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AuRico Reports the Addition of Over 1 Million Ounces of Proven and Probable Reserves at Young-Davidson and the Discovery of Over 1.4 Million Ounces of Measured and Indicated Resources Across its Operating Mines

March 5, 2012

TORONTO, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Proven and Probable Reserves Increase to 8.6 Million Gold Eq. Ounces Company-wide

AuRico Gold Inc. (TSX:AUQ) (NYSE: AUQ), (“AuRico” or “AuRico Gold” or the “Company”)
today reported its updated Reserves and Resources, as at December 31st, 2011, which
includes a 217% increase to Proven and Probable reserves, and a 758% increase in Measured
and Indicated resources. The significant growth in resource inventory has been driven both
by the strategic acquisitions of Capital Gold Corporation (April 2011) and Northgate
Minerals Corporation (October 2011) as well as additions and discoveries of new
mineralization at AuRico’s North American properties.

Consolidated Highlights

        - Proven and Probable reserves of 8.63 million gold equivalent ounces[1],an
          increase of 5.9 million gold equivalent ounces after depletion, or an increase of 217%
          over 2010. Average reserve grades in the North American Division increased by 7%. Key
          new additions at the mine sites include:
             - The addition of 1.55 million gold equivalent ounces prior to depletion of
             549 thousand gold equivalent ounces, including:
                - The addition of 1.01 million ounces to Proven and Probable reserves at
                Young-Davidson, and
                - The addition of 456 thousand gold equivalent ounces at Ocampo prior to
                mining depletion of 177 thousand gold equivalent ounces
        - Measured and Indicated resources of 6.36 million gold equivalent ounces,
          an increase of 5.4 million gold equivalent ounces, or an increase of 758% over 2010.
          Average grades in the North American Division increased by 15%. Key new additions at
          the mine sites include:
             - The addition of 1.13 million gold equivalent ounces company-wide,
             including
             - 407 thousand gold ounces at Young-Davidson,
             - 264 thousand gold equivalent ounces at Guadalupe y Calvo,
             - 259 thousand gold ounces at Fosterville,
             - 120 thousand gold equivalent ounces at Ocampo,
             - 81 thousand gold equivalent ounces at El Cubo
        - Inferred Resources of 5.1 million gold equivalent ounces, an addition of
          417 thousand gold equivalent ounces, or an increase of 9% over 2010
        - Drilling discovery cost for all reserve and resource categories at the four
          key North American operations was less than $8 per gold equivalent ounce

“Through acquisitions and a focused exploration program in 2011, we have grown our
reserves by 5.9 million gold equivalent ounces, or a 217% increase company-wide. Our
cornerstone assets, the Young-Davidson and Ocampo mines, contributed the majority of the
2011 reserve increase, with Young-Davidson reporting an addition of over one million gold
ounces and Ocampo also discovering over 450 thousand gold equivalent ounces, many of which
are high margin, mill-feed ore.” stated Rene Marion, President and Chief Executive
Officer. He added, “The updated reserve and resource profile we are reporting today is
indicative of the value we have been able to realize through our key acquisitions in 2011
in addition to the ongoing exploration efforts at our mines. In the past twelve months, we
have increased our reserve ounces per 1,000 shares from 19.6 to 30.6. Our core asset base
in North America has transformed the company into a premier intermediate gold producer
with one of the most attractive production growth profiles in the industry. With imminent
production from Young-Davidson, we fully expect 2012 to be another transformational year.”

AuRico North America Highlights

At year-end 2011, AuRico North America reported:

        - Proven and Probable mineral reserves at Young-Davidson of 3.8 million gold
          ounces, an addition of 1.01 million gold ounces, or a 36% increase, over 2010
        - Proven and Probable mineral reserves at Ocampo of 2.4 million gold equivalent
          ounces, an addition of 456 thousand gold equivalent ounces, or a 22% increase, over
          2010, before depletion of 177 thousand gold equivalent ounces. The additions to
          reserves include:
             - 168 thousand gold equivalent ounces at the Ocampo underground, or an
             increase of 21% before depletion
             - 288 thousand gold equivalent ounces at the Ocampo open pit operations, or
             an increase of 22% before depletion
        - Proven and Probable mineral reserves at El Chanate of 1.3 million gold
          ounces, a decrease of 219 thousand gold ounces, or a 15% decrease, over October 1st,
          2009 (the effective date of the last published reserve update), including mining
          depletion of 275 thousand gold ounces since October 2009.
        - Proven and Probable mineral reserves at El Cubo of 657 thousand gold
          equivalent ounces, an addition of 58 thousand gold equivalent ounces, or a 9%
          increase, over 2010, before depletion of 19 thousand gold equivalent ounces.

