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NOVAGOLD held it's 2014 Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders on June 5th. In addition to the business portion of the meeting, the Company provided an overview of NOVAGOLD's 2013 achievements, ...

NOVAGOLD held it's 2014 Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders on June 5th. In addition to the business portion of the meeting, the Company provided an overview of NOVAGOLD's 2013 achievements, and the outlook for this year.

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  • 1. novagold.com NYSE-MKT, TSX: NG | June 5, 2014 2014 Annual & Special Meeting of Shareholders
  • 2. cautionary statements REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS This presentation includes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, statements relating to Donlin Gold’s future operating or financial performance, are forward- looking statements. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as “plans”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “potential”, “possible” and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions or results “will”, “may”, “could”, or “should” occur or be achieved. These forward-looking statements are set forth in the slides pertaining to the implementation of the Donlin Gold second updated Feasibility Study and pertaining to the implementation of the Galore Creek Pre-Feasibility Study, the factors that may influence future gold price performance, and the potential future value of gold, and may include statements regarding perceived merit of properties; exploration results and budgets; mineral reserves and resource estimates; work programs; capital expenditures; timelines; strategic plans; completion of transactions; market price of precious base metals; or other statements that are not statements of fact. Forward-looking statements involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include the uncertainties involving the need for additional financing to explore and develop properties and availability of financing in the debt and capital markets; uncertainties involved in the interpretation of drilling results and geological tests and the estimation of reserves and resources; the need for continued cooperation between NOVAGOLD and Barrick Gold in the exploration and development of the Donlin Gold property; the need for continued cooperation between NOVAGOLD and Teck Resources Ltd. in the exploration and development of the Galore Creek property; the need for cooperation of government agencies and native groups in the development and operation of properties; the need to obtain permits and governmental approvals; risks of construction and mining projects such as accidents, equipment breakdowns, bad weather, non-compliance with environmental and permit requirements, unanticipated variation in geological structures, ore grades or recovery rates; unexpected cost increases; fluctuations in metal prices and currency exchange rates; and other risk and uncertainties disclosed in reports and documents filed by NOVAGOLD with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time. The forward-looking statements made herein reflect our beliefs, opinions and projections on the date the statements are made. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements of beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change. REGARDING SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION Unless otherwise indicated, all reserve and resource estimates included in this presentation have been prepared in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (“CIM Definition Standards”). Canadian standards, including NI 43-101, differ significantly from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and reserve and resource information in this presentation may not be comparable to similar information disclosed by U.S. companies. In particular, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the term “resource” does not equate to the term “‘reserves”. Under U.S. standards, mineralization may not be classified as a “reserve” unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. At this time, both of Donlin Gold and Galore Creek projects are without known reserves, as defined under SEC Industry Guide 7. The SEC’s disclosure standards normally do not permit the inclusion of information concerning “measured mineral resources”, “indicated mineral resources” or “inferred mineral resources” or other descriptions of the amount of mineralization in mineral deposits that do not constitute “reserves” by U.S. standards in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors should also understand that “inferred mineral resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an “inferred mineral resource” will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimated “inferred mineral resources” may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies except in rare cases. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an “inferred mineral resource” exists or is economically or legally mineable. Disclosure of “contained ounces” in a resource is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute “reserves” by SEC standards as in-place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures. The requirements of NI 43-101 for identification of “reserves” are also not the same as those of the SEC, and reserves reported in compliance with NI 43-101 may not qualify as “reserves” under SEC standards. Accordingly, information concerning mineral deposits set forth herein may not be comparable to information made public by companies that report in accordance with United States standards. 2 All dollar amounts quoted in this report are in U.S. currency unless otherwise noted.
