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Aug 05, 2015
Diakha Drilling Returns 34 Metres of 11.99 Grams Per Tonne!!
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- (August 5, 2015) - Greg Isenor, President and CEO of Merrex Gold Inc., ("Merrex" or the "Company") (TSX Venture: MXI) provides the following update on drilling at the Siribaya gold project's Diakha discovery zone in West Mali.

Highlights of Diakha Drilling

• A total of 216 holes (188 RC and 28 DD) completed from January 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015
• Assays are now released for final 62 RC holes of the 2015 RC program
• 16 DD holes pending to be released as soon as available
• Numerous significant assays including best 'grams times metres' interval yet:

Hole 485 - 34 m of 11.99 g/t including 18 m @ 18.10 g/t
Hole 508 - 20 m of 5.14 g/t including 6 m of 13.02 g/t
Hole 435 - 16 m of 2.49 g/t and 2 m of 8.77 g/t
Hole 470 - 14 m of 5.96 g/t including 4 m of 17.33 g/t
Hole 509 - 21 m of 3.91 g/t; 22 m of 5.19 g/t and 28 m of 2.34 g/t
Hole 519 - 10 m of 9.91 g/t including 4 m of 21.84 g/t
Hole 538 - 12 m of 2.13 g/t including 6 m of 3.43 g/t
Hole 550 - 12 m of 4.97 g/t including 2 m of 21.10 g/t
• Resource estimate planned December 2015


Commentary

"The Diakha RC drilling program continues to deliver very impressive results including the best 'grams times metres' interval yet with Hole 485 returning 34 m of 11.99 g/t including 18 m @ 18.10 g/t uncapped" said Merrex President Greg Isenor. "That is a grams-metres total of over 407 gram-metres. With 216 drill holes totalling approximately 25,800 metres completed on Diakha (including both 2014 and 2015 drilling) and encouraging assay results as reported below we are well positioned to complete the maiden resource estimate as planned for year-end.

I am extremely pleased to see the best assays yet to be delivered by this discovery and these assays show potential of this discovery to deliver a major resource."

A Table of Significant RC Assay Results for the final 62 RC drill holes of the 2015 RC program is below. Map 1 below shows the drill collar locations for the significant RC assay results now released. Map 2 is a compilation of significant Diakha RC and DD assay results previously released. Map 3 shows the location of the Diakha discovery zone within the main structural trend and relative to Merrex's Karita permit, IAMGOLD's Boto deposit, and B2gold's Fekola deposit.

