Silvercorp Responds to Recent Press Article About the Company

Silvercorp Responds to Recent Press Article About the Company  VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/13 -- Silvercorp Metals Inc. (TSX:SVM)(NYSE:SVM) ("Silvercorp" or the "Company") has noted an article published in the media on April 2, 2013, regarding a subpoena the Company recently received from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The article identifies some, but not all, of the individuals and entities referenced in the subpoena. The following is a quotation from the subpoena setting forth the documents and information it seeks:  "III. Documents and information requested       1.  Any and all documents relating to any and all allegations made by     Anthion Management LLC (a/k/a chinastockwatch.com), alfredlittle.com,     EOS Holdings LLC, Balizar Inc., International Financial Research &     Analysis Group (a/k/a IFRA), Muddy Waters Research, Oasis Capital     Management, Quantum Asset Partners, Gems Capital Management, Jon Carnes     (a/k/a Alfred Little, Andrew Wong, Robert Steven), Loren Weinberg (a/k/a     Simon Moore, Tyler Jacobs), Kun Huang (a/k/a Dino Huang, Huang Biqiang),     Huang Xiaofu (a/k/a Jeff Huang), Carson Block, Alexander Shoghi or Shawn     Rhynes against Silvercorp (collectively, "Allegations"), including:            a.  Any and all documents Silvercorp created, originated or otherwise         relating to the Allegations; and                b.  Any and all documents discovered or produced by any party in the         civil litigation, Silvercorp Metals Inc. v. Anthion Management LLC,         et al., No. 150374/2011 (J. Edmead), in the Supreme Court of the         State of New York, County of New York."     The Company is cooperating fully with the SEC on the matter.   About Silvercorp   Silvercorp is a low-cost silver-producing Canadian mining company with multiple mines in China which has paid a cash dividend since 2007. The Company is currently developing the GC project in southern China which it expects will become its next operating mine in 2013. The Company's vision is to deliver shareholder value by focusing on the acquisition of small-scale projects with resource potential and self-fund the growth of those assets. For more information, please visit our website at www.silverc orp.ca.  CAUTIONARY DISCLAIMER -- FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS  Certain of the statements and information in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian provincial securities laws. Any statements or information that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects", "is expected", "anticipates", "believes", "plans", "projects", "estimates", "assumes", "intends", "strategies", "targets", "goals", "forecasts", "objectives", "budgets", "schedules", "potential" or variations thereof or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative of any of these terms and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements or information. Forward-looking statements or information relate to, among other things: the price of silver and other metals; the accuracy of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates at the Company's material properties; the sufficiency of the Company's capital to finance the Company's operations; estimates of the Company's revenues and capital expenditures; estimated production from the Company's mines in the Ying Mining Camp; timing of receipt of permits and regulatory approvals; availability of funds from production to finance the Company's operations; and access to and availability of funding for future construction, use of proceeds from any financing and development of the Company's properties.  Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, risks relating to: fluctuating commodity prices; calculation of resources, reserves and mineralization and precious and base metal recovery; interpretations and assumptions of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates; exploration and development programs; feasibility and engineering reports; permits and licenses; title to properties; First Nations title claims and rights; property interests; joint venture partners; acquisition of commercially mineable mineral rights; financing; recent market events and conditions; economic factors affecting the Company; timing, estimated amount, capital and operating expenditures and economic returns of future production; integration of future acquisitions into the Company's existing operations; competition; operations and political conditions; regulatory environment in China and Canada; environmental risks; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; insurance; risks and hazards of mining operations; key personnel; conflicts of interest; dependence on management; internal control over financial reporting as per the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; and bringing actions and enforcing judgments under U.S. securities laws.  This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company's forward-looking statements or information. Forward-looking statements or information are statements about the future and are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, without limitation, those referred to in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended March 31, 2012 under the heading "Risk Factors". Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, described or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.   The Company's forward-looking statements and information are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date of this press release, and other than as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements and information if circumstances or management's assumptions, beliefs, expectations or opinions should change, or changes in any other events affecting such statements or information. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information. Contacts: Silvercorp Metals Inc. Jonathan Hackshaw Director, Investor Relations (604) 669-9397 or Toll Free 1(888) 224-1881 investor@silvercorp.ca www.silvercorp.ca