Yamana Gold reports third quarter 2009 results

    
    - Record quarterly production with double digit revenue, cash flow and
    margin growth -
    

TORONTO, Nov. 3 /CNW/ - YAMANA GOLD INC. (TSX:YRI; NYSE: AUY; LSE: YAU) today announced its financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009. All dollar amounts are expressed in United States dollars unless otherwise specified.

THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

Financial and Operating Highlights

    
    Highlights for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2009
    include:

    -   Total production from all mines of 314,707 gold equivalent ounces
        (GEO) and 875,763 GEO, respectively;
    -   Average co-product cash costs(1) from continuing operations excluding
        Alumbrera of $349 per GEO and $350 per GEO, respectively. By-product
        cash costs from continuing operations excluding Alumbrera of $79 per
        GEO and $195 per GEO, respectively;
    -   Revenues of $332.2 million and $783.5 million, respectively;
    -   Mine operating earnings of $136.4 million and $283.2 million,
        respectively;
    -   Net earnings of $60.8 million or $0.08 per share (Net earnings and
        adjusted earnings(1) were impacted by a deferred tax provision
        impacting only the third quarter $0.03 per share that does not impact
        operating profit or future periods) and $156.5 million or $0.21 per
        share, respectively;
    -   Adjusted earnings of $88.3 million or $0.12 per share and $248.4
        million or $0.34 per share, respectively;



                                                    Three months Nine months
                                                           ended       ended
                                                         Sept 30,    Sept 30,
    (In millions of United States Dollars)                  2009        2009
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    Net earnings                                       $    60.8   $   156.5
      Stock-based compensation                               1.8         7.0
      Foreign exchange gain including discontinued
       operations                                           (6.7)      (57.0)
      Unrealized loss on derivatives including
       discontinued operations                              21.0       102.9
      Future income tax expense on foreign currency
       translation of inter-company debt                    18.9        54.0
      Non-recurring future income tax adjustment               -        20.6
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    Adjusted Earnings before income tax effects             95.8       284.0
    Income tax effect of adjustments                        (7.5)      (35.6)
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    Adjusted Earnings                                  $    88.3   $   248.4
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    -   Cash flow from continuing operations before changes in non-cash
        working capital items(1) of $167.9 million or $0.23 per share (cash
        flow from continuing operations after changes in non-cash working
        capital items of $144.4 million), and $340.6 million or $0.46 per
        share (Cash flow from continuing operations after changes in non-cash
        working capital items of $317.0 million), respectively.

    Development, Exploration and Corporate Highlights

    Highlights for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 include:

    -   Completed the 20 million tonnes per year expansion at Chapada with
        the new mine fleet expected to commence operation in the fourth
        quarter
    -   Completed first full quarter of commercial production at Gualcamayo
        subsequent to declaring commercial production on July 1, 2009 with
        production increasing 62 percent from the second quarter at cash
        costs well below guidance
    -   Continued to accelerate development work on new veins and exploration
        efforts in the North Block at El Penon with grade and throughput
        improvements anticipated
    -   Accelerated development activities at QDD Lower West with a
        conceptual study in progress
    -   Acquired extensive exploration concession, Caiamar, located in Brazil
    -   Made construction decisions for the development of C1 Santa Luz,
        Mercedes and the tailings reprocessing project at Minera Florida, for
        start-up in 2012.

    Highlights subsequent to the quarter include:

    -   Announced positive exploration results at Mercedes in Mexico
    -   Provided update on Agua Rica in Argentina including optimization
        initiatives currently underway, continued focus on updating
        components of the original feasibility study, and evaluating
        potential strategic partners for development
    -   Provided exploration update on new area 10 kilometres north of
        Gualcamayo, Salamanca, where drilling results support Yamana's view
        that the area represents an important source of further gold ounces
        for Gualcamayo.
    