              AuRico Gold North America
             Proven and Probable Mineral
          Reserves by Mine (in thousands of
               gold equivalent ounces)
        December 31    2011  2010  Change (%)

        Young-Davidson 3,831 2,819    36%
        Ocampo         2,384 2,106    13%
        El Chanate     1,284 1,371    (6%)
        El Cubo          657   620     6%
        Total          8,157 6,916    18%

The assumptions incorporated in the 2011 Reserve calculation, as compared with those
in 2010, are as follows:

        Reserve Assumptions        2011       2010

        Gold (US$/oz)            $1,250      $1,025
        Silver (US$/oz)          $23.00      $16.60
        Gold Equivalency Ratio    54.35       61.75

Through acquisitions and additions AuRico North America has increased Proven and
Probable reserves by 5.43 million gold equivalent ounces, after mining depletion, as
reflected in the chart below.

http://files.newswire.ca/975/AuRicoChart.pdf

Young-Davidson

Given the significant increase in gold price since the Young-Davidson Feasibility
Study was completed, a re-engineering of the underground mining methods was completed over
the last quarter. The Feasibility Study envisaged the use of unconsolidated rock fill and
bulk mining methods such as sub-level caving and long-hole shrinkage. The mine has now
been re-engineered to utilize paste backfill and longhole stoping, which allows for a
significantly higher mining recovery of the in-situ resource. As a result, it is expected
that mining recovery will increase from approximately 72% to approximately 92% and, it is
expected that dilution will decrease from approximately 15% to below 10%. This, combined
with the conversion of the YD West resource into reserves and infill drilling within the
Upper Boundary Zone, has resulted in approximately one million Proven and Probable ounces
being added to reserves. Drilling in 2012 will focus on extending the YD West Zone and
testing additional targets on the east and west flanks of the main Young-Davidson
orebodies.

Ocampo

The 2011 underground drilling program at Ocampo was successful in identifying six new
underground veins as well as increasing Proven and Probable reserves in 16 of the existing
28 veins. The underground mining cutoff grades have been reduced from 1.80 to 1.50 gold
equivalent grams per tonne due to the increased gold price assumptions. The resulting
average grade of the underground reserve has dropped by only 9% as significant high grade
discoveries mitigated the impact of lower cut-off grades. Reserve increases at the Ocampo
open pit operations were as a result of the delineation of a new open pit that will mine
the Belen upper vein and the continuation of the PGR pit to the west on the Estrella
structure. Drilling in 2012 will continue to focus on extensions to the existing
underground vein system, and follow-up drilling on surface showings of potential new veins
and on the Estrella structure.

El Chanate

Proven and Probable reserves at El Chanate were depleted by 219 thousand ounces, or 27
months of production, since the last reported reserve by Capital Gold Corporation (October
1st, 2009). Since AuRico acquired the property in April 2011, mining depletion has totaled
113 thousand ounces. The 2011 drilling program successfully identified mineralization
below and to the south of the existing reserve pit and in 2012 drilling will focus on
infilling these areas in anticipation of expanding the reserve pit towards these areas.

El Cubo

A re-evaluation of dilution assumptions against historical production resulted in
increasing cut-and-fill dilution assumptions by 25%, with a resulting corresponding
decrease in average grade. Dilution assumptions will be re-visited once the mine has
sufficient operating experience with the new long-hole mining method. As a result of the
surface drilling program, the Dolores/Capulin structures have grown significantly. 47
thousand gold equivalent ounces were added to underground reserves, and additionally 81
thousand gold equivalent ounces were added to Indicated resources and 381 thousand ounces
were added to Inferred resources at the Dolores deposit. The Dolores production ramp has
currently advanced to the top of the underground ore horizon. Surface drilling in 2012
will focus on converting additional Inferred material to Measured and Indicated resources,
while underground drilling will focus on down dip extensions of existing veins.