  • 3. EXCEPTIONAL IN SCALE, QUALITY, AND JURISDICTIONAL SAFETY why NOVAGOLD? 3 Donlin Gold Galore Creek 3 ▶ poised to become one of the largest producers in the gold industry ▶ expected to be the largest and lowest cost copper mine in Canada
  • 4. PROJECTS CONTINUE TO ADVANCE ON TIME AND ON BUDGET 2013 achievements 4 maintaining a healthy balance sheet continued to advance permitting of Donlin Gold with completion of public scoping and advanced preparation of preliminary draft environmental impact statement Galore Creek 2013 exploration drill results identified extensions to mineralization at legacy zone simplified company, significantly reduced expenditures built a management team with expertise in permitting, developing and operating large-scale projects
  • 5. CONSISTENT GOAL IN MIND WITH A CLEAR STRATEGY TO DELIVER 2014 activities & milestones advance permitting of the Donlin Gold project maintain a healthy balance sheet undertake and advance Galore Creek technical studies evaluate opportunities to monetize the value of Galore Creek maintain an effective corporate social responsibility program 5
  • 6. ATTRIBUTES POSITION IT AMONG THE WORLD’S MOST SIGNIFICANT GOLD DEPOSITS donlin gold a large high-grade gold project located in a tier-one jurisdiction, alaska EXCEPTIONAL reserve size OUTSTANDING production profile HIGH-QUALITY grades SIGNIFICANT exploration upside FAVORABLE jurisdiction LOW COST operation 6 39Moz M&I resources2 2.2g/t M&I grade Contained Gold1 Notes: 1) Shown on 100% project basis, of which NOVAGOLD holds a 50% interest 2) Measured and indicated resources inclusive of proven and probable reserves. See “Cautionary Note Concerning Reserve & Resource Estimates” and “Reserve & Resource Base” with footnotes in the appendix. 27year mine life 34Moz P&P reserves 2.1g/t P&P grade 6Moz Inferred resources 2.0g/t Inferred grade
  • 7. donlin gold the largest development-stage gold project in the world M&I Gold Resource2 >30 million oz. >10 million oz. >4 million oz. Donlin Gold: 39.0 M oz. Livengood: 15.7 M oz. Metates: 19.0 M oz. Haile: 4.0 M oz. Aurora: 6.5 M oz. Rainy River: 6.2 M oz. Tropicana: 6.8 M oz. Source: Donlin Gold data as per Donlin Creek Gold Project Alaska, USA, NI 43-101 Technical Report on Second “Updated Feasibility Study”, effective November 18, 2011, as amended January 20, 2012 (the “Updated Feasibility Study”). Peer group resource data from RBC Capital Markets Research, focusing on large, open pit, gold focused development projects. Measured and indicated resources are inclusive of proven and probable reserves. See “Cautionary Note Concerning Reserve & Resource Estimates” and “Reserve & Resource Base” with footnotes in the appendix. 1) Source: Canaccord Genuity Research, “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” January 8, 2013. This report ranks each of the top twenty gold-producing countries in terms of jurisdictional safety. Jurisdictional Considerations1 Safest Somewhat Safe Unranked Less Safe Riskiest 7 Hycroft Mine Expansion: 24.3 M oz. Rosia Montana: 17.1 M oz.Canadian Malarctic: 11.7 M oz. A REMARKABLY HIGHER RESOURCE WHEN COMPARED TO EMERGING OPEN- PIT DEPOSITS
  • 8. donlin gold emerging top-tier producer in safe jurisdiction 1.102 0.76 0.60 0.58 0.34 0.33 0.19 0.13 1.501 0.00 0.20 0.40 0.60 0.80 1.00 1.20 1.40 1.60 Donlin Gold Metates Kibali Livengood Tropicana East Rainy River Aurora Haile Location USA Mexico DRC USA Australia Canada Guyana USA Owner(s) NOVAGOLD(50%) Barrick (50%) Chesapeake (100%) Randgold (45%) AngloGold (45%) DRC (10%) ITH Mines (100%) AngloGold (70%) Ind. Group (30%) New Gold (100%) Guyana Goldfields (100%) Romarco (100%) Source: Donlin Gold data: Updated Feasibility Study. Measured and indicated resources are inclusive of proven and probable reserves. See “Cautionary Note Concerning Reserve & Resource Estimates” and “Reserve & Resource Base” with footnotes in the appendix. RBC peer group data based on large, open pit, gold focused development projects. 1) Projected annual gold production during first five full years of mine life; 2) Projected annual gold production during full life of mine. ProjectedAnnualGoldProduction (millionsofounces) THE LARGEST PROJECTED GOLD PRODUCER AMONG DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS 8
  • 9. DONLIN GOLD’S GRADE IS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST COMPARED TO WORLD’S BIGGEST PRODUCERS donlin gold expected to emerge as one of the highest-grade gold producers 9Notes: Donlin Gold data as per the updated feasibility study. Represents 100% of measured and indicated resources of which NOVAGOLD’s share represents 50%. Measured and indicated resources are inclusive of proven and probable reserves. See “Cautionary Note Concerning Reserve & Resource Estimates” and “Reserve & Resource Base” with footnotes in the appendix. Peer group data - 2012 annual average grade per tonne (combined proven & probable reserves and measured & indicated resources) for open-pit and underground material as per public filings. 2.56 2.24 2.22 1.95 1.90 1.37 1.32 1.02 0.89 0.84 0.78 0.00 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 Agnico Eagle Donlin Gold Gold Fields Polyus AngloGold Ashanti Barrick Harmony Eldorado Newmont Yamana GoldcorpDonlin Gold M&I Au Grade (g/t)
  • 10. MULTIPLE DRILL PROSPECTS AND TARGETS EXIST ALONG 8KM TREND donlin gold substantial exploration potential 10 ▶ Potential to expand current open-pit resources along strike and at depth ▶ Good potential to discover meaningful deposits outside current mine footprint – reserves and resources are contained within just 3 km of an 8 km long district ▶ Between 2002 and 2010, drilling programs more than doubled the mineral endowment ▶ Inferred mineral resource: 6 million ounces of gold within the resource pit shell • Potential to convert to M&I category during mining, representing upside potential to project economics
  • 11. donlin gold project permitting is on track 11 1.5Moz/year first five full years1 1.1Moz/year life of mine1 16 years ̴ 4 27+ years EXPLORATION& ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PERMITTING ENGINEERING& CONSTRUCTION OPERATION WE ARE HERE 1.5Moz/year first five full years1 1.1Moz/year life of mine1 ̴ 4 Notes: 1) Donlin Gold data as per the updated feasibility study. Projected annual production represents 100% of which NOVAGOLD’s share represents 50%. DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE - ADVANCING TOWARD A CONSTRUCTION DECISION Federal and State agencies are working cooperatively, with day-to-day support from Donlin Gold, to efficiently move the project through the EIS and permitting processes.
