AGNICO-EAGLE REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2011 RESULTS

Stock Symbol: AEM (NYSE and TSX) 

(All amounts expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted)

TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited ("Agnico-Eagle" or the "Company") today reported quarterly net income of $45.3 million, or $0.27 per share for the first quarter of 2011.  This result includes a non-cash foreign currency translation loss of $14.1 million, or $0.08 per share, stock option expense of $18.5 million, or $0.11 per share, an expense of $3.1 million, or $0.02 per share related to the March 10, 2011 Meadowbank fire, and a gain on sale of investments of $4.4 million, or $0.03 per share.  Excluding these items would result in adjusted net income of $76.5 million, or $0.45 per share.  In the first quarter of 2010, the Company reported net income of $22.3 million, or $0.14 per share.

First quarter 2011 cash provided by operating activities was $171.0 million ($146.9 million before changes in non-cash components of working capital), up from cash provided by operating activities of $74.5 million in the first quarter of 2010 ($92.5 million before changes in non-cash components of working capital).

The higher net income and cash provided by operating activities in 2011 was primarily due to 34% higher gold production and significantly higher metal prices when compared to the first quarter of 2010.

"Thanks to a quick response by the team at Meadowbank, the damage caused by the recent fire was limited and we are already back running at full capacity at the mine," said Sean Boyd, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "On the back of record production quarters at our Pinos Altos and Kittila mines, and with the expected commissioning of the permanent secondary crusher at Meadowbank in the third quarter, we expect to have all six of our mines operating at a steady state as we head into the second half of the year.  It is expected that gold production in the second half of this year should be approximately 20 percent higher than in the first half of 2011," added Mr. Boyd.

First quarter highlights include:

  • Record Quarterly Gold Output at Kittila - record quarterly recovery of 86.4%, and gold production of 40,317 ounces
  • Record Operating Quarter at Pinos Altos - record quarterly gold production of 48,001 ounces at total cash costs of $312 per ounce1.  Commercial production declared at Creston Mascota at March 1, 2011
  • Strong Cash Generation - record quarterly cash provided by operating activities of $171 million, or $1.01 per share
  • Gold Mineralization Extended at Kittila, Goldex, Lapa and Meliadine - details in today's separate exploration news release

Payable gold production2 in the first quarter of 2011 was 252,362 ounces compared to 188,232 ounces in the first quarter of 2010.  A description of the production and cost performance for each mine is set out further below.

The higher level of production in the 2011 period was largely due to production at the Meadowbank mine, which achieved commercial production in March 2010 and therefore only contributed one month to the first quarter total last year.  The increase in gold production in 2011 was in spite of the fire which destroyed the Meadowbank kitchen complex and also in spite of unusually severe winter conditions.  These factors negatively impacted production and costs, as disclosed in the Company's news releases of March 10 and March 28, 2011.

Total cash costs for the first quarter of 2011 were $531 per ounce.  This compares with $441 per ounce in the first quarter of 2010.  The higher cost in 2011 was largely attributable to the issues at Meadowbank which more than offset the positive impact of higher byproduct metals prices.

First Quarter 2011 Results Conference Call and Webcast Tomorrow

The Company's senior management will host a conference call on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 8:30 AM (E.D.T.) to discuss financial results and provide an update of the Company's exploration and development activities.

Via Webcast:

A live audio webcast of the meeting will be available on the Company's website homepage at www.agnico-eagle.com.

Via Telephone:

For those preferring to listen by telephone, please dial 416-644-3416 or Toll-free 800-814-4859.  To ensure your participation, please call approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.

Replay archive:

Please dial 416-640-1917 or Toll-free 877-289-8525, access code 4428706#.
The conference call replay will expire on May 29, 2011.
The webcast along with presentation slides will be archived for 180 days on the website.

Cash Position Remains Strong

Cash and cash equivalents increased to $114.8 million at March 31, 2011, up slightly from the December 31, 2010 balance of $104.6 million, as higher cash flows in 2011 allowed the full repayment of the Company's bank facilities.

Capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2011 were $96.8 million, including $22.9 million at Kittila, $20.3 million at Meadowbank, $19.7 million at LaRonde, $15.9 million at Pinos Altos, $11.9 million on Goldex and $5.0 million at Lapa.

With its current cash balances, anticipated cash flows and available bank lines, management believes that Agnico-Eagle remains fully funded for the development and exploration of its current pipeline of gold projects in Canada, Finland, Mexico and the USA.

Available bank lines as of March 31, 2011 were approximately $1.2 billion.

LaRonde Mine - Strong Cash Flow Generation Continues

The 100% owned LaRonde mine in northwestern Quebec, Canada, began operation in 1988.  Overall, proven and probable gold reserves at LaRonde contain approximately 4.8 million ounces from 34.7 million tonnes grading 4.3 grams per tonne ("g/t").

The LaRonde mill processed an average of 6,498 tonnes per day ("tpd") in the first quarter of 2011, compared with an average of 7,372 tpd in the corresponding period of 2010.  The lower throughput was largely due to the scheduling of a number of small stopes in the upper levels of the mine which cannot be mined as efficiently as larger mining blocks.  LaRonde's throughput is expected to be back to normal levels (approximately 7,000 tpd) in the second quarter of 2011.

Minesite costs per tonne3 were approximately C$86 in the first quarter of 2011.  These costs are higher than the C$71 per tonne experienced in the first quarter of 2010.  The increase is largely due to the 12% lower throughput in 2011, as discussed above.

On a per ounce basis, net of byproduct credits, LaRonde's total cash costs per ounce were minus $12 in the first quarter of 2011 on production of 36,893 ounces of gold.  This compares with the first quarter of 2010 when total cash costs per ounce were $167 on production of 45,036 ounces of gold.  The decrease in total cash costs is largely due to significantly higher byproduct metal prices which more than offset lower byproduct metal production. The lower gold production in the 2011 period is largely related to planned mining of lower grade areas for much of the year and also due to lower first quarter throughput, as discussed above.

Gold production in 2011 at LaRonde is expected to be approximately 157,000 ounces as the gold grade of the stopes scheduled to be mined increases late in the year, when the deeper, higher grade, gold ore is planned to be accessed via the new internal shaft of the LaRonde Extension.  However, considering currently high byproduct metals prices, the mine may be able to continue to extract some lower grade zinc and silver ores which were previously uneconomic.  This could extend the mine's life and benefit the total cash cost per ounce.

