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Commerce Resources Corp. Intersects 2.32% TREO Over 96.66m and Expands MHREO Zone at the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit, Northern Quebec

July 2, 2014

VANCOUVER, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE) (FSE: D7H) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce assay results from its 2014 winter drill program at the 100% owned Ashram Rare Earth Deposit located in northern Quebec.

The drill program, which finished on schedule and under budget, consisted of twelve near-surface holes (1,557m), located within the current defined extent of the Ashram Deposit, and further delineated the Middle and Heavy Rare Earth Oxide Zone (MHREO Zone).

Highlights

    --  Discovery of a potential in-pit extension to the MHREO Zone via the
        following intersections:

        --  EC14-103 with 42.39m of 1.60% TREO at 11.6% MH/T((1))

        --  EC14-100 with 48.87m of 1.47% TREO at 12.0% MH/T

    --  Continued high grade intercepts at grades higher than the resource grade
        previously announced (see news release dated March 6, 2012), and central
        to the pit shell identified in the Preliminary Economic Assessment (see
        news release dated May 24, 2012).

        --  EC14-098: 2.13% TREO over 172.66m, including 2.32% over 96.66m

        --  EC14-101: 1.97% TREO over 162.47m, including 2.25% over 56.32m
        --  EC14-099: 2.01% TREO over 81.00m

(1) MH/T = (MREO + HREO) / TREO expressed as a percent.

The map below shows the locations of the 2014 drill holes and may be viewed at http://www.commerceresources.com/i/maps/Ashram-Drill-Plan.pdf.

President Dave Hodge comments: “The Ashram Deposit continues to exceed our expectations in nearly all respects. The winter program, which drilled holes inside the previously identified resource, not only increased our confidence in the resource model, but appears to have expanded the identified MHREO Zone, the most valuable zone in the deposit, as well as returning high grade TREO intercepts in adjacent material. Coupled with its simple rare earth mineralogy which is amenable to >40% TREO mineral concentrate grades at high recovery, our Ashram Deposit is clearly a standout in the REE space.”

A complete listing of drill results may be found below.

MHREO Zone Extension

The recent infill program indicates the zone of MHREO enrichment identified within the open-pit modelled in our previous PEA extends beyond the area of the original interpretation. This is best evidenced in hole EC14-103 with 42.39m of 1.60% TREO at 11.6% MH/T and hole EC14-100 with 48.87m of 1.47% TREO at 12.0% MH/T where a clear extension of the MHREO Zone can be interpreted. To view a cross section, visit http://www.commerceresources.com/i/maps/Ashram-Cross-Section.pdf.

In addition, EC14-099 bottomed unexpectedly in strong MH/T mineralization (32.48m of 1.41% TREO at 12.6% MH/T) at a depth of 192.02 m, further suggesting that a more extensive MHREO mineralizing system is present than originally indicated.

Additional MHREO mineralized intersections within the current interpreted zone include EC14-098 with 34.50m of 1.80% TREO at 10.5% MH/T (including 38 ppm Tb(2)O(3) and 160 ppm Dy(2)O(3)) and EC14-099 with 64.50m of 1.68% TREO at 12.1% MH/T (including 38 ppm Tb(2)O(3) and 153 ppm Dy(2)O(3)). These terbium and dysprosium grades compare favourably with some of the better known heavy rare earth deposits in the REE space (e.g. Kipawa), except at Ashram these values are complemented by considerable enrichment in neodymium and europium.

Management cautions that no additionally interpreted MHREO Zone material may be attributed to the MHREO Zone Resource until such time as the resource is updated and signed off by an Independent Qualified Person under NI 43-101 Standards for Disclosure. Further, no guarantee exists that the MHREO Zone resource will be modified from its current resource extent.

Strong TREO Intersections Returned Above Previously Reported Resource Grade

The Ashram Deposit has a measured and indicated resource of 29.3 million tonnes at 1.90% TREO and an inferred resource of 219.8 million tonnes at 1.88% TREO, based on 45 holes and 15,692m drilled. This also includes the MHREO Zone resource with 6.6 million tonnes of 1.63% TREO at 11.3% MH/T (measured and indicated), and 2.8 million tonnes of 1.57% TREO at 11.1% MH/T (inferred) (See news releases dated March 6 and May 24, 2012).

In addition to the interpreted extension of the MHREO Zone, strong TREO mineralization was also intersected in the surrounding mineralized material within the pit shell identified in the PEA. Highlighted results include: EC14-098 with 2.13% TREO over 172.66m, including 2.32% over 96.66m; EC14-101 with 1.97% TREO over 162.47m, including 2.25% over 56.32m; and EC14-099 with 2.01% TREO over 81.00m. These intersection grades are higher than the resource categories previously reported (1.90% TREO measured and indicated, and 1.88% TREO inferred).

