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MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 03/21/13 -- SEMAFO (TSX: SMF)(OMX: SMF) today reported its financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. All amounts are in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

2012 - The Year in Review

-- Gold production of 236,100 ounces-- Gold sales of $388.5 million, a 2% decrease compared to 2011-- Operating income of $34.6 million compared to $154.2 million in 2011-- Net loss attributable to equity shareholders of $6.6 million or $(0.02) per share compared to net income attributable to equity shareholders of $111.8 million or $0.41 per share in 2011-- Cash flow from operating activities(1) of $155.4 million or $0.57 per share-- Discovery of the high-grade Siou Sector at Mana, with one-million ounces of initial in-pit inferred resources at an average grade of 4.62 g/t Au-- Decision to move from an underground mining project to an improved overall economic super pit scenario resulted in a non-recurring loss of $17.0 million-- Non-cash impairment charge of $60.0 million on the Samira Hill Mine-- Sale of current investment resulted in a non-recurring loss of $24.3 million-- Declaration of C$0.04 per share dividends to equity shareholders-- Completed 60-kilometer water pipeline to accommodate Mana processing plant at a cost of $5.8 million less than the originally budgeted $30.2 million-- Record throughput at Mana following the commissioning of Phase IV of the plant expansion-- SEMAFO's Board of Directors appointed Benoit Desormeaux, formerly Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation



Fourth Quarter Review

-- Gold production of 62,400 ounces, a decrease of 4% compared to the same period in 2011-- Gold sales of $110.3 million, a 3% decrease compared to the same period in 2011-- Non-cash impairment charge of $60.0 million on the Samira Hill Mine-- Net loss of $25.2 million compared to net income of $33.3 million for the same period in 2011-- Cash flow from operating activities(1) of $48.6 million or $0.18 per share compared to $54.3 million or $0.20 per share for the same period in 2011



(1) Cash flow from operating activities excludes changes in non-cash working capital items.

A Word from the CEO

For SEMAFO, 2012 was a year of transition on many levels. Although disappointing in terms of shareholder value, it nevertheless gave rise to numerous positive aspects with regard to our core business, from both strategic and operational perspectives. We achieved production and cost guidance for a fifth consecutive year. Our production totalled 236,100 gold ounces, just slightly below our 2011 results. Our annual revenues from gold sales posted only a 2% decrease from 2011 to stand at $388.5 million.

The highlight of the year from our standpoint was the discovery of the new high-grade Siou Sector at Mana. This vastly prospective area located approximately 15 kilometers east of our processing plant holds one million ounces of initial in-pit inferred resources at an average 4.62 g/t Au and a gold recovery rate of over 95%. Based on results to date, the Siou Sector where ongoing exploration work is being carried out has already become SEMAFO's most important find ever.

Another important event was the conversion of the Mana underground project to a super-pit. This decision, although it led to a $17 million write-off, was purely an economic decision based on the best return on investment as capital expenditures are spread out over the life of mine.

SEMAFO's reserves and resources decreased slightly to 6.6 million ounces in 2012. This is due to the removal of refractory sulphides from the south sector at Mana and the revision of Samira Hill's reserves and resources that became uneconomic following the review of technical and economic parameters. The revision at Samira Hill resulted in a non-cash impairment of $60 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. At Mana, the inferred category grade, however, almost doubled to 3.18 g/t Au as we included the high-grade Siou Sector in this category.

A comprehensive strategic review of the Corporation conducted during the latter part of the year facilitated the establishment of a realistic plan to move forward. We validated our top ensuing long-standing priority: to create value by generating future cash flow, while maintaining our solid operational performance. As the world economy continues to change shape, we will continue to focus on quality ounces as part of our strategy and ongoing efforts to reduce costs and optimize cash flow.

Our short-term priorities are to bring the Siou Sector to reserves by the third quarter of 2013, initiate the permitting process and begin mining by the end of 2014 or early 2015. We also intend to focus exploration activities within the 20-kilometer radius of the Mana processing plant and carry out exploration on the 30-kilometer Kokoi Trend, host to the high-grade Siou Sector.

Today, with ore sourced almost exclusively from the super pit, we can sustain operations at the plant at full capacity for the next eight to ten years. Owing to the Siou's high-grade mineralization, however, development of the sector could represent an opportunity to reduce our operating cost, boost production and ultimately increase cash flow within the next 18 to 24 months. Moreover, the south sector has yet to be added to the scenario. We believe that the Corporation's fundamentals and potential for creating shareholder value are as strong as ever.

