Benton Provides Update on the Regency Transaction and Announces Non-Brokered Flow-Through Private Placement Financing

Thunder Bay, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - December 11, 2019) - Benton Resources Inc. (TSXV: BEX) ('Benton' or 'the Company') would like to update shareholders on the progress of the previously announced Regency Gold Corp. (TSXV: RAU) ('Regency') transaction ('the Transaction'). As per Benton's previous press release (see PR dated November 11, 2019) Benton, Regency and Panoramic Resources Limited have been diligently working toward executing definitive option agreements. It is anticipated that the various agreements to complete the Transaction will be fully executed in the coming days.

Stephen Stares, President and CEO of Benton, stated: "While junior resource markets remain very volatile and tough, we are impressed with the Regency team and their commitment to complete the Transaction and aggressively advance the TBN and Escape Lake properties. They have demonstrated excellent leadership throughout both the due diligence and financial marketing processes. We believe that this highly capable team will present the best opportunity to deliver value to Benton shareholders as they move these exciting PGM projects forward. Benton looks forward to completing the Transaction and becoming a major shareholder in Regency."

Non-Brokered Flow-Through Private Placement

Benton also announces that it intends to complete a non-brokered private placement of flow-through units. The Company intends to issue up to 4,666,666 flow-through units at a price of $0.075 per unit (the 'FT Units') for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $350,000. Each FT Unit will consist of one flow-through common share (the 'FT Shares') and one-half of one non flow-through common share purchase warrant (the 'NFT Warrants'). Each whole warrant will entitle the holder to acquire one additional non flow-through common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.15 for a period of 36 months from the date of issue. The FT Shares will entitle the holder to receive the tax benefits applicable to flow-through shares, in accordance with provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

In connection with the private placement, the Company may pay finders' fees in cash or securities or a combination of both, as permitted by the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange. All securities issued pursuant to the private placement will be subject to a four month and one day hold period. The private placement is subject to approval by the TSX Venture Exchange.

The proceeds of the financing will be used to advance Benton's various early-stage exploration projects, including the 100%-owned Saganaga and Iron Duke gold projects.

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. Many 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

CHF Capital Markets

Cathy Hume, CEO
Phone: 416-868-1079 x231

Twitter: @BentonResources
Facebook: @BentonResourcesBEX


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