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Centerra Gold Reports Second Quarter Results, Net Earnings of $71 Million or 30 Cents Per Share
Published : July 28, 2011
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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2011) - Centerra Gold Inc. (News - Market indicators) -

This news release contains forward-looking information that is subject to the risk factors and assumptions set out on page 19 and in our Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Information on page 27. The financial figures in this news release are presented under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") see "Conversion to IFRS" on page 21. All figures are in United States dollars.

To view the Management's Discussion and Analysis and the Financial Statements and Notes for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2011, please visit the following link: http://file.marketwire.com/release/CCG728FS.pdf.

Centerra Gold Inc. (News - Market indicators) today reported net earnings of $71.1 million or $0.30 per common share on revenues of $243.8 million compared to a net earnings of $30.7 million or $0.13 per common share based on revenues of $152.2 million in the same quarter last year.

Consolidated gold production for the second quarter of 2011 totaled 155,166 ounces at a total cash cost of $513 per ounce produced compared to 121,728 ounces at a total cash cost of $616 per ounce produced in the corresponding quarter of 2010. Cash provided by operations, net of working capital changes, was $118.5 million compared to $76.5 million in the second quarter of 2010. (Total cash cost is a non-GAAP measure and is discussed under "Non-GAAP Measures" in this news release.)

Second Quarter Highlights
  • Special and annual dividend payment of $99.3 million

  • Consolidated gold production of 155,166 ounces

  • Cash provided by operations of $118.5 million or $0.50 per share

  • Maintaining consolidated gold production and cost guidance for 2011

  • Exploration discovery in Eastern Mongolia, the ATO property, additional 35 drill holes completed in June and five holes were deepened.

Commentary

Steve Lang, President and CEO of Centerra Gold stated, "We are maintaining our gold production and cost guidance for the year after another solid quarter of operating performance at our mines. During the quarter, Centerra's Board declared a special dividend and increased our annual dividend based on our strong cash flow and the continuing high gold price. The Company's cash balances are growing even after significant capital investment."

"On July 11, we announced a significant discovery in Eastern Mongolia at our Altan Tsagaan Ovoo (ATO) property. We are very excited about this new discovery in what we view as a new emerging mineral district. The 35 additional drill holes completed in June continue to demonstrate high-grade mineralization from surface and that there is good continuity in the mineralization and also the drilling continues to expand Pipe #4. As indicated in our earlier news release our Board has approved a $6 million increase in the Company's 2011 exploration budget from $34 million to $40 million, with $4 million of this additional funding allocated for further work on the ATO property," he concluded.

Financial and Operating Summary  
   
  Three Months Ended June 30   Six Months Ended June 30  
Financial and Operating Summary 2011 2010 % Change   2011 2010 % Change  
Revenue - $ millions 243.8 152.2 60%   494.0 407.7 21%  
Cost of sales - $ millions (1) 105.9 79.8 33%   167.7 158.1 6%  
Net earnings - $ millions 71.1 30.7 131%   207.7 154.6 34%  
Earnings per common share - $ basic and diluted 0.30 0.13 131%   0.88 0.66 33%  
Cash provided by operations - $ millions 118.5 76.5 55%   261.0 158.8 64%  
Capital expenditures - $ millions 48.6 54.7 (11% ) 120.8 83.8 44%  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic (thousands) 236,021 234,992 0%   235,951 234,926 0%  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted (thousands) 236,353 235,567 0%   236,281 235,512 0%  
                 
Average gold spot price - $/oz 1,506 1,197 26%   1,445 1,152 25%  
Average realized gold price - $/oz 1,527 1,200 27%   1,452 1,143 27%  
                 
Gold sold – ounces 159,642 126,797 26%   340,271 356,636 (5% )
Cost of sales - $/oz sold (1) 663 629 5%   493 443 11%  
                 
Gold produced – ounces 155,166 121,728 27%   335,882 332,767 1%  
Total cash cost - $/oz produced(2) (3) 513 616 (17% ) 436 441 (1% )
Total production cost - $/oz produced(2) (3) 625 757 (17% ) 541 557 (3% )
   
(1) As a result of the IFRS conversion, cost of sales for 2011 and its comparative year now includes depreciation, depletion and amortization related to operations.
(2) Total cash cost and total production cost are non-GAAP measures and are discussed under "Non-GAAP Measures".
(3) As a result of Kumtor's Restated Investment Agreement signed in 2009, total cash cost and total production cost per ounce measures for both years exclude production-based and revenue-based taxes.

Revenues for the second quarter of 2011 were $243.8 million compared to $152.2 million during the same period one year ago. Second quarter 2011 revenue reflects a 26% increase in ounces sold (159,642 ounces versus 126,797 ounces) and a 27% increase in realized gold price ($1,527 per ounce in the second quarter of 2011 versus $1,200 per ounce in the second quarter of 2010) in the period.

Gold production for the second quarter of 2011 was 155,166 ounces compared to 121,728 ounces reported in the second quarter of 2010. The increase in gold production reflects 54% higher gold production at the Kumtor mine. At Kumtor, the increase in production was the result of higher throughput and the processing of higher grade material with the associated higher recoveries. Gold production at Boroo was lower in the second quarter 2011 due to processing low-grade stockpiled ore with lower recoveries as mining operations ceased at the end of November 2010. The heap leach operation at Boroo remained idle during the quarter.

Centerra's total cash cost per ounce of gold produced was $513 in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $616 in the second quarter of 2010. The year-over-year decrease in unit cash costs was primarily due to 54% higher gold production at Kumtor, partially offset with increased operating costs at Kumtor and reduced operating levels at Boroo (see "Operations Update"). (Total cash cost is a non-GAAP measure and is discussed under "Non-GAAP Measures" in this news release.)

Cash provided by operations was $118.5 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $76.5 million for the prior year second quarter. The increase reflects increased earnings as a result of higher gold sales volumes and higher average realized gold prices.

Capital expenditures spent and accrued in the second quarter of 2011 amounted to $48.6 million of which $8.4 million was spent on sustaining capital projects. Growth capital totaled $40.2 million, mainly invested at Kumtor relating to capitalization of pre-stripping activities ($15.1 million), the purchase of haul trucks, shovels and drills ($11.1 million) and the underground development ($10.2 million). Capital expenditures in the comparative quarter of 2010 totaled $54.7 million, consisting of $12.9 million of sustaining capital and $41.8 million of growth capital.

Exploration expenditures for the second quarter of 2011 were $11.3 million dollars compared to $6.9 million in the second quarter of 2010 mainly reflecting increased drilling activity in Mongolia at the Altan Tsagaan Ovoo (ATO) property and at the Company's other exploration joint venture projects.

Net earnings for the second quarter of 2011 was $71.1 million, or $0.30 per share, compared to $30.7 million or $0.13 per share for the same period in 2010, reflecting higher realized gold prices and higher ounces sold and produced at Kumtor, partially offset by lower volumes at Boroo.

Centerra's cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments at the end of June 2011 increased to $464.7 million, compared to cash and short-term investments of $413.0 million at December 31, 2010. As of June 30, 2011, the Company had an undrawn revolving credit facility available of $150.0 million. 

