NEWS RELEASE: Kirkland Lake Gold Pours Its One Millionth Ounce From The Macassa Mine Complex

KIRKLAND LAKE, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Feb. 3, 2016) – Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. (“Kirkland Lake”, or the “Company”) (TSX:KGI), this week poured it’s one millionth ounce from the Macassa Mine Complex since operations commenced in 2003. This marks a historic milestone for the Company, adding to the historical production of this camp, which has now produced over 26 million ounces of gold.

The Company commenced operations at the Macassa Mine Complex in 2002, and with the discovery of the South Mine Complex, has been able to increase its level of production significantly over the past five years with the Company producing and selling over 570,000 ounces of gold. The Macassa Mine Complex currently has 1.5 million ounces in proven and probable reserves (2.4 million tonnes at an average grade of 19.2 g/t Au), and an additional 2.0 million ounces in measured and indicated resources (3.8 million tonnes at an average grade of 16.8 g/t Au).

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Exploration at standstill: prospectors – by Rick Owen (Kirkland Lake Northern News – December 14, 2015)

KIRKLAND LAKE – A Northern Prospectors’ Association member is involved in a process that includes the Wabun Council and the provincial government, in an attempt to coming to some sort of resolution that will allow prospectors back to work in the bush.

John Rapski has mineral claims that fall within Wabum Council’s traditional land, and he has been consulting for an extended period of time, to try and get access to explore his mineral claims. Currently, he is still being held on the sidelines instead of prospecting and exploring for new mineral finds.

Rapski said the problem is the Wabum Council wants prospectors to sign the same agreement that would apply to mining corporations and this doesn’t work for prospectors. He said if a prospector sighns the agreement they are personally libel and the agreement doesn’t look after the individual prospector.

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Taylor Mine is the newest mine in Ontario (Northern News – November 5, 2015)

KIRKLAND LAKE – St Andrew Goldfields Taylor Mine project is now in commercial production and will increase the company’s gold production.

With the acceptance of the Taylor Mine closure plan the company has three gold producing mines in operation.

“We are pleased to declare Taylor the newest mine in Ontario, one which we anticipate will bolster the company’s gold production profile for 2016 by 40,000 – 50,000 ounces and provide much needed jobs and economic benefits to the communities in the region. I would personally like to thank the SAS team, the provincial government officials, the First Nations and our communities for their hard work and support in helping us bring Taylor into reality.

The mine is expected to be a significant contributor in the future as we are ramping up to full production by the end of this year,” said Duncan Middlemiss, President and Chief Executive Officer. “With the addition of Taylor to the portfolio of producing assets, we are also pleased to raise our 2015 full year production guidance to between 100,000 and 110,000 ounces of gold with the Taylor contributing 10,000 to 15,000 ounces of gold for the balance of 2015.

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Gold Grade is King at Kirkland Lake – by Lawrie Williams ( – October 8, 2015)

In general gold mining and exploration juniors have been having a horrendous three or four years since the gold price started its decline from its peak at the end of Q3 2011, but high grade, profitable operations like Kirkland Lake Gold (TSX: KGI) have tended to buck the overall trend – and here it is indeed the gold grade which is the key.

In short, Kirkland Lake gold is one of the highest grade operating gold mines in Canada – or indeed in the world. And it is being very successful in maintaining mill grade at very close to reserve grade – achieved by current management under George Ogilvie, former CEO of Rambler Metals and Mining, in not chasing tonnage, but rather putting the emphasis on grades to the mill.

It is thus running well under mill throughput capacity of over 2,000 tonnes a day, but generating excellent returns as a result – and leaves it with scope for expansion from existing operations, let alone from the excellent exploration potential across its land holdings. LawrieOnGold interviewed Ogilvie yesterday in London and these are the impressions gained.

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How smaller Canadian gold miners are thriving despite today’s gloomy price environment – by Peter Koven (National Post – September 19, 2015)

The National Post is Canada’s second largest national paper.