AuRico Australia

Fosterville

        - Proven and Probable mineral reserves of 364 thousand gold ounces, an
          increase of 12 thousand gold ounces, or 3% greater than 2010, before depletion of 123
          thousand gold ounces.
        - Measured and Indicated resources of 924 thousand gold ounces, an increase of
          259 thousand gold ounces, or 39% greater than 2010.
        - Inferred resources of 477 thousand gold ounces, a decrease of 120 thousand
          gold ounces, or 20% less than 2010.

Stawell

        - Proven and Probable mineral reserves of 107 thousand gold ounces, a
          decrease of 41 thousand gold ounces, or 18% less than 2010, before depletion of 85
          thousand gold ounces.
        - Measured and Indicated resources of 292 thousand gold ounces, an increase of
          16 thousand gold ounces, or 6% greater than 2010.
        - Inferred resources of 145 thousand gold ounces, an increase of 34 thousand
          gold ounces, or 31% greater than 2010.

Guadalupe y Calvo Preliminary Economic Assessment

Micon International has completed the Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) of
AuRico’s 100%-owned Guadalupe y Calvo (GyC) project located in Chihuahua, Mexico. The
updated resource (calculated using assumed gold and silver prices of $1,023 per ounce and
$16.61 per ounce respectively) stands at 264 thousand gold equivalent ounces in the
Measured and Indicated categories and another 146 thousand gold equivalent ounces in the
Inferred category. The PEA envisions a 9 year mine life of combined open pit and
underground operations with higher grade ore feeding a mill and lower grade ore being
stacked on a heap leach facility.

The results of the PEA have confirmed that GyC has the potential to produce a
meaningful amount of gold and silver averaging 36,000 gold equivalent ounces per year for
the first 8 years at a competitive cash cost of $467 per gold equivalent ounce. Upfront
capital requirements are estimated at $86 million. The PEA economics highlight GyC’s
excellent leverage to gold and silver prices with the pre-tax 5% NPV of $126 million at
AuRico’s resource metal price assumptions of $1,450/oz Au and $26/oz Ag increasing to $211
million at spot prices.

GyC PEA Results – 4 Case Comparison

                                   Case 1       Case 2       Case 3      Case 4
                                   GyC PEA                   AuRico
                                  Resource      AuRico      Resource
                                    Price    Reserve Price    Price    Spot Price
                                 Assumptions  Assumptions  Assumptions Assumptions

        Gold Price ($/oz)          $1,023       $1,250       $1,450      $1,770
        Silver Price ($/oz)        $16.61       $23.00       $26.35      $35.00
        Au/Ag Ratio                  61.6         54.3         55.0        50.6
        LOM Production (Koz)
        Gold                        156.7
        Silver                    8,490.4
        Gold Equivalent             294.5        306.1        311.0       331.5
        Mine Life (years)            10
        Average Annual
        Production (Koz)[1]
        Gold                         17.6
        Silver                      968.1
        Gold Equivalent              34.4         35.8         36.4        38.9
        Costs (US$ million)
        Up-Front Capex              $85.9
        Sustaining Capital          $22.4
        LOM Cash Costs
        (US$/Gold-Equivalent oz)     $493         $474         $467        $438
        Returns
        Pre-Tax Net Free Cash
        Flow (US$ M)                $40.4       $120.6       $188.0      $298.9
        Pre-Tax 5% NPV (US$ M)      $13.2        $74.7       $126.3      $211.4
        Pre-Tax IRR                   8.4%        22.2%        32.4%       47.7%
        Post-Tax Net Free Cash
        Flow (US$ M)                $34.4        $93.5       $142.1      $222.5
        Post-Tax 5% NPV (US$ M)      $9.3        $55.8        $93.4      $155.4
        Post-Tax IRR                  7.5%        19.3%        27.9%       40.9%

[1] First 8 years

Chris Bostwick, Senior Vice President Technical Services, AuRico Gold Inc., a
Qualified Person under NI 43-101, has reviewed the technical information in this press
release.

[1] Gold equivalent calculations for reserves metal prices of $1,250/oz for gold and
$23.00/oz for silver, for a gold to silver ratio of 54.35:1. Gold equivalent calculations
for resources use metal prices of $1,450/oz for gold and $26.35/oz for silver for a gold
to silver ratio of 55.03:1.

