Alacer achieves strongest quarterly production of the year of 103,426 attributable ounces

Alacer achieves strongest quarterly production of the year of 103,426 
attributable ounces 
TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Alacer Gold Corp. ("Alacer" or the "Company") 
[TSX: ASR] and [ASX: AQG] today announced fourth quarter 2012 mine production 
for its operations in Turkey and Australia. Fourth quarter 2012 financial 
statements and the related management's discussion and analysis are planned to 
be released on or about March 13, 2013 (North America) and March 14, 2013 
(Australia). 
Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights   
 ___________________________________________________________________
|Mine                          |    |   Q4 2012     |     2012      |
|                              |    |Gold Production|Gold Production|
|______________________________|____|_______________|_______________|
|Çöpler (100%)                 |(oz)|      52,137   |      188,756  |
|______________________________|____|_______________|_______________|
|Higginsville                  |(oz)|      35,774   |      136,687  |
|______________________________|____|_______________|_______________|
|SKO (incl. 49% of Frog's Leg) |(oz)|      25,942   |      94,046   |
|______________________________|____|_______________|_______________|
|Total                         |(oz)|      113,853  |      419,489  |
|______________________________|____|_______________|_______________|
|Total (Alacer attributable(1))|(oz)|      103,426  |      381,738  |
|______________________________|____|_______________|_______________| 


    --  Attributable gold production of 103,426 ounces achieved for the
        quarter and attributable gold sold totalled 95,986 ounces for
        the quarter.
    --  Çöpler gold production increased to 52,137 ounces for the
        quarter as the revised mining plan delivered more ore tonnes at
        an improved grade.
    --  Higginsville gold production increased to 35,774 ounces for the
        quarter as the head grade increased to 3.6g/t gold with the
        Trident underground mine contributing 243,516 tonnes at 4.2g/t
        gold.
    --  South Kalgoorlie Operations ("SKO") continued to perform as
        planned with 25,942 ounces produced during the quarter. The
        Triumph open pit was completed during the quarter

David Quinlivan, President and CEO of Alacer, stated "Our mines had a strong 
finish to 2012 with our attributable gold production increasing to 103,426 
ounces for Q4 2012, a 12,475 ounces (14%) increase over the previous quarter. 
Despite a challenging start to the year, the strong fourth quarter enabled the 
Company to substantially meet full-year production guidance on an aggregate 
basis."

The Company is in the process of finalizing its gold production and cost 
guidance for 2013, including its strategic plan for the business. The 
Company expects to make an announcement concerning these key matters in 
February 2013, which will include an update regarding the Company's Çöpler 
Sulfide Feasibility Study and the possibility of constructing an oxide mill at 
Çöpler.

___________________________

(1)Attributable gold production reflects Alacer's 80% ownership of Çöpler.

Operations

Çöpler Gold Mine

 _______________________________________________________________________
|Çöpler Gold Mine     |    Q1   |    Q2   |    Q3   |    Q4   |   2012  |
|                     |   2012  |   2012  |   2012  |   2012  |         |
|_____________________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|
|Ore treated |        |1,776,559|1,618,228|1,747,816|1,935,124|7,077,727|
|(100%)      |(tonnes)|         |         |         |         |         |
|____________|________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|
|Head grade  |  (g/t) |     1.69|     1.67|     1.55|     1.69|     1.65|
|____________|________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|
|Recovery(1) |   (%)  |    57.9%|    57.3%|    61.1%|    59.5%|    58.9%|
|____________|________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|
|Total gold  |        |   44,564|   51,212|   40,843|   52,137|  188,756|
|produced    |        |         |         |         |         |         |
|(100%)      |   (oz) |         |         |         |         |         |
|____________|________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|
|Alacer      |        |      80%|      80%|      80%|      80%|      80%|
|ownership   |   (%)  |         |         |         |         |         |
|____________|________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|
|Attributable|        |   35,651|   40,970|   32,674|   41,710|  151,005|
|gold        |        |         |         |         |         |         |
|produced    |   (oz) |         |         |         |         |         |
|____________|________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|

