Silver Standard Reports Expanded Marigold Exploration Program

VANCOUVER, July 6, 2015 /CNW/ - Silver Standard Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: SSRI) (TSX: SSO) ("Silver Standard") provides an exploration update for recent Mineral Resource development activities at its Marigold mine ("Marigold") in Nevada, U.S.

Highlights:

  • Mineral Resource development drilling at 8 South pit area extends higher-grade gold mineralization. Drillhole MR-6034 intersected 2.48 grams per tonne gold over 91.4 metres from 140.2 metres below surface, as previously reported.

  • Mineral Resource development drilling identified a new mineralized structure northwest of the 8 South pit. Drillhole MRA-6104 intersected 1.18 grams per tonne gold over 56.4 metres from 221.0 metres below surface.

  • Completed assay program of historical drillholes to increase Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves estimates for the Mackay Phase 3 pit. Results are expected in the third quarter of 2015. The assay program for the remaining life of mine is ongoing and results will be reported in 2015 and 2016 as they become available.

"Exploration results are adding real value at Marigold beyond what we initially expected," said John Smith, President and CEO. "With above reserve grade intercepts and a new gold structure to the northwest of the 8 South pit area, we continue to improve our understanding of the mineralization and increase opportunity for the future at Marigold."

Assay Program

Marigold has a history of positive ore reconciliation. In order to investigate the cause of such results, we initiated an operational excellence program in January 2015. The program reanalyzed select samples from drillholes completed prior to 2008 that were assigned assay values of "zero" in the geological database and that are within the current mine plan. The program is intended to improve our Mineral Resources model to incorporate results from samples that, at the time, were below the historical cut-off grade of the analytical method used. Initial results indicate that there are numerous historical drill intercepts with gold values above the current 0.065 grams per tonne payable gold cut-off grade when assayed with a current analytical method. With the reanalysis incorporated into our Mineral Resources model, it is expected that areas currently classified as waste can be converted to ore, thereby increasing Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves estimates for Marigold.

In the first half of 2015, 34,926 drill samples were sent to American Assays Laboratories in Sparks, Nevada, which is independent from Silver Standard, for assaying and 21,436 results have been received in relation to the Mackay Phase 3 area as of June 30, 2015. We are continuing with the assay program with an additional 65,000 historic drill samples to be assayed during the second half of 2015 for a total of 99,926 drill samples within areas planned to be mined over the next four years. This assay program is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 with a further 90,000 samples assayed, which will cover the remaining production years through the planned Marigold life of mine.

Mineral Resource Development Drilling

The 2015 Mineral Resources development program for Marigold is targeting the discovery and development of gold mineralization proximal to the open pits, following a successful drilling campaign in the fourth quarter of 2014. The primary objective of the program is to upgrade Inferred Mineral Resources to Indicated Mineral Resources and to convert Mineral Resources to Mineral Reserves.  As of June 30, 2015 a total of 113 reverse circulation and sonic drillholes have been completed, for a total of 26,066 metres. Approximately 95% of the drillholes, for which assay results have been received, intercepted gold mineralization exceeding the Mineral Resources cut-off grade of 0.065 grams per tonne payable gold and thickness criteria.

Mineralization within the 8 South pit extension area (8SX), previously reported, continues to expand with additional drilling. Another zone of higher grade mineralization has also been delineated to the northwest of 8SX, known as the 8D area. Refer to Figure 1 for the location of all drill collars. Selected results from 13 drillholes with higher-grade gold intercepts are included in Table 1 and labeled in Figure 1. A complete list of the drill assay results received in the first half of 2015 for the Marigold exploration drill program is included in Table 2.

We expect to complete the drill program and modeling of the 8SX mineralization through the second half of 2015. The drilling program is expected to be comprised of an additional 9,100 metres of drilling in 35 reverse circulation holes and 3,800 metres of sonic drilling of rock stockpiles.

Furthermore, drilling continues on the deep sulphide exploration program with two additional core holes planned for the second half of 2015 to test permissive rock units discovered in the initial phase of drilling for sulphide and carbonate-hosted, high-grade gold mineralization.

Figure 1. Drillhole Location Plan Map for exploration drill program at the 8 South pit extension area (8SX) and the 8D area at the Marigold mine, Nevada, U.S.

Table 1. Selected drillhole highlights from the Marigold Exploration Drill Program.

