VMS Ventures Inc. and Hudbay break ground at new copper mine in Manitoba

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Aug. 14, 2012) – VMS Ventures Inc. (TSX VENTURE:VMS) ("VMS") and its joint venture partner, Hudbay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM)(NYSE:HBM) ("Hudbay") will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony today at its Reed Lake property in Flin Flon, Manitoba, signaling their commitment to the new copper mine.

Dave Chomiak, Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines, David Garofalo, President and CEO of Hudbay, and Rick Mark, CEO of VMS Ventures will be attending and are scheduled to speak at today's ceremony.

"We are delighted to be a part of today's Reed Copper Mine opening ceremony. Reed has advanced towards production very quickly. We made the discovery in 2007 and signed a Joint Venture with Hudbay on July 5, 2010," said Rick Mark, VMS' chief executive officer and chairman. "HudBay is on schedule and on budget and VMS is pleased to be working with such an experienced partner."

Mining at the Reed copper project is expected to begin by Q4 2013, and is anticipated to ramp up to full production of approximately 1,300 tonnes per day by Q1 2014.

VMS Ventures announced a high-grade copper discovery at Reed grading 10.50 m of 11.19% copper within 43.05 m of 4.38% copper on October 4, 2007 (http://vmsventures.com/Newsroom/Press-Releases/Press-Release-Details/2007/1050Metresof1119CopperWithin4305Metresof438CopperinDrillHole2atVMSVenturesReedLakePropertySnowLakeManitoba/default.aspx).

About VMS Ventures Inc.

VMS Ventures Inc. is focused primarily on acquiring, exploring and developing copper-zinc-gold-silver massive sulphide deposits in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake VMS Belt of Manitoba. The Company's VMS project property portfolio consists of the Reed Copper Project, Reed East/West Project, McClarty Lake Project, Sails Lake Project, Puella Bay Project and Morton Lake Project. Outside of the Snow Lake camp, the Company holds massive sulphide prospective properties near the past producing Fox Lake and Ruttan copper-zinc mines, near the communities of Lynn Lake and Leaf Rapids in northern Manitoba. These properties are located in the mining friendly province of Manitoba, Canada. The Company also has optioned three properties in the Sudbury mining camp. They are Terra Incognita, Golden Pine and Black Creek.

VMS Ventures owns approximately 26M shares of North American Nickel Inc. (TSX VENTURE:NAN). For more information on North American Nickel Inc., please visit www.northamericannickel.com.

About Hudbay

Hudbay (TSX:HBM)(NYSE:HBM) is a Canadian integrated mining company with assets in North and South America principally focused on the discovery, production and marketing of base and precious metals. Hudbay's objective is to maximize shareholder value through efficient operations, organic growth and accretive acquisitions, while maintaining its financial strength. A member of the S&P/TSX Composite Index and the S&P/TSX Global Mining Index, Hudbay is committed to high standards of corporate governance and sustainability. Further information about Hudbay can be found on www.hudbayminerals.com.

Forward Looking Statement

Some of the statements contained herein may be forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and resources, exploration results, and future plans and objectives of the Company are forward-looking statements that involve various risks. The following are important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: changes in the world wide price of mineral commodities, general market conditions, risks inherent in mineral exploration, risks associated with development, construction and mining operations, the uncertainty of future profitability and the uncertainty of access to additional capital. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events may differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. VMS Ventures Inc. undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Roozendaal, B.Sc., President

VMS Ventures Inc.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

VMS Ventures Inc.
Evan Sleeman
Director
(604) 986-2020 or Toll Free: 1-866-816-0118
www.vmsventures.com