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Silver Standard Announces Positive Feasibility Study for Pitarrilla and Increases Reserves by Over 400%

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/05/12 -- Silver Standard Resources Inc. (TSX:SSO)(NASDAQ:SSRI) ("Silver Standard" or the "Company") announced today the results of the Feasibility Study for its 100% owned Pitarrilla Project ("Pitarrilla" or the "Project") located in the State of Durango, Mexico. The Feasibility Study was completed by M3 Engineering and Technology Corporation and Silver Standard.

Feasibility Study highlights(1)


--  Silver Mineral Reserves: Probable Mineral Reserves of 479 million ounces
    of silver, approximately 5.2x the 91.7 million ounces reported
    previously. 
--  Long-life and high production: A 32-year project producing an average of
    15 million ounces of silver per year during the first 18 years of
    production. 
--  Robust project economics: An after-tax net present value (NPV) of $737
    million at base case metal prices and $1.7 billion at spot prices. An
    after-tax internal rate of return (IRR) of 12.8% at base case metal
    prices and 21.2% at spot prices. 
--  Capital expenditures: Total construction costs of $741 million,
    including $157 million of pre-production operating costs and $131
    million of pre-production revenue. 
--  Low technical risk: Utilizes standard truck-and-shovel open-pit mining
    methods and well-established flotation and leach processing methods. 

"The completion of the Pitarrilla Feasibility Study represents a major milestone for the Company," said John Smith, President and CEO of Silver Standard. "In adopting an open-pit mining concept, we have defined one of Mexico's largest silver mines and substantially increased silver reserves. We are now actively engaged in activities to bring the project into construction. While recognizing Silver Standard's strong balance sheet, we are also looking to secure financing for the project. Our aim is to have the project ready for a construction decision in 2013."

(1) See the Company's September 21, 2009 NI 43-101 Technical Report filed on SEDAR and the Company's website. NPV calculated using a 5% discount rate. All financial metrics and estimates are based on U.S. dollars. Base case metal prices: $27.50 per ounce silver in the final pre-production year and the first two years of production, and $25.00 per ounce silver thereafter; $0.90 per pound of lead and $0.95 per pound of zinc. Spot case metal prices: November 23, 2012, closing prices of $34.13 per ounce of silver, $0.99 per pound of lead and $0.87 per pound of zinc.

Economic analysis

The Pitarrilla Feasibility Study indicates strong economic returns and high leverage to silver prices. The metal price assumptions and key financial estimates for the project are presented in Table 1.


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Table 1: Key financial estimates for the Pitarrilla Project                 
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Financial                         Base      Upside  Downside      Spot Price
metrics                           Case        Case      Case            Case
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Silver Price            $/oz    $25.00      $30.00    $22.50          $34.13
Lead Price              $/lb     $0.90       $1.10     $0.80           $0.99
Zinc Price              $/lb     $0.95       $1.10     $0.85           $0.87
Diesel Price         $/litre     $0.80       $0.95     $0.70           $0.85
$MXN per $USD                    12.50       12.50     12.50           12.96
Pre-tax NPV 5%            $M    $1,176      $1,972      $680          $2,552
After-tax NPV 5%          $M      $737      $1,316      $368          $1,741
Pre-tax IRR                %     15.8%       20.8%     11.5%           25.3%
After-tax IRR              %     12.8%       17.2%      9.1%           21.2%
Undiscounted Cash                                                           
 Flow                     $M    $2,015      $3,187    $1,328          $3,948
Payback After COD      Years  Year 7.4    Year 4.8 Year 10.4        Year 3.8
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Notes: (1) Base case silver price is $27.50 per ounce in the final pre-     
production year and the first two years of production, and $25 per ounce    
thereafter, (2) The MXN:USD exchange rate is assumed to equal $12.86 in the 
second half of 2013 and the first half of 2014, $12.58 in the second half of
2014 and the first half of 2015 and $12.50 thereafter, (3) COD means        
Commercial Operation Date.                                                  

Project overview

The Feasibility Study evaluates the development and construction of an open-pit mine, processing facilities, a tailings storage facility and supporting infrastructure. Pitarrilla will be one of the largest silver mines in Mexico, producing an estimated 333 million ounces of silver, 582 million pounds of lead and 1,669 million pounds of zinc over a 32 year project life. The mine will produce an average of 15 million ounces of silver per year during the first 18 years of production.

