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Aurico Gold

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AuRico Gold is a leading intermediate Canadian gold and silver producer with a diversified portfolio of properties in Canada, Mexico and Australia. The Company currently has five operating properties including the Ocampo mine in Chihuahua State, the El Chanate mine in Sonora State, the El Cubo mine in Guanajuato State, as well as the Fosterville and Stawell gold mines in Victoria, Australia. The first production from the exciting Young-Davidson gold mine in northern Ontario is targeted by the end of Q1 2012. Full commercial production is anticipated to be around 200,000 ounces of annual production by 2015. AuRico’s strong pipeline of development and exploration stage projects includes advanced development properties in Mexico and British Columbia and several highly prospective exploration properties in Mexico. AuRico is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and NYSE under (AUQ).

A brief synopsis of how Aurico came to be: Aurico was formerly Gammon Gold.

On April 8, 2011, the Company completed the acquisition of Capital Gold Corporation (“Capital Gold”). For each common share, Capital Gold shareholders received 0.5209 common shares of the Company and a cash payment of $1.09. As a result of the transaction, the Company issued 32,796,771 common shares and made a cash payment of $68.6 million to Capital Gold shareholders. As a result of the acquisition, the Company now owns and operates the El Chanate gold mine located in Sonora, Mexico as well as the Orion development project in Nayarit, Mexico.

On October 26, 2011, the Company completed the acquisition of Northgate. For each common share, Northgate shareholders received 0.365 common shares of the Company, which resulted in the issuance of 106,729,666 common shares.

Annual Trading Range

7.45-14.00

Trading on 17 Feb 2012 @ 8.89

Share Structure

S/O 281,686,142

FD 290.6M

On October 26, 2011, the Company completed the acquisition of Northgate. For each common share, Northgate shareholders received 0.365 common shares of the Company, which resulted in the issuance of 106,729,666 common shares.

Financials

Q3, 2011

Cash and Equivalents 145M

St Liabilities 41M

Revenues 112M

Cost of Production 48M

Quarterly gain .36

Discussion:

Northgate owns the Young-Davidson advanced stage gold mining development project in Northern Ontario, Canada, the Fosterville and Stawell gold mines in Victoria, Australia, and the Kemess underground development project in

Northern British Columbia, Canada. The acquisition of Northgate significantly increases the Company’s gold production and gold reserves, and positions the combined company as a new intermediate gold producer.

- The Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $145.1 million, a $43.0 million, or 42%, increase over the cash balance reported at June 30, 2011 of $102.1 million.

- The Company generated cash flow from operations of $51.7 million or $0.30 per share in the third quarter, representing a $20.5 million or 66% improvement over cash flow from operations in Q3 2010 of $31.2 million.

- After deducting capital expenditures of $40.1 million, net free cash flow was $11.6 million(1) in Q3 2011, a $7.7 million or 197% improvement over Q3 2010. Capital expenditures in the third quarter included $15.0 million related to capitalized stripping activities in the Ocampo and El Chanate open pits, $5.6 million related to development costs at the three underground operations at Ocampo and El Cubo, $10.4 million related to sustaining capital, and $9.1 million related to exploration activities.

- The Company produced 45,686 gold ounces and 1,373,434 silver ounces, or 76,630 Au(e) during the third quarter of 2011,

a 68% improvement year-over-year. In Q3 2010, the Company produced 27,018 gold ounces, 1,189,769 silver ounces, or

Operations

Reserves and Resources

*Remember that with a NSYE listed stock, they can only report reserves, not indicacted and inferred resources. Full resource numbers can be found in the Corporate Reports

Ocampo

AuRico Gold has a 100% interest in the Ocampo gold-silver operation, which is located in Chihuahua State, Mexico. Commissioned in January 2007, the mine covers over 15,000 hectares and is one of the largest gold-silver mines in the state.

Ocampo is our flagship asset. It comprises an open pit and and two underground mines. At the end of 2010, the North-East underground mine was averaging over 1,700 tonnes per day. The newly commissioned Santa Eduviges underground is expected to contribute approximately 500 tonnes per day of mill feed.

The Ocampo facilities include a Merrill-Crowe mill capable of processing 3,200-3,300 tonnes per day and a heap leach pad that was recently expanded and converted to a valley fill leach design. This innovation increased stacking capacity and has mitigated the impact of the annual rainy season.

El Cubo

AuRico Gold’s El Cubo Mine is located in the village of El Cubo, approximately 10 km east of Guanajuato, Mexico. The Guanajuato mining district is famous as a world-class mining area with over 400 years of production history.

The El Cubo property consists of 58 exploitation and exploration concessions covering 8,500 hectares. El Cubo also leases the adjacent Las Torres Mine complex from a subsidiary of Industrias Peñoles. The Las Torres Mill has a processing capacity of up to 2,000 tonnes per day.

El Chanate

Acquired in April 2011, AuRico Gold’s El Chanate Mine is located 37 km northeast of Caborca in Sonora State, Mexico. The addition of this property has significantly increased our company-wide gold production and nearly doubled our gold reserves. At the same time, it has strengthened our position as a leading, low-cost, diversified gold and silver Mexico-focused producer.

