American Sands Energy Corp. Accesses Capital Markets to Finance Development of Its Water-Free Extraction of Oil Sands in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Sands Energy Corp. (OTCBB:AMSE) ("AMSE" or the "Company"), an oil sands exploration and development company operating in Utah, announced today that it is accessing the capital markets in a private placement to accredited investors.

The Company has retained Merriman Capital Inc., a leading boutique investment bank, as its dedicated dealer/manager for the raise.

"We plan to use the proceeds from the raise to further the development of our oil sands project in Utah," explained Will Gibbs, Chairman & CEO of the Company. "In particular, we will complete and submit our mining plan to Utah for approval. With an additional institutional raise, we will construct a 5,000 barrel-per-day facility at our Utah site utilizing the industry's only water-free extraction process for oil sands."

Accredited investors interested in learning more about American Sands and its prospects should contact Doug Rogers, Managing Director & Head of Capital Markets Advisory Group at Merriman Capital. He can be reached at (415) 248-5612.

About American Sands Energy Corp.

American Sands Energy Corporation is a development stage Delaware company with primary operations in Utah. The Company has acquired rights to oil sand ore covering approximately 1,800 acres of prime oil sand deposits in the Sunnyside area of Utah. The Company has an extraction and recovery system using a licensed proprietary solvent that separates oil and other hydrocarbons from sand, dirt and other substances without creating tailing ponds and other environmental hazards. For more information, visit www.americansandsenergy.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of offers to buy any securities of any entity. This release contains forward-looking statements regarding AMSE's future plans and expected performance based on assumptions the Company believes to be reasonable. A number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements, including, without limitation, the success rate of business development efforts, exploration efforts and the timeliness of development activities, the ability to place the project into full production; the ability to secure all necessary mining permits in a timely manner, fluctuations in energy prices, confirmation of estimated resources, and other risk factors described from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the SEC. In addition, the Company operates in an industry sector where securities values are highly volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the Company's control. American Sands Energy Corp. undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Phil Allen 303.898.0625

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