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Richmont Mines Provides Exploration and Delineation Drilling Update for the Island Gold Mine; New High Grade Mineralization Identified 20.6 g/t of Gold Over 11.3 Metres (Core Length) in the Eastern Lateral Extension

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Toronto (ots/PRNewswire) -

Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX: RIC) (NYSE: RIC) ("Richmont" or the
"Corporation"), is pleased to provide an update from its strategic
exploration and delineation drilling program currently underway at
the cornerstone Island Gold Mine. Recent exploration drilling has
identified new high-grade mineralization located approximately 800
metres east of the main Island Gold deposit with hole GD-640-05
intersecting 20.6 g/t gold over 11.3 metres (core length). All
results are reported with estimated true width, unless otherwise
indicated, and high-grade assays are capped at 225 g/t gold for the
Lower C zone and 70 g/t for the E1E zone, the main mineralized zone
east of the second dyke.

"Results from the strategic drilling program at the Island Gold
Mine continue to demonstrate the significant near-term potential of
this high quality deposit. In the eastern lateral extension, drilling
has identified a new mineralized zone in the down plunge extension of
a high-grade trend that was identified in 2016. This new area is
located only 500 metres east and below the new resource blocks, which
indicates that the structure could continue at depth." stated Renaud
Adams, CEO. He continued, "The early results from our delineation
drilling in the Expansion Case PEA area indicate the significant
potential to further expand our reserves at higher than current
average grades. In 2017 we will continue to advance our systematic
drilling program with an overall focus on positively impacting our
near-term mine life and identifying the next million ounces of
resources outside the Expansion Case PEA area."

2017 DRILLING PROGRAM - ISLAND GOLD MINE (Figure 1
(http://files.newswire.ca/1459/FIG_1_-_March29-2017.pdf))

The 2016 delineation drilling program contributed to a 34%
increase in reserves at an 11% higher grade, while the exploration
program delivered more than 450,000 ounces of new inferred resources
at a cost of less than $35 per ounce discovered. As of December 31,
2016, the Island Gold Mine increased its reserve base to 752,200
ounces of gold at a higher grade of 9.17 g/t, while inferred
resources increased to 995,700 ounces of gold at a higher grade of
10.18 g/t.

The 2017 drilling program currently underway continues to build on
positive results achieved in 2016 and is focused on three key
priorities: 1) to expand near-mine resources outside the Expansion
Case PEA area, both laterally and at depth; 2) to further expand the
reserve base, primarily within the Expansion Case PEA area; and 3)
continuing to test high priority regional gold targets across the
prospective Island Gold Mine property.

Eastern Lateral Exploration and Infill Drilling Program (Figure 2
(http://files.newswire.ca/1459/FIG_2_-March29-2017.pdf))

The 2016 drilling program successfully added two new inferred
resource blocks in the eastern lateral extension, approximately 300
metres east of the Expansion Case PEA area, between the 340 and the
750 metre levels. The largest inferred resource block contains
approximately 290,000 tonnes at a grade of 10.35 g/t of gold
(approximately 95,000 ounces of gold). These two new blocks are
relatively shallow and easily accessible from the existing mine
infrastructure. As a result, the 2017 exploration program is
following up on the eastern lateral extension area, particularly on a
high-grade intersection (Hole GD-630-01) of 25.27 g/t gold over 3.85
metres located approximately 500 metres east of the new resource
blocks that was identified in 2016, and continues to target the
extension and infill of the new resource blocks.

Recent drilling in the eastern lateral extension has been focused
in the down plunge extension of Hole GD-630-01. Highlights include:

- Hole GD-640-05 intersected 20.57 g/t (26.55 g/t uncut) of gold over
a core length of 11.3 metres, at a vertical depth of approximately
1,000 metres;
- Hole GD-640-04, located approximately 150 metres above hole
GD-640-05, intersected 7.38 g/t gold over 3.27 metres.

