updated 11/6/2007 8:42:00 PM ET 2007-11-07T01:42:00

Silver Standard Resources Inc. (TSX: SSO)(NASDAQ: SSRI) reports a third quarter net loss of $12.9 million ($0.21 per share) for the three months ended September 30, 2007 compared with net earnings of $2.7 million ($0.04 per share) for the third quarter of 2006. All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. Loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 was $19.4 million ($0.31 per share) compared with earnings of $18.1 million ($0.31 per share) in the first three quarters of 2006, which reflected a gain of $35 million from the sale of a property joint venture interest.

Third quarter 2007 results were impacted by a combination of stock-based compensation expenses of $4.5 million, a write-down for estimates of asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) exposure of $4 million, foreign exchange losses due to the strengthening of the Canadian dollar of $2 million and unrealized losses for U.S. dollar hedges of $1.9 million.

Financial Highlights

- For the three months, property expenditures totalled $26.1 million in the third quarter of 2007 including $10.0 million for construction and mining equipment and $2.1 million for exploration at the Pirquitas property in Argentina; $5.3 million for exploration at Pitarrilla in Mexico; $2.9 million for exploration at the San Luis property in Peru; and $2.8 million for exploration at the Snowfield property in Canada.

- For the nine months, $40.2 million was incurred for capital equipment purchases and construction and $4.3 million for exploration at Pirquitas, $12.6 million for drilling and underground development at Pitarrilla, $6.5 million for exploration at San Luis and $8.0 million for exploration at other projects (Snowfield, Diablillos, Bowdens and Challacollo). Cash used in operating activities, primarily general and administration costs, were $5.8 million, exclusive of currency loss and stock option charges. These expenditures, along with the reclassification of ABCP, account for the change in cash year-to-date. The ABCP will remain reclassified as other investments until liquidity returns to the Canadian ABCP market.

- Working capital at September quarter-end was $140.4 million with no long-term debt. Working capital included silver bullion carried at cost (based on market value silver bullion has an additional value of $10.8 million at September 30, 2007) and net of the write down and reclassification of ABCP.

Project Updates

Mina Pirquitas, Argentina - Pirquitas Project development is progressing well and the project is scheduled for commissioning in the fourth quarter of 2008. Both the operations and construction management teams are complete and fully recruited.

The mining fleet has been delivered to site and an intensive mining fleet operator program has been completed. The operations team is now conducting site preparation works for construction and developing access ways in preparation for pre-stripping the open pit and mine waste disposal.

The construction team and EPCM contractor have commenced mobilization to site, and site civil works and construction of the gas pipeline have commenced.

A new resource estimate and an updated reserve reflecting higher metal prices than the historical 2006 reserve (using US$9.35/oz silver, US$3.65/lb tin and US$1.00/lb zinc vs US$5.35/oz silver, US$2.75/lb tin and US$0.42/lb zinc) are nearing completion. Silver Standard will be updating the capital estimate for the Project as detailed engineering progresses.

San Luis, Peru - Infill diamond drilling on the Ayelen Vein (host to high-grade gold-silver mineralization that has been outlined over 650 meters along strike and over 225 meters to depth) has been completed at the San Luis project held by a joint venture with Esperanza Silver Corporation. An initial resource estimate will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Permitting is underway for an underground development program on the Ayelen Vein and for a significant regional drill program on the remainder of this largely unexplored 250 sq. km (approximately 96 sq. mile) mineral concession. Underground development and feasibility work is expected to commence in early 2008.

Silver Standard presently holds a 55% interest in the San Luis project and has elected to increase its interest to 70% by completing a feasibility study. Silver Standard has the right to increase its interest in the San Luis project to 80% by placing the project in production.

Pitarrilla, Mexico - Infill drilling of the Breccia Ridge Zone is ongoing and continues to intersect significant silver and base metal mineralization in the favorable host horizons. Additional drills are testing extensions of Breccia Ridge as well as nearby zones at depth, with a total of six drills turning on the property. The extensive surface drilling and ongoing metallurgical work during 2007 will lead to commencement of a feasibility study late this year. Work on the three kilometer-long underground ramp to access the high grade silver and base metal mineralization of the Breccia Ridge Zone has commenced and the ramp is expected to be completed in the second half of 2008.

Diablillos, Argentina - Silver Standard is continuing a 15,000 meter program of diamond drilling at its wholly-owned Diablillos silver-gold project. The objective of the program is to better define the inferred resource of 93.8 million ounces of silver resources and 815,000 ounces of gold resources, with an updated resource estimate anticipated in the first half of 2008.

Snowfield, Canada - Drilling has been completed for the year on the wholly-owned property in Canada. In 2006, Silver Standard reported an initial measured and indicated gold resource of 2.35 million ounces and an inferred resource of 655,000 ounces, with mineralization remaining open in all directions. An updated resource estimate for Snowfield is anticipated in the first quarter of 2008.

Silver Standard is continuing project activities on a number of fronts and is well funded to complete project activities through 2007 and well through 2008.

For the full Third Quarter 2007 report, including a Management Discussion & Analysis, and unaudited consolidated interim financial statements, visit www.sedar.com or the company's web site at www.silverstandard.com. A conference call to review third quarter results and project activities is scheduled on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Toll-free in North America: 1-866-400-3310

Toronto local and overseas: 1-416-850-9144

Replay will be available for one week by calling toll-free in North America: 1-866-245-6755, passcode 442385; local and overseas callers may telephone 1-416-915-1035, passcode 442385. The audio file will also be available on the company's web site after November 8, 2007. (Source: Silver Standard Resources Inc.)

Cautionary note to U.S. investors: The terms "measured mineral resource", "indicated mineral resource", and "inferred mineral resource" used in this news release are Canadian geological and mining terms as defined in accordance with National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") under the guidelines set out in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the "CIM") Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves. We advise U.S. investors that while such terms are recognized and required under Canadian regulations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") does not recognize these terms. "Inferred mineral resources" in particular have a great amount of uncertainty as to their economic feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules estimates of inferred mineral resources may not generally form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of an inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable. Disclosure of contained metal expressed in ounces is in compliance with NI 43-101, but does not meet the requirements of Industry Guide 7 of the SEC, which will only accept the disclosure of tonnage and grade estimates for non-reserve mineralization.

To receive Silver Standard's news releases by e-mail, contact Paul LaFontaine, director, investor relations at invest@silverstandard.com or call (888) 338-0046. Statements contained in this news release that are not historical fact, such as statements regarding the economic prospects of the company's projects, future plans or future revenues, timing of development or potential expansion or improvements, are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from estimated results. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to raise sufficient capital to fund development, changes in economic conditions or financial markets, changes in prices for the company's mineral products or increases in input costs, litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments in jurisdictions in which the company operates, technological and operational difficulties or inability to obtain permits encountered in connection with exploration and development activities, labour relations matters, and changing foreign exchange rates, all of which are described more fully in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The TSX has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein.

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