Hole ID

From

(metres)

To

(metres)

Width

(metres)

Gold Grade

(g/tonne)

Deposit Area

MRA6034

140.2

231.6

91.4

2.48

8SX

Including

178.3

214.9

36.6

5.86

8SX

MR6042

210.3

259.1

48.8

1.17

8D

Including

222.5

234.7

12.2

3.03

8D

MR6045

202.7

367.3

164.6

1.67

8D

Including

242.3

262.1

19.8

3.97

8D

Including

323.1

341.4

18.3

3.86

8D

MRA6046

213.4

266.7

53.3

1.02

8D

Including

224.0

240.8

16.8

2.11

8D

MRA6053

196.6

260.6

64.0

0.90

8SX

Including

205.7

216.4

10.7

3.06

8SX

MRA6055

259.1

298.7

39.6

0.89

8SX

MRA6063

184.4

222.5

38.1

0.85

8SX

MRA6079

193.5

236.2

42.7

0.72

8D

MRA6080

208.8

262.1

53.3

0.78

8D

MRA6085

201.2

230.1

28.9

0.91

8SX

Including

204.2

211.8

7.6

2.74

8SX

MRA6098

213.4

277.4

64.0

0.69

8D

Including

257.6

266.7

9.1

2.25

8D

MR6103

164.6

216.4

51.8

0.91

8SX

Including

181.4

192.0

10.6

3.08

8SX

MRA6104

221.0

277.4

56.4

1.18

8D

Notes:  Selected results for down hole intercepts 25 grams x metres and higher. Width values refer to length of down hole intercept. Drillholes MRA-6034 and MR-6045 have been previously reported.

Next Steps

Based on the positive results from the exploration and development programs at Marigold, an additional $2.4 million dollars has been allocated for capitalized exploration, for a total of $4.2 million for full year 2015.

It is expected that these exploration and development program results will be included in an updated Mineral Resources estimate for Marigold in the fourth quarter of 2015 and reported in our annual 2015 Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves statement to be published in the first quarter of 2016.

Qualified Persons

The scientific and technical data contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by James N. Carver, SME Registered Member, and Karthik Rathnam, MAusIMM (CP), each of whom is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 — Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"). Mr. Carver and Mr. Rathnam are employed at the Marigold mine as our Chief Geologist and Senior Resource Geologist, respectively.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws and forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, "forward-looking statements") concerning the anticipated developments in our operations in future periods, and other events or conditions that may occur or exist in the future. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements.

Generally, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words or phrases such as "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "projects," "estimates," "assumes," "intends," "strategy," "goals," "objectives," "potential" or variations thereof, or stating that certain actions, events or results "may," "could," "would," "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative of any of these terms or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this news release relate to, among other things: future production of silver, gold and other metals; future costs of inventory, and cash costs and total costs per payable ounce of silver, gold and other metals sold; the prices of silver, gold and other metals; the effects of laws, regulations and government policies affecting our operations or potential future operations; future successful development of our projects; the sufficiency of our current working capital, anticipated operating cash flow or our ability to raise necessary funds; estimated production rates for silver, gold and other metals produced by us; timing of production and the cash costs and total costs of production at the Pirquitas mine and the Marigold mine; the estimated cost of sustaining capital; ongoing or future development plans and capital replacement, improvement or remediation programs; the estimates of expected or anticipated economic returns from our mining projects, including future sales of metals, concentrate or other products produced by us; and our plans and expectations for our properties and operations.

These forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied, including, without limitation, the following: uncertainty of production, development plans and cost estimates for the Pirquitas mine, the Marigold mine and our projects; our ability to replace Mineral Reserves; commodity price fluctuations; political or economic instability and unexpected regulatory changes; currency fluctuations, particularly the value of the Argentine peso against the U.S. dollar; the possibility of future losses; general economic conditions; fully realizing our interest in Pretium Resources Inc. ("Pretium") and our other marketable securities, including the price of and market for Pretium's common shares and such other marketable securities; potential export duty and related interest on current and past production of silver concentrate from the Pirquitas mine; recoverability and tightened controls over the VAT collection process in Argentina; counterparty and market risks related to the sale of our concentrate and metals; uncertainty in the accuracy of Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources estimates and in our ability to extract mineralization profitably; differences in U.S. and Canadian practices for reporting Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources; lack of suitable infrastructure or damage to existing infrastructure; future development risks, including start-up delays and operational issues; our ability to obtain adequate financing for further exploration and development programs; uncertainty in acquiring additional commercially mineable mineral rights; delays in obtaining or failure to obtain governmental permits, or non-compliance with permits we have obtained; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and management and potential labour unrest, including labour actions by our unionized employees at the Pirquitas mine; governmental laws and regulations, including health, safety and environmental laws and regulations, increased costs and restrictions on operations due to compliance with such regulations; reclamation and closure requirements for our mineral properties; unpredictable risks and hazards related to the development and operation of a mine or mineral property that are beyond our control; assessments by taxation authorities in multiple jurisdictions, including the recent reassessment by the Canada Revenue Agency; claims and legal proceedings, including adverse rulings in current or future litigation against us and/or our directors or officers; compliance with anti-corruption laws and increased regulatory compliance costs; complying with emerging climate change regulations and the impact of climate change; recoverability of deferred consideration to be received in connection with recent divestitures; uncertainties related to title to our mineral properties and the ability to obtain surface rights; our insurance coverage; civil disobedience in the countries where our mineral properties are located; operational safety and security risks; actions required to be taken by us under human rights law; our ability to access, when required, mining equipment and services; competition in the mining industry for mineral properties; shortage or poor quality of equipment or supplies; our ability to complete and successfully integrate an announced acquisition; conflicts of interest that could arise from some of our directors' and officers' involvement with other natural resource companies; information systems security risks; certain terms of our convertible notes; and those other various risks and uncertainties identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of our forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements are based on what our management currently considers to be reasonable assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions based on the information currently available to it. Assumptions have been made regarding, among other things: our ability to carry on our exploration and development activities; our ability to meet our obligations under our property agreements; the timing and results of drilling programs; the discovery of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves on our mineral properties; the timely receipt of required approvals and permits, including those approvals and permits required for successful project permitting, construction and operation of our projects; the price of the minerals we produce; the costs of operating and exploration expenditures; our ability to operate in a safe, efficient and effective manner; our ability to obtain financing as and when required and on reasonable terms; and our ability to continue operating the Pirquitas mine and the Marigold mine. You are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which may have been used. We cannot assure you that actual events, performance or results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements, and management's assumptions may prove to be incorrect. Our forward-looking statements reflect current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof and we do not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's beliefs, expectations or opinions should change other than as required by applicable law. For the reasons set forth above, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. 

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors

This news release includes Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources classification terms that comply with reporting standards in Canada and the Mineral Reserves and the Mineral Resources estimates are made in accordance with NI 43-101. NI 43-101 is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators that establishes standards for all public disclosure an issuer makes of scientific and technical information concerning mineral projects. These standards differ significantly from the requirements of the SEC set out in Industry Guide 7. Consequently, Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources information included in this news release is not comparable to similar information that would generally be disclosed by domestic U.S. reporting companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of the SEC. Under SEC standards, mineralization may not be classified as a "reserve" unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. In addition, the SEC's disclosure standards normally do not permit the inclusion of information concerning "Measured Mineral Resources," "Indicated Mineral Resources" or "Inferred Mineral Resources" or other descriptions of the amount of mineralization in mineral deposits that do not constitute "reserves" by U.S. standards in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors should understand that "Inferred Mineral Resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. Moreover, the requirements of NI 43-101 for identification of "reserves" are also not the same as those of the SEC, and reserves reported by us in compliance with NI 43-101 may not qualify as "reserves" under SEC standards. Accordingly, information concerning mineral deposits set forth herein may not be comparable with information made public by companies that report in accordance with U.S. standards.

Table 2. Reverse circulation and sonic drilling assay results received in H1 2015 for the Marigold Exploration Drill Program.

Hole ID

UTM-N

(Nad27

Zone

11)

UTM-E

(Nad27

Zone

11)

Elevation

(masl)

Azimuth

(deg.)

Dip

(deg.)

Length

(metres)

