Sandstorm Metals & Energy Announces Start-Up at Bracemac-McLeod

May 16, 2013

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 16, 2013) - Sandstorm Metals & Energy Ltd. ("Sandstorm") (TSX VENTURE:SND) is pleased to announce that production has commenced at the Bracemac-McLeod Mine ("Bracemac-McLeod") at an average rate of 3,000 tonnes per day. The mine operator, Glencore Xstrata plc, is now processing copper and zinc ore from the mine and Sandstorm is entitled to purchase an amount equal to 24.5% of the copper produced through its copper stream agreement with Donner Metals Ltd. ("Donner"). Donner has a 35% joint venture interest in Bracemac-McLeod. In accordance with the copper stream agreement, Sandstorm will purchase copper at US$0.80 per pound for the life of the mine.

Sandstorm President & CEO, Nolan Watson commented, "The copper sold from Bracemac-McLeod is expected to generate Sandstorm's first material cash flow. We expect to begin receiving our portion of the copper during the fourth quarter of this year and we believe the mine has the potential to produce for a significant number of years."

For more information on Donner Metals and the Bracemac-McLeod project, visit www.donnermetals.com.

ABOUT SANDSTORM METALS & ENERGY

Sandstorm Metals & Energy Ltd. is the world's first diversified streaming company. Sandstorm provides upfront financing to resource companies that are looking for capital and in return, receives a commodity streaming agreement. This agreement gives Sandstorm the right to purchase a percentage of the commodity produced, for the life of the asset, at a fixed price. Sandstorm has acquired a portfolio of four commodity streams in copper, palladium and natural gas. Sandstorm plans to grow its production base through the acquisition of additional commodity streams.

Sandstorm Metals & Energy is focused on low cost operations with excellent exploration potential and strong management teams. Sandstorm has completed commodity purchase agreements with Colossus Minerals Inc., Donner Metals Ltd., Entrée Gold Inc. and Thunderbird Energy Corp.

For more information visit: www.sandstormmetalsandenergy.com

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