  • 12. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 10,000 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 no new and substantial gold discoveries 12 Notes: Data as per SNL MEG’s MineSearch database, Company reports, SNL MEG estimates. Thomson Reuters. Number of discoveries data not yet available for 2013 and 2014. NumberofGoldDiscoveries Gold Discovered Exploration Budget (US$M) 2012 highest year on record for exploration spending and first year in over two decades with no discoveries 2011 gold peaked at US$1,920/oz DESPITE RECORD HIGH EXPLORATION SPENDING LEVELS THE GOLD INDUSTRY HAS EXPERIENCED A RECENT DROP IN DISCOVERIES
  • 13. Donlin Gold located in Alaska, one of the safest jurisdictions in the world with history of successful mining development ALASKA IS COMMITTED TO RESPONSIBLE RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT favorable geo-political jurisdiction ▶ Alaska is the second largest U.S. gold- producing State ▶ Well-defined permitting process ▶ Four large precious metals mines, one coal mine & two base metals mines ▶ Numerous small-scale mines ▶ Natural resource projects integral to the State’s economy ▶ Strong and time-tested community support 13
  • 14. JURISDICTIONAL SAFETY IS MORE THAN GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION the right stakeholders Committed Stakeholders ▶ Calista Corporation (mineral owner) ▶ The Kuskokwim Corporation (surface owner) “Calista would like to take this opportunity to assert and inform the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the public of its legislated mandate under ANCSA. Calista and TKC are not only stakeholders, but are the legislatively mandated landowners charged with the responsibility of seeing the project to fruition in an environmentally responsible manner.” – June MacAtee, Calista Corporation VP 14
  • 15. NATIVE CORPORATIONS WANT TO LEAD THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR REGIONS mining an integral part of communities ▶ ANCSA established 40 years ago; resolved legal issues related to Native title claims ▶ Lands valuable for resource potential selected by Regional Corporations under ANCSA ▶ Native corporations have an owner’s interest in the development of the selected lands to support the economic prosperity of their shareholders ▶ Mining is compatible and consistent with subsistence lifestyles Donlin Gold has the support of the land owners through a 20+ year relationship 15
  • 16. EARNING OUR SOCIAL LICENSE AND FORMING LASTING RELATIONSHIPS working together to build a better future 16 ▶ Personal contact • Active outreach effort to more than 60 remote communities in the region • Village meetings, camp presentations, mine visits ▶ Communications • Broad and diverse reach, many materials translated into Yup’ik • Monthly newsletter, radio announcements, social media, website ▶ Community investments • Serving to help create a culture that will last for generations • Safety initiatives, community wellness, economic opportunities ▶ Workforce and skills development • Promote and enhance youth education • Encourage local hire • School programs, internships, scholarships
  • 17. THE KIND OF ASSET YOU CAN BUILD A COMPANY AROUND galore creek a significant copper-gold-silver asset in canada STRONG copper grades SIGNIFICANT gold & silver content GROWING resources CONSIDERABLE exploration upside SAFE jurisdiction 17 9Blbs copper 8Moz gold 136Moz silver 0.5% copper 0.3g/t gold 5.2g/t silver M&I Resources1 Notes: 1) Represents 100% of measured and indicated resources of which NOVAGOLD’s share represents 50%. Measured and indicated resources inclusive of proven and probable reserves. See “Cautionary Note Concerning Reserve & Resource Estimates” and “Reserve & Resource Base” with footnotes in the appendix. 18year mine life
  • 18. AMONG HIGHEST COPPER GRADE COMPARED TO NORTH AMERICAN ASSETS galore creek grade peer comparisons 18 P&P + M&I grade (Cu%) Notes: Data as per SNL MEG’s MineSearch database, Company reports, SNL MEG estimates. 0.50 0.45 0.42 0.40 0.32 0.30 0.27 0.24 0.21 0.18 0.18 0.00 0.10 0.20 0.30 0.40 0.50 0.60 Galore Creek Pebble Rosemont Catface Red Chris Berg Schaft Creek New Prosperity KSM Mount Milligan Casino
  • 19. CLEAR FOCUS BEGINS WITH STRONG FUNDING TO EXECUTE ON ALL FRONTS financial obligations have decreased substantially 19 $0 $20 $40 $60 $80 $100 $120 $140 2012 Act(1) 2013 Act 2014 Bud DiscOps G&A Donlin Gold Galore Creek Interest & other 1 - 70% - 23% Notes: 1) 2014 anticipated budget expenditure disclosed on February 11, 2014 2) Market Capitalization as of May 30, 2014 based on 317.3 million shares issued and outstanding. 3) Includes US$ 110 million in term deposits as of February 28th 2014. 4) The Notes mature on May 1, 2015. market cap2 $955 cash and term deposits3 $182 convertible notes4 $16 in millions of U.S. dollars reducedby~$100M
  • 20. Thomas S. Kaplan Chairman’s closing remarks 20