Post-2011, LaRonde is expected to ramp up to an average life of mine production of 338,000 ounces of gold per year, reflecting the higher gold grades at depth.

The exploration focus at LaRonde continues to be on defining potential open pit material at Bousquet Zone 5 and underground resources at Ellison (on the boundary of Iamgold Corporation's Westwood deposit).  Updates on these areas are expected later in the year.

Goldex Mine - Low Cost Underground Mine

The 100% owned Goldex mine in northwestern Quebec began operation in 2008.  Proven and probable gold reserves total 1.6 million ounces from 27.8 million tonnes grading 1.8 g/t.

The Goldex mill processed an average of 7,950 tpd in the first quarter of 2011. During the first quarter of 2010, the plant processed 7,410 tpd.  The mill has now demonstrated that it can sustain approximately 8,000 tonnes per day following the installation of a permanent secondary crusher and additional tailings pump capacity in the first quarter of 2010.

Minesite costs per tonne at Goldex were approximately C$23 in the first quarter of 2011, essentially unchanged from C$24 in the first quarter of 2010.

Payable gold production in the first quarter of 2011 was 38,500 ounces at total cash costs per ounce of $431. This compares to first quarter 2010 gold production of 42,269 ounces at total cash costs per ounce of $375.  The decrease in gold production is due to the mining of lower grade material during the 2011 period which also negatively impacted the mill recovery and total cash costs per ounce.

Gold production for 2011 is expected to be approximately 183,500 ounces.

Construction of a new exploration ramp has been approved to explore the deeper D Zone at Goldex (approximately 150 metres below the GEZ Zone which is currently being mined).  Total expenditure for the ramp and associated drilling is expected to be approximately $2 million in 2011, over and above the previously approved $6 million exploration budget for the mine.

Recent drilling has continued to intersect the D Zone.  These thick intersections suggest further expansion of this zone.  The latest drill results are discussed in today's separate exploration press release.

Kittila Mine - Record Quarter

The 100% owned Kittila mine in northern Finland achieved commercial production in May 2009.  Proven and probable gold reserves total approximately 4.9 million ounces from 32.7 million tonnes grading 4.6 g/t.

The Kittila mill processed an average of 2,911 tpd in the first quarter of 2011, close to its 3,000 tpd design rate. In the first quarter of 2010, the Kittila mill processed 2,419 tpd.

Gold recoveries in the first quarter of 2011 were a quarterly record of 86.4%, sustainably exceeding the design rate of 83% for the first time.  This compares with the first quarter of 2010 when the recoveries were approximately 71%.  This improvement in mill recovery was largely due to a change in the process which resulted in the ability to lower the chloride levels in the concentrate feed to the autoclave.

Minesite costs per tonne at Kittila were approximately €75 in the first quarter of 2011, compared to €64 in the first quarter of 2010.  The increase in minesite costs was largely due to ore re-handling (blending), high contractor costs associated with blast hole charging, higher than expected energy consumption due to unusually severe winter conditions and much higher fuel costs.

Now that the mine is operating at steady state, the focus going forward will be on reducing the unit costs.  The Company expects to transition to self-mining on surface and underground during 2011 which is expected to contribute to reduced costs.

First quarter 2011 gold production at Kittila was a record 40,317 ounces with a total cash cost per ounce of $687.  In the first quarter of 2010 the mine produced 24,547 ounces at total cash costs per ounce of $735. The higher production and lower costs were largely the result of improved throughput and higher grades in the first quarter of 2011.

Gold production in 2011 is expected to be approximately 147,100 ounces.

A study is underway examining the possibility of increasing the production rate at Kittila.  The study is expected to be reviewed in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Exploration drilling at Kittila has continued to extend the Suuri and Roura zones at depth and to the north.  As the Company gains better access to these areas late in the year via a ramp, it is expected that the rate of growth of these zones will increase.  Further details on the most recent drill holes are included in today's separate news release.

Lapa - Record Quarterly Throughput

The 100% owned Lapa mine in northwestern Quebec achieved commercial production in May 2009.  Proven and probable gold reserves total approximately 0.7 million ounces from 2.8 million tonnes grading 7.4 g/t.

The Lapa circuit, at the LaRonde mill, processed an average of 1,581 tpd, a quarterly record, in the first quarter of 2011.  This compares with an average of 1,432 tonnes per day in the first quarter of 2010 as Lapa has successfully achieved its design rate of 1,500 tpd.

Minesite costs per tonne were C$117 in the first quarter of 2011, compared to C$123 in the first quarter of 2010.  The lower cost is largely due to the increased throughput, as discussed above.

Payable production in the first quarter of 2011 was 26,914 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce of $630. This compares with the first quarter of 2010, when production was 31,553 ounces of gold at total cash cost per ounce of $489.  The decrease in gold production and increase in costs is largely due to a 27% decrease in grade and also due to an unscheduled five day shutdown in the mill for maintenance of grinding and ore storage.  The lower grade was largely due to stope sequencing and lower grades in the 2011 mine model.  The lower grades in the model reflect a higher gold price and therefore a lower cut off grade for reserves (reserve grade dropped to 7.4 g/t for 2011 versus 8.2 g/t for 2010).

Payable production in 2011 is expected to be approximately 125,000 ounces of gold.

During 2011, an exploration drift will facilitate drilling along the trend to the east and at depth.  These areas have not previously been explored.  The drilling is intended to investigate the possibility of extending the mine life.  The most recent drill results are presented in today's separate exploration news release.

Pinos Altos - Record Gold Production at Low Costs

The 100% owned Pinos Altos mine in northern Mexico achieved commercial production in November 2009.  Proven and probable reserves, including the stand-alone, heap leach, Creston Mascota mine, total 3.3 million ounces of gold and 92.0 million ounces of silver from 44.2 million tonnes grading 2.3 g/t gold and 64.8 g/t silver. 

The Pinos Altos mill processed an average of 4,475 tpd in the first quarter of 2011.  This compares favourably with 2,584 tonnes per day in the first quarter of 2010, its first full quarter of commercial production.  The mill is now routinely performing at process rates above the initial design capacity of 4,000 tpd.

