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Kinross reports third quarter 2009 results

November 02, 2009

Margins, cash flow remain strong

Toronto, Ontario, November 2, 2009 - Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX-K; NYSE-KGC) today announced its unaudited results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009.

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 6 of this news release. All dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.

Highlights

• Gold equivalent production(1) in the third quarter 2009 was 537,440 gold equivalent ounces, a decrease of 3% over the same period last year. Production for the first nine months of 2009 was 1,624,807 ounces, an increase of 26% over the same period last year.

• Revenue for the quarter was $582.3 million, compared with $503.7 million in the third quarter of 2008, an increase of 16%, while revenue for the first nine months was $1.7 billion, a 51% increase year-over-year. The average realized gold price was $956 per ounce sold compared with $857 per ounce sold in the third quarter of 2008. Kinross' attributable margin per ounce sold(2) was $492, an increase of 9% year-over-year.

• Cost of sales per gold equivalent ounce(3) was $464, an increase of 14% compared with Q3 2008. Cost of sales per gold ounce on a by-product basis was $421, compared with $362 the previous year.

• Cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital4 was $203.0 million, or $0.29 per share, compared with $183.2 million, or $0.29 per share, over the same period last year. Cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital was $645.0 million, or $0.93 per share, for the first nine months of 2009.

• Adjusted net earnings4 were $1.7 million or $0.0 per share, compared with $83.4 million or $0.13 per share for the same period last year. Adjusted net earnings for the first nine months of 2009 were $156.3 million or $0.23 per share. Reported net loss was $21.5 million, or $0.03 per share, compared with net earnings of $64.7 million, or $0.10 per share, for the third quarter of 2008. Both adjusted net earnings and reported net loss include a future income tax expense of $58.6 million on foreign exchange gains related to Paracatu's U.S. dollar debt.

• As previously disclosed, the Company has revised its 2009 production guidance and now expects to produce approximately 2.2 million gold equivalent ounces, primarily due to lower than expected production at the Paracatu expansion. Cost of sales per gold equivalent ounce is expected to be slightly higher at $435-450, primarily due to lower than expected production at the Paracatu expansion.

• The Company started heap leaching at the Fort Knox project in the third quarter, and gold production has commenced on schedule.

• Kinross continues to make progress at its new development projects. A pre-feasibility study is expected to be completed at Lobo-Marte by year-end, and work continues to obtain final authorization from the Ecuadorian government to recommence infill drilling at Fruta del Norte. The Company is in the process of reviewing and optimizing the draft feasibility study on Cerro Casale with its partner. The Maricunga expansion project is proceeding to a feasibility study which will focus on the option of increasing throughput and production at the existing operation by approximately 50%.

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

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

(3) Cost of sales per ounce is a non-GAAP measure and is defined as cost of sales as per the financial statements divided by the number of gold equivalent ounces sold, both reduced for Kupol sales attributable to a third-party 25% shareholder.

(4) Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures is located on pages 7 and 8 of this news release.

CEO Commentary
Tye Burt, President and CEO, made the following comments in relation to the third quarter 2009 results.

"While revenue and cash flow before changes in working capital were higher than the previous year, we are disappointed by other aspects of our results for the third quarter, as they are below our expectations. Challenges at our Paracatu expansion project had a significant impact on our overall production and cost per ounce in the quarter, and we have reduced our overall 2009 production guidance by approximately 6%. We are working diligently to bring performance and production at Paracatu closer to plant design levels by improving flotation and blending mill feed with softer ore, as well as exploring options to increase grinding capacity.

"Our cash flow per share from operations before changes in working capital remained strong, at $0.29, while our margin per ounce sold was up by 9% year-over-year. Comparing the first nine months of 2009 to 2008, production was up by 26%, and cash flow per share before changes in working capital increased by 45%.

"At the Fort Knox project, we began heap leaching in the third quarter and produced first gold on schedule. We are advancing our development projects at Lobo-Marte, Fruta del Norte, and Cerro Casale, and have moved to a feasibility study for our Maricunga expansion project, focused on increasing mine production by 50%."

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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 time lines, 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’’, ‘‘expects’’ or ‘‘does not expect’’, ‘‘is expected’’, ‘‘budget’’,‘‘scheduled’’, ‘‘estimates’’, ‘‘forecasts’’, ‘‘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 and assumptions of Kinross 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, or as otherwise expressly incorporated herein by reference as well as: (1) there being no significant disruptions affecting operations, 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 the Phase 7 pit expansion and the 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 operates being consistent with its current expectations including, without limitation, the implementation of Ecuador’s new mining law and related regulations and policies being consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (6) the new feasibility study to be prepared by the joint venture for Cerro Casale, incorporating updated geological, mining, metallurgical, economic, marketing, legal, environmental, social and governmental factors, and permitting, being consistent with 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 ruble 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 meeting expectations; (12) the accuracy of our current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates; and (13) labour and materials costs increasing 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, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States, Chile, Brazil, Russia, Ecuador, or other countries in which we 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 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. 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 55%-60% of the Company’s costs are denominated in U.S. 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 $2 impact on cost of sales per ounce. The impact on royalties of a $100 change in the gold price could result in an approximate $5 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. The technical information about the Company’s material mineral properties contained in this news release has been prepared under the supervision of Mr. Rob Henderson, an officer of the Company who is a ‘‘qualified person’’ within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.

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