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Goldcorp achieves 2012 gold production and cash cost forecast; Five-year gold production growth profile forecast at 70%

January 7, 2013

Toronto Stock Exchange: G
New York Stock Exchange: GG

(All Amounts in $US unless stated otherwise)

VANCOUVER, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) today announced gold production and cash costs for 2012 and provided
production and cash cost guidance for 2013 and the five-year period
ending 2017.

Highlights

        --  Strong fourth quarter 2012 gold production totaling 696,700
            ounces, with total 2012 gold production of 2.39 million ounces,
            within previous guidance.
        --  Forecast 2013 gold production to grow approximately 10% to
            between 2.55 and 2.80 million ounces.
        --  Forecast five-year gold production to increase to 4.0 - 4.2
            million ounces by 2017.
        --  Forecast average five year by-product cash costs1 expected to
            remain below $500 per ounce.
        --  Dividend increases 11% to $0.60 per share.
        --  Adopting all-in sustaining cash cost1 reporting measure for
            2013.

Goldcorp’s year-end financial statements are scheduled to be released on
February 14, 2013. The final calculation of operating costs has not yet
been completed, but total cash costs for all of 2012 are expected to be
approximately $315 per ounce of gold on a by-product basis and
approximately $645 per ounce of gold on a co-product basis.

“Delivering a strong fourth quarter and achieving our revised forecast
gold production and cash cost guidance is a very positive conclusion to
what was a challenging year,” said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp President
and Chief Executive Officer.  After earlier production delays at Red
Lake, this cornerstone mine ended the year with operational stability,
High Grade Zone gold reserves intact, and newly-discovered mineralized
zones that hold the potential to contribute to the production profile
over the longer term.   At Peñasquito, water availability issues
limited throughput rates and affected economic efficiency, masking the
emerging strength of the operation as a key engine of cash flow growth
in just its second full year in commercial production. The rest of our
mine portfolio performed according to expectations in 2012.

“Looking forward, we expect to deliver meaningful production growth in
2013, driven by solid performance expected throughout the portfolio as
well as the ramp-up in production at the Pueblo Viejo joint venture in
the Dominican Republic. Pueblo Viejo represents the first leg of new
gold growth as a result of our multi-year investment in new growth
projects.  Cerro Negro in Argentina remains positioned to be the next,
adding substantial new gold production in 2014, with Éléonore expected
to make a significant contribution in 2015.  Our five-year gold
production profile builds steadily over the next several years,
culminating in forecast gold production growth of approximately 70% by
2017.

“Just as important as the number of gold ounces we expect to add is the
quality of those gold ounces, which we believe is critical to growing
shareholder value over time.  Goldcorp’s emphasis has always been on
growth in cash flow as opposed to growth in new ounces.  We will remain
disciplined stewards of shareholder capital by focusing on high
quality, high return projects and returning capital to shareholders in
the form of increased dividends, and we were pleased to announce today
an 11% dividend increase to $0.60 per share annually.  We remain
committed to continuous improvements in the way in which we assess and
account for the risks inherent in our business.  We believe this has
resulted in a carefully considered, high quality and realistic
five-year growth plan that demonstrates the unique investment
proposition that Goldcorp shares continue to represent.”

2013 Guidance

Goldcorp expects to produce between 2.55 and 2.80 million ounces of gold
in 2013.   Production is expected to build in the second half of the
year based on the ramp up at Pueblo Viejo and higher grades late in the
year at Peñasquito.

Working with the World Gold Council, the Company is adopting an “all-in
sustaining cash cost” measure that the Company believes more fully
defines the total costs associated with producing gold.  All-in
sustaining cash costs include by-product cash costs, sustaining
capital, corporate general & administrative expenses and exploration
expense.  As the measure seeks to reflect the full cost of gold
production from current operations, new project capital is not included
in the calculation.  A full reporting of cash activities will continue
to be available in the Company’s quarterly financial statements and
Goldcorp will continue to report cash costs on a by-product and
co-product basis in addition to all-in sustaining cash costs.  For
2013, the Company estimates all-in sustaining cash costs of $1,000 to
$1,100 per ounce compared to approximately $865 per ounce in 2012. 
Cash costs are forecast at between $525 to $575 per ounce on a
by-product basis and between $700 to $750 per ounce on a co-product
basis. Cash costs are expected to rise from 2012 levels primarily due
to industry-wide cost inflation and the impacts of lower grades and
by-product production at Peñasquito.