Pitarrilla will use a standard truck and shovel open-pit mining method. A fleet of trucks is expected to haul an average of over 175,000 tonnes of material per day over 20 years. The plant will use standard grind, float and agitated leach circuits to process 16,000 tonnes per day of flotation/leach ore or 12,000 tonnes per day of direct leach ore. The Project will produce lead and zinc concentrates and a silver dore.

Pitarrilla is located approximately 160 kilometres north-northwest of the city of Durango. A paved roadway extends to within 47 kilometres of the plant site. The Company has been advised by the Comision Federal De Electricidad, Mexico's national power utility, that it will provide power for the Project via a new powerline.

Mineral Resource estimate

This updated Mineral Resource estimate is based on all available data for the Pitarrilla deposit, including the results from over 15,000 meters of drilling performed at the Project during 2012.


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Table 2: Pitarrilla Mineral Resource estimate (effective as of December 4,  
 2012)                                                                      
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               Cut-off Ag  Tonnes      Ag    Pb    Zn     Ag      Pb      Zn
Category            (g/t)    (Mt)   (g/t)   (%)   (%)  (Moz)  (Mlbs)  (Mlbs)
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Measured            20.00   23.62   85.56     -     -     65       -       -
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                    30.00   20.31   95.42     -     -     62       -       -
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                    40.00   16.90  107.62     -     -     58       -       -
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Indicated           30.00  240.00   81.94     -     -    632       -       -
             ---------------------------------------------------------------
                    40.00  199.61   91.41     -     -    587       -       -
             ---------------------------------------------------------------
                    20.00  292.35       -  0.31  0.71      -   2,009   4,581
             ---------------------------------------------------------------
                    30.00  260.31       -  0.32  0.72      -   1,815   4,146
             ---------------------------------------------------------------
                    40.00  216.51       -  0.33  0.75      -   1,574   3,590
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Measured +                                                                  
 Indicated          30.00  260.31   82.99  0.32  0.72    695   1,815   4,146
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                    40.00  216.51   92.68  0.33  0.75    645   1,574   3,590
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Inferred            20.00   26.48   55.98  0.21  0.48     48     123     281
             ---------------------------------------------------------------
                    30.00   22.08   62.12  0.21  0.49     44     101     236
             ---------------------------------------------------------------
                    40.00   17.09   70.00  0.21  0.49     38      79     186
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Notes:


1.  Jeremy D. Vincent, B.Sc. (Hons), P.Geo., is the Qualified Person for the
    reported Mineral Resources estimate. 
2.  All Mineral Resource estimates have been classified in accordance with
    current Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
    definition standards. 
3.  Ag was estimated using Localised Uniform Conditioning (LUC). Pb and Zn
    were estimated using Ordinary Kriging (OK). 
4.  Mineral Resource estimates of Pb and Zn are not classified as Measured
    to account for the added uncertainty introduced by the volume-variance
    effect when using different estimation techniques (Ag by LUC; Pb and Zn
    by OK). 
5.  A silver cut-off grade of 30 g/t Ag is considered at this time to be the
    most likely economic cut-off grade for large-scale open- pit mining of
    the Pitarrilla deposit. 
6.  Silver capping (top cut) grades used in the estimation ranged between
    400 g/t Ag and 1,700 g/t Ag for the various oxide domains, and between
    960 g/t Ag and 1,150 g/t Ag for the two transitional domains, and
    between uncapped and 1,200 g/t Ag for the various sulphide domains. Lead
    capping grades used in the estimation ranged between uncapped and 3.6%
    Pb for the various oxide domains, between 3.6% Pb and 3.8% Pb for the
    transitional domains, and between uncapped and 6.7% Pb in the various
    sulphide domains. Zinc capping grades used in the estimation ranged
    between 0.56% Zn and 4.8% Zn in the various oxide domains, between 6.4%
    Zn and 7.1% Zn in the transitional domains, and between uncapped and
    17.7% Zn in the various sulphide domains. 
7.  Detailed bulk density modeling was conducted taking into account
    lithological variability (including an analysis of voids),
    mineralization, and degree of oxidation. 
8.  The drillhole database including collar, survey, assay, lithology,
    oxidation, and bulk density, used in the preparation of the Mineral
    Resources estimate was verified by Mr. Vincent by conducting detailed
    verification checks, including QA/QC of location and assay data. 
9.  The reported Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources are regarded as
    sufficient for medium to long term production open pit planning and mine
    scheduling on a quarterly basis. Grade control drilling and a mine
    blending strategy to control grade variations are recommended for short-
    term mine planning. 
10. Mineral Resources situated below the current open-pit shell design are
    considered potentially economically viable in an underground mining
    scenario, and are therefore included in the total reported Pitarrilla
    Mineral Resources. A Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) or higher
    level study validating the economics of the underground mining scenario
    has not been undertaken at this time. 
11. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated
    economic viability. While the classification categories of Mineral
    Resources used in this news release are recognized and required under
    Canadian regulations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
    does not recognize them and U.S. companies are generally not permitted
    to disclose resources in documents they file with the SEC. 
12. The reported tonnes, grade, and metal content may not tally precisely
    due to rounding. 