(1 )Gold recovery rate is indicative of the modelled recovery of ore
placed on the heap-leach pad during
the respective period presented.
    --  Attributable Çöpler gold production increased to 41,710 ounces
        for the quarter (Q3 attributable: 32,674 ounces) as the revised
        mining plan delivered more ore tonnes at an improved grade.
    --  Gold production was less than forecast due to limitations on
        crushing/agglomerating high-grade clayey ore and the mined
        grade being lower than planned on one level in the Manganese
        pit.
    --  During the quarter, ore was mined from the Manganese open pit
        (1,323,058 tonnes), the Marble open pit (485,989 tonnes) and
        the Main open pits (256,633 tonnes) with total 130,556 tonnes
        of sulfide ore stockpiled.
    --  A total of 1,329,308 tonnes of ore at 2.0g/t gold were crushed
        and stacked on the leach pad during the quarter (Q3: 1,110,774
        tonnes crushed at 2.0g/t). Ore crushed and stacked during the
        month of December totaled 455,705 tonnes at 2.6g/t gold.
    --  Run-of-mine ore placed directly on the heap-leach pad totaled
        605,815 tonnes at 1.0g/t gold (Q3: 637,042 tonnes at 0.8g/t).

Higginsville Gold Operations (100% owned)

 ________________________________________________________________
|   Higginsville Gold  |   Q1  |   Q2  |   Q3  |   Q4  |   2012  |
|       Operations     |  2012 |  2012 |  2012 |  2012 |         |
|______________________|_______|_______|_______|_______|_________|
|Ore treated  |(tonnes)|332,299|345,134|355,554|324,353|1,357,340|
|_____________|________|_______|_______|_______|_______|_________|
|Head grade   |  (g/t) |   3.23|   3.26|   2.92|   3.56|     3.23|
|_____________|________|_______|_______|_______|_______|_________|
|Recovery     |   (%)  |  96.5%|  97.3%|  96.9%|  96.4%|    97.0%|
|_____________|________|_______|_______|_______|_______|_________|
|Gold produced|   (oz) | 33,329| 35,227| 32,357| 35,774|  136,687|
|_____________|________|_______|_______|_______|_______|_________|
    --  Gold production from Higginsville Gold Operations increased to
        35,774 ounces of gold for the quarter (Q3: 32,357 ounces), due
        to improved grades mined at the Trident and Chalice underground
        mines.
    --  Significant rainfall events in late November and early December
        restricted the haulage of ore from Chalice to the Higginsville
        processing plant and resulted in tonnes processed during Q4
        being less than Q3. Stockpiled ore at December 31, 2012
        totalled 46,480 tonnes at 2.9g/t gold, containing 4,348 ounces.
    --  Ore mined from Trident totalled 243,516 tonnes (Q3: 241,214
        tonnes) at 4.2g/t gold for the quarter (Q3: 3.5g/t). The
        increased Trident grade was due to mining higher grade stopes
        in the Athena and Apollo Lodes as planned.
    --  The Trident decline reached the 615mRL at the end of the
        quarter, with the first ore from the Helios and Artemis Lodes
        expected in mid-2013 on the 585mRL and 605mRL, respectively.
    --  Ore mined from Chalice totalled 80,188 tonnes (Q3: 25,288
        tonnes) at 2.5g/t gold for the quarter (Q3: 2.1g/t). The
        increased Chalice grade is associated with the commencement of
        stoping in the Atlas Lode as planned.
    --  The Chalice decline reached the 1,026mRL at the end of the
        quarter. The first development ore from the Grampians Lode was
        mined during the quarter and the first development ore from the
        Olympus Lode is expected in mid-2013 on the 1,014mRL.

