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Richmont Increases Mineral Reserves by 187% and Island Gold Mine Increases Mineral Reserves by 206%, With a 29% Increase in Reserve Grade

Toronto (ots/PRNewswire) - Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX - NYSE MKT: RIC) ("Richmont" or the "Corporation"), announces updated Mineral Reserves and Resources as of December 31, 2015, including a 206% increase in Mineral Reserves at the cornerstone Island Gold Mine to 561,700 gold ounces (net of depletion) at a Mineral Reserve grade of 8.26 g/t. The Beaufor Mine reported a 95% increase in Mineral Reserves to 63,850 gold ounces (net of depletion) at a Mineral Reserve grade of 6.57 g/t, which will extend mine life by more than two years. (Detailed Mineral Reserve and Resource tables can be found at the end of this press release. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated ).

2015 Mineral Reserve Highlights:

As at December 31, 2015, Richmont is reporting Mineral Reserves for the Island Gold and Beaufor Mines as summarized in the table below:

Proven and Probable Mineral 
Reserves[1][2]                               Island Gold Mine and 
Beaufor Mine                                       Gold ounces       
Grams per tonne                                             
Change                        Change     December 31          
2015      2014       (%)      2015      2014       (%)     
Island Gold Proven & Probable                  above ~400m    76,700 
90,000      (15%)     6.91      6.04       14%                  
below ~400m   485,000    93,750      417%      8.52      6.76       
26%     Island Gold Proven &     Probable                   561,700  
183,750      206%      8.26      6.39       29%     Beaufor Proven & 
Probable                    63,850    32,750       95%      6.57  
7.06       (7%)     Total Proven & Probable    625,550   217,950  
187%      8.05      6.43       25%       [1] Refer to the detailed
mineral reserve and mineral resource tables that     follow at the 
end of this press release.      [2] No changes to Mineral Reserves 
were made at the Corporation's other     properties.  

"We are very pleased with the success of our delineation drilling program at Island Gold where we converted nearly 80% of the resources from the Lower C Zone that were included in the 2015 Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") to Reserves, significantly de-risking this core operation. We now have more than 7 years of mine life based on reserves ahead of us, along with significant exploration potential both laterally and at depth," stated Renaud Adams, Chief Executive Officer. He continued, "In 2016 we will be focused on converting the remaining PEA resources and completing our 2015 exploration programs with a view to adding near-mine resources to the east and west of the PEA deposit area and confirming the high grade extension at depth. With reserve growth reported from both Island Gold and the Beaufor mines, a solid balance sheet, and an experienced management team, Richmont is in its strongest position in its 25 year history as gold producer."

"The success of our drilling program has increased our reserve inventory by almost 200% to over 625,000 ounces with reserve growth being reported from both our operations," stated Daniel Adam, Vice-President, Exploration. He continued, "In 2016, I look forward to ongoing success from our exploration programs, especially the deep directional drilling program at Island Gold where we expect that we will continue to confirm the high-grade potential of this deposit below the 1,000 metre level. At the Beaufor Mine we successfully converted ounces to reserves in the Q Zone and are confident that this deposit has the potential for additional reserve and resource growth as well as mine life extension.''

Key Assumptions

In 2015, the Corporation assumed a gold price of CAD$1,300 per ounce (CAD$1,300 per ounce in 2014) and a currency exchange rate of CAD$1.2037 to US$1.00 (CAD$1.0833 to US$1.00 in 2014) and a cut-off grade of 4.0 g/t at Island Gold (3.75 g/t in 2014) and 4.31 to 6.04 g/t at Beaufor (5.14 to 6.60 g/t in 2014).