Minesite costs per tonne were $28 in the first quarter of 2011, compared to $32 in the first quarter of 2010.  The lower costs in 2011 are a result of the inclusion of the new Creston Mascota heap leach mine where minesite costs per tonne are much lower.  The drop in costs was partly offset by the higher proportion of ore from the relatively higher cost underground mine (about 60% of the mill feed during the first quarter of 2011 compared to 100% from open pit during the first quarter of 2010).

Payable production in the first quarter of 2011 was a record 48,001 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce of $312, including the satellite Creston Mascota operation.  This compares with production of 26,228 ounces at a total cash cost of $405 in the first quarter of 2010.

The first gold production from Creston Mascota occurred during the fourth quarter of 2010.  In the first quarter of 2011, payable gold production from this heap leach operation was 4,561 ounces (included in the Pinos Altos total above).  Commercial production at Creston Mascota was achieved on March 1, 2011.

Payable production in 2011 (including Creston Mascota) is expected to be 199,000 ounces of gold and approximately 2.2 million ounces of silver.

Due to the improved mill capacity and the increased underground ore reserve tonnage at Pinos Altos, the Company is evaluating alternatives with respect to increasing the underground mine capacity either through an additional production ramp or a production shaft.  The study is expected to be completed near the end of 2011.

Exploration at Pinos Altos in 2011 is focusing on the Cerro Colorado zone (adjacent to the main Santo Nino zone, to the west), the satellite Creston Mascota, Cubiro and Bravo zones, and the Reyna de la Plata zone (parallel zone, north of Santo Nino).  Further details of the exploration program at Pinos Altos will be available later this year.

Meadowbank - Back at Full Production Rates Following Fire

The 100% owned Meadowbank mine is located in Nunavut, northern Canada.  Proven and probable gold reserves total 3.5 million ounces from 34.1 million tonnes grading 3.2 g/t.  An additional 9.1 million tonnes grading 1.0 g/t (or 0.3 million ounces) of indicated gold resources are within the currently contemplated pit limits.

The Meadowbank mill processed an average of 6,985 tpd in the first quarter of 2011.  No comparable period exists as the mine achieved commercial production in March 2010.

Minesite costs per tonne were C$93 in the first quarter. With commercial production achieved in March 2010, there is no complete comparable period in 2010.  These costs were higher than the C$82 per tonne which is expected in 2011.  The higher costs so far in 2011 are largely due to lower than planned throughput in the mill (approximately 14% lower than budget in the first quarter) largely due to the disruption caused by the fire of March 10, 2011 and unusually severe winter conditions.

The March 10 fire resulted in an expense of $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2011.  The Company maintains various insurance policies that are expected to largely offset the associated costs going forward as claims are settled.

Payable production in the first quarter of 2011 was 61,737 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce of gold of $943.  These costs are expected to decline dramatically in 2011 as throughput improves with the return of the full workforce in April 2011, and the commissioning of the permanent secondary crushing facility in the third quarter of 2011.  The design rate of 8,500 tpd is expected to be achieved on a steady state basis at that time.

Payable production in 2011 is expected to be approximately 310,000 ounces of gold at total cash costs of approximately $700 per ounce as updated in the Company's March 28, 2011 news release.  Previous guidance was for production of 360,000 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce of $600.

Meliadine - Initial Gold Reserve Established, Gold Zones Expanding

In July 2010, Agnico-Eagle completed the acquisition of the Meliadine project near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

The Company's initial reserve estimate is 2.6 million ounces of gold in probable reserves from 9.5 million tonnes grading 8.5 g/t.  It is expected that this reserve will continue to grow significantly as the large gold resource is drilled extensively.  Approximately $65 million is expected to be spent on Meliadine exploration and related infrastructure in 2011.

In addition to the initial gold reserve, the Meliadine project contains indicated gold resource of 8.8 million tonnes grading 5.2 g/t (or 1.5 million ounces).  It also includes inferred gold resources of 11.8 million tonnes grading 6.9 g/t (or 2.6 million ounces).

Based on the exploration success and the growth in the deposit since it was acquired, the Company is evaluating the possibility of accelerating underground ramp development at Meliadine to facilitate further exploration and the eventual development of the growing deposit.  The ramp study, and a reserve and resource update, are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2011.

It is anticipated that the Board will consider a production decision in 2013, contingent on receiving all required permits.

Recent drilling has extended the Wesmeg zone (approximately 400 metres south of the main Tiriganiaq zone) at Meliadine. Drilling through March has confirmed the continuity of Wesmeg and extended it to the west. The deposit consists of a North Trend and a South Trend, each more than a kilometre long.  Wesmeg is open at depth and in all directions and would likely be mined via open pit methods.  Further detail is available in today's separate exploration news release.

Depreciation Guidance

Agnico-Eagle expects 2011 amortization on its income statement to amount to $200 to $250 per reserve ounce.  This amount was approximately $195 in 2010 and $151 in 2009.

Please see the Supplemental Data section of the Financial and Operating Database on the Company's website for the adjusted plant, property and mine development totals by mine at December 31, 2010.

Pinos Altos Tour

Agnico-Eagle will be hosting a trip for equity analysts and buy-side investors on May 19, 2011 to Pinos Altos in northern Mexico.  A charter plane will depart Toronto in the afternoon of May 18.  After overnight in Chihuahua, small planes will take participants to site and back on May 19, with return to Toronto that evening.  Interested parties should contact Adriana Trlin at atrlin@agnico-eagle.com, or 416-947-1212 x3747.  Space is extremely limited.  All presentation materials will also be posted on the Company's website.

Meadowbank and Meliadine Tour

Agnico-Eagle will be hosting a trip for equity analysts and buy-side investors on June 28, 2011 to Meadowbank.  The tour will include a project review of Meliadine while at the Meadowbank site. The tour will be a day trip via chartered airplane from Toronto.  Interested parties should contact Adriana Trlin at atrlin@agnico-eagle.com, or 416-947-1212 x3747.  All presentation materials will also be posted on the Company's website.

Annual General Meeting

Friday April 29, 2011 at 11:00am
Vanity Fair Ballroom
Le Méridien King Edward Hotel
37 King Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1E9

Dividend Record and Payment Dates for the Remainder of 2011

Record Date   Payment Date
June 1 June 15
September 1 September 15
December 1 December 15

Dividend Reinvestment Program

Please follow the link below for information on the Company's dividend reinvestment program.