  • 21. 0 200 400 600 800 1,000 1,200 1,400 1,600 1,800 2,000 1/30/1970 1/30/1975 1/30/1980 1/30/1985 1/30/1990 1/30/1995 1/30/2000 1/30/2005 1/30/2010 Gold Price ($USD) 856 2010 201420052000199519901985198019751970 21 why gold? gold has been in a secular bull market since 2000 496 34 409 700 1207 1882 1370
  • 22. why gold? despite recent price turbulence, fundamental demand drivers remain unchanged Current Correction Is In Line With Historical Precedent; 1980-Style Parabolic Rise Has Yet to Occur Gold Prices During Historical and Current Price Corrections Current Data through December 2013 Indexed(a) Source: Bloomberg. Trading Days Since Beginning of Correction Period Gold Prices During Historical and Current Bull Markets Current Data through December 2013 Months Since Beginning of Bull Market Indexed(a) (a) Start date is 12/30/1974 for previous correction and 10/5/2012 for current correction. (b) Start date is 1/1/1968 for 70s Bull Market and 1/1/2001 for Current Bull Market. Indexes are for illustrative purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results. 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 1 51 101151201251301351401451501551601651701751801851901 Previous Correction (December 1974 to July 1978) Current Correction (September 2011 to December 2013) 0 200 400 600 800 1,000 1,200 1,400 1,600 1,800 2,000 1 12 23 34 45 56 67 78 89 100 111 122 133 144 155 70s Bull Market Current Bull Market ▶ During 2013, gold prices dropped 28% to $1,202/oz., driven by reduced allocations to gold-backed futures and ETFs from U.S. hedge funds, institutions, and mutual funds. As a result, some commentators called an end of the bull market in gold. ▶ However, we believe that the recent price correction will be temporary, similar to the 1974 to 1976 correction in gold prices during the bull market of 1968 to 1980 and the 1987 downturn in the Dow Jones Industrial Average: • During the last gold price correction (1974 to 1976), gold prices dropped by nearly 50%; following the correction, gold prices resumed their upward climb. ▶ We believe that the fundamental drivers that support gold’s upward trajectory are still in place: • Amidst some encouraging US economic data, core underlying issues remain unsolved (i.e., high sovereign debt, expansionary monetary policies, structural federal deficits) • Exceptionally strong demand from emerging markets, led by China, India, and the Middle East • As central banks diversify their foreign reserves, gold should continue to be a highly relevant asset class • Supply remains stagnant, constrained by low discovery rates, rising costs, declining grades, and jurisdictional risk 22
  • 23. why gold? the revaluation 23 Gold has served mankind for five millennia, protecting wealth from high inflation, negative real interest rates, volatile currencies, rising and falling empires, declining stock values, and other crises. HISTORIC HAVEN RISING TIDE We believe that gold is in a secular bull market, driven by financial and macro-economic developments, a shift in central bank activity, and significant supply/demand pressures. Financial and economic problems have highlighted the value of gold for governments, SWFs, central banks, institutions and private investors, who seek the capital appreciation potential and stabilizing effect on overall wealth that gold can provide. Yet gold remains strikingly under owned. INVESTMENT ATTRACTION Gold production growth rates have slowed. New discoveries are increasingly difficult and costly to find, highly risky, and require long lead times to reach production. Central banks, formerly a source of supply, have been net purchasers since 2009. SUPPLY CHALLENGES CURRENCY DEBASEMENT Major reserve currencies are being debased: the USD, the Euro, the Sterling, the Yen and even the Swiss Franc. After a 40-year secular trend of attempted de-monetization, gold has re-asserted itself as the only currency that cannot be debased or printed. NO COUNTERPARTY RISK Gold is the only major store of value which does not represent someone else’s liability. EMERGING MARKETS Economic growth, particularly in developing economies, has supported gold’s upward trajectory; emerging markets represented the source of 84% of physical gold demand in 2013. Strong demand from key emerging markets may also reflect investors’ desire for a liquid, low-risk investment that can serve as a hedge against inflation. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