We believe that SEMAFO represents an undeniable investment opportunity. Today, our Corporation's share price is significantly undervalued and far from indicative of the numerous opportunities on the horizon. We are cognizant that our Mana property will serve as the cornerstone of our Corporation's evolution and approach to intelligently grow our business.

SEMAFO is financially sound, has a solid cash position, is debt-free and completely unhedged. Since November 2011, our Corporation has paid out three dividends. We continue to strive for excellence in health and safety and lead the way in corporate responsibility. Our dedicated team continues to pull together in the pursuit of excellence and an overall commitment to simply doing more. We are determined to optimize operations at all levels, improve efficiencies and contain costs.

We are optimistic for 2013. We have established a clear strategy to identify new quality ounces, expand reserves and resources, and build future cash flow. The task at hand is to create value and, moving forward, we are confident that we have the assets, the talent and the ability to do just that.

2012 Mineral Reserves and Resources

SEMAFO's 2012 year-end mineral reserves totalled 36.7 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.08 g/t Au for 2.5 million ounces compared to 37.9 million tonnes at 2.18 g/t Au for 2.7 million ounces in 2011. The decrease in reserves is mainly due to 2012 production and the reduction in Samira Hill's reserves.

The 2012 measured and indicated resources average grade increased by 15% to 1.89 g/t Au for a total 4.2 million ounces as compared to 4.7 million ounces in 2011. The decrease in resources is due to the Samira Hill revision as well as the removal of most of the refractory sulphide material from the south sector deposits (Yaho, Fofina and Fobiri), which was uneconomical according to various metallurgical tests conducted during the year. The 2012 measured, indicated and inferred resources in Mana's south sector are mainly composed of oxide and transitional mineralization and are not refractory.

Total inferred resources amounted to 36.3 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.57 g/t Au for 3.0 million ounces as compared to 61.4 million tonnes at 1.51 g/t Au for 3.0 million ounces in 2011. A slight gain in inferred resource ounces and the 89% increase in grade, despite the removal of the majority of the refractory sulphide material from the 2012 inferred resources are due to the inclusion of the initial in-pit inferred resources from the high-grade Siou Zone. Discovered in August 2012, Siou hosts 6.7 million tonnes at 4.62 g/t Au for close to one million ounces.

Our Flagship Mana Mine, Burkina Faso

Highlights:

-- Mana's reserves totalled 1.9 million ounces-- Mana's measured and indicated resources increased by 8% to 3.0 million ounces and the average grade increased by 14% to 1.93 g/t Au-- The Wona-Kona super pit reserves stand at 1.6 million ounces at an average grade of 2.21 g/t Au-- Mana's inferred resources' average grade increased by 89% to 3.18 g/t Au resulting from the addition of the Siou Zone initial in-pit inferred resources of 999,200 ounces, bringing total inferred resources to 18.3 million tonnes at an average grade of 3.18 g/t Au for 1.9 million ounces.



Mana's mineral reserves total 25.1 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.31 g/t Au at year-end 2012 compared to 25.7 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.40 g/t Au in 2011.

Total measured and indicated mineral resources at Mana increased by 8% in 2012 to 48.6 million tonnes at an average grade of 1.93 g/t Au, representing 3.0 million ounces. This compares to 51.4 million tonnes at an average grade of 1.69 g/t Au for 2.8 million ounces at the end of 2011. The slight increase in ounces, despite the removal of the majority of the refractory sulphide material in the south sector is due to the higher grade material at Kona at depth and the inclusion of the high-grade mineralization from the Fofina Zone.

Mana's 2012 inferred resources totalled 18.3 million tonnes at a grade of 3.18 g/t Au, representing 1.9 million ounces as at December 31, 2012. The higher grade is due to the inclusion of the initial in-pit resources of our high-grade Siou Sector discovered in August 2012, representing 6.7 million tonnes at a grade of 4.62 g/t Au. The decrease of the overall inferred tonnage, despite of a higher resource grade is due to the removal of most of the inferred refractory sulphide resources from the south sector deposits (Yaho, Fofina and Fobiri).

