AuRico Gold Announces Continued Exploration Success at Young-Davidson

    AuRico Gold Announces Continued Exploration Success at Young-Davidson

  PR Newswire

  TORONTO, November 6, 2012

TORONTO, November 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

AuRico Gold Inc. (TSX:AUQ) (NYSE:AUQ) , ("AuRico" or "the Company") today
provided an update on its 2012 exploration program at the Young-Davidson mine,
located in Ontario, Canada. Drill results continue to demonstrate potential
immediately to the west of the mine.

The Company currently has five diamond drills on surface exploring a number of
target areas. Year to date, almost 29,000 metres have been completed,
focusing primarily on two areas:

  *The YD West Zone, which is located west of the Main Zone below the 9,500
    metre level. This zone, first discovered in 2010, has been further
    defined to the west and at depth and remains open in both directions.
  *The West Shirriff area, which is located immediately to the west of the YD
    West Zone (Figure 1). Results from this zone show anomalous gold of the
    same rock type and alteration type as the main zones that make up the
    Young-Davidson mine.

Chris Rockingham, AuRico's Vice President of Exploration commented "Results
are in line with expectations and we are pleased that the drill program
continues to demonstrate that mineralization extends well beyond the existing
reserve. Additional work will be conducted to further test the continuity of
the YD West Zone to the west and at depth. Preliminary information from the
West Shirriff area provides encouragement for mineralization beyond YD West,
approximately 1 kilometre from the mine."

The objective of the 2012 exploration program is to focus on continuing to
better define the YD West Zone and to conduct follow-up drilling on additional

YD West Zone:

11 of 14 planned holes have been completed, with the balance in progress.
Seven holes successfully intersected the YD West horizon whereas four holes
were dyked out at the target horizon. All seven intersections contained gold
bearing intervals and six of these contained seven intervals that exceeded the
cutoff grade of 1.1 g/t Au over a mineable width for classification as a
resource. The following intervals also exceeded the cutoff grade of 1.7 g/t
over a mineable width for classification as reserve:

  *16.9 metres grading 3.99 g/t Au (YD12-253),
  *66.8 metres grading 1.89 g/t Au, including 21 metres grading 2.5 g/t Au
  *9.9 metres grading 1.71 g/t Au (YD12-253C)
  *11.6 metres of 2.77 g/t Au (YD12-266)

One drill hole (YD12-266) intersected a gold zone about 55 metres further into
the footwall than forecast in an altered brecciated syenite structural zone.
This is a new style of gold mineralization on the property and the orientation
of the structural zone is being investigated with new drilling.

West Shirriff

Eleven (11) holes have been drilled elsewhere on the property, with the most
encouraging results coming from two holes in the West Shirriff area (YD12-257A
and YD12-262). Both holes intersected low grade gold mineralization hosted in
syenite with similar mineralization and alteration to the Main Zone and YD
West Zone. The significance of this is that most of the current open pit and
underground resources are related to syenite-hosted gold and almost all of the
historical production at the Young-Davidson mine and 60% of the production
from the MCM Mine was from syenite-hosted gold mineralization

Hole 257A intersected an upper zone of 0.42 g/t Au over 25.2 metres and a
lower zone of 0.42 g/t Au over 14.2 metres while YD12-262 further west
intersected 6.0 metres grading 0.39 g/t Au and a lower zone of 8.4 metres
grading 0.30 g/t as shown in Figure 2. Although not ore grade, these
intersections are considered important. The Company believes that the targets
were not drilled to the appropriate depth and that there may be an excellent
exploration target similar to the YD West Zone at depth below the 9500L.

Figure 1:  Long section view facing north showing (from left to right) the 
West Shirriff  area ,  the YD West Zone and the western portion of
Young-Davidson mine.

