Barrick Completes Acquisition of Arizona Star

March 12, 2008

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2008) - Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) has acquired all of the remaining common shares of Arizona Star Resource Corp. ("Arizona Star") pursuant to its statutory right of compulsory acquisition. Arizona Star owns a 51% interest in Cerro Casale, one of the world's largest undeveloped gold and copper deposits.

Shareholders of Arizona Star will receive Cdn. $18.00 cash for each share that is subject to the compulsory acquisition. Cheques will be sent to all shareholders who have delivered share certificate(s), formerly held by them to Computershare Investor Services Inc. in Toronto, Ontario together with a letter of transmittal. Any shareholder that has not delivered such share certificate(s) and a letter of transmittal to Computershare Investor Services Inc. must do so in order to receive the payment to which the shareholder is entitled.

Barrick's vision is to be the world's best gold company by finding, acquiring, developing and producing quality reserves in a safe, profitable and socially responsible manner.


Barrick Gold Corporation

Deni Nicoski
Vice President, Investor Relations
(416) 307-7410

Vincent Borg
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
(416) 307-7477

Source: Barrick Gold Corporation

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