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05.03.11 - Kinross reports 2011 first quarter results

Revenue increases by 42%; adjusted net earnings increase by 81%

Adjusted operating cash flow up 67%; margins up 29%

Toronto, Ontario - May 3, 2011 - Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX: K, NYSE: KGC) today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

(Effective January 1, 2011, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is replacing Canadian GAAP for publicly accountable enterprises. As a result, Kinross will report under IFRS for interim and annual periods beginning January 1, 2011, with comparative information for 2010 restated under IFRS.
This news release contains forward-looking information that is subject to the risks and assumptions set out in our Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information located on page 8 of this news release. All dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.)

Highlights

  • Production(2) in the first quarter of 2011 was 642,857 gold equivalent ounces, an 18% increase over Q1 2010. The Company has increased its full-year production forecast from 2.5-2.6 million to 2.6-2.7 million attributable gold equivalent ounces as a result of increasing its ownership in the Kupol mine to 100%.
  • Revenue for the quarter was a record $937.0 million, compared with $657.6 million in the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 42%, with an average realized gold price of $1,327 per ounce sold compared with $1,065 per ounce sold in Q1 2010.
  • Production cost per gold equivalent ounce(3) was $543 for Q1, compared with $456 for Q1 2010.  The full-year production cost per ounce forecast remains consistent with previously-stated guidance, despite industry-wide pressure on input costs. Production cost per gold equivalent ounce on a by-product basis was $471 in Q1, compared with $412 in Q1 2010.
  • Kinross' attributable margin per ounce sold(4) was a record $784 in Q1, compared with $609 in Q1 2010, a year-over-year increase of 29%.
  • Adjusted operating cash flow(5) for Q1 was $397.6 million, a 67% increase over Q1 2010. Adjusted operating cash flow per share was $0.35 in Q1, versus $0.34 for Q1 2010.
  • Adjusted net earnings(1,5) were $180.3 million, compared with $99.7 million in Q1 2010, an increase of 81%. Adjusted net earnings per share were $0.16 in Q1, versus $0.14 per share for Q1 2010. Reported net earnings1 were $255.5 million, or $0.23 per share in Q1, compared with $181.3 million, or $0.26 per share, for Q1 2010.
  • The Tasiast feasibility study is 62% complete and remains on schedule for completion in mid-2011. A total of 135,000 metres have been drilled since the beginning of the year and results continue to meet or exceed expectations. Reconnaissance drilling has yielded encouraging results at two different targets along the Tasiast trend outside of the main Tasiast deposit.
  • Kinross' growth projects remain on schedule. At Fruta del Norte, construction of the portal high wall for the underground exploration decline has commenced, and negotiations with the Ecuadorian government on an exploitation agreement are proceeding. At Lobo-Marte, exploration on the Valy prospect has produced encouraging new results, including discovery of two new mineralized zones. At Dvoinoye, construction of the mine portal is complete, and development of the exploration decline advanced 100 metres in Q1. At Paracatu, the third ball mill is 98% complete, with commissioning continuing through the second quarter.
  • On April 27, 2011, Kinross' 75%-owned subsidiary, Chukotka Mining and Geological Company (CMGC), completed the purchase of the 25% of CMGC that Kinross did not already own for a total gross consideration of approximately $350 million, giving Kinross 100% ownership of the Kupol mine and the Kupol East-West exploration licences.
  • On March 23, 2011, Kinross completed the sale of its approximate 8.5% equity interest in Harry Winston Diamond Corporation for net proceeds of $100.6 million.
  • On March 31, 2011, Kinross announced that it had amended its unsecured revolving credit facility, increasing the available credit from $600 million to $1.2 billion. Kinross' cash and cash equivalents were $1,560.8 million as at March 31, 2011.
  • Kinross has appointed Paul H. Barry as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, effective April 4, 2011. Mr. Barry replaces Thom Boehlert, whose departure as CFO was announced earlier this year.

(1) "Net earnings" figures in this release represent "net earnings attributed to common shareholders".

(2) Unless otherwise stated, production figures in this release are based on Kinross' 75% share of Kupol production and 90% of Chirano production.

(3) "Production cost per gold equivalent ounce" is a non-GAAP measure defined as production costs per the financial statements divided by the attributable number of gold equivalent ounces sold, both reduced for Kupol sales attributable to a third-party 25% shareholder and Chirano sales to a 10% minority interest holder. Production cost is equivalent to total cost of sales (per the financial statements), less depreciation, depletion and amortization, and is generally consistent with cost of sales as reported under Canadian GAAP prior to the adaption of IFRS.

(4) "Attributable margin per ounce sold" is a non-GAAP measure and is defined as "average realized gold price per ounce" less "attributable production cost per gold equivalent ounce sold".

(5) Reconciliation of non-GAAP measures is located on page 10 of this news release.

