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  • 1. VALUE. GROWTH. VISION Growing and advancing one of the world’s largest undeveloped silver and indium resources.Corporate Presentation TSX: SAC, US OTC: SOHAFApril 2012 www.soamsilver.com
  • 2. Cautionary NotesForward-looking statementsCertain statements contained herein constitute “forward-looking statements.” Forward-looking statements look into the future andprovide an opinion as to the effect of certain events and trends on the business. Forward-looking statements may include wordssuch as “plans,” “intends,” anticipates,” “should,” “estimates,” “expects,” “believes,” “indicates,” “targeting,” “suggests,” “potential,”and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and entail various risks anduncertainties. Actual results may materially differ from expectations, if known and unknown risks or uncertainties affect ourbusiness, or if our estimates or assumptions prove inaccurate. Investors are advised to review the Company’s Annual InformationForm filed at www.sedar.com for a detailed discussion of investment risks. The Company assumes no obligation to update orrevise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.Cautionary note regarding reserve and resource estimatesThe material in this presentation has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the securities laws in effect inCanada, which differ from the requirements of U.S. securities laws. Unless otherwise indicated, all resource and reserveestimates included in this presentation have been prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards ofDisclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Classification System. NI 43-101is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators which establishes standards for all public disclosure an issuermakes of scientific and technical information concerning mineral projects. Canadian standards, including NI 43-101, differsignificantly from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and resource and reserveinformation contained herein may not be comparable to similar information disclosed by U.S. companies. In particular, and withoutlimiting the generality of the foregoing, the term “resource” does not equate to the term “reserves”. Investors should alsounderstand that “inferred mineral resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as totheir economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an “inferred mineral resource” will ever beupgraded to a higher category. The estimation of quantities of resources and reserves is complex, based on significant subjectiveassumptions and forward-looking information, including assumptions that arise from the evaluation of geological, geophysical,engineering and economic data for a given ore body. This data could change over time as a result of numerous factors, includingnew information gained from development activities, evolving production history and a reassessment of the viability of productionunder different economic conditions.Changes in data and/or assumptions could cause reserve estimates to substantially change from period to period. No assurancecan be given that the indicated level of mineral will be produced. Actual production could differ from expected production and anadverse change in mineral prices could make a reserve uneconomic to mine. Variations could also occur in actual ore grades andrecovery rates from estimates. 2
  • 3. Investment Highlights South American Silver Corp. • Experienced management team with track record of successful project development and value creation • Two large-scale deposits in South America Malku Khota: one of the world‟s largest silver-indium-gallium resources o Updated 2011 PEA study doubles estimated production to 13.2 M oz silver, 80 tonnes of indium and 15 tonnes of gallium per year, for first 5 yrs o NI 43-101-qualified Indicated resource of 230.3 million ozs silver, 1,481 tonnes of indium and 1,082 tonnes of gallium and an Inferred resource of 140 million ozs silver, 935 tonnes indium and 1,001 tonnes gallium. Escalones: high potential copper-gold-silver deposit with an Inferred resource of 3.8 billion lbs of copper and 610,000 oz of gold and 16.8 million ozs silver • Well-defined business plan to drive shareholder value • More than $230 worth of metal in the ground per share (>$100 of silver, >$100 of copper, and >$30 of indium and gallium1 • Attractive investment value relative to peers at low value per oz • Anticipated low cost silver production at approximately $2.94/oz of silver2 • Strong focus on community relations to proactively facilitate mutually beneficial relationships1) $25/oz silver, $3/lb copper, $700/kg indium and gallium2) Net of base metal credits 3
  • 4. World-Class Deposits Two large-scale assets in South America Malku Khota, silver-indium project, Bolivia (100%) • Pre-Feasibility level update in Q2 2012 with Feasibility work starting in H2 2012 • Bulk mineable open-pit, sediment hosted deposit • Low capital and operating costs as a heap leach or milling operation • Potential to be one of the worlds top producing silver and indium mines • Resource expansion potential with only 4 km of a 15 km trend drill tested on the 50 sq km property Total Contained Metal Silver Indium Gallium Aq Eq1 Moz Tonnes Tonnes Moz M&I 230 1,481 1,082 354 Inferred 140 935 1,001 240 In Situ Grade Tonnes Silver Indium Gallium Aq Eq1 Millions g/t g/t g/t g/t M&I 255 28.10 5.8 4.3 43.77 Inferred 230 18.9 4.1 4.3 33.041)Silver Equivalent (Ag Eq) calculated using total contained metalusing base case metal pricing (Ag at $18/oz, In at $500/kg , Ga at$500/kg, Cu at $3/lb, Pb at $0.90/lb, and Zn at $0.90). 4
  • 5. World-Class Deposits Two large-scale assets in South America Escalones, copper-gold-silver project, Chile (100%) • Inferred Resource of 3.8 billion lbs of Cu, 56.9 million lbs of Mo, 610,000 ozs of Au and 16.8 million ozs of Ag • Phase II exploration program underway to include up to 7,000 meters of follow-up drilling • Step-out testing of the known mineralized zones and testing of new geophysical targets • Located within a world-renowned copper district near the world‟s largest underground copper mine, El Teniente Total Contained Metal Copper Gold Silver Moly Cu Eq1 Mlbs Ozs Moz Mlbs Mlbs Inferred 3,835 610,000 16.8 56.9 4,503 In Situ Grade Tonnes Copper Gold Silver Moly Cu Eq1 Millions % g/t g/t ppm % 420.6 0.41 0.05 1.24 61.39 0.491)Copper Equivalent (Cu Eq) calculated using total contained metalfor copper ($3/lb), gold ($1200/oz), silver ($22/oz), and molybdenum($16/lb) and has not been adjusted for metallurgical recoveries. 5