South Kalgoorlie Operations (100% owned except for 49% interest in Frog's Leg 
Mine)

 __________________________________________________________________
|SKO                     |   Q1  |   Q2  |   Q3  |   Q4  |         |
|(including 49% of Frog's|  2012 |  2012 |  2012 |  2012 |   2012  |
|Leg)                    |       |       |       |       |         |
|________________________|_______|_______|_______|_______|_________|
|Ore treated  | (tonnes) |325,626|333,959|327,452|324,629|1,311,666|
|_____________|__________|_______|_______|_______|_______|_________|
|Head grade   |   (g/t)  |   2.36|   2.02|   2.67|   2.69|     2.43|
|_____________|__________|_______|_______|_______|_______|_________|
|Recovery     |     (%)  |  90.7%|  91.0%|  92.2%|  92.2%|     91.6|
|_____________|__________|_______|_______|_______|_______|_________|
|Gold produced|    (oz)  | 22,397| 19,787| 25,920| 25,942|   94,046|
|_____________|__________|_______|_______|_______|_______|_________|
    --  Gold production from South Kalgoorlie Operations ("SKO") was
        steady at 25,942 ounces for the quarter (Q3: 25,920 ounces).
    --  Alacer's 49% share of gold production from processing Frog's
        Leg ore was 14,526 ounces for the quarter (Q3: 14,666 ounces),
        with lower tonnes processed 82,041 tonnes (Q3: 97,209 tonnes)
        partially offset by a higher grade of 6.0g/t gold (Q3: 5.1g/t).
    --  Gold production from processing South Kalgoorlie open-pit ore
        increased slightly to 11,416 gold ounces (Q3: 11,254 ounces),
        as a result of processing a higher tonnage of 242,588 tonnes
        (Q3: 230,243 tonnes) at a lower grade of 1.6g/t gold (Q3:
        1.7g/t).
    --  Ore mined from the Triumph and Pernatty open pits totalled
        168,800 tonnes at 1.6g/t gold (Q3: 228,595 tonnes at 1. 8g/t)
        during the quarter. The lower tonnage mined during the quarter
        reflects the completion of the Triumph open pit in early
        November.
    --  SKO now has only one active open-pit mining fleet at Pernatty.
        Mining of the Pernatty open pit is planned to be completed in
        Q1 2013 with mining then moving to SBS28 area.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results

The financial statements and management discussion and analysis for the fourth 
quarter and full-year are planned to be released on or about March 13 (North 
America) and March 14 (Australia). Conference call details will be advised in 
due course.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Production Statistics

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|            |        |         |            |        SKO   |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______________|__________|_________|
|            |        |  Çöpler |Higginsville|Frog's| Other |  South   | Alacer  |
|            |        |         |            |      |       |Kalgoorlie|  Gold   |
|            |        |         |            | Leg  |       |          |  Total  |
|            |        |         |            |(49%) |       |Operations|         |
|            |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|            |        |         |            |      |       |  Total   |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|U/G ore     |(tonnes)|        -|     323,704|95,010|      -|    95,010|  418,714|
|mined       |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|U/G mined   |  (g/t) |        -|        3.80|  6.98|      -|      6.98|     4.52|
|grade       |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|U/G mined   |(ounces)|        -|      39,592|21,316|      -|    21,316|   60,908|
|ounces      |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|O/P ore     |(tonnes)|2,065,680|           -|     -|168,800|   168,800|2,234,480|
|mined       |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|O/P waste   |(tonnes)|5,563,273|           -|     -|936,130|   936,130|6,499,403|
|mined       |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|O/P mined   |  (g/t) |     1.83|           -|     -|   1.63|      1.63|     1.81|
|grade       |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|O/P ounces  |(ounces)|  121,541|           -|     -|  8,824|     8,824|  130,365|
|mined       |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|Total tonnes|(tonnes)|2,065,680|     323,704|95,010|168,800|   263,810|2,653,194|
|mined       |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|Total mined |  (g/t) |     1.83|        3.80|  6.98|   1.63|      3.55|     2.24|
|grade       |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|Total mined |(ounces)|  121,541|      39,592|21,316|  8,824|    30,140|  191,273|
|ounces      |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|Ore treated |(tonnes)|1,935,124|     324,353|82,041|242,588|   324,629|2,584,106|
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|Head grade  |  (g/t) |     1.69|        3.56|  5.99|   1.58|      2.69|     2.05|
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|Recovery(1) |   (%)  |     59.5|        96.4|  91.9|   92.6|      92.2|      N/M|
|(& 2)       |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|Gold        |   (oz) |   52,137|      35,774|14,526| 11,416|    25,942|  113,853|
|produced (3)|        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|Gold sold   |   (oz) |   52,041|      32,029|11,936| 10,388|    22,324|  106,394|
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|Attributable|   (oz) |   41,710|      35,774|14,526| 11,416|    25,942|  103,426|
|gold        |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|produced(4) |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|
|Attributable|   (oz) |   41,633|      32,029|11,936| 10,388|    22,324|   95,986|
|gold        |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|sold(4)     |        |         |            |      |       |          |         |
|____________|________|_________|____________|______|_______|__________|_________|

