Barrick Gold Corporation

Barrick Gold Corporation

April 12, 2007 07:46 ET

Barrick Reaches Agreement With Emperor Mines on Porgera Stake

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 12, 2007) - Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) announced today that it has entered into a definitive purchase and sale agreement with Emperor Mines Limited (ASX:EMP) regarding Emperor's 20 per cent interest in the Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea. Barrick's interest in Porgera will increase from 75 per cent to 95 per cent on the completion of this transaction.

The total consideration is US$250 million in cash plus an adjustment amount. Barrick will be entitled to the production and the economic benefit of the 20 per cent interest in Porgera, from the effective date of April 1, 2007. In connection with the transaction, Emperor has granted Barrick the option of subscribing up to 15 per cent of Emperor's current issued capital within 10 days following Emperor's special shareholders' meeting.

The Boards of Emperor and DRDGOLD Limited, the 78 per cent shareholder of Emperor, have announced their support for the proposed transaction and will recommend that their respective shareholders vote in favor of the sale of the Porgera interest to Barrick.

"Consolidating the ownership of the Porgera mine is part of Barrick's strategy of owning long-life, world-class assets," said Greg Wilkins, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Porgera produced approximately 542,000 ounces in 2006 and has proven and probable reserves of 9.42 million ounces(1) (100 per cent basis). Barrick acquired its 75 per cent interest in Porgera through its acquisition of Placer Dome in January 2006. Barrick is currently in discussions regarding the possible sale of up to a 5 per cent interest to its joint venture partner, Mineral Resources Enga Limited, for the proportionate acquisition cost paid by Barrick.

The agreement is subject to certain conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals from Papua New Guinea, and is expected to close within four months.

Barrick's vision is to be the world's best gold company by finding, acquiring, developing and producing quality reserves in a safe, profitable and socially responsible manner.

BMO Capital Markets acted as financial adviser to Barrick. Clayton Utz acted as legal adviser to Barrick in Australia and Blake Dawson Waldron acted as legal adviser to Barrick in Papua New Guinea.

(1) Proven reserves contain 61.3 million tons of ore at 0.102 oz/ton for 6.27 million ounces. Probable reserves contain 23.9 million tons of ore at 0.132 oz/ton for 3.15 million ounces. Mineral reserves have been calculated as at December 31, 2006 in accordance with National Instrument 43-101, as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Calculations have been prepared by employees of Barrick under the supervision of Jacques McMullen, Vice President, Metallurgy and Process Development, Rick Allan, Director - Engineering and Mining Support, and Rick Sims, Manager Corporate Reserves of Barrick. For a more detailed description of the methods used in calculating Barrick's reserves and resources, see Barrick's most recent Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities.

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