DividendReinvestmentPlan

About Agnico-Eagle

Agnico-Eagle is a long established, Canadian headquartered, gold producer with operations located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, and exploration and development activities in Canada, Finland, Mexico and the United States.  The Company has full exposure to higher gold prices consistent with its policy of no forward gold sales and maintains a corporate strategy based on increasing shareholders exposure to gold, on a per share basis.  It has paid a cash dividend for 29 consecutive years.  www.agnico-eagle.com

AGNICO-EAGLE MINES LIMITED
SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
(thousands of United States dollars, except where noted, US GAAP basis, Unaudited)
 
        Three months ended
March 31,
        2011     2010
Gross mine profit (exclusive of amortization shown below) (Note 1)              
LaRonde        $48,983     $45,387
Goldex        40,333     26,423
Lapa        19,178     21,273
Kittila        27,831     11,470
Pinos Altos (Note 2)        47,259     12,631
Meadowbank        29,917     2,171
Total gross mine profit        213,501     119,355
Amortization        61,929     30,503
Corporate        74,210     47,578
Income before tax        77,362     41,274
Tax provision        32,098     18,942
Net earnings         $45,264     $22,332
Net earnings per share        $0.27     $0.14
Operating cash flow        $171,043     $74,491
Realized price per sales volume (US$):              
  Gold (per ounce)        $1,400     $1,111
  Silver (per ounce)        $36.10     $17.87
  Zinc (per tonne)        $2,509     $2,235
  Copper (per tonne)        $10,027     $7,288
Payable production:              
  Gold (ounces)              
  LaRonde        36,893     45,036
  Goldex        38,500     42,269
  Lapa         26,914     31,553
  Kittila         40,317     24,547
  Pinos Altos (Note 2)         48,001     26,228
  Meadowbank        61,737     18,599
  Total gold (ounces)       252,362     188,232
  Silver (000s ounces)              
  LaRonde        680     875
  Pinos Altos        406     222
  Meadowbank        13     2
  Total silver (000s ounces)       1,099     1,099
  Zinc (tonnes)        11,941     14,224
  Copper (tonnes)        817     1,052
Payable metal sold:              
  Gold (ounces - LaRonde)        37,459     45,240
  Gold (ounces - Goldex)        41,895     37,863
  Gold (ounces - Lapa)        25,776     34,193
  Gold (ounces - Kittila)        40,698     30,674
  Gold (ounces - Pinos Altos) (Note 2)        45,484     20,965
  Gold (ounces - Meadowbank)        61,928     7,103
  Total gold (ounces)       253,240     176,038
  Silver (000s ounces - LaRonde)        679     775
  Silver (000s ounces - Pinos Altos)        409     221
  Silver (000s ounces - Meadowbank)        21    
  Total silver (ounces)       1,109     996
  Zinc (tonnes)        8,302     14,529
  Copper (tonnes)        820     1,047
Total cash costs per ounce of gold (Note 3,4):              
LaRonde        $(12)     $167
Goldex         $431     $375
Lapa         $630     $489
Kittila         $687     $735
Pinos Altos (Note 2)         $312     $405
Meadowbank        $943     840
Weighted average total cash costs per ounce        $531     $441

Note 1
Gross mine profit is calculated as total revenues from all metals, by mine, minus total production costs, by mine.

Note 2
Creston Mascota achieved commercial production as of March 1, 2011 and is considered a satellite pit to the Pinos Altos mine.

Note 3
Total cash costs per ounce of gold is calculated net of silver, copper, zinc and other byproduct credits. The weighted average total cash cost per ounce is based on commercial production ounces.  Total cash costs per ounce is a non-GAAP measure.  For reconciliation to production costs, see Note 1 to the financial statements included herein.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".

Note 4
Certain measures have been reclassified in prior periods to conform to the current periods' presentation.  The changes are immaterial in nature.

AGNICO-EAGLE MINES LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(thousands of United States dollars, US GAAP basis)
(Unaudited)
                         
            As at
March 31,
2011
      As at
Decembe31,
2010
ASSETS                    
Current                    
  Cash and cash equivalents            $114,825       $104,645
  Trade receivables            71,566       112,949
  Inventories:                    
    Ore stockpiles            63,297       67,764
    Concentrates            60,193       50,332
    Supplies            160,107       149,647
  Other current assets            194,557       188,885
Fair value of derivative assets            2,036       -
Total current assets            666,581       674,222
                         
Other assets            58,396       61,502
Future income and mining tax assets            2,615       -
Goodwill           200,064       200,064
Property, plant and mine development            4,595,545       4,564,563
            $5,523,201       $5,500,351
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                    
Current                    
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities            $168,504       $170,967
  Dividends payable            81,002       108,009
  Interest payable            20,513       9,743
  Income taxes payable            1,393       14,450
                         
Total current liabilities            271,412       303,169
                         
Long term debt            600,000       650,000
                         
Fair value of derivative financial instruments            -       142
                         
Reclamation provision and other liabilities            151,303       145,536
                         
Future income and mining tax liabilities            759,023       736,054
                     
Shareholders' equity                    
Common shares                    
  Authorized — unlimited                    
  Issued — 169,017,306 (December 31, 2010 — 168,763,496)            3,090,202       3,078,217
Stock options            95,115       78,554
Warrants            24,858       24,858
Contributed surplus            15,166       15,166
Retained earnings            485,529       440,265
Accumulated other comprehensive income             30,593       28,390
                     
Total shareholders' equity            3,741,463       3,665,450
            $5,523,201       $5,500,351
                     

AGNICO-EAGLE MINES LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(thousands of United States dollars except share
and per share amounts, US GAAP basis)
(Unaudited)
 
            Three months ended
March 31,
            2011       2010
                     
REVENUES                    
Revenues from mining operations            $412,068       $237,583
Interest and sundry income            1,599       827
Gain on sale of available-for-sale securities            4,394       346
            418,061       238,756
COSTS AND EXPENSES                    
Production            198,567       118,227
Exploration and corporate development            16,978       7,504
Amortization            61,929       30,503
General and administrative            35,152       28,430
Provincial capital tax            -       (587)
Interest            14,008       4,504
Foreign currency loss            14,065       8,901
Income before income, mining and federal capital taxes            77,362       41,274
Income and mining tax expense             32,098       18,942
                     