Geotechnical Drilling

Three short holes (<25 m) were completed to assess the projected location of the dyke on Centre Pond. The information from these holes will determine whether more drilling will be required to locate the position of the dyke(s). Data collected will also assist with resource modelling and related project parameters for future development.

Table 1: 2014 Drill Hole Analytical Results


    Hole ID  From                      To                        Interval        Nd Oxide     Eu Oxide   Tb Oxide  Dy Oxide Y Oxide TREO   MH/T    CaF2   Comments
             (m)                       (m)                       (m)             (ppm)        (ppm)      (ppm)     (ppm)    (ppm)   (%)   (%)    (%)
    ---      ---                       ---                       ---             ----         ----       ----      ----     ----    ---    ---     ---

    EC14-098                    4.92                     194.16           189.24          3325         112         29       122      536    2.06      7.6     8.1  Bottomed in 2.49% TREO

    incl.                      21.50                     194.16           172.66          3397         113         29       122      534    2.13      7.4     8.3

    or                         97.50                     194.16            96.66          3572         112         28       117      500    2.32      6.6     8.0

             MHREO Enriched

                                4.92                      21.50            16.58          2695         116         30       132      605 1.38(2)     12.1     7.2

                               43.50                      78.00            34.50          3119         130         38       160      689    1.80     10.5     7.0

                              136.82                     142.00             5.18          3181         137         40       175      687    1.79     11.0     4.2
                              ------                     ------             ----          ----         ---        ---       ---      ---    ----     ----     ---

    EC14-099                    5.10                     192.02           186.92          3145         125         33       136      688    1.80     10.1     9.0  Bottomed in 1.39% TREO

    incl.                      77.00                     158.00            81.00          3394         123         31       131      653    2.01      8.9     8.5

             MHREO Enriched

                               35.00                      99.50            64.50          3095         141         38       153      782    1.68     12.1     8.6

                              117.50                     125.00             7.50          3714         152         41       180      800    1.99     11.2     5.4

                              135.50                     141.50             6.00          3479         148         44       211     1032    1.86     13.2     7.8

                              159.54                     192.02            32.48          2614         118         34       147      675    1.41     12.6     7.2  Bottomed in 11.9% MH/T
                              ------                     ------            -----          ----         ---        ---       ---      ---    ----     ----     ---  ----------------------

    EC14-100                   11.28                     194.16           182.88          3041         116         28       115      528    1.71      9.2     7.9  Bottomed in 2.98% TREO

    incl.                      11.28                      37.92            26.64          3256         124         31       125      562    1.92      8.7     7.6

    incl.                      87.97                     127.63            39.66          3166         112         28       119      581    1.91      8.5    10.1

    incl.                     167.26                     194.16            26.90          3780         133         30       120      529    2.26      7.5     5.9

             MHREO Enriched

                               39.10                      87.97            48.87          2866         124         32       135      628 1.47(3)     12.0     8.5

                               96.80                     102.05             5.25          2895         112         30       137      694    1.62     10.9     7.9

                              105.62                     112.11             6.49          2720         120         35       156      746    1.42     13.3     7.4

                              127.63                     137.50             9.87          3068         136         31       120      512    1.49     11.3     8.7
                              ------                     ------             ----          ----         ---        ---       ---      ---    ----     ----     ---

    EC14-101                   10.06                     172.53           162.47          3314         114         29       123      604    1.97      8.4     8.4  Bottomed in 2.60% TREO

    incl.                      96.00                     152.32            56.32          3606         120         30       123      616    2.25      7.6     7.9

             MHREO Enriched

                               10.06                      66.30            56.24          3046         115         30       131      606    1.69      9.9     9.2

                              124.52                     133.09             8.57          3700         147         42       182      884    2.21     10.2     5.6

                              150.88                     161.93            11.05          3358         126         32       135      699    1.80     10.3     4.8
                              ------                     ------            -----          ----         ---        ---       ---      ---    ----     ----     ---

    EC14-102                    7.35                     136.00           128.65          3009         100         25       103      461    1.74      8.0     7.5  Bottomed in 1.97% TREO

                               82.29                     101.02            18.73          3248         106         27       116      527    2.16      7.1     9.4

                              117.19                     136.00            18.81          3316          98         22        93      415    2.01      6.6     7.5

             MHREO Enriched

                               20.50                      33.69            13.19          2880         104         26       117      515    1.31     11.3     7.3

                               43.00                      46.57             3.57          2666         112         27       116      522    1.19     13.0     4.8

                               59.39                      69.57            10.18          2930         119         33       128      517    1.68      9.6     4.0

                               99.54                     108.91             9.37          2490         103         22        90      386    1.00     13.3     3.3
                               -----                     ------             ----          ----         ---        ---       ---      ---    ----     ----     ---

    EC14-103                   17.27                     157.58           140.31          2974         116         30       123      525    1.73      9.2     8.3  Bottomed in 1.65% TREO

    incl.                      17.27                      43.50            26.23          3010         102         24        94      425    1.93      6.9     8.9