KIRKLAND LAKE, ONT. – Deep underground in Kirkland Lake, 300 kilometres north of Sudbury, it is hard to think about the rich veins of gold near at hand. The heat and humidity overpower everything else.

Crews are currently working 5,400 to 5,600 feet below surface, making it one of Canada’s deepest gold mines. And in this part of the world and at these depths, a first-time visitor would find the temperature suffocating.

Work crews start dripping with sweat almost as soon as they step out from the shaft underground to begin their shift. Mining this far down is technically challenging and not for the faint of heart. But more than 100 years after the first shaft was sunk in this sturdy Northern Ontario community, it looks as attractive as ever — even if it is surrounded by an environment of gloomy gold prices.

The Kirkland Lake operation, known as Macassa, is one of the world’s richest gold mines by any measure — the data service IntelligenceMine ranks it second overall. The mine’s owner, Kirkland Lake Gold Inc., likes to say that of the world’s 10 highest-grade operations, this is the only significant one that isn’t owned by a major company.

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Kirkland Lake mounts a comeback on the Southern Abitibi (Northern Miner – March 12, 2015)

The Northern Miner, first published in 1915, during the Cobalt Silver Rush, is considered Canada’s leading authority on the mining industry.

VANCOUVER — The past two years have been a story of redemption for producer Kirkland Lake Gold (TSX: KGI; US-OTC: KGILF) at its Macassa and South Mine complex in the prolific the Southern Abitibi gold belt 46 km due southeast of Timmins, Ont. The company just wrapped up its third consecutive quarter of positive earnings and free cash flow, and looks poised to hit the upper end of its annual production guidance.

On March 11 Kirkland reported that it sold 39,700 oz. of gold last quarter at an average realized price of US$1,371 per oz., which resulted in cash flow from operations of $23.7 million. Over the past nine months the company has cranked out around 162,000 oz. of gold at all-in sustaining cash costs of US$1,289 per oz., which marks a material improvement over the 131,000 oz. it produced in 2014 at all-in costs of US$2,054 per oz.

The main driver for Kirkland has been higher grades encountered at the South Mine Complex (SMC), which has also resulted in improved throughput rates at the Macassa mill.

Average production rates last quarter were around 934 tonnes per day, which marks a 3% quarter-on-quarter increase. The good news for Kirkland is that it managed a further improvement in January, when throughput averaged 1,107 tonnes per day resulting in the delivery of around 34,500 tonnes of ore to the mill.

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Kirkland Lake explosives manufacturer aims for bigger market share – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – August 12, 2014)

Established in 1980, Northern Ontario Business provides Canadians and international investors with relevant, current and insightful editorial content and business news information about Ontario’s vibrant and resource-rich North. Ian Ross is the editor of Northern Ontario Business

Maintaining the status quo doesn’t cut it with Nordex Explosives president and CEO Jim Taylor. “You’ve got to always be looking for something new. Whether it’s new clients, new ideas, or a new something, you’ve got to keep moving forward.”

That philosophy and a well-rounded product line have propelled the Kirkland Lake explosives maker’s expansion into Western Canada.

The 44-year-old, publicly-traded firm is a manufacturer and distributor of emulsion and ANFO (ammonium nitrate/fuel oil) products for the mining, quarry and construction industries.

Within the last year, it’s also become the exclusive Canadian manufacturer and supplier of the Buttbuster perimeter control products made by Johnex Explosives of Australia.

It’s led to the installation of an exclusive production line at the Kirkland Lake facility on Adams Mine Road late last year, and the hiring of 18 new employees to run it, with enough capacity to possibly go North America-wide.

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Top Ten Mining Events in Northern Ontario History – by Stan Sudol (March 22, 2014)

This column was also published on the Huffington Post – the “New York Times” of the web:

Klondike Versus Northern Ontario

For crying out loud, I continue to be astonished with our collective Canadian obsession over the Klondike Gold Rush while northern Ontario’s rich and vibrant mining history is completely ignored by the Toronto media establishment, especially the CBC.

Discovery Channel’s recent six-hour mini-series on the Klondike – vaguely based on Charlotte Gray’s book, “Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike – once again highlighted this glaring snub.

