Richmont Mines

Richmont Mines' Exploration Drilling Continues to Intersect Significant Gold Mineralization at Island Gold Both Laterally and at Depth and Intersects 9.71 g/t Over 8.00 Metres at the Kremzar Mine Regional Target

Toronto (ots/PRNewswire) - - Deep Drilling Intersects 18.03 g/t over 5.70 metres; Near-Mine Lateral Drilling Intersects 33.32 g/t over 2.60 metres and 9.99 g/t over 6.65 metres

Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX - NYSE MKT: RIC) ("Richmont" or the "Corporation") is providing an update on the previously announced Island Gold exploration drilling program (Figure 1 (http://files.newswire.ca/1459/Figure_1_Eng.pdf)), which continues to demonstrate the significant potential of the cornerstone Island Gold Mine.

The exploration drilling program commenced in September 2015 and is now focused on three key priorities: 1) Testing the lateral continuity of the known deposit to potentially extend mine life above the 1,000 metre level; 2) following up on gold intersections down plunge that support the potential for an extension of the deposit between the 1,000 and 1,500 metre levels; and 3) testing high-priority regional gold targets elsewhere across the prospective Island Gold property.

"These positive results on the eastern extension along strike, directly adjacent to the main deposit area, could be incorporated into our near-term mine plan. We are also pleased to report significant intersections further east, approximately one kilometer from the main deposit that we will continue to explore" stated Renaud Adams, President and CEO. He continued, "The deep directional drilling program continues to confirm the higher-grade, wider mineralized zones at depth below the 1,000 metre level. We are very encouraged that all of the holes successfully intercepted the mineralized structure and that the average grade and thickness continue to be consistent at depth."

"We are very pleased with the positive drill intercepts from the eastern lateral exploration as they continue to indicate that the mine deposit remains open to the east" stated Daniel Adam, Vice-President, Exploration. He continued, "The deep directional drilling program continues to intersect the main structure with the results to date confirming that the zone is still robust and open in all directions. Our broader exploration initiative across the property has given us some very interesting initial results below the old Kremzar mine, which will support additional drilling in this area. Our aggressive exploration initiatives are meeting with success and we are excited by the potential to identify additional resources along strike, at depth and elsewhere on the larger Island Gold Mine property."

Highlights from the drilling program to date include:

Lateral Exploration (Figure 2 (http://files.newswire.ca/1459/Figure_2_Eng.pdf) )

Exploration drilling in 2015 discovered that the favourable Island Gold mineralized structure extends to the east of the main deposit area above the 1,000 metre level. The current drilling program successfully demonstrates the potential to increase the resource inventory to the east, as well as the potential for vertical extensions of the previously defined resource blocks in the Extension 1 and Extension 2 areas of the mine. The focus remains on further identifying the potential to extend the Phase 1 mine life in this area to the east, along strike of the main deposit and above the 1,000 metre level.

The planned 56,000 metre lateral exploration program is expected to be completed in the second quarter, with approximately 46,800 metres completed to date. Drilling is being conducted from surface (9,500 metres) from the exploration drifts on the 450 and 620 metre levels (36,000 metres), from the 190 metre level (5,500 metres) and from the 340 metre level (5,000 metres). The program is expected to be completed in the second quarter.

Highlights include (all results are reported with estimated true width and high grade capped at 95 g/t gold):

- Hole 620-536-32: 11.14 g/t gold over 2.15 metres
- Hole 620-536-32: 11.14 g/t gold over 2.15 metres
- Hole 620-550-16: 6.22 g/t over 2.28 metres
- Hole 620-550-17: 6.35 g/t gold over 3.29 metres
- Hole 340-580-11: 8.07 g/t gold over 2.07 metres (parallel zone)
- Hole 340-580-11: 15.27 g/t gold over 1.64 metres
- Hole 340-588-01: 17.60 g/t gold over 1.79 metres (parallel zone)
- Hole 340-588-01: 9.99 g/t gold over 6.65 metres
- Hole 340-588-02: 8.37 g/t gold over 1.85 metres (parallel zone)
- Hole 340-588-03: 5.16 g/t gold over 6.93 metres (parallel zone)
- Hole 340-588-03: 11.36 g/t gold over 1.26 metres (parallel zone)
- Hole GD-590-02: 33.32 g/t gold over 2.60 metres
- Hole GD-630-01: 12.84 g/t gold over 0.98 metres 

Due to the significantly favourable results from this recent drilling to the east, better access for drilling, and its proximity to the existing mining operations, drilling to test the potential extension to the west of the known Island Gold deposit will be deferred until a subsequent program.

