Change of directors - Appointment of Loudon Owen and resignation of David Beatty

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TORONTO , May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Aureus Mining Inc. (TSX: AUE / AIM: AUE) ("Aureus" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mr. Loudon Owen to its Board of Directors.  He will be replacing Mr. David Beatty , who has resigned as a Director, having served on the Aureus board since 2011.

Mr. Owen is an international businessman and lawyer.  He co-founded and manages McLean Watson Capital, a private Toronto -based venture capital company.  Mr. Owen has extensive public and private company Board experience and he currently serves on the boards of a range of private corporations including Quantec Geoscience Limited (Chair), as well as Kilo Goldmines Ltd. (TSX-V), Genesis Land Development Corp., and Posera-HDX (TSX, Chair).

Mr. Owen holds a BA (Economics and International Relations) from Trinity College , University of Toronto , a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto , and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau , France .  He speaks English and French.

Commenting on the appointment of Loudon Owen to the Board, David Netherway , Chairman of Aureus Mining, said:

"I am extremely pleased to welcome Loudon onto the Aureus Board.  His depth of experience will complement the current team in our efforts to complete the construction of the New Liberty Gold Project.

On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank David for his valuable contribution to the Board and wish him well in his new ventures."

In relation to the appointment of Mr. Owen to the Board of Directors, Aureus confirms that there is nothing further to disclose in relation to his appointment under Schedule Two, paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies, save as required and disclosed in this announcement:

Full name:

Loudon Frank McLean Owen

Age:

56

Operating Companies: director/partnership

Maclaine Watson & Co. Ltd; Owen Corporation; Anthem Media Inc; Know Rules Media Inc.; i4i Inc; i4i Limited Partnership; McLean Watson Capital Inc; First Trinity Development Corporation; Communix Corporation; Tagit Canada Inc;  Vismand Exploration Inc; Zeno Global Ltd.  

 

Bare Trust Companies: No holdings or active business. Director/partnership

1188360 Ontario Inc; 1319318 Ontario Ltd; 1413770 Ontario Inc; 1413780 Ontario Inc; 1421785 Ontario Inc; 1682867 Ontario Inc; 1682868 Ontario Inc; 1682869 Ontario Inc; 893254 Ontario Inc; 1188360 Ontario Inc; Emnak Exploration Inc; Vision Exploration Inc; Oxford Atlantic Inc; Oxford Atlantic Capital Inc;  Owen Franke Corp.; McLean Watson Investments Inc; MW Softech Inc; MW Ventures II Inc Corporation.

 

Non-Profit:

director/partnership

Canadian INSEAD Foundation; Blessings in a Backpack (Canada); Protect our Kids Inc.

Previous directorships/partnerships in last five years

Amplus Communications Pte Ltd; Echelon Capital Corporation; Hanfeng Evergreen Inc; Ntegrator Pte Ltd; Upper Canada College.

About Aureus Mining Inc.

The Company's assets include the New Liberty gold deposit in Liberia (the "New Liberty Gold Project," "New Liberty" or the "Project"), which has an estimated proven and probable mineral reserve of 8.5 Mt with 924,000 ounces of gold grading 3.4 g/t and an estimated measured and indicated mineral resource of 9,796 Kt with 1,143,000 ounces of gold grading 3.63 g/t and an estimated inferred mineral resource of 5,730 Kt with 593,000 ounces of gold grading 3.2 g/t.  A Definitive Feasibility Study has been completed on the Project and construction has commenced with earthworks.  The Project is expected to have an 8 year mine life and annual production of 119,000 ounces for the first 6 years of production.  The Company has financed the Project's equity and debt funding requirement.  The foregoing mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates and additional information in connection therewith are set out in the Company's technical report dated July 3, 2013 and entitled "New Liberty Gold Project, Liberia , West Africa , Updated Technical Report."