Metallurgical Tests

In 2012, metallurgical tests showed that the sulphide portions for the Fofina, Fobiri and Yaho deposits had low recoveries (20% to 48%) with CIL treatment. Consequently, SEMAFO decided to investigate other process routes such as sulphide flotation, sulphide concentrate regrinding and ultimately oxidation to seek better gold recoveries. Although a combination of ultrafine grinding followed by oxidation at Fofina significantly improved recoveries to 88%, the tests also indicate that the capital expenditures and consumable costs required to achieve optimal results are not justified at current gold prices.

The Corporation, however, is currently conducting heap leaching tests on the oxide portion of the Yaho deposit to seek better economics for the south sector. The results should be available during the third quarter of 2013.

SEMAFO's Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis and other relevant financial materials are available in the Investor Relations section of the Corporation's website at www.semafo.com. These and other corporate reports are also available on the website maintained by the Canadian Securities regulators at www.sedar.com.

2012 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Conference Call

SEMAFO will host a conference call today, Thursday March 21, 2013 at 10:00 EDT to discuss this press release. Investors are invited to call the following telephone numbers to participate in the conference:

Tel. local & overseas: +1 (416) 641-6715

Tel. North America: 1 (800) 616-7436

The conference call will be archived for replay until April 10, 2013. To access the archived conference call, please dial 1 (800) 558-5253 and enter pass code 216461101 followed by the number sign (#).

A live audio webcast of the conference can be accessed through SEMAFO's website at www.semafo.com. The webcast will be available for replay for a period of 90 days.

Annual Shareholders Meeting

SEMAFO's Annual General Shareholders Meeting will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, Salle Drummond, 1201 Rene-Levesque Boulevard West, in Montreal, Quebec. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the management team and members of the Board of Directors.

About SEMAFO

SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. The Corporation currently operates three gold mines: the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso, the Samira Hill Mine in Niger and the Kiniero Mine in Guinea. SEMAFO is committed to evolve in a conscientious manner to become a major player in its geographical area of interest. SEMAFO's strategic focus is to maximize shareholder value by effectively managing its existing assets as well as pursuing organic and strategic growth opportunities.

CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions and accordingly, actual results and future events could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. You are hence cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include words or expressions such as "ongoing", "being carried out", "move forward", "priority", "create", "generating", "future", "will", "strategy", "increase", "added", "potential", "optimistic", "expand", "committed", "evolve", "become", "pursuing", "growth", "opportunities" and other similar words or expressions. Factors that could cause future results or events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include the ability to generate future cash flow, the ability to deliver on our strategy, the ability to bring the Siou Sector to reserves by the third quarter of 2013, initiate the permitting process and begin mining by the end of 2014 or early 2015, the ability to sustain operations at the Mana plant at full capacity for the next eight to ten years, the ability of the Siou Sector to reduce our operating cost, boost production and ultimately increase cash flow within the next 18 to 24 months, the ability to expand reserves and resources and build future cash flow, the ability to execute on our strategic focus, fluctuation in the price of currencies, gold or operating costs, mining industry risks, uncertainty as to calculation of mineral reserves and resources, delays, political and social stability in Africa (including our ability to maintain or renew licenses and permits) and other risks described in SEMAFO's documents filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. You can find further information with respect to these and other risks in SEMAFO's 2012 Annual MD&A and other filings made with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available at www.sedar.com. These documents are also available on our website at www.semafo.com. SEMAFO disclaims any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.

The above information has been made public in accordance with the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act.

Table 1

MINERAL RESERVES AND RESOURCES (As at December 31, 2012)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------MINERAL RESERVES--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mines Samira Mana(1)(2) Hill(2)(3) Kiniero(2)(4) Burkina Faso Niger Guinea Total--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Proven Mineral Reserves--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tonnes 12,561,600 5,237,600 1,082,300 18,881,500Grade (g/t Au) 2.41 1.33 2.37 2.11Ounces(5) 974,400 223,700 82,500 1,280,600--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Probable Mineral Reserves--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tonnes 12,510,800 2,661,400 2,628,100 17,800,300Grade (g/t Au) 2.20 1.10 2.23 2.04Ounces(5) 886,300 94,200 188,800 1,169,300--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------TOTAL MINERAL RESERVES--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tonnes 25,072,400 7,899,000 3,710,400 36,681,800Grade (g/t Au) 2.31 1.25 2.27 2.08Ounces(5) 1,860,700 317,900 271,300 2,449,900--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



