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Kinross reports 2010 fourth quarter and year-end results

February 16, 2011

2010 revenue exceeds $3 billion, up 25%; adjusted net earnings per share up 32%

Total gold reserves increase by 23%; Tasiast reserves and resources grow significantly

Toronto, Ontario - February 16, 2011 - Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX: K, NYSE: KGC) today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010.

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

Highlights

  • Production1 in the fourth quarter of 2010 was 676,635 gold equivalent ounces, a 10% increase over Q4 2009. For full-year 2010, gold equivalent production was 2,334,104 ounces, in line with previously announced guidance.

  • Revenue for the quarter was a record $920.4 million, compared with $699.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, an increase of 32%, with an average realized gold price of $1,333 per ounce sold compared with $1,094 per ounce sold in Q4 2009. Revenue for the full-year 2010 was a record $3,010.1 million, a 25% increase over full-year 2009.

  • Cost of sales2 per gold equivalent ounce was $551 for Q4, which includes a Red Back Mining purchase accounting increase of $13, compared with $437 for Q4 2009. Cost of sales per ounce sold for full-year 2010 was $508, inclusive of a full year Red Back purchase accounting increase of $5, compared with $437 for full-year 2009. Full-year cost of sales per ounce was in line with previously stated guidance. Kinross' attributable margin per ounce sold3 was a record $782 in Q4, a year-over-year increase of 19%. The attributable margin per ounce sold for full-year 2010 was $683, a 29% increase over 2009.

  • Adjusted operating cash flow4 for Q4 was $332.7 million, a 14% increase over Q4 2009, and $1,091.2 million for the full year, a 16% increase over full-year 2009. Adjusted operating cash flow per share was $0.29 in Q4, versus $0.42 Q4 2009, and $1.32 per share for full-year 2010, compared with $1.36 for full-year 2009.

  • Adjusted net earnings4 were $144.7 million, or $0.13 per share, in Q4, compared with $148.6 million, or $0.21 per share, for Q4 2009. Adjusted net earnings for full-year 2010 were $478.8 million, or $0.58 per share, compared with $304.9 million, or $0.44 per share, for full-year 2009. Reported net earnings were $210.3 million, or $0.19 per share in Q4, compared with $235.6 million, or $0.34 per share, for Q4 2009. Full year reported net earnings were $771.6 million, or $0.94 per share, compared with $309.9 million, or $0.45 per share for full-year 2009. Earnings were reduced by additional exploration expenditures of approximately $23 million at Tasiast, and by the timing of year-end metal shipments, which deferred sales of approximately 30,000 ounces of Q4 2010 gold production to Q1 2011.

  • Kinross forecasts 2011 production of 2.5-2.6 million gold equivalent ounces at an average cost of sales per gold equivalent ounce of $565 - 610.

  • Proven and probable mineral reserves as of December 31, 2010 were 62.4 million gold ounces, an 11.5 million ounce, or 23% increase year-over-year.

  • Proven and probable mineral reserves at Tasiast increased to 7.6 million gold ounces, measured and indicated mineral resources were 2.1 million gold ounces and inferred mineral resources increased to 8.6 million gold ounces. The Company has completed a scoping study for the Tasiast expansion project based on a 16-year life for the expanded project with average annual production of approximately 1.5 million ounces at an average gold grade of approximately 2 g/t for the first eight full years of the expanded project.

  • Kinross has declared its first proven and probable gold reserves of 6.8 million ounces at Fruta del Norte (FDN). The Company has prepared a pre-feasibility study and technical report for FDN that estimates average annual production of 410,000 gold ounces over the 16-year life-of-mine. FDN permitting is on schedule to support the project development timeline.

  • The Company has completed a scoping study for Dvoinoye that contemplates processing higher-grade Dvoinoye ore at the Kupol mill, and an increase in Kupol throughput from 3,000 to 4,000 tonnes per day.

  • The Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.05 per share payable on March 31, 2011 to shareholders of record on March 24, 2011.

CEO Commentary

Tye Burt, President and CEO, made the following comments in relation to fourth quarter and year-end 2010 results:

"Our aggressive exploration and technical work since acquiring Tasiast confirms our view of its potential to become one of the world's great gold mines. Gold grades are higher than expected in the early years of production, the deposit continues to be open, reserves and resources have grown significantly, and we've completed a scoping study that helps to define the project's impressive magnitude. Tasiast will be a cornerstone asset for Kinross as its production expands to 1.5 million ounces, while averaging down company-wide production costs.

"In 2010, Kinross' proven and probable gold reserves increased by 23%. Our production reached a new record with strong performance from our mines, and for the first time, annual revenue exceeded $3 billion while adjusted operating cash flow4 exceeded $1 billion. Margins averaged $683 per ounce in 2010, an increase of 29% year-over-year, compared with a 23% year-over-year increase in the average realized gold price per ounce.

"In 2011, with a full year of output from our West African mines, we forecast production will increase to 2.5-2.6 million gold equivalent ounces, while we also expect higher costs as a result of increased energy and labour costs, and lower average grades. By 2015, we expect production to grow to 4.5-4.9 million ounces, as our suite of new projects start up in 2013 and 2014. With new studies completed at Tasiast, FDN, Lobo-Marte, and Dvoinoye, we are making significant and steady progress advancing the projects that give Kinross the best growth profile among senior gold producers."

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

(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 and Chirano sales to a 10% minority interest holder.

(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 measures is located on page 14 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; and (14) the development of the Dvoinoye and Vodorazdelnaya deposits being consistent with Kinross’ expectations; (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. 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.

About Kinross

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 7,000 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).

Media Contact

Steve Mitchell
Vice President, Corporate Communications
phone: 416-365-2726
steve.mitchell@kinross.com

Investor Relations Contact

Erwyn Naidoo
Vice-President, Investor Relations
phone: 416-365-2744
erwyn.naidoo@kinross.com

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