"Yamana again achieved record quarterly production at industry low cash costs," said Yamana's chairman and chief executive officer, Peter Marrone. "We focused on our newest mine, Gualcamayo, this quarter, as we continue to put steps in place to optimize the mine. We declared commercial production on time and in its first full quarter of commercial production the mine is meeting our expectations and exceeding guidance. We also focused on our robust development stage and value enhancing projects this quarter such as Agua Rica as we continue with optimization studies and evaluating potential strategic partners."

FINANCIAL AND OPERATING SUMMARY

Revenues for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 were $333.2 million, representing a 50 percent increase from the comparative quarter last year, and for the nine-month period ended were $783.5 million. Approximately 10,000 GEO were produced but not sold during the third quarter due to timing and will be sold during the fourth quarter.

Mine operating earnings for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 were $136.4 million, representing a 138 percent increase from the comparative quarter last year, and for the nine-month period ended were $283.2 million.

Net earnings for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 were $60.8 million, or $0.08 per share, and for the nine-month period ended were $156.5 million, or $0.21 per share. Net earnings and adjusted earnings were impacted by a deferred tax provision impacting only the third quarter of $0.03 per share that does not impact operating profit or future periods. Adjusted earnings for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 were $88.3 million, representing a 180 percent increase from the comparative quarter last year, or $0.12 per share. Adjusted earnings for the nine-month period ended were $248.4 million, or $0.34 per share.

Cash flow from operations after changes in non-cash working capital items for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 was $144.4 million, representing a 155 percent increase from the comparative period last year, and for the nine-month period ended was $317.0 million. Cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital items for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 was $167.9 million or $0.23 per share, representing a 67 percent increase from the comparative period last year. Cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital items for the nine-month period ended June 30, 2009 was $340.6 million or $0.46 per share.

Cash and cash equivalents for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 were $97.5 million, representing a five percent increase from the second quarter of 2009. Consistent with the business plan of the Company and as the Company had previously indicated, the majority of the build-out would be capital by mid 2009 with a corresponding use of available cash. Increases in cash flow would then increase available cash. Current cash and cash equivalents as at the end of October 31, 2009 is approximately $130 million.

Total production for all mines for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 was 314,707 GEO (comprised of 261,789 ounces of gold and 2.9 million ounces of silver) representing a nine percent and 16 percent increase from the second quarter and first quarter of 2009, respectively. Total production for the nine-month period ended was 875,763 GEO (comprised of 736,369 ounces of gold and 7.7 million ounces of silver).

Average co-product cash costs for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 for continuing operations excluding Alumbrera were $349 per GEO and for the nine-month period ended were $350 per GEO. By-product cash costs for continuing operations excluding Alumbrera for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 were $79 per GEO and for the nine-month period were $195 per GEO. Co-product cash costs per pound of copper at Chapada for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 were $1.07 per pound and for the nine-month period ended were $0.97 per pound.

Gross margins(1) per GEO sold for the three-month period ended September 30, 2009 were $792 per GEO, representing a 55 percent increase from the comparative period last year, and for the nine-month period ended were $703 per GEO.

"We continued to focus on cost containment and margin expansion this quarter, which has been reflected in our double digit revenue, cash flow and margin growth," said Chuck Main, Yamana's executive vice president finance and chief financial officer. "We remain focused on building on our strong track record of growth, sustainability and industry low cash costs."

Chapada, Brazil

The Company anticipated changes in the mill liners and motor replacement at Chapada during the third quarter of 2009. Production was in line with expectations given maintenance activities. With the expansion to 20 million tonnes per year completed in the third quarter, fourth quarter production is expected to increase.

El Penon, Chile

El Penon production in the third quarter of 2009 increased to 108,054 GEO, representing a 17 percent and 28 percent increase compared to the second quarter and first quarter of 2009, respectively. Grade at El Penon also increased in the third quarter by 13 percent and 22 percent compared to the second and first quarter of 2009, respectively. Co-product cash costs declined at El Penon by $15 and $42 per GEO, or 4% and 11%, compared to the second quarter and first quarter of 2009, respectively.