MINERAL RESOURCES--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mines Mana Samira Hill Kiniero Burkina Faso Niger Guinea Total--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Measured--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tonnes 10,022,300 6,772,100 1,660,100 18,454,500Grade (g/t Au) 1.54 1.58 2.38 1.63Ounces(5) 496,100 344,000 126,800 966,900--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Indicated--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tonnes 38,579,900 4,937,400 6,834,800 50,352,100Grade (g/t Au) 2.03 1.23 2.31 1.99Ounces(5) 2,521,300 195,400 507,100 3,223,800--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------TOTAL MINERAL RESOURCES--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tonnes 48,602,200 11,709,500 8,494,900 68,806,600Grade (g/t Au) 1.93 1.43 2.32 1.89Ounces (5) 3,017,400 539,400 633,900 4,190,700--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



----------------------------------------------------------------------------TOTAL MINERAL RESERVES AND RESOURCES--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tonnes 73,674,600 19,608,500 12,205,300 105,488,400Grade (g/t Au) 2.06 1.36 2.31 1.96Ounces(5) 4,878,100 857,300 905,200 6,640,600--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------INFERRED MINERAL RESOURCES--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tonnes 18,252,800 10,161,600 7,929,400 36,343,800Grade (g/t Au) 3.18 1.49 2.55 2.57Ounces (5) 1,867,400 487,600 649,400 3,004,400----------------------------------------------------------------------------(1) The Corporation indirectly owns 90% of SEMAFO Burkina, which directly holds the interest in the Mana Mine reserves and resources.(2) Mineral reserves and resources were estimated using a gold price of US$1,300 and US$1,600 per ounce respectively.(3) Mineral reserves and resources at the Samira Hill Mine represent the combined reserves and resources of SML and AGMDC. The Corporation indirectly owns 80% of SML.(4) The Corporation indirectly owns 85% of SEMAFO Guinee, which directly holds the interest in the Kiniero Mine reserves and resources.(5) Rounding of numbers to the nearest hundreds of tonnes may present slight differences in the figures representing the ounces contained.



Table 2

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------MANA PROPERTY - MINERAL RESERVES AND RESOURCES (As at December 31, 2012)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DEPOSITS DECEMBER 31, 2012 PROVEN RESERVES Grade Tonnes (g/t Au) Ounces----------------------------------------------------------------------------WONA-KONA 10,525,800 2.29 774,800NYAFE 270,300 5.71 49,600FOFINA 1,684,500 2.64 143,100ROMPAD 81,000 2.64 6,900----------------------------------------------------------------------------TOTAL MANA 12,561,600 2.41 974,400--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DEPOSITS DECEMBER 31, 2012 PROBABLE RESERVES Grade Tonnes (g/t Au) Ounces----------------------------------------------------------------------------WONA-KONA 11,552,500 2.13 790,700NYAFE 4,600 4.67 700FOFINA 953,700 3.10 94,900ROMPAD 0 0.00 0----------------------------------------------------------------------------TOTAL MANA 12,510,800 2.20 886,300--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DEPOSITS DECEMBER 31, 2012 TOTAL RESERVES Grade Tonnes (g/t Au) Ounces----------------------------------------------------------------------------WONA-KONA 22,078,300 2.21 1,565,500NYAFE 274,900 5.69 50,300FOFINA 2,638,200 2.81 238,000ROMPAD 81,000 2.64 6,900----------------------------------------------------------------------------TOTAL MANA 25,072,400 2.31 1,860,700----------------------------------------------------------------------------