The New Liberty Gold Project is located within the Southern Block of the 100% owned Bea Mountain mining licence. This licence covers 457 km² and has a 25 year, renewable, mineral development agreement.  The Northern Block of the Bea Mountain mining license also hosts additional gold projects of Ndablama, Gondoja and Weaju, which are the focus of exploration programs during 2014.  Ndablama has an inferred mineral resource of 6,829 Kt with 451,000 ounces of gold grading 2.1 g/t and Weaju has an inferred mineral resource of 2,680 Kt with 178,000 ounces of gold grading 2.1 g/t.  The Archaen Gold exploration licence, which covers 89 km², is also a focus of exploration for 2013, with Leopard Rock being the main target.  The Yambesei (759 km2), Archaen West (112.6 km2), Mabong (36.6 km2) and Mafa West (15.6 km2) licences will also be subject to preliminary reconnaissance geological work.  The foregoing mineral resource estimates and additional information in connection therewith are set out in the Company's technical report dated November 11, 2013 and entitled "Ndablama and Weaju Gold Projects, Bea Mountain Mining Licence, Northern Block, Technical Report on Mineral Resources."

The Company also has gold exploration permits in Cameroon .

Qualified Persons

The estimates of mineral Resources for the DFS were calculated in accordance with NI 43-101 and carried out by Chris G Arnold BSc (Hons), MSc, MAusIMM (CP) of independent consultants AMC.  The Reserve Study for the DFS was prepared by Mr M Staples of AMC, a Qualified Person, for the purposes of the study, under the standards set forth by National Instrument 43-101 "Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Project", of the Canadian Securities Administrators ("NI 43-101″).

The Company's Qualified Person is David Reading , who holds a MSc in Economic Geology from University of Waterloo , Canada and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. David Reading is the President and CEO of Aureus Mining Inc. and approves this press release.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain information in this news release relating to Aureus Mining is forward-looking and related to anticipated events and strategies. When used in this context, words such as "will", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "intend", "target" and "expect" or similar words suggest future outcomes.  By their nature, such statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including: risks normally incidental to exploration and development of mineral properties; uncertainties in the interpretation of results from drilling and test work; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with expectations; regulatory and government decisions; the possibility that future drawdowns under the Facilities may not be available; construction of the New Liberty Gold Project being delayed and/ or over budget; economic conditions; availability and cost of financing; estimates of capital and operating costs and start-up costs; plans regarding construction activities; and future unforeseen liabilities and other factors including, but not limited to, those listed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form, a copy of which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and in the Aureus Mining Admission Document, a copy of which is available at www.aureus–mining.com.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as actual results could differ materially from the plans, expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in the forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking information speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable law, Aureus Mining disclaims any obligation to update or modify such forward-looking information, either as a result of new information, future events or for any other reason.

Any mineral resource and mineral reserve figures referred to in this press release are estimates and no assurances can be given that the indicated levels of minerals will be produced.  Such estimates are expressions of judgment based on knowledge, mining experience, analysis of drilling results and industry practices.  Valid estimates made at a given time may significantly change when new information becomes available.  While the Company believes that the mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates in respect of its properties are well established, by their nature mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates are imprecise and depend, to a certain extent, upon statistical inferences which may ultimately prove unreliable.  If such mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates are inaccurate or are reduced in the future, this could have a material adverse impact on the Company.  Due to the uncertainty that may be attached to inferred mineral resources, it cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will be upgraded to an indicated or measured mineral resource as a result of continued exploration.  Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

SOURCE Aureus Mining Inc.

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Contact:
Aureus Mining Inc., David Reading / Paul Thomson, Tel: +44(0) 20 7010 7690; Buchanan, Bobby Morse / Gordon Poole, Tel: +44(0) 20 7466 5000; Numis Securities Limited (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker), John Prior / James Black, Tel: +44(0) 20 7260 1000; GMP Securities Europe LLP (Joint Broker), Richard Greenfield / Alexandra Carse, Tel: +44(0) 20 7647 2800
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