Deep Directional Drilling (Figure 3 (http://files.newswire.ca/1459/Figure_3_Eng.pdf) )

The deep directional drilling program was designed to test the down plunge extension of the deposit between the 860 and 1,500 metre levels and to follow-up on a single deep hole from surface that intersected 19.87 g/t gold over 3.93 metres at a depth of 1,200 metres. The objective of the deep drilling program is to test the deposit at depth and to increase confidence in the vertical extension of the deposit for significant potential resource growth.

High grade gold values continue to be intersected, including 18.03 g/t gold over 5.70 metres, 14.71 g/t gold over 1.53 metres and 11.72 g/t gold over 4.80 metres, which increase our confidence of the interpreted high grade zone at depth. To date, approximately 16,000 metres (15 holes) of the planned 23,000 metres (30 holes) of drilling have been completed, including 3 pilot holes and 12 wedged holes. A fourth drill was added to support the advancement of the drilling program that will focus on targets to the west of the first dyke that marks the limit between the Main Zone and Extension 1 areas. As a result, a further 5,000 metres of drilling have been added to the program, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter.

All of the 15 holes completed to date intersected the main mineralized structure and 60% (9 holes of 15) intersected gold values greater than 4.0 g/t gold over estimated true widths greater than 4.0 metres. The equal weighted average of these 9 holes, considering grades and true width, is respectively 12.04 g/t gold over 5.06 metres.

Highlights include (all results are reported with estimated true width and high grade capped at 95 g/t gold):

- Hole MH2A: 18.03 g/t gold over 5.70 metres
- Hole MH2A-1: 14.71 g/t gold over 1.53 metres
- Hole MH1-5: 11.72 g/t gold over 4.8 metres
- Hole MH3-5: 6.03 g/t gold over 7.07 metres 

Regional Surface Exploration (Figure 4 (http://files.newswire.ca/1459/Figure_4_Eng.pdf) )

Drilling completed in the old Kremzar Mine area tested the extension of the previously mined mineralized zone at depth, with 2,655 metres of drilling (3 holes) completed to date. Results confirm the extension of the mineralized quartz veins at depth (Main zone and subsidiary zones) and a significant new gold zone of 9.71 g/t gold over 8.00 metres (core length) was intersected in hole KZ-16-02 at a vertical depth of about 600 metres.

Highlights include:

- Hole KZ-16-01: 36.97 g/t gold over 0.80 metres (core length, 
  subsidiary vein, about 230 metres below the bottom of the ramp)
- Hole KZ-16-01: 27.05 g/t gold over 0.61 metres (core length, 
  subsidiary vein, about 295 metres below the bottom of the ramp)
- Hole KZ-16-01: 6.49 g/t gold over 1.97 metres (core length, 
  subsidiary vein, about 325 metres below the bottom of the ramp)
- Hole KZ-16-02: 9.71 g/t gold over 8.00 metres (core length, 
  subsidiary vein, about 350 metres below the bottom of the ramp), 
  including 20.76 g/t gold over 3.32 metres (core length) 

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. Except as may be required by law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation and disclaims any responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this news release.

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 geological data in this news release has been reviewed 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.

   
                                     LATERAL EXPLORATION


(East of Main Zone)

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Grade   Cut Grade          Vertical


depth of
                                              True        
Intersec
                 Length     From      
To     Width                                 tion
    Hole Number 
(metres)  (metres) (metres) (metres) (g/t Au) (g/t Au)    Zone   
(metres)

    620-531-33     309     252.41   255.80    2.24     2.17
2.17       C       790
    620-536-32     351     264.00   267.50
2.15    11.14     11.14      C       809
    620-543-19     150   
109.50   112.25    2.41     2.53     2.53      E1E      572

620-543-20     180     152.14   155.00    2.77     4.80     4.80     
E1E      630
    620-543-21     201     167.28   169.96    2.45     
2.48     2.48      E1E      643

NO

SIGNIFIC

ANT
    620-543-22     220       -        -        -      VALUE      
-        -
    620-543-23     222     180.13   183.14    2.71     
0.70     0.70      E1E      671
    620-550-12     174     120.19   
123.84    3.45     1.46     1.46      E1E      572
    620-550-13    
330     202.45   205.50    2.63     2.04     2.04      E1E      690

620-550-14     300     180.00   184.07    3.71     1.60     1.60   
E1E      635
    620-550-15     375     296.71   300.50    2.36    
2.52     2.52      E1E      819
    620-550-16     330     272.70   
276.00    2.28     6.22     6.22      E1E      778
    620-550-17    
201     132.71   136.40    3.29     6.35     6.35      E1E      591

