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Richmont Mines Inc.

November 29, 2011 07:30 ET

Richmont Announces Completion of 2011 Drilling Program at Wasamac; Updated Resource Calculation Expected in Mid-December

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2011) - Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX:RIC)(NYSE Amex:RIC), ("Richmont" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that it has completed more than 50,000 metres of drilling in 2011 on its Wasamac property (the "Property").

Highlights:

  • New 2011 drill results include: 2.45 g/t Au over 37.14 metres and 6.11 g/t Au over 4.01 metres in Zone 1, and 3.63 g/t Au over 12.87 metres and 2.96 g/t Au over 11.26 metres in Zone 3 (true width). In addition, 5.21 g/t Au over 12.0 metres (core length) has been cut outside the shear zone in the footwall of Zone 3;
  • Results from 46,795 metres of drilling in 2011 received; Winter 2012 drilling program being prepared;
  • Updated resource calculation planned for mid-December 2011; Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") of the project anticipated for the end of Q1 2012.

Martin Rivard, President and CEO, commented: "Our exploration program on Wasamac has been the largest drill campaign in Richmont's history, and we are pleased by the work that has been accomplished by our exploration team. Drill results continue to reaffirm our optimism for Wasamac's potential for an underground bulk-mining operation. We now have results from 46,795 metres of surface exploration drilling in 2011, and are currently interpreting this data for an updated resource calculation for Wasamac, which we expect to finalize in mid-December. Following this, we plan to complete a PEA for the Property at the end of the first quarter of 2012."

TABLE 1
NEW WASAMAC DRILL RESULTS
(1)
Hole
Number
Length
(metres)
From
(metres)
To
(metres)
True Width
(metres)
Cut
Grade
(2)
(g/t Au)
Zone Vertical
depth of
Inter-
section
(meters)
WS-11-100 676 597.80 615.30 12.87 3.63 3 600
WS-11-101 802 761.50 768.75 No significant value. 1 759
WS-11-102 546 476.45 482.00 4.53 1.24 1 450
WS-11-103 24 Abandoned, wrong deviation. Restarted with WS-11-103A.
WS-11-103A 573 518.70 523.90 4.00 0.54 3 508
WS-11-104 42 Abandoned, wrong deviation. Restarted with WS-11-104A.
WS-11-104A 863 811.60 830.00 14.16 0.89 1 797
WS-11-105 810 762.00 775.00 9.35 1.31 1 758
WS-11-106 576 465.80 478.70 10.56 2.21 3 451
WS-11-107 531 445.00 448.00 3.00 (3) 5.09 Outside known mineralized zone.
497.00 502.17 4.01 6.11 1 469
WS-11-108 822 779.00 793.00 10.51 1.23 1 775
WS-11-109 21 Abandoned, wrong deviation. Restarted with WS-11-109A.
WS-11-109A 461 370.70 375.77 4.86 2.11 3 302
WS-11-110 660 568.50 574.12 4.00 0.92 3 564
WS-11-111 450 399.25 410.10 10.22 2.01 1 334
WS-11-112 951 908.18 915.55 5.24 1.87 1 902
WS-11-113 30 Abandoned, wrong deviation. Restarted with WS-11-113A.
WS-11-113A 486 431.55 443.00 11.26 2.96 3 316
WS-11-114 525 461.20 466.80 4.67 1.90 1 436
WS-11-115 588 532.00 541.00 7.24 0.61 3 515
WS-11-116 824 675.70 680.00 No significant value. 1 570
WS-11-117 516 471.00 479.00 7.36 1.86 3 423
WS-11-118 525 489.55 494.24 4.00 0.95 3 457
WS-11-119 680 597.90 605.60 5.58 1.83 3 593
WS-11-120 585 508.85 538.60 24.52 1.58 3 491
WS-11-121 504 456.50 464.20 6.98 2.27 3 395
WS-11-122 555 422.20 426.30 4.02 0.55 3 310
WS-11-123 826 703.20 748.00 37.14 2.45 1 675
WS-11-124 600 454.80 469.70 14.17 1.98 3 363
WS-11-125 525 451.10 457.00 5.51 1.85 3 389
WS-11-126 78 Abandoned, wrong deviation. Restarted with WS-11-126A.
WS-11-126A 510 440.85 448.80 7.48 2.55 3 370
WS-11-127 576 477.65 489.70 10.67 2.28 3 432
WS-11-129 579 449.60 455.90 6.02 3.32 3 368
522.00 534.00 12.00 (3) 5.21 Note(4) 427
WS-11-130 537 470.50 488.50 15.94 1.21 3 414
Metres
drilled:
18,857
(1) Please see the Regulation 43-101 at the end of this release for full analysis details.
(2) High values are cut at 34.28 g/t.
(3) Core length, not true width.
(4) Outside of the shear zone, in the footwall of Zone 3.

