TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- North American Palladium Ltd. (“NAP” or the “Company”) (TSX:PDL) (OTC PINK:PALDF) is pleased to announce that its Lac des Iles Mine (the “Mine” or “LDI”) has met and exceeded the targeted underground production rate of 6,000 tonnes per day (“tpd”), ahead of the original 2017 production plan, and has also returned to full-time mill operations several weeks ahead of schedule.

During the 5-week period ending September 17, 2017, underground production at LDI averaged over 6,400 tpd, including 10 days of over 7,000 tpd, and a new underground production record of 7,991 tpd set on August 30th. This higher level of output reflects the initiation of production from several additional mining areas in the upper part of the Mine, including the new B2 zone, and to the continued success of the sub level shrinkage mining method in the lower part of the Mine. The company reiterates its previous stated 2017 guidance of between 180,000 and 190,000 ounces.

In addition, LDI has returned to a full-time mill run from the previous 2-weeks per month batch process. The mill is running at approximately 12,000 tpd with underground ore being supplemented by low-grade surface stockpiles. Expansion of the tailings management facility is well advanced with the necessary near-term permits in place to allow the company to continue to build tailings capacity.

“We are pleased with the continued operational advancements we are seeing at the Lac des Iles Mine. These strategic milestones were achieved ahead of schedule due to a focused effort from the entire site team. The Company anticipates the Mine will continue to see underground production rates above 6,000 tpd for the remainder of the year and into 2018,” said Jim Gallagher, North American Palladium’s President and CEO.

About North American Palladium Ltd.

North American Palladium Ltd. (TSX:PDL) (OTC PINK:PALDF) is a Canadian company with over 20 years of production at Lac des Iles mine, located northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario. North American Palladium is the only pure play palladium producer in the world. With over 500 employees, Lac des Iles mine features a unique world class ore body and modern infrastructure, including both an underground mine and an open pit mine.

For further information please contact:

North American Palladium Ltd.
Investor Relations
Telephone: 416-360-7374
Email: IR@nap.com

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