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Silvercorp Announces First Quarter Dividend of CAD$0.025

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Silvercorp Announces First Quarter Dividend of CAD$0.02517:35 EDT Thursday, August 02, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2012) - Silvercorp Metals Inc. ("Silvercorp" or the "Company") (TSX:SVM)(NYSE:SVM) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared its first quarter fiscal 2013 dividend of CAD$0.025 per share to be paid on or before October 21, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 28, 2012. The dividends are considered eligible dividends for Canadian tax purposes.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 or Toll Free: 1-888-224-1881ORJonathan HackshawSilvercorp Metals Inc.Investor Relations Director(604) 669-9397 or Toll Free: 1-888-224-1881(604) 669-9387 (FAX)