(1) For Çöpler, recovery rate is indicative of the modeled recovery of ore 
placed on the heap leach pad during the respective quarter. 
(2) "N/M" means not meaningful for consolidated results. 
(3) Gold produced is ounces poured plus net change of gold‐in‐circuit for 
Australian mines. Gold produced is ounces poured only at Çöpler. 
(4) Attributable reflects Alacer 80% ownership of Çöpler.

Full-Year Production Statistics (January to December 2012)

 ______________________________________________________________________________________
|            |        |          |            |           SKO    |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|__________________|__________|__________|
|            |        |    Çöpler|Higginsville|Frog's |   Other  |  South   |  Alacer  |
|            |        |          |            | Leg   |          |Kalgoorlie|   Gold   |
|            |        |          |            | (49%) |          |          |   Total  |
|            |        |          |            |       |          |Operations|          |
|            |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|            |        |          |            |       |          |  Total   |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|U/G ore     |(tonnes)|         -|   1,100,544|331,855|         -|   331,855| 1,432,399|
|mined       |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|U/G mined   |  (g/t) |         -|        3.78|   6.00|         -|      6.00|      4.30|
|grade       |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|U/G mined   |(ounces)|         -|     133,795| 64,006|         -|    64,006|   197,801|
|ounces      |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|O/P ore     |(tonnes)| 7,226,245|      27,104|      -|   716,983|   716,983| 7,970,332|
|mined       |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|O/P waste   |(tonnes)|18,071,316|     947,822|      -|10,335,370|10,335,370|29,354,508|
|mined       |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|O/P mined   |  (g/t) |      1.68|        3.80|      -|      1.55|      1.55|      1.67|
|grade       |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|O/P ounces  |(ounces)|   389,413|       3,308|      -|    35,808|    35,808|   428,529|
|mined       |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|Total ore   |(tonnes)| 7,226,245|   1,127,648|331,855|   716,983| 1,048,838| 9,402,731|
|mined       |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|Total mined |  (g/t) |      1.68|        3.78|   6.00|      1.55|      2.96|      2.07|
|grade       |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|Total mined |(ounces)|   389,413|     137,103| 64,006|    35,808|    99,814|   626,330|
|ounces      |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|Ore treated |(tonnes)| 7,077,727|   1,357,340|342,354|   969,312| 1,311,666| 9,746,733|
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|Head grade  |  (g/t) |      1.65|        3.23|   5.30|      1.42|      2.43|      1.98|
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|Recovery(1) |   (%)  |      58.9|        97.0|   91.9|      91.3|      91.6|       N/M|
|(& 2)       |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|Gold        |   (oz) |   188,756|     136,687| 53,640|    40,406|    94,046|   419,489|
|produced(3) |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|Gold sold   |   (oz) |   202,851|     135,604| 52,699|    40,229|    92,928|   431,383|
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|Attributable|   (oz) |   151,005|     136,687| 53,640|    40,406|    94,046|   381,738|
|gold        |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|produced(4) |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|
|Attributable|   (oz) |   162,281|     135,604| 52,699|    40,229|    92,928|   390,813|
|gold        |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|sold(4)     |        |          |            |       |          |          |          |
|____________|________|__________|____________|_______|__________|__________|__________|

Notes

In this announcement:
    --  All production statistics are on a 100% basis except where
        otherwise noted.
    --  All $'s are US$'s except where otherwise noted.
    --  All ounces are troy ounces of gold.