A reconciliation of the Corporation's Mineral Gold Reserves at the Island Gold Mine and the Beaufor Mine is provided in the table below:

Island Gold 
Beaufor                                                       (oz)   
(oz)     Proven and Probable Reserves (Dec. 31/14)     183,750  
32,750     Mining Depletion                               55,040  
26,400     Reserve Addition                              432,990  
57,500     Proven and Probable Reserves (Dec. 31/15)     561,700  
63,850  

Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources

As at December 31, 2015, Richmont is also reporting Mineral Resources, which are exclusive of Mineral Reserves as summarized in the table below:

Island Gold Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources (December 31, 2015)

- 
  
  
  
  Tonnes Gold Grade Contained 
  ounces
  
  Island Gold Mine                     (MT)      (g/t)          
  (000's)
  Mineral Reserves
  above ~400m       345,000       6.91           
  76,700
  below ~400m     1,770,500       8.52          
  485,000
  Proven and Probable             2,115,500       8.26          
  561,700
  Mineral Resources
  Measured and Indicated            348,500       6.40           
  71,700
  Inferred                        2,815,000       8.49          
  768,050
  Notes to Mineral Reserves and Resources:
  Mineral Resources presented are exclusive of Mineral Reserves.
  Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have
  demonstrated economic viability. Based on a gold price of
  CAD$1,300 per ounce and an exchange rate of CAD$1.2037 to
  US$1.00.   
- Island Gold added 378,000 ounces to reserves (net of depletion of 
  approximately 55,000 production ounces) an increase of 206% with 
  average reserve grades increasing by 29% to 8.26 g/t.
- Reserves below the 400 metre level increased by 391,250 ounces, an 
  increase of 417%, with average reserve grades increasing by 26% to 
  8.52 g/t.
- Delineation drilling from the 620 metre level drift was primarily 
  focused on the conversion of Inferred Resources within the Lower C 
  Zone located in the PEA deposit area.
- Approximately 80% of the resources in the PEA deposit area have now
  been converted to reserves and the delineation drilling program in 
  2016, primarily from the proposed exploration and delineation drift
  on the 740 metre level, will be focused on converting the remaining
  resources to reserves. (see Figure 1: "Mineral Reserve and Resource
  Estimates as of December 31, 2015") 
  (http://files.newswire.ca/1459/IG_Reserve_EN.pdf)
- In 2016, the Corporation will complete the underground drilling 
  program launched in late 2015 with the objective of further adding 
  near-mine resources in 2016.
- The lateral extension and deep directional drilling programs are 
  ongoing with an objective of determining the potential of the 
  Island Gold deposit to the east and west as well as at depth below 
  the 1,000 metre level.
- Richmont expects to provide an update of the Island Gold 
  exploration drilling program in the latter part of February. 

Beaufor Mine Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources (December 31, 2015)

- 
  
  
  Contained 
  ounces
  Beaufor Mine            Tonnes (MT) Gold Grade (g/t)          
  (000's)
  Mineral Reserves
  Proven and Probable         302,100             6.57           
  63,850
  Mineral Resources
  Measured and Indicated      843,000             6.34          
  171,900
  Inferred                    135,000             6.44           
  28,000
  Notes to Mineral Reserves and Resources:
  
  Mineral Resources presented are exclusive of Mineral Reserves.
  Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have
  demonstrated economic viability. Based on a gold price of
  CAD$1,300 per ounce and an exchange rate of CAD$1.2037 = 
  US$1.00   
- The Beaufor Mine added 31,000 ounces to reserves, net of depletion 
  of 26,000 production ounces, an increase of 95%.
- The increase in reserves for the Beaufor Mine was primarily from 
  the conversion of inferred resources located in the Q Zone.
- The main focus in 2016 will be the ongoing development of the Q 
  Zone and drilling will focus on extending the Q Zone resource block
  both laterally and at depth. 

Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources Parameters

The Corporation completed its 2015 year-end Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource estimates for Island Gold and Beaufor internally, Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. (RPA) were retained to review and audit the Island Gold Mineral Reserve and Resource estimates.

For 2015 Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource estimates, Richmont used a metal price of CAD$1,300 per ounce of gold and a foreign exchange ratio of 1.2037 Canadian dollars per 1.00 U.S. dollar. The cut-off grade has increased from 3.75 g/t gold to 4.00 g/t gold at the Island Gold Mine and decreased from 5.14-6.60 g/t gold to 4.31-6.04 g/t gold at the Beaufor Mine. Dilution estimates for Island Gold increased from 18% to 19% and the minimum mining widths at Beaufor decreased from 2.4 metres to 1.9 metres for the Room and Pillar stopes and from 3.0 metres to 2.4 metres for the long hole stopes.

Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources for the Island Gold Mine were estimated using a block modelling approach with ordinary kriging interpolation. Kriging parameters are similar to last year and the density used to calculate tonnage varies from 2.82 to 2.80.