About AuRico Gold

AuRico Gold is a leading intermediate Canadian gold and silver producer with a
diversified portfolio of high quality mines and projects in Canada, Mexico and Australia.
The Company currently has five operating properties including the Ocampo mine in Chihuahua
State, the El Chanate mine in Sonora State, the El Cubo mine in Guanajuato State, as well
as the Fosterville and Stawell gold mines in Victoria, Australia. The first production
from the exciting Young-Davidson gold mine in northern Ontario is expected by the end of
Q1 2012 as the mine ramps up to over 200,000 ounces of annual production by 2015. AuRico’s
strong pipeline of development and exploration stage projects includes advanced
development properties in Mexico and British Columbia and several highly prospective
exploration properties in Mexico. AuRico’s head office is located in Toronto, Ontario,
Canada.

Cautionary Statement

Certain statements included herein, including information as to the future financial
or operating performance of the Company, its subsidiaries and its projects, constitute
forward-looking statements. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “target”,
“continue”, “estimate”, “may”, and similar expressions identify forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding
anticipated future financial and operational performance, the ability to continue to fund
expansion and exploration operations through cash flows, the ability of the Company to
optimize and expand its operations and development projects through capital expenditure,
the ability of the Company to complete its expansion studies in a timely manner and to
achieve positive results therefrom, the ability to realize the perceived benefits of the
acquisition of Northgate, the ability of Young-Davidson to commence production by the end
of Q1 2012 and to achieve over 200,000 ounces of annual production by 2015 and to meet the
timelines for the commencement of mill processing, the ability to accelerate underground
production at Young-Davidson, the ability to increase mining rates at Young-Davidson, the
ability of the Company to achieve its targets for the continued expansion and development
of Ocampo and El Chanate, the ability to improve infrastructure and productivity at El
Cubo, Stawell and Fosterville, the future price of gold and silver and the ratio of their
prices, the de-risking of operations, future exploration results of the Company’s
exploration and development programs and the success of the Company’s exploration
approaches, the Company’s ability to delineate additional resources and reserves as a
result of such programs, statements regarding the Company’s financial exposure to
litigation, targets, estimates and assumptions in respect of gold and silver production
and prices, operating costs, results and capital expenditures, mineral reserves and
mineral resources and anticipated grades, recovery rates, future financial or operating
performance, margins, operating and exploration expenditures, costs and timing of
completion of the Ocampo expansion program and improvements to the heap leach pad, costs
and timing of the development and commencement of production of new deposits, costs and
timing of construction, costs and timing of future exploration and reclamation expenses
including, anticipated 2011 and 2012 results, operating performance projections for 2011
and 2012, the Company’s ability to fully fund its business model internally, 2011 and 2012
gold and silver production and the cash and operating costs associated therewith, the
ability to achieve productivity and operational efficiencies, and the timing of each
thereof. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and
assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to
significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and
contingencies. The operating and financial performance of the Company will be affected by
changes in the actual gold equivalency ratio realized in 2011 and 2012. Many factors could
cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in
any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company. Such factors
include, among others, known and unknown uncertainties and risks relating to additional
funding requirements, reserve and resource estimates, commodity prices, hedging
activities, exploration, development and operating risks, illegal miners, political and
foreign risk, uninsurable risks, competition, limited mining operations, production risks,
environmental regulation and liability, government regulation, currency fluctuations,
recent losses and writ e-downs, restrictions in the Company’s loan facility, dependence on
key employees, possible variations of ore grade or recovery rates, failure of plant,
equipment or process to operate as anticipated, accidents and labour disputes. Investors
are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance
and, accordingly, investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking
statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

                                             Proven Reserves
                          Tonnes  Gold  Silver  Gold   Gold   Silver    Gold
                          (000's) (g/t) (g/t)  Equiv  Ounces  Ounces  Equiv. Oz
                                               (g/t)  (000's) (000's)  (000's)