620-556-01     315     278.14   281.27    2.15     3.92     3.92   
E1E      790
    340-580-10     684     580.38   582.63    0.94    
0.64     0.64       X       815
    340-580-11     534     270.20   
271.60    0.78    13.43    13.43       X       528

277.78   281.51    2.07    10.03     8.07       X       535

including  278.38   278.68    0.17   119.42    95.00

338.00   340.94    1.64    15.27    15.27    
E1E      579
                including  339.30   339.70    0.22    
77.25    77.25
    340-580-12     225     145.36   150.14    3.89    
1.21     1.21      E1E      394
    340-588-01     597     277.65   
280.85    1.79    17.60    17.60       X       528

298.75   310.50    6.65     9.99     9.99      E1E      546

340-588-02     862     183.00   187.42    1.85     9.78     8.37   
X       475
                including  183.64   183.94    0.13   
115.75    95.00
                           659.00   663.00    1.66   
0.08     0.08      E1E      872
    340-588-03     891     174.60   
196.05    6.93     8.97     5.16       X       485

including  175.32   175.63    0.10    49.27    49.27

including  195.33   196.05    0.23   208.34    95.00

357.55   361.50    1.26    11.36    11.36       X       640
including  357.55   358.00    0.14    42.58    42.58

340-588-04     283     168.12   175.96    5.57     2.84     2.84   
E1E      422
    340-588-05     665     380.00   390.00    4.14    
0.98     0.98      E1E      623
    340-588-06     702     227.80   
235.90    2.68     3.87     3.87       X       516

385.10   391.40    2.12     1.38     1.38      E1E      648

340-588-07     378     251.66   261.66    5.34     5.91     4.39   
E1E      480
                including  257.56   257.86    0.16   
145.89    95.00
     GD-590-02     909     744.32   748.77    2.60   
58.65    33.32      E1E      697
                including     746   
746.73    0.40   260.77    95.00
     GD-620-02     930     783.25   
790.84    4.14     1.02     1.02      E1E      720
     GD-630-01    
1053     823.00   824.70    0.98    12.84    12.84       X       755

including  823.50   823.80    0.17    63.87    63.87

GD-630-03A     984     858.00   865.00    3.46     0.83     0.83   
E1E      819
 
   
                                    DEEP DRILLING PROGRAM

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Length     From      To              Grade                     
Vertical
                                             True           
depth of

Width              Cut             Intersect

(metres            Grade               ion

Hole Number (metres)  (metres) (metres)    )    (g/t Au)  (g/t Au)   
Zone   (metres)

       MH1-2      1473    1,320.70 1,323.30  1.67   
5.05      5.05      C       1,160
                          1,437.66
1,448.87  7.27     1.22      1.22     E1E      1,260
       MH1-5    
1517    1,344.20 1,352.89  4.80    11.72     11.72     E1E      
1,207
       MH2A       1422    1,262.85 1,265.60  2.06     3.35     
3.35      X       1,091
                          1,270.17 1,277.80  
5.70    24.70     18.03     E1E      1,098
                including 
1,272.00 1,273.25  0.78   143.46     95.00
      MH2A-1      1363    
1,198.34 1,200.24  1.53    14.71     14.71     E1E        945

MH2A-2      1394    1,221.25 1,225.68  3.34     6.07      6.07     
E1E      1,000
       MH3-3      1504    1,358.74 1,366.26  3.71     
2.64      2.64     E1E      1,241
       MH3-4      1441    1,277.42 
1,282.19  3.65     5.55      5.55     E1E      1,136
       MH3-5    
1500    1,331.00 1,342.55  7.07     6.03      6.03     E1E      
1,223
 
   
                             KREMZAR DRILLING PROGRAM 
(REGIONAL)

Uncut
                 Length     From      To              Grade   
Cut Grade          Vertical

depth of

Core                               Intersec

Length                    
tion
    Hole Number (metres)  (metres) (metres) (metres) 
(g/t Au) (g/t Au)    Zone   (metres)

     KZ-16-01      817     
453.50   459.90    6.40     0.49      0.49     MAIN     385

KZ-16-01              551.65   552.45    0.80    36.97     36.97     
X       467
     KZ-16-01              630.14   630.75    0.61    
27.05     27.05      X       534
     KZ-16-01              652.60   
654.57    1.97     6.49      6.49      X       554
     KZ-16-02     
918     702.00   710.00    8.00     9.71      9.71      X       591

including   704.5   707.82    3.32    20.76     20.76
 

Renaud Adams, President and CEO, Phone: +1-416-368-0291 ext. 101; Anne Day, Vice-President, Investor Relations, Phone: +1-416-368-0291 ext. 105; Richmont Mines Inc., Ticker symbol: RIC, Listings: TSX - NYSE MKT

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