Silver Bear Resources Inc.
TSX : SBR

Silver Bear Resources Inc.

May 13, 2013 09:33 ET

Silver Bear Announces Private Placement Financing of up to CAD $3 Million-Provides Project Update

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Silver Bear Resources Inc. ("Silver Bear" or the "Company") (TSX:SBR) is pleased to announce that it intends to complete a private placement financing of up to 16,666,666 units ("Units") at a price of $0.18 per Unit for gross proceeds in the amount of up to $3,000,000 (the "Offering"). Each Unit shall consist of one common share of the Company (a "Common Share") and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a "Warrant"). Each Warrant will entitle the holder thereof to acquire a Common Share at the exercise price of $0.33 per share for a period of up to 36 months following the closing of the Offering.

The Company intends to use the gross proceeds of the Offering to finance its exploration program and Feasibility Study for the Mangazeisky Silver Project, to repay debt and supplement general working capital.

Pursuant to Section 607(g)(i) of the TSX Company Manual, the TSX will require the Company to obtain security holder approval for the Offering in the event that the aggregate number of common shares issuable pursuant to the Offering is greater than 25% of the number of common shares of the Company which will be outstanding, on a non-diluted basis, prior to the date of closing of the Financing. Accordingly, in the event that the Company enters into subscription agreements for more than 8,977,717 Units, it is anticipated that the Offering will close in two tranches with the second tranche, being those subscriptions in excess of 8,977,717 units completed by way of a subscription receipt financing.

The Common Shares, the Warrants, and the shares issuable upon the exercise of the Warrants, are subject to statutory resale restrictions for a period of four months and one day following closing of the Offering. Closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about May 17, 2013 and remains subject to receipt of regulatory approval, including final approval of the TSX and shareholder approval, as applicable with respect to any portion in excess of 25% of the current issued and outstanding shares of the Company on a non-diluted basis.

Project Update

Focus for the summer exploration program will be drilling and trenching high-grade near-surface Silver mineralization on the company's Mangazeisky property in Yakutia, Russia. At its Vertikalny deposit, the company plans infill diamond drilling of its existing near-surface resource estimate prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 with the intention of generating additional indicated resources for feasibility study purposes (see latest Technical Report dated January 14, 2013 filed on Sedar). Figure 1 is a long section of the Vertikalny deposit which shows blocks of ore with Silver grades above 1000 g/t Ag (shown in Red). From the figure it is evident that a number of high-grade zones exist near-surface. The total length of the ore section stretches approximately 1.7 km along strike. The company plans similar work at 2 other prospects within its Mangazeisky license area. Total amount of drilling will be approximately 3000 to 4000 meters and total trenching is expected in the 5000 cubic meter range. The company aims to achieve 10 million ounces of high-grade near-surface indicated resources from this summer's program.

Silver Bear is focused on proving up these near-surface resources to support an "early start" production option. The company's high-grade near-surface silver veins provide Silver Bear an "early start" opportunity to produce 2 million ounces/yr of Silver production using cost-effective open pit mining methods*.

The company continues to work with Russian authorities on receiving its Mining license on its Vertikalny prospect. The license application has received a technical review within Rosnedra (Russian Federal Regulator of Natural Resources), and discussions are continuing. Granting of a mining license will be a major achievement for Silver Bear and a significant step towards building a mining and processing plant at site. The company expects to receive its mining license in the second half of this year.

During the first quarter, Silver Bear management accompanied Canadian Ambassador John Sloan and met with Yakutian President Egor Borisov in Yakutsk, Russia for face-to-face discussions on the project. The Yakutian government has been openly supportive of Silver Bear's project. Discussions continue with the Yakutian government on such items as infrastructure support (roads, power, airport) which, if improved, would benefit both the local community and Silver Bear.

To view Figure 1, please visit http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Figure-1_Long-Section.pdf.

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 ticker symbol "SBR". Silver Bear has 53,866,307 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.

Mark Trevisiol P.Eng, President and CEO of Silver Bear and a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the content of this press release.

Cautionary Notes

*The ability of the Company to produce two million ounces of silver per year has not been the subject of a feasibility study and there is no certainty that the production rate or any proposed expansion will be economically viable.

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.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "1933 Act"), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) absent such registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.

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