  • 24. why gold? a valuable portfolio diversifier 24 COMPARATIVE RETURNS Notes: Indexes are for illustrative purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Gold provides excellent portfolio diversification due to its low correlation with most other asset classes, including equities, bonds, other commodities, and the U.S. dollar. Unlike other commodities, gold tends to retain value during recessions and deflationary periods. Gold’s performance over the last decade vindicates its status as a valuable diversifier. Over the last decade, gold has surged relative to other investment classes; it has outperformed equities, risen in price as oil fell sharply in Q4 2008 and again in Q2 2011 (signifying an historic de-coupling) and outperformed the Commodity Research Bureau (CRB) Futures Index by 28% between December 2008 and December 2013. We believe it will continue to do so because gold is more than a mere commodity. PORTFOLIO DIVERSIFICATION AND CAPITAL PRESERVATION GOLD HAS RETAINED VALUE IN UNCERTAIN TIMESGOLD’S 10-YEAR HISTORICAL CORRELATION 100.0% 40.0% 44.0% 89.0% 27.0% (5.0%) (50.0%) (65.0%) (31.0%) (80.0%) (60.0%) (40.0%) (20.0%) 0.0% 20.0% 40.0% 60.0% 80.0% 100.0% 120.0% 1814 to 1830 1864 to 1897 1929 to 1933 Gold Silver Other Commodities SOURCE: INCREMENTUM AG. % CHANGE SOURCE: CPM GROUP. 0.94 0.67 0.33 0.28 0.28 0.14 (0.49) (0.63) (0.81) (0.88)(1.00) (0.50) 0.00 0.50 1.00 Silver Oil FTSE100 $/Euro S&P500 MSCIWorldIndex Nikkei 13WeekT-Bill 30YearT-Bond 10YearT-Note Percent Change 31-Dec-13 1 year 5 year 10 year Gold $1,202.30 -28.3% 36.0% 188.9% Silver $19.37 -35.9% 71.5% 224.7% Oil $98.42 7.2% 120.7% 202.6% S&P 500 1,848.36 29.6% 104.6% 66.2% FTSE 6749.09 14.4% 52.2% 50.8% Nikkei 16291.31 56.7% 83.9% 52.6% MSCI World Index 1661.07 24.1% 80.5% 60.3% $/Euro $1.37 4.2% -1.6% 9.1% 13 Week T-Bill 0.6% 0.5% 0.8% 1.8% 10 Year T-Note 3.0% 2.4% 2.6% 3.5% 30 Year T-Bond 4.0% 3.2% 3.7% 4.2% Notes: T-bill, T-note, and T-bond are average rates of return. Source: CPM Group
  • 25. why gold? flourishes in inflation and deflation 25 Gold has historically retained value on a relative and absolute basis. When imploding asset classes created a deflationary spiral in 2008 and 2009, oil, equities, currencies, agricultural and commodities declined. As a safe haven, gold retained its value, as investors sought to protect their savings and hedge against financial market default. GOLD RETAINS VALUE HISTORICAL DEFLATIONARY PRECEDENT In prior periods of significant economic downturn such as the Great Depression, average gold prices rose (e.g., 76% from $19.75 in 1929 to 1932, to $34.69 in 1934).A July 2011 Oxford Economics Group model of a wave of defaults in the Eurozone countries concluded that gold would perform strongly in a deflationary scenario. SIGNIFICANT INFLATIONARY PRESSURES Gold can play an important role in preserving purchasing power and minimizing downside risk. Inflation, or expectations of inflation, can have a substantial impact on the price of gold, which is a trusted inflation hedge. Unprecedented fiscal and monetary incentives have been used to stimulate the global economy and could fuel inflationary pressures. Certain emerging economies are already experiencing significant inflation rates, further fueling gold demand. GOLD PRICES VS. CHANGE IN CPI, SEPTEMBER 2008 TO MARCH 2009 MONTHLY DATA SOURCE: CPM GROUP. Past performance is not indicative of future results. GOLD AND INDIAN INFLATION ANNUAL, THROUGH 2013 SOURCE: BLOOMBERG. INDIAN INFLATION (%) GOLD PRICE (K INR) (2.0%) (1.5%) (1.0%) (0.5%) 0.0% 0.5% 1.0% $0 $200 $400 $600 $800 $1,000 Sep-08 Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08 Jan-09 Feb-09 Mar-09 MoM CPI Gold Price GOLD PRICE ($/OZ.) CHANGE IN CPI 0.0 25.0 50.0 75.0 100.0 0.0% 2.0% 4.0% 6.0% 8.0% 10.0% 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  • 26. 26.7% 11.3% 6.9% 2.2%1.7% 51% BLUE CHIP INSTITUTIONAL QUALITY INVESTMENT why NOVAGOLD? excellent and committed shareholder base 26 Institutional Ownership 80% held by top 5 shareholders(1) 49% Notes: (1) Shareholder positions are based on the latest 13-F filings. committed to Shareholder Value Electrum Strategic Resources LP Paulson & Co. Inc The Baupost Group, L.L.C. Tocqueville Asset Management Sun Valley Gold, LLC Other
  • 27. why NOVAGOLD? why now? NOVAGOLD offers: ▶ TOP TIER, high-grade assets with excellent exploration upside ▶ SAFEST leverage to a massive gold endowment ▶ PROLIFIC gold production for decades to come ▶ SUPPORTIVE, loyal, and engaged stakeholders ▶ ACCOMPLISHED team in building & operating large-scale mining assets ▶ STRONG balance sheet 27 In an environment where: ▶ Gold is in a secular bull market ▶ Macroeconomic environment supportive of continued trend toward higher price ▶ Grades are declining ▶ New discoveries are few ▶ Global exploration & development shrinking ▶ Geopolitical risks increasing
  • 28. novagold.com appendix
