Kenneth Stowe President & CEO, Northgate Minerals Corp.

Toronto, October 26, 2011: AuRico Gold Inc. is pleased to announce that it has completed its acquisition of Northgate Minerals Corporation. With the completion of this strategic acquisition, AuRico is now positioned as a leading intermediate gold producer

with five operating mines and Young-Davidson targeting production at the end of Q1 2012. Ocampo and Young-Davidson alone have the potential to produce over 500,000 gold equivalent ounces at lowest quartile cash costs.

With a strong balance sheet and a robust and growing cash flow profile, the new company will be led by an experienced management team with a proven track record of creating value for shareholders.  Video: Frankfurt 2006