  • 6. Emerging Opportunity for Mining in BoliviaA developing resource based economy• Bolivia has been undergoing significant change over the past 6 years under the Morales administration including a new constitution with indigenous rights• The Andean social movement toward greater local and indigenous autonomy is well developed in Bolivia• Mining is Bolivia‟s second largest economic sector after Oil/Gas and is seen as a fundamental industry• Three major silver mines have been built within last 5 years under the current administration by Pan American Silver, Coeur D‟Alene and Sumitomo• South American Silver‟s management team has nearly 20 yrs experience in Bolivia Sumitomo’s San Cristobal mine: 3rd largest silver• Bolivian government has expressed support for mine and 6th largest zinc mine in the world * SAC‟s projects and their strong interest in encouraging private investment in the mining sector• SAC is seeing strong local support from the coalition of land owning Ayllus in the area *Image from : Sumitomo Metals and Mining http://www.sumitomocorp.co.jp/english/special/project_04/index.html 6
  • 7. Community RelationsA key to successful project developmentPrograms modeled after success at Sumitomo’s San Cristobalmine and Newmont’s Inti Raymi mines in Bolivia• Significantly expanded community relations team in 2011/2012• Impact & Benefit agreements in place with local land owning Allyus• Development of a inclusive community relations program:  Scholarships/ Contributions to local schools  Support for community health initiatives  Involvement of the community in environmental monitoring  Exploration related job training with local communities  Promotion of traditional and cultural activities Instituting animal health initiatives to improve local economy which is based on subsistence farming and herding  Stage 1 animal health initiative completed with vaccination and treatment of animals within the land owning Allyus covering 43 communities and 381 families  Stage 2 program underway to work with local families to improve herd quality and productivity Working with local indigenous communities to facilitate economic and business development at the various stages of the project  Exploration & development stage service business such as drilling support, catering and transportation  Construction phase potential to create 1,000 new jobs  Mine operation likely 400 full time workers direct employment with a multiple of that from indirect and associated businessesTSX:SACUS OTC:SOHAF 7
  • 8. Share Capitalization TSX:SAC, US OTC:SOHAF Issued & Outstanding Options1 Warrants2 Fully Diluted3 104.6M 10.3M 3.2M 118.1M • ~$160 million FD Market Capitalization (4)(5) • Average 3 mo. trading volume 150,000 shares/day • $26.6 million in cash(6) South American Silver Major Shareholders Investor Breakdown Management • Zamin/Izirium --18% 9% Zamin • Private investors--18% 9% 34% Izurium • Management7 -- 9% 9% Private Investors Institutional Ownership • Sprott Asset Management Institutional 19% • Front Street 20% • US Global Retail(1) Weighted avg .exercise price $1.20 CAD (2) Weighted avg.exercise price $1.03 (3) As of March 20 2012 (4) As of March 21,2012 (5) Issued and outstanding shares+ in the money warrants 8and options (6) As of Dec 31, 2011(7) Direct ownership only
  • 9. Adding Value Through Resource Growth Total resources with value shown relative to silver Ag Moz In+Ga tonnes Cu Mlbs Ag Eq Inferred Resource (Ag+Au only) 8 Oz Ag 450 6000 Ag Eq M&I Resource (Ag+Au only) Eq/share 400 4 Oz Ag In & Ga Inferred Resource (In+Ga only) Eq/share 5000 Tonnes of Indium and Gallium2 (combined) In & Ga M&I Resource (In+Ga only) Million Pounds of Copper Equivalent3 350 Million Ounces of Silver Equivalent1/ Cu Eq Inferred Resource (Cu+Pb+Zn only) 300 Cu Eq M&I Resource (Cu+Pb+Zn only) 4000 $36 M 250 Financing 3000 $3 M 200 6000 Financing 150 4500 2000 2 Oz Ag 100 3000 Eq/share 1000 50 1500 IPO $20 M 0 0Total resources for both Malku Khota and Escalones1) Ag Eq calculated using total contained metal for silver ($22/oz) and gold ($1200/oz) only2) Total combined tonnes of indium and gallium3) Cu Eq calculated using total contained metal for copper ($3/lb), lead ($0.90/lb), zinc 9($0.90/lb), and molybdenum ($16/lb) only
  • 10. Comparative Silver Resources in the Americas One of the largest development stage silver resources 500 Millions of Silver Ounces 450 400 M&I Resources Additional value 350 of Indium and Gallium Inferred Resources 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 Silvercrest US Gold Sulliden MAG Silver Orko Golden Wildcat Tahoe So.American Levon Bear Creek Minerals Resources Silver Bolivia location Mexico Mexico Peru Mexico Mexico Mexico Peru Mexico Guatemala Mexico Peru ChileAg Grade (g/t) 89.5 65 13 538 125 182 72 419 24 19 38Source: BMO Capital Markets,Canaccord and Intierra, for silver onlyNote: All companies have projects in South and/or North America 10
  • 11. Enterprise Value per Silver Resource Oz By project development stage $14.00 Advanced Development Stage Average ~$4/oz $12.00 EV of >$0.64 based on 230.3 million M&I oz Ag $10.00 $8.00 Development Stage Average ~$2/oz $6.00 $4.00 $2.00 $0.00 South So.American Golden Minerals Orko Tahoe Resources MAG Silver Aurcana International US Silver Corp American Silver Minerals Silver Corp.Source: Canaccord and Intierra,Share prices as of March 22 2012Note: All companies have projects in South and/or North 11America as shown on slide 11
