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Press release from Marketwire

Yamana Gold Increases Dividend by 10%

First Quarter Dividend Declared

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yamana Gold Increases Dividend by 10%16:33 EST Wednesday, February 22, 2012TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2012) -(All amounts are expressed in United States dollars unless otherwise indicated.) YAMANA GOLD INC. (TSX:YRI)(NYSE:AUY)(LSE:YAU) today announced that the Board of Directors approved a further 10% increase in the Company's annual dividend to $0.22 per share and declared the first quarter dividend of $0.055 per share. This represents an 83% increase over the last 12 months. The quarterly dividend declared is payable to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 30, 2012, and will be paid on April 13, 2012. The dividend is an "eligible dividend" for Canadian tax purposes.Yamana is committed to delivering value to shareholders, across all measures including cash value by means of dividends.About YamanaYamana is a Canadian-based gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Colombia. Yamana plans to continue to build on this base through existing operating mine expansions, throughput increases, development of new mines, the advancement of its exploration properties and by targeting other gold consolidation opportunities with a primary focus in the Americas.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Lisa DoddridgeYamana Gold Inc.Vice President, Corporate Communicationsand Investor Relations416-945-7362 or 1-888-809-0925lisa.doddridge@yamana.com