If you agree that the market may be in for a turn, Southern Arc is a company I am looking at closely..

Big Al
March 25, 2013

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    Mar 25, 2013 25:07 AM

    I personally think they ought to concentrate on what they have and develop that.
    Keep their money in hand for projects owned. This is not a start up is it? I thought the company had been around for quite some time, about 8 years?

    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – March 25, 2013) – Southern Arc Minerals (TSX VENTURE:SA)(OTCQX:SOACF) (“Southern Arc” or “the Company”) is pleased to report encouraging drilling results from the Tibu Serai target at Mencanggah on Southern Arc’s West Lombok property, as well as the commencement of a further phase of drill holes testing both epithermal gold and porphyry copper-gold targets on the property.

    Seven shallow drill holes have been completed (1,124.2 m) at Tibu Serai to test down dip from high-grade surface channel samples (Figure 1 and Table 1). Highlight intercepts include:

    MCG055 24.8 m @ 4.27 g/t gold and 0.6 g/t silver from 48.6 m
    including 0.5 m @ 71.0 g/t gold and 1.9 g/t silver from 49.4 m
    and 5.4 m @ 9.44 g/t gold and 1.3 g/t silver from 67.2 m
    including 0.55 m @ 71.0 g/t gold and 6.8 g/t silver from 71.75 m
    MCG050 10.77 m @ 1.01 g/t gold and 4.0 g/t silver from 100.23 m
    including 2.15 m @ 3.87 g/t gold and 17.0 g/t silver from 108.85 m
    including 0.5 m @ 15.0 g/t gold and 67.4 g/t silver from 110.5 m
    MCG051 8.7 m @ 1.56 g/t gold and 0.71 g/t silver from 114.7 m
    including 3.5 m @ 3.33 g/t gold and 1.0 g/t silver from 119.9 m
    8.85 m @ 0.74 g/t gold and 0.4 g/t silver from 136.45 m
    MCG049 12.1 m @ 1.07 g/t gold and 1.2 g/t silver from 31.3 m
    including 4.2 m @ 2.17 g/t gold and 1.7 g/t silver from 34.65 m
    3.3 m @ 1.21 g/t gold and 1.2 g/t silver from 78.7 m
    These results confirm the down dip continuity of mineralization below surface at Tibu Serai. The seven widely spaced drill holes have tested only a fraction of the strike of the mineralized breccias at Tibu Serai and many zones of highly anomalous surface sampling remain to be tested.

    Drillhole MCG055 is particularly encouraging as this mineralization lies adjacent to an inferred major cross-cutting structural break evidenced from the magnetic survey data and mapped outcrop patterns. Southern Arc’s exploration team believes this major structural break may be influencing higher gold grades in its proximity. Several other anomalous vein targets lie adjacent to this feature and represent encouraging targets for future exploration.

    Tibu Serai comprises a 2 km by 2 km area at the northern end of the Mencanggah prospect and hosts numerous northwest and north-northwest trending linear gold mineralized structures. The majority of these well-exposed mineralized zones have been systematically channel sampled and have returned numerous highly gold-anomalous intervals. Highlight channel samples include 7.1 m @ 53.53 g/t gold, 2.25 m @ 12.13 g/t gold, 0.6 m @ 69.0 g/t gold and 2.0 m @ 9.8 g/t gold.

    To view Figure 1, please visit the following link:

    Ongoing Drilling

    A review of drill results from the Bising and Tibu Serai targets has indicated that additional drilling is warranted in both these areas.

    A further three drill holes are planned at Tibu Serai to test extensions of the high-grade intercept observed in MCG055. Two holes will step out 40 meters either side of MCG055 to test mineralization along strike, and one hole will drill below MCG055 to test whether mineralization continues at depth. These holes will allow for interpretation of potential high-grade shoot geometry and help to determine the role of proximal cross-cutting structures in controlling such shoots.

    At Bising three additional drill holes are in progress to infill between holes MCG031 and MCG032 (see February 28, 2013 press release), testing an inferred plunge to higher-grade mineralization and the continuity of the broad mineralized intercepts identified in previous drilling.

    Southern Arc’s Board of Directors has approved drilling three holes to test high-priority porphyry targets identified in the Porphyry Prospectivity Study carried out by industry-leading consultant Dr. Steve Garwin (see February 9, 2012 news release along with the Porphyry Prospectivity Study and associated presentation posted on Southern Arc’s website at A PMC700 drill rig has been mobilized with the expectation of completing drill holes up to 500 meters deep. The first two holes will test high-priority targets based on geophysical anomalies beneath the Mencanggah lithocap, which has encouraging geochemical and structural geological signatures.

    On behalf of the Board of Southern Arc Minerals Inc.