Figure 2 - YD West Zone longitudinal section looking north

Table 1 - YD West Zone Drill Results

               From         Interval     ~True
     Hole ID   (m)   To (m)   (m)      Thickness    Au g/t*      Comments
    YD11-249  813.4  832.6    19.2        8.5        1.14   YD West Zone
    incl      824.5  832.6    8.1         3.6        1.49
                                                            Did not reach
                                                            target-stuck in
    YD11-250A                                               fault
    YD11-251A 987.4  990.3    2.90        2.2        5.74   Upper YD West
              999.2  1023.3  24.10        18.1       0.96   YD West Zone
    YD12-252  1432.5 1517.7   85.2        63.9       0.90   YD West Zone
    incl      1432.5 1468.2  35.70        26.8       1.09   YD West Zone
    incl      1505.3 1515.8  10.50        7.9        1.23   YD West Zone
    YD12-251B                                               Dyked out.
                                                            YD-Main YD-West
    YD12-253  1320.2 1334.2  16.90        12.7       3.99   convergence
              1505.3 1517.7  12.40        9.3        1.16   YD West FW Zone
              1505.3 1514.3   9.00        6.8        1.37   YD West FW Zone
    YD12-253A 1370.3 1437.1  66.80        50.1       1.89   YD West Zone
    incl      1385.0 1396.7  11.70        8.8        2.81
    incl      1405.0 1426.0  21.00        15.8       2.50
                                                            YD West Zone -
                                                            Faulted/Dyked out
    YD12-253B 1340.8 1344.5   3.70        2.8        1.92   partial
    YD12-253C 1352.1 1367.4  15.30                   1.38   YD West Zone
    incl      1352.1 1362.0   9.9                    1.71
    YD12-266  1245.7 1247.2 1.50     interpretation 2.05    YD West -HW Zone
                                        Pending             Lower/Displaced YD
              1309.1 1320.7  11.60   interpretation  2.77   West-Sheared
    incl      1316.8 1320.7   3.90                   5.37

Table 2 - Shirriff Area Drill Results

              From         Interval   ~True
    Hole ID    (m)  To (m)   (m)    Thickness Au g/t* Comments
    YD12-257A 599.3 624.5   25.20     18.9     0.42        Upper Shirriff
              627.0 641.2   14.20     10.7     0.42        Upper Shirriff
    YD12-262  789.4 795.4    6.00      4.5     0.39   West Shirriff-Upper
              804.5 812.9    8.40      6.3     0.30   West Shirriff-Lower

* No capping required as no samples exceeded 20 g/t.

Technical Information and Qualified Persons

The assay analyses performed during AuRico's drill programs are subject to a
formal quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) program supervised by an
independent expert. Additional information about the mineral project as
required by sections 3.2 and 3.3 of National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of
Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") can be found in the Technical
Report filed on August 28, 2009, which may be found at .

The Company's exploration team designed and executed the drilling program
under the supervision of Chris Rockingham, P. Geol., AuRico's Vice President
of Exploration and a Qualified Person as defined by 43-101, who has reviewed
and approved the content of this news release.

About AuRico Gold AuRico Gold is a leading Canadian gold producer with a
diversified portfolio of high quality mines and projects in North America that
have significant production growth and exploration potential. Following the
divestiture of Ocampo, the Company will be focused on its core operations
including the Young-Davidson gold mine in northern Ontario which declared
commercial production on September 1 ^st , 2012 and the El Chanate mine in
Sonora State. AuRico's strong project pipeline also includes advanced
development opportunities in Mexico and British Columbia. AuRico's head office
is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                             Cautionary Statement

