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Kinross reports 2015 second-quarter results

Strong operational performance and focus on costs contribute to free cash flow


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Toronto, Ontario - July 29, 2015 - Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX: K, NYSE: KGC) today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

2015 second quarter highlights:

  • Production1: 660,898 gold equivalent ounces (Au eq. oz.), compared with 679,831 ounces in Q2 2014.
  • Revenue: $755.2 million, compared with $911.9 million in Q2 2014.
  • Production cost of sales2: $724 per Au eq. oz., compared with $742 in Q2 2014.
  • All-in sustaining cost2: $1,011 per Au eq. oz. sold, compared with $976 in Q2 2014. All-in sustaining cost per gold ounce (Au oz.) sold on a by-product basis was $1,006 in Q2 2015, compared with $967 in Q2 2014.
  • Adjusted operating cash flow2: $161.4 million, or $0.14 per share, compared with $240.3 million, or $0.21 per share, in Q2 2014.
  • Adjusted net earnings/loss2,3: Loss of $13.6 million, or $0.01 per share, compared with adjusted earnings of $32.9 million, or $0.03 per share, in Q2 2014.
  • Reported net earnings/loss3: Loss of $83.2 million, or $0.07 per share, compared with earnings of $46.0 million, or $0.04 per share, in Q2 2014.
  • Balance sheet strength: Increased cash and cash equivalents to $1,031.4 million decreased net debt4 to $960.2 million, $250 million in senior notes due in 2016 only significant debt maturity until 2019.
  • Average realized gold price: $1,194 per ounce, compared with $1,285 per ounce in Q2 2014.
  • Outlook: Kinross is tracking at the high end of 2015 guidance for production (2.4 - 2.6 million Au eq. oz.), at the low end of guidance for production cost of sales ($720 - $780 per Au eq. oz.) and all-in sustaining cost ($1,000 - $1,100 per Au eq. oz.), and below total capital expenditure guidance ($725 million).
  • Comprehensive spending review: Kinross is continuing its comprehensive review of its non-operating discretionary spending in order to further reduce costs. This is in addition to further measures being taken to strengthen the business, including plans to reduce costs and enhance performance at its Tasiast operation, and an agreement reached in July to extend Kinross' debt profile and amend its debt covenant.

CEO Commentary

J. Paul Rollinson, CEO, made the following comments in relation to 2015 second quarter results:

"Kinross continued to deliver on its targets, with production in the first half of 2015 tracking at the high-end of guidance for the year, and all-in sustaining cost tracking at the low-end of the full-year forecast. The Company achieved these results despite a temporary suspension of operations at Maricunga and fewer ounces sold due to timing of some gold sales, which, together with a decline in the gold price, impacted earnings. Kinross nonetheless continued to generate free cash flow in Q2, in large part as a result of its strong operational performance, benefits from foreign exchange and lower oil prices, and a company-wide effort to drive down procurement costs and reduce working capital.

With strong liquidity, including more than $1 billion in cash on the balance sheet, Kinross is well-positioned to weather the current market volatility. This is no coincidence - over the past three years we have actively and prudently managed the balance sheet in a declining gold price environment - and we will continue to do so, with a number of ongoing initiatives to further strengthen the Company's financial position and drive down costs."

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

(2) These figures are non-GAAP financial measures and are defined and reconciled on pages 13 to 17 of this news release.

(3) Net earnings/loss figures in this release represent "net earnings (loss) from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders".

(4) "Net Debt" is defined as short- and long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash.

 

About Kinross
Kinross is a Canadian-based senior gold mining company with mines and projects in the United States, Brazil, Russia, Mauritania, Chile and Ghana. Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).