    John Proust, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

    About Southern Arc

    Southern Arc Minerals Inc. is a Canadian mineral exploration company focused on gold and copper-gold exploration. The Company’s key exploration property is its West Lombok project, with several gold-rich copper porphyry and epithermal gold vein prospects. Southern Arc is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SA and on the OTCQX International under the symbol SOACF. More information is available at or by emailing

    Qualified Person

    The technical information in this document has been reviewed by Southern Arc’s Executive Vice President, Andrew Rowe, B. App. Sc. Geology, MAusIMM. Mr. Rowe has over 20 years of international mineral exploration experience throughout Southeast and Central Asia and Australia. During this time he has held such positions as Principal Geologist – Feasibility Studies, Senior Geologist and Consulting Geologist. The technical information in this document has also been reviewed by Southern Arc’s President & Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Mike Andrews, PhD, FAusIMM, who has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralization under consideration and qualifies as a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

    The drill program and sampling protocol is managed by Southern Arc under the supervision of Andrew Rowe. The diamond drill holes are drilled at PQ, HQ and NQ sizes depending on hole depth and core recovery to date has averaged better than 98.0%. Half core is cut by rock saw and is generally sampled using nominal 1-metre intervals; however, sample intervals are varied according to geological contacts and have ranged between 0.2 to 2.5 metres in length. Three quality control samples (one blank and two standards) are inserted into each batch of 40 samples. The half core samples are securely transported from the project site to the Intertek Testing Services (“ITS”) sample preparation laboratory in Sumbawa Besar via private truck hired by Southern Arc. Sample pulps are then sent to the ITS Jakarta laboratory by ITS. Gold is analysed by fire assay with AAS finish and a four-acid digestion with ICP-MS finish is used to analyse a full suite of elements including silver and base metals. ITS is one of the world’s largest product and commodity testing, inspection and certification organizations. The Jakarta laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited and employs a Laboratory Information Management System for sample tracking, quality control and reporting.

    Forward-looking Statements

    This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to expected or anticipated future events and operations, timing of projects and anticipated results that are forward-looking in nature and, as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as general economic, market and business conditions, the regulatory process and actions, the need to obtain permits, the need to work with local communities and authorities to advance the properties, technical issues, new legislation, competitive and general economic factors and conditions, the uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans, the occurrence of unexpected events, and the Company’s ability to execute and implement future plans. Actual results achieved may vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, including uncertainty related to drill results and the inclusion of drill results in future resource estimates for the property. There is no representation by the Company that actual results achieved during the forecast period will be the same in whole or in part as that forecast.

    Table 1 – Mencanggah Prospect, Tibu Serai Target, Phase 1 Drill Hole Statistics Summary
    Drill Hole Target Depth Coordinates Az Dip From To Interval Gold Silver
    (m) E N (m) (m) (m) (g/t) (g/t)
    MCG049 Tibu Serai 144.0 387975.7 9024921.1 238 -50 31.3 43.4 12.1 1.07 1.2
    Including 34.65 38.85 4.2 2.17 1.7
    78.7 82 3.3 1.21 1.2
    MCG050 Tibu Serai 156.0 387821.29 9024822.7 238 -50 100.23 111 10.77 1.01 4.0
    Including 108.85 111 2.15 3.87 17.0
    Including 110.5 111 0.5 15.0 67.4
    MCG051 Tibu Serai 178.4 387765.9 9025245.9 238 -50 114.7 123.4 8.7 1.56 0.71
    Including 119.9 123.4 3.5 3.33 1.0
    136.45 145.3 8.85 0.74 0.4
    MCG052 Tibu Serai 215.8 387704.6 9025293.3 238 -50 101.72 103.05 1.33 0.66 0.3
    MCG053 Tibu Serai 146.5 387637.2 9025190.4 238 -50 31.4 41 9.6 0.35 0.3
    MCG054 Tibu Serai 185.9 388359.9 9025311.2 238 -50 139.1 159.2 20.1 0.56 1.4
    Including 156.6 157.7 1.1 3.11 10.9
    MCG055 Tibu Serai 97.6 388778.8 9024790.9 238 -50 48.6 73.4 24.8 4.27 0.6
    Including 49.4 49.9 0.5 71.0 1.9
    And 67.2 72.6 5.4 9.44 1.3
    Including 71.75 72.3 0.55 71.0 6.8
    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as such term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

    Contact Information:
    Southern Arc Minerals Inc.
    Rhylin Bailie
    Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations
    North American toll-free: 1-855-676-5241

    Mar 25, 2013 25:10 AM

    I have done due diligence on this company 2 to 3 times over the years and again I’m not convinced about management, IMHO.