        Ocampo - Open Pit  23,647  0.45   18    0.78      339  13,613       590
        Ocampo -
        Underground         3,473  2.78  128    5.15      311  14,347       575
        Total Ocampo       27,120  0.75   32    1.34      650  27,960     1,164
        Total El Cubo       2,238  1.84  114    3.89      132   8,199       280
        Total - El
        Chanate            41,783  0.63    -       -      851       -       851
        Young-Davidson -
        Surface             4,173   1.4    -       -      188       -       186
        Young-Davidson -
        Underground         5,799  3.05    -       -      568       -       568
        Total
        Young-Davidson      9,972  2.36    -       -      756       0       754
        AuRico - North
        America            81,113  0.92   14    1.17    2,389  36,159     3,050
        Fosterville           560  7.02    -       -      126       -       126
        Stawell - Surface       -     -    -       -        -       -         -
        Stawell -
        Underground            95  3.75    -       -       11       -        11
        Total - Stawell        95   3.6    -       -       11       -        11
        AuRico -
        Australia             655  6.52    -    6.52      137       -       137
        AuRico - Total     81,769  0.96   14    1.21    2,527  36,159     3,187

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                                            Probable Reserves
                          Tonnes  Gold  Silver  Gold   Gold   Silver    Gold
                          (000's) (g/t) (g/t)  Equiv. Ounces  Ounces  Equiv. Oz
                                               (g/t)  (000's) (000's)  (000's)

        Ocampo - Open Pit  45,242 0.37    15    0.64      543  21,410       937
        Ocampo -
        Underground         2,425 1.91    93    3.63      149   7,268       283
        Total Ocampo       47,666 0.45    19    0.8       692  28,678     1,220
        Total El Cubo       3,152 1.88   102    3.72      190  10,313       377
        Total - El
        Chanate            19,745 0.68    -      -        433       -       433
        Young-Davidson -
        Surface             3,394 1.27    -      -        139       -       139
        Young-Davidson -
        Underground        33,259 2.75    -      -      2,936       -     2,936
        Total
        Young-Davidson     36,653 2.61    -      -      3,075       -     3,075
        AuRico - North
        America           107,217 1.27    11    1.48    4,391  38,991     5,105
        Fosterville         1,851   4     -      -        238       -       238
        Stawell - Surface     120  0.8    -      -          3       -         3
        Stawell -
        Underground           756 3.81    -      -         93       -        93
        Total - Stawell       876 3.41    -      -         96       -        96
        AuRico -
        Australia           2,727 3.81    -     3.81      334       -       334
        AuRico - Total    109,944 1.34    11    1.54    4,725  38,991     5,439

                                      Total Proven and Probable Reserves
                                                   Gold   Gold   Silver    Gold
                             Tonnes  Gold  Silver Equiv. Ounces  Ounces  Equiv. Oz
                             (000's) (g/t) (g/t)  (g/t)  (000's) (000's)  (000's)

        Ocampo - Open Pit     68,889  0.40     16   0.69     882  35,023     1,527
        Ocampo - Underground   5,897  2.42    114   4.52     460  21,615       857
        Total Ocampo          74,786  0.56     24   0.99   1,342  56,638     2,384
        Total El Cubo          5,390  1.86    107   3.79     322  18,512       657
        Total - El Chanate    61,528  0.65      -      -   1,285       -     1,285
        Young-Davidson -
        Surface                7,567  1.34      -      -     327       -       327
        Young-Davidson -
        Underground           39,058  2.79      -      -   3,504       -     3,504
        Total Young-Davidson  46,625  2.56      -      -   3,831       -     3,831
        AuRico - North
        America              188,330  1.12     12   1.35   6,780  75,150     8,157
        Fosterville            2,411  4.70      -      -     364       -       364
        Stawell - Surface        120  0.80      -      -       3       -         3
        Stawell -
        Underground              851  3.80      -      -     104       -       104
        Total - Stawell          971  3.43      -      -     107       -       107
        AuRico - Australia     3,382  4.33      -   4.33     471       -       471
        AuRico - Total       191,712  1.18     12   1.40   7,251  75,150     8,628

                                                                            Measured Resources
                                     Tonnes  Gold  Silver    Gold     Gold   Silver    Gold
                                     (000's) (g/t) (g/t)  Equivalent Ounces  Ounces  Equiv. Oz
                                                            (g/t)    (000's) (000's)  (000's)

