Ivanhoe Australia appoints investment bank UBS to advise on its ongoing strategic partnership process

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – Jan. 30, 2012) – Robert Friedland, Chairman, and Peter Reeve, Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoe Australia Limited (TSX:IVA)(ASX:IVA), are pleased to announce the appointment of UBS Investment Bank to assist the company in inviting and evaluating proposals from potential strategic partners in its Cloncurry project portfolio.

As previously announced, Ivanhoe Australia has been actively pursuing a range of alternatives and strategic partnerships to secure the long-term funding required to progress the development of its Cloncurry projects – the Osborne Copper-Gold Project, scheduled to enter production in March; the Merlin Molybdenum-Rhenium Project; the Mount Dore Cathode Copper Project and the Mount Elliott Copper-Gold Project – as well as advancing the company's aggressive exploration program.

"As a global investment bank, UBS is well suited to assist us with approaches to large domestic and offshore companies and investors, and their appointment will formalise the strategic partnership process for us," Mr. Reeve said.

"We have held detailed discussions with a number of parties during the past few months and look forward to working closely with UBS to bring the strategic partnering process to a timely and successful conclusion."

"The interest we have received to date has been very encouraging and we expect that the sale of available minority interests in our assets would provide sufficient funding to help establish Ivanhoe Australia as one of the main base metals players in Australasia."

Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN)(NYSE:IVN)(NASDAQ:IVN) is Ivanhoe Australia's largest shareholder and currently owns, directly and indirectly, approximately 59% of Ivanhoe Australia's issued and outstanding shares.

This information is available on our website: www.ivanhoeaustralia.com

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