Kennady Provides Update on the Faraday Bulk Sampling Program

100 tonnes of kimberlite sampled from Faraday 2 to date
Second Large Diameter RC Drill Rig to be Mobilized

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TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - Kennady Diamonds Inc. ("Kennady", the "Company") (TSX-V: KDI) is pleased to announce that the bulk sampling of the Faraday 2 kimberlite is progressing well with 12 drill holes completed and 100 tonnes of kimberlite collected since the program began on January 20. 

Kennady Diamonds President and CEO, Dr. Rory Moore stated: "We are delighted with the very productive early start to the 2017 winter program, which was facilitated by having stored an RC drill rig on site after completion of the 2016 program. Moreover, we have decided to mobilize a second RC rig up the winter road this week in order to take further advantage of optimal drilling conditions."

The Company plans to recover a total of approximately 570 tonnes of kimberlite from the Faraday kimberlites during the 2017 winter program, including 260 tonnes from Faraday 2, 300 tonnes from the Faraday 3 and approximately 10 tonnes from Faraday 1.  The objective of the program is to advance the Faraday 2 and 3 kimberlites to an inferred resource status and advance the Faraday 1 kimberlite to a Target for Further Exploration (TFFE).  It is anticipated that diamonds weighing more than 1,000 carats will be recovered from the bulk samples and the diamond parcel will be used for revenue modeling of the Faraday 2 and 3 kimberlites. Diamonds recovered from the Faraday 1 mini-bulk sample will be used to correlate diamond grade and quality potential with the nearby Faraday 3 kimberlite. The bulk sampling program is expected to be completed in early Q2 of 2017.

The Company also announces that on February 6, 2017, a total of 225,000 restricted stock units were granted to officers, directors, and employees with 50% of the total units vesting immediately and the remainder vesting six months from the date of issue.

About Kennady Diamonds

Kennady Diamonds Inc. controls 100 percent of the Kennady North diamond project located in Canada's Northwest Territories. Kennady North is immediately to the north and west of the Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine, a joint venture between De Beers Canada (51%) and Mountain Province (49%), which started production in late 2016.

Kennady Diamonds aims to identify a resource along the Kelvin – Faraday kimberlite corridor of between 13 million and 16 million tonnes at a grade of between 2 and 2.5 carats per tonne and also to identify new kimberlites outside of the corridor. The Kelvin – Faraday corridor is a target for further exploration. Tonnage estimates are based on the drilling completed to date. The potential quantity is conceptual in nature as there has been insufficient drilling to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the target being delineated as a mineral resource.

Qualified Persons

This news release has been prepared by Dr. Rory Moore, P.Geo., President and CEO of Kennady Diamonds. The technical contents of this news release have been reviewed and approved by Dr. Tom McCandless, P. Geo., an independent director of Kennady Diamonds and Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) has reviewed or accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

This news release includes certain information that may constitute "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, the Company's strategic plans, future operations, future work programs and objectives. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof and is based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE Kennady Diamonds Inc.

For further information: Kennady Diamonds Inc., Rory O. Moore, President and CEO, (416) 640-1111, investor@kennadydiamonds.com

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