  • 12. Development Stage Value Curve Potential value growth with project advancement Average Enterprise Value per Oz of Silver by Stage Production Take-Over offers or Partnerships common at this stage Construct $9/oz Increased value through resource Permits Increasing Market Value expansion FS Malku Khota Project 2x-3x potential PFS $4/oz Increase in Escalones Project Market cap PEA Resource Definition 2x-5x potential $2/oz Increase in Market cap Discovery Increasing value with project advancement Early Stage Advanced Production Exploration & Development Stage Development (Reserves)Source: Recent average enterprise value per ounce of silver atvarious development stages for North and South American-based 12projects. Canaccord, BMO Capital markets and Intierra
  • 13. Current Silver Company Market Valuations by Resource Size & Development Stage Size of circle represents market valuation premium in EV/oz Developers Adv. Developers Producers Silver Standard Allied Nevada MK Value at Avg Valuation for each development stage Pan American Silver Coeur d‟Alene 1000 2011 2012Total Resource Size (Mozs) South American Silver PFS/FS Malku Khota Bear Creek PEA Production 500 Current Value MK MK MK Tahoe First Majestic Silvermex Resources Hecla Silver Bull Resources MAG Hochschild 100 Esperanza Extorre Troy Arian Alexco Great Panther Golden Predator 10 $50 $100 $200 $300 $500 $1,000 $2,000 $5,000 Enterprise Value (US$ Millions) Total Resource Ag Equivalent using (Ag +Au only at $25/oz and $1000/oz values) Source: Canaccord and Intierra, Share prices as of March 22 2012 13 Note: All companies have projects in South and/or North America
  • 14. Positive Silver Fundamentals A paradigm shift for silver? • Major shift in supply/demand dynamic over past several years • Silver still well below inflation adjusted highs of $140/oz ($50 in 1980) • Silver is a “hybrid” precious and industrial metal due to its scarcity and unique properties including superior electrical and thermal conductivity, malleability, reflectance, and catalytic/biologic reactivity • Price increases driven by 40% increase in investment demand and 21% increase in industrial demand for a total increase of 17% in 2010 • Total annual mine production growth only 2.5% last year with reduced contribution of by-product silver from copper and gold production • Projected new mine supply anticipated to be consumed by new industrial demand through at least 2015 • Chinese imports up 4x since 2009 with change from net sellers of more than 100 M oz of silver in 2005 to net buyers of more than 120 M oz in 2010 • Few major new deposit discoveries and growing time lag from time of discovery to metal productionSource: 1) GFMS World Silver Survey 20112) BMO Capital Markets Global Mining Research April 2011 14
  • 15. Silver Supply/Demand Fundamentals • Dramatically increased demand growth driven by strong investment demand plus increased industrial consumption(1) • Demand growth expected to continue to outstrip production growth(2) World Silver Supply World Silver Demand +17% total +8% total demand supply 1200 Industrial Applications growth 1200 Mine production growth Photography Secondary Supply and Scrap Jewelry and Silverware +40% 1000 Government Sales 1000 Investment and Coins investment demand 800 800Million Ounces Million Ounces +2.5% mine 600 600 production 400 400 +21% industrial demand 200 200 0 0Source: 1) GFMS World Silver Survey 20112) BMO Capital Markets Global Mining Research April 2011 15
  • 16. Growing Demand for Silver in Technology Breakdown of key technology/industrial uses for silver 500 Photovoltaic 400 Catalysts, alloys, solders and biocidesMillions of Silver Oz 300 Electronics 200 100 0 77 79 81 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 07 09 11p Source: CPM Silver Yearbook 2010 Not for reproduction without written CPM Group consent 16
  • 17. Silver Primary & By-Product Production(1) • 70% of silver is by-product production from base metals and gold • By-product silver production is largely silver price inelastic • Reduced by-product silver production anticipated going forward from base metals(2) 300 25 Lead/Zinc Primary Copper 250 Gold 20 Silver Price Millions of Ounces of Silver 200 Silver Price (US$) 15 150 10 100 5 50 0 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010Source: 1) GFMS World Silver Survey 2005-20112) BMO Capital Markets Global Mining Research April 2011 17
  • 18. Indium & Gallium – Two Key Strategic Metals Rapidly growing market for high-tech uses Uses • Indium-tin oxide (ITO) a key component of flat panel displays (FPDs) and touch screens • High-efficiency CIGS (copper, indium, gallium, selenide) photo-voltaic thin-film solar panels, and LED lighting • Fiber optics, specialized and transparent semiconductors Supply • Global indium use growing rapidly and could surpass available supply from by-product zinc refining at current price range • One of the most scarce strategic metals due to low recycling and few primary producers * flat panel displays LED lighting thin film solar* Image from http://gotpowered.com 18
  • 19. Indium & Gallium Fundamentals Compelling supply/demand dynamics Indium and Gallium Supply/Demand dynamics • Indium and gallium highlighted in UN and US DOE studies as a critical technology metals in potential shortage, along with several key rare earth metals, due to rapidly increasing growth, low recycling rates and low primary production • China is largest producer and consumer of indium and has imposed export quotas and tariffs like on other key high-technology specialty metals • Indium market estimated to see 15-20% annual growth with most indium produced as by product of zinc refining growing at 1-3% annually • Current indium and gallium price ~$600-700/kg up from global economic lows during 2008-2009 of $400-500/kg • Gallium market estimated to be a conservative 15% annual growth rate which could increase significantly with more rapid growth in LED lighting and photovoltaics Malku Khota annual indium and gallium production • Malku Khota projected to be one of the world‟s largest indium & gallium producers (80 tonnes and 15 tonnes per year) • Potential to represent 10% or more of global mine supply of indium and over 5% of global supply for gallium • Opportunities for project financing from off-take agreements for indium & galliumSources: (1) US Dept. of Energy Critical Materials Strategy, Dec.2010. (2)United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Special 19Report on Strategic Metals ,May 2011 .
