Vancouver, British Columbia -- June 10, 2010. Abacus Mining & Exploration Corporation ("Abacus" or the "Company") (TSXV: AME) announces that the RiskMetrics Group, a leading provider of risk management and corporate governance products and services, has recommended that Abacus shareholders vote in favour of the Joint Venture with KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. ("KGHM") at the upcoming Special Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 22, 2010. The analyses and recommendations of the RiskMetrics Group are relied upon by major institutional investors, investment firms and mutual fund managers throughout North America.
In making its recommendation in favour of the Joint Venture with KGHM, the RiskMetrics Group cited numerous reasons in their report released on June 6, 2010*. "Based on a review of the terms of the transaction, that the JV partner would provide all the required funding and the fresh investment available to the company, shareholder approval is warranted."
Other factors mentioned in their report were the fact that KGHM is stated to be Europe's second largest copper producer and, as such, the JV may have longer term strategic benefits, as well as there being no superior proposals at this stage.
* Permission to quote from the RiskMetrics report was neither sought nor obtained.
About the Special Meeting
Abacus will be holding its Special Meeting of Shareholders on June 22, 2010 at 10:00 am at 2800 Park Place, room 2807, 666 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C. To ensure your vote is registered, management proxies should be submitted prior to 10:00 am (Vancouver time) on Friday, June 18, 2010 using one of the methods described on the form of proxy. For more information on how to vote proxies or where to receive the Abacus management proxy circular, investors should contact Georgeson Shareholder Communications Canada Inc., Abacus' proxy solicitation agent, toll free within North America at 1-866-656-4117.
On Behalf of the Board,
ABACUS MINING AND EXPLORATION CORPORATION
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Abacus is an exploration and development company with a 43‐101 compliant positive preliminary economic assessment report (announced June 22, 2009) for its Ajax copper/gold project located 10 kilometres southwest of Kamloops, British Columbia. The report contemplates a 60,000 tonne per day operation producing an average of approximately 110 million pounds of copper (approx. 50,000 tonnes) and 100,000 ounces of gold in concentrate annually. Sensitivity analyses approximating metal prices (US$3.00 per pound copper and US$1,000 per ounce gold) in the assessment indicate a NPV of $1.46 billion discounted 8% over a 23 year mine life, with an IRR of 35.4%, cash costs of $0.90 per pound copper, and payback of 2.0 years. The Ajax extension remains open along strike and at depth. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
This release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address events or developments that Abacus Mining and Exploration Corp. (the "Company") expects to occur, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, and continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.
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