Net income for the period 9           $45,264       $22,332
                     
Net income per share — basic            $0.27       $0.14
Net income per share — diluted            $0.26       $0.14
                     
Weighted average number of shares outstanding (in thousands)                    
  Basic            168,853       156,692
  Diluted            172,863       159,093
                       

AGNICO-EAGLE MINES LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(thousands of United States dollars, US GAAP basis)
(Unaudited)
                   
        Three months ended
March 31,
        2011       2010
Operating activities                
Net income for the period        45,264       $22,332
Add (deduct) items not affecting cash:                
  Amortization        61,929       30,503
  Future income and mining taxes        8,879       13,095
  Gain on sale of available-for-sale securities        (4,394)       (459)
  Amortization of deferred costs and other        35,269       27,060
Changes in non-cash working capital balances                
  Trade receivables        41,383       20,390
  Income taxes payable        (13,057)       3,924
  Inventories        (16,595)       (25,542)
  Other current assets        4,466       (2,686)
  Interest payable        10,770       (339)
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities        (2,871)       (13,787)
Cash provided by operating activities        171,043       74,491
                 
Investing activities                
Additions to property, plant and mine development        (96,849)       (112,563)
Acquisition, investments and other        4,199       (5,642)
Cash used in investing activities        (92,650)       (118,205)
                 
Financing activities                
Dividends paid        (25,820)       (26,830)
Repayment of capital lease and other        (3,053)       (1,539)
Repayment of long term debt        (50,000)       20,000
Sales-leaseback financing               3,005
Proceeds from common shares issued        10,031       3,718
Cash provided by (used in) financing activities        (68,842)       (1,646)
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents        629       (181)
                 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the period        10,180       (45,541)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period        104,645       163,593
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period        $114,825       $118,052
Other operating cash flow information:                
Interest paid during the period        $3,229       $8,722
Income, mining and capital taxes paid during the period        $35,219       $1,497

Note 1  The following tables provide a reconciliation, on an individual mine basis, of the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced and minesite costs per tonne to production costs as set out the interim consolidated financial statements.  The total cash cost per ounce for the Company is calculated as the weighted average of the total cash cost per ounce at each of the Company's mines based on the proportion of the Company's payable ounces produced at a mine.

Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold By Mine            
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)     Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Total Production costs per Consolidated Statements of Income      $198,567     $118,227
             
Attributable to LaRonde     47,885     45,482
Attributable to Goldex     17,874     13,800
Attributable to Lapa     16,751     16,379
Attributable to Kittila     28,500     23,018
Attributable to Pinos Altos     30,907     13,849
Attributable to Meadowbank     56,650     5,699
  Total      $198,567     $118,227
             
LaRonde            
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)     Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs      $47,885     $45,482
Adjustments:            
  Byproduct revenues      (52,979)     (38,391)
  Inventory and other adjustment(i)      5,352     763
  Non-cash reclamation provision      (700)     (335)
Cash operating costs      (442)     $7,519
Gold production (ounces)      36,893     45,036
Total cash costs (per ounce)(iii)      $(12)     $167
             
Goldex             
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)     Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs      $17,874     $13,800
Adjustments:            
  Byproduct revenues      87     -
  Inventory and other adjustment(i)      (1,309)     2,102
  Non-cash reclamation provision      (55)     (54)
Cash operating costs      $16,597     $15,848
Gold production (ounces)      38,500            42,269
Total cash costs (per ounce)(iii)      $431     $375
             
Lapa            
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)     Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs      $16,751     $16,379
Adjustments:            
  Byproduct revenues      66     -
  Inventory and other adjustment(i)      158     (926)
  Non-cash reclamation provision      (15)     (14)
Cash operating costs      $16,960     $15,439
Gold production (ounces)      26,914     31,553
Total cash costs (per ounce)(iii)      $630     $489
             
Kittila            
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)     Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs      $28,500     $23,018
Adjustments:            
  Byproduct revenues     77     (25)
  Inventory and other adjustment(i)      (843)     (4,849)
  Non-cash reclamation provision      (50)     (99)
Cash operating costs      $27,684     $18,045
Gold production (ounces)      40,317     24,547
Total cash costs (per ounce)(iii)      $687     $735
             
Pinos Altos (includes Creston Mascota)            
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)     Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs      $30,907     $13,849
Adjustments:            
  Byproduct revenues      (15,003)     (3,687)
  Inventory and other adjustment(i)      5,697     1,493
  Non-cash reclamation provision      (282)     (214)
  Stripping costs (capitalized vs expensed)(ii)      (6,325)     (810)
Cash operating costs      $14,994     $10,631
Gold production (ounces)      48,001     26,228
Total cash costs (per ounce)(iii)      $312     $405
             
Meadowbank            
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)     Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs      $56,650     $5,699
Adjustments:            
  Byproduct revenues     (449)     (26)
  Inventory and other adjustment(i)      2,426     9,161
  Non-cash reclamation provision      (412)     (127)
Cash operating costs      $58,215     $14,707
Gold production (ounces)      61,737     17,515
Total cash costs (per ounce)(iv)      $943     $840
             

Minesite Cost per Tonne                  
LaRonde                  
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)           Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs           $47,885     $45,482
Adjustments:                  
Inventory and other adjustments (iv)            4,517     763
Non-cash reclamation provision            (700)     (335)
Minesite operating costs (US$)            $51,702     $45,910
Minesite operating costs (C$)            $50,357     $47,078
Tonnes of ore milled (000s)           585     664
Minesite cost per tonne (C$) (v)           $86     $71
                   
Goldex                  
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)           Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs           $17,874     $13,800
Adjustments:                  
Inventory and other adjustments (iv)            (1,161)     2,102
Non-cash reclamation provision            (55)     (54)
Minesite operating costs (US$)            $16,658     $15,848
Minesite operating costs (C$)            $16,327     $16,313
Tonnes of ore milled (000s)           715     667
Minesite cost per tonne (C$) (v)           $23     $24
                   
Lapa                  
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)           Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs           $16,751     $16,379
Adjustments:                  
Inventory and other adjustments (iv)            306     (926)
Non-cash reclamation provision            (15)     (14)
Minesite operating costs (US$)            $17,042     $15,439
Minesite operating costs (C$)            $16,640     $15,832
Tonnes of ore milled (000s)           142     129
Minesite cost per tonne (C$) (v)           $117     $123
                   