        Ocampo - Open Pit              9,552 0.33    20      0.69        101   6,121       212
        Ocampo - Underground             607 1.37    64      2.53         27   1,255        49
        Total Ocampo                  10,158 0.39    23      0.8         128   7,376       262
        Total El Cubo                    337  1.1    65      2.27         12     701        25
        El Chanate                     1,162 0.38    -        -           14       -        14
        Young-Davidson - Surface         739 2.02    -        -           48       -        48
        Young-Davidson - Underground   1,527 3.01    -        -          148       -       148
        Total Young-Davidson           2,266 2.69    -        -          196       -       196
        Orion                              -   -     -        -            -       -         0
        Kemess Underground                 -   -     -        -            -       -         0
        Guadalupe y Calvo                  -   -     -        -            -       -         0
        AuRico - North America        13,924 0.78    18      1.11        349   8,076       496
        Fosterville - Surface          2,294 2.19    -        -          162       -       162
        Fosterville - Underground         41 6.12    -        -            8       -         8
        Fosterville - Total            2,335 2.26    -        -          170       -       170
        Stawell - Surface                  -   -     -        -            -       -         0
        Stawell - Underground              -   -     -        -            -       -         0
        Total - Stawell                    -   -     -        -            -       -         0
        AuRico - Australia             2,335 2.26    -       2.26        170       -       170
        AuRico - Total                16,259 0.99    15      1.27        519   8,076       666

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                                                        Indicated Resources
                                     Tonnes  Gold  Silver    Gold     Gold    Silver   Gold
                                     (000's) (g/t) (g/t)  Equivalent Ounces   Ounces Equiv. Oz
                                                            (g/t)    (000's) (000's)  (000's)

        Ocampo - Open Pit             20,555  0.2     8      0.35       130   5,430       229
        Ocampo - Underground             495 1.07    50      1.98        17     801        32
        Total Ocampo                  21,050 0.22     9      0.39       147   6,231       261
        Total El Cubo                  3,874 2.07    61      3.17       257   7,600       395
        El Chanate                     1,652 0.44     -         -        23       -        23
        Young-Davidson - Surface       3,499 1.26     -         -       142       -       142
        Young-Davidson - Underground   8,864 2.17     -         -       619       -       619
        Total Young-Davidson          12,363 1.91     -         -       761       -       761
        Orion                          1,107 3.36   309      9.27       130  11,006       330
        Kemess Underground           136,500 0.56     -         -     2,610       -     2,610
        Guadalupe y Calvo              2,523 1.55    93      3.25       126   7,585       264
        AuRico - North America       179,069  0.7     6      0.81     4,055  32,421     4,644
        Fosterville - Surface          6,468 1.41     -         -       293       -       293
        Fosterville - Underground      2,728 5.26     -         -       461       -       461
        Fosterville - Total            9,195 2.55     -         -       754       -       754
        Stawell - Surface              3,134 2.16     -         -       218       -       218
        Stawell - Underground            598 3.86     -         -        74       -        74
        Total - Stawell                3,732 2.43     -         -       292       -       292
        AuRico - Australia            12,927 2.52     -      2.52     1,046       -     1,046
        AuRico - Total               191,996 0.83     5      0.92     5,101  32,421     5,690

                                   Total Measured and Indicated Resources
                                                 Gold     Gold    Silver    Gold
                         Tonnes   Gold  Silver Equivalent Ounces   Ounces  Equiv. Oz
                         (000's)  (g/t) (g/t)    (g/t)    (000's)  (000's)  (000's)
        Ocampo - Open
        Pit               30,106  0.24    12      0.46       231   11,551       441
        Ocampo -
        Underground        1,102  1.23    58      2.29        44    2,056        81
        Total Ocampo      31,208  0.27    14      0.52       275   13,607       522
        Total El Cubo      4,211  1.99    61      3.10       269    8,300       420
        El Chante          2,814  0.42     -         -        38        -        38
        Young-Davidson -
        Surface            4,238  1.39     -         -       190        -       190
        Young-Davidson -
        Underground       10,391  2.30     -         -       767        -       767
        Total
        Young-Davidson    14,629  2.03     -         -       956        -       956
        Orion              1,107  3.36   309      9.27       130   11,006       330
        Kemess
        Underground      136,500  0.56     -         -     2,610        -     2,610
        Guadalupe y
        Calvo              2,523  1.55    93      3.25       126    7,585       264
        AuRico - North
        America          192,993  0.71     7      0.83     4,405   40,498     5,140
        Fosterville -
        Surface            8,761  1.41     -         -       454        -       454
        Fosterville -
        Underground        2,769  5.26     -         -       469        -       469
        Fosterville -
        Total             11,530  2.49     -         -       924        -       924
        Stawell -
        Surface            3,134  2.16     -         -       218        -       218
        Stawell -
        Underground          598  3.86     -         -        74        -        74
        Total - Stawell    3,732  2.43     -         -       292        -       292
        AuRico -
        Australia         15,262  2.48     -      2.48     1,216        -     1,216
        AuRico - Total   208,255  0.84     6      0.95     5,620   40,498     6,356