  • 20. Indium Demand Growth Growing demand in high-tech markets 2500 Solar EnergyEnd-use Market Demand (tonnes) LED Lighting 5 year 2000 LCD Flat Panels projected demand growth 1500 1000 2010 total indium 500 production level 0 2010 2011E 2012E 2013E 2014E 2015E 2016E Growth assumptions based on data from Displaybank in LCD TV Association “LCD TV Matters”-Volume 3, Issue 2, February 2010 , Strategies Unlimited, August 2009 , Solarbuzz, Photon International, GFMS , Nanomarkets, and the US Department of 20 Energy Critical Minerals Strategy Report December 2010
  • 21. Indium Fundamentals World indium demand vs price (1969-2011*) 2500 2000 1800 US Dept of Energy Projections Indium Price/kg ($US) 2000 1600 DemandIndium Demand 1400 Price Recent Indium Price 1500 1200 1000 1000 X 800 600 500 400 200 0 0Source: (1) Indium: Global Industry Markets and Outlook, 9th Edition 2010 (Roskill)*2011-2013 Data are estimates (2) 2011-2015 Estimates US Dept. Of EnergyCritical Materials Strategy Dec. 2010. 16
  • 22. Silver and Indium Mining in Bolivia One of the world’s premier silver and indium mining districts • Historical district production of billions of ounces of silver • Highly prospective & under-explored relative to other parts of the Andean region • Notable political and economic changes have developed in the region over the past 5-6 years including significant investment by Brazilian and Asian companies • Bolivia has increased from 9th largest to 5th largest global silver producer with completion of three major silver mines in past 5 years: Sumitomo - San Cristobal Mine 2007 • 100% Sumitomo private ownership • World‟s 3rd largest silver mine (19.4 Moz/yr), 6th largest zinc mine with significant indium Coeur D‟Alene - San Bartolome 2008 • JV with State Mining Company Comibol • CDE‟s second largest mine at 7.5 Moz/yr Pan American Silver – San Vicente 2009 • 50%-50% JV with Comibol • 4th largest mine for PAAS at 3.1 Moz/yr South American Silver – Malku Khota • 100% SAC private ownership • Positioned to be next major mine in BoliviaSources: Company reports and CPM 2011 Silver Yearbook 22
  • 23. Malku Khota Project One of the world’s largest silver-indium resources Malku Khota Project – 2011 Resource Estimate2 Silver Indium Gallium Copper Lead Zinc AgEq3 (Moz) (tonnes) (tonnes) (MLbs) (MLbs) (MLbs) (Moz) M&I 230 1,481 1,082 120 453 247 354 Inferred 140 935 1,001 102 362 246 240 Host rock sandstone with disseminated Enrichment starts at surface silver, indium, gallium, lead, zinc and copper Average grade first five years: • Silver: 42.2 g/t (58 g/t Ag Eq)1 • Indium: 7.55 g/t • Economic cut-off grade <15 g/t (at $18/oz Ag)2, 41) Average for the first 5 years of production2) See March 31, 2011 News Release for detailed resource estimate3) Total contained metal using base case prices (Ag: $18/oz, In: $500/kg, Ga: $500/kg, Cu: $3/lb, Pb: $0.90/lb, Zn: $0.90/lb USD) 234) Economic cut-off grade comprised only of silver and indium
  • 24. Malku Khota Project Low projected capital and operating costs with established infrastructure • 50 square km, 100% owned, road accessible project • Low capital and operating costs on a per ounce basis • Potential to be one of the top primary silver and indium producing mines at 13.2 Moz silver per year and 80 tonnes of indium1 • Project base case annual cash flows and NPV‟s more than doubled • Open pit, bulk mineable and very scalable • Commercial electricity and natural gas nearby1) Average for the first 5 years of production 24
  • 25. Malku Khota Drilling Grade thickness map • 115 drill holes in current resource with OPEN updated resource 2011 • Updated resource results increase total Measured and Indicated oz to 230 Moz Ag (a 60% increase in M&I oz) plus an Mineralized additional 140 M inferred Ag oz Sandstones • 2012 program to target conversion of in pit inferred resources to M&I resources and & test lateral and depth expansion OPEN • Wide zones of disseminated, sediment hosted mineralization begins at surface with deposit open along trend and down dip with excellent potential for expansion • New discovery of higher grade zones and down dip expansion of surface mineralization OPENTSX:SAC 25US OTC:SOHAF
  • 26. Malku Khota Mineralization • Broad zones of continuous sediment hosted mineralization • Open at depth and along trend LMD048: 286 meters grading 76 g/t AgEq Grade thickness values of over 21,500 g-m AgEq OPEN OPENTSX:SAC 26US OTC:SOHAF