Mineral Reserve estimate

The Company has prepared an updated Mineral Reserve estimate for Pitarrilla. Under the estimate, Probable Mineral Reserves of silver have increased to 479 million ounces of silver at Pitarrilla, 5.2 times the 91.7 million ounces reported in the Company's September 21, 2009 NI 43-101 Technical Report.


Table 3: Pitarrilla Mineral Reserve estimate (effective as of December 4,   
 2012)                                                                      
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                             Tonnage       Mined Grade    Contained Metal   
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                                        Ag    Pb    Zn     Ag     Pb      Zn
Category   Process Type         (Mt) (g/t)   (%)   (%) (Mozs) (Mlbs)  (Mlbs)
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Probable   Direct Leach         43.4  91.5 0.169 0.422  127.5  161.6   403.9
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Probable   Flotation/Leach     113.2  96.5 0.341 0.929  351.2  851.8 2,317.7
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Notes:


1.  Andrew W. Sharp, B.Eng, FAusIMM, is the Qualified Person for the
    reported Mineral Reserve estimate. 
2.  All Mineral Reserves have been classified in accordance with current CIM
    definition standards. 
3.  Mineral Reserves are contained within Measured and Indicated Resources
    with a pit design using metal prices for silver, lead and zinc of
    US$25/oz, US$0.90/lb, and US$0.95/lb, respectively. 
4.  The pit designs are generated from appropriate mining costs, processing
    costs, metal recoveries and inter ramp pit slope angles (varying from 36
    degrees to 48 degrees). 
5.  The Mineral Reserves estimate uses a net smelter return (NSR)
    calculation to determine the cut-off. The Mineral Reserves estimate
    contains two ore types - direct leach ore and flotation/leach ore. There
    are two different cut-off values: the constant cut-off value for direct
    leach ore is $16.38/tonne, and for flotation/leach ore is $16.40/tonne. 
6.  The NSR calculation method varies for the two ore types. For the two ore
    types combined, the overall average process recovery of silver, lead and
    zinc are 69.6%, 57.4% and 61.3% respectively. 
    a.  For flotation/leach ore, the NSR is estimated based on recoveries
        that vary by head grade for Ag, Pb and Zn and are also reduced in
        performance depending on the amount of oxidation present.
        Concentrate grades also vary by oxidation and head grades. NSR
        estimates are inclusive of transport costs, penalties and refinery
        charges. The NSR of this ore type is augmented by the addition of
        cyanide leach of the flotation tail, net of leach process costs and
        dore sales and refining costs. 
    b.  For direct leach ore, the NSR is estimated from the silver head
        grade, the silver recovered from the cyanide leach process and the
        applicable dore sales costs and refining costs. The cyanide leach
        silver recovery is directly estimated in the model from assays and
        metallurgical testing. 
7.  No mining dilution is applied to the grade of the resource. Dilution
    intrinsic to the resource model is considered sufficient to represent
    the mining selectivity considered. 
8.  The life of mine strip ratio is 5.96. 
9.  Tonnage and grade measurements are in metric units. Contained silver
    ounces are reported as millions of troy ounces (Mozs). Contained lead
    and zinc are reported as millions of imperial pounds (Mlbs). 
10. The Reserve is 100% in-situ, as no mining of the ore has occurred. 
11. Tables may not sum due to rounding. 