    Another thing is investing in Indonesia is different because of the way they have their mining laws set up, they require a certain portion of foreign companies to have Indonesian ownership. Indonesia carries geopolitical problems and if you are a junior they don’t have the deep pockets of a Freeport McMoran.

    I know Bob M was really big on Southern Arc about 5 years ago and he thought they had great properties as he visited their sites, but something happened over those years and Southern Arc does not come up in his writings anymore.

    I do not want anyone to construe this as investment advice I am only reporting on a few things I have noticed and I will still continue to follow their story. DT

    Mar 25, 2013 25:21 AM

    Would not put a dime into any company in Indonesia. Behind South African they are most likely to nationalize their nature resources.

    Mar 25, 2013 25:24 AM

    6 months down 55% and no dividend – what is not too love?

      Mar 25, 2013 25:13 PM

      My opinion Har,

      I personally would not count this one out.

      Time will tell,

      Big Al

    Mar 25, 2013 25:19 PM

    Good luck.

      Mar 25, 2013 25:50 PM

      Be curious as to your opinion of my interview with Rick.


      Big Al

        Mar 25, 2013 25:20 PM

        Rick summed it up – 80% our valueless – I think probably closer to 90%.

        There is just too many fish in the barrel to shoot at instead of have to constantly watch these pink sheet listings that are at times impossible to sell.

        Thank you for asking. I am getting 5%+ yields on stocks that are up 30%+ in the last year – I will just keep riding those.

        Like I said in my other post anything under 50% you may was well just bet on black and get a free drink.

          Mar 25, 2013 25:13 PM

          You do make a good point, har.

          Free drink? Okay!

          Big Al

    Mar 25, 2013 25:14 PM This is a question for Al, should Rhyllin Baillie be disclosing the fact that she owns shares in Southern Arc, I am not clear on this issue when she is discussing this company. DT

      Mar 25, 2013 25:08 PM

      It goes without saying that she is highly prejudiced because she is an employee.

      Big Al

        Mar 25, 2013 25:22 PM

        More from the Company. You can’t say that management is not open!

        “Southern Arc’s in-country management team (Mike Andrews, Andrew Rowe) have spent the majority of their careers working in Indonesia. Andrew Rowe lives in Indonesia full time and is raising his family there. During his career Andrew has worked as an exploration geologist for many of the major mining companies, including Ivanhoe and Phelps Dodge. Mike worked with the majors in his earlier years and went on to discover, build and run a number of producing mines, including the Miwah deposit and the Way Linggo mine, which is currently one of the world’s lowest-cost gold producers.

        Mike and Andrew have likely set foot on every single gold and copper-gold exploration property in Indonesia. They understand the geology of the region and, equally important, they understand the cultural and political nuances of working in Indonesia. Both are fluent in the local language and dialects and have excellent relationships with regulators and community leaders.

        Southern Arc’s management team is supported by a Board of Directors and a Board of Advisors who have likewise spent the majority of their careers working in Indonesia. Bob Gallagher was Vice President of Newmont when they were developing the Batu Hijau mine. Steve Garwin is a leading authority on copper-gold mineralization in Southeast Asia and based his doctorate on the Batu Hijau deposit. Malcolm Baillie is a metallurgical engineer with 30 years of experience in Indonesia, including as Director of the Indonesian Mining Association. Bob Parsons serves on the Advisory Board of the Indonesian Mining Association. Alwi Shihab works as a consultant for the Indonesian government and was previously Foreign Minister for Indonesia and Special Envoy to the Indonesian President for Middle East investments.

        Through its experience, and with its personal connections, Southern Arc’s team is well qualified to advance properties in Indonesia.

        With regard for the 51% divestment requirement, a) the divestment doesn’t have to be reached until the mine has been in production for 10 years, which is clearly quite a way off for Southern Arc and b) the government is talking about changing that rule to make it after 25 years of production, rather than 10.

        The Indonesian government frequently announces new “rules” – this is one of the complexities of working there – but the actual implementation of the rule is often vastly different than the original announcement, so companies often have to take a “wait and see” attitude and it doesn’t serve anybody to get too worked up about the various rumours and pronouncements about changes to regulations.”

    Mar 26, 2013 26:41 AM

    Har,what is your experience and knowledge base with regards to Indonesia,and Lombok in particular?
    Many thanks.

    Mar 27, 2013 27:36 AM
    Mar 27, 2013 27:38 AM

    Hai im from Indonesia

      Mar 27, 2013 27:34 AM

      Nice to have you with us,

      Big Al

    Mar 27, 2013 27:41 AM

    if you want the original merchandise from Indonesia can contact me

      Mar 27, 2013 27:35 AM

      What kind of products?

      Big Al