Unfairly, the Klondike did have the benefit of terrific public relations due to famous writers like Jack London, Robert W. Service and Pierre Berton, but I still don’t understand how this brief mining boom continues to dominate the “historical oxygen” in our national psyche.

At its peak, the Klondike only lasted a few years – 1896-1899 – and produced about 12.5 million ounces of gold. And unlike the California gold rush that created one of the largest and richest states in the union, the entire Yukon Territory’s population today is about 36,000. Contrast that with booming Timmins with 45,000 hardy souls who have dug out of the ground about 68 million ounces and counting of the precious metal, since the Porcupine Gold rush of 1909.

It’s enough to make to make Benny Hollinger, Jack Wilson and Sandy MacIntyre – the founders of this extraordinary deposit – spin in their collective graves!

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Northern College Aboriginal grads working in mining – by Lindsay Kelly (Northern Ontario Business – February 6, 2014)

Established in 1980, Northern Ontario Business  provides Canadians and international investors with relevant, current and insightful editorial content and business news information about Ontario’s vibrant and resource-rich North. 

Northern College is experiencing another successful milestone in its legacy of miner training: nearly all recent graduates of its hard rock miner common core program are working, two-thirds of which have found employment in the Kirkland Lake area.

The success is thanks to a partnership between the college and AuRico Gold, which operates the Young-Davidson Mine 60 kilometres west of Kirkland Lake. Though the college has offered similar programs through partnerships with other mining companies in the past, this program is unique in that it was funded by the Mushkegowuk and Wabun Tribal councils and geared specifically towards Aboriginal students.

“With all the opportunities in mining and all the IBAs (impact benefit agreements), there are new opportunities there for the Aboriginal communities that weren’t there in the past,” said Bob Mack, Northern College’s vice-president of community, business development and employment services.

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Kirkland Lake shares fall as miner launches sale process amid challenging gold market – by Peter Koven (National Post – January 7, 2014)

The National Post is Canada’s second largest national paper.

TORONTO – With low gold prices and a tight balance sheet putting strain on the company, Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. has put out the “For Sale” sign and said it will consider takeover bids and other transactions as part of a strategic review.

But there is no guarantee that the Toronto-based miner will find a friendly offer in such a challenging gold market. And that means the company needs to turn around its operations and generate positive cash flow.

“There’s definitely challenges here, and if they were easy [to fix], somebody would have solved them long ago,” chief executive George Ogilvie said Monday in an interview.

Like other small gold producers operating in Ontario, Kirkland Lake is facing cash flow problems at gold prices below US$1,250 an ounce. While the company’s reported cash costs are roughly US$1,100 an ounce, it has also poured large amounts of sustaining capital back into its Macassa mine, meaning it is bleeding cash. It is also burdened with $120-million of debt.

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NEWS RELEASE: Armistice Resources Begins Shipping Ore for Gold Processing at QMX Facilities

• Shipment of first 10,000 tonnes of gold-bearing ore begin from Armistice’s McGarry Gold Mine for processing at QMX Gold’s facilities in Val-d’Or Township, Quebec

• Armistice adopts temporary revised work schedule at McGarry Mine as maintenance program underway

Toronto, ON – July 8, 2013 – Armistice Resources Corp. (TSX: AZ), operator of the McGarry gold mine in Ontario’s Kirkland Lake area, today announced that it has begun shipping gold-bearing ore from the mine for processing by QMX Gold Corporation (TSX: QMX).

On June 14, 2013, Armistice announced that it had signed a custom milling agreement with QMX to begin processing ore from its McGarry Mine at QMX’s facilities in Val-d’Or Township, Quebec.

“With the construction of an impermeable pad at QMX’s facilities now completed, we have initiated shipment of the first 10,000 tonnes of ore from our McGarry mine for processing,” said Todd J. Morgan, chief executive officer and president of Armistice.

As previously announced, the processing agreement with QMX is for a term of at least one year and a minimum of 30,000 tonnes of ore to be delivered by Armistice.