Mining and processing

Pitarrilla will use standard truck and shovel open-pit mining methods. The expected mining life is 20 years, including three pre-production years. The pit will be mined in five phases, starting with Breccia Ridge and Cordon Colorado. Over the life of the Project, a fleet of trucks is expected to haul approximately 1.1 billion tonnes of material and 157 million tonnes of ore, at a strip ratio of 5.96:1.

Pitarrilla's plant is expected to use standard crush, grind, float and agitated leach equipment to process 16,000 tonnes per day of float/leach ore or 12,000 tonnes per day of direct leach ore. The two ore types will utilize a common crushing and grinding circuit. Initially, highly-oxidized ore will be direct leached in an agitated leach circuit. Silver will then be extracted from the pregnant leach solution using the Merrill-Crowe process to produce silver-rich dore bars. Subsequently, the less oxidized and un-weathered sulphide ores will be processed in sequential lead and zinc flotation circuits to produce separate silver-bearing lead and zinc concentrates. Tailings from the flotation circuits will be processed in the agitated leach circuit to recover additional silver.

Over the Project's life, the plant is expected to produce an estimated 604,000 tonnes of lead concentrate, with grades averaging 43% lead and 9,500 g/t silver, and an estimated 1.5 million tonnes of zinc concentrate, with grades averaging 46% zinc and 604 g/t silver. The leach circuit will produce 118.5 million ounces of silver in silver- rich dore bars. Discussions and analysis to date indicate that the lead and zinc concentrates may be sold domestically or internationally to potential customers in Asia, Europe and North America.


Table 4: Average production schedule for the Pitarrilla Project             
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                          Annual average Annual average       Annual average
Production schedule Units    (years 1-9)  (years 10-18)    (life of project)
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Total mined         Kt            74,631         35,457               33,039
Waste mined         Kt            64,206         29,250               28,293
Ore mined           Kt            10,425          6,207                4,745
Strip ratio                          6.2            4.7                  6.0
Silver grade mined  g/t               93             97                   95
Lead grade mined    %                0.2            0.4                  0.3
Zinc grade mined    %                0.5            1.4                  0.8
Lead concentrate    Kt                17             42                   18
Zinc concentrate    Kt                30            119                   46
Silver recovery     %               66.7           83.1                 69.6
Lead recovery       %               49.0           75.2                 57.4
Zinc recovery       %               46.8           78.7                 61.3
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Silver produced     Koz           14,090         15,852               10,102
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  - Dore            Koz            5,659          2,587                3,591
  - Concentrate     Koz            8,431         13,265                6,511
Lead produced       Klbs          15,044         43,639               17,633
Zinc produced       Klbs          30,355        136,947               50,572
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Note: Life of project averages calculated over the 32-year life of the      
Project.                                                                    

The potential to mine Mineral Resources located below the open pit was not evaluated in the Pitarrilla Feasibility Study, but may be evaluated later in the Project's lifecycle.

Capital cost

All Project costs incurred prior to the declaration of commercial production are considered capital costs. The leach circuit commences commissioning 26 months after the construction decision, and achieves commercial production within ten months. The total capital required to construct the mine is $741 million.


Table 5: Summary of anticipated capital costs (including contingency)       
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Capital costs                                                       Millions
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Mine development and mobile equipment                                 $155.7
Plant                                                                 $308.3
Infrastructure                                                         $51.4
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Direct costs                                                          $515.4
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Indirect costs                                                         $80.9
Owners costs                                                           $37.3
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Total indirect costs                                                  $118.2
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Contingency                                                            $81.5
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Construction capital                                                  $715.1
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Pre-operating mine, plant and G&A                                     $156.5
Pre-operating net revenue                                           ($130.9)
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Total pre-operating capital                                           $740.6
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Notes: (1) A contingency of 5% has been applied to mine equipment and to    
light vehicles. (2) A contingency of 15% has been applied to all other      
expenditures during the first two years of the pre-production period, with  
the exception of capitalized operating mining cost which has the 15%        
contingency applied only to the first year of pre-production. (3) The       
capital cost estimates are based on second quarter 2012 pricing and will be 
subject to inflation that may occur prior to the construction decision and  
during the construction period.                                             

Capital costs incurred after the start of commercial production are considered sustaining capital costs. The sustaining capital for the project is expected to be $404 million, including a $25 million contingency. Sustaining capital for the plant is included in plant operating costs, with the exception of a planned $45 million flotation plant upgrade in year 16.