Forecast 2013 silver production is expected at between 29 and 31 million
ounces (including approximately 20 to 21 million ounces at Peñasquito).
Zinc production is expected to be between 285 and 305 million pounds
and lead production is forecast between 145 and 160 million pounds.
Copper production is forecast between 95 and 100 million pounds.  On a
gold equivalent basis(2), Company-wide forecast 2013 gold production totals approximately 3.5
million to 3.8 million ounces.

Assumptions used to forecast total cash costs and gold equivalent
calculation for 2013 include:  $1,600 per ounce for gold; by-product
metals prices of $30.00 per ounce silver; $3.50 per pound copper; $0.90
per pound zinc; $0.90 per pound lead, an oil price of $100.00 per
barrel and the Canadian dollar and Mexican peso at $1.00 and $12.75
respectively to the US dollar.  The Company continues to evaluate
opportunities to contain input costs and minimize foreign exchange risk
through the hedging of both fuel and currencies.  For year-over-year
comparative purposes, using actual metals prices and foreign exchange
rates realized in 2012, Goldcorp’s by-product cash costs for 2013 would
be forecast at $500 per ounce of gold.  Mine-by-mine actual 2012 gold
production results and estimated 2013 gold production are as follows:

     __________________________________________________________
    |Mine                |2012 Production|      2013 Forecast  |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Red Lake            |      507,500  |   475,000 - 510,000 |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Peñasquito          |      411,300  |   360,000 - 400,000 |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Los Filos           |      340,400  |   340,000 - 350,000 |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Pueblo Viejo (40.0%)|      41,200   |   330,000 - 435,000 |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Porcupine           |      262,800  |   270,000 - 280,000 |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Musselwhite         |      239,200  |   250,000 - 260,000 |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Marlin              |      207,300  |   185,000 - 200,000 |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Alumbrera (37.5%)   |      136,600  |   120,000 - 125,000 |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Marigold (66.7%)    |      96,300   |   95,000 - 100,000  |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |El Sauzal           |      81,800   |    70,000 - 80,000  |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Wharf               |      68,100   |    55,000 - 60,000  |
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|
    |Total               |    2,392,500  |2,550,000 - 2,800,000|
    |____________________|_______________|_____________________|

Canada

At Red Lake, gold production is expected to remain stable at between
475,000 to 510,000 ounces. An increase in tonnes through the mill from
mining of additional sulphide areas at the Red Lake complex is expected
to slightly decrease gold grade.  De-stressing activities are expected
to effectively manage seismicity, with a single de-stress slot planned
at the 46/47 level.

Successful drilling during 2012 resulted in the discovery of the NXT
zone adjacent to the High Grade Zone.   Five drills will continue to
define and extend the zone between the 48 and 57 levels and beyond,
with the objective of identifying the up-plunge extents.  Construction
is progressing on an exploration drift at the 47 level with expected
completion by the end of the current quarter that will provide a
platform to increase drill density for conversion of resources to
reserves.  Additional exploration work in the High Grade Zone will
focus on a newly-discovered structure at the bottom of the 4699 ramp.

At Cochenour, construction of the five-kilometre haulage drift to
connect the Cochenour shaft with the Red Lake mine on the 5100 level
advanced to 68% complete at the end of 2012 with expected completion by
the end of the first quarter of 2014.  Upon completion, the drift will
enable ore from the Cochenour/Bruce Channel deposit to be hauled
directly to the Red Lake mine for processing at the existing mill
facilities.  During 2013, exploration drilling from the haulage drift
will continue to test the unexplored ground at depth in the heart of
the prolific Red Lake gold district.

A study of the overall project has been completed that has concluded
that the center of the Bruce Channel ore body is lower than previously
expected, necessitating the deepening of the Cochenour shaft by 245
meters.  This has resulted in a scope change that is expected to
increase the initial capital spend to $540 million in current dollars
and move first gold production into the first half of 2015.   Following
ramp-up to full production, forecast life-of-mine gold production from
Cochenour is expected to be between 225,000 – 250,000 ounces per year.

At Porcupine in Ontario, gold production in 2013 is expected to be
between 270,000 and 280,000 ounces.  The Hoyle Pond Deep project
continued to advance to access both depth extensions of current ore
bodies and newly-discovered zones and to enhance flexibility and
efficiencies throughout the operation.  Pending the receipt of permits,
initial production from the new Hollinger open pit project is expected
early in 2013.

