Benton Resources Inc.
TSX VENTURE : BEX

Benton Resources Inc.

October 25, 2016 08:30 ET

Benton Options Bark Lake Cu-Ni-Pge Project to Rio Tinto

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 25, 2016) - Benton Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BEX) ("Benton" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has executed an option to joint venture agreement (the "Option") with Rio Tinto Exploration Canada Inc. ("RTEC") (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto) on the Company's 100%-owned Bark Lake copper, nickel and platinum group elements ("Cu-Ni-PGE") project. The Bark Lake project is located approximately 140km west of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Under the terms of the Option, RTEC can earn a 70% interest by incurring $3 million in exploration expenditures and by paying Benton $50,000 cash over 5 years (the "First Option"). After the First Option period, RTEC may either form a joint venture with Benton on a 70/30 basis or, at its election, increase its interest to 80% (the "Second Option") by spending an additional $5 million in exploration expenditures over 4 years and by paying Benton $100,000 cash within 30 days after electing to exercise the Second Option. Upon exercising the Second Option, RTEC may elect to form a joint venture with Benton on an 80/20 basis.

The Company is extremely pleased to have executed this agreement with RTEC.

About Benton Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BEX)

Benton Resources Inc is a well-funded Canadian-based junior with a diversified property portfolio in Gold-Silver, Nickel, Copper, and Platinum group elements.

Clinton Barr (P.Geo.), V.P. Exploration for Benton Resources Inc., is the qualified person responsible for this release.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Inc.,

Stephen Stares, President

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