  • 27. Production Processes From ore to metal Open Pit Mining • Large scale shovel and truck open pit mine • Oxide ore crushed in preparation for direct Crushing leaching • Four years of confirmatory metallurgical test work Leaching with SGS labs on acid leach process • Acid-chloride leaching captures silver, indium, copper, lead, zinc, gallium and gold Metal Recovery & Processing • Metal recovery in several steps: • Acid recovery • Silver-gold-copper cementation Silver, Gold, Copper • Indium-gallium precipitation • Lead and zinc sulfides Indium & Gallium ingots • Downstream processing to metal products Lead & Zinc concentratesTSX:SAC 27US OTC:SOHAF
  • 28. Malku Khota Economic Assessment, May 20111 Development Capex $411 million Metal Prices ($US)4 Mining Rate 40,000 tpd Heap Leach Base Case Mid Case Recent Life of Mine 15 years (3 yr avg) (2 yr avg) (1 yr avg) Ore Mined (LOM)2 200 M tonnes Silver : $18/oz $25/oz $35/oz Average Silver Grade 3 42.4 g/t Indium : $500/kg $570/kg $650/kg Average Indium Grade3 7.55 g/t Gallium: $500/kg $570/kg $730/kg Ag Eq grade 58 g/t First LOM Share of Gross Revenue Recovered Metals Total 5 years Annual Silver (oz) (at base case prices) 158 M 13.2 M 10.5 M Indium (tonnes) 1,184 80.7 78.9 Silver Lead (lbs) 191 M 12.48 M 5% 3% 12.7 M 6% Zinc (lbs) 135 M 4.42 M 9M Indium & Copper (lbs) 88 M 5.64 M 5.87 M Gallium Gallium (kgs) 212,962 15,184 14,198 Copper Base Case Mid Case Recent 15% First 5 years cash flow $185 M/yr $287 M/yr $430 M/yr Net cash flow Lead $1,261 M $2,528 M $4,298 M 71% NPV (5% discount rate)1 $704 M $1482 M $2571 M Internal Rate of Return 37.7% 63% 92.9% Zinc Payback period (years) 27 months 19 months 15 months(1)In US dollars (4) Base Case: 3 yr avg prices as of May 2011(2)LOM = Life of Mine Mid Case: 2 yr avg prices as of May 2011(3)First 5 years of production Recent Case: 1 yr avg prices as of May 2011 28(avg/yr)
  • 29. Actual/Anticipated Annual Ag Production (Moz) 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 Coeur dAlene Pan American SilverSource: CPM Silver Yearbook 2011 Silver Standard Resources Silver Standard Resources Producing Mine Hecla Hochschild*Based on mine production of 13.2 Moz /year for first five years Development Stage Project Cia De Minas Buenavertura Yamana Gold Etibank29 Bear Creek Mining Hochschild Polymetal MNPO Xtrata South American Silver Corp. Goldcorp Inc. Industrias Penoles Pan American Silver Tahoe Resources Sumitomo Corp. Target to increase production to 18-20 Moz Barrick Gold Corp. Primary Silver Project Annual Production Rates Fresnillo Malku Khota one of largest emerging producers at over 13 Moz/yr BHP Billiton
  • 30. Global Silver Industry Cash Cost Curve High quality long-life, low-cost silver production Cumulative Percentile of Silver Mine Production Cost Lowest 25% Percentile Total Cash Cost Per Ounce of Silver Cash Costs Malku Khota 13.2 Mozs/yr (1) ~ $2.94/oz at 3 yr avg prices(2)(3) ~ $2.01/oz at 2 yr avg prices(2)(3) ~ $0.86/oz at 1 yr avg prices(2)(3) Industry Average Cash Cost $5.27/oz Source: GFMS World Silver Survey 2011(1) Avg first 5 years of production (2) Silver cash costs after credits ($US)/oz(3) 3 year average price: Ag $18, In $500, Ga $500, Cu $3, Pb $0.90, Zn $0.90 302 year average price: Ag $25, In $570, Ga $570, Cu $3.70, Pb $1, Zn $11 year average price: Ag $35, In $650, Ga $730, Cu $4.30, Pb $1.20, Zn $1.10 , all as of May 2011
  • 31. Escalones Copper-Gold-Silver project, Chile High potential, large-scale target Inferred Copper Gold Silver Moly Cu Eq Copper Gold Silver Moly Cu Eq1 Tonnes (%) (g/t) (g/t) (ppm) (%) (Mlbs) (Ozs) (Mozs) (Mlbs) (Mlbs) 420 M 0.41 0.05 1.24 61.39 0.49 3,835 610,000 16.8 56.9 4,503 • 70 square km, road accessible, large scale system in well established mining district • Located near one of the worlds largest underground copper mines at El Teniente • Inferred Resource of 3.8 billion lbs of copper, 56.9 million lbs of molybdenum, 610,000 ozs of gold and 16.8 million ozs of silver • Phase II exploration program underway1) Cu Eq calculated using total contained metal at $3.00/lbCu, $1200/oz Au, $22/oz Ag, and $16/lb Mo and has not beenadjusted for metallurgical recoveries 31
  • 32. Escalones Project Logistics Excellent existing infrastructureOwnership: 100% through lease SAC propertyLocation: 35km E of El Teniente Gas pipeline Access RoadElevation: 3800m• 70 square kilometer property• Road accessible located 100 km southeast of Santiago• Gas pipeline across propertyTSX:SAC 32US OTC:SOHAF 31
  • 33. Drill Results Grade Thickness Map Large-scale copper-gold-silver system • Open to expansion down dip and laterally • 30 diamond drill holes (12,666 meters) and 43 channel and road cuts (>2,100 meters) with >10,934 assay values collected through 2011 • Limited testing of porphyry system with most holes in replacement /skarn style mineralization CuEq GT AuEq GTCopper (%) x Thickness (m) Gold (g/t) x Thickness (m) Metal Prices 0 – 10 CuEq% GT 0 – 17 AuEq GT Copper - $1/lb 10 – 50 CuEq% GT 17 – 85 AuEq GT Gold - $1000/oz 50 – 100 CuEq% GT 85 – 171 AuEq GT Silver - $15/oz 171 – 342 AuEq GT Moly - $15/lb 100 – 200 CuEq% GT >= 200 CuEq% GT >= 342 AuEq GT Pending 2012 HolesTSX:SAC 33US OTC:SOHAF 32