Jacobina, Brazil

Jacobina continued to perform and produce at record levels. Jacobina production of 30,978 ounces in the third quarter of 2009 increased by 12 percent and 14 percent compared to the second and first quarter of 2009, respectively.

Gualcamayo, Argentina

Yamana continued to focus on its newest mine, Gualcamayo, to ensure optimization of the mine. The Company declared commercial production on time and Gualcamayo is currently meeting expectations and exceeding guidance. Third quarter production at Gualcamayo increased to 39,523 ounces of gold, representing a 62 percent and 93 percent increase compared to the second quarter and first quarter of 2009, respectively. Gualcamayo continues to ramp up with production in the month of October of approximately 18,900 ounces. Gualcamayo cash costs for the third quarter were $316 per ounce, which is below previous guidance of below $350 per ounce.

Minera Florida, Chile

Minera Florida production continued to increase quarter over quarter subsequent to the completion of the expansion in the first quarter of 2009. Production of 25,411 GEO in the third quarter of 2009 increased by 11 percent and 32 percent compared to the second and first quarter of 2009, respectively. A construction decision for re-treating tailings work at Minera Florida has been made, which is to add an additional 40,000 GEO per year expected to begin in early 2012.

Fazenda Brasileiro, Brazil

Third quarter production at Fazenda Brasileiro increased to 20,464 ounces of gold, representing an 11 percent and two percent increase compared to the second quarter and first quarter of 2009, respectively.

Overview of Financial Results

The following table presents a summary of financial and operating information for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009:

    
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    Overview of Financial                           Three months Nine months
     and Operating Results(i)                              ended       ended
    (in thousands of United                            September   September
     States Dollars; unaudited)                         30, 2009    30, 2009
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    Revenues                                           $ 333,179   $ 783,489
    Cost of sales excluding depletion, depreciation
     and amortization                                   (131,357)   (338,152)
    Depletion, depreciation and amortization             (64,792)   (160,579)
    Accretion of asset retirement obligations               (611)     (1,601)
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    Mine operating earnings                              136,419     283,157

    Expenses
    General and administrative                           (22,983)    (60,885)
    Exploration                                           (6,961)    (13,959)
    Other                                                 (2,017)       (808)
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    Operating earnings                                   104,458     207,505

    Other business (expenses) income                       3,015       7,368
    Foreign exchange gain (loss)                          15,126      87,820
    Realized gain (loss) on derivatives                   (3,562)     27,849
    Unrealized (loss) gain on derivatives                (16,853)    (96,950)
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    Earnings from continuing operation before income
     taxes and equity earnings                           102,184     233,592

    Income tax (expense) recovery                        (55,799)    (94,144)
    Equity earnings from Minera Alumbrera                  8,061      18,865
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    Earnings from continuing operations(i)                54,446     158,313
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    Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations           6,377      (1,857)
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    Net earnings                                       $  60,823   $ 156,456

    Earnings Adjustments:
    Stock-based compensation                               1,838       7,019
    Foreign exchange gain including discontinued
     operations                                           (6,726)    (56,986)
    Unrealized loss on derivatives including
     discontinued operations                              21,013     102,853
    Future income tax expense (recovery) on foreign
     currency translation of inter-corporate debt         18,933      54,020
    Non-recurring future income tax adjustment(ii)             -      20,592
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    Adjusted Earnings before income tax effects        $  95,881   $ 283,954
    Income tax effect of adjustments                      (7,541)    (35,545)
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    Adjusted Earnings                                  $  88,340   $ 248,409
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    Basic earnings per share                           $    0.08   $    0.21
    Diluted earnings per share                         $    0.08   $    0.21
    Adjusted Earnings per share                        $    0.12   $    0.34
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    Cash flow from operations (after changes in
     non-cash working capital items)                   $ 144,939   $ 317,009

    Cash flow from operations (before changes in
     non-cash working capital items)                   $ 167,930   $ 340,583

