Benton and Panoramic to Extend Terms for Agreement on Thunder Bay North Project

Thunder Bay, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - October 1, 2019) - Benton Resources Inc. (TSXV: BEX) ('Benton' or 'the Company') is pleased to announce that Panoramic Resources Inc. ('PAN') has agreed to extend the terms associated with the initial binding purchase agreement and amended binding purchase agreement (together the "Transaction") for an additional 30 days to November 3, 2019 (see PR's dated September 3, 2019 and July 2, 2019).

Under the Transaction, Benton has agreed to acquire all of Panoramic's shares in its 100%-owned subsidiary, Panoramic PGMs (Canada) Ltd. which holds the Thunder Bay North PGM Project for C$9 million as follows:

  • C$4.5 million on the completion of the Transaction;
  • C$1.5 million on the first anniversary of the completion of the Transaction;
  • C$1.5 million on the second anniversary of the completion of the Transaction; and
  • C$1.5 million on the third anniversary of the Transaction.

All other terms of the Transaction remain unchanged.

Project Highlights:

  • High-grade, near-surface Platinum Group Metals (PGM) deposits with a historical resource.
  • Excellent infrastructure, with a paved highway and established logging roads.
  • Drilling highlights on the 30,000 hectare Thunder Bay North (TBN) Property include historic high-grade intercepts of 46.65 m @ 10.1 g/t Platinum+Palladium+Gold (5.267g/t Pt + 4.555g/t Pd + 0.324g/t Au) with 1.62% Copper+Nickel (1.154% Cu + 0.465% Ni), incl. 13.0 m @ 33.2 g/t Pt+Pd+Au (17.305g/t Pt + 14.817g/t Pd + 1.061g/t Au) and 4.91% Cu+Ni (3.755% Cu + 1.308g/t Ni), incl. a spectacular intercept of 2.6 m @ 97.9 g/t Pt+Pd+Au (52.769g/t Pt + 41.538g/t Pd + 3.630g/t Au) and 14.9% Cu+Ni (11.599% Cu + 3.289% Ni) in drill hole BL 10-197.

The TBN Project contains the Current, Bridge and Beaver zones of which the following Historical Estimates* are defined:

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*Historical Estimate from Thomas, D. et al. 2011: Magma Metals Limited, Thunder Bay North Polymetallic Project Ontario, Canada, NI 43-101 Technical Report on Preliminary Assessment

Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves at the Thunder Bay North project are considered by Benton to be historic in nature. No qualified person as defined by NI 43-101 has done sufficient work to classify the historical estimates at Thunder Bay North as current. The Company believes that the historical estimates at both deposits can be used as a guide in determining future exploration drilling and the Company will need to undertake a comprehensive review of available data which may include further drilling to verify the historic estimates at either property in order to reclassify them as current mineral resources. The Company's QP has verified the data but no resampling of core or any other tests on the analytical procedures has been performed by the Company to-date.

A map of the PGM Projects and drill hole locations can be viewed on the Company's website along with the PEA provided by Panoramic Resources Inc. In addition, the Company has made available its updated corporate presentation covering these prospective PGM Projects on its web site at www.bentonresources.ca.

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Nathan Sims (P.Geo.), Senior Exploration Manager for Benton Resources Inc., the 'Qualified Person' under National Instrument 43-101, has approved the scientific and technical disclosure in this news release and prepared or supervised its preparation.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Inc.,

"Stephen Stares"

Stephen Stares, President

About Benton Resources Inc.

Benton Resources is a well-funded Canadian-based project generator with a diversified property portfolio in Gold, Silver, Nickel, Copper, and Platinum group elements. Benton holds multiple high-grade projects available for option which can be viewed on the Company's website. Most projects have an up-to-date 43-101 Report available.

Parties interested in seeking more information about properties available for option can contact Mr. Stares at the number below.

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Stares, President & CEO
Phone: 807-475-7474
Email: sstares@bentonresources.ca

CHF Capital Markets

Cathy Hume, CEO
Phone:
416-868-1079 x231
Email:
cathy@chfir.com

Website: www.bentonresources.ca
Twitter: @BentonResources
Facebook: @BentonResourcesBEX

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