver's property. Non-flow-through proceeds will also be used for working capital and general corporate requirements.
About Aura Silver
Aura Silver is a TSX Venture listed company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of precious metal prospects in Canada (100% owned Greyhound project) and in Oaxaca, Mexico. Aura Silver has 72,143,145 common shares outstanding, including those issued in this financing.
For further information regarding this press release contact: Robert Boaz, President and CEO at (905) 403-8010 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Aura Silver's web site is located at www.aurasilver.com.
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