    Capital expenditures                               $ 144,654   $ 359,941

    Cash and cash equivalents (end of period)          $  97,498   $  97,498

    Average realized gold price per ounce              $     962   $     933

    Average realized silver price per ounce            $   14.97   $   13.92

    Chapada average realized copper price per pound    $    2.74   $    2.17

    Gold sales (ounces)                                  248,794     640,733

    Silver sales (millions of ounces)                        2.8         7.6

    Chapada payable copper contained in concentrate
     sales (millions of lbs)                                36.1       102.7
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    (i)  Due to the sale agreements of San Andrés, Sao Vicente and Sao
         Francisco mines, the results of those mines have been reclassified
         as discontinued operations (in accordance with GAAP) with
         restatement of prior period comparatives.
    (ii) Non-recurring and non-cash tax adjustment on the revaluation of
         future income tax liabilities related to the excess purchase price
         of the Meridian Gold Inc. acquisition in respect to the mineral
         interests in Chile.
    

Further details of the 2009 third quarter results can be found in the Company's unaudited Management's Discussion and Analysis and Interim Consolidated Financial Statements at www.yamana.com, in the "Investors" section under "Financial and Corporate Reports".

OUTLOOK AND STRATEGY

The Company remains committed to sustainability, growth, focusing on organic growth, low cash costs and stability of jurisdictions with the objective of predictable and reliable operations and outlook in respect to current operations and as it prepares for the next wave of growth. The Company focused on its core assets, generating cash flow, preserving capital, maximizing cash balances and maintaining maximum flexibility across its various interests including its development stage and near development stage projects. The Company continues to be committed to prudent and disciplined growth and will continue to improve the value and returns of its various projects. It will also continue to focus on containing costs and ensuring effective management of capital expenditures.

The Company's production plan is targeting in the range of 1.05 to 1.1 million GEO in 2009, not including non-core mines under sale, an increase of close to 40% over 2008. Yamana is committed to the sustainable production of at least 1.1 million GEO annually and increasing from 2010 onward.

The Company continues to evaluate the further expansion of its mines and development projects as follows:

    
                                      Expected
                                   Initial Annual      Expected
               Status               Contribution       Start-date
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    C1 Santa   Construction      130,000 gold ounces   Production targeted
     Luz(*)   decision made                           to begin in mid-2012

    Mercedes   Construction          120,000 GEO       Production targeted
                decision made                           to begin in late-2012

    Pilar/     Feasibility       Over 100,000 gold     Pending
     Caiamar    study underway       ounces

    Ernesto/   Scoping study     100,000 gold ounces   Pending
     Pau-a-     completed
     Pique

    Minera     Advanced plan          40,000 GEO       Production targeted
     Florida    to process                              to begin in early
                historical                              2012
                tailings;
                construction
                decision made

    QDD Lower  Updated            90,000 gold ounces   Pending
     West       feasibility study
                expected in 2010
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    (*) In the first two full years of production at C1 Santa Luz, average
          annual production is expected to exceed 130,000 ounces which would
          accelerate pay-back. Expected annual production would then average
          104,000 ounces of gold per year life of mine.
    

Agua Rica and other potential development stage projects would provide further growth for Yamana. The Company continues to focus on increasing the value of Agua Rica and is working on a number of optimization initiatives that could have a material positive impact on the project. Agua Rica has received the environmental license early in 2009 and Yamana is now advancing efforts relating to sectoral permits which are expected within 18 months. The Company has also begun a process for evaluating potential strategic partners for the development of Agua Rica.

The Company continues to focus on exploration to grow the Company to over 1.7 million GEO of sustained production in the long-run by identifying and acquiring the best exploration properties in the Americas, developing a pool of talented geoscientists and replacing ounces at current operations.

NON-GAAP MEASURES

The Company believes that in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP, the Company and certain investors and analysts use certain other non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the Company's performance including its ability to generate cash flow and profits from its operations. The Company has included certain non-GAAP measures including "cash costs per gold equivalent ounce", "cash costs per pound of copper", "Adjusted Earnings or Loss and Adjusted Earnings or Loss per share" and "cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital" or "cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital" to supplement its financial statements, which are presented in accordance with Canadian GAAP. Non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under Canadian GAAP, and therefore they may not be comparable to similar measures employed by other companies. The data is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP.