At Musselwhite in Ontario, gold production is expected to increase
slightly as mining continues to progress in the PQ Deeps and Lynx
zones. Exploration will continue to focus on the northern extension of the Lynx Zone from surface and underground, drilling of the
West Limb and the underground extension of the PQ Deeps.  Surface
drilling from barges has returned encouraging results on the Lynx Zone
and additional mineralized shear zones have been intersected on the
West Limb.

At Éléonore in Quebec, first gold production remains on track for late
2014.  In December, the production shaft sinking commenced. 
Underground exploration drilling from the recently-completed Gaumond
exploration shaft will accelerate in 2013, enabling further definition
drilling of the deep portion of the Roberto deposit to proceed.  The
exploration ramp excavation continued to progress and has now reached
over 2,500 metres in length.  Currently, four diamond drills are
conducting definition drilling from strategic working platforms in the
ramp.  Consistent with the Company’s focus on capital discipline, the
results of this drilling effort will guide the pace of progress and
overall capital spending of the production shaft sinking, which stood
at 83 metres at year-end. Work to date indicates an increase in initial
capital to $1.75 billion in current dollars due to additional
permitting required related to water treatment as well as overall
project cost escalation. Ongoing work with regard to mine planning and
initial development capital is expected to be completed during the
current quarter and may result in a further increase to initial
capital.   Forecast average life-of-mine gold production from Éléonore
at full production is approximately 600,000 ounces per year.

Mexico

At Peñasquito, the Company will continue to bring additional water wells
into production within the Cedros Basin in addition to new dewatering
wells within the Chile Colorado pit.   The additional water wells in
2013 are expected to increase mill throughput to 105,000 tonnes per day
compared to 98,800 tonnes per day achieved in the fourth quarter of
2012.  A water and tailings study to develop a comprehensive long-term
water strategy for the Peñasquito district is underway and expected to
be completed during the first half of 2013.   Mining in a lower grade
portion of the pit over the first half of the year is also expected to
impact overall production, which is forecast between 360,000 and
400,000 gold ounces for 2013.  On a gold equivalent basis, Peñasquito
production is expected to total approximately 895,000 to 970,000
ounces.

During 2013, a number of efficiency improvements are being implemented
that are expected to provide incremental but meaningful improvements in
productivity during the year.  Construction and commissioning of the
Waste Rock Overland Conveyor System was completed in the fourth quarter
of 2012 and is expected to result in important operating cost savings
compared to truck haulage.

During 2012, a study of the Camino Rojo project near Peñasquito was
completed that contemplates a heap leach facility to process
near-surface oxide and transition mineralization.  The study
demonstrated strong financial returns but does not consider recent
positive exploration results in the sulphide portions of the deposit. 
Until the sulphide opportunity is more thoroughly understood,
development and construction of the heap leach facility will be
deferred.  Work will continue in 2013 on exploration, permitting and
metallurgical testing.

Central and South America

At Marlin in Guatemala, production in 2013 is expected to decrease
slightly, with a greater proportion of the production from the
lower-grade West Vero zone.  The mine will remain exclusively an
underground operation.  Exploration drilling will continue to focus on
near-mine targets including the West Marlin, Delmy and Coral
mineralization.

At Pueblo Viejo, modifications to one of the four autoclaves were
successfully completed in December and will be replicated on the other
three autoclaves in first half of 2013.   Completion is expected to
drive strong 2013 production of between 330,000 and 435,000 gold ounces
on a 40% basis.  Risks included in the guided production range include
slower-than expected plant throughput ramp-up in the initial year of
commercial production and potential impacts of power availability,
although grid power has been reliable to date.  As part of a
longer-term, optimized power solution for Pueblo Viejo, construction
progressed on a 215 MW dual fuel power plant which is expected to
commence operations in mid-2013.  Upon commissioning, the new plant is
expected to provide dedicated long-term power to the project.

