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Kinross reports 2014 first-quarter results

May 9, 2014



ENP Newswire - 09 May 2014

Release date- 08052014 - Toronto, Ontario - Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX: K, NYSE: KGC) today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

This news release contains forward-looking information about expected future events and financial and operating performance of the Company. We refer to the risks and assumptions set out in our Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information located on page six of this release. All dollar amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.

Highlights:

Production: 664,690 gold equivalent ounces (Au eq. oz.), compared with 648,897 ounces in Q1 2013.

Revenue: $817.4 million, compared with $1,058.1 million in Q1 2013.

Production cost of sales: $727 per Au eq. oz., compared with $729 in Q1 2013.

All-in sustaining cost: $1,001 per Au eq. oz. sold, compared with $1,030 in Q1 2013.

Adjusted operating cash flow: $239.0 million, or $0.21 per share, compared with $413.7 million, or $0.36 per share, in Q1 2013.

Adjusted net earnings: $34.1 million, or $0.03 per share, compared with adjusted earnings of $172.4 million or $0.15 per share, in Q1 2013.

Reported net earnings: $31.8 million or $0.03 per share, compared with net earnings of $162.4 million or $0.14 per share, in Q1 2013.

Average realized gold price: $1,299 per Au oz., compared with $1,624 per Au oz. in Q1 2013.

Outlook: Kinross expects to be within its 2014 forecast guidance for production (2.5-2.7 million Au eq. oz.), production cost of sales ($730-780 per Au eq. oz. sold), all-in sustaining cost ($950-1,050 per Au eq. oz. sold), and total capital expenditures ($675 million).

J. Paul Rollinson, CEO, made the following comments in relation to 2014 first-quarter results: 'Kinross had another quarter of solid performance, with an increase in production year-over-year as our new Dvoinoye mine came fully on stream, and a decline in all-in sustaining cost as a result of capital and operating cost reduction efforts across the Company.

'While lower gold prices affected earnings, Kinross is making steady progress to reduce costs. Capital expenditures for the quarter were approximately half of what they were a year ago, while our all-in sustaining cost continued to decline. In addition, we've been able to reduce production cost of sales on a per ounce basis by 16% at Chirano, 14% at Maricunga, and 9% at Tasiast compared with Q4 2013. With these improvements, and strong performance from our other sites, Kinross is on track to meet its guidance for the year. In short, we continue to deliver on our strategy, which is focused on capital discipline, operational excellence, quality over quantity and balance sheet strength.

'We released the Tasiast feasibility study on schedule during the quarter. With a significant reduction in forecast capital costs compared with earlier project estimates, and expected production cost of sales of approximately $500 per ounce for the first five years of production, the study shows that an expanded Tasiast has the potential to be among our lowest cost operations, a significant contributor of new production and cash flow, and a cornerstone of our future portfolio.'

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained or incorporated by reference in this news release including, 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 contained in this news release include those under the headings Financial and operating highlights', 'CEO Commentary', 'Tasiast expansion project', 'Liquidity', 'Outlook', and include, without limitation, statements with respect to: our guidance for production; production costs of sales, all-in sustaining cost and capital expenditures; expected savings pursuant to our cost review and reduction initiatives including, without limitation, the continuation of the Way Forward: modifications to projects and operations and our exploration budget, as well as references to other 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 'anticipate', 'efforts', ''expects'', ''estimates'', ''forecasts', 'focus', 'guidance', 'initiative', 'on track', 'outlook', 'potential', 'pursue', 'strategy', 'study', or 'targets', 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'', ''will occur'' or ''will be achieved'', and similar such 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 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 and expansion 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 cessation by the Company of further investment and development of the Fruta del Norte deposit and La Zarza mining concession ('FDN') being consistent with Kinross' current expectations including, without limitation, as to the reasonable cooperation of the Government of Ecuador in ensuring an orderly transition with respect to FDN (including, without limitation, any related transactions) that respects the interests of both parties; continuing recognition of the Company's other remaining mining concessions and other assets, rights, titles and interests in Ecuador; the implementation of Ecuador's mining and investment laws (and prospective amendment to these laws) and related regulations and policies and compliance with, and the implementation and enforcement of, the Canada-Ecuador Agreement for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments; (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 impact of escalating political tensions and uncertainty in the Russian Federation and Ukraine or any related sanctions and any other similar restrictions or penalties imposed by any government, the transition period as we reduce our level of activity in Ecuador and any potential amendments to the Brazilian Mining Code, the Mauritanian Mining Code, the Mauritanian Customs Code, the Mauritanian VAT regime and water legislation or other water use restrictions in Chile, 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 diesel, 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); (10) labour and materials costs increasing on a basis consistent with Kinross' current expectations; (11) the development of, operations at and production from the Company's operations, including but not limited to ramp up at and production from Dvoinoye and permitting, development and expansion at Tasiast (including but not limited to, expansion optimization initiatives which may lead to changes in processing approach and maintenance, the timing of completion and results of the Tasiast feasibility study, and conversion of adjacent exploration licences to mining licences) being consistent with Kinross' current expectations; (12) 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; (13) goodwill and/or asset impairment potential and (14) access to capital markets, including but not limited to maintaining an investment grade debt rating and, as required, securing and maintaining partial project financing for Dvoinoye, Kupol and any expansion at Tasiast, 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: sanctions (any other similar restrictions or penalties) now or subsequently imposed by, against, in respect of or otherwise impacting any jurisdiction in which the Company is domiciled or operates (including but not limited to the Russian Federation, Canada, the European Union and the United States), or any government or citizens of, persons or companies domiciled in, or the Company's business, operations or other activities in, any such jurisdiction; our ability to successfully cease further investment in and development of FDN and, in cooperation with the Government of Ecuador, successfully complete an orderly transition with respect to FDN that is respectful of the interests of both parties and does not impose on the Company (and/or any of its directors, officers or employees) any unreasonable obligations or liabilities; litigation commenced, or other claims or actions brought, against the Company (and/or any of its directors, officers or employees) in respect of the cessation by the Company of further investment in and development of FDN, or any of the Company's prior or continuing activities on or in respect thereof or otherwise in Ecuador; fluctuations in the currency markets; fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold or certain other commodities (such as fuel and electricity); changes in the discount rates applied to calculate the present value of net future cash flows based on country-specific real weighted average cost of capital; changes 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 various market variables, such as interest rates, foreign exchange rates, gold or silver prices and lease rates, or global fuel prices, that could impact the mark-to-market value of outstanding derivative instruments and ongoing payments/receipts under any financial 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; litigation against the Company including, but not limited to, securities class action litigation in Canada and/or the United States; 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 $12 impact in production cost of sales per ounce . A $10 per barrel change in the price of oil could result in an approximate $3 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 $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.

Media Contact:

Andrea Mandel-Campbell

Director

Tel: 647-788-4179

Email: andrea.mandel-campbell@kinross.com

Investor Contact:

Tom Elliott

Vice-President

Tel: 416-365-3390

Email: tom.elliott@kinross.com


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Source: ENP Newswire