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  • Production to dateIncreasing ouncesIncreasing gold grade and recovery
  • Production to dateIncreasing ouncesIncreasing gold grade and recovery
  • Production to dateIncreasing ouncesIncreasing gold grade and recovery
  • Avion Corporate Presentation October 2010

    1. 1. Company Presentation<br />AVR: TSX-V<br />AVGCF: OTCQX<br />
    2. 2. Forward-Looking Statement<br />2<br />This press release contains forward-looking statements under Canadian securities legislation.  Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the development potential and timetable of the Mali projects; the Company’s ability to raise additional funds as necessary; the future price of gold; the estimation of mineral resources; conclusions of economic evaluation (including scoping studies); the realization of mineral resource estimates; the timing and amount of estimated future production, development and exploration; costs of future activities; capital and operating expenditures; success of exploration activities; mining or processing issues; currency exchange rates; government regulation of mining operations; and environmental risks. Generally, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made.  Estimates regarding the anticipated timing, amount and cost of mining at the Mali projects are based on assumptions underlying mineral resource estimates and the realization of such estimates; results of previous mining activities at the projects, and detailed research and analysis completed by independent of the Company; research and estimates regarding the timing of  delivery for long-lead items; knowledge regarding the factors consultants and management involved in building a mine and other factors that will be described in the technical report summarizing the scoping study that will be filed under the profile of the Company on SEDAR.  Capital and operating cost estimates are based on results of previous mining activities, research of the Company and independent consultants, recent estimates of construction and mining costs and other factors that are set out in the scoping study.  Production estimates are based on mine plans and production schedules, which have been developed by the Company’s personnel and independent consultants.  Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to risks related to: timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms;  unexpected events and delays during construction, expansion and start-up; variations in ore grade and recovery rates; receipt and revocation of government approvals; actual results of exploration and mining activities; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; future prices of gold; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry. Although management of the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements except in accordance with applicable securities laws.<br />Investors are advised that National Instrument NI 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators requires that each category of mineral reserves and mineral resources be reported separately.  Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.  <br />Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Concerning Estimates of Measured, Indicated or Inferred Resources <br />The information presented uses the terms “measured”, “indicated” and “inferred” mineral resources.  United States investors are advised that while such terms are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize these terms.  “Inferred mineral resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and 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, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. United States investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of measured or indicated mineral resources will ever be converted into mineral reserves. United States investors are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.<br />
    3. 3. Investment Highlights<br />3<br /><ul><li>Increasing production profile from 75,000 ozs to 200,000 ozs by 2012
    4. 4. Increasing resource base through exploration
    5. 5. Trading at a significant discount compared to peers
    6. 6. Declining cost base from ~$650/oz to $525/oz in currently planned 10 year project
    7. 7. ~$30 million in bank</li></li></ul><li>Avion Properties – West Africa Focus<br />4<br />
    8. 8. 5<br /> In a Good NeighbourhoodMali: Africa’s Third Largest Gold Producer<br />8<br />
    9. 9. Strong Assets July 2010 Resource Base<br />6<br /><ul><li>The resource study was prepared by Milko Rivera, P.Eng., and Farshid Ghazanfari, GIT, with a third party review and initial open pit versus underground mining reviews carried out by Eugene Puritch, P.Eng., of P&E Mining Consultants Inc. Note that open pit mineral resources were calculated at a cut-off of 1.0 g/t Au and underground mineral resources were calculated using a 2.0 g/t cut-off.
    10. 10. Resource updated to include estimated mining drawdown, Great Quest Acquisition and recent Kofi Acquisition</li></li></ul><li>Increasing Resource Base<br />7<br />Production <br />Start<br />Million ounces<br />
    11. 11. Delivering Production Expansion into Gold’s Bull Market<br />8<br /><ul><li>51,000 ounces in 2009
    12. 12. 75,000-85,000 ounces in 2010
    13. 13. Plan to ramp up to a 200,000 ounce run-rate in 2012
    14. 14. Three major exploration packages</li></li></ul><li>A Great Start Up – 51,000 oz. Produced In 2009<br />Q3 Cash Cost Estimated<br />Estimated 2010 Production <br />of 75,000 – 85,000 oz. Au<br />9<br />
