Premium Exploration Inc.

Premium Exploration Inc.

June 05, 2007 09:45 ET

Premium Exploration Announces $5,000,000 Joint Venture Agreement for its Chrome Mountain PGM Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) - Premium Exploration, Inc. (TSX VENTURE:PEM) ("Premium") ( is pleased to announce a Joint Venture Agreement on its Chrome Mountain Platinum Group Metals project with Beartooth Platinum Corporation ("Beartooth") (TSX VENTURE:BTP). Premium's Chrome Mountain PGM Project ("Project") is located in the Stillwater Complex in the State of Montana, United States of America. Under the terms and conditions of the Joint Venture Agreement Premium will contribute its Chrome Mountain Project exclusive of the Pine Claim Gold Shear Zone to the Joint Venture, which Premium will retain and explore independently of the Joint Venture.

The new Joint Venture Agreement follows the successful completion of the 2006 exploration program. The 2006 work included 2,300 soil samples and documented a major Cu-Ni-PGM anomaly with soil grades up to 1.4 grams PGM from Premium's property (See Premium Exploration Press Release May 24, 2007).

For participating in the Joint Venture Premium will receive the following:

1) Reimbursement of 50% of its previously incurred exploration expenditures on the Chrome Mountain Project.

2) Upon Beartooth completing three million dollars (US$3,000,000) in exploration expenditures on the Project to vest its 50% interest in the project ("Initial BTP Vesting Expenditures"), Premium, can at its option maintain its 50% interest in the project by paying for its pro-rata share of exploration expenditures above the Initial BTP Vesting Expenditures if Premium declines the Participatory Option, Beartooth can earn an additional 30% by spending an additional US$2,000,000. Upon Beartooth's completion of five million dollars (US$5,000,000) of cumulative exploration expenditures on the Project by January 1, 2011, Premium will retain a twenty percent (20%) carried interest in the Project and Beartooth will own an eighty percent (80%) participatory interest in the Project.

3) A one percent (1%) Net Smelter Royalty ("NSR") on both Premium's and Beartooth's properties.

Mr. Del Steiner, President and CEO of Premium, states, "Premium is very excited to be working with Beartooth Platinum Corporation. Along with Beartooth's aggressive drill program they bring substantial Platinum Group Metals expertise and resources to our Chrome Mountain Project. We look forward to working with them to fully develop the potential of the Chrome Mountain Project."

Mr. Michael D. Johnson, P.Geo, President and CEO, commented, "This agreement is an important step in the exploration and development of the B-Chromitite PGM zone. The agreement increases the total strike length of the prospective horizon available for exploration by Beartooth to 20 kilometers, of which 15 kilometres has now been covered by soil geochemical surveys. The resultant soil anomaly is clearly reflective of continuous bedrock PGM mineralization, which we believe is associated with the B Chromitite. We are extremely excited by the results of last year's work, and we look forward to this year's drilling campaign where we will test this high quality target along much of its strike length and which we expect to commence at the end of June. Beartooth anticipates 20,000 feet of drilling which is double that accomplished in 2006."

Overview of the Stillwater Complex and Chrome Mountain Project:

The Chrome Mountain Project is located in the Stillwater mafic intrusive complex 120 kilometres south of Billings, Montana. The property parallels the JM reef, currently being mined from two sites by the Stillwater Mining Company (NYSE:SWC) for approximately 8 1/2 kilometers on the "B" Chromites.

Stillwater Mining Company produced approximately 500,000 oz of PGM's in 2006. The JM reef runs the entire 41 kilometre length of the Stillwater Complex, and models the Merensky reef in the Bushveld Complex in South Africa; the B Chromitites at Stillwater are thought to mimic the UG2 Chromitites, also in the Bushveld. The UG2 chromitites account for approximately 64% of the PGM production from the Bushveld.

Qualified Person:

Mr. Wilf Struck, P.Eng., geologic consultant to the Company, is the Qualified Person ("QP") responsible for the technical disclosure in this press release, in accordance with National Instrument 43-101.

About Premium Exploration, Inc.:

Premium Exploration, Inc. specializes in precious metals exploration in North America; current holdings are in Montana, USA and Mexico. The Company has an aggressive program of project acquisition and resource definition in Mexico. Premium's goal is to explore, discover and quickly advance precious metal deposits that are strategically located in areas that would allow their profitable extraction, with minimal political, social or environmental risks. By acquiring prospects internally and financing some of them through joint venture partners, the company is able to maximize the potential for discovery while mitigating risk and increasing shareholder value. More information can be found on our website at

Premium Exploration's Current Projects
Project Location Commodity Position Mineralization Snapshot
Chrome Montana, PGM - Pt, 970 Platinum, Located within
Mountain USA Pd,Rh hectares palladium and the Stillwater
(2,397 acres) rhodium within Complex, host
50% owned chromitite to the only
layers of the producing
Stillwater primary platinum
Complex and palladium
mine in the USA.
Project in a
Joint Venture
with Beartooth
Nueva Nayarit, Ag/Au 17,000 High grade Epithermal vein
Galicia Mexico hectares epithermal vein systems aligned
(42,000 systems and along a
acres) breccias. structural
Option to corridor over a
earn 100% distance of 10
km (6 mi.).
Three parallel
vein systems
have been mapped
in detail for a
total of 4500
meters to date -
the target of
Phase I drill
scheduled for
San Jalisco, Ag/Au/Zn 1,136 High-grade, Phase I
Pedro Mexico hectares epithermal vein exploration
Analco (2,800 acres) systems and program
Option to breccias highlights:
earn 100%
- 1,390.7 g/t Ag
and 0.085 g/t Au
over 3.15 meters

- 534.5 g/t Ag and
0.787 g/t Au
over 3.5 meters
Dos Nayarit, Ag/Au/Cu/ 3,230 Veins and bulk- Select grab
Amigos Mexico Zn/Pb hectares tonnage gold/ sample returned
(7,985 acres) silver 8.3 g/t gold and
Option to 15,276 g/t (445
earn 100% oz./ton) silver
as well as 7.2%
copper, 4.5%
lead and 17.2%
Rosa- Nayarit, Au/Ag 300 Veins and bulk- Preliminary
morada Mexico hectares tonnage gold/ results pending.
(740 acres) silver
Option to
earn 100%

This press release contains certain "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Security Exchange Act of 1934, and involves a number of risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed in the Company's documents filed from time to time with the TSX Venture Exchange and the British Columbia Securities Commission. All statements, other than of historical fact, included herein are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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