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Barrick and NOVAGOLD Agree on Next Steps Toward Advancement of Donlin Gold; Drill Assay Results Continue to Yield High-Grade Intercepts and Demonstrate Important Grade Continuity; With Clear Improvement in Definition of Controls of Mineralization, the Project is Advancing Towards Feasibility Study Update

Donlin Gold LLC ("Donlin Gold"), owned 5050 by Barrick Gold Corporation ("Barrick") (TSX: ABX) (NYSE: GOLD) and NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC. ("NOVAGOLD") (TSX, NYSE American: NG), is pleased to report progress made during the executive management workshop and site visit in early September between senior representatives from Barrick and NOVAGOLD, as well as the Donlin Gold management team. Additional assay results for 18 completed drill holes, plus partial results for 22 holes from the 2021 drill program are reported below.

  • During the September 2021 executive management meetings in Alaska, the combined team reaffirmed its confidence in the deposit and charted a course toward advancing the project up the value chain
  • In addition, senior executives, including Barrick and NOVAGOLD CEOs Mark Bristow and Greg Lang, met with local stakeholders as well as senior Alaska Federal and State government officials who expressed their continued strong support for the project
  • Assay results from approximately 65% or 15,700 meters of drilling continue to support the global resource estimate, recent modelling concepts, and strategic mine planning work
  • With a progression plan in place, subject to results from the upcoming drill program the partners are well positioned to be able to proceed with a feasibility study update in 2022

2021 Drill Program Delivers Consistent Results

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Barrick Confirms Per Share Distribution Amount for the Third $250 Million Return of Capital Tranche

All amounts expressed in US dollars

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD)(TSX:ABX) today confirmed that the per share amount of the third and final $250 million 1 tranche of a return of capital distribution totalling $750 million to be paid on December 15, 2021 will be $0.1405058, based on the number of issued and outstanding shares as of the November 30, 2021 record date.

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World Gold Council Report Underscores Barrick's Leading Role in Sharing the Benefits of Mining

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD) (TSX:ABX) today welcomed the release of the World Gold Council's report highlighting the role of its members in contributing to socio-economic development in the countries and communities in which they operate. According to the report, available at www.gold.org this contribution amounted to almost $38 billion in 38 countries last year, in the form of payments to governments, employees and suppliers.

Barrick's status as an industry leader in socio-economic development was underscored by the comparison between its performance and the industrywide figures reported by the World Gold Council:

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