Operations Update  
         
  Three Months Ended June 30   Six Months Ended June 30  
Kumtor Operating Results 2011 2010 % Change   2011 2010 % Change  
Gold sold – ounces 144,687 91,204 59%   310,832 291,971 6%  
Revenue - $ millions 221.2 109.8 101%   451.1 333.1 35%  
Average realized gold price – $/oz 1,529 1,204 27%   1,451 1,141 27%  
Cost of sales - $ millions (1) 92.9 59.9 55%   141.2 123.8 14%  
Cost of sales - $/oz sold (1) 642 657 (2% ) 454 424 7%  
Tonnes mined - 000s 38,271 28,654 34%   74,779 56,191 33%  
Tonnes ore mined – 000s 1,448 791 83%   2,036 2,179 (7% )
Average mining grade - g/t (2) 2.68 2.68 0%   3.97 4.09 (3% )
Tonnes milled - 000s 1,545 1,434 8%   2,936 2,900 1%  
Average mill head grade - g/t (2) 3.27 2.74 19%   3.68 3.83 (4% )
Recovery - % 82.6 77.5 7%   82.6 77.0 7%  
Gold produced – ounces 139,077 90,050 54%   303,244 270,612 12%  
Total cash cost - $/oz produced (3) (4) 507 639 (21% ) 418 416 0%  
Total production cost - $/oz produced (3) (4) 615 763 (19% ) 517 515 0%  
                 
Capital expenditures - $ millions 46.0 39.5 17%   117.9 62.9 87%  
Boroo Operating Results                
Gold sold – ounces 14,955 35,593 (58% ) 29,439 64,665 (54% )
Revenue - $ millions 22.6 42.4 (47% ) 42.9 74.6 (43% )
Average realized gold price - $/oz 1,513 1,191 27%   1,457 1,153 26%  
Cost of sales - $ millions (1) 13.0 19.9 (35% ) 26.5 34.3 (23% )
Cost of sales - $/oz sold (1) 869 558 56%   900 530 70%  
Total Tonnes mined - 000s - 2,969 (100% ) - 6,062 (100% )
Average mining grade (non heap leach material) - g/t (2) - 1.66 (100% ) - 1.75 (100% )
Tonnes mined heap leach – 000s - 577 (100% ) - 1,355 (100% )
Tonnes ore mined direct mill feed -000's - 736 (100% ) - 1,873 (100% )
Tonnes ore milled - 000s 510 615 (17% ) 1,106 1,238 (11% )
Average mill head grade - g/t (2) 1.35 2.05 (34% ) 1.35 1.98 (32% )
Recovery - % 70.3 74.9 (6% ) 65.5 73.9 (11% )
Gold produced – ounces 16,089 31,678 (49% ) 32,639 62,155 (47% )
Total cash cost - $/oz produced (3) 568 549 3%   607 550 10%  
Total production cost - $/oz produced (3) 707 738 (4% ) 756 739 2%  
                 
Capital expenditures - $ millions (Boroo) 2.4 3.2 (24% ) 2.5 3.4 (28% )
Capital expenditures - $ millions (Gatsuurt) 0.1 11.9 (99% ) 0.2 17.3 (99% )
   
(1) As a result of the IFRS conversion, cost of sales for 2011 and its comparative year now includes depreciation, depletion and amortization related to operations.
(2) g/t means grams of gold per tonne.
(3) Total cash cost and total production cost are non-GAAP Measures and are discussed under "Non-GAAP Measures".
(4) As a result of Kumtor's Restated Investment Agreement signed in 2009, total cash cost and total production cost per ounce measures for both years are shown excluding operating and revenue-based taxes.

Kumtor

At the Kumtor mine in the Kyrgyz Republic, gold production was 139,077 ounces in the second quarter of 2011 representing a 54% increase from the same quarter in 2010. The increase in gold production is the result of higher grades (3.27 g/t versus 2.74 g/t) and higher recoveries (82.6% versus 77.5%) in the second quarter of 2011. During the quarter, ore from cut-back 12B was uncovered in May 2011 and as a result, Kumtor began amortizing the pre-stripping costs previously capitalized. Ore tonnage processed increased 7.7% to 1.5 million tonnes in the quarter compared to the same period in 2010. The majority of the mill feed processed for the second quarter of 2011 included ore sourced from cutback 12A which resulted in a higher head grade and recovery for the quarter.

Total cash cost per ounce, a non-GAAP measure of production efficiency, was $507 in the second quarter of 2011 down from $639 in the second quarter of 2010. The quarter-over-quarter decrease in unit cash costs reflects 54% higher gold production partially offset by 22% higher cash operating costs. The total cash costs were $70.5 million in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $57.6 million in the same period of 2010. The cost increase reflects the higher mining rate achieved during the second quarter of 2011 where 34% more tonnes of waste and ore were moved with Kumtor's expanded mining fleet. This also reflects higher operating costs due to an increase of $8.3 million in national labour costs as a result of the new collective agreement with the unionized national workforce signed in October 2010 and higher consumable costs, in particular, a $10.1 million increase in diesel costs, partially offset by higher by-product revenue from silver sales of $1.6 million. (Total cash cost per ounce produced is a non-GAAP measure and is discussed under "Non-GAAP Measures".)

Exploration expenditures totaled $2.8 million for the second quarter of 2011, comparable to the same quarter in 2010. Exploration activity in the quarter focused on regional surface work and drilling within the Central Pit.

Capital expenditures in the second quarter of 2011 were $46.0 million, which includes $8.0 million of sustaining capital, compared to $39.5 million in the same quarter of 2010. Sustaining capital was predominantly spent on the major overhaul program for heavy duty equipment ($5.1 million), tailings dam lift ($1.5 million) and pit dewatering system ($0.6 million). Growth capital investment during the quarter totalled $38.0 million which was mainly spent on pre-stripping capitalization ($15.1 million), purchases of the new CAT 789 haul trucks ($11.0 million), underground development phase I and II ($9.7 million), underground delineation drilling ($0.5 million), purchase of container handler for Balychy Marshalling Yard ($0.5 million), waste rock dump buttress ($0.3 million) and numerous other projects ($0.9 million).

The underground development at Kumtor continued in the second quarter of 2011 with a total advance of 490 metres. Year-to-date total development advance is 891 metres. Decline #1 (SB Zone decline) advanced 193 metres in the second quarter and is now approximately 1.5 kilometres in length. Decline #2 advanced 153 metres in the second quarter towards the SB Zone and totals 807 metres in length. The Stockwork Drive advanced 144 metres in the second quarter to a total length of 429 metres.

In the Stockwork Drive, delineation drilling commenced in the second quarter and exploration drilling continues to test for extensions to the Stockwork Zone. Exploration drilling will be continued in the third quarter from Decline #1 to test the Kumtor structure beneath the Davidoff Glacier and from Decline #2 to test the Saddle Zone. Delineation drilling of the SB Zone is planned for the first quarter of 2012.

Boroo/Gatsuurt

At the Boroo mine in Mongolia, gold production was 16,089 ounces in the second quarter of 2011 compared to 31,678 ounces in the second quarter of 2010. The lower gold production is the result of processing low-grade and low recovery ore stockpiled from the open pit and heap leach operation as mining operations ceased at the end of November 2010. The heap leach operation remained idle during the second quarter 2011 awaiting issuance of the final operating permit from the Mongolian government. The milling ore grade averaged 1.35 g/t with a recovery of 70.3% in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 2.05 g/t with a recovery of 74.9% in the same quarter of 2010.

During May and June 2011, the Boroo SAG mill motor and related motor control centre had an unscheduled shut down for 35 days due to an electrical failure. Production continued without any material impact as a result of a by-pass of the SAG mill which was configured using the ball mill and a stockpile of fine material remaining from the heap leach development. The SAG mill was restarted in early June following the receipt and replacement of the damaged components.

Total cash cost per ounce produced, a non-GAAP measure of production efficiency, was $568 in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $549 in the second quarter of 2010 due to the lower gold production which was partially offset by lower operating costs. Operating costs decreased in the quarter by $8.1 million primarily due to a $5.3 million reduction in mining costs as mining operations ceased at the end of November 2010.