Table 6: Summary of sustaining capital costs                                
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Sustaining capital costs                                            Millions
Plant and infrastructure                                                $6.1
Flotation plant upgrade                                                $44.5
Mine equipment                                                        $254.0
Mine equipment - major components                                      $50.2
Tailings impoundment sustaining capital                                $37.3
Vehicles/topsoil/water management                                      $11.8
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Total sustaining capital                                              $403.9
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Notes: (1) A contingency of 5% has been applied to mine equipment and to    
light vehicles. (2) Sustaining capital for the plant is included in         
operating costs, with the exception of a planned $45 million expansion of   
the flotation plant in year 16.                                             

Operating cost

Total operating costs on a per tonne of ore milled basis are presented in Table 7.


Table 7: Summary of operating costs per tonne of ore milled                 
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Operating costs                                        Cost per tonne of ore
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Mine operations                                                       $10.04
Mill operations                                                       $15.45
General administration                                                 $1.80
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Total operating cost                                                  $27.29
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Notes: Unit costs are expressed as dollars per tonne of combined ore milled.

The total cash operating cost includes mine operations, process plant operations, general and administrative costs, smelting and refining charges, and transportation charges. Total cash costs (which also include direct process plant costs, administrative costs, and other charges) average $10.01 per ounce of payable silver (net of by-product revenues) over the Project's life. Total production costs (which also include depreciation and amortization, asset retirement obligations, and capitalized mine development and pre-operating costs) average $15.91 per ounce of payable silver over the Project's life. The cash costs are presented in Table 8.


Table 8: Total cash cost per payable ounce of silver                        
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                                      Annual        Annual            Annual
                                     average       average           average
Operating costs                  (years 1-9) (years 10-18) (life of project)
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Direct Mining                                                               
 Cost              $/oz Payable        $3.91         $2.77             $2.93
Direct Process                                                              
 Plant             $/oz Payable        $6.29         $6.32             $7.82
G&A                $/oz Payable        $0.67         $0.60             $0.81
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Cash Operating                                                              
 Cost              $/oz Payable       $10.87         $9.69            $11.56
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Shipping and                                                                
 Selling           $/oz Payable        $0.51         $1.60             $1.00
Treatment and                                                               
 Refining          $/oz Payable        $1.91         $4.26             $2.91
By-Product                                                                  
 Credits           $/oz Payable      ($2.51)       ($9.32)           ($5.46)
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Total Cash Cost    $/oz Payable       $10.78         $6.24            $10.01
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Non-Cash Costs     $/oz Payable        $4.81         $8.37             $5.90
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Total Production                                                            
 Cost              $/oz Payable       $15.59        $14.61            $15.91
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Notes: (1) Non-cash costs include a period of depreciation and amortization 
of physical plant and equipment, asset retirement obligation assets, and    
capitalized mine development and pre-operating costs. The depreciation is   
compliant with IFRIC 20 relating to deferred stripping. (2) Life of project 
averages calculated over the full 32 year life of the Project.              

Environmental, permitting and social responsibility

Pitarrilla has been designed to comply with Mexican mining regulations. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is expected to be completed and ready for submission to Mexico's environmental agency in the first half of 2013. Studies conducted at Pitarrilla during the EIA preparation process include characterization of the topography, geomorphology, geology, soils, water (surface water and groundwater), climate, air quality, and flora and fauna. Several environmental, land use, and operating permits and agreements are required before construction begins.

Silver Standard has implemented a community relations program that includes environmental, medical, educational, infrastructure development, and social support services. This year, the Company provided medical assistance to members of local communities, completed clean-up projects around local rivers, planted trees and completed construction projects to improve infrastructure (including the installation of livestock fences, improvements to a suspension bridge, improvements to a water well and the installation of a media room at a local high school).

Next steps

Going forward, Silver Standard is focused on a number of key activities to position the Project for a 2013 construction decision. The Company will use the Feasibility Study as the basis for further discussions with financial institutions and potential partners. The Company will also continue to obtain the remaining surface access rights necessary for the permitting, construction and operation of the Pitarrilla Project. Applications for the required mining or operating permits will be submitted after receiving clear title or access agreements to all required land. At the same time, the Company will continue optimizing the Project through further engineering design and process development work. Infrastructure for the Project, including access roads, a communications system and ground water resources, will also be developed during 2013.