  • 29. INDUSTRY LEADERS TO BRING DONLIN GOLD THROUGH PERMITTING & BEYOND the NOVAGOLD team 29 Gregory Lang President & CEO ▸ Former President of Barrick Gold North America ▸ 35 years experience building & operating major mines ▸ Intimate knowledge of Donlin Gold David Deisley Executive Vice President and General Counsel ▸ Former EVP and General Counsel of Goldcorp ▸ Regional General Counsel for Barrick Gold North America ▸ Extensive track record in project permitting, corporate social responsibility, mergers and acquisitions and corporate development ▸ 25 years of mining industry experience David Ottewell Vice President and Chief Financial Officer ▸ Former VP and Corporate Controller of Newmont Mining Corporation ▸ 25 years of mining industry experience ▸ Diverse experience in all facets of financial management, from mine operations to executive corporate financial management of premier gold producers Mélanie Hennessey Vice President, Corporate Communications ▸ Held variety of executive and senior IR & corporate communications positions with Goldcorp, New Gold, and Hecla Mining Company ▸ Leading NOVAGOLD’s internal and external communications functions Ron Rimelman Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability ▸ 25+ years of environmental experience, managing environmental impact assessments and permitting activities world-wide ▸ Leadership role on mine permitting and NEPA evaluations for mine projects in Alaska since 1993 Richard Williams Vice President, Engineering and Development ▸ Former Project Director for the Pueblo Viejo project in the Dominican Republic ▸ 30 years of experience developing and operating major mines world-wide ▸ Particular expertise in autoclave technology MANAGEMENT
  • 30. NOVAGOLD board of directors 30 Dr. Thomas Kaplan Chairman Chairman and CIO of The Electrum Group LLC, a privately held natural resources investor that controls a diversified portfolio of precious and base metals assets Sharon Dowdall Former Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary with Franco-Nevada, transforming an industry pioneer into one of the most successful precious metals enterprises in the world Dr. Marc Faber Publishes a monthly investment newsletter entitled The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report and is the author of several books Greg Lang President & CEO Former President of Barrick Gold North America, 35 years experience building & operating major mines with intimate knowledge of Donlin Gold Gil Leathley COO and Director of Sunward Resources, former Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company Igor Levental President of The Electrum Group LLC, former VP of Homestake Mining and International Corona Corp. Kalidas Madhavpeddi Former Executive with Phelps Dodge Gerald McConnell Former Chairman and CEO of NOVAGOLD, CEO of Namibia Rare Earths Inc. Clynton Nauman CEO of Alexco Resources, formerly with Viceroy Gold and Kennecott Minerals Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse CEO of NovaCopper, founder and former CEO of NOVAGOLD Anthony Walsh Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Miramar Mining Corporation, which in 2007 was sold to Newmont Mining Company.
  • 31. COPPER Tonnage Mt Grade* %Cu Metal content Mlbs NOVAGOLD share** Mlbs Reserves (100%)2 Proven 69.0 0.61 900.0 450.0 Probable 459.1 0.58 5,900.0 2,950.0 P&P 528.0 0.59 6,800.0 3,400.0 Resources (100%)4 inclusive of reserves Measured 108.4 0.48 1,147.0 573.5 Indicated 706.3 0.50 7,786.0 3,893.0 M&I 814.7 0.50 8,933.0 4,466.5 Inferred 346.6 0.42 3,230.0 1,615.0 GOLD Mt g/t Moz Moz Reserves (100%)2 Proven 69.0 0.52 1.15 0.58 Probable 459.1 0.29 4.30 2.15 P&P 528.0 0.32 5.45 2.73 Resources (100%)4 inclusive of reserves Measured 108.4 0.48 1.70 0.85 Indicated 706.3 0.28 6.40 3.20 M&I 814.7 0.31 8.00 4.00 Inferred 346.6 0.24 2.70 1.35 SILVER Mt g/t Moz Moz Reserves (100%)2 Proven 69.0 4.94 11.0 5.5 Probable 459.1 6.18 91.2 45.6 P&P 528.0 6.02 102.2 51.1 Resources (100%)4 inclusive of reserves Measured 108.4 4.10 14.30 7.15 Indicated 706.3 5.38 122.10 61.05 M&I 814.7 5.21 136.40 68.20 Inferred 346.6 4.28 47.73 23.87 At April 30, 2012 Donlin Gold (NOVAGOLD 50%) Galore Creek (NOVAGOLD 50%) GOLD Tonnage Mt Grade* g/t Metal content Moz NOVAGOLD share** Moz Reserves (100%)1 Proven 7.7 2.32 0.57 0.29 Probable 497.1 2.08 33.28 16.64 P&P 504.8 2.09 33.85 16.93 Resources (100%)3 inclusive of reserves Measured 7.7 2.52 0.63 0.31 Indicated 533.6 2.24 38.38 19.19 M&I 541.3 2.24 39.01 19.50 Inferred 92.2 2.02 5.99 3.00 NOVAGOLD reserve/resource table 31
  • 32. reserve/resource table (con’t) Resources (100%)5,6 Tonnage Grade* Metal content NOVAGOLD share** COPPER Mt %Cu Mlbs Mlbs Inferred 53.7 0.50 592.0 414.4 GOLD Mt g/t Moz Moz Inferred 53.7 0.73 1.26 0.88 SILVER Mt g/t Moz Moz Inferred 53.7 10.60 18.36 12.85 Copper Canyon (NOVAGOLD 70%) t = metric tonne M = million g/t = grams/tonne * Reserve grade is diluted; resource grade is in situ. ** NOVAGOLD share net after earn-ins Approximate cut-off grades (see Resource Footnotes below): Donlin Gold Reserves1: 0.57 g/t gold Resources3: 0.46 g/t gold Galore Creek Reserves2: C$10.08 NSR Resources4: C$10.08 NSR Copper Canyon Resources5,6: 0.6% copper equivalent 32