During the second quarter of 2011, exploration expenditures in Mongolia increased to $4.1 million from $1.5 million in the same period of 2010, reflecting significant drilling on the ATO property in northeast Mongolia. Capital expenditures spent and accrued at Boroo in the second quarter of 2011 were $2.4 million compared to $3.2 million the same quarter of 2010. This consisted of $0.3 million of sustaining capital and $2.1 million of growth capital investment spent on raising the tailings dam.

Exploration Update

To view the graphics, maps/drill sections and complete drill results discussed in this news release, please visit the following link: http://file.marketwire.com/release/CCG728a.pdf or visit the Company's web site at: www.centerragold.com.

In the second quarter of 2011, the Company entered into three new exploration joint venture agreements covering projects located in the Amur region of Russia, Central Anatolia region of Turkey and Heilongjiang region of China.

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

During the second quarter of 2011, exploration drilling programs continued in the Kumtor Central Pit, regional exploration drilling continued on the Kumtor concession area at the Northeast, Petrov, Bordoo and Akbel areas and surface exploration commenced on the Karasay and Koendy projects.

Kumtor Pit

In the second quarter of 2011, fourteen drill holes were completed and a further three holes are in progress at the end of the quarter to test the extent and grade of mineralization within and below the KS11 open pit design.

Eleven holes were completed to test the northeast extension of the SB Zone towards the Saddle Zone, with a number of the holes returning significant results. Some of the better intercepts are discussed below.

Holes D1533 and D1538 were drilled on section 34 and both holes returned significant results. Hole D1533 intersected 8.9 g/t Au over 31.2 metres including 19.7 g/t Au over 11.0 metres within the KS-11 pit design and 3.8 g/t Au over 11.1 metres immediately below the KS-11 pit design bottom. Hole D1538 intersected 8.1 g/t Au over 23.3 metres including 25.7 g/t Au over 3.0 metres within the KS-11 pit design.

Holes D1544 and D1546 were drilled on section 42 and intersected mineralization 20 to 150 metres below the KS11 pit design, with 4.9 g/t Au over 47.3 metres, 3.8 g/t Au over 17.6 metres and 7.1 g/t Au over 11.5 metres in hole D1544, and 3.9 g/t Au over 26.8 metres and 7.8 g/t Au over 5.7 metres in hole D1546.

Holes D1548 and D1549 were drilled on section 46 with hole D1548 intersecting 2.1 g/t Au over 21.9 metres within the KS-11 pit design and 9.8 g/t Au over 2.3 metres immediately below the pit design bottom. Hole D1549 intersected 6.8 g/t Au over 13.3 metres approximately 50 metres below the KS11 design pit bottom.

Holes D1541, D1552 and D1554 on sections 58, 50 and 46, respectively, were drilled as wide-spaced holes to test the down dip extension of the SB Zone. Hole D1541 intersected 2.4 g/t Au over 24.9 metres. Hole D1552 intersected 3.4 g/t Au over 42.1 metres including 12.2 g/t Au over 5.0 metres. Hole D1554 intersected 4.5 g/t Au over 72.3 metres including 9.8 g/t Au over 4.1 metres and 15.8 g/t Au over 6.0 metres, confirming the continuation of high-grade mineralization for 300 metres down dip of the KS11 design pit bottom.

Further drilling to delineate the depth extent of the SB Zone will continue in the third quarter whenever suitable drill locations become available.

Decline Exploration

One underground exploration hole was completed during the quarter and one hole is in progress. Drill hole UD1547 was completed on section -72 in Decline #1 to test for extensions of the mineralized structure immediately below the Davidoff glacier. Drilling intersected alteration and low grade mineralization over 116 metres including 1.6 g/t Au over 8.0 metres and 3.2 g/t Au over 4.6 metres.

Exploration drilling from Decline 1 to test below Davidoff glacier and in Decline 2 to test the Saddle Zone will be continued in the third quarter whenever drill access becomes available.

Stockwork Resource Delineation Drilling

The resource delineation program was started in the second quarter. A number of holes were stopped before reaching their target depth as a result of difficult drilling conditions. One hole was completed and two holes are in progress. Hole UD1545 intersected 3.3 g/t Au over 2.7 metres, on the southwestern edge of the Stockwork Zone. Drilling will continue in the third quarter, with the addition of a second diamond drill.

True widths for the mineralized zones are typically from 70% to 95% of the stated intercept.

Regional Exploration

Regional exploration drilling continued in the second quarter with up to three drills completing two holes in the Northeast area, three holes in the Petrov area and two holes in the Bordoo area.

Northeast Area

Two drill holes were completed during the second quarter designed as 40 metre to 80 metre spaced infill holes to confirm the extent of the mineralization within 100 to 200 metres of surface over the known 800 metre strike extent of mineralization at the Northeast Prospect. Drilling intersected 1.3 g/t Au over 7.0 metres in hole DN1532, and 1.7 g/t Au over 26.6 metres in DN 1537.

An additional two holes will be drilled in the third quarter to test for increased grades and widths of mineralization at depth at the northeastern end of the mineralized structure.

Petrov Area

Two holes were completed in the second quarter at the Petrov prospect area, which covers the northeastern-most strike extension of the Kumtor structure within the mining concession area. Hole DRP1528 intersected the Kumtor Fault but did not intersect any significant alteration or return any gold values. Hole DRP1536, designed to test a strong geophysical anomaly in the footwall stratigraphy west of the Kumtor Fault, intersected minor disseminated pyrite in weakly altered Carboniferous sandstones with no significant assays.

Prospecting and target definition work will continue in the third quarter of 2011.

Bordoo Area

Two drill holes were completed during the second quarter to test geophysical and geochemical targets in the footwall stratigraphy on the western side of the Kumtor Fault. No significant alteration or mineralization was intersected.

Karasay and Koendy Projects

Continuation of the stream sediment sampling program as well as follow-up mapping, soil sampling, geophysics and trenching on the targets identified in 2010, commenced in the second quarter on both exploration licenses. Drilling is scheduled to be carried out in the third quarter of 2011.

A complete listing of the drill results and supporting maps for the Kumtor pit and Northeast area have been filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ('SEDAR') at www.sedar.com and are available at the Company's web site at: www.centerragold.com.

MONGOLIA

Field activities in Mongolia were focused on the ATO project with drilling, trenching, mapping, geochemical and geophysical surveys were carried out on the ATO prospect and in the district. Results have been very encouraging and the program has been expanded to include additional drilling, metallurgical test work and baseline environmental, social hydrological and engineering studies.

As previously disclosed in the July 11, 2011 news release, the precious and base-metal mineralization identified at the ATO prospect is in three vertically plunging, breccia pipes (Pipes #1, #2 and #4) that cut Early Jurassic sediments (conglomerates, gravels, sandstone and clay) and Permian volcaniclastic rock. The Pipes have been displaced by later faulting and cross cut by younger diorite porphyry dykes. Gold, Ag, Pb, Zn and Cu are main metals making up the mineralization.

Drilling on Pipe #1 has been completed on a 30 by 30 metre grid with 47 drill holes totaling 8,511 metres which were completed in 2010 and 44 holes and 7,575 metres drilled in 2011 for a total of 91 holes and 16,086 metres of drilling. Pipe #1 has an oval shape surface projection of approximately 200 by 300 metres oriented NE - SW. It has been drilled to a depth of 200-250 metres below surface (elevation 850 metres) where the pipe has a similar length and slightly less width. Pipe #1 has primarily Pb mineralization in the upper portion and Pb+Zn mineralization at depth. The gold distribution is consistent from surface down to the 850 metre elevation.

Drilling has been completed at Pipe #2 on a 30 by 60 metres grid and includes 12 holes totaling 2,183 metres drilled in 2010 and 21 holes totaling 2,869 metres drilled in 2011 for a total of 34 holes and 5,052 metres of drilling. Pipe #2 is also ovoid in shape but is smaller than Pipe #1 and is approximately 120 by 270 metres on surface. It is also oriented NE - SW and somewhat narrower at depth with base metal mineralization forming a high grade +5% zone at depth.