Kittila                  
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)           Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs           $28,500     $23,018
Adjustments:                  
Inventory and other adjustments (iv)            (843)     (4,849)
Non-cash reclamation provision            (50)     (99)
Minesite operating costs (US$)            $27,607     $18,070
Minesite operating costs (EUR)            €19,710     €13,915
Tonnes of ore milled (000s)           262     218
Minesite cost per tonne (EUR) (v)           €75     €64
                   
Pinos Altos (includes Creston Mascota)                  
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)           Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs           $30,907     $13,849
Adjustments:                  
Inventory and other adjustments (iv)            5,064     1,493
Non-cash reclamation provision            (282)     (214)
Stripping costs (capitalized vs expensed) (ii)           (6,325)     (810)
Minesite operating costs (US$)            $29,364     $14,318
Tonnes of ore processed (000s)           1,033     450
Minesite cost per tonne (US$) (v)           $28     $32
                   
Meadowbank                  
(thousands of dollars, except where noted)           Three months
ended
March 31, 2011
    Three months
ended
March 31, 2010
Production costs           $56,650     $5,699
Adjustments:                  
Inventory and other adjustments (iv)            2,772     9,161
Non-cash reclamation provision            (412)     (127)
Minesite operating costs (US$)            $59,010     $14,733
Minesite operating costs (C$)            $58,242     $15,117
Tonnes of ore milled (000s)           629     163
Minesite cost per tonne (C$) (v)           $93     $93

(i) Under the Company's revenue recognition policy, revenue is recognized on concentrates when legal title passes. Since total cash costs are calculated on a production basis, this inventory adjustment reflects the sales margin on the portion of concentrate production for which revenue has not been recognized in the period.

(ii) The Company has decided to report total cash costs using the more common industry practice of deferring certain stripping costs that can be attributed to future production.  The methodology is in line with the Gold Institute Production Cost Standard.  The purpose of adjusting for these stripping costs is to enhance the comparability of cash costs to the majority of the Company's peers within the mining industry.  The previous period's total cash costs per ounce have been recalculated on this basis.

(iii) Total cash cost per ounce is not a recognized measure under US GAAP and this data may not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers. The Company believes that this generally accepted industry measure is a realistic indication of operating performance and is useful in allowing year over year comparisons. As illustrated in the table above, this measure is calculated by adjusting production costs as shown in the Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income for net byproduct revenues, royalties, inventory adjustments and asset retirement provisions. This measure is intended to provide investors with information about the cash generating capabilities of the Company's mining operations. Management uses this measure to monitor the performance of the Company's mining operations. Since market prices for gold are quoted on a per ounce basis, using this per ounce measure allows management to assess the mine's cash generating capabilities at various gold prices. Management is aware that this per ounce measure of performance can be impacted by fluctuations in byproduct metal prices and exchange rates. Management compensates for the limitation inherent with this measure by using it in conjunction with the minesite costs per tonne measure (discussed below) as well as other data prepared in accordance with US GAAP. Management also performs sensitivity analyses in order to quantify the effects of fluctuating metal prices and exchange rates.

(iv) This inventory adjustment reflects production costs associated with unsold concentrates.

(v) Minesite costs per tonne is not a recognized measure under US GAAP and this data may not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers. As illustrated in the table above, this measure is calculated by adjusting production costs as shown in the Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income for inventory and asset retirement provisions and then dividing by tonnes processed through the mill. Since total cash costs data can be affected by fluctuations in byproduct metal prices and exchange rates, management believes minesite costs per tonne provides additional information regarding the performance of mining operations and allows management to monitor operating costs on a more consistent basis as the per tonne measure eliminates the cost variability associated with varying production levels. Management also uses this measure to determine the economic viability of mining blocks. As each mining block is evaluated based on the net realizable value of each tonne mined, in order to be economically viable the estimated revenue on a per tonne basis must be in excess of the minesite costs per tonne. Management is aware that this per tonne measure is impacted by fluctuations in production levels and thus uses this evaluation tool in conjunction with production costs prepared in accordance with US GAAP. This measure supplements production cost information prepared in accordance with US GAAP and allows investors to distinguish between changes in production costs resulting from changes in production versus changes in operating performance.

Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance

This press release presents measures including "total cash costs per ounce" and "minesite costs per tonne" that are not recognized measures under US GAAP. This data may not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers. The Company believes that these generally accepted industry measures are realistic indicators of operating performance and useful for year-over-year comparisons. However, both of these non-GAAP measures should be considered together with other data prepared in accordance with US GAAP, these measures, taken by themselves, are not necessarily indicative of operating costs or cash flow measures prepared in accordance with US GAAP. A reconciliation of the Company's total cash cost per ounce and minesite cost per tonne to the most comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with US GAAP for the Company's historical results of operations is set out in Note 1 to the financial statements of the Company for the period ended December 31, 2010 contained herein.

The contents of this press release have been prepared under the supervision of, and reviewed by, Marc Legault P.Eng., Vice-President Project Development and a "Qualified Person" for the purposes of NI 43-101.

Detailed Mineral Reserve and Resource Data (as at December 31, 2010)

 
Category and Operation
Au
(g/t)  
Ag
(g/t)
Cu
(%)
Zn
(%)
Pb
(%)
Au
(000s oz.)  
Tonnes  
(000s)
Proven Mineral Reserve
Goldex (underground) 1.87         890 14,804
  Kittila (open pit) 4.19         53 395
  Kittila (underground) 6.00         2 8
Kittila total proven 4.23         55 403
Lapa (underground) 7.24         261 1,122
LaRonde (underground) 2.36 55.17 0.26   2.78   0.32   366 4,838
Meadowbank (open pit) 3.13         85 839
Pinos Altos (open pit) 0.89 13.26       31 1,078
Pinos Altos (underground) 2.52 78.68       144 1,786
Pinos Altos total proven 1.90 54.06         175 2,864
Subtotal Proven Mineral Reserve   2.29         1,832 24,869