  • 34. Escalones Geological cross-section • Enriched zones with high grades of replacement style mineralization starting at surface at over >1% copper with significant gold and silver • Large scale porphyry target with intercept of 176 m @ 0.6% copper with additional credits from gold, silver, and molybdenum Alto BajoTSX:SACUS OTC:SOHAF 34
  • 35. Current Copper Company Market Valuations by Resource Size & Development Stage Size of circle represents market valuation premium in EV/lb Developers Adv. Developers Producers Avg Value 2.1 cents/lb 2.7 cents/lb 10.4 cents/lb 100000 Northern DynastyTotal Resource Size (Mlbs Cu) Escalones Value at Avg Valuation for each development stage Quadra FNX Western Copper Taseko Imperial Nevada NGEx Candente Lumina 10000 Augusta Capstone Hana PFS/FS Copper Fox Panoro ESC ESC ESC Production Copper Mountain Redhawk Escalones Current Stage 1000 $50 $100 $300 $500 $1000 $2000 Enterprise Value (US$ Millions) Source: Canaccord Report Jan 2012 using Cu Eq 35
  • 36. Project MilestonesValue drivers over the next 6-12 months • Malku Khota, silver-indium-gallium project, Bolivia Updated resource estimate & PEA more than doubles annual production to 13.2 M oz of silver, 80.7 tonnes of indium and 15 tonnes of gallium per year* Cash flows, project valuations and rates of return significantly expanded over previous studies Exploration program underway to support a planned 20,000 meters of in-fill and expansion drilling • Updated Economic Assessment in Q2 2012 • Feasibility work to begin in H2 2012 • Escalones, copper-gold-silver porphyry project, Chile Phase I exploration and geophysics program completed Initial resource estimate completed Phase II exploration program underway to support a planned 7,000 meters of drilling • Resource update mid-2012 • Preliminary Economic Assessment in Q4 2012*Average first five years of production 36
  • 37. Leveraged to Silver Additional value Value of silver per dollar invested of Indium and Gallium Additional value of Copper Silver value per $1 invested70 SAC has some of the best leverage to silver of any development stage company with over $65 of silver value per $1 invested605040 Average value of silver ~$16 of silver per $1 invested*302010 0 Silver ETF Alexco Tahoe Sulliden MAG Silver Orko Silvercrest Golden Silver Bear Creek South American So.American Resources Minerals Standard Silver Corp. SilverSource: Canaccord as of January 24, 2012, Share prices updated Feb 2 2012Note: all companies have projects in South and/or North AmericaCalculated using $25/oz Ag. Dollar value of silver per $1 invested = (silverresource/shares outstanding) x $25/oz silver) divided by share price 37Value only shown for silver with no contribution from other metals. Cu value calculatedusing $2.25
  • 38. Why South American Silver? Investment highlights • World-class scale projects with excellent expansion potential • Track record of discovery and successful project development • Growing shareholder value through resource expansion and advancing projects up the development value curve toward feasibility • More than $230 worth of metal in the ground per share (>$100 of silver, >$100 of copper, and >$30 of indium and gallium)1 • Attractive investment value relative to peers at low value per oz • Exposure to rapidly growing indium and gallium high-technology market • New copper-gold-silver resource and expansion at Escalones • Continued investor outreach to broaden market awareness of Company1) $25 /oz silver, $3 /lb copper, $700/kg indium and gallium 38 37
  • 39. TSX: SAC OTC: SOHAF Phone: 604.681.6926 1.855.681.6926 www.soamsilver.com AppendixTSX:SAC 39US OTC:SOHAF