             MHREO Enriched

                               48.00                      54.93             6.93          2960         123         31       122      526    1.62     10.0     6.1

                               62.15                      74.75            12.60          2829         130         30       112      479    1.48     10.8     6.2

                              105.61                     148.00            42.39          2886         127         37       160      652    1.60     11.6     7.9
                              ------                     ------            -----          ----         ---        ---       ---      ---    ----     ----     ---

    EC14-104 Geotechnical hole, No Mineralization (Max 0.48% TREO)
    -------- ----------------------------------------------------

    EC14-105 Geotechnical hole, No Mineralization (Max 0.54% TREO)
    -------- ----------------------------------------------------

    EC14-106                    8.86                     139.29           130.43          2546          88         20        80      368    1.50      7.7     7.3  Bottomed in 1.37% TREO

    incl.                      89.50                     129.74            40.24          2716          88         19        74      347    1.70      6.6     6.9

             MHREO Enriched

                               71.74                      78.41             6.67          2212          89         23        95      446    1.31      9.6     6.5

                               85.77                      90.61             4.84          2776         128         33       139      648    1.50     12.0     5.4
                               -----                      -----             ----          ----         ---        ---       ---      ---    ----     ----     ---

    EC14-107                    7.43                     154.53           147.10          3000          96         23        96      511    1.81      7.6     8.3  Bottomed in 1.71% TREO

             MHREO Enriched

                               69.05                      89.63            20.58          2777         109         29       123      625    1.52     10.6     7.2
                               -----                      -----            -----          ----         ---        ---       ---      ---    ----     ----     ---

    EC14-108 Geotechnical hole, weak mineralization (Max 0.90% TREO)
    -------- ------------------------------------------------------

    EC14-109                    9.40                     154.29           144.89          2971         106         25       100      440    1.76      7.9     8.4  Bottomed in 2.08% TREO

    incl.                      13.35                      39.12            25.77          2998          99         22        82      329    2.01      5.9    10.6

    incl.                     135.10                     151.16            16.06          4030         136         33       140      632    2.26      8.4     8.2

             MHREO Enriched

                               83.50                     100.73            17.23          2770         119         30       120      516    1.33     11.9     3.4

                              116.33                     125.50             9.17          2685         100         26       109      512    1.35     10.7     3.8
                              ------                     ------             ----          ----         ---        ---       ---      ---    ----     ----     ---
    (1)            MH/T = (MREO + HREO) /
                   TREO expressed as a
                   percent.
    (2)            Composited to account for
                   2.14 m of zone
                  lost in transit, thus,
                   preventing analysis. The
                   interval will be re-
                   collected from the
                   remaining core on-site
                  Composited to account for
                   7.82 m of zone lost in
                   transit, thus, preventing
                   analysis. The interval
                   will be re-collected
                   from the remaining core
    (3)            on-site
    (4)            All samples were sent to
                   Activation Laboratories
                   of Ancaster, Ontario for
                   analysis
                  CaF2 is calculated based on
                   F analysis using a
                   conversion factor of 2.055
                   on the assumption all F is
    (5)            sourced from fluorite

NI 43-101 Disclosure

Darren L. Smith, M.Sc., P.Geol., Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd., a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the technical information in this news release.

About Commerce Resources Corp.

Commerce Resources Corp. is an exploration and development company with a particular focus on deposits of rare metals and rare earth elements. The Company is focused on the development of its Upper Fir Tantalum and Niobium Deposit in British Columbia and the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit in Quebec.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

COMMERCE RESOURCES CORP.

“David Hodge”

David Hodge

President and Director

Tel: 604.484.2700

Email: dhodge@commerceresources.com

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking information which is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements in this press release include but are not limited to reference to a potential in-pit extension to the MHREO Zone; comments related to exceeding our expectations, increased our confidence in the resource model, and the most valuable zone in the deposit; interpretation of a clear extension of the MHREO Zone; suggestions that a more extensive MHREO mineralizing system is present than originally indicated; comparisons to other known rare earth deposits; references to future development and references to any information contained in the pre-feasibility study (PEA).

These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management and its consultants at the date the information is disseminated. They are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Risks that could change or prevent these statements from coming to fruition include changing costs for mining and processing and their impact on the cut off value established; increased capital costs; changing forecasts of mine production rates; the timing and content of upcoming work programs; geological interpretations based on drilling that may change with more detailed information; potential process methods and mineral recoveries assumption based on limited test work and by comparison to what are considered analogous deposits that with further test work may not be comparable; the availability of labour, equipment and markets for the products produced; market pricing for the products produced; and despite the current expected viability of the project, conditions changing such that the minerals on our property cannot be economically mined, or that the required permits to build and operate the envisaged mine can be obtained. The forward-looking information contained herein is given as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no responsibility to update or revise such information to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.

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