Certain information regarding the Company contained herein may constitute
forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. 
Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties
which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in
the forward-looking statements.  Should one or more of these risks and
uncertainties materialize ,  or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect
,  actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking
statements.  Specific reference is made to "Risk Factors" in the Company's
Annual Information Form and 40-F Report.  Forward-looking statements may
include estimates ,  plans ,  expectations ,  opinions ,  forecasts , 
projections ,  guidance or other statements that are not statements of fact
including ,  without limitation ,  statements regarding future gold and
silver production and cash costs per ounce; potential mineralization and
reserves ,  including the impact of any future exploration on reserve
estimates; expectations regarding the timing and extent of production at the
Company's projects; the benefits to be derived from acquisitions; future cash
flows; estimates regarding the future costs related to exploration and
production at the Company's projects; the nature and availability of
additional funding sources; there being no significant political developments
,  whether generally or in respect of the mining industry specifically ,  in
any jurisdiction in which the Company now or in the future carries on business
which are not consistent with the Company's current expectations; there being
no significant disruptions affecting the Company's current or future
operations; and future plans and objectives of the Company.  In some cases ,
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or other variations of these words ,  or other comparable words or phrases. 
Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such
forward-looking statements are reasonable ,  it can give no assurance that
such expectations will prove to have been correct.  Important factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's
expectations include ,  among others ,  risks related to international
operations ,  including political turmoil and limited local infrastructure to
support large scale mining operations; the actual results of current
exploration activities; conclusions of economic evaluations and changes in
project parameters as plans continue to be refined; timing and amount of
production; unanticipated grade changes; unanticipated recovery rates or
production problems; changes in mining ,  processing and overhead costs;
changes in metallurgy and processing technology; access and availability of
materials ,  equipment ,  supplies ,  labour and supervision ,  power and
water; availability of drill rigs; costs and timing of development of new
mineral reserves; joint venture relationships; wars or armed conflicts , 
either globally or in the countries in which the Company operates; local and
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accidents and labour disputes; environmental costs and risk; competitive
factors ,  including competition for property acquisitions; availability of
capital at reasonable rates or at all; changes in interest rates and currency
rates; and fluctuations in future prices of gold and silver.  These factors
are set out in more detail in the Company's Annual Information Form.  The
Company's forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety
by this cautionary statement.

Appendix -Drill Collar Tables

(i) YD West Zone

               Mine     Mine     Mine      UTM       UTM    Elevation
    Home Name Easting Northing Elevation  Nad83E   Nad83N      (m)    Azimuth  Dip  TDepth
    YD11-249  22810.0  10250.0   10327.0 522810.0 5310250.0     327.0   299.0 -71.5  859.0
    YD11-250A 22446.3   9864.5   10379.1 522446.3 5309864.5     379.1   356.0 -72.5  855.0
    YD11-251  22526.9  10042.9   10382.2 522526.9 5310042.9     382.3   354.8 -72.2   96.0
    YD11-251A 22526.5  10042.8   10382.1 522526.5 5310042.8     382.1   354.8 -70.0 1075.6
    YD12-251B 22526.5  10042.8   10382.1 522526.5 5310042.8     382.1   354.8 -70.0 1080.0
    YD12-252  22489.5   9852.8   10368.4 522489.5 5309852.8     368.5   351.7 -70.2 1584.0
    YD12-252A 22489.5   9852.8   10368.4 522489.5 5309852.8     368.5   351.7 -70.2  636.0
    YD12-253  22540.0   9855.0   10360.0 522540.0 5309855.0     360.0   357.0 -70.2 1506.0
    YD12-253A 22540.0   9855.0   10360.0 522540.0 5309855.0     360.0   352.1 -69.6 1515.0
    YD12-253B 22540.0   9855.0   10360.0 522540.0 5309855.0     360.0   352.1 -69.6 1486.0
    YD12-253C 22540.0   9855.0   10360.0 522540.0 5309855.0     360.0   352.1 -69.6 1506.0
    YD12-266  22460.0  10044.0   10395.0 522460.0 5310044.0     395.0   355.0 -71.5 1368.0

(ii) Shirriff Area

                 Mine     Mine      Mine      UTM       UTM Elevation
    Home Name Easting Northing Elevation   Nad83E    Nad83N       (m) Azimuth   Dip TDepth
    YD12-254  21865.0   9962.0   10348.0 521865.0 5309962.0     348.0   355.0 -71.0 1380.0
    YD12-257  21978.0  10057.0   10335.0 521978.0 5310057.0     335.0     0.0 -68.5  309.0
    YD12-257A 21978.0  10057.0   10335.0 521978.0 5310057.0     335.0     0.0 -68.7  1311.

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Chris Rockingham Vice President, Exploration and Business Development AuRico
Gold Inc. +1-647-260-8880

Anne Day Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications AuRico Gold
Inc. +1-647-260-8880
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