Pipe #4 was first identified in 2011 when trenching to test a geophysical target located SE of Pipe #1 returned weak base and precious metal values. Pipe #4 is being drilled on a 30 by 60 metre grid with a total of 40 holes and 7,421 metres of drilling completed to the end of the second quarter. Pipe #4 has similar geometry of 150 to 250 metres on surface oriented NE – SW. Work-to-date indicates that Pipe # 4 has a strong lateral (from NW to SE) zonation with the base metal content decreasing in this direction from +1% to the ppm level and Ag increasing with values up to several hundreds of grams per tonne.

In general, gold can be traced down to depths of 200 to 250 metres below surface to the 850 metre elevation, with base metals being traced deeper than Au. Silver is characterized by high grades in SE parts of Pipes #1 and 2. Base-precious mineralization occupies entire volume of the pipes #1, 2 and 4. Oxidation is commonly defined and coincident with the sediments and volcanics stratigraphic boundary. The pipes are located from 50 to 100 metres distance between each other.

Results for the first 124 holes drilled for which all assays results had been received by the end of May 2011 were filed on SEDAR and published on the Company's web site to accompany the news release of 11th July 2011. 

Assay results have now been received for six holes completed in May that had assays pending at the end of May. In addition as of 20th July 2011 results have been received for 30 of the 35 holes drilled and three of the five holes deepened in June. The assay results for the six holes from May and 33 holes from June and the supporting maps and sections have been filed on SEDAR and published on the Company's web site.

Following are some of the more significant intersections from the drilling completed in late May and June:

Centerra Gold Inc. - ATO 2011 Drilling Results
Results from June 1st, 2011 to July 20th, 2011
 
Location Section Drill Hole   From (m) To (m) Core Length (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Pb % Zn %
PIPE 1 3 SE ATO-125   0.00 68.00 68.00 2.03 9.95 0.27 0.75
includes 10.30 29.00 18.70 2.01 10.97 0.29 0.53
includes 34.50 58.30 23.80 3.40 13.03 0.32 0.98
  70.60 75.80 5.20 0.15 2.17 0.05 0.31
  87.20 105.00 17.80 0.15 3.63 0.18 0.61
  120.60 130.20 9.60 0.90 3.82 0.45 0.97
4SE ATO-127   0.00 132.75 132.75 2.66 17.64 0.90 1.26
includes 54.40 91.30 36.90 4.55 28.31 1.43 1.96
includes 99.75 121.55 21.80 4.80 10.45 1.60 1.74
5 SE ATO-131   0.00 141.60 141.60 1.50 5.98 0.97 1.36
includes 22.40 32.40 10.00 1.40 4.55 1.03 0.99
includes 33.40 49.40 16.00 1.75 5.33 0.76 0.90
includes 50.40 63.40 13.00 2.16 9.15 1.48 2.61
  153.60 178.55 24.95 1.78 9.80 1.50 2.87
7 SE ATO-152   0.00 7.90 7.90 1.00 12.86 0.64 0.12
  23.25 31.35 8.10 0.15 4.97 0.02 0.12
  140.95 199.30 58.35 1.58 11.36 1.87 4.13
  207.10 214.90 7.80 0.12 1.57 0.01 0.04
  232.10 244.10 12.00 0.11 0.86 0.05 0.45
  256.20 281.20 25.00 0.30 6.34 0.72 3.42
9 SE ATO-138   0.00 47.90 47.90 1.20 11.51 0.94 0.13
includes 2.70 17.80 15.10 2.94 24.39 2.12 0.09
ATO-139   1.50 208.40 206.90 1.29 6.27 0.72 0.71
includes 1.50 48.70 47.20 4.45 18.85 1.87 0.22
  215.45 221.45 6.00 0.59 13.28 1.34 2.34
  226.45 231.65 5.20 0.14 0.71 0.06 0.09
                     
PIPE 4 9 SE ATO-134   5.50 74.50 69.00 1.79 6.50 0.13 0.15
includes 9.00 41.95 32.95 3.47 5.62 0.22 0.24
ATO-143 *   58.90 85.60 26.70 1.59 8.22 0.15 0.18
  94.00 97.60 3.60 0.15 1.63 0.01 0.03
ATO-150   41.50 62.50 21.00 2.80 6.44 0.66 0.81
  67.00 117.05 50.05 0.28 10.64 0.09 0.15
  126.05 132.05 6.00 0.13 4.20 0.01 0.02
13 SE ATO-135   13.00 30.20 17.20 0.41 100.00 0.10 0.34
  37.40 113.00 75.60 1.96 5.88 0.16 0.25
includes 52.50 67.00 14.50 4.98 4.62 0.24 0.35
15 SE ATO-130   88.80 147.40 58.60 2.76 6.19 0.90 1.36
  157.70 180.00 22.30 1.68 4.28 0.44 0.62
  185.00 191.15 6.15 0.15 4.21 0.14 0.31
ATO-140 *   44.60 73.70 29.10 1.39 23.31 0.08 0.12
17 SE ATO-154   86.00 131.00 45.00 2.18 4.21 0.74 1.34
  135.00 155.00 20.00 0.18 3.14 0.39 0.73
   
Notes: * Partial mineralized interval, only intercept within section corridor +/- 15m, along section line.
  Mineralized intervals are greater than 0.10 g/t Au.
  Higher grade sub-intervals are greater than 1.00 g/t Au.
  Individual assays are top cut to 30 g/t Au prior to composite calculation.
  True widths for mineralized zones are about 20% to 50% of stated down hole interval.
  This information should be read together with our news release of July 11, 2011.
  Ian Atkinson, a Certified Professional Geologist, is Centerra's qualified person for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101.
  Tables are current for all holes drilled up to June 30, 2011 with assays received as of July 20, 2011.

Drilling will continue in the third quarter of 2011 with two machines. Initially drilling will focus on completion of delineation of the mineralization in Pipe #2 and Pipe #4 and preliminary geotechnical drilling. Subsequently drilling will move to testing other exploration targets indentified in the area surrounding the ATO discovery.

RUSSIA

Kara Beldyr JV

A further nine diamond drill holes were completed in the second quarter of 2011 on the Gord Zone. The drilling has confirmed the main geological features previously identified including the major fault and the alteration zones in both the foot and hanging walls and in addition cross faulting has been identified that displaces the mineralized zone on some sections by 40 to 50 metres. Visible gold was detected in both the hanging and footwall mineralization in 50% of the holes, which is significantly more than in the initial drilling.

Some of the more significant intersections from the drilling completed in the second quarter of 2011 are; KB-061: 3.1 g/t Au over 3.0 metres; KB-064: 1.8 g/t Au over 10.2 metres; KB-066: 1.3 g/t Au over 12.4 metres; KB-068: 13.1 Au g/t over 4.0 metres; KB-069: 1.9 Au g/t over 8.9 metres; KB-072: 2.5 g/t Au over 5.4 metres; KB-073: 2.7 g/t Au over 8.0 metres; KB-074: 2.6 g/t Au over 15.3 metres; and KB-075: 10.6 g/t Au over 2.0 metres.

Drilling of the Gord Zone on a 50 by 50 metre grid is now complete and further drilling of the Ezen and Camp Zones is underway.

To view the graphics, maps/drill sections and complete drill results discussed in this news release, please visit the following link:  http://file.marketwire.com/release/CCG728a.pdf  or visit the Company's web site at: www.centerragold.com.

