Silver Bear Provides Operational Update and Announces First Quarter 2012 Results

May 16, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2012) - Silver Bear Resources Inc. ("Silver Bear" or the "Company") (TSX:SBR) today provides an operational update and announces its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

Exploration crews arrived at site in April 2012 with commenced drilling in the last week of April 2012 on Silver Bear's Mangazeisky lease located in Yakutia, Russia (the "Property"). This year the drilling conducted was concentrated around the area called Nizhny Endybal within the Property. To date approximately 1000 meters have been drilled with mineralization being intersected in three of the five holes drilled. The mineralization is hosted within brecciation and stockwork development also seen in some of the nearby holes drilled in last year's exploration program. The lateral width of the mineralised zone within this area has not yet been precisely determined, however, estimates are approximately 50 metres.

A thick lower mineralized area at Nizhny Endybal has been the target of our drilling to date this year. Based on visual inspection the following drill sections contain well developed zones of mineralization containing relatively continuous galena and pyrargyrite/freibergite (silver-bearing phases) disseminations:

Hole Number Mineralization (depth from surface meters) True Width (meters)
END 20 82 m to 101 m 19 m
END 22 105 m to 145 m 31 m
END 23 129 m to 148 m 19 m

Current drilling activities are being completed in conjunction with and as a follow up to the results of the Company's 2011 drill program where mineralization was identified at Nizhny Endybal (see Press Release dated April 2, 2012). Drilling is expected to move to the main deposit area at Vertikalny in the coming weeks. Silver Bear will be providing updates as the assays become available. The reader is cautioned that the potential mineralization set out in the table above is conceptual in nature and that the interpretations noted above have not been subjected to the proper testing and or quality assurance/quality control procedures. However, future testing of these drill results will rely on such procedures as the Company will be sending the drill results to a Russian certified laboratory in Yakutsk and Aldan and that analysis will be completed by ALS Chemex in Chita, Russia.

In parallel with the above drill work, Silver Bear completed its first Airborne Geophysical survey over the Property in April 2012, well ahead of schedule. Data is currently being processed and interpreted with results expected within the next 60 days and field follow-up is planned from June to August 2012. The survey covered 310 square kilometers, includes the Vertikalny Deposit and a significant part of the Property to the north and south around the NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate. At Vertikalny Silver Bear has its National Instrument 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate of 1.1 million tonnes containing 17.9 million ounces silver at 518 Ag/t of 'Indicated' mineralization and 1.7 million tonnes containing 30.5 million ounces silver at 562 g/t Ag of 'Inferred' mineralization, as set out in its Technical Report dated September 2011 and filed on SEDAR (see Press Release dated September 28, 2011).

Financial Results

Net Loss

Silver Bear incurred a net loss for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012 of $2.33 million, or $0.05 per share. This compares to a loss of $0.85 million or $0.02 per share for three-months ended March 31, 2011.

Exploration costs were $1.37 million in the three-month period ended March 31, 2012 compared with $0.31 million for three-months ended March 31, 2011, as a result of preparation for the summer drilling program. General and administrative expenses for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012 were $0.65 million compared with $0.31 million in the prior year, as the Company expanded its management team and investor relations activities. Non- cash items for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012 were $0.29 million compared with $0.26 million in the three-months ended March 31, 2011. Interest income for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012 was $0.01 million compared with $0.03 in the prior year.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At March 31, 2012, Silver Bear had cash and cash equivalents of $2.02 million. The Company has total obligations of $0.59 million under a three year finance lease of exploration equipment. Additional funding is expected to be required to complete the 2012 exploration program.

On March 16, 2012 the Company completed a non-brokered private placement financing of 4,375,000 common shares of the Company (the "Common Shares") at an issue price of $0.80 for gross proceeds in the amount of $3,500,000 (the "Private Placement"). Tabac Ventures Limited ("Tabac"), a company affiliated with Aterra Capital, an investment fund established by Alexey Mordashov, acquired all of the Common Shares issued in connection with the Private Placement. Subsequent to March 31, 2012 a nominee of Tabac was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company.