One directional drill rig has been redeployed to this area to
follow-up on the exploration success in this area. The initial 2017
directional drill hole (GD-640-05-1) was completed between holes
GD-640-04 and GD-640-05 noted above, and intersected two high-grade
intervals at the same elevation, but located 40 to 50 metres north of
GD-640-05. The first interval intersected 16.1 g/t gold (28.13 g/t
uncut) over a core length of 8.33 metres and the second intersected
10.16 g/t gold (17.32 g/t uncut) over a core length of 5.74 metres.
Additional drilling will be required to better understand the
geometry and true width of this new area of high-grade
mineralization. This new discovery represents significant upside to
the potential extension of the eastern lateral corridor. A second
directional drill rig will be added to accelerate drilling in this
area.

Exploration and infill drilling has continued from the 340 metre
level exploration drift that targets a potential extension and infill
of the current resource blocks that were identified in 2016. One
drill rig is working in the area and another drill rig will be added
on the 620 metre level once the 300 metre extension of the
exploration drift is completed in the second half of the year.

Recent highlights from Eastern Lateral exploration and infill
drilling from the 340 metre level exploration drift (subsequent to
the October 12, 2016 exploration press release), include (Table 2):

- Hole 340-576-02: 8.50 g/t gold over 2.00 metres;
- Hole 340-588-08: 14.96 g/t gold over 2.00 metres;
- Hole 340-588-11: 10.10 g/t gold over 3.00 metres;
- Hole 340-588-12: 10.24 g/t gold over 3.00 metres;
- Hole 340-588-13: 33.60 g/t gold over 2.00 metres;
- Hole 340-588-14: 10.60 g/t gold over 2.00 metres;
- Hole 340-588-15: 11.44 g/t gold over 4.36 metres.

A total of 8,232 metres (33 holes) of exploration and infill
drilling of the planned 37,000 metres have been completed to date in
the eastern lateral area.

Deep Directional Exploration Drilling Program Highlights: (Figure
3 (http://files.newswire.ca/1459/FIG_3_-_March29-2017.pdf))

The successful 2016 deep drilling program identified a new large
inferred resource block of 760,000 tonnes at a grade of 9.53 g/t gold
(approximately 230,000 ounces) in the eastern down plunge extension,
located between the 1,050 and the 1,300 metre levels.

The deep directional exploration drilling program continues in
2017 and targets the expansion of the new resource block. A total of
16,000 metres of deep directional drilling and 20,000 metres of
underground drilling are planned in 2017. The underground drilling
will be primarily completed from the 860 metre level exploration
drift (400 metre length) that is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Results to date continue to be encouraging with Hole MH1-10
intersecting 24.5 g/t gold over 3.76 metres. In the eastern portion
of this area, Hole MH8 intersected 4.6 g/t gold over 2.24 metres,
demonstrating that the mineralization remains open to the east.

In the western area, mineralized zones were intersected and
additional drilling is required to better understand the structural
geology at depth, however these new zones increase the overall
potential of the down plunge extension and provide new high quality
targets for follow up drilling.

A total of 5,052 metres (10 holes) have been drilled to date and
three surface directional drill rigs are presently working in this
area.

Other highlights from the deep directional exploration and infill
drilling include (Table 3):

- Hole MH2A-7: 11.36 g/t gold over a core length of 10.40 metres
(Zone X);
- Hole MH2A-8: 10.37 g/t gold over 9.17 metres;
- Hole MH2A-10: 6.16 g/t gold over 11.58 metres;
- Hole MH5-1A: 9.27 g/t gold over 5.93 metres.

EXPANSION CASE PEA DELINEATION DRILLING PROGRAM (Figure 4
(http://files.newswire.ca/1459/FIG_4_-_March29-2017.pdf))

For 2017, a total of 30,000 metres of delineation drilling is
planned within the Expansion Case PEA area, primarily in the fourth
mining horizon located between the 860 and 1,000 metre levels.
Currently, two drill rigs are working in the area and a total of
6,866 metres (40 holes) have been completed to date.

Drilling continues to demonstrate the potential for additional
reserve growth, including ounces and grade, primarily through the
conversion of the high-grade inferred resources located in the fourth
horizon. Results to date also demonstrate the potential to identify
additional resources as high-grade mineralization continues to be
intersected between the inferred resource blocks.

