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Kinross reports 2012 second quarter results

August 08, 2012

Toronto, Ontario - August 8, 2012 - Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX: K, NYSE: KGC) today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

(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 nine of this news release. All dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted. The comparative figures have been recast to exclude Crixás due to its disposal.)

Financial and operating highlights:

  • Production 1 : 632,772 gold equivalent ounces, compared with 660,807 ounces in Q2 2011.
  • Revenue: $1,006.7 million, compared with $963.6 million in Q2 2011.
  • Production cost of sales 2 : $725 per gold equivalent ounce, compared with $569 in Q2 2011.
  • Attributable margin 3 : $843 per ounce sold, compared with $879 in Q2 2011.
  • Adjusted operating cash flow 4 : $270.5 million, compared with $404.8 million in Q2 2011. Adjusted operating cash flow per share was $0.24, compared with $0.36 in Q2 2011.
  • Adjusted net earnings 4,5 : $156.0 million, compared with $222.6 million in Q2 2011. Adjusted net earnings per share were $0.14, compared with $0.20 in Q2 2011.
  • Reported net earnings 5 : $115.8 million, or $0.10 per share, compared with $244.3 million, or $0.22 per share, for Q2 2011.
  • Outlook: As a result of Kinross' disposition of its 50% interest in Crixas, the Company now expects to produce approximately 2.5-2.6 million gold equivalent ounces in 2012 from its continuing operations, compared with its previous forecast of 2.6-2.8 million gold equivalent ounces. The Company remains on track to meet its 2012 production forecast excluding the adjustment for Crixás. Cost of sales for 2012 are now forecast to be $690-$725 per ounce, compared with the previous forecast of $670-$715, due to higher forecast production cost of sales per ounce in West Africa and South America.<.li>
  • Dividend: The Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.08 per share payable on September 28, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 21, 2012.

Other developments:

  • The Board of Directors has appointed J. Paul Rollinson, formerly Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development, as Chief Executive Officer of Kinross, replacing Tye W. Burt.
  • Kinross continues to advance its capital and project optimization process. At Tasiast, the Company has elected to undertake a pre-feasibility study (PFS) for construction of a mid-sized CIL mill in the 30,000 tonne per day range, for purposes of comparison with a 60,000 tonne per day mill option. Construction of the Dvoinoye project progressed well through the second quarter. Dvoinoye remains on schedule to deliver first ore to the upgraded Kupol mill in the second half of 2013.
  • The Company is launching a comprehensive cost reduction initiative with a focus on reducing operating, capital and other costs across the organization. Kinross divested its 50% interest in the Crixás mine in the second quarter, consistent with its strategy of portfolio optimization and focusing resources on core operations and priority projects.

CEO Commentary

J. Paul Rollinson, CEO, made the following comments in relation to second quarter 2012 results:

"I am honoured to have been asked to lead Kinross during this challenging time in our industry. Kinross has an enviable foundation, with a skilled and committed team across the organization, a high quality asset portfolio, and a strong financial base.

"I've been given the mandate from the Board to ensure that we deliver on the capital and project optimization process we announced earlier this year. This means striking the right balance between the objective of growing the business and generating free cash flow. It also means taking the time to get our growth projects right in terms of scale, sequencing, timing, and capital, in order to deliver the best return from every dollar we invest while maintaining our financial strength and liquidity.

"In addition, given rising costs, I believe we need to get back to the fundamentals of our business. To that end, I am launching a company-wide cost reduction initiative aimed at improving capital efficiency, reducing costs, and increasing margins. This may require tough decisions in a number of areas to ensure that we maximize free cash flow and shareholder returns."

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1. Unless otherwise stated, production figures in this news release are based on Kinross' 90% share of Chirano production, and do not include production from Crixás due to its disposal.

2. "Production cost of sales per gold equivalent ounce" is a non-GAAP measure defined as production cost of sales per the financial statements divided by the attributable number of gold equivalent ounces sold, both reduced to reflect a 90% ownership interest in Chirano sales. Production cost of sales is equivalent to total cost of sales (per the financial statements), less depreciation, depletion, amortization, and impairment charges.