Probable Mineral Reserve
Goldex (underground) 1.62         676 12,990
  Kittila (open pit) 5.28         281 1,657
  Kittila (underground) 4.61         4,544 30,672
Kittila total probable 4.64         4,826 32,329
Lapa (underground) 7.56         416 1,709
LaRonde (underground) 4.63 23.99 0.28   0.90   0.07   4,452 29,892
Meadowbank (open pit) 3.18         3,402 33,259
  Meliadine (open pit) 6.91         953 4,287
  Meliadine (underground) 9.89         1,647 5,180
Meliadine total probable 8.54         2,600 9,467
  Pinos Altos (open pit) 1.98 45.34       1,083 16,987
  Pinos Altos (underground) 2.58 79.64       2,013 24,311
Pinos Altos total probable 2.33 65.53         3,096 41,298
Subtotal Probable Mineral Reserve 3.76          19,467  160,944
Total Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves   3.57            21,299  185,813

Category and Operation
Au
(g/t)  
Ag
(g/t)
Cu
(%)
Zn
(%)
Pb
(%)
Tonnes
(000s)
Indicated Mineral Resource            
Bousquet (underground) 5.63         1,704
Ellison (underground) 5.68         415
Goldex (underground) 1.77         8,273
Kittila (underground) 2.41         15,348
Lapa (underground) 4.10         1,770
LaRonde (underground) 1.89 23.96 0.12   1.36   0.13   6,933
  Meadowbank (open pit) 1.40         23,441
  Meadowbank (underground) 4.39         2,318
Meadowbank total indicated   1.67         25,759
  Meliadine (open pit) 5.25         1,968
  Meliadine (underground) 5.20         6,839
Meliadine total indicated 5.21         8,807
  Pinos Altos (open pit) 0.88 12.42       15,832
  Pinos Altos (underground) 1.25 35.76       9,789
Pinos Altos total indicated 1.02 21.34         25,621
Swanson (open pit) 1.93         504
Total Indicated Resource 2.10          95,135

 
Category and Operation
Au
(g/t)
Ag
(g/t)
Cu
(%)
Zn
(%)
Pb
(%)
Tonnes 
(000s)
Inferred Mineral Resource            
  Bousquet (open pit) 1.87         18,798
  Bousquet (underground) 7.45         1,667
Bousquet total inferred 2.32         20,464
Ellison (underground) 5.81         786
Goldex (underground) 1.67         25,813
  Kittila (open pit) 3.71         362
  Kittila (underground) 2.44         7,958
Kittila total inferred 2.50           8,320
Kuotko, Finland (open pit) 3.24         1,116
Kylmäkangas, Finland (underground)   4.07         1,924
Lapa (underground) 8.27         454
LaRonde (underground) 3.72 12.24   0.27   0.48   0.05   11,526
  Meadowbank (open pit) 1.85         9,393
  Meadowbank (underground) 5.62         824
Meadowbank total inferred 2.15         10,218
  Meliadine (open pit) 4.86         2,388
  Meliadine (underground) 7.47         9,446
Meliadine total inferred 6.94         11,834
  Pinos Altos (open pit) 0.87 17.34       21,913
  Pinos Altos (underground) 2.38 59.24       3,744
Pinos Altos total inferred 1.09 23.46       25,657
Total Inferred Resource 2.59          118,111

Tonnage amounts and contained metal amounts presented in this table have been rounded to the nearest thousand. Reserves are not a sub-set of resources.  No measured resources were estimated.

Forward-Looking Statements
The information in this news release has been prepared as at April 28, 2011. Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward looking information" under the provisions of Canadian provincial securities laws and are referred to herein as "forward-looking statements". When used in this document, words such as "anticipate", "expect", "estimate", "forecast", "planned", "will", "likely", "schedule" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Such statements include without limitation: the Company's forward-looking production guidance, total cash costs per ounce guidance and depreciation guidance, including estimated ore grades, project timelines, drilling results, orebody configurations, metal production, life of mine horizons, commencement of production estimates, the estimated timing of scoping and other studies evaluating potential projects or expansions, recovery rates, mill throughput, and projected exploration and capital expenditures, including costs and other estimates upon which such projections are based; the Company's goal to increase its mineral reserves and resources and production; and other statements and information regarding anticipated trends with respect to the Company's operations, exploration and the funding thereof. Such statements reflect the Company's views as at the date of this press release and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Agnico-Eagle as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The factors and assumptions of Agnico-Eagle contained in this news release, which may prove to be incorrect, include, but are not limited to, the assumptions set forth herein and in management's discussion and analysis and the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2010 ("Form 20-F") as well as: that there are no significant disruptions affecting operations, whether due to labour disruptions, supply disruptions, damage to equipment, natural occurrences, political changes, title issues or otherwise; that permitting, production and expansion at each of Agnico-Eagle's mines and growth projects proceeds on a basis consistent with current expectations, and that Agnico-Eagle does not change its plans relating to such projects; that the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar, European Union euro, Mexican peso and the United  States dollar will be approximately consistent with current levels or as set out in this news release; that prices for gold, silver, zinc, copper and lead will be consistent with Agnico-Eagle's expectations; that prices for key mining and construction supplies, including labour costs, remain consistent with Agnico-Eagle's current expectations; that Agnico-Eagle's current estimates of mineral reserves, mineral resources, mineral grades and metal recovery are accurate; that there are no material delays in the timing for completion of ongoing growth projects; that the Company's current plans to optimize production are successful; and that there are no material variations in the current tax and regulatory environment.  Many factors, known and unknown, could cause the actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks include, but are not limited to: the volatility of prices of gold and other metals; uncertainty of mineral reserves, mineral resources, mineral grades and metal recovery estimates; uncertainty of future production, capital expenditures, and other costs; currency fluctuations; financing of additional capital requirements; cost of exploration and development programs; mining risks; risks associated with foreign operations; governmental and environmental regulation; the volatility of the Company's stock price; and risks associated with the Company's byproduct metal derivative strategies. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, see the Form 20-F, as well as the Company's other filings with the Canadian Securities Administrators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements and information, except as required by law. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Certain of the foregoing statements, primarily related to projects, are based on preliminary views of the Company with respect to, among other things, grade, tonnage, processing, recoveries, mining methods, capital costs, total cash costs, minesite costs, and location of surface infrastructure.  Actual results and final decisions may be materially different from those currently anticipated.

Notes to Investors Regarding the Use of Resources

Cautionary Note to Investors Concerning Estimates of Measured and Indicated Resources

This news release uses the terms "measured resources" and "indicated resources". We advise investors that while those terms are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize them. Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into reserves.