Historical workings suggest the area has been mined for gold since the early 19th century. The current open-pit mine has now been developed below the level of those historical small-scale mine workings.The open-pit mine plan covers an area approximately 1,700 metres long, 780 metres wide, and 280 metres deep. El Chanate utilizes conventional three stage crushing and heap leaching, with gold bearing solutions being processed in an ADR plant, followed by electro-winning and refining.

Young Davidson

The Young-Davidson gold mine located near the town of Matachewan, approximately 60 km west of Kirkland Lake in northern Ontario. The property consists of contiguous mineral leases and claims totalling 11,000 acres and is situated on the site of two past producing mines that produced one million ounces in the 1930s – 1950s.

Currently on schedule, Young-Davidson is expected to commence commissioning activities in Q4 2011 and is targeting its first gold pour in late Q1 2012. Once in production, Young-Davidson will represent one of two cornerstone assets of AuRico.

Initial production will come from an open pit forecast to produce approximately 85,000 ounces in 2012 and 135,000 ounces in 2013. Over a 15-year mine-life, the mine is expected to generate average annual production of 180,000 ounces of gold.

Development Pipeline

Kemess Underground

The Kemess Underground Project is located approximately 5.5 km north of the past producing Kemess South mine in north-central British Columbia.  During its mine-life, the Kemess South mine produced close to 3 million ounces of gold and over 300 million pounds of copper.

In 2011, a Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Kemess Underground Project was completed, which outlined the development of an underground block/panel cave operation. Highlights of the Study include (employs base case commodity price assumptions of $1,100/oz gold; $2.80/lb copper and $20/oz silver and F/X US$/Cdn$1.00):

Average annual production of 95,000 ounces of gold at a net cash cost of $115 per ounce.

Average annual copper production of 41.4 million pounds.

An approximate 12-year mine-life.

The envisaged Kemess Underground block cave operation would leverage the existing infrastructure and mill facilities at the Kemess South mine, currently on care and maintenance, including a permitted area for tailings storage in the Kemess South open pit. In addition, analysis of the geotechnical data compiled during the 2010 drill season and previous drill programs indicate that the orebody is well suited to block caving.

The Kemess Underground Project represents significant value opportunity for our company: an additional 12 years of mining at the Kemess camp, which would add to our robust growing production profile.

Based on the positive results of a Preliminary Assessment, a full Feasibility Study is underway, which is expected to be completed in 2012.

Exploraton

As part of its organic growth plan, AuRico has an aggressive and diversified exploration program to discover and delineate new gold-silver resources in Mexico that covers all phases of exploration, from grass-roots prospecting to resource and reserve definition. This program is designed to not only replace mine depletion, but to grow the company’s production profile through new discoveries near existing mines and in new projects elsewhere in Mexico.

The Company presently controls a large land package in Mexico that includes 147,800 hectares in Mexico, including 14,641 hectares in the Ocampo mine area. Since 2009, the Company has undertaken an aggressive drilling program. In 2009 the Company completed 115,493 metres drilling at Ocampo, 11,649 metres at the El Cubo mine, for a total of 127,492 metres.   During the first eight months of 2010 the Company completed another 75,637 metres drilling at Ocampo, 21,638 metres at El Cubo, 5,188 metres at the Guadalupe y Calvo advanced exploration property and 350 metres at the Mezquite project for a total of 102,813 metres. The Company anticipates completing a total of 150,000 metres drilling by the end of 2010. The Company has in place a robust exploration team that includes 26 experienced and dedicated professionals.

Corporate

Media

Analysts

 

February 07, 2012

 

Corporate Update February 2012

News Releases

 

February 03, 2012

 

AuRico Gold Launches Initial Monthly Update on Young-Davidson

AuRico Gold is pleased to provide the first monthly status update on the exciting Young-Davidson mine located in the prolific Abitibi gold belt in Northern Ontario. The Company remains on schedule to achieve the first gold pour by the end of the first quarter of 2012.

 

January 31, 2012

 

AuRico Gold Announces Details for 2011 Year End Financial Results and Analyst Day Webcast on March 28, 2012

AuRico Gold today announced that it will release the Company’s audited year-end financial results for the period ended December 31, 2011 before the market opens on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

 

January 31, 2012

 

AuRico Gold Provides 2012 Operational Guidance

AuRico Gold provides operating and capital expenditure guidance for 2012.

 

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Brian Boutilier
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written by Brian Boutilier, February 28, 2012
I posted this summary on the 17th of February. It's just hitting months end, and this stock is rounding up to 10 dollars. Looks like the market is beginning to anticipate news of wet commissioning for The Young-Davidson Operations. This will put them over 500K Oz Au producer in the next 2 years. And Oh-by-the-way, Aurico produces 5M Oz of Silver per year also.
With a tight sharestucture, and decent books, this still looks cheap to me.

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