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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 3, 2017) -

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Lydian International Limited (TSX:LYD) ("Lydian" or "the Company") is pleased to provide an update on its $160 million term loan facility with Orion Co VI (ED) Limited ("Orion") and Resource Capital Fund VI L.P. ("RCF") ("Term Loan"). All dollar amounts in this news release are presented in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.

The Term Loan, as amended, includes an initial $50 million tranche and a second $110 million tranche. Availability of these tranches is subject to applicable conditions precedent, which included satisfaction of certain conditions by December, 31, 2016 (the "December 31 Conditions"). The December 31 Conditions were satisfied with the exception of certain limited conditions where the parties to the Term Loan have agreed to timing for future completion of such conditions.

Howard Stevenson, Lydian's President and CEO, commented, "We made great strides with our financing plan for Amulsar over the past year. We have more than $140 million in cash available from financing transactions that were successfully completed during 2016, and all but one component of our debt financing arrangements are in place. The final equipment financing agreement is expected to be in place during Q1 2017. We are pleased with the status of our financing plan."

In other news, the Company is seeking a replacement for its chief operating officer, who resigned recently for personal reasons.

About Lydian International Limited

Lydian is a gold developer, focusing on construction at its 100%-owned Amulsar Gold Project, located in south-central Armenia. Amulsar presents an opportunity for a large scale, low cost operation with production expected to begin in 2018. Open pit mining and conventional heap leach processing contribute to excellent scale and economic potential. Amulsar will be Armenia's largest gold mine, with estimated mineral resources containing 3 million measured and indicated ounces and 2 million inferred ounces. Gold production is targeted to average greater than 200,000 ounces annually over an initial 10-year mine life. Existing mineral resources and open extensions provide opportunities to improve average annual production and extend the life of mine. The Company is committed to good international industry practices in all aspects of its operations including production, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. For more information and to directly contact us, please visit www.lydianinternational.co.uk.

Caution regarding forward-looking information

Certain information contained in this news release is "forward looking". All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical fact, that address events, results, outcomes or developments that the Company expects to occur are "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "intends", "anticipates" or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "will", "would", "should", or "occur" or the negative or other variations of such terms. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, among others, statements with respect to: the amount and timing of funds available to be drawn under the Term Loan; the satisfaction of conditions, and timing thereof, to make draws under the Term Loan, including satisfaction of the December 31 Conditions; the appointment of a new COO (or similar executive or managerial appointment) and the timing thereof; the scope of duties and title of anyone appointed in connection with the COO search; any subsequent equipment or debt financing agreements and the timing thereof; the realization of mineral resource estimates and the timing of development of the Amulsar Gold Project, including the expected start date of production; the current Amulsar Gold Project construction schedule; results of future exploration and drilling; the commitment to and implementation of good international industry practices; the expected gold production from, and life of mine of, the Amulsar Gold Project; the expected mining methods at the Amulsar Gold Project; and the expected cost of operations at the Amulsar Gold Project. Statements concerning mineral resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking information to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered when the property is developed.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on estimates and assumptions that are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, without limitation: failure to satisfy the conditions to draw down advances under the Term Loan; changes in gold and silver prices; adverse general economic, market or business conditions; failure to achieve the objectives of the future exploration and drilling programs; regulatory changes; as well as "Risk Factors" included in the disclosure documents filed on and available at www.sedar.com. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results and future events could materially differ from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.