    
    RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

    Co-product and By-product Cash Costs
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The Company has included cash costs per GEO and cash costs per pound of copper information because it understands that certain investors use this information to determine the Company's ability to generate earnings and cash flow for use in investing and other activities. The Company believes that conventional measures of performance prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP do not fully illustrate the ability of its operating mines to generate cash flow. The measures are not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operations as determined under Canadian GAAP. Cash costs per GEO are determined in accordance with the Gold Institute's Production Cost Standard and are calculated on a co-product and by-product basis. Cash costs on a co-product basis are computed by allocating operating cash costs separately to metals (copper and gold) based on an estimated or assumed ratio. Cash costs on a by-product basis are computed by deducting copper by product revenues from the calculation of cash costs of production per GEO.

The following table provides a reconciliation of cost of sales per the financial statements and co-product cash costs per GEO:

    
                                 Three months ended       Nine months ended
                                 September 30, 2009      September 30, 2009
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                                      In                      In
                               thousands      United   thousands      United
                               of United      States   of United      States
                                  States     Dollars      States     Dollars
                                 Dollars     per GEO     Dollars     per GEO
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    Cost of sales(i)          $  131,357  $      488  $  338,152  $      489
    Adjustments:

    Copper contained in
     concentrate related
     cash costs (excluding
     related TCRC's)             (32,278)       (120)    (85,029)       (123)
    Impact of equity interest
     in Alumbrera (12.5%)          3,745          14      16,504          24
    Chapada gold contained
     in concentrate treatment
     and refining costs            1,452           5       4,601           7
    Inventory movements and
     adjustments                    (528)         (1)     (9,064)        (14)
    Commercial selling costs      (9,599)        (36)    (21,033)        (30)
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    Total GEO co-product
     cash costs(ii)           $   94,149  $      350  $  244,131  $      353
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    (i)  Cost of sales includes non-cash items including the impact of the
         movement in inventory.
    (ii) Amortization and inventory purchase accounting adjustments are
         excluded from both total cash costs and cost of sales.

    The following table provides a reconciliation of cost of sales per the
financial statements and co-product cash costs per pound of copper:

                                 Three months ended       Nine months ended
                                 September 30, 2009      September 30, 2009
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                                      In                      In
                               thousands      United   thousands      United
                               of United      States   of United      States
                                  States     Dollars      States     Dollars
                                 Dollars   per pound     Dollars   per pound
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    Cost of sales(i)          $  131,357  $     2.99  $  338,152  $     2.49
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    Adjustments:

    GEO related cash costs
     (excluding related TCRC's)  (88,952)      (2.03)   (223,026)      (1.65)
    Impact of equity interest
     in Alumbrera (12.5%)         11,474        0.27      46,062        0.35
    Chapada copper contained
     in concentrate treatment
     and refining costs            6,772        0.15      18,693        0.14
    Inventory movements and
     adjustments                    (528)      (0.01)     (9,064)      (0.07)
    Commercial selling costs      (9,599)      (0.22)    (21,033)      (0.16)
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    Total copper co-product
     cash costs(ii)           $   50,524  $     1.15  $  149,784  $     1.10
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    (i)  Cost of sales includes non-cash items including the impact of the
         movement in inventory.
    (ii) Amortization and inventory purchase accounting adjustments are
         excluded from both total cash costs and cost of sales.

