Timmins Gold Reports Record Free Cash Flow, Profit from Operations and Earnings Per Share for Fiscal 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/20/13 -- Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM)(NYSE MKT:TGD) (the "Company") is pleased to report its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012. The comparative period is the nine months ended December 31, 2011 due to the change in year-end during December 2011. All results are presented in United States dollars ("US Dollars") unless otherwise stated. Readers should refer to the 2012 management discussion and analysis and consolidated financial statements for complete information.

2012 HIGHLIGHTS


--  Metal revenues were a record $156.2 million, compared to $90.8 million
    during the nine months ended December 31, 2011.

--  Profit from operations was a record $60.6 million, compared to $36.6
    million during the nine months ended December 31, 2011.

--  Cash flows from operations were a record $46.9 million, compared to
    $25.3 million during the nine months ended December 31, 2011.

--  Cash at December 31, 2012 was $24.2 million after investing $34.3
    million in plant expansion and exploration. Cash at December 31, 2011
    was $9.9 million after investing $29.2 million in plant expansion and
    exploration. 

--  The Company produced a record 94,444 ounces of gold and sold a record
    94,128 ounces of gold, compared to 55,487 and 56,777, respectively,
    during the nine months ended December 31, 2011. Projected production for
    2013 is between 125,000 and 130,000 ounces of gold.

--  The Company's cash cost per ounce on a by-product basis was $743,
    compared to $591 during the nine months ended December 31, 2011. The
    increase over prior period is primarily the result of global price
    increases in consumables used in gold production as well as increased
    quantities of consumables used. Also impacting the cash costs is the
    inclusion of $2.1 million in variable compensation paid during 2012,
    which was not incurred during the nine months ended December 31, 2011,
    which increased cash costs by $22 per ounce.

--  The Company increased its earnings per share to $0.25, compared to $0.15
    during the nine months ended December 31, 2011.

--  The drill program for the San Francisco Gold Property continued
    throughout the year with over 100,000 meters drilled in the following
    areas:

    --  A total of 18,946 meters of drilling were completed in and around
        the San Francisco pit; 
    --  A total of 77,720 meters were drilled adjacent to the La Chicharra
        open pit gold mine located two kilometres west of the San Francisco
        pit; and 
    --  A total of 8,764 meters were drilled to the east and west of the two
        pits.

--  Completion of the construction of the expanded crushing circuit.

SUMMARIZED ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND OPERATING RESULTS


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                                                                        Nine
                                                                      months
                                                  Year ended           ended
US dollars (thousands) unless otherwise             December        December
 indicated                                          31, 2012        31, 2011
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Gold sold (oz)                                        94,128          56,777
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Silver sold (oz)                                      56,252          28,897
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Metal revenues                                   $   156,192     $    90,769
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Production costs, excluding depletion and                                   
 depreciation                                    $    71,645     $    34,536
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Profit from operations                           $    60,610     $    36,576
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Earnings                                         $    36,068     $    20,874
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Earnings per share, basic and diluted            $      0.25     $      0.15
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Cash flows from operations                       $    46,869     $    25,304
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Total cash, end of period                        $    24,188     $     9,865
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Total assets, end of period                      $   217,304     $   162,220
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Total by-product cash costs per gold ounce       $       743     $       591
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Average realized gold price per gold ounce       $     1,661     $     1,599
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"2012 was a strong year operationally as demonstrated by increased free cash flow, profit from operations, and earnings per share" stated Mr. Bruce Bragagnolo, CEO of Timmins Gold Corp. "The crushing expansion to 24,000 tpd was completed in Q4 2012 and we are now seeing the benefits of the increased crushing throughput in Q1 2013. The 2012 drill program was successful in delineating new mineralized zones adjacent to the San Francisco Gold Property. The Company's 2013 growth strategy is to increase its production from the San Francisco Gold Property to between 125,000 and 130,000 ounces of gold at a cash cost in a range of $700 to $750 per ounce."

The Company continues to fund all of its operations, expansion and drilling from existing cash flows and in addition is generating free cash flow. Timmins Gold believes it is well positioned to continue realizing current gold prices, generating strong margins and increased free cash flow from operations.

SUMMARIZED Q4 2012 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND OPERATING RESULTS


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                                                                Three months
                                                                       ended
US dollars (thousands) unless otherwise                         December 31,
 indicated                                           Q4 2012            2011
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Gold sold (oz)                                        24,241          21,895
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Silver sold (oz)                                      16,203          11,635
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Metal revenues                                   $    40,596     $    35,495
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Production costs, excluding depletion and                                   
 depreciation                                    $    18,935     $    14,497
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Profit from operations                           $    16,015     $    15,793
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Earnings                                         $    12,006     $    11,531
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Earnings per share, basic and diluted            $      0.09     $      0.08
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Cash flows from operations                       $    12,897     $    11,457
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Total cash, end of period                        $    24,188     $     9,865
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Total assets, end of period                      $   217,304     $   162,220
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Total by-product cash costs per gold ounce       $       760     $       646
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Average realized gold price per gold ounce       $     1,682     $     1,621
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About Timmins Gold

Timmins Gold is in commercial gold production at its wholly owned San Francisco Gold Property in Sonora, Mexico. The mine is an open pit heap leach operation from which Timmins Gold has projected production of 125,000 to 130,000 ounces of gold in 2013.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein may constitute forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements are statements which relate to future events. Such statements include estimates, forecasts and statements as to management's expectations with respect to, among other things, business and financial prospects, financial multiples and accretion estimates, future trends, plans, strategies, objectives and expectations, including with respect to production, exploration drilling, reserves and resources, exploitation activities and events or future operations. Information inferred from the interpretation of drilling results and information concerning mineral resource estimates may also be deemed to be forward-looking statements, as it constitutes a prediction of what might be found to be present when, and if, a project is actually developed.

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While these forward-looking statements, and any assumptions upon which they are based, are made in good faith and reflect our current judgment regarding the direction of our business, actual results will almost always vary, sometimes materially, from any estimates, predictions, projections, assumptions or other future performance suggestions herein. Except as required by applicable law, Timmins Gold does not intend to update any forward-looking statements to conform these statements to actual results.

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Contacts:
Timmins Gold Corp.
Bruce Bragagnolo
CEO and Director
604-638-8980
bruce@timminsgold.com
www.timminsgold.com