Cautionary Note to Investors Concerning Estimates of Inferred Resources

This press release also uses the term "inferred resources". We advise investors that while this term is recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize it. "Inferred 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, estimates of 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 part or all of an inferred resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

Scientific and Technical Data

Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited is reporting mineral resource and reserve estimates in accordance with the CIM guidelines for the estimation, classification and reporting of resources and reserves.

Cautionary Note To U.S. Investors - The SEC permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. Agnico-Eagle uses certain terms in this press release, such as "measured", "indicated", and "inferred", and "resources" that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F, which may be obtained from us, or from the SEC's website at: http://sec.gov/edgar.shtml.  A "final" or "bankable" feasibility study is required to meet the requirements to designate reserves under Industry Guide 7.

Estimates for all properties were calculated using historic three-year average metals prices and foreign exchange rates in accordance with the SEC Industry Guide 7.  Industry Guide 7 requires the use of prices that reflect current economic conditions at the time of reserve determination, which the Staff of the SEC has interpreted to mean historic three-year average prices.  The assumptions used for the mineral reserves and resources estimates reported by the Company on February 16, 2011 were based on three-year average prices for the period ending December 31, 2010 of $1,024 per ounce gold, $16.62 per ounce silver, $0.86 per pound zinc, $2.97 per pound copper, $0.90 per pound lead and C$/US$, US$/Euro and MXP/US$ exchange rates of 1.08, 1.40 and 12.43, respectively.

The Canadian Securities Administrators' National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") requires mining companies to disclose reserves and resources using the subcategories of "proven" reserves, "probable" reserves, "measured" resources, "indicated" resources and "inferred" resources. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Under National Instrument 43-101, a mineral reserve is the economically mineable part of a measured or indicated resource demonstrated by at least a preliminary feasibility study. This study must include adequate information on mining, processing, metallurgical, economic and other relevant factors that demonstrate, at the time of reporting, that economic extraction can be justified. A mineral reserve includes diluting materials and allows for losses that may occur when the material is mined. A proven mineral reserve is the economically mineable part of a measured resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics are so well established that they can be estimated with confidence sufficient to allow the appropriate application of technical and economic parameters, to support production planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit. A probable mineral reserve is the economically mineable part of an indicated mineral resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics can be estimated with a level of confidence sufficient to allow the appropriate application of technical and economic parameters, to support mine planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit.  All reserves disclosed in this press release qualify as mineral reserves under both National Instrument 43-101 and the SEC's Industry Guide 7.

A mineral resource is a concentration or occurrence of natural, solid, inorganic or fossilized organic material in or on the Earth's crust in such form and quantity and of such a grade or quality that it has reasonable prospects for economic extraction. The location, quantity, grade, geological characteristics and continuity of a mineral resource are known, estimated or interpreted from specific geological evidence and knowledge. A measured mineral resource is that part of a mineral resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics can be estimated with a level of confidence sufficient to allow the appropriate application of technical and economic parameters, to support mine planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit. The estimate is based on detailed and reliable exploration, sampling and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes that are spaced closely enough to confirm both geological and grade continuity. An indicated mineral resource is that part of a mineral resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics can be estimated with a level of confidence sufficient to allow the appropriate application of technical and economic parameters, to support mine planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit. The estimate is based on detailed and reliable exploration and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes that are spaced closely enough for geological and grade continuity to be reasonably assumed. An inferred mineral resource is that part of a mineral resource for which quantity and grade or quality can be estimated on the basis of geological evidence and limited sampling and reasonably assumed, but not verified, geological and grade continuity. The estimate is based on limited information and sampling gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes. Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of an inferred resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

A feasibility study is a comprehensive study of a mineral deposit in which all geological, engineering, legal, operating, economic, social, environmental and other relevant factors are considered in sufficient detail that it could reasonably serve as the basis for a final decision by a financial institution to finance the development of the deposit for mineral production.

The mineral reserves presented in this disclosure are separate from and not a portion of the mineral resources.

Property/Project name
and location
Qualified Person responsible for the
current Mineral Resource and Reserve
Estimate and  relationship to Agnico-Eagle
Date of most recent
Technical Report (NI 43-101)
filed on SEDAR
LaRonde, Bousquet & Ellison,
Quebec, Canada
François Blanchet Ing., LaRonde Division
Superintendent of geology
March 23, 2005
Kittila, Kuotko and Kylmakangas,
Finland
Daniel Doucet, Ing., Corporate Director of Geology March 4, 2010
Pinos Altos, Chihuahua, Mexico. 
Swanson, Quebec, Canada
Dyane Duquette, P.Geo., Superintendent of geology,
Technical Services Group
March 25, 2009
Meadowbank, Nunavut, Canada Bruno Perron Ing., Meadowbank Superintendent
of geology
December 15, 2008
Goldex, Quebec, Canada Richard Genest, Ing., Goldex Division Superintendent
of geology
October 27, 2005
Lapa, Quebec, Canada Normand Bédard, P.Geo., Lapa Division Superintendent
of geology
June 8, 2006
Meliadine, Nunavut, Canada Dyane Duquette, P.Geo., Superintendent of geology,
Technical Services Group
March 8, 2011

The effective date for all of the Company's mineral resource and reserve estimates in this press release is December 31, 2010.  Additional information about each of the mineral projects that is required by NI 43-101, sections 3.2 and 3.3 and paragraphs 3.4 (a), (c) and (d) can be found in the Technical Reports referred to above, which may be found at www.sedar.com. Other important operating information can be found in the Company's Form 20-F and its news releases dated December 15, 2010 and February 16, 2011.

The contents of this press release have been prepared under the supervision of, and reviewed by, Marc Legault P.Eng., Vice-President Project Development and a "Qualified Person" for the purposes of NI 43-101.

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1 Total cash costs per ounce is a non-GAAP measure.  For a reconciliation to production costs, see Note 1 to the financial statements.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".

2 Payable production of a mineral means the quantity of mineral produced during a period contained in products that are sold by the Company whether such products are shipped during the period or held as inventory at the end of the period.

3 Minesite costs per tonne is a non-GAAP measure.  For reconciliation of this measure to production costs, as reported in the financial statements, see Note 1 to the financial statements at the end of this news release.

 

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