SilverCrest Updates Market on U.S. Trading Statusadmin
SilverCrest Mines Inc. advises that in December, 2010, it received notification of an order instituting administrative proceedings from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). SilverCrest understands that this order was issued as a result of a registration statement filed in 1999 by Strathclair Ventures Ltd., a predecessor company to SilverCrest which was under different management until SilverCrest assumed control in 2003. The order alleged that Strathclair (now SilverCrest) had not filed periodic reports with the SEC sufficient to maintain its registration in the United States. Following discussions with the SEC and in order to remedy the situation, SilverCrest has entered into a consent order with the SEC through which SilverCrest has agreed to the revocation of the registration of its common shares under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. As a result, broker-dealers in the United States currently are unable to effect transactions in the common shares of SilverCrest.
SilverCrest is preparing a registration statement on Form 40F for the purpose of registering its common shares under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and anticipates filing the registration statement within four weeks. The registration statement is anticipated to become effective 60 days after filing or earlier, if accelerated by the SEC. Upon the registration statement becoming effective, broker-dealers in the United States will again be able to effect transactions in common shares of SilverCrest in the United States.
In the meantime, SilverCrest common shares continue to trade in Canada on the TSX Venture Exchange through Canadian broker-dealers.