----------------------------------------------------------------------------DEPOSITS DECEMBER 31, 2012 --------------------------------------------- MEASURED RESOURCES Tonnes Grade (g/t Au) Ounces----------------------------------------------------------------------------WONA-KONA 1,903,600 1.86 113,700NYAFE 589,800 4.36 82,700FOFINA 958,400 2.00 61,500YAHO 5,832,500 0.98 183,500FILON 67 58,100 3.61 6,700FOBIRI 679,900 2.20 48,000----------------------------------------------------------------------------TOTAL MANA 10,022,300 1.54 496,100--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DEPOSITS DECEMBER 31, 2012 --------------------------------------------- INDICATED RESOURCES Tonnes Grade (g/t Au) Ounces----------------------------------------------------------------------------WONA-KONA 23,925,200 2.45 1,884,300NYAFE 586,900 4.30 81,100FOFINA 1,346,500 3.32 143,900YAHO 12,544,800 0.99 399,700FILON 67 23,900 3.79 2,900FOBIRI 152,600 1.91 9,400----------------------------------------------------------------------------TOTAL MANA 38,579,900 2.03 2,521,300--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DEPOSITS DECEMBER 31, 2012 --------------------------------------------- TOTAL RESOURCES Tonnes Grade (g/t Au) Ounces----------------------------------------------------------------------------WONA-KONA 25,828,800 2.41 1,998,000NYAFE 1,176,700 4.33 163,800FOFINA 2,304,900 2.77 205,400YAHO 18,377,300 0.99 583,200FILON 67 82,000 3.66 9,600FOBIRI 832,500 2.14 57,400----------------------------------------------------------------------------TOTAL MANA 48,602,200 1.93 3,017,400----------------------------------------------------------------------------



----------------------------------------------------------------------------DEPOSITS DECEMBER 31, 2012 --------------------------------------------- INFERRED Grade Tonnes (g/t Au) Ounces----------------------------------------------------------------------------WONA-KONA 6,714,000 2.44 526,900NYAFE 365,600 4.26 50,000FOFINA 713,200 3.60 82,600YAHO 1,430,100 1.64 75,500FILON 67 27,400 3.79 3,300FOBIRI 1,182,400 2.16 81,900MAOULA 1,089,400 1.37 48,000SIOU 6,730,700 4.62 999,200----------------------------------------------------------------------------TOTAL MANA 18,252,800 3.18 1,867,400----------------------------------------------------------------------------



We are presenting 100% of the reserves and resources of the mines in the above table. Regarding open pit reserves, cut-off grades are established with the Ultimate Pit software in consideration of the rock type and haulage distance.

The mineral reserves and resources were estimated as at December 31, 2012 in accordance with the definitions adopted by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and incorporated into National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"). Mineral reserves and resources estimates for the Mana Mine were carried out internally under the guidance of Michel Crevier P.Geo MScA, Vice-President Exploration and Mine Geology and SEMAFO's Qualified Person who has reviewed this press release for accuracy and compliance.

Consolidated Results and Mining Operations

------------------------------------------------ 2012 2011 Variation ------------------------------------------------Operating HighlightsGold ounces produced 236,100 250,100 (6%)Gold ounces sold 231,500 249,600 (7%)(in thousands of dollars, except amounts per ounce, per tonne and per share)Revenues - Gold sales 388,501 395,916 (2%)Mining operating expenses (excluding government royalties) 164,393 150,535 9%Government royalties 19,979 19,857 1%Write-off of property, plant and equipment 16,998 - -Impairment of property, plant and equipment 60,000 - -Operating income 34,626 154,164 (78%)Loss on sale of current investment 24,297 - -Income tax expense 18,392 29,869 (38%)Net income (loss) attributable to equity shareholders (6,604) 111,759 (94%)Cash flow from operating activities(1) 155,406 171,875 (10%)Basic earnings (loss) per share (0.02) 0.41 (105%)Diluted earnings (loss) per share (0.02) 0.40 (105%)Operating cash flow per share(2) 0.57 0.63 (10%)Adjusted operating income(3) 111,624 154,164 (28%)Adjusted net income attributable to equity shareholders(3) 75,314 111,759 (33%)Adjusted basic earnings per share(3) 0.28 0.41 (32%)Average realized selling price (per ounce) 1,678 1,586 6%Cash operating cost (per ounce produced)(4) 704 591 19%Cash operating cost (per tonne processed)(4) 35 35 -Total cash cost (per ounce sold)(5) 793 677 17%Total cash margin (per ounce sold)(6) 885 909 (3%)(1) Cash flow from operating activities excludes changes in non-cash working capital items.(2) Operating cash flow per share is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS. See the "Non-IFRS financial performance measures" section of the Corporation's MD&A.(3) Adjusted operating income, adjusted net income attributable to equity shareholders and adjusted basic earnings per share are non-IFRS financial performance measures with no standard definition under IFRS. In 2012, the adjusted operating income excludes the write-off of property, plant and equipment of $16,998,000 related to the underground project and $60,000,000 related to the impairment of non- financial assets of the Samira Hill Mine, while the adjusted net income attributable to equity shareholders and the adjusted basic earnings per share also exclude the loss on the sale of a current investment totalling $24,297,000, as well as the income tax expense and the non-controlling interest impact totalling $7,377,000 related to these non-recurring transactions.(4) Cash operating cost is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS and is calculated using ounces produced and tonnes processed. See the "Non-IFRS financial performance measures" section of the Corporation's MD&A.(5) Total cash cost is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS and represents the mining operation expenses and the government royalties per ounce sold.(6) Total cash margin is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS and is calculated using the average realized selling price and the total cash cost.



