JUNE 9, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – June 9, 2011 – Silvercorp Metals Inc. (“Silvercorp” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that its Henan Subsidiary company, the Henan Found Mining Co. Ltd (河南发恩德矿业), owner and operator of the Ying and TLP Silver-lead-zinc mines located in Luoyang city, Henan province, is ranked the 7th strongest company in Luoyang city by the city government, based on total revenue, profit, and taxes paid during the 1st quarter of 2011. Luoyang city has a population of over 6.56 million people and its total GDP in 2010 reached 232.1 billion RMB (US$ 35.1 billion) and it is ranked as the 2nd largest economy in Henan Province.
The Company also announces that Henan Found has been ranked as the 30th largest tax payer in Henan Province in 2010, based on a publication released by the National Tax Bureau of Henan Province. Henan Found was ranked as the 50th largest tax payer in 2009. Henan has a population of 94 million, and is ranked as the third most populous province in China. In 2010, Henan’s GDP is about 2,294.2 billion RMB (US$ 352.95 billion), representing the 5th largest economy in China.
Henan Found contributed almost 95% of Silvercorp’s revenue and net profit for Fiscal 2011 (April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011). During this period, Henan Found paid 166 million RMB（US$25.5 million）in value added tax and 88 million RMB (US$13.5 million) in corporate income tax.
Power Rationing in China
Due to its importance as a large tax payer in the province, Henan Found and its Ying Mining district operation is not been affected by recent power shortages in China. No power rationing has occurred to date in the current quarter for the Ying Mining district operation. For the BYP project, as it is a new operation in a different province (Hunan), power rationing has caused about seven days of down time over the last one and a half months.
About Silvercorp Metals Inc.
Silvercorp Metals Inc. is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and mining of high-grade silver-related mineral properties in China and Canada. Silvercorp is the largest primary silver producer in China through the operation of the four silver-lead-zinc mines at the Ying Mining Camp in the Henan Province of China. Silvercorp is currently building the GC silver-lead-zinc project in Guangdong Province as its second China production base and foothold, and this will be followed by the third production foothold at the recently acquired BYP gold-lead-zinc project in Hunan Province. In Canada, Silvercorp is preparing to apply for a Small Mine Permit for the Silvertip high grade silver-lead-zinc mine project in northern British Columbia to provide a further platform for growth and geographic diversification. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange and are included as a component of the S&P/TSX Composite and the S&P/TSX Global Mining Indexes.
For further information: SILVERCORP METALS INC., Rui Feng, Chairman & CEO and Lorne Waldman, Corporate Secretary, Phone: (604) 669-9397, Fax: (604) 669-9387, Toll Free 1(888) 224-1881, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.silvercorp.ca.
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