    The following table provides a reconciliation of cost of sales per the
financial statement and by-product cash costs per GEO excluding Alumbrera:

                                  Three months ended      Nine months ended
                                  September 30, 2009     September 30, 2009
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                                      In                      In
                               thousands      United   thousands      United
                               of United      States   of United      States
                                  States     Dollars      States     Dollars
                                 Dollars   per pound     Dollars   per pound
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    Cost of sales             $  131,357         506  $  338,152         520
    Adjustments:
    Chapada TCRCs for Gold
     and Copper                    8,224          32      23,294          35
    Inventory movement and
     other adjustments              (528)         (2)     (9,064)        (14)
    Commercial Selling Costs      (9,599)        (37)    (21,033)        (32)
    Chapada Copper Revenue
     Including Copper Pricing
     Adjustments                (109,057)       (420)   (204,707)       (314)
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    Total gold by-product
     cash costs (Excluding
     Alumbrera)               $   20,397          79  $  126,642         195
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    Adjusted Earnings or Loss and Adjusted Earnings or Loss per share
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The Company uses the financial measures "Adjusted Earnings or Loss" and "Adjusted Earnings or Loss per share" to supplement information in its consolidated financial statements. The Company believes that in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, the Company and certain investors and analysts use this information to evaluate the Company's performance. The presentation of adjusted measures are not meant to be a substitute for net earnings or loss or net earnings or loss per share presented in accordance with GAAP, but rather should be evaluated in conjunction with such GAAP measures. Adjusted Earnings or Loss and Adjusted Earnings or Loss per share are calculated as net earnings excluding (a) stock-based compensation, (b) foreign exchange (gains) losses, (c) unrealized (gains) losses on commodity derivatives, (d) impairment losses, (e) future income tax expense (recovery) on the translation of foreign currency inter-corporate debt, (f) writedown of investments and other assets and any other non-recurring adjustments. Non-recurring adjustments from unusual events or circumstances are reviewed from time to time based on materiality and the nature of the event or circumstance.

The terms "Adjusted Earnings (Loss)" and "Adjusted Earnings (Loss) per share" do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by Canadian GAAP, and therefore the Company's definitions are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Management believes that the presentation of Adjusted Earnings or Loss and Adjusted Earnings or Loss per share provide useful information to investors because they exclude non-cash and other charges and are a better indication of the Company's profitability from operations. The items excluded from the computation of Adjusted Earnings or Loss and Adjusted Earnings or Loss per share, which are otherwise included in the determination of net earnings or loss and net earnings or loss per share prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP, are items that the Company does not consider to be meaningful in evaluating the Company's past financial performance or the future prospects and may hinder a comparison of its period-to-period profitability. A reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings to net earnings is provided on page one of this press release.

    
    Cash Flow From Operations Before Changes in Non-Cash Working Capital
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The Company uses the financial measure "cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital" or "cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital" to supplement its consolidated financial statements. The presentation of cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital is not meant to be a substitute for cash flow from operations or cash flow from operating activities presented in accordance with Canadian GAAP, but rather should be evaluated in conjunction with such Canadian GAAP measures. Cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital excludes the non-cash movement from period-to-period in working capital items including accounts receivable, advances and deposits, inventory, accounts payable and accrued liabilities.

The terms "cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital" or "cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital" do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by Canadian GAAP, and therefore the Company's definitions are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Company's management believes that the presentation of cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital provides useful information to investors because it excludes the non-cash movement in working capital items and is a better indication of the Company's cash flow from operations and considered to be meaningful in evaluating the Company's past financial performance or the future prospects. The Company believes that conventional measure of performance prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP does not fully illustrate the ability of its operating mines to generate cash flow.

The following table provides a reconciliation of cash flow from operation before changes in non-cash working capital:

    
                                                           Three        Nine
                                                          months      months
                                                           ended       ended
                                                       September   September
                                                        30, 2009    30, 2009
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    Cash flow from operating activities of
     continuing operations                             $ 144,439   $ 317,009
    Adjustments:
    Net change in non-cash working capital(i)             23,491      23,574
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    Cash flow from operating activities of
     continuing operations before changes in
     non-cash working capital                          $ 167,930   $ 340,583
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    (i) See 2009 third quarter Financial Statements note 14(c)

    Gross margin
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The Company uses the financial measure "gross margins" to supplement its consolidated financial statements. The presentation of gross margins is not meant to be a substitute for net earnings presented in accordance with Canadian GAAP, but rather should be evaluated in conjunction with such Canadian GAAP measures. Gross margins represent the amount of revenues in excess of cost of sales. It may be expressed in terms of percentage of revenues, both in total amount or on a per GEO basis.

