VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire -07/16/12)- Gold Standard Ventures Corp. ("Gold Standard" or the "Company") (GSV.V)(GSV)(GSV) (www.goldstandardv.com) reported today that it has received an additional $2,889,278 from the exercise of 2,889,278 share purchase warrants since the Company's last report on warrant exercises in its news release of April 24, 2012. The total number of share purchase warrants exercised from January 1, 2012 through to the close of business on July 13, 2012 now totals 12,093,257 for proceeds of $11,983,558 (all figures are quoted in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated).
After warrant exercises and the Company's recently completed equity financing, the Company now has approximately $27.4 million in cash or cash equivalents in its treasury after converting U.S. dollar balances to Canadian dollars at the closing exchange rate on July 13, 2012. As of today's date, there are 83,595,109 common shares issued and outstanding.
As of January 1, 2012, Gold Standard had 12,973,783 warrants outstanding, each representing the right to purchase one common share of the Company from treasury, with expiry dates ranging from March 16, 2012 to March 3, 2013 and a weighted average exercise price of $0.99. These warrants were issued in 2010 as part of the consideration for corporate financings. As of today, there remain only 880,526 warrants outstanding with a weighted average exercise price of $0.95 and a further potential cash infusion to Gold Standard of $836,500.
An over-allotment option to purchase up to 1.5 million treasury shares from the Company at US $2.00 per share was granted to the underwriters of Gold Standard's recent equity financing to cover over-allotments if any; this option expires on July 27, 2012.
Gold Standard President and CEO, Jonathan Awde, stated that, "We are now very well funded to pursue a more aggressive drill program on our flagship Railroad project and also undertake new initiatives which we believe will add to shareholder value. We believe the pressures on our share price which resulted from the exercise of warrants and the completion of our financing have now been largely removed."
Gold Standard also announced that, effective July 4, 2012, the Company graduated to Tier 1 status on the TSXV Venture Exchange. In conjunction with such graduation, all remaining shares of the Company held in escrow with the Company's registrar and transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company of Canada, being a total of 3,549,859 common shares, are eligible for accelerated immediate release from escrow.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy warrants or Common Shares, nor shall there be any sale of warrants or Common Shares in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
ABOUT GOLD STANDARD VENTURES - Gold Standard is a Canadian-based company focused on the acquisition and exploration of district-scale and other gold-bearing mineral properties exclusively in the State of Nevada, United States. The Company's flagship property is the Railroad Project, located in Elko County, Nevada. The Railroad Project is a prospective gold exploration target comprising approximately 15,636 acres (24.4 square miles) within the Carlin Trend of north-central Nevada.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Gold Standard,
Jonathan Awde, President and Director
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