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

4. Reconciliation of non-GAAP measures are provided on page eleven of this news release.

5. "Net earnings" figures in this release represent "net earnings from continuing operations attributed to common shareholders."

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, statements with respect to: possible events, the future price of gold and silver, the estimation of mineral reserves and mineral resources, the realization of mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production, capital expenditures, costs and timing of the development of projects and 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 “aim”, ‘‘plans’’, “pursue”, ‘‘expects’’ or ‘‘does not expect’’, ‘‘is expected’’, ‘‘scheduled’’, “timeline” or “timetable”, ‘‘estimates’’, ‘‘forecasts”, “suggests”, “guidance”, “objective”, “opportunity”, “outlook”, “potential”, “prospects”, “seek”, “strategy”, “targets”, “models”, ‘‘anticipates’’, or ‘‘does not anticipate’’, or ‘‘believes’’, or variations of or similar such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results ‘‘may’’, ‘‘could’’, ‘‘would’’, or ‘‘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 and permitting for the construction and operation of the new tailings facility) being consistent with our current expectations; (3) the viability, permitting and development of the Fruta del Norte deposit, and its continuing ownership by the Company, being consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (4) political and legal 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 and investment laws and related regulations and policies, and negotiation of an exploitation contract and an investment protection contract with the government, being consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (5) 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; (6) certain price assumptions for gold and silver; (7) prices for natural gas, fuel oil, electricity and other key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (8) 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; (9) the accuracy of the current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates of the Company (including but not limited to ore tonnage and ore grade estimates) and any entity in which it now or hereafter directly or indirectly holds an investment; (10) labour and materials costs increasing on a basis consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (11) the development of the Dvoinoye deposit being consistent with Kinross’ expectations; (12) the viability of the Tasiast and Chirano mines (including but not limited to, at Tasiast, the impact of ore tonnage and grade variability reconciliation analysis) as well as permitting, development and expansion (including but not limited to, at Tasiast, expansion optimization initiatives leading to changes in processing approach and maintenance and, as required, conversion of exploration licences to mining licences) of the Tasiast and Chirano mines being consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (13) the terms and conditions of the legal and fiscal stability agreements for the Tasiast and Chirano operations being interpreted and applied in a manner consistent with their intent and Kinross’ expectations; (14) goodwill and/or asset impairment potential and (15) access to capital markets, including but not limited to maintaining an investment grade debt rating and securing partial project financing for the Dvoinoye, Fruta del Norte and the Tasiast expansion projects, being consistent with the Company’s 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); increases in the discount rates applied to present value net future cash flows based on country-specific real weighted average cost of capital; declines in the market valuations of peer group gold producers and the Company, and the resulting impact on market price to net asset value multiples; 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 (including but not limited to income tax, advance income tax, stamp tax, withholding tax, capital tax, tariffs, value-added or sales tax, capital outflow tax, capital gains tax, windfall or windfall profits tax, royalty, excise tax, customs/import or export taxes/duties, asset taxes, asset transfer tax, property use or other real estate tax, together with any related fine, penalty, surcharge, or interest imposed in connection with such taxes), controls, policies and regulations; the security of personnel and assets; 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 interest, do business or may carry on business; business opportunities that may be presented to, or pursued by, us; our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions and complete divestitures; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; employee relations; commencement of litigation against the Company including, but not limited to, securities class action in Canada and/or the U.S.; the speculative nature of gold exploration and development including, but not limited to, 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, including but not limited to resulting in an impairment charge on goodwill and/or assets. 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 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 $5 impact in production cost of sales per ounce.
A $10 per barrel change in the price of oil could result in an approximate $2 impact on production 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.

The technical information about the Company’s material mineral properties (other than exploration activities) contained in this news release has been prepared under the supervision of Mr. Jim Fowler, an officer of the Company who is a “qualified person” within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.The technical information about the Company’s drilling and exploration activities contained in this news release has been prepared under the supervision of Dr. Glen Masterman, an officer with the Company who is a “qualified person” within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.

About Kinross

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Ghana, Mauritania, Russia and the United States, employing approximately 8,000 people worldwide. 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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