Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL) today announced the withdrawal and termination of its bid for Dolly Varden Silver Corporation.

"We are disappointed with Dolly Varden's expensive debt financing followed by its planned dilutive private placement that effectively acts as a poison pill, raising the cost of acquiring Dolly Varden by more than 50%. Despite withdrawing our bid, Hecla will invest to maintain our 15.7% interest in Dolly Varden because of our long term commitment to the Dolly Varden property. We are disappointed that the Securities Commissions' decisions take away the ability of existing shareholders to choose our premium bid, effectively forcing their continued ownership of Dolly Varden," said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., Hecla's President and CEO.

About Hecla

Founded in 1891, Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with operating mines in Alaska, Idaho and Mexico, and is a growing gold producer with an operating mine in Quebec, Canada. The Company also has exploration and pre-development properties in six world-class silver and gold mining districts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and an exploration office and investments in early-stage silver exploration projects in Canada.

For further information, please contact:Mike WesterlundVice President - Investor Relations800-HECLA91 (800-432-5291) hmc-info@hecla-mining.com

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