The terms "gross margins" does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by Canadian GAAP, and therefore the Company's definitions are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Company's management believes that the presentation of gross margins provides useful information to investors because it excludes the non-cash operating cost items such as depreciation, depletion and amortization, accretion for asset retirement obligations and other common operating expenses, and considers this non-GAAP measure meaningful in evaluating the Company's past financial performance or the future prospects. The Company believes that conventional measure of performance prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP does not fully illustrate the ability of its operating mines to generate cash flow.

The following table provides a reconciliation of gross margins:

    
                                                           Three        Nine
                                                          months      months
                                                           ended       ended
                                                       September   September
                                                        30, 2009    30, 2009
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    Revenues                                           $ 333,179   $ 783,489
    Cost of sales excluding depreciation,
     depletion and amortization                         (131,357)   (338,152)
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    Gross Margins                                      $ 201,822   $ 445,337
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    Gross Margins as % of Revenues                           61%         57%
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    GEO Sold (excluding Alumbrera)                       254,853     633,508
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    Gross Margins per GEO Sold                         $     792  $      703
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    THIRD QUARTER CONFERENCE CALL

    A conference call and audio webcast is scheduled for November 4, 2009 at
11:00 a.m. E.T. to discuss 2009 third quarter results.

    Q3 Conference Call Information:
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The conference call replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET on November 4, 2009 until 11:59 p.m. EST on November 18, 2009.

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About Yamana

Yamana is a Canadian-based gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. The Company plans to continue to build on this base through existing operating mine expansions and throughput increases, the advancement of its exploration properties and by targeting other gold consolidation opportunities in the Americas.

    
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        from operations before changes in non-working capital items and gross
        margin are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliation of non-GAAP measures is
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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This news release contains or incorporates by reference "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation. Except for statements of historical fact relating to the Company, information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements, including any information as to the Company's strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance. Forward-looking statements are characterized by words such as "plan," "expect", "budget", "target", "project", "intend," "believe", "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made, and are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other known and unknown factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These factors include the Company's expectations in connection with the projects and exploration programs discussed herein being met, the impact of general business and economic conditions, global liquidity and credit availability on the timing of cash flows and the values of assets and liabilities based on projected future conditions, fluctuating metal prices (such as gold, copper, silver and zinc), currency exchange rates (such as the Brazilian Real, the Chilean Peso and the Argentine Peso versus the United States Dollar), possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates, changes in the Company's hedging program, changes in accounting policies, changes in the Company's corporate resources, risk related to non-core mine dispositions, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, changes in project development, construction, production and commissioning time frames, risk related to joint venture operations, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, higher prices for fuel, steel, power, labour and other consumables contributing to higher costs and general risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, unexpected changes in mine life, final pricing for concentrate sales, unanticipated results of future studies, seasonality and unanticipated weather changes, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of exploration activities, permitting time lines, government regulation of mining operations, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims, limitations on insurance coverage and timing and possible outcome of pending litigation and labour disputes, as well as those risk factors discussed or referred to in the Company's annual Management's Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2008 filed with the securities regulatory authorities in all provinces of Canada and available at www.sedar.com, and the Company's Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates, assumptions or opinions should change, except as required by applicable law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking information contained herein is presented for the purpose of assisting investors in understanding the Company's expected financial and operational performance and results as at and for the periods ended on the dates presented in the Company's plans and objectives and may not be appropriate for other purposes.

SOURCE YAMANA GOLD INC.

For further information: For further information: Letitia Wong, Director, Investor Relations, (416) 815-0220, Email: investor@yamana.com, www.yamana.com; MEDIA INQUIRIES: Mansfield Communications Inc., Hugh Mansfield, (416) 599-0024

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