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Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information
All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained or incorporated by reference in this news release, but not limited to, any information as to the future financial or operating performance of Kinross, constitute ‘‘forward-looking information’’ or ‘‘forward-looking statements’’ within the meaning of certain securities laws, including the provisions of the Securities Act (Ontario) and the provisions for ‘‘safe harbour’’ under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as of the date of this news release. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, possible events, statements with respect to possible events, the future price of gold and silver, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the realization of mineral reserve and resource estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production, expected capital expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of exploration, development and mining activities, permitting timelines, currency fluctuations, requirements for additional capital, government regulation of mining operations, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims and limitations on insurance coverage. The words ‘‘plans’’, “proposes”, ‘‘expects’’ or ‘‘does not expect’’, ‘‘is expected’’, ‘‘budget’’, ‘‘scheduled’’, “envision”; ‘‘estimates’’, ‘‘forecasts’’,”guidance”; “targets”, “models”, ‘‘intends’’, ‘‘anticipates’’, or ‘‘does not anticipate’’, or ‘‘believes’’, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results ‘‘may’’, ‘‘could’’, ‘‘would’’, ‘‘should’’, ‘‘might’’, or ‘‘will be taken’’, ‘‘occur’’ or ‘‘be achieved’’ and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Kinross as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The estimates, models and assumptions of Kinross referenced, contained or incorporated by reference in this news release, which may prove to be incorrect, include, but are not limited to, the various assumptions set forth herein and in our most recently filed Annual Information Form and our most recently filed Management’s Discussion and Analysis as well as: (1) there being no significant disruptions affecting the operations of the Company or any entity in which it now or hereafter directly or indirectly holds an investment, whether due to labour disruptions, supply disruptions, power disruptions, damage to equipment or otherwise; (2) permitting, development, operations, expansion and acquisitions at Paracatu (including, without limitation, land acquisitions for and permitting and construction of the new tailings facility) being consistent with our current expectations; (3) development of and production from the Phase 7 pit expansion and heap leach project at Fort Knox continuing on a basis consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (4) the viability, permitting and development of the Fruta del Norte deposit being consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (5) political developments in any jurisdiction in which the Company, or any entity in which it now or hereafter directly or indirectly holds an investment, operates being consistent with its current expectations including, without limitation, the implementation of Ecuador’s new mining law and related regulations and policies, and negotiation of an exploitation contract with the government, being consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (6) permitting, construction, development and production at Cerro Casale being consistent with the new feasibility study prepared and approved by the joint venture and the Company’s current expectations; (7) the viability, permitting and development of the Lobo-Marte project, including, without limitation, the metallurgy and processing of its ore, being consistent with our current expectations; (8) the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar, Brazilian real, Chilean peso, Russian rouble, Mauritanian ouguiya, Ghanaian cedi and the U.S. dollar being approximately consistent with current levels; (9) certain price assumptions for gold and silver; (10) prices for natural gas, fuel oil, electricity and other key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (11) production and cost of sales forecasts for the Company, and entities in which it now or hereafter directly or indirectly holds an investment, meeting expectations; (12) the accuracy of the current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates of the Company and any entity in which it now or hereafter directly or indirectly holds an investment; (13) labour and materials costs increasing on a basis consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (14) the development of the Dvoinoye and Vodorazdelnaya deposits being consistent with Kinross’ expectations; and (15) the viability of the Tasiast and Chirano mines, and the development and expansion of the Tasiast and Chirano mines on a basis consistent with Kinross’ current expectations. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in the currency markets; fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold or certain other commodities (such as diesel fuel and electricity); changes in interest rates or gold or silver lease rates that could impact the mark-to-market value of outstanding derivative instruments and ongoing payments/receipts under any interest rate swaps and variable rate debt obligations; risks arising from holding derivative instruments (such as credit risk, market liquidity risk and mark-to-market risk); changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls, policies and regulations, the security of personnel and assets, and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States, Chile, Brazil, Russia, Ecuador, Mauritania, Ghana, or other countries in which Kinross, or entities in which it now or hereafter directly or indirectly holds an investment, do business or may carry on business in the future; business opportunities that may be presented to, or pursued by, us; our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; employee relations; the speculative nature of gold exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits; diminishing quantities or grades of reserves; adverse changes in our credit rating; and contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of gold exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance, or the inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks). Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can directly or indirectly affect, and could cause, Kinross’ actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Kinross. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s expectations and plans relating to the future. All of the forward-looking statements made in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements and those made in our other filings with the securities regulators of Canada and the United States including, but not limited to, the cautionary statements made in the ‘‘Risk Factors’’ section of our most recently filed Annual Information Form and 2010 Management Discussion and Analysis. These factors are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect Kinross. Kinross disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and such forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law.

Key Sensitivities

Approximately 60%-70% of the Company's costs are denominated in US dollars.
A 10% change in foreign exchange could result in an approximate $7 impact in cost of sales per ounce.
A $10 change in the price of oil could result in an approximate $3 impact on cost of sales per ounce.
The impact on royalties of a $100 change in the gold price could result in an approximate $3 impact on cost of sales per ounce.

Other information

Where we say ‘‘we’’, ‘‘us’’, ‘‘our’’, the ‘‘Company’’, or ‘‘Kinross’’ in this news release, we mean Kinross Gold Corporation and/or one or more or all of its subsidiaries, as may be applicable.

 

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