Recent drilling highlights from delineation and infill drilling
completed within the Expansion Case PEA area, which have not been
included in the December 2016 Resource and Reserve update include
(Table 1):

- Hole 740-465-08: 43.05 g/t gold over 5.13 metres;
- Hole 740-465-16: 96.47 g/t gold over 5.08 metres;
- Hole 740-465-15: 23.29 g/t gold over 3.51 metres;
- Hole 740-465-20: 24.56 g/t gold over 3.85 metres;
- Hole 740-483-21: 34.13 g/t gold over 3.53 metres;
- Hole 820-520-08: 53.64 g/t gold over 6.53 metres;
- Hole 820-520-13: 30.20 g/t gold over 3.62 metres.

Phase 2 Regional Drilling Program

The Phase 2 regional drilling program is designed to continue to
evaluate the potential extension of the mineralization below the
Kremzar mine as well as other previously identified high-priority
gold targets located elsewhere on the highly prospective 77 km[2]
Island Gold property. The Phase 2 regional drilling program is
expected to begin later in 2017.

Qualified Persons

The scientific and technical content and interpretations contained
in this news release have been reviewed, verified and approved by
Daniel Adam P. Geo., Ph.D., Richmont's Vice-President, Exploration, a
Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.

Quality Control

Assays for the exploration drilling were done at LabExpert in
Rouyn-Noranda. Mineralized zones samples will be resent for
verification to an accredited laboratory. The Corporation inserts at
regular intervals quality control (QC) samples (blanks and reference
materials) to monitor laboratory performance.

About Richmont Mines Inc.

Richmont Mines 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 35 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.

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", "objective" 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 or
regulation, 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,
without limitation, 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 and the failure of our exploration
drilling programs to identify significant new resources or targets or
expand existing resources could also affect the results. Other risks
are set out in Richmont's 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 requirements of National Instrument 43-101 - Standards
of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101) adopted by the
Canadian Securities Administrators 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.

Tables of Drill Results




TABLE 1

INFILL DELINEATION IN PEA AREA
Cut

True Uncut
Vertical depth
Length From To Width Grade Grade
of Intersection
Hole Number (metres) (metres) (metres) (metres) (g/t Au) (g/t Au)
Zone (metres)
490-525-01 63 46.45 48.75 2.12 6.18 6.18
C 469
490-525-03 84 61.75 65.50 2.97 6.35 6.35
C 516
740-465-02 220 160.80 166.25 3.96 9.80 9.80
C 858
740-465-03 264 128.90 132.60 3.68 38.66 38.66
C 805
740-465-04 189 129.10 133.10 3.52 161.34 85.33
C 817
including 129.10 131.80 2.37 238.42 125.82
740-465-07 249 131.75 138.00 5.12 16.00 16.00
C 790
740-465-08 186 127.45 133.15 5.13 46.42 43.05
C 801
including 132.10 133.15 0.94 237.78 219.50
740-465-09 210 150.55 157.10 5.21 6.21 6.21
C 839
740-465-15 387 276.29 282.43 3.51 29.78 23.29
C 1,004
including 281.02 281.50 0.27 308.12 225.00
740-465-16 255 192.14 200.00 5.08 114.93 96.97
C 900
740-465-17 345 205.40 210.30 3.44 19.35 19.35
C 919
740-465-20 393 291.05 299.45 4.61 24.56 24.56
C 1,020
740-465-21 546 329.75 347.60 6.46 7.48 7.48
C 1,069
740-465-23 297 223.00 226.65 2.34 61.34 50.84
C 941
including 224.60 225.35 0.48 276.11 225.00
740-471-10 270 193.80 210.00 5.60 34.13 18.84
C 909
including 194.30 195.80 0.52 329.52 164.34
740-471-13 200 146.80 150.33 2.92 6.28 6.28
C 841
740-471-14 354 162.47 166.40 3.04 6.17 6.17
C 863
740-471-16 186 135.84 141.26 4.37 27.47 17.58
C 820
including 136.38 137.20 0.66 167.79 102.38
740-471-22 186 163.08 168.12 4.60 6.14 6.14
C 670
740-471-23 252 159.20 162.60 3.20 6.89 6.89
C 684
740-471-24 351 318.35 333.10 4.10 13.52 11.28
C 1,030
including 318.35 321.55 0.89 56.39 46.08
740-471-31 402 345.06 364.73 8.31 13.26 13.26
C 1,061
740-471-32 441 335.93 348.56 4.95 13.74 13.74
C 1,058
740-471-34 420 218.00 226.00 3.42 9.29 9.29
C 939
740-477-17 270 195.40 203.15 4.14 8.26 8.26
C 892
740-477-19 231 149.80 158.90 7.71 12.84 12.84
C 840
740-477-20 210 141.38 148.81 6.52 6.32 6.32
C 820
740-477-26 225 133.55 142.50 6.60 9.55 9.55
C 741
740-477-29 600 262.10 276.86 6.04 16.07 16.07
C 973
740-477-30 312 236.95 243.00 3.29 83.08 60.15
C 939
including 238.80 241.65 1.55 173.08 124.40
740-477-33 300 218.80 231.10 6.57 32.47 32.47
C 924
740-477-36A 192 156.65 161.52 4.53 8.50 8.50
C 720
740-477-37 405 385.70 399.20 4.95 11.76 11.76
C 1,085
740-477-40 450 382.49 388.07 2.24 38.62 38.62
C 1,083
740-477-42 430 351.45 370.50 8.00 9.92 9.92
C 1,059
740-477-43 383 161.70 169.30 6.20 16.94 16.94
C 847
740-483-19 245 144.65 147.75 2.85 12.81 12.81
C 769
740-483-21 402 295.04 303.08 3.53 34.13 34.13
C 989
740-483-22 381 236.52 242.50 3.46 26.37 26.37
C 930
800-496-01 162 119.00 123.00 2.53 18.21 18.21
C 903
800-511-01 189 67.90 74.80 4.72 23.36 23.36
C 858
800-511-02 87 58.71 68.00 8.60 6.16 6.16
C 823
800-512-01 138 109.00 115.30 4.28 6.90 6.90
C 833
800-512-02 186 145.70 156.00 6.39 21.45 16.17
C 897
800-512-04 170 89.80 105.40 8.79 60.16 60.16
C 859
800-512-05 189 98.00 109.20 5.92 18.37 18.37
C 875
820-520-01 153 138.20 141.50 3.28 59.86 52.67
C 816
including 138.20 139.50 1.29 147.79 129.54
820-520-08 210 194.11 202.35 6.53 61.01 53.64
C 924
including 194.52 197.60 2.44 122.76 103.04
820-520-13 237 213.80 218.80 3.62 34.52 30.20
C 952
including 217.30 217.85 0.40 264.27 225.00