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Excerpt from “The History of Mining: The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world” – by Michael Coulson

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The 19th century ended with Canada firmly in the world’s consciousness thanks to the fabulous Klondike gold rush. By the middle of the 20th century Canada would be established as one of the most powerful economies in the world and an important diplomatic player following its key roll on the Allied side in both world wars. The economic underpinning, which enabled Canada to advance to the edge of major power status, was mining. In 1900 the country produced minerals to the value of US$64 million – by the beginning of the Second World War that figure had risen to $567 million and today it is nearer to $45 billion.

Today Canada’s population is only around 35 million, making it very much a mid-range country in those terms, but it is a long-standing member of the Group of 7 (or G7), the meeting of the largest economies in the world. Its standard of living is amongst the highest in the world and its proximity to the world’s largest economy, the USA, is of major benefit as Canada is an exporter of high quality, high value, advanced products to its rich neighbour.

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Osisko buying Queenston Mining in all-stock deal – by Craig Wong (National Post – November 13, 2012)

The National Post is Canada’s second largest national paper.

Canadian Press – Osisko Mining Corp. signed an all-stock deal Monday valued at $550-million to buy Queenston Mining Inc. and its flagship Upper Beaver project in Ontario’s Kirkland Lake region.

Osisko president and chief executive Sean Roosen said work on the Upper Beaver project is coming to a critical stage in its development. “We feel this is the perfect time for us to bring our mine permitting and development teams into the project to back the plan and to make Upper Beaver a successful mine,” Mr. Roosen said on a call with analysts.

“We also have the ability to fund Upper Beaver development from internal cash flow so we don’t anticipate any further dilution as we evolve these projects.”

Queenston also owns several other gold properties in the Kirkland Lake gold camp area as well as interests in projects in Quebec, Manitoba and elsewhere in Ontario.

Queenston president and CEO Charles Page said the Upper Beaver project has the potential for four million ounces of gold. “Osisko’s proven development team can certainly maximize the potential of the Upper Beaver project,” he said.

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November 12, 2012

MONTREAL, QC and TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2012. Osisko Mining Corporation (“Osisko”) (TSX:OSK) (FRANKFURT:EWX) and Queenston Mining Inc. (“Queenston”) (TSX:QMI) (OTCQX:QNMNF) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) pursuant to which Osisko will acquire, by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement, all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Queenston. Queenston is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company with a primary focus on its holdings in the historic Kirkland Lake gold camp comprising 230km2 of prime exploration lands on trend with Osisko’s flagship Canadian Malartic mine.

Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Queenston shareholders will receive 0.611 of an Osisko share for each common share of Queenston held, implying an offer of C$6.00 per share based on Osisko’s closing price on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) on November 9, 2012. The offer represents a 45% premium to Queenston’s 30-day volume-weighted average price (“VWAP”) for the period ending November 9, 2012.

The transaction values Queenston’s equity at approximately C$550 million on a fully diluted in-the-money basis and implies an enterprise value of approximately C$400 million. Pro forma the transaction, Queenston shareholders will own approximately 12% of Osisko (based on fully diluted in-the-money shares outstanding).

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Cage Call: Artist explores lost [mining] histories – by Laura Stricker (Sudbury Star – September 22, 2012)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

When photographer Louie Palu set out to learn more about mining, his plan was to spend one month at a mine in Kirkland Lake. That was in 1991. Instead, 12 years, two provinces and thousands of photos later, the project came to an end.

“My dad told me about Kirkland Lake,” Palu said, speaking on the phone. “He was working up there. He’s not a miner. He was just working with some mining people.

“I’ve always been interested in these underrepresented histories and stories, especially sociopolitical ones. Suddenly from Kirkland Lake I got to Timmins, then Sudbury, Val d’Or and (Rouyn)-Noranda. There were all these sort of lost histories, these really important lost histories. I just felt like this story needed to be told.”

Since then, he’s been telling the story through two books and his photos, which have been put on display at art galleries and shows all over the world, including Sweden, France and the United States.

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