January 17, 2013 – Vancouver, BC: Riverside Resources Inc. ("Riverside" or the "Company") (TSX-V: RRI) is progressing and set to deliver value and growth for its shareholders in 2013. The Company is strategically advancing and improving its portfolio with a strong partnership network and significant exploration activity planned for the upcoming year. In 2012, a challenging year for Junior Resource companies, Riverside still managed to deliver six completed drill programs while conserving capital and maintaining a tight share structure with only 35,200,000 shares outstanding and over $7M in cash reserves with no debt.

In 2013, the Company expects to secure new strategic partnerships that will once again support the completion of several drill programs on Riverside’s projects at a very low cost to its shareholders. Riverside’s careful management of its capital has also put the Company in a position to evaluate acquisition opportunities and acquire key additional assets and upgrade the property portfolio. There are already well-funded exploration programs and alliance funding in place, plus additional goals the company will look to achieve to facilitate further growth.

An overview of Riverside’s anticipated corporate growth plans for 2013 are summarized below:

  • Complete copper, iron, gold target drill testing at the Naranjo Project, Mexico
  • Finish next phase of gold resource drilling at El Capitan, Penoles Project, Mexico
  • Drill silver targets at historic Jesus Maria mine area, Penoles Project, Mexico
  • Complete initial drill testing at the copper-gold Cerro Azul Project, Mexico
  • Explore gold targets in the Sonora Megashear area, Mexico
  • Identify and acquire new copper-porphyry targets in British Columbia (BC), Canada
  • Drill multiple copper porphyry targets in BC
  • Secure new strategic partnerships
  • Evaluate opportunities to acquire distressed assets and grow portfolio

Drilling Riverside owned prospects and pushing for discovery and delineation of open pit gold targets in lower risk jurisdictions will continue to be a main focus for the Company. Riverside anticipates results from at least five partner-funded drill programs in 2013, as outlined above, and believes drilling and exploration activity will grow through additional partnerships.

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“John-Mark Staude”

Dr. John-Mark Staude, President & CEO

For additional information contact:

John-Mark Staude

President & CEO
Riverside Resources Inc.
Phone: (778) 327-6671
Fax: (778) 327-6675
Web: www.rivres.com

Joness Lang

Manager, Corporate Development
Riverside Resources Inc.
Phone: (800) RIV-RES1
Fax: (778) 327-6675
Web: www.rivres.com

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