Silver Bear Resources Inc.
TSX : SBR

Silver Bear Resources Inc.

August 15, 2011 07:30 ET

Mineralization Intersection on First Drill Hole Supports Contiguous Ore Zone. Silver Bear Provides Operational Update and Announces 2011 Second Quarter Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2011) - Silver Bear Resources Inc. ("Silver Bear" or the "Company") (TSX:SBR) today announces good progress on its 2011 exploration program. A total of four drills are now operating at site. The early part of the drilling program is focused on proving up extensions of the Vertikalny deposit along its strike length. To date, only 2.5 kilometers of a potential 5 kilometers strike has been explored by drilling.

"We hit mineralization in the first drill hole which was within our sparsely drilled North West section of the Vertikalny deposit", commented Nick Fox, Silver Bear's Vice President of Exploration. "This is very encouraging, and it is clear that both the Vertikalny Orezone and adjacent prospects hold great potential to grow the already significant and high grade silver resource." Nick Fox added.

The Company is targeting a 15,000 meter drilling program for this year. Since acquiring the exploration rights, Silver Bear has drilled 28,000 meters on its Mangazeisky lease, which the Vertikalny deposit is part of. An updated National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") mineral resource estimate released earlier this year has an inferred mineral resource of 31 million ounces of Silver at a grade of 554 g/tonne and an indicated mineral resource of 18 million ounces of Silver at a grade of 514 g/tonne. (NI 43-101 compliant, see news release dated March 28, 2011).

"Over the course of the last few weeks, the Company has been executing on a drilling exploration program initiated only three months ago. The Silver Bear team headed by Randy Lewis (General Director in Russia for Silver Bear) have really made things happen, and we have strengthened that team with the recent addition of Nick Fox as our VP of Exploration" said Mark Trevisiol, President and CEO of Silver Bear.

In addition, Silver Bear plans to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) at the Mangazeisky Project in the third quarter of 2011. Silver Bear has also commissioned a Russian Feasibility Study and Russian reserve estimate, which will be submitted to Russian authorities in the fourth quarter of 2011 as part of the process of obtaining a mining license.

"The Mangazeisky Project hosts an attractive silver deposit with significant exploration potential. The team is eagerly working on the expanded exploration program and are excited by the potential of making this Russia's next Silver producing mine," added Mark Trevisiol.

Silver Bear also announces today its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). All dollar amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Financial Results

Silver Bear incurred a total comprehensive loss for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 of $1.20 million, ($0.03 per share) and $1.88 million ($0.05 per share) respectively. This compares to a total comprehensive loss of $0.41 million ($0.01 per share) and $1.53 million ($0.04 per share) respectively for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010. Exploration costs were $0.48 million and $0.78 million compared to $0.32 million and $0.88 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 respectively. General and administrative expenses were $0.44 million and $0.75 million compared to $0.50 million and $0.88 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 respectively. Non-cash items were $0.27 million and $0.53 million compared to $0.17 million and $0.36 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 respectively. Interest income and foreign exchange were nominal at $0.00 million for all reported and comparative periods.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At June 30, 2011, Silver Bear had cash and cash equivalents of $13.85 million. The Company has no debt outstanding. Silver Bear anticipates that it has a sufficient amount of cash and cash equivalents to meet its near term objectives. Silver Bear has budgeted for 5,000 cubic metres of trenching and 15,000 metres of drilling in 2011 at a cost of $10.0 million with an additional $1.6 million of corporate costs. Including the proceeds from the May 11, 2011 private placement, cash and cash equivalents as of July 31, 2011 were $10.78 million.

