Barrick Gold Corporation
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Barrick Gold Corporation

July 23, 2015 17:10 ET

Barrick Completes Divestiture of Cowal Mine

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 23, 2015) -

All amounts expressed in US dollars

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) (Barrick or the "company") today announced it has completed the divestiture of its Cowal mine in New South Wales, Australia to Evolution Mining for a total cash consideration of $550 million. Proceeds from the sale of Cowal will be used to repay debt.

"The sale of Cowal is consistent with the strategy we have outlined to create long-term value for our owners, and will make a significant contribution to our debt reduction target while further focusing the geographic footprint of our portfolio," said Co-President Kelvin Dushnisky.

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Contact Information

  • INVESTOR CONTACT: Susan Muir
    Senior Director, Investor Relations
    (416) 307-5107
    s.muir@barrick.com

    MEDIA CONTACT: Andy Lloyd
    Vice President, Communications
    (416) 307-7414
    alloyd@barrick.com