                          Copper Resources
                       Tonnes  Copper Copper
                       (000's)  (%)   Pounds
        Kemess
        Underground                   (000's)
        Indicated      136,500   0.29 861,000
        Inferred         6,000   0.22  30,000

                                           Inferred Resources
                       Tonnes   Gold  Silver     Gold     Gold   Silver    Gold
                       (000's) (g/t)   (g/t)  Equivalent Ounces  Ounces  Equiv. Oz
                                                (g/t)    (000's) (000's)  (000's)
        Ocampo -
        Surface         27,068  0.4     20       0.77        347  17,822       671
        Ocampo -
        Underground      4,041  3.75    232      7.97        488  30,116     1,035
        Total Ocampo    31,109  0.83    48       1.71        835  47,938     1,706
        Total El Cubo    7,198  2.37    115      4.46        548  26,682     1,031
        El Chanate         549  0.46     -        -            8       -         8
        Young-Davidson
        - Surface        3,515  1.26     -        -          142       -       142
        Young-Davidson
        - Underground   14,784  2.71     -        -        1,289       -     1,289
        Total
        Young-Davidson  18,299  2.43     -        -        1,431       -     1,431
        Orion              181  3.33    95       4.98         19     550        29
        Kemess
        Underground      6,000  0.42     -        -           90       -        90
        Guadalupe y
        Calvo            1,832  1.13    74       2.48         67   4,357       146
        AuRico - North
        America         65,168  1.43    38       2.12      2,998  79,528     4,441
        Fosterville -
        Surface          2,554  1.51     -        -          124       -       124
        Fosterville -
        Underground      2,490  4.41     -        -          353       -       353
        Fosterville -
        Total            5,045  2.94     -        -          477       -       477
        Stawell -
        Surface             39  1.57     -        -            2       -         2
        Stawell -
        Underground        916  4.85     -        -          143       -       143
        Total -
        Stawell            955  4.72     -        -          145       -       145
        AuRico -
        Australia        6,000  3.22     -       3.22        622       -       622
        AuRico - Total  71,168  1.58    35       2.21      3,620  79,528     5,063

Notes to Reserves and Resources:

        - Mineral Reserves and Resources have been stated as at December 31, 2011.
        - AuRico acquired Capital Gold Corporation, including the El Chanate and Orion
          properties, in April 2011. AuRico acquired Northgate Minerals Corporation, including
          the Young-Davidson, Fosterville, Stawell and Kemess properties, in October 2011.
        - Gold equivalent calculations for Ocampo and El Cubo use the reserve metal
          prices of $1,250/oz for gold and $23.00/oz for silver, for a gold to silver ratio of
          54.35:1. Individual process recoveries are not factored into the gold to silver ratio
          calculation.
        - Gold equivalent calculations for Ocampo, El Cubo, Orion and Guadalupe y Calvo,
          use the resource metal prices of $1,450/oz for gold and $26.35/oz for silver for a
          gold to silver ratio of 55.03:1. Individual process recoveries are not factored into
          the gold to silver ratio calculation.
        - Mineral Resources are in addition to Mineral Reserves. Mineral Resources that
          are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability when calculated
          using Mineral Reserve assumptions.
        - Reserves have been calculated in accordance with NI 43-101, as required by
          Canadian securities regulatory authorities. In addition, while the terms "Measured",
          "Indicated and "Inferred" Mineral Resources are required pursuant to NI 43-101, the
          SEC does not recognize such terms. Canadian standards differ significantly from the
          requirements of the SEC, and Mineral Resources disclosed in accordance with the
          requirements of the SEC. Investors should understand that "Inferred" Mineral Resources
          have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to
          their economic and legal feasibility. In addition, investors are cautioned not to
          assume that any part or all of AuRico Gold's Mineral Resources constitute or will be
          converted into Reserves.
        - The following metal prices were used for the calculation of Reserves and
          Resources:
        -