Fourth Quarter Financial and Operating Highlights

Three-month period ended December 31, ------------------------------------------------ 2012 2011 Variation ------------------------------------------------Gold ounces produced 62,400 64,800 (4%)Gold ounces sold 64,200 67,200 (4%)(in thousands of dollars, except amounts per ounce, per tonne and per share)Revenues - Gold sales 110,305 113,854 (3%)Operating income (loss) (28,055) 47,448 (159%)Net income (loss) attributable to equity shareholders (25,156) 33,277 (176%)Basic earnings (loss) per share (0.09) 0.12 (175%)Diluted earnings (loss) per share (0.09) 0.12 (175%)Adjusted operating income(1) 31,945 47,448 (33%)Adjusted net income attributable to equity shareholders(1) 22,339 33,277 (33%)Adjusted basic earnings per share(1) 0.08 0.12 (33%)Cash flow from operating activities(2) 48,564 54,325 (11%)Operating cash flow per share(3) 0.18 0.20 (10%)Average realized selling price (per ounce) 1,718 1,694 1%Cash operating cost (per ounce produced)(4) 695 559 24%Cash operating cost (per tonne processed)(4) 34 35 (3%)Total cash cost (per ounce sold)(5) 788 665 18%Total cash margin (per ounce sold)(6) 930 1,029 (10%)(1) Adjusted operating income, adjusted net income attributable to equity shareholders and adjusted basic earnings per share are non-IFRS financial performance measures with no standard definition under IFRS. In 2012, the adjusted operating income excludes the write-off of property, plant and equipment of $60,000,000 related to the impairment of non-financial assets of the Samira Hill Mine, while the adjusted net income attributable to equity shareholders and the adjusted basic earnings per share also exclude the income tax recovery expense and the non-controlling interest impact totalling $12,505,000 related to this non-recurring transaction.(2) Cash flow from operating activities excludes changes in non-cash working capital items(3) Operating cash flow per share is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS. See the "Non-IFRS financial performance measures" section of this MD&A.(4) Cash operating cost is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS and is calculated using ounces produced and tonnes processed. See the "Non-IFRS financial performance measures" section of this MD&A.(5) Total cash cost is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS and represents the mining operation expenses and the government royalties per ounce sold.(6) Total cash margin is a non-IFRS financial performance measure with no standard definition under IFRS and is calculated using the average realized selling price and the total cash cost.Consolidated Statement of Financial Position----------------------------------------------------------------------------(Expressed in thousands of US dollars) As at As at December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 $ $AssetsCurrent assetsCash and cash equivalents 139,451 178,713Trade and other receivables 30,395 43,022Investment - 22,307Inventories 96,829 81,639Other current assets 6,432 5,517 -------------------------------- 273,107 331,198Non-current assetsRestricted cash 923 1,226Property, plant and equipment 406,030 362,187Investment 19,600 29,400Deferred income tax asset 3,000 - -------------------------------- 429,553 392,813Total assets 702,660 724,011 -------------------------------- --------------------------------LiabilitiesCurrent liabilitiesTrade payables and accrued liabilities 67,020 58,010Provisions 2,588 -Advance payable 915 -Income tax payable 8,276 15,509Dividends payable 5,492 5,348 -------------------------------- 84,291 78,867Non-current liabilitiesRestricted share unit liabilities 2,001 1,090Advance payable - 2,102Provisions 12,487 8,505Deferred income tax liabilities 2,040 6,954 --------------------------------Total liabilities 100,819 97,518 --------------------------------EquityEquity ShareholdersShare capital 455,179 454,746Contributed surplus 12,232 10,935Accumulated other comprehensive income - 5,686Retained earnings 120,152 138,467 -------------------------------- 587,563 609,834Non-controlling interests 14,278 16,659 --------------------------------Total equity 601,841 626,493 --------------------------------Total liabilities and equity 702,660 724,011 -------------------------------- --------------------------------Consolidated Statement of Income (Loss)For the Years Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011----------------------------------------------------------------------------(Expressed in thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts) 2012 2011 $ $Revenue - Gold sales 388,501 395,916 ------------------------------Costs of operationsMining operation expenses 184,372 