 

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, but are not limited to, those under the headings “Outlook”, “Organic production initiatives”, “CEO Commentary”, “Balance sheet strength” and “Tasiast optimization update”, and include, without limitation, statements with respect to our guidance for production; production costs of sales, all-in sustaining cost and capital expenditures; and continuous improvement initiatives, as well as references to other possible events, the future price of gold and silver, 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, currency fluctuations, capital requirements, project studies, mine life extensions, restarting suspended or disrupted operations; continuous improvement initiatives; and resolution of pending litigation. The words “anticipate”, “believe”, “concept”, “contemplate”, “drive”, “estimates”, ‘‘expects’’, “explore”, “flexibility”,‘ ‘forecasts”, “focus”, “guidance”, “indicate”, “initiative”, “measures”, “on track”, “options”, “optimize”, “outlook”, “opportunity”, “plan”, “possible”, “potential”, “priority”, “prospect”, “pursue”, “study”, “target” or “tracking”, or variations of or similar such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results may, could, should or ‘will be achieved, received or taken, or will occur or result 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 whether due to extreme weather events and other or related natural disasters, labour disruptions (including but not limited to following announced and/or implemented workforce reductions at Tasiast), supply disruptions, power disruptions, damage to equipment or otherwise; (2) permitting, development, operations and production from the Company’s operations being consistent with Kinross’ current expectations including, without limitation, land acquisitions and permitting for the construction and operation of the new tailings facility, power supply and launch of the new tailings reprocessing facility at Paracatu;(3) political and legal developments in any jurisdiction in which the Company operates being consistent with its current expectations including, without limitation, the impact of any escalating political tensions and uncertainty in the Russian Federation and Ukraine or any related sanctions and any other similar restrictions or penalties imposed, or actions taken, by any government, potential power rationing in Brazil and potential amendments to the Brazilian Mining Code, the Chilean Water Code and/or other water use restrictions and regulatory actions in Chile, the Minerals and Mining Act (2006) and dam safety regulation in Ghana, the Customs Code and the Mining Code, (including but not limited amendments to the VAT regime pursuant to the 2015 Budget Law) in Mauritania, and the Tax Code in Russia (including, but not limited to, the interpretation, implementation and application of any such amendments), being consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (4) 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; (5) certain price assumptions for gold and silver; (6) prices for diesel, natural gas, fuel oil, electricity and other key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (7) production and cost of sales forecasts for the Company meeting expectations; (8) 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); (9) labour and materials costs increasing on a basis consistent with Kinross’ current expectations; (10) 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; (11) goodwill and/or asset impairment potential; and (12) access to capital markets, including but not limited to maintaining an investment grade debt rating and, as required, maintaining partial project financing for Dvoinoye and Kupol 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, other actions taken, 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; 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 investment in and development of FDN and its sale, or any of the Company’s prior 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, Mauritania, Ghana, or other countries in which Kinross does 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 or other claims against, or regulatory investigations and/or any enforcement actions or sanctions in respect of the Company (and/or its directors, officers, or employees) including, but not limited to, securities class action litigation in Canada and/or the United States, or any investigations, enforcement actions and/or sanctions under any applicable anti-corruption, international sanctions and/or anti-money laundering laws and regulations in Canada, the United States or any other applicable jurisdiction; 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 the “Risk Analysis” section of our full year 2014 and Q1, 2015 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 currency exchange rates would be expected to result in an approximate $14 impact on production cost of sales per ounce .
Specific to the Russian rouble, a 10% change in the exchange rate would be expected to result in an approximate $11 impact on Russian production cost of sales per ounce.
A $10 per barrel change in the price of oil would be expected to result in an approximate $1 impact on production cost of sales per ounce.
A $100 change in the price of gold would be expected to result in an approximate $3 impact on production cost of sales per ounce as a result of a change in royalties.

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 mineral properties (other than exploration activities) contained in this news release has been prepared under the supervision of Mr. John Sims, an officer of the Company who is a “qualified person” within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”). The technical information about the Company’s exploration activities contained in this news release has been prepared under the supervision of Mr. Sylvain Guerard, an officer of the Company who is a “qualified person” within the meaning of NI 43-101.

 

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