Other Corporate Developments 

The following is a summary of current matters affecting the Company and its subsidiaries in the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia and Canada. Except for the Kyrgyz Republic Social Fund matter and further developments on the claim by Sistem (both as discussed below), no significant changes have occurred on these matters since the Company's most recent interim disclosure documents published on April 29, 2011.

Kyrgyz Republic

The Company's Kyrgyz Republic operating subsidiary Kumtor Operating Company ("KOC") pays Kyrgyz Republic Social Fund ("Social Fund") contributions in respect of the base wages of its national employees. In late 2010, the Social Fund notified KOC of its position that it should pay contributions to the Social Fund not only in respect of base wages but also in respect of the premium compensation that it is required to pay employees for work at high-altitude. The position of the Social Fund is inconsistent with its past practices and with prior audits of KOC. Following the most recent audit of KOC for 2010 operating year and completed at the end of June 2011, the Social Fund issued an act (assessment) for approximately $6.7 million for the 2010 period. This amount includes a portion assessed on the employer and an amount assessed on Kumtor's employees. KOC has formally responded to the claim and will continue to vigorously dispute the Social Fund's position and the quantum of the claim. The Company has accrued in its second quarter 2011 accounts $5.8 million in respect of this claim, representing the mid-point from a host of possible outcomes covering the 2010 assessed year and an estimate for the first six months of 2011. 

Mongolia

In Mongolia, the Company continued to work with the Minerals Resource Authority of Mongolia ("MRAM") and the Mongolian General Department of Specialized Inspection ("SSIA") with respect to several outstanding issues arising from the inspections at the Boroo mine carried out by the SSIA in mid-2009. During the quarter, the Company also worked with the SSIA in relation to the very significant claim for compensation that the Company received from the SSIA in October 2009 regarding state alluvial reserves covered by the Boroo mine licenses. While Centerra cannot give assurances, it believes that settlement of the outstanding matters and the alluvial claim (which the Company disputes) will be concluded through negotiations and will not result in a material impact.

In March 2010, the Company received a letter from MRAM stating that certain of its mining and exploration licenses, including the Gatsuurt mining licenses, could be revoked under the water basin and forestry law which was enacted by the Mongolian Parliament in July 2009 (the "Water and Forest Law"). Under the Water and Forest Law, mineral prospecting, exploration and mining in water basins and forestry areas in Mongolia would be prohibited, and the affected licenses would be revoked. The legislation provides a specific exemption for "mineral deposits of strategic importance", which would exempt the Boroo mining licenses from the application of the legislation. Centerra's Gatsuurt licenses and its other exploration license holdings in Mongolia however, are currently not exempt. Under the Minerals Law of Mongolia, Parliament on its own initiative or, on the recommendation of the Government, may designate a mineral deposit as strategic. Such designation could result in Mongolia receiving up to a 34% interest in the deposit. The March 2010 letter requested that the Company provide a preliminary estimate of expenses incurred in relation to each license that could be revoked and the compensation that the Company would expect to receive if such licenses were to be revoked. The Company submitted a detailed estimate to MRAM in March 2010.

In April 2010, the Company received a letter from the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy ("MMRE") indicating that the Gatsuurt licenses were within the area designated, on a preliminary basis, as land where mineral mining is prohibited under the Water and Forest Law, and that the MMRE would communicate with the Company further on negotiations with respect to an investment agreement for the Gatsuurt project once the MMRE received additional clarity on the impact of the Water and Forest Law on the Gatsuurt project.

In November 2010, Mongolia's cabinet announced its intention to initiate the revocation of 1,782 mineral licenses under the Water and Forest Law on a staged basis, beginning with the revocation of 254 alluvial gold mining licenses. The Company has four licenses (subsequently clarified to be only three licenses) on the list of alluvial gold mining licenses that may be revoked. None of these licenses are material to the Company. In particular, Centerra's principal Gatsuurt hardrock mining licenses are not on the list of alluvial licenses to be revoked. In accordance with the Water and Forest Law, the Company submitted in February 2011 a formal request for compensation for the three licenses slated to be revoked. The Company has not yet received any further update from the Mongolian regulatory authorities on this matter.

In late 2010, the Mongolian Government announced that it was considering taking the following actions as the next stages of its implementation of the Water and Forest Law:

  • preparing and submitting to the cabinet a proposal to designate as "strategic" those deposits, development of which would contribute to regional social and economic development and, at the same time, require significant amounts of compensation;
  • revoking all licenses for non-gold mining operations which utilize surface water;
  • revoking all 460 gold exploration licenses and providing compensation ;
  • revoking all 931 non-gold exploration licenses and providing compensation;
  • revoking and providing compensation to all remaining affected mining licenses.

Of the Company's 55 mineral licenses, 36 licenses (including the Gatsuurt hard rock licenses) are included in the 1,782 licenses referred to in the cabinet announcement as subject to staged revocation.

The Company understands that Mongolia's cabinet expects that the Water and Forest Law will take until approximately November 2012 to fully implement. According to statements by officials, the Government estimates that the total compensation due to mining companies for the revocation of their licenses will amount to approximately US$4 billion, which is about equal to Mongolia's annual gross domestic product for 2009.

The Water and Forest Law has attracted opposition from Mongolia's alluvial miners, the Mongolian National Mining Association and other groups. A group of parliamentarians has proposed amendments to the Water and Forest Law to reduce its impact on environmentally-sound mining operations. The Company understands that if the amendments are approved in its submitted form, the Gatsuurt project would be able to proceed. The proposed amendments were discussed in the second quarter of 2011 by a Mongolian parliamentary committee which then referred it to Parliament for further discussion. The Company understands that such discussion is expected to occur in the third or fourth quarter of 2011. 

While the Company has continued to receive permits and approvals in connection with the road construction to Gatsuurt and for construction of surface facilities at the project, in November 2010, the Company received a letter from the MMRE indicating that operations at the Gatsuurt project cannot be commenced while the implementation of the Water and Forest Law is being resolved. Accordingly, it is anticipated that further approvals and regulatory commissioning of Gatsuurt will be delayed as a result of the Water and Forest Law.

Centerra is reasonably confident that the economic and development benefits resulting from its exploration and development activities will ultimately result in the Water and Forest Law having a limited impact on the Company's Mongolian activities. There can be no assurance, however, that this will be the case. Unless the Water and Forest Law is repealed or amended such that the law no longer applies to the project or Gatsuurt is designated as a "mineral deposit of strategic importance" that is exempt from the Water and Forest Law, mineral reserves at Gatsuurt may have to be reclassified as mineral resources or eliminated entirely and the Company may be required to write-off the associated investment in Gatsuurt and Boroo. As at June 30, 2011, the Company has net assets recorded amounting to approximately $36 million related to the investment in Gatsuurt and approximately $19 million remaining capitalized for the Boroo mill facility, which is expected to be utilized for the processing of ore from Gatsuurt. A revocation of the Company's mineral licenses, including the Gatsuurt mineral license, or the reclassification of mineral reserves or the write-off of assets could have an adverse impact on Centerra's future cash flows, earnings, results of operations and financial condition. See "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recently filed Annual Information Form ("AIF").

New Graduated Royalty Fee

In November 2010, the Mongolian Parliament enacted a graduated royalty tax that applies to all mining projects as of January 1, 2011, including the Gatsuurt project when commissioned, the Ulaan Bulag and ATO prospects. This graduated royalty replaces the previous flat 5% royalty fee on gold. Pursuant to the graduated royalty fee, the royalty rate is tied to the price of gold such that there is a 1% increase in the royalty fee for every $100 increase in the price of gold per ounce above a certain price. In the case of gold, there is a basic 5% royalty fee that applies while gold is less than $900 per ounce. At $900 per ounce the royalty fee increases to 6%, at $1,000 per ounce the royalty is 7%, at $1,100 per ounce the royalty is 8%, and at $1,200 per ounce the royalty is 9%. The highest royalty fee rate is reached at 10% at $1,300 per ounce and above. For example an ounce of gold sold at $1,000 per ounce would be subject to a royalty of 7% or $70.