170,392Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 59,248 41,210General and administrative 24,834 22,224Corporate social responsibility expenses 5,377 3,393Share-based compensation 3,046 4,533Write-off of property, plant and equipment 16,998 -Impairment of property, plant and equipment 60,000 - ------------------------------Operating income 34,626 154,164 ------------------------------Other expenses (income)Finance income (295) (439)Finance costs 2,023 1,728Foreign exchange loss (gain) (735) 247Loss on the sale of current investment 24,297 - ------------------------------Income before income taxes 9,336 152,628Income tax expense (recovery)Current 24,883 25,858Deferred (6,491) 4,011 ------------------------------ 18,392 29,869Net income (loss) for the year (9,056) 122,759 ------------------------------ ------------------------------Attributable to:Equity shareholders (6,604) 111,759Non-controlling interests (2,452) 11,000 ------------------------------ (9,056) 122,759 ------------------------------ ------------------------------Earnings (loss) per shareBasic (0.02) 0.41Diluted (0.02) 0.40 ------------------------------ ------------------------------Consolidated Statement of Income (Loss)For the Years Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011----------------------------------------------------------------------------(Expressed in thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts) 2012 2011 $ $Net income (loss) for the year (9,056) 122,759 -------------------------------Other comprehensive lossChanges in fair value of investment in GoviEx (net of tax impact of $1,320) (8,480) -Changes in fair value of current investment (net tax impact of nil) (21,503) (2,794)Reclassification of accumulated other comprehensive loss to net loss related to current investment sold (net of tax impact of nil) 24,297 - -------------------------------Other comprehensive loss for the year, net of tax (5,686) (2,794) -------------------------------Total comprehensive income (loss) for the year (14,742) 119,965 ------------------------------- -------------------------------Attribuable to:Equity shareholders (12,290) 108,965Non-controlling interests (2,452) 11,000 ------------------------------- ------------------------------- (14,742) 119,965 ------------------------------- -------------------------------Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsFor the Years Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011----------------------------------------------------------------------------(Expressed in thousands of US dollars) 2012 2011 $ $Cash flows from (used in):Operating activitiesNet income (loss) for the year (9,056) 122,759Adjustments for: Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 59,248 41,210 Share-based compensation 3,046 4,533 Non-cash finance costs 1,409 874 Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain) 1,975 (1,512) Write-off of property, plant and equipment 16,998 - Loss on the sale of current investment 24,297 - Impairment of property, plant and equipment 60,000 - Deferred income taxes expense (recovery) (6,491) 4,011 Provisions 3,980 - ------------------------------- 155,406 171,875 -------------------------------Changes in non-cash working capital items (750) (33,828) ------------------------------- 154,656 138,047 -------------------------------Financing activitiesReimbursement of long-term debt - (15,000)Proceeds on issuance of share capital 315 1,643Reimbursement of advance payable (2,000) -Payment of dividends to non-controlling interest (787) -Payment of dividends to equity shareholders (10,709) - ------------------------------- (13,181) (13,357) -------------------------------Investing activitiesCurrent investment (4,813) (25,101)Proceeds from the sale of current investment 5,617 -Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment (180,766) (145,634)Decrease in restricted cash 303 3,181 ------------------------------- (179,659) (167,554) -------------------------------Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,078) 1,138 -------------------------------Change in cash and cash equivalents during the year (39,262) (41,726)Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year 178,713 220,439 -------------------------------Cash and cash equivalents - end of year 139,451 178,713 ------------------------------- -------------------------------Interest paid - 724Interest received 295 439Income tax paid 29,377 29,694





Contacts:
SEMAFO
Robert LaValliere
Vice-President, Investor Relations
Cell: +1 (514) 240 2780
robert.lavalliere@semafo.com

Sofia St Laurent
Communications & Investor Relations
Tel. local & overseas: +1 (514) 744 4408
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