Etruscan reports first quarter results

HALIFAX, April 13 /CNW/ - Etruscan Resources Inc. (EET.TSX) has reported its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended February 28, 2010. All figures are reported in United States dollars unless otherwise noted.

During the first quarter of 2010, gold sales totaled 17,191 ounces which generated cash revenues of $19.3 million. All gold sales during the first quarter were transacted at spot gold prices with an average realized price of $1,122 per ounce. The Youga Gold Mine generated positive cash flow from operations of $7.1 million during the quarter which represents a 34% improvement over the previous quarter cash flow of $5.3 million.

Highlights for the Quarter ended February 28, 2010

    
    - Youga Gold Mine produced 18,836 ounces during Q1 2010.
    - Operating costs at the Youga Gold Mine declined 18.6% from US$791 per
      ounce in Q1 2009 to US$644 per ounce in Q1 2010.
    - A US$2.8 million drill program commenced to expand the resources at the
      Youga Gold Mine.
    - A US$10million private placement was announced which closed in March
      2010. The proceeds are being used to continue the development of the
      Agbaou Gold project, to advance the Finkolo joint venture and to
      advance exploration on the Company's most prospective drill ready
      targets, the Daoukro Permit, eastern Côte d'Ivoire and the Keniebandi
      Permit, Mali West.
    - A corporate restructuring was announced including the appointment of a
      new President and Chief Executive Officer and the reorganization of
      corporate head office and exploration departments.
    

Dr. Sally Eyre, President and Chief Executive Officer commented:

"As a primary result of increased gold production at our Youga Gold Mine in Burkina Faso, coupled with on-going cost reduction initiatives, we are pleased to report positive financial results for the quarter. We remain on target to reach our production goal of 80,000 ounces in 2010."

Selected Financial information from the Quarterly Financial Statements

    
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      Operational Highlights for the quarter ended February 28, 2010 (US$)
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                                             Q1 2010              Q1 2009
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    Revenues                              19,283,442           14,091,833
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    Total Assets                         163,041,857          161,801,206
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    Current Assets                        32,069,612           30,699,903
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    Current Liabilities                   18,961,336           17,122,284
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    Total Cash Costs                      12,122,324           12,031,424
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    Total Cash Cost per Ounce                    644                  791
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    Gold Production                           18,836               15,181
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    Income (loss) per Share                     0.01                (0.23)
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In order to access the Corporation's financial statements directly, please click the following URL: http://files.newswire.ca/423/Etruscan-Q1.pdf.

Alternatively, the first quarter 2010 financial statements and management's discussion and analysis are available on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com or at the Company's website at www.etruscan.com. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP.

About Etruscan

Etruscan Resources Inc. is a gold-focused Canadian mining company with dominant land positions in West Africa. The Company's principal mine projects include the Youga Gold Mine in Burkina Faso; the Agbaou Gold Project in Côte d'Ivoire; and the Finkolo Gold Project in Mali. Exploration programs and initiatives are on-going in Burkina Faso, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Namibia. The common shares of Etruscan are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "EET".

More extensive information on Etruscan can be found on its home page at www.etruscan.com.

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include statements regarding exploration results and budgets, mineral reserve and resource estimates, work programs, capital expenditures, mine operating costs, production targets and timetables, future commercial production, strategic plans, market price of precious metals or other statements that are not statements of fact. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Various factors that may affect future results include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in market prices of precious metals; foreign currency exchange fluctuations; risks relating to mining exploration and development including reserve estimation and costs and timing of commercial production; requirements for additional financing; political and regulatory risks, and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company's annual information form filed with the Canadian Securities regulators on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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For further information: For further information: Renmark Financial Communications Inc.: Maurice Dagenais, mdagenais@renmarkfinancial.com; Barry Mire, bmire@remarkfinancial.com, (514) 939-3989, (416) 644-2020; Etruscan Resources Inc.: Paul Coombs, Chief Financial Officer, pcoombs@etruscan.com, (877) 465-3674, Fax (902) 832-6702

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