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Kinross 2009 production increases by 22%, revenue by 49%

February 17, 2010

Margins up 22%, adjusted operating cash flow up 48%

Kinross agrees to sell 25% of Cerro Casale to Barrick for $475 million

Toronto, Ontario - February 17, 2010 - Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX: K, NYSE: KGC) today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009.

(This news release contains forward looking information that is subject to the risks and assumptions set out in our Cautionary Statements 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.)


• Production(1) in the fourth quarter 2009 was a record 613,858 gold equivalent ounces, an increase of 12% over the same period last year. For full-year 2009, gold equivalent production was 2,238,665 ounces, in line with previously-announced guidance, and a 22% increase over 2008.

• Revenue for the quarter was a record $699.0 million, compared with $484.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 44%, with an average realized gold price of $1,094 per ounce sold compared with $794 per ounce sold in Q4 2008. Full-year 2009 revenue was $2,412.1 million, a 49% increase over full-year 2008. The average realized gold price for the full year was $967 compared with $857 per ounce sold for full-year 2008.

• Cost of sales per gold equivalent ounce(2) was $437 for Q4, an increase of 17% compared with Q4 2008. Cost of sales per ounce for full-year 2009 was $437, in line with previously-stated guidance, compared with $421 for full-year 2008. Cost of sales per gold ounce on a by-product basis was $383 in Q4 and $388 for the full-year 2009. Kinross' attributable margin per ounce(3) sold was a record $657 in Q4, a year-over-year increase of 57%. The attributable margin per ounce sold for full-year 2009 was $530, a 22% increase over 2008.

• Adjusted operating cash flow(4) in Q4 was $292.2 million, a 21% increase over Q4 2008, and $937.2 million for the full year, a 48% increase over full-year 2008. Adjusted operating cash flow per share in Q4 was $0.42 per share, a 14% increase over Q4 2008, and $1.36 for full-year 2009, a 35% increase over full-year 2008.

• Adjusted net earnings(4) were $148.6 million, or $0.21 per share, in Q4, compared with earnings of $56.8 million, or $0.09 per share for the same period last year. Adjusted net earnings for the full-year 2009 were $304.9 million, or $0.44 per share, compared with $243.8 million, or $0.39 per share for full-year 2008. Reported net earnings were $235.6 million, or $0.34 per share in Q4, compared with a net loss of $968.8 million, or $1.47 per share, for Q4 2008. Full year reported net earnings were $309.9 million, or $0.45 per share, compared with a net loss of $807.2 million, or $1.28 per share for full-year 2008.

• Kinross has entered into an agreement with Barrick Gold Corporation to sell one-half of its 50% interest in the Cerro Casale project in Chile to Barrick for a total value of $475 million, comprising $455 million in cash, plus the assumption by Barrick of a $20 million contingent obligation.

• The Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.05 per share payable on March 31, 2010 to shareholders of record on March 24, 2010.

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

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

(4) Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures is located on pages 9 and 10 of this news release.

CEO commentary

Tye Burt, President and CEO, made the following comments in relation to fourth quarter and full-year 2009 results.

"Kinross finished 2009 strongly with record production, margins, and revenue for both the quarter and the full year. Margins averaged $530 per ounce in 2009, an increase of 22% year-over-year, compared with a 13% year-over-year increase in the average gold price. Adjusted operating cash flow in 2009 was $937.2 million, an increase of 48% over 2008, while adjusted operating cash flow per share was $1.36, up by 35% over 2008.

"We have increased our focus on operational excellence by advancing the Kinross Way, including implementing company-wide processes for Continuous Improvement and standardizing best practices. We have also added depth and strength to our corporate and regional management teams, and introduced a new corporate organizational structure to help execute effectively our operational and growth strategies.

"We continue to make adjustments to our asset portfolio to improve shareholder value, such as the acquisition of Dvoinoye near our Kupol mine in Russia, which expands our presence in this rapidly growing new district. We also announced the sale of half of our share of Cerro Casale, which scales the project to a more optimal size within our portfolio, and generates immediate cash proceeds.

"Looking ahead, Kinross' strategy is based on performance from a core set of strong assets, organic growth from existing operations, medium-term increases in production from new development projects, and ongoing optimization of our asset portfolio."

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Click here to download the MD&A and Financial Statements for the period ended December 31, 2009.

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’’, “targets”, ‘‘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 50%-60% of the Company's costs are denominated in US dollars.
A 10% change in foreign exchange could result in an approximate $10 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 $4 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.

About Kinross

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Russia, and employs approximately 5,500 people worldwide.

Kinross' strategic focus is to maximize net asset value and cash flow per share through a four-point plan built on: delivering mine and financial performance; attracting and retaining the best people in the industry; achieving operating excellence through the "Kinross Way"; and delivering future value through profitable growth opportunities.

Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).

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