Qualified Persons

The scientific and technical data contained in this news release pertaining to Pitarrilla has been reviewed and approved by the following Qualified Persons ("QP") under National Instrument 43-101 who consent to having their names included in this news release.


--  Andrew W. Sharp, BEng., FAusIMM: Mr. Andrew W. Sharp, the QP who
    completed the Mineral Reserve estimate, has been employed by the Company
    as Vice President of Technical Services since September, 2011. 
--  Jeremy D. Vincent, B.Sc. (Hons), P.Geo.: Mr. Jeremy D. Vincent, the QP
    who completed the Mineral Resource estimate reported here, has been
    employed by the Company as Senior Geologist since September, 2011. 
--  Kelly Boychuk, MBA, P. Eng.: Mr. Kelly G. Boychuk, the QP who reviewed
    the Tailings Design/Surface Geotechnical and Water Balance sections of
    the Feasibility Study, has been employed by the Company as Director of
    Project Engineering since May, 2012. 
--  Trevor J. Yeomans, B.Sc. (Hons), ASCM, P. Eng.: Mr. Trevor J. Yeomans,
    the QP who completed the metallurgical sections of the Feasibility
    Study, has been employed by the Company as Director of Metallurgy since
    April, 2011. 

Detailed report

A National Instrument 43-101 compliant technical report will be filed on SEDAR within 45 days of this news release and will be available at that time on the corporate website.

SOURCE: Silver Standard Resources Inc.

Cautionary Statements on Forward-Looking Information: Statements in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward- looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws (collectively "forward-looking statements"). 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. 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, risks relating to: the interpretation of drill results and the geology, grade and continuity of the Company's mineral deposits; technological and operational difficulties or the delay, non-compliance or inability to obtain permits encountered in connection with development of the Pitarrilla Project; uncertainties related to title to the Company's mineral properties; the Company's ability to obtain the necessary surface rights for the lands required for successful project permitting, construction and operation of the Pitarrilla Project; changes in economic conditions or financial markets; changes in prices for the Company's mineral products or increases in input costs; uncertainty of production and cost estimates for the Pitarrilla Project; risks and uncertainties associated with new mining operations including start-up delays and operational issues; litigation, legislative, tax (including employee profit sharing arrangements), environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments in Canada, Mexico, the United States and other jurisdictions in which the Company may carry on business; labour relations matters; and foreign exchange rate fluctuations, as well as other factors described in the Company's most recent Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian regulatory authorities.

This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company's forward-looking statements. The Company's forward-looking statements are based on what the Company's management considers to be reasonable assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions based on information currently available to management. 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. Assumptions have been made regarding, among other things, the Company's ability to carry on its exploration and development activities, the Company's ability to meet its obligations under its property agreements, the timing and results of drilling programs, the discovery of mineral resources and mineral reserves on the Company's mineral properties, the timely receipt of required approvals including obtaining the necessary surface rights for the lands required for successful project permitting, construction and operation of the Pitarrilla project, the price of the minerals the Company produces, the costs of operating and exploration expenditures, the Company's ability to operate in a safe, efficient and effective manner and the Company's ability to obtain financing as and when required and on reasonable terms. You are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which may have been used. The Company's forward looking statements reflect current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof and the Company does 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. Technical disclosure included herein has not been prepared in accordance with the requirements of United States securities laws. Without limiting the foregoing, the technical disclosure uses terms that comply with reporting standards in Canada and certain estimates are made in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. National Instrument 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. Canadian standards, including National Instrument 43-101, differ significantly from the requirements of the SEC, and mineral reserve and resource information contained in this news release may not be comparable to similar information disclosed by U.S. companies.

This news release uses the terms "Measured Mineral Resource" and "Indicated Mineral Resource." U.S. investors are advised that while such terms are recognized and required under Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize them. Under U.S. 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. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the Mineral Resources in these categories will ever be converted into Mineral Reserves.

This news release uses the term "Inferred Mineral Resources." U.S. investors are advised that while such term is recognized and required under Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize it. "Inferred Mineral Resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may not generally form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of an Inferred Mineral Resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

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