  • 40. Emerging Opportunity for Mining in BoliviaBolivia has been undergoing significant change overthe past 6 years under the Morales administrationincluding a new constitution with indigenous rights• World Bank/IMF supportive of economic policy changes resulting in one of the fastest growing economies in South America over past 3 years• Bolivia has joined the Mercosur trade organization with Brazil as largest regional trading partner• Political relations with U.S. have been normalized• Moody‟s & Fitch sovereign bond ratings upgraded to same level as Argentina Sumitomo’s San Cristobal mine: 3rd largest silver• Strong emphasis by government on poverty mine and 6th largest zinc mine in the world * reduction, through economic development, and anti- corruption South AmericanSilver’s ManagementMining is Bolivia’s second largest economic sector has nearly 20 yrs experience in Boliviaafter Oil/Gasand is seen as a fundamental industry • Bolivian government has expressed• Three major silver mines built within last five years by support for SAC‟s projects and their Pan American Silver, Coeur D‟Alene and Sumitomo strong interest in encouraging private• Jindal Steel of India investing US$2.1 billion in El Mutun investment in the mining sector iron ore deposit • The Andean social movement toward• Kores of S.Korea to invest in Corocoro copper project greater local and indigenous autonomy• Recent announced investments by Citic of China and is well developed in Bolivia LG/Posco of S.Korea to develop major lithium projects • SAC is seeing strong local support from• Planned $32 billion 5-7 year infrastructure build-out by the coalition of land owning Ayllus Bolivian government to support resource industry *Image from : Sumitomo Metals and Mining http://www.sumitomocorp.co.jp/english/special/project_04/index.html 40
  • 41. Resource Summary MALKU KHOTA In Situ Grade Total Contained MetalApprox. 10 g/t Ag Cutoff1 Ag In Ga Cu Pb Zn Ag Eq2 Ag In Ga Cu Pb Zn Ag Eq2Resource Tonnes g/t g/t g/t % % % g/t Moz tonnes tonnes Mlbs Mlbs Mlbs MozCategory MillionsMeasured 31.0 33.40 6.10 4.50 0.02 0.07 0.02 49.00 33.32 188.00 139.0 13.9 49 16 48.55Indicated 224.0 27.30 5.80 4.30 0.02 0.07 0.05 43.20 196.96 1,293.00 943.0 106.4 405 231 311.45Total M&I 255.0 28.10 5.80 4.30 0.02 0.07 0.04 43.77 230.28 1,481.00 1,082.0 120.3 453 247 358.80Inferred 230.0 18.90 4.1 4.3 0.02 0.07 0.05 33.04 140.03 935 1,001 102 362 246 244.36Mineral resources in the above table were estimated as of March 30, 2011 for the Preliminary Economic Assessment Update Technical Report for Malku Khota by Allan Armitage, Ph.D., P.Geo, ofGeoVector Management Inc.1) The resource cut-off grade of 10 g/t silver equivalent is based only on the values of silver at $16/oz and indium at $550/kg.2) The silver equivalent calculation uses base case metal pricing ( Ag at $18/oz, In at $500/kg , Ga at $500/kg, Cu at $3/lb, Pb at $0.90/lb, and Zn at $0.90). ESCALONES In Situ Grade Total Contained Metal Approx. 0.2% Cu Cutoff3 Cu Au Ag Mo Cu Eq4 Cu Au Ag Mo Cu Eq4Resource Tonnes % g/t g/t ppm % Mlbs Ozs Moz Mlbs MlbsCategory MillionsInferred 420.6 0.41 0.05 1.24 61.39 0.49 3,835 610,160 16.8 56.9 4,503Mineral resources in the above table are as reported in the Dec 19 2011 Press Release using estimates prepared by Allan Armitage, Ph.D., P.Geo, and J. Campbell, BSc, PGeo of GeoVector Management Inc.3) An economic cut-off grade of 0.2% copper equivalent represents a metal price of approximately $2.50/lb copper.4) Copper Equivalent (Cu Eq %) calculations use $3.00/lb Cu, $1200/oz Au, $22/oz Ag, and $16/lb Mo and have not been adjusted for metallurgical recoveries TOTAL RESOURCES Total Contained Metal - Malku Khota and Escalones Combined Ag Au Ag Eq5 In Ga In + Ga Cu Pb Zn Moly Cu Eq6Resource Moz Kozs Moz tonnes tonnes tonnes Mlbs Mlbs Mlbs Mlbs MlbsCategoryM&I 230.28 230.3 1,481.00 1,082.0 2,563.0 120.3 453 247 330Inferred 156.83 610.16 190.11 935.00 1001.00 1936.00 3937.02 362.16 246.15 56.87 4,4235) Ag Eq is calculated using total silver and gold contained metals at $1200/oz Au and $22/oz Ag6) Cu Eq is calculated using total Cu, Pb, Zn, and Mo contained metals at $3/lb (Cu), $0.90/lb (Pb), $0.90/lb (Zn) and $16/lb (Mo). 41
  • 42. Relative Stock PerformanceSAC vs. key silver & gold indices SACProducer and Explorer/Developer Gold Price Peak Silver price peakEquities Peak December 2010 Silver Producers peak Correction in Explorer/Developers Accelerates into the end of the yearTSX:SAC 42US OTC:SOHAF
  • 43. Relative performance of Gold/Silver and theProducer/Development stage equity indicesExplorer/Developers and Producer Equities undervalued relative to metals Gold Price Peak Silver price peak Producer and Explorer/Developer Equities Peak December 2010 Historically, metals and miners move together Correction in Explorer/Developers Accelerates into the end of the year Potential value gain to equities to catch up with metals pricesTSX:SAC 43US OTC:SOHAF
  • 44. Long Term Silver Ratios with Copper & Gold Traditional benchmarks being challenged Silver showing relative strengthSource: 1) Ian McAvity‟s Deliberations On WorldMarkets, May 4 2011 44