TABLE 2

EASTERN LATERAL EXPLORATION AND INFILL
DRILLING
True Uncut Cut
Vertical depth
Length From To Width Grade Grade
of Intersection
Hole Number (metres) (metres) (metres) (metres) (g/t Au) (g/t
Au) Zone (metres)
340-576-01 402 305.00 314.65 2.00 5.17 5.17
E1E 559
340-576-02 500 435.20 444.13 2.00 9.08 8.50
E1E 663
340-579-01 258 172.30 176.00 2.57 2.69 2.69
E1E 427
340-584-01 126 96.10 99.40 3.03 3.19 3.19
E1E 325
340-584-02 303 110.59 113.96 2.70 1.51 1.51
E1E 353
340-584-03 160 119.50 126.10 4.87 1.98 1.98
E1E 369
340-586-06 201 115.22 118.60 2.68 7.63 7.63
E1E 375
including 118.22 118.60 0.30 59.86 59.86
340-586-07 273 172.30 176.90 2.00 3.16 3.16
E1E 436
340-586-08 420 213.10 218.40 2.00 9.50 8.38
E1E 479
including 214.00 214.50 0.19 81.94 70.00
340-586-09 430 262.00 272.40 2.00 1.73 1.73
E1E 529
340-588-08 453 213.00 218.10 2.00 14.96 14.96
E1E 471
340-588-09 430 302.75 313.45 2.10 3.62 3.62
E1E 554
340-588-10 150 96.60 99.60 2.51 0.81 0.81
E1E 310
340-588-11 315 122.37 126.67 3.00 13.90 10.10
E1E 358
including 125.37 125.87 0.35 102.69 70.00
340-588-12 255 155.60 160.75 3.00 10.24 10.24
E1E 403
340-588-13 399 202.60 207.50 2.00 54.28 33.60
E1E 452
340-588-14 378 264.00 273.70 2.00 17.02 10.60
E1E 516
including 265.80 266.80 0.21 132.27 70.00
340-588-15 222 124.42 130.50 4.36 19.84 11.44
E1E 376
including 125.10 125.90 0.57 133.89 70.00
340-588-16 453 382.80 395.80 2.00 0.93 0.93
E1E 614
340-588-17 498 265.00 278.00 3.00 5.54 4.98
E1E 522
including 272.00 272.50 0.25 84.55 70.00
340-588-18 321 173.50 178.30 2.30 12.44 5.69
E1E 411
including 175.10 175.40 0.14 177.98 70.00
GD-640-01 975 731.60 738.60 4.24 0.08 0.08
E1E 686
GD-640-02 1,029 779.10 789.20 5.34 3.66 3.66
E1E 756
GD-640-04 1,050 888.50 894.50 3.27 8.81 7.38
E1E 852
including 890.20 890.80 0.33 84.31 70.00
GD-640-05 1,264 1,055.20 1,066.50 11.3c.l. 26.55 20.57
E1E 1,020
including 1,056.00 1,057.50 1.50 115.11 70.00
GD-640-05-1 1,500 1,083.20 1,091.53 8.33c.l. 28.13 16.10
X 1,029
including 1,086.75 1,090.10 3.35c.l. 63.25 33.34
1,110.56 1,116.30 5.74c.l. 17.32 10.16
X 1,042
including 1,110.86 1,111.56 0.7 c.l. 128.71 70.00