                            Reserves                 Resources
                       Au $/oz   Ag $/oz   Au $/oz   Ag $/oz   Cu $/lb
                                  $23.00              $26.35
                Ocampo $1250 USD    USD    $1450 USD    USD        -
                                  $23.00              $26.35
               El Cubo $1250 USD    USD    $1450 USD    USD        -
            El Chanate $1250 USD     -     $1450 USD     -         -
        Young-Davidson $1250 USD     -     $1450 USD     -         -
           Fosterville $1300 AUD     -     $1450 AUD     -         -
               Stawell $1300 AUD     -     $1450 AUD     -         -
                                                      $16.61
                   GyC     -         -     $1023 USD    USD        -
                                                      $13.00
                 Orion     -         -     $850 USD     USD        -
                Kemess                                $20.00
           Underground     -         -     $1100 USD    USD    $2.80 USD

        - Reserves and Resources were prepared under the supervision of the
          following Qualified Persons:

                                    Resources                 Reserves

                                                              Ramon Luna, P.Geo,
                             Ocampo Ramon Luna, P.Geo,        Director, Servicios
                                    Director, Servicios y     y Proyectos Mineros
                                    Proyectos Mineros De      De Mexico S.A. de
                                    Mexico S.A. de C.V        C.V

                                                              Glenn R. Clark,
        El Cubo - Excluding Dolores Glenn R. Clark, P.Eng,    P.Eng, Principal,
                                    Principal, Glenn R. Clark Glenn R. Clark &
                                    & Associates              Associates

                  El Cubo - Dolores Jeff Volk, CPG, FAusIMM,  Paul Arscott, P.Geo,
                                    Principal Resource        Technical Service
                                    Geologist, SRK Consulting Manager, Minera El
                                    (US) Inc                  Cubo

                         El Chanate Jeff Volk, CPG, FAusIMM,  Joanna Peck, MMSA,
                                    Principal Resource        Senior Consultant
                                    Geologist, SRK Consulting (Mining), SRK
                                    (US) Inc                  Consulting (US) Inc

                                                              Chris Bostwick,
                     Young Davidson Carl Edmunds, P.Geo,      FAusIMM, SVP
                                    Exploration Manager,      Technical Services,
                                    AuRico Gold Inc.          AuRico Gold Inc.

                        Fosterville Simon Hitchman, AIG, Troy Chris Bostwick,
                                    Fuller AIG, both of       FAusIMM, SVP
                                    Fosterville Gold Mine Pty Technical Services,
                                    Ltd.                      AuRico Gold Inc.

                                                              Austin Hemphill,
                            Stawell Mark Haydon, AIG, Geology MAusIMM (CP), Chief
                                    Manager, Stawell Gold     Engineer, AuRico
                                    Mines                     Gold Inc.

                                GyC Chris Bostwick, FAusIMM,
                                    SVP Technical Services,
                                    AuRico Gold Inc.

                              Orion Jeffrey Volk, CPG,
                                    FAusIMM, Peter Clarke,
                                    P.Eng., Paul Riley,
                                    C.Eng, FIMMM, G. Dante
                                    Ramírez-Rodríguez, MMSA,
                                    all of SRK Consulting
                                    (US) Inc.

                 Kemess Underground Carl Edmunds P.Geo.,
                                    Exploration Manager,
                                    AuRico Gold Inc., Michael
                                    Thomas, MAusIMM (CP),
                                    Principal Mining
                                    Consultant, AMC
                                    Consultants Pty Ltd, Ken
                                    Major, P.Eng, KWM
                                    Consulting Inc.

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For further information:

For further information please visit the AuRico Goldwebsite at
http://www.auricogold.com or contact:

        Rene Marion
        President & Chief Executive Officer
        AuRico Gold Inc.
        +1-647-260-8880

        Anne Day
        Director of Investor Relations
        AuRico Gold Inc.
        +1-647-260-8880

SOURCE AuRico Gold Inc.


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