The Cerro Negro project in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina remains
on track for first gold production in late 2013 with negligible gold
production anticipated. With production expected to average 525,000
ounces of gold in its first five full years of production and cash
costs expected to average less than $350 per ounce, Cerro Negro is
well-positioned as Goldcorp’s next cornerstone gold mine.  Underground
ramp development of the Eureka vein has advanced to more than 2,100
metres of the total 3,900 metres planned.  The Eureka stockpile now
contains an estimated 40,300 tonnes at an estimated grade of 11.1 grams
per tonne gold and 204 grams per tonne silver.   Along with Eureka, the
Mariana Central and Mariana Norte veins will provide  the initial
production at Cerro Negro, where work on the production ramps continues
to progress on schedule.  Ramp development at Mariana Central has
reached 475 metres and at Mariana Norte, ramp development has reached
310 metres.  Overall Engineering, Procurement and Construction
Management was 55% complete at the end of 2012. Exploration drilling
planned for 2013 will focus on extending Mariana Central, Mariana Norte
and San Marcos veins, all of which remain open at depth and along
strike, as well as on testing newly-discovered veins.  Significant cost
inflation in Argentina, country factors and overall cost escalation has
increased the initial estimated capital expenditure at Cerro Negro to
$1.35 billion in current dollars.

The El Morro project in Chile remains suspended since April 30, 2012
pending the resolution by the Chilean environmental permitting
authority (the Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental or SEA) of certain
permitting deficiencies specifically identified by a decision of the
Antofogasta Court of Appeals. The Company continues to work with the
Chilean authorities and local communities to rectify these deficiencies
which include advancing the consultation process. Other project
activities are focused on gathering information to support permit
applications for submission following the completion of the
administrative process and optimization of the project economics
including securing long-term power supply.

Financial Guidance

Approximately $900 million in cash at year-end, an undrawn $2 billion
credit facility and continuing strong cash flows in 2013 are expected
to provide the liquidity to fund the Company’s peer-leading growth
profile.  Capital expenditures for 2013 are forecast at approximately
$2.8 billion, of which approximately 60% is allocated to projects and
40% to operations.  Major project capital expenditures in 2013 include
approximately $775 million at Cerro Negro, $650 million at Éléonore,
$100 million at Cochenour, and $50 million at Camino Rojo.

Exploration expenditures in 2013 are expected to total approximately
$225 million, of which approximately one third will be expensed. 
Goldcorp’s primary focus will remain on the replacement of reserves
mined throughout the year and on extending existing gold zones at all
of its mines and projects.  In addition, investments will be made in
enhancing the Company’s early-stage exploration pipeline.  General and
administrative expense is forecast at $180 million which excludes stock
option expense estimated at $80 million for the year. Depreciation,
depletion and amortization expense is expected to be approximately $335
per ounce of gold sold subject to the Company finalizing its year-end
2012 reserve and resource calculation.  The Company expects an overall
effective tax rate of 29% for 2013.

Five Year Forecast

Goldcorp’s production profile continues to evolve toward a model
comprised of sustained, low-cost gold production from large cornerstone
projects.  Gold production is forecast to grow approximately 70% over
the next five years to 4.0 to 4.2 million ounces in 2017.  New projects
will make significant contributions to this growth, with first gold
production forecast from new projects as follows: Cerro Negro, late
2013; Éléonore, late 2014; Cochenour, first half 2015; Camino Rojo,
2016.  Year-by-year gold production is forecast as follows:

     _______________________________
    |Year| Forecast Gold Production |
    |____|__________________________|
    |2013|2.55 to 2.8 million ounces|
    |____|__________________________|
    |2014|3.2 to 3.5 million ounces |
    |____|__________________________|
    |2015|3.5 to 3.8 million ounces |
    |____|__________________________|
    |2016|3.8 to 4.0 million ounces |
    |____|__________________________|
    |2017|4.0 to 4.2 million ounces |
    |____|__________________________|

At metals prices of $27.60 per ounce silver, $3.50 per pound copper,
$0.94 per pound zinc and $0.94 per pound lead, forecast average five
year by-product cash costs are expected to remain below $500 per ounce,
positioning the Company for sustained margins and cash flow growth over
the long term.

Conference Call Details

A conference call will be held on January 8, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) to
discuss the guidance release. Participants may join the call by dialing
toll free 866-223-7781 or 416-340-8018 for calls from outside Canada
and the US.  A recorded playback of the call can be accessed after the
event until February 8, 2013 by dialing 800-408-3053 or 905-694-9451
for calls outside Canada and the US.  Pass code: 3793211.  A live and
archived audio webcast will also be available at www.goldcorp.com.

Goldcorp is one of the world’s fastest growing senior gold producers. 
Its low-cost gold production is located in safe jurisdictions in the
Americas and remains 100% unhedged

The scientific and technical information concerning Goldcorp’s mineral
properties contained herein is based upon information prepared by or
under the supervision of Maryse Belanger, P. Geo., Senior Vice
President, Technical Services of Goldcorp who is a “qualified person”
within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.