  • 45. Criticality Index for Clean Energy/Technology DevelopmentShowing Forecast Supply Shortages of Most Important Metals Short Term (0-5 Years) Long Term (5-15 Years) high high 4 Dy 4 Nd Dyto clean energy to clean energy Ce La In Nd Tb In Importance Importance Ga Ga Eu Y Tb 3 Te Eu Y 3 Li Te Ce Co Li Co Pr 2 2 La Pr Sm Sm low low 1 1 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 low Supply Risk high low Supply Risk high Important Near Critical CriticalSources: (1) US Dept. of Energy Critical Materials Strategy,Dec. 2010. 45
  • 46. Indium Supply Mine Production and Refining Indium Mine Production Indium Refining Peru, 1% Russia, 3% Others, 6% Germany, 3 % China China Peru S.Korea Other Countries, 23 BLEU, 6% Canada % Canada China, 45% Japan, 8% Japan Mexico, 3% Australia China, 52% BLEU USA, 4% USA Canada, 8% Germany Mexico S.Korea, 13 Russia Other % Peru, 9% Countries PeruAustralia, 6% Others Canada, 9% Source: 1)Roskill „s Indium: Global Industry Markets and Outlook ,2010 46 BLEU: Belgium, Luxembourg Economic Union
  • 47. ManagementGreg Johnson - President /CEO & 25 years mining industry experience in corporate finance, project development and exploration.Director Co-founder of NovaGold; played a key role in growing that company from $50 million in value to over $2 billion market capitalization, advanced 3 major projects through to Feasibility.Ralph Fitch -Executive Chairman Explorationist with Over 40 years of global experience, a co-founder of South American Silver Former Chief Geologist for Chevron Minerals. Several major discoveries in South AmericaPhillip Brodie-Hall -Chief Operating has over 35 years experience in engineering construction and project development. He hasOfficer participated in nearly every aspect of evaluation, feasibility studies and project development in the mining industry.William Filtness -Chief Financial Officer is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of financial experience in the mining industry.David Dreisinger -Vice President of is Professor and Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy at the University of BritishMetallurgy Columbia. He is actively involved in developing and commercializing hydrometallurgical process at a number of mines worldwide.Felipe Malbran - Vice President of has over 25 years experience in exploration management in South America including key rolesExploration in the discovery of Malku Khota, Vizcachitas, and Escalones.James Mallory -Vice President of Over 30 years of mining industry experience in large-scale mine management, operations andOperations & Social Responsibility construction for companies including Barrick (Placer Dome), Silver Standard, and NovaGold.Andrew Clark -Manager of Project Over 30 years global industry experience in the development, design, management andImplementation construction of industrial mining projects.Richard Doran -Vice President & has extensive industry experience including with General Minerals and as Marketing ManagerCorporate Secretary for Chevron Minerals.Xavier Gonzales Yutronic -General has experience in management, finance, and community relations in the mining industryManager Compañía Minera Malku Khota including with Glencore, and Comsur S.A.S.A. TSX:SAC 47 US OTC:SOHAF
  • 48. DirectorsAntonio Canton is consultant and director to a number of international companies in marketing, finance and real estate.Tony Cau COO at Zamin Ferrous. With over 30 years of experience in the mining, construction and heavy manufacturing industries, he has been involved in mine development and expansion projects around the world for groups like BHP, SNC-Lavalin, and Bateman Engineering.Jeffrey Couch Managing Director and Head of Investment & Corporate Banking, Europe and London for BMO Capital Markets. Various financial and business development positions. Extensive investment banking and capital markets experience with Credit Suisse, Citigroup, and Klienwort Benson.Paul Haber Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant, and previously CFO of a TSX-V company and Chairman of the Audit Committee for South American Silver.Peter Harris Mining engineer with over 40 years of industry experience including construction and operation of over 20 mines around the world with groups such as Barrick (Placer Dome) and NovaGold.William Murray Engineer in the mining industry with over 35 years of experience in construction management and project evaluation with groups including Fluor Daniel, Denison Mines, Optimum Project Services and Anglo American Corp.John Watson President of a TSX -V listed company and Manager of a limited liability corporation in commercial real-estate.Tina Woodside head of Gowlings‟ corporate finance department and practices corporate and securities law focused on corporate finance, M&A and corporate governance matters. TSX:SAC 48 US OTC:SOHAF