Daniel Adam, Vice-President, Exploration for Richmont Mines has reviewed the scientific and technical information contained within this press release and serves as the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

2015 Mineral Reserves and Resources

Richmont Mines 2015 Mineral Reserve and 
Resource Estimates                         December 31, 2015         
December 31, 2014                     Tonnes        Grade
Tonnes        Grade                   (metric)    
(g/t Au)       Ounces     (metric)     (g/t Au)       Ounces     
Island Gold     Mine     Proven     Reserves[2]     (above     -400m)
97,000         7.00       21,800      173,000         6.25  
34,700       Probable     Reserves[2]     (above     -400m)      
248,000         6.88       54,900      290,500         5.91       
55,300      Total Proven     & Probable     (above     -400m)        
345,000         6.91       76,700      463,500         6.04       
90,000      Proven     Reserves[2]     (below     -400m)         
266,500         7.72       66,100       86,000         6.57       
18,150      Probable     Reserves[2]     (below     -400m)       
1,504,000         8.66      418,900      345,500         6.81       
75,600      Total Proven     & Probable     (below     -400m)       
1,770,500         8.52      485,000      431,500         6.76       
93,750      Total Proven     & Probable     Reserves[2]  2,115,500   
8.26      561,700      895,000         6.39      183,750      
Measured     Resources     (above     -400m)           7,500         
5.80        1,350       26,000         5.30        4,400     
Indicated     Resources     (above     -400m)         235,500        
6.96       52,700      269,500         6.98       60,450      
Indicated     Resources[3]     (below     -400m)         105,500     
5.20       17,650      438,000        10.95      154,200      
Total     Measured &     Indicated     Resources      348,500        
6.40       71,700      733,500         9.29      219,050      
Inferred     Resources     (above     -400m)         412,500         
7.44       98,700      369,500         6.97       82,800      
Inferred     Resources[3]     (below     -400m)       2,402,500      
8.67      669,350    3,178,000         9.00      919,950      Total
Inferred     Resources    2,815,000         8.49      768,050    
3,547,500         8.79    1,002,750      Beaufor     Mine[4]     
Proven     Reserves[2]     35,600         7.31        8,350       
53,000         7.13       12,100      Probable     Reserves[2]    
266,500         6.48       55,500       91,500         7.02       
20,650      Total Proven     and Probable     Reserves       302,100 
6.57       63,850      144,500         7.06       32,750      
Measured     Resources      109,000         5.32       18,600      
111,500         5.30       19,000      Indicated     Resources      
734,000         6.50      153,300      805,500         6.60      
170,850      Total     Measured &     Indicated     Resources      
843,000         6.34      171,900      917,000         6.44      
189,850      Total     Inferred     Resources      135,000         
6.44       28,000      743,000         6.51      155,600      Monique
Mine[5]     Proven     Reserves[2]     Probable     Reserves[2]  
14,500         3.16        
1,450      Total Proven     & Probable     Reserves[2]               
14,500         3.16        1,450      
Total     Indicated     Resources      107,500         4.88       
16,850      107,500         4.88       16,850      Wasamac Gold     
Property[6]     Measured     Resources    3,124,500         2.75     
276,550    3,124,500         2.75      276,550      Indicated     
Resources   12,127,000         2.89    1,125,700   12,127,000        
2.89    1,125,700      Total     Measured &     Indicated     
Resources   15,251,500         2.86    1,402,250   15,251,500        
2.86    1,402,250      Total     Inferred     Resources   18,759,000 
2.66    1,605,400   18,759,000         2.66    1,605,400      
Francoeur     Gold     Property[6],     [7]     Measured     
Resources       40,000         5.89        7,600       40,000        
5.89        7,600      Indicated     Resources      280,000         
6.55       59,000      280,000         6.55       59,000      Total  
Measured &     Indicated     Resources      320,000         6.47   
66,600      320,000         6.47       66,600      Total     
Inferred     Resources       18,000         7.17        4,150       
18,000         7.17        4,150      Total Reserves and Resources   
Proven &     Probable     Reserves     2,417,600         8.05      
625,550    1,054,000         6.43      217,950      Measured &     
Indicated     Resources   16,870,500         3.19    1,729,300   
17,329,500         3.40    1,894,600      Inferred     Resources   
21,727,000         3.44    2,405,600   23,067,500         3.73    
2,767,900      [1] Mineral Resources presented are exclusive of 
Mineral Reserves. Mineral Resources     that are not Mineral Reserves
do not have demonstrated economic viability.      [2] In 2015, based 
on a gold price of CAD$1,300 per ounce and an exchange rate of     
CAD$1.2037 = US$1.00. (In 2014: gold price of CAD$1,300 per ounce and
CAD$1.0833 =     US$1.00).      [3] Underground Resources established
for the C Zone and six other lateral zones     below a vertical depth
of -400 metres.      [4] W Zone and 350 Zone Mineral Reserves and 
Mineral Resources are included with the     Beaufor Mine as at 
December 31, 2015 and 2014.      [5] Monique Mineral Reserves are 
open-pit, and Mineral Resources are located     underground directly 
below the open-pit.      [6] Underground Mineral Resources 
established as of December 31, 2012.      [7] Francoeur Mine closed 
in November 2012.  