Classification

Area

MRA6025

4510322

486716

1482

89

-50

230

NSA

8D

MRA6031

4509640

486170

1524

268

-75

398

Resource

8SX

MRA6032

4509677

486130

1524

88

-76

230

Resource

8SX

MR6034

4509705

486091

1525

325

-90

306

Highlights

8SX

MR6038

4510169

486578

1486

320

-90

154

Resource

8D

MRA6040

4510169

486579

1486

91

-66

154

Resource

8D

MR6041

4510322

486715

1482

9

-90

184

NSA

8D

MR6042

4510747

486013

1481

323

-89

291

Highlights

8D

MRA6043

4510747

486014

1481

86

-56

261

Resource

8D

MRA6044

4508359

485067

1486

90

-55

244

Resource

Terry Zone

MR6045

4510624

485967

1484

145

-89

367

Highlights

8D

MRA6046

4510624

485966

1484

268

-68

337

Highlights

8D

MR6047

4510505

485982

1487

46

-88

367

Resource

8D

MRA6048

4510443

486030

1489

270

-84

322

Resource

8D

MR6049

4509302

486111

1526

84

-90

139

Resource

8SX

MRA6050

4509302

486111

1526

246

-64

184

Resource

8SX

MRA6051

4509651

486042

1523

217

-64

306

Resource

8SX

MRA6052

4509650

486041

1523

218

-45

415

Resource

8SX

MRA6053

4509681

486043

1524

266

-78

306

Highlights

8SX

MRA6054

4509620

485717

1521

118

-70

294

Resource

8SX

MRA6055

4509620

485718

1521

120

-48

459

Highlights

8SX

MR6056

4509559

485671

1522

82

-89

306

Resource

8SX

MRA6057

4509555

485674

1522

272

-70

215

Resource

8SX

MRA6058

4509405

485573

1524

88

-47

337

Resource

8SX

MRA6059

4509437

485597

1524

90

-65

352

Resource

8SX

MRA6060

4509041

485478

1527

67

-64

230

Resource

8SX

MRA6061

4509042

485480

1526

65

-44

373

Resource

8SX

MRA6062

4509558

485562

1558

266

-75

306

Resource

8SX

MRA6063

4509619

485575

1564

270

-70

276

Highlights

8SX

MR6064

4509682

485834

1521

321

-90

312

Resource

8SX

MRA6065

4509681

485834

1521

135

-61

378

Resource

8SX

MRA6066

4508473

485149

1394

166

-80

213

Resource

Terry Zone/

Core Pre-

Collar

MRA6067

4510383

485992

1491

270

-79

300

Resource

8D

MR6068

4510166

486045

1485

221

-90

306

Resource

8D

MR6069

4510259

485977

1493

285

-88

337

Resource

8D

MRA6070

4510260

485978

1493

89

-60

306

Resource

8D

MRA6071

4509407

486024

1553

265

-56

180

Resource

8SX

MRA6072

4509571

486226

1524

86

-69

197

Resource

8SX

MRA6073

4509634

486234

1524

72

-79

215

Resource

8SX

MRA6074

4510322

485939

1493

88

-79

312

Resource

8D

MRA6075

4510443

486157

1454

269

-76

306

Resource

8D

MR6076

4509687

486289

1501

245

-89

184

Resource

8SX

MRA6077

4509687

486288

1501

270

-60

184

Resource

8SX

MRA6078

4509530

486114

1524

270

-60

373

Resource

8SX

MR6079

4510566

485983

1486

67

-89

338

Highlights

8D

MRA6080

4510566

485982

1486

272

-71

337

Highlights

8D

MRA6081

4509710

486413

1497

92

-80

139

Resource

8SX

MRA6082

4509710

486414

1497

90

-56

154

Resource

8SX

MR6083

4510536

486045

1486

138

-89

322

NSA

8D

MRA6084

4510536

486045

1486

92

-69

367

Resource

8D

MRA6085

4509530

486115

1524

273

-69

398

Highlights

8SX

MR6086

4509726

486305

1501

254

-89

154

Resource

8SX

MRA6087

4509726

486305

1502

272

-74

184

Resource

8SX

MRA6088

4509530

486115

1524

271

-80

343

Resource

8SX

MRA6089

4509529

486163

1526

269

-81

245

Assay Pending

8SX

MRA6090

4510672

485962

1483

82

-68

291

Resource

8D

MRA6091

4510672

486032

1483

79

-59

261

Resource

8D

MRA6092

4509529

486166

1525

0

-90

245

Assay Pending

8SX

MRA6093

4509560

486114

1524

270

-70

308

Assay Pending

8SX

MRA6094

4509531

485892

1591

186

-80

428

Resource

8SX

MRA6095

4509408

485832

1609

268

-86

343

Resource

8SX

MRA6096

4509164

485724

1610

273

-86

361

Resource

8SX

MRA6097

4509590

486095

1524

268

-75

306

Resource

8SX

MRA6098

4510749

485929

1482

85

-74

322

Highlights

8D

MRA6099

4509621

486074

1524

270

-86

312

Resource

8SX

MRA6100

4510748

486117

1480

90

-60

215

Resource

8D

MRA6101

4509651

486090

1524

271

-66

291

Resource

8SX

MRA6102

4510809

485906

1480

98

-84

306

Resource

8D

MR6103

4509710

486066

1525

0

-90

291

Highlights

8SX

MRA6104

4510626

485935

1484

89

-84

346

Highlights

8D

MRA6105

4509711

486066

1525

90

-61

261

Resource

8SX

