CGA Mining Limited - Announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange - C$ 25M private placement of ordinary shares



    
    /NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OR FOR RELEASE TO US NEWS
    WIRE SERVICES/
    

    PERTH, Western Australia, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - CGA Mining Limited (TSX Code:
CGA; ASX Code: CGX) ("CGA", "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has
engaged Haywood Securities Inc ("Haywood") to act as agent, on a best efforts
basis, for an offering of 15,000,000 ordinary shares at C$1.25, for aggregate
gross proceeds of C$18.75 million ("the Offering"). The Offering will be made
to "accredited investors". The proceeds, in combination with existing cash
reserves and the US$80 million senior debt facility arranged by BNP Paribas
(as announced May 26, 2008), are proposed to be utilised to supplement working
capital during mine commissioning and to complete funding the construction of
the Company's Masbate Gold Mine in the Philippines.
    CGA also plans to undertake a concurrent non-brokered private placement
of a further 5 million ordinary shares, also at C$1.25 per share (or A$1.55
equivalent) for aggregate gross proceeds of C$6.25 million (or A$ equivalent)
(the "Concurrent Offering"). The ordinary shares will have the same terms as
the ordinary shares sold under the Offering. The Company will have the option
to request, until two business days prior to the Closing of the Offering, that
the Offering be increased by an amount, up to a maximum of C$6.25 million
which the Company does not sell pursuant to the Concurrent Offering, and
Haywood will act as agent for such increased amount of the Offering.
    Both the Offering and the Concurrent Offering are subject to any required
regulatory approval and are expected to close on or about February 9, 2009.

    ABOUT CGA MINING LIMITED

    CGA is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Australian Securities
Exchange. The Masbate Gold Project in the Philippines is currently under
construction and first gold production is due in the first quarter of 2009.
The project has a total indicated resource base of 4.55M ounces, total
inferred resource base of 3.22M ounces and a probable reserve of 3.03M ounces
of gold. It is currently forecast to produce over 200,000 ounces per annum.
The 4Mtpa plant is under construction by Leighton Contractors Asia Limited
("Leighton"). CGA is completing a scoping study for the expansion of the plant
throughput at Masbate. The mining contract for the Masbate Gold Project has
been awarded to Leighton, the largest mining contractor in the world. There
are currently four drilling rigs on site.
    The Company is also currently undertaking a 10,000m drilling program at
Segilola, regarded as Nigeria's most advanced gold property. CGA has a
disciplined acquisition program focused on acquiring new gold projects with a
substantial initial resource with the capacity to grow materially and where
the development and operational experience of CGA can be applied to enhance
shareholder value.

    NATIONAL INSTRUMENT 43-101 AND JORC COMPLIANCE

    Mr Geoff.G.Jones, F.Aus.I.M.M.CP Mng, CGA's Consulting Engineer, is
acting as the Qualified Person in compliance with NI 43-101 and JORC reporting
requirements with respect to this announcement. He has prepared and or
supervised the preparation of the scientific or technical information in this
announcement and confirms compliance with NI43-101 and JORC requirements.
    Further information relating to the Masbate Project is included in the
technical report entitled Technical Report on the Mineral Resources of the
Masbate Deposit, Masbate Province, Republic of the Philippines for CGA Mining
Limited prepared by Mining Associates Pty Ltd and available on SEDAR at
www.sedar.com, lodged 8 July 2008.
    Andrew James Vigar of Mining Associates Pty Ltd, a qualified person, has
verified the resource statement for the Masbate Project as disclosed in this
announcement, including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the
estimate. Verification of the data included numerous site visits, database
validation of historical drill results and review of sampling and assaying
protocols. The qualified person was satisfied with the verification process.
    A NI 43-101 compliant report has been lodged on www.sedar.com verifying
and supporting the new reserve statement made for the Masbate Project. Mr
Daniel Tuffin of Lower Quartile Solution Pty Ltd, a qualified person, has
verified the reserve statement for the Masbate Project as disclosed in this
announcement, including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the
estimate. Verification of the data included database validation of historical
drill results and review of sampling and assaying protocols. The qualified
person was satisfied with the verification process.

    CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

    This announcement includes certain "forward-looking statements" within
the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than
statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation,
statements regarding anticipated dates for construction and production, and
other milestones related to the Masbate Gold Project and other projects;
estimates of capital and operating costs, recovery rates, production estimates
and estimated economic return; and CGA's future operating or financial
performance, are forward-looking statements. Information concerning mineral
reserve and resource estimates including statements regarding the conversion
of inferred resources to reserves also may be deemed to be forward-looking
statements in that it reflects a prediction of the mineralization that would
be encountered if a mineral deposit were developed and mined. Forward-looking
statements involve various risks and uncertainties and are based on certain
factors and assumptions. There can be no assurance that such statements will
prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ
materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from CGA's expectations
include uncertainties related to fluctuations in gold and other commodity
prices and currency exchange rates; uncertainties relating to interpretation
of drill results and the geology, continuity and grade of mineral deposits;
uncertainty of estimates of capital and operating costs, recovery rates,
production estimates and estimated economic return; the need for cooperation
of government agencies in the development of the Masbate Gold Project; the
need to obtain additional financing to develop the Masbate Gold Project; the
possibility of delay in development programs or in construction projects and
uncertainty of meeting anticipated program milestones for the Masbate Gold
Project; and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the heading "Risk
Factors" in CGA's Annual Information Form for the year ended 30 June 2008
filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities on the SEDAR website
at www.sedar.com.




For further information:

For further information: Australian Contact: President & CEO - Michael
Carrick, Tel: +61 8 9263 4000, Fax: +61 8 9263 4020, Email:
mcarrick@cgamining.com; US Contact: Independent Chairman - Mark Savage, Tel:
(505) 344-2822, Fax: (505) 344-2922, Email: marksavage@comcast.net

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