Hasaga Project Delivers Positive Red Lake Winter Drill Results
(Including 1.04 g/t Au across 193.0 metres core length in HLD060)

June 8th, 2016
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Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX-PG) is pleased to provide remaining assays from the winter surface drilling program on the Company’s 100%-owned Hasaga Project in the Red Lake gold mining district of Northwestern Ontario. Drilling has continued to extend and in-fill near surface mineralization in key target areas.

The Hasaga Property is Premier’s largest exploration program being conducted in Canada in 2016. The 50,000 metre drilling campaign and $7 million overall project budget comes on the heels of more than 60,000 metres of drilling that was conducted in 2015.

Highlights from the final batch of reported assays include the following:

  • HLD055 intersected 0.94 g/t Au across 113.2m beginning at 2.8m, including 1.26 g/t Au across 52.0m beginning at 4.0m.
  • HLD057 intersected 1.15 g/t Au across 70.0m beginning a 236.0m.
  • HLD059 intersected 1.15 g/t Au across 86.0m beginning at 276.0m.
  • HLD060 intersected 1.04 g/t Au across 193.0m beginning at 26.0m, including 4.56 g/t Au across 12.0m
  • HLD065 intersected 76.3 g/t Au across 1.0m in a newly discovered high grade structure between the Gold Shore and Central Zones
  • HMP116 intersected 1.81 g/t Au across 16.0m in the H2 Zone beginning at 276.0m downhole in step out drilling 400m on to the recently purchased Buffalo ground

All abbreviations used in this press release are available by following this link (click here).

The Hasaga Property is host to the past-producing Hasaga, Buffalo and Gold Shore Mines and is being evaluated for both its lower grade, open-pit mineable potential as well as higher grade mineralization that may occur at depth (See Figure 1). Premier regards the Hasaga Property as having exploration potential similar to the company’s Hardrock Project, where a multi-million ounce gold resource exists at the site of a past-producing underground mine. Open pit mining has not made a significant contribution to the Red Lake area’s past production. Premier believes this is an opportunity that has largely been overlooked.

Table 1 provides a comprehensive summary of highlight results from additional holes drilled at the Central Zone. Table 2 provides highlights of the Hasaga Zone area.

Figure 1: Plan view of primary drill target areas at Hasaga.

Figure 2 also highlights the location of some of the Central Zone high grade results which vary in length from less than one metre to up to eight metres. Typically, these intercepts are between one and two metres. The highest grade material is closely associated with an increased frequency of quartz veinlets that often contains small amounts of visible gold.

Figure 2: Additional highlights in Central Zone

The remainder of the 2016 exploration program will include a mix of infill and step-out drilling, bulldozer stripping, mapping and channel sampling on relevant outcrop exposures, limited wedge drilling to test the continuity of recently identified high-grade gold mineralization, and additional step-out drilling along strike on the new property area. A comprehensive litho-structural model will be utilized to support an initial mineral resource estimate later in the year. A metallurgical profiling and test program is continuing and Premier anticipates reporting on results of this program during the second half of the year.

“We are very pleased to continue to intersect wide well-mineralized sections on the project as we step out onto the new ground towards Buffalo” commented Stephen McGibbon, Premier’s Executive Vice-President on the Company’s C-Suite Blog (http://www.premiergoldmines.com/news/c-suite-blog). “The second half of the 2016 drill program, which commenced on June 1st, will further focus on demonstrating continuity as well as extensions of the known mineral horizons.

Central Zone

The intercepts listed for HLD055 through HLD068 (See Figures 1 & 2) represent new results from the infill drill program within the Central Zone that was undertaken to demonstrate continuity of mineralization. The Central Zone is characterized by widespread persistent mineralization associated with silicification, weakly disseminated sulphides and variably distributed quartz veinlets within the Dome Stock that begins at surface and remains open at depth. The additional drilling conducted at this target has validated results reported in earlier campaigns and helped provide better understanding of the internal variability of higher grade material and its continuity.

