Northgate Reports Third Quarter Cash Flow of $50.5 million


Northgate Minerals Corporation  today announced its financial and operating results for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2009.  

                            Third Quarter 2009 Highlights

    -   Generated excellent cash flow from operations of $50.5 million or
        $0.20 per share, for a year-to-date total of $145.7 million

    -   Reported adjusted net earnings of $7.7 million or $0.03 per share

    -   Produced 80,791 ounces of gold and 11.9 million pounds of copper at
        an average net cash cost of $539 per ounce of gold

    -   Sold 85,397 ounces of gold at a realized price of $982 per ounce and
        12.8 million pounds of copper at a realized price of $3.39 per pound

    -   Successfully completed an equity offering for net proceeds of $88.5
        million to fund the development of the Young-Davidson mine

    -   Northgate's cash balance at the end of the third quarter 2009 was
        $235.9 million

    -   Successful organic growth at Northgate's operations:

        -  Discovered a significant extension of mineralization at
           Fosterville, confirming that the Phoenix fault system continues
           down plunge

        -  Discovered a new gold zone located 300 metres (m) east of current
           reserves at Young-Davidson. The new zone is completely open down
           dip. In addition to this discovery, Northgate also reported drill
           results for 29 shallow diamond drill holes located in and around
           historic mine workings immediately east of current reserves, which
           have the potential to add to the 2.8 million ounces of reserves
           already on the property

        -  Identified approximately 870,000 tonnes of additional mineral
           reserves containing 93,000 ounces at Stawell, extending the mine-
           life until Q2-2012

Financial Performance

 Northgate recorded consolidated revenue of $120.2 million in the third quarter of 2009, compared with $99.3 million in the same period last year. Revenues were higher due to a 25% increase in gold production over the same period last year combined with higher realized metal prices for gold and copper in the most recent quarter. Revenues for the nine month period ending September 30, 2009 were $374.3 million.

The net loss for the quarter was $8.6 million or $0.03 per share compared with a net loss of $29.4 million or $0.12 per share in the corresponding quarter of 2008. Adjusted net earnings were $7.7 million or $0.03 per share in the third quarter of 2009, which was significantly higher than the adjusted net loss of $28.4 million or $0.11 per share in the same period last year. Adjusted net earnings do not include certain non-cash items from its calculation of net earnings prepared in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles. Northgate has prepared this figure as it may be a useful indicator to investors. Non-cash items in the third quarter of 2009 include a $10.4 million write-down of investments in auction rate securities and a $5.8 million (net of tax) mark-to-market loss on Northgate’s copper forward sales contracts.

During the third quarter of 2009, Northgate generated excellent cash flow from operations of $50.5 million or $0.20 per share, which was a dramatic improvement over the $0.6 million or $0.00 per share generated in the corresponding quarter of 2008. In the first three quarters of 2009, Northgate has generated cash flow from operations of $145.7 million.

In the third quarter of 2009, Northgate’s cash and cash equivalents increased by $115.2 million following the completion of a bought deal financing with net proceeds of $88.5 million and strong free cash flow from operations. Northgate’s balance sheet now boasts cash and cash equivalents of $235.9 million and each operation is expected to generate strong operating cash flow for the balance of the year.

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