TABLE 3

DEEP DRILLING PROGRAM, EXPLORATION AND INFILL
True Uncut Cut
Vertical depth
Hole Length From To Width Grade Grade
of Intersection
Number (metres) (metres) (metres) (metres) (g/t Au) (g/t Au)
Zone (metres)
MH1-10 1,613 1,350.10 1,356.90 3.76 24.54 24.54
C 1,233
including 1,354.00 1,354.80 0.44 179.67 179.67
MH2A-7 1,607 1,194.20 1,198.70 4.5c.l 7.17 6.08
X 1,047
10.4
MH2A-7 1,607 1,241.00 1,251.40 c.l. 11.36 11.36
X 1,085
MH2A-7 1,607 1,312.90 1,319.47 4.80 4.72 4.72
E1E 1,139
MH2A-8 1,433 1,278.82 1,289.47 9.17 11.22 10.37
E1E 1,108
including 1,288.64 1,289.00 0.31 95.21 70.00
MH2A-9B 1,500 1,299.26 1,306.46 5.89 2.66 2.66
E1E 1,134
MH2A-10 1,472 1,300.10 1,316.00 11.58 13.25 6.16
E1E 1,169
including 1,300.50 1,300.80 0.22 383.01 70.00
1,315.70 1,316.00 0.22 133.06 70.00
MH4-4 1,373 1,326.90 1,331.45 3.09 4.10 4.10
C 1,138
MH4-4B 1,505 1,211.15 1,217.10 5.95c.l. 103.86 5.09
X 1,046
including 1,216.45 1,216.75 0.3c.l. 2028.91 70.00
MH4-5 1,628 1,346.96 1,351.10 2.51 4.63 4.63
C 1,177
MH5-1 1,523 1,082.60 1,084.55 1.95c.l. 4.59 4.59
X 948
MH5-1A 1,523 1,321.88 1,329.15 5.93 9.27 9.27
C 1,128
including 1,326.73 1,327.20 0.38 102.07 102.07
MH5-2 1,529 1,323.58 1,329.43 4.40 5.08 5.08
C 1,132
MH5-3 1,517 1,383.40 1,388.55 3.81 0.95 0.95
C 1,215
MH-6 1,857 1,440.50 1,453.05 9.44 0.91 0.91
C 1,261
MH-8 1,576 1,378.50 1,382.10 2.24 4.60 4.60
E1E 1,195
High-grade capping values:
Lower Island C Zone (225 g/t)
Lower X2-E1E Zone, East Lateral E1E Zone and X Zone (70 g/t Au)

Renaud Adams, President and CEO, Phone: +1-416-368-0291 ext. 101;
Anne Day, Senior Vice-President, Investor Relations, Phone:
+1-416-368-0291 ext. 105

ots Originaltext: Richmont Mines
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