Table 1: Highlight results from recent drilling at the Central Zone target

Hole ID Coordinates(1)
(m)
Azimuth/
Dip
Elevation
(m)
Section From
(m)
To
(m)
Length (2)
(m)
Grade
(g/t Au)
Length(2)
(ft)
Grade
(oz/t Au)
Comment/
Zone
HLD053 440730 E / 5652220 N 209 / -59 371 40600 201.0 215.0 14.0 0.64 45.9 0.02
HLD054 440788 E / 5652166 N 215 / -45 376 40550 20.0 32.0 12.0 0.96 39.4 0.03
75.0 88.0 13.0 0.65 42.7 0.02
144.0 177.0 33.0 0.61 108.3 0.02
206.0 222.0 16.0 0.90 52.5 0.03
232.0 244.0 12.0 0.75 39.4 0.02
275.0 305.0 30.0 0.67 98.4 0.02
HLD055 440702 E / 5651950 N 215 / -45 378 40500 2.8 116.0 113.2 0.94 371.4 0.03
4.0 56.0 52.0 1.26 170.6 0.04 incl
HLD056 440766 E / 5651924 N 215 / -45 376 40400 21.0 55.0 34.0 0.93 111.5 0.03
99.0 135.0 36.0 0.93 118.1 0.03
161.0 179.0 18.0 0.66 59.1 0.02
HLD057 440879 E / 5652160 N 215 / -45 375 40450 10.0 19.0 9.0 1.71 29.5 0.05
56.0 353.0 297.0 0.69 974.4 0.02
236.0 306.0 70.0 1.15 229.7 0.03 incl
375.0 398.0 23.0 1.23 75.5 0.04
381.0 384.0 3.0 4.45 9.8 0.13 incl
HLD058 440885 E / 5651961 N 215 / -45 378 403350 13.0 153.0 140.0 0.73 459.3 0.02
37.0 97.0 60.0 0.96 196.9 0.03 incl
HLD059 440944 E / 5652245 N 215 / -45 377 40450 113.0 139.0 26.0 0.65 85.3 0.02
159.0 181.0 22.0 0.63 72.2 0.02
276.0 362.0 86.0 1.15 282.2 0.03
370.0 404.0 34.0 0.78 111.5 0.02
413.0 432.0 19.0 0.77 62.3 0.02
453.0 459.0 6.0 1.07 19.7 0.03
HLD060 440804 E / 5652030 N 215 / -45 366 40450 26.0 219.0 193.0 1.04 633.2 0.03
182.0 194.0 12.0 4.56 39.4 0.13 incl
HLD061 440941 E / 5652246 N 152 / -45 377 40400- 40.0 57.0 17.0 1.29 55.8 0.04
42.0 44.0 2.0 4.86 6.6 0.14 incl
127.0 136.0 9.0 1.15 29.5 0.03
40300 163.0 197.0 34.0 0.70 111.5 0.02
221.0 260.0 39.0 1.03 128.0 0.03
298.0 337.0 39.0 0.72 128.0 0.02
40200 353.0 394.0 41.0 0.60 134.5 0.02
433.0 434.0 1.0 15.10 3.3 0.44
40150 512.0 513.0 1.0 16.20 3.3 0.47
HLD062 440894 E / 5652020 N 215 / -45 365 40350 66.0 80.0 14.0 0.65 45.9 0.02
100.0 111.0 11.0 0.66 36.1 0.02
134.0 149.0 15.0 0.86 49.2 0.03
40400 164.0 184.0 20.0 0.66 65.6 0.02
192.0 204.0 12.0 0.65 39.4 0.02
315.0 317.0 2.0 5.19 6.6 0.15
397.0 409.0 12.0 0.63 39.4 0.02
(1) UTM NAD83, Zone 15, (2)True widths are expected to be 65% to 90% of core length

Table 1 cont’d: Highlight results from recent drilling at the Central Zone target

Hole ID Coordinates(1)
(m)
Azimuth/
Dip
Elevation
(m)
Section From
(m)
To
(m)
Length (2)
(m)
Grade
(g/t Au)
Length(2)
(ft)
Grade
(oz/t Au)
Comment/
Zone
HLD063 440941 E / 5652239 N 90 / -45 377 40450 24.0 34.0 10.0 0.74 32.8 0.02
44.0 82.0 38.0 0.71 124.7 0.02
256.0 266.0 10.0 0.62 32.8 0.02
345.0 356.0 11.0 1.08 36.1 0.03
366.0 384.0 18.0 2.90 59.1 0.08
367.0 368.0 1.0 44.40 3.3 1.30 incl
40350 423.0 425.0 2.0 17.45 6.6 0.51
HLD064 440894 E / 5652020 N 215 / -85 364 40350 11.0 18.0 7.0 3.04 23.0 0.09
45.0 67.0 22.0 0.61 72.2 0.02
189.0 197.0 8.0 2.24 26.2 0.07
189.0 190.0 1.0 13.60 3.3 0.40 incl
253.0 307.0 54.0 0.66 177.2 0.02
HLD065 440939 E / 5652239 N 35 / -45 377 40450 121.0 131.0 10.0 0.78 32.8 0.02
181.0 210.0 29.0 0.64 95.1 0.02
316.0 317.0 1.0 76.30 3.3 2.23
HLD066 440938 E / 5652002 N 35 / -45 374 40300 12.3 140.0 127.7 0.63 419.0 0.02
258.0 271.0 13.0 0.95 42.7 0.03
281.0 296.0 15.0 0.85 49.2 0.02
326.0 340.0 14.0 0.65 45.9 0.02
441.0 449.0 8.0 0.95 26.2 0.03
461.0 500.0 39.0 0.62 128.0 0.02
HLD067 440942 E / 5652000 N 152 / -45 374 40300 31.0 123.0 92.0 1.13 301.8 0.03
31.0 33.0 2.0 5.96 6.6 0.17 incl
46.0 60.0 14.0 2.36 45.9 0.07 incl
341.0 349.0 8.0 3.39 26.2 0.10
HLD068 440943 E / 5652000 N 90 / -45 374 40200 34.0 55.0 21.0 1.02 68.9 0.03
73.0 125.0 52.0 1.09 170.6 0.03
159.0 169.0 10.0 1.01 32.8 0.03
578.0 579.0 1.0 25.90 3.3 0.76
(1) UTM NAD83, Zone 15, (2)True widths are expected to be 65% to 90% of core length

Table 3 summarizes a selection of higher grade assays that have been returned from drilling at the Hasaga Project during the past year.

