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                                        Mirabela Launches Equity Capital Raising
                 Perth, Australia – 15 May 2012: Mirabela Nickel Ltd (TSX: MNB, ASX: MBN)(“Mirabela” or the
                 “Company”) has today launched an Offer to raise up to approximately A$120m through a Strategic
                 Placement to Resource Capital Fund V L.P. (“RCFV”) and an accelerated pro-rata non-renounceable
                 entitlement offer (together the “Offer”).

                 The Offer will consist of:
                     • A Strategic Placement to RCFV to raise approximately A$20 million at a fixed price of A$0.40 per
                         share (“Strategic Placement”), a premium of approximately 18% to the last close on the ASX on
                         Monday, 14 May 2012 of A$0.34; and
                     • 8 for 13 accelerated pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer to all eligible shareholders to
                         raise up to approximately A$100 million at a fixed price of A$0.30 (C$0.302) (“Offer Price”) per
                         new share (“Entitlement Offer”).

                 RCFV has committed to subscribe for its pro-rata entitlements (post the Strategic Placement) under the
                 Entitlement Offer. In addition, RCFV has committed to subscribe for further shares in the event of a
                 shortfall of subscriptions by existing shareholders up to a maximum total investment of US$40 million
                 under both the Strategic Placement and Entitlement Offer.

                 The funds raised under the Offer will be used to strengthen Mirabela’s balance sheet, for general
                 working capital purposes and to increase the company’s financial flexibility. The Offer Price represents
                 an 11.8% discount to the closing price of the Company’s shares on the ASX on 14 May 2012 and an 8.6%
                 discount to TERP 1.

                 Shares issued under the Offer will rank equally with existing shares in Mirabela. Entitlements not taken
                 up in the institutional component of the Entitlement Offer will be placed to institutional investors by
                 way of an institutional bookbuild at the same price as the Entitlement Offer.

                 Completion of the Offer is subject to receipt of conditional listing approval from the TSX. In Canada, the
                 Offer will only be open to shareholders that are accredited investors as defined under NI 45-106 in
                 Canada. The Retail Entitlement Offer will not be open to residents of Canada.

                 Macquarie Capital (Australia) Limited is acting as Sole Lead Manager and Global Bookrunner to the
                 Offer.




                 1. The theoretical market price for shares in Mirabela immediately following the Offer assuming the Entitlement Offer is fully
                 subscribed and all shares are placed, based on the closing price of a share in Mirabela on 14 May 2012, and including the Strategic
                 Placement.
                 2. At an AUD/CAD exchange rate of 1.00 as at 14 May 2012




    ABN 23 108 161 593 Level 21, Allendale Square, 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Tel: +61 8 9324 1177, Fax: +61 8 9324 2171
The key dates for the Entitlement Offer are:


 Launch of Entitlement Offer                                             Tuesday, 15 May 2012

 Institutional Offer and Bookbuild                                       Tuesday, 15 May 2012

 Settlement of Strategic Placement to RCFV                               Thursday, 17 May 2012

 Entitlement Offer Record Date                                           7.00pm (AEST) on Friday, 18 May 2012

 Retail Offer Opening Date                                               Monday, 21 May 2012

 Institutional Entitlement Offer Settlement Date                         Monday, 28 May 2012

 Shares Commence Trading (Institutional Offer)                           Tuesday, 29 May 2012

 Retail Entitlement Offer Closing Date                                   Monday, 4 June 2012

 Retail Entitlement Offer Settlement Date                                Friday, 8 June 2012

 Shares Commence Trading (Retail Offer)                                  Wednesday, 13 June 2012

 Despatch of Holding Statements to Retail Shareholders                   Friday, 15 June 2012

This timetable is indicative only and may change, subject to the requirements of the ASX Listing Rules and the Corporations Act
2001 (Cth). Mirabela reserves the right to change these dates without prior notice. All references to time are to Australian Eastern
Standard Time (AEST).




RCF is a mining focused investment advisor mandated to make investments exclusively in the mining
About Resource Capital Fund Management LLC (“RCF”)

sector. RCF was established in 1998 with offices in Denver, New York, Perth and Toronto.

RCF engage in an extensive due diligence process and look to invest only in companies of high quality
with good assets that create sustainable long term value for all stakeholders. With strong technical and
commercial expertise RCF play a proactive role in the strategic development and direction of businesses
in which they invest.

RCF have a well qualified, experienced investment team of 29 professionals whom have held positions
on more than 40 mining company boards.

For more information please see www.resourcecapitalfunds.com




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Shareholder Enquiries

Eligible retail shareholders will be sent further details about the Entitlement Offer via a retail offer
booklet expected to be lodged with ASX on 21 May 2012 and despatched on the same date.
Retail shareholders who have questions relating to the Entitlement Offer should call the Mirabela offer
information line on +618 9389 8033 Monday to Friday before 5 June 2012 or go to the Mirabela website
(www.mirabela.com.au).

Further information in relation to the matters described in this announcement including important
notices, key risks and key assumptions is set out in an investor presentation released today to the ASX
by Mirabela. The information in the Important Notices section of that presentation applies to this
announcement as if set out in full in this announcement.

Hardy Bowen is Mirabela’s legal adviser in relation to the Entitlement Offer.


For further information please contact:

Bill Bent                                                 Ian Purdy
VP Business Development                                   Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mirabela Nickel Limited                                   Mirabela Nickel Limited
Telephone: +61 433 790 070                                Telephone: +61 8 9324 1177
billb@mirabela.com.au


This announcement has been prepared by Mirabela Nickel Limited (ABN 23 108 161 593) (Mirabela). No party
Important information and disclaimer

other than Mirabela has authorised or caused the issue, lodgement, submission, despatch or provision of this
announcement, or takes responsibility for, or makes or purports to make any statements, representations or
undertakings in this announcement.

Macquarie Capital (Australia) Limited (ABN 70 123 199 548) (Macquarie) and its related bodies corporate,
directors, employees, servants and agents (Affiliates) make no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, as
to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement or any statement contained in it. Except for any liability
which cannot be excluded by law, Macquarie and its Affiliates expressly disclaim and accept no responsibility or
liability (including liability for negligence) for any expenses, losses, damages or costs incurred as a result of
participation in the Offer or the information in this announcement being inaccurate or due to information being
omitted from this announcement. Macquarie and its Affiliates make no recommendation as to whether you or your
related entities or persons should participate in the Offer nor do any of them make any representations or
warranties to you concerning the Offer or in relation to securities in the Company.

NOT FOR RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION IN THE UNITED STATES
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities in the
United States or in any other jurisdiction in which such an offer would be illegal. The New Shares have not been, and
will not be, registered under the Securities Act or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the
United States. Accordingly, the New Shares may not be offered or sold to persons in the United States except
pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act
and applicable state securities laws.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO NOMINEES: Because of legal restrictions, you must not send copies of this announcement
or any material relating to the Entitlement Offer to any of your clients (or any other person) in the United States, and
on whose behalf you are the registered owner of shares. Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in
violations of applicable securities laws.




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