Richmont Mines Inc. Completes CAN$ 10M Private Placement with Mr. Bob Buchan

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA–(Marketwire – Feb. 1, 2012) – Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX:RIC)(NYSE Amex:RIC), ("Richmont" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that following Mr. Bob Buchan's appointment to its Board of Directors (press release of January 11, 2012 – "Gold Industry veteran Bob Buchan joins the Board of Directors of Richmont Mines as Vice-Chairman"), the previously announced CAN$10 million private placement with Mr. Buchan and two members of his immediate family (collectively, the "Investors") in the form of convertible debentures was completed today. The debentures, which expire in 5 years, will bear a 7.6% annual interest rate and will be convertible into Richmont common shares at a conversion price of CAN$12.17 per common share at the option of the Investors at any time following the date of issuance. The Investors will have the right to demand payment of the debentures in full at any time 18 months from the date of issue, and Richmont will have the right to redeem the debentures in full, at any time after 24 months from the date of issue. The private placement is subject to the approval of the NYSE Amex.

About Richmont Mines Inc.

Richmont has produced over 1,200,000 ounces of gold from its operations in Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland since beginning production in 1991. The Corporation currently produces gold from its Island Gold and Beaufor mines, and is currently advancing its Francoeur Mine to commercial production, which should increase Richmont's production to approximately 100,000 ounces of gold on an annual basis. With extensive experience in gold exploration, development and mining, the Corporation is well positioned to cost-effectively build its Canadian reserve base through a combination of organic growth, strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Richmont routinely posts news and other important information on its website (

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