    15. 15. Avion Production To Date<br />2009<br />(1) Mill was restarted on February 17, 2009. Gold production includes 747 oz recovered from plant clean-up work in 2009 prior to the mill restart.<br />(2) Commercial production was declared May 1, 2009.<br />(3) Includes 2 weeks downtime due to heavy rainfall and road transportation issues.<br />(4) 2009 Total adjusted by -483 oz to reconcile to refined ounces.<br />2010<br />Ounces adjusted to final refined product<br />10<br />
    16. 16. Production Growth<br />11<br />Au Production and Cash Costs<br />Production (000 Au oz)<br />Cash Cost (US$)<br />Cash Costs<br />Au Production<br />Segala (OP)<br />Segala/Taba<br /> (UG)<br />Tabakoto etc.<br />(OP)<br />Mine plan presented in the scoping study prepared by M. Rivera, P. Eng, (independent) with the support of T, Mann, P.Eng. (independent) and Andrew Bradfield, P.Eng. (COO). Resource estimate prepared by Eugene Puritch and Antoine Yassa of P&E Mining Consultants. Using Canaccord Adams Research’s gold price forecast of US$900/oz in 2009, US$850/oz in 2010, US$800/oz in 2011 and US$750/oz in 2012, open pit and underground recoveries of 90% and 85%, respectively, UG equipment will be leased, UG mining by mechanized long hole retreat<br />
    17. 17. 200,000 oz/year Run-Rate in 2012<br />12<br />
    18. 18. Strong AssetsLarge, Target-Rich Property with Central Milling Complex<br />13<br />Approx. 132 km2<br />8.51 g/t Au/10.5m<br />Segala Deposit<br />2.28 g/t Au/45.0m<br />Mill – 2100 tpd<br />Roads<br />Tailings pond<br />Power<br />Water<br />2.72 g/t Au/73.5m<br />15.27 g/t Au/3.7m<br />13.56 g/t Au/22.5m<br />Dar Salam<br />67.08 g/t Au/4.0m<br />7.41 g/t Au/11.5m<br />11.6 g/t Au/13.8m<br />15.56 g/t Au/24.0m<br />Tabakoto Mine<br />Dioulafoundou<br />10.96 g/t Au/6.0m<br />21.77 g/t Au/21.0m<br />Fougala<br />7.53 g/t Au/20.0 m<br />Kenieba Property<br />3 km<br />
    19. 19. Strong Assets $US100M Assets Acquired for <$0.20 on the Dollar (2008)<br />Camp – now houses 150 staff<br />Milling Facility – 2,100 tpd<br />Power Supply <br />Fuel Supply – Contracted<br />Current Segala Pit<br />14<br />
    20. 20. Current Segala Main Pit Mining Avion is Mali’s 4th Largest Gold Company<br />Segala Mine Plan<br />15<br />
    21. 21. Resource Expansion Potential<br />Four Target Concepts<br /> 1 <br />Segala at depth – underground potential<br /> 2 <br />Tabakoto at depth, and around pit<br />Approx. 132 km2<br /> 4 <br /> 3 <br />Remainder of property<br />– numerous targets<br /> 4 <br /> 1 <br /> 3 <br />New Properties<br /> 4 <br />2<br /> 3 <br /> 4 <br />16<br />3 km<br />
    22. 22. Target-Rich Exploration Package (~500 km2)<br />17<br /><ul><li>75% of drill holes have intersected gold!
    23. 23. $10 Million Exploration Budget for 2010
    24. 24. Total Project (Avion + Great Quest+Kofi) Resource 3.32 M ozs*</li></ul>* At 1.0 and 2.0 g/t cut-offs<br />10 km<br />
    25. 25. 18<br />Hounde – Burkina Faso<br />
    26. 26. Low Cost Ounces in the Ground = LEVERAGE<br />19<br /><ul><li>What Does the Market Pay?
    27. 27. US $171 Per Total Resource Ounce*</li></ul>* Wellington West research July 15th, 2010<br /><ul><li>What is Market Paying Avion?
    28. 28. US $41 Per Resource Ounce
    29. 29. More Ounces to Come!
    30. 30. Organic Growth – recent drilling
    31. 31. Great Quest (324,000 oz.)
    32. 32. Hounde Acquisition
    33. 33. Kofi Acquisition (670,000 oz)</li></li></ul><li>Comparable Trading Multiples<br />Avion is significantly undervalued relative to its peer group based on cash flow and P/NAV multiples<br />P / CFPS<br />P / NAV1<br />NAVPS uses 5% discount rate and long-term metal prices of US$900/oz Au and US$16/oz Ag<br />Note: Producer Peers include Alamos Gold, Aura Minerals, Centamin Egypt, Gammon Gold, Gold Wheaton, Golden Star Resources, New Gold, Northgate Minerals and Primero Mining<br />Source: Canaccord Genuity Research and public market research (updated August 16, 2010)<br />20<br />
    34. 34. $2,000<br />$1,750<br />GAM<br />$1,500<br />AGI<br />NGD<br />EGU<br />Average<br />$1,250<br />SGR<br />NXG<br />GSS<br />SMF<br />Market Capitalization (US$mm)<br />ANV<br />$1,000<br />ARZ<br />MFL<br />$750<br />KGI<br />$500<br />BTO<br />$250<br />Avion Gold<br />$-<br />0<br />100<br />200<br />300<br />400<br />500<br />600<br />2010E Production (000's oz Au)<br />Low valuation compared to peers<br />21<br />
    35. 35. Strong Balance Sheet<br />Debt<br />22<br />
    36. 36. Avion Gold Corporation’s Capital Structure<br />23<br />*Current Cash position of ~$30 Million<br />
    37. 37. AVION GOLD CORPORATION<br />24<br />MAJOR SHAREHOLDERS<br />Sprott Asset Management<br />Sentry Select<br />Pinetree Capital<br />Maple Leaf Partners<br />Front Street<br />Aberdeen International<br />Management/Insiders<br />
    38. 38. Analyst Coverage<br />25<br />
    39. 39. Experienced Management Team & Board<br />26<br />MANAGEMENT<br />John Begeman, President, CEO and Director<br />Don Dudek, Senior VP Exploration and Director<br />Greg Duras, CFO<br />Andrew Bradfield, Chief Operating Officer<br />BOARD OF DIRECTORS<br />Stan Bharti – Executive Chairman<br />John Begeman <br />Bruce Humphrey<br />Lewis Mackenzie, Major General (Ret.)<br />Don Dudek<br />Honorable Pierre Pettigrew<br />George Faught<br />
    40. 40. AVION GOLD CORPORATION<br />Contacts: Address:<br />Don Dudek 65 Queen Street West #800 <br />Vice President, Exploration PO Box 67<br />Tel: (416) 861-2261 Toronto, ON M5H 2M5<br />don@aviongoldcorp.com<br /> www.aviongoldcorp.com<br />Michael McAllister<br />Manager, Investor Relations<br />Tel: (416) 309-2134<br />info@aviongoldcorp.com<br />27<br />