Table of Significant RC Assays

RC Hole # Hole Depth
(Metre) (Start-End)
From
(Metre)
To
(Metre)
Interval and Average Grade (capped)
Interval and Average Grade (uncapped)
SRC15-423  
100-204
100
138
104
142
4 m @ 3.91 g/t
4 m @ 0.58 g/t
4 m @ 3.91 g/t
4 m @ 0.58 g/t
SRC15-434  
100-186
170
184
14 m @ 1.11 g/t
14 m @ 1.11 g/t
SRC15-435  
150-200
100
110
126
116
112
132
16 m @ 2.49 g/t
including 2 m @ 8.77 g/t
6 m @ 1.47 g/t
16 m @ 2.49 g/t
including 2 m @ 8.77 g/t
6 m @ 1.47 g/t
SRC15-466  
94-200
124
134
10 m @ 1.12 g/t
10 m @ 1.12 g/t
SRC15-470  
102-200
110
150
158
122
164
162
12 m @ 0.60 g/t
14 m @ 5.96 g/t
including 4 m @ 17.33 g/t
12 m @ 0.60 g/t
14 m @ 5.96 g/t
including 4 m @ 17.33 g/t
SRC15-485  
100-192
118
138
150
186
128
168
168
190
10 m @ 1.30 g/t
34 m @ 11.99 g/t
including 18 m @ 18.10 g/t
4 m @ 0.73 g/t
10 m @ 1.30 g/t
34 m @ 10.59 g/t
including 18 m @ 15.47 g/t
4 m @ 0.73 g/t
SRC15-508  
150-300
180
206
218
184
226
224
4 m @ 0.66 g/t
20 m @ 5.14 g/t
including 6 m @ 13.02 g/t
4 m @ 0.66 g/t
20 m @ 5.14 g/t
including 6 m @ 13.02 g/t
SRC15-509  
150-250
158
186
222
164
208
250
6 m @ 3.91 g/t
22 m @ 1.82 g/t
28 m @ 2.34 g/t
6 m @ 3.91 g/t
22 m @ 1.82 g/t
28 m @ 2.34 g/t
SRC15-519  
150-282
272
274
282
278
10 m @ 9.19 g/t
including 4 m @ 21.84 g/t
10 m @ 6.69 g/t
including 4 m @ 15.59 g/t
SRC15-526  
100-179
160
172
12 m @ 1.29 g/t
12 m @ 1.29 g/t
SRC15-538  
140-200
150
150
162
156
12 m @ 2.13 g/t
including 6 m @ 3.43 g/t
12 m @ 2.13 g/t
including 6 m @ 3.43 g/t
SRC15-550  
0-150
38
46
138
144
50
18
148
148
12 m @ 4.97 g/t
including 2 m @ 21.10 g/t
10 m @ 0.69 g/t
including 4 m @ 1.25 g/t
12 m @ 4.97 g/t
including 2 m @ 21.10 g/t
10 m @ 0.69 g/t
including 4 m @ 1.25 g/t
SRC15-551  
0-130
8
22
48
122
14
28
60
130
6 m @ 0.60 g/t
6 m @ 0.96 g/t
12 m @ 1.12 g/t
8 m @ 1.69 g/t
6 m @ 0.60 g/t
6 m @ 0.96 g/t
12 m @ 1.12 g/t
8 m @ 1.69 g/t
SRC15-553  
0-110
10
10
14
12
4 m @ 5.68 g/t
2 m @ 9.96 g/t
4 m @ 5.68 g/t
2 m @ 9.96 g/t
SRC15-554  
0-252
242
246
4 m @ 0.60 g/t
4 m @ 0.60 g/t
SRC15-555  
0-204
110
170
114
174
4 m @ 0.74 g/t
4 m @ 1.19 g/t
4 m @ 0.74 g/t
4 m @ 1.19 g/t
SRC15-556  
0-75
46
50
4 m @ 2.26 g/t
4 m @ 2.26 g/t
SRC15-557  
0-100
8
14
48
28
18
52
20 m @ 0.93 g/t
including 4 m @ 2.66 g/t
4 m @ 1.51 g/t
20 m @ 0.93 g/t
including 4 m @ 2.66 g/t
4 m @ 1.51 g/t
SRC15-558  
0-100
12
16
4 m @ 0.79 g/t
4 m @ 0.79 g/t
SRC15-559  
0-130
66
89
23 m @ 0.78 g/t
23 m @ 0.78 g/t
SRC15-564  
0-110
38
48
10 m @ 1.21 g/t
10 m @ 1.21 g/t
SRC15-565  
0-120
96
114
18 m @ 0.64 g/t
18 m @ 0.64 g/t
SRC15-567  
0-108
72
80
8 m @ 1.02 g/t
8 m @ 1.02 g/t
SRC15-574  
0-120
88
104
94
110
6 m @ 2.00 g/t
6 m @ 5.71 g/t
6 m @ 2.00 g/t
6 m @ 5.71 g/t
SRC15-575  
0-120
6
92
14
120
8 m @ 4.20 g/t
28 m @ 0.97 g/t
8 m @ 4.20 g/t
28 m @ 0.97 g/t
SRC15-579  
0-100
18
28
8 m @ 1.86 g/t
8 m @ 1.86 g/t
SRC15-581  
0-110
80
84
4 m @ 0.70 g/t
4 m @ 0.70 g/t
SRC15-582  
0-150
86
144
92
150
6 m @ 0.80 g/t
6 m @ 1.25 g/t
6 m @ 0.80 g/t
6 m @ 1.25 g/t
SRC15-583  
0-150
38
120
42
126
4 m @ 1.42 g/t
6 m @ 0.66 g/t
4 m @ 1.42 g/t
6 m @ 0.66 g/t
SRC15-584  
0-102
80
84
4 m @ 1.21 g/t
4 m @ 1.21 g/t
SRC15-581  
0-150
122
128
6 m @ 10.62 g/t
6 m @ 10.62 g/t
SRC15-588  
0-200
86
110
140
102
132
144
16 m @ 0.96 g/t
22 m @ 1.58 g/t
4 m @ 1.92 g/t
16 m @ 0.96 g/t
22 m @ 1.58 g/t
4 m @ 1.92 g/t
SRC15-589  
0-200
160
172
12 m @ 1.96 g/t
12 m @ 1.96 g/t



