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Barrick Reviews Zambian Clearance for Equinox Acquisition

May 27, 2011

All amounts expressed in US$ unless otherwise indicated

TORONTO, May 27, 2011 — Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) ("Barrick" or "the Company") announced today that the Zambian Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (the "CCPC") has disclosed that it has issued a conditional authorization for Barrick's proposed acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares (the "Equinox Shares") of Equinox Minerals Limited (TSX:EQN) (ASX:EQN) ("Equinox"). Barrick appreciates the timeliness of the CCPC approval process to date and notes that discussions with the CCPC relating to modifying the terms of its conditional authorization are ongoing.

The Offer is open for acceptance until 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on June 1, 2011 (the "Expiry Time"), unless the Offer is extended or withdrawn.

This press release does not constitute an offer to buy or an invitation to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or an invitation to sell, any of the securities of Equinox. Such an offer is only made pursuant to the Offer and take-over bid circular, the letter of transmittal, the notice of guaranteed delivery and other related offer materials which the Offeror has filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and mailed to holders of Equinox Shares. The Offer is not being made to, nor will deposits be accepted from or on behalf of, Equinox shareholders in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance of the Offer would not be in compliance with the laws of such jurisdiction. Furthermore, the information contained in this press release does not constitute financial product advice. It has been prepared without reference to the investment objectives, financial situation, taxation situation and particular needs of any individual Equinox shareholder. Equinox shareholders should consider consulting with their investment, financial, taxation or other professional advisor before taking any action in relation to their investment in Equinox.

 

BARRICK INVESTOR CONTACT:
Deni Nicoski
Vice President, Investor Relations
(416) 307-7410
dnicoski@barrick.com
  BARRICK MEDIA CONTACT:
Scott Brubacher
Director, Communications
(416) 307-5152
sbrubacher@barrick.com

 

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The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, further events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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