The graduated royalty became effective as of January 1, 2011 for all mining projects in Mongolia. On January 19, 2011, the Standing Committee of the State Great Hural of Mongolia issued a resolution to the Government which, among other things, resolved to direct the Government to enter into negotiations to have the graduated royalty structure apply to business entities that have already entered into a stability and/or an investment agreement. This would include the Company's Boroo mine which is currently operating pursuant to a stability agreement entered with the Mongolian government. To date, the Company has not received any further word regarding this resolution and whether the Government will act on it. In any event, the Company is of the opinion that the Boroo stability agreement provides, among other things, legislative stabilization for its Boroo operations and accordingly the graduated royalty fee is not applicable to Boroo's remaining operations. However, the Company cannot provide any guarantees that Boroo will not be made subject to the graduated royalty fee. If the graduated royalty fee does apply, it may have an adverse impact on Centerra's future cash flows, earnings, results of operations or financial condition. Regardless of whether the graduated royalty fee applies to the Boroo operation, it will apply to gold produced from the Gatsuurt mine, when developed. See "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recently filed AIF.

Corporate

On June 23, 2011 the Company held its Annual Special Meeting of Shareholders. At the Shareholders Meeting all resolutions proposed by management in the Management Information Circular were voted in favour of. The number of directors elected at the Meeting was twelve. See "Nominees – Biographies" in the Company's most recently filed Management Information Circular.

In March 2011, Centerra was served by a Turkish company, Sistem Muhenkislik Insaat Sanayi Ticaret SA ("Sistem"), with a notice of enforcement to seize any shares and dividends in Centerra held in the name of the Kyrgyz Republic, followed by a notice of garnishment in April 2011 for any debts owed by Centerra to the Kyrgyz Republic (the "Republic"). These notices were served by Sistem through the Sheriff in Toronto as part of the enforcement proceedings brought by Sistem in the Ontario Superior Court to collect US$11 million with additional interest, owed to Sistem by the Republic in accordance with a judgment of the Ontario Superior Court enforcing an international arbitration award against the Republic. In these Ontario proceedings, Sistem alleges that the shares in Centerra owned by Kyrgyzaltyn JSC, and any dividends paid in respect of those shares, are in fact legally and beneficially owned by the Republic and are therefore subject to execution to pay the judgment. Based on legal advice received, Centerra disputes those allegations and maintains that Kyrgyzaltyn JSC alone is the legal and beneficial owner of the shares and any dividends in respect of those shares, based on the applicable legal principles and the binding agreements with Kyrgyzaltyn JSC. As a result, Centerra paid its May 18, 2011 dividend in the total amount of approximately Cdn$31 million to Kyrgyzaltyn JSC. Sistem is continuing with its claim regarding the Centerra shares owned by Kyrgyzaltyn JSC. If this claim is successful in the Ontario court proceedings, Sistem may have a right to execute its judgment against those shares and may assert a claim against Centerra in respect of the payment of the May 18, 2011 dividend after service of the notice of garnishment. However, Centerra believes it has a strong defense to that claim based on the facts and the law. Kyrgyzaltyn JSC is aware of these Ontario proceedings and, when necessary, may elect to protect its own interest in respect of the shares.

Outlook for 2011

Centerra's 2011 consolidated gold production is forecast to be 600,000 to 650,000 ounces. Total cash cost in 2011 is expected to be $460 to $495 per ounce produced. Both production and cash cost guidance are unchanged from the prior guidance disclosed in the Company's news release of April 29, 2011. While the Company is holding its prior guidance for unit costs, we anticipate that rising cost pressure for fuel and labour may result in the cash costs approaching the higher-end of guidance. Total cash cost is a non-GAAP measure and is discussed under "Non-GAAP Measures".

The Kumtor mine is expected to produce 550,000 to 600,000 ounces in 2011. Kumtor's total cash cost for 2011 is expected to be $430 to $460 per ounce produced. Both production and cash cost guidance are unchanged from the prior guidance. The Kumtor mill is expected to have a scheduled replacement of the SAG mill discharge trunnion liners at the beginning of the third quarter which is expected to require the shutdown of the mill for approximately three days.

At the Boroo mine, gold production is forecast to be 50,000 ounces and assumes no mining or heap leach activities in 2011. Boroo's total cash cost is expected to be $865 per ounce produced in 2011. Both production and cash cost guidance are unchanged from the prior guidance. The 2011 forecast also assumes no production from the Gatsuurt project due to uncertainties with permitting final approvals and regulatory commissioning. During the first half of 2011, the Boroo mill processed the remaining direct mill feed stockpiled ore with an average grade of 1.35 g/t. For the balance of the year, the Boroo mill is expected to process mostly stockpiled material with grades between 0.76 – 0.87 g/t Au. At the current reserve gold price assumption of $1,000 per ounce, the Boroo operation could potentially continue to feed the mill until the end of 2012 utilizing existing low-grade stockpiles. 

Receipt of the final heap leach operating permit would add approximately 3,500 to 4,000 ounces of gold a month. At Gatsuurt, the project is ready to begin production of the oxide ore on receipt of the final approvals and regulatory commissioning. See also "Other Corporate Developments – Mongolia" and other material assumptions set out below.

Centerra's Production and Unit Cost –2011 Forecast as follows:

  Production
Ounces of gold
Total Cash Cost(1)
$ per ounce
Kumtor 550,000 – 600,000 430 – 460
Boroo 50,000 865
Total Consolidated 600,000 – 650,000 460 – 495
 
(1) Total cash cost is a non-GAAP measure. See "Non-GAAP Measures".

2011 Exploration Expenditures

As previously disclosed in the news release of July 11, 2011, the Company has expanded the exploration budget for the current year from $34 million to $40 million, $4 million of this additional funding has been allocated for a further work on the ATO property in the northeast Mongolia, which is 100% owned by the Company. The additional funding for the ATO property brings the total planned exploration expenditures in Mongolia to $9 million allocated for target definition and drill programs on the Company's land holdings along the Yeroogol trend and in eastern Mongolia.

The 2011 program will also continue the aggressive exploration work at the Kumtor mine together with an increase in the exploration in the Kumtor district with target definition and drilling programs on the properties acquired in 2010. Planned exploration expenditures in the Kyrgyz Republic are approximately $13 million, which is unchanged from the prior guidance. 

In 2011, drilling programs will continue on the Kara Beldyr project in Russia to determine the resource potential of the property. The Kara Beldyr project is a joint venture in which Centerra currently holds an indirect 50% interest. Drilling programs will also continue in Turkey and Nevada. Generative programs will continue in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, China, Turkey and the U.S. to increase the pipeline of projects that the Company is developing to meet the longer term growth targets of Centerra.

2011 Capital Expenditures

The capital expenditures for 2011 are estimated to be $213 million, including $38 million of sustaining capital and $175 million of growth capital, which is unchanged from the prior guidance.

Capital expenditures include:

Projects 2011 Growth Capital
($ millions)
2011 Sustaining Capital
($ millions)
Kumtor mine 169 36
Mongolia 6 1
Corporate - 1
Consolidated Total 175 38

Kumtor

At Kumtor, during 2011 total capital expenditures are forecast to be $205 million which includes $36 million of sustaining capital. The largest sustaining capital spending will be on the major overhaul maintenance of the heavy duty mine equipment ($19 million), expenditures for the shear key, buttress and tailings dam construction works ($5 million) and for equipment replacement and other items ($12 million).

