Barrick Gold Corporation
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Barrick Gold Corporation

December 01, 2015 12:31 ET

Barrick Completes Sale of 50 Percent of Zaldivar Mine, Formation of New Partnership with Antofagasta Plc

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 1, 2015) -

All amounts expressed in US dollars

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) (Barrick or the "company") today announced it has completed the sale of a 50 percent interest in the Zaldívar copper mine to Antofagasta Plc.

"The sale of 50 percent of Zaldívar has strengthened our balance sheet while allowing us to maintain significant exposure to a strong cash-generating operation," said Barrick President Kelvin Dushnisky. "We are excited to form a new partnership with Antofagasta Plc that will provide a platform to collaborate and share knowledge, with the potential to deliver value for both companies."

There have been no material changes to the terms of the acquisition since the announcement of the transaction.

The proceeds of the sale will be used to reduce debt. Barrick has announced asset sales, joint ventures and partnerships worth $3.2 billion since the start of 2015. The company is on track to meet its stated debt reduction target of $3 billion for 2015, which, when completed, will represent a 23 percent reduction in total debt since the start of the year.

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Contact Information

  • INVESTOR CONTACTS: Angela Parr
    Vice President, Investor Relations
    +1 416 307-7426
    aparr@barrick.com

    Susan Muir
    Vice President, Investor Communications
    +1 416 307-5107
    s.muir@barrick.com

    MEDIA CONTACT: Andy Lloyd
    Senior Vice President, Communications
    +1 416 307-7414
    alloyd@barrick.com