Oct. 13, 2009 (Marketwire Canada) -- TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2009) -
All amounts expressed in US dollars.
Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX) (TSX:ABX) ("Barrick") and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Barrick (PD) Australia Finance Pty Ltd ("BPDAF"), announced today the pricing of $1.25 billion in debt securities comprised of: $400 million of 4.95% notes due 2020 and $850 million of 5.95% notes due 2039. All debt securities will be issued by BPDAF and will be guaranteed by Barrick. The offering is expected to close on or about October 16, 2009.
The net proceeds from this offering will be advanced to wholly-owned subsidiaries in the Barrick group and will all be used to further reduce the liability related to Barrick's floating spot-price (fully participating) gold contracts.
The debt securities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, the debt securities, nor shall there be any sale of the debt securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
Barrick expects 2009 gold production to be 7.2 to 7.6 million ounces at net cash costs of $360 to $385 per ounce or total cash costs of $450 to $475 per ounce(1) and expects gold production in 2010 to grow to 7.7 to 8.1 million ounces at lower total cash costs than 2009.
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.
(1) Net cash costs per ounce and total cash costs per ounce are non-GAAP financial measures. See pages 33 to 34 of the Company's Second Quarter 2009 Report.
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