Growth capital investment at Kumtor for 2011 is forecast to be $169 million primarily for the purchase of seven CAT 789 haul trucks ($21 million), purchase of remaining equipment for the North Wall expansion project ($28 million), pre-strip costs related to the development of the open pit ($62 million) and a waste dump expansion project ($3 million). Also, $52 million is included in growth capital investment for the underground, of which $43 million has been allocated to advance the two underground declines to continue to develop the SB Zone and Stockwork Zone, as well as, $3 million for delineation drilling and $6 million for capital purchases and other costs.

Boroo & Gatsuurt (Mongolia)

At Boroo, 2011 sustaining capital expenditures are expected to be $1 million and growth capital is forecast at $5 million primarily for the tailings dam construction to expand the capacity of the Boroo tailings facility to allow treatment of waste.

At Gatsuurt, $1 million is forecast for the environment studies, care maintenance of the site and security of the facilities. No other capital for the development of the deeper sulphide ores at Gatsuurt has been forecast and will only be invested following successful regulatory commissioning of the Gatsuurt project. The engineering and construction of a bio-oxidation facility to be located at the Boroo mill, which is needed to treat Gatsuurt sulphide ores, will be restarted only after the approval to begin mining at Gatsuurt has been received from the Government of Mongolia. 

Corporate Administration

Corporate and administration expenses for 2011 are forecast at $45 million, which is unchanged from the prior guidance.

Taxes

Pursuant to the Restated Investment Agreement, Kumtor's operations are not subject to corporate income taxes. The agreement replaced the prior tax regime applicable to the Kumtor project with a simplified regime effective January 1, 2008. This simplified regime, which assesses tax at 13% on gross revenue (plus 1% for the Issyk-Kul Oblast Development Fund effective January 2009), was approved and enacted by the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic on April 30, 2009.

The corporate income tax rate for Centerra's Mongolian subsidiary, Boroo Gold Company is 25% for taxable income over 3 billion Mongolian tugriks (approximately $2.4 million at the 2010 year-end foreign exchange rate) with a tax rate of 10% for taxable income up to that amount.

Production, cost and capital forecasts for 2011 are forward-looking information and are based on key assumptions and subject to material risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially and which are discussed herein under the headings "Material Assumptions" and "Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information" and under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recently filed AIF.

Sensitivities

Centerra's revenues, earnings and cash flows for the second half of 2011 are sensitive to changes in certain variables and the Company has estimated their impact on revenues, net earnings and cash from operations.

    Impact on
($ millions)
Change Costs Revenues Cash flow Earnings before income tax
Gold Price $50/oz 2.4 15.6 13.2 13.5
Diesel Fuel (1) 10% 3.8 - 3.8 3.8
Kyrgyz som 1 som 0.9 - 0.9 0.9
Mongolian tugrik 25 tugrik 0.2 - 0.2 0.2
Canadian dollar 10 cents 2.2 - 2.2 2.2
(1) a 10% change in diesel fuel price equals $13/oz produced

Material Assumptions and Risks

Material assumptions or factors used to forecast production and costs for the second half of 2011 include the following: 

  • a gold price of $1,400 per ounce,
  • exchange rates:
    • $1USD:$0.97 CAD
    • $1USD:45.15 Kyrgyz som
    • $1USD:1,194 Mongolian tugriks
    • $1USD:0.72 Euro
  • diesel fuel price assumption:
    • $0.77/litre at Kumtor
    • $1.16/litre at Boroo

The assumed average diesel price of $0.77/litre at Kumtor does not include a customs export duty imposed by the Russian authorities on the diesel fuel exported to the Kyrgyz Republic in 2010. Russia imposed a customs duty of approximately $194 per tonne on gasoline and diesel fuel exports to the Kyrgyz Republic that went into effect on April 1, 2010. The customs export duty amounted to approximately $0.18/litre or $212.77 per tonne of diesel fuel. While there were public statements that the export duty had been revoked retroactive to January 1, 2011, Kumtor had to pay the customs export duty on some of its purchases of diesel fuel from Russia during the first quarter of 2011. However, towards the end of the first quarter and throughout the second quarter, the cost of purchases of diesel fuel did not include the export duty. Based on that, Kumtor's forecast for cash costs has been adjusted to exclude the export duty. Nevertheless, any potential savings from the removal of the customs duty are expected to be fully offset by the increased cost of the diesel fuel as a result of the increase in the price of oil. Should the Russian authorities re-introduce the customs export duty (discussed above) on the diesel fuel exported to the Kyrgyz Republic, the cash costs at Kumtor would be expected to increase by approximately $9 million on forecasted diesel purchases until the end of 2011.

Diesel fuel is sourced from separate Russian suppliers for both sites and only loosely correlates with world oil prices. The diesel fuel price assumptions were made when the price of oil was approximately $95 per barrel.

Other important assumptions include the following:

  • any recurrence of political and civil unrest in the Kyrgyz Republic will not impact operations, including movement of people, supplies and gold shipments to and from the Kumtor mine,

  • grades and recoveries at Kumtor will remain consistent with the life-of-mine plan to achieve the forecast gold production,

  • the dewatering program at Kumtor continues to produce the expected results and the water management system works as planned,

  • the remedial plan to deal with the Kumtor waste and ice movement continues to be successful (see "Kumtor Mine – Geotechnical Issues Affecting the Kumtor Open Pit" in the Company's AIF for the year ended December 31, 2010),

  • no unplanned delays in or interruption of scheduled production from our mines, including due to civil unrest, natural phenomena, labour, regulatory or political disputes, equipment breakdown or other developmental and operational risks,

  • certain issues at Boroo raised by the General Department of Specialized Inspection ("SSIA") concerning state alluvial reserves, the production and sale of gold from the Boroo heap leach facility and other matters will be resolved through negotiation without material adverse impact on the Company, see "Other Corporate Developments - Mongolia",

  • no further suspension of Boroo's operating licenses, and

  • all necessary permits, licences and approvals are received in a timely manner.

Production and cost forecasts and capital estimates are forward-looking information and are based on key assumptions and subject to material risk factors. If any event arising from these risks occurs, the Company's business, prospects, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows could be adversely affected. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to the Company, or that are currently deemed immaterial, may also materially and adversely affect the Company's business operations, prospects, financial condition, and results of operations or cash flows. See the sections entitled and "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recently filed AIF, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and see also the discussion below under the heading "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Information".

Conversion to IFRS

As prescribed by the CICA Accounting Standards Board, the Company adopted the requirements of the International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") in its statements of account as of January 1, 2011, including the restatement of its opening balance sheet of January 1, 2010 and its second quarter 2010 comparatives. The restatement of the Company's comparative balances from those previously reported under Canadian GAAP standards to those converted IFRS standards is fully explained and reconciled in note 17 of the Company's June 30, 2011 condensed consolidated interim financial statements as filed on SEDAR.

Non-GAAP Measures

This news release presents information about total cash cost of production of an ounce of gold and total production cost per ounce of gold for the operating properties of Centerra. Except as otherwise noted, total cash cost per ounce produced is calculated by dividing total cash costs by gold ounces produced for the relevant period. Total production cost per ounce produced includes total cash cost plus depreciation, depletion and amortization divided by gold ounces produced for the relevant period. Cost of sales per ounce sold is calculated by dividing cost of sales by gold ounces sold for the relevant period. Total cash cost and total production cost per ounce produced, as well as cost of sales per ounce sold, are non-GAAP measures.

