Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.

Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.

March 16, 2007 03:00 ET

Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.: 3rd Quarter Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2007) - Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. (the "Company") (TSX:KGI)(AIM:KGI) announces the financial, operational and exploration highlights for its third quarter of its 2007 fiscal year, which ended 31 January 2007.


- During the quarter, operations processed 33,368 tons of ore grading 0.31 ounces of gold per ton ("opt") for a total production of 10,348 ounces of gold versus a forecast of 15,500 ounces from 36,904 tons (2006: processed tons 40,252 grading 0.41 ounces per ton for quarterly production of 16,434 ounces of gold). Significant shortfalls in both tonnage and grade for the quarter lead to a management re-organization in January where, amongst other changes, responsibility for both grade and tonnage is lodged in the newly established position of Mine Manager. In addition, a new Mine Superintendent was named and various changes were made in production management under the new Mine Superintendent.

- Operating revenue for the quarter was $8,212,184 and operating expenses were $10,123,751. Operating expenses increased from $8,354,000 in the second quarter by $1,769,751 due principally to the completion of capital projects on the upper levels of the 04-Main Break and the transition to preparation for capital development programs on the new discoveries to the South. During the quarter, the Company spent $856,778 on exploration which was expensed and is included in the loss of $2,530,091 for the quarter ($0.05 per share).

- During the third quarter the Company's exploration team was awarded the Ontario Prospector of the Year Award for its discoveries of new high grade gold zones to the south of the historic 04-Main Break Zone. This award recognizes the most significant new discovery made in the Province of Ontario over the past year. To date more than 9 high grade zones of low sulphide mineralization have been identified in the new mine system.

"Following our production management re-org in January, we saw some production progress in February and significant progress in March where our head grades and tonnage are running at or above plan," said Brian Hinchcliffe, Company President. "We are seeing the early contributions of ore from the discoveries to the south where drifting and mining at 100 tons a day or less of development rock grading greater than one ounce is making a difference in overall grade."

Financial Highlights:

- Gold revenues were 26% lower at $8,212,184 (2006: $11,111,262), a 13% increase in the realized gold price was offset by a 39% reduction in ounces sold.

- Total production spending including operating costs, capital spending and royalties fell 6%.

- The Company's cash resources of $17,220,986 are expected to be sufficient to fund the Company's planned exploration and development activities for the coming 12-18 months without further funding being required.

- Production forecasts for fiscal 2007 indicate annual gold production of between 50,000 ounces and 55,000 ounces.

Financial Highlights
All amounts in 000's 3 months 3 months 9 months 9 months
of Canadian Dollars, ended ended ended ended
except shares and January 31 January 31 January 31 January 31
per share figures 2007 2006 2007 2006

Gold Sales (ounces) 11,351 18,624 37,256 43,659
Average Price
(per ounce) $723 $597 $701 $561

Revenue 8,212 11,111 26,127 24,491
Operating Expenses 10,124 7,103 28,570 24,209
Exploration Expenditure 857 1,775 4,002 3,646
Net (loss) (2,530) 2,310 (7,192) (3,994)
Per share (basic
and diluted) (0.05) 0.05 (0.14) (0.08)
Cash Flow (used) for
operating activities 15 4,574 (4,497) (2,868)
Cash Flow from
financing activities 1,791 435 18,341 14,384
Cash Flow (used) for
investing activities (1,253) (4,850) (6,035) (11,207)
Net increase
(decrease) in cash 554 159 7,809 309
Cash at end of period 17,221 8,941 - -
Total Assets 69,473 60,767 - -
Total Liabilities 10,429 11,784 - -
Working Capital 13,770 6,805 - -
Weighted average
number of shares
outstanding 53,152,804 49,157,954 52,824,238 47,449,983

About the Company

The Company purchased the Macassa Mine and the 1,500-ton per day mill along with four former producing gold properties -- Kirkland Lake Gold, Teck-Hughes, Lake Shore and Wright Hargreaves -- in December 2001. These properties, which have historically produced some 22 million ounces of gold, extend over seven kilometres between the Macassa Mine on the east and Wright Hargreaves on the west and for the first time are being developed and explored under one owner. This camp is located in the Abitibi Southern Greenstone Belt of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada.

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