(1) For Çöpler, recovery rate is indicative of the modeled recovery of ore 
placed on the heap leach pad during the year. 
(2) "N/M" means not meaningful for consolidated results. 
(3) Gold produced is ounces poured plus net change of gold‐in‐circuit for 
Australian mines. Gold produced is ounces poured only at Çöpler. 
(4) Attributable reflects Alacer 80% ownership of Çöpler.

About Alacer

Alacer Gold Corp. is a leading intermediate gold mining company with interests 
in multiple mines which provide ore to three processing facilities in 
Australia and Turkey:
    --  80% interest in the Çöpler Gold Mine;
    --  100% interest in the Higginsville Gold Operations;
    --  100% interest in the South Kalgoorlie Gold Operations; and
    --  49% interest in the Frog's Leg Gold Mine.

Alacer's operations produced a total of 381,738 attributable ounces of gold 
during 2012.

Alacer Gold is executing a growth strategy through the use of cash flows to 
grow production and cash margins to generate strong capital returns. While the 
primary objective is organic growth, the Company also identifies and evaluates 
strategic transactions that will add shareholder value.

Cautionary Statements

Except for statements of historical fact relating to Alacer, certain 
statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking 
information, future oriented financial information, or financial outlooks 
(collectively "forward-looking information") within the meaning of Canadian 
securities laws. Forward-looking information may be contained in this document 
and other public filings of Alacer. Forward-looking information often relates 
to statements concerning Alacer's future outlook and anticipated events or 
results and, in some cases, can be identified by terminology such as "may", 
"will", "could", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", 
"intend", "estimate", "likely", "forecast", "projects", "predict", 
"potential", "continue" or other similar expressions concerning matters that 
are not historical facts.

Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited in any manner to, 
statements concerning, among other things, matters relating to proposed 
exploration, communications with local stakeholders and community relations, 
status of negotiations of joint ventures, weather conditions at our 
operations, commodity prices, mineral resources, mineral reserves, realization 
of mineral reserves, existence or realization of mineral resource estimates, 
the development approach, the timing and amount of future production, timing 
of studies and analyses, the timing of construction of proposed mines and 
process facilities, capital and operating expenditures, economic conditions, 
availability of sufficient financing, exploration plans and any and all other 
timing, exploration, development, operational, financial, budgetary, economic, 
legal, social, regulatory and political factors that may influence, or be 
influenced by, future events or conditions. Such forward-looking information 
and statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions, 
including, but not limited in any manner to, those disclosed in any other of 
Alacer's filings, and include exploration results and the ability to explore, 
the ultimate determination of mineral reserves, availability and final receipt 
of required approvals, titles, licenses and permits, sufficient working 
capital to develop and operate the mines, access to adequate services and 
supplies, commodity prices, ability to meet production targets, foreign 
currency exchange rates, interest rates, access to capital markets and 
associated cost of funds, availability of a qualified work force, ability to 
negotiate, finalize and execute relevant agreements, lack of social opposition 
to the mines, lack of legal challenges with respect to the property of Alacer 
and the ultimate ability to mine, process and sell mineral products on 
economically favorable terms. While we consider these factors and assumptions 
to be reasonable based on information currently available to us, they may 
prove to be incorrect.

You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information and 
statements. Forward-looking information and statements are only predictions 
based on our current expectations and our projections about future events. 
Actual results may vary from such forward-looking information for a variety of 
reasons, including but not limited to risks and uncertainties disclosed in 
Alacer's filings at www.sedar.com and other unforeseen events or 
circumstances. Other than as required by law, Alacer does not intend, and 
undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking information to reflect, 
among other things, new information or future events. 











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