MRA6106

4510626

485971

1484

95

-69

352

Resource

8D

MRA6107

4509499

486116

1524

269

-60

373

Resource

8SX

MRA6108

4509498

486117

1524

275

-75

367

Resource

8SX

MR6111

4509434

485844

1610

21

-89

396

Assay Pending

8SX

MRA6112

4509560

486115

1524

270

-80

404

Resource

8SX

MRA6113

4509529

486166

1525

92

-74

245

Assay Pending

8SX

MRA6114

4509621

486072

1524

272

-60

343

Assay Pending

8SX

MRA6116

4509635

486237

1525

90

-50

184

Assay Pending

8SX

MRA6117

4509681

486027

1523

272

-58

337

Assay Pending

8SX

MRA6118

4509711

486029

1524

0

-90

306

Assay Pending  

8SX

MR6123

4509704

486130

1526

122

-88

276

Resource

8SX

SON-1

4510028

486065

1503

0

-90

30

Resource

Rock

Stockpile

SON-2

4509918

486129

1501

0

-90

46

Resource

Rock

Stockpile

SON-3

4509755

486292

1501

0

-90

73

Resource

Rock

Stockpile

SON-4

4509164

485724

1610

273

-86

101

Resource

Rock

Stockpile

SON-5

4509408

485832

1609

268

-86

113

Resource

Rock

Stockpile

SON-6

4509531

485892

1591

186

-80

101

Resource

Rock

Stockpile

SON-7

4509369

486237

1537

0

-90

23

Resource

Decommissioned

Leach

Cell

SON-8

4509172

486288

1557

0

-90

41

Resource

Decommissioned

Leach

Cell

SON-9

4511217

488083

1458

0

-90

12

Resource

Tailings

Storage

Facility

SON-10

4511065

488351

1455

0

-90

9

Assay Pending

Tailings

Storage

Facility

SON-11

4509553

486522

1529

0

-90

26

Assay Pending

Decommissioned

Leach

Cell

SON-12

4509411

486434

1524

180

-30

23

Assay Pending

Decommissioned

Leach

Cell

SON-13

4509976

486151

1502

90

-70

135

Resource

Rock

Stockpile

SON-14

4509779

485524

1580

0

-90

67

Resource

Rock

Stockpile

SON-15

4510314

486180

1467

0

-90

70

NSA

Rock

Stockpile

SON-16

4509510

486370

1525

0

-90

18

Resource

Decommissioned

Leach

Cell

SON-17

4510130

487001

1535

0

-90

52

Resource

Decommissioned

Leach

Cell

SON-18

4510204

486895

1526

0

-90

43

Assay Pending

Decommissioned

Leach

Cell

SON-19

4509864

486212

1500

0

-90

107

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SON-20

4509117

485747

1601

0

-90

78

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SON-21

4509175

485785

1608

0

-90

88

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SON-22

4509102

485652

1609

0

-90

88

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SON-23

4509224

485743

1610

0

-90

90

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SRC-24

4509266

485756

1610

0

-90

107

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SON-26

4509150

485658

1611

0

-90

90

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SRC-28

4509173

485751

1609

0

-90

91

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SON-29

4509286

485820

1613

0

-90

94

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SRC-31

4509285

486037

1550

0

-90

40

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SRC-32

4509187

485702

1609

0

-90

104

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SON-39

4509394

485898

1609

0

-90

98

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

SRC-40

4509342

485785

1609

0

-90

107

Assay Pending

Rock

Stockpile

Note: Drillholes not reported in Table 2 have not yet been drilled.  Descriptions for Classification include: 'Highlights', which refers to 'Highlighted Result' included in Table 1 and Figure 1, 'Resource' which indicates that the Resource Intercept meets the Mineral Resources grade criteria, and 'NSA' which refers to 'No Significant Assay'.

SOURCE Silver Standard Resources Inc.

Image with caption: "Figure 1. Drillhole Location Plan Map for exploration drill program at the 8 South pit extension area (8SX) and the 8D area at the Marigold mine, Nevada, U.S. (CNW Group/Silver Standard Resources Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150706_C5162_PHOTO_EN_433859.jpg

PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2015/07/06/20150706_C5162_PDF_EN_433857.pdf

For further information: W. John DeCooman, Jr., Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Silver Standard Resources Inc., Vancouver, BC, N.A. toll-free: +1 (888) 338-0046, All others: +1 (604) 689-3846, E-Mail: invest@silverstandard.com

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