Note 1: All RC samples sent to the laboratory are 2 meter composite samples
Note 2: QA/QC and additional technical information are described below
Note 3: RC Drill hole intercepts are calculated using a minimum down-hole length of 2 meters. All intercepts use a cut-off grade of 0.5 g/t gold, are uncapped except where noted, and may include up to 4 metres of internal dilution. Minimum interval is 4 metres.
Note 4: The widths of intersections are downhole lengths; true widths are unknown at this time
Note 5: All holes were drilled azimuth 115 and dipping -60o
Note 6: Three holes were abandoned at 5, 6 and 12 metres.
Note 7: Twenty-six RC holes returned no significant assays.
Note 8: Intervals within holes 483 and 519 were also calculated capped with assays clipped at 25 g/t. No other holes were impacted by capping.

To date 216 RC and DD holes totaling 25,789 metres have been drilled at Diakha.

Diakha Drilling Tabulation 2014-15

Map 1 Drill Collar Locations for Significant Assays Released August 5, 2015

Map 2 Compilation of Significant Diakha RC and DD Assay Results Previously Released.

For all previously released assay results from drill programs at Diakha refer to the news release archive on Merrex's website at www.merrexgold.com.

2015 Diakha Exploration Program

The 2015 US$3.8M exploration program is a RC and DD (core) infill and expansion delineation drilling program with the objective of enabling the completion of a maiden NI43-101 compliant resource estimate by year end.

To date, and including both 2014 and 2015 drilling, 188 RC holes totaling 20,543.5 metres and 28 DD holes totaling 5,245.3 metres were completed. From the 2015 drill program assay results are still pending for 16 DD holes totaling 2,609.3 metres. These results will be released when available.

The 2014-15 drill programs confirmed the presence of multiple zones of gold mineralization over a wide area with several lenses related to alteration zones, with little quartz veining and low associated sulphides. The deposit area is open in all directions and at depth.

For all previously released assay results from drill programs at Diakha refer to the news release archive on Merrex's website at www.merrexgold.com.

About the Diakha Discovery

The Diakha gold discovery area is located in the western-most of the 910 km2 Siribaya exploration concessions, occurs approximately 10 kilometres south along strike of IAMGOLD's Boto gold discoveries (IAMGOLD is currently undertaking resource estimation, economic and mine design studies for Boto) and approximately 20 kilometres south along strike from B2Gold's (formerly Papillon's) Fekola deposit (Fekola is permitted for production).

The Diakha area was highlighted for exploration by the presence of a gold geochemical anomaly delineated from a regional termite mound sampling survey and coincident with artisanal (orpailleur) mining activity.

The Diakha discovery zone Map 3 is at the southern end of the Fekola-Boto-Diakha trend which crosses Merrex's Karita permit and is in alignment with major deposits at Malikoundi and Boto 6 (IAMGOLD) and Fekola (B2Gold/Papillon).