About Richmont Mines Inc.

Richmont Mines has produced over 1.6 million ounces of gold from its operations in Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland since beginning production. The Corporation currently produces gold from the Island Gold Mine in Ontario, and the Beaufor Mine in Quebec. The Corporation is also advancing development of the significant high-grade resource extension at depth of the Island Gold Mine in Ontario. With 25 years of experience in gold production, exploration and development, and prudent financial management, the Corporation is well-positioned to cost-effectively build its Canadian reserve base and to successfully enter its next phase of growth. Richmont routinely posts news and other important information on its website (http://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 Mineral Reserve and Resource estimations as of December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 were performed by qualified persons as defined by Regulation 43-101 and were supervised by Mr. Daniel Adam, Geo., Ph.D., Vice-President, Exploration, an employee of Richmont Mines Inc. Please refer to the SEDAR website (http://www.sedar.com) for full reports and additional corporate documentation.

The Island Gold Mine Reserve and Resource estimate as of December 31, 2015 was performed by M. Raynald Vincent P.Eng. M.P.M., Chief Geologist, and M. Michael Pahkala, P.Eng., Technical Services Superintendent, both employees of Richmont Mines Inc., and qualified persons as defined by Regulation 43-101. A 43-101 technical report will be completed for the Island Gold Mine as of December 31, 2015, and will be filed on SEDAR within 45 days.

The Beaufor Mine Reserve and Resource estimate as of December 31, 2015 was performed by M. Jessy Thelland, Geo, B.A.Sc, Chief Geologist, and M. Louis Nkoy, P.Eng., Chief engineer, both employees of Richmont Mines Inc., and qualified persons as defined by Regulation 43-101. A 43-101 technical report will be completed for the Beaufor Mine as of December 31, 2015, and will be filed on SEDAR within 45 days.

The Reserve and Resource estimations of Beaufor and Island Gold mines were prepared using a gold price of US$1,080 (CAD$1,300) per ounce for 2015 and US$1,200 (CAD$1,300) per ounce for 2014. The resource estimation of the Francoeur Mine was established at the end of 2012 using a gold price of US$1,450 (CAD$1,450) per ounce, and was prepared by qualified persons as defined by Regulation 43-101 and was supervised by Mr. Daniel Adam, Geo., Ph.D., Vice-President, Exploration, an employee of Richmont Mines Inc. The resource estimate of the Wasamac property was established at the end of 2012 using a gold price of US$1,450 (CAD$1,450) per ounce. It was performed by Mr. Daniel Adam, Geo., Ph.D., Vice-President, Exploration, an employee of Richmont Mines Inc., and a qualified person as defined by Regulation 43-101. The Monique Mine Reserve and Resource estimate as of December 31, 2013 was established using a gold price of US$1,225 (CAD$1,300) per ounce and was performed by Mr. Daniel Adam, Geo., Ph.D., Vice-President, Exploration, an employee of Richmont Mines Inc., and a qualified person as defined by Regulation 43-101. A 43-101 technical report was completed for the first Reserve estimation of this property on July 1st, 2013, and was filed on SEDAR on September 13, 2013.

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