Newmont Announces Preliminary 2010 Production and Operating Results; Portfolio Continues to Deliver

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DENVER, Jan. 20, 2011 /CNW/ -- Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) ("Newmont" or the "Company") today announced attributable gold and copper production of approximately 5.4 million ounces and 327 million pounds, respectively, for 2010, at estimated consolidated costs applicable to sales of $485 per ounce and $0.80 per pound, respectively, on a co-product basis.

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    Full Year 2010 Preliminary Operating Highlights(1):
    --  Gold and copper production of 5.4 million ounces and 327 million
        pounds, respectively, with gold production slightly higher and copper
        production approximately 45 percent higher than our 2009 levels;
    --  Gold and copper sales of 5.3 million ounces and 292 million pounds,
        respectively;
    --  Average realized gold and copper price of $1,222 per ounce and $3.43
        per pound, 25 percent and 32 percent higher than realized in 2009,
        respectively;
    --  Estimated consolidated costs applicable to sales for gold and copper
of
        $485 per ounce and $0.80 per pound, respectively; and
    --  Total capital expenditures of $1.4 billion for the year, approximately
        25% of which was spent on major projects at Akyem, Conga and Hope Bay.


    Q4 2010 Preliminary Operating Highlights:
    --  Gold and copper production of 1.4 million ounces and 74 million
pounds,
        respectively;
    --  Gold and copper sales of 1.3 million ounces and 57 million pounds,
        respectively;
    --  Average realized gold and copper price of $1,368 per ounce and $4.52
        per pound, respectively; and
    --  Estimated consolidated costs applicable to sales for gold and copper
of
        $513 per ounce and $0.95 per pound, respectively.


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"Every region in the portfolio contributed to our 2010 operating performance," commented Richard O'Brien, President and CEO. "I am pleased that our gold operating margin(2) also increased from $566 per ounce in 2009 to $737 per ounce in 2010 (an increase of 30% for the year), highlighting our increasingly attractive gold price leverage in a rising metal price environment. Benefiting from our 2010 results, we remain committed to building our business in 2011 and thereafter."

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    (1) Unaudited. Please see cautionary statement.
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(2) Gold operating margin is calculated as the average realized gold price per ounce, less consolidated gold costs applicable to sales per ounce.

2010 Preliminary Operating Highlights

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                          Estimated        Estimated Estimated Consolidated
                         Attributable                   Costs Applicable to
    Region                Production   Attributable Sales      Sales
                        (Kozs, Mlbs)      (Kozs, Mlbs)     ($/oz, $/lb)
                        ------------      ------------     ------------
    Nevada                          1,735            1,727              $565
    La Herradura                      174              174              $420
    ------------                      ---              ---              ----
        North America               1,909            1,901              $551
        -------------               -----            -----              ----
    Yanacocha                         749              751              $431
    La Zanja                           21               17     n/a
    --------                          ---              ---     ---
        South America                 770              768              $431
        -------------                 ---              ---              ----
    Boddington - Gold                 728              679              $590
    Other Australia/NZ              1,075            1,078              $546
    Batu Hijau - Gold                 364              324              $237
    -----------------                 ---              ---              ----
        Asia Pacific                2,167            2,081              $474
        ------------                -----            -----              ----
    Ahafo                             545              544              $450
    -----                             ---              ---              ----
        Africa                        545              544              $450
        ------                        ---              ---              ----
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    Total Gold                      5,391            5,294              $485
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    Boddington - Copper                58               50             $1.86
    Batu Hijau - Copper               269              242             $0.69
    -------------------               ---              ---             -----
    Total Copper                      327              292             $0.80
    ------------                      ---              ---             -----


    Earnings Call:
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The Company's fourth quarter and 2010 earnings conference call and web cast presentation will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2011 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Mountain Time).

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    To participate:

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    Dial-In Number            888.566.1822
    Intl Dial-In Number       312.470.7119
    Leader                    John Seaberg
    Passcode                  Newmont
    Replay Number             888.293.8913
    Intl Replay Number        203.369.3024
    Replay Passcode                              2011


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The conference call also will be simultaneously carried on our web site at www.newmont.com under Investor Relations and will be archived there for a limited time.

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    Cautionary Statement About Preliminary Results

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We caution you that, whether or not expressly stated, all measures of the Company's fourth quarter and 2010 financial results and condition contained in this news release, including production, sales, average realized price, costs applicable to sales and capital expenditures, are preliminary and reflect our expected 2010 results as of the date of this news release. Actual reported fourth quarter and 2010 results are subject to management's final review as well as audit by the Company's independent registered accounting firm and may vary significantly from those expectations because of a number of factors, including, without limitation, additional or revised information and changes in accounting standards or policies or in how those standards are applied. For a discussion of factors that may adversely affect our financial results and condition, refer to the Company's 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed on February 25, 2010, with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), as well as the Company's other SEC filings, available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The Company will provide additional discussion and analysis and other important information about its fourth quarter and 2010 financial results and condition when it reports actual results on February 24, 2011.

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SOURCE Newmont Mining Corporation

For further information: Media, Omar Jabara, +1-303-837-5114, omar.jabara@newmont.com, or Investors, John Seaberg, +1-303-837-5743, john.seaberg@newmont.com, or Karli Anderson, +1-303-837-6049, karli.anderson@newmont.com, or Monica Brisnehan, +1-303-837-5836, monica.brisnehan@newmont.com, all of Newmont Mining Corporation Web Site: http://www.newmont.com

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