Technical Information and Quality Control Notes

The Siribaya Gold drilling results referenced in this news release were prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. The sampling of, and assay data from, rock chips and drill core is monitored through the implementation of a quality assurance - quality control program by IAMGOLD designed to follow industry best practice.

Rock chips from the Reverse Circulation drilling are collected at the rig site, at one metre intervals, under the direct supervision of IAMGOLD geologists. Samples are riffle split to obtain two 3 kg samples. One sample is retained for reference purposes and the other is used to prepare 2-meters composite samples for assay. The 2 meter composite samples are prepared at the project site, by trained technicians supervised by IAMGOLD geologists.

Drill core (HQ and NQ size) samples were selected by the IAMGOLD geologists and sawn in half with a diamond blade at the project site. Half of the core is retained at the site for reference purposes. Sample intervals are generally one metre in length.

Samples are analyzed at both ALS Chemex Analytical Laboratory and SGS-Minerals located in Bamako, Mali, using a standard fire assay with a 50 gram charge and an Atomic Absorption finish.

About Merrex's Siribaya Gold Project

The Siribaya Gold Project is a 50/50 joint Merrex-IAMGOLD advanced-stage gold exploration project in West Mali comprised of approximately 760 square kilometres of gold exploration permits and permit applications pending. Exploration of the Siribaya Gold Project is conducted under a joint management committee with IAMGOLD as the project operator. Expenditures to date on the Siribaya Project total approximately $42 million.

The Siribaya Gold Project presently hosts a gold resource estimated at 303,900 ounces grading 2.34 g/t Indicated, and 301,400 ounces grading 2.17 g/t Inferred. The gold resource estimate was prepared in accordance with CIM definitions as required by NI 43-101 and is at July 31, 2012 by ACA Howe International Limited. The deposit areas are open to the north, south and at depth. Numerous other gold-anomalous target areas have been identified by geochemistry and require drilling.

About the Karita Gold Project, Guinea

The Karita Gold Project is an approximately 100 km2 Authorization for Exploration concession located at the tri-point boundary of Guinea, Mali and Senegal. It is on strike 1.5 kilometres north of Merrex-IAMGOLD's Diakha gold discovery, which is located in the western-most portion of the 760 km2 Siribaya joint venture exploration concessions, and approximately 7 kilometres south along strike from IAMGOLD's Boto gold deposit (scoping study in progress). This is the same structure as B2Gold's (formerly Papillon's) Fekola deposit (permitted for production) approximately 15 kilometres to the north. The Karita permit area is 100% owned by Merrex, not within the area of influence of the Merrex-IAMGOLD Siribaya joint venture and, importantly, the Karita Gold Project hosts approximately 2.5 kilometres of the Fekola-Boto-Diakha gold trend which is in the southern portion of the prolific Mali-Senegal shear.

Merrex first recognized the significance of the Karita permit area over two years ago and, after protracted efforts including numerous trips to Guinea by our strategic partner to settle issues with the Department of Mines, Guinea, Merrex was successful in securing the Karita Authorization for Exploration from the Guinean government.

Merrex's Siribaya Gold Project, Mali and Karita Gold Project, Guinea total approximately 860 km2.

Gregory P. Isenor, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101 who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information presented in this news release.

Merrex is primarily a West African focused gold exploration company with experienced management, a solid exploration team, a prominent gold-producer as a JV partner and an expanding gold resource.

For further details about the Company's exploration activities or to view the most recent corporate presentation visit Merrex's website at www.merrexgold.com. To be added to Merrex's email contact list please email your request to [email protected]

On Behalf of the Board
Gregory Isenor, P.Geo.
President & CEO

Merrex Gold Inc.
1550 Bedford Highway
Suite 802, Sun Tower
Bedford, NS B4A 1E6
Tel.: (902) 832-5555
Fax: (902) 832-2223
[email protected]

This press release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address future exploration drilling, exploration activities and events or developments that the Company expects, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions.

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