Silver Bear Resources Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position
(Canadian dollars)
March 31, December 31,
2012 2011
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 2,018,570 4,282,883
Receivable 1,555,267 714,033
Inventories 1,951,073 573,727
Prepaid expenses 1,740,581 210,433
Total current assets 7,265,491 5,781,076
Non-current assets
Mineral property 1,292,097 1,212,964
Property, plant and equipment 1,992,979 636,008
Total assets 10,550,567 7,630,048
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 1,172,103 617,446
Finance lease 198,035 -
Total current liabilities 1,370,138 617,446
Non-current liabilities
Asset retirement obligation 623,292 579,478
Finance lease 396,070 -
Total liabilities 2,389,500 1,196,924
Equity attributable to owners of Silver Bear Resources Inc.
Capital Stock 82,230,574 78,730,574
Contributed surplus 10,349,793 10,081,156
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (210,939)
Deficit (84,208,361)
Total equity 8,161,067 6,433,124
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 10,550,567 7,630,048
Silver Bear Resources Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Loss and Comprehensive Loss
For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011
(Canadian dollars)
For the three months ended
March 31, March 31,
2012 2011
Interest income 5,724 25,363
5,724 25,363
Exploration costs 1,373,535 305,819
General and administrative 650,458 305,777
Depreciation 21,584 161,560
Share-based payments 268,637 96,904
Interest expense - 2,239
Foreign exchange loss 18,572 2,271
Expenses from operations 2,332,786 874,570
Net loss for the period (2,327,062)
Other comprehensive income
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations 286,368 172,360
Comprehensive loss for the period (2,040,694)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding 44,973,133 37,935,569
Basic and diluted loss per share (0.05)

Silver Bear Resources Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity
For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011
(Canadian dollars)
Attributable to equity owners of

Silver Bear Resources Inc.
Contri- compre-
Share buted hensive Total
capital surplus loss Deficit equity
Balance - December 31, 2010 73,771,289 9,166,433 (211,508 ) (69,356,972 ) 13,369,242
Net loss for the period - - - (849,207 ) (849,207 )
Other comprehensive income (net of tax):
Cumulative translation adjustment - - 172,360 - 172,360
Comprehensive income (loss) for the period - - 172,360 (849,207 ) (676,847 )
Share based payment - 96,904 - - 96,904
Balance - March 31, 2011 73,771,289 9,263,337 (39,148 ) (70,206,179 ) 12,789,299
Balance - December 31, 2011 78,730,574 10,081,156 (497,307 ) (81,881,299 ) 6,433,124
Net loss for the period - - - (2,327,062 ) (2,327,062 )
Other comprehensive income (net of tax):
Cumulative translation adjustment - - 286,368 - 286,368
Comprehensive income (loss) for the period - - 286,368 (2,327,062 ) (2,040,694 )
Share based payments - 268,637 - - 268,637
Options exercised -
Net proceeds from issuance shares in private
placement 3,500,000 3,500,000
Balance - March 31, 2012 82,230,574 10,349,793 (210,939 ) (84,208,361 ) 8,161,067

Mr. P. Gribble, FIMMM C.Eng, of Tetra Tech (formerly Wardrop), is the independent qualified person who prepared the mineral resource estimates disclosed herein and has reviewed the scientific and technical information contained in this news release. Tetra Tech completed a NI 43-101 Technical Report supporting the mineral resource estimate.

Mark Trevisiol P.Eng, President and CEO of Silver Bear is the Company's designated qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release.

Silver Bear Resources Inc .

The primary business of the Company is the evaluation, acquisition, exploration and development of silver properties in the Russian Federation. The Company's principal focus is the Mangazeisky exploration lease, over which Silver Bear has exclusive exploration rights. It is located approximately 400 kilometres north of Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, Yakutia in the Russian Federation.

Silver Bear Resources Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and its common shares trade under the ticker symbol "SBR". Silver Bear has 48,578,902 issued and outstanding common shares. Other information relating to Silver Bear is available on SEDAR at as well as on the Company's website at

Forward-Looking Information

This release and subsequent oral statements made by and on behalf of the Company may contain forward -looking statements, which reflect management's expectations. Wherever possible, words such as "intends", "expects", "scheduled", "estimates", "anticipates", "believes" and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, have been used to identify these forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this release reflect management's current beliefs based upon information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Silver Bear cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. A number of factors could cause events and achievements to differ materially from the results expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Such risks factors include but are not limited to risks factors identified by Silver Bear in its continuous disclosure filings filed from time to time on SEDAR. These factors should be considered carefully and prospective investors should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve significant known and unknown risks, assumptions and uncertainties that may cause Silver Bear's actual results, events, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although Silver Bear has attempted to identify important risks and factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors and risks that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, prospective investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and Silver Bear assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, unless otherwise required by law.

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