Total cash costs include mine operating costs such as mining, processing, administration, royalties and production taxes (except at Kumtor where revenue-based taxes and production taxes are excluded), but exclude amortization, reclamation costs, financing costs, capital development and exploration. Certain amounts of stock-based compensation have been excluded as well. Total production costs includes total cash cost plus depreciation, depletion and amortization. Total cash cost per ounce produced, total production cost per ounce produced and cost of sales per ounce sold have been included because certain investors use this information to assess performance and also to determine the ability of Centerra to generate cash flow for use in investing and other activities. The inclusion of total cash cost per ounce produced and total production cost per ounce produced may enable investors to better understand year-over-year changes in production costs, which in turn affect profitability and cash flow.

TOTAL CASH COST & TOTAL PRODUCTION COST RECONCILIATION (unaudited)     Three months ended June 30,       Six months ended June 30,  
($ millions, unless otherwise specified)     2011     2010       2011     2010  
Centerra:                            
Cost of sales, as reported   $ 105.9   $ 79.8     $ 167.7   $ 158.1  
  Less: Non-cash component     25.3     17.0       40.1     38.2  
Cost of sales - Cash component   $ 80.6   $ 62.8     $ 127.6   $ 119.9  
Adjust for:                            
  Refining fees & by-product credits     (1.3 )   0.1       (2.2 )   0.1  
  Regional Office administration     6.2     5.0       11.0     9.9  
  Mine standby costs     0.2     -       0.2        
  Non-operating costs     (5.8 )   -       (5.8 )   0.2  
  Inventory movement     (0.3 )   7.0       15.7     16.5  
Total cash cost - 100%   $ 79.7   $ 74.9     $ 146.5   $ 146.6  
    Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization and Accretion     25.5     17.2       40.4     39.0  
    Inventory movement - non-cash     (8.3 )   -       (5.5 )   (0.4 )
Total production cost - 100%   $ 96.8   $ 92.1     $ 181.4   $ 185.2  
Ounces poured - 100% (000)     155.2     121.8       335.9     332.8  
Total cash cost per ounce   $ 513   $ 616     $ 436   $ 441  
Total production cost per ounce   $ 625   $ 757     $ 541   $ 557  
                             
Kumtor:                            
Cost of sales, as reported   $ 92.9   $ 59.9     $ 141.2   $ 123.8  
  Less: Non-cash component     22.4     11.4       34.1     28.3  
Cost of sales - Cash component   $ 70.5   $ 48.5     $ 107.1   $ 95.5  
Adjust for:                            
  Refining fees & by-product credits     (1.3 )           (2.2 )      
  Regional Office administration     4.7     3.3       8.0     6.6  
  Mine standby costs     -     -       -     -  
  Non-operating costs     (5.8 )   0.1       (5.8 )   0.4  
  Inventory movement     2.3     5.6       19.5     10.0  
Total cash cost - 100%   $ 70.5   $ 57.5     $ 126.7   $ 112.5  
  Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization and Accretion   $ 22.6   $ 11.6     $ 34.4   $ 28.7  
  Inventory movement - non-cash   $ (7.6 ) $ (0.4 )   $ (4.3 ) $ (1.9 )
Total production cost - 100%   $ 85.5   $ 68.7     $ 156.8   $ 139.3  
Ounces poured - 100% (000)     139.1     90.1       303.2     270.6  
Total cash cost per ounce   $ 507   $ 639     $ 418   $ 416  
Total production cost per ounce   $ 615   $ 763     $ 517   $ 515  
                             
Boroo:                            
Cost of sales (cash), as reported   $ 13.0   $ 19.9     $ 26.5   $ 34.3  
  Less: Non-cash component     2.9     5.5       6.0     9.9  
Cost of sales - Cash component   $ 10.1   $ 14.3     $ 20.5   $ 24.4  
Adjust for:                            
  Refining fees & by-product credits     (0.0 )   0.1       (0.0 )   0.1  
  Regional Office administration     1.5     1.7       3.0     3.3  
  Mine standby costs     0.2     -       0.2     -  
  Non-operating costs     -     (0.1 )     -     (0.2 )
  Inventory movement     (2.6 )   1.4       (3.8 )   6.5  
Total cash cost - 100%   $ 9.1   $ 17.4     $ 19.8   $ 34.1  
  Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization and Accretion   $ 2.9     5.6       6.0     10.3  
  Inventory movement - non-cash   $ (0.7 )   0.4     $ (1.2 )   1.5  
Total production cost - 100%   $ 11.3   $ 23.4     $ 24.6   $ 45.9  
Ounces poured - 100% (000)     16.1     31.7       32.6     62.2  
Total cash cost per ounce   $ 568   $ 549     $ 607   $ 550  
Total production cost per ounce   $ 707   $ 738     $ 756   $ 739  
           
           
Centerra Gold Inc.          
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position        
(Unaudited)   June 30     December 31
    2011     2010
(Expressed in Thousands of United States Dollars)          
           
Assets          
Current assets          
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 256,375   $ 330,737
  Short-term investments   208,332     82,278
  Restricted cash   198     795
  Amounts receivable   55,900     100,562
  Inventories   217,664     181,633
  Prepaid expenses   11,855     22,221
    750,324     718,226
           
Property, plant and equipment   587,855     519,019
Goodwill   129,705     129,705
Long-term receivables and other   22,652     17,299
Long-term inventories   11,926     12,877
Deferred income tax asset   58     3,367
    752,196     682,267
Total assets $ 1,502,520   $ 1,400,493
           
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity          
Current liabilities          
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 61,376   $ 70,909
  Taxes payable   17,597     27,354
  Current portion of provision   16,620     9,553
    95,593     107,816
           
Provision   33,229     30,880
Deferred income tax liability   1,334     -
    34,563     30,880
Shareholders' equity          
  Share capital   657,239     655,178
  Contributed surplus   33,915     33,827
  Retained earnings   681,210     572,792
    1,372,364     1,261,797
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,502,520   $ 1,400,493
                       
                       
Centerra Gold Inc.                      
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings and Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited)   Three months ended     Six months ended
    June 30     June 30     June 30     June 30
    2011     2010     2011     2010
(Expressed in Thousands of United States Dollars, except per share amounts)
                       
                       
Revenue from Gold Sales $ 243,808   $ 152,172   $ 493,987   $ 407,658
                       
  Cost of sales   105,912     79,765     167,706     158,131
  Mine standby costs   164     -     164     -
  Regional office administration   6,231     4,973     11,044     9,917
Earnings from mine operations   131,501     67,434     315,073     239,610
                       
  Revenue based taxes   30,966     15,369     63,154     46,635
  Exploration and business development   12,406     7,135     19,963     12,656
  Corporate administration   12,467     6,071     20,235     17,209
Earnings from operations   75,662     38,859     211,721     163,110
                       
  Other (income) and expenses   (1,272 )   1,690     (2,320 )   2,126
  Finance costs   1,220     308     1,610     634
Earnings before income taxes   75,714     36,861     212,431     160,350
  Income tax expense (recovery)   4,597     6,127     4,691     5,754
Net earnings and comprehensive income $ 71,117   $ 30,734   $ 207,740   $ 154,596
                       
                       
Basic and diluted earnings per common share $ 0.30   $ 0.13   $ 0.88   $ 0.66
                           
                           
Centerra Gold Inc.                          
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows               
(Unaudited)   Three months ended       Six months ended  
    June 30     June 30       June 30     June 30  
    2011     2010       2011     2010  
(Expressed in Thousands of United States Dollars)                 
                           
Operating activities                          
Net earnings $ 71,117   $ 30,734     $ 207,740   $ 154,596  
Items not requiring (providing) cash:                          
  Depreciation, depletion and amortization   25,423     17,072       40,379     38,449  
  Finance costs   1,220     308       1,610     634  
  Loss on disposal of plant and equipment   -     847       109     990  
  Stock - based compensation expense   477     268       801     629  
  Change in long-term inventory   768     (898 )     951     (2,447 )
  Long-term other assets   (4,794 )   14       (5,353 )   (992