Silver Bear Resources Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position
(Canadian dollars)
(Unaudited)
June 30, December 31,
2011 2010
(Note 5)
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 13,852,028 11,114,277
Receivable 204,802 24,117
Inventories 1,138,599 1,097,946
Prepaid expenses 661,613 37,697
Total current assets 15,857,042 12,274,037
Non-current assets
Mineral property 1,152,898 1,085,277
Property, plant and equipment 689,423 900,072
Total assets 17,699,363 14,259,386
LIABILITIES
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 359,993 301,535
Non-current liabilities
Asset retirement obligation 629,879 588,609
Total liabilities 989,872 890,144
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Capital Stock 78,728,748 73,771,289
Contributed surplus 9,427,112 9,166,433
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (76,138) (211,508)
Deficit (71,370,231) (69,356,972)
Total shareholders' equity 16,709,491 13,369,242
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 17,699,363 14,259,386
Silver Bear Resources Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Loss
For the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010
(Canadian dollars)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Income
Interest income 31,760 17,050 57,123 27,402
Other income - 512,940 - 512,940
31,760 529,990 57,123 540,342
Expenses
Exploration costs 475,504 322,813 781,323 877,560
General and administrative 441,724 497,936 747,501 876,626
Amortization 106,455 162,335 268,015 327,148
Share-based payment 167,809 10,005 264,713 31,992
Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment - - - (1,922 )
Interest expense 2,297 2,218 4,536 4,498
Foreign exchange loss 2,023 (6,854 ) 4,294 (3,317 )
Expenses from operations 1,195,812 988,453 2,070,382 2,112,585
Total Loss for the period (1,164,052 ) (458,463 ) (2,013,259 ) (1,572,243 )
Other comprehensive income (loss)
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations (36,990 ) 46,120 135,370 47,093
Total Comprehensive Loss for the period (1,201,042 ) (412,343 ) (1,877,889 ) (1,525,150 )
Deficit - Beginning of the period (70,206,179 ) (68,178,213 ) (69,356,972 ) (66,580,685 )
Deficit - End of the period (71,370,231 ) (68,636,676 ) (71,370,231 ) (68,152,928 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding 39,461,699 37,935,569 38,710,379 37,935,569
Silver Bear Resources Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity
For the six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010
(Canadian dollars)
(Unaudited)

Share
capital

Contri-buted
surplus
Accumu-lated
other
compre-hensive
income


Deficit


Total equity
Balance - January 1, 2011 73,771,289 9,166,433 (211,508 ) (69,356,972 ) 13,369,242
Net loss for the period - - - (2,013,259 ) (2,013,259 )
Other comprehensive income (net of tax):
Cumulative translation adjustment - - 135,370 - 135,370
Other comprehensive income (loss) for the period - - 135,370 (2,013,259 ) (1,877,889 )
Share based payment - 264,713 - - 264,713
Options exercised 8,234 (4,034 ) 4,200
Net proceeds from issuance shares in private placement 4,949,225 4,949,225
Balance - June 30, 2011 78,728,748 9,427,112 (76,138 ) (71,370,231 ) 16,709,491
Balance - January 1, 2010 73,771,289 9,089,843 - (67,064,433 ) 15,796,699
Net loss for the period - - - (1,572,243 ) (1,572,243 )
Other comprehensive income (net of tax):
Cumulative translation adjustment - - (47,093 ) - (47,093 )
Other comprehensive income (loss) for the period - - (47,093 ) (1,572,243 ) (1,619,336 )
Share-based payment - 31,992 - - 31,992
Balance - June 30, 2010 73,771,289 9,121,835 (47,093 ) (68,636,676 ) 14,209,355

Mark Trevisiol P.Eng, President and CEO of the Company and a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release.

Silver Bear Resources Inc.

The primary business of the Company is the evaluation, acquisition, exploration and development of silver properties in the Russian Federation. The Company's principal focus is the Mangazeisky exploration lease, over which Silver Bear has exclusive exploration rights. It is located approximately 400 kilometres north of Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, Yakutia in the Russian Federation.

Silver Bear Resources Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and its common shares trade under the symbol "SBR". Silver Bear has 44,203,902 issued and outstanding common shares. Other information relating to Silver Bear is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com as well as on the Company's website at www.silverbearresources.com.

Forward-Looking Information

This release and subsequent oral statements made by and on behalf of the Company may contain forward-looking statements, which reflect management's expectations. Wherever possible, words such as "intends", "expects", "scheduled", "estimates", "anticipates", "believes" and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, have been used to identify these forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this release reflect management's current beliefs based upon information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Silver Bear cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. A number of factors could cause events and achievements to differ materially from the results expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Such risks factors include but are not limited to risks factors identified by Silver Bear in its continuous disclosure filings filed from time to time on SEDAR. These factors should be considered carefully and prospective investors should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve significant known and unknown risks, assumptions and uncertainties that may cause Silver Bear's actual results, events, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although Silver Bear has attempted to identify important risks and factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors and risks that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, prospective investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and Silver Bear assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, unless otherwise required by law.

Effective June 15, 2011, the head office of Silver Bear Resources has been relocated to:

65 Queen Street West
Suite 805, P.O. Box 71
Toronto, ON M5H 2M5

For further details, please visit www.silverbearresources.com.

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