Stornoway Provides Update on Adamantin Project

LONGUEUIL, Québec, Sept. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX:SWY) (the “Corporation” or “Stornoway”) is providing an update on exploration at its 100% owned Adamantin Project located approximately 100km south of the Renard Diamond Project and 25km west of the Route 167 Extension in north central Québec. Till sampling at Adamantin during 2015 confirmed the presence of indicator mineral anomalies interpreted to be sourced from undiscovered kimberlites with diamond potential, with one till sample returning a diamond. Drilling during March and April resulted in the discovery of 11 distinct kimberlite bodies. Diamond recovery results have now been received from these 11 bodies, and no diamonds were recovered. In total 300 kilograms of kimberlite were processed for micro-diamond recovery by caustic dissolution and 2,500 kilograms for macro-diamond recovery by dense media separation. All samples were processed at Microlithics in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  

Matt Manson, President and CEO, commented: “We are disappointed by these early diamond results from Adamantin. Nevertheless, we believe additional kimberlites remain undiscovered on the property and we have not yet explained our promising indicator mineral chemistry and the diamond that was recovered in a till sample in 2015. We have expanded our land position at the project and re-focused our exploration attention at additional geochemical sampling and geophysics, with a view to returning to drilling next year should results warrant.”

The Adamantin Project now comprises 28,171 hectares of claims in three blocks, following recent additional acquisitions. During July and August field crews collected ground geophysical data to better define known kimberlites and to outline untested anomalies. Till samples were collected in specific areas of interest to better constrain targets for future work, as well within the newly acquired land packages where historical data suggests the presence of additional kimberlites.

Qualified Persons

Disclosure of a scientific or technical nature in this press release was prepared under the supervision of Robin Hopkins, P.Geol. (NT/NU), Vice President, Exploration, a “qualified person” under NI 43-101.

About Stornoway Diamond Corporation

Stornoway is a leading Canadian diamond exploration and development company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY and headquartered in Montreal. Our flagship asset is the 100% owned Renard Diamond Project, on track to becoming Québec’s first diamond mine. Stornoway is a growth oriented company with a world-class asset, in one of the world’s best mining jurisdictions, in one of the world’s great mining businesses.

On behalf of the Board
STORNOWAY DIAMOND CORPORATION
/s/ “Matt Manson”
Matt Manson
President and Chief Executive

For more information, please contact Matt Manson (President and CEO) at 416-304-1026 x2101
or Orin Baranowsky (Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Development) at 416-304-1026 x2103
or toll free at 1-877-331-2232

Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter M. Ghislain Poirier, Vice-président Affaires publiques de Stornoway au 418-254-6550, gpoirier@stornowaydiamonds.com

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By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that estimates, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved or that assumptions do not reflect future experience. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these forward- looking statements as a number of important risk factors could cause the actual outcomes to differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations, anticipations, estimates, assumptions and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These risk factors may be generally stated as the risk that the assumptions and estimates expressed above do not occur, including the assumption in many forward-looking statements that other forward-looking statements will be correct, but specifically include, without limitation: (i) risks relating to variations in the grade, kimberlite lithologies and country rock content within the material identified as Mineral Resources from that predicted; (ii) the uncertainty as to whether further exploration of exploration targets will result in the targets being delineated as Mineral Resources; (iii) developments in world diamond markets; (v) slower increases in diamond valuations than assumed; (iv) risks relating to fluctuations in the Canadian dollar and other currencies relative to the US dollar; (v) uncertainty of results of exploration in areas of potential expansion of resources; (vi) changes in exploration results; (vii) risks relating to the receipt of regulatory approval; (viii) the effects of competition in the markets in which Stornoway operates; (ix) operational and infrastructure risks; and (x) the additional risks described in Stornoway’s most recently filed Annual Information Form, annual and interim MD&A and Stornoway’s anticipation of and success in managing the foregoing risks. Stornoway cautions that the foregoing list of factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive, and unforeseeable, new risks may arise from time to time.