  • 33. Notes: a. These resource estimates have been prepared in accordance with NI43-101 and the CIM Definition Standard, unless otherwise noted. b. See numbered footnotes below on resource information. c. Rounding as required by reporting guidelines may result in apparent summation differences between tonnes, grade and contained metal content d. Tonnage and grade measurements are in metric units. Contained gold and silver ounces are reported as troy ounces, contained copper pounds as imperial pounds Resource Footnotes: Mineral Reserves are contained within Measured and Indicated pit designs, and supported by a mine plan, featuring variable throughput rates, stockpiling and cut-off optimization. The pit designs and mine plan were optimized on diluted grades using the following economic and technical parameters: Metal price for gold of US$975/oz; reference mining cost of US$1.67/t incremented US$0.0031/t/m with depth from the 220 m elevation (equates to an average mining cost of US$2.14/t), variable processing cost based on the formula 2.1874 x (S%) + 10.65 for each US$/t processed; general and administrative cost of US$2.27/t processed; stockpile rehandle costs of US$0.19/t processed assuming that 45% of mill feed is rehandled; variable recoveries by rock type, ranging from 86.66% in shale to 94.17% in intrusive rocks in the Akivik domain; refining and freight charges of US$1.78/oz gold; royalty considerations of 4.5%; and variable pit slope angles, ranging from 23º to 43º. Mineral Reserves are reported using an optimized net sales return value based on the following equation: Net Sales Return = Au grade * Recovery * (US$975/oz – (1.78 + (US$975/oz – 1.78) * 0.045)) - (10.65 + 2.1874 * (S%) + 2.27 + 0.19) and reported in US$/tonne. Assuming an average recovery of 89.54% and an average S% grade of 1.07%, the marginal gold cutoff grade would be approximately 0.57 g/t, or the gold grade that would equate to a 0.001 NSR cutoff at these same values. The life of mine strip ratio is 5.48. The assumed life-of-mine throughput rate is 53.5 kt/d. Mineral Reserves are contained within Measured and Indicated pit designs using metal prices for copper, gold and silver of US$2.50/lb, US$1,050/oz, and US$16.85/oz, respectively. Appropriate mining costs, processing costs, metal recoveries and inter ramp pit slope angles varing from 42º to 55º were used to generate the pit phase designs. Mineral Reserves have been calculated using a 'cashflow grade' ($NSR/SAG mill hr) cut-off which was varied from year to year to optimize NPV. The net smelter return (NSR) was calculated as follows: NSR = Recoverable Revenue – TCRC (on a per tonne basis), where: NSR = Net Smelter Return; TCRC = Transportation and Refining Costs; Recoverable Revenue = Revenue in Canadian dollars for recoverable copper, recoverable gold, and recoverable silver using metal prices of US$2.50/lb, US$1,050/oz, and US$16.85/oz for copper, gold, and silver, respectively, at an exchange rate of CDN$1.1 to US$1.0; Cu Recovery = Recovery for copper based on mineral zone and total copper grade; for Mineral Reserves this NSR calculation includes mining dilution. SAG throughputs were modeled by correlation with alteration types. Cash flow grades were calculated as the product of NSR value in $/t and throughput in t/hr. The life of mine strip ratio is 2.16. Mineral Resources are contained within a conceptual Measured, Indicated and Inferred optimized pit shell using the following assumptions: gold price of US$1,200/oz; variable process cost based on 2.1874 * (sulphur grade) + 10.6485; administration cost of US$2.29/t; refining, freight & marketing (selling costs) of US$1.85/oz recovered; stockpile rehandle costs of US$0.20/t processed assuming that 45% of mill feed is rehandled; variable royalty rate, based on royalty of 4.5% * (Au price – selling cost). Mineral Resources have been estimated using a constant Net Sales Return cut-off of US$0.001/t milled. The Net Sales Return was calculated using the formula: Net Sales Return = Au grade * Recovery * (US$1200/oz – (1.85 + ((US$1200/oz – 1.85) * 0.045)) - (10.65 + 2.1874 * (S%) + 2.29 + 0.20)) and reported in US$/tonne. Mineral Resources are inclusive of Mineral Reserves. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Inferred Resources are in addition to Measured and Indicated Resources. Inferred Resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and whether they can be mined legally or economically. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of the Inferred Resources will ever be upgraded to a higher category. See "Cautionary Note Concerning Reserve & Resource Estimates". Mineral resources are contained within a conceptual Measured, Indicated and Inferred optimized pit shell using the same economic and technical parameters as used for Mineral Reserves. Tonnages are assigned based on proportion of the block below topography. The overburden/bedrock boundary has been assigned on a whole block basis. Mineral resources have been estimated using a constant NSR cut-off of C$10.08/t milled. The Net Smelter Return (NSR) was calculated as follows: NSR = Recoverable Revenue – TCRC (on a per tonne basis), where: NSR = Diluted Net Smelter Return; TCRC = Transportation and Refining Costs; Recoverable Revenue = Revenue in Canadian dollars for recoverable copper, recoverable gold, and recoverable silver using silver using the economic and technical parameters mentioned above. The mineral resource includes material within the conceptual M,I&I pit that is not scheduled for processing in the mine plan but is above cutoff. Mineral Resources are inclusive of Mineral Reserves. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Inferred Resources are in addition to Measured and Indicated Resources. Inferred Resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and whether they can be mined legally or economically. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of the Inferred Resources will ever be upgraded to a higher category. See "Cautionary Note Concerning Reserve & Resource Estimates". The copper-equivalent grade was calculated as follows: CuEq = Recoverable Revenue ÷ 2204.62 * 100 ÷ 1.55. Where: CuEq = Copper equivalent grade; Recoverable Revenue = Revenue in US dollars for recoverable copper, recoverable gold and recoverable silver using metal prices of US$1.55/lb, US$650/oz, and US$11/oz for copper, gold, and silver, respectively; for the purposes of the equivalency formula, Cu Recovery is assumed to be 100%. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Inferred Resources are in addition to Measured and Indicated Resources. Inferred Resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and whether they can be mined legally or economically. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of the Inferred Resources will ever be upgraded to a higher category. See "Cautionary Note Concerning Reserve & Resource Estimates". NOVAGOLD Canada Inc. has agreed to transfer its 60% joint venture interest in the Copper Canyon property to the Galore Creek Partnership, which is equally owned by NOVAGOLD Canada Inc. and a subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited. The remaining 40% joint venture interest in the Copper Canyon property is owned by another wholly owned subsidiary of NOVAGOLD. Cautionary Note Concerning Reserve & Resource Estimates This summary table uses the term “resources”, “measured resources”, “indicated resources” and “inferred resources”. United States investors are advised that, while such terms are recognized and required by Canadian securities laws, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) does not recognize them. Under United States standards, mineralization may not be classified as a “reserve” unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. United States investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of measured or indicated resources will ever be converted into reserves. Further, inferred resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to whether they can be mined legally or economically. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of the inferred resources will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Therefore, United States investors are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of the inferred resources exist, or that they can be mined legally or economically. Disclosure of “contained ounces” is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations, however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report “resources” as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures. Accordingly, information concerning descriptions of mineralization and resources contained in this release may not be comparable to information made public by United States companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of the SEC. NI 43-101 is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators, which established standards for all public disclosure an issuer makes of scientific and technical information concerning mineral projects. Unless otherwise indicated, all resource estimates contained in this circular have been prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 and the CIM Definition Standards. Technical Reports and Qualified Persons The documents referenced below provide supporting technical information for each of NOVAGOLD's projects. Project Qualified Person(s) Most Recent Disclosure & Filing Date Donlin Gold Tony Lipiec, P. Eng., AMEC Donlin Creek Gold Project Gordon Seibel R.M. SME, AMEC Alaska, USA Kirk Hanson P.E., AMEC NI 43-101 Technical Report on Second Updated Feasibility Study amended filing on January 23, 2012 Galore Creek Robert Gill, P.Eng., AMEC Galore Creek Copper–Gold Project, Jay Melnyk, P.Eng., AMEC British Columbia, NI 43-101 Technical Report on Pre-Feasibility Study, Greg Kulla, P.Geo., AMEC filed on September 12, 2011 Greg Wortman, P.Eng., AMEC Dana Rogers, P.Eng., Lemley International Heather White, B.Sc., P.Eng., who is a consultant to NOVAGOLD and a “qualified person” under NI 43-101, has approved the scientific and technical information included in this section related to: (i) Donlin Gold since the issuance of the technical report filed on January 23, 2012, and (ii) Galore Creek since the issuance of the technical report filed on September 12, 2011. reserve/resource table (con’t) 33
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