Chart 1: Longitudinal Section - Wasamac: 2011 exploration results to date : http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Chart-1-Wasamac.pdf

Additional details about the Wasamac Property

As of December 31, 2010, the Wasamac property had estimated Measured and Indicated Resources of 5,093,180 tonnes grading 2.51 g/t Au for 411,073 ounces of gold, and Inferred Resources of 11,515,020 tonnes grading 2.72 g/t Au for 1,007,875 ounces of gold.

The 7.58 k (757.65 hectare) Wasamac property is located 15 km west of Richmont's headquarters in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, in the heart of the Abitibi gold mining district and is less than 10 km east of the Francoeur Mine. The past-producing Wasamac Mine produced a total of 1.9 million metric tonnes at an average grade of 4.16 g/t Au between 1965 and 1971. This production generated 252,923 ounces of gold, mostly from the Main Zone.

About Richmont Mines Inc.

Richmont has produced over 1,200,000 ounces of gold from its operations in Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland since beginning production in 1991. The Corporation currently produces gold from its Island Gold and Beaufor mines, and is currently advancing its Francoeur Mine to commercial production, which should increase Richmont's production to 100,000 ounces of gold on an annual basis. With extensive experience in gold exploration, development and mining, the Corporation is well positioned to cost-effectively build its Canadian reserve base through a combination of organic growth, strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Richmont routinely posts news and other important information on its website (www.richmont-mines.com).

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that include risks and uncertainties. When used in this news release, the words "estimate", "project", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "believe", "hope", "may" and similar expressions, as well as "will", "shall" and other indications of future tense, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and apply only as of the date on which they were made.

The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements include changes in the prevailing price of gold, the Canadian-United States exchange rate, grade of ore mined and unforeseen difficulties in mining operations that could affect revenue and production costs. Other factors such as uncertainties regarding government regulations could also affect the results. Other risks may be set out in Richmont Mines' Annual Information Form, Annual Reports and periodic reports.

Cautionary note to US investors concerning resource estimates

Information in this press release is intended to comply with the requirements of the Toronto Stock Exchange and applicable Canadian securities legislation, which differ in certain respects with the rules and regulations promulgated under the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended ("Exchange Act"), as promulgated by the SEC. The reserve and resource estimates in this press release were prepared in accordance with Regulation 43-101 adopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators. The requirements of Regulation 43-101 differ significantly from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").

U.S. Investors are urged to consider the disclosure in our annual report on Form 20-F, File No. 001-14598, as filed with the SEC under the Exchange Act, which may be obtained from us (without cost) or from the SEC's web site: http://sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

Regulation 43-101

The exploration program was conducted by qualified persons as defined by Regulation 43-101. Specifically, the program was overseen by Mr. Daniel Adam, Geo., Ph.D., Exploration Manager, a qualified person as defined by Regulation 43-101, and an employee of Richmont Mines Inc. The analyses were conducted at the Lab-Expert laboratory in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, by means of fire assay fusion with atomic absorption (AA) and gravimetric finish. 20% of samples (pulps and rejects) of the mineralized zones are being sent to the Techni-Lab (Actlabs) laboratory in Ste-Germaine-Boulé.

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