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Silvercorp Announces Third Quarter Dividend of CAD$0.025

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Silvercorp Announces Third Quarter Dividend of CAD$0.02518:00 EST Thursday, February 09, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2012) - Silvercorp Metals Inc. ("Silvercorp" or the "Company") (TSX:SVM)(NYSE:SVM) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared its third quarter fiscal 2012 dividend of CAD$0.025 per share to be paid on or before April 21, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 31, 2012. Today's declared quarterly dividend is the second Silvercorp has announced since increasing its dividend by 25% from the previously paid CAD$0.02. The dividends are considered eligible dividends for Canadian tax purposes.The Company first began paying dividends in 2007 with an annual dividend of $0.05.About Silvercorp Metals Inc.Silvercorp Metals Inc. is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and mining of high-grade silver-related mineral properties in China and Canada. Silvercorp is the largest primary silver producer in China through the operation of the four silver-lead-zinc mines at the Ying Mining District in the Henan Province of China. Silvercorp recently acquired the XBG and XHP silver-gold-lead-zinc mines nearby the Ying Mining District in Henan Province, further consolidating the region. Silvercorp has commenced production at its second production foothold in China, the BYP gold-lead-zinc project in Hunan Province, and is currently constructing the mill and related facilities in preparation for mining at the GC silver-lead-zinc project in Guangdong Province. In Canada, Silvercorp is preparing an application for a Small Mine Permit for the Silvertip high grade silver-lead-zinc mine project in northern British Columbia to provide a further platform for growth and geographic diversification. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: SVM) and Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: SVM) and are included as a component of the S&P/TSX Composite and the S&P/TSX Global Mining Indexes.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Rui FengSilvercorp Metals Inc.Chairman/CEO(604) 669-9397, Toll Free Phone: 1-888-224-1881ORLorne WaldmanSilvercorp Metals Inc.Corporate Secretary(604) 669-9397, Toll Free Phone: 1-888-224-1881(604) 669-9387 (FAX)info@silvercorp.cawww.silvercorp.ca