Selwyn Announces Failure of Scotian to Close ScoZinc Sale Transaction

COOKS BROOK, NOVA SCOTIA–(Marketwired – Jan. 16, 2015) – Selwyn Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SWN) (“Selwyn” or the “Company”) announces that Scotian Zinc Mines Ltd. (“Scotian”) failed to fulfill its closing obligations under the definitive purchase and sale agreement previously executed by the parties (the “Agreement”) by the closing deadline of Friday, January 16, 2015. As a result, the Agreement is terminated.

The Selwyn Board is extremely disappointed that Scotian did not fulfill its obligations under the Agreement despite the granting of two closing extensions and repeated assurances to the contrary from Mr. Glenn Laing, President and CEO of Scotian. The Company intends to pursue any and all available remedies.

The Company continues to believe that the ScoZinc Project is a valuable asset and accordingly, as a result of the termination of the Agreement, the Company now intends to reopen discussions with other parties to maximize the value of the ScoZinc Mine and its related exploration projects immediately. These opportunities may include, but are not limited to, the possible sale, joint venture or other transactions with third parties. Except as required by law, the Company does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the consideration of strategic alternatives until warranted. The Company cautions that there are no assurances that any strategic alternative will be undertaken or pursued.

Selwyn is well funded with a cash balance of approximately $4.6 million at December 31, 2014, which is sufficient to maintain the ScoZinc Mine on care and maintenance for several years.

About Selwyn

Selwyn is an established Canadian-based zinc and lead exploration and development company that owns the ScoZinc Mine near Halifax, Nova Scotia, that has the necessary approvals to restart operations. Selwyn has a strong working capital position and no debt. Selwyn has 3,941,046 common shares outstanding, which are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “SWN”.
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