    1. The Company has included non-GAAP performance measures, total cash
       cost per gold ounce and all-in sustaining cash cost per gold ounce,
       throughout this document. The Company reports both of these measures
       on a sales basis.

       Total cash cost per gold ounce in the gold mining industry is a
       common performance measure but does not have any standardized
       meaning, and is a non-GAAP measure. The Company follows the
       recommendations of the Gold Institute standard. All-in sustaining
       cash costs include by-product cash costs, sustaining capital,
       corporate general & administrative expenses and exploration expense.

       The Company believes that, in addition to conventional measures,
       prepared in accordance with GAAP, certain investors use this
       information to evaluate the Company's performance and ability to
       generate cash flow. Accordingly, they are intended to provide
       additional information and should not be considered in isolation or
       as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance
       with GAAP.

    2. Gold equivalent ounces are calculated using the following
       assumptions: $1,600 per ounce for gold; by-product metal prices of
       $30.00 per ounce silver; $3.50 per pound copper; $0.90 per pound
       zinc; and $0.90 per pound lead.   By-product metals are converted to
       gold equivalent ounces by multiplying by-product metal production
       with the associated by-product metal price and dividing it with the
       gold price.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements”, within the
meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning the
business, operations and financial performance and condition of
Goldcorp Inc. (“Goldcorp”). Forward-looking statements include, but are
not limited to, statements with respect to the future price of gold,
silver, copper, lead and zinc, the estimation of mineral reserves and
resources, the realization of mineral reserve estimates, the timing and
amount of estimated future production, costs of production, capital
expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits,
success of exploration activities, permitting time lines, hedging
practices, currency exchange rate fluctuations, requirements for
additional capital, government regulation of mining operations,
environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, timing and
possible outcome of pending litigation, title disputes or claims and
limitations on insurance coverage.  Generally, these forward-looking
statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology
such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”,  “budget”, “scheduled”,
“estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes” or
variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain
actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be
taken”, “occur” or “be achieved” or the negative connotation thereof.

Forward-looking statements are made based upon certain assumptions and
other important factors that, if untrue, could cause the actual
results, performances or achievements of Goldcorp to be materially
different from future results, performances or achievements expressed
or implied by such statements.  Such statements and information are
based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business
strategies and the environment in which Goldcorp will operate in the
future, including the price of gold, anticipated costs and ability to
achieve goals. Certain important factors that could cause actual
results, performances or achievements to differ materially from those
in the forward-looking statements include, among others, gold price
volatility, discrepancies between actual and estimated production,
mineral reserves and resources and metallurgical recoveries, mining
operational and development risks, litigation risks, regulatory
restrictions (including environmental regulatory restrictions and
liability), activities by governmental authorities (including changes
in taxation), currency fluctuations, the speculative nature of gold
exploration, the global economic climate, dilution, share price
volatility, competition, loss of key employees, additional funding
requirements and defective title to mineral claims or property. 
Although Goldcorp 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 as anticipated,
estimated or intended.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other important factors that may cause the actual
results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Goldcorp to
be materially different from those expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: risks related
to the integration of acquisitions; risks related to international
operations, including economic and political instability in foreign
jurisdictions in which Goldcorp operates; risks related to current
global financial conditions; risks related to joint venture operations;
actual results of current exploration activities; environmental risks;
future prices of gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc; possible
variations in ore reserves, grade or recovery rates; mine development
and operating risks; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the
mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or
financing or in the completion of development or construction
activities; risks related to indebtedness and the service of such
indebtedness, as well as those factors discussed in the section
entitled “Description of the Business – Risk Factors” in Goldcorp’s
annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2011 available at www.sedar.com.  Although Goldcorp has attempted to identify important factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in
forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause
results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.  There can be
no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual
results and future events could differ materially from those
anticipated in such statements.  Accordingly, readers should not place
undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking
statements are made as of the date hereof and accordingly are subject
to change after such date.  Except as otherwise indicated by Goldcorp,
these statements do not reflect the potential impact of any
non-recurring or other special items or of any dispositions,
monetizations, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or
other transactions that may be announced or that may occur after the
date hereof.  Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose
of providing information about management’s current expectations and
plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding
of our operating environment. Goldcorp does not undertake to update any
forward-looking statements that are included in this document, except
in accordance with applicable securities laws.

 

 

SOURCE Goldcorp Inc.


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