Premier has prioritized further evaluation of many of these results to ensure they are appropriately represented in any future mineral resource estimate. Orebodies in Archean greenstone districts are often highly sensitive to the influence that outlier data can have on a mineral resource estimate. In addition, insufficient density of drilling currently exists to fully understand the character of these higher grade intercepts in terms of continuity and geometry. Those drilled at the Hasaga Zone appear to occur along a more persistent trend in some areas, often situated within a porphyry rock unit beginning at surface versus results at the Central Zone that may be more locally constrained.

Table 3: High grade interval results from Hasaga Project

Hole ID Coordinates(1)
(m)
Azimuth/
Dip
Elevation
(m)
Section From
(m)
To
(m)
Intercept(2)
(m)
Grade
(g/t Au)
Intercept(2)
(ft)
Grade
(oz/t Au)
Comment/
Zone
HLD004 440729 E / 5651950 N 029 / -46 380 40500 103.0 105.5 2.5 21.35 8.2 0.62 Central
HLD009 440801 E / 5651918 N 121 / -45 376 40500 77.0 84.0 7.0 8.14 23.0 0.24 Central
HLD014 440934 E / 5651942 N 154 / -43 380 40300 730.0 731.0 1.0 23.90 3.3 0.70 Hasaga
HLD031 440920 E / 5652146 N 038 / -64 375 40500 474.0 475.0 1.0 20.40 3.3 0.60 Central
HLD038 440851 E / 5652180 N 219 / -46 378 40300 148.0 156.0 8.0 5.82 26.2 0.17 Central
HLD052 440942 E / 5652005 N 213 / -45 371 40300 79.0 81.0 2.0 37.95 6.6 1.11 Central
HLD063 440941 E / 5652239 N 90 / -45 377 40450 367.0 368.0 1.0 44.40 3.3 1.30 Central
HLD065 440939 E / 5652239 N 35 / -45 377 40450 316.0 317.0 1.0 76.30 3.3 2.23 Central
HMP021 441492 E / 5651247 N 330 / -46 381 1300 370.3 376.0 5.7 13.34 18.7 0.39 Hasaga
HMP037 441380 E / 5651062 N 335 / -46 385 1100 418.0 418.7 0.7 60.26 2.3 1.76 Hasaga
HMP046 441608 E / 5651442 N 331 / -54 370 1500 214.0 215.0 1.0 26.65 3.3 0.78 Hasaga
HMP053 441608 E / 5651440 N 352 / -42 360 1550 156.0 159.0 3.0 28.03 9.8 0.82 Hasaga
HMP057 441537 E / 5651382 N 335 / -33 368 1400 103.0 104.0 1.0 35.66 3.3 1.04 Hasaga
HMP062 441536 E / 5651381 N 310 / -49 369 1350 247.0 248.0 1.0 41.54 3.3 1.21 Hasaga
HMP089 441407 E / 5651406 N 332 / -36 366 1300 29.0 31.0 2.0 145.13 6.6 4.24 Hasaga
HMP096 441393 E / 5651344 N 332 / -35 371 1250 211.0 212.0 1.0 97.00 3.3 2.83 Hasaga
HNG010 441016 E / 5652555 N 035 / -45 372 N/A 484.0 486.0 2.0 57.64 6.6 1.68 North Gate
(1) UTM NAD83, Zone 15, (2)True widths are expected to be 65% to 90% of core length

Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person for the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101. Assay results are from core samples sent to either Accurassay Laboratories or Activation Labs, both accredited mineral analysis laboratories in Thunder Bay, Ontario, for preparation and analysis utilizing both fire assay and screen metallic methods.

Premier Gold Mines Limited is one of North America’s leading exploration and development companies with a pipeline of high-quality gold projects in safe, accessible and proven mining jurisdictions of Canada and the United States. The Company is developing the South Arturo Mine in Nevada through a 40/60 partnership with Barrick Gold Corp. and expects to produce over 150,000 ounces of gold production to its credit, over the next two years. The Company is also developing its Hardrock deposit in Northern Ontario through a 50/50 partnership with Centerra Gold Inc. Premier is well-financed with approximately $46 million in cash and investments and expects to end the year with over $100 million.

For further information, please contact:

Ewan Downie, President & CEO
Phone: 807-346-1390
Fax: 807-346-1381
e-mail: Info@premiergoldmines.com
Web Site: www.premiergoldmines.com

This Press Release contains certain information that may constitute “forward-looking information” under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements about the completion of the Financing, strategic plans, including future operations, future work programs, capital expenditures, discovery and production of minerals, price of gold and currency exchange rates, timing of geological reports and corporate and technical objectives. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of 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, including the risks inherent to the mining industry